Monday, November 5, 2001, Chandigarh, India






National Capital Region--Delhi

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

SA wrest initiative on 2nd day
Bloemfontein, November 4
India saw the initiative slipping away from them and South Africa took a firm grip on the proceedings as fortunes fluctuated on the second day of the first cricket Test match here today.

‘The hunter has returned’
Sachin Tendulkar Bloemfontein, November 4
“The hunter has returned”, a South African newspaper wrote today as the media in the country as well as former players went lyrical about Sachin Tendulkar’s swashbuckling 155 on the opening day of the first Test against the hosts yesterday, a knock his skipper Saurav Ganguly described as “breathtaking”. 
Sachin Tendulkar

‘India: soul of world cricket’
London, November 4
Relieved Nasser Hussain has said he is delighted to be leading England’s trip to India next month, describing India as the soul of the sport. 

Pak lift Champions Trophy 
Sharjah, November 4
Pakistan overcame late resistence from Sri Lanka to lift the Champions Trophy limited-overs title with a five-wicket victory in the final here today.

Himachal avert innings defeat
SAS Nagar, November 4
Himachal Pradesh needed to score more than their highest-ever total against Punjab if they were to avert the innings defeat. At one stage when they were 93 for four yesterday the prospects of Himachal achieving the feat looked bleak.



Hungarian Kornel Nemeth, 18, performs with his bike
Hungarian Kornel Nemeth, 18, performs with his bike a "Supercuby Superman no hands " move during Athens' first motorcycle freestyle show in the Peace and Friendship stadium on Saturday. 
— Reuters

EARLIER STORIES

 

Germany, Pakistan win
Rotterdam, November 4

Germany came from behind to beat Australia 2-1 in the final match on the opening day of the 23rd Champions Trophy here yesterday. It was Germany’s fourth successive victory over the Olympic bronze medallists. 

Advani to open National Games
Ludhiana, November 4
In a major change in programme of inauguration of the forthcoming National Games, the Union Home Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, will inaugurate the mega event here on November 19. 

Umrao’s charge against Sukhbir
Jalandhar, November 4
The ongoing tussle between athletes and office-bearers of the Punjab Amateur Athletics Association, which led to suspension of the 78th Punjab State Amateur Athletics Association Championship at Ludhiana on Wednesday, took a new turn, when its president, Mr Umrao Singh, accused the SAD general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Sukhbir Singh Badal of using unfair means to become president of the association.


Michelle Kwan of the USA falls during the ladies free skating
Michelle Kwan of the USA falls during the ladies free skating portion of the 2001 Mastercard Skate Canada International in Saskatoon on Saturday. Kwan finished third. — Reuters


Bulgaria's Jordan Jovtchev competes at the floor during the men's apparatus finals at the World Championships Artistic Gymnastics in Ghent, 50 km west of Brussels, on Saturday. Jovtchev won the gold. — AP/PTI

Arjun wins Honda-Siel golf
New Delhi, November 4

Giving one of the most dominating displays of his carrer, Arjun Singh won the Rs 30-lakh Honda-Siel Championship with a record equalling performance at the par-72 Delhi Golf Club course, here today.

Chandigarh hold Orissa
Mumbai, November 4
Uttar Pradesh, with a hat-trick from right-in Afroz Ahmed, outclassed Tripura 5-2 and Chandigarh drew with Orissa 1-1 in the group matches today to stay in the hunt for a quarter-final league berth of the National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy here at the Cooperage.

Delhi win
New Delhi
Delhi’s new recruit off-spinner Sarandeep Singh spun magic, grabbing six wickets, to send Services crashing to an innings and 23-run defeat in the North Zone Ranji Trophy league match here on Sunday. 

Punjab varsity, HPU in last four
Kangra, November 4
Himachal Pradesh University, Punjabi University, Pandit Ravishankar University and Punjab University entered the semi final of the North-East Zone All-India Inter-University Basketball (Women) Championship organised by the HP University at MCM DAV College here last evening.

SAIL register facile win
Jalandhar, November 4
In an one-sided affair Steel Authority of India, Delhi, maintained their supremacy by defeating rivals Surjit Hockey Academy, Jalandhar, 4-0 on the second day of the 18th Indian Oil Surjit Hockey Tournament at Surjit Hockey Stadium here today.
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SA wrest initiative on 2nd day

Bloemfontein, November 4
India saw the initiative slipping away from them and South Africa took a firm grip on the proceedings as fortunes fluctuated on the second day of the first cricket Test match here today.

In stark contrast to the yesterday’s play, when scintillaing knocks by Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag saw India gaining an upper hand, the home team dominated throughout today.

First they wiped out the remaining tail of the Indian batting order in quick time, the visitors losing their last three wickets with the addition of just seven runs to their overnight total to be all out for 379. Then some fine batting, led by a brilliant century by Herschelle Gibbs, ensured that South Africa had reached within 52 runs of the Indian total.

India ended the day on a positive note though, with leg-spinner Anil Kumble trapping Neil McKenzie off the fifth ball of the last over of the day.

South Africa finished on 327 for three, with Jacques Kallis going strong on 49. All the four South African batsmen on show today made handsome contributions while the Indian bowlers were far from impressive.

The two left-arm seamers, Ashish Nehra and Zaheer Khan, returning to international cricket after nursing injuries, struggled to find their rhythm. They wavered in line and length and were heavily punished, nehra’s 12 overs costing him 77 runs while Zaheer going for 76 from his 16 overs.

Kumble and Javagal Srinath fared a lot better but they too could not pose much problems to the South African batsmen who played comfortably and scored at a brisk pace.

Gibbs, whose fourth Test century today was his first on home soil, and Gary Kristen batted fluently and never seemed in any kind of trouble. The pair put on 91 runs when the teams went for the lunch break with both the batsmen on 40.

When play resumed, Gibbs raced ahead of his partner with some attacking shots and quickly reached his half-century after which he really cut loose.

Scoring boundaries almost at will, he punished anything loose with Nehra and Zaheer at the receiving end of his onslaught more than once.

In his first spell in the post-lunch session, Nehra, who bowled as many as 11no-balls, was hit for three fours by Gibbs.

SCOREBOARD

India (1st innings)

Das b Hayward 9

Dravid c Kallis b Pollock 2

Laxman c Boucher b Hayward 32

Tendulkar c Mckenzie b Ntini 155

Ganguly c Kirsten b Kallis 14

Sehwag b Pollock 105

Dasgupta c Boucher b Pollock 34

Kumble c Boucher b Kallis 6

Srinath c Gibbs b Hayward 1

Khan c Boucher b Pollock 0

Nehra not out 0

Extras: (lb-7, nb-7, w-7) 21

Total :(all out, 95.1 overs) 379

FOW: 1-7, 2-43, 3-51, 4-68, 5-288, 6-351, 7-372, 8-378, 9-379.

Bowling: Pollock 27-8-91-4, Hayward 20.1-5-70-3, Kallis 22-6-87-2, Ntini 14.4-1-71-1, Klusener 6-1-32-0, Boje 5-1-21-0.

South Africa:

Gibbis c Zaheer b Srinath 107

Kirsten b Kumble 73

Kallis batting 49

McKenzie lbw b Kumble 68

Extra: (b-11, 1b-4, w-1, nb-4) 30

Total: (for 3 wkts, 81.5 overs) 327

Bowling: Srinath 17-4-59-1, Nehra 12-1-77-0, Zaheer 16-2-76-0, Kumble 29.5-6-73-2, Tendulkar 7-0-27-0. PTI 

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The hunter has returned’

Bloemfontein, November 4
“The hunter has returned”, a South African newspaper wrote today as the media in the country as well as former players went lyrical about Sachin Tendulkar’s swashbuckling 155 on the opening day of the first Test against the hosts yesterday, a knock his skipper Saurav Ganguly described as “breathtaking”.

Former South African captain Keppler Wessels summed up the reaction in this country by saying that Tendulkar’s knock was the best he had ever seen. “It is the most outstanding knock I have ever seen in my entire life,” Wessels said. “It was fascinating to watch it happen.”

Radio sports commentator Imraan Munshin went a step further saying Tendulkar displayed “some of the finest batting ever seen in Test history”.

The return of the hunter, that cricket journalist Trevor Chesterfield wrote, alluded to the Indian maestro’s return to Test cricket after missing the tour of Sri Lanka due to a foot injury.

One newspaper, the Sunday Tribune of Durban, carried its match-report under the headline “Tendulkar overtakes Bradman” which was more than just a reference to statistics i.e. Tendulkar surpassing Sir Don Bradman’s 6,996 runs in Test cricket on his way to crossing the 7,000 run mark yesterday.

The media also waxed eloquent about the other hero of the day, Virender Sehwag who produced a scintillating century on debut. “He hit some glorious strokes as well. He has modelled his batting style on that of Tendulkar and has many of the mannerisms of his mentor,” wrote another cricket journalist Stuart Hess.

“Together the pair provided rich entertainment and seldom has one day’s Test cricket provided such a high standard of strokeplay,” Hess wrote referring to the 220-run stand for the fifth wicket between Tendulkar and Sehwag which pulled India out from a hopeless 68 for four.

Headlines like “Slashin’ Sachin turns the tide” and “vintage Tendulkar makes SA suffer” were splashed on the sports pages of all the newspapers which described Tendulkar as the finest batsman in contemporary cricket.

The newspapers carried full details of Tendulkar’s Test record and compared him to such greats as Bradman, Sir Gary Sobers and India’s own Sunil Gavaskar.

Similar accolades came from Ganguly and Indian coach John Wright too.

“Breathtaking...,” said Ganguly. “It is difficult to put it in words the quality of this innings.”

Wright echoed the feelings. “I have never seen a better Test knock in my life,” he said.

Former South African off-spinner Pat Symcox said Tendulkar’s extra-ordinary innings had made things very difficult for the home side. “After such an innings and looking at the wicket, I would say South Africa are in trouble.”

On the other hand, speedster Allan Donald who is not playing in this series because of an injury blamed his team’s bowlers for not bowling properly while acknowledging the great knock of Tendulkar.

“I wish our bowlers had bowled him in the right area,” said Donald who is in the commentary team. “They gave him too much width.”

The bowling did deserve censure but former Indian opener Navjot Singh Sidhu was convinced the attack was made to look ordinary by the magic of Tendulkar.

“When he came to the crease, he realised quickly, it wasn’t a wicket suited to drives. So he started steering it over the slips’ heads — a shot devised on the spur of the moment and one which fetched him half his runs,” he said.

“There is this quality about this man — after all talent does what it can while genius does what must be done,” Sidhu said in his inimitable style.

Gavaskar couldn’t agree with him more. “The noticeable aspect of this innings was the way he picked up the length and bounce of the wicket. It wasn’t so, he couldn’t have played those shots over slips with this certainty,” commented the ‘Little Master’.

Another former India captain Ravi Shastri was also forced to go lyrical. “It was a sheer privilege to watch this magic -South Africans have been treated with a special Tendulkar sorcery,” he said.

Commentator Harsha Bhogle made a pertinent point on how Tendulkar quickly realised that the dismissal of Ganguly meant there were two debutants to follow and then the long tail of bowlers. “The remarkable aspect was how he changed the pace of his innings. He quickly sized up the situation... And realised he needed to take the fight back into the South African camp.”

“It was one more proof of Tendulkar being as strong in skill as he is in mind,” said Bhogle. PTI
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Dighe to see specialist

Bloemfontein
Indian wicketkeeper Samir Dighe will see a specialist in Bloemfontein on Monday for the muscle strain in his back. The injury forced Dighe to withdraw from the ongoing first Test against South Africa only minutes before the match was due to start on Saturday. Indian team manager MK Barghava said that the injury had failed to respond to treatment. The manager also confirmed that off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was recovering from the groin infection, which also forced him out of the first Test. Reuters
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India: soul of world cricket’

London, November 4
Relieved Nasser Hussain has said he is delighted to be leading England’s trip to India next month, describing India as the soul of the sport.

Hussain, writing in the Sunday Telegraph, said deciding to tour India had been an easy decision for him personally, despite the doubts aired by several members of the touring party.

Andrew Caddick and Robert Croft withdrew from the tour last week, citing concerns over security in light of the conflict in Afghanistan.

Other players needed extra time to decide whether to go, plunging the whole tour in doubt at one stage.

But now the tour is definitely on Hussain is relishing the challenge ahead.

“For me, it was an easy decision,” Hussain said of his choice to go to India. “I am England captain, it is the greatest honour and not something you pick and choose whether to take up or not,” he said.

“It is also the greatest ambition of my father, Joe, to watch me play and captain England in a Test match in the country of his birth. And third, and most important to me, India is the soul of world cricket,” Hussain added.

“If this England tour had not taken place, I would probably never have received another chance to play there.”

“It is something I have to do to make my career complete,” Hussain added.

Hussain said he hoped the withdrawals of Caddick and Croft and deliberations of other members of the tour party would not be held against the tourists.

“...One thing I hope that does not come out of all this is that cricket-loving Indians, of which there are a few, get the wrong idea about my England team,” he wrote.

“This is my message to them. We want to come over, we want to sample your hospitality, your culture and your love of the game,” he said. AFPTop

 

Pak lift Champions Trophy 

Sharjah, November 4
Pakistan overcame late resistence from Sri Lanka to lift the Champions Trophy limited-overs title with a five-wicket victory in the final here today.

What was expected to be a one-sided game after Sri Lanka were shot out for 173, suddenly came to life when Pakistan were themselves reduced to 138 for five in the 37th over.

The sixth-wicket pair of Abdur Razzaq and Rashid Latif, however, delighted a sell-out crowd of 22,000 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium by steering Pakistan home with 38 balls to spare.

Waqar Younis, celebrating his first tournament win as Pakistan captain, received a crystal trophy sponsored by a Dubai-based newspaper group and the winners cheque of $120,000.

The win was set up by the Pakistani bowlers, who took advantage of Sri Lanka’s reckless batting to bowl out their rivals in 44.2 overs.

Tearaway Shoaib Akhtar and Waqar led the Pakistani assault with three wickets each, while Wasim Akram and Shahid Afridi picked up two each.

The top four Sri Lankan batsmen gifted their wickets by attempting to cut balls outside the off-stump, giving Pakistani wicketkeeper Rashid Latif four catches in the innings.

Pakistan faced similar batting blues even after Afridi and Naveed Latif put on 45 for the first wicket.

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Sri Lanka:

Jayasuriya c R Latif b Afridi 34

Gunawardene c Mahmood b Waqar 2

Atapattu c R Latif b Akram 0

Jayawardene c R Latif b Akhtar 43

Arnold lbw b Akram 47

Sangakkara c R Latif b Afridi 3

Silva lbw b Akhtar 10

Vaas not out 10

Buddika lbw b Waqar 3

Murali c N Latif b Akhtar 3

Nissanka b Waqar 2

Extras: (lb-4 w-9 nb-3) 16

Total: (all out, 44.2 overs) 173

Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-21, 3-79, 4-102, 5-112, 6-152, 7-156, 8-161, 9-164.

Bowling: Akram 8-0-20-2 (w-4), Waqar 8.2-1-31-3, Akhtar 8-0-33-3 Razzaq 5-0-20-0, Afridi 10-2-45-2, Mahmood 5-0-20-0. 

Pakistan:

Afridi c Vaas b Murali 35

N. Latif c Sangakkara b Nissanka 23

Youhana c and b Murali 40

Haq lbw b Vaas 28

Y.Khan c Gunawardene b Murali 4

Razzaq not out 14

R Latif not out 23

Extras (lb-1 w-6 nb-3) 10

Total (5 wkts, 43.4 overs) 177

Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-73, 3-122, 4-130, 5-138.

Bowling: Vaas 10-0-35-1, Nissanka 7-0-54-1, Buddika 7.4-1-34-0, Murali 10-3-22-3, Jayasuriya 8-0-29-0, Arnold 1-0-2-0. AFPTop

 

Himachal avert innings defeat
Gopal Sharma
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 4
Himachal Pradesh needed to score more than their highest-ever total against Punjab if they were to avert the innings defeat. At one stage when they were 93 for four yesterday the prospects of Himachal achieving the feat looked bleak. But a sterling captain’s knock by diminutive Virender Sharma, who went to record his maiden century in the national championship, enabled them to salvage some honour on the last day in the opening match of the four-day Ranji Trophy league match at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here today.

Incidentally, Virender, who notched up 122, also emerged the highest individual scorer from Himachal against Punjab in the championship overtaking former skipper Rajiv Nayyar’s 110 not out he made against the same opponents at Mandi in 1996-97.

Resuming the innings from the overnight score of 216 for five, though visitors kept on losing wickets at regular intervals, Virender was stubborn enough to hold on to one end and score runs. Some of his strokes played from the middle of the blade looked authoritative. Virender kept the scoreboard ticking and getting support from Paras Dogra, Rahul Panta and wicketkeeper Ravikant Sharma took the score close the target needed to avert the innings defeat.

When he ultimately fell to medium pacer Vineet Sharma to be caught by Sandeep Sawal at square leg Himachal were just nine runs short of making Punjab bat again. And this was ensured by No 11 batsman Ashok Thakur who hit three boundaries, two of them scorching, as Himachal were finally bowled out for 343. Virender’s century was studded with 18 fours and a six he hit yesterday off left-arm spinner Babloo Kumar over the mid-wicket fence.

Punjab overhauled the 15-run target without the loss of any wicket to record a comprehensive 10-wicket victory. From winning side medium pacers Vineet and Amit Uniyal emerged the most successful bowlers of the innings scalping three wickets each, while young leg-spinner Sandeep Sawal got two.

Uniyal, who got to play the match because all rounder Reetinder Sodhi had been advised a one-week rest due to some minor injury after his arrival from South Africa, grabbed the opportunity with both the hands.

Punjab (1st innings): 540 for 9 dec

Himachal (1st innings): 211

Himachal (2nd innings):

Gaur lbw Babloo 51, Ali c Mongia b Vineet 14, Nayyar lbw Sawal 5, Sangram b Uniyal 13, Virender c Sawal b Vineet 122, Sandeep c Mongia b Uniyal 44, Dogra c Dharmani b Sawal 12, Panta c Rathore b Vineet 15, Ravikant not out 24, Bhatia c Mongia b Gagandeep 0, Thakur c Dharmani b Uniyal 12

Extras: (b5, lb 16, nb 10): 31

Total (all out in 96.5 overs): 343

FOW: 1-46, 2-54, 3-91, 4-93, 5-210, 6-246, 7-292, 8-321, 9-326

Bowling: 17-2-67-1, Vineet 17-2-69-3, Uniyal 19.5-3-72-3, Sawal 26-7-68-2, Babloo 14-6-42-1, Mongia 3-0-4-0

Punjab (IInd innings):

Munish not out 10, Ricky not out 6

Extras (nb 1): 1

Total (without loss in 4.4 overs): 17

Bowling: Panta 2.4-0-9-0, Sangram 2-0-8-0.
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Germany, Pakistan win

Rotterdam, November 4
Germany came from behind to beat Australia 2-1 in the final match on the opening day of the 23rd Champions Trophy here yesterday.

It was Germany’s fourth successive victory over the Olympic bronze medallists. They fell behind after only eight minutes when Jeremy Hiskins made space for himself and let fly a superb reverse stick shot.

The quality of play in the first half was the best seen during the day and Australia, much improved since the Azlan Shah Tournament in August, just about deserved their lead.

The Germans stayed focused and kept up constant pressure, eventually forcing an error in the left defence of the Australians which led to the equaliser, another fine reverse stick shot, by Oliver Domke in the 41st minute.

Germany’s winning goal was scored by their captain Florian Kunz with a perfectly executed penalty stroke in the 60th minute.

Earlier, the Netherlands, Sydney gold medallists, were held to a 1-1 draw by the original hosts Pakistan and silver medallists South Korea lost 4-3 to unfancied England after leading 3-1.

England, the lowest ranked team, staged a remarkable comeback to defeat South Korea in a thrilling opening match.

Although Korea were virtually unchanged from their Sydney team, England managed to score four against them for the first time.

England’s hero was one of their newcomers, David Mathews who pulled off his first international hat-trick within the space of seven minutes in the second half.

Earlier Jimmy Wallis had given England a 26th minute lead. Korea levelled just before half-time with a penalty stroke conversion by Woon-kon Yeo and raced into a 3-1 lead by the 45th minute with fine open play goals by Seong-tae Song and Jong-Hyun Hwang.

An inspired display by Pakistan’s new number one Muhammad Qasim, goalkeeper made sure Pakistan gained their 1-1 draw with the Netherlands.

The teams each converted one of their penalty corners. Taeke Taekama put the Netherlands ahead after nine minutes and Sohail Abbas levelled18 minutes later.

The Dutch had more penalty corners and far more scoring chances but every time they seemed certain to score, up popped qasim in the right place. However the Dutch who had won a Test series in Holland against the Pakistanis earlier this year, would have won if the final shot of the game had not been somehow saved on the line by defender Muhammad Saqlain. AFP
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Advani to open National Games
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 4
In a major change in programme of inauguration of the forthcoming National Games, the Union Home Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, will inaugurate the mega event here on November 19. The Games will be held at five major cities of the state and Chandigarh. This was informed here today by the secretary general, OCNG, Mr I.S. Bindra, after a meeting of the organising committee.

Earlier the Games were to be inaugurated by the President of India, Mr K.R. Narayanan, who later sought exemption on health grounds. After that Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, also expressed his helplessness to be present at the opening ceremony.

Mr Bindra, while addressing members of the organising committee and mediapersons, said the balance amount of Rs 13.5 crore of the total budget of Rs 46 crore would be released in two instalments of Rs 6.5 and 7 crore each with in a week. He further stated that the state Chief Secretary had assured that Rs 6.5 crore would be released the following day while Rs 7 crore would be given by the end of this week. However, the funds allocated for organising the forthcoming National Games were not sufficient, yet they would try their level best to make this mega event a memorable one, he added.

Mr Bindra further said that it would be ensured that the infrastructure under constructions and under at different venues would be ready in time.

The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, who chaired the crucial meeting, has acceded to the suggestion put forth by the Vice-Chancellors of the four state universities, to reschedule the academic programme of the year for the successful conduct of the mega event.

Mr Badal had also assured allocation of special funds for the renovation of the university hostel for board and lodging of the participants during the Games as demanded by the Vice-Chancellors of Punjab Agricultural University and Punjabi University, Dr K.S. Aulakh and Dr J.S. Ahluwalia, respectively.

The others who attended this meeting were president, Punjab Olympic Association and working chairman, OCNG, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, state Sports Minister, Mr Nusrat Ali Khan, Director Sports, Punjab, Col Raminder Singh, and chairman regional committee for these games. 
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NRAI team visits SAS Nagar
Our Sports Reporter

SAS Nagar, November 4
SAS Nagar, the proposed venue for the shooting event in the forthcoming National Games, where the work on completing the range is in full swing, today saw the unscheduled visit of the senior office-bearers of the National Rifle Association of India from Delhi. The team included Mr Baljit Singh Sethi, Secretary-General of the NRAI, Mr Rajiv Bhatia, general secretary, Col Jaswant Singh, expert in trap and skeet ranges and TS Dhillon, Technical Director, of the games. On November 1, Mr Sethi had written a letter to the President of the Indian Olympic Association raising objections on four points, namely the 50-metre range, the improper sun/wind direction, no provision of baffles in 50 metre and 10 metre ranges, the proximity of the trap range to the 10 metre range and also the proximity of the skeet and trap range.

Sources in the Punjab State Rifle Association disclosed that when the NRAI team reached the venue today, the Punjab officials helped in sorting out matter, providing clarifications on the objections. Mr K.S. Sidhu said the NRAI team agreed on the points made. The entry for trap and skeet range will be made only once, to prevent chance accidents.

Mr Sidhu said that in any case, the trap and skeet events would not be held on the same day. He said in the Bangalore ranges, where even the SAF games were held, the trap and skeet ranges were used alternatively.

The shooting events in the National Games will now be from November 20 to 27 where more than 66 medals will be at stake and nearly 300 shooters, including 100 girls will vie for top honours.

The Punjab State Shooting Championships will now be held from November 15 to 17 at SAS Nagar. Stating this, Mr Sidhu said earlier it was to start from November 9. 
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Umrao’s charge against Sukhbir
Our Correspondent

Jalandhar, November 4
The ongoing tussle between athletes and office-bearers of the Punjab Amateur Athletics Association (PAAA), which led to suspension of the 78th Punjab State Amateur Athletics Association Championship at Ludhiana on Wednesday, took a new turn, when its president, Mr Umrao Singh, accused the SAD general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Sukhbir Singh Badal of using unfair means to become president of the association.

The championship was reportedly called off following disruption by a group of athletes owing allegiance to a senior leader of the ruling Akali Dal, which was opposing the organisation of the championship by the present office-bearers of the association.

“Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal in connivance with Mr Abhey Chautala, son of the Haryana Chief Minister, hatched a conspiracy to gain control of the PAAA and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) respectively. The way Mr Badal had instigated certain athletes to obstruct the state championship at Ludhiana is highly deplorable and undemocratic,” Mr Umrao Singh, said. “If Mr Badal wants to become president of the association, he should fight elections against me,” he asserted.
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Arjun wins Honda-Siel golf

New Delhi, November 4
Giving one of the most dominating displays of his carrer, Arjun Singh won the Rs 30-lakh Honda-Siel Championship with a record equalling performance at the par-72 Delhi Golf Club course, here today.

Arjun aggregated 17-under 271 for the four rounds, matching Shiv Prakash’s previous best tally during the 1998 SRF Open, thus winning the fourth ‘major’ of his career on the Hero Honda Indian Golf Tour.

It was also his third title this year on the tour. He had won the Indian Masters in April and the Hero Golf Chandigarh Open last month. The victory fetched him a cheque of Rs 4.86 lakh.

Twice winner Uttam Mundy birdied three of his last four holes to card three-under 69 for the day and 13-under 275 for the event. The Kolkata professional took home a cheque of Rs 3.36 lakh, while Mukesh Kumar won Rs 1.89 lakh for finishing third at 10-under 278. Last year’s champion, Jyoti Randhawa, fired the day’s best card of five-under 67 to finish fourth at nine-under 279.

“It is one of my proudest moments’’ said Arjun who finished with a bogey on the 72nd hole. UNI
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Chandigarh hold Orissa

Mumbai, November 4
Uttar Pradesh, with a hat-trick from right-in Afroz Ahmed, outclassed Tripura 5-2 and Chandigarh drew with Orissa 1-1 in the group matches today to stay in the hunt for a quarter-final league berth of the National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy here at the Cooperage.

Now in group seven, Chandigarh have to beat Delhi by at least 3-1 to go past Orissa who had beaten the later 2-1. A draw will put both the sides on par with four points.

In group four, Uttar Pradesh must beat Punjab who defeated Tripura 4-0 yesterday. All contenders play their last fixtures on Tuesday though Punjab with their crack Phagwara players are hot favourites to advance.

In the first match, Chandigarh’s tall forward Gurminder Singh, despite receiving a difficult forward pass from Vinay Kanwar, made a swift turn and poked the ball in the net on the fifth minute.

Orissa’s Soroj Patnaik grabbed a rebound off goalie Mukesh and found the equaliser in the 67th minute.

Uttar Pradesh were lagging with a goal in the 25th minute when Sandip Das put Kiran Chetri in a position to score. Then came goals from Ahmed in the 36th and 44th minutes. The first goal was a regular one but for the second he was airborne to receive a cross from Chandan Singh and rammed a header in.

On the other side, Chetri was equally good in anticipation and in the 61st and 65th minutes, he reduced the margin following a two defensive lapses.

Ahmed, however, again found the far corner with his right instep in the 64th minute. Fifteen minutes before the end, substitute Manmeet scored a brace to make it 5-2. UNI
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Delhi win

New Delhi
Delhi’s new recruit off-spinner Sarandeep Singh spun magic, grabbing six wickets, to send Services crashing to an innings and 23-run defeat in the North Zone Ranji Trophy league match here on Sunday. 

Requiring 170 runs to make Delhi bat again after they made 297 in the first innings and followed-on, Services were bundled out for 147 on the fourth and last day at the Palam Grounds. 

Delhi had scored 467 for five declared in their first innings. Yashpal Singh, who hit 83 facing 182 balls with nine hits to the boundary, was the only one to show some resistance, as seven of his colleagues returned with single digits scores. 

Delhi were bang on target from the very beginning as the bowlers bowled according to the attacking field set by skipper Mithun Manhas. 

The strategy yielded reward in the seventh over when seamer Amit Bandhari trapped opener N.P. Singh in front of the wicket. Services lost two more quick wickets as Sarandeep sent back Jasveer Singh (2) and P.M.S. Reddy (13) in the space of twelve balls to leave Services reeling at 27 for three. 

The offie then struck the crucial blow in the 24th over when he rattled the stumps of Services skipper Sanjay Verma who attempted a mighty heave over long-on, bringing Yashpal Singh to the crease. PTITop

 

Punjab varsity, HPU in last four
Our Correspondent

Kangra, November 4
Himachal Pradesh University, Punjabi University, Pandit Ravishankar University and Punjab University entered the semi final of the North-East Zone All-India Inter-University Basketball (Women) Championship organised by the HP University at MCM DAV College here last evening.

In the first quarter-final Punjab University, last year’s runners up, outclassed Jadavpur University by a wide margin of 50 points. Punjab University dominated the game from the beginning and till half time scored 44 points. The final score was 62-12. Rajwinder of Punjab University scored 18 where as Kamaljit and Mandeep scored 14 points each. Jadavpur University could not prove their worth in the one-sided match.

In the second quarter-final, Punjabi University defeated Calcutta University by 27 points with the final score reading 62-35. Punjabi University who entered the semifinals, kept pressure on Calcutta University from the onset and remained ahead 32-20 till half time. Sushma, Surinder Kaur, Khishbir and Anadiita scored 16, 14, 12 and 10 points, respectively, for Punjabi University and helped the team to enter the semifinals.

In the third quarter-final Himachal Pradesh University beat Banaras Hindu University 39-35.

Banaras Hindu University dominated the match but later HP University changed the tide and won by a margin of four points. Usha and Jyoti of HP University excelled in the game at the end.

Guru Nanak Dev University were defeated by Pandit Ravishankar University, Raipur by 89-74. Poonam Singh and Anju Lakra of Raipur University, exhibited their talent and scored 49 and 23 points respectively.
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SAIL register facile win
Our Correspondent

Jalandhar, November 4
In an one-sided affair Steel Authority of India, Delhi, maintained their supremacy by defeating rivals Surjit Hockey Academy, Jalandhar, 4-0 on the second day of the 18th Indian Oil Surjit Hockey Tournament at Surjit Hockey Stadium here today.

The match was played on a fast note with SAIL players virtually outplaying the rivals.

After wasting two penalty corners in the 11th and 14th minutes, SAIL’s Ravipal scored a field goal after entering the 25 yard line in the 18th minute.

In the 28th minute Satwinder Singh (Sr) took the ball from the centre line and successfully broke the defence of Surjit Academy making it impossible even for the goalkeeper to curb the onslaught. Satwinder netted the ball to increase the lead by 2-0.

The demoralised players of Surjit Hockey Academy failed to convert three penalty corners in a row in the 33rd, 34th and 35th minutes making the score 2-0 at half time.

After the lemon break, Harmanpreet Singh of SAIL scored the third goal for his team through a penalty stroke.

The conversion of penalty corners was difficult for SAIL players who wasted three opportunities in the 48th, 54th and 65th minutes. Satwinder Singh (Jr) of SAIL scored a marvellous field goal from the right flank to make the lead 4-0.
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 SPORTS BRIEFS


Horse rider
A horse rider tries his skills during the XXI All-India Police Equestrian Championship at PAP complex in Jalandhar on Sunday. — Photo Pandit


Kostya Tszyu of Sydney, Australia, celebrates his second round TKO victory
Kostya Tszyu of Sydney, Australia, celebrates his second round TKO victory over Zab Judah of Brooklyn, New York, in their junior welterweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Hotel casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday. The fight was stopped in the final seconds of the second round. 
— Reuters

EQUESTRIAN MEET                                                      
JALANDHAR:
The Director-General of Punjab Police, Mr Sarabjeet Singh, today inaugurated the XXI All-India Police Equestrian Championship and Mounted Police Duty Meet-2000 at PAP complex here on Sunday. As many as 13 teams comprising 250 horses and 350 riders from different states and central police organisations are participated in this championship. Major Sandeep Dewan of Assam Rifles riding on “Master” won the first position in jumping open show. A Punjab Police Sub-Inspector, Mr Varun Sharma, who was riding on “Rustam” and Head Constable of Uttar Pradesh Police on “Sherdi” secured the second place jointly. OC

POLICE MEET
MANSA:
The police sports meet of Faridkot Range comprising Mansa, Bathinda and Faridkot districts will be held at Mansa from November 6 to 8, according to Mr, Dilbagh Singh Gill, Senior Superintendent of Police, Mansa. The sports meet will be inaugurated by Ms Raji P. Srivastva, Deputy Commissioner, Mansa, while Mr R.P. Meena, DIG Faridkot Range will preside over the prize distribution function. OC

DAVENPORT PULLS OUT
MUNICH:
World number one Lindsay Davenport has pulled out of the final of the WTA Championships because of a knee injury, tournament officials said. Davenport, who returned to number one and made sure of ending the year in top spot. Reuters

RCF WIN GOLF TITLE
CHANDIGARH:
Rail Coach Factory retained the 46th All-India Railway Golf Championship for the fifth time in a row by securing 459 points at the RCF Golf Course, Kapurthala, today. TNS

DC XI WIN
ROHTAK:
An aggressive knock of 59 by Deputy Commissioner Rohtak Anil Malik, and a five-wicket haul by Additional Deputy Commissioner T.K. Sharma helped D.C. XI beat Press Club, Rohtak, by one wicket in a limited over match at Sat Priya Coaching Centre here today. Batting first, Press Club Rohtak scored 194 runs. Pradeep Shikla top scored with 69 runs. Pratap Singh (32), Chanderkant Shukla (37) and Jagjit Singh (22) were the other useful contributors. D.C. XI successfully chased the target. TNS

PUNJAB 214 FOR 4
PATIALA:
Punjab were 214 for four in reply to Delhi’s first innings total of 285 on the second day of the North Zone inter-state (U-19) cricket match for the Cooch Behar Trophy played at the Dhruv Pandove Stadium here today.
Brief scores: Delhi: Ist Innings : 285 all out. Punjab: Ist Innings: 214 for 4 (Binwant Singh 63, Amit Behl 58, Chandan Madan 33 n.o, Vikramjit Sodhi 28, Vivek Khurana 2 for 66. TNS
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