Wednesday, November 7, 2001, Chandigarh, India






National Capital Region--Delhi

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

Yet another harakiri by India

Bloemfontein, November 6
Unable to give up their suicidal tendencies, Indian batsmen once again fell prey on the fast and bouncy pitches as they failed in their second innings too to give South Africa an easy nine-wicket victory in the first Test here today and a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.



South African captain Shaun Pollock celebrates after dismissing Indian batsman VVS Laxman for 29 on the fourth day of the first Test match in Bloemfontein on Tuesday. — Reuters photo

South African captain Shaun Pollock celebrates after dismissing Indian batsman VVS Laxman


Saurav may come to see daughter
Bloemfontein, November 6
Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly is in the clouds over the birth of his daughter in Kolkota and may miss a match against South Africa A this weekend if he visits her.

Dravid victim of experimentation
Chandigarh, November 6
When will the Indian selectors stop experimenting with the players in the Indian cricket team? For how long will players be asked to perform roles for which they are least suited and in the bargain are forced to pay a very heavy price.


 

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Henadzi Aliashchuk of Belarus lifts 181.0 kg to set a new world record in clean and jerk in the men's 62 kg category at the World Weightlifting Championship in Antalya, Turkey, on Monday.
Henadzi Aliashchuk of Belarus lifts 181.0 kg to set a new world record in clean and jerk in the men's 62 kg category at the World Weightlifting Championship in Antalya, Turkey, on Monday. Aliashchuk broke the world record with the lift, erasing the previous mark of 180.5 kg set by China's Maosheng Le. — Reuters

Afro-Asian Games: IOA gets fresh dates
New Delhi, November 6
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has secured fresh dates from the international federations for the postponed inaugural Afro-Asian Games, to December 2, 2002, but Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Uma Bharti was non-committal about the holding of the games even on the revised dates, as according to her “it would all depend on the prevailing international situation and the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS)”.

Patiala ready for National Games
Patiala, November 6
Even as the countdown to the 31st National Games has begun in right earnest, Patiala is all geared up to host the mega event as most of the stadia earmarked for the Games are ready.

Punjab golf team for National Games
Chandigarh, November 6
The Punjab Golf Association has selected the men’s and women’s teams to represent the state in the forthcoming National Games, to be held from November 19 to 30. Harjinder Kang, Gurbaaz Mann, Sandy Lehl and Jaskirat Dullet will be the representatives of the men’s team, while as Irina Brar, Parnita Garewal,Gurneet Raikhy and Dimple Minocha will represent the women’s team.

Irina Brar takes lead on 1st day
New Delhi, November 6
Defending champion Irina Brar of Chandigarh here led the field today, the first day of the 34th Ladies Northern India Open Golf Championship, with a gross score of 73. However, the 18-year-old champion cannot afford to get complacent if she is to retain her crown and capture the Northern India title for a third consecutive year. There are others very close on her heels, indeed!

Punjab take on Services today
Amritsar, November 6
Punjab take on Services in the Ranji Trophy league match which opens at the Gandhi Grounds here tomorrow. Punjab had earned eight points from their first match against Himachal Pradesh, which the home team won by 10 wickets.

Delhi 196 all out
Patiala, November 6
Fine bowling by Bharat Loomba (6 for 39) and Gaurav Gambhir (3 for 52) enabled Punjab to restrict Delhi to 196 in their first innings on the first day of the north zone Inter-State (U-14) Cricket Tournament match played at the Dhruv Pandove stadium here today.

PSB Academy, ONGC, SAIL win
Jalandhar, November 6
Punjab and Sind Bank Academy and ONGC in the men’s section and Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) and Sukhjit Starch Mill, Phagwara, in the women’s section registered respective victories on the fourth day of 18th Indian Oil Surjit Memorial Hockey Tournament at Surjit Hockey Stadium here today.

Punjab school meet results
Ludhiana, November 6
The 47th Punjab State School Sports (u-17 and u-19) Tournament began today. The matches in hockey and basketball are being held at different venues here at Ludhiana. The following are the results.

Punjab, Railways in quaterfinals
Mumbai, November 6
Punjab, Orissa, Railways and Tamil Nadu today entered the quarterfinal league of the National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy in contrasting styles.

Nabhi, Ramanpreet lose in quarters
Chandigarh, November 6
Nabhi Sahni of Chandigarh in the girls section and Ramanpreet and Dhruva in the boys section, bowed out in the quarterfinal of the carrom event of the National School Games at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here.

Panjab varsity in b’ball final
Kangra, November 6
Pandit Ravi Shanker University, Raipur, Defeated Himachal Pradesh University and Panjab University, Chandigarh, defeated Punjabi University, Patiala, in the semifinal league of the north-east zone All-India Inter-University Basket Ball (women) Championship to enter the final last evening.

Police equestrian meet
Jalandhar, November 6
Havaldar Madan Singh of Assam Rifles, riding Matlida, won the show jumping novice fault and out in the 21st All-India Police Equestrian Championship and Mounted Police Duty Meet at Punjab Armed Police (PAP) Complex here on Tuesday.

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Yet another harakiri by India

Bloemfontein, November 6
Unable to give up their suicidal tendencies, Indian batsmen once again fell prey on the fast and bouncy pitches as they failed in their second innings too to give South Africa an easy nine-wicket victory in the first Test here today and a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Resuming at their overnight score of 96 for one, the Indian second innings folded at 237 midway through the second session on the fourth day today with most of the batsmen falling to rash shots. First innings centurions Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag could not rework their magic this time and were out for 15 and 31 respectively, as India set a modest 54 run victory target for the home team after wiping out a huge first innings lead of 184.

The South Africans, who had scored 563 in their first innings, knocked off the required runs without any trouble though the visitors had the consolation of picking up the early wicket of Herschelle Gibbs. South African captain grabbed six wickets in the second innings to claim his first 10-wicket haul in a match.

The slide for India started right in the second over of the day when V.V.S. Laxman yet again paid the price for fishing outside the off-stump.

Shiv Sunder Das had started on a fluent note hitting Jacques Kallis for two boundaries in the first over and Laxman followed suit with his trademark cut to backward point fence off the first ball of the second over.

But two balls later he tried to repeat that shot on a rising delivery from Pollock and only managed to give a simple catch to Kallis at second slip. Laxman made 29.

Then Das did worse. He chased the first ball of the next over by Mornantu Hayward that was way outside the off-stump and snicked it to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher. That brought an inglorious end to what had been an impressive knock of 62 runs by opener from Orissa, who hit 13 fours in his 96-ball stay.

That score of 62 remained the highest of the innings as the other batsmen simply did not last long enough to contribute anything substantial to the Indian total.

With the pitch behaving inconsistently, captain Sourav Ganguly and Tendulkar were troubled by the uneven bounce. In fact, Tendulkar was hit on his knuckles by the very first ball he faced and required treatment.

The loss of two quick wickets brought the scoring to a halt as Tendulkar and Ganguly waited to get a feel of the pitch. An exquisite shot off the backfoot through the covers for four by Tendulkar moved the scoreboard for the first time after four overs.

Ganguly too got off the mark in the next over off Hayward with a slash over gully which went scurrying to the fence. Two balls later, Ganguly played an on-drive and the Indians ran for the first time since the morning.

Hayward gave Ganguly the width to play his shots and the Indian captain capitalised on that hitting him for three of his five fours.

However, the duo had added just 46 runs for the fourth wicket when the Indians received a severe jolt. Tendulkar, too, fell while chasing a widish delivery, caught at gully by Gibbs off Kallis for just 15. With the Indians still a good 30 runs in deficit, the home team started eyeing victory.

Tendulkar was the 100th Test victim of Kallis, who became the first South African and the eighth all-rounder in the world to complete the double of 3,000 runs and 100 wickets. He joined the exclusive club led by Kapil Dev and including Ravi Shastri, apart from Tony Greig and Ian Botham of England, Gary Sobers of the West Indies, Imran Khan of Pakistan and Sir Richard Hadlee of New Zealand.

Ganguly and Sehwag then helped India wipe out the deficit — a gentle push on the backfoot by the captain which pierced fielders at mid-on and covers on way to the boundary saw the total cross 184 — but could not remain long enough to ensure a healthy lead.

Ganguly was hit on his knees by a low delivery from Hayward and in the next over, the last before lunch break, he was dismissed off the very first ball. Ganguly once again exposed his weakness against the rising delivery and failed to get away from a well-directed short ball by Makhaya Ntini, which kissed his bat on its way to Boucher. PTI

Scoreboard

India (1st innings): 379

South Africa (1st innings): 563

India (2nd innings): (overnight 96-1)

Dravid c Kirsten b Pollock 11

Das c Boucher b Hayward 62

Laxman c Kallis b Pollock 29

Tendulkar c Gibbs b Kallis 15

Ganguly c Boucher b Ntini 30

Sehwag b Pollock 31

Dasgupta c Boucher b Pollock 4

Kumble lbw Hayward 4

Srinath c McKenzie b Pollock 16

Zaheer c Boucher b Pollock 0

Nehra not out 17

Extra (b-4 lb-8 nb-6) 18

Total 237

Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-108, 3-108, 4-154, 5-188, 6-199, 7-202, 8-206, 9-206.

Bowling: Pollock 21.4-10-56-6, Hayward 23-8-74-2, Kallis 15-3-56-1, Ntini 10-0-39-1.

South Africa (2nd innings):

Gibbs lbw b Kumble 1

Kirsten not out 30

Kallis not out 21

Extras (nb-2) 2

Total (for 1 wkt, 14.4 overs) 54

Fall of wickets: 1-6.

Bowling: Srinath 5-1-13-0, Kumble 4-0-23-1, Nehra 3-0-9-0, Zaheer 2.4-0-9-0.

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Saurav may come to see daughter

Bloemfontein, November 6
Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly is in the clouds over the birth of his daughter in Kolkota and may miss a match against South Africa A this weekend if he visits her.

Ganguly has been away from home for more than a month. He became a father over the weekend and said he was keen to go and see his daughter.

“I have not decided whether I will go or not. I’ll first talk to my wife and take a decision after the Test on Wednesday,” he said. IANS

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Dravid victim of experimentation
Abhijit Chatterjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
When will the Indian selectors stop experimenting with the players in the Indian cricket team? For how long will players be asked to perform roles for which they are least suited and in the bargain are forced to pay a very heavy price.

The way Rahul David, arguably the most technically perfect batsman in the Indian side whose record, both in Test and one-day cricket, can make any cricketer proud, was forced to open the Indian innings in the on-going Test against South Africa at Bloemfontein, speaks very poorly of the cricketing acumen of the tour selection committee which incidently also has Rahul Dravid (vice-captain of the Indian team) as member. Not only has Dravid failed in both innings but his early dismissal has only put additional pressure on the later batsmen.

Even in the past Dravid has opened for India but he has never been comfortable in this position. On the last tour of South Africa when India lost the first two Tests, Rahul was asked to open in the second Test at Cape Town since one of the regular openers had failed in both innings in the first Test. Dravid made two and 12 in the two innings. And it must be noted that when he came in at number three in the third Test he scored a brilliant 148 in the first innings and followed up the good work with an 81 in the second. These efforts helped him to top the Indian batting averages in the tour. So why this experiment all over again?

Always a team man, it is a well known fact that Rahul will never oppose any game-plan drawn up for the team. In spite of his known distaste for keeping wickets on a regular basis he has done so on a number of occasions in one-day matches just to fit in an additional batsman in the playing eleven.

A middle-order batsman is never comfortable when asked to open the innings. In this case, Rahul was asked to open the Indian innings since the other regular opener in the Indian squad, Connor Williams, did not get an opportunity to get a feel of the bouncy South African wickets in the warm-up match prior to the Test. True, there might come an occasion when the first down batsmen is asked to occupy the crease just after a couple of deliveries due to an early dismissal, but even then the psychological problem of opening an innings is overcome.

What the Indian tour selection committee (consisting of the captain, the vice-captain and the cricket coach) could have done was to ask wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta to open along with Shiv Sundar Das and Rahul Dravid could have occupied his familiar one-down position. Deep has opened the Indian innings in the one-dayer against Kenya prior to the Test. He has also opened the innings in the Ranji Trophy matches. So what was the harm if he was asked to perform as an opener in the Test ?

Rahul Dravid may be the perfect team man but he must be handled well if he has to perform to his optimum level in the tough Tests against the South Africans. By asking him to open the innings when the regular opener is asked to cool his heels in the dressing room does not speak of good cricketing sense.

But now that Virendra Sehwag has come good with a wonderful debut century there is probably no place for Connor Williams in the playing eleven in the subsequent Tests. Therefore, India might have to continue with stop-gap openers right through the series. But even in this scheme of things, Rahul should not be made the ‘‘sacrificial’’ batsman. Let this role be played by somebody else.

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Afro-Asian Games: IOA gets fresh dates
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, November 6
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has secured fresh dates from the international federations for the postponed inaugural Afro-Asian Games, to December 2, 2002, but Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Uma Bharti was non-committal about the holding of the games even on the revised dates, as according to her “it would all depend on the prevailing international situation and the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS)”.

She said there was no change in the view of the CCS on the security scenario prevailing in the sub-continent, following the US strikes on Afghanistan in retaliation of terrorist attacks on the USA on September 11.

The minister said she would need 15 to 20 days’ time to take a definite decision on the new dates for the Afro-Asian Games, though she asserted that the games have only been postponed, and not cancelled.

IOA President Suresh Kalmadi informed the minister that it took IOA Secretary-General Randhir Singh, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee, a great deal of persuasion to make the international bodies agree to the fresh dates for the Afro-Asian Games, including the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA).

Mr Kalmadi said the IOA foresaw no obstacle in holding the games on the new dates, as the Winter Olympic Games will be held in the Salt Lake City in February, the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games will be held in Islamabad in March and cricket teams would be touring India this winter.

Mr Kalmadi said now that the infrastructure for the games was in place, all the 95 countries, who are expected to participate in the Afro-Asian Games, would be sent films of the infrastructure facilities, to reassure them of India’s readyness to host the games on the revised dates.

Meanwhile, the second meeting of the Afro-Asian Games executive board, the most powerful body of the games, was held here today under the chairmanship of Ms Uma Bharti, to rafity the report of the empowerment Committee regarding the upgradation work on the Sports Authority of India (SAI) stadia, and make a final computation of the expense incurred on the Afro-Asian Games till now.

She said a total amount of Rs 5 crore, 11 lakh and 21,712 were spent for the preparation of the games, out of which Rs 3 crore was given to the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) as advance for sprucing up the hotel accommodation.

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Patiala ready for National Games
Ravi Dhaliwal

Patiala, November 6
Even as the countdown to the 31st National Games has begun in right earnest, Patiala is all geared up to host the mega event as most of the stadia earmarked for the Games are ready.

Patiala will play host to 3545 sportspersons, technical delegates and officials of those national sports federations (NSF) whose disciplines are to be held in the city. The maximum number of disciplines (7) are being held in Patiala and these are gymnastics, weightlifting, kho-kho, kabaddi, boxing (men and women) and archery. However, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over aquatics as the Swimming Federation of India (SFI) has threatened to skip the event as there are no heating facilities available at the NIS swimming pool, where the event was originally supposed to be held.

A modern hostel has come up within the precincts of the polo grounds where the disciplines of weightlifting, archery and boxing are slated to be held. The hostel, which has an 80-bed dormitory, is yet to be provided with a power connection by the PSEB.

Adjacent to the hostel, a modern multi storeyed pavilion has sprung up which has two large halls meant for a cafeteria and a state of the art media centre while a third hall has been reserved for the temporary offices of office-bearers of NSFs.

The gymnasium, located within the precincts of the polo grounds and perceived to be one of the largest indoor gyms of the state, has been given a massive facelift. Boxing bouts for both men and women from the semifinal stage onwards will be held here for which three rings have come up.

The YPS stadium has also been given a face lift. The disciplines of Kabaddi, both circle style and national style, and kho-kho are scheduled to be held at this venue. Interestingly, the National games torch will be lit at this venue on November 16 before it proceeds to other cities of Punjab where the Games are scheduled to be held.

The rink hall-where the weightlifting events are slated to be held- has also been given a fresh coat of paint. Renovation work inside the hall, which earlier was going on at snail’s pace, has now picked up and is likely to be completed by the end of this week. The work is being handled by the Municipal Corporation authorities and the Commissioner Mr K.S. Kang, who is also the President of the Punjab Archery Association, is evincing keen interest in completing the work.

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Punjab golf team for National Games
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
The Punjab Golf Association has selected the men’s and women’s teams to represent the state in the forthcoming National Games, to be held from November 19 to 30.

Harjinder Kang, Gurbaaz Mann, Sandy Lehl and Jaskirat Dullet will be the representatives of the men’s team, while as Irina Brar, Parnita Garewal,Gurneet Raikhy and Dimple Minocha will represent the women’s team.

The selected golfers will now be put through a coaching and conditioning camp under the supervision of Mr Jaskirat Singh Grewal, from November 13 to17.

Having the leading golfers of the country in the teams, the prospects of winning the gold are very bright, Col B S Kahlon, General Secretary, Punjab Golf Association, said.

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Irina Brar takes lead on 1st day

New Delhi, November 6
Defending champion Irina Brar of Chandigarh here led the field today, the first day of the 34th Ladies Northern India Open Golf Championship, with a gross score of 73.

However, the 18-year-old champion cannot afford to get complacent if she is to retain her crown and capture the Northern India title for a third consecutive year. There are others very close on her heels, indeed!

Irina started her campaign in a grand style with a birdie on the par 5 first hole.

But disappointing bogeys on the fourth, eighth and ninth holes took her total up to 40 for the front nine.

However, three birdies on the back nine saw her finish her round for 73 gross. On the par-5 14th, Irina’s ball landed in the left-hand bunker rather uncomfortably close to the lip.

Undaunted and unfazed, she blasted it out with a 7-iron to place her 150 yards from the pin.

She saved her moment of brilliance, however, for the 18th hole, where a well-calculated chip shot landed her ball about 4 ft from the pin. She used the chip to full advantage to card a birdie for the final hole of the day.

Twenty-one year old Parnita Garewal of Chandigarh is close on Irina’s heels with a gross 74. Delhi’s Anjali Chopra seemed to have found her footing and is hungry for the title. She carded a gross total of 75, although she found the greens rather fast. “Six times my ball lipped out,” she said.

Shruti Khanna with 77 and Mayali Talwar with 78 will be other contenders to watch out for on the next three days. UNI

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Punjab take on Services today
Our Sports Reporter

Amritsar, November 6
Punjab take on Services in the Ranji Trophy league match which opens at the Gandhi Grounds here tomorrow. Punjab had earned eight points from their first match against Himachal Pradesh, which the home team won by 10 wickets.

Services suffered defeat against Delhi by an innings and 25 runs.

Both the teams arrived here last night and had rigorous nets under the watchful eyes of their coaches today. Punjab are likely to play all the key players including Reetinder Singh Sodhi, who had missed the opening tie against HP. The home side may opt for an extra pace bowler in view of the green top wicket.

Teams: Punjab: Vikram Rathore, Ravneet Rickey, Munish Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Mongia, Pankaj Dharmani, Sandeep Sawal, Uniyal, Reetinder Singh Sodhi, Babloo, Sanjay Dul and Ankur Kakkar.

Services: Sanjay Verma (captain), Narinder Singh, PMS Reddy, Yashpal Singh, Jasbir Singh, Sarabjit Singh (wicketkeeper), C.D. Thomson, Amit Nadkarni, K.K. Dikshit, J.P. Pandey, Sudhakar Ghag, Arun Sharma, Sachin Nadkarni, Syed Jawed and Harish Bhasker.

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Delhi 196 all out
Our Sports Reporter

Patiala, November 6
Fine bowling by Bharat Loomba (6 for 39) and Gaurav Gambhir (3 for 52) enabled Punjab to restrict Delhi to 196 in their first innings on the first day of the north zone Inter-State (U-14) Cricket Tournament match played at the Dhruv Pandove stadium here today.

Brief scores: Delhi (Ist innings): 196 all out (Vartik Tihara 78, Shomik Chatterjee 39, Kartik Bhatia 38 n.o, Bharat Loomba 6 for 39, Gaurav Gambhir 3 for 52) Punjab (Ist innings): 11 for no loss.

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PSB Academy, ONGC, SAIL win
Our Sports Reporter

Jalandhar, November 6
Punjab and Sind Bank Academy and ONGC in the men’s section and Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) and Sukhjit Starch Mill, Phagwara, in the women’s section registered respective victories on the fourth day of 18th Indian Oil Surjit Memorial Hockey Tournament at Surjit Hockey Stadium here today.

Punjab and Sind Bank Academy outclassed Army Service Corps (ASC), Jalandhar 3-1 in the first match today. Domnik opened the account for academy team in the 10th minute. At half time the bank academy boys led 1-0. After the breather, ASC equilised through a penalty corner when G. Haringe sounded the board in the 44th minute. The academy boys again gained the lead when Shamsher Singh converted a penalty corner in the 51st minute. Gaganpreet Singh gave the winners further lead in the 59th minute. Punjab and Sind Bank Academy won 3-1.

Corps of Signals, Jalandhar, fought well against ONGC. In the early minutes of the game, ONGC opened their score when Mohammad Fahad sounded the board after a cross pass from Amarjit Pratap. Signal’s N.S. Salaria equilised in the 17th minute but ONGC again took the lead in the 26th minute when Amarjeet Pratap made no mistake in scoring from a penalty stroke. After the break N.S. Salaria again equalised in the 41st minute to make it 2-2. The match was decided via the a tie-breaker, and ONGC won 7-6.

EME, Jalandhar, displayed good team work to defeat Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, 3-1. In the eighth minute, Gurmail Singh of EME gave his team the lead, attacking from the right flank to beat the goalkeeper. RCF neutralised through S. Barla in the 30th minute to make it 1-1. In the second half, EME forced the pace and, in the 40th minute, captain, J.Kindo netted the ball taking advantage of a penalty corner. They increased their lead in the 53rd minute when Gurmail Singh made no mistake in scoring through a wonderful pass by Kerketta.

In the opening match in the women’s section, SAIL defeated Air-India by a solitary goal. The lone goal was scored by Nishi from a pass by Baljit in the 51st minute. The play in the women’s section was inaugurated by T.S. Bhullar, an international referee.

In the second match of women’s section, Surjit XI fought well against Sukhjit Starch Mill, Phagwara, Starch Mill girls scored consecutively in the sixth and seventh minutes. Amrinder Pal Kaur and Charanjeet were the scorers.

The mill girls added one more goal in the 11th minute through Sandeep Kaur. Starch mill girls led 3-0 till the break. In the last minute of the game, Niti scored again for the winners to make it 4-0.

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Punjab school meet results
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 6
The 47th Punjab State School Sports (u-17 and u-19) Tournament began today. The matches in hockey and basketball are being held at different venues here at Ludhiana. The following are the results.

Hockey (girls) Ludhiana b Ferozepore 11-0, Moga b Faridkot 3-1, Amritsar b Gurdaspur 5-0 and Sangrur b Faridkot 4-0.

Hockey (boys) Amritsar b Grewal Academy, Kila Raipur 5-1, Namdhari Academy, Bhaini Sahib b Ropar 7-1, Ludhiana b Hoshiarpur 15-0, Moga b Jalandhar 3-0, Surjit Academy, Jalandhar b Sangrur 4-0, Ferozepore b Fatehgarh Sahib 3-1, Sports School, Jalandhar, b Faridkot 2-1 and Surjit Academy, Jalandhar b Bathinda 7-0.

Basketball (boys) Faridkot b Hoshiarpur 74-51, Bathinda b Ropar 67-41, Faridkot b Fatehgarh Sahib 77-18 and Sangrur b Moga 70-20.

Basketball (girls) Amritsar b Gurdaspur 40-24, Hoshiarpur b Kairon Wing 22-10, Jalandhar b Muktsar 47-5, Kapurthala b Kairon Wing 55-28, Faridkot b Bathinda 22-6, Hoshiarpur b Muktsar 18-5, Amritsar b Badal school 25-12 and Faridkot got walk over against Nawanshahr while Bathinda got walkover against Fatehgarh Sahib.

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Punjab, Railways in quaterfinals

Mumbai, November 6
Punjab, Orissa, Railways and Tamil Nadu today entered the quarterfinal league of the National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy in contrasting styles.

Punjab had an emphatic 4-0 win over Uttar Pradesh. Orissa advanced as Chandigarh not only failed to win but lost to Delhi 0-5. A victory would have given Chandigarh same points as Orissa.

Railways, which rested few key players, were shocked 0-1 by Andhra Pradesh but their earlier win over the same team was enough for the government side to qualify.

But Tamil Nadu needed the thickest slice of luck to keep a better team Gujarat, out of the reckoning. The southern side today beat Bihar with same 2-1 margin that Gujarat has done after the two had drawn the first match 1-1. Since the points and goals were same, a coin was tossed and it landed in favour of Tamil Nadu.

Punjab will be grouped with Goa and Manipur; Orissa with Kerala and Assam; Railways with Maharashtra and Services; and Tamil Nadu with Bengal and Karnataka

Punjab, assisted by JCT players, were too good for Uttar Pradesh.

Punjab, assisted by JCT players, were too good for Uttar Pradesh. The duo of Sukhjit Singh and Gurjit Singh had a hand in every goal.

The first three goals were result of superb team work. In the 24th minute Gurjit’s try was blocked by rival goallie Parvez but it went straight to Sukhjit, who slammed the ball in. UNI

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Nabhi, Ramanpreet lose in quarters
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, November 6
Nabhi Sahni of Chandigarh in the girls section and Ramanpreet and Dhruva in the boys section, bowed out in the quarterfinal of the carrom event of the National School Games at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here.

The finals will begin tomorrow at 11 am.

Results (QF): Girls: Nazia Ansari (AP) b Nabhi Sahni (Chd) 25-06, 25-12; Chenekar Netra (Mah) b R. Vasanthi (TN) 25-09, 25-0; M.Parimala Devi (TN) b Shindge Urmila (Mah) 25-15, 25-08; K. Deepa (TN) b Srenica Ch (AP) 25-0, 25-17.

Boys: Kajrolkar Suraj (Mah) b Pawar Surjit Singh (Mah) 25-04, 25-05; L. Gopi Krishna (AP) b Ramanpreet (Chd) 25-20, 25-05; Memon Shafy (Mah) b Dhruva (Chd) 25-15, 25-05; Hodekar Arif (Mah) b Shah Ramzan (Mah) 25-0, 25-0.

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Panjab varsity in b’ball final
Our Correspondent

Kangra, November 6
Pandit Ravi Shanker University, Raipur, Defeated Himachal Pradesh University and Panjab University, Chandigarh, defeated Punjabi University, Patiala, in the semifinal league of the north-east zone All-India Inter-University Basket Ball (women) Championship to enter the final last evening.

Pandit Ravi Shanker University defeated Himachal Pradesh University 63:43. The HP University players tried their best to meet the challenge but their hopes were shattered by Poonam Singh and Anju Lakra of the Raipur University. Poonam Singh scored 41 points and Anju scored 15 to enable their team to enter the finals. Both the players, who have represented India, played a good game. Bhawana of H.P. University scored 13 points.

In another semifinal, Panjab University defeated Punjabi University by 41 points and entered the final. Panjab University played a controlled game and scored 89 points whereas Punjabi University secured 48 points. The winners kept the Patiala girls under pressure.

Mandeep, Kanwal Jit and Sarita of Panjab University scored 33,19 and 17 points respectively. Sushma and Kushbir of Patiala. Scored 15 and 13 points, respectively.
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Police equestrian meet
Our Correspondent

Jalandhar, November 6
Havaldar Madan Singh of Assam Rifles, riding Matlida, won the show jumping novice fault and out in the 21st All-India Police Equestrian Championship and Mounted Police Duty Meet at Punjab Armed Police (PAP) Complex here on Tuesday.

Border Security Force won the medley relay and Uttar Pradesh won the quadrille contest. Punjab bagged the first three positions in show jumping.

Other results:

Punjab’s FC Atma Ram 1 RFN, B.M. Ram of Assam Rifles 2. H.C. Balak Ram of BSF 3; medley relay. BSF 1, 2 Delhi Police 2, BSF 3; quadrille contest team: Uttar Pradesh 1, Madhya Pradesh 2, Hyderabad 3.

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 SPORTS BRIEFS

NEHRU HOCKEY FROM NOV 10
NEW DELHI:
The prestigious senior Jawaharlal Nehru Hockey Tournament, which starts every year on November 14, the birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of independent India, will begin four days earlier this year. The tournament, the first to be held on the newly relaid synthetic turf at the Shivaji Stadium, will be held from November 10 to 21. The dates have been advanced to avoid a clash with the National Games scheduled to be held in Punjab from November 19 to December 1, Nehru Hockey Society secretary Shiv Kumar Verma said here on Tuesday. PTI

BADANI FIT
HYDERABAD: Middle order batsman Hemang Badani said he had sent a fitness certificate to the BCCI and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association as his back problem had subsided. “I sent the fitness certificate last month”, Badani, told reporters here and said he was looking for another chance in the national squad and would let his bat do the talking. “Initially, I will be playing six-a-side tournament in Hong Kong from November 8 and later assist Tamil Nadu in their Ranji Trophy match against Goa from November 24”, he said. PTI

AWARD FOR SEHWAG
NEW DELHI:
The Delhi and District Cricket Association on Monday announced a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh for middle order batsman Virender Sehwag for his spectacular century on debut in the first Test against South Africa in Bloemfontein. “Your century on debut has made all of us proud. We hope you continue this form and score many more centuries for India in your career”, Law Minister and DDCA president Arun Jaitley said in a congratulatory message. PTI

JADEJA CASE
NEW DELHI:
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday refused to stay its interim order over-ruling preliminary objections of the BCCI over maintainability of cricketer Ajay Jadeja’s petition challenging the five-year ban imposed on him in the wake of match-fixing allegations. While admitting BCCI’s petition against the September 17 order by a single Judge, a Division Bench comprising Justices Arun Kumar and R.C. Chopra declined to stay the impugned order. UNI

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