Sunday, October 14, 2001, Chandigarh, India





S P O R T S


USA jolt India, take 2-0 lead
Winston salem (North Carolina), October 13
India’s bid to enter the elite group of 16 in Davis Cup tennis received a severe jolt as they lost both the singles on the opening day of the World Group qualifying round here last night.

India's Leander Paes returns the ball to James Blake of the USA during the Davis Cup qualifying round between the USA and India on Friday. Blake won the match 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. — Reuters photo

Arjun overcomes Harmeet Kahlon, clinches Hero Golf title
Chandigarh, October 13
Arjun Singh of Delhi overcame a brief fightback by Harmeet Kahlon of Chandigarh and calmy went on to clinch the Hero Golf 2001 Chandigarh Open title and pocket the cash prize of Rs 1,62,000 at the Chandigarh Golf Club course here today. At the eighth hole, Harmeet was virtually breathing down the neck of the three-day leader with just two strokes dividing them.



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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

RAID-DE-HIMALAYA
Hugging for comfort at journey’s end
Shimla, October 13
Tragedy again struck Raid-de-Himalaya last night when vehicle No 24 driven by N.L. Chaudhary (31) and Jaswinder Paul (30) went off Kingal-Basantpur stage last night. Track marks suggested that the car slipped. It fell into a gorge about 800 metres deep.

Argentina in 2nd round
Hobart, October 13
Argentina, the Netherlands, Germany and Korea today won their last matches to qualify for the second round of the Junior World Cup hockey. Argentina defeated New Zealand 3-0 and would meet India in their first second round match tomorrow. Argentina dominated the match right from the start but wasted the first penalty corner that came their way in the seventh minute.

Kenya hope to avoid another rout
Kimberly, October 13
South Africa are keen to get over the formality of beating Kenya tomorrow before locking horns with India next week to avenge their 41-run defeat.

IRANI TROPHY
Williams wages lone battle for Baroda
Nagpur, October 13
Aided by two good partnerships of 64 with Nayan Mongia for the second wicket and 121 with Himanshu Jadhav for the fifth wicket, Baroda skipper Connar Williams virtually led a lone battle to guide his team to a total of 265 for six against the Rest of India at the close of the opening day’s play of the five-day Irani Trophy match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) grounds here today.

61 Cavalry, Jindal Steels in final
Chandigarh, October 13
Fancied 61 Cavalry will face Jindal Steels in the final of the inaugural Punjab and Sind Bank Bicentenary Coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Polo Tournament at Railway Territorial Army ground here on Sunday afternoon. The semifinals — between 61 Cavalry and Trident-Anandpur and Jindal Steels and Thunderbolt — turned out to be pulsating affairs with some crisp and classic polo on display.



Vishal Singh ( Trident-Anandpur) makes a turning as Maj Ajay Ahlawat and Samir Chaudhary of 61 Cavalry try to block him the second semifinal of the Punjab and Sind Bank Bicentenary Corporation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Polo Tournament at Railway Territorial Army ground in Chandigarh on Saturday. In the middle is Vikram Sodhi ( Trident). — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

DAV, HMV College register wins
Chandigarh, October 13
DAV College, Amritsar, and HMV College, Jalandhar registered their first victories in the Super League of the Hyundai Punjab Champion Colleges Hockey League organised by Hockey Promotion Institute at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium, Jalandhar, today.

England beat Zimbabwe
Bulawayo, October 13
England secured a comfortable 5-0 series whitewash over Zimbabwe with a seven-wicket victory in the final match at the Queens Sports Club today. The defeat condemned Zimbabwe to their 12th consecutive loss, the worst sequence of defeats they have suffered, going back to July against India and the West Indies.

Boxers selected for junior championship
Ambala, October 13
The selections of boxers from Ambala for the Haryana State Junior Boxing championship, which will be held at Faridabad from October 15 to 17, took place today.

Railway basketball
Chandigarh, October 13
Rail Coach Factory Sports Association, Kapurthala will organised the All-India Railway Basketball Championship from October 15 to 20 on league-cum-knock out basis at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Stadium Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala. The Championship will be inaugurated by Mr K.R. Govindarajan, General Manager, RCF.

DDCA felicitates Dalmia
New Delhi, October 13
The BCCI president, Mr Jagmohan Dalmia, was felicitated by the Delhi and District Cricket Association here today. The function was attended by many cricket celebrities and was presided over by DDCA president Arun Jaitley, who is also the Union Minister for Law, Justice and Company Affairs.

Chess results
Chandigarh, October 13
Vennela Tata and Iswarya with 3.5 points each in the under 14 years girls section and Akshay Raj Khore with 5.5 points in under 14 boys section were leading on the penultimate day of the VIth National Subjunior Rapid Chess Tournament at Jawahar Navodya Vidyalya, Sector 25 here today.
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USA jolt India, take 2-0 lead


Andy Roddick of the United States makes a return to India's Harsh Mankad during the Davis Cup qualifying round between the United States and India on Friday. The qualifier was played at the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 
— Reuters photo

Winston salem (North Carolina), October 13
India’s bid to enter the elite group of 16 in Davis Cup tennis received a severe jolt as they lost both the singles on the opening day of the World Group qualifying round here last night.

Leander Paes’ 11-match winning streak in Davis Cup came to an end when he lost to newcomer James Blake of the USA in straight sets 5-7, 3-6, 3-6 after America’s upcoming star and World No15 Andy Roddick routed India’s Harsh Mankad in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 to put the USA 1-0 ahead at the Joel Coliseum.

India now face a near impossible task of winning the doubles and both the reverse singles on Sunday to make it to the World Group.

Playing his first singles match after losing to Nicolas Escude of France in the second round at Wimbledon, Paes’ magic failed to work as Blake, who is making rapid strides in the ATP ranking, closed out the match in one hour and 50 minutes.

The games went with serve till 4-4 in the first set with both players getting a measure of their opponent. Serving at 30-30 in the fifth game, Paes missed an easy volley to give the first break point to Blake. He then double-faulted on the crucial point to lose serve and go down 5-6.

The 21-year-old from Connecticut then served out on his first set point after surviving two break points as a return from Paes sailed over the baseline.

The best chance for Paes to come back into the match came at the start of the second set. Unfazed by his loss in the first set, the 28-year-old Indian star won the first game of the set serving his first ace of the match.

Paes then broke Blake’s serve for the first time with a big forehand winner to rush to a 2-0 lead.

Serving at 40-0, for a 3-0 lead, he missed an easy point attempting a flashy forehand. Taking an amazing turnaround, Blake won the next two points, pushed the game into duece, saved another game point and pounced on a weak Paes’ second serve to put the set back on serve.

The next three games went with serve before Blake broke Paes’ serve for the second time in the set to lead 4-3 even as the Indian managed to win only five points after squandering his chance in the third game.

After holding his serve for love with four high power serves to go 5-3 up, Blake once more turned the heat on Paes attacking his serve. He was particularly severe on Paes’ second serves, despatching them to the lines.

Despite a valiant effort by Paes to hold serve in the ninth game, which oscillated through three dueces after Paes was leading 40-15, Blake converted the second set point of a second serve as the Indian netted a volley, to take the match further away with a 7-5, 6-3 lead.

Paes now had to pull something out of the bag but was unable to surprise the young American. Games went with serve till the sixth when Paes lost his serve once more.

He served a double fault to go 0-30 down and a sequence of unforced errors gave Blake a 4-2 lead and he could now smell his first win in Davis Cup.

The never-say-die spirit of Leander Paes, which won him all the fame in Davis Cup history, was to the fore in the next game as he went all out to break Blake’s serve.

The most entertaining of the entire match, the game saw five dueces and fortunes fluctuating for the players. Paes’s had two break points but each time Blake came out of the hole with big serves. Blake finally managed to hold serve to 5-2 when a return by Paes went over the base line.

A glare at the statistics confirmed Paes’ undoing with 29 unforced errors to go with 37 winners and a first serve percentage of 56. In comparison, Blake’s first serve record touched 67 per cent with 33 winners and only 17 unforced errors.

Earlier in the day, 19-year-old Andy Roddick toyed with India’s Harsh Mankad before overpowering him in straight sets. PTI
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Arjun overcomes Harmeet Kahlon, clinches Hero Golf title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Arjun Singh of Delhi overcame a brief fightback by Harmeet Kahlon of Chandigarh and calmy went on to clinch the Hero Golf 2001 Chandigarh Open title and pocket the cash prize of Rs 1,62,000 at the Chandigarh Golf Club course here today. At the eighth hole, Harmeet was virtually breathing down the neck of the three-day leader with just two strokes dividing them. But Arjun just did not lose his cool, he fired a birdie on the ninth hole, and thereafter there was no looking back as he sailed ahead to clinch the title with a 10-under 278. His nearest rival was Gurbaaz Mann, who finished at seven-under 281, three strokes behind. But he was forced to relinquish the second spot to K.S. Sibia due to his amateur status

Sibia tallied five-under 283 while Rajiv Kumar, another local pro, finished third at 284. Another Chandigarh golfer Amandeep Johl finished fourth at 285. The country’s top-ranked golfer Mukesh Kumar of Mhow, occupied the fifth spot at 286. The duo of Rohtas Singh (Delhi) and Harmeet Kahlon (Chandigarh) were placed tied-sixth at 287. Defending champion Chandigarh’s Amritinder Singh finished tied-12th at 291.

The day began in interesting fashion with Harmeet Kahlon making a whirlwind start to his round. Essaying four birdies in his first six holes (1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th) Harmeet had Arjun Singh worried. After the 8th, Kahlon at eight-under for the tournament was just two-strokes behind the leader. Arjun’s birdie on the 4th, had been nullified by back-to-back bogeys on the 7th and 8th. At the half-way stage, the deficit was increased to three in Arjun’s favour thanks to the Delhiite’s sinking a birdie on the 9th. “I was a little worried at this stage. Kahlon is a brilliant player and I new I had to attack and regain the advantage. This is exactly what I did on the 9th,” said Arjun. However, the eventual champion had little to worry about as the stockily built Kahlon, suddenly lost touch to drop as many as seven shots on his birdie-free back-nine. Kahlon bogeyed the 12th, double-bogeyed the 13th and 15th with consecutive bogeys defacing his finishing holes. “It was a terrible performance. I have nothing to say about it,” said a dejected Kahlon.

“It feels great winning. The course has played superb throughout and that really helped,” beamed Arjun Singh. “I got a little careless in the early part of my round but luckily recovered my focus in time,” added the golfer who will proceed to China next week to play the Volvo China Open, part of the Asian PGA Tour. Arjun’s back-nine card contained a birdie on the 13th and an unfortunate double bogey on the 15th. He played to one-over 73.

K.S. Sibia was the happiest man in the world today. The 22-year old played to two-under 70 today despite a bogey start to his round. “I was not too bothered about the bogey. It was just a lapse in concentration,” he said. Sibia did not make another mistake in his round with birdies on the 2nd, 13th and the 18th. “It feels great finishing second in front of my home crowd he said. “I did feel that I might actually win today but that was only if Arjun made mistakes. Heart of hearts I knew he wouldn’t,” he added. Sibia earned his biggest ever career cheque of Rs 1,12,000. “I am looking forward to the rest of the Tour,” he added.

Gurbaaz Mann wins amateur title: Gurbaaz Mann might as well have played in the professional category, such was the standard of his play this week. The 18-year old Chandigarh Golf Club regular outshone the entire field with the exception of Arjun Singh. “I am thrilled. It is a great feeling performing so well in a professional tournament that too with golfers like Arjun Singh, Gaurav Ghei, Vijay Kumar, Uttam Mundy, Shiv Prakash and Mukesh Kumar participating,” said the golfer who will most probably be leaving for the Arizona State University, Phoenix for a golf scholarship next year. Today, Gurbaaz erred just once, on the 11th, where he dropped a stroke due to a weak chip shot. His card was studded with birdies on the 6th, 13th, 15th and 18th. “I played aggressively today hoping to catch up with Arjun but he was just too good for me,” said the youngster. Mann’s tally of 281 was six less than second placed Girish Virk’s one-under 287. Vikramjit Singh finished third at 298.

Scores (after 72 holes): 278 Arjun Singh ( 65,69,71,73); 283 KS Sibia ( 67,72,74,70); 284 Rajiv Kumar (71,67,73,73); 285 Amandeep Johl (72,70,73,70); 286 Mukesh Kumar (72,72,70,72); 287 Rohtas Singh (72,74,71,70) and Harmeet Kahlon (70,72,70,75); 288 Basad Ali (74,67,71,76); 289 Ranjit Singh (74,72,69,74); 290 Rahil Gangjee (72,70,75,73) and Yusuf Ali (73,70,73,74); 291 Amritinder Singh (74,72,75,70), Bhoop Singh (73,71,74,73), Vinod Kumar (D) (70,75,72,74), and Pappan (69,71,77,74).

Amateurs: 281 Gurbaaz Mann (73,72,67,69); 287 Girish Virk (70,73,72,72); 298 Vikramjit Singh (77,69,77,75).
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RAID-DE-HIMALAYA
Hugging for comfort at journey’s end
Roopinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 13
Tragedy again struck Raid-de-Himalaya last night when vehicle No 24 driven by N.L. Chaudhary (31) and Jaswinder Paul (30) went off Kingal-Basantpur stage last night. Track marks suggested that the car slipped. It fell into a gorge about 800 metres deep.

As the news of the crash filtered in late night, the smiles were gone, people still hugged each other, but it was for comfort. Chaudhary had an automobile spare parts business in Dhalli near here. The town was closed as a mark of respect for him. He is survived by his wife and children. Jaswinder Paul belonged to Ludhiana but had been living in Shimla for long. He was also a businessman and is survived by his wife and a child.

As many as 31 motor cycles and 27 four wheelers had started the Raid but 15 bikes and nine cars finished the last stage. It was indeed one of the toughest motor sporting events the country has seen.

Along Aier of Nagaland riding a Gypsy came first followed by Rahul Khanna, Anil Wadia, Tushar Amin, and Major Bhupinder Shahi. In the two-wheelers category Suhrid Sharma was first, followed by Dijay Sahi, Rakesh Blokhra, Dharmender Negi and Parshivnikhar. Talking to TNS, Along Aier called the Raid the toughest event in India. Referring to the various difficulties faced by the competitors and the unfortunate death of the three competitors, Along said: “Risk is what motor sport is”. This is the first major win for this 30-year-old man from Nagaland who started rallying just a year ago and was not familiar with terrain.

Suhrid Sharma, the motor cycle champion said he wished the event was longer and tougher. The man who had to face two punctures and a minor accident had picked up from the third position at the end of the first day to coming first overall.

The prize giving ceremonies were cancelled due to the sad incidents. At a press conference Mr Manjeev Bhalla, one of the organisers, explained the position regarding the accident of the vehicle yesterday and the subsequent rescue and recovery operation that lasted well into the morning. The bodies of the driver and co-driver of vehicle No 24 were brought to Shimla after a post-mortem.

While all the participants and the organisers expressed grief at the deaths of the three competitors, the two who died yesterday and the motorcyclist John-Mark James earlier, the prevalent feeling was that the sport was an extreme sport which had extreme dangers.
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2 car rallyists die in mishap
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 13
A pall of gloom descended here as two local participants in the Raid-de-Himalaya car rally, Nand Lal Chaudhary and Jasvinder Pal, lost their lives as their Gypsy plunged about 2500 ft. from the road at Dharogla near Basantpur, about 80 km from here, last night.

Their bodies were brought here this afternoon and all shops in Dhalli and Kachhi Ghati remained closed as a mark of respect to the deceased, who belonged to these localities.

Choudhary was a well known person and owned a motor workshop. He had a wide circle of friends from a cross section of society.

He has left behind his wife, who is serving in Chandigarh Tourism, and a daughter and a son.

He originally belonged to the Lakhanmajra village in Rohtak district of Haryana, but had settled here since the past few years.

Chaudhary was bubbling with enthusiasm ever since he decided to participate in the rally and had been preparing his recently acquired Gypsy for the event. He contacted many of his friends from Leh three days ago when the rally reached there and expressed confidence of making it to the top.
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Argentina in 2nd round

Hobart, October 13
Argentina, the Netherlands, Germany and Korea today won their last matches to qualify for the second round of the Junior World Cup hockey.

Argentina defeated New Zealand 3-0 and would meet India in their first second round match tomorrow. Argentina dominated the match right from the start but wasted the first penalty corner that came their way in the seventh minute. They drew first blood with a superb individual effort from Lucas Commaretri, who beat several defenders with his solo run and hit a hard shot to the left corner of the net.

Straight after the breather Gilardi converted the stroke with a flick to the top right, past the diving goalkeeper. Argentina got a third goal through penalty corner in the 48th minute and then relaxed a bit. In other matches the Netherlands won 2-0 against France while Germany scored a 2-1 win over Malaysia to qualify as leaders of pool D.

India who topped pool C were today placed in pool F along with the Netherlands, hosts and reigning champions Australia and Argentina. They will play Argentina tomorrow in the second round, Australia on October 15 and the Netherlands on October 17. UNI

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Kenya hope to avoid another rout

Kimberly, October 13
South Africa are keen to get over the formality of beating Kenya tomorrow before locking horns with India next week to avenge their 41-run defeat.

South Africa have relieved paceman Andre Nel to iron out his rhythm but had to settle without the services of Gary Kirsten after the flamboyant opener suffered a severe thigh strain.

The absence of Kirsten might mean little inconvenience against Kenyans but could matter significantly in the match against India, who look ominous after their 10-wicket rout of Kenya yesterday, the third biggest defeat in the history of one-day internationals.

India are currently placed on top of the table, despite garnering as many points as South Africa, on account of better rate of scoring.

Matches at Kimberly have usually been high-scoring and Kenya would hope their batting is able to come good after some embarrassing performances in the previous two encounters. While they managed 159 against South Africa, Kenya were skittled out for a paltry 90 against India. The only time Kenya look to be in game is when their captain Maurice Odumbe and Steve Tikolo play to their potential. Whenever either of them is out, the rest crumble like a pack of cards.

Kenya’s best bowler so far has been leg-spinner Collins Obuya but he also did not get a chance to show off his skills yesterday as India raced to victory in just 11.3 overs. PTI
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IRANI TROPHY
Williams wages lone battle for Baroda

Nagpur, October 13
Aided by two good partnerships of 64 with Nayan Mongia for the second wicket and 121 with Himanshu Jadhav for the fifth wicket, Baroda skipper Connar Williams virtually led a lone battle to guide his team to a total of 265 for six against the Rest of India at the close of the opening day’s play of the five-day Irani Trophy match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) grounds here today.

Opening the innings along with Satyajit Parab after being put to bat by Rest of India captain V.V.S. Laxman, Williams carried his bat to the end of the day’s play to remain unbeaten at 133, which included 15 hits to the boundary and a six.

This is Williams’ sixth century in first class cricket.

Baroda must consider themselves lucky to have crossed the 250 mark as the sloppy fielding by the Rest of India players gave the Baroda skipper over half-a-dozen lives.

Williams was dropped five times till he scored 47 and again after he crossed his century with a boundary off the bowling of left arm spinner Rahul Sanghvi.

At his individual score of 105, Williams tried to hit Tinu Yohana through the gully where Akash Chopra failed to latch on and dropped the ball. The Baroda skipper was first let off by the Rest captain Laxman in the slips.

Williams capitalised on the dropped catches to hit the Rest of India bowlers all round the wicket to score his sixth first class century, which was being watched by all the five national selectors.

A depleted Baroda team lost their opener Satyajit Parab for just seven runs with the team’s total at 27. Parab was caught by Chopra off the bowling of Debashish Mohanty.

Scoreboard

Satyajit Parab c Chopra b Mohanty 7, Connar Williams batting 133, Nayan Mongia c Laxman b S. Singh 31, Rishikesh Parab run out (Mohanty) 1, Tushar Arothe c Ajay Rathra b Yohanan 18, Himanshu Jadhav c Ajay Rathra b S. Singh 43, Umang Patel ht wkt b S. Singh 0, Rakesh Patel batting 2.

Extras: (b-2, lb-6, nb-22) 30

Total: (for six wickets) 265

Fall of wkts: 1/27, 2/92, 3/93, 4/134, 5/255, 6/259.

Bowling: D. Mohanty 23-2-54-1, T. Yohanan 21-5-75-1, S. Singh 30.1-7-70-3, S. Shrivastava 4.5-0-12-0, R. Sanghvi 11-1-46-0. UNI
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61 Cavalry, Jindal Steels in final
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Fancied 61 Cavalry will face Jindal Steels in the final of the inaugural Punjab and Sind Bank Bicentenary Coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Polo Tournament at Railway Territorial Army ground here on Sunday afternoon.

The semifinals — between 61 Cavalry and Trident-Anandpur and Jindal Steels and Thunderbolt — turned out to be pulsating affairs with some crisp and classic polo on display. While 61 Cavalry won 6-3, Jindals beat Thunderbolt 4-3.

Brilliant display by Lieut-Col J.S. (Pinka) Virk and young Samir Chaudhary had the Cavalry men on top throughout the second game in which Vishal Singh, an international, supported by Jai Shergill, played an outstanding game for the losers.

Trident-Anandpur lost but not before Vishal Singh stepped closer to a career milestone by taking his 60-yard penalty conversions to 199, perhaps the highest by any contemporary player. Today, he managed to score from both the penalties earned by his team though in the first he was assisted by Jai Shergill.

For Pinka Virk, it was a day of personal satisfaction. He not only stood like a rock in the defence but was perhaps at his brilliant best in the offence also accounting for two of six goals scored by his team after young Samir Chaudhary scored the first two. The remaining two went to the credit of Major Manoj Dewan. Incidentally, both Pinka Virk and Manoj Dewan belong to Chandigarh.

Vishal Singh’s heroic effort notwithstanding, Trident-Anandpur, were a trifle slow today besides being unlucky on a couple of occasions. And on one occasion, when Jai Shergill went from end to end, his attempt was thwarted by Pinka Virk on the goal-line.

This was one game in which the referee — Col Harpartap Singh — was called more than once by two umpires Dr Pawandeep (Tony) Singh and Maj S.S. Kashyap to adjudicate.

At the end of the first chukkur, 61 Cavalry led 2-0 which was extended to 3-1 at the end of the second and it became close at 4-3 when the penultimate chukkur ended. It was in the third chukkur that after Vishal converted his second 60-yard penalty that Jai Shergill, in a superb solo, scored within 30 seconds of the throw in.

The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, and the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Punjab and Sind Bank, Mr N.S. Gujral, inaugurated the first and the second semi-final, respectively.

Earlier, Jindal Steels of Hisar, led by their founder President, Naveen Jindal, took a good measure of Thunderbolts. It was Naveen who gave his team the only goal of the first chukkur . The lead was extended by another goal in the second.

The third was the most exciting in which Thunderbolts made a gallant comeback attempt and succeeded in neutralising the lead and making the score 3-3. The credit for this fight back must go to Dhruvpal Godara and Ajit Singh.

But Jindals had a surprise for their opponents in the final lap where they scored the decisive goal, just two minutes before the gong sounded for end of an exciting affair. The final between 61 Cavalry and Jindals will be played at 4.15 p.m. on Sunday.
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DAV, HMV College register wins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
DAV College, Amritsar, and HMV College, Jalandhar registered their first victories in the Super League of the Hyundai Punjab Champion Colleges Hockey League organised by Hockey Promotion Institute at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium, Jalandhar, today.

DAV College, Amritsar beat Shri Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh, 2-0 whereas HMV College, Jalandhar derailed Government Physical Education College, Patiala by 3-1 in the girls section.

In the boys section DAV College, Nakodar demolished Punjab Agricultural University 4-1. Another match between Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, and DAV College, Jalandhar, ended in goal-less draw.

HMV College and Government Physical Education College played on a fast pace. In the 10th minute inside-left Vandana of HMV College scored a brilliant goal from the left flank from a balanced pass from inside right Neetu Bala. In the 19th minute Patiala team’s Gurinder Kaur scored a field goal to level their team (1-1). At half time the score was 1-1.

In the second half local girls showed their supremacy. In 37th minute HMV Jalandhar’s centre forward Arun Bala scored from top of the striking circle from a pass of centre half Meena (2-1). In the 62nd minute Baljit Kaur of HMV scored a goal from a cross of Arun Bala (3-1). Jalandhar team’s defence stood like a rock in the second half. HMV won this match by 3-1 to earn three full points.

The second match of the Super League in the girls section was played between Shri Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh, and DAV College, Amritsar. DAV girls played attacking hockey. In the seventh minute DAV captain Suman sounded the board through a penalty corner (1-0). After that Chandigarh girls were not able to convert penalty corners. At half time Amritsar girls were leading 1-0.

After changing ends centre forward Angrej Kaur scored a beautiful goal from the right flank (2-0).
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England beat Zimbabwe

Bulawayo, October 13
England secured a comfortable 5-0 series whitewash over Zimbabwe with a seven-wicket victory in the final match at the Queens Sports Club today.

The defeat condemned Zimbabwe to their 12th consecutive loss, the worst sequence of defeats they have suffered, going back to July against India and the West Indies.

England reached their target of 229 with six and a half overs to spare. Opener Nick Knight again provided the backbone of the England innings with 80 not out, his third half century of the series.

Scoreboard

Zimbabwe:

G. Flower b Flintoff 104

Campbell c Foster b Silverwood 3

Carlisle c Ramprakash b Silverwood 0

A.Flower c Knight b Hollioake 33

Wishart b Silverwood 26

Ebrahim b Snape 28

Marillier c Collingwood b Flintoff 4

Ervine run out (Hussain) 3

Viljoen c Trescothick b Snape 1

Brent not out 7

Hondo c Hollioake b Snape 5

Extras: (lb-11 nb-2 w-1) 14

Total: (all out 49.3 overs) 228

Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-7, 3-77, 4-145, 5-204, 6-208, 7-213, 8-215, 9-218, 10-228.

Bowling: Hoggard 8-1-28-0, Silverwood 9-0-43-3, Hollioake 10-0-34-1, Collingwood 6-0-36-0, Snape 8.3-0-43-3, Flintoff 8-3-33-2.

England:

Trescothick c G.Flower 29 b Marillier

Knight not out 80

Hussain c Ebrahim b Viljoen 47

Ramprakash b G. Flower 6

Collingwood not out 56

Extras (b-5 lb-2 w-2 nb-2) 11

Total (for three wickets, 43.4 overs) 229

Fall of wickets: 1/47, 2/134, 3/151.

Bowling: Brent 8-0-35-0 (w-1), Hondo 3-0-31-0 (nb-1), Marillier 9-1-50-1 (w-1), Ervine 7-0-27-0, Viljoen 10-1-40-1 (nb-1), G.Flower 6.4-0-39-1. Reuters
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Boxers selected for junior championship
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 13
The selections of boxers from Ambala for the Haryana State Junior Boxing championship, which will be held at Faridabad from October 15 to 17, took place today.

Light fly weight Manoj Kumar of Farookha Khalsa School, fly weight Vinay Yadav of Farookha Khalsa School, bantam weight Yadvindra Singh of GMN College, feather weight Jitendra Yadav of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, light middle weight Mandeep Singh Sandhu of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1 and light heavy weight Arun Yadav of GMN College had been selected.

The secretary of district Ambala boxing association, Mr Joginder Singh, said that during the state-level championship, the selection for the nationals would take place.Top

 

Railway basketball
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Rail Coach Factory Sports Association, Kapurthala will organised the All-India Railway Basketball Championship from October 15 to 20 on league-cum-knock out basis at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Stadium Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala. The Championship will be inaugurated by Mr K.R. Govindarajan, General Manager, RCF.

In this championship, 17 teams — Western Railway (WR), Mumbai, Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Perumbur, Calcutta Port Trust, Calcutta, Metro Railway, South Central Railway, Secunderabad, Research Design and Standard Organisation, Lucknow, Northern Railway, Delhi Diesel Component Works, Patiala, Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi, Eastern Railway, Calcutta, Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, Chittaranjan, Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala, Southern Railway, Chennai, North Eastern Railway Gorakhpur, Central Railway, Mumbai, Railway Board, Delhi and North Frontier Railway, Guwahati will participate. In the women’s Section WR, NER, NFR, SR, ER, CR, SCR and NR teams will be participating according to Mr Mupinder Singh, senior PRO.

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DDCA felicitates Dalmia
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, October 13
The BCCI president, Mr Jagmohan Dalmia, was felicitated by the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) here today. The function was attended by many cricket celebrities and was presided over by DDCA president Arun Jaitley, who is also the Union Minister for Law, Justice and Company Affairs.

DDCA vice-president C K Khanna, who was elected BCCI vice-president for a fourth consecutive term in the recent elections held in Chennai, was also feted on the occasion.

Former Indian cricket captains Kapil Dev and Bishan Singh Bedi, (the latter is now the chief coach of the Delhi Ranji Trophy team) national selectors Madan Lal (North) and Ashok Malhotra (East), Chetan Chauhan, Kirti Azad, BCCI joint secretary Jyoti Bajpai, and Indian Olympic Association president Suresh Kalmadi were among those who attended the function.
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Chess results
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 13
Vennela Tata and Iswarya with 3.5 points each in the under 14 years girls section and Akshay Raj Khore with 5.5 points in under 14 boys section were leading on the penultimate day of the VIth National Subjunior Rapid Chess Tournament at Jawahar Navodya Vidyalya, Sector 25 here today. In under-12 girls section, Rajadrashani and Raghavi were at five points each while in under-12 years boys section, Gopal GN was in the lead with 5.5 points.

In the under-14 girls section, the points position is: Madana-3, Blatha-2, Raja 2, Suchandra 3, Uthra 2.5, Swati-2 and Mrunalini 2. In the under-14 boys section, Sriram (4), Roghi (5),Sunil (4), Deepam (4.5) Sidharth (4), Praveen (4), Samrath at 4 were in the lead.

In the under-12 years girls section, Raghvai was at 5 points, Anjanaa 3.5, Kiran 4.5, Dhara 3, Sudharshan 4, Fajra 3, Pallavi 3.5, Meenu 3.5, and Bhakti at 3.5. In the under-12 boys section, Navin was 5, Narendra 4.5, Vineeth 5, Karthikeyan 4 and Jain Shreyansh 4.5 points.Top

 
 SPORTS BRIEFS

SCHUMACHER WINS POLE POSITION
SAZUKA:
Formula One champion Michael Schumacher blazed to pole position with stunning record-shattering runs on Saturday for the season-closing Japanese Grand Prix. The Ferrari ace, who sealed his fourth world title in August and has snatched a record 52nd Grand Prix on his way to the final, clocked one minute 32.484 during an hour-long qualifying session for tomorrow’s 17th F1 round. Colombian F1 rookie Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher, the younger brother of the German F1 star, clocked the second and third best lap times of 1:33.184 and 1:33.297 on BMW-powered Williams cars. Their times broke the decade-old course record of 1:34. 700 set by Austrian Gerhard Berger in qualifying for the 1991 Japanese Grand Prix. AFP

ROSSI BOOKED
PHILLIP ISLAND:
Italian Valentino Rossi, poised to clinch the World 500cc Championship in Sunday Australian Grand Prix, was booked for speeding on his way to the track. A Melbourne newspaper on Saturday said that the Honda rider was doing 155kph in a 60kph zone while driving his station wagon. A Victoria state police spokesman said several drivers were fined at Phillip Island on Friday and one had been travelling at 155kph in 60 and 80 zones. Rossi (22) needs only an eighth placing or better to secure the world 500cc title after having won the 125cc and 250cc classes in 1997 and 1999. He also has the final two races in Malaysia and Brazil to secure the crown but is anxious to get a podium finish this weekend in front of friends and family who were Australia-bound on Saturday on a flight from Frankfurt. Reuters

MAYOR'S THREAT
ATHENS:
The mayor of the ancient town of Marathon has threatened to prevent the Olympic marathon race from taking place during the 2004 games if the government goes ahead with plans to move the canoe and kayak slalom course from the area. Mayor Christos Barbas said in a letter to the Hellenic Amateur Athletic Federation on Friday that the Marathon town council had decided to stage “dynamic mobilisations which will extend to 2004 and peak with the obstruction and harassment of the annual marathon races” if the slalom course is moved. Barbas was not at town hall to comment further. AP

RATHORE TO LEAD
CHANDIGARH:
Vikram Rathore will lead Punjab in the Ranji Trophy. The Punjab Cricket Association selection committee has selected 32 cricketers who will attend a coaching camp from October 17 at PCA Cricket Stadium. The probables are: Vikram Rathore, Munish Sharma, Ravneet Ricky, Dinesh Mongia, Pankaj Dharmani, Ankur Kakkar, Ankur Sondhi, Navdeep Singh, Babloo, Gagandeep, Vineet Sharma, Sandeep Sanwal, Sanjay Mahajan, Sanjay Dhull, Amit Uniyal, Ishaan Malhotra, Harish Puri, R.P. Singh, Kailash Sanwal, Reetinder Sodhi, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Gaganinder Garry, S.P. Singh, Chandan Madan, Vivek Mahajan, Binwant Singh, Lakhbir Singh, Harikishan kalli, Sarandeep Singh, Rajan Singh, Loveablish and Harminder Kaku. OSR

E. BENGAL WINNERS
KOLKATA:
The Indian Football Association on Friday declared East Bengal as winner of the 107th IFA Shield Football Tournament after Palmeiras were disqualified for showing gross indiscipline in the October 7 final here. “The tournament committee members took the unanimous decision after seeing the video footage of the incident followed by a threadbare discussion on the issue,” IFA joint secretary Ranjit Gupta told reporters. “The video footage showed that Palmeiras players and officials had behaved in the most indisciplined manner”, Mr Gupta said. PTI

LELE RESIGNS
VADODRA:
Former BCCI secretary Jaywant Lele resigned as secretary of the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) on Saturday following a revolt against him by a group of members led by former Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More. The resignation came a day, before the scheduled voting on the no-confidence motion earlier moved by the group against Lele for alleged financial irregularities and mismanagement of BCA funds. UNI

SOCCER TOURNEY
CHANDIGARH:
The Mohali Football Club is organising the 13th Open Football Tournament from November 2 to 4 at Dasehra grounds, SAS Nagar. Former football stars, including Inder Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Harjinder Singh and Parminder Singh will be honoured. Entries close with Banish Kumar, Kumar Flour Mills, Mohali, on October 25. TNS
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