Saturday, December 22, 2001, Chandigarh, India






National Capital Region--Delhi

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

Sachin misses ton as India struggle
Bangalore, December 21
India struggled its way to 218 for seven in their first innings as batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was unlucky to miss his 28th century by 10 runs on the rain-marred third day of the third and final Test against England at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

England bowler Ashley Giles (C) is congratulated by team-mates after taking the wicket of India's Sachin Tendulkar during the third day's play of the third Test at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, in Friday. England bowler Ashley Giles (C) is congratulated by team-mates after taking the wicket of India's Sachin Tendulkar during the third day's play of the third Test at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, in Friday. 
— Reuters photo

‘Shame that England stooped so low’
London, December 21
Even as England got ample rewards for their negative bowling in the third Test in Bangalore, the English media today blasted their team for adopting a strategy which “could hardly have been uglier” against master batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

Bangladesh in dire straits
Hamilton, December 21
New Zealand had Bangladesh on the ropes after the fourth day of the first Test, having forced the visitors to follow on and then taking four wickets before stumps today.



EARLIER STORIES
 

Punjab beat Delhi
Jalandhar, December 21
Punjab fought tooth and nail to wage a formidable battle against Delhi before going down by 6 runs in the North Zone Ranji Trophy one day league match at the Burlton Park stadium here today.

Ghuman fashions PSB win 
Jalandhar, December 21
Sandeep Singh Ghuman’s goal secured victory for Punjab and Sind Bank against Bharat Petroleum while Guru Nanak Dev University held Central Industrial Security Force in the fifth Ramesh Chander Memorial Hockey Tournament at Surjit Hockey stadium here today.

Irina takes top spot
Bangalore, December 21
Irina Brar of Chandigarh upset the applecart of club mate Parnita Garewal to walk away with the South India Ladies Amateur Open Golf Championship here today.

Tushar in line for a double
New Delhi, December 21
Top-seeded Tushar Liberhan of Chandigarh took his appointed place in the final ousting third-seeded M.V. Abhay Prakash of Karnataka 6-1, 6-4 in the first semi-final of the boys under-16 event in the DSCL National Open Tennis Championship at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) court here today.

Punjab Police honours athletes
Chandigarh, December 21
As many as 23 women athletes and three coaches of Punjab Police were felicitated at a special function held at Police Lines, Patiala, last evening where the Inspector-General of Police, Zonal, Mr Rajdeep Singh Gill, presided.

Haryana rout HP
Ludhiana, December 21
Fine batting performance on debut by Sunny (69) and an equally useful 68 runs by Satish Ohlan enabled Haryana to carve out a convincing 59-run win against Himachal Pradesh in the North Zone Ranji Trophy one-day league tie at the Punjab Agricultural University ground here today.

Services record win
Amritsar, December 21
Wicket keeper Sarbjit Singh’s brilliant knock of 88 and a cautious unbeaten 39 by captain Sanjay Verma helped Services to defeat Jammu and Kashmir by five wickets in the North Zone Ranji Trophy one-day match here today.

Nidani set to host national wrestling
Chandigarh, December 21
Stage is set for the 48th Senior men and 5th women National Wrestling Championship at Chaudhary Bharat Singh Memorial Sports School and Bhai Surinder Singh Memorial Girls School at Nidani (Jind) from December 22 to 25.

Vasco defeat Punjab Police
Margao, December 21
A 42nd minute second half goal by striker Rui Wanderely enabled spirited Vasco Sports Club to register their first victory today over newly promoted Punjab Police by 2-1 and to gain full points in the sixth edition of the National Football League match played here at Nehru Stadium Fatorda.

Sasikiran joint leader
Kozhikode, December 21
Indian GM K. Sasikiran outshined WGM S. Vijayalakshmi to bounce back and share the lead along with Marat Dzhaumaev Uzbekistan at the end of the 7th round of the All India Chess Federation’s Golden Jubilee International Open Chess Tournament here today.

Mahindras hold East Bengal
Mumbai, December 21
Local outfit Mahindra united held defending champions East Bengal to a 1-all, draw after dominating for most part of the match in the National Football League at the Cooperage here today.
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Sachin misses ton as India struggle


England players make a strong appeal for out against Sachin Tendulkar in the third Test against England in Bangalore on Friday. — PTI photo

Bangalore, December 21
India struggled its way to 218 for seven in their first innings as batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was unlucky to miss his 28th century by 10 runs on the rain-marred third day of the third and final Test against England at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

Umpires A.V. Jayaprakash and A.D’Silva called off the match for the day at 5 p.m. due to rain. The post tea session could not get underway due to the rain with Anil Kumble on 10 and Harbhajan Singh on zero at the crease. The match would resume at 9.30 a.m.

Bowling with a lively pace and a steady line, Mathew Hoggard broke India’s back, claiming two quick wickets of Rahul Dravid and Saurav Ganguly in four balls before lunch to push the Indians on the defensive.

However, Virender Sehwag, who walked in when the team was precariously placed at 121 for five, resurrected the innings with Sachin Tendulkar.

Despite surviving anxious moments and beaten repeatedly by Hoggard, they stayed on to add 52 runs for the sixth wicket. Sehwag, later with Kumble, who bagged his 300th wicket yesterday, added 45 runs to lend respectability to the Indian score.

India added 119 runs in 43 overs in 186 minutes of play possible during the day, losing the wickets of Rahul Dravid (three), Saurav Ganguly (zero), Sachin Tendulkar (90) and Virender Sehwag (66). As many as 58 overs were lost due to rain and bad light.

Hoggard was the most successful and effective bowler for England. He claimed three wickets for 65. Left arm spinner Ashley Giles, who continued to bowl a negative line, claimed the prized wicket of Tendulkar, when he was stumped for the first time in his 89-Test career.

Tendulkar, who got out in nineties in this stadium for the second time, went on to reach a personal landmark of scoring 1000 runs from 10 tests in 2001 to become the fifth batsman this year to reach the milestone after Matthew Hayden of Australia (1250 runs in 13 tests), Brian Lara of West Indies (1151 from nine), Herschelle Gibbs of South Africa (1089 from 12) and Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka (1035 from 12).

Sachin Tendulkar was cruising for what appeared a certain ton but fell to the trap laid by Giles, who frustrated him bowling wide of leg stump with a predominantly onside field. As Sachin jumped out two steps to lift the left-arm spinner over long on, he was beaten in the air and Foster did a simple stumping as the England team celebrated the India genius’ departure.

Earlier, Sachin had collected 12 runs of the bowling of Giles, including two well struck fours. However, Giles had the last laugh having Sachin Tendulkar, who had struck 13 boundaries in his patient knock lasting 263 minutes facing 198 balls.

Sehwag fell after Nasser Hussain took the second new ball after 81 overs. Hoggard obliged his skipper three overs later when he scalped Sehwag who did not know much about the outside the off stump delivery and edged a catch to James Foster. Sehwag batted for 123 minutes and hit 13 boundaries, besides adding 98 runs with Sachin and Anil Kumble.

Initially, Sehwag played and missed on several occasions and was all at sea against Mathew Hoggard who was bowling with fire. However, he managed to hit a few boundaries and was willing to take Giles out of attack as he stepped out and drove him handsomely on a couple of occasions.

Resuming at 99 for three, Indians were tied down and found it difficult to get the runs with Nasser Hussain resorting to negative tactics to frustrate the Indians.

Hoggard came in for stick on his arrival from Sachin Tendulkar but struck in the same over. Rahul Dravid was beaten by a superb outgoing delivery. Umpire A.V. Jayaprakash gave in following a concerted appeal even as the batsman stood ground in disbelief. Saurav’s poor run in the season continued as he edged a catch to Mark Butcher in the second slip trying to drive Hoggard in his second over of the day. Saurav had scored 45, 5, 16 n.o. in the first two Tests. UNI

SCOREBOARD

England (Ist innings): 336

India (Ist innings):

Das b Flintoff 28

Dasgupta c Trescothick b Flintoff 00

Laxman b Flintoff 12

Tendulkar st Foster b Giles 90

Dravid c Foster b Hoggard 03

Ganguly c Butcher b Hoggard 0

Sehwag c Foster b Hoggard 66

Kumble batting 10

Harbhajan batting 0

Extras: (b-4, lb-3, nb-2) 09

Total: (for 7 wkts) 218

Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-22, 3-88, 4-121, 5-121, 6-173, 7-218.

Bowling: Mathew Hoggard 20-06-65-3, Andrew Flintoff 24-09-46-3 (1 nb), Ashley Giles 34-14-74-1, Craig White 08-02-26-0 (1 nb).
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Sachin completes 1000 runs

Bangalore, December 21
Even as India continued to struggle in the third and final Test against England here today, master batsman Sachin Tendulkar reached a personal milestone by completing 1000 Test runs in a single calendar year.

Playing in his 10th Test, Tendulkar reached the 1000th run with a two off left-arm spinner Ashley Giles which took him to 88. He is the fifth batsman to score 1000 or more runs this year.

Two runs later, Tendulkar was stumped by wicketkeeper James Foster off the same bowler and that was the first time in his Test career that he was dismissed in this fashion.

Tendulkar’s 1000 runs become all the more creditable considering he missed the three-Test series in Sri Lanka due to a foot injury.

Matthew Hayden is the leading run-scorer this year, having accumulated 1451 runs from 12 Tests. PTI
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Lindsay’s warning

Bangalore, December 21
ICC match referee Denis Lindsay has cautioned India and England not to repeat the kind of spat that happened between players on the field yesterday during the third and final Test at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, and advised them to play the game in its spirit. UNI
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Shame that England stooped so low’

London, December 21
Even as England got ample rewards for their negative bowling in the third Test in Bangalore, the English media today blasted their team for adopting a strategy which “could hardly have been uglier” against master batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

Reasoning that the ploy to frustrate Tendulkar on the second day of the Test yesterday perhaps emanated from their “over emotional and misguided belief” that he had acted against the spirit of the game by appealing for a handling the ball decision against Michael Vaughan the previous day, the papers said it was a shame that England “stooped so low over such a trivial matter”.

“The fact that Tendulkar was perfectly entitled to appeal, and that Vaughan’s smothering of the ball would have been regarded as a brainstorm in a local club match, never mind the deciding Test of a series, is a truth that many England players, in a seige mentality that has developed out of an honest desire to succeed, have so far largely refused to countenance,” a report in The Guardian said.

The report said England proceeded under the belief that ultimately Tendulkar’s patience would crack even though “there was precious little to support the theory”.

“Tendulkar is a special talent, and that talent can demand from put-upon bowlers, or captains, an extreme response - just as the brilliance of Don Bradman was the reason behind England’s bodyline theory 70 years ago,” it said.

“Tendulkar’s God-like status in India is such that it would have been no surprise if England had been instructed to worship at his temple by bowling at him in bare feet,” the paper said.

Conceding that England could perhaps “justify their method tactically... And emotionally”, it said, “but if the umpires did not feel empowered to penalise Gile’s persistent deliveries way outside the leg stump by ruling them no-balls then perhaps the laws need to be amended”.

Agreeing with the argument, The Telegraph wrote that the bowler “might, justifiably, have been penalised under the new ICC guidelines that allow the umpire to call a wide if he thinks that the policy is being pursued for negative reasons.”

Praising Tendulkar for handing the situation effectively, it said, “Not for the first time, he stood in a different class to colleagues and opponents alike”.

Writing in the Independent News, former England player Derek Pringle said the ploy could also have been to force the five Indian players including Tendulkar, who have been given a one-match suspended sentence by match-referee Mike Denness in South Africa, to react and invite the ban.

“After Vaughan’s undignified, though lawful dismissal, winding them up so that they react and incur a ban, may seem an obvious way to get even,” he wrote. PTI
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Bangladesh in dire straits

Hamilton, December 21
New Zealand had Bangladesh on the ropes after the fourth day of the first Test, having forced the visitors to follow on and then taking four wickets before stumps today.

New Zealand’s bowlers ranged from ordinary to just above average but it was enough to finish off Bangladesh’s first innings for 205 runs then have them 90 for four wickets at stumps in the follow on.

It left them trailing by 70 runs overall after New Zealand declared their first innings this morning at 365 for nine.

After the first two days were washed out due to rain, the crowd of about 1,000 today saw 354 runs scored and 18 wickets fall in the 100 overs bowled on a rare sun-drenched day.

Should the match finish with a New Zealand win by mid-tomorrow, it will be the second consecutive Test here to last barely two days after New Zealand’s innings and 185 runs win against Pakistan in March.

New Zealand (1st innings):

Richardson c & b Sharif 143

Vincent c & b Mortaza 0

Sinclair c Masud b Monjurul 7

Fleming c Masud b Mortaza 4

Astle c Al-Sahariar b Monjurul 5

McMillan c Monjurul b Mortaza 106

Cairns b Sharif 48

Parore b Sharif 20

Vettori lbw b Mahmud 0

Bond not out 4

Extras (b-2, lb-18, w-5, nb-3) 28

Total (for 9 wkts decl) 365

FOW: 1-1, 2-19, 3-29, 4-51, 5-241, 6-330, 7-357, 8-359.

Bowling: Mortaza 27-3-100-3, Monjurul 18-5-66-2, Sharif 20.1-2-114-3, Mahmud 9-0-40-1, Ashraful 3-0-25-0.

Bangladesh (1st innings):

Omar c Richardson b Cairns 9

Al-Sahariar c Sinclair b Bond 15

Bashar c Martin b Vettori 61

Islam c Parore b Bond 14

Ashraful c Sinclair b Vettori 1

Hossein c Vincent b McMillan 45

Masud c Bond b McMillan 6

Mahmud c Richardson b Bond 45

Sharif b Martin 0

Mortaza lbw b Bond 3

Islam not out 0

Extras (lb-1, nb-5) 6

Total (all out) 205

FOW: 1-24, 2-32, 3-92, 4-95, 5-121, 6-146, 7-155, 8-156, 9-204.

Bowling: Cairns 11-0-55-1, Bond 13.1-2-47-4, Martin 11-4-38-1, McMillan 8-1-39-2, Vettori 15-4-25-2.

Bangladesh (2nd Innings):

Omar lbw b Martin 15

Al Sahariar batting 53

Bashar c Parore b Cairns 1

Islam b Cairns 0

Ashraful c sub (Drum) b Bond 6

Hossain batting 7

Extras (lb-4, nb-4) 8

Total (for 4 wkts, 33 overs) 90

FOW: 1-39, 2-42, 3-42, 4-68.

Bowling: Cairns 12-0-46-2, Bond 8-2-17-1, Martin 4-1-6-1, Vettori 9-4-17-0. AP
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Punjab beat Delhi
Ravi Dhaliwal

Jalandhar, December 21
Punjab fought tooth and nail to wage a formidable battle against Delhi before going down by 6 runs in the North Zone Ranji Trophy one day league match at the Burlton Park stadium here today.

Punjab were chasing 239 for a win. Barring Yuvraj Singh (43) and a crucial 81-run partnership between skipper Pankaj Dharmani (67) and Reetinder Sodhi (44), the hosts middle order crumbled under the sustained pressure piled up by fast bowler Ashish Nehra and off spinner Harinder Chowdhury when the need of the hour was to dig themselves in.

SCOREBOARD

Delhi: Akash lbw Vineet 6, Vijay run out 51, Gautam c Dharmani b Yuvraj 61, Mithun c A. Kakkar b Yuvraj 53, Pradeep not out 50, Rajeev b A. Uniyal 10. Extras: 3. Total (for five wickets in 50 overs): 238. FOW: 1/6, 2/112, 3/138, 4/215, 5/238.

Bowling: Vineet 10-0-52-1, Amit 9-1-48-1, Reetinder 1-0-11-0, Sanjay 10-0-36-0, Babloo 9-0-40-0, Kailash 6-0-26-0, Yuvraj 5-0-22-2.

Punjab: Munish c Manhas b Choudhary 35, Reetinder c Dhaiya b Gambhir 44, Yuvraj c Rauf b Choudhary 43, Dinesh b Choudhary 8, Pankaj c Rathore b Nehra 67, Ankur b Choudhary 1, Sanjay c Chopra b Nehra 10, Amit b Bhandari 7, Kailash b Bhandari 3, Vineet not out 6, Babloo not out 1. Extras: 7. Total (for the loss of nine wickets in 50 overs) 232.

FOW: 1/82, 2/84, 3/119, 4/123, 5/191, 6/207, 7/222, 8/222, 9/230.

Bowling: Ashish Nehra 10-1-34-2, Amit Bhandari 10-0-52-2, N.S. Negi 8-0-37-0, H. Choudhary 10-0-40-4, Rajiv Rathore 6-1-29-0, M. Minhas 5-0-30-0, G. Gambhir 1-0-07-1.
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Ghuman fashions PSB win 
Our Sports Reporter

Jalandhar, December 21
Sandeep Singh Ghuman’s goal secured victory for Punjab and Sind Bank against Bharat Petroleum while Guru Nanak Dev University held Central Industrial Security Force in the fifth Ramesh Chander Memorial Hockey Tournament at Surjit Hockey stadium here today.

In the first match of the day, Punjab and Sind Bank who took the lead through Baljeet Singh Chandi in the eighth minute. Bharat Petroleum, fighting to equalise the score, finally managed it in the last minute of the first half as Saurab Bishnoi made no mistake in converting a penalty corner.

After the breather, Parminder Singh sounded the board in the 49th minute making it 2-1 in favour of the bankmen. In the second half both teams displayed good coordination and fast play. Bharat Petroleum once again equalised in the 66th minute when Anurag converted a penalty corner. In the dying moments of the match the Bharat Petroleum defence gave way and Sandeep Singh Ghuman scored the winning goal taking full advantage of the penalty corner. Punjab and Sind Bank tops the table with 11 points.

In the second match in the men’s section, Guru Nanak Dev University and CISF shared one point each with a 3-3 draw. GND University were quick to gain the lead in the opening minutes through Satwinder Singh. CISF equalised in the 15th minute when Major Singh netted the ball, taking advantage of the penalty corner. CISF, displaying some good play, attained the lead in the 27th minute when Mangra Munda scored for his team from the right flank, taking the score to 2-1. Two minutes later Satwinder Singh gave his second and goal and scored a beautiful goal to equalise for the university.

At half time the score was 2-2. After changing ends, GND University secured the lead in the 37th minute through Amarjeet Singh. In the 55th minute CISF managed to equalise through Cyril Ekka, ending the match in a 3-3 draw.

In the boy’s section, Ramesh Academy defeated last years winners Namdhari Academy 2-0. Ramesh Academy and Namdhari Academy will clash in the final this year also. In the dying minutes of the first half, Ramesh Academy secured the lead as Baljinder Singh netted the ball. After resumption, Varinder Singh of Ramesh Academy consolidated the lead for his team in the 64th minute. Namdhari Academy could not score inspite of the various chances they got.

Punjab and Sind Bank are closely followed by BSF with 10 points in the men’s section. In the women’s section Haryana and PSIEC are equal with four points each and in the boy’s section Ramesh Academy lead with 9 points and Namdhari Academy are second with 6 points.
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Irina takes top spot

Bangalore, December 21
Irina Brar of Chandigarh upset the applecart of club mate Parnita Garewal to walk away with the South India Ladies Amateur Open Golf Championship here today.

Irina who was placed joint second yesterday had an aggregate of 313 to take the top spot, with Parinita finishing three stroke behind at 316. Anjali Chopra of Delhi finished third with a total of 317.

The Lily Thomas handicap went to Manju Juneja of Bangalore who finished the four round championship with a total of 278. Ten strokes behind her was Renukha Philip of Karnataka who finished second and another 10 strokes behind was Manavi Halwasiya of Kolkata, who bagged the third spot.

The A.V. Thomas inter club tournament went to the Karnataka Golf Association team of Renuka Philip, Rani Sonti and V.S. Sita. The championship was decided on the net basis of first 26 holes with two best scores out of a team of three. UNI
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Tushar in line for a double
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, December 21
Top-seeded Tushar Liberhan of Chandigarh took his appointed place in the final ousting third-seeded M.V. Abhay Prakash of Karnataka 6-1, 6-4 in the first semi-final of the boys under-16 event in the DSCL National Open Tennis Championship at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) court here today.

Tushar, who was lucky to survive a big scare from Divij Sharan of Delhi in the quarter-final yesterday before coasting home in three sets, got back to his wonted form to court-marshal Prakash without much ado, to setup the title clash against tenth-seeded Nihal Advani of Maharashtra. Advani outgunned J. Vishnu Vardhan of Andhra Pradesh 6-3, 6-3 in another lop-sided semi-final.

Tushar is in line for a double crown, as he and partner Chhatwinder Singh, seeded second, had shocked the top-seeded pair of A. Dutta and Rupesh Roy at 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-1).

In the girls singles under-16 final, top-seeded Parul Goswami of Bengal will meet seventh-seeded Sanaa Bhambri of Delhi. In the semi-finals, Parul sweated it out to beat Olexandra Verkhnyatska 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 while Sanaa took the measure of her sister, fifth-seeded Ankita Bhambri, at 6-2,6-2.

Vishnu Vardhan of Andhra made amends for his defeat in the under-16 event by booking a berth in the Under-14 final against fourth-seeded Sumeet Prakash Gupta of Uttar Pradesh. Vishnu ended the giant-killing spree of Emmunal Franklyn of Sri Lanka with a 7-5, 6-2 victory while Sumeet accounted for another Sri Lankan, N.S. Nichendran 6-4, 6-4. The Sri Lankan boys, however, had the satisfaction of clinching the doubles title, shocking the top-seeded pair of H. Pataskar and Sumit Gupta 6-4, 6-4.

Top-seeded Bhambri sisters, Sanaa and Ankhita, won the under-16 doubles title, beating the second-seeded pair of K. Pooja and S. Lodha 6-2, 6-3. In the girls under-14 doubles final, second seeded Ranganathan and Murali upset the top-seeded pair of S. Nagraj and Gangothri 6-4, 6-4 to lift the title.

In the girls under-14 final, the title will be contested between the first and second seeds. Top-seeded Sandri Gangothri of Andhra beat Sandhya Nagraj of Tamil Nadu 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 while second-seeded Kartiki Bhat of Maharashtra beat fourth-seeded Sanaa Bhambri of Delhi 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-2.
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Punjab Police honours athletes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
As many as 23 women athletes and three coaches of Punjab Police were felicitated at a special function held at Police Lines, Patiala, last evening where the Inspector-General of Police, Zonal, Mr Rajdeep Singh Gill, presided.

Among the women athletes honoured were former national champion and undefeated champion of All-India Police Games, Amandeep Kaur, and the new national record holder in pole vault, Karamjit Kaur.

Amandeep Kaur has remained unbeaten in the All-India Police Games for the past 11 years. Besides, she won two gold medals in the World Police Games. Sub-Inspector Deepinder Kaur has won a record number of 16 gold medals in her personal tally of 28 medals in the All-India Police Games.

Assistant Sub Inspector Karamjit Kaur has been winning gold medals in every national meet she has participated in during the past two years and has broken the national record in pole vault five times.

Also felicitated was Head Constable Rajwinder Kaur, who was declared the best athlete in the 2001 All-India Police Games at Jamshedpur and who created a new games record in the 400 metres.

Assistant Sub Inspector Paramjit Kaur, athletics coach, was also honoured for her dedication and for producing good results.

Other athletes honoured were Head Constable Manjit Kaur, Sub Inspector Surinderjit Kaur and Sub Inspector Manjit Kaur, Head Constable Sapinder Kaur and Head Constable Jasmine Kaur.

In 2001, Punjab Police women athletes won eight gold, 13 silver and 11 bronze medals in national athletic meets, besides six gold, four silver and two bronze medals in the World Police Games. In the All-India Police Games, they won seven gold, seven silver and six bronze medals.
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Haryana rout HP
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 21
Fine batting performance on debut by Sunny (69) and an equally useful 68 runs by Satish Ohlan enabled Haryana to carve out a convincing 59-run win against Himachal Pradesh in the North Zone Ranji Trophy one-day league tie at the Punjab Agricultural University ground here today. With this third victory, Haryana have accumulated 17 points from four matches.

Haryana now take on Punjab in a crucial match at Patiala on December 23.

Haryana: Jitender c Sandeep b Rahul 2, Chetan c Shakti b Rahul 15, Satish c Sangram b Amit Sr. 68, Sunny b Pankaj 69, Shafiq c Amit Jr. b Shakti 46, Pavinder b Nischal 10, Ajay run out (Shakti) 2, Joginder c Pankaj b Shakti 22, Amit b Pankaj 10, Sumeet c Rahul b Shakti 7, Sonu not out 0.

Extras: ( lb 3, w- 5, b-1 ) 9

Total: 260 all out in 50 overs.

FoW: 1/7, 2/30, 3/154, 4/174, 5/195, 6/199, 7/231, 8/248, 9/258.

Bowling: Shakti 10-0-52-3, Rahul 10-0-31-2, Pankaj 9-0-45-2, Sandeep 2-0-17-0, Nischal 9-0-43-1, Amit Sr 3-0-14-0, Amit Jr 7-0-54-1.

Himachal: Nischal c Sunny b Sumeet 11, Sandeep lbw b Sonu 49, Rahul c Ajay b Joginder 1, Amit Sr lbw b Joginder 2, Sangram lbw Joginder 80, Virender b Sonu 3, Richi c Shafiq b Sunny 22, Amit Jr c Shafiq b Sonu 12, Puneet c Ajay b Joginder 0, Shakti b Amit 4, Pankaj not out 12.

Extra: (nb-3, lb-1, w-1) 5.

Total: 201 all out in 40.2 overs.

FoW: 1/33, 2/36, 3/44, 4/82, 5/94, 6/153, 7/185, 8/185, 9/185, 10/201.

Bowling: Sumeet 6-1-19-1, Joginder 9-0-63-4, Sonu 8-1-19-3, Parinder 7-0-39-0, Amit 6.2-1-39-1, Sunny 4-0-21-1.
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Services record win

Amritsar, December 21
Wicket keeper Sarbjit Singh’s brilliant knock of 88 and a cautious unbeaten 39 by captain Sanjay Verma helped Services to defeat Jammu and Kashmir by five wickets in the North Zone Ranji Trophy one-day match here today.

Barring wicketkeeper Arshad Bhatt’s 82 in 101 balls the other batsmen of Jammu and Kashmir failed to make any significant contribution in their teams score of 196 all out in 48.2 overs.

Services achieved the required target in 46.5 overs by losing five wickets and bagged four points.

Making a full use of the conditions after putting J and K into bat the services bowlers S.V. Ghag, Manish Jha and Sachin Nadkarni proved disasterous for J and K.

J&K: Arshad lbw Javed 82, Vikrant c Sarbjit b Ghag 0, Kanwaljit c Sarbjit b Manish 04, Gurupratap c Sarbjit b Manish11, Shammy lbw Manish 7, Hardeep st Sarbjit b Arun 24, Shashi c and b Sachin 17, Pradeep b Ghag 24, Vijay b Sachin 08, Qayoom c Jasbir b Ghag 02, Surinder not out 00

Extras: 17. Total (all out 48.2 overs) 196. FOW: 1/6, 2/43, 3/83, 4/10, 5/120, 6/150, 7/168, 8/178, 9/196. Bowling: S V Ghag 9.2-1-33-3, S Javed 9-0-41-1, Manish Jha 10-0-40-3, Arun Sharma 10-0-27-1 C P Thomson 1-0-14-0, Sachin 9-2-34-2.

Services: Reddy c Arshad b Surinder 05, Sarbjit lbw Vijay 88, Jasbir c Kanwaljit b Surinder 6, Yashpal st Arshad b Pradeep 13, Sanjay not out 39, Thomson c Kanwaljit b Vijay 01, Sachin not out 14. Extras: 3. Total (for five wickets 46.5 overs) 197. FOW: 1/25, 2/50, 3/92, 4/153, 5/161. Bowling: A Qayoom 10-0-46-0, Surinder 10-2-33-2, Vijay 10-0-32-2, Pradeep 9-0-43-1, Shammi 1-0-8-0, Shashi 4-0-19-0, Hardeep 2-0-14-0, Kanwaljit 0.5-0-2-0. PTI
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Nidani set to host national wrestling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
Stage is set for the 48th Senior men and 5th women National Wrestling Championship at Chaudhary Bharat Singh Memorial Sports School and Bhai Surinder Singh Memorial Girls School at Nidani (Jind) from December 22 to 25.

According to Mr M.S. Malik, President, Wrestling Federation of India, the competitions would be held in 22 weight categories, eight each in Greeco Roman and Free Style for men and six for women. About 480 men and 180 women grapplers are participating in these championships. Most of the teams have reported for weighing after due medical examination. The competitions for men would be held in 54 kg, 58 kg, 63 kg, 69 kg, 76 kg, 85 kg and +97 kg; whereas for women wrestlers the bouts would be conducted in 46 kg, 51 kg, 56 kg, 62 kg, 68 kg and +68 kg weight categories.

He said first elimination round for men would be held in 54 kg, 63 kg, 76 kg and 97 kg and for women in 46 kg, 56 kg, and 68 kg on the opening day.

Mr Malik said the world wrestling champion and famous film star Dara Singh would honour the winners of men free style 54 kg, 63 kg, 76 kg and 97 kg for men and 46 kg, 56 kg and 68 kg for women on December 24. Doordarshan would be telecasting the event live on December 24 and 25.

Mrs Krishana Malik, Chairperson, Chaudhary Bharat Singh Memorial Sports School and Bhai Surinder Singh Girls School said that the defending champions in freestyle wrestling have fielded their old guards except Ravinder Singh (58 kg). They are Shokender Tomar (63 kg), Ramesh Kumar (69), Surjeet Mann (76), Janardhan Singh (85 kg), Anil Mann (97 kg) and Rajiv Tomar (+97 kg). The defending champions Punjab in Greeco Roman and women Haryana wrestling team have also fielded strong contingents to retain their supremacy, she added.
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Vasco defeat Punjab Police

Margao, December 21
A 42nd minute second half goal by striker Rui Wanderely enabled spirited Vasco Sports Club to register their first victory today over newly promoted Punjab Police by 2-1 and to gain full points in the sixth edition of the National Football League match played here at Nehru Stadium Fatorda.

Satish Minz, in the 15th minute and Rui Wanderely in the 87th minute scored for Vasco Sports Club while the lone goal for Punjab Police came in the 41st minute through Praveen Kumar.

With this win, Vasco collected a total of four points from a win, draw and defeat while for Punjab Police this is their third consecutive defeat in a row.

In an evenly balanced first half and an equal share of exchanges by both the teams, Vasco shot into the lead as early as in the 15th minute through Satish Minz following a flag kick taken by Koshimov Avazbek.

Minz’s left footer found the net 1-0. Stung by a goal, Punjab Police came near to equalising in the 19th minute of the first half when Sher Singh sent a pass to Praveen Kumar but he shot wide.

Punjab restored parity in the 41st minute through striker Praveen Kumar, who made amends for his earlier lapse. Gurinder Singh’s move from the left flank and cross to Praveen Kumar proved a good opportunity as Kumar shot into the goal 1-1.

After change of ends, both the teams played an attacking game to resolve a deadlock. In the 53rd minute, Punjab cops could have increased their lead when Manjinder Singh sent a well measured pass to Sher Singh but he was blocked by the Vasco defender. He did not have a clear look at the goal and shot wide.

In the 57th minute, Vasco’s medio Markos Pereira’s powerful grounder from the top of the box missed the target by inches. Vasco had one more chance to take the lead in the 75th minute following a goal mouth melee but Punjab goalkeeper Satish Kumar brought up a brilliant save of a shot from Rui Wanderly.

Punjab’s Praveen Kumar from the right flank entered the Vasco box in the 81st minute and squared to Sher Singh, who took time to take a shot and meanwhile it was cleared by a rival defender.

Vasco consolidated their lead in the 87th minute through Rui Wanderly when Marcos Pereira from the mid field passed to Koshimov Avazabeck, who sent a floater to Rui Wanderly, who controlled the ball and shot into the net, beating on rushing goal keeper Satish Kumar, 2-1.

The goal ultimately turned out to be the match winner for Vasco. UNI
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Sasikiran joint leader

Kozhikode, December 21
Indian GM K. Sasikiran outshined WGM S. Vijayalakshmi to bounce back and share the lead along with Marat Dzhaumaev Uzbekistan at the end of the 7th round of the All India Chess Federation’s Golden Jubilee International Open Chess Tournament here today.

Overnight leader Grandmaster Abhijit Kunte was facing four knight’s variation and not had the earlier aggression. Today, it was Marat Dzhaumaev who opted to attack by doubling his rook in the ‘F’ file, thus forcing Kunte to resign on the 29th move. Sasikiran and Marat lead the table with 5.5 points, followed by Kunte, Tahir Vakshidov, Ghem Maghami Ehsan and P. Harikrishnan with five points each at the second spot.

WGM S. Vijayalakshmi adopted Nimzo Indian defence against GM Sasikiran and lost a pawn due to inferior planning. UNI
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Mahindras hold East Bengal

Mumbai, December 21
Local outfit Mahindra united held defending champions East Bengal to a 1-all, draw after dominating for most part of the match in the National Football League at the Cooperage here today.

Mahindra United went into the lead in the 14th minute when their mid-fielder Isa Musa Eroja scored off winger S. Venkatesh pass when M. Venkatesh failed to stop a rebound off East Bengal custodian Sangram Mukherjee. Mahindra’s Nigerian recruit Bala Usman had tried to score earlier.

As long as Musa was on the ground, the East Bengal forwards failed to penetrate Mahindra defence but once Musa was injured seriously after colliding with his own custodian Virender Singh and East Bengal’s mid-fielder Isiaka Aowemy and had to be replaced with Jeevan Moras in the 70th minute their defence slackened. PTI
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 SPORTS BRIEFS

GOA SCRAPE PAST CHANDIGARH
JAIPUR:
A brilliant goal by striker Irenio Fernandese led fancied Goa record a solitary goal victory over Chandigarh to assure a quarter-final berth in the 38th Junior National Football Championship for B.C. Roy trophy here today. Delhi routed Pondicherry 4-0 after taking a 1-0 lead at the half time, but it was late for them as they have completed their engagements finishing third with only four points in a five team cluster one. Goa are certain to top this cluster as they are already leading with nine points from three matches. They will play their last league tie on December 23 and even if they faced a reverse there, it was not going to make any difference in their position. Striker Parminder Singh, G.Ninja Kubui, Christopher D’Costa and Ravinder Mohan Bist each scored the goal for Delhi. In an another tie in cluster one, Meghalaya trounced Haryana 3-0 while Nagaland earned walk over against Mizoram. UNI

AMRITSAR GIRLS WIN
AMRITSAR: After winning the north zone title at Delhi, Alisha Talwar and Mallika Bubber were crowned national champions in the just concluded National CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) Lawn Tennis Tournament held at Baroda. The duo from Springdales Senior School won the under-14 title and returned home to a standing ovation by the tennis players and school authorities here today. The win makes them the first school team from the city to have won a national title in tennis. They lamented the inadequate facilities for coaching and physical training at the Amritsar Lawn Tennis Association, which has produced some of the best known players. TNS

GOODWILL GAMES COME TO AN END
ATLANTA:
Turner Broadcasting has pulled the plug on the Goodwill Games, the multisport event organised by media mogul Ted Turner after the Olympic boycotts of the 1980s. The announcement came on Thursday. Turner, who once said he might continue the games by paying for them himself, appeared to acknowledge their demise. “I am proud of all the Goodwill Games accomplished and appreciate the contribution of everyone who helped make it a success,” he said in a statement. After the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, some Turner officials said it no longer made financial sense to continue the event. AOL Time Warner, the current parent company, has not released earnings figures for the Brisbane games. AP

POUND BOWS OUT
LONDON:
Dick Pound, the Canadian lawyer who has been instrumental in turning the Olympics into a commercial success in the last two decades, has been replaced as the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s marketing chief. The IOC said in a statement on Thursday that Norway’s Gerhard Heiberg would take over from Pound as Chairman of the IOC’s marketing commission. Pound, who has negotiated the marketing and television deals which have made billions of dollars for the IOC in recent years, resigned his position as Chairman after losing out to Jacques Rogge in last July’s IOC presidential election. Reuters

MALDINI INJURED
ROME:
Italy captain Paolo Maldini faces a two-month break from the game because of damaged knee ligaments but is unlikely to miss next year’s World Cup finals because of the injury. The AC Milan defender had to be stretchered off the field during the league match with Atlanta after colliding with midfielder Damiano Zenoni. Maldini had tests on Thursday and a statement on the official AC Milan website said: “Ultrasound tests have diagnosed partial damage to his ligaments and he will have a cast for a month. “He is expected to be back competitively within two months.” Maldini plans to retire from international football following the World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan in May and June. He holds a record number of Italy caps of 121. Reuters 
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