Tuesday, October 16, 2001, Chandigarh, India






THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
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TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

Davis Cup: India fail to cross American hurdle
Winston Salem, October 15

Leander Paes played yet another memorable match on the Davis Cup arena before going down to America’s new tennis sensation Andy Roddick in the decisive first reverse singles as the USA moved into the 2002 world group here yesterday with a 4-1 win over India in the world group qualifying round.

Leander Paes (R) confers with the team coach Ramesh Krishnan during a break in the first set against Andy Roddick of the USA during their Davis Cup qualifying round on Sunday at the Joel Colisum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The USA beat India 4-1. 
— Reuters photo

 Reetinder Singh SodhiSodhi to play against Kenya
Port Elizabeth, October 15
Buoyed by two big wins in successive matches, India have decided to give their reserves a chance in their next game against Kenya here on Wednesday.




EARLIER STORIES

 

England tour at risk
London, October 15
England’s tour of India this year will not go ahead if the players’ safety is at risk, England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman Ian MacLaurin said today.

Sunil Gavaskar, Botham on Sharjah panel
New Delhi, October 15
Under a cloud of suspicion of harbouring punters and match-fixers, the Cricketers’ Benefit Fund Series, organisers of cricket in Sharjah, have roped in the legendary Sunil Gavaskar and Ian Botham to carry out an image-building exercise.

Rest of India take slender lead
Nagpur, October 15

A responsible knock of 125 by Punjab southpaw Dinesh Mongia and his fifth wicket stand of 172 runs with Ajay Ratra (61) enabled Rest of India gain a vital 13-run lead over Ranji champions Baroda on the third day of the Irani Trophy cricket match here today.

Aussies rally to defeat India
Hobart, October 15

India suffered a setback in their quest for qualifying for the semifinals of the Junior World Cup hockey championship today as they squandered a 1-0 lead to go down to Australia in a second round league match here.

Peeyush, Prerak register victories
Chandigarh, October 15

Peeyush Aggarwal and Prerak Sharma, of Haryana today had impressive wins over their rivals in the under-19 & under-13 sections of the Tara Chand Memorial North Zone Invitational Badminton Tournament which began here today simultaneously at Community hall and Indoor Hall of DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7.

Vineet overpowers Vikram in TT
Chandigarh, October 15
State Bank of Patiala’s Vineet Chopra (Punjab No I) overpowered Vikram Aditya in a 7-game thriller, in the second Punjab State Ranking Table Tennis Championship at Patiala yesterday. Three games down Vineet outwitted Vikram playing a power game and high top spins on both flanks of the table. 

Everything ready for National Games
Chandigarh, October 15
“The 31st National Games 2001 are on, and we are more than satisfied with the arrangements.” These comments by Dr R.L. Anand, vice-president of the Indian Olympic Association who attended the final meeting of the steering committee as an observer of the IOA, set at rest all speculations regarding the holding of the Games in Punjab from November 19 to December 1,2001.


US player Lindsay Davenport in action at the Filderstadt Grand Prix final against Justine Henin from Belgium in Filderstadt, near Stuttgart, on Sunday. Davenport won the match 7-5, 6-4. 


Afghan national wicketkeeper Shafi ur-Rahman (R) hangs on to the ball as Muhammad Azam from a local Pakistani team looks on during their match in Peshawar on Monday. Afghanistan's cricket team, made up mostly of players who learned how to play while living as refugees in Pakistan, is participating in a tournament in Pakistan even as the USA bombards their country.
— Reuters photos 

Sahil, Aarti are b’minton champs
Ludhiana, October 15
Top seed Sahil Arora of Jalandhar fought a battle of nerves to outclass local lad Ramnik Sharma of Speed Fund Academy run by Sports Department, Punjab, in a five-set final while top seed Aarti Verma from Ropar scored an easy victory over second seed Heena Kapur from Jalandhar in straight sets to emerge champions among boys and girls (u-16) respectively in the Rajesh Dhir Benefit Punjab State Subjunior and Veteran Badminton Championship which concluded at the Shastri Indoor Hall of Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Punjabi varsity retain trophy
Ludhiana, October 15

Defending champions, Punjabi University, Patiala, lived upto their reputation by retaining the overall championship in the men’s section while in the women’s section their cyclists made inroads into domains of last year’s winners Kerala University to win the trophy in the All-India Inter-varsity Cycling Championship which concluded at the Punjab Agricultural University here yesterday.

RCF score win
Chandigarh, October 15
The All-India Railway Basketball Championship was inaugurated by Mr K.R. Govindarajan , General Manager, Rail Coach Factory, at Kapurthala today.

Judo camp from October 17
Chandigarh, October 15

The third and final coaching camp for judo in the run-up to the National Games is being held from October 17 at Anandpur Sahib, according to a press note issued by the Punjab Judo Association. 

B’ball results
Nabha, October 15
Modern School, New Delhi, beat Mayo College, Ajmer, 62-54 to clinch the title in the All-India Inter-Public School Basketball Tournament at PPS Nabha today. Delhi captain Simran Tejpal Singh fired a three pointer from an acute angle. The team was leading by a comfortable 28-8 margin.
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Davis Cup: India fail to cross American hurdle


India's Leander Paes returns the ball to Andy Roddick of the USA during a Davis Cup qualifying round between on Sunday.


Andy Roddick reacts to a winning shot in the fourth set against Leander Paes.

Andy Roddick of the USA waves an American flag
Andy Roddick waves an American flag after defeating Leander. 
— Reuters photos

Winston Salem, October 15
Leander Paes played yet another memorable match on the Davis Cup arena before going down to America’s new tennis sensation Andy Roddick in the decisive first reverse singles as the USA moved into the 2002 world group here yesterday with a 4-1 win over India in the world group qualifying round.

The American who took the first reverse singles after more than two-and-a-half hours of high-voltage tennis put his country in the world group with a 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-5 win.

In a dead second reverse singles, later in the day, India’s Harsh Mankad lost to James Blake of the USA in straight sets 3-6 0-6.

India who had lost both the singles on Friday pushed the best-of-five tie into the third day when French Open doubles champions Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi won the crucial doubles match 6-4 1-6 6-3 7-6 (8/6) against Don Johnson and Jared Palmer on Saturday.

The defeat drops India back to Davis Cup zonal play next year.

Paes, playing his 81st Davis Cup match, started off with scintillating serve and volley tennis and overhauled the 19-year-old world No. 15 Roddick to win the first set 6-4.

The Indian Cup veteran, however, could not maintain the momentum as Roddick, playing his first decisive Davis Cup tie, found the crucial break of serve in the eighth game of the second set and took the set at 6-3.

Increasing the pace and attacking a trifle slow Paes, the American broke the Indian twice in the third set to win it 6-2 for a two-set-to-one lead.

Though Paes tried his level best in the fourth set to force a turnaround, Roddick’s raw power, with 13 aces, emerged triumphant over the craftiness of the Indian as he closed out the match finding the all important break of serve in the 11th game with some breathtaking passes.

The day’s proceedings began with the customary line-up of the two teams. The Indian anthem was rendered by an NRI couple while famous singer Melisa gave voice to the US anthem.

Roddick, who started serving in the first game of the match took it without conceding a point gaving Paes a glimpse of his huge weapon.

It was Paes’ turn in the second game to give Roddick a taste of his sharp volleys as he raced through the game conceding just a point.

Paes then surprised Roddick in the third game dictating points from the net. At 30-30, Roddick served the first double fault to give Paes his first break point. The Indian converted it with a blistering forehand return.

Winning a high percentage of points at the net Paes held his serve in the fourth and sixth games for a 4-2 lead. Roddick then made it 4-4 breaking Paes in the eighth game taking the second break point by forcing an error with a powerful forehand.

The 28-year-old Indian immediately seized back the advantage going after Roddicks second serve and breaking him with a silken backhand drop shot to nose ahead 5-4.

But Roddick conceded the set only after stretching Paes through three break points. The Indian showed guts to hold on by charging to the net and pulling it off on his second set point. PTI
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Sodhi to play against Kenya

Port Elizabeth, October 15
Buoyed by two big wins in successive matches, India have decided to give their reserves a chance in their next game against Kenya here on Wednesday.

Captain Sourav Ganguly today confirmed Punjab all-rounder Reetinder Singh Sodhi and Railways medium-pacer Harvinder Singh, two players who are yet to get a game on this tour, would be playing in the next match.

“Sodhi will get in,” Ganguly said at the team’s practice session here. “Most probably Virender Sehwag will get a break (rest) in this game.”

Ganguly said he was keen every member of his team got a game and was psycholgically prepared when given a chance. “It is important everyone has fallen in groove and can come in when required,” he said. Ganguly did not name the player to be left out to accommodate Harvinder Singh but was absolutely certain neither he nor master batsman Sachin Tendulkar would sit out. “Both Tendulkar and I would play. There is little doubt about that,” he said.

Though Ganguly did not commit himself, the omission could be Yuvraj Singh, who is suffering from a viral fever. “We will see how it goes for him,” the captain said about Yuvraj. The Indians were in full strength at the nets of the St George’s Park on a morning of grey skyline and a few dark clouds.

Ganguly said he had watched the Kenyans play South Africa in Kimberly yesterday and it was apparent they were improving. “We would not be taking them lightly,” he said brushing aside suggestions that Kenyans were a second-rate competition in this tournament.

Anil Kumble, who has made a sensational return to international cricket after a year’s lay off because of a shoulder injury, didn’t bowl or bat at all in the nets today and preferred to have his shoulder exercise done with the help of team physio Andrew Leipus. The drill lasted close to two hours.

Tedulkar, who did not get to bat against Kenya in the last match, was the first one to have his batting nets against Javagal Srinath and Ajit Agarkar and thereafter preferred to give Sehwag practice through a bowling machine, followed by a long bowling stint to different batsmen at the nets. PTI 
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England tour at risk

London, October 15
England’s tour of India this year will not go ahead if the players’ safety is at risk, England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman Ian MacLaurin said today.

“Our players will not be risked. You can be sure our players’ safety is paramount,” MacLaurin told BBC Radio Four.

New Zealand have already cancelled a tour of Pakistan scheduled this month after the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington and the subsequent USA-led bombing on Afghanistan.

MacLaurin said the tour, starting in November, would not proceed if there was any chance the players would be harmed. Reuters
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Sunil Gavaskar, Botham on Sharjah panel

New Delhi, October 15
Under a cloud of suspicion of harbouring punters and match-fixers, the Cricketers’ Benefit Fund Series, organisers of cricket in Sharjah, have roped in the legendary Sunil Gavaskar and Ian Botham to carry out an image-building exercise.

Former Indian Test opener Gavaskar and England all-rounder Botham have been appointed to a three-member technical committee which will be responsible, among other things, to free the venue of the scourge of match-fixing, a CBFS press release said here today. The third member of the committee will be announced shortly, it added

“Gavaskar and Botham were chosen for their unmatched contribution to cricket both on and off the field. The two men have played a legendary role in popularising the game and are highly respected by both players and fans,” it said.

As part of the committee, Gavaskar and Botham will oversee all the international engagements organised by the CBFS. Their role will encompass ensuring adherence to current laws, rules and regulations of the ICC and laying down the method for preparation of the wicket by groundsmen. PTITop

 

Rest of India take slender lead

Nagpur, October 15
A responsible knock of 125 by Punjab southpaw Dinesh Mongia and his fifth wicket stand of 172 runs with Ajay Ratra (61) enabled Rest of India gain a vital 13-run lead over Ranji champions Baroda on the third day of the Irani Trophy cricket match here today.

Baroda, who had made 318 in their first innings, were 124 for two in their second innings with their Connor Williams chipping with a stylish 83 before being caught off the last ball of the day while former India stumper Nayan Mongia was batting on 31.

Resuming at their overnight score of 179 for four, Rest’s Mongia and Ratra played some fine shots all round the wicket. Their determined efforts gave some relief to their side before Ratra was trapped leg before by Irfan Pathan (sr) with the score on 264.

Mongia, 47 overnight, played some fine drives and lofted shots off his front foot before duely completing his half century.

He cruised along with some fluent drives on either side of the wicket and hoisted off-spinner Umang Patel twice over midwicket for sixes.

Meanwhile, Ratra prospered in the company of Mongia and showed a fine array of shots and agility in running between the wickets and the pair took the total past the 250 mark and Mongia completed his century with a push to mid-on.

Mongia was joined by Sharandeep Singh and the two added 20 runs before Singh departed caught and bowled by Valmik Buch for 10.

Scoreboard

Baroda (1st innings): 318

Rest of India (1st innings):

A Chopra c Buch b Pathan jr 22

V Mane lbw b Pathan jr 48

Laxman c Mongia b Buch 13

Kanitkar c Williams b R Patel 2

A Ratra lbw b Pathan sr 61

D Mongia c Pathan sr b Buch 125

S Singh c and b Buch 10

R Sanghavi b Pathan jr 6

D Mohanty not out 18

T Yohannan c Parab b Buch 0

S Srivastava c and b Buch 4

Extras (b-4, lb-1, nb-17) 22

Total (all out, 117.3 overs) 331

Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-72, 3-91, 4-92, 5-265, 6-285, 7-299, 8-323, 9-323.

Bowling: R Patel 23-6-54-1, Pathan sr 14-2-45-1, Buch 34.3-11-94-5, Pathan jr 29-5-95-3, U Patel 13-4-26-0, A Arote 4-0-12-0.

Baroda (2nd innings):

S Parab c and b Yohannan 3

C Williams c Ratra b S Singh 83

N Mongia batting 31

Extras (lb 1, nb 6) 7

Total (for 2 wkts) 124

Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-124.

Bowling: Mohanty 8-1-32-0, Yohannan 10-0-40-1, Sharandeep Singh 10.1-2-23-1, Sanghvi 10-2-23-0, Kanitkar 1-0-5-0.
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Aussies rally to defeat India

Hobart, October 15
India suffered a setback in their quest for qualifying for the semifinals of the Junior World Cup hockey championship today as they squandered a 1-0 lead to go down to Australia in a second round league match here.

India, runners-up in the last edition of the tournament, outplayed the Australians for most part of the game but were unable to capitalise on the many chances that came their way.

After the first half had gone goal-less, penalty corner specialist Jugraj Singh put India ahead in the 39th minute. But a desperate Australia, who had suffered a shock defeat against the Netherlands yesterday, rallied swiftly to score two goals in the 44th and 59th minute to carve out a win.

India, who had drawn 2-2 with Argentina yesterday in their first match of the second round league encounters, now have a tough job of beating the Netherlands with a big margin in order to entertain any hopes of making it to the last four.

Meanwhile England had their all win record grounded by Spain in an exciting 2-2 draw in pool E.

Spain played one of their best games in the tournament and even though they dominated the first half they failed to get any goals on board.

All the goals in this exciting match came in the second half and much against the run of play the English side, got the first goal when Jonty Clarke finished a great passing move down the left flank to give England the early lead in the 47th minute.

Spain’s response was immediate with Freixa Santiago capping a brilliant solo run down the left with a great reverse flick past the English keeper.

Spain’s pressure gave them a penalty stroke immediately after their equaliser and Eduardo Tabau made no mistake to put Spain 2-1 ahead in the 52nd minute.

England clawed their way back into the game and equalised through Richard Mantell’s penalty corner strike in the 61st minute. The match ended with both teams hitting long passes to no avail. UNI
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Peeyush, Prerak register victories
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, October 15
Peeyush Aggarwal and Prerak Sharma, of Haryana today had impressive wins over their rivals in the under-19 & under-13 sections of the Tara Chand Memorial North Zone Invitational Badminton Tournament which began here today simultaneously at Community hall and Indoor Hall of DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7.

Peeyush had to fight hard against Sumit of Haryana while Prerak was extended to four games before he could prevail upon Sunil of Chandigarh 4-7, 7-3, 7-1, 7-2.

Earlier the four-day meet was inaugurated by Mr NC Wadhwa, Chief Administrator, HUDA, Panchkula.

More than 200 players from northern states were being provided with free boarding, lodging and a total of Rs 1 lakh prize money will be given to the winners.

The results:

Singles: (Men) Raj Saraswat (Raj) b Vivek (Har) 7-5,7-5,7-0; Tarun (Dli) b Tauseef (Pb) 7-2, 3-7,7-2,8-6; Jaideep (Pb) b Varun (Chd) 7-0,7-2,5-7,7-2; Ashish (Pb) b Vikas (Har) 8-7,7-2,7-1; Amit Sachdeva (Chd) b Amit (Pb) 7-1,7-3,7-1; Rohit Bhakar (Har) b Kishan (Raj) 7-1,7-2,7-3; Yogesh Chauhan (Pb) b Naresh (Chd) 7-0,7-1,7-3; Ashish (Dli) b Peeyush (Har) 7-1,7-1,7-3; Ranveer (Raj) b Sukhvinder (Har) 7-1,7-1,7-0.

Boys (U-19): Rajeev (Dli) b Yadvendra (Raj) 8-7,8-6,7-3; Sandeep (Pb) b Varun (J&K) 7-0,7-0,7-1; Akash Sethi (Chd) b Arvind (Har)7-4,7-0,4-7,7-3; Vikas (Har) gets w/o from Sunil (Dli); Puneet (Chd) b Ashish (Raj) 7-2,3-7,7-1,7-1; Peeyush Aggarwal (Har) b Sumit (Har) 1-7,4-7,7-5,7-0,7-2; Rohit (Pb) b Praveen (Raj) 7-1,7-0,7-2,7-0; Gurjeet Singh (Chd) b Anuj (Har) 7-0,7-1,7-4; Sandeep (Dli) b Mandeep (Har) 1-7,7-0,7-3,7-2.

Boys (U-13): (Ist round) Prerak Sharma (Har) b Sunil( Chd) 4-7,7-3,7-1,7-2; Vipul Saini (J&K) b Abhishek (Raj) 7-0,7-0,7-4; Anish (Pb) b Ankit (Dli) 7-5,8-6,8-7; Ashish (Har) b Rasik (Har) 7-2,7-5,5-7,8-6; Gaurav (Roh) b Abhishek (Raj) 7-2,7-2,7-2; Manish (Chd) b Mohit (Har) 5-7,7-3,7-3,8-6.

2nd round: Gaurav (Har) b Dhruv (Har)7-0,8-6,7-0; Prateek (Har) b Avish (Pb) 7-3,7-3,8-7; Gaurav (Har) b Manish (Chd) 7-1,7-1,7-1.

Boys (Under-16: Ist round): Aman (Dli) b Ashish (Har) 7-5,7-0,7-1; Divya M (J&K) b Dheeraj (Pb) 7-3,7-1,7-0; Dineshwar (Pb) b Bharat (Har) 7-1,7-5,7-2; Tanmy (Raj) b Manish (Har) 4-7,7-1,8-6,8-6; Gaurav (Har) b Kunal (Har) 7-3,7-3,7-5; Vikarm (J&K) b Adhiraj Neogi ( Har) 7-1,7-4,7-0; Narinder (Chd) b Anurag b Bhamba (J&K) 7-2,7-2,7-2.
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Vineet overpowers Vikram in TT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
State Bank of Patiala’s Vineet Chopra (Punjab No I) overpowered Vikram Aditya (PSEB) in a 7-game thriller, in the second Punjab State Ranking Table Tennis Championship at Patiala yesterday. Three games down Vineet outwitted Vikram playing a power game and high top spins on both flanks of the table. The Patiala bank men showed his class by snapping a quick 6-1 lead through deft placements and high-ball services and then rapped up the thriller and annexed the singles crown.

Final results: Men’s singles: Vineet Chopra (SBP) b Vikram Aditya (PSEB) 11-9, 4-11, 5-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5.

Cadet boys singles: Kamaljit Singh (Patiala) b Kunal Dhawan (Amritsar) 11-9, 11-7, 11-9.

Cadet girls singles: Meena (Ropar) b Harpreet (Ropar) 11-6, 12-10, 11-6.

Subjunior boys singles: Ratesh (Amritsar) b Suraj (Amritsar) 11-5, 11-7, 11-9.

Subjunior girls singles: Reetika (Ropar) b Manisha (Patiala) 12-11, 10-12, 11-9, 9-11, 13-11.

Junior boys singles: Rohit Mahajan (Amritsar) b Rakesh Handa (Amritsar) 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9.

Junior girls singles: Charu (Jalandhar) b Navdeep (Amritsar) 11-6, 11-7, 11-9.

Women’s singles: Shikha Ghai (Amritsar) b Rajni Gupta (P&T) 11-6, 11-7, 11-8.
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Everything ready for National Games
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
“The 31st National Games 2001 are on, and we are more than satisfied with the arrangements.” These comments by Dr R.L. Anand, vice-president of the Indian Olympic Association who attended the final meeting of the steering committee as an observer of the IOA, set at rest all speculations regarding the holding of the Games in Punjab from November 19 to December 1,2001.The Games were earlier scheduled to be held in October but had to be put off due to unavoidable circumstances.

“All details have been taken care of and the infrastructure is second to none,” said Dr Anand while addressing a press conference at the PCA Stadium, SAS Nagar, today.

Mr IS Bindra, secretary-general of the National Games Organising Committee, who was also present, gave details of the preparations for the Games.” Except for the shooting range at Mohali, the other preparations are in the final stages,” he said. “All orders for equipment have been placed. In case there is any dislocation of flights due to the prevailing circumstances, we have stand bye arrangements with the Sports Authority of India,” said Mr Bindra. Competitions are to be held in 27 disciplines.

The last date for entries by name, according to Mr Bindra, is October 25.In all,2530 medals will be up for grabs with aquatics offering as many as 88 gold, and an equal number of silver and bronze medals. Contingency funds will be made available to all Directors, Competition, to meet daily needs.

According to Mr Bindra, although the budgets for various events have been presented, the final scrutiny is being done. The Games are being organised at the bare minimum costs. The Centre has sanctioned Rs 30 lakh for the Games but we are quite hopeful of adequate funds flowing in to meet our requirements, said Mr Bindra adding that the Manipur games had a much bigger budget as compared to the forthcoming edition.

Mr TC Gupta, chairman of the Media Committtee, who was also present, said all facilities would be provided at the media centres being set up at various venues. The media centre at Chandigarh would be set up at the CLTA Stadium while at Ludhiana it would be functional at Guru Nanak Stadium. The other media centres would be set up at Hansraj Stadium(Jalandhar), Polo Ground(Patiala), and the Martial Arts Academy (Anandpur Sahib).
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Sahil, Aarti are b’minton champs
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 15
Top seed Sahil Arora of Jalandhar fought a battle of nerves to outclass local lad Ramnik Sharma of Speed Fund Academy run by Sports Department, Punjab, in a five-set final while top seed Aarti Verma from Ropar scored an easy victory over second seed Heena Kapur from Jalandhar in straight sets to emerge champions among boys and girls (u-16) respectively in the Rajesh Dhir Benefit Punjab State Subjunior and Veteran Badminton Championship which concluded at the Shastri Indoor Hall of Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Sahil, after losing the first two games at 1-7 and 6-8 came into the match with a bang in the third set wrapping it up at 7-2.

Final results:- Boys singles (U-16) -Sahil Arora (Jal) b Ramnik Sharma (Ldh) 1-7,6-8,7-2,7-1,7-2. Boys Doubles (U-16) - Kazim and Gurpreet (Sang and Rpr) b Sahil and Ramnik Sharma (Jal and Ldh ) 7-2,7-2,7-3. Girls singles (U-16) - Aarti Verma (Rpr) b Heena Kapoor (Jal) 7-1,7-1,7-2. Girls Doubles (U-16) Aarti and Sehar (Rpr and Asr) b Sukhamn and Komal Preet (Pta) 7-0,7-4,7-4. Boys Singles (U-13).- Gurbux Singh (Ldh) b Rajkumar (Ldh) 4-7, 7-0, 7-3, 7-4. Boys doubles (U-13) Gurbux Singh and Rajkumar (Ldh) b Abhishek and Navjot (Asr) 8-7,7-2,7-4,7-0.

Girls singles - (U-13) Komalpreet (Pta) b Sanya Sareen (Asr) 7-2, 7-2, 0-7, 8-6. Girls doubles (U-13) Lubna and Komal Preet (Sgr and Pta) b Shruti Bansal and Sanya Sreen (Rpr and Asr) 7-1,7-4,3-7,7-1. Boys Singles (U-10) Raj Kumar (Ldh) b Bob Sharma (Pta) 7-0,7-1,7-3. Boys doubles (U-10) Raj Kumar and Pranav Chopra (Ldh) b Bob Sharma and Maheep Singh (Pta and Rpr) 7-1,7-0,7-2. Girls Singles (U-10) Komal Preet (Jal) b Soni (Sgr) 7-1,7-4,7-1. Veteran singles Rajan Kumar (Asr) b U.S. Tandon (Asr) 7-1, 1-7, 8-7, 7-3. Veteran doubles — Kailash Parbhakar and MPS Grewal (Ldh) b Jai Parkash and Ravi Jain (Ldh) 7-1, 7-2, 5-7, 7-2.
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Punjabi varsity retain trophy

Ludhiana, October 15
Defending champions, Punjabi University, Patiala, lived upto their reputation by retaining the overall championship in the men’s section while in the women’s section their cyclists made inroads into domains of last year’s winners Kerala University to win the trophy in the All-India Inter-varsity Cycling Championship which concluded at the Punjab Agricultural University here yesterday.

In the men’s section, cyclists from Punjabi University garnered 54 points to clinch the overall championship. Pune University collected 16 points to finish runners-up and Kerala University came third with just 5 points.

In the women’s section, Punjabi University riders secured 17 points to lift the overall trophy. Cyclists from Panjab University, Chandigarh, got 9 points to secure the second spot while Kurukshetra University closely followed them at third spot with 8 points.

On the last day of the meet, Punjabi University men dominated the proceedings winning two gold and one silver in road races. The third gold went to Karnataka University. In the road race (women), Pune University bagged gold, while Panjab University, Chandigarh, took the silver and Karnataka University finished third.

In 20 km point race (men), Paramveer Singh of Punjabi University set up a blistering pace to secure 38 points and bag gold. Another Punjabi University cyclist, Jaitshahodeep Singh collected 30 points to take silver. Kulbir Singh of Panjab University, with 18 points, had to be content with bronze.

Harjot Singh, Jaitshahodeep Singh, Jarmal Singh and Sukhjinder Singh of Punjabi University clocked 1:09:00.50 seconds to win gold in 50 km road team time trial event. The team of Pune University comprising Swapnil Jadhav, Abhay Wagiholikar, Sanjay Patil and Milind Zodge took 1:09:36.69 seconds for silver. Karnatka University cyclists F R Sait, N M Patiar, S B Athani and P B Nimbannavar, with a timing of 1:10:25.75 seconds won bronze.

In 60 km road massed start (men), Karnataka University’s S B Athani performed well to win gold clocking 1:28:01.00 seconds. V. Shanmugam of Bharathidarshan University, Tiruchirapalli, with timing of 1:28:02.15 seconds too fared well to finish runner-up. Swapnil Jadhav of Pune University clocked 1:28:11.03 seconds to take bronze.

In the last event of the championship, 30 km road massed start race (women) Sonali Patil of Pune University had a time of 47:12.91 seconds which was better than her immediate rivals Kirandeep of Panjab University (47:36.11 secs) and S M Nimbargi of Karnataka University (48:13.21 secs). In road races, Punjabi University, Patiala, earned 15 points to win the team championship (men) while Pune University secured 7 points and Bharthidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, got 3 points to finish second and third, respectively.
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RCF score win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
The All-India Railway Basketball Championship was inaugurated by Mr K.R. Govindarajan, General Manager, Rail Coach Factory, at Kapurthala today.

In the inaugural match between Rail Coach Factory and Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, the former won by 95-47. In the second match Research Design and Standards Organisation, Lucknow, defeated Diesel Component Works (DCW), Patiala 58-24 in a one-sided match.
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Judo camp from October 17

Chandigarh, October 15
The third and final coaching camp for judo in the run-up to the National Games is being held from October 17 at Anandpur Sahib, according to a press note issued by the Punjab Judo Association. All judokas (men and women) selected for the camp should report at the Academy of Martial Arts, Anandpur Sahib. The final selection of the Punjab judo team for the National Games will be made at the end of the camp.

The Punjab Judo Association is making a strong bid to win more than a dozen medals in the National Games, according to Mr T.C. Gupta, president of the Punjab Judo Association.
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Bball results
Our Sports Reporter

Nabha, October 15
Modern School, New Delhi, beat Mayo College, Ajmer, 62-54 to clinch the title in the All-India Inter-Public School Basketball Tournament at PPS Nabha today.

Delhi captain Simran Tejpal Singh fired a three pointer from an acute angle. The team was leading by a comfortable 28-8 margin. In the second quarter the Ajmer team’s Digvijay Singh made some fine runs but in vain. A tight defence manned by Varun Jain foiled all attempts of the Ajmer team. However, the Delhi defence became a bit complacent and it was then that Mayo College scored 10 successive points to make the scoreline 18-28. A three-pointer by Simran Tejpal enabled Modern School to lead by 31-18. The Delhi team ultimately won 62-54. Earlier, PPS were beaten by Welham Public School, Dehra Dun 50-56. 
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 SPORTS BRIEFS

ZAHEER KHAN FIT
Zaheer Khan MUMBAI:
Zaheer Khan, the left arm fast bowler, has informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that he has recovered fully from his injuries and is fit. BCCI executive secretary Sharad Diwadkar said on Monday that Dr Anant Joshi, the board doctor, has also certified the fitness of Zaheer Khan, who had suffered a leg injury and has been out of action for nearly a month. Diwadkar further told UNI that the board secretary Niranjan Shah would decide a date for the fitness test of Zaheer as well as Ashish Nehra in a couple of days. “We are trying to get in contact with Nehra and as soon as possible a fitness test for the two would be arranged,’’ Mr Diwadkar added. UNI

SANTOSH TROPHY
NAGPUR:
The final decision on the hosting of Santosh Trophy National Football Championship will be taken on October 17 in Mumbai. The prestigious tournament is likely to be hosted here by Nagpur District Football Association (NDFA) under the auspices of Western India Football Association (WIFA), according to NDFA and WIFA secretary Haresh Vora. Mr Vora told PTI that the All-India Football Federation (AIFF) secretary Albert Colaco visited the city on Sunday and had a look at the probable venues. PTI

LUDHIANA WIN
LUDHIANA:
Ludhiana registered nine-wicket win over Mansa in the first match of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (U-16) played at the SDP College for Women ground here Monday. Mansa won the toss and elected to bat first. Their innings folded at 68 . Only Manveet Singh (11), Rinku (10) and Narinder (12) reached double figures. Raj Rattan Vir of Ludhiana took two wickets for 14 runs. Ludhiana achieved the target losing only one wicket. Sandeep Dhand and Raj Rattan Vir contributed 21 and 38 runs, respectively. OSR

GURDASPUR WIN
SANGRUR:
Gurdaspur defeated Patiala by two wickets in the only match played on the opening day of Punjab Schools Inter-District Girls Cricket Tournament (under-19) here. Batting first, Patiala could manage to score only 63 runs. Surjit, Shalley and Sony were the main wicket-takers. In reply Gurdaspur scored the required runs for the loss of eight wickets. Balwinder was the top scorer. OSR

KARATE CHAMPIONSHIP
AMBALA:
The District Ambala Karate Championship will be organised at DAV College, Ambala City, on Sunday. According to secretary of the association, Mr Rajesh Pamma, around 150 contestants will participate in the championship. The Deputy Commissioner and President of the association, Mr D.D. Gautam will preside over the function. The chairman of the association, Mr Suresh Mittal, will also be present on the occasion.

FENCING TOURNEY
PATIALA:
The Junior Patiala District Fencing Championship for boys and girls would be held at Polo Grounds, Patiala, from Friday to Monday. Patiala district teams would be selected for the Junior Punjab Fencing Championship, to be held at Fatehgarh Sahib, during this championship, said Mr Arun Kumar Vij, Secretary, Patiala District Fencing Association. The events would include sabre, epee and foil in individual and teams categories.
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