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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

Warne levels record, Lanka salvage draw
Cairns (Australia), July 13
Sri Lanka denied Shane Warne the Test bowling world record in his own right today and salvaged a draw against Australia in the second Test, reaching stumps on the final evening with two wickets in hand.

Team-mates congratulate Australia’s Shane Warne after he took the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara on the fifth day of the second Test Team-mates congratulate Australia’s Shane Warne after he took the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara on the fifth day of the second Test at Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns on Tuesday.
 —Reuters photo

My effort better than Murali’s, claims Shane
Cairns (Australia), July 13
Shane Warne equalled Muttiah Muralitharan’s world record of 527 Test wickets today, but reckoned his effort was better than the Sri Lankan’s because it was achieved on unfavourable pitches.

Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne is applauded by team-mates at the end of the second Test in which he equalled Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan's world record of 527 Test wickets In video (28k, 56k)


Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne is applauded by team-mates at the end of the second Test in which he equalled Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan's world record of 527 Test wickets, in Cairns on Tuesday. — AFP photo


 Andre Agassi hits a backhand during a practice session ahead of his Mercedes Benz Cup first round match against Alex Bogomolov
 Andre Agassi hits a backhand during a practice session ahead of his Mercedes Benz Cup first round match against Alex Bogomolov, in Los Angeles on Tuesday. — AP/PTI

EARLIER STORIES
 

McGrath fined for using foul language
Sydney, July 13
Glenn McGrath’s foul tongue today cost him a fourth of his earning of the match, not to mention a tongue lashing from the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Indian team arrives in Lanka
Colombo, July 13
The Indian cricket team arrived here today, confident of starting the new season with a victory in the six-nation Asia Cup, beginning here on July 16. The team landed here half an hour behind schedule and headed straight for the hotel.

Members of the Indian cricket team pose for photographers in Chennai before their departure for Sri Lanka to take part in the six-nation Asia Cup one-day tournament In video: Indian cricket team leaves for Sri Lanka. (28k, 56k)





Members of the Indian cricket team pose for photographers in Chennai before their departure for Sri Lanka to take part in the six-nation Asia Cup one-day tournament, which begins on Friday. — Reuters photo

Indians eye winning start
Colombo, July 13
A confident Indian cricket team arrived here today, hoping to regain the Asia Cup starting on July 16. The 14-member Sourav Ganguly-led squad landed in the Bandaranaike international airport by an Indian Airlines flight from Chennai, half an hour behind schedule.

Mohammed Kaif and Anil Kumble share a light moment after the Indian team arrived at a hotel in Colombo Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott gives tips to Gautam Gambhir at a preparatory camp for the India A team in Bangalore
Mohammed Kaif (left) and Anil Kumble share a light moment after the Indian team arrived at a hotel in Colombo on Tuesday. India is in Sri Lanka to play in the six-nation Asia Cup that kicks off on July 16. — AP/PTI  Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott gives tips to Gautam Gambhir at a preparatory camp for the India A team in Bangalore on Tuesday. — PTI
In video: Boycott says India will do well in Asia Cup. (28k, 56k)

Inzamam-ul-Haq Pak not seeking revenge: Inzamam
Colombo, July 13
Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq today said his side was not seeking any revenge against India for its humiliating home series defeat, but warned the Indians to be ready for a tough fight when they meet in the Asia Cup.

Shortened run-ups for Shoaib & Co
Islamabad, July 13
Shoaib Akhtar’s spectacular run-up — charging down the pitch from far with a flowing mane and smouldering eyes — will be missing at the upcoming Asia Cup with new Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer asking the speedsters to cut down their run-ups in the one-dayers.

Marion Jones fails to impress in long jump
Sacramento (California), July 13
Triple Olympic champion Marion Jones made it through long jump qualifying at the U S Olympic trials, but the performance was far from Olympic. The favoured Jones leaped a mere 6.39 metres, making her only the seventh of 12 qualifiers for Thursday’s final.

Kasimdzhanov wins chess title
Tripoli (Libya), July 13
Uzbek Grandmaster Rustom Kasimdzhanov outsmarted second seed Michael Adams of England in tiebreaker games to win the 17th World Chess Championship here today. Playing with white in the second tiebreak game, the 25-year-old Uzbek beat Adams, who was the hot favourite to lift the title.

Peru, Mexico enter last eight
Trujillo (Peru), July 13
Peru rallied from two goals down to draw Colombia 2-2 and follow the defending champion into the Copa America quarterfinals. Group B co-leaders Uruguay and Mexico advanced to the last eight without hitting a ball thanks to the earlier 1-1 draw between Bolivia and Venezuela at Mansiche Stadium, 500 km north of the capital Lima.

Colombia’s Edwin Congo (centre) battles for the ball with Peru’s Walter Soto (left) and Wilmer Acasiete during their Copa America match in Trujillo, Peru, on Monday. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. — Reuters photo
Colombia’s Edwin Congo battles for the ball with Peru’s Walter Soto and Wilmer Acasiete during their Copa America match in Trujillo, Peru

Syed Modi badminton to get international status
Lucknow, July 13
The highest prize money Syed Modi Badminton championship will get international status from this year when some foreign shuttlers will participate in the prestigious event to be held from December 8 at the K.D. Singh Babu stadium here.

Jaskirat, Sandy lead in  junior golf
New Delhi, July 13
India No. 3 amateur Jaskirat Singh Dullet and Sandy Lehal led with identical scores of 2-under 70 on the opening day of the four-day IGU-categorised Jaypee Open Amateur Golf Championship at the Jaypee Greens Golf Course in Greater Noida here today.

Punjab win in women’s cricket
New Delhi, July 13
Punjab edged past Maharashtra by two wickets while West Bengal trounced Haryana by eight wickets in league matches of the National Sub-Junior Women’s Cricket Championship here today.

India to meet Myanmar in football opener

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Warne levels record, Lanka salvage draw

The victorious Australian team celebrates after winning the Test series against Sri Lanka in Cairns on Tuesday
The victorious Australian team celebrates after winning the Test series against Sri Lanka in Cairns on Tuesday. The hosts won the two-match Test series 1-0. — AFP photo

Cairns (Australia), July 13
Sri Lanka denied Shane Warne the Test bowling world record in his own right today and salvaged a draw against Australia in the second Test, reaching stumps on the final evening with two wickets in hand.

Warne equalled Muttiah Muralitharan’s world record of 527 Test wickets when he had Upul Chandana stumped as Sri Lanka stumbled to 174 for eight, with almost 10 overs remaining.

Chaminda Vaas survived to reach stumps on 11 and Nuwan Zoysa, who was dropped at first slip by Ricky Ponting off Jason Gillespie’s bowling, was unbeaten on three when the match ended.

Warne bowled 37 overs today and returned 4 for 70. Vaas blocked him out in the penultimate over of the match.

Set 355 to win off 85 overs after Ponting declared Australia’s second innings closed at 292 for nine, the Sri Lankan batsmen played defensively in the last session as Warne homed in on Muralitharan’s record.

The Australian legspinner needed three of the last five wickets to equal the record after Sri Lanka went to tea at 107 for five. Muralitharan didn’t participate in the series but is expected to be back for Sri Lanka’s next series against South Africa.

Warne had Romesh Kaluwitharana (14) caught close to the wicket by Darren Lehmann at the start of the final session to spark a roll.

Kumar Sangakkara was on 55 when he got a thick outside edge to Warne and Matt Hayden put down a regulation chance at first slip.

Earlier, Australian opener Matt Hayden posted his 20th Test century and second of this match before he was bowled by Chandana for 132.

Scoreboard

Australia (1st innings): 517

Sri Lanka (1st innings): 455

Australia (2nd innings):

Langer c Kaluwitharana b Zoysa 8

Hayden b Chandana 132

Ponting c Jayasuriya b Zoysa 45

Martyn st Kaluwitharana b Chandana 52

Lehmann c Jayawardene b Chandana 21

Katich st Kaluwitharana b Dilshan 1

Gilchrist b Dilshan 0

Warne c Samaraweera b Chandana 4

Gillespie st Kaluwitharana b Chandana 1

Kasprowicz not out 3

Extras (lb-20, w-1, nb-4) 25

Total (9 wkts decl, 66.4 overs) 292

Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-105, 3-195, 4-261, 5-284, 6-284, 7-288, 8-288, 9-292

Bowling: Vaas 13-3-52-0, Zoysa 14-6-34-2, Malinga 5-0-23-0, Samaraweera 11-0-50-0, Chandana 18.4-1-101-5, Jayasuriya 3-0-8-0, Dilshan 2-0-4-2

Sri Lanka (2nd innings)

Atapattu c Warne b Gillespie 9

Jayasuriya c Gilchrist b Warne 22

Sangakkara b Warne 66

Jayawardene c Gilchrist b McGrath 6

Samaraweera run out 0

Dilshan c Warne b Gillespie 21

Kaluwitharana c Lehmann b Warne 14

Chandana st Gilchrist b Warne 14

Vaas not out 11

Zoysa not out 3

Extras (b-5, lb-3, nb-9) 17

Total (for 8 wkts, 85 overs) 183

Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-49, 3-58, 4-64, 5-107, 6-136, 7-159, 8-174

Bowling: McGrath 16-7-31-1, Gillespie 18-6-39-2, Warne 37-14-70-4, Kasprowicz 11-4-34-0, Lehmann 3-2-1-0. — AFP, AP

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My effort better than Murali’s, claims Shane

Cairns (Australia), July 13
Shane Warne equalled Muttiah Muralitharan’s world record of 527 Test wickets today, but reckoned his effort was better than the Sri Lankan’s because it was achieved on unfavourable pitches.

Australia leg-spinner Warne took seven wickets in the second Test against Sri Lanka which finished in a draw to equal the 32-year-old Muralitharan’s world mark.

Warne has played 112 Tests, while Muralitharan has 90 caps and missed the two-Test series in Australia for personal reasons.

“Look, I’m proud of myself to equal the record. The wickets I have always played on for my whole career, most of them have been to suit fast bowlers in Australia,” Warne told a news conference.

“Murali, obviously they prepare wickets that suit him. They spin square from ball one, so he’s obviously got a lot more of a chance than I have.

“It would have been nice to get one or two ahead of him and to win the test match would have been the perfect script I suppose,” Warne added after Australia fell two wickets short of victory, with Sri Lanka 183 for eight chasing 355 to win.

Warne conceded Muralitharan would now go ahead with the record. Sri Lanka host South Africa for two Tests in August, but Warne will have to wait for Australia’s four-Test tour of India starting in October. — Reuters

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McGrath fined for using foul language

Glenn McGrath’ Sydney, July 13
Glenn McGrath’s foul tongue today cost him a fourth of his earning of the match, not to mention a tongue lashing from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
ICC match referee Chris Broad announced here that the Australian fastbowler had been reprimanded and fined 25 per cent of his match payment for a breach of the ICC’s Code of Conduct for players and team officials.

McGrath was reported for a Level 1 offence under clause 1.4 which states: Using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting.

The report was made by all four officiating umpires. Meanwhile, Cricket Australia announced that no further action would be taken against McGrath under the players’ Spirit of Cricket Code. — UNI

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Indian team arrives in Lanka

Colombo, July 13
The Indian cricket team arrived here today, confident of starting the new season with a victory in the six-nation Asia Cup, beginning here on July 16.
The team landed here half an hour behind schedule and headed straight for the hotel.

India will take on the UAE in a day and night encounter at Dambulla to kick off their campaign on the opening day of the tournament.

Chennai: Coach John Wright on Tuesday cautioned his wards not to take any of the rival teams lightly, saying that even Bangladesh were capable of springing a surprise.

Wright also said it was important to start the new season on a winning note and concentrate on one game at a time.

“The real challenge will be to start well, commencing from the Asia Cup. It is not going to be that easy. The first match is against UAE. Some people might think that the teams are not on even competition, but it is important for us since we will be playing Sri Lanka in the next match,” Wright told a press conference before the team’s departure for Sri Lanka for the six-nation tournament.

“We will concentrate on one game at a time and our game plans should go well with the performance and hopefully, the wins will happen. We have played against good opposition in the recent past. The one-day series against Pakistan ended 3-2 in our favour,” he said.

“The attitude and confidence are pretty high in the minds of my players to win the Cup. There is a lot of difference between the expectations of the six sides for the tournament. We have been to the World Cup, the ICC Champions Trophy and other tournaments, and the coming Asia Cup is no different,” Wright said.

Vice-captain Rahul Dravid said the return of bowlers like Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan augured well for the team but added that it was important to stay focused and raise the standards.

Team manager Dorai Rajan said the team had been assured utmost security in the aftermath of the bomb explosion near a five-star hotel where the players would put up. — UNI, PTI

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Indians eye winning start

Colombo, July 13
A confident Indian cricket team arrived here today, hoping to regain the Asia Cup starting on July 16. The 14-member Sourav Ganguly-led squad landed in the Bandaranaike international airport by an Indian Airlines flight from Chennai, half an hour behind schedule.

Later, at Hotel Taj Samudra, they were accorded traditional welcome by the hotel staff. Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh lit the ceremonial lamp.

Three players — Sourav, vice-captain Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman — were accompanied by their wives.

India will be playing a warm-up match against a local side tomorrow. Team members are scheduled to interact with the media tomorrow evening. Indians will be proceeding to Dambulla on July 15 for their day and night match against the UAE.

Four-time champions India, who had camps at Bangalore and Chennai for the Asia Cup, will utilise the warm-up match to get into the competition mood.

India, who are in Group B with hosts Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates, will start their bid to regain the title they last won in April, 1995, at Sharjah with a match against the UAE.

In Group A are holders Pakistan, Bangladesh and debutants Hong Kong. After the first phase, top two teams from each group will qualify for the semifinal league, which will commence on July 21.

Then, the top two teams will clash for the title on August 1 with the following day being the reserve day.

Earlier, Sourav had joined the team just before their departure as he reached Chennai this morning. However, most of the other players had reached the southern metropolis by yesterday.

On the eve of departure, talking to newspersons at Chennai, Rahul Dravid said it was a hard task and the team would have to keep playing to its potential.

Coach John Wright cautioned the team that Sri Lanka would be a tough side to beat on home ground. — UNI

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Pak not seeking revenge: Inzamam

Colombo, July 13
Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq today said his side was not seeking any revenge against India for its humiliating home series defeat, but warned the Indians to be ready for a tough fight when they meet in the Asia Cup.

“We don’t use words like revenge and we are not seeking one here,” the hard-hitting batsman told reporters after arriving in Colombo to take part in the six-nation Asia Cup, which includes Islamabad’s arch rival, India.

Six teams — Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong — will contest the Asia Cup between July 16 and Aug 1.

“We are here to play good cricket and we are going to play our best and win,” Inzamam said.

India, in its first full tour of Pakistan in 14 years, won the limited-overs series 3-2 and the Test series 2-1 in April against its archrival.

The series defeats cost coach Javed Miandad his job. The former Test captain was fired and replaced by Bob Woolmer as Pakistan’s national coach. The Asia Cup will be Woolmer’s first tournament in charge of Pakistan.

The main attraction in the Pakistani team was fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, whose coming to Sri Lanka was not certain. Akhtar joined the Pakistani training camp on July 5 and went through a strenuous fitness test.

Under orders from team management, Akhtar did not speak to reporters after arriving at his hotel.

Opening batsman Imran Nazir also returned to the national squad after a nine-month break.

Vice-captain Yousuf Youhana, Younis Khan, skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq and wicketkeeper-batsman Moin Khan form a strong middle-order batting lineup, while paceman Shabbir Ahmed and Mohammad Sami will supplement Akhtar in the pace department. Abdul Razzaq and Shoaib Malik are the two all-rounders.

Pakistan plays Bangladesh in their first match on Saturday.

Squad: Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Yousuf Youhana, Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed, Imran Nazir, Younis Khan, Moin Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Rana Naveed-ul-Hasan, Mohammad Sami, Shoaib Akhtar, Shabbir Ahmed, Danish Kaneria. — AP

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Shortened run-ups for Shoaib & Co

Islamabad, July 13
Shoaib Akhtar’s spectacular run-up — charging down the pitch from far with a flowing mane and smouldering eyes — will be missing at the upcoming Asia Cup with new Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer asking the speedsters to cut down their run-ups in the one-dayers.

Woolmer, who spent a week with Pakistan’s Asia Cup cricket probables in a camp in Lahore, concentrated on shortening the run-ups of Shoaib, Mohammad Sami, Shabbir Ahmed and Umar Gul for the one-day version of the sport.

“Shoaib in particular has become very comfortable with his shortened run-up which he will use in the Asia Cup,” team manager Haroon Rashid was quoted as saying in loca daily ‘The News’.

“Woolmer’s concept is that in a version of the game that is tailor made for the batsmen, this is the best way for the bowlers to conserve their energy, focus and at same time also ensure a healthy over-rate,” he said.

The Pakistan team has been saddled with problems due to the fast bowlers’ frequent overstepping at the crease along with its slow over-rate in one-dayers, resulting in fines and penalties being imposed by the match-referees.

“Woolmer believes that nowadays one-day cricket is scripted for batsmen and for big totals, so it is better for bowlers to concentrate on line and length and conserve energy by using shorter run-ups without losing too much of their sting,” Rashid said.

He said Woolmer had given this facet of the game a lot of attention because he felt that Pakistani bowlers lost their focus and came under pressure when pitted in a race against time to complete overs in one-dayers. Rashid said the players had a good workout in the training camp. — PTI

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Marion Jones fails to impress in long jump

Marion Jones competes in the long jump qualifying event at the US Olympic team trials in Sacramento
Marion Jones competes in the long jump qualifying event at the US Olympic team trials in Sacramento on Tuesday. Jones’ farthest leap of 6.39 metres qualified her for the final. — Reuters photo

Sacramento (California), July 13
Triple Olympic champion Marion Jones made it through long jump qualifying at the U S Olympic trials, but the performance was far from Olympic.
The favoured Jones leaped a mere 6.39 metres, making her only the seventh of 12 qualifiers for Thursday’s final.

The effort left Jones struggling for a second time in an Olympic trials she had dominated here in 2000.

She finished a shocking fifth in the women’s 100 metres final on Saturday and failed to make the U S Olympic team for next month’s Athens Games in an event she won in Sydney.

Still, Olympic long jump bronze medallist Jones should qualify for the U S team on Thursday because only two Americans have made the Olympic qualifying standard of 6.70 metres. Up to three athletes per country may compete in the event in Athens — if they have met the Olympic standard.

She also will compete in the 200 metres at the trials at week’s end.

Jones, who is under scrutiny by the U S Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) despite never failing a doping test, slipped away from reporters on Monday without commenting on her performance. Her best jump was her first. She then leaped 6.34 and 6.31.

Ola Sesay had the best jump of the competition, 6.63 metres, with Jones’s chief rival Grace Upshaw qualifying second in 6.54.

The elimination from the trials of athletes facing doping charges continued with Olympic silver medallist Alvin Harrison bowing out in the men’s 400 metres semi-finals. Harrison, who faces a lifetime ban from USADA in connection with the BALCO doping scandal, finished a non-qualifying seventh in his semi-final. — Reuters

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Kasimdzhanov wins chess title

Tripoli (Libya), July 13
Uzbek Grandmaster Rustom Kasimdzhanov outsmarted second seed Michael Adams of England in tiebreaker games to win the 17th World Chess Championship here today. Playing with white in the second tiebreak game, the 25-year-old Uzbek beat Adams, who was the hot favourite to lift the title.

Adams, with white pieces, lost his first rapid game of the tiebreak and drew the second after giving a tough fight to Kasimdzhanov.

Kasimdzhanov has been trying his luck for a major title since his first appeareance at Wick Aan Zee in 1998. He came near to capturing the world chess title at Hyderabad but lost to World No. 2 Viswanathan Anand.

Earlier, Adams survived some anxious moments in a game of fluctuating fortunes before finally settling for a draw with GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan in the sixth game.

The draw ensured that the highly entertaining contest between these two was levelled at 3-3 after the completion of the scheduled six games.

Even as many expected a draw to be a just result in the last game under normal time control, Adams knew he had survived by the skin of his teeth as the drama ended with the Englishman threatening to give perpetual checks to keep himself alive and kicking in the match. — PTI

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Peru, Mexico enter last eight

Trujillo (Peru), July 13
Peru rallied from two goals down to draw Colombia 2-2 and follow the defending champion into the Copa America quarterfinals. Group B co-leaders Uruguay and Mexico advanced to the last eight without hitting a ball thanks to the earlier 1-1 draw between Bolivia and Venezuela at Mansiche Stadium, 500 km north of the capital Lima.

Bolivia still had an outside chance of qualifying as one of the two best third-placed teams, only if Chile and Costa Rica draw 1-1 in a Group C match tomorrow at Tacna.

The exciting Bolivia-Venezuela draw ensured Peru’s safe progress before it played Colombia, but they still had to decide the winner of Group A.

Colombia, who had qualified on Friday, topped the group with seven points from three games, followed by Peru with five points, Bolivia two and Venezuela one.

Colombia will remain in Trujillo to play the second-best third-place team in Saturday’s quarterfinals, while Peru will travel further north to Chiclayo to face the second place team from Group B, either Mexico, Uruguay or Argentina.

The Argentines will progress if Ecuador lose to Mexico, or Argentina at least draw Uruguay at Piura.

Nolberto Solano and Flavio Maestri scored the second-half goals for Peru, after Edwin Congo gave Colombia a 1-0 lead by half time, and Abel Aguilar made it 2-0 eight minutes into the second spell.

Colombia had won eight straight matches without conceding a goal since 2001, and its goal-line was finally crossed by Solano in the 58th minute. Two minutes later Maestri scored for the host nation’s second draw in three matches.

Congo opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, beating the defence on a sliding header to finish off a perfect center pass from Elkin Murillo. Aguilar blasted in from just inside the penalty area 20 minutes later.

Solano scored in the 58th minute on a free kick that curved through a five-player Colombian wall which split just after he struck the ball.

Two minutes later, Maestri equalised, diving forward to head a redirected header from Andres Mendoza.

In the early match, Venezuela’s Ruberth Moran pounced on a rebound to score in the 27th minute, and six minutes later Gonzalo Galindo leveled for Bolivia when he powered a shot between the legs of defender Andree Gonzales and past goalkeeper Gilberto Angelucci. — AP

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Syed Modi badminton to get international status

Lucknow, July 13
The highest prize money Syed Modi Badminton championship will get international status from this year when some foreign shuttlers will participate in the prestigious event to be held from December 8 at the K.D. Singh Babu stadium here.

Uttar Pradesh Badminton Association (UPBA) secretary Vijay Sinha today said the Rs 8 lakh prize money of the championship would also be enhanced by Rs 2 lakh from this session.

Sinha said invitation letters to the badminton federations of Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Singapore would be sent after deciding the number of the players in the UPBA’s forthcoming meeting and with the participation of these countries, the six-day event would get international status.

He said the Badminton Federation of India (BFI) had also decided to accord international status to two other championships by inviting foreign players for the J.R.D. Tata Memorial Badminton Championship, to be held at Jamshedpur from December 14 to 18 and the All-India Senior Ranking Championship, to be played at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from December 20 to 24. The UPBA also released the calendar for the 2004 session. — UNI

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Jaskirat, Sandy lead in junior golf
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, July 13
India No. 3 amateur Jaskirat Singh Dullet and Sandy Lehal led with identical scores of 2-under 70 on the opening day of the four-day IGU-categorised Jaypee Open Amateur Golf Championship at the Jaypee Greens Golf Course in Greater Noida here today.

Jaskirat and Sandy scored four birdies and two bogeys each. Trailing them by one stroke was India amateur No 2 Vikrant Chopra and Anitya Chand, who finished jointly at 1-under 71.

Anitya Chand finished the day with three birdies and two bogies. Saurabh Bhaguna, Jasjeet Singh and Pankaj Sethi scored an even par 72. Saurabh scored four birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey while Jasjeet and Pankaj scored five birdies and five bogeys, and three birdies and three bogeys, respectively.

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Punjab win in women’s cricket
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, July 13
Punjab edged past Maharashtra by two wickets while West Bengal trounced Haryana by eight wickets in league matches of the National Sub-Junior Women’s Cricket Championship here today.

Scores: Maharashtra: 73 all out in 16.4 overs (Trupti Khot 34, Ravneet Dhingra 4 for 14, Shikha Bansal 2 for 6, Naincy Singh 2 for 25). Punjab: 74 for 8 in 19.1 overs (Monika Mehra 25, Pradnya Sangekar 4 for 6, Uma Sindhe 2 for 10).

Haryana: 83 all out in 18.5 overs (Mukesh Singh 18, Priyanka Roy 5 for 7, Saheli Ghosh 3 for 9). West Bengal: 85 for 2 in 21.3 overs (Priyanka Roy 44 no, Mamta Ghosh 29 no).

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India to meet Myanmar in football opener

Margao, July 13
Defending champions India will open their campaign against Myanmar in their quest to retain the LG Football Cup to be held in Vietnam from August 22.

India, who are in Group A, will take on Vietnam in their second league match, All-India Football Federation Secretary Alberto Colaco said here today. — PTI

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Sharapova  pulls out
CARSON (USA):
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from next week’s JP Morgan Chase Open, citing the need for rest and recuperation.
The Chase Open was to have been Sharapova’s first American hard court tournament in her preparation for the US Open. Sharapova will rejoin the WTA tour for the Acura Classic on July 26. She also plans to play in the Pilot Pen Classic at New Haven, Connecticut, before competing in the US Open, which begins on August 30. — AP
Dasha Sharapova and Maria Sharapova
A combination picture shows 9-year-old Dasha Sharapova (left), younger cousin of Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova (right), serving in the first round of the annual Youth Tennis tournament on clay courts in Sochi on Tuesday. Playing her first match since Maria's triumph at the Wimbledon, Dasha also displayed a crisp forehand, an accurate two-handed backhand and a strong first serve belying her age. — Reuters photos


Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher of Germany controls the ball while playing for the Luis Figo foundation team during an all-star charity soccer match at the Algarve stadium in Portugal
Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher of Germany controls the ball while playing for the Luis Figo foundation team during an all-star charity soccer match at the Algarve stadium in Portugal on Monday. The game between the Luis Figo and Laureus foundation ended in a 3-3 draw. — AP/PTI

AIFF appoints selection panel
MARGAO:
The All-India Football Federation (AIFF) has appointed a five-member selection committee for the Indian senior national team. AIFF secretary Alberto Colaco said the members of the committee, appointed as per Government guidelines, were national coach Stephen Constantine, Brahmanand Shankwalkar, Henry Menezes, Prasun Banerjee and V.P. Sathyan. The AIFF president would be an ex-officio member of the committee, Mr Colaco added. The government will nominate an observer to attend the selection committee meeting, he said. — UNI

Venus confident
STANFORD (USA):
Former world number one Venus Williams will be aiming to win her third Bank of West Classic title this week and insists she is back in peak condition.
Top seed Venus will play her first match on Wednesday against fellow American Lindsay Lee-Waters and the four-times grand slam champion is hoping to put recent upsets behind her. Venus suffered her earliest defeat at Wimbledon for seven years when she was stunned by Croatian teenager Karolina Sprem 7-6, 7-6 in the second round. — Reuters

Mud wrestling
NEW DELHI:
The 39th Senior National Wrestling Championship (Indian style) would be held in Chennai from November 4 to 7.
Over 200 wrestlers from 23 affiliate units will vie for honours in the championship to be held for the first time in Tamil Nadu, Indian Style Wrestling Association of India president Ram Arare Yadav told reporters here last night. Yadav said the Federation Cup and junior wrestling championship for mud wrestling will be organised in October this year in Jammu. — PTI

Shooting meet
Chandigarh:
The Ropar Rifle Shooting Championship-2004 will be held at the Mohali Shooting Range in the air rifle and air pistol events on July 25. Those interested can give their entries at the venue before 10 am on the same day. This was stated in a press note issued by Hardeep Singh, general secretary of the Ropar Rifle Shooting Association. — TNS 

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