Sunday, December 16, 2001, Chandigarh, India






National Capital Region--Delhi

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

India play out a dull draw
Ahmedabad, December 15
In a depressing show of defensive approach, India gave up their run chase even before it had begun and settled for a tame draw in the second cricket Test against England here today.  

India lift Champions Challenge Cup
Kuala Lumpur, December 15
India, for once, lived up to there pre-tournament billing, defeating South Africa 2-1 to clinch the inaugural Champions Challenge Hockey trophy and a place among the elite for next year’s Champions Trophy after a gap of six years.

Baljit Singh Dhillon of India controls the ball as South Africa's Graig Fulton follows

Baljit Singh Dhillon (L) of India controls the ball as South Africa's Graig Fulton follows during the final of the Champions Challenge hockey tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. — Reuters photo

Martyn leads Aussies to big total
Adelaide, December 15
Damien Martyn released some pent-up demons with his first home Test century to propel Australia to an imposing first innings total in the opening cricket Test against South Africa at Adelaide Oval today.


 

EARLIER STORIES
 

Lanka register 8-wicket win
Kandy (Sri Lanka), December 15
The West Indies’ hopes of qualifying for the tri-series final dwindled as they lost to Sri Lanka and Brian Lara was ruled out for the rest of the tri-series here today.

Lara injured in on-field collision
Kandy, December 15
West Indian star Brian Lara was today airlifted to a Colombo hospital after dislocating his left elbow during a one-day international against Sri Lanka here.

Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic
Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, dressed in military uniform, listens during a swearing-in ceremony for the Croatian army in Zagreb on Saturday. Ivanisevic will serve a six-moth compulsory stint in a sports squad but will be able to train and play tournaments. — Reuters

Punjab Police face a daunting task
Chandigarh, December 15
Debutants Punjab Police face a daunting task when they take on Goa league champions Churchill Brothers in their second home tie of the sixth National Football League at Jalandhar’s Guru Gobind Singh Stadium tomorrow.

PSB overcome Punjab Police
Jalandhar, December 15
Last year’s winners Punjab and Sind Bank prevailed over Punjab Police 2-1 in the men’s section whereas in the women’s section Punjab Small Industries and Exports Corporation whipped Amritsar XI 6-1 on the first day of fifth Ramesh Chander Memorial Hockey Tournament at Surjit Hockey Stadium here today.

National Games winners honoured
Patiala, December 15
The local organising committee of the National Games today praised the services put in by Punjab Archery Association (PAA) president K.S. Kang, who is also Commissioner, of the local Municipal Corporation, despite the fact that he and his lone gold medallist archer boycotted the function organised here to felicitate sportsmen of the district who excelled in the National Games.

Sheetal ousts Shruti; Bopanna in final
New Delhi, December 15
Shruti Dhawan’s form deserted her when she wanted it most, as she crashed to a 3-6,3-6 defeat at the hands of fifth-seeded Sheetal Goutham of Karnataka in the women’s singles semifinal of the DSCL Open National Hard Court Tennis Championship at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) deco-turf court here today. Sheetal will meet defending champion Rushmi Chakravarthi of Tamil Nadu in the title clash on Sunday.

Wrestlers’ photo gallery at Nidani
Chandigarh, December 15
Haryana Wrestling Association has decided to set up a wrestlers photo gallary at Ch. Bharat Singh Memorial Sports School at Nidani in Jind. Mr M.S. Malik, DGP Haryana and President Wrestling Federation of India said that all-out efforts would be made to procure portraits of the wrestlers who had won gold, silver and bronze medals in Asian national and international meets and represented India in Olympics which would be displayed in the gallery. 

Humpy misses GM norm
Hyderabad, December 15
World junior champion Koneru Humpy missed her third Grandmaster norm narrowly as she finished fourth while her fellow Indian Tejas Bakre won the First Saturday GM Chess Tournament title played in Budapest.

Goa, Kerala win; Chandigarh held
Jaipur, December 15
Goa and Kerala recorded victories while Delhi were held to a goal-less draw by Chandigarh in their opening encounter in the 38th Junior National Football Championship, which got underway here today.


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India play out a dull draw

England all-rounder Craig White receiving the Man-of-the-Match award
England all-rounder Craig White receiving the Man-of-the-Match award for his 121-run knock in England's first innings in the second Test against India at Ahmedabad on Saturday.— PTI photo

Ahmedabad, December 15
In a depressing show of defensive approach, India gave up their run chase even before it had begun and settled for a tame draw in the second cricket Test against England here today.

Needing 374 runs to win, India resumed at their overnight 17 without loss and batted excruciatingly slow throughout the day to finish at 198 for three when play was called off after nine mandatory overs had been bowled.

True, it was a very stiff target to get. Only twice have teams batting fourth been able to score more runs than this to win a Test. But the Indians made absolutely no effort to make a match of it and looked predetermined to play for a draw.

This, despite a solid foundation given by openers Shiv Sunder Das and Deep Dasgupta, the top scorers with 58 and 60 runs, respectively, who had put on 119 runs for the first wicket. The duo had given their team an excellent platform to launch an onslaught and go after the target in the last two sessions.

However, the scoring rate, which was understandably slow in the morning session, dipped further after lunch break and once the two openers were dismissed in quick succession, the Indians just played out the time.

Sachin Tendulkar, who had scored a brilliant century in the first innings, took 81 balls for his 26 runs while Rahul Dravid batted for more than two and a half hours to remain unbeaten on 25.

The near full-house weekend crowd which had come to see some fireworks from the batsmen went back thoroughly disappointed as India batted to save their 1-0 lead in the series after their emphatic 10-wicket victory in Mohali.

There was loud applause when Tendulkar came out to bat at the fall of Dasgupta. India, at 124 for two, finally looked well equipped to break the shackles.

But it turned out to be an anti-climax with Dravid and Tendulkar not scoring even at normal pace, not to speak of accelerating. The first 10 runs of their partnership took them 10 overs to get.

Tendulkar finally square cut off-spinner Richard Dawson, who was the only successful England bowler in the second innings claiming two wickets for 72 runs, for four, the first in more than an hour.

However, Tendulkar retreated to his shell after that and a restless crowd fell silent once again. After a tenure of 87 minutes, his uncharacteristic knock came to an end with a soft dismissal. He played forward to a Dawson delivery and the ball went to Michael Vaughan at forward short leg after hitting his pad.

Skipper Sourav Ganguly then joined Dravid and the two continued in the same dull vein to play out the remaining overs.

Earlier, Das and Dasgupta had given the home team a fine start to the day when they took the score to 92 without loss at lunch. They had started slowly with the thrust being not to lose any early wickets.

They did an admirable job, keeping the scoreboard moving while defending their wickets at the same time.

The first hour of the morning session produced only 30 runs but the duo did better in the latter half, putting on 45 runs in the 19 overs.

Das was his usual compact self and played some impeccable cut shots. In fact he was the only batsman to have showed some attacking instincts and hit a few beautiful square cuts to fetch boundaries off Dawson and off-spinner Ashley Giles.

Das reached his ninth half-century in his 15th Test with a single off the last ball before lunch.

Dasgupta, who has had a horrid time behind the wickets in this Test, also grew in confidence and played some fine drives on both sides of the wicket.

But both fell in quick succession. Das was run out while trying to steal a second run but the throw by Giles from backward square leg was bang on target and caught the batsman inches short. Das had batted for 191 minutes for 159 balls and hit seven boundaries.

The second wicket stand between Dasgupta and Dravid added just five runs in six overs before India lost their second wicket. Dasgupta leaned forward for a defensive shot against Dawson and the ball went to Butcher at silly point after hitting his bat and pad.

The two had given their team an ideal launching pad but India made no use of it and gave up the chase in the second session to earn themselves a rather dubious draw.

The teams move to Bangalore for the third and final Test of the series which begins on December 19.

SCOREBOARD

England (1st innings): 407

India (1st innings): 291

England (2nd innings): 257

India (2nd innings):

Das run out 58

Dasgupta c Butcher b Dawson 60

Dravid not out 25

Tendulkar c Vaughan b Dawson 26

Ganguly not out 16

Extras (b-12, lb-1) 13

Total (for 3 wkts, 97 overs) 198

Fall of wickets: 1-119, 2-124, 3-168.

Bowling: Hoggard 17-6-33-0, Giles 31-12-57-0, Dawson 32-9-72-2, Flintoff 8-4-16-0, White 9-5-7-0. PTI

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Ganguly happy to retain lead

Ahmedabad, December 15
After a day of dull play, when his team batted excruciatingly slow, to settle for draw in the second Test, a relieved Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly said he was happy his team still held a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

The man, who talked of a 3-0 whitewash after his team’s 10 wicket win in Mohali, was now denying ever harbouring such hopes. “I never had a 3-0 series win in my mind. I was just taking one Test at a time. You cannot walk into a Test series thinking of a 3-0 win,” he said.

“Let’s not take credit away from the England team who played well on a good flat track,” Ganguly said.

“Our spinners bowled well and in the end we did well to be still 1-0 up in the series. I hope we will do better to win the series in Bangalore.” PTI

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India lift Champions Challenge Cup

Kuala Lumpur, December 15
India, for once, lived up to there pre-tournament billing, defeating South Africa 2-1 to clinch the inaugural Champions Challenge Hockey trophy and a place among the elite for next year’s Champions Trophy after a gap of six years.

With this victory, India registered their first big win at the senior level after the 1998 Asian Games gold medal and their first win here at this venue. The victory sends India to the 2002 Champions Trophy in Cologne, Germany.

Skipper Baljit Singh Dhillon played his best match of the tournament and won the man-of-the-match award.

India had 13 strikes at the South African goal but could put the ball in only twice. It showed the awesome superiority of the Indians but not without exposing their deficiencies in striking.

India attacked from the word go with Baljit Dhillon, Dhanraj Pillay and Deepak Thakur severely testing the South African defence.

The first opening came in the sixth minute when on top of the circle, Dhanraj Pillay turned and hit a reverse shot that just went over the post.

The attacks continued with Sukhbir Singh Gill also coming up from midfield. In the ninth minute came the opening goal for India off a superb move. Baljit Dhillon seized the ball in the midfield and ran through the middle, tapping it to Dhanraj Pillay who after entering the striking circle gave it to Deepak Thakur whose shot on the bounce beat South African goalkeeper Chris Hibbert. PTITop

 

Martyn leads Aussies to big total

Adelaide, December 15
Damien Martyn released some pent-up demons with his first home Test century to propel Australia to an imposing first innings total in the opening cricket Test against South Africa at Adelaide Oval today.

Australia frustrated the visitors with two big tail-end partnerships to get to 439, and had late success with two South African wickets after the tourists had made a resolute start to their chase after the second day.

Australia 1st innings

Langer c Pollock b Henderson 116

Hayden c Ntini b Klusener 31

Ponting run out 54

M Waugh c Boucher b Hayward 2

S Waugh c McKenzie b Henderson 8

Martyn not out 124

Gilchrist c Hayward b Henderson 7

S Warne b Klusener 41

Lee c McKenzie b Hayward 32

Gillespie c Boucher b Henderson 3

McGrath b Hayward 5

Extras (lb-6, nb-10) 16

Total (overs 141) 439

Fall of wickets: 1-80, 2-182, 3-199, 4-211, 5-238, 6-248,7-332, 8-409, 9-434

Bowling: Pollock 28-8-64-0, Hayward 31-5-108-3, Ntini 19-7-64-0, Kallis 16-1-37-0, Klusener 14-4-44-2, Henderson 33-4-116-4

South Africa 1st innings:

Kirsten lbw b McGrath 47

Gibbs batting 42

Dippenaar c Ponting b McGrath 4

Henderson batting 3

Extras (lb2, nb3) 5

Total (for 2 wkts, overs 37) 101

Fall of wickets: 1-87, 2-93

Bowling: McGrath 13-5-24-2, Gillespie 6-1-13-0, Warne 13-0-43-0, Lee 5-0-19-0. AFP

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Lanka register 8-wicket win

Kandy (Sri Lanka), December 15
The West Indies’ hopes of qualifying for the tri-series final dwindled as they lost to Sri Lanka and Brian Lara was ruled out for the rest of the tri-series here today.

Mahela Jayawardene’s superb 106 and his 187-run unbroken partnership with Marvan Atapattu (82) helped the home team coast to an eight-wicket victory in the penultimate league match of the tournament.

It was Sri Lanka’s third win in four matches and leaves Zimbabwe and the West Indies fighting it out for the other final berth in the last league tie tomorrow. But without Lara, who dislocated his left elbow and suffered a fractured arm, the West Indies are likely to have a tough time against Zimbabwe.

They could not give Sri Lanka a run for their money as Jayawardene made up for missing a century by four runs in the previous match against Zimbabwe.

Jayawardene hit eight fours and two sixes off 94 deliveries, even as Atapattu struck seven fours and two sixes. Captain Sanath Jayasuriya had earlier scored a run-a-ball 34.

Put in to bat, the West Indies scored 235 in 49.5 overs.

West Indies

Gayle lbw b Fernando 8

Ganga c Sangakkara b Arnold 52

Lara retd hurt 24

Sarwan c Sangakkarab Fernando 5

Hooper c Chandana b Jayasuriya 72

Samuels c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 10

Powell c Jayasuriya b Muralitharan 8

Jacobs not out 25

McGarrell b Jayasuriya 0

Collymore b Arnold 5

Lawson run out 3

Extras (b-4, lb-4, nb-4, w-11) 23

Total (all out, 49.5 overs) 235

FOW: 1-16, 2-77, 3-146, 4-170, 5-193, 6-205, 7-205, 8-229, 9-235.

Bowling: Zoysa 7-1-37-0, Fernando 7-0-25-2, Nissanka 2-0-22-0, Muralitharan 10-0-33-2, Chandana 8-0-41-0, Jayasuriya 10-0-36-2, Arnold 5.5-0-33-2.

Sri Lanka

Jayasuriya c Sarwan b Lawson 34

Gunawardene c sub b Lawson 10

Atapattu not out 82

Jayawardene not out 106

Extras (lb-2, nb-1, w-4) 7

Total ( 2 wkts, 43.1 overs) 239

FOW: 1-36, 2-52.

Bowling: Collymore 10-1-46-0, Lawson 10-1-47-2, McGarrell 8-0-57-0, Hooper 8-1-34-0, Gayle 3-0-18-0, Samuels 4-0-31-0 , Ganga 0.1-0-4-0. Reuters

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Lara injured in on-field collision

Kandy, December 15
West Indian star Brian Lara was today airlifted to a Colombo hospital after dislocating his left elbow during a one-day international against Sri Lanka here.

Lara collided with Sri Lankan fielder Marvan Atapattu while attempting a quick run and lay clutching his left hand before officials took him off in a stretcher.

X-rays at a local hospital revealed a dislocated left elbow and a broken forearm, forcing doctors to call on an army helicopter to transport Lara to Colombo for further treatment.

“It’s a very serious injury,” West Indian coach Roger Harper said. “We are all very worried.”

The injury is likely to rule Lara out for the tour of Pakistan in February and the home series against India in April.

The left-hander, one of modern cricket’s leading batsmen, was in terrific form during the recent Test series against Sri Lanka in which he made over 650 runs in three matches.

It was at the same Asgiriya stadium in this hill resort two years ago that Australian captain Steve Waugh broke his nose and fast bowler Jason Gillespie dislocated a leg after a horrific collision in a Test match.

Like Lara, both players had also been airlifted to the Sri Lankan capital for further treatment. AFP

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Punjab Police face a daunting task
Amardeep Bhattal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
Debutants Punjab Police face a daunting task when they take on Goa league champions Churchill Brothers in their second home tie of the sixth National Football League at Jalandhar’s Guru Gobind Singh Stadium tomorrow.

Having already lost the opening encounter against defending champions East Bengal 1-3, the Punjab cops have little hope against the strong Churchill Brothers,who have already given a taste of their firepower while playing against JCT at Ludhiana the other day. Even if Punjab Police manage to hold the Goans to a draw, the possibility of which appears to be remote, it will be construed to be an achievement.

Punjab Police, who qualified for the high-profile NFL after finishing runners-up in the second division, hardly have the calibre of high-ranking outfits. Except for a couple of defenders like Balwinder Singh, wing back Kuldeep Singh and striker Sher Singh, the team comprises mediocre players for whom the NFL is going to be an entirely new experience. The team management reportedly tried to requisition the services of two BSF players under AIFF stipulations but the move fell through and efforts are now on to take at least two players from Rail Coach Factory on loan to bolster the team’s morale. Coach Harinder Singh, who has played for Punjab in the Santosh Trophy for many years, nevertheless, will try to make the most of whatever talent is available and try to put his team’s campaign on the right track.

Churchill Brothers, who finished third in the previous edition with 36 points from 10 victories and six draws, have in their ranks several familiar faces like goalkeeper Edward Ansah, stopper backs Osumanu Husseni and Mahesh Gawli, medios Roque Barreto and Tejinder Kumar, and forwards Ratan Singh, Aqeel Ansari, Francis Silveira and the roving Somatai Shaiza. However, new Ghanian recruit Yusif Yakubu is likely to be the cynosure of all eyes after his fine showing against JCT at Ludhiana on December 13.

Churchill Brothers’ coach T.K. Chathunny, who has taken over from Scottish trainer Danny McLennan, is also a familiar name in Indian football. He was the coach of the glamorous Kolkata outfit Mohun Bagan when the green and maroon brigade lifted their maiden title. He is known as an intelligent strategist and with ample talent available, he is likely to encounter little problem.

The thin crowd may be an advantage for the visitors but the freak weather may work against them. On the whole, Churchill Brothers are tipped favourites for tomorrow’s tie. The kick-off is at 2 p.m.

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PSB overcome Punjab Police
Our Sports Reporter

Jalandhar, December 15
Last year’s winners Punjab and Sind Bank prevailed over Punjab Police 2-1 in the men’s section whereas in the women’s section Punjab Small Industries and Exports Corporation whipped Amritsar XI 6-1 on the first day of fifth Ramesh Chander Memorial Hockey Tournament at Surjit Hockey Stadium here today.

The first match of the day between Punjab Police and Punjab and Sind Bank started at a fast pace, with both teams displaying some good action. The field was dominated by Punjab and Sind Bank as they secured the lead in the 25th minute through a goal by Harpreet Singh. Till half time the bankmen lead 1-0.

After the breather, Punjab Police took the initiative and managed to equalise in the 39th minute through Gurjant Singh. Both the teams competed to gain the lead but it was Sandeep Singh, who took full advantage of the penalty corner to give his team the lead in the 61st minute. Repeated attempts from the cops went in vain as the bankmen won 2-1.

In the women’s section PSIEC opened their account early in the fourth minute as they were awarded a penalty stroke, which was converted by Manpreet Kaur. In the 11th minute Amritsar XI got their solitary goal through Sandeep (senior) to equalise the score. PSIEC gained the lead again in the 26th minute as Mohan Davinder scored a goal from the left flank (2-1). After changing ends, PSIEC girls kept on increasing the lead.

The last match of the day was between Escorts Ramesh Chander Memorial Academy and Sports School in the boys section. Ramesh Academy won 3-2. Boys of both the teams showed good play and coordination. In the 25th minute, Kulwant Singhgave the opener for the sports school, taking advantage of a penalty corner. Ramesh Academy equalised in the 39th minute through Sanjay Bir. Again boys of Sports School gained the lead in teh 42nd minute as Balbir Singh netted the ball taking the score to 2-1. Boys of Ramesh Academy were awarded a penalty stroke in the 50th minute and Varinder Kumar netted the ball to give the equaliser. In the 68th minute Ramesh Academy boys went ahead when captain Suresh scored a goal from the left flank to start with win.

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National Games winners honoured
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 15
The local organising committee of the National Games today praised the services put in by Punjab Archery Association (PAA) president K.S. Kang, who is also Commissioner, of the local Municipal Corporation, despite the fact that he and his lone gold medallist archer boycotted the function organised here to felicitate sportsmen of the district who excelled in the National Games.

Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh Bir chose to praise the services put in by Mr Kang and his workers at the beginning of his speech immediately after Inspector-General of Police R.S. Gill, who was patron of the committee, gave away the prizes to the 21 sportspersons who secured gold medals in the Games. Mr Kang had in a press release yesterday announced that his association would boycott the function being organised to honour the sportspersons due to the indifferent attitude of the local organising committee towards archery. He had claimed that neither the chairman of the local committee nor other chairmen of the sub committees had bothered to come to the archery venue when Patiala boy Vishal Kumar annexed the lone gold for the state in the event.

Earlier during the hosting of the Games also Mr Kang had held a press conference immediately following a press conference presided over by the Deputy Commissioner in which all other chairmen of the local organising committees were present except for him, to complain that the ‘’good work’’ done by his safai sewaks had not been appreciated by the local committee. Immediately after the conclusion of the final day archery event also Mr Kang publicly shouted at the Deputy Commissioner for not coming to the archery venue in time after Mr Bir chose to visit the venue after the conclusion of the kho-kho (women) final event in which Punjab emerged champions.

IGP.R.S. Gill, however, chose to put the record straight as far as the hosting of the Games were concerned in Patiala. He said Patiala had been proclaimed the best venue from among all others in Punjab even by the International Olympic Association Secretary General Randhir Singh as well as the national press which covered the entire games. He said the local committee had excelled in facilitating both athletes as well as the press who had been provided with an excellent media centre. He also lauded the performance of the athletes from the district who bagged one fourth of the total medals won by the state. He had special praise for Karamjit Kaur who rewrote the national record in the pole vault event besides Rajani Sharma who bagged three gold medals in the gymnastics event and Sukhjinder Singh who secured two gold in cycling.

The athletes honoured today were: gold medallists: Harminder Singh (javelin), Karamjit Kaur (pole vault), Harpal Singh, Narinder Kaur (both boxing), Sukhjinder Singh, Hitraj Singh, Rajpal Chauhan, Harjot Singh, Sukhjit Singh (all cycling), Rajni Sharma (gymnastics), Satwinder Pal Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Karanjeet Singh, Kulwinder Singh, Kulwinder Singh (all handball), Parvinder Kaur, Jasbir Kaur, Rano, Beant Kaur (all kho-kho), Swaranjit Singh Dhaliwal (basketball) and Gurlal Singh (kabaddi). Silver: Jaspreet Kaur (4x100 relay), Balkar Singh, Hemant Kumar, Prem Preet Kaur (all boxing), Hitraj Singh, Jaswinder Kaur, (both cycling) and Jaideep (gymnastics). Bronze: Vijaydeep Singh (badminton), Rasam Billing( cycling), Vikramjit Singh (fencing) and Gaganjit Singh Waraich (judo).

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Sheetal ousts Shruti; Bopanna in final
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, December 15
Shruti Dhawan’s form deserted her when she wanted it most, as she crashed to a 3-6,3-6 defeat at the hands of fifth-seeded Sheetal Goutham of Karnataka in the women’s singles semifinal of the DSCL Open National Hard Court Tennis Championship at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) deco-turf court here today. Sheetal will meet defending champion Rushmi Chakravarthi of Tamil Nadu in the title clash on Sunday.

Top-seeded Rohan Bopanna of Maharashtra will clash against unseeded Vijay Kannan of Tamil Nadu in the men’s singles final.

In the first set, Shruti was broken in the third game, but Sheetal herself failed to hold serve in the next. But an erratic Shruti dropped serve again in the fifth and ninth games to lose the set. In the second set, Sheetal led 4-1, after breaking Shruti in the second game. But Sheetal could not hold serve in the seventh and ninth games, as the score read 5-4. But Shruti, who was broken in the eighth game, dropped serve again in the 10th game, to squander away her chance of making a match of it.

Sheetal, who had lost to Shruti three times last year, including a first round loss in the nationals here, takes on defending champion and top seed Rushmi Chakravarthi in her maiden nationals title clash. Rushmi wore down a fighting Sonal Phadke, seeded third, at 6-1,6-7, 7-6 (7-5) after a battle of wits and stamina, lasting two hours and 33 minutes.

After sharing the first two sets, Rushmi was up 5-1 in the third set, but Sonal, with some brilliant down the line winners, upset all calculations to lead 6-5, to take the fight to tie-breaker. Here again, Rushmi, who had four match points, allowed Sonal to catch up, and give her a close call.

In the men’s singles semifinal, Rohan Bopanna maintained his brilliant form to outplay defending champion Nitin Kirtane of Pune 6-3,6-2 in one hour and one minute.

Vijay Kannan continued his giant-killing spree when he ousted fourth-seeded fellow-Tamil Vinod Sridhar 6-7 (2-7), 6-3,6-0.

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Wrestlers’ photo gallery at Nidani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
Haryana Wrestling Association has decided to set up a wrestlers photo gallary at Ch. Bharat Singh Memorial Sports School at Nidani in Jind.

Mr M.S. Malik, DGP Haryana and President Wrestling Federation of India said that all-out efforts would be made to procure portraits of the wrestlers who had won gold, silver and bronze medals in Asian national and international meets and represented India in Olympics which would be displayed in the gallery. He said that the gallery would be a great source of inspiration to the young students being trained and groomed in this school of education and sports at Nidani. He said the akhara at Nidani had already carved out a nitche on the sports map of India as outstanding wrestlers from here had won medals in senior, junior and sub-junior wrestling competitions in the national and international levels.

Mr Malik said Haryana Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala during his visit to Nidani on December 22 as Chief Guest at the opening ceremony of the 48th senior men free style, Greece Roman style and 5th Senior Women Free Style National Wrestling Championship from December 21 to 25 would lay the foundation stone of the girls hostel at Bhai Surinder Malik Memorial School there.

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Humpy misses GM norm

Hyderabad, December 15
World junior champion Koneru Humpy missed her third Grandmaster norm narrowly as she finished fourth while her fellow Indian Tejas Bakre won the First Saturday GM Chess Tournament title played in Budapest.

Suffering initial set backs by losing the first two rounds of the category IX tournament, Humpy drew with Williams Paschall (USA) in the last round to finish fourth with 7.5 points while she required nine points to get the third GM norm. Winning five games and splitting points in five, gave Humpy the 7.5 points as she lost the remaining three games of the 13-round championship.

The 14-year-old ninth class student was aspiring for the third GM norm at an younger age than her idol Judit Polgar. Consistency paved way for Tejas to win the title with 9.5 points. PTI

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Goa, Kerala win; Chandigarh held

Jaipur, December 15
Goa and Kerala recorded victories while Delhi were held to a goal-less draw by Chandigarh in their opening encounter in the 38th Junior National Football Championship, which got underway here today.

Two brilliant goals by striker Trenio Fernandese in the second half helped Goa beat Karnataka 2-0 in pool 4, while a snap goal by R Rajeev off a fine pass by Nadir led Kerala record a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Nagaland in pool 1.

In an another tie in pool 4, Delhi shared points with Chandigarh and Meghalaya earned a walk over against Mizoram in pool 1. UNI

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 SPORTS BRIEFS

RAIN WASHES OUT RAINJI MATCHES
JALANDHAR:
All the three North Zone Ranji Trophy limited over matches to be played on Saturday were washed out due to widespread rain throughout Punjab. The match between hosts and last year’s winners Punjab and Himachal Pradesh was to be played in Ludhiana. Though the rain stopped at around noon, the wet outfield forced the umpires to call off the match. Similarly the match between Delhi and Services to be played at the Burlton Park here was also called off. The match between Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir scheduled at the Gandhi Grounds in Amritsar was also called off. All the teams shared one point each. UNI

SHOOTING ENTRIES
CHANDIGARH:
The Punjab Rifle Shooting Association has invited entries for forthcoming national-level shooting tournaments to be held at Ahmedabad and Indore . According to Mr KS Sidhu, secretary-general of the PRSA, those who have secured minimum qualifying score at the National Games would be eligible to send their entries. The tournaments are, NRAI Golden Jubilee Air Weapons meet at Ahmedabad from December 29, 45th National Small and Big Bore Rifle and Pistol events at Indore from January 7, then GV Mavlankar Shooting Meet in big bore rifle at Indore from January 7 and the third Kumar Surender Singh Memorial Shooting meet Indore from January 17. The shooters may send their names by December 18 to Mr NS Bhogal, joint secretary, PRSA at the Bhogal Sales Corporation, Dhandari Kalan, Ludhiana. OSR

Scholarships for 17
PATIALA:
The Punjab Sportspersons Welfare Association (PSWA), in a welcome move, has decided to award scholarships to 17 deserving former and present sportspersons. Mr Jaipal Singh, President of the PSWA, said here on Saturday that 17 sportspersons have been given post-dated cheques of Rs 1000 each for a period of one year. The sportspersons who will benefit are Gurpreet Singh who recently lowered the 37-year-old 110m hurdles record of G.S Randhawa, hammer thrower Hardeep Kaur, quarter miler Manjit Kaur, shot putter Navpreet Singh, triple jumper’s Pritpal Singh and Amarjit Singh, archer Vishal Kumar, boxers Harvinder Singh, Jasbir Singh and Gautam Bhargav, basketballer Harminder Singh, cyclist Sukhjinder Singh, handball player Rajesh Thakur, grapplers Santokh Singh and weightlifter’s Tejinder Singh, Vikky Batta and Mandeep Kaur. The PSWA has also bestowed the Khed Guru award on former national decathlon champion Mr Amarjit Singh Kahlon. The Khed Ratan award has been given simultaneously to ace shooter Abhinav Bindra, sprinter and Sydney olympian Ajay Raj Singh, skipper of the junior hockey World cup winning squad Gagan Ajit Singh and international weightlifter Sunaina Anand. Special honour prizes have been given to the NIS chief boxing coach Mr T.L. Gupta, international boxer Gurmeet Singh who won a bronze medal in the 1994 Hiroshima Asian Games and athlete Harwant Kaur who won a double gold in the shot put and discus throw events of the 31st National games. OSR

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