Tuesday, December 11, 2001, Chandigarh, India





National Capital Region--Delhi
S P O R T S

England to reinforce spin attack
Ahmedabad, December 10
India go into the second Test here tomorrow hoping to take one more step towards a 3-0 whitewash of England which looks a real possibility after the comprehensive 10-wicket victory in Mohali last week.
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England spin-bowler Ashley Giles waits to bowl
England spin-bowler Ashley Giles waits to bowl during the final net practice at the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday. 
— Reuters photo
Aussies name MacGill for first Test
Melbourne, December 10

Australia named forgotten leg-spinner Stuart MacGill in a squad of 12 on Sunday for the first Test against South Africa in Adelaide which begins on Friday.

Amanjot, Shruti Dhawan win
New Delhi, December 10
Amanjot Singh of Chandigarh exhibited bad sportsmanship on his way to a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory against Diviji Sharan of Delhi in the Boys under-18 singles event of the DSCL National Open Tennis Championship at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association deco-turf court here today.




Canadian speed skater Catriona Le May Doan
Canadian speed skater Catriona Le May Doan celebrates her new world record time in the women's 500-meter race during World Cup action in Calgary, Alberta, on Sunday. 
— AP/PTI

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

 

Anand draws 2nd successive game
Moscow, December 10

Defending champion Viswanathan Anand drew his second successive game of the semi-finals with Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine in the World Chess Championships at the State Kremlin Palace here today.

Inter Milan’s striker Ronaldo
Inter Milan’s striker Ronaldo celebrates after scoring against Brescia during a Series ‘A’ match in Brescia on Monday. 
— Reuters photo

Ronaldo celebrates dream comeback                         
Rome, December 10
Brazilian striker Ronaldo admitted it was a dream come true to score after just 19 minutes of his latest comeback match for Inter Milan. 

‘Organise badminton Test matches’
Sangrur, December 10
Almost every game in this country, with the exception of cricket, is starved of funds and finds it hard to organise promotional activities. . A corollary to this is that organisers find it difficult to attract talent.

EARLIER STORIES
 
Dhanaraj Pillay of India dribbles past two Malaysian players
Dhanaraj Pillay of India dribbles past two Malaysian players, Mohd. Rodhanizam (R) and Keevan Raj (L) during the Champions Challenge hockey tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. — Reuters

BSF to clash with RCF in final
Mandi, December 10
BSF, Jalandhar, will take on Railway Coach Factory Kapurthala in the final of 9th Hindustan Petroleum Him Gold Hockey Cup Tournament being played here. In the women section Steel Authority of India will cross swords with Himachal Pradesh in the finals.

Big victory for Haryana
Rohtak, December 10
Haryana defeated Himachal Pradesh by an innings and 65 runs in the North Zone (under-22) tournament league match at Maharaja Aggarsain staduim here today. The third and final day of the match was meant for rituals only.

Lewis to quit if he beats Tyson
London, December 10
World heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis is ready to quit boxing if he beats Mike Tyson in April, the BBC Sport website reported today. “When Muhammad Ali was champion there was also Joe Frazier and George Foreman at the highest level,” said Lewis.
World heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis is ready to quit boxing if he beats Mike Tyson in April, BBC Sport Website reported on Sunday. Lewis works out in Les Vegas in this November 13, 2001 file photo. 
— Reuters photo

Delhi varsity, PU share points
New Delhi, December 10

Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar routed Punjabi (Patiala) 4-1 while Delhi and Panjab University (Chandigarh) shared points as they played 2-2 draw in the S.G.T.B Khalsa College Golden Jubilee North Zone Inter-University Hockey Championship here today.
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England to reinforce spin attack

Ahmedabad, December 10
India go into the second Test here tomorrow hoping to take one more step towards a 3-0 whitewash of England which looks a real possibility after the comprehensive 10-wicket victory in Mohali last week.

Mohali was supposed to be England’s best bet considering the green-top wicket there but the visitors still danced to the tunes of the Indian spin duo of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh who walked away with 15 wickets between them.

And with the pitch here likely to aid the spinners a bit more than the one at Mohali, India have a good chance of taking a 2-0 lead here.

Kumble and Harbhajan would hold the key to India’s fortunes and though speedster Javagal Srinath, who replaced an injured Sanjay Bangar after recovering from his finger fracture suffered in South Africa, is a certainty for the game, he can at best play a supporting role.

Skipper Sourav Ganguly was oozing with confidence after the Mohali match when he said his team would be going for a 3-0 result. It was a remarkable transformation in the man who had run out of reasons to explain his team’s poor showing after every defeat in South Africa.

It was a transformation the English team also had expected but their preparations were found thoroughly inadequate. And, even though captain Nasser Hussain promised a better show from his boys in the second Test, he admitted the team’s chances lay in how effectively the batsmen were able to counter Kumble and Harbhajan.

Ganguly said the pitch looked favourable to spin bowling especially on the last two days but was not very keen to include the third spinner Sharandeep Singh in the side.

“Both leg-spinner Anil Kumble and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh are in tremendous form and with Srinath back in the side to contain runs from the other end there was no need for a third specialist spinner,” Ganguly said, and pointed out that if need arose Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, who is back in the team after serving the one-match suspension in Mohali, can be asked to chip in with their spin bowling.

“However, we will consult the selectors in the evening before finalising the list of twelve,” Ganguly said while not shutting the door on Sharandeep.

In keeping with the requirements, England too were reinforcing their spin attack with left-arm spinner Ashley Giles expected to be fit for the match. Hussain said Giles and off-spinner Richard Dawson, who was quite successful in Mohali, bowling in tandem could make a big difference to the team’s fortunes.

However, it remains to be seen how much dent these two spinners are able to make in the Indian batting line-up that is famous for tackling spin well especially on home pitches.

The return of Sehwag will further strengthen the Indian batting which put up a commendable show in Mohali. With the exception of Shiv Sunder Das, all the batsmen got runs and a similar performance can be expected here too.

Wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta was the pick of the Indian batsmen in Mohali and with a test century behind him he is definitely going to be a bigger asset for the team.

Ganguly was very happy with the way Dasgupta has evolved in the last few matches and said he was a very good prospect for the team even though he had to improve on his wicketkeeping. “After a long time we have got a wicketkeeper who can bat well and I think it is just a matter of time before he comes into his own,” Ganguly said.

Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar helped themselves to big scores in Mohali but both of them missed their centuries while Ganguly himself got out after being well set at 47.

Ganguly said he was looking forward to leaving behind a spate of low scores in Tests with a good knock here. “Hopefully, I will get a big score here,” he said. PTI
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I have done my best: Wright

Ahmedabad, December 10
Indian coach John Wright today said everyone associated with the team should be held accountable for the performance and he had given his best to the job.

Describing his meeting with cricket board President Jagmohan Dalmiya in New Delhi on Saturday as “very constructive”, Wright called for greater interaction between the team members and officials.

“I feel everyone should be held accountable for the end result,” Wright said .

“I agree with Dalmiya as far as the accountability is concerned and meetings between the team members and board officials will definitely help in the long run,” he added.

The meeting had fuelled speculations on the continuance of Wright who has already completed his one-year term in office but the former New Zealander did not want to join issue. PTI
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Vengsarkar against match referees

Bangalore, December 10
Former Indian skipper Dilip Vengsarkar is not in favour of cricket referees and introduction of the card system of punishment as in football.

“If there are good umpires who know how to control the game, then there is scant need for a referee,’’ the stylish middle order batsman observed. “Well, he is there in soccer, which is a very physical game. Cricket is not so,” he told Thatscricket.com.

At the international level, there should be a pool of say 10 umpires and they should do the job for the entire year. Two umpires from neutral countries should officiate in all matches.

On match-fixing, he said it was a big shock for everybody. There was a slight setback to the game but it has emerged the winner. About India not gelling like a team when playing abroad, he said the missing link was the India ‘A’ and under-19. UNI
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Zimbabwe tour itinerary

Ahmedabad, December 10
The Zimbabwe cricket team will be arriving in India on February 12 to play two Tests and five one-day international series.

The secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) while announcing the schedule here today said that Zimbabwe will be playing their first three-day warm up matches against the Board President’s XI at Vijaywada from February 15 to 17.

The full schedule:

February 12: Arrival in India

February 21-25: First Test at Nagpur

February 28 to March 4: Second Test at Delhi.

March 7: First One-day international at Faridabad.

March 10: second One-day international at Mohali.

March 13: third One-day international at Cochin.

March 16: fourth One-day international at Hyderabad.

March 19: fifth One-day international at Guwahati. UNI
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Aussies name MacGill for first Test

Melbourne, December 10
Australia named forgotten leg-spinner Stuart MacGill in a squad of 12 on Sunday for the first Test against South Africa in Adelaide which begins on Friday.

The 30-year-old replaced fast bowler Andrew Bichel, who was the 12th man in all three Tests in the series against New Zealand which finished in a 0-0 draw on Tuesday.

MacGill, who boasts an impressive Test record of 75 wickets from 16 matches at an average of 25.02, has not played a Test alongside fellow leg-break bowler Shane Warne for two years.

Warne (32), has taken 413 wickets in 95 matches and is fifth on the list of all-time wicket-takers in Test cricket, one wicket behind Pakistan’s Wasim Akram.

Warne missed Australia’s 5-0 series victory at home against the West Indies in 2000-01 because of a finger injury and MacGill grabbed his opportunity, taking 16 wickets in four matches at an average of 31.31.

MacGill returned to the background as Warne struggled (10 wickets at 50.50) in Australia’s 1-2 series defeat in India. Warne then dominated England’s batsmen in the 4-1 Ashes series victory this year by taking 31 wickets at 18.70.

Warne took six wickets in the recent series against New Zealand.

MacGill was personally counselled by Australian Cricket Board Chief Executive James Sutherland in October after the fiery bowler was fined $ 750 for verbally abusing an umpire in an inter-state match.

MacGill was also officially reprimanded after an incident in the third Test against the West Indies in Adelaide last December, involving Ramnaresh Sarwan.

The clash with the West Indies 12th man Sarwan occurred when MacGill, who had just been given out caught behind from a delivery that appeared to hit his helmet, was striding from the field.

Australian media have speculated that the home team may drop one of their middle order batsmen, possibly Damien Martyn, to accommodate MacGill on an Adelaide wicket, which is expected to take spin.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist, who bats at No 7 and scored 83 not out off 109 balls in the third Test against New Zealand in Perth, could be elevated to No 6 if Martyn is dropped to 12th man.

This would leave Australia with an attack of pace trio Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee, with Warne and MacGill as the two spinners.

Another possibility is playing a four-man attack containing two spinners, with one of the pace bowlers dropped, or simply leaving MacGill to carry the drinks.

MacGill took five for 134 on his Test debut against South Africa in Adelaide four years ago.

Australia: Steve Waugh (captain), Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer, Ricky Ponting, Mark Waugh, Damien Martyn, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Glenn McGrath, Stuart MacGill. Reuters 
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Amanjot, Shruti Dhawan win
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, December 10
Amanjot Singh of Chandigarh exhibited bad sportsmanship on his way to a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory against Diviji Sharan of Delhi in the Boys under-18 singles event of the DSCL National Open Tennis Championship at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association deco-turf court here today.

Amanjot Singh’s rude on-court behaviour shocked a goodly gathering as his verbal volleys against Tournament Director Dushyant Deb and the chair umpire were in poor taste. Perhaps, his 2-6, 1-6 defeat at the hands of Kedar Tembe of Maharashtra in the men’s singles had bothered him a lot when he took on Sharan in the boys under-18 singles match in the afternoon.

It was like pouring fuel to fire when the top-seeded Amanjot Singh lost the first set to Sharan rather tamely at 2-6. In the second set, he started disputing the calls of the linesmen and the chair umpire. And when Mr Dushyant Deb intervened, Amanjot did not spare the senior official either. Amanjot’s temperamental behaviour earned him a lot of critics today, though he managed to win the boys match.

Amanjot’s bad temper, however, did not cast any shadow on the performances of other players from Chandigarh, who soaked in the mild winter sun to notch up facile wins. Shruti Dhawan posted the fastest victory when she disposed of Naina Karsolia 6-0, 6-0 in just 23 minutes. It was simply a case ‘she came, she saw and she conquered’. Incidentally, Shruti is the only player from Chandigarh to figure in the women’s main draw.

In the men’s section, Chandigarh’s lone hope now is former champion Sunil Kumar Sipaeaya. Sunil, who had an off-day today, takes on Ritesh Chitiangya in his first round match tomorrow. If he crosses the first hurdle, he will bump into top seed Rohan Bopanna in the second round.

Bhopanna made mincemeant of Ravi Krishna Pallivela of Andhra Pradesh 6-0, 6-3 while second seeded Mustafa Ghouse of Andhra Pradesh ousted lucky loser Abhishek Jagnani 6-1, 6-0.

Fourth-seeded Rishi Sridhar beat Mohammad Yasser Arafat of Andhra Pradesh 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 6-3, fifth-seeded Ajay Ramaswamy of Maharashtra beat Gurmehar Singh of Delhi 6-1, 6-1, Vishal Punna shocked seventh-seeded Ajay Choudapally of Karnataka 6-0, 6-1 and Vasudeva Reddy beat Shiv Shankar Kanbargimath of Karnataka 7-6 (9-7), 2-6, 6-1.

There were no surprises in the men’s and women’s section as results went on expected lines. Chandigarh boys dominated the Under-18 event as besides Amanjot, three others also made it to the second round. Saurabh Kohli was the lone loser as he lost to Vivek Bhakuni of Delhi 1-6, 6-0, 6-3.
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Anand draws 2nd successive game

Moscow, December 10
Defending champion Viswanathan Anand drew his second successive game of the semi-finals with Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine in the World Chess Championships at the State Kremlin Palace here today.

Playing white, Anand did not get any advantage out of the opening and had to settle for the draw after just 18 moves. The result is now tied 1-1 in the four-game match. In case of a 2-2 deadlock after the fourth game, tiebreak games of shorter duration will be played to determine the winner.

Opening with his favourite king pawn, Anand faced the Sicilian defence of Ivanchuk. By choosing the Sicilian Rossolimo, Anand surprised Ivanchuk initially but the Ukrainian was quite up to the task in one of the side variations that promises counter play for the black player.

On the seventh move, Anand produced a theoretical novelty but the ensuing position hardly favoured him as Ivanchuk equalised with a tactical stroke on the 11th move that forced exchange of a couple of minor pieces.

Anand was left with a middlegame wherein the players had Bishops of opposite colour. Ivanchuk was yet to develop his forces on both the flanks when Anand sacrificed one central pawn to open lines. However, a timely plan enabled Ivanchuk to gain a decisive tempo that maintained the balance.

Forced to enter the endgame after the trade of queens, Anand proposed the draw that was immediately accepted.

“Somehow the opening just fizzled out in to an equality,” said Anand after the game. PTI
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Ronaldo celebrates dream comeback

Rome, December 10
Brazilian striker Ronaldo admitted it was a dream come true to score after just 19 minutes of his latest comeback match for Inter Milan.

There had been much expectation about the partnership between Ronaldo and Christian Vieri, but twice this season the Brazilian’s plans to return to action have been scuppered by injury.

Grounds around the country celebrated, however, when news filtered through of Ronaldo’s strike against Brescia, his first competitive goal since November 1999.

“A goal after two years was so important,” Renaldo was quoted as saying on Italian newswire ANSA yesterday. “I have dreamt of this. It’s a moment of few words and great happiness.” But Inter coach Hector Cuper, finally able to pick his first-choice forward line, adopted a more cautionary approach.

“When a player is fit then I will let him play, but ronaldo certainly cannot carry 90 minutes right now,” Cuper told Inter’s official website. “I wanted to field Ronaldo from the start without pressure and he gave a good performance. I knew he was ready and focused.”

Ronaldo lasted 61 minutes of the game before being withdrawn as he builds up his match fitness, having limped out of action twice this season in attempted comebacks.

He was set up by Vieri, suggesting their partnership will be as lethal as expected.

“Ronie and I have been dreaming to score a goal like this from three years,” Vieri said. “Now we will need to improve and continue like this.” Brescia coach Carlo Mazzone had mixed emotions about the goal but was generous in his praise for the Brazilian.

“I am very happy for Ronaldo and for football as a whole to have him back,” Mazzone said. “He looked good out there and I hope this goal convinced him that he is really back to his best. If we really had to concede a goal then I’m glad it was scored by Ronaldo.”

Even Gabriel Batistuta, a rival domestically with AS Roma and internationally with Argentina, was glad to see Ronaldo back.

“I was very happy when I heard he scored because Ronaldo is football,” Batistuta said. “Fans of every team, players, everyone, is happy to have him back.”

Inter’s 3-1 win over Brescia kept them top of Serie A with 28 points, two ahead of Chievo and Roma. Reuters
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Organise badminton Test matches’
Our Sports Reporter

Sangrur, December 10
Almost every game in this country, with the exception of cricket, is starved of funds and finds it hard to organise promotional activities. A corollary to this is that organisers find it difficult to attract talent.

Mr Rajinder Kalsi, treasurer of the Badminton Association of India, has called for organising inter-country Test matches to raise funds which could go towards promotion of the game. He feels that test matches involving two countries can be arranged.

He says: In Test matches the honour of the country is involved and people come to see these matches in large numbers. When people come to see matches, television channels will also come which is likely to add to the kitty of the association concerned. It is true that in certain games like table tennis and badminton players go to participate in various tournaments but in these cases the interest of the spectator is limited. But test matches are a different kind of affair as these involve the prestige of the participating country. For example if India play England in a badminton test a large number of people are likely to witness it having multiplier effects like television channels, newspaper coverage, sponsors and so on.”

Kalsi also believes that organising Test matches is not an expensive affair. By rough estimates a five-Test series with any country is not likely to cost more than Rs 10 lakh which includes boarding, lodging and transport.

Mr Kalsi, who is also the secretary of the Punjab Badminton Association, has a good experience of organising Inter-state and other tournaments. He plans to put this proposal at the next meeting of the Badminton Association of India.
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BSF to clash with RCF in final
Our Correspondent

Mandi, December 10
BSF, Jalandhar, will take on Railway Coach Factory Kapurthala in the final of 9th Hindustan Petroleum Him Gold Hockey Cup Tournament being played here. In the women section Steel Authority of India will cross swords with Himachal Pradesh in the finals.

In the first men’s semifinal today, BSF Jalandhar edged out Steel Authority of India by a solitary goal. All-important goal was scored by S.Khajur in the 15th minute of the game. With one goal lead BSF boys soon took control and were more dangerous with their moves. SAIL boys tried hard but they could not break through to score giving BSF a chance in the finals.

Second semifinal of the day played between arch rivals Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala and Northern Railways was a spirited battle for the final berth which ended in Railways favour. Northern Railways went into lead in the 33rd minute, when Bikramjit Singh converted a penalty stroke in a goal. The equalizer for the RCF came in the very next minute when Anil Ekka powered the ball in the nets. At half score were 1-1.

S.Barla sent RCF into lead through a penalty stroke (2-1). The equalizer came for the Northern Railways when Bikramjit earned a goal through penalty stroke (2-2). Anil Ekka once again slammed the ball taking a 3-2 lead for RCF in the 48th minute.

N. Railways equalized in 55th minute. After stipulated time both the teams were locked at 3-3. Tie-breaker was applied but no result could be achieved as both the teams scored 6 goals each. In “sudden death” RCF won 15-14.

In the first match in women’s section Steel Authority of India outclassed Yama Club Mandi 9-0. Arun Bala, who scored a hat-trick, was the highest scorer of four goals. Captain of the team Manjeet Kaur sent three goals home while Baljit and A.Tipoo scored one goal each. RCF failed to qualify for the finals as SAIL had better goal average.

The second match for the women section played between RSP Rourkela and Khalsa Club Jalandhar ended in a goal-less draw. Himachal Pradesh entered the finals of the women hockey due to better goal average compared to Khalsa Club Jalandhar.
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Dhindsa hails BSF’s contribution
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 10
Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa today hailed the contribution made by Border Security Force (BSF) to sports and laid stress on improvement of quality in Games.

Declaring open the All India Police Judo, Wrestling, Weightlifting, Boxing and Gymnastics Championship, 2001 here, Mr Dhindsa hoped that sportsmen belonging to police forces in different states and central police organisations would display their capabilities in a spontaneous manner.

Pointing out that BSF has been contributing significantly to national and international sports and 16 BSF sportsmen have been awarded Arjun Awards so far, Mr Dhindsa expressed the hope that the championship currently being held here will help in further improvement in standards of all the games.

BSF Director General Gurbachan Jagat, in his welcome address, said that policemen all over the country were engaged in a constant battle against violence, terrorism and crime and to tackle these problems with speed, tack and courage, the policemen have to be physically fit and mentally alert.

The Games have been organised by the BSF in coordination with the All India Sports Control Board.

Punjab’s Vikky Bhatt wrested the gold medal in the 56 kg weightlifting event, while G Maniwal of BSF and K Sarnawal of CRPF, bagged silver and broze medal, respectively.Top

 

Big victory for Haryana
Our Sports Reporter

Rohtak, December 10
Haryana defeated Himachal Pradesh by an innings and 65 runs in the North Zone (under-22) tournament league match at Maharaja Aggarsain staduim here today.

The third and final day of the match was meant for rituals only. It took Haryana just 45 minutes to finally fold the Himachal’s second innings. The remaining three Himachal wickets could add only 39 runs to their overnight total of 163.

Yesterday’s not out batsman Pankaj Thakur carried his score from 53 to 85 and emerged the highest run getter of the innings. Anuj Sharma took two wickets today whereas Pradeep Sahu took one wicket.

Haryana got eight points from out right victory in this match. They now have 18 points from three matches.

Brief scores: Himachal Pradesh: 88 and 202 runs.

Haryana: 355 for 3 declared.
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Lewis to quit if he beats Tyson

London, December 10
World heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis is ready to quit boxing if he beats Mike Tyson in April, the BBC Sport website reported today.

“When Muhammad Ali was champion there was also Joe Frazier and George Foreman at the highest level,” said Lewis.

“In my era there has been myself, Evander Holyfield and Tyson. I’ve already fought Holyfield twice so Tyson would be the final piece of the jigsaw,” said the 36-year-old Briton at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony last evening.

“Once I have beaten Tyson I’ll leave it to the younger guys coming through.”

Lewis won back the World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) titles last month when he knocked out American Hasim Rahman in the fourth round in Las Vegas.

Lewis’s trainer Emmanuel Steward said last week that the fight with Tyson would take place on April 6. Tyson (35), is rated the number one contender for Lewis’s WBC and IBF crowns. Reuters
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Delhi varsity, PU share points

New Delhi, December 10
Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar routed Punjabi (Patiala) 4-1 while Delhi and Panjab University (Chandigarh) shared points as they played 2-2 draw in the S.G.T.B Khalsa College Golden Jubilee North Zone Inter-University Hockey Championship here today.

In a one-sided match, Satwinder Singh gave GND varsity lead while Mahabir converted a stroke and penalty corner to make it 3-0. Manvinder Singh completed the tally (4-0).

Navdeep Saini reduced the margin for the losers.

In the first match of the day, Delhi took the lead in the 10th minute through Dharminder, who scored off a penalty corner. Just before the interval Amrik Singh made it 2-0.

Punjab hit back in the second session through Ammolak Singh who who converted a stroke. Three minutes before the final whistle Gurdeep Singh scored the equaliser. UNI
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 SPORTS BRIEFS

BEST TO HAVE LIVER TRANSPLANT
LONDON:
George Best is to get a new liver after destroying his own through years of alcohol abuse, the Sun newspaper reported on Monday. The 55-year-old former Manchester United and Northern Ireland winger told the tabloid that he feared some people might think he did not deserve a liver transplant. “There are going to be a few raised eyebrows when I get the transplant. People will be saying there are more deserving cases. But my consultant doesn’t give away livers willy nilly,” said Best who now works as a television pundit. He is due to have the liver transplant next summer, the paper said. Best had a spell in a Cyprus clinic last month after he caught a stomach bug during his stay on the holiday island. In March 2000, he was rushed to hospital after collapsing with severe liver damage and was told one more drink could kill him. As part of his treatment he has had stomach implants, pellets which will make him violently ill if he drinks. Reuters

DHANALAKSHMI EXCELS
BANGALORE:
Dhanalakshmi of India has bagged bronze in the Ninth Asia Pacific Shito Ryu Karate Championship held in Singapore from November 29 to December 2. A second-year graduate student from A.V. Kamalamma college in Davanagere in Karnataka, she won the bronze in the under-58 kg women’s section. In all, 14 countries, including Japan, New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia, participated in the event, reports reaching here said. Dhanalakshmi will take part in the Asian Shito Ryu Championship to be held in the Philippines next year and World Shito Ryu Championship in Russia. UNI

BOXING RESULTS
SANGRUR:
The following are the results of the Junior District Boxing Championships which concluded at Shaheed Udham Singh Stadium at Sunam. Results (all finals): 42 to 45 kg: Sandeep Kumar (Sang) b Amrinder Singh (Sunam), 45 to 48 kg: Hardeep Singh (Sunam) b Gurdeep Singh (Barala), 48 to 51 kg: Sarvjit Singh (Sunan) b Ramajit Singh (Sang), 51 to 54 kg: Pawan Kumar (Sunam) b Rajinder Kumar (Sang), 54 to 57 kg: Vikram Singh (Suman) b Surinder Singh (Sang), 57 to 60 kg: Avtar Singh (Sunam) b Gurdeep Singh (Sunam), 60 to 63½ kg: Viki Singh (Sang) b Gurjinder Singh (Sunam), 63½ to 67 kg: Narinder Singh (Sang) b Pavittar Singh (Sunam) over weight: Dinesh Kumar (Sunam) b Gurjit Singh (Bakhera). OSR

HIMANSHU 'BEST'
ROHTAK:
Himanshu of the local Vaish College was adjudged the best player of the inter-college chess championship organised by M.D. University at National Law College, Gurgaon. Vaish College Rohtak, won the championship securing 37 points. Government College Faridabad and Hindu College Sonepat, got 32 and 30 points, respectively. TNS
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