Tuesday, October 9, 2001,
Chandigarh, India







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S P O R T S

India meet Canada today
Hobart, October 8
Defending champions Australia start as favourites while runners-up India hope to clinch the title for the first time as the seventh Junior World Cup Hockey Championship get underway here from tomorrow.

Hussain reprimanded
Harare, October 8
England cricket captain Nasser Hussain, wicket-keeper James Foster and Zimbabwe batsman Andy Flower have all been reprimanded by the match referee overseeing the third one-day international between the two countries yesterday.

Graeme Pollock falls to Sachin Tendulkar’s charisma
Johannesburg, October 8
As Sachin Tendulkar announced his return to international cricket with a century after an injury-induced two-month lay-off, a batting legend of yesteryear has joined his ever-growing list of admirers.

USA qualify for soccer World Cup
Foxboro, October 8
The USA qualified for the World Cup finals for the fourth consecutive time with a 2-1 victory here yesterday over visiting Jamaica and some help from key rivals.

Victorious Brazil revive qualifying chances
Curitiba (Brazil), October 8
Brazil revived their chances of qualifying for next year’s World Cup after struggling to a 2-0 win over Chile in a tense qualifier today.
Brazilian Cafu (L) jumps over Chilean Perez during their qualifying match for the 2002 World Cup at Couto Pereira Stadium in Curitiba on Sunday. Brazil defeated Chile 2-0. — Reuters photo

Worst scenario for Germany
Gelsenkirchen, October 8
The worst-case scenario unfolded for Germany as their goalless draw with Finland left them in danger of failing to make the World Cup finals for the first time in their history.



Brazilian striker Edilson (top) celebrates his goal against Chile with team-mate Cafu during their qualifying match for the 2002 World Cup in Curitiba, on Sunday. 
— Reuters

EARLIER STORIES

  Badminton results
Patiala, October 8
Yogesh Chauhan of Jalandhar beat Kazim of Sangrur 7-5,7-0,7-2 to enter the quarterfinals of the Junior Punjab Badminton Championships played at the NIS badminton hall here today.

PPS Nabha hockey champions
Chandigarh, October 8
Punjab Public School, Nabha, have won the 15th All-India Inter-Public School Hockey Championship, held at Sri Dasmesh Academy, Anandpur Sahib. This is the second time in three years that the school have won this trophy. Amanpreet Singh, captain of the PPS team, was declared the best forward of the championship.

The PPS Nabha hockey team
The PPS Nabha hockey team, who won the Inter-Public School Hockey Championship at Anandpur Sahib.

Nakhlehada school adjudged best
Bilaspur, October 7
Government High School, Nakhlehada, was adjudged allround best and Government High School Gawalmuthani runners-up in four-day district level annual sports competitions for girls of high schools which concluded at Daslehada, 50 km from here on Saturday.


Argentina's Gabriel Batistuta celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Paraguay in the second half of their World cup qualifying match in the Defensores del Chaco Stadium in Asuncion, on Sunday. 
— Reuters

Sharjah tourney in jeopardy
Islamabad, October 8
The Sharjah-based Cricketers Benefit Fund Series is facing difficulties in finding a title sponsor and even selling television rights due to the uncertain conditions prevailing in the region due to apprehensions of a US attack on Afghanistan and also doubts if the event will be held on schedule.

Atray cricket final today
Chandigarh, October 8
The two-day final of the VIIIth J.P. Atray Memorial Cricket Tournament between Mumbai Cricket Association and ONGC gets underway at the PCA Stadium tomorrow at 9.30 a.m.

China celebrates maiden entry into World Cup
Beijing, October 8
Millions of Chinese nation-wide celebrated their country’s maiden entry into the World Cup soccer finals when their team defeated Oman 1-0 in an Asian qualifier at Shenyang yesterday.

Zaheer has to prove fitness
Mumbai, October 8
Disappointed with the poor performance of its fast bowlers in the tri-series opener against South Africa, the touring Indian team management has asked for left-arm pace bowler Zaheer Khan to be sent in as a reinforcement.




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India meet Canada today

Hobart, October 8
Defending champions Australia start as favourites while runners-up India hope to clinch the title for the first time as the seventh Junior World Cup Hockey Championship get underway here from tomorrow.

“We definitely have the advantage of playing on home ground but to be considered as favourite retain the title will put pressure on the team,” Aussie coach Colin Batch told UNI here today.

“I watched Germany and Holland play a practice match yesterday and found that these teams have some awesome talent, “he said adding that Dutch players like Balder Bomas, Thomas Boerma and Germany’s Thomas Jahn and Forian Keller are surely going to make a mark in this tournament.

About India, Batch said, “Judging from the amount of exposure players like Gagan Ajit and Bimal Lakra have had playing in senior tournaments, India is the other team I will be looking out for.”

Indian coach Rajinder Singh excluded cautious optimism on the eve of the championship saying. “We cannot take any team lightly and will have to play our best to win. The weather today is the only worrying factor and I hope it gets as sunny as it was in Sydney where we trained prior to coming here.’’

“The acclimatisation at Sydney followed by the two days of practice at Hobart and the draw makes us fell confident,’’ he said the after the final practice session.

“I feel we have to pace ourselves properly to perform at our best during the second phase of the competition, which is bound to be very competitive,’’ he said.

“The group C matches against Canada, Spain and Scotland will help us peak for the final stages,’’ he said on the eve of India’s first match against Canada, to be played on the opening day of the tournament tomorrow.

The only factor that may be worrying the Indian team was the sudden worsening of weather over the weekend. A severe southerly brought heavy rain to the Tasmanian hockey centre, disrupting an otherwise perfect build up to the tournament.

The Tournament Director, Peter Paul Lathouvers, from the Netherlands, met with the tournament organising committee and approved the organisation of the tournament. All the teams have tested the facility with practice sessions. The Indian team has had two practice session — one on Sunday and one today and seemed pretty satisfied with the surface.

“The surfaces are fast and clean and should make for interesting matches” said Indian skipper Gagan Ajit Singh.

We are having a comfortable stay at the Montgomery’s Hotel which is close to the venue,’’ said coach Rajinder Singh the last practice session.

In other pool C match tomorrow, Scotland will meet Spain. Other matches that will be played will be between pool A teams. Chile will lock horns with England while Australia meet Ireland.

Indian team: Devesh Chauhan, Bikramjit Singh, Kanwal Preet Singh, Jugraj Singh, Prasbodh Tirkey, Bismal Lakra, Rasquinha, Gagan Ajit Singh, Deepak Sonkhla, Inderjeet Singh, Rajpal Singh, Arjun Hallappa, Tejbir Singh, Prabhjot Singh, I. Tirkey, Bharat Kumar, Vikram Pillay and Bipin Fernandoz.

Coach: Rajinder Singh physiotherapist: Sampat Kumar. UNI

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Hussain reprimanded

Harare, October 8
England cricket captain Nasser Hussain, wicket-keeper James Foster and Zimbabwe batsman Andy Flower have all been reprimanded by the match referee overseeing the third one-day international between the two countries yesterday.

Nasser and Flower were found guilty by Col Naushad Ali of Pakistan of bringing the game into disrepute.

Foster was also warned according to a statement issued by the Zimbabwe Cricket Union today. No financial penalties were imposed.

Nasser violated a code that captains are responsible for play being conducted in the spirit of the game and the conduct of Flower and Foster was unbecoming to their status. AFP
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Graeme Pollock falls to Sachin Tendulkar’s charisma

Johannesburg, October 8
As Sachin Tendulkar announced his return to international cricket with a century after an injury-induced two-month lay-off, a batting legend of yesteryear has joined his ever-growing list of admirers.

Graeme Pollock’s international career was rudely interrupted by apartheid which isolated South Africa’s cricket team for nearly two decades, but in a relatively short Test career, he made a name for himself. He scored 2,256 runs in 23 Tests with seven centuries at an average of 60.97, second only to Sir Donald Bradman’s 99.94 in the game’s history.

Declared South Africa’s cricketer of the century, Pollock, an uncle of the current national captain Shaun Pollock, is now a national selector.

“You know when he is playing, the Indian side is hell of a lot better side,” Pollock said today referring to Tendulkar with whom he shares a special bonding — both figure in the Don’s ‘All Time Best XI’.

Describing him as “fantastic”, Pollock says Tendulkar is “certainly the best player in the world at the moment”.

Pollock said he was keen to watch the Indian champion in action on the fast, bouncy pitches here but “I was just concerned that his injury would keep him out of the tour”.

“Why I’ve always liked him (Tendulkar) is that batsmen tend to be negative at times and I think batting is not about not getting out — it is to play positively. I think you got to take it to the bowlers and Sachin is one such player,” he said.

“When you do so, you change game, you change bowlers because they suddenly start bowling badly, because they are under pressure.

“Sachin has certainly done that. He has done so many times where he has changed games, by scoring at a good rate,” Pollock said.

The South African legend said the one thing that he has observed about Tendulkar is he keeps batting so simple. “One of the key factors about batting is that you got to be balanced on your feet and you keep your head still. If you do these two things correctly, it goes a long way towards playing well.”

“Some batsmen get too technical. I don’t think batting needs all those technicalities. It is pretty simple. The simpler you keep it, I think more successful you are going to be.”

Pollock feels if Test cricket is to survive, batsmen and teams must always look to score runs at a good clip. “You look at the current Aussie side. They are always scoring 300-plus in a day and that’s what you got to do. It gives your bowlers time get the opposition out.”

Pollock had a chat with John Wright the other day as the Indian coach caught up with the South African batting legend and sought his views, among other things, on batting.

“I had a long chat with John (Wright). We just generally talked about batting. I said the same thing to him. If he passes this on to your batsmen, that’s good. I just like to see good cricket. If I can make a contribution to it, I am ready to do so.”

Pollock also spoke to captain Sourav Ganguly and said he really thought India was a formidable batting line-up.

“I was just speaking to your captain and saying it is nice that guys like (VVS) Laxman are coming for the Test side. Your top six, when everybody is fit, is very formidable. It’s a very good top six batting. Also, a lot of your batsmen play positively. That’s nice to see.”

Pollock also felt India were well-served by the presence of spinners Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh on this tour.

“These two spinners are as good as any. Kumble is a little different from the leg-spinner of the 60’s and 70’s in the sense that men like Richie Benaud were greater turners of the ball. They didn’t bowl all that quickly. PTI
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USA qualify for soccer World Cup

Foxboro, October 8
The USA qualified for the World Cup finals for the fourth consecutive time with a 2-1 victory here yesterday over visiting Jamaica and some help from key rivals.

Joe-Max Moore scored in the fourth minute and converted a penalty kick in the 81st minute as the US team joined Costa Rica in clinching a berth in Asia’s first World Cup by eliminating the Jamaicans, who had qualified in 1998.

“We had no idea we were going to qualify,” Moore said. “We had put ourselves against the wall.

The match was first by any US national team since the September 11 World Trade Centre and Pentagon tragedies. Coach Bruce Arena told his players before they walked on to the field that US forces had bombed Afghanistan just minutes earlier.

The six-team, North American round-robin tournament decides three regional qualifiers for next year’s 32-nation World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan.

The victory lifted the US team to 16 points, two better than Honduras and Mexico with one match to play. But because Honduras play at Mexico on November 11, only one could pass the US total, thereby ensuring a top-three finish.

Aiding the US cause were Costa Rica’s goal-less draw with Mexico and a 1-0 upset by Trinidad and Tobago over Honduras, which must beat Mexico to advance. The Mexicans need only draw at home to qualify on superior goal difference.

Moore, who hadn’t scored for English Premiership team Everton in more than a year, placed his penalty shot to the lower right of goalkeeper Aaron Lawrence to break the 1-1 deadlock.

Before Moore shot, Lawrence walked up and shook his hand. “He wished me all the best,” Moore said.

US players have had experienced problems converting penalties in Arena’s three-year coaching tenure. Earnie Stewart had missed a key penalty in a 3-2 loss to Honduras last month.

The Americans were awarded the kick after second-half substitute Tryone Marshall took down Landon Donovan in the penalty box before a crowd of 40,483 at Foxboro Stadium.

Moore’s first goal was set up when Jamaican midfielder Theodore Whitmore fouled midfielder Chris Armas several yards outside the left side of the penalty area.

Claudio Reyna, who had missed three consecutive matches due to injury and suspension, then sent a free kick into the box that Moore headed into the right corner past Lawrence.

The Jamaicans equalised in the 14th minute as James Lawrence chested down a throw-in and had all the time in the world to shoot from 10 yards, beating goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

ASUNCION: Gabriel Batistuta, playing his first international for almost a year, scored the equaliser as Argentina forced a 2-2 draw away to Paraguay in a World Cup qualifier. AFP, Reuters

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Victorious Brazil revive qualifying chances

Curitiba (Brazil), October 8
Brazil revived their chances of qualifying for next year’s World Cup after struggling to a 2-0 win over Chile in a tense qualifier today.

Second-half goals from Edilson and Rivaldo gave the four-times champions three priceless points after they had struggled to break down a massed Chilean defence.

Brazil, in danger of losing their record as the only country to have played at every World Cup, remained in fourth place in the South American group with 27 points. The top four teams qualify and the fifth play off against Oceania winners Australia.

The Brazilians were given a helping hand when Uruguay, level on points with them at the start of the day, drew 1-1 at home against Colombia.

They have two games left, away to Bolivia at high altitude in La Paz and at home to modest Venezuela.

Brazil came to life after winger Denilson came on as a halftime substitute. Edilson opened the scoring eight minutes into the second half and Rivaldo added the second in the 67th minute.

Chile, already eliminated and with Jorge Garces making his debut as their third coach of the qualifying competition, stayed bottom of the group as they completed eight games without a win.

Fielding a young and experimental team, they seemed happy to sit back and soak up the pressure.

Brazil, once again disjointed and lacking ideas in midfield, were restricted to two long-range efforts from Rivaldo in the first half.

The first, from a free kick, was well saved by Chile goalkeeper Carlos Toro, making his international debut, and the second shaved Toro’s left post.

Earlier, Roberto Carlos tested the Chile goalkeeper with a low free kick but the Real Madrid player otherwise had a wretched first half as he failed to produce a single decent cross.

Marcelo Salas wasted Chile’s best chance when he mis-cued after being left alone in the penalty area by a sleepy Brazil defence.

Brazil finally broke through when Vampeta found Edilson with a diagonal pass through the midfield, the Flamengo player slipped past Jorge Vargas and placed the ball under Toro.

The second goal came when Cafu crossed from the right and Rivaldo scored an opportunist goal, sticking out a foot to divert the ball past Toro. Reuters
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Worst scenario for Germany

Gelsenkirchen, October 8
The worst-case scenario unfolded for Germany as their goalless draw with Finland left them in danger of failing to make the World Cup finals for the first time in their history.

“Too stupid for the World Cup”, screamed a headline on Bild am Sonntag newspaper yesterday which summed up the general feeling after yet another lacklustre show from the troubled soccer giants.

England’s simultaneous earlier 2-2 draw with Greece at Old Trafford means the triple world champions would have secured first place in the group for a ticket to next year’s finals in Japan and South Korea if they had managed to beat the Finns.

Head coach Rudi Voeller, who had insisted that last month’s traumatic 5-1 defeat to England in their previous qualifier was a one-off slip-up, had made it clear that only victory would do.

“We have to win our match against Finland because it would be awful if England did not beat Greece and we still finished the group second by not winning our match,” the former World Cup striker said before Saturday’s dramatic finale.

Voeller’s nightmare materialised and, to make matters worse, England needed a stoppage time free-kick from David Beckham to draw with Greece and force their old rivals into the November playoffs.

“Dummies of a nation,’’ welt am Sonntag called the Germany players, who now have to beat Ukraine in a two-leg tie if they are to avoid even more insulting designations from the local media.

“I am convinced we will beat Ukraine to qualify,” said Voeller, who has hinted he will step down if his men missed out on the finals.

“We lacked courage in the first half and did not take enough risks but we played much better in the second half, even if we couldn’t score, and that makes me confident,” he said. Reuters
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Badminton results
Our Sports Reporter

Patiala, October 8
Yogesh Chauhan of Jalandhar beat Kazim of Sangrur 7-5,7-0,7-2 to enter the quarterfinals of the Junior Punjab Badminton Championships played at the NIS badminton hall here today.

The other results (all pre-quarter finals): Boys — Yogesh Chauhan (Jalandhar) beat Kazim (Sangrur) 7-5,7-0,7-2; Sandeep (Amritsar) beat Ramanpreet Singh 7-3,7-3,7-4; Sahil Arora (Jal) beat Saurav (Asr) 7-1,7-4,7-0. Varun Gulati (Asr) beat Akhtar (Sgr) 2-7,7-3,7-4,7-2; Varun Khanna (Asr) beat Ramnik Singh (Jal) 7-4,7-0,3-7,4-7,7-4; Mayank Behl (Asr) beat Parminder Singh (Jal) 7-1,7-0,7-0.

Girls: Arti Verma (Ropar) beat Harjot Kaur (Pta) 7-0,7-2,7-0; Vandana Vatrana (Pta) w/o Madhuri (Asr); Amritpal Kaur (Pta) beat Lubna (Sgr) 7-4,7-0,7-3; Punit (Pta) beat Heena Kapoor (Jal) 4-7,1-7,7-2,7-2,7-1; Mandeep Kaur (Ldh) w/o Vidhu Vatrana; Navita Thakur (Jal) beat Jyoti (Asr) 7-2,7-2,7-3; Shenaz (Sgr) beat Harneet (Ldh) 7-0,7-0,7-1; Navneet Kaur (Jal) beat Sukhman Bhatia (Pta) 7-1,7-1,7-2.

Boys — doubles (Q-final): Mayank and Akshay (Asr) beat Vishal and Parminder (Jal) 7-4,7-0,7-5. Sandeep and Sahil (Jal) beat Kazim and Akhtar (Sgr) 2-7,7-4,7-3,7-3.

Girls — singles (Q-final): Shenaz and Arti (Sgr) w/o Mandeep and Sukhpreet (Ldh); Navita and Heena (Jal) beat Radha and Jyoti (Asr) 7-0,7-2,3-7,7-3; Puneet and Vandana(Pta) w/o Ashwinder and Harneet (Ldh); Navneet and Amritpal (Jal) beat Sukhvir and Navneet (Sgr) 7-3,7-1,7-1.
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PPS Nabha hockey champions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Punjab Public School, Nabha, have won the 15th All-India Inter-Public School Hockey Championship, held at Sri Dasmesh Academy, Anandpur Sahib. This is the second time in three years that the school have won this trophy. Amanpreet Singh, captain of the PPS team, was declared the best forward of the championship.

In all nine teams — Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai, Scindia School, Gwalior, Mayo College, Ajmer, Daly College, Indore, Sainik School, Sujanpur Tira, Sri Dasmesh Academy, Anandpur Sahib, Sainik School, Nagrota, Raj Kumar College, Rajkot, and Punjab Public School, Nabha — took part in the meet.

According to Mr M.S. Bedi, Headmaster of PPS, Nabha, and Mr Beant Singh, team in charge, the winners beat Mayo College, Ajmer 1-0, and Scindia School, Gwalior 4-0 before drawing with Sainik School, Sujanpur Tira. In the semifinals PPS defeated Daly College 2-0. In the final PPS defeated Sainik School, Sujanpur Tira, by a solitary goal. Pargat Singh centre half of PPS scored the winning goal by converting a penalty corner in the second half. The team was coached by Jaibir Singh.

In the first semifinal Sujanpur Tira defeated Sri Dasmesh Academy to sail into the final. In the hardline match Daly College finished third defeating Sri Dashmesh Academy. Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai, who won the trophy 12 times previously could not reach the semifinals.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister, Punjab, gave away the prizes.
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Nakhlehada school adjudged best
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, October 7
Government High School, Nakhlehada, was adjudged allround best and Government High School Gawalmuthani runners-up in four-day district level annual sports competitions for girls of high schools which concluded at Daslehada, 50 km from here on Saturday. Mr Prakash Chaudhary, Himachal Rural Development Minister, presided over the function and distributed prizes.

Results: Volleyball: High School, Gharan 1, High School Gandhir 2, Badminton: Nakhlehda 1, Gharan 2, Kabaddi: Gawalmuthani 1, Daslehda 2, Kho Kho: Nakhlehada 1, Dahad 2, Shotput: Indukumari (Gawalmuthani 1, Anita Kumari (Gharan) 2, Discus Throw: Promila (Gawalmuthani) 1, Asha Kumari (Nakhlehada) 2, Long Jump: Rekha Kumari (Raghunathpura) 1, Reena Devi (Amarpur) 2.
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Sharjah tourney in jeopardy

Islamabad, October 8
The Sharjah-based Cricketers Benefit Fund Series (CBFS) is facing difficulties in finding a title sponsor and even selling television rights due to the uncertain conditions prevailing in the region due to apprehensions of a US attack on Afghanistan and also doubts if the event will be held on schedule.

The CBFC is yet to announce a title sponsor for its triangular series, slated to commence from October 26, featuring Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

No announcement on the title sponsor or television rights holder has come so far, since they have not yet sold these two main sources of revenue earnings from the tournament, according to CBFC sources. UNI
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Atray cricket final today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The two-day final of the VIIIth J.P. Atray Memorial Cricket Tournament between Mumbai Cricket Association and ONGC gets underway at the PCA Stadium tomorrow at 9.30 a.m.

The two teams met in the league stage where Mumbai had got the better of ONGC in a low scoring match. On their way to the final Mumbai had beaten fancied Bishnoi Cricket Club and ONGC had made short work of Roofit Industries. Both teams of pool B have qualified for the finals.
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China celebrates maiden entry into World Cup

Beijing, October 8
Millions of Chinese nation-wide celebrated their country’s maiden entry into the World Cup soccer finals when their team defeated Oman 1-0 in an Asian qualifier at Shenyang yesterday.

Jubilant fans through out the world’s most populous nation rushed into the streets here to celebrate the historic victory for which they have waited 44 years.

Expectations of a Chinese victory were so high that celebrations had been scheduled beforehand and started at the stadium in Shenyang in north-eastern China immediately after the match.

Thousands of fans danced with joy in the city’s municipal square after watching the match on a giant television screen.

TV sets were also put out on-Beijing’s famous bar street, Sanlitun, which filled with people an hour before the match. Fans cheered at every Chinese attack, and erupted with joy when Yu Genwei struck in the decider in the 36th minute.

The main Changan avenue was filled with cars with jubilant fans, who dispersed soon after the US launched military strikes against Afghanistan. PTI
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Zaheer has to prove fitness

Mumbai, October 8
Disappointed with the poor performance of its fast bowlers in the tri-series opener against South Africa, the touring Indian team management has asked for left-arm pace bowler Zaheer Khan to be sent in as a reinforcement.

But, before going there to figure in the remaining matches of the series, Zaheer Khan will have to prove his fitness, according to cricket board secretary Niranjan Shah.

Mr Shah told PTI that there were some procedures to be followed when a player came back after an injury. “Zaheer is yet to produce the fitness certificate. Then the board doctor will examine him and the doctor will intimate the selectors whether the player is fit or not.” PTI
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 SPORTS BRIEFS



Microsoft founder Bill Gates and pro tennis player Andre Agassi shake hands with Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and pro tennis player Pete Sampras after beating the pair in a pro-am celebrity doubles match at the Schick Xtreme III Tennis Challenge, on Sunday at Key Arena in Seattle. The tennis match was held to raise money for breast cancer research. — Reuters

H S SCHOOL IN FINAL
AMRITSAR:
Hindu Sabha School today defeated DAV School to enter the Mohali League Cricket Tournament of Parle-G, at Gandhi Grounds here. Brief scores: Hindu Sabha: 149 all out (Abhinish Sharma 55, Sunny 22; Kunal Sharma 3 for 19, Tarun Sharma 2 for 22) (DAV School) 139 all out (Vipin Kumar 60, Bharat Lamba 27; Sunny Khosla 4 for 19 and Abhinish 1 for 22). OSR

DEEPAK TO LEAD
ROHTAK:
Deepak Sain will lead Haryana in the BCCI (under-14) Cricket Tournament this year. Giving this information, Mr Ranbir Singh Mahendra, secretary, Haryana Cricket Association, said selectors had named 18 probables for the coaching camp which would start from October 16 at Rohtak. Haryana are scheduled to play their first match against Jammu and Kashmir from October 28. The probables: Deepak Sain (captain), Prem Prateek, Kailash Sen, Varun Ratra, Vajuvendera Chahal, Nitin Saini, Deepak Choudhary, Manvinder Singh Dalal, Manish Verma, Ankit Sahni, Dalesh Sharma, Pranav Kush, Narender Kumar, Veer Bahadur, Raval Balota, Devender Sheoran, Dinesh Negi and Arjun Dhull. OSR

PUNJAB TABLE TENNIS
CHANDIGARH:
The Patiala District Table Tennis Association will conduct the Punjab State Open Ranking TT Championship at the NIS Patiala from October 12 to 14, according to Mr Viswajeet Khanna, president, PDTTA. Players from all districts of Punjab and affiliated units, State Bank of Patiala and PSEB, shall take part. The cadet, subjunior and junior events will commence on October 12. The men’s and women’s singles events will take place on October 13. All matches will be played on knockout basis. Mr Amitabha Guha, Chief General Manager, State Bank of Patiala will inaugurate the meet on October 12. Entries close with Mr J.K. Bhardwaj, secretary, PDTTA. TNS

IFA SHIELD
KOLKATA:
The fate of yesterday’s abandoned IFA Shield final between Brazil’s Palmeiras and local giants East Bengal continued to hang in the balance with IFA saying it was unable to take a decision on the basis of the referee and match commissioner’s report, even as the visiting team threatened to move world football’s governing body FIFA. Though both teams demanded that they be declared winners, IFA joint secretary Ranjit Gupta said the tournament committee members would watch a video replay of the match on Wednesday to arrive at a final decision. PTI

BSNL VOLLEYBALL OPENS
CHANDIGARH:
The All-India BSNL Volleyball Tournament was inaugurated by Mr Prithipal Singh Director (Operation), BSNL Headquarters, New Delhi, at the sports complex, Sector 46, here today. Mr S.C. Choudhary, Chief General Manager, Punjab Telecom Circle, Mr R.C. Vaish, and other senior officers were also present. As many as 16 men’s and seven women’s teams from various telecom circles are participating in the tournament. The tournament will conclude on October 12. TNS
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