Saturday, November 17, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Gibbs’ unbeaten ton steadies S. Africa
Port Elizabeth, November 16
Herschelle Gibbs’s fifth Test century dominated the first day of the second Test between South Africa and India today. Gibbs was undefeated on 155 out of South Africa’s total of 237 for five, which they reached after losing the toss and being asked to bat.
Indian bowler Javagal Srinath appeals for the wicket of South Africa's Gary Kirsten on the first day of the second Test in Port Elizabeth, on Friday. Srinath took both wickets before lunch. — Reuters photo




Australian captain Steve Waugh after endorsing a new contract with Indian tyre manufacturer MRF in Sydney on Wednesday.
— PTI



National Capital Region--Delhi

Flower, Wishart pound B’desh
Chittagong, November 16
Craig Wishart and Andy Flower smashed identical centuries as Zimbabwe took charge of the second cricket Test against Bangladesh here today.

Hewitt world No 1
Sydney
Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt became the youngest man in history to finish the year as world number one when he beat Patrick Rafter 7-5 6-2 at the Masters Cup on Friday. The US Open champion overtook Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten in the rankings with his third straight win in the season-ending tournament to seal the top ranking at just 20 years and eight months old. Reuters





Hasim Rahman (L) and Lennox Lewis at the official weigh-in ceremony at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casion in Las Vegas, respectively, on Thursday. — AP/PTI

EARLIER STORIES
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50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
 
XXXI National Games, Punjab-2001

Students of Government Physical College of Education carry the torch
Students of Government Physical College of Education carry the torch of the National Games after it was lit at YPS Stadium by former hockey Olympian Harmik Singh.

Sabeeha Dhillon, international shooter, in action
Sabeeha Dhillon, international shooter, in action during the 37th Punjab State Shooting Championship at SAS Nagar on Friday. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

National Games torch lit amidst gaiety                                                 
Patiala, November 16
In a symbolic gesture to mark the official commencement of the 31st National games, the games torch was lit at the Yadvindera Public School stadium today morning amidst an atmosphere of festivity.

Mismanagement marks arrival of teams
Patiala, November 16
It was only today morning that Punjab Finance Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh said that all teams coming to the city to participate in the National Games would be given a traditional Punjabi welcome. 

Sabeeha hopes to excel in National Games                                                 
Chandigarh, November 16
“I wanted to show my prowess by scoring more, but the external disturbances created some problems. 

Punjab squads announced
Jalandhar, November 16
The Punjab contingent for the National Games is yet to be finalised as only four teams have been formally announced. 

Doubts over Punjab hockey team
Patiala, November 16
The Punjab Hockey Association has been caught in a piquant situation over the selection of the state squad for the forthcoming National Games due to the ongoing Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Hockey Tournament, at New Delhi.

More squads arrive in Ludhiana
Ludhiana, November 16
As more teams have arrived here today to take part in the 31st National Games which begin on Monday, Guru Nanak Stadium, venue of the opening and closing ceremonies apart from the track and field events is bubbling with activity.

Shakti to lead Haryana
Chandigarh, November 16
Shakti Singh, Asian champion and national record holder in shot put & discuss throw has been appointed captain of 350-members the Haryana contingent for the 31st National Games being held in Punjab.

Consortium to be co-sponsors
Chandigarh, November 16
The consortium of oil companies has decided to co-sponsor the National Games-2001, for an amount of Rs 2.10 crores. 

Pillay, Varkey for hockey camp
New Delhi, November 16
Mercurial centre-forward Dhanraj Pillay, Sabu Varkey, Thirumanavalan, and 14 of the players from the junior World Cup-winning squad, figure among the 33 probables called for a coaching camp by the Indian Hockey Federation, in preparation for the Champions Challenge Trophy Championship, to be held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) from December 7 to 15.

Atwal jumps 77 spots
New Delhi, November 18

Indian ace Arjun Atwal jumped 77 spots to tie for the seventh place with a superb five-under 67, the second best card of the day, in the third round of the six-round final stage of the European PGA tour Q-School Tournament in Spain today.

Big win for PSB
New Delhi, November 16
Former champions Punjab and Sind Bank opened their campaign with a facile 4-0 win over Tamil Nadu in the super league match of the 38th Nehru-ONGC Hockey Tournament here today.Top







 

Gibbs’ unbeaten ton steadies S. Africa

Port Elizabeth, November 16
Herschelle Gibbs’s fifth Test century dominated the first day of the second Test between South Africa and India today.

Gibbs was undefeated on 155 out of South Africa’s total of 237 for five, which they reached after losing the toss and being asked to bat.

The opener batted with characteristic flair and hit 21 fours, most of them cut authoritatively through the off-side, and a six off the 283 balls he faced.

It was Gibbs’s second century of the series after his 107 in the first Test in Bloemfontein, which South Africa won by nine wickets.

Boeta Dippenaar scored 29 in a fourth wicket stand of 105 scored with Gibbs, who also shared 70 for the second wicket with Jacques Kallis (24).

Gibbs batted solidly on a day when the rest of South Africa’s top six offered him scant support. Opener Gary Kirsten scored four and Neil McKenzie made 12.

Veteran paceman javagal srinath took three for 51 on a green pitch which offered movement off the seam and steepling bounce before lunch.

Srinath struck first in the seventh over of the match when he dismissed Gary Kirsten for four. Kirsten edged an away swinger to third slip, where Virender Sehwag palmed the ball up for second slip Vangipurappu Laxman to take the catch.

Five balls before lunch, Srinath ended the second wicket stand when Kallis dragged a delivery on to his stumps.

Neil McKenzie was out nine overs after lunch when he was deceived by the flight of a delivery from off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and was clean bowled for 12 as South Africa slipped to 116 for three.

Gibbs and Dippenaar took the score to 221 before Dippenaar edged a wide delivery from fast bowler Ajit Agarkar to be caught behind by wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta.

Five overs later Lance Klusener perished for nine to a simple catch at second slip off Srinath’s bowling.

A green pitch prompted Indian captain Saurav Ganguly to send South Africa in, and several deliveries from Srinath and Agarkar found the edge only to fall short of the slip cordon.

Ganguly came on at first change to bowl seamers, but his two overs cost 21 runs. Leg spinner Anil Kumble bowled tightly in going for just 36 runs from 22 overs, with Harbhajan taking one for 67 off 30 overs.

Batting conditions eased after lunch and the sky brightened as the threatened rain never materialised.

SCOREBOARD

South Africa (first innings):

Gibbs not out 155

Kirsten c Laxman b Srinath 4

Kallis b Srinath 24

McKenzie b Harbhajan 12

Dippenaar c Dasgupta b Agarkar 29

Klusener c Laxman b Srinath 9

Pollock not out 0

Extras (lb-1 nb-3) 4

Total (for five wickets) 237

FOW: 1-17 2-87 3-116 4-221 5-230

Bowling: Srinath 22-5-51-3, Agarkar 16-2-61-1 (nb-1), Ganguly 2-0-21-0 (nb-2), Kumble 22-9-36-0, Harbhajan 30-6-67-1. Reuters 
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Flower, Wishart pound B’desh

Chittagong, November 16
Craig Wishart and Andy Flower smashed identical centuries as Zimbabwe took charge of the second cricket Test against Bangladesh here today. Wishart hit a strokeful 114 and left-handed Andy Flower remained unbeaten on the same score to lift Zimbabwe to 542 for seven declared in their first innings at the Aziz Stadium.

Bangladesh ended the second day’s play on 57-1, with opener Al Shariar (25) and Habibul Bashar (21) surviving till close after the early dismissal of Javed Omar.

The agony piled up for the hosts as Andy Flower and Wishart joined Trevor Gripper with three-figure knocks in the innings.

Wishart’s maiden Test century came with the help of 12 boundaries and two sixes.

Luck finally favoured the 27-year-old after he had fallen for 94 in the first Test at Dhaka last week and 93 against the West Indies at Harare earlier this year.

There were no hiccups this time as Wishart raced to the three-figure mark with a push to long on off left-arm spinner Enamul Haq.

When Wishart fell to young leg-spinner Mohammad Ashraful, the prolific Andy Flower took over. Flower hit 11 fours in his 12th Test century, which came with his trademark reverse-sweep off part-time spinner Aminul Islam.

Zimbabwe (1st innings):

Ebrahim b Mortaza 41

Gripper run out 112

Carlisle lbw b Haque 14

G. Flower c Rahman b Haque 33

A. Flower not out 114

Brent c Bashar b Mortaza 25

Wishart c Sharif b Ashraful 114

Marillier c Bashar b Islam 52

Streak not out 16

Extras: (b-2, lb-5, w-2, nb-12) 21

Total (for 7 wkts decl) 542

Fall of wickets: 1-108, 2-145, 3-210, 4-214, 5-280, 6-479, 7-496.

Bowling: Bin Mortaza 28-4-101-2, Mohammad Sharif 29-7-118-0, Enamul Haque 54-12-134-2, Naimur Rahman 15-2-54-0, Mohammad Ashraful 17-0-62-1, Aminul Islam 17-1-66-1.

Bangladesh (1st innings):

Javed Omar c A. Flower b Streak 8

Al Sahariar batting 25

Habibul Bashar batting 21

Extras: (lb-2, nb-1) 3

Total: (for 1 wkt) 57

Fall of wicket: 1-15.

Bowling: Friend 5-1-23-0, Streak 6-3-6-1, Olonga 4-0-16-0, Marillier 3-0-10-0. AFP
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National Games torch lit amidst gaiety
Ravi Dhaliwal

Patiala, November 16
In a symbolic gesture to mark the official commencement of the 31st National games, the games torch was lit at the Yadvindera Public School (YPS) stadium today morning amidst an atmosphere of festivity.

Although the ambience perfectly matched the occasion, yet it seemed to be artificially created as was evident from the general lack of enthusiasm among the local populace. In fact, barring the main protagonists, including officials of the district administration, sportspersons and police personnel on duty, it was virtually an empty stadium that was witness to such a historic event. Indeed, it was a pathetic sight and the locals seemed to have forgotten the significance of the occasion as Punjab is hosting the mega event after a gap of nearly 45 years as the last National Games were held at the same stadium in 1956.

The YPS Stadium was the cynosure of all eyes since early morning as hundreds of flag waving school children could be seen lined up on the both sides of the road leading to the main gate of the stadium. The presence of school children was obvious as their attendance was to be marked at the various venues from where the torch passed. The police band was in attendance and in a refreshing change from the past, officers of the district administration, who were present in full strength, could be seen attired in track suits. Mr R.S Gill, Inspector General of Patiala zone and chairman of the ceremonial committee of the games, and the Deputy Commissioner, Mr J.S. Bir, could be seen supervising the proceedings.

An official spokesman had yesterday announced that the torch would be lit by former hockey Olympian Balkishen Singh. However, today it was another hockey Olympian Harmik Singh, who led India in the 1972 Munich Olympics, who climbed the flight of stairs at the far end of the stadium to ignite the flame. The torch was then handed over to Balkishen Singh who in turn handed it to Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, who held it aloft for a couple of minutes.

From then onwards the torch was passed in turns to 1980 Moscow Olympian Rupa Saini, Dronacharya awardee in boxing G.S. Sandhu, 1951 New Delhi Asian games gold medallist in 1500m, Ranjit Singh, Gurbachan Singh who won a silver in the javelin throw event of the 1951 Asiad and 1980 Moscow Olympian in basketball, T.S. Sandhu. T.S. Sandhu handed over the torch to athletes of the Government Physical College who passed through the main thoroughfares of the town, including the NIS, polo ground gymnasium and rink hall, all three of which are venues for the games.

The torch was taken out in a procession from the YPS and was followed by Punjab Police motorcyclists, clad in a ceremonial dress and the cavalcade included school buses, cars and private owned buses.

Scores of international and national level sportspersons were present in full strength at the venue. One of India’s best known veteran athletes, the 110 year old Joginder Singh, whose name figures in the Guiness Book of World Records, was also present. However, Padma Shri Kamaljit Kooner, the first Indian woman to have won a medal in the Asian Games, was conspicuous by her absence.
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Sabeeha hopes to excel in National Games
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, November 16
“I wanted to show my prowess by scoring more, but the external disturbances created some problems. However, I will try to bring honour to my state in the forthcoming National Games”. These words came from 18-year-old Sabeeha Dhillon, ace shooter and a student of local MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, who in participating in the 37th Punjab State Shooting Championship which entered its penultimate day here today at new shooting range, SAS Nagar.

Sabeeha shot 388/400 in the peep sight air rifle 10 metre in women’s section. Yesterday Olympian Abhinav Bindra had shot 591/600 in this section at this range. Sabeeha, along with Chetanpreet and Navdeep Dhillon, also constitute the state team for the national games and have every chance of winning a medal.

Various events in the pistol and rifle section were also held today and more than 200 shooters drawn from different districts were vying for top honours.

Meanwhile there was a flurry of activity at the new shooting range. Mr I.S. Bindra, secretary general of the organising committee, along with Col Raminder Singh, Director Sports, Punjab and Ms Chanchal Randhawa, Joint Director Sports Punjab visited the range and held discussions with Mr Gurbir Sandhu president of the Punjab Rifle Shooting Association in the presence of local officers of SAS Nagar. Mr Bindra felt satisfied at the work and instructed local officers to undertake landscaping. The range is likely to be formally inaugurated on November 19.

Later the National Rifle Association of India team led by Mr Baljit Singh Sethi, its secretary general from Delhi, along with Mr T.S. Dhillon, Director, Competitions, inspected the range. Mr Dhillon said some emergency modifications were required to be made such as in the 10 metre air weapon range and pulley readjustment. He said some modifications were also to be made at the 25 and 50 metre range.

Raja K.S. Sidhu, secretary-general of the PRSA, said they had worked day and night to complete this herculean task but still they would not mind making modifications. In various events held today the shooters leading at the end of second day were, small bore free rifle prone-Davinder Singh; sports rifle prone individual Ramandeep Kaur; open sight std. rifle prone:men-Santosh Singh; women-Jasbir Kaur; junior men-Prabhjot Singh; junior women-JasbirKaur. In open sight air rifle: men-Umrinder Singh; women-Amita Rani; junior men-Amaninder Singh; junior women- Kamaljit Kaur; sub junior men-Harsohitbir Singh; and sub-junior women-Jotveer Kaur.

Gurcharan Singh leads in centre fire men’s section. The shooters leading in pistol section were, Bikram Dhillon, .Amanpreet Singh, Ruby Tomar, Gobind Singh, Shefali Tomar and Sewak Singh.
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Mismanagement marks arrival of teams
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 16
It was only today morning that Punjab Finance Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh said that all teams coming to the city to participate in the National Games would be given a traditional Punjabi welcome. Far from doing anything of the sort, the local Games committees could not even smoothly transport the teams arriving in the city.

The Kerala team had a harrowing experience with no responsible official there to receive them today afternoon. Team members rang up the district sports authorities who told them that committees had been made to ensure their smooth pick up. However, this could be effected only when the Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation (PRTC) official posted at the control room in the Municipal Corporation office could be located. The eight-member team, which was earlier given the chance to come to the corporation office itself, was finally taken in a vehicle to the Punjabi University where their stay has been arranged.

The PRTC representative when contacted said he could arranged vehicles for teams coming from outside only if they informed him about their arrival. This attitude had many local sportsmen fuming as they feel it is the responsibility of the committees, headed by bureaucrats, to arrange hassle-free transport of the teams. Surprisingly, the PRTC representative said he had arranged for transporting only the Kerala team while the Maharashtra and Manipur contingent have also arrived in the city.

Inquiries revealed that reception counters had not been installed at either the bus stand or the railway station till this afternoon. Similarly, no counter was installed at the Municipal Corporation till the afternoon.

There is utter confusion regarding the role of various committees. Only low-level officials are manning the phone at the control room set up in the Municipal Corporation headquarters. Officials there were not aware of the arrival of even a single team till five o clock in the evening. Besides this while according to norms all teams were to be accredited upon their arrival, officials at the control room said no team was accredited till late in the evening.

The Media Committee seems to be working only on paper. Scribes could not get any news about the number of teams which had arrived as well as about the arrival of complete equipment. Though a Media Committee has been constituted to facilitate journalists, there was no hand out from them. There was also no news about a meeting held here today evening which was presided over by Organising Committee for National Games (OCNG) Secretary General I S Bindra.

Meanwhile, according to sources a 54-member contingent including 28 men and 26 women from Maharashtra and a 80-member contingent including 44 boys and 36 girls, arrived in the city today besides the Kerala team. Some teams are expected to arrive late today night.

Besides this the facilities here are also not fully complete even yet. Sources said electric fittings were still to be fully installed in the Rink Hall where the weightlifting competitions are to be held. Sports officials said the Municipal Corporation had given the contract for the fittings to the private contractor who was by and large not available.
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Punjab squads announced
Our Sports Reporter

Jalandhar, November 16
The Punjab contingent for the National Games is yet to be finalised as only four teams have been formally announced. These include badminton, wrestling, taekwondo and athletics teams.

The last date for submission of the list of teams for the National Games was November 5.

In wrestling, eight mat men in mens section will compete in free style, and eight in Greeco Roman while six women will compete in free style from November 20 to 24 at the Punjab Armed Police indoor stadium.

Team: (Men) free-style: 54 kg: Rakesh Kumar (Punjab Police), 58 kg: Surinder Chaudhary, 63 kg: Ombir, 69 kg: Mukesh Kumar, 76 kg: Pawan Kumar, 85 kg: Sandeep Kumar, 97 kg: Harvinder Singh, +97 kg: Sarwan Kumar. Greeco Roman: 54 kg: Sarup Singh, 58 kg: Surinder Chaudhary, 63 kg: Gurwinder Singh, 69 kg: Karamvir Singh, 76 kg: Ranbir Singh, 85 kg: Davinder Singh, 97 kg: Satish Kumar, +97 kg Kirpal Singh.

Women: 46 kg: Maninder Kaur (Tarn Taran), 51 kg Renu Bala (Faridkot), 56 kg: Naresh Kumari (Ludhiana), 62 kg: Gurmit Kaur (Faridkot), 68 kg: Sumanpreet Kaur (Tarn Taran), 75 kg: Gursharan Kaur (Punjab Police).

The Punjab Amateur Athletic Association has also announced the team, 51 men and 30 women. Olympian Bahadur Singh (shot put) will lead the state contingent in athletics to be held at Ludhiana from November 20 to 25. The squad includes Bahadur Singh, Ajay Raj Singh, Jagdish Vishnoi, Satvir Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Madal Lal, Dharampal, Prit Pal Singh, Karamjit Kaur, Harwant Kaur, Jasmine Kaur, Sapinder Kaur, and Hardeep Kaur.
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Doubts over Punjab hockey team
Our Sports Reporter

Patiala, November 16
The Punjab Hockey Association (PHA) has been caught in a piquant situation over the selection of the state squad for the forthcoming National Games due to the ongoing Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Hockey Tournament, at New Delhi.

The nucleus of the Punjab team comprises players from BSF, Punjab Police and Punjab and Sind Bank (PSB), but all the three teams are participating in the Jawaharlal Nehru Hockey Tournament which is scheduled to conclude on November 21.

Moreover, top players of the state have been selected among the probables who at present are attending the senior national hockey camp at the National Stadium in New Delhi. 
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More squads arrive in Ludhiana
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 16
As more teams have arrived here today to take part in the 31st National Games which begin on Monday, Guru Nanak Stadium, venue of the opening and closing ceremonies apart from the track and field events is bubbling with activity.

Students of different local colleges and professional artistes are busy with their rehearsals of the opening ceremony while members of visting contingents are setting acclimatised to the cold weather.

After the Andaman and Nicobar team which had reached yesterday, some members of other teams arrived today.

The team from Kerala comprising 136 members, including 20 officials, Manipur contingent of 92 members, including 11 officials and Maharashtra squad of 49 members arrived today.

Other members of these teams are expected to arrive tomorrow. Players and officials who had gone to other venues like Patiala, Chandigarh and Jalandhar have been asked to assemble here on November 19 at 1 pm.
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Shakti to lead Haryana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Shakti Singh, Asian champion and national record holder in shot put & discuss throw has been appointed captain of 350-members the Haryana contingent for the 31st National Games being held in Punjab.

Stating this here today, Haryana Olympic Association President Abhey Singh Chautala said that the Haryana players in 16 sports displines were ready to participate in the Games after attending coaching camps at different places in the state which are being concluded tomorrow.

He said the contingent includes international stars like Anil Kumar, Shamsher Singh, Sugan Yadav, Neelam. J. Singh, Sunita Daihya, Seema Arya, Raveena Antil (athletics) Paritam Siwatch, Gurpreet Kaur, Suman Bala, Sita Gosai, (hockey) and Shamsher Singh, Ramesh and Sanjay (Kabaddi).

Mr M.S. Malik, General Secretary, HOA said that in archery only women team of seven players would participate.

Mr H.S. Bhadu, Director HOA who had been co-ordinating all the team members of Haryana contingent said that all the teams would report at their respective venues on November 18 evening. He also said that all formalities to sent the Haryana contingent to participate in the National Games had been completed.
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Consortium to be co-sponsors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
The consortium of oil companies has decided to co-sponsor the National Games-2001, for an amount of Rs 2.10 crores. Of this Rs 1 crore has been contributed by HPCL and Rs 30 lakh by IOC. Other companies namely IBP, GAIL, ONGC, EIL and BPC contributed Rs 80 lakh.

Their privileges would extend to four centres of Ludhiana, Patiala, Chandigarh and Anandpur Sahib. They would get 25 per cent of the advertising space in the Stadia at the above venues and all gates leading to the stadia will be named after these companies. They will also be entitled to two 20 ft x 2.5 ft advertisement strips in stadiums in Jalandhar and Mohali, Mr TC Gupta, chairman of the media committee, said today.

The IPCL has co-sponsored the Games at Jalandhar where they will get similar privileges. They have paid Rs 1 crore to the OCNG.

The shooting range at Mohali has been named after Markfed, the biggest co-operative of Asia. They have paid Rs 10 lakh.

This was confirmed today by Mr I.S. Bindra, secretary-general of the organising committee of the National Games.
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Pillay, Varkey for hockey camp
M.S. Unnikrishnan

New Delhi, November 16
Mercurial centre-forward Dhanraj Pillay, Sabu Varkey, Thirumanavalan, and 14 of the players from the junior World Cup-winning squad, figure among the 33 probables called for a coaching camp by the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), in preparation for the Champions Challenge Trophy Championship, to be held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) from December 7 to 15.

Surprisingly, Deepak Thakur, who was the top scorer of the Junior World Cup at Hobart in Australia from October 9 to 21, with 10 goals, does not figure among the probables. The other three junior World Cup players, who have been omitted for the Champions Challenge Trophy camp, are Bikramjit Singh, Probodh Tirkey and Rajpal Singh.

However junior chief coach Rajinder Singh and his deputy Narinder Singh Sodhi have been drafted to assist Cedric D’Souza and C.R. Kumar in the senior camp.

The junior World Cup players who have been called for the camp are: Devesh Chauhan, Bharat Chetri, Jugraj Singh, Kanwal Preet Singh, Bipin Fernandez, Ignace Tirkey, Vikram Pillay, Bimal Lakra, Viren Rasquinha, Gagan Ajit Singh, Arjun Halappa, Prabhjoth Singh, Inderjit Singh and Tejbir Singh.
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Atwal jumps 77 spots

New Delhi, November 18
Indian ace Arjun Atwal jumped 77 spots to tie for the seventh place with a superb five-under 67, the second best card of the day, in the third round of the six-round final stage of the European PGA tour Q-School Tournament in Spain today.

Atwal who was tied 84th overnight, aggregates four-under 140 at the half-way stage, according to information received here.

Amandeep Johlwas tied 118th with a tally of five-over 149.

Meanwhile, Jyoti Randhawa was struggling as in spite of a three-under 69, he had to be content with a tied 47th place, with his aggregate standing at five-over 221 after round three of the second stage of the US PGA Tour Qualifying School tournament being played in the USA. PTI 
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Big win for PSB

New Delhi, November 16
Former champions Punjab and Sind Bank opened their campaign with a facile 4-0 win over Tamil Nadu in the super league match of the 38th Nehru-ONGC Hockey Tournament here today.

In another match, two former champions Indian Airlines and Railways shared points as they were involved in a 2-2 draw.

Five minutes into the match, international Sanjiv Kumar put the bank side in the lead with a fine goal(1-0).

The bank men had to wait for another 30 minutes to increase the lead. Just before the half time they were awarded a stroke following a goal mouth melee and Rajinder Singh made no mistake in converting it (2-0).

Rajwinder Singh scored two goals in the next session. UNI
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 SPORTS BRIEFS

AUSSIES ‘STRONGER’
MELBOURNE:
Former England and Australia coach Terry Venables has said Australia have more all-round strength and experience in the squad than four years ago and should fear no-one. Venables coached Australia in their unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the 1998 World Cup. Australia fell at the last hurdle, allowing Iran to score two late goals for a 2-2 draw in the second leg of the play-offs in November 1997 in Melbourne which meant Iran qualified on the away goals rule. “When you analyse the players he (coach Frank Farina) can select, there is no reason why Australia should fear any team, and certainly not these South Americans,” Venables was quoted as saying in The Australian newspaper on Friday. Reuters

COACH FACES AXE
KIEV:
Ukraine coach Valery Lobanovsky is likely to lose his job following the crushing 4-1 defeat by Germany in the World Cup playoff second leg. “We’re not going to rush to premature conclusions, but that there will be coaching and player changes in the national team,’’ Ukrainian Football Federation (UFF) president Hrigory Surkis told local media yesterday. Ukraine, bidding to reach their first major tournament, crumbled under pressure as the Germans scored three times in the opening 15 minutes before securing a spot in next year’s finals with a 5-2 aggregate victory. Last month, Surkis said Ukraine would have a new coach regardless of the outcome of the playoff. Reuters

UNCHANGED SQUAD
SYDNEY:
There were no changes made to the Australian team when selectors announced the side for the second cricket Test against New Zealand beginning next Thursday in Hobart. New Zealand and Australia played to a draw in the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane. Rain shortened play on three of the days. Australia: Steve Waugh (captain), Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer, Ricky Ponting, Mark Waugh, Damien Martyn, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Andy Bichel. AP
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