Saturday, October 20, 2001, Chandigarh, India






THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

Indian colts stun Germany, enter final
Hobart, October 19
Riding on a brilliant display of slick passing and some classy defending, India overcame a determined fightback by Germany to win 3-2 and storm into the final of the 7th Junior World Cup Hockey Championships here today.

India crash to 46-run defeat
East London, South Africa, October 19
Indian middle order lacked character and skill as India crashed to 46-run defeat against South Africa in the tri-series match here tonight.

Neutral venues for cancelled series
Kuala Lumpur, October 19
In major decisions which could have direct repurcussions on Indian cricket, the International Cricket Council today approved the use of neutral venues in case a scheduled series was not possible to be staged in the host country and introduced heavy penalties for countries failing to honour their tour commitments.

Laxman to join one-day squad
Mumbai, October 19
Middle order batsman V V S Laxman will reinforce the Indian cricket team in the on-going triangular one-day series in South Africa while four players — Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Sadagopan Ramesh and Hemang Badani — will undergo fitness tests next week for their likely inclusion in the Test series.

Gurpreet, Pramila set records
Chennai, October 19
Railway athletes, Gurpreet Singh and Pramila Ganapathy enlivened proceedings setting meet records in the 110 m men’s hurdles and women’s long jump events, respectively, in the 41st National Open Athletic Championships here today.

Srinath, Bopanna in title clash
Mumbai, October 19
Former Davis Cupper and seventh seed Prahlad Srinath and unseeded Rohan Bopanna will clash in the all Indian men’s singles final in the $ 10,000 prize money ITF-Futures Tennis Circuit here tomorrow.

Uncertainty grips weightlifters’ participation
Patiala, October 19
Even as the countdown for the World Weightlifting Championships has begun, uncertainty regarding the Indian team’s participation remains as the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has yet to fulfil the mandatory norms for taking part in the meet.


Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on his second hole of play during the first round at the National Car Rental Golf Classic at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on Thursday. Woods is making his sixth appearance in the tournament. — Reuters


EARLIER STORIES

  Hewitt, Sampras advancePete Sampras from the USA returns the ball to Marcello Rios from Chile during their match at the Tennis Masters Series Tournament in the Hanns Martin Schleyer indoor arena in Stuttgart on Wednesday.
Stuttgart, October 19
US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt kept alive his bid to become No. 1 in the world and stretched his winning streak to 16 by beating Guillermo Canas at the Stuttgart Masters Series.

Pete Sampras from the USA returns the ball to Marcello Rios from Chile during their match at the Tennis Masters Series Tournament in the Hanns Martin Schleyer indoor arena in Stuttgart on Wednesday. Sampras won the match 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.
— Reuters photo


Barbara Schett
Barbara Schett of Austria returns the ball against Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia during their second round match at the Swisscom Challenge WTA Tennis Tournament in Zurich-Kloten on Thursday. Schett lost 1-6, 6-7.

Jung Cho Eun
Korean Jung Cho Eun performs with ball during the team competition at World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship in Madrid on Thursday. The championships will run till October 21.
— Reuters photos

Soccer star Pem Dorji dead
Kolkata, October 19
Former captain of the national soccer team Pem Dorji died at a city nursing home here last night after a prolonged illness. He was 42. Dorji is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

PPS, BCS in semifinals
Subathu, October 19
Bishop Cotton School (Shimla), Punjab Public School (Nabha), Lawrence School (Sanawar), and hosts Pinegrove School qualified for the semifinals of the fourth Subjunior Public School Hockey Tournament for boys here today.

PU, KU move into last eight
Amritsar, October 19
Panjab University, Chandigarh, Pune University, Pune, and Kurukshetra University entered quarterfinal stage of the All-India Inter-University Women’s Hockey Championship being played at the Guru Nanak Dev University campus ground.

RDSO upset DLW, enter semis
Jalandhar, October 19
Research Design Standard Organisation, Lucknow (RDSO) upset Diesel Locomotive Works to enter the semifinals whereas hosts RCF, Kapurthala are out of the men’s section in the All India Railway Basketball Championship, going on at Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, today. Completing the line up of the semi-finals are holders Western Railway, Mumbai (WR), Integral Coach Factory, Parambur and South Central Railway, Secunderabad (SCR).

Emphatic win for Ludhiana
Ludhiana, October 19
Ludhiana scored an emphatic five-wicket victory over Ferozepore to win the trophy in the Punjab State Inter-District Schools Cricket Tournament (u-19) which concluded at the Scred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar ground here today.

Tushar ousted
New Delhi, October 19
Chandigarh lad Tushar Liberhan’s brilliant run in the boys’ (U-18) event of the AITA Junior Tennis Tournament ended today when he was beaten by Parantap Chaturvedi of Delhi 6-3 3-6 6-4 in the semifinals here.

Overall title for Sangrur

Punjab fencing

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Indian colts stun Germany, enter final

Hobart, October 19
Riding on a brilliant display of slick passing and some classy defending, India overcame a determined fightback by Germany to win 3-2 and storm into the final of the 7th Junior World Cup Hockey Championships here today.

With this remarkable win, India entered the final of the Junior World Cup for the second consecutive time. India reached the final in the last edition in 1997 at Milton Keynes (England) where they lost 2-3 to Australia.

For Germany, this was the second consecutive semifinal defeat in the Junior World Cup at the hands of India. In the last edition, they had lost 3-4.

India today looked like running away with the match when they led 3-0 at half-time. The Indian goals came through Kanwalpreet Singh (2nd minute), Inderjeet Singh (23rd) and Arjun Halappa (34th minute).

Credit should be given to the Germans who fought back brilliantly in the second half to score through Florian Keller (52nd) and Matthias Witthaus (66th). But the Indian defence held on and did not allow the Germans to score the equaliser.

A beaming Indian coach Rajinder Singh was all praise for the boys. “I had said beforehand that if the fowards score, then you can’t stop India from winning. We had opportunities in the first half and the boys did well to utilise them”.

“In the second half, Germany were expected to throw everything to us and we decided to pull one midfielder away and strengthen the defence. It paid off as we kept them away especially in the penalty corners where Devesh Chauhan and Jugraj Singh did a great job.”

The Germans earned two penalty corners in the 4th and the 20th minutes but failed to convert any of the two.

At this stage, the game was even and both sides were making high quality moves.

India’s star striker Deepak Thakur created the second goal with a fine solo run from the Indian half into the German circle followed by a defence spitting pass which Inderjeet Singh gleefully put past the goalkeeper. The Indian forwards ended the first half in great style with a fine solo run by Tejbir who sent in a great pass into the German circle which Arjun Halappa converted in the 34th minute for the Indians to go to half time with a 3-0 lead.

The Germans came back strongly in the second half and as expected dominated the proceedings. While the Indian forwards played excellently in the first half; it was now up to the Indian defence to help India hold out. The Germans created their first chance in the 41st minute when Florian Keller sent a reverse flick over goal.

Two more German hits were well saved by Devesh Chauhan in the Indian goal. Then began a deluge of penalty corners and while the Germans wasted their first one in the 47th minute, Florian Keller sent in a rocket of a flick past Devesh Chauhan in the 52nd minute to reduce the lead.

It continued to rain penalty corners in the Indian circle and Devesh Chauhan was shown a green card for breaking. In the 55th minute, Chauhan made a brilliant save and Jugraj Singh ran down the next corner in the 56th minute.

Errors were creeping into the Indian defence and tempers were frayed — the umpire asked them to calm down. The Indians had a brief counter attack in the 60th minute which was well saved and resultant penalty corner was wasted by India as they were fouled for ‘time wasting’. While the Indian goalkeeper saved the 61st minute penalty corner, Matthias Witthaus converted a field goal to narrow down the lead 2-3. The Germans last ditch effort was held out by the strong Indian defence and the Indians were expectedly ecstatic as they qualified for the Junior World Cup final with a 3 -2 victory.

Argentina through
In the second semifinal Argentina chalked out a emphatic 3-1 win over previous bronze medallists England to storm into the final.

Argentina dominated right from the start and their forwards displayed tremendous skill to trouble English defence. Matias Parades received an excellent cross from the right flank to score Argentina’s first goal in the 13th minute.

The English penalty corner specialist came up with one of his great drag flicks to equalise in the 18th minute. Argentine forwards brought back the pressure but the English defenders held out till half time.

The Argentines continued to mount the pressure and a great solo run down the right by Matias found Marcelo Del Negro making the most of the centre to put Argentina ahead in the 52nd minute.

The English goalkeeper then thwarted many tries by the Argentine forwards before Pasquati Alejandro put the issue beyond doubt with a 64th minute goal off a deflection.

In other matches, France defeated South Africa 2-0, Ireland beat Chile 3-2, New Zealand beat Malaysia 3-2 and Scotland beat Canada 3-0.

In the second semifinal, Argentina outplayed last edition’s third place holders England 3-1. UNI
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India crash to 46-run defeat

East London, South Africa, October 19
Indian middle order lacked character and skill as India crashed to 46-run defeat against South Africa in the tri-series match here tonight.

Set a difficult victory target of 283 runs India were all out for 236 runs. And this despite a blazing start of over hundred runs by the openers Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly who were on the attack from the start.

But the middle order barring vice-captain Rahul Dravid, who ran short of partners having finished at unbeaten 71 runs, just caved in in the face of accurate bowling from their rivals.

Ganguly twice drove Shaun Pollock for six over mid-off and flicking Andre Nel off his pads for a third behind square leg. Tendulkar contented himself with fours, hitting two in Nel’s third over and then twice crashing the same bowler to the cover boundary in his next over.

Ganguly reached his 50 with a four smashed off the back foot through extra cover, his half century coming off 56 balls and including the three sixes and three fours. The Indian captain promptly carved Makhaya Ntini over extra cover for six and then cut him behind square for four more to take 16 off the over.

The partnership was broken with the score on 101 when Tendulkar was bowled by Jacques Kallis, the batsman getting a faint bottom edge as he attempted a pull to depart for 37. Shiv Sunder Das (two) followed shortly afterwards, run out attempting a second by a superb throw off his knees from the third man boundary by Andre Nel.

But after Ganguly fell after scoring 85 attempting to clear the long-on fence the Indian batting came a cropper. Dravid toiled till the end but his effort remained well short of the target.

Indian bowlers took a hammering as South Africa piled up a huge 282 for four in their allotted 50 overs.

The only consolation for the Indians was probably that they were able to restrict their opponents within the 300-run mark which looked a distinct possibility when the South Africans raised 200 in the 38th over.

SCOREBOARD

South Africa
Dippenaar lbw b Srinath 81

Gibbs c Sehwag b Agarkar 47

Boje run out 18

Kallis c Ganguly b Srinath 49

Rhodes not out 40

Klusener not out 38

Extras (lb-4 w-1 nb-4) 9

Total: for four in 50 overs 282

Fall of wickets: 1/63 2/93 3/196 4/203

Bowling: Srinath 10-0-55-2 Agarkar 8-0-64-1 H Singh 10-0-39-0 Kumble 10-0-54-0 Sehwag 5-0-37-0 Y Singh 7-0-29-0.

India
Ganguly c Kallis b Boje 85

Tendulkar b Kallis 37

Das run out 2

Dravid not out 71

Yuvraj lbw b Klusener 3

Sehwag c Boje b Klusener 4

Agarkar runout 16

Dasgupta runout 0

Harbhajan not out 7

Kumble c Pollock b Nel 0

Srinath c Rhodes b Nel 5

Extras: 6

Total: 44.4 overs 236

FOW: 1-101, 2-103, 3-151, 4-168, 5-178, 6-200, 7-205, 8-220, 9-220.

Bowling: Pollock 8-1-38-0, Nel 7.4-0-45-3, Ntini 8-0-39-0, Kallis 8-0-44-1, Klusener 8-0-44-2, Boje 5-0-26-1. PTI
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Neutral venues for cancelled series

Kuala Lumpur, October 19
In major decisions which could have direct repurcussions on Indian cricket, the International Cricket Council today approved the use of neutral venues in case a scheduled series was not possible to be staged in the host country and introduced heavy penalties for countries failing to honour their tour commitments.

At its executive board meeting here, ICC decided that if a series was not possible to be played in the host country due to security concerns, it could be shifted to either a neutral venue or the opposing country. In either case, it would still be considered a ‘home’ series for the original host nation, ICC said in a statement here.

The decision, which comes in the wake of cancellations of a few series in the sub-continent, can have a bearing on England’s scheduled tour of India next month.

Though officials of both countries have maintained that the tour was on, some English players have raised doubts over the feasibility of the series in view of heightened security threat in the region. A final decision on the tour was expected in a day or two.

ICC also decided to slap a penalty of up to $ 2 million on countries reneging on their tour commitments. The money would be paid to the rival country to compensate for its losses in television rights and ticket sales. In Test series, the rival team would also be awarded two ICC Test championship points as if it had won the series, with the offending country penalised further by deduction of two points.

India have consistently refused to play Pakistan after the Kargil conflict in 1999 which has resulted in the cancellation of two Sahara Cup one-day series in Toronto in 1999 and 2000 and a scheduled tour to Pakistan last year. India also pulled out of four-nation Asian Test Championship and triangular one-day series in Sharjah where Pakistan was also participating.

However, countries would be exempt from penalties if a tournament was cancelled due to any natural disaster, war, security concerns of players or any other reason beyond their control. The new system will be enforced by binding contract, to be signed by all member countries. A Disputes Resolution Committee has been set up to decide contested cases.

“This decision reflects the priority that world cricket has to give to protecting its calendar of fixtures. We have to be tough in protecting the integrity of the Futures Tours Programme from wilful disruption,” ICC President Malcolm Gray said.

Gray said creative solutions were needed to overcome difficult problems like the one being faced by countries in the subcontinent with many teams reluctant to play matches in the region in view of the US air strikes in Afghanistan.

“Cricket in some countries, most notably Pakistan, is in the front line of the world events. We need to adopt creative solutions to support those affected and to overcome these problems,” he said.

New Zealand had called off its scheduled tour to Pakistan earlier this month. Sri Lanka, which was invited by Pakistan for a short tour to compensate for New Zealand’s withdrawal, also refused to oblige.

A final decision on the venue of next year’s ICC knock-out tournament would be taken in February.

To curb indiscipline among players, the ICC executive board was unanimous in strengthening the powers of match-referees and agreed to the principle of three or four stage disciplinary system with set penalties for each stage.

Provided the details are worked out by the next meeting in March, the new disciplinary rules will come into effect from April next report was submitted to the board on each of the 24 recommendations contained in Anti-Corruption Commissioner Lord Paul Condon’s report on match-fixing. ICC decided to employ five regional Security Managers who will oversee cricket series within their respective areas. PTI
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Laxman to join one-day squad

Mumbai, October 19
Middle order batsman V V S Laxman will reinforce the Indian cricket team in the on-going triangular one-day series in South Africa while four players — Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Sadagopan Ramesh and Hemang Badani — will undergo fitness tests next week for their likely inclusion in the Test series.

Cricket board secretary Niranjan Shah told PTI here today that the Indian team management in South Africa had asked for Laxman to reinforce the batting especially after their shock defeat to Kenya on Wednesday. “As Laxman is sure to make it to the Test squad we decided to send him on October 22 so that he can play the last two or three one-day matches also,” he said.

“The selectors would also meet on October 23 here to pick the Test team which would play three Tests against South Africa next month,” Shah added.

“Sports medicine expert Dr Anant Joshi will hold fitness tests for the four players who are vying for Test slots,” Shah said.

Left-arm seamers Zaheer Khan and Nehra missed the one-day series due to tissue inflammation and groin injury respectively while Badani was injured while playing in Moin-ud Dowla tournament at Hyderabad after being named as replacement for Laxman.

Board vice-president C.K. Khanna said in Delhi that Nehra’s fitness test was conducted by Dr Yash Gulati of Apollo Hospital and the fitness certificate faxed to Niranjan Shah.

East London (South Africa): Rattled by the failure of its middle-order, the Indian team management asked the cricket board to fly star batsman Laxman straightaway to join the team in South Africa for the remaining matches of the tri-series currently on.

“We have requested the cricket board to send Laxman as quickly as possible,” said team manager M K Bhargava here today. PTI
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Gurpreet, Pramila set records

Chennai, October 19
Railway athletes, Gurpreet Singh and Pramila Ganapathy enlivened proceedings setting meet records in the 110 m men’s hurdles and women’s long jump events, respectively, in the 41st National Open Athletic Championships here today.

Gurpreet, who erased a 37-year-old record of G.S. Randhawa with a time of 14.07 s in the 110 m hurdles in the inter-state championship in Lucknow, was tipped to win hands down. But, he had to stave off the challenge posed by P.T. Yesudas (Ker) and S. Sridharan of Tamil Nadu before winning at 14.18s.

In the process, he erased the earlier meet mark of Yesudas (14.25s) set in Bhopal in 1999. Yesudas (14.54s) came second while Ashok Chandaya (Rlwys-14.76s) third.

In the women’s long jump, Pramila’s took the gold with a 6.43m jump in her second attempt. She thus bettered her own mark of 6.38m set in Kolkata last year.

Incidentally, the Railways star’s best effort emanated out of an absorbing battle between her, Anisha K. Vijayan (Ker) and Jetty C. Joseph (LIC), gold medal winner in the Lucknow inter-state meet last year.

Anisha took the silver while Jetty the bronze with 6.13m and 6.06 m jumps, respectively.

In the women’s 100m hurdles, Orissa’s Anuradha Biswal, quick off the blocks, was a runaway winner.

However, her 13.95s effort was below her national mark of 13.40s. She was followed by Mukthi Saha (Rlys,14.38s) and G.G. Pramila (Rlys, 14.46s).

K.M. Beenamol, who made it to the semifinal of the women’s 400m in the Sydney Olympics, disappointed the sparse crowd with a below-par performance. However, the Kerala athlete running in Railways’ colours, won the event with a time of 53.04sec, finishing four metres ahead of the second placed Rejinder Kaur of Punjab.

In the long jump for men, defending champion Sanjay Kumar Rai of Bengal covered a distance of 8.02m for the gold. Rai actually surpassed his own meet mark of 7.97m set in Kolkata in 1998 but it was not taken into account since his effort was wind assisted (wind reading 2.11m per second).

Paramjit Singh’s absence in the 400m gave ample chance for K.T. Manojlal of Railways to win the event in 46.46s. He was followed by P. Ramachandran (TN, 46.85s) and Anil Kumar Rohil (Ker, 47.28s).

Of the 13 finals decided, Railways reaped a rich haul of 11 golds while Police and Bihar have one each. PTI
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Srinath, Bopanna in title clash

Mumbai, October 19
Former Davis Cupper and seventh seed Prahlad Srinath and unseeded Rohan Bopanna will clash in the all Indian men’s singles final in the $ 10,000 prize money ITF-Futures Tennis Circuit here tomorrow.

In the semi-finals today, Srinath rallied magnificently, after dropping the first set 4-6 to shock top seed Eyal Erlich of Israel 4-6 6-3 6-3 in 2 hours 5 minutes while his Karnataka statemate Bopanna needed two tie breaks to pip wild card Ajay Ramaswamy of India 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (8-6) in 1 hr 35 mins.

It was indeed a fine fight back by Srinath. After the games went with serves the lanky Indian dropped his serve in the ninth game to lose the first set 4-6.

He came back strongly breaking his rival in the second game of the second set and then held his own serve to lead 3-0. With the Israeli failing to break Srinath’s serve which improved by leaps and bounds as the match progressed, the Indian won the set 6-3.

The deciding set saw fortunes fluctuating. The Indian dropped his serve in the fourth game to trail 1-3 but bounced back immediately when he broke his rival in the fifth, to narrow the margin to 2-3 and then held his own for a three-all score.

With both players fighting every inch, Srinath managed to break his opponent in the seventh game with some blistering fore hand returns to take a 4-3 lead. The Indian, who was totally dominating at this stage of the match held his serve pretty easily for a 5-3 lead and then broke his rival in the ninth game to win at 6-3. 
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Uncertainty grips weightlifters’ participation
Ravi Dhaliwal

Patiala, October 19
Even as the countdown for the World Weightlifting Championships has begun, uncertainty regarding the Indian team’s participation remains as the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has yet to fulfil the mandatory norms for taking part in the meet.

The world championships is scheduled to be held at Antalya (Turkey) from November 4 to 11 for the past two months. The lifters have been training hard at the camp being held at the NIS here. The IWF has selected ten lifters for the championship, five each in the men’s and women’s category. The lifters are unsure of their participation in the championship as the cash-starved IWF has yet to pay the $ 1200 fine to the International Weightlifting Federation. As per the rules, unless the fine is paid, lifters take can not part in any championship.

The IWF was slapped fine after ace lifter Kunjarani Devi had tested positive for a prohibited substance during the Senior Asian Women Weightlifting Championships held in Jeon Ju (South Korea) in July this year. A member of the two-member ad-hoc committee, running the affairs of the sport, disclosed that since the coffers of the IWF were virtually empty, the federation had requested the Union Sports Ministry to bail it out. However, till today morning, no word has been heard from the ministry in this regard.

To make matters worse, the IWF will have to pay an additional $ 1400 to the International body for sending all the 10 lifters to Turkey as according to rules, an amount of $ 140 per lifter has to be paid as entry fee for participation. This means that the IWF will have to pay a total amount of $ 2600 to the International body to ensure the participation of the Indian team. This, sources reveal, keeping in view the financial position of the IWF, is highly improbable and unless the Sports Ministry immediately steps in to find a way out of the impasse, it will be curtains for the Indians as far as their participation in the world championships is concerned.

Meanwhile, the IWF has announced a 10 member team for- the championships which will be accompanied by four coaches, two each in the men’s and women’s sections. The team is: (Men): T.Muthu (56 Kg), Jasvir Singh (62 Kg), Satish Rai (77 Kg), Sukhjinder Singh (94 Kg) and Manjit Singh (105 Kg). (Women): Tinka Gopal (48 kg), Nandini Devi (53 Kg), Pratima Devi (63 Kg), Sunanya (58 Kg) and Sumati Devi (75 Kg).

Mr A.K. Sirohi and Mr Jaswant Singh will accompany the men’s team as coaches and Mr Pal Singh Sandhu and Mr GD Fortgalland will be the coaches for the women’s squad.
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Hewitt, Sampras advance

Stuttgart, October 19
US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt kept alive his bid to become No. 1 in the world and stretched his winning streak to 16 by beating Guillermo Canas at the Stuttgart Masters Series.

Hewitt rallied for a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory to reach the quarterfinals yesterday. He needs to win the event to become No. 1 for the first time.

In a battle of big servers, Mirnyi fired an ace to pull off a thrilling 4-5 7-6 (6) 7-6 (8) upset that put him in the quarterfinals.

Ninth-seeded Pete Sampras rallied to edge Marcelo Rios 4-6 7-6 (3) 6-4 in a showdown between two former no.1 players in the world and next faces Mirnyi. Sampras, winner of a record 13 Grand Slams, has gone through 18 tournaments without winning a title since last year’s Wimbledon. AP
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Soccer star Pem Dorji dead

Kolkata, October 19
Former captain of the national soccer team Pem Dorji died at a city nursing home here last night after a prolonged illness. He was 42. Dorji is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

Pem Dorji, a noted footballer of the 80s, was suffering from cancer for some time. Dorji had played both for the city giants Mohammedan Sporting and Mohun Bagan.

Dorji was among the best wingbacks the country had ever produced. In 1983, the late Yugoslav coach Ciric Milovan had recommended his name for the national squad. He represented India as a defender in the pre-Olympics, pre-World Cup and Asia Cup.

Dorji was the first player to come down from Sikkim and become a superstar in Kolkata and as well as the national football soccer scenario. UNI
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PPS, BCS in semifinals
Tribune News Service

Subathu, October 19
Bishop Cotton School (Shimla), Punjab Public School (Nabha), Lawrence School (Sanawar), and hosts Pinegrove School qualified for the semifinals of the fourth Subjunior Public School Hockey Tournament for boys here today.

On the second day of the league matches, Bishop Cotton School assured themselves of a berth in the knockout round by beating Army Public School, Dagshai, 4-2. Abhilekh Virdi, right out, opened the account for the winners in the 13th minute. Cottonian centre-forward, Sourabh Singha , scored twice in the 29th and 40th minutes of the game. Abhay Saroo, right out, and Sushank Sharma, left out scored one goal each for APS in the 42nd and 43rd minutes.

In a pool B match Punjab Public School convincingly beat St Stephen’s School, Chandigarh, 8-0.Center half Navdeep Singh scored five goals for PPS in the 9th, 20th, 23rd, 24th and 47th minutes while Gurjinder Singh, center forward, Amrao Singh, left out and Sumeet Singh, right-out, scored one goal each in the 13th, 18th and 45th minutes.

Lawrence School finished at the top of Pool A after beating St Soldier Divine Public School, Panchkula, 2-1. Ankit Arora, left-in, got the lead for the Sanawarians in the 7th minute while Karan Horra, right-in, doubled the score in the 27th minute. The lone goal for St Soldier School was scored by their right-in Sandeep in the 28th minute.

Pinegrove School also managed a berth in the semifinals from pool B after an easy 5-0 win over St Stephen’s School. Mohit Dhama, left-out, managed the breakthrough in the 24th minute of the match. Randeep Bajwa playing as centre-forward sounded the board twice in the 29th and 40th minutes. Right-in Karanvir Boparai slammed the ball in the net in the 31st minute and skipper of the home team Kashish Bhan completed the tally with a goal in 39th minute.

In another pool A match Army Public School defeated St Soldiers Divine Public School 3-0. Vijay Joon, center-forward, scored for APS in the 29th and 32nd minutes while right-out Abhay Saroo scored the third goal in the 42nd minute.

In the last league match of the tournament Punjab Public School defeated Yadvindra Public School 6-0. Center-forward Gurjinder Singh and Navdeep Singh, center-half, scored two goals each while Harsimran, right out and Sumeet Singh scored one apiece.
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PU, KU move into last eight
Our Sports Reporter

Amritsar, October 19
Panjab University, Chandigarh, Pune University, Pune, and Kurukshetra University entered quarterfinal stage of the All-India Inter-University Women’s Hockey Championship being played at the Guru Nanak Dev University campus ground. In the first pre-quarter final match of the day, Panjab University Chandigarh had to sweat hard to defeat Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, via tiebreaker. Earlier, both the teams played a defensive game and ended in a goal-less draw after the completion of the stipulated period. Then tie-breaker was applied. Savita Kakad and Pragaya scored one goal each by converting penalty strokes for the winner.

The second match between Pune University and Barkatullah University, Bhopal, was also decided through tie-breaker. Pune University outmatched Barkatullah University by 6.5 goals. Vijay Nagpal of Pune scored the opening goal while Bhagyashri in 43 minute consolidated their lead but this lead proved shortlived when Barukkallah’s Usha Nimelkar scored two goals consecutively in 45 and 51 minute to end the match in 2-2 draw. In this match, tie-break rule was applied to decide the match in which Samita, Vijay Moghul, Supriya Ghavan and Palvi converted the penalty strokes to clinch the tie in their favour.

In another match, Kurukshetra University knocked out MDU, Rohtak by 5-2 goals. Ranjana and Kuljit shared two goals each while Monika scored once for the winners. Anita and Manju of MDU, Rohtak tried their best to reduce the margin by scoring one goal each.
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RDSO upset DLW, enter semis
A Correspondent

Jalandhar, October 19
Research Design Standard Organisation, Lucknow (RDSO) upset Diesel Locomotive Works to enter the semifinals whereas hosts RCF, Kapurthala are out of the men’s section in the All India Railway Basketball Championship, going on at Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, today. Completing the line up of the semi-finals are holders Western Railway, Mumbai (WR), Integral Coach Factory, Parambur and South Central Railway, Secunderabad (SCR).

Late last evening RCF lost to South Central Railway, Secunderabad in a high-scoring match, by 102-75. Shooters of RCF, Rajinder Bhatia and Balbir Singh started on a hot pace and shot clearly to earn the lead (18-14), SCR’s pivot Md. Isllaudddin penetrated the defence of RCF in the second quarter to help his team take over the lead. By half time SCR had a comfortable lead (51-37) and remained consistent in their shooting till the last minute. They won 102-75.

In the matches played today, RDSO, Lucknow created an upset by beating Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi (DLW) by (72-57). DLW’s strategy, not to feed their three main players, Sandeep Yadav, Sudhir Kumar Hooda and Sathesh in the first half failed as RDSO took full advantage by taking the lead (18-22). They sustained their lead and did clean shooting.

For RDSO, Upender Kumar (22) and Ajay Kumar Rawat (18) led their team to victory.

In the other quarterfinal, ICF beat Central Railway, Mumbai (CR) in a closely contested quarter-final match by 65-56. ICF shooter Senthil Selven earned lead of (17-16) in the first quarter. The second quarter showed a good team work and co-ordination by Central Railway. By half time they reduced the margin and the score read (40-31) in favour of ICF. The supremacy of ICF continued and they won by 65-56. The top scorers for the ICF were Senthil Selven (20) and Tony Leslie (19) while Shaikh Fazil (20) was the main scorer for Central Railway.

The line up was complete when WR outplayed Southern Railway, Chennai (SR) by a comfortable margin of 90-51. WR shooters Mahender Singh and Ram Kumar dominated the game from the start. By the second quarter, WR maintained a reasonable lead of 59-23. SR shooter S. Variandeyan reduced the gap by making regular attempts. Mahender Singh (24) and Ram Kumar (16) led WR to win.
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Emphatic win for Ludhiana
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Ludhiana, October 19
Ludhiana scored an emphatic five-wicket victory over Ferozepore to win the trophy in the Punjab State Inter-District Schools Cricket Tournament (u-19) which concluded at the Scred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar ground here today.

Ludhiana won the toss and elected to field first. Ferozepore lads made 161 runs. Vicky made 41 and Ajay chipped in with 39 runs.

Satmeet Singh Ubhi hit 68 runs off 61 balls as Ludhiana overhauled the target after losing five wickets.

Brief Scores:- Ferozepore 161 all out in 24.2 overs ( Vicky 41, Ajay 39, Sarwan 15 n.o., Tarun 2 for 14, Gautam 2 for 24 and Lalit 1 for 12)

Ludhiana 165 for 5 in 24 overs ( Satmeet Singh Ubhi 68, Deepak Dhir 17, Rahul 16, Sambhav 15, Sandeep Dhand 19 n.o., Vicky 3 for 19 and Deepak 1 for 29)
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Tushar ousted

New Delhi, October 19
Chandigarh lad Tushar Liberhan’s brilliant run in the boys’ (U-18) event of the AITA Junior Tennis Tournament ended today when he was beaten by Parantap Chaturvedi of Delhi 6-3 3-6 6-4 in the semifinals here.

Chaturvedi will clash with second seed Somdev Devvaraman of Tamil Nadu who rallied to overcome fourth seed Divij Sharan of Delhi 6-7 (7/9) 6-2 6-2.

In the girls’ (U-18), top seed Ankita Bhambri of Delhi moved into the final with a straight sets, 6-4 6-1, win over fourth seed Sandri Gangotri of Andhra Pradesh. In the other semis, Sanaa Bhambri of Delhi prevailed over Kartiki Bhat of Maharashtra 6-2 6-1.

In the boys’ (U-14) final, top seed Rupesh Roy of West Bengal will meet third seed Vivek Shokeen of Delhi. The Bengal lad defeated 13th seed Sumit P. Gupta of Uttar Pradesh 6-1 6-3 while Shokeen disposed of sixth seed Sanam K. Singh of Chandigarh 6-2 6-4. PTI
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Overall title for Sangrur

Sangrur, October 19
Sangrur won the overall title in the Punjab School Boxing Championship, which concluded at Sunam, Patiala got the second place. Gurmukh Singh also from Sangrur was declared the best boxer. The best loser award was won by Kulwinder Singh, also of Sangrur. OSR
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Punjab fencing
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Patiala, October 19
The Senior Punjab Fencing Championships for both men and women will be held at Anandpur Sahib, on October 30 and 31. The meet will also act as trials to select the Punjab fencing squads for the 31st National Games scheduled to be held at various places in Punjab from November 19 to 30, according to Mr Brahm Mohindera, president, Punjab Fencing Association. Fencers desirous of taking part in the meet may send their entries to Mr Arun Kumar Vij, secretary, PFA, the latest by October 27.
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 SPORTS BRIEFS

SANIA IN FINAL
HYDERABAD:
India’s new tennis star Sania Mirza in a marathon battle edged out Kataarina Czafikovo of Slovakia at 7-6(9-7), 3-6, 6-4 to move into the final of the grade ii Hong Kong Open Junior Championship being played at Hong Kong today. In the 150-minutes semifinal, second-seed Sania was trailing 0-5 in the first set. Once she settled down, she never looked back. Not only did she narrow the lead but went on to win the first set in tie breaker at 9-7. The first set lasted nearly 70 minutes as both the players indulged in long rallies and often rushing to the net. UNI

MARIO BASLER
BERLIN:
Kaiserslautern’s former German international Mario Basler acknowledged his career was coming to a close in the run-up to Saturday’s German league top-of-the-table clash at Bayern Munich. Basler, a former player with the reigning European champions, said at 32 he knew he would not go on for many more years. “I have had my time,” said the former German midfielder international. “I will resign myself to the fact that I am not so much in demand as I used to be.” AFP

LARA UNCERTAIN
KINGSTON:
West Indies team officials are still awaiting test results that will determine whether star batsman Brian Lara will be fit in time for next month’s tour of Sri Lanka, the team manager said. Mr Ricky Skerritt also said the Trinidadian left-hander had not been keeping up with therapy to shake off the persistent leg injury. “There was certain therapy he should have been doing but he never did it at the level he should have,” Mr Skerritt said. He told reporters in Kingston that an MRI scan on Lara’s injured hamstring was still pending. AP

DOKIC, TESTUD WIN
ZURICH:
Yugoslav Jelena Dokic and France’s Sandrine Testud both came away with straight-set wins to book their quarter-final berths in the $ 1.185-million WTA tournament here. The 18-year-old Dokic, seeded fourth, came away a 6-4, 6-4 winner against American Chanda Rubin on Thursday and goes on to meet eighth-seeded Italian Silvia Farina Elia in the last eight. Ninth seed Testud next meets veteran compatriot Nathalie Tauziat after overcoming Croat Iva Majoli 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 on Thursday. AFP

AMRITSAR CHAMPS
SANGRUR:
Amritsar won the Punjab School Inter-District (girls under-19) Cricket Championship which concluded here. Amritsar, who batted first, scored 102 runs for the loss of five wickets. Bharati was the main scorer for Amritsar with 50 runs. In reply Sangrur scored 91 for the loss of nine wickets. Sonia and Lakhwinder scored 30 and 12 runs for Sangrur. Gagan, Rosy and Prabhjot took two wickets each. Ludhiana defeated Gurdaspur to win third place. Batting first Ludhiana scored 111 runs in 20 overs. Gurdaspur scored 95 with Renu and Harpreet scoring 23 and 22 respectively. Sukhwinder took three wickets. OSR
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