Thursday, October 18, 2001, Chandigarh, India






THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

India beat Dutch, storm into semis
Hobart, October 17
Tottering on the brink of disaster, India came roaring back to beat a fighting Netherlands 4-3 and clinch a semifinal slot in the 7th junior World Cup Hockey Championships at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre here today.

India crash to 70-run defeat against Kenya
Port Elizabeth (South Africa), October 17
Spineless batting and wayward bowling saw India crash to humiliating 70-run defeat in their match against minnows Kenya here tonight. India, who needlessly disturbed the winning combination in this match, resting key players like Javagal Srinath, Ajit Agarkar and Virender Sehwag and brought in Harvinder Singh, Reetinder Sodhi and Jacob Martin, were outplayed by Kenyans who decidedly played better cricket on the day.

Irani Trophy for Rest of India
Nagpur, October 17
Skipper V.V.S. Laxman’s scintillating 148 and his 217-runs fourth wicket partnership with man-of-the-match Dinesh Mongia (90 not out) enabled Rest of India to score an emphatic six-wicket victory over Baroda on the fifth and final day of the Irani Trophy cricket match here today. Rest of India, who at one stage were struggling at 42 for three yesterday, chasing 273 for an outright win reached their target in 77.2 overs.

Hansie Cronje fails to overturn ban
Pretoria, October 17
Disgraced former South African captain Hansie Cronje today failed to overturn a life ban from cricket in court. The Pretoria High Court ruled that the ban, imposed after Cronje admitted last year that he had accepted money from bookmakers during his captaincy, should stand but said he could take part in certain coaching and media activities.
Disgraced former South African captain Hansie Cronje failed to overturn a life ban from cricket in court on Wednesday. In this April 11, 2000 file picture Cronje listens to questions at a press conference in Cape Town after he admitted receiving money from bookmakers. — Reuters photo





Russia's Anna Kournikova returns the ball during her Swisscom Challenge match against South Africa's Amanda Coetzer in Kloten, Switzerland, on Tuesday. Kournikova lost 0-6, 6-4, 3-6. — AP/PTI

EARLIER STORIES

 

Mohali Test as scheduled: Bindra
SAS Nagar, October 17
The Punjab Cricket Association today allayed fears and uncertainties regarding the conduct of the first Test match against England scheduled at be played here next month.

Crucial ICC meeting starts from today
Kuala Lumpur, October 17
The International Cricket Council, forced to shift its October meetings from Pakistan in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks on America, will meet here tomorrow and on Friday with the main aim of salvaging cricket tours to Asia.

Hewitt closes in on top spot
Stuttgart, October 17
Top-ranked Gustavo Kuerten wasted two match points and crashed out in three sets against qualifier Max Mirnyi in the second round of the Stuttgart Masters Series tennis yesterday.`

Waugh returns to nets
Sydney, October 17
Australia captain Steve Waugh, recovering from illness and injury, today batted for the first time in six weeks in preparation for next month’s series against New Zealand.

Haryana State Games from October 21
Chandigarh, October 17
Competitions will be organised in 22 sports disciplines i.e. archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, cycling, fencing, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey (men & women), kabaddi (circle), kabaddi (national), kho-kho, judo, lawn tennis, triathlon, swimming, table tennis, volleyball, wrestling (free style and Greco Roman) and weight lifting in the 17th Haryana State Games being organised by HOA at Kurukshetra from October 21 to 24.

RCF, ER record wins
Jalandhar, October 17
Women of Eastern Railway, Calcutta and men of Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, won their matches by close margins in the 44th men’s and 25th women’s All-India Railway Basketball Championship at Kapurthala today.

Badminton meet result
Chandigarh, October 17
Three Haryana eves Shruti, Kannu Priya and Pallavi sailed into the last four of the girls under 13 section on the penultimate day of the VIIth Tara Chand Memorial Prize Money North Zone Invitation Badminton championship at Panchkula today. Seema of Chandigarh was the fourth girl who entered the semi-final of this section.

Athletic meet
Chandigarh, October 17
The 33rd Ropar District Athletic meet for men, women, boys and girls in different age groups below 20, 18, 16 and 14 years will be held on October 18 and 19 in the track near SAS Nagar bus stand, according to Mr G.S. Sarao, President, District Amateur Athletic Association, Ropar.

Sangrur boxers dominate
Sangrur, October 17
Sangrur boxers dominated the proceedings today in the Punjab School Inter-District Boxing Championships in progress at Sunam, 14 km from here. Out of 12 bouts, 11 Sangrur boxers qualified for finals.

Amritsar, Sangrur eves in title clash
Sangrur, October 17
Holders Amritsar and Sangrur will clash in the finals of Panjab schools inter-district cricket championships for girls under-19 in progress here. Amritsar faced no resistance from Gurdaspur in the first semi-finals. Batting first Amritsar girls scored 139 for the loss of three wickets in 20 overs. Ramneet was top scorer for Amritsar with 35 while Bharti scored 28 runs. Shalu took two wickets for Gurdaspur.

PU eves whip HPU
Amritsar, October 17
Panjab University Chandigarh, Nagpur University Nagpur, RD University, Jabalpur and Bhopal University, Bhopal moved ahead on the third day of the All India Inter-University (Women) Hockey Championship being played here at the Guru Nanak Dev University here.

Dhruv Pandove meet
Patiala
Unbeaten 99 runs by Manpartap Rai enabled Chandigarh to beat Patiala by virtue of its 42-run first innings lead in the Punjab inter-district (under-19) cricket match for the Dhruv Pandove trophy which concluded here today.

Inter-college soccer
Chandigarh, October 17
The BSSG Government College, Sidhsar and Government College, Karamsar surged ahead when they got the better of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha and GTB National College, Dakha at 3-0 and 2-1, respectively, in the Panjab University Inter-College Football ‘B’ Division (Men) Tournament at Panjab University grounds today.



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India beat Dutch, storm into semis 

Hobart, October 17
Tottering on the brink of disaster, India came roaring back to beat a fighting Netherlands 4-3 and clinch a semifinal slot in the 7th junior World Cup Hockey Championships at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre here today.

Germany maintained their impressive unbeaten record in pool E scoring a narrow 3-2 win over England to top the pool, becoming India’s opponent for the 7th junior World Cup hockey semifinal to be played on Friday. Germany were well served by Oliver Hentschel who scored twice for them with Witthaus Mathias getting their third goal while Richard Mentell scored twice of penalty corners to reduce the margin for England. England will face Argentina in the other semifinal.

Fortune favours the brave, it is said, and the courageous Indians had dame luck smiling on them as earlier in the morning, Argentina shocked hosts Australia with a 2-1 win, the match-winner coming in the last 18 seconds of the match thus making it clear for India that they had to win against the Netherlands to go through to the semifinals.

The two semifinalists from pool F are Argentina who topped and India who finished second.

In pool E, Germany have already qualified for the semifinal and the second team will be decided after the match between Spain and England.

India threw everything they had into the attack right from the word go. And that paid off as the midfield looked stronger and very alert releasing the ball on the first shot. Within 10 minutes, India were solidly ahead.

In the seventh minute, skipper Gagan Ajit Singh was perfectly positioned to pick up a cross from the left and he flicked it in for India to take the lead.

Three minutes later, India earned their first penalty corner and Jugraj Singh flicked powerfully high into the net for the second goal and India appeared to be steam-rolling past the Dutch.

But the Dutch knew they too had to win to have any chance of qualifying. The Netherlands put an extra man in the midfield and suddenly there were crosses that were cutting through to the Indian circle.

One of them found Kanwalpreet Singh rushing into an infringement and the umpire awarded the Dutch a penalty corner and Roderick Weusthop smashed it in.

The Dutch were boosted by their first goal. Ignace Tirkey was given a yellow card as he banged straight into a Dutch forward. With 10 Indians on the field, the Dutch had found the best opportunity to launch counter-attacks and hope for the equaliser.

It came in the 22nd minute when Mathijs van Weerd trapped a cross and went past Jugraj Singh to cleanly flick in past the diving Indian goalkeeper Devesh Chauhan.

With scores tied, India were a little slow in recovering as the midfield desperately tried to take the upperhand. At the break, both teams were tied 2-2.

In the second half, India were powering through into the Dutch circle but were not getting the goals. But 13 minutes into the half, Prabhjot Singh had the ball on the left and, keeping it close to the touchline, dribbled in and then smartly drew the ‘keeper out to flick in for India to take the lead once again.

The Dutch were just not willing to give up. A minute later, off a counter attack, they earned a penalty corner and Rob Reckers picked up the rebound off Chauhan’s pads and slammed it in for the equaliser.

Knowing that a draw would eliminate them from the race for the semifinals, India with nothing to lose threw everything in and started to dominate the midfield and cut crosses into the Dutch circle.

With 13 minutes left, India earned their fourth penalty corner and instead of Jugraj Singh, Kanwalpreet Singh stepped up to take it. He converted with a straight strike much to the delight of the Indians.

The Dutch still opened up the game, throwing fowards upfront in search of an equaliser. They had one opportunity in the last 20 seconds when they earned a penalty corner but the Indian defence, not to be denied a place in the top four, took the drag flick on to a stick and cleared it. As the Indians piled on each other in relief and joy, the hooter went.

Coach Rajinder Singh was smiling for the first time in the tournament. “It’s a huge relief. After the scores were tied 3-3, I knew it was anybody’s game. One mistake from either side would have resulted in a goal.”

But he was all praise for the boys as he felt they had put in their best.

“I think the first two goals in 10 minutes gave us the dominance. They equalised later but they knew we could take the match away from them.” PTI
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India crash to 70-run defeat against Kenya

Port Elizabeth (South Africa), October 17
Spineless batting and wayward bowling saw India crash to humiliating 70-run defeat in their match against minnows Kenya here tonight. India, who needlessly disturbed the winning combination in this match, resting key players like Javagal Srinath, Ajit Agarkar and Virender Sehwag and brought in Harvinder Singh, Reetinder Sodhi and Jacob Martin, were outplayed by Kenyans who decidedly played better cricket on the day.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who scored 37 runs off 32 deliveries was the highest scorer of the innings. Josoph Angara and Thomas Odoyo emerged the most successful bowlers each claiming three wickets.

Kenya’s bowlers ripped through the Indian top order as India, needing 247 to win, were 93 for four after 25 of their 50 overs, with Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh all back in the pavilion.

Kenya had earlier lost their first three matches in the tournament which also features South Africa

India were taken by surprise as Kenyan batsmen did an about turn from the previous match between the two countries to post a healthy 246 for six in their allotted 50 overs.

In sharp contrast to the 90 all out in Bloemfontein, Kenya put up their best batting display in this series after electing to bat today, putting on 121 runs for the opening wicket as Indian bowlers, especially the medium-pacers, wavered in line and length.

Venkatesh Prasad and Harvinder Singh, included in the side in place of Javagal Srinath and Ajit Agarkar who were rested for this match, failed to impress and bowled a number of short deliveries which the Kenyan openers, Kennedy Obuya and Ravindu Shah, capitalised to the maximum.

Kenya, who had shown remarkable improvement in their match against South Africa after taking a 10-wicket drubbing from India, lifted their game further today and the absence of their captain Maurice Odumbe, who has been suspended for two matches, seemed to have spurred them on.

Kennedy Obuya, who had failed in each of the previous three matches of this series, suddenly discovered form and was extremely aggressive in his 64-run knock, the highest for the innings.

Shah, who had scored a half-century in Kenya’s last match against South Africa, continued his good form and produced another fine innings of 50 runs. Reuters

SCOREBOARD

Kenya

K. Otieno c Tendulkar b Yuvraj 64

Shah c Yuvraj b Harbhajan Singh 50

Tikolo b Harbhajan Singh 27

Odoyo c Martin b Kumble 51

D. Otieno b Prasad 26

C. Otieno c Sodhi b Prasad 3

Suji not out 8

Gupta not out 1

Extra 16

Total (for six wickets, 50 overs) 246

Fall of wicket: 1-121, 2-123, 3-203, 4-213, 5-220, 6-243

Bowling: Prasad 8-2-45-2, Harvinder Singh 9-1-42-0, Sodhi 3-0-14-0, Kumble 10-1-36-1, Ganguly 3-0-21-0, Harbhajan Singh 10-1-38-02, Yuvraj Singh 7-0-44-1.

India

Ganguly b Odoyo 24

Tendulkar b Angara 3

Martin b Angara 36

Dravid c Do Otieno b AO Suji 11

Y. Singh b AO Suji 0

Sodhi c CO Otieno b Angara 21

Dasgupta c DO Otieno b MA Suji 19

Kumble b CO Otieno 1

Harbhajan c Shah b Odoyo 37

Prasad not out 10

Harvinder b Odoyo 1

Extra: (Lb 1, W-8, NB-4) 13

Total: (all out 46.4 overs) 176

Fow: 1-7, 2-40, 3-60, 4-60, 5-97, 6-100, 7-103, 8-135, 9-172, 10-176.

Bowling: MA Suji 10-1-37-1, Angara 10-4-30-3, Odoyo 9.4-0-41-3, AO Suji 7-0-35-2, CO Otieno 10-2-32-1. 

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Irani Trophy for Rest of India

Nagpur, October 17
Skipper V.V.S. Laxman’s scintillating 148 and his 217-runs fourth wicket partnership with man-of-the-match Dinesh Mongia (90 not out) enabled Rest of India to score an emphatic six-wicket victory over Baroda on the fifth and final day of the Irani Trophy cricket match here today. Rest of India, who at one stage were struggling at 42 for three yesterday, chasing 273 for an outright win reached their target in 77.2 overs.

Laxman began briskly, driving and cutting with aplomb and hardly looked in discomfort. He was very severe on spinner Valmik Buch hitting some wonderful on-drives and scored 78 of the 128 runs conceded by Buch.

Mongia on the other hand was sedate and played a sheet anchor role, besides rotating the strike. He played some powerful lofted shots.

Laxman got to his fifty by hoisting Buch over mid on for a six and Rest of India passed the hundred mark in the process.

Unable to stem the flow of runs, Baroda skipper Connor Williams desperately shuffled his bowlers. But they lacked penetration and variety.

Dinesh Mongia once again showcased his excellent form in the domestic circuit and narrowly missed the honour of being the only cricketer to get a century in each innings in Irani trophy.

Baroda on the other hand must be rueing their missed chance of Laxman yesterday, when he was on 12, by Satyajit parab off Buch.

Laxman more than compensated his failure in the first innings and played a match-winning knock besides proving his fitness and form for the forthcoming Test series in South Africa next month.

The Hyderabad star completed his century with a fluent cover drive off Buch at the stroke of lunch and Rest of India were cruising at 198 for three wickets.

The post lunch session saw Rest’s well settled batsmen (Laxman and Mongia) send Baroda bowlers on a leather hunt and pass the 250 mark in 71.3 overs.

Laxman finally fell playing a tired looking shot to be caught at mid-on off Buch with his side requiring only 10 runs for an outright victory.

Mongia who played second fiddle to his skipper ensured victory for his side in the company of ‘keeper-batsman Ajay Ratra who remained not out on three.

Baroda (1st innings): 318

Rest of India (1st innings): 331

Baroda (2nd innings): 285

Rest of India (2nd innings): (overnight 60 for three)

A. Chopra c N. Mongia b R. Patel 4

V. Mane c N. Mongia b Pathan Sr. 2

Laxman c R Patel b V. Buch 148

H. Kanitkar c N. Mongia b Pathan Jr. 21

D. Mongia not out 90

A. Ratra not out 3

Extras (lb-1, nb-4) 5

Total (for four wickets) 273

Fall of wickets: 1/6, 2/6, 3/46, 4/263.

Bowling: R. Patel 16-4-33-1, Pathan Sr. 5-1-15-1, V. Buch 26-5-128-1, Pathan Jr. 11-2-34-1, U. Patel 16.2-5-52-0, T. Arote 3-0-10-0. PTI

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Hansie Cronje fails to overturn ban

Pretoria, October 17
Disgraced former South African captain Hansie Cronje today failed to overturn a life ban from cricket in court.

The Pretoria High Court ruled that the ban, imposed after Cronje admitted last year that he had accepted money from bookmakers during his captaincy, should stand but said he could take part in certain coaching and media activities.

Judge Frank Kirk-Cohen said the United Cricket Board (UCB) could not prevent Cronje from coaching “in schools where the governing body of the schools allow it, and where those schools are not affiliated with the UCB’’.

Mr Kirk-Cohen also restrained the UCB from “preventing the applicant gaining access to a cricket ground as a journalist. But the ban applies to the use of the media centre and facilities and the interviewing of players’’.

“Accreditation may be granted in the sole discretion of the UCB,’’ the judge said.

Mr Kirk-Cohen also rejected Cronje’s bid to be allowed to work for official UCB sponsors.

Cronje, who also offered money to two team mates to under-perform in a one-day international, argued he had not been given a fair hearing before the ban and that it prevented him from earning a living.

Cronje’s downfall came in April last year after the Indian police investigating match-fixing taped him talking to underground bookmakers.

Cronje, a born-again Christian, denied the charges at first before saying he had allowed ‘“Satan and the world to dictate terms to me’’.

Team mates Herschelle Gibbs and Henry Williams served six-month bans from international cricket after admitting they had considered an offer from Cronje to play badly in a one-dayer.

Cronje told a government commission set up to investigate the scandal that he had accepted about $130,000 from bookmakers over a four-year period in return for information and influencing the course of matches although he denied rigging results.

His sacking was part of a worldwide match-fixing scandal that rocked the sport. Two other former national captains, Mohammad Azharuddin of India and Salim Malik of Pakistan, were also banned for life.

The International Cricket Council had said it believed match-fixing was continuing in the sport. Cronje, 32, initially cut his ties with cricket, saying he would never play again.

Recently, however, he has become increasing vocal in wanting to renew his links with the sport, at first talking of his desire to coach underprivileged children and recently suggesting he could become South Africa’s coach.

It has been widely speculated that he could also try to find employment as a cricket commentator.

Cronje, a powerful right-hand batsman and useful medium-pacer, played 68 Tests, averaging 36.41, as well as 188 one-day internationals. He became South Africa’s captain at the age of 25, helping to forge a side currently ranked second in the world behind Australia. Reuters

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Mohali Test as scheduled: Bindra
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, October 17
The Punjab Cricket Association today allayed fears and uncertainties regarding the conduct of the first Test match against England scheduled at be played here next month.

According to Mr I.S. Bindra, president of the Punjab Cricket Association, the first meeting of the match organising committee was held here today under the chairmanship of Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (Retd), Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT Chandigarh, to review the arrangements for the smooth conduct of the Test allotted to the PCA after a considerable period. It was revealed during the meeting that the IG, Security, Punjab, and the Chandigarh Administration discussed the whole situation and did not foresee any security problem during the Test match in view of the situation prevailing due to ongoing US operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan. “ The PCA Stadium is as safe to play cricket as any other stadium in the world,” emphasised Mr Bindra.

He stated that the PCA was going ahead with the arrangements regarding the match. Certain works in this regard are already in progress. “Unless we hear anything to the contrary either from the English cricket board or the BCCI president we have to be ready,” he stated.

The former BCCI president revealed that it would be ensured that the floodlights in the stadium were in order before the start of the match. As per the latest ruling of the International Cricket Council the use of floodlights to complete the stipulated quota of 90 overs during the day had now been made mandatory. Earlier the use of floodlights in case of deteriorating light was subject to agreement between rival captains.

During the meeting the Governor said the PCA Stadium was the best in the country and among the best in the world. He said the PCA had a great tradition in organising events of such nature and hoped the existing facilities would be upgraded for the match adding that he had already told the Chandigarh Administration to brace itself up in this regard.

Mr Bindra said the teams would be lodged in Hotel Mountview, while arrangements for the visiting mediamen would be made in Hotel Shivalikview. There is enough two star and three star accommodation available in Chandigarh and Mohali for the fans accompanying the team.

Rate of tickets: A.C. lounge Rs 5000 (single), Rs 8000/- (couple); terrace block £ 50 for reserved for visitors from England; VIP block (Gate No. 4) Rs 250 (for season), Rs 500 family tickets (for season — four persons); members block Rs 50 (for season); general block Rs 50 (for season); students block Rs 30 (for season).
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Crucial ICC meeting starts from today

Kuala Lumpur, October 17
The International Cricket Council, forced to shift its October meetings from Pakistan in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks on America, will meet here tomorrow and on Friday with the main aim of salvaging cricket tours to Asia.

New Zealand and Sri Lanka have already withdrawn from scheduled tours of Pakistan and the West Indies are yet to confirm planned tours to the region.

The problem could widen as officials from several nations say they will be guided by their governments’ travel advisories about safety across Asia due to the US-led military action in Afghanistan.

England officials are contemplating withdrawing from a tour of India next month and are seeking talks with Indian officials this week regarding security issues.

ICC had expected the top issues at its executive board meeting this month to be umpires’ powers, penalties for teams who failed to fulfill tour commitments and a business plan for the organisation.

But the effects of the attacks on New York and Washington last month which killed more than 5,000 people and the global security crisis which followed will likely overshadow that agenda.

The ICC executive board had been expected to meet this week in Lahore, but it was shifted to Kuala Lumpur a week after the terrorist attacks. ICC chief executive officer Malcolm Speed said security situation in Pakistan was too delicate.

Since then, bombs have been pounding Afghanistan as US-led led forces try to destroy the network of terrorist suspect Osama bin Laden. Violent protests against the USA have been held in Pakistan. AP
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Hewitt closes in on top spot

Stuttgart, October 17
Top-ranked Gustavo Kuerten wasted two match points and crashed out in three sets against qualifier Max Mirnyi in the second round of the Stuttgart Masters Series tennis yesterday.

Kuerten’s third straight loss in an opening match in as many tournaments could lead to the French Open champion losing the No 1 ranking, provided either No 2 Andre Agassi or No 3 Lleyton Hewitt win the event.

Mirnyi, ranked No 53, overcame three break points in the final game, pulled even and then blasted two straight aces to complete the upset 4-6 7-6 (6) 6-4 victory over the top seed, the only of the three Grand Slam champions in action yesterday to lose.

“I feel very lucky considering that I had two match points against me also in the qualifying,” Mirnyi said.

Kuerten, who like all seeded players had a bye into the second round, blew two match points in the tiebreaker. He had also lost his opening matches in Salvador, Brazil, and Lyon, France.

“It’s very frustrating because I had my chances, and because I am losing in early rounds, I’m not playing as much as I’d like,” Kuerten said.

Mirnyi had beaten Kuerten this spring at the Hamburg Masters Series and squandered a two-set lead before losing in five to Kuerten in the third round of the US Open.

“He doesn’t hurt me much, it’s really what I do that decides the match,” he said. “I felt I was dictating play from the back of the court.”

Hewitt, the US Open champion, rallied to extend his winning streak to 15 with a 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Bohdan Ulihrach.

Hewitt, runner-up at Stuttgart last year, could become the No 1 in the champions race if he wins the tournament. He is 78 points behind Kuerten.

“I’ve got that winning feeling at the moment,” Hewitt said.

Agassi, who was idle yesterday, is 72 points behind Kuerten. The $ 2.95 million event is the eighth in the nine-tournament Masters Series, the most important after the four Grand Slams, and the winners earns 100 points.

Wimbledon winner Goran Ivanisevic and seventh-seeded Tim Henman joined defending champion Wayne Ferreira in the third round.

Ivanisevic, seeded 13th and winner here in 1992, overcame Mark Philippoussis 7-6 (1) 3-6 6-3 in a battle between two of the biggest servers in the game.

Philippoussis had 20 aces, Ivanisevic 16. Ivanisevic broke Philippoussis’ serve for the first time for a 5-3 lead in the third set and then served out the match.

Henman easily downed German qualifier Axel Pretzsch 6-3 6-0.

After winning the US Open early last month for his first Grand Slam title, Hewitt went to capture the Tokyo tournament two weeks ago, his 11th career title.

Ulihrach, No 30 in the champions race, double-faulted on his first set point, missed another one but finally won the opening set when Hewitt’s backhand sailed long. AP

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Waugh returns to nets

Sydney, October 17
Australia captain Steve Waugh, recovering from illness and injury, today batted for the first time in six weeks in preparation for next month’s series against New Zealand.

Waugh, 36, who missed the fourth Test against England in August because of a calf injury, returned for the fifth Test at The Oval, scoring 157 not out as the injury deteriorated.

Prescribed blood-thinning medication for the blood clot in his left calf, Waugh had not picked up a bat for six weeks until going into the nets today.

He said he wanted to play for New South Wales in their inter-state match against South Australia starting on October 26 in Sydney as part of his preparations for the first Test, which starts in Brisbane on November 8.

I’m very confident (of playing). I’ve had injuries and setbacks in the past, it only makes me want to be there even more”, Waugh said in an Australian television interview today. Reuters
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Haryana State Games from October 21
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 17
Competitions will be organised in 22 sports disciplines i.e. archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, cycling, fencing, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey (men & women), kabaddi (circle), kabaddi (national), kho-kho, judo, lawn tennis, triathlon, swimming, table tennis, volleyball, wrestling (free style and Greco Roman) and weight lifting in the 17th Haryana State Games being organised by HOA at Kurukshetra from October 21 to 24. About 4500 sportspersons and technical officials are likely to take part in these Games.

While talking to newsmen here today Khel Ratna Abhey Singh Chautala, president, Haryana Olympic Association, said the culture of organising state level sports festivals was revived by HOA during his term. The sports festival which had earlier been one of the most important annual features of HOA was not held for four years consecutively i.e. after 1995. He said the present HOA after the election, conducted sports festivals in Bhiwani in December 1999 and Rohtak in October 2000.

Mr Chautala said that Haryana has formulated a sports policy which was announced by the Chief Minister on Independence Day celebrations at Yamunanagar two months ago. The policy will go a long way in providing the much-needed infrastructure, coaching facilities and advanced equipment for producing international medallists and Olympians.

Quoting specific achievements, he said the Haryana Government has allowed 75 per cent concession to its players travelling by Haryana Roadways buses to take part in state and national level competitions, while three per cent jobs have been reserved for sportspersons in state government departments as well as its boards and corporations.

A Sports Academy has been set up a CCSHAU, Hisar, two Astro-turfs hockey grounds — one at Gurgaon and Ambala — are being laid while one mini-multipurpose hall each at the four divisional headquarters were being raised.

An Olympic Bhawan will soon come up at Panchkula on a piece of land measuring 3 acres. The Olympic Bhawan will be state-of-the-art project and would have facilities like research and development for sports, sports hostel, a swimming pool, a sports club and a media centre. Construction of Olympic Bhawan will commence on November 1.

He disclosed that the players who break the previous national records in any event would be given handsome cash rewards during the state games.

It is for the first time that the prestigious Bhim Awards/cash awards presentation ceremonies earlier organised by Haryana Sports Department at Haryana Raj Bhawan would now be organised during the State Games.

Mr H.S. Malik, secretary-general, HOA was also present. ‘ Garuda’, logo of the games was release on occasion.
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RCF, ER record wins
A Correspondent

Jalandhar, October 17
Women of Eastern Railway, Calcutta and men of Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, won their matches by close margins in the 44th men’s and 25th women’s All-India Railway Basketball Championship at Kapurthala today.

In the men’s section, hosts RCF, Kapurthala, defeated Eastern Railway, Calcutta, in a closely contested match. RCF were leading 20-13 with Balbir Singh, Surinder Pal and Satvail Singh displaying fine coordination.

By half time, RCF were leading by 40-32. After the break, Sudeep Chatterjee and Ram Kishore of Eastern Railway penetrated the defence of RCF to reduce the margin. The last quarter was a neck and neck race and both struggled for points. The match ended at 77-77. In extra time, RCF won the match by 94-83.

In the men’s section, Southern Railway, Chennai, lost to Central Railway, Mumbai, 63-72. In other matches in this section, Western Railway routed Calcutta Port Trust, 94-63, Diesel Component Works lost to Northern Railway 91-38, North Frontier Railway defeated Railway Board 31-24, Southern Railway beat North Eastern Railway 61-47, Eastern Railway outclassed Chittaranjan Locomotive Works 52-36 and Calcutta Port Trust defeated Metro Railway by 56-48 in a close match.

Eastern Railway women defeated Central Railway, Secunderabad, 66-61. Preeti and Rekha Choudhary of Eastern railway displayed excellent coordination and availed every opportunity to score points. The defence of Central Railway, manned by captain Laigi could not stand for long and in the end Eastern Railway emerged victorious.

In other matches in the women’s section, SR outclassed NFR 59-16, CR defeated NR by 59-29 in one-sided match and WR defeated NER 56-38.

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Badminton meet result
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Chandigarh, October 17
Three Haryana eves Shruti, Kannu Priya and Pallavi sailed into the last four of the girls under 13 section on the penultimate day of the VIIth Tara Chand Memorial Prize Money North Zone Invitation Badminton championship at Panchkula today. Seema of Chandigarh was the fourth girl who entered the semi-final of this section.

In under-10 boys section, three Punjab boys — Pranav, Raj Kumar and Matip — made it to the last four while Akshit Mahajan the reigning state champion in this section belonging of Haryana also advanced into the semi-finals.

The other semi-finalists in various section were: boys under-19-Yogesh and Sahil Arora (both of Punjab), Sandeep (Delhi) and Rohit Bhakar (Haryana). The men singles semi-finalists included, three Delhi players, Tarun, Manmeet, Ashish and fourth Ranveer from Rajasthan.

In women singles semi-finals, H. Sarda Devi of Chandigarh was the proud entrant followed by Gayatri from Delhi, Saumya from Rajasthan and Anita of Haryana. Aarti and Saumya both also made it to the semi-finals of the under-16 girls section. Meenu from Haryana also reached the last four while Aarti was the fourth one to won her quarter-final match in the above age group.

The boys under-16 singles quarter-final matches saw Sumit (Haryana), Sahil Arora (Punjab), Rajeev (Delhi) and Vikran (J&K) surging ahead into the next stage. Rohan and Jaideep of Punjab had to exert hard in winning their quarter-final match. 

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Athletic meet
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Chandigarh, October 17
The 33rd Ropar District Athletic meet for men, women, boys and girls in different age groups below 20, 18, 16 and 14 years will be held on October 18 and 19 in the track near SAS Nagar bus stand, according to Mr G.S. Sarao, President, District Amateur Athletic Association, Ropar. He said the district team for the Punjab state athletics meet to held at Ludhiana from October 30 to be November 2 will also be selected on the basis of performance in this meet The interested may contact the secretary of the association at 0172-220353.

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Sangrur boxers dominate
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Sangrur, October 17
Sangrur boxers dominated the proceedings today in the Punjab School Inter-District Boxing Championships in progress at Sunam, 14 km from here. Out of 12 bouts, 11 Sangrur boxers qualified for finals.

Results (all semifinals) 
42-45 kg: Bikram Singh (Hsp) b Ashu Kanojia (Jal); Sarabjit Singh (Sang) b Ranjit Singh (Bth). 45-48 kg: Sukhwinder Singh (Sang) b Subash Kumar (Bth). 48-51: Sandip Dutta (Pta) b Jaswinder Singh (Bth); Kulwinder Singh (Sang) b Arshdeep (Muktsar). 51-54 kg: Pawan Kumar (Sang) b Kulwinder Singh (Jal); Kailash Kumar (Bth) b Gurlal Singh (Asr). 54-57 kg: Pritpal Singh (Sang) b Lakhwinder Singh (Asr); Lakhvir Singh (Pta) b Surinder Singh (Bth). 57-60 kg: Ranjit Singh (Sang) Vatanjit Singh (Fzr); Sutantar Pal (Muktsar) b Satpal Sharma (Bth). 60-63½ kg: Gurpinder Singh (Jal) b David (Hsp); Rajan Kumar (Sang) b Swaranjit (Muktsar). 63½-67 kg: Satnam Singh (Asr) b Lahbar Singh (Jal); Satish Kumar (Hsp) b Ajay Sharma (Mansa). 67-71 kg: Ram Singh (Pta) b Sanjay Kumar (Hsp); Didar Singh (Sang) b Dilbagh Singh (Fzp). 71-75 kg: Sukhwinder Singh (Ldh) b Rajwinder Singh (Jal); Davinder Sharma (Sang) b Vivek Khosla (Asr). 75-81 kg: Bhalinder Singh (Sang) b Gurkamal (Hsp); Gurpreet Singh (Pta) b Ranjit Singh (Asr). 81 kg and above: Gurbakshish (Sang) b Pushpinder (Ropar), Jaspreet Singh (Sang) Parteek Singh (Ldh).
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Amritsar, Sangrur eves in title clash
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Sangrur, October 17
Holders Amritsar and Sangrur will clash in the finals of Panjab schools inter-district cricket championships for girls under-19 in progress here. Amritsar faced no resistance from Gurdaspur in the first semi-finals. Batting first Amritsar girls scored 139 for the loss of three wickets in 20 overs. Ramneet was top scorer for Amritsar with 35 while Bharti scored 28 runs. Shalu took two wickets for Gurdaspur.

In reply Gurdaspur were bundled out for 67 runs in 15 overs. Shalu scored 15 runs, while Gagan took three and Rosy took two wickets.

In the second semifinal Sangrur caused an upset when they defeated last years runners-up Ludhiana without any difficulty. Sangrur who battled first scored 143 runs for the loss of only four wickets. Vipan, Raman and Sonia scored 31, 26 and 22 runs, respectively. In reply Ludhiana were bundled out for 61 runs. Rajinder scored 18 runs. Manvi and Lucky took four and three wickets, respectively.

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PU eves whip HPU
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Amritsar, October 17
Panjab University Chandigarh, Nagpur University Nagpur, RD University, Jabalpur and Bhopal University, Bhopal moved ahead on the third day of the All India Inter-University (Women) Hockey Championship being played here at the Guru Nanak Dev University here.

In the first match of the day Panjab University, Chandigarh, completely outclassed Himachal Pradesh, University by 9-0. Poonam of the winners scored a hat-trick. Similarly Nishi also scored a hat-trick by striking in 13th, 20th and 60th minutes. Sangeeta scored two goals, while Bharti completed the tally in 57 minute.

In an keenly contested encounter, Rani Durga Vati University, Jabalpur defeated Ravishanker University Raipur by 5-4 goals. In the third match of the day Nagpur University defeated Ajmer University by 2-0. Jaba Hussain and N. Talang scored one goal each for winners.
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Dhruv Pandove meet

Patiala
Unbeaten 99 runs by Manpartap Rai enabled Chandigarh to beat Patiala by virtue of its 42-run first innings lead in the Punjab inter-district (under-19) cricket match for the Dhruv Pandove trophy which concluded here today.

Brief scores: Patiala: Ist innings - 248 all out.

Chandigarh: Ist innings - 290 for 9 (Manpartap Rai 99 n.o., Vipul Sharma 36, Udey Kaul 30, Hardevinder Singh 2 for 66, Gautam Mandora 2 for 76).

Athletics meet

The Patiala District Athletics Championships will be held at the local polo grounds on October 18 and 19, according to Mr A.S Kaleka, president of the Patiala District Amateur Athletics Association.

The two-day meet will also act as trials to select the Patiala district team that will take part in the 78th Punjab State Athletics Championships to be held at Ludhiana from October 30 to November 2.

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Inter-college soccer
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Chandigarh, October 17
The BSSG Government College, Sidhsar and Government College, Karamsar surged ahead when they got the better of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha and GTB National College, Dakha at 3-0 and 2-1, respectively, in the Panjab University Inter-College Football ‘B’ Division (Men) Tournament at Panjab University grounds today.

In the first match, half time score was 2-0. Scorers were Bhagwant Singh (15th minute), Varinder Jit Singh (34th) and Tejpal Singh (55th). In second match, the scorers were Gurpreet Singh (60th) and Krishan Kumar (75th) while for losers lone goal was scored by Ranjit Singh (34th).
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 SPORTS BRIEFS

MARK WAUGH HURT
SYDNEY:
Australia veteran batsman Mark Waugh’s preparations for the upcoming three-test home series against New Zealand began badly when he split the webbing in his right hand on Wednesday while fielding in slips. Waugh, 36, left the field immediately after the blow on the first day of the four-day Australian inter-state match between New South Wales (NSW) and Tasmania. Waugh was taken to a Sydney hospital where he had two stitches inserted between the little and ring fingers on his right hand. Reuters

KOURNIKOVA’S DENIAL
ZURICH:
Anna Kournikova has dismissed reports that she had recruited Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis’ mother Melanie Molitor to help breathe new life into a title-less career that has reached a new low following a nagging foot injury sustained earlier this year. The daily newspaper Australian on Tuesday reported the 20-year-old Russian had enlisted Molitor’s help following the player’s slump from eighth to 24th in the WTA rankings resulting from a stress fracture of her left foot in February. AP

HUMPY HELD
HYDERABAD:
Woman Gradmaster Koneru Humpy missed a chance of earning her second men’s Grandmaster norm when she had to settle for a draw against IM Jakab Attile of hangary in the tenth and penultimate round of the first Saturday GM Chess Tournament played at Budapest. Humpy needed to win her last two rounds to reach 8.5 points and her second GM norm. However, after a pitched battle in a Nimzo Indian defence which later transformed into a Caro Kann defence, Humpy, playing black, had to be content with a draw after 47 moves. PTI

AZHAR’S PETITION
HYDERABAD:
A civil court here on Wednesday posted to November 1 the hearing on the main petition filed by former Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin challenging life ban imposed on him by the cricket board for his alleged involvement in the match-fixing scandal. The second additional judge of city civil court J. Shyamsundar Rao, earlier in the day, had issued orders partly allowing three interlocutary applications filed by the BCCI, former board president A.C. Muthaiah and the board’s inquiry commissioner K. Madhavan, seeking striking down of certain allegations by Azharuddin in his main petition on the ground that these were ‘vexatious, scandalous and irrelevant’. PTI

ABHINAV TRAINING
CHANDIGARH:
Olympian Abhinav Bindra is undergoing month-long training in Germany under German coach Reinkmeir. After that he will hone his shooting skills with the former world champion — coach Uwe Eiesterer. “In the absence of proper intensive coaching facilities in country, we have to train outside”, says the world record holder. Abhinav has hired Uwe Riesterer as a personal coach and manager up to 2001 Athens Olympics. TNS

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