Friday, August 4, 2000,
Chandigarh, India

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US cagers in action
By Arvind Katyal

CHANDIGARH, Aug 3 — The shortest among them was six-foot and the tallest six-foot-nine inch. They were cagers from the USA who in DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8 played an exhibition basketball match with the Chandigarh men’s team today. The match which began at 6.30 pm, saw the second half played under floodlights watched by about 1,000 spectators, a majority of the students, cheering every move. The kudos went to local team when they netted the ball. Finally, the UT team managed to overcome the ‘Athletes in Action’ a club team from the USA by a close margin of 61-58. The halftime score was 35-25 in favour of the UT team.

In the beginning of the match, the ‘Athletes in Action’ players, wearing blue kits had a better command over the ball against the UT’s white-red uniformed cagers. Initially, the visiting team had Casey Posey, Dean Warner, Oliver Harris, Jeff Cox and Stevan Rodgers. Later, Aaron Goodric and Jim Gordich were also called in to replace two existing players. The score stood at 4-4, then at 8-9, with the team from the USA trailing, but here, Stevan Rodgers led the score to 10-9. Thereafter, it went on losing points. The city cagers were led by Viresh Sharda who put in some brilliant shots and after gaining lead at 24-16 the UT led at the half time with a score of 32-25.

In the second half, the visiting team changed its style and dominated the ball taking it to different corners of the court with much pace and defended it against the UT forwards to score swiftly. At one time, the score stood at 36-36. The main scorers for the club team from the USA were Oliver Harris (chest number 11) who scored 19 points, followed by Steven Rodgers (chest number 15) who netted 16 points. The highest scorer for the UT was international player Pardeep Singh (chest number 11) who scored 28 points, followed by Harminder, another international level player who scored 19 points. Both teams were given mementoes by the Chandigarh Basketball Association.

An interesting point was that the visiting team from the USA did not have ‘USA’ printed on their T-shirts, but ‘Athletes in Action’ only. The team came at the invitation of the President of the Basketball Federation of India and will play another match tomorrow at the Sector 7 Sports Complex against the Punjab team. Thereafter, they will move on to other places including South India for a series of matches.

The team: Athletes in Action (USA) XI — Casey Posey, Dean Warner, Andrew Klein, Aaron Goodric, Oliver Harris, Jeff Cox, Steven Rodgers, Lamont , Saji K Philip, Jim Goodrcih. Head coach- John Farwell, Strength and conditioning coaches — Terry Fike and Craig Schinck; Administrator — James Bernstein.

UT XI — Sukhbir Singh, Amrish Kumar, Vikas Rai, Viresh Sharda, Nirpinderjit Singh, Harkanwar, Atul Kapoor, Pardeep Singh, Harminder Singh, Dinesh Kumar, Harjot Singh and Gurpreet Singh.

Coach — Baje Singh, Assissant coach — Manjeet Singh. Referees — M.M. Malhan and Amarjeet Singh.



Anjali, Tejinder win carrom titles
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, Aug 3 — Anjali Negi in the women's section and Tejinder Harry in the men's section, emerged winners in the Xth Chandigarh State Carrom Championship which concluded here today in St Stephen's School, Sector 45.

The men's final between Tejinder and Gagandeep was a tough one and the latter lost in three games. However, in the women's final, experienced Anjali defeated Puneet Lamba easily in straight games.

Mr Sarabjit Singh, Director General of Punjab police and President of the All-India Carrom Federation, was the chief guest and gave away the prizes.

Earlier, Mr Nirmal Singh Pahwa of Punjab and Sind Bank and Darshan Singh of the Reserve Bank of India passed the panel-umpire test during the meet.

Results: Men's singles (final) — Tejinder Harry b Gagandeep, 25-24, 4-25, 25-23; semi-finals — Tejinder b J.R. Dhir, 25-6, 25-20; Gagandeep Singh b Ramanpreet, 18-25, 25-20, 25-24.

Women's singles (final) — Anjali Negi b Puneet Lamba, 25-01, 25-2; semi-finals — Anjali Negi b Bhanu Jain, 23-08, 23-0; Puneet Lamba b Saroj Chandel, 16-07, 17-15; junior girls' doubles (final) — Shikha Nanda and Nidhi Patwal b Puneet and Manpreet Kaur, 25-0, 25-12; junior boys' doubles (final) — Devinderjit and Paramdeep b Dhruva and Sumit, 6-25, 25-6, 25-05.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Carrom Association also announced the annual rankings in various events.

The rankings are as follows: Sub-junior boys — Gurinder Sidhu 1, Rahul Nanda 2, Taranpreet Pahwa 3, Sumit Aithani, Hardeep Harnal, Ravinder, Hargun, Amrinder and Siddharth; sub-junior girls — Nidhi Patwal 1, Eveleen 2, Pallavi Piplani 3 and Birinderjit Kaur 4.

Junior boys — Ramanpreet Pahwa 1, Taranpreet Pahwa 2, Dhruva 3, Devinderjit 4, Paramdeep 5, Sumit Chakarvorty 6, Amandeep Bawa 7, Deepak Bishnoi 8, Gurinder Sidhu 9, Anu Papneja 10, Varun 11; junior girls — Shikha Nanda 1, Pallavi 2, Puneet Lamba 3, Sakshi Bawa 4, Eveleen 5, Neha 6.

Men — Tejinder Harry 1, Gagandeep Singh 2, Ramanpreet Pahwa 3, Jagdish Dhir 4, Ajay Gupta 5, Paramdeep 6, Sanjay Negi 7, Rozario 8, Dhruva 9, K.S. Patwal 10, Mukesh Piplani 11.

Women — Anjali 1, Saroj Chandel 2, Puneet Lamba 3, Veena Dumra 4, Bhanu Jain 5, Shikha Nanda 6, Inder Kanta 7; veterans — Subash 1, R.C. Wadhwa 2, N.S. Pahwa 3, Jugal Kishore 4.

Kabaddi trials: The Chandigarh Kabaddi Association will hold trials to select the UT men's and women's teams in the Sector 42 Sports Complex on August 7. The selected players will take part in the second Senior National Circle Style Kabaddi Championship to be held at Rampura Phul in Punjab from August 30 to September 3.


Allotment of 6 tenements cancelled
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 3 — Taking serious note of misuse and illegal sale of buildings and other violations, the Assistant Commissioner (AC), Mr Ashwani Vashist, exercising powers of the Estate Officer, has cancelled the allotment of six tenements in Mauli Jagran and Sector 52 rehabilitation colonies. With this, the number of allotments cancelled by the civic body has gone up to 11.

Initiating action against the owners of these tenements Mr Vashist warned the other violators to follow the building byelaws, failing which, their allotments would also be cancelled and resumed.

It may be recalled that the Chandigarh Administration had recently transferred the powers of an Estate Officer to the AC for property under jurisdiction of the corporation.

Auction today: The civic body will hold an open auction of commercial sites, shop-cum-offices (SCOs) and booths in Sector 9-C and Mani Majra on a leasehold basis for 99 years at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Financial Corporation has decided to offer assistance to those who want to buy the prime property. The rate of interest will be 15 per cent and the repayment period is from 5 years to 8 years.



SDM (South) appointed
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 3 — Mr Gyaneshwar Bharti, a UT cadre IAS official, has been appointed Subdivisional Magistrate (SDM) South to replace Mr M.S. Yadav, an HCS official, who had joined fortnight ago. Mr Bharti joined the Chandigarh Administration three days ago.

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