Monday, October 15, 2001, Chandigarh, India






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Paes-Bhupathi keep hopes alive
Winston-Salem (North Carolina),
October 14

French Open champions Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi kept India’s hopes of making it to the elite World Group alive winning the crucial doubles against Wimbledon winners Don Johnson and Jared Palmer in the Davis Cup relegation tie against the USA here last night.
India's Mahesh Bhupathi (R) is congratulated by coach Ramesh Krishnan as Bhupathi and his team-mate Leander Paes defeated the US doubles team of Don Johnson and Jared Palmer 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 in a Davis Cup qualifying match.
India's Mahesh Bhupathi (R) is congratulated by coach Ramesh Krishnan as Bhupathi and his team-mate Leander Paes defeated the US doubles team of Don Johnson and Jared Palmer 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 in a Davis Cup qualifying match. — Reuters photo

Kenya beaten by 9 wickets
Kimberly (South Africa), October 14
Kenya put up a much improved performance but that could not make any difference to their fate as South Africa thrashed them by nine wickets in a triangular one-day series match here today.

5-wkt haul by Sharandeep
Nagpur, October 14
An unbroken 87-run fifth wicket partnership between Dinesh Mongia and wicket keeper Ajay Ratra helped Rest of India reach 179 for four wickets at the end of the second day’s play in the five-day Irani Trophy match against Ranji champions Baroda here today.

Chinese run continues; Uzbeks lose
Hong Kong, October 14
A dominant Chinese team showed no mercy to rivals Qatar dispatching them 3-0 yesterday and eliminating the Gulf team’s chances of qualifying for the 2002 World Cup.

India held by Argentina
Hobart, October 14
Unbeaten in the first round with three straight victories, India were held to a 2-2 draw by a strong Argentina in a pool F second-round match of the seventh Junior World Cup Hockey Championships here today.



Monica Seles
Monica Seles of the United States lifts the winner's vase after defeating Nicole Pratt of Australia in the finals of Shanghai's Kiwi Open women's tennis tournament on Sunday. Top seed Seles won 6-2 6-3. — Reuters

EARLIER STORIES

 

Rusty Tyson shatters Nielsen’s hopes
Copenhagen, October 14
A rusty Mike Tyson returned to the ring with a bang here pummeling Denmark’s Brian Nielsen to register victory in a one-sided contest. Tyson, fighting for the first time in a year, dominated his blubbery opponent through six brutal rounds but was unable to deliver one of his trademark knockout finishes.

Former heavyweight World Champion Mike Tyson hits Danish opponent Brian Nielsen, heavyweight World Champion of the IBC, during their non-title fight in Copenhagen's Parken stadium on Saturday. — Reuters photo

Former heavyweight World Champion Mike Tyson hits Danish opponent Brian Nielsen.

61 Cavalry overcome Jindal Steels
Members of the jubilant 61 Cavalry hold the Bicentenary Coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Polo Trophy after defeating Jindal Steels 4-2 in the final at Railway Territorial Army ground in Chandigarh on Sunday. Chandigarh, October 14
True to expectations, fancied 61 Cavalry lifted the inaugural Punjab and Sind Bank Bicentenary Coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Polo Tournament at Railway Territorial Army Ground here this evening.

Members of the jubilant 61 Cavalry hold the Bicentenary Coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Polo Trophy after defeating Jindal Steels 4-2 in the final at Railway Territorial Army ground in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo

4 seeded players bow out
Ludhiana, October 14
As many as four seeded players tumbled on the third day of the Rajesh Dhir Benefit Punjab State Sub Junior and Veteran Badminton Championship being held at the Shastri Indoor Hall of Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Shergill’s team wins Pro-Am event
Chandigarh, October 14
Little known Gurki Shergill of Ahmednagar stole the honours when he led his team to a fine win in the Pro-Am event of the Hero Golf 2001 Chandigarh Open, played at the Chandigarh Golf Club here today. Shergill and his team tallied 96 points, amounting to 24-under par.


Winners of Pro-Am Golf Tournament from (left to right) J.S. Judge, Col G.S. Dhillon, Gurki Shergill and Col S.S. Gill. — Tribune photo

Winners of Pro-Am Golf Tournament from (left to right) J.S. Judge, Col G.S. Dhillon, Gurki Shergill and Col S.S. Gill.

Lyallpur college win
Chandigarh, October 14
Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar boys earned full points after beating Shri Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh, 4-0 in the super league of the Punjab Champions College Hockey League at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium at Jalandhar today.

E. Bengal pip JCT, enter final
Kolkata, October 14
Title aspirants East Bengal entered the final of the under-19 National Football League pipping JCT Mills 6-4 in a well-contested encounter here today.
The semifinal outing had to be decided via tie-breaker after half an hour of extra time failed to break the 1-1 deadlock at the end of regulation period.

Chess tourney
Chandigarh, October 14
Youngsters from southern states swept away with top positions in all the four events below 12 and 14 years in both boys and girls section in the sixth National Sub-Junior Rapid Chess Tournament today. The tournament was organised by Chandigarh Chess Association. Chief guest was Padma Shri Nek Chand, Creator-Director of Rock Garden. He distributed prizes worth Rs 44,000 to winners.

School basketball meet results
Nabha, October 14
Punjab Public School (PPS), Nabha, downed Lawrence school, Sanawar, 52-39 to enter the quarterfinal of the All India Inter-Public School Basketball Championships here today.





 

Paes-Bhupathi keep hopes alive

Winston-Salem (North Carolina), October 14
French Open champions Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi kept India’s hopes of making it to the elite World Group alive winning the crucial doubles against Wimbledon winners Don Johnson and Jared Palmer in the Davis Cup relegation tie against the USA here last night.

India's Mahesh Bhupathi (C) speaks with US player Don Johnson (L).
India's Mahesh Bhupathi (C) speaks with US player Don Johnson (L) as he leaves the court with teammate Leander Paes (obscured in center) after they defeated the United States team of Johnson and Jared Palmer (R) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 in a Davis Cup qualifying match on Saturday. — Reuters photo

Fairly dominating a two-hour-thirty-five-minute battle, the Indian pair ensured they took the tie to the third day with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) victory over the second-ranked Americans.

The USA had taken a 2-0 lead on the opening day with youngsters Andy Roddick and James Blake winning the singles against Harsh Mankad and Paes rather comfortably yesterday.

However, the USA who were hoping to wrap up the tie with a 3-0 result in their favour, were in for a shock as world No. 4 Paes/Bhupathi combine dished out some high-quality tennis to make it 2-1.

The Indians now have an arduous task ahead, that of winning the reverse singles, pitting Paes against Roddick in the first match and Mankad against Blake, later today if they are to make it to the 2002 World Group.

Paes appeared confident after his form in the doubles saying, “He’s (Roddick) going to have to come up with the goods to beat me”. The American being a baseliner, Paes is likely to try and take control of the net.

The match reached its zenith in the fourth set when the Americans broke Bhupathi who was serving for the match at 5-4.

With Palmer and Paes holding their serves the set rolled into the tie-breaker at 6-6. The Indians won the first point in the tie-break on Johnson’s serve but Wimbledon champions Johnson and Palmer evened it out winning the third point on Bhupathi’s serve.

Points went with serve till 5-5, when a forehand error by Bhupathi gave the USA a set point. But Bhupathi made amends immediately making a clean return when Palmer was serving for the fourth set on 6-5.

Palmer again lost his serve and gave India their first match point on 7-6. A good first serve by Paes and a brilliant volley by Bhupathi clinched the match for India as the whole Indian bench leapt up in joy after 2 hours and 35 minutes of exhilarating tennis.

Paes and Bhupathi started the match in style breaking Don Johnson, playing in his first Davis Cup, in the very first game.

The 33-year-old Johnson began with a double fault and two sizzling backhand down the line winners by Bhupathi gave India two break points at 15-40. Though the Americans pulled back to duece twice, India converted the third break point to go 1-0 up.

Games went with serve thereafter with Palmer and Paes holding their first service games to love as the Indians raced to a 3-1 lead. In the sixth game, Bhupathi faced a minor scare as USA went 15-30 up. But Bhupathi reeled off three straight points to take a 4-2 lead.

Serving for the set on 5-4, Bhupathi overcame another comeback attempt by the American duo, who saved two set points to take the game to duece from 15-40 down. But the Indian kept his nerve and a trade-mark Paes volley gave India the first set in 33 minutes.

The second set saw an immediate turnaround in fortunes with the Americans going after the Indians’ serve.

The American pair started the third set in the same attacking mode and Bhupathi had to save five break points in the opening game before holding on.

The Indians then broke Johnson’s serve for the second time in the match to go 2-0 up. The welcome break came after Paes set it up with yet another backhand return winner.

Paes and Bhupathi then tightened their service games and surprised their opponents through out with quicksilver reflexes, high quality volleys and returns.

No more service breaks and soon Bhupathi was serving for the third set at 5-3. The Indians quickly won three points to take three set points. Though an unforced error gave the Americans a consolation point, Bhupathi wasted no more time to take the set to go 2-1 up. PTI
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Kenya beaten by 9 wickets

Kimberly (South Africa), October 14
Kenya put up a much improved performance but that could not make any difference to their fate as South Africa thrashed them by nine wickets in a triangular one-day series match here today.

The Kenyans showed a lot of character and promise as they raised a competitive 229 for seven in their allotted 50 overs after electing to bat but their bowlers were no match to the rampaging South African batsmen who coasted to the target in just 41.1 overs.

All the three South African batsmen on display, Herschelle Gibbs, Boeta Dippenaar and Lance Klusener, toyed with a docile Kenyan attack and posted individual scores in excess of 70. However, unlike in their previous two matches, Kenyans did not concede a bonus point to their opposition.

In fact, after the embarassing show against India on Friday, where they were skittled out for 90 before going down by 10 wickets, today’s performance should come as a morale booster for the Kenyans.

Three of the Kenyan batsmen, captain Maurice Odumbe, who topscored with 60, Ravindu Shah and Thomas Odoyo, scored half-centuries and they paced their innings well.

And though the total never looked threatening for the South Africans, the Kenyan bowlers could not put up a performance similar to their batsmen.

Gibbs and Dippenaar, coming into the side in place of injured Gary Kirsten, started with a characteristic flourish. Gibbs was his usual attacking self and hit boundaries all over ground.

SCOREBOARD

Kenya:

Obuya c Kemp b Pollock 2

Shah c Gibbs b Boje 55

Obuya c Boucher b Langeveldt 4

Tikolo c Boucher b Ntini 29

Odumbe lbw b Langeveldt 60

Odoyo b Pollock 53

Suji c and b Pollock 2

Obuya not out 6

Suji not out 0

Extras: (lb-7, b-1, nb-3, w-7) 18

Total: (for 7 wkts, 50 overs) 229

Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-18, 3-82, 4-108, 5-214, 6-222, 7-223.

Bowling: Pollock 10-0-41-3, Langeveldt 10-0-45-2, Kemp 5-0-45-0, Ntini 6-0-20-1, Boje 10-2-30-1, Klusener 9-0-40-0.

South Africa:

Dippenaar not out 74

Gibbs c Otieno b Patel 70

Klusener not out 75

Extras (b-2, nb-5, w-4) 11

Total (for one wkt, 41.1 overs) 230

Fall of wickets: 1-115.

Bowling: M Suji 5-0-30-0, Odoyo 6-0-46-0, A Suji 3-0-20-0, C Otieno 10-0-34-0, Patel 3.1-0-15-1, Odumbe 9-3-41-0, Tikolo 3-0-27-0, Kamande 2-0-15-0. PTI
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Das’s injury not serious

Port Elizabeth (S. Africa), Oct 14
India’s Test opener Shiv Sunder Das today proclaimed himself fit and available for the remaining matches of the one-day triangular series.

“I am okay...there’s nothing wrong with me,” said Das as he ironed out his technique against rising deliveries under the supervision of coach John Wright.

Das said he was a bit concerned about reports reaching home which stated he had been seriously injured in India’s second game against South Africa at Centurion Park on Wednesday when he was hit on the head while fielding at forward short leg by a fierce pull from Shaun Pollock off Anil Kumble.

“There was an X-ray done but the injury wasn’t serious,” said Das.

Das said he was practising hard against short rising deliveries. “Though there is nothing wrong with my technique I think I could do with a bit of extra practice on the issue in the nets....The more you practice the better it gets”. PTI
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DDCA felicitates Dalmiya
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, October 14
Board of Control for Cricket in India president Jagmohan Dalmia was felicitated by the DDCA here. The function was attended by many cricket celebrities from Delhi in particular and North India in general. The function 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 as the BCCI vice-president for a fourth consecutive term in the recent elections held in Chennai, was also feted on the occasion.
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5-wkt haul by Sharandeep

Nagpur, October 14
An unbroken 87-run fifth wicket partnership between Dinesh Mongia and wicket keeper Ajay Ratra helped Rest of India reach 179 for four wickets at the end of the second day’s play in the five-day Irani Trophy match against Ranji champions Baroda here today.

Having lost four wickets including that of their star batsman and captain V.V.S. Laxman and Hrishikesh Kanitkar for just 92, Dinesh Mongia and Ratra steadied the innings during the final session to remain unbeaten on 47 and 35, respectively. Baroda were earlier dismissed for 318 in the morning session.

Ratra was dropped early when captain Connar Williams failed to take a low catch at midwicket of the bowling of Tushar Arothe. Ratra again survived in the final over of Valmick Buch when the ball fell in front of wicketkeeper Nayan Mongia.

Dinesh Mongia struck five boundaries and a six in his total of 47, while Ratra crossed the ropes four times.

The post lunch session saw Baroda gaining an upper hand as after being dismissed for 318 in their first innings they grabbed four Rest of India wickets for just 92.

Laxman, who came at the fall of opener Akash Chopra’s (22) wicket, began with two fours of the bowling of Irfan Pathan (Jr). However, in trying to drive Buch, Laxman edged the ball to keeper Nayan Mongia who made no mistake.

Opener Vinayak Mane was looking good, striking the ball sweetly before he was trapped leg before of the bowling of Umang Patel for 48. Baroda medium pacer Rakesh Patel contributed 44 runs to help the team cross the 300-run mark.

Sharandeep Singh was the most successful bowler for the Rest of India taking five wickets.

Scoreboard

Baroda (Ist innings):

S Parab c Chopra b Mohanty 07

Williams c Ratra b S Singh 143

Mongia c Laxman b S Singh 31

H Parab run out (Mohanty) 01

Arothe c Ratra b Yohannan 18

Jadhav c Ratra b S Singh 43

U Patel hit wkt (S Singh) 00

Patel c Kanitkar b S Singh 44

Buch lbw b S Singh 01

Pathan(Sr) not out 00

Pathan(Jr) c Shrivastava b R Sanghvi 00

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

Total: (all out) 318

FOW: 1/27, 2//92, 3/93, 4/34, 5/255, 6/259, 7/286, 8/295, 9/318, 10/318

Bowling: D Mohanty 28-2-78-1, T Yohannan 27-5-95-2, Sharandeep 35.1-10-78-5, S Shrivastava 4.5-0-12-0, R Sanghvi 12.5-1-47-1.

Rest of India (Ist innings):

Chopra c Buch b Pathan (Jr) 22

Mane lbw b Pathan (Jr) 48

Laxman c Mongia b Buch 13

Kanitkar c Williams b Patel 02

Mongia batting 47

Ratra batting 35

Extras: (lb-1, nb-11) 12

Total: (for 4 wkts) 179

FOW: 1/53, 2/72, 3/91, 4/92

Bowling: R Patel 14-2-33-1, I Pathan(Sr) 9-1-28-0, V Buch 19-7-49-1, I Pathan (Jr) 15-5-45-2, U Patel 9-4-11-0, T Arothe 4-0-12-0. UNI
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Chinese run continues; Uzbeks lose

Hong Kong, October 14
A dominant Chinese team showed no mercy to rivals Qatar dispatching them 3-0 yesterday and eliminating the Gulf team’s chances of qualifying for the 2002 World Cup.

And Uzbekistan’s chances of claiming a valuable group runners-up spot in the Asian qualifying round for the 2002 World Cup took a huge blow as they threw away a two-goal lead to lose 2-4 to Oman in Muscat.

The result virtually guarantees the UAE will finish second to China in group B. Tini Ruijs’ side now need only a point in their final match next week against the Omanis to move into the play-off against the second-placed side in Asia’s group A, either Iran or Saudi Arabia.

The winner of that playoff will face the Republic of Ireland for a place at next year’s finals in South Korea and Japan.

In Shenyang, another capacity crowd at Wulihe Stadium continued China’s week-long celebrations after they qualified for the first time for the World Cup finals by defeating Oman last week.

Yugoslav coach Bora Milutinovic, who now has guided five teams to the World Cup finals, rested defenders Fan Zhiyi and Li Weifeng and played young reserves.

“Today I’m very happy, the team played extremely well and we have won all of our home games and gave the fans some exciting matches,” said Milutinovic.

“We had 10 good chances on goal and made three of them,” he said.

Asked whether he would seek to extend his contract, the wily coach, who has also guided Mexico, Costa Rica, the USA and Nigeria to the World Cup finals, refused to answer.

He reportedly has had offers from Mexico, Brazil and Yugoslavia to take over their World Cup campaigns.

A Chinese sports official said on condition of anonymity, “As far as the Chinese Football Association (CFA) and the fans are concerned, we want him back, but it is mainly up to Milu himself.”

China scored in the 11th minute when Qatari goalie Hussain Al Romaihi misplayed a well-placed Wu Chengying corner kick found the head of a diving Su Maozhen.

From then on China was in control of the game as they pushed the ball forward and were rewarded time after time with a Sun Jihai header missing to the left of the goal mouth, while a Wu Chengying cross was flicked away by Al Romaihi from the foot of a charging Qu Bo at the last second.

It didn’t take long for China to notch another goal with midfielder Ma Mingyu taking the ball down inside the left side of the box.

The experienced midfielder waited patiently and centerd the ball to the youngster Qu, who scored his first goal for the national side in the 29th minute.

In the second period with Wu Chengying’s long ball going just to the left of goal and Hao Haidong terrorising the Qatari defence and knocking the ball off the far post after dribbling into the six yard box from the left side.

The veteran Hao scored himself in the 57th minute after taking a great midfield pass from Qi Hong, beating the offside trap knocking the ball over the outstretched Qatari goalkeeper. AFP
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India held by Argentina

Hobart, October 14
Unbeaten in the first round with three straight victories, India were held to a 2-2 draw by a strong Argentina in a pool F second-round match of the seventh Junior World Cup Hockey Championships here today.

South American Champions Argentina played a hidden ace in Juan Gilardi, who shot in two penalty corner goals as India rallied to equalise. For India, who finished runners-up in the last edition of the championships, the scorers were Deepak Thakur and Bipin Fernandez.

India will have to win the remaining two matches if they are to make it to the semifinals of the tournament.

There was a major upset in pool F when hosts and reigning world champions Australia were beaten 2-4 by the Netherlands. In pool E, England strengthened their chances of qualifying for a semifinal place with a 5-2 victory over South Korea, while Germany beat Spain 2-1.

India next play hosts Australia tomorrow. PTI
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Rusty Tyson shatters Nielsen’s hopes

Copenhagen, October 14
A rusty Mike Tyson returned to the ring with a bang here pummeling Denmark’s Brian Nielsen to register victory in a one-sided contest.

Former heavyweight World Champion Mike Tyson from the US celebrates his victory over IBC heavyweight champion Brian Nielsen from Denmark after a non-title heavyweight fight at Copenhagen's Parken Stadium on Saturday.
Former heavyweight World Champion Mike Tyson from the US celebrates his victory over IBC heavyweight champion Brian Nielsen from Denmark after a non-title heavyweight fight at Copenhagen's Parken Stadium on Saturday. — Reuters photo

Tyson, fighting for the first time in a year, dominated his blubbery opponent through six brutal rounds but was unable to deliver one of his trademark knockout finishes.

Nielsen’s corner stopped their man from coming out for the seventh round saying he was unable to see out of a horribly swollen left eye and Tyson improved his ring record to 49-3 with two no contests.

“I gave it my best shot,” said a shattered Nielsen, who had confounded expectations by lasting into the second half of the 10-round non-title bout.

“I’m sorry I couldn’t do better for the fans but I hope I earned some respect. I think people will respect now,” the flabby 36-year-old added.

Nielsen said he had been unable to see out of one eye from the fifth round onwards. “I just couldn’t see him out of my left eye. It was crazy, I think it was the right decision for me to stop,” he explained.

Tyson said he had been hoping for a knockout.

“I wanted to finish in style but what can I say — he fought a brave fight and just wouldn’t go over. I hit him with some great shots but he just kept coming back, respect to the man,” said Tyson.

Tyson, who had been hoping to use the fight as a spring board into a world title fight against either Lennox Lewis or Hasim Rahman next year, admitted he might now have to have a rethink.

“I came here for an easy fight. He really surprised me how tough he was. I felt kinda rusty in there,” Tyson said, adding that he would seek at least two more fights before attempting a world title bout.

“I need another two fights. If the world title shot happens somewhere down the road then fine, but for now I’m just thinking of getting two more fights under my belt,” he added.

Earlier Tyson had begun the fight ferociously, shrugging off the boos and catcalls of a fiercely partisan 25,000 crowd at the Parken Stadium.

Nielsen had entered the ring to the tune of Monty Python’s ‘Always look on the bright side of life’ from the film life of Brian. That anthem to optimism was to prove entirely misplaced however.

Tyson, entering to booming rap music, was to give his opponent no quarter.

From the outset he pounded away at Nielsen’s body with a series of hooks, ripping through his opponents guard with vicious uppercuts. Several hooks whistled close to Nielsen’s jaw and missed.

The 259-pound Nielsen, who had never been floored in 62 previous bouts, sought to use his superior bulk where possible to push down on Tyson, tying him up in clinches and roughing up the American whenever he came under pressure.

The subsequent rounds followed an identical pattern, Tyson relentlessly hammering Nielsen with a selection of ripping two-handed flurries. Yet, Nielsen somehow managed to avoid taking a clean shot, smothering Tyson time and again.

In round three Tyson finally got through his opponent’ defence, flooring the Dane with a crisp left hook.

But an accidental low blow towards the end of the round saw Nielsen given time to recover and he came out refreshed for the fourth.

It was only a stay of execution, however, as Tyson picked up the tempo again, going to work on Nielsen’s body with some impressive combinations.

In round five Tyson turned the screw, snapping back Nielsen’s had repeatedly with some juddering uppercuts. In the sixth Tyson again went on the offensive, catching his opponent with a thunderous hook to the head. AFP
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61 Cavalry overcome Jindal Steels
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
True to expectations, fancied 61 Cavalry lifted the inaugural Punjab and Sind Bank Bicentenary Coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Polo Tournament at Railway Territorial Army Ground here this evening.

In a hard-fought final, the Cavalrymen defeated Jindal Steels 4-2. Earlier in an exhibition game, Punjab and Sind Bank nosed out a stiff challenge from Thunderbolt to win 4-3.

Fatigue of playing for the third consecutive day notwithstanding, the Cavalrymen played to a strategic plan against their much fresher and youthful opponents on a playfield which had deteriorated as the tournament progressed.

The Cavalrymen not only went for an early lead but maintained it throughout the game. The game, at times, turned rough and witnessed some umpiring disputes, including cancellation of a goal scored by Jindals after captain of 61 Cavalry, Lieut-Col JS (Pinka) Virk, raised objection.

Earlier, a 60-yard penalty converted by Samir Suhag was disallowed but Jindals had the consolation when young Himmat Singh, who had an eventful game, scored. Himmat, in the third chukkar, fell off his mount but escaped with minor bruises.

The initial deadlock was broken by the combine of Manoj Dewan and Ajay Ahlawat in the first chukkar itself. Jindals fought back and equalised through Himmat. At the end of the second chukkar Cavalrymen were in the lead . A direct shot at the goal by Pinka Virk of a 60-yard penalty, saw Manoj Dewan pouncing upon the ball after a defender tried to clear it.

Samir Suhag, who was involved in one-to-one combats with Ajay Ahlawat, managed to bring Jindals at par in the third chukkar. But Ajay had the last laugh when he scored his team’s fourth goal, but not before Major Manoj Dewan had snatched the ball from Samir and hoisted his team’s third goal.

In the fourth chukkar Samir managed to put the ball through to goal but the initial award of the goal was disputed by Pinka Virk before the two umpires — Dr Pawandeep (Tony) Singh Kohli and Jai Shergill — upheld his protest.

The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, who inaugurated the final, also released a souvenir brought out by the Punjab Polo Association, and distributed the prizes.

For Dr Kohli and Jai Shergill it was a day of double duty as they both played for Thunderbolt in the exhibition game. Angad Kalaam and Atul Gupta scored once each in the first two chukkars to put the bankmen ahead before Dhruvpal Godara reduced the margin and at one stage brought the two at par with two goals each. But the bankmen forged ahead through goals by Angad Kalaam and Vishal Singh. Shailendra Singh scored the third goal for Thunderbolt.

In between there was an impressive display of tent pegging and trick riding by men from 61 Cavalry. The pipe bands of Punjab Police and Punjab Regiment were in attendance.
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4 seeded players bow out
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 14
As many as four seeded players tumbled on the third day of the Rajesh Dhir Benefit Punjab State Sub Junior and Veteran Badminton Championship being held at the Shastri Indoor Hall of Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

In the boys (u-16) quarterfinals, sixth seeded , local lad Ramnik Sharma outplayed second seed Kazim of Sangrur 2-7, 1-7, 7-5, 7-1 and 8-7. Later in the semifinal, Ramnik scored an upset victory over third seeded Dineshwar Singh of Amritsar 3-7, 8-6, 7-0, 7-2.

Results : Boys (singles u-16) semifinal: Sahil Arora (Jal) b Gurpreet Singh (Jal) 7-0, 7-3, 7-0; Ramnik Sharma (Ldh) b Dineshwar Singh (Asr) 3-7, 8-6, 7-0, 7-2.

Girls( singles u-16) q-finals : Aarti Verma (Rpr) b Komalpreet (Ptl) 7-0, 7-0, 7-3; Vandana Vatrana (Ptl) b Rajneesh Kaur (Rpr) 7-0, 7-2, 7-1; Sukhman Bhatia (Ptl) b Sehar Chadha (Asr) 5-7, 3-7, 7-5, 7-4; Heena Kapoor (Jal )b Harjot Kaur (Ptl) 7-0, 7-3, 7-0.

Semifinals: Aarti Verma (Rpr) b Vandana Vatrana (Ptl) 7-0, 7-0, 7-1; Heena Kapur (Jal) b Sukhman Bhatia (Ptl) 7-2, 7-2, 7-1.

Girls Doubles (u-16) Semi- Final: Aarti Sehar (Rpr & Asr) Lubana & Tanu (Sang) 7-2, 7-0, 7-1; Sukhman & Komal (Ptl) b Vandana & Heena( Ptl & Jal) 7-3, 7-2, 5-7, 7-4 .

Boys singles (u-13) semi-final : Raj Kumar (Ldh) b Anand Budh (Jal) 7-3, 7-5, 3-7, 6-8, 7-5; Gurbax Singh (Ldh) b Bob Sharma (Ldh) 7-1, 7-3, 7-3.

Boys doubles u-13 semifinal : Raj Kumar & Gurbax (Ldh) b Gurdeep & Ashwani (Sang) 7-3, 7-0, 7-2; Abhishek & Navjot (Asr) b Rahul & Anandbudh (Jal) 7-0, 4-7, 7-4, 4-7, 7-4.

Girls singles (u-13) semifinal: Komalpreet (Ptl) b Shruti Bansal 7-2, 7-5, 7-5; Sanya Sareen (Asr) b Lubna (Sang) 7-0, 7-1, 7-0.

Boys singles (u-10) semifinal : Raj Kumar (Ldh) b Anirudh (Asr) 7-1, 7-0, 7-0; Bob Sharma (Ptl) b Maheep Singh 7-3, 7-4, 7-5.

Boys doubles( u-10) semifinal: Raj Kumar & Pranav Chopra (Ldh) b Anirudh & Suhab (Asr) 7-1, 7-0, 7-0; Bob Sharma & Maheep (Ptl &Rpr) b Sagar & Sahil (Jal) 7-0, 7-0, 7-0.

Girls singles (u-10) semifinal: Komalpreet (Jal) b Mamta (Sang) 7-1, 7-4, 7-1; Soni (Sang) b Kulwant (Nawanshahr) 7-2, 7-0, 7-0.

Veteran doubles semifinal: Jai Parkash & Ravi Jain (Ldh) got w/o V.K. Madan & S Jain.Kailash Parbhakar & MPS Grewal (Ldh) b Arvidner Kohli & U.S. Tandon (Jal) 7-2, 4-7, 7-0, 7-5.
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Shergill’s team wins Pro-Am event
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
Little known Gurki Shergill of Ahmednagar stole the honours when he led his team to a fine win in the Pro-Am event of the Hero Golf 2001 Chandigarh Open, played at the Chandigarh Golf Club here today. Shergill and his team tallied 96 points, amounting to 24-under par. The Pro-Am brought the curtain down on the seventh leg of the 2001-02 season’s Hero Honda Golf Tour.

Local lad Roop Singh and his team finished runners-up with a tally of 91 points. The pro-am witnessed a unique situation when Kolkata’s Feroz Ali got the better of Delhi’s Rohtas Singh on a front-nine final hole count-back after the two stalwarts finished tied at 87 points and tied subsequently on the 9th, 6th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st play-off holes of the back-nine as well as the 9th, 6th, 3rd and 2nd holes of the front-nine. Feroz and team were rewarded with a third place finish.

SS Soman won the ‘Longest Drive on the 18th Hole’ prize courtesy a scorcher of a 310-yard drive.

The pro-am was played on a Stableford format wherein the two best scores on each hole were taken to arrive at the gross over 18 holes. The pro-score was not compulsory.

The prizes for the pro-am and the main tournament were given away together by Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, MD, Hero Group at a prize distribution function held at the Club premises soon after the Pro-Am. Smirnoff were part of the prize distribution ceremony.

Shergill’s team constituted of Col SS Gill, JS Judge and Col DS Dhillon while Roop Singh teamed up with Col Iqbal Singh, Karan and Col Pannu. Feroz’s team included AP Pandey, Dr SS Channy and BC Gupta.

Shergill as the professional in the winning team earned Rs 4,000, while Roop Singh and Feroz Ali earned Rs 2,500 and Rs 1,500 respectively. Nike, in their capacity as ‘The Official Apparel Suppliers’ for the Hero Honda Golf Tour, presented each member of the winning team with a Nike gift hamper in addition to which the amateurs in each of the top three teams received glittering trophies.

The field for the pro-am included some of the biggest names in Indian golf including current leader of the Order of Merit and twice Player-of the Year award winner, Mukesh Kumar, thrice winner on the Indian Tour’s Order of Merit, Vijay Kumar, runner-up at the main tournament, KS Sibia; thrice winner of the Hero Golf Chandigarh Open, Amritinder Singh; leading Asian PGA Tour stars, Uttam Mundy and Amandeep Johl, twice Indian Open winner, Ali Sher, ‘98 Indian Open champion, Feroz Ali, last season’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ award winner, Rahul Ganapathy and the current season’s Rookies, Sheeraz Kalra and Rahil Gangjee.
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Lyallpur college win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar boys earned full points after beating Shri Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh, 4-0 in the super league of the Punjab Champions College Hockey League at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium at Jalandhar today.

The other match in the boys section between D.A.V. College, Jalandhar, and Guru Hargobind Khalsa College, Guru Sarsudhar, ended in a goalless draw.

Namdhari Academy Bhaini Sahib, held R. Academy, Jalandhar, in the under-17 section to share a point each, while Olympian. Surjit Hockey Academy, Jalandhar, showed their supremacy by demolishing Sports School, Jalandhar, 6-1.

Lyallpur Khalsa College started the match on a very fast pace. In the 14th minute Khalsa College’s full back Amarjit Singh sounded the board through a penalty corner while in the 28th minute Gurpreet Singh scored. In the second half Chandigarh boys tried their best to come back in the same but all in vain. In the 47th minute Khalsa College’s Satwinder Singh scored the third goal from the top of the striking circle. In the 69th minute Amarjit sounded the board-once again through a penalty corner to complete the tally. Khalsa College earned three points from this win.

Olympian Surjit Hockey Academy lads showed good hockey. They took the lead in the fifth minute through a penalty stroke by Gurpreet Singh. In the seventh minute inside right Manbir Singh scored a brilliant goal from top of the striking circle through a solo effort. In the 11th minute Sports School’s Rupinder Singh reduced the margin. In the 16th minute Surjit academy once again struck through a penalty stroke by Joga Singh. In the 19th minute Gurpreet scored a field goal to help his team lead 4-1.

After the lemon break, in the 41st minute Surjit academy’s Joga Singh struck to take the tally to 5-1. In the 48th minute Jarnail Singh completed the score sheet of 6-1.

The next phase of the league will start at Ludhiana from October 20.
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E. Bengal pip JCT, enter final

Kolkata, October 14
Title aspirants East Bengal entered the final of the under-19 National Football League pipping JCT Mills 6-4 in a well-contested encounter here today.

The semifinal outing had to be decided via tie-breaker after half an hour of extra time failed to break the 1-1 deadlock at the end of regulation period.

In the tie-break, East Bengal converted each of their five penalty shots, but the JCT players could score from only three, as Ashok Kumar’s kick was brilliantly saved by the winners’ custodian Sibram Dey. With the fate of the game decided, JCT did not take the last shot.

Lal Vulaiah, Anupam Sarkar, Lakhan Singh, Laltu Mandal and Dulal Patra struck for East Bengal, while Gurmukh Singh, Lakhvir Singh and Harnek Singh successfully converted the spot kicks for the Phagwara side. PTI
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Chess tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 14
Youngsters from southern states swept away with top positions in all the four events below 12 and 14 years in both boys and girls section in the sixth National Sub-Junior Rapid Chess Tournament today. The tournament was organised by Chandigarh Chess Association. Chief guest was Padma Shri Nek Chand, Creator-Director of Rock Garden. He distributed prizes worth Rs 44,000 to winners.

Gopal (7.5 points) representing Lakshadeep was at top in boys under 14 section, Raghavi and Rajdarshani both of Tamil Nadu achieved six points each and remained at top in girls under 12 section. In below 14 girls section, Iswarya Shobhana of Tamil Nadu and Madana Sree of Kerala jointly remained at top with four points each while in below 14 boys section, it was Akshay Raj Kore of Kerala who scored the highest points 6.5, to emerge winner in this section.
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School basketball meet results
Our Sports Reporter

Nabha, October 14
Punjab Public School (PPS), Nabha, downed Lawrence school, Sanawar, 52-39 to enter the quarterfinal of the All India Inter-Public School Basketball Championships here today.

The other results: Modern school,New Delhi beat Mayo college, Ajmer 45-23, MNSS, Rai beat Sainik school, Nagrota 56-34, Lawrence school, Sanawar beat Sainik school, Sujanpur Tira 36-24. YPS ,Patiala beat RIMC,Dehra Dun 56-25. Welham Boys school, Dehra Dun beat Assam Rifles, Shillong 46-21. Delhi public school, New Delhi beat Lawrence school, Lovedale 26-22. BSP school, New Delhi beat Sri Dashmesh Academy, Anandpur Sahib 34-23. Mayo college, Ajmer beat YPS, Patiala 54-34.
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Chandigarh win trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
Chandigarh clinched Dhruv Pandove Trophy beating Amritsar here today. In reply to Chandigarh’s mammoth total of 338 runs in the allotted 90 overs, Amritsar were 148 all out in 67 overs. V.R.V. Singh was the most successful bowler for Chandigarh taking 4 wickets conceding only 47 runs. Brief scores: Chandigarh: 338 Amritsar: 148 all out. (Rohit 29, Baljit 24, V.R.V. Singh 4 for 47, Vipul Sharma 3 for 34).
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 SPORTS BRIEFS

ROSSI TRIUMPHS TO CLAIM WORLD TITLE
PHILLIP ISLAND (Australia):
Italy’s Valentino Rossi won the Australian 500cc Grand Prix on a Honda to clinch the world title on Sunday. Rossi swapped the lead with compatriot and championship rival Max Biaggi in an exciting two-man battle in the closing laps. With two laps left, Biaggi was ahead by 0.012 seconds. The flamboyant Rossi regained the advantage, however, and triumphed in 42 minutes 22.383 seconds to take an unbeatable 72-point lead over Biaggi with two races remaining. Rossi won the Australian 250cc Grand Prix at Phillip Island in 1998 and 1999. Rossi becomes the first rider to win world championships in the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc classes since Briton Phil Read completed the treble in 1973 and again in 1974. Reuters

1999 WORLD CUP FINAL A FISHY AFFAIR
ISLAMABAD:
After allegations of fixing matches against India and Bangladesh in the 1999 World Cup in England, former Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Executive (PCB) Majid Khan has revealed that the final between his country and Australia was a fishy affair and called for a threadbare investigation. Deposing before the Justice Karamat Bhandari Commission probing into the match-fixing allegations, Majid expressed doubts over the nitty-gritty of the World Cup Final, saying when the wicket was covered and it had rained, it made no sense at all to bat first in view of Pakistan’s suspect batting against Australia. He felt that something had gone on in the final and needed to be investigated. Pakistan lost the final of the World Cup by eight wickets. UNI

CAPRIATI NO 1
FILDERSTADT (Germany):
Capping a remarkable comeback in a career that began with so much promise and then slid into a seemingly irreversible decline, Jennifer Capriati is the new No 1 in women’s tennis. Capriati was assured of taking over the top spot for the first time when Martina Hingis sprained her right ankle and had to abandon the semifinal match against Lindsay Davenport at the Porsche Grand Prix on Sunday. “I am speechless,” Capriati said. “I’m just very, very happy, more than anything. I want to call my mom and my brother and to share the good news with them.” Capriati’s father, Stefano, was at the tournament with her. AP

DAV SCHOOL WIN
CHANDIGARH:
DAV School, Sector 8, defeated LRD Public School, Jalandhar, by eight wickets in the super league of PCA Parle G inter-school tournament match at PCA Stadium, Mohali, today. Brief scores: LRD School: 156 all out in 46.1 overs (Rahul Sharma sr. 50, Rahul Sharma jr 23; Gurkirat 1 for 12, Karanveer 1 for 18). DAV Sector 8: 159 for 2 in 35.4 overs (Vijay Singh 70 not out, Siddharth Sharma 42 not out; Gulshan 1 for 16). In the second match Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, defeated Bathinda School by 28 runs. Brief scores: Sacred Heart School: 174 all out in 42.3 overs (Nikhil 46, Aayush 22, Ishwarjot 18; Munish 2 for 19, Ravinder 2 for 34 Gagan 2 for 21). Bathinda School: 146 all out in 37.4 overs (Amrit 31, Ravinder 25, Azad 33, Gagan 24; Pankaj 4 for 26, Nikhil 2 for 16). TNS
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