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Dravid's knock goes in vain as India go down by 13 runs
Dambulla (Sri Lanka), July 18
Rahul Dravid's gritty effort went in vain as India ran out of steam to crash to a 14-run defeat against hosts Sri Lanka in their last group-B league match of the Asia Cup one-day cricket tournament here today.

Sri Lankan captain Marvan Atapattu dives successfully to complete a run
Sri Lankan captain Marvan Atapattu dives successfully to complete a run during the first round cricket match against India at the Asia Cup 2004 on Sunday. — AP/PTI photo

Super League matches from July 21

Pak steamroll Hong Kong
Colombo, July 18
A brilliant all-round display by Shoaib Malik and a maiden ton by Younis Khan helped Pakistan steamroll Hong Kong with a thumping 178-run win in their last pool-A league match of the Asia Cup cricket tournament match here today.


Pakistan batsman Younis Khan plays a shot during the first round cricket match against Hong Kong at the Asia Cup 2004 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday. Khan scored 144 runs. —AP/PTI photo
Pakistan batsman Younis Khan plays a shot during the first round cricket match against Hong Kong at the Asia Cup 2004

BCCI announces Test venues for Australia, SA series
New Delhi, July 18
The Working Committee meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today finalised the six venues for the four-Test series against Australia and the two-Test series against South Africa to be held in India from October this year.
In video: BCCI Working Committee meet opens. (28k, 56k)

India may lose Champions Trophy
ICC against Azhar’s role in media


 

Winner Loretta Harrop of of Australia greets her exhausted teammate Rina Hill
Winner Loretta Harrop of of Australia, left, greets her exhausted teammate Rina Hill who placed second, nearly two minutes behind Harrop, at the Life Time Fitness Triathlon in Minneapolis on Saturday. Harrop earned $250,000, and Hill earned $50,000. The course, which began and ended along Lake Nokomis, comprised of a 1.5-km swim, 40-km bike ride and 10-km run. — AP/PTI

EARLIER STORIES
 

India A team leaves for Zimbabwe
Bangalore, July 18
The Zimbabwe-bound India A team today left for Mumbai after a week-long preparatory camp at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium of the Karnataka State Cricket Association.

Bobby clinches Olympics berth
Chennai, July 18
Kerala high jumper, Bobby Aloysius stole the thunder clinching a berth for the Athens Olympics with a 'B' standard mark of 1.91 metres on the first day of the three day 44th Inter-State National Athletics championship here tonight.

Binu upset over doping doubts
New Delhi, July 18
India’s best Olympic bet in men’s 400m, K.M. Binu, is upset by media reports that cast doubts on Athens-bound athletes taking performance-enhancing drugs. “With the Olympics only a few weeks away, who will take the risk (of taking drugs)? Athletes are now very much aware of the whole issue since the World Anti-Doping Agency is very active,” Binu said when told about doubts being raised about the athletes’ second trip to Ukraine in recent months.

Marion Jones pauses as she address the media to explain that she will be pulling out of the 200m competition Lister records year’s best triple jump
Sacramento, July 18
Triple jumper Melvin Lister delivered the most stunning result of the ninth day of the US Olympic trials with a world-best leap this year of 17.78 metres. 


Johnson set to lose final Olympic gold
London, July 18
Five-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson is likely to lose his final gold medal after the world governing athletics body decided today to annul the results of the 4x400 metres relay final at the 2000 Sydney Games.


Marion Jones pauses as she address the media to explain that she will be pulling out of the 200m competition to concentrate on the long jump and the relays during the Olympic track and field trials in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday. — AP/PTI 

Dhanraj, Dhillon in Olympic squad
Dusseldorf, July 18
Mercurial striker Dhanraj Pillay and veteran Baljeet Singh Dhillon were today named in the 16-member squad for the Athens Olympics starting August 13. The team led by defender Dilip Tirkey was today announced by Indian Hockey Federation president K P S Gill after the final league encounter against world champions Germany in the DSD four-nation tournament here.

India hold Germany; finish runners-up
Dusseldorf, July 18
India played well to hold Germany 3-3 in their last league match but it was not enough for them as the hosts won the DSD four-nation hockey tournament on a superior goal difference here today.

Argentina, Colombia enter semis
Chiclayo (Peru), July 18
Argentina eliminated hosts Peru 1-0 in the quarterfinals and will try to end defending champion Colombia’s 10-match unbeaten streak since 2001 at the Copa America. Colombia easily dispatched Costa Rica 2-0 on first-half goals by Abel Aguilar and Tressor Moreno at Trujillo, and will tackle Argentina in the first semifinal on Tuesday in Lima.

Indian spikers complete whitewash
Chennai, July 18
India thrashed Uzbekistan in straight sets in the fifth and final volleyball Test to complete a whitewash here today. The Indians proved far superior to the Uzbeks in all departments, carving out a 25-14, 25-20, 25-20 win in just under an hour before a packed crowd at the Santhom High School Indoor stadium.

Max Biaggi of Italy lifts up his Honda ahead of Alex Barros of Brazil Max Biaggi of Italy lifts up his Honda ahead of Alex Barros of Brazil as he crosses the finish line and wins the MotoGP race of the German motorcycling Grand Prix at the Sachsenring circuit in the eastern German town of Hohenstein-Ernstthal on Sunday. Biaggi won ahead of Brazilian Alex Barros and American Nicky Hayden. — Reuters

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Dravid's knock goes in vain as India go down
by 13 runs

Lakshmipathi Balaji  celebrates the dismissal of Saman Jayantha with wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel and Rahul Dravid
Lakshmipathi Balaji (C) celebrates the dismissal of Saman Jayantha (not in picture) with wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel (left) and Rahul Dravid during the first round cricket match at the Asia Cup 2004 in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, on Sunday. — AP/PTI photo

Dambulla, July 18
Rahul Dravid's gritty effort went in vain as India ran out of steam to crash to a 14-run defeat against hosts Sri Lanka in their last group-B league match of the Asia Cup one-day cricket tournament here today.

Dravid led the fight back after early loss of wickets with a courageous 82 off 96 balls but the target off 283 proved too stiff for the Indians as they finished at 269 for eight in a thrilling day-night encounter at the Rangiri Stadium.

The Indian vice-captain shared a 133-run fifth wicket partnership with Yuvraj Singh who overcame a scratchy start to slam a vital 47.

Despite the loss, India advance to the Super League stage of the six-nation tournament as the second team in the group and will take on group A runner-up Bangladesh at Colombo on Wednesday.

Indians had a disastrous start as Sachin Tendulkar (11) failed once again and his makeshift partner Parthiv Patel (6) did nothing of note either.

Virender Sehwag (37) played a few sparkling strokes before a direct throw sent him packing and Sourav Ganguly (6) pulled at a delivery too close to his body.

Dravid and Yuvraj took some time to find their feet but then blossomed out in the middle overs to put Sri Lanka back on defence.

The two staged a recovery to the extent that Indians after being 71 for four at one stage, were 200 for 4 in the 40th over, the same as Sri Lanka were at this juncture batting first.

For Sri Lanka, Nuwan Zoysa was the pick of the bowler, taking three for 49 besides connecting a direct hit to find Sehwag short of his crease.

Yuvraj departed in the 41st over through a miscued hit off Chaminda Vaas after making 47 from 78 balls with four fours.

Mohammad Kaif immediately made his presence felt by slamming Zoysa through the covers and then picking him up and depositing him beyond the wide midwicket stands.

Dravid departed in the 46th over when he went on the backfoot to Muthiah Muralitharan and was bowled for 82 from 96 balls with eight fours and a six.

That sounded the end of India's chase as Sri Lankan bowlers closed out the game in a professional manner.

Earlier, Sri Lanka set new benchmark in run-scoring with a total of 282 for 4.

Sri Lanka

Jayantha c Patel b Balaji 34

Gunawardene run out 49

Atapattu run out 50

Sangakkara c Ganguly b Pathan 57

Jayawardena not out 58

Dilshan not out 7

Extras: (b-2, lb-9, nb-4, w-12) 27

Total: (for 4 wkts, 50 overs) 282

Fall of wickets: 1-63, 2-128, 3-156, 4-272.

Bowling: Pathan 10-0-49-1, Balaji 9-1-60-1, Zaheer 9-0-39-0, Ganguly 2-0-15-0, Kumble 10-1-46-0, Sehwag 7-0-45-0, Yuvraj 3-0-17-0.

India

Tendulkar c Jayantha b Zoysa 11

Patel c Sangakkara b Zoysa 6

Sehwag run out 37

Ganguly c Murali b Zoysa 6

Dravid b Muralitharan 82

Yuvraj c Sangakkara b Vaas 47

Kaif b Maharoof 22

Pathan not out 15

Balaji c Sangakkara b Vaas 10

Zaheer not out 0

Extras (b-1, lb-6, w-21, nb-5) 33

Total (for 8 wickets in 50 overs) 269

Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-33, 3-71, 4-71, 5-204, 6-234, 7-243, 8-266.

Bowling: Chaminda Vaas 10-0-51-2, Nuwan Zoysa 10-2-49-3, Fervez Mehroof 10-0-45-1, Muthiah Muralitharan 10-0-46-1, Upul Chandana 5-0-39-0, T M Dilshan 3-0-25-0, Saman Jayantha 2-0-7-0. —PTI

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Pak steamroll Hong Kong

Hong Kong's bowler Khalid Khan and teammate Najeeb Aamer celebrate the wicket of Pakistan batsman Imran Nazir
Hong Kong's bowler Khalid Khan, right, and teammate Najeeb Aamer celebrate the wicket of Pakistan batsman Imran Nazir, unseen, during the first round cricket match between Pakistan and Hong Kong at the Asia Cup 2004 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday.— AP/PTI photo

Colombo, July 18
A brilliant all-round display by Shoaib Malik and a maiden ton by Younis Khan helped Pakistan steamroll Hong Kong with a thumping 178-run win in their last pool-A league match of the Asia Cup cricket tournament match here today.

Malik first scored a career-best 118 and was associated with a huge 223-run partnership with Younis Khan, who made 144, to take Pakistan's score to 343 for five in 50 overs.

The 22-year-old then returned with figures of four for 19 with his slow off-spin to fashion Pakistan's second successive victory to emerge as group-A toppers.

Pakistan never required the services of their more experienced players in the win as captain Inzamam-ul Haq and Yousuf Youhana did not bat after the side started the match without pace spearhead Shoaib Akhtar, who was rested.

Imran Farhat, a part-time leg-spinner also tormented the hapless Hong batsmen with three wickets giving away just 10 runs in his four overs at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground.

After Pakistan set an almost improbable target of 344, Hong Kong never looked in the hunt and lost wickets at regular intervals to lesser-known Pakistani bowlers led by Malik.

Only Tim Smart (25), Tabarak Dar (36), Manoj Cheruparambil (30) and Afzaal Haider (22) offered some resistance to delay the inevitable before the minnows were bowled out for 165 in 44.1 overs.

This was Hong Kong's second loss following the 116-run defeat against Bangladesh in the tournament opener on Friday.

Pakistan and Bangladesh now move into the Super League stage where they will be joined by India and Sri Lanka, who are playing at Dambulla today to determine the Pool B leaders.

In Pakistan's innings, Inzamam's decision to send the two players up in the batting order after the dismissals of the openers -- Imran Nazir and Imran Farhat -- by the 10th over paid rich dividends as Malik notched up his third century and Younis Khan scored his maiden ton.

Malik's 118 was his highest score bettering the 115 he made against New Zeland in Lahore two years back. Younis Khan, who had to wait till his 103rd one-dayer for his first century, made 144.

The two batsmen flayed a listless Hong Kong attack to share a huge third wicket stand of 223 runs to steer Pakistan to the highest total of the tournament so far.

Pakistan

Nazir lbw b Khalid Khan 10

Farhat c French b Khalid Khan 20

Shoaib Malik run out 118

Younis c Nadeem Ahmed b Haider 144

Abdul Razzaq c Smart b Gul 18

Moin Khan not out 11

Mohammad Sami not out 9

Extras: (lb-3, w-8, nb-2) 13

Total (5 wkts, 50 overs) 343

Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-51, 3-274, 4-313, 5-327

Bowling: Haider 9-0-73-1, Khalid Khan 10-1-62-2, Najeeb Aamer 10-1-59-0, Ilyas Gul 9-0-67-1, Nadeem Ahmed 10-0-63-0, French 2-0-16-0.

Hong Kong:

Smart c Younis b Razzaq 25

Nasir Hameed lbw b Sami 0

French b Farhat 14

Tabarak Dar b Malik 36

R Sharma b Farhat 1

Najeeb Aamer b Farhat 4

Ilyas Gul lbw b Sami 1

M Cheruparambil c Farhat b Malik 30

Afzaal Haider c Sami b Malik 22

Khalid Khan st Moin b Malik 2

Nadeem Ahmed not out 1

Extras (lb-4, nb-7, w-18) 29

Total (all out, 44.1 overs) 165

FoW: 1-1, 2-45, 3-95, 4-95, 5-101, 6-102, 7-102, 8-149, 9-156

Bowling: Sami 7-2-16-2, Shabbir 6-2-12-0, Razzaq 6-0-30-1, Naved-ul Hasan 8-0-45-0, Shoaib Malik 9.1-1-19-4, Farhat 4-2-10-3, Nazir 4-0-29-0. —PTI 

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BCCI announces Test venues for Australia, SA series
M. S. Unnikrishnan

New Delhi, July 18
The Working Committee meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today finalised the six venues for the four-Test series against Australia and the two-Test series against South Africa to be held in India from October this year.

The venues, announced by BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, after the first day’s deliberations of the two-day Working Committee here today, are: Kanpur, Bangalore, Nagpur, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai.

Mr Dalmiya said the exact venues for the four Tests against Australia and the two Tests against South Africa will be determined, after considering the monsoon situation in various parts of the country at that time.

Though Delhi were scheduled to host one of the four Tests against Australia, the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) expressed its inability to host any match due to the incomplete stadium work at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground.

DDCA senior-vice president C.K. Khanna, who is also the vice-chairman of the National Cricket Academy of the BCCI, said Delhi had now expressed its desire to host either a Test or a one-day international match against Pakistan, who are expected to tour India next year.

Mr Dalmiya said some other venues have also been shortlisted for the matches in case the venues already named are unable to host the matches for reasons beyond anybody’s control. He added that Hyderabad and Jaipur have been named as the venues for the three-day matches against Australia and South Africa, respectively.

Mr Dalmiya also disclosed that a one-day match between India and Pakistan will be held to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of the BCCI. He said the venue of the match will be decided later.

Mr Dalmiya said the Working Committee had also decided to enhance the monthly pension to former Test players and umpires, who played their cricket prior to 1976, from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000, while the amount will remain the same — Rs 5000 — for those who retired after 1976.

Mr Dalmiya said the Working Committee had decided to retain the Elite and Plate format in the Ranji Trophy cricket championship after an “extremely successful” season last year. He said there was overwhelming support to continue with the present format in the Captains’ Conclave held some time back. He said hence forth, two teams will qualify for the Ranji Trophy one-day tournament knockout round from each zone.

He said the Elit and Plate format will be introduce in the Cooch Behar under-19 cricket tournament too. The Working Committee meeting felt that the recommendation of Technical Committee chairman Sunil Gavaskar to do away with the toss in Ranji Trophy was “too radical a change”, but added that the recommendation would be considered next year.

India may lose Champions Trophy

Earlier, ICC president Ehsan Mani and Chief Executive Malcolm Speed categorically stated that India will forfeit the right to host the 2006 Champions Trophy if the country failed to soften its tax structure. They said the ICC Champions Trophy was supposed to be played in India this year, but was shifted to England following the BCCI’s failure to make the government change the tax laws.

ICC against Azhar’s role in media

Mr Ehsan Mani also expressed his surprise and anguish at former Indian captain Mohd. Azharuddin, who is serving a ban for his alleged role in the match-fixing scandal, donning the role of a television commentator. He said the ICC rule was clear that tainted players like Azharuddin should have no role in the international cricket’s scheme of things.

“It’s disappointment to see a tainted player being involved with the game in any capacity”, Mr Mani averred.

“In the ICC, we have absolutely zero tolerance to corruption by anyone”, he added. He observed that as far as another tainted player, Ajay Jadeja, playing domestic cricket was concerned, it was beyond the purview of the ICC, though the BCCI has adopted the “correct procedure” to uphold the ICC rule of law in keeping him out of international matches.

Talking about Sri Lankan spinner Muthia Muralitharan’s bowling action, he said the ICC was concerned only with his suspect bowling action of his “doosra” deliveries, though mercifully, the Sri Lankan Cricket Board has advised the player against bowling this controversial delivery.

Mr Mani said so far 11 players have been reported to the ICC, including five international players. The internationals include Murali, Shabbir Ahmed of Pakistan, Jeremy Lawson of West Indies, Hussain of Bangladesh and James Curtley of England.

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India A team leaves for Zimbabwe

Bangalore, July 18
The Zimbabwe-bound India A team today left for Mumbai after a week-long preparatory camp at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium of the Karnataka State Cricket Association.

National Cricket Academy administrator Col K.R. Nair said the team left for Mumbai enroute to Zimbabwe.

Former England opener Geoffery Boycott, who was roped in by the Board of Control for Cricket in India to give tips to the players interacted with the team attending the camp. However, due to incessant rain and a slippery field, the players could not practice in the outfield for more than two days of their eight-day camp.

The India A team will play three four-day matches in Zimbabwe (July 22 to August 8) followed by a tri-series with Pakistan A and Kenya in Nairobi (August 11 to September 4).

The team: Sairaj Bahutule (captain), Akash Chopra, Gautam Gambhir, S. Sriram, Hemang Badani, (vice-captain), Rohan Gavaskar, Dinesh Karthick (wk), Amit Bhandari, Munaf Patel, Avishkar Salvi, M.S. Dhoni (wk), Ramesh Powar, Dhiraj Jadhav, S.S. Paul and Yogesh Golwalkar. — UNI

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Bobby clinches Olympics berth 

Chennai, July 18
Kerala high jumper, Bobby Aloysius stole the thunder clinching a berth for the Athens Olympics with a 'B' standard mark of 1.91 metres on the first day of the three day 44th Inter-State National Athletics championship here tonight.

The 30-year-old Aloysius, a Preventive Officer of the Chennai customs, was elated about her long time dream of achieving a Olympics berth but said 'technically it was not up to my expectations. I have been working for this (Olympic qualification) for the last two years and now I will be deciding on my training programme upto the olympics. Most probably, I will train under Dennis Doyle of Birmingham (England)'.

Everything was in place for the jumper who appealed for the start of the event to be advanced by about two hours.

In a field of 10 jumpers, Aloysius started her campaign with a 1.70 m on the bar. Before achieving career best of 1.91 metres, Aloysius brought down the horizontal clearing 1.87 metres after Silver medallist Sahana Kumari of Karnataka failed at 1.83 metres. Aloysius fouled her first two attempts before obtaining the olympic Quota (B) Berth and set a new national mark.

Aloysius eclipsed her own mark of 1.90 metres set in Bangalore Inter-State meet in 2002.

In other highlights, Delhi's Piyush Kumar (10.44 secs) and Poonam Tomar (11.68 secs) became the fastest man and woman winning the respective 100 metre dash.

In the men's 10,000 metre event, Santosh Kumar Patel of Uttar Pradesh retained his title, bettering his own mark of 32.52.04 secs set in Jamshedpur inter state meet last year.

Preetam Bind of Uttranchal claimed the gold in the 1500 m clocking 3:54.27 seconds, while Sanjai Rai of UP finished first in the long jump, clearing 7.84 metres.

In high jump, Sahana Kumari of Karnataka (1.83 m) and Sangeetha of TN (1.70 m) claimed the silver and bronze respectively. — PTI

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Binu upset over doping doubts

New Delhi, July 18
India’s best Olympic bet in men’s 400m, K.M. Binu, is upset by media reports that cast doubts on Athens-bound athletes taking performance-enhancing drugs.
“With the Olympics only a few weeks away, who will take the risk (of taking drugs)? Athletes are now very much aware of the whole issue since the World Anti-Doping Agency is very active,” Binu said when told about doubts being raised about the athletes’ second trip to Ukraine in recent months.

Talking to PTI here before leaving for Yalta, in southern Ukraine, for training along with heptathlete J.J. Sobha and the women’s relay team comprising his more famous elder sister K M Beenamol, Manjit Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur and Chitra K Soman, Binu said “This entire talk of athletes taking drugs and looking at our trip to Ukraine with suspicion is really tarnishing our image.”

The 24-year-old Asian Games silver medallist in 800m said he firmly believed reports claiming that foreign experts prescribed a doping chart at national camps were false.

“I did not read the newspaper reports as I was abroad. But I am sure nothing of that sort happens in the camp,” he said.

The Railways employee, who earned a few lakhs of rupees money following his success in the Busan Asian Games, was also confident that he would be able to perform at his best in his first Olympics.

“I want to improve on my personal best timing recorded here in April. I hope to emulate Beena’s perfomance (Beenamol was the lone Indian to make it to the semifinals in Sydney in 2000) if not going a step further,” said Binu, who will also be anchoring the men’s 4x400m relay if it makes it to Athens.

Earlier he was planning to run in the 800m but had to drop the idea as he did not qualify in the event. “Now there is no time to qualify in 800m. So I will be focusing on 400 m.”

Binu has produced his best performance in one lap at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here in the first national circuit meet on April 15 when he clocked in 45.59 seconds. That was the second best time by an Indian, just 0.03 seconds slower than Paramjeet Singh’s national record. The qualifying mark was 45.95 seconds. — PTI

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Lister records year’s best triple jump

Allen Johnson clears a hurdle during the men's 110-meter hurdles qualifying round
Allen Johnson clears a hurdle during the men's 110-meter hurdles qualifying round at the US Olympic track and field trials in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday. Johnson won his heat with a time of 13.25 seconds to qualify for the next round. — AP/PTI

Sacramento, July 18
Triple jumper Melvin Lister delivered the most stunning result of the ninth day of the US Olympic trials with a world-best leap this year of 17.78 metres.
The 26-year-old former collegiate champion saved his longest jump for his last attempt and yesterday achieved a lifetime best by 70 cm that boosted him from fourth to first in the standings.

Only the top three in each event make the US team for the Athens games next month. Walter Davis leaped 17.63 metres and Kenta Bell jumped 17.58 metres to join Lister on the American squad.

Monique Hennagan provided another stunner when she ran a personal-best 49.56 seconds to win the women’s 400 metres.

It was the second best performance in the world this year and the best by an American in seven years. Sanya Richards finished in 49.89 seconds.

World champion Tom Pappas was beaten in the decathlon. Pappas, considered one of the Olympic favourites, could not match Bryan Clay’s string of three personal bests on the final day of the 10-event competition. Clay finished with a lifetime best score of 8,660 points. Pappas wound up with 8,517 points.

Breaux Greer repeated as the Olympic trials javelin champion with a throw of 82.39 metres.

In qualifying, Shawn Crawford continued his sparkling 200 metres running by clocking 20.00 seconds in his semifinal.

World champion and Olympic favourite Allen Johnson led qualifying in the 110-metre hurdles in 13.25 seconds and Gail Devers was the second fastest in the women’s 100-metre hurdles in 12.79 seconds.

Marion Jones, meanwhile, will not defend her Olympic 200 metres gold medal in Athens after pulling out of the semifinals because of fatigue, but the Sydney games triple champion could still be going for multiple medals next month.

Jones told a press conference that she would be available to compete in as many as four events at Athens. She will be the top US long jumper at the games and also has a chance to run on one or more relays and could wind up in the 100 metres. — Reuters

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Johnson set to lose final Olympic gold

London, July 18
Five-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson is likely to lose his final gold medal after the world governing athletics body decided today to annul the results of the 4x400 metres relay final at the 2000 Sydney Games.

At a special council meeting in Grosseto, Italy, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) agreed that the USA should lose their title because current world 400 metres champion Jerome Young was not entitled to compete after failing a drugs test in the previous year.

Young ran in two early rounds in Sydney after a USA Track & Field Doping Appeal Panel cleared him to compete despite a positive test for the anabolic steroid nandrolone in 1999. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled last month that Young should have been banned for two years.

IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said the council, which was meeting on the final day of the world junior championships, had decided that any ban should also have included relays.

“The result of the relay will be annulled,” he said. “We will now inform the IOC (International Olympic Committee).”

The IOC executive board, which is scheduled to meet before the Athens Olympics opening on August 13, must now decide whether the medals should be returned. The US squad, which was anchored by Johnson in the final, also included Young, the Harrison twins Alvin and Calvin, Antonio Pettigrew and Angelo Taylor.

Nigeria are now the new Olympic champions with Jamaica moving up to second and the Bahamas taking third place. This year the IAAF also annulled the British team’s second place in the 4x100 metres relay at last August’s Paris world championship after European champion Dwain Chambers tested positive for the steroid THG (tetrahydrogestrinone). Johnson, the only man to win the Olympic 200-400 double, has already said he said he should not lose his medal. — Reuters

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Dhanraj, Dhillon in Olympic squad

Dusseldorf, July 18
Mercurial striker Dhanraj Pillay and veteran Baljeet Singh Dhillon were today named in the 16-member squad for the Athens Olympics starting August 13.
The team led by defender Dilip Tirkey was today announced by Indian Hockey Federation president K P S Gill after the final league encounter against world champions Germany in the DSD four-nation tournament here.

The selection committee, which had come all the way to Germany to witness the team's performance in the four nation event, opted for a combination of six forwards and five midfielders in the roaster which also has three defenders and two goal keepers.

Team:

Goalkeepers - Devesh Chauhan, Adrian D'Souza;

Defenders - Dilip Tirkey (capt), William Xalco, Harpal Singh.

Midfielders - Sandeep Singh, Viren Rasquinha, Ignace Tirkey, Vikram Pillay and Arjun Halappa;

Forwards - Gagan Ajit Singh, Deepak Thakur, Prabhjot Singh, Adam Sinclair, Baljeet Singh Dhillon, Dhanraj Pillay.

The five players, among the 21 training in Germany, who could not make it to the Athens-bound squad include Kawalpreet Singh, Vivek Gupta, Bimal Lakra, Sandeep Michael and Jatinder Pal Singh.

The inclusion of the Pillay in the 16-member squad also put to rest any speculations on whether the veteran striker could make it to his fourth Olympics.

Doubts were cast over the chances of Pillay, India's most capped player, being included in the Olympic squad after he was ignored for a couple of tournaments and also the fitness camp at Barog.

But the player was later picked in the 30-member probable list and accompanied the team for the camps in USA and later in Holland and Germany.

Pillay played an instrumental role in the just concluded four nation tournament playing the role of a schemer to perfection by creating a number of opportunities for the forwards.

India finished second behind hosts and world champions Germany on the basis of number of goals scored by either teams. — PTI

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India hold Germany; finish runners-up

Dusseldorf, July 18
India played well to hold Germany 3-3 in their last league match but it was not enough for them as the hosts won the DSD four-nation hockey tournament on a superior goal difference here today.

Despite finishing second, India had a good outing in the tournament where they did not lose a single match. They won 2-0 against Great Britain and 5-0 against France.

Germany won the title having scored a 6-0 win against France and 3-1 victory against Great Britain yesterday.

Before the match, the four-team event played on a round robin format, had Germany and India as joint leaders, both being the unbeaten teams with six points each, However, Germany were ahead on the goal difference of plus eight while India were on seven.

Deepak Thakur, Prabhjot Singh and Gagan Ajit Singh scored for the Indians, who were leading 2-1 at the half-time. Germany scored through Christoph Bechmann and Christopher Zeller (two goals). — PTI 

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Argentina, Colombia enter semis

Chiclayo (Peru), July 18
Argentina eliminated hosts Peru 1-0 in the quarterfinals and will try to end defending champion Colombia’s 10-match unbeaten streak since 2001 at the Copa America.
Colombia easily dispatched Costa Rica 2-0 on first-half goals by Abel Aguilar and Tressor Moreno at Trujillo, and will tackle Argentina in the first semifinal on Tuesday in Lima.

It took the inspired substitution of Carlos Tevez for Argentina to get past Peru in a tale of free kicks.

Only three minutes after entering the match at the packed Elias Aguirre Stadium, Tevez bent an unstoppable free kick inside the left corner of the goal in the 61st minute.

“I hit it like I always do and fortunately it went in,” said Tevez. But when Peru received a free kick also straight out in front four minutes later, Nolberto Solano’s attempt hit the crossbar.

“It was a game that either team could have won,” said Peru coach Victor Zegarra.

The Argentines played the final minutes a man down after Roberto Ayala was expelled for excessive yellow cards in the 82nd minute.

Both teams started slowly in an uneven first half that saw Argentina dominate possession against a determined Peruvian team cheered on by a capacity 25,000-strong crowd in this northern coastal city.

Ayala had a chance to give Argentina the lead in the 25th minute off a corner kick, but his header from just inside the penalty area sailed wide.

The Peruvian attack came to life with around 15 minutes left in the half, but Roberto Palacios failed to finish off a pass from Andres Mendoza in front of the goal in the 35th minute.

Mendoza then had a chance of his own three minutes later, but sent a soft, rolling shot that goalkeeper Roberto Abbondazieri easily handled.

Argentina’s Javier Saviola, who is tied with Brazil’s Adriano for the tournament’s leading scorer with three goals, did not start for the second straight game because of a leg muscle injury.

A little south down the coast at Trujillo, a well-rested Colombia easily overcame Costa Rica at Mansiche Stadium. Aguilar one-timed a low right cross from Jairo Patino near the penalty spot in the 41st minute, and two minutes into first-half injury time Tressor Moreno converted a penalty he drew when he was tripped up on a breakway by Costs Rica goalkeeper Ricardo Gonzalez. — AP

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Indian spikers complete whitewash

Chennai, July 18
India thrashed Uzbekistan in straight sets in the fifth and final volleyball Test to complete a whitewash here today.
The Indians proved far superior to the Uzbeks in all departments, carving out a 25-14, 25-20, 25-20 win in just under an hour before a packed crowd at the Santhom High School Indoor stadium.

The hosts had already won the series, clinching four matches in a row — one each by the senior and juniors and two by Youth teams — in Bangalore last week.

Playing to redeem some pride, Uzbekistan players did put up some resistance in the second set, but lacked consistency.

On the other hand, India, mostly comprising junior players combined well with Tom Joseph, Natarajan and Pradeep leading the attack in tandem with setter and skipper Kapil Dev. Natarajan also combined well with lanky Subba Rao in blocks, while Libero Kulwant too played his part.

For the visitors, Sharipov Mahmud and Serebrennikov Alexander shouldered the attack, but were wayward on several occasions. The Uzbeks also missed out on a few serves, gifting points to their rivals. — PTI

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US singer Sheryl Crow hugs boyfriend US Postal Service team leader Lance Armstrong of Austin, Texas, after he won the 13th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Lannemezan, southwestern France, and Plateau de Beille, Pyrenees mountains, on Saturday. — AP/PTI 

Qatar's Abdulrahman Mesbeh fights for a ball with Indonesia's Budi Sudarsono during the second half of their Asian Cup match in Beijing
Qatar's Abdulrahman Mesbeh (L) fights for a ball with Indonesia's Budi Sudarsono during the second half of their Asian Cup match in Beijing on Sunday. Indonesia won 2-1. —Reuters

Mongia’s contract renewed
CHENNAI:
English county Lancashire has renewed its contract with Dinesh Mongia following his good performance with the bat and the ball.
The middle-order batsman has played several match-winning knocks for the English county in the ongoing season. Mongia said that he was happy with Lancashire recognising his performance and hoped that his country, too, would recall him into the national team. — UNI

Boxing tourney
SANGRUR:
The Punjab state senior boxing championship for men will be held at the War Hero’s stadium from July 22 to 25, according to Daljit Singh, president of the District Boxing Association. More than 200 boxers from all affiliated units are likely to take part in the four-day championship. All players will be provided free board and lodging. — OSR

Badminton meet
SANGRUR:
The fourth Arvind memorial district badminton championship for boys and girls in the age group of under-10, under-13 and under-16 will be held at the local Ranbir Club from July 23 to 26, according to Mr Sarvjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner and president of the District Badminton Association. The last date for receiving entries is July 22. — OSR

Railway chess
PATIALA:
The Diesel Loco Modernisation Works (DMW), formerly known as Diesel Component Works (DCM), will play host to the 17th all-India inter-railway chess tournament from July 19 to 26.
As many as 120 players will take part in the eight-day meet which will have team and individual events. About 90 players who have FIDE Elo ratings will also be taking part. Prominent International Masters slated to take part are joint winners of the last edition Sayeed Anwar (ICF) and Poobesh Anand (SR), P.D.S. Giri Nath (SCR), Shanker Roy (ER), Saptarshi Roy (Metro Railway), Nasir Wajih (Railway Board) and G.P. Singh (NR). V. Ramachandran will be the arbitrator while the president of the Punjab Chess Association, H.K. Tiwari, will be the chief arbitrator. — OSR

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