|Thursday, June 22, 2000,
Portugal swamp Germany
Sridhar, Ramaswamy bow out
Romania outclass England
CHARLEROI (Belgium), June 21 (Reuters) An 89th minute penalty gave Romania a 3-2 win over England yesterday and took them into a Euro 2000 quarter-final against Italy.
Romania totally dominated the pulsating group A match but England looked like hanging on for the draw they needed to reach the last eight until Phil Neville brought down Viorel Moldovan in the penalty area with the clock ticking down.
Substitute Ioan Ganea scored from the penalty spot.
England coach Kevin Keegan said he and his players were devastated by the defeat.
It wasnt to be. We rarely got to play as well as we can in this tournament and thats a big question mark against us.
Weve spent three matches chasing a football and then we tended to give it away. It (the problem) has been the passing, Keegan said.
Weve got to go and lick our wounds again and look at the next mountain weve got to climb.
Portugal, who beat Germany 3-0 yesterday, won the group with nine points and will now play Turkey in the last eight. Romania had four points and England three.
Romania, needing to win to go through, led after 22 minutes with a goal by Cristian Chivu but an Alan Shearer penalty and a goal by Michael Owen gave England an undeserved 2-1 halftime lead.
Dorinel Munteanu equalised early in the second half and Romania then ran the match but could not turn their dominance into a third goal and England looked like they would qualify-until Nevilles late foul.
England started just as they had against Germany - terribly - but this time they were punished for their slack marking and failure to pass accurately.
After surviving a couple of early scares they fell behind in the 22nd minute when they allowed Chivu all the time he wanted to curl the ball from almost on the byline over goalkeeper Nigel Martyn, a late replacement for David Seaman, and in off a post.
Adrian Ilie should have made it 2-0 when he headed straight at Martyn after 33 minutes and Chivu shot just over the bar soon after as Adrian Mutu, a more than capable replacement for the suspended Gheoghe Hagi, carved through the English midfield at will.
But England, who had barely threatened, equalised in the 40th minute when Shearer converted a penalty after Chivu had tripped Paul Ince.
Three minutes into first half injury time they grabbed a shock lead when Paul Scholes lifted a delicate pass into the path of Owen whose pace enabled him to get past the the advancing Bogdan Stelea and score.
Romania were level within three minutes of the second half when a poor punch by Martyn was lashed back past him by Munteanu.
England, as in their opening game against Portugal, seemed completely unable to prevent themselves being overrun in midfield as Mutu, Ilie, Constantin Galca and Cosmin Contra found space at will.
We werent good enough: Keegan
CHARLEROI (Belgium), June 21 (Reuters) Coach Kevin Keegan yesterday accepted the blame for Englands witless exit from Euro 2000 after losing 3-2 to Romania.
Id like to say how unlucky we were but I dont think we were, he said. We were not unlucky. We werent good enough to win.
Keegan said his team had failed to stick to their pre-match game plan and had been let down by their passing.
We lost as a team and as a squad, he said. We didnt get anywhere near our potential and I take responsibility for that, not the players.
I have to get that level of performance out of them. I did get a lot out of them in this tournament but not the level of performance they are capable of.
Keegans frank admission that his team had failed to pass well enough in all three of their group games was his chief reason for his teams exit after losing to Portugal and Romania and beating Germany.
In yesterdays game, as they did against Portugal, England led but lost. They were 2-1 up at the interval but failed to hold on to their advantage despite sending on central defender Gareth Southgate as a substitute in midfield when the score was 2-2.
At that stage, it was difficult to know what was best to do, said Keegan.
We had a game plan, we had talked for three days about passing the ball better and we never did that tonight, so I have no qualms about the result.
I dont think we can make any excuses. We didnt pass the ball well enough and we spent the whole game trying to win it back as it has been all the way through the tournament for us.
I said to the lads that you cant ask yourselves to play like that in this heat against these quality sides and squander possession so easily. So, I am disappointed for the fans in the stadium, not the ones who caused the problems.
The fans in the
stadium were magnificent again tonight and we failed to
live up to their standards as a team and it disappoints
me to say that. They were absolutely magnificent and we
had so much going for us but we couldnt really say
we were unlucky.
England mourns Euro 2000 exit
LONDON, June 21 (AFP) Dejected, despairing and disbelieving, England was a country in mourning after its football team was sent packing from Euro 2000 following a 2-3 defeat by Romania.
And it all ends in tears, headlined The Mirror daily on its front page, against a picture of an emotional England captain Alan Shearer.
Inside, it succinctly summed up the England teams performance: Dud, sweat and tears.
And up and down the country, thousands of people who had gathered in town squares or the habitual bars to watch the match all felt the same.
Its like a morgue, said Cathryn Gracey, who runs a bar in Huddersfield, northern England, afterwards.
There was widespread agreement that England did not deserve to win because they were technically inferior, unable to hold the ball and string more than two passes together.
England were outplayed, out-manoeuvred and almost completely out-thought by a side who always looked superior, was The Suns considered comment.
It was a disastrous end to a disastrous tournament for English football, after mindless thugs had dragged our name through the mud with their violence on the Belgian streets at the weekend, The Sun added.
Over and out, lamented the Daily Mail.
The Daily Telegraph wrote of the desperately disappointing circumstances of the defeat, Romania scoring a penalty two minutes from time.
The Guardian was more analytical.
In terms of attacking football, they were played off the park, it said. Englands two goals were lucky, but after that they had no more luck because, in truth, they did not deserve it. The Times thought the demise of England and Germany was emblematic.
The European Championship is sweeping the old order away and casting some of the leading footballing powers into the wilderness of mediocrity.
Several newspaper highlighted one positive aspect at least English hooligans will not be troubling the Dutch and Belgian police anymore.
Last minute agony on the field but as England go out, the rest of Europe says good riddance, wrote The Daily Express.
Meanwhile, back home in the bars, the feelings were similar.
People were crying, men were crying and smashing glasses when the final whistle sounded, said Richard Barker, assistant manager of a pub in Bristol, southwest England.
The crowd just melted away, people floated out. It was complete and utter devastation.
With a long wait ahead
for the next England success, dejected fans turned to the
next best thing the bottle. At the Blenhelm pub in
upmarket Chelsea, west London, assistant boss Colin
Ginsley saw the profit margin.
Neville blamed for Englands defeat
LONDON, June 21 (Reuters) British newspapers blamed fullback Phil Neville today for Englands exit from Euro 2000 after losing 3-2 to Romania.
Under the banner headline Romaniac, the mass circulation Mirror tabloid said Neville had made a dreadful mistake which gifted Romania a winner just two minutes from time last night.
The fullback rashly launched himself into a tackle on former coventry striker Viorel Moldovan which left Swiss referee Urs Meier no option but to point to the spot, the Mirror said.
Portugal swamp Germany
ROTTERDAM, June 21 (Reuters) Germany made an embarrassing early departure from Euro 2000 with a 3-0 defeat by Portugal in their final group A match yesterday as winger Sergio Conceicao crushed the Germans slender hopes with a hat-trick.
Portugal, who had already won the group, will play Turkey in the quarter-finals on Saturday in Amsterdam.
The Germans bowed out after their worst overall performance in a major tournament since the war, leaving home with two defeats and one draw.
They had never before failed to win a single match at a European championship finals.
The defending champions fate had already slipped out of their own hands as to make the last eight, they had to beat Portugal and hope Romania would defeat England by scoring fewer goals.
Conceicao was standing just off the goal-line when he headed home from a precise Pauleta cross to put Portugal in the lead in the 36th minute.
The Lazio player hit his sides second goal with a swerving left-foot drive from some 20 metres which bounced under Germany keeper Oliver Kahns body in the 54th minute.
He saved his best for last, completing his hat-trick in the 71st minute with a superb effort from just inside the area which left Kahn no chance.
It was a sad way for Lothar Matthaeus to end his exceptional international career. The 39-year-libero, who wore the German shirt for the first time at the European championship in Italy 20 years ago, extended his world record but his 150th cap was probably his last.
The captain of Germanys 1990 World Cup-winning side has said he will retire from international football after the tournament.
ULF Kirsten, who came on in the second half to win his 100th cap, appeared for the last time as well. The 34-year-old played 49 matches for East Germany and Tuesdays was his 51st for the unified country.
The match might have also sealed the fate of Germany head coach Erich Ribbeck, who has been under pressure ever since he took over from Berti Vogts in September 1998.
The 63-year-old, who has failed to cure the ailing soccer giants, said it was very likely he would step down if his men were knocked out.
Germany, only the pale shadow of the team who bestrode European soccer for decades, showed very little.
Their best chance came in the 31st minute when striker Marco Bode missed a fine opportunity, his shot from inside the box hitting the far Portuguese post.
Portugal coach Humberto
Coelho rested most of his first-choice players, notably
stars Rui Costa and Luis Figo. Those on the pitch
yesterday underlined the in-depth strength of the current
Portugal side, outclassing the helpless Germans with
their pace and skills.
A dark hour for German soccer
BERLIN, June 21 (Reuters) German media went straight for the jugular today after the national soccer team plunged out of Euro 2000 with Germanys worst performance in a major tournament finals since World War II.
Germany is ashamed of you screamed mass-market daily Bild after the side crumbled to a humiliating 3-0 defeat against a second-string Portugal team, sending the three times World Cup winners home without a single win and, in Bilds words, just one measly goal.
Youre Europes football twits groaned Bild, which had already depicted a weak-looking German squad as dwarves before the 1996 European champions began the defence of their crown.
After a performance that even coach Erich Ribbeck, who more than ever looks certain to quit, described as embarrassing, the knives were out for players who created just one realistic goal chance and looked to give up completely in the second half.
Like most German papers, Bild spread its blame across the whole team, handing every player the rating: Even Bild is lost for words...
Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder, vice-president of the German Football Association (DFB), agreed. This is a dark hour for German soccer, he said, adding that the players had only themselves to blame.
With Germanys first qualifying match for the 2002 World Cup just 10 weeks away, papers turned straight to the question of who would take over from a man appointed to turn Germanys fortunes around after a disappointing 1998 World Cup.
Even Germanys top business daily Handelsblatt came to the same conclusion, calling the game Ribbecks last spasm.
Losing in such ignominious fashion was actually a good thing for a side whose fabled reliability and durability collapsed as a tired and ageing squad failed to deliver, Handelsblatt argued.
At least it clears the way for an urgently needed total clear-out, it said, calling the DFB a much bigger loser than Ribbeck or 39-year-old faded star Lothar Matthaeus, who the coach controversially recalled for international duty.
Bild agreed, appealing for Bayer Leverkusen trainer Christoph Daum - who took his team to within an inch of the Bundesliga title this year but was pipped by Bayern Munich on goal difference to be brought in as head of a new regime.
Daum has to come and clean this mess up right now, said Bild.
But the Leverkusen coachs club contract runs until 2001 and, while he has hinted he could do both jobs, his club have said they are not convinced it would be to anyones benefit.
Rainer Holzschuh, the editor-in-chief of Germanys leading soccer magazine Kicker, said only two or three players should survive from the current squad.
If they dont change something fast, if we dont get completely new players regardless of whether they can play better football, they have to show more heart then Germany will for years be a second-rate team or even worse, he told German television.
Star is born for Portugal
ROTTERDAM, June 21 (AFP) A star was born for Portugal as Sergio Conceicao, whose name means conception, hit a hat-trick in their 3-0 victory over Germany in Euro 2000.
The 25-year-old Lazio playmaker, who was only a substitute against England and Romania coming on for Joao Pinto, made the most of his call-up as coach Humberto Coelho made nine changes from their 1-0 win over Romania.
Conceicao had only scored one goal in nine appearances in the qualifiers but he took his opportunity with gusto in his first start in a major championship.
The 25-year-old Lazio right winger caused a myriad of problems for the German rearguard.
A Pauleta cross from the
left was deflected by defender Marko Rehmer high into the
path of Conceicao at the far post in the 35th minute for
a simple, close-range header to put them 1-0 ahead at the
Sampras eyes record on favourite surface
LONDON, June 21 (Reuters) Grasscourt maestro Pete Sampras has his best shot at entering the record books as the single most successful player in Grand Slam history when Wimbledon starts next week.
The defending champion equalled Roy Emersons record of 12 Grand Slams when he captured this title on Centre Court last year, and is the bookmakers favourite to win a seventh All-England Club title.
The 28-year-old has been seeded first for the grasscourt event ahead of arch-rival and 1992 champion Andre Agassi, with Swedens Magnus Norman third and French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten fourth.
No stranger to records, Sampras was 19 when he became the youngest ever U.S. Open Champion. By the end of 1998 he had held the worlds number one spot for a record six consecutive years.
He has won more titles that anybody else in the 1990s with 61 and is now on the verge of eclipsing Emersons record. If he is destined to win a 13th major, it is most likely to come at the All-England Club a tournament which has been very kind to the American.
Only Dutchman Richard Krajicek has beaten Sampras in his last seven visits to Wimbledon a superb record despite having won just one match in his first three attempts.
Sampras makes no secret of how important the tournament is to him, and this year wants his parents, Sam and Georgia, to come and see the scene of his greatest triumphs. They have missed all of his triumphs on the worlds most famous grass courts.
Hopefully if I make the second week they will come, he said. Wimbledon is such a big part of my career and I want them to share that with me.
A surprise loser in the final of the London grasscourt championships at Queens Club last Sunday, Sampras is taking nothing for granted.
Andre (Agassi) and Magnus (Norman) will be in contention. It really depends on the day, he said after his defeat to Australian Lleyton Hewitt.
He is also wary of Hewitt, seventh seed at Wimbledon. Every time I play Lleyton I can see an improvement in his game, he said.
Hes 19 and hes just going to get better and more experienced as he goes on. He just returns and passes, these are the two big points on grass and hes definitely got that.
The Australian, however, is playing down his chances. I wouldnt say (I have) a shot at the title. Id say a very, very outside shot, he said.
Im going in there not saying Im going to win the tournament, just to do a bit of damage to the draw. But I get more and more confident every time I step out on the grass.
Agassi has won three of the last five Grand Slam tournaments he has played, going back to the 1999 French Open which he won to secure a career Grand Slam the Australian, French, U.S. and Wimbledon titles.
He was beaten in the final here last year by an imperious Sampras but has not shown the recent form to suggest he could repeat that feat.
The world number one was forced to retire from his third round match at Queens after falling heavily on his back.
Medical staff at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament diagnosed a back spasm and said they were sure he would be fully fit for Wimbledon.
Agassi was not so sure. I guess I just have to trust these guys, he said after the fall last Thursday. But I will feel much happier when the pain goes away.
Norman is also fighting an injury. He pulled out of the $ 800,000 Queens event without striking a ball complaining of back trouble.
My body is tired...It is screaming for a rest, the French Open runner-up said.
I hope to be fresh (for Wimbledon)... its a tournament Id love to play, he added.
French Open champion Kuerten is showing no signs of fatigue and will be looking to improve on last years quarter-final showing.
Home hopes Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski have been seeded eighth and 14th but neither has shown great form of late.
Fifteenth seeded Russian Marat Safin has virtually written himself off, claiming he will be happy if he reaches the second round.
I dont want
to be seeded, I dont need this, he said.
Asked what would be success for him at Wimbledon he said:
If I pass the first round. Thats the most
dangerous it gets. If I can get through two or three
rounds... but I wont make any more predictions.
Thats for others to do.
Probe hearings TV broadcast allowed
CAPE TOWN, June 21 (PTI) Judge Edwin King today allowed television and radio to relay the cross-examination of disgraced South African captain Hansie Cronje scheduled to begin later in the day.
The decision follows the Cape High Court ruling this morning that radio can provide live coverage of the King Commission inquiry into corruption in cricket while leaving the issue of telecasting to the discretion of inquiry head Judge King.
Judge President John Hlophe of Cape High Court set aside a commission ban on live radio coverage of its probe into cricket matchfixing after an appeal by broadcaster Live Africa Network News. He held that the ban was unconstitutional. King ruled last week that live television and radio broadcasts would not be permitted on the grounds that their presence could be an inhibiting factor for witnesses.
There are no such restrictions on the public and print media.
Cronjes lawyers allowed a live broadcast of his initial testimony, when he read a prepared statement last Thursday, but are opposed to live coverage of his cross-examination because they say it will increase the stress on the former South African captain.
Cronje was excused from immediate cross-examination on Thursday when a psychiatrist told Judge King that Cronje was under severe strain.
He was due to be cross-examined yesterday but this was delayed because the court ruling on live broadcasts of the proceedings was not handed down as expected on Monday.
Cronje was fired after
admitting in April that he accepted money for match
forecasting. In his statement on Thursday he admitted to
accepting four bribes during his cricket career and
implicated Azharuddin in corruption (which the latter
denied). Cronje also quit representative cricket.
Razzaq sends Lanka tumbling
GALLE, Sri Lanka, June 21 (Reuters) Abdur Razzaq became the youngest player to claim a Test match hat-trick as the last six Sri Lanka wickets tumbled for just 18 runs in the second Test against Pakistan today.
Medium pacer Razzaq, (20), took the wickets of Romesh Kaluwitharana for four, Rangana Herath and Ravindra Pushpakumara.
He became only the second Pakistani bowler to achieve the feat after Wasim Akram, who has claimed hat-tricks twice against Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka, 153 for four at tea, were all out for 181 on the opening day.
The Sri Lankan innings fell apart after the 116-run fifth wicket partnership between Mahela Jayawardene and Arjuna Ranatunga had been broken. Jayawardene made 72 and Ranatunga 51.
Earlier, Waqar Younis had ripped through the top order, claiming the scalps of Marvan Atapattu (1), Russel Arnold for (5) and Aravinda de Silva for (4) to reduce Sri Lanka to 47 for four.
Pakistan replied with 74 for two by the close.
Seed Anwar and Mohammad Wasim rubbed salt into the Sri Lanka wound by putting on 71 for the first wicket but off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan lifted his sides spirits by taking two wickets.
He had Mohammad Wasim caught by Ranatunga for 29 and bowled nightwatchman Azhar Mahmood for nought. Anwar was unbeaten on 42 at the close.
Sri Lanka (Ist innings):
Atapattu c Khan b Waqar 1
Jayasuriya b Akram 32
Arnold c Youhana b Waqar 5
De Silva c M Khan b Waqar 4
Jayawardene c Wasim b 72 Mahmood
Ranatunga run out 51
Kaluwitharana c Khan 4 b Razzaq
Vaas c Y Khan b Mahmood 5
Herath lbw b Razzaq 0
Pushpakumara lbw b Razzaq 0
Muralitharan not out 0
Extras (b-1 lb-1 w-2 nb-3) 7
Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-23, 3-43, 4-47, 5-163, 6-173, 7-177, 8-177, 9-177.
Bowling: Akram 13-3-40-1, Waqar 13-2-39-3, Razzaq 12-2-35-3, Mahmood 16.3-5-36-2, Khan 10-0-29-0.
Pakistan (Ist innings):
Anwar not out 42
Wasim c Ranatunga b
Mahmood b Muralitharan 0
Youhana not out 0
Extras (lb-1, nb-2) 3
Total (for 2 wickets, 23 overs) 74
Fall of wickets: 1-71, 2-72.
Sridhar, Ramaswamy bow out
NEW DELHI, June 21 The defeat of fifth-seeded Vinod Sridhar and sixth-seeded Ajay Ramaswamy added some element of drama to the proceedings on the third day in the third leg of the $ 6250 ITF Mens Satellite Tennis Circuit Tennis Tournament at the Delhi Tennis Association courts here today.
Sridhar was tamed by Kunj Mjumdar of USA in straight sets at 6-2, 6-3 in one hour, while Ramaswamy lost focus after winning the first set, to crash out to Rishi Sridhar at 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in one hour and 56 minutes.
Mankad played it cool to beat Vijay Kannan 6-1, 6-4,
gaining early breaks in both the sets. Third-seeded
Sandeep Kirtane moved up the easy way when the talented
Kedar Shah conceded the match with an ankle injury, after
losing the first set 6-1. Wild card holder Parantap
Chaturvedi put up a game fight against seventh seeded
Barry Fulcher of Britain, but Fulcher with his alround
skill, wrapped up the tie at 6-3,6-1 in one hour and 10
IHF, IWHF merger
NEW DELHI, June 21 The stage is set for the merger of the Indian Womens Hockey Federation (IWHF) with the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), but on our own terms, as IWHF president Mrs Vidya Stokes put it.
Mrs Stokes confirmed to The Tribune here yesterday that the IWHF will merge with the IHF before the Sydney Olympic Games in September, but we will have to fully work out the modalities, which will be done after the FIH (International Hockey Federation) meeting some time next month.
Mrs Stokes indicated that there was no question of a total surrender to the IHF as we plan to emulate the example of some European countries in which the identity of the womens body is kept alive for all practical purposes.
She said when the merger is effected one of us (the other being IHF President KPS Gill) will be designated as chairman, and the other as President, though nothing has been definitely decided in this regard. The formal merger will take place at a meeting in Bangalore before the Olympics, she said.
On the issue of revoking the ban order on four senior women players for skipping the Olympic qualification tournament at Milton Kaynes, Mrs Stokes said the revocation of the ban order was done at the recommendation of the committee constituted for the purpose as some members of the committee were not happy with the earlier decision (by the same committee) for banning the players as the players had genuine family problems.
But I was not personally convinced about the family problem theory, though I opted to go along with the committees recommendation, said the womens hockey chief.
Harneet, Tushar enter semis
CHANDIGARH, June 21 Harneet Singh of Chandigarh today continued with his sensational spree of upsetting seeds when he made the short work of Anshuman Dutta in three sets 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 and entering the semifinals of the under-14 section of the AITA junior tennis tournament being played here at CLTA courts, Sector 10. The other city players who have made it to last four stage of under-14 section were fancied Tushar Liberhan and Ardaman Sidhu.
However, in the rest of the events city challenge ended with spirited Neha Singh going down fighting to Oormila Ram of AP 4-6, 6-7(4). Parul Goswami, who had beaten Neha Singh in under-14, section, today overpowered Oormila Ram the fifth seed in three sets.
Results: quarterfinals:14: Boys- Harneet Singh (Chd) b Anshuman Dutta (Asm) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1; Ajay Selvaraj (TN) b Yuvraj Chaudhary (Chd) 6-2, 6-2; Tushar Liberhan (Chd) b M.Vinod (TN) 6-2, 6-1; Ardaman Sidhu (Chd) b Rupesh Roy (WB) 7-5, 6-1.
Girls: Sanaa Bhambri (Dli) b Naina Karsolia (UP) 6-0, 6-1; Kartika Bhat (Mah) b K. Pooja (AP) 6-1, 6-2; Parul Goswami (Dli) b Oormila Ram (AP) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2; Ankita Bhambri (Dli) b Sandri Gagotri (AP) 6-3, 6-0.
Under-16: Boys Dhrub Kumar (WB) b Kshitij Dwivedi (Dli) 6-2, 6-2; Chhatwinder Singh (TN) b Anshuman Dutta (Asm) 6-4, 7-6(4); Rishi Behl (Mah) b Saurabh Kohli ( Mah) 7-6(2), 7-6(2); V. Vignesh (A P) b Nehal Advani (Mah) 7-6(3), 6-0.
Vikram bags 5 wkts for
PATIALA, June 21 Jalandhar were in the drivers seat against Chandigarh, needing 110 runs for an outright win with all wickets in hand, in the semifinal match of the Katoch Shield cricket tournament played at the Dhruv Pandove Stadium here today.
After Jalandhar had gained a first innings lead of 80 runs, their bowlers again did a good job by bowling out Chandigarh in their second essay for 189, with Vikram bagging five wickets taking his match tally to 10 wickets.
Chasing 189 for a outright win, Jalandhar at the draw of stumps were 61 for no loss, but the treacherous condition of the strip, on which a total of 30 wickets have fallen in two days, can give the Jalandhar batsmen some anxious moments, what with the ball turning square off the wicket.
Brief scores: Chandigarh (1st innings): 167 all out
Jalandhar (1st innings): 247 all out [Vineet Sharma 47, Samrat Sharma 44, Amit Behl 44, Vikram 32, Randeep Gill 26; Dinesh Mongia 4 for 44, Sanjay Dhull 4 for 97, Parush 2 for 88]
Chandigarh (IInd innings): 189 all out [V. Sodhi 60, Yuvraj Singh 34, Harit 26; Vikram 5 for 67, Lalit Kapoor 2 for 35]
Punjab basketball from June 30
CHANDIGARH, June 21 (TNS) The Punjab Youth Basketball Championship for boys and girls will be held at Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar, from June 30 to July 2, Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, Secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, announced here today.
He said that players born on or after January 1, 1984, are eligible to participate. Punjab teams, both boys and girls, for the National Youth Basketball Championship to be held in Maharashtra during August would be selected during the state championship.
Entries close on June 28 with Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal.
An organising committee under the chairmanship of Mr Jaskaran Singh, SSP, Jagraon, has been constituted by the President of the Punjab Basketball Association, Mr R.S. Gill.
Dharmani, Ricky hit centuries
AMRITSAR, June 21 (FOSR) Amritsar conceded a 19-run lead to Patiala in the 1st innings, with Pankaj Dharmani hitting a century for Patiala on the second day of the Katoch Shield Super-League semifinal match being played at Gandhi Grounds here today. Earlier, Amritsar were all out at 314. Ravneet Ricky, hit a century, while Patiala scored 337 for 7.
Brief scores: Amritsar 314 all out (Ravneet Ricky 106, S P Singh 67)
Patiala: 333 for 7 (Pankaj Dharmani 137, Rakesh Raini 97, Gaginder Garry 31; Sandeep Sawal 3 for 76)
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