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Judo team bag two bronze medals
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New Delhi, November 3
The Indian judo team won two bronze medals in the Asian Judo Championship for seniors held at Jeju in Korea from October 2 to 27.

Judo Federation of India president Jagdish Tytler announced here today that Akram Shah, who won the bronze medal in the 60kg weight category, narrowly lost to a Mongolian opponent after convincingly routing judokas from Iran, Kazakhstan and Thailand. Akram Shah, a silver medallist of the Commonwealth Games at Manchester and the national champion, had won a silver medal recently at an international judo championship in Vietnam.

Mr Tytler said the second Indian to win a bronze medal, in the 52kg category, was Angom Anita Chanu. She beat her opponents from Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrghyzstan. She was a gold medallist in the National Games at Punjab.

Mr Tytler informed that another Indian, Landhoni Devi, was placed fifth in the below 63kg category while Usha Rani also earned a similar placing in the above 75kg category. Jitender Pal and Brojeshori Devi were placed seventh. Rameshwar Dutt, Jiwan Kumar Sharma and Suresh Srivastava accompanied the team as coaches while Cawas Billimoria went with the team as referee.

Softball Championship

Rohtak: M. D. University, Rohtak, Amarawati University and Punjabi University, Patiala and Delhi University won their respective matches here today in the men’s section of the 10th All India Inter-University Softball championship. OSR


Sandy Gordon to visit Delhi
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New Delhi, November 3
Eminent Australian sports psychologist Sandy Gordon will visit Delhi to meet former Indian Test players and to “carry out a study, analyse, plan and recommend implementation of mental conditioning process for budding Indian cricketers”.

Vice-chairman of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) C. K. Khanna said in New Delhi on Monday that Sandy Gordon will be visiting New Delhi at the invitation of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the NCA. Mr Khanna said Gordon will be in the Capital from November 15 to 17.

According to Mr Khanna, Gordon will visit various locations in the country to interact and discuss the “psychological aspects with selected former and present cricketers of the country”.

Mr Khanna, who is also the senior vice-president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association, and one of the key figures in getting Gordon into Delhi, said the Australian psychologist will have a one-to-one session with former Indian cricket team captains Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Chetan Chauhan and Madan Lal.


Dhan Pal, Prashant star in Twenty20 Cup
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New Delhi, November 3
Splendid batting performance by Dhan Pal (40 n o) and Prashant Lal (45) helped Pan Business Lists register their second successive victory over Tata AIG in the 3rd Turf Twenty20 Cup at the Sri Venkateshwara College Grounds here today.

Batting first, Pan Business scored 119 for 6 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Prashant Lal and Dhan Pal were the top scorers with 45 and 40 n o respectively. For Tata AIG, Vijay Gurnani was the highest wicket taker with three wickets for 20 runs. In replay, Tata AIG fell short of the target by 18 runs.

Dhan Pal was given the man of the match award while Prashant Lal and Vijay Gurnani were given the best batsman and best bowler of the match awards respectively.

Scores: Pan Business Lists: 119 for 6 in 20 overs: Prashant Lal 45, Dhan Pal 40 n o, Vijay Gurnani 3 for 20.

Tata AIG: 101 for 9 in 20 overs: Vijay Gurnani 25 n o, Subodh Badola 2 for 9.

Hutch beat Hughes

Hutch defeated Hughes Software Systems in the 3rd Eventus Cricket Tournament 2003 here today. This was yet again one of the closely contested match in the tournament. Electing to bat, Ashwani Dosaj went after the bowling and scored 42 runs in 43 runs partnership for the 1st wicket but was unlucky to miss his half century. Jalaj and Abhishek shared 53 runs partnership for the 4th wicket and Nishant Ranajan scored 22 runs in the last over to reach 171 in 25 overs. HUTCH lost 2 wickets in the first over itself but Parul Jain (57) and Anuj (34) shared 105 runs for the 3rd wicket in 13.2 overs. Parul Jain declared as the man of the match.

Scores: Hughes Software Systems: 171 for 8 wickets in 25 overs: Ashwani Dosaj 49, Jalaj Puri-33, Amit Verma 3 for 21, Anuj Gangola-2 for 14, Parul Jain2 for 44.

Hutch: 175 for 7 wicket in 24.3 overs: Parul Jain 57, Amit Verma 34, Anuj Gangola 34, P. K. Pandita 2 for 32, Ashwani Dosaj2 for 25, Jasbir Singh2 for 33.

IPCL win

Fine knock of unbeaten 55 by C. Fernandes and deadly bowling (4 for 11) by B N Shah helped IPCL beat BPCL by 24 runs in the All India PSPB Inter-Unit Veteran Cricket at Kalandi College ground. C Fernandes named man of the Match. Earlier, Mr M. K. Dalal (C and MD EIL) inaugurated the tournament. Dr B. S. Gill, chairman EIL Sports, Managing Committee, B. D. Paliwal were also present on the occasion.

Scores: IPCL: 109 for 9 in 20 overs: C Farnandes 55 n o, Padam Sastri 3 for 10, R. G. Kori 2 for 25.

BPCL: 85 all out in 18.3 overs: S A Saiyed 21, B. N. Shah 4 for 11, D. N. Naik 2 for 08, D. V. Pardesi 2 for 15.


Atwal favourite to win Hero Honda Masters
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New Delhi, November 3
Despite the presence of several big names in the Asian golf, the spotlight will be firmly on Arjun Atwal for a ‘million’ reasons when the $300,000 Hero Honda Masters kicks off at the par-72 Delhi Golf Club course on Thursday.

The 31-year-old Kolkata-based professional is looking forward to a repeat of his 2000 performance when he triumphed by two strokes over Simon Dyson with a tournament record aggregate of 18-under 270 at the DLF Golf and Country Club.

A victory for Atwal would earn him the winner’s cheque of $ 48,450, which would give the stylish Indian the unique distinction of becoming the first person to collect more than a million dollar in career earnings on the Asian PGA Tour.

Atwal has made US $ 967,902 since he started playing the tour in 1995. A first place would help him set one of the most prestigious landmarks in the history of the Asian PGA Tour.

Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, currently third in the 2003 Order of Merit, also has a chance to cross the million-dollar mark, but he will have to win the title.

Jaidee, winner of the 2001 Indian Open at the Classic Golf Resort, has earned $ 9,55,340.

A victory would almost seal the 2003 Asian PGA Tour Order of Merit crown for Atwal, with four events remaining after the Hero Honda Masters.


Sonepat Schools have mixed luck

New Delhi, November 3
Sonepat Schools had mixed luck in the Nehru Sub-Junior Boys Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium on Monday. CRZ School, Sonepat beat Ila Memorial School, Indore 5-2 while NCC, Sonepat lost to Shri Oswal Jain School, Rajasthan 0-5. P. Kumar, Balram, Sandeep, Sidhant and Vinod Kumar were CRZ’s marksmen while Atul and Deepak Tiwari reduced the margin for the Indore School. Amit Aswal (2), Abhay Singh (2) and Sanjay Sain were the scorers for Oswal Jain School. In other matches, Govt Boys School, Chhatisgarh defeated St. Agnes School, Dehradun 8-1 while Young Pioneers, Imphal defeated JJ Mehta School, Gujarat 1-3.


Vijay Merchant trials from Nov 7
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Rohtak, November 3
The trials for the selection of Haryana team for the Vijay Merchant Trophy (under-17) Cricket Championship 2003-2004 will be conducted by Haryana Cricket Association on November 7 and 8. According to Mr Ranbir Singh Mahendra, secretary, Haryana Cricket Association, the venue of trials will be O.P.S. Vidhya Mandir Cricket Academy in Sector -13, Urban Estate, Karnal. Aspirants born on or after September 1, 1986, are eligible for the trials.


Mukesh Yadav shines

New Delhi, November 3
Mukesh YadavA fine all-round performance by Mukesh Yadav (22 and 5 for 15) and a fine knock by Kshitij (48 n o) helped Delta-Rahat beat Dixsons-Suman by five wickets in the ACCD Cricket Tournament at the Palam ground. Mukesh Yadav was adjudged the man of the match.

Scores: Dixons-Suman: 118 all out in 24 overs (Anoop 45, Mukesh Yadav 5 for 15). Delta-Rahat: 119 for 5 in 23 overs (Kshitij 48, Mukesh Yadav 22).

Canara Bank win

Canara Bank defeated Hughes Software Systems by eight wickets in the Suntan Cup Cricket Tournament at the Vinay Marg ground.

Scores: Hughes Softare Systems: Canara Bank: 151 for 2 in 23.4 overs. OSR

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