Monday, October 8, 2001,
Chandigarh, India







THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

Easy win for SA
Benoni, October 7
South Africa toyed with an inexperienced Kenyan side, beating them by seven wickets to register their second successive win in the triangular one-day series here today.

England beat Zimbabwe
Harare, October 7
England beat Zimbabwe by four wickets in the third one-day international today to take the five match series 3-0 with two games to play.
Earlier, Andy Flower hit a superb 142 not out that was marked by controversy.
Zimbabwe wicket-keeper Andy Flower successfully appeals for the catch of England batsman Paul Collingwood on Sunday. Zimbabwe wicket-keeper Andy Flower successfully appeals for the catch of England batsman Paul Collingwood on Sunday. England went on to win the third One Day International by 4 wickets to give them a 3-0 in the five match series.
—  Reuters photo

Saurav Ganguly writes
Saurav GangulySachin looked hungry for runs
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NDIA went down despite a spirited batting performance at the Wanderers stadium. It is always a big occasion when a one-day game is played here and the atmosphere is electrifying. The stands were full and all set for fantastic entertainment. The outfield was in top condition and the pitch hard and true.

Salvi’s haul helps Mumbai into final
Chandigarh, October 7
Impressive bowling by young seamer Avishkar Salvi helped Mumbai register a 64-run victory over Bishnoi XI in the semifinal of the VIIIth J.P. Atray Cricket Tournament at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium at Mohali today.

China make historic entry into World Cup finals
Shenyang, October 7
China reached the World Cup finals for the first time on Sunday with a scrappy 1-0 win over lowly Oman in an Asian zone group B qualifier.
Oman's Maleed Al Hasni (L) and Mohsin Al Harbi (C) fail to stop a shot by China's Yu Genwei (R) in the first half of their crucial World Cup soccer qualifier in Shenyang on Sunday.
Oman's Maleed Al Hasni (L) and Mohsin Al Harbi (C) fail to stop a shot by China's Yu Genwei (R) in the first half of their crucial World Cup soccer qualifier in Shenyang on Sunday. Yu Genwei scored the only goal of the match. — Reuters photo



Russia's Elena Dementieva shows her disappointment during the Kremlin Cup women's final match against Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia in Moscow on Sunday.
Russia's Elena Dementieva shows her disappointment during the Kremlin Cup women's final match against Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia in Moscow on Sunday. Dokic won the match 6-3, 6-3.
— Reuters


EARLIER STORIES

 

Toughest stage of Raid-de Himalaya
Jispa, October 7
One of the toughest stages of Maruti Raid-de-Himalaya was today after the participants crossed the Rohtang Pass and went down to Grampho, the start of a 135 km-competitive stage till Kaza, the capital of Spiti.

SAF Games in March
Islamabad, October 7
The ninth South Asian Federation Games, which had been postponed in the wake of terrorist strikes in the USA, have been rescheduled for March-April next year, the organising officials said here today.

JCT beat Punjab cops, lift title
Nabha, October 7
JCT Phagwara carved out an emphatic solitary-goal win over favourites Punjab Police to annex the title in the 27th All-India Gurdarshan Memorial Football Tournament which concluded at Ripudaman College grounds here today.

Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia holds a trophy after winning the women's final match over Elena Dementieva of Russia at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow on Sunday.
Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia holds a trophy after winning the women's final match over Elena Dementieva of Russia at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow on Sunday. Dokic won the match 6-3 6-3. —  Reuters

Sponsors ‘staying away’ from b’minton
Chandigarh, October 7
The secretary of the Badminton Association of India, Mr L.C. Gupta, lamented poor standard of present North Indian shuttlers. Qualitative badminton was a thing of the past, he said while watching finals of the North Zone Inter State finals at Jalandhar last evening. Gupta attributed many reasons for the same. Among them was the high cost involved in playing badminton.

Mukesh wins Sher-e-Kashmir golf
Srinagar, October 7
Mukesh Kumar became the first player to win back-to-back titles on the Hero Honda Indian Golf Tour 2001-02 season when he won the Rs 15 lakh Sher-e-Kashmir Open here today.

Gayal crowned DLF golf champion
Chandigarh, October 7
Somesh Gayal (49 points) won the individual event of the HGA DLF Golf Tournament at the DLF Golf Course at Gurgaon today. P.K. Chaudhery with 46 points finished second.

DAV, HMV College in super league
Jalandhar, October 7
DAV College, Jalandhar, in the boys section and HMV College, Jalandhar, in the girls section entered the super league in the Punjab Champions College Hockey League. DAV College, Jalandhar, defeated DAV College, Nakodar 2-0.


Girls of DAV College and SN College in action during the Punjab Champion Colleges Hockey League in Jalandhar on Sunday. — Photo Pandit

Girls of DAV College and SN College in action during the Punjab Champion Colleges Hockey League in Jalandhar on Sunday.

FIR filed against ex-BCCI secy
Bangalore, October 7
The police has filed an FIR against former cricket board secretary C. Nagraj and another former official of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, accused of illegally accumulating more than Rs 1 crore during their tenure in the KSCA.

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Easy win for SA

Benoni, October 7
South Africa toyed with an inexperienced Kenyan side, beating them by seven wickets to register their second successive win in the triangular one-day series here today.

Kenyan batsman Shah Ravindu ducks out of the way of the ball during the one-day international between Kenya and South Africa at the Benoni Cricket Stadium east of Johannesburg on Sunday.
Kenyan batsman Shah Ravindu ducks out of the way of the ball during the one-day international between Kenya and South Africa at the Benoni Cricket Stadium east of Johannesburg on Sunday. Kenya scored 159 for seven.
— Reuters photo

The hosts put up a thoroughly dominating performance, restricting Kenya to 159 for seven in their alotted 50 overs and then hitting up the required runs in just 33.4 overs losing just three wickets.

Besides earning two points for the victory, South Africa also gained a bonus point under new rules for maintaining a run rate of more than 1.5 times that of their opponents.

Kenya, who had opted to bat first, were in trouble right from the very beginning and except for Steve Tikolo, who remained unbeaten on 68, none of the batsmen could stand up to the might of the formidable South African attack.

A modest score of 159 was never going to challenge the strong batting line-up of the South Africans, who had successfully chased 279 runs in the first match against India on Friday.

Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Neil McKenzie and Gary Kirsten tore the Kenyan attack to shreds as the home team canterred to an easy victory.

The Kenyans managed to get three wickets but at least two of them - those of Kirsten and Gibbs — were cases of the batsmen taking things too lightly and paying for their casual approach.

Kirsten and Gibbs once again started in a whirlwind fashion, the way they did against India. Kirsten smashed four boundaries before playing on to his stumps a Thomas Odoyo delivery in the fourth over.

He attempted to pull a ball that wasn’t all that short and it took the inside edge and crashed into the stumps. Kirsten made 17.

The loss of an early wicket brought no change to the batting style with Gibbs and Jacques Kallis also displaying their aggressive intent.

Gibbs played some fine drives for boundaries and enabled his side reach the fifty in just the ninth over. He was out soon, after making 20, becoming the second victim of Odoyo.

SCOREBOARD

Kenya

Otieno c Boucher b Pollock 0

Shah hit wicket b Ntini 8

Otieno c Nel b Kallis 17

Tikolo not out 68

Odumbe c Gibbs b Klusener 24

Odoyo c Kallis b Nel 7

M. Suji c Gibbs b Ntini 13

T. Suji c and b Pollock 9

Ogondo not out 1

Extras (lb-3, w-5, nb-4) 12

Total (for 7 wkts, 50 overs) 159

Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-27, 3-35, 4-90, 5-106, 6-134, 7-155.

Bowling: S Pollock 10-1-19-2, A Nel 10-2-24-1, J Kallis 6-1-25-1, M Ntini 10-3-25-2, C Henderson 7-0-37-0, L Klusener 7-0-26-1.

South Africa

Kirsten b Odoyo 17

Gibbs c Shah b Odoyo 20

Kallis c d Otieno b Otieno 54

McKenzie not out 49

Rhodes not out 6

Extras (b-2, nb-7, w-5) 14

Total (for 3 wkts, 33.4 overs) 160

Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-52, 3-140.

Bowling: M Suji 4-0-22-0, Odoyo 7-1-24-2, Ochieng 3-0-19-0, A Suji 2-0-17-0, C Otieno 9.4-0-45-1, Odumbe 4-0-14-0, Patel 4-0-17-0. PTI


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England beat Zimbabwe

Harare, October 7
England beat Zimbabwe by four wickets in the third one-day international today to take the five match series 3-0 with two games to play.

Earlier, Andy Flower hit a superb 142 not out that was marked by controversy.

Zimbabwe batsman Andy Flower salutes after scoring his century against England on Sunday.
Zimbabwe batsman Andy Flower salutes after scoring his century against England on Sunday. Flower went on to score an undefeated 142 runs with Zimbabwe scoring 261 runs for 8 in the third one-day international at the Harare Sports Club.
— Reuters photo

Flower lifted Zimbabwe from 19 for three to 261 for eight in their 50 overs, making the highest score by a Zimbabwean against England and his best one-day score, but only after a heated incident when he was on 99.

Flower and England wicketkeeper James Foster came head to head after a confident appeal for caught behind off seamer Paul Collingwood in the 40th over.

Foster approached Flower after umpire Chris Nyazika turned down the appeal, the pair standing eyeball to eyeball, and Flower appeared to push his head at Foster. The incident continued as they exchanged heated words while Flower was taking guard for the next delivery.

Square leg umpire Ian Robertson had to talk to the two players to calm them down, although there will almost certainly be some form of disciplinary action from match referee Colonel Naushad Ali.

It was the second time in the match Foster had claimed a catch, only to have it turned down.

Dion Ebrahim appeared to touch a delivery from off-spinner Jeremy Snape when he had made 22, as television replays clearly showed, but he was given not out.

Flower went to his century from the delivery following the incident with Foster, having faced 97 balls and included nine fours and a six. Reuters

SCOREBOARD

Zimbabwe:

Campbell lbw b M. Hoggard 8

G. Flower c Flintoff b Hoggard 1

Carlisle c Knight b Sidebottom 1

A. Flower not out 142

Wishart c Snape b Hoggard 4

Ebrahim st Foster b Collingwood 22

Marillier run out 12

Streak c Thorpe b Hoggard 56

Viljoen c Thorpe b Hoggard 0

Brent not out 0

Extras (lb-5, w-10) 15

Total (for 8 wkts, 50 overs) 261

Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-7, 3-19, 4-58, 5-95, 6-127, 7-257, 8-257.

Bowling: M. Hoggard 10-0-49-5, R. Sidebottom 8-0-42-1, A. Flintoff 7-1-43-0, J. Snape 10-0-47-0, P. Collingwood 9-0-45-1, M. Ramprakash 6-0-30-0.

England:

Trescothick c A. flower b Olonga 14

Knight c Olonga b Marillier 41

Ramprakash run out (Marillier) 47

Thorpe c Wishart b G. Flower 8

Collingwood c A. Flower b Brent 36

Flintoff c Viljoen b G. Flower 46

Hussain not out 28

Snape not out 24

Extras: (lb-3 w-13 nb-5) 21

Total: (for six wickets, 47.3 overs) 265

Fall of wickets: 1-28 2-95 3-108 4-126 5-195 6-214

Bowling: Olonga 9-0-60-1 (nb-3), Brent 8-0-53-1 (w-6), Viljoen 10-0-58-0 (w-6), Marillier 10-0-47-1 w-1), G. Flower 10-1-38-2, Ebrahim 0.3-0-6-0.
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Saurav Ganguly writes
Sachin looked hungry for runs

INDIA went down despite a spirited batting performance at the Wanderers stadium. It is always a big occasion when a one-day game is played here and the atmosphere is electrifying. The stands were full and all set for fantastic entertainment. The outfield was in top condition and the pitch hard and true.

The South Africans put us in to bat, considering the dew factor which was quite a bit the previous night as the weather gets cooler in the evening in this part of the world. We had a great start, with me and Sachin putting on 190-odd for the first wicket. We had decided to play positively as you always look to do against sides with a good fast bowling attack, because you have to take the attack to the opposition as they will bowl a lot of good balls. The outfield was lightning fast and one had to only put the ball in the gaps to reach it to the fence.

It was the first one-day game we played with the new bouncer rule. According to this rule, one bouncer can be bowled every over and this could be a major factor and it will lessen the one-day scores by 25-30 runs per game.

It is a good law as it will provide the fast bowlers a way to contain the flow of runs. We finished with 280, a total which we thought were 20 runs short after the way we started, although it was the highest ever at the Wanderers.

It was a good total to defend, which the opening bowlers were unable to because of a lack of discipline. They were short and on both sides of the wicket, a thing which we have done in the past. It is very difficult to stop runs on a good pitch if it is short and we paid the price for that. We would also have to get more accurate in changing the pace of the ball, especially on flat pitches where the margin of error is very little. We have to master this if we have to become a good one-day side, especially in pulling back after the opposition had got off to a good start.

It was a good game for Sachin and myself. Sachin played well after a long break and looked very hungry for runs. Agarkar was the best of the bowlers from both sides and he also contributed with the bat. He is a quality cricketer and it was good to see him confident on this trip.

The board elections have just concluded. I, along with the team congratulate Mr Dalmiya for being elected as the BCCI president. He is a dynamic man and will do a lot for Indian cricket. We as players are looking up to him for development of cricket as there is enormous talent in this part of the world. There has been a good deed done on the appointment of John Wright and Andrew Leipus in the team. Their commitment to the sport is amazing and they will take Indian cricket to new heights. We know there has been a lot of emphasis on the academy which I think is the main supply line for players. It is good to have Gavaskar to head the academy — the right person for the job. We wish all the new officials all the very best. Gameplan
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Salvi’s haul helps Mumbai into final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Impressive bowling by young seamer Avishkar Salvi helped Mumbai register a 64-run victory over Bishnoi XI in the semifinal of the VIIIth J.P. Atray Cricket Tournament at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium at Mohali today.

Avishkar, showing admirable control, bowled a long spell scalping a creditable seven-wicket haul as Bishnoi Club, in pursuit of a victory target of 230 runs to enter the final, were skittled out for mediocre 165.

Bishnoi batsmen, with the exception of Rashmi Ranjan Parida, failed to put up a fight in the face of an inspired spell from Avishkar and were found wanting. Parida was the only batsman who stayed put at the wicket and score runs. During his stay spanning a little less than two hours, Parida displayed good temperament and produced an innings which at least saved his side from facing the embarrassment of being dismissed for a paltry total. Parida struck 11 fours and a six before being castled by Avishkar after he had scored 73.

He found some support from former Punjab Ranji Trophy player Munish Arora, who contributed 25 runs before being the last man out. None of other batsmen could stay in the middle as wickets kept on falling at regular intervals.

There was no partnership worth the name even as Avishkar found little support from the other end which included former India left-arm spinner Nilesh Kulkarni. Kulkarni gave away 25 runs without getting a wicket in his spell of eight overs.

Mumbai will now clash with ONGC XI, who have already entered the final beating Roofit XI.

Brief scores:

Mumbai: 229 all out in 78 overs.

Bishnoi XI: 165 all out in 44.3 overs (R.R. Parida 73, Muinish Arora 25, Tejinder Singh 17; Avishkar Salvi 7 for 50, Vishal Tawde 1 for 56, Amit Dani 1 for 21, Praveen Tambe 1 for 11).
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China make historic entry into World Cup finals

Shenyang, October 7
China reached the World Cup finals for the first time on Sunday with a scrappy 1-0 win over lowly Oman in an Asian zone group B qualifier.

A nervous Chinese display in cold drizzle before 60,000 fans in the northeastern industrial city of Shenyang was enough to break a World Cup jinx going all the way back to the 1950s.

The dull match was an anti-climax watched by hundreds of millions of television viewers, but it means China have qualified automatically for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea with two games to spare.

China had to wait until the 37th minute to score through midfielder Yu Genwei, who was replacing the suspended Qi Hong. Yu clipped the ball home from five metres after a centre was nodded back across goal by the joint efforts of two team-mates.

Early in the second half, China squandered an opportunity to seal the match against an Omani side that had scored only once while conceding 11 goals in their five group B qualifiers.

Yang Chen skipped past Omani goalkeeper Sulaiman Al Mazroi only to see his weak shot from a narrow angle blocked.

PARIS: David Beckham rescued England from the brink yesterday as England flirted with disaster before scraping into next year’s World Cup finals thanks to his injury-time equaliser in a 2-2 home draw with Greece.

Beckham wove his deadball magic to stun group nine rivals Germany, whose own campaign fizzled out with a 0-0 stalemate against Finland which forces them into the play-offs.

Joining England in the finals in Japan and South Korea next summer were Italy, who beat Hungary 1-0 in Parma with an Alessandro Del Piero freekick to wrap up group eight.

Croatia, Portugal, Russia and Denmark also booked their passage.

After last month’s 5-1 win over the Germans in Munich, England had been touted as potential world beaters by former Germany boss Franz Beckenbauer rating Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men one of his three favourites for the trophy.

In reality, England turned in a nervous showing at Old Trafford before Manchester United midfielder Beckham rescued them at the death with a brilliant swirling freekick at the Theatre of Dreams — seconds after the Germans had failed to break down the Finns in Gelsenkirchen.

The two draws mean England, who began disastrously with a 0-1 defeat by Germany at Wembley — which spelt doom for Kevin Keegan’s reign and a new challenge for Swedish coach Eriksson — win the group on goal difference which swung massively in their favour after their success in Munich.

Eriksson was admirably composed afterwards for a man who had been staring catastrophe in the face barely 20 seconds from the final whistle.

“It was a marvellous afternoon — maybe not football-wise because I don’t think we played very well today,” Eriksson said. Eriksson saluted Beckham for his coolness and for his inspirational showing.

“Beckham played one of the best games I have ever seen and was a big captain for England.

“It was dramatic,” said Eriksson of the final outcome. “But you always hope until the end of the game.”

As England celebrated there was misery for Scotland, who bowed out despite a 2-1 win in Glasgow over Latvia which could only secure third place in group six.

Scottish coach Craig Brown resigned afterwards.

“In terms of my time as Scotland manager I’d decided some time ago that this would be my last campaign,” said Brown.

Croatia, third in the 1998 finals in France, won the group after an Alen Boksic strike brought victory in Zagreb over Belgium, who now head for the playoffs to face group three runners-up the Czech Republic, 6-0 winners over Bulgaria in Prague. AFP
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Toughest stage of Raid-de Himalaya
Roopinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Jispa, October 7
One of the toughest stages of Maruti Raid-de-Himalaya was today after the participants crossed the Rohtang Pass and went down to Grampho, the start of a 135 km-competitive stage till Kaza, the capital of Spiti.

Breathtaking beautiful, this is also a long and difficult drive. You really don’t have time to see Spiti as you wheeze through it — the altitude makes breathing difficult, especially as you cross Kunzum La (pass is ‘la’ in Ladakhi) at 4,551 metres above sea level.

It was a long drive, with road conditions varying from sandy stretches to rocky patches that made for bone-jarring experiences. People as well as machines needed oxygen. It promises to get more challenging soon. The event halted for the night at Kaza.
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SAF Games in March

Islamabad, October 7
The ninth South Asian Federation Games, which had been postponed in the wake of terrorist strikes in the USA, have been rescheduled for March-April next year, the organising officials said here today.

The Games, which were originally scheduled to be held here from October 6 to 16, will now be held from March 30 to April 8, 2002.

The decision was taken at an executive meeting of the South Asian Sports Federation in Rawalpindi today where officials of five of the seven participating countries were present, Col Mohammad Yahya, one of the Directors of SAF Games, told PTI.

India and Nepal did not send their representatives. While Nepal had expressed its inability to send any official, India had sought the postponement of the meeting, he said.

However, the meeting was held as the representatives of other countries confirmed their participation.

Pakistan sports officials had announced the postponement of the Games on September 23 amidst fears of a probable retaliatory action by USA in Afghanistan.

There was considerable reluctance on part of top officials to postpone the Games as large sums of money had been invested to create the infrastructure, including the upgradation of the Jinnah Stadium here for the 10-day sporting extravaganza.

According to the SAF organising committee, headed by Pakistan Army official Maj-Gen Syed Arif Hasan, over 2000 sportspersons from the seven countries had confirmed their participation. PTI
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JCT beat Punjab cops, lift title
Ravi Dhaliwal

Nabha, October 7
JCT Phagwara carved out an emphatic solitary-goal win over favourites Punjab Police to annex the title in the 27th All-India Gurdarshan Memorial Football Tournament which concluded at Ripudaman College grounds here today.

Widely perceived to be the most talented team in the tournament, JCT had a reputation to defend and the mill men’s dream of laying their hands on the coveted trophy for an unprecedented ninth time materialised in front of a packed stadium. The crowd came in droves to watch the action and the tension was palpable in and around the venue as both the teams are regarded to be among the top football outfits of the country.

In the first half, the mill men looked a trifle more organised with strikers Hardeep Saini and Ram Pal standing out with their darting and incisive runs in the rival territory. The cops hardly managed to create an opening during this period.

Towards the end of the first half, the spotlight was held be striker Harjinder (junior) who, in tandem with the smooth flowing Hardeep Saini, managed to create panic in the cops ranks. However, it goes to the credit of the police goalkeeper, Sunil Kumar for not letting JCT score till Saini put Harjinder (junior) on the run who, after hoodwinking a couple of defenders, sent in a snap left footed shot from over 20 yards. So accurate was his shot that the usually agile Sunil barely had time to sway with the ball which landed in the net.

Pepped by this success, the mill men kept up the pressure and forced the cops to remain on the defensive with Hardeep Saini once again essaying a shot that beat the custodian but just about missed entering the net with the near post coming in the way.

In the second half while the mill men were having the better of the exchanges, the cops failed to improve and made a mess of at least two clear chances. First medio Gurpreet Singh failed to latch on to a pass from the right flank with the goalkeeper lying spreadeagled and then Vijay Pal, seeing the keeper once again out of place, floundered with the ball and kicked it high over the bar.

Having entered the final as firm favourites, the cops realised the grave danger and the team management brought about a couple of changes to ensure a combined onslaught. They did enjoy territorial advantage for a short period but the skill and stamina to dominate was simply not there.
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Sponsors ‘staying away’ from b’minton
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, October 7
The secretary of the Badminton Association of India, Mr L.C. Gupta, lamented poor standard of present North Indian shuttlers. Qualitative badminton was a thing of the past, he said while watching finals of the North Zone Inter State finals at Jalandhar last evening. Gupta attributed many reasons for the same. Among them was the high cost involved in playing badminton.

He said the present Indian team did not even have a single player from north. Mainly the players were from Petroleum Sports Control Board (PSCB), the Railway and Air India. He said that Vijaydeep Singh hailing from Patiala, perturbed over lack of shuttlecocks has decided to have training for another one month in Bangalore so that he can have practice with key players and does not have to face shortage of shuttlecocks.

Gupta said the sponsors also were shirking from spending on badminton. National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) which had earlier agreed to sponsor the national badminton meets, was now giving second thoughts to the idea.

On the likelihood of a change in the format of inter state team meets as voiced by some players, Gupta said an inter-state meet cost roughly Rs 2 lakh for three days. More events would mean increase in the number of days, so extra burden on the host unit, which was a remote possibility in near future.

Gupta said, however, there was a move to have under 13 and under 16 team championships at inter-state level and the winner team could then play in national inter-state meet.

He said the present Indian players were capable of reaching the level as attained by Prakash and Gopichand.
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Mukesh wins Sher-e-Kashmir golf

Srinagar, October 7
Mukesh Kumar became the first player to win back-to-back titles on the Hero Honda Indian Golf Tour 2001-02 season when he won the Rs 15 lakh Sher-e-Kashmir Open here today.

On the final day, Mhow-based Mukesh shot a four-under 68 to aggregate a total of 13-under 275. The final day card gave a mammoth seven-stroke victory over Gaurav Ghei, who took the second place following a 71 today.

Mukesh had earlier won the TNGF open in Chennai.

Jaiveer Virk of Delhi chalked out the best finish of his career as he tied for the third place with Jyoti Randhawa at five-under 283.

The victory fetched Mukesh Rs 2,43,000. Ghei took home a cheque of Rs 1,68,000, while Virk and Randhawa won Rs 85,000.

Vijay Kumar established a new course record of six-under 66 despite a double bogey from the bunker on the picturesque fifth hole. That helped him finish tied for the sixth place at three-under 285 along with Sanjay Kumar.

Rahul Ganapathy, playing in the leader group, also made a similar double bogey on the fifth that put him out of contention and he finally finished eighth at 286. PTI
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Gayal crowned DLF golf champion
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Somesh Gayal (49 points) won the individual event of the HGA DLF Golf Tournament at the DLF Golf Course at Gurgaon today. P.K. Chaudhery with 46 points finished second.

Somesh Gayal, along with B.S. Bassi won the team event while P.K. Chaudhery and Ajai Johl finished second. Both the teams brought in identical scores of 83 points but Gayal and Bassi were declared winners due to a better back-nine score.

Earlier P.K. Chaudhery, President, Haryana Golf Association opened the tournament. L.M. Goyal, Chief Secretary, Haryana, gave away the prizes.
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DAV, HMV College in super league
Our Correspondent

Jalandhar, October 7
DAV College, Jalandhar, in the boys section and HMV College, Jalandhar, in the girls section entered the super league in the Punjab Champions College Hockey League. DAV College, Jalandhar, defeated DAV College, Nakodar 2-0.

In the other match in boys section, Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, beat PAU, Ludhiana. In the girls’ category HMV College, Jalandhar, beat Lyallpur Khalsa College for Women, Jalandhar 1-0 to taste their first victory whereas in the second match DAV, Amritsar trounced SN College, Amritsar, 8-0.

At the Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium here today DAV College, Nakodar and DAV College, Jalandhar, failed to score in the first half. In the 50th minute Harsh Dua of DAV College, Jalandhar, converted a penalty corner to give his team the lead. In the 58th minute Rajinder Singh scored a field goal increasing the lead 2-0. Out of the 13 penalty corners only one could be converted.

The second match of the day was a totally one-sided affair as DAV College, Amritsar, defeated SN College, Amritsar, with big contributions from Sandeep Gill, Amandeep Dhillon and Sandeep Sandhu, all scoring two goals each. The match between HMV College, Jalandhar and Khalsa College for Women, Jalandhar, was well-contested. Both the teams began on a fast note and showed good play. The first half was a goal-less affair.

In the 54th minute left-in Vandana converted a penalty corner and gave HMV the lead. Khalsa College tried hard to equalise but HMV’s defence withstood the test.

The last match of the day was between Khalsa College, Jalandhar and PAU, Ludhiana. The beginning itself was action-packed as centre forward Mahavir Singh of Khalsa College, Jalandhar, scored a brilliant field goal and then converted a penalty corner in the 13th minute giving a 2-0 lead to his team.

PAU, Ludhiana, tried hard to narrow the gap in the second half and succeeded in the 52nd minute when Dharminder Singh converted a penalty corner.
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FIR filed against ex-BCCI secy

Bangalore, October 7
The police has filed an FIR against former cricket board secretary C. Nagraj and another former official of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, accused of illegally accumulating more than Rs 1 crore during their tenure in the KSCA.

“We have registered an FIR against Nagaraj (also a former KSCA secretary) and Ananthashayana (former KSCA Manager-Finance) under Sections 420, 416 and 417 of the IPC,” a police official here told PTI today. The 4th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate had on Friday ordered the police to investigate and submit a report by January 9 next year. PTI
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 SPORTS BRIEFS

IFA SHIELD FINAL ABANDONED
KOLKATA:
The final of the 107th IFA Shield Football Tournament was abandoned midway today following violence between the players of East Bengal and Brazil’s Palmeiras, with the latter refusing to play the match. Palmeiras were leading 1-0, thanks to a Reinaldo De Souza strike, when the trouble started and coach Humberto Ferreira led his team out of the Salt Lake Stadium 35 minutes into the first half. After hectic parleys proved futile, match commissioner M.K. Krishnamurthy announced that the match had been called off. PTI

PUNJAB TABLE TENNIS FROM OCTOBER 23
LUDHIANA:
More than 250 shuttlers are expected to participate in the 42nd Punjab State Inter-District and Open Table Tennis Championship to be organised by the Ludhiana District Table Tennis Association (LDTTA) here at the Shastri Hall of Guru Nanak Stadium from October 23 to 28, according to a press note issued by the honorary secretary, LDTTA. In the six-day meet, competition in all categories, men and women, boys and girls, sub-junior boys and girls and as well as cadet boys and girls will be conducted. Free boarding and lodging will be provided to the participants. The players have been asked to bring their beddings and proper wollen clothing, the note said. Entries may be sent to Mr Fang Jenn Chiu at Ludhiana. OSR

DAV SCHOOL WIN
AMRITSAR:
DAV Senior School and Hindu Sabha School won their respective matches in the Parle-G under-16 inter-school cricket tournament being played at Gandhi Grounds here on Saturday. Brief scores: DAV School: 243 for 4 (Sumit Sharma 109, Vipan Kumar 53) PBN School: 115 all out (Mayank Sharma 3 for 14, Vimal 4 for 6). Police Public School: 95 all out (Raghav 25, Sandeep 27, Sunny 3 for 15, Abhinesh Sahrma 2 for 10) Hindu Sabha: 98 for 3 (Abhinesh Sharma 42 not out, Vijay 29, Gurpreet 2 for 27). OSR

BHUPATHI-TARANGO DUO
NEW DELHI:
Indian ace Mahesh Bhupathi and his American partner Jeff Tarango are set for a title clash against wild card entrants, Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Australian Sandon Stolle in the men’s doubles final of the Kremlin Cup at Moscow. The duo defeated the combination of Jiri Novak and David Rikl of Czeh Republic, 6-3, 6-4, in the semifinals yesterday. PTI

SANTOSH TROPHY
MUMBAI:
The Santosh Trophy Football Championship, scheduled to be held from November 6 to 26 at Nagpur, will now be held from November 1 to 18 at both Mumbai and Nagpur. The Western India Football Association assistant secretary Wali Mohammed told PTI here on Sunday that the Maharashtra Government has promised to extend financial assistance to conduct the championship in Mumbai and Nagpur after the WIFA President and NCP MP Prafulla Patel and All-India Football Federation President Priyaranjan Dasmunshi met Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh late on Saturday night. The Nagpur District Football Association, could not raise the Rs 50 lakh needed to organise the championship, forcing the AIFF and the WIFA to intervene and seek the state government’s help at the last minute to salvage the tournament. PTI
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