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Pak in must-win situation
Colombo, July 24
A tough contest is on the cards as Pakistan are keen on settling a score with arch-rivals India when they lock horns in a day-night encounter of the Asia Cup at the R. Premadasa stadium here tomorrow.
Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar (left) walks with Moin Khan during a practice session in Colombo on Saturday
Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar (left) walks with Moin Khan during a practice session in Colombo on Saturday. — AP/PTI photo

Ganguly dismisses “favourites” tag
Sourav Ganguly Colombo, July 24
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly today shrugged off suggestions that his team was better placed to win tomorrow’s Asia Cup match against arch-rivals Pakistan, saying nobody could be termed “favourites” in the shorter version of the game.
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Pak must play to their potential
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unday looms large as D-Day for the Pakistan team. A defeat against India will see them knocked out of the Asia Cup. Doom and gloom for many, I expect. However, the team itself will not accept that fact and they have been working very hard in preparation.

Indian captain Sourav Ganguly (left) discusses with coach John Wright in Colombo on Saturday. Irfan Pathan bowls during a practice session in Colombo on Saturday. — AP/PTI photos


 

 

Former German soccer star Juergen Klinsmann speaks to mediapersons in Frankfurt
Former German soccer star Juergen Klinsmann speaks to mediapersons in Frankfurt on Saturday. Klinsmann is expected to be named the coach of the German national team. — AP/PTI




EARLIER STORIES
 


Mongia, Agarkar in good nick

London, July 24
Dinesh Mongia continued his good run for Lancashire posting 76 off 52 balls in the second innings of the County Championship division one cricket match against Glouscestershire at Cheltenham. Mongia struck two sixes and eight fours on his way to the half century as his side, virtually assured of victory now, declared at 354 for two.


Shivnarine Chanderpaul of the West Indies kisses the pitch after completing his century on the third day of the first Test against England Chanderpaul helps Windies avert follow-on
London, July 24
England's Andrew Flintoff took two wickets in two balls and added a third for no runs as West Indies were dismissed for 416 on day three of the first test at Lord's today.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul of the West Indies kisses the pitch after completing his century on the third day of the first Test against England at Lord's, London, on Saturday. — AP/PTI photo

 

KPS Gill Rajinder replaced, not “sacked”, says Gill
New Delhi, July 24
Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) president KPS Gill today gave a clean chit to Rajinder Singh and absolved him of any financial irregularity. He said Rajinder Singh was removed as the national coach for purely hockey reasons, and not because he committed any financial irregularity during the Indian team’s training stint at Arizona (USA) last month.

India joint 2nd in Asian Junior TT
New Delhi, July 24
China reigned supreme, bagging seven gold, four silver and three bronze medals while hosts India and Japan finished joint second with one gold and two bronze medals at the 10th Asian Junior Table Tennis championship at the Talkatora stadium here today.

Feng Yalan (left) and Ma Long of China pose with their trophies after winning the girls and boys singles final, respectively, at the 10th Asian Junior table tennis championship in New Delhi on Saturday. — PTI photo
Feng Yalan and Ma Long of China pose with their trophies after winning the girls and boys singles final, respectively

4 Sangrur boxers enter finals
Sangrur, July 24
Four boxers from Sangrur have qualified for the finals in the Panjab State Senior Boxing Championships today. In light flyweight category, Sarabjit Singh of Sangrur entered the finals defeating Pushkar from Patiala in a closely fought bout. In the final he will face Amandeep Singh of STC, who defeated Dinesh of Fatehgarh Sahib in the second semifinal.

Top seed Serena Williams of the US hugs Russia's Vera Zvonareva
Top seed Serena Williams (right) of the US hugs Russia's Vera Zvonareva after their quarterfinal match of the JP Morgan Chase Open in Carson, California, on Friday. Williams won 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. — Reuters

AIFF selects 35 for camp
Margao, July 24
The All India Football Federation selection committee has called 35 players for the coaching camp to select the Indian team for the LG Cup and World Cup qualifying match against Japan. All the selected players should report to coach Stephen Constantine on August 4 at Hyatt Regency, Salt Lake City in Kolkata, AIFF secretary Alebrto Colaco.

Ludhiana eves stun Faridkot
Chandigarh, July 24
Ludhiana girls caused an upset defeating holders Faridkot in the Punjab Basketball Championship for juniors at flood-lit Nehru Stadium, Ropar, last night. In the boys section, both Amritsar and Baba Lodhiana teams recorded two wins each in the round robin league to stay unbeaten.

Ishu, Kamalpreet win titles
Sangrur, July 24
Ishu Dewan of Springdales School, Sangrur, and Kamlapreet Singh of Baba Zorawar Singh School, Malerkotla, won the girls and boys singles under-10 titles, respectively, in the district badminton championships.


US Postal rider Lance Armstrong cycles on his way to win the 55-km 19th stage of the Tour de France US Postal rider Lance Armstrong cycles on his way to win the 55-km 19th stage of the Tour de France in Besancon, France, on Saturday. Armstrong all but sealed his record sixth Tour de France victory when he outclassed the field on the penultimate day of the race on Saturday. — Reuters

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Pak in must-win situation

Colombo, July 24
A tough contest is on the cards as Pakistan are keen on settling a score with arch-rivals India when they lock horns in a day-night encounter of the Asia Cup at the R. Premadasa stadium here tomorrow.

It is a must-win situation for Pakistan, who are itching their fingers to avenge the 2-3 defeat at the hands of India in the historic friendship series in Pakistan a few months ago. The reigning champions, who were humbled by hosts Sri Lanka, will go flat out against India not only for full points but also for bonus points to remain in contention for the final, scheduled for August 1. A loss against India will mean the champions are out of the championship and their final league match against Bangladesh will be only of academic interest.

Four-time champions India will be looking for a win to ensure that they will be in the reckoning for the title for the fifth time.

Sri Lanka are virtually into the final with their second successive victory with bonus points against Bangladesh yesterday. Bangladesh are out of the championship with their second successive loss.

While India have no fitness problems, Pakistan are worried about Imran Farhat, who twisted his left ankle before the match against Sri Lanka. Though he is stated to be recovering, his playing tomorrow’s match appears bleak and Pakistan might bring in Imran Nazir in his place and ask Shoaib Malik to open the innings in a bid to have a full bowling strength against the strong batting line-up of India.

Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer put his chances at 50:50 and indicated that the side which went down to Sri Lanka by seven wickets would be playing.

India appear to have an edge over Pakistan, whose performance came in for bitter criticism from Woolmer after their encounter against Sri Lanka. Though Woolmer had said he would not shout at the boys, he would have pulled up the players and they will be eager to make amends. Also, Pakistan have to win against India if they have to defend the title in the final.

Woolmer, who took over after Javed Miandad was fired in the wake of the team’s defeat at the hands of India, was very vocal in his criticism and openly blamed the batsmen and said there were self-inflicted dismissals. “There are no excuses. I don’t think the team was disorganised”, he added.

He had also dropped indications that they would be going in for bonus points in the next two matches. Pakistan will play Bangladesh in the last league match on July 29.

India also would be looking for a victory to book a berth in the final as their final match is against Sri Lanka on July 27.

The interesting point in tomorrow’s match will be whether India will be fielding Zaheer Khan against Pakistan. Though he has been declared fit and available for the match by physio Andrew Leipus, the team management might not take a risk in the crucial encounter. Though the injury he sustained during the match against Sri Lanka at Dambulla in the quadricep of the left leg was a new one, he has a history of injuries. — UNI

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Ganguly dismisses “favourites” tag

Sachin Tendulkar catches a ball during a practice session in Colombo on Saturday
Sachin Tendulkar catches a ball during a practice session in Colombo on Saturday. — AP/PTI photo

Colombo, July 24
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly today shrugged off suggestions that his team was better placed to win tomorrow’s Asia Cup match against arch-rivals Pakistan, saying nobody could be termed “favourites” in the shorter version of the game.

“I don’t like the term favourites in one-day cricket. Nobody is favourite in this form of game,” said Ganguly on the eve of the crucial match.

Ganguly also clarified that VVS Laxman, the star middle order batsman, was suffering from only a minor bruise on his right knee and it was not a serious injury.

“He has not come out for nets today because he has been given a precautionary rest. He should be available for selection tomorrow,” the skipper said.

Laxman received a knock in the same area in his right knee which had kept him out of the game against Sri Lanka but according to reports he has responded well to treatment.

India is yet to play a game at the Premadasa stadium but Ganguly did not term it as a disadvantage to his team.

“We have played here before and know the conditions. I do not think chasing would be a problem on this wicket.”

Ganguly said the team would go into the match with three medium pacers and a spinner in the form of Anil Kumble as the first choice. As for medium-pacers, he did not discount the chances of Zaheer Khan returning to the team.

“Zaheer Khan is completely fit now and available for selection,” said Sourav, indicating the left-arm medium-pacer could be contesting for a seamer’s berth with Laxmipathy Balaji.

Ganguly admitted it was a pressure game against Pakistan tomorrow. “We are scheduled to play a lot in coming months and the pressure is always going to be there.”

He said the Pakistan team had a good bowling attack and his team would have to bat really well against Shoaib Akhtar and company.

“They have a very good bowling attack and we need to bat really well.”

Explaining why Parthiv Patel was promoted to opener’s slot against Sri Lanka, Ganguly said “we played Patel at the top because he plays fast bowling well. We saw the evidence of it in Test matches also.” Coach John Wright was present at the nets despite being indisposed which underlines the importance the Indians are attaching to tomorrow’s game. — PTI 

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Pak must play to their potential
Bob Woolmer

Sunday looms large as D-Day for the Pakistan team. A defeat against India will see them knocked out of the Asia Cup. Doom and gloom for many, I expect. However, the team itself will not accept that fact and they have been working very hard in preparation. Training has been intense and focused. Defeat can have two results, despondency or determination and it has been interesting to see how determined the Pakistan team have become during the preparation phase.

Determination, however, may not be enough to beat probably the most talented Indian side ever. The long batting line-up and a young and youthful vibrant bowling attack make up the ingredients for a winning combination. Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag are a proven opening partnership and also a devastating one. Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh make a dynamic middle order and the tail is not to be written off either.

The return of Harbhajan Singh strengthens their spin attack and I suppose India will have a selection problem as to which attack will be better on the night. Irfan Pathan and L. Balaji are proven wicket takers but still young.

It is a team well respected in cricket circles around the world. So the Pakistan task seems almost insurmountable. How then do we approach this game under these odds?

First of all we have to look at the strengths available to Pakistan. There is Inzamam, a giant among batsmen in world cricket today. In Mohammad Sami and Shoaib Akhtar there is potential and the duo could strike up a world-famous opening pair similar to the likes of McGrath and Gillespie, Lillee and Thomson, Trueman and Statham, Hall and Griffiths. This is the goal that they would like to achieve.

In Yasir Hameed there is an exciting young batsman backed up by the experience of Yousuf Youhana and Younis Khan. Moin Khan has plenty of experience as a wicket keeper-batsman, so there is plenty of ability and after the stinging defeat the other night, they will be trying very hard.

The key, however, is to relax, enjoy the pressure on the big occasion, focus on the job in hand, work hard every ball and to make use of the talent available.

The pitch will also be a factor but not an issue. It looks a good batting pitch and chasing at night seems to be just as easy as batting first, so the toss should not be a factor.

Much has been made of the Indo-Pak rivalry and it resembles (on a much larger scale) the many traditional rivalries that cricket has. I have been involved in a few and the Ashes clashes were always the games to play in. Kent vs Sussex, Yorkshire vs Lancashire, and Transvaal vs Western Province in South Africa always get the adrenalin of supporters flowing and create that extra motivation for players.

This will obviously be my first experience of this clash and it will be very interesting to be part of it, it will be another special cricketing experience. However, this is on neutral territory, so the passion of the spectators will not be so intense. I have also been staggered by the intense media coverage for the Asia Cup and it shows just how the game has changed over the years.

At the risk of being boring, I can remember when the main issue for the media was to report on the game and not the individual rivalries. Now of course the Tendulkar vs Akhtar battle will be a focus for all fans. For us though, the focus must be on the cricket, the game, the ball and the joy of being on the pitch. There are so many people living every ball. Who will be the heroes and who will be the villains?

Like a good book everyone wants to know the ending, but to endure the ball-by-ball drama is very hard. Expectations, disappointment, elation will be just a few of the emotions that will pervade millions of households as the game unfolds on TV.

It will be D-Day for Pakistan but also for India. If Pakistan win, then they have to beat Bangladesh to go through. There is a lot to play for. Amid all the hype we still have to remember that it is only a game! Did I really say that? As a coach it is important always to study the game and try not to become too emotional as the bigger picture is the team and how it can improve. One game among many is merely part of that process. — Gameplan

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Mongia, Agarkar in good nick

London, July 24
Dinesh Mongia continued his good run for Lancashire posting 76 off 52 balls in the second innings of the County Championship division one cricket match against Glouscestershire at Cheltenham.

Mongia struck two sixes and eight fours on his way to the half century as his side, virtually assured of victory now, declared at 354 for two. The Punjab left-hander had hit 111 to take their first innings total to 375.

Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar, playing for county side Middlesex, also proved his worth as he plucked three wickets giving 72 runs to restrict Worcestershire for 305 in County Championship Division one match at New Road.

The Mumbai player sent to pavilion Andy Bichel, A Hall and M S Mason. In reply, Middlesex were 260 for three in their first innings. —PTI

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Chanderpaul helps Windies avert follow-on 

London, July 24
England's Andrew Flintoff took two wickets in two balls and added a third for no runs as West Indies were dismissed for 416 on day three of the first test at Lord's today.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul remained unbeaten on 128, his 11th Test hundred, having calmly pushed the touring side past their target of 369 to avoid the follow-on after England had amassed 568.

England were 71 without loss and in total control at stumps

Marcus Trescothick had made a steady 34 and Andrew Strauss, who scored 137 in the first innings, was 27 not out as the home side built a lead of 223.

England (1st Innings): 568

West Indies (1st Innings):

Gayle lbw b Giles 66

Smith b Giles 45

Sarwan lbw b Hoggard 1

Lara c G Jones b Giles 11

Chanderpaul not out 128

Bravo c G Jones b S Jones 44

Jacobs c G Jones b Hoggard 32

Banks b Flintoff 45

Best b Flintoff 0

Collins b Flintoff 0

Edwards b Giles 5

Extras (b-20, lb-11, w-5, nb-3) 39

Total (all out in 116.4 overs) 416

Fall of wickets: 1-118, 2-119, 3-127, 4-139, 5-264, 6-327, 7-399, 8-399, 9-401.

Bowling: Matthew Hoggard 28-7-89-2; Steve Harmison 21-6-72-0; Simon Jones 17-3-70-1; Ashley Giles 40.4-5-129-4; Andrew Flintoff 10-4-25-3.

England (IInd innings):

Trescothick not out 34

Strauss not out 27

Extras (lb-5 nb-5) 10

Total (For no loss of wicket, 22 overs) 71

Bowling: Best 3-1-14-0, Collins 5-1-10-0 (nb-1), Banks 8-1-26-0, Edwards 6-0-16-0 (nb-4) —Reuters.

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Rajinder replaced, not “sacked”, says Gill
M.S. Unnikrishnan

New Delhi, July 24
Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) president KPS Gill today gave a clean chit to Rajinder Singh and absolved him of any financial irregularity. He said Rajinder Singh was removed as the national coach for purely hockey reasons, and not because he committed any financial irregularity during the Indian team’s training stint at Arizona (USA) last month.

Mr Gill said the story about Rajinder pocketing a huge sum presented to the team by the NRIs of Arizona was a “total concoction”. “Perhaps money could have collected in the name of terrorism, but nobody would give even a bottle of water for the cause of hockey”, Mr Gill observed. He also clarified that Rajinder had not been “sacked”, but has only been replaced, and that too after having a “detailed discussion” with him on the matter.

The IHF president said a change of guard in coaching was effected keeping in mind the team’ Olympic hopes at Athens and hence the appointment of the German coaches Gerhard Rach and Oliver Kurt. They will be assisted by former Olympian Jagbir Singh.

He said the new coaches have been brought in for better “cohesive and interactive” dealings with the players. Mr Gill did not discount the possibility of reinducting Rajinder among the IHF panel of coaches after the Olympics, as the federation has lined up a series of programmes for the hockey teams.

The IHF president said the Olympic squad was finalised at Dusseldorf in Germany after considerable deliberations among the selectors and coaches. The selectors present in Germany were former Olympians Gurbax Singh, Aslam Sher Khan and B P Govinda, Mr Gill and IHF secretary K Jyotikumaran.

Mr Gill said the Indian team was capable of making the semi-final grade, and after that it would be anybody’s game. He said the selectors spent a week in Germany, watched the players in action, had lots of interactive sessions with the coaches and players before picking the 16 for Athens. He said the four-nation tournament in Dusseldorf, in which India finished second, behind hosts Germany, was used as the selection trials.

He said it was very difficult to finalise the Olympic team as there was very little difference between the players. “Every position was discussed thoroughly and every selector was asked to prepare a list of players and all the lists matched”, he explained.

Mr Gill said there was “tremendous will among the players and the coaches to do their best for the country. Everybody is totally focussed, and the team is working on their deficiencies noticed at (the four-nation tournaments) at Amsterdam and Dusseldorf”.

He said the Indian team’s weak points were goalkeeping, defence, coordination between the half line and forwards and in penalty corner conversions. He said the team had made considerable improvements in all these areas after their training stint at Leverkussen in Germany. The players were also happy with the food being cooked by a man from Rajpura. He said there has been great change in the team, from Amsterdam to Dusseldorf.

Mr Gill said the physical fitness of the players has also improved which was evident when the team played five tough matches in six days. “We expect good results in Athens”, Mr Gill summed up. He said those who could not make it into the Olympic team will be called for a coaching camp, in which 20 players will be selected, in preparation for the Test series against Pakistan after the Olympic Games. 

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India joint 2nd in Asian Junior TT

New Delhi, July 24
China reigned supreme, bagging seven gold, four silver and three bronze medals while hosts India and Japan finished joint second with one gold and two bronze medals at the 10th Asian Junior Table Tennis championship at the Talkatora stadium here today.

On the concluding day today, China clinched all three doubles titles - girls, boys and mixed - and are all set to add two more in the junior boys and girls singles categories as it will be an all-Chinese affair.

In the boys doubles, Zhang Jike and Jhang Tlanyi of China beat compatriot Ma Long and Lin Chen 11-9, 11-1, 11-9, 11-8 while the pair of Liu Shiwen and Cai Sai beat Korean duo Jee Min Hyung and Park Seong Hye 17-15, 12-10, 11-5.

In the mixed doubles final, Chinese pair of Ma Long and Cai Sai beat compatriots Zhang Jike and Ding Ning 11-8, 9-11, 11-6.

In the junior boys singles semi-finals, Chinese Zhang Jike beat compatriot Cho Eon Rae 4-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-8, 11-6 while Ma Long of China got the better of Japanese player Kishikawa Seiya 11-9, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7.

In the junior girls singles semi-finals, Ding Ning of China beat compatriot Liu Shiwen 11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 14-12 and Chinese Feng Yalan beat Korean Choi Moon Yound 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-4. — UNI

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4 Sangrur boxers enter finals
Our Sports Reporter

Sangrur, July 24
Four boxers from Sangrur have qualified for the finals in the Panjab State Senior Boxing Championships today.
In light flyweight category, Sarabjit Singh of Sangrur entered the finals defeating Pushkar from Patiala in a closely fought bout. In the final he will face Amandeep Singh of STC, who defeated Dinesh of Fatehgarh Sahib in the second semifinal.

Gurmukh Singh of Sangrur, who is hot favourite to win the flyweight title had no difficulty in defeating Sunil of Patiala in semifinal. Surinder Singh of STC will clash with Gurmukh in the finals. Surinder defeated Amarjit of Amritsar.

In an exciting bout, Kulwinder of Sangrur edged out another boxer from Sangrur Ravinder, also of Sangrur in the semifinal of bantam weight category. He will clash with Sandeep Dutta of Patiala in the finals. Dutta scored an easy victory over Mehmood of STC in the second semifinals.

Birdevinder of Sangrur and Som Nath of Mansa will face each other in the final of feather weight category. Birdevinder defeated Kamaldeep of Punjab Police in the first semifinal while Som Nath had tough time defeating Bikramjit Singh of Ludhiana in the second semifinal.

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AIFF selects 35 for camp

Margao, July 24
The All India Football Federation selection committee has called 35 players for the coaching camp to select the Indian team for the LG Cup and World Cup qualifying match against Japan.

All the selected players should report to coach Stephen Constantine on August 4 at Hyatt Regency, Salt Lake City in Kolkata, AIFF secretary Alebrto Colaco.

The following are the probables: Naseem Akhtar, Covan Lawrence, Arun Malhotra, Debrata Roy, S. Venkatesh, Jatin Singh Bist, Steven Dias, Abhishek Yadav, Mahesh Gawali, Mark Mascarenhas, Vinu Jose, Sameer Naik, Gourmangi Singh, R.C. Prakash, Freddie Mascarenhas, Sangram Mukherjee, Deepak Mondal and Debjit Ghosh.

The others are M. Suresh, Bijen Singh, Baichung Bhutia, Alvito D’Cunha, Climax Lawrence, Prasanto Dora, Jerry Zirzanga, Asim Biswas, Tomba Singh, Noel Wilson, Shek Sanjeeb, Renedy Singh, Habibour Rehman, Sur Kumar Singh, Vimal Pariyar, Jo Paul Ancheri and V.K. Harish. — PTI

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Ludhiana eves stun Faridkot
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Ludhiana girls caused an upset defeating holders Faridkot in the Punjab Basketball Championship for juniors at flood-lit Nehru Stadium, Ropar, last night. In the boys section, both Amritsar and Baba Lodhiana teams recorded two wins each in the round robin league to stay unbeaten.

The following are the results :

Boys section: Amritsar 88 (Gurbhej 38, Pardeep 23 and Manpreet 11) b Faridkot 57(Sukhpal 32, Varinder 9). Amritsar 92 (Pardeep 32, Gurbhej 18, Gurjinder 16, Aman 12 and Manpreet 11) b Patiala 69 (Gurpreet 24, Tarnveer 21, and Harpreet 15).

Baba Lodhiana 77 (Gurbaj 34, Sahiljit 15, Vijay 13, Gurpreet Singh 9) b Moga 48 (Satbir 12, Satinder 12, Binny Pal 10). Baba Lodhiana Academy 69 (Gurbaj 20, Vijay 17, Sahiljit 10, Surpreet 10) b Faridkot 33 (Sukhpal Sr 19 and Davinder Singh 6).

Girls section: Jalandhar 55 (Aashana 27, Saloni 13) b Amritsar 17 (Jagroop 9). Ludhiana 57 (Taranjit 18, Kiranjit 13 and Simran 8) b Faridkot 13 (Gurpreet and Manpreet 6 each).

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Ishu, Kamalpreet win titles
Our Sports Reporter

Sangrur, July 24
Ishu Dewan of Springdales School, Sangrur, and Kamlapreet Singh of Baba Zorawar Singh School, Malerkotla, won the girls and boys singles under-10 titles, respectively, in the district badminton championships.

In the girls final, Ishu defeated Palak Gogia from Malerkotla 11-8, 11-6 in a well-fought match. But the boys final between Kamalpreet and Feroz Khan of Dhuri was the best match of the day. Both players were evenly matched and they played very well. Kamalpreet won the match 15-13, 15-13.

Simran and Zeenia from Springdales School won the girls double under-13 title defeating Reetika and Sanchi from Malerkotla 15-12, 15-11.

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Lawyers for US athlete Marion Jones, seen here in a file photograph, say that her ex-husband C.J. Hunter should be prosecuted for lying to federal officials
Lawyers for US athlete Marion Jones, seen here in a file photograph, say that her ex-husband C.J. Hunter should be prosecuted for lying to federal officials following reports that he told them Jones had used steroids at the 2000 Sydney Games. — Reuters

Mohun Bagan to play in Myanmar
Kolkata:
Mohun Bagan will visit Myanmar early next month to play three friendly matches with the country’s national side.
Stating this, Mohun Bagan assistant general secretary Balaram Chowdhury said the 19-member club side would leave for the neighbouring nation on August 2. The matches are scheduled to be played on August 3, 5 and 7 and the team will return on August 9. — PTI

HP boxing team
Shimla:
An 11-member squad will represent Himachal Pradesh in the senior national boxing championship scheduled to be held at Hisar from August 3.
The team members are: Vikrant Shiva (flyweight), Kamal Chauhan (bantamweight), Rakesh Kumar (featherweight), Munish (lightweight), Kuldeep (light welterweight), Chaten Chauhan (welterweight), Sunn Bodh (light heavyweight) and Vivek Sharma (heavyweight). Roshan Lal will accompany the team as the coach and Sanjeet Chauhan as the manager. — TNS

Kamble leads
Patiala:
International Master (IM) V. Kamble of Western Railway played a brilliant endgame to beat his colleague Pankaj Joshi in 45 moves to lead the pack in the individual event of the 17th All-India Inter -Railway Chess Championship at the DMW here on Saturday.
Kamble led the points table with 5 points while G.Balaji, also of Western Railway, drew with YSA Shazuli to be placed second with 4.5 points. Shanker Roy of Eastern Railway chalked out a comprehensive 31-move victory against R. Bala of ICF, Chennai, and managed to snatch one full point to draw level with G. Balaji at 4.5 points. — OSR

Italy's Max Biaggi takes a turn as Britain's Chris Burns is thrown in the air Italy's Max Biaggi (left) takes a turn as Britain's Chris Burns is thrown in the air during the qualifying round of the British MotoGP Grand Prix at the Donington Park circuit, central England, on Saturday. — Reuters

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