SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

DELHI


THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

Malik powers Pak to stunning win
Colombo, July 25
Pakistan buried the ghosts of the recent home series loss against India and strengthened their chances of entering the final with a stunning 59-run victory over their arch-rivals in the Super League match of the Asia Cup tournament here today.
Shoaib Malik plays a shot during his knock of 143 in the Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan at the R. Premedasa cricket ground
Shoaib Malik plays a shot during his knock of 143 in the Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan at the R. Premedasa cricket ground in Colombo on Sunday. — AFP photo

Love-struck Irfan fans taken home
Irfan Pathan
Vadodara, July 25
Family bonding triumphed over love as parents of two Haryana-based sisters, who had fled home almost a month ago to meet and marry Indian pace bowler Irfan Pathan, took them back yesterday.

Pak to play Tests in India next year
Kolkata, July 25
BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya said here today that India would host Pakistan for three Tests and five one-dayers early next year.

Windies chase 478 for victory
London, July 25
England captain Michael Vaughan became only the third man in history to make hundreds in both innings of a Lord’s Test here today before leaving West Indies a target of 478 for victory.

England captain Michael Vaughan hits a cover drive on the fourth day of the first Test against the West Indies England captain Michael Vaughan hits a cover drive on the fourth day of the first Test against the West Indies at Lord's, London, on Sunday.
— Reuters photo



 



A young Chinese supporter wears a headband during China's Asian Cup Group A match against Qatar in Beijing on Sunday. China won the match 1-0. — Reuters



EARLIER STORIES
 

Mohali to host Irani Cup match in October
Mumbai, July 25
The season-opening domestic cricket tie for the Irani Cup between reigning Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai and the Rest of India would be played at Mohali from October 22 to 26. Central Zone and West Zone would host the 2004-05 season’s Duleep Trophy and Deodhar Trophy tournaments respectively, the BCCI announced here yesterday.

Uruguay beat Colombia for third place
Cuzco (Peru), July 25
Vicente Sanchez rebounded from his decisive missed penalty kick in the semifinal by scoring the game-winner for Uruguay to beat Colombia 2-1 in the Copa America third-place playoff. Sanchez’s blocked kick in the penalty shootout helped Brazil win their semifinal, but he made a beautifully weighted left-foot lob over Colombia goalkeeper Juan Carlos Henao for the winner nine minutes from the end yesterday. Fabian Estoyanoff nailed a cross in the third minute for Uruguay, and Sergio Herrera levelled from a penalty in the 71st minute in Peru’s historic at capital, 500 km inland from Lima.

Uruguay's Jorge Martinez (left) and Colombia’s Gustavo Victoria fight for the ball during their Copa America match in Cuzco, Peru, on Saturday. — Reuters
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Uruguay's Jorge Martinez and Colombia’s Gustavo Victoria fight for the ball during their Copa America match in Cuzco

China beat Qatar, enter last eight
Beijing, July 25
Hosts China today marched into the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup football tournament with a 1-0 win over Qatar, even as three Iran players were suspended and a referee was kicked out in the wake of the three-time champions’ controversial draw with Oman.

Three Iranians suspended, referee sent home
Beijing, July 25
Three Iran players were suspended and a referee was kicked out of the Asian Cup here today in the wake of the three-time champions’ bitterly controversial draw with Oman.

JCT honours football team
Phagwara, July 25
The management of JCT Limited yesterday honoured the Punjab under-21 football team by giving cash rewards of Rs 5,000 each to its members. The team won the 13th Under-21 National Football Championship held at Jamalpur from May 25 to June 4 this year by defeating Bengal 4-1 in the final.

Western Railway’s Kamble maintains lead
Patiala, July 25
Overnight leader V.Kamble of Western Railway opted for a Reti opening which later transposed into a closed Sicilian variation to subdue a fighting Nassir Wajih of Railway board to maintain his lead on the penultimate day of the 17th All India Inter Railway chess tournament played at the DMW premises here today.

Zeenia, Feroz champs
Sangrur, July 25
Zeenia of Springdales School won her second title in the district badminton championships here, when she had won the girls under-13 singles title. She had won the girls under-13 doubles title yesterday.

Sangrur win boxing championship
Sangrur, July 25
Sangrur with 18 points won the overall championship in the Punjab State Senior Boxing Championship which concluded here today. Patiala got second place with 11 points while the third place went to Mastuana, who secured 10 points.

Jalandhar girls win basketball title

Five-time champion US Postal rider Lance Armstrong toasts with a glass of champagne shortly after the start of the 20th and final stage Italy's Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi holds up the trophy after winning the British MotoGP Grand Prix
Five-time champion US Postal rider Lance Armstrong toasts with a glass of champagne shortly after the start of the 20th and final stage of Tour de France between Montereau and Paris on Sunday. Armstrong won the Tour de France for a record-breaking sixth time on Sunday. Ferrari's German world champion Michael Schumacher celebrates his victory at the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim on Sunday. Schumacher won the race ahead Honda's British driver Jenson Button and Spanish Renault driver Fernando Alonso. Italy's Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi holds up the trophy after winning the British MotoGP Grand Prix at the Donington Park circuit, central England, on Sunday. World champion Rossi moved clear at the top of the championship race with an easy victory in the race on Sunday.
— Reuters photos

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Malik powers Pak to stunning win

Inzamam-ul Haq hits a six off Harbhajan Singh during the Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan in Colombo
Inzamam-ul Haq hits a six off Harbhajan Singh during the Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan in Colombo on Sunday.

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates the dismissal of Abdul Razzaq as wicketkeeper Rahul Dravid looks
Sachin Tendulkar celebrates the dismissal of Abdul Razzaq as wicketkeeper Rahul Dravid looks. — AP/PTI photos

Colombo, July 25
Pakistan buried the ghosts of the recent home series loss against India and strengthened their chances of entering the final with a stunning 59-run victory over their arch-rivals in the Super League match of the Asia Cup tournament here today.

Piloted by a scintillating hundred from Shoaib Malik, Inzamam-ul Haq’s men defied form and odds to post a mammoth 300 for nine before restricting the Indians to 241 for eight in a tense day-night encounter at the Premadasa Stadium.

The emphatic win has reversed Pakistan’s fortunes after their humiliating loss to hosts Sri Lanka in their first Super League match.

India, however, just managed to deprive Pakistan of a crucial bonus point by going past the 240-mark in the final over and need to defeat hosts Sri Lanka with maximum points on Tuesday to edge out Pakistan from the final of the six-nation tournament.

Pakistan’s victory has assured Sri Lanka, who are at the top of the table with 12 points from two matches, of a berth in the final while the second spot will be decided by the India vs Sri Lanka match on Tuesday.

The 22-year old Malik played a key role for his team’s success as he not only notched up his second century of the tournament with a 127-ball 143 but also chipped in with two wickets of Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh to derail the Indian run chase.

The man of the match was the dominant partner in the 103-run second wicket partnership in which Yasir Hameed (31) played the supporting role to perfection.

Malik then was associated in another vital stand with skipper Inzamam as the two added 66 runs for the third wicket.

Indian speedster Irfan Pathan successfully appeals for a leg before decision against Imran Nazir
Indian speedster Irfan Pathan successfully appeals for a leg before decision against Imran Nazir. — AP/PTI photo

Inzamam, 34 from 48 balls, kept the scoreboard ticking as the youngster seemed to slow down while approaching the hundred.

Sourav Ganguly made a brave and surprise decision to go in with five specialist bowlers including two spinners on a batting friendly track.

But an off-colour Balaji, who conceded 61 runs in seven overs and 26 from the first three, meant the move backfired.

Ganguly then had to rely on Sachin Tendulkar whose three wickets did not allow the Pakistanis run away with an even bigger total.

However, Yousuf Youhana (29) and Abdul Razzaq (22) ensured the team sustained the momentum in the slog overs and set up the Indians a daunting target.

The Indian chase never took off although Shoaib Akhtar’s opening over cost 12 runs.

Virender Sehwag lasted only five balls before edging Shabbir Ahmed to wicketkeeper Moin Khan.

Ganguly was severely tested by Akhtar initially but from the moment he executed an inside-out six off Shabbir, the Indian captain was at his best.

He had the Pakistani attack by the scruff of the neck when, the very next ball after slashing Mohammad Sami to the point fence, he was bowled around the pads.

Ganguly’s 39 contained a five fours besides the six off Shabbir and took the pressure off Sachin Tendulkar as 62 runs were added for the second wicket.

Tendulkar consumed 103 balls for his 78. He also seemed to suffer from fatigue and took tablets midway through the innings.

Scoreboard

Pakistan

Nazir lbw b Pathan 1

Hameed b Kumble 31

Malik c Kaif b Tendulkar 143

Inzamam c Yuvraj b Harbhajan 34

Youhana c Kaif b Kumble 29

Razzaq b Pathan 22

Moin c Harbhajan b Pathan 14

Younis b Tendulkar 4 

Sami c Kaif b Tendulkar 1

Akhtar not out 0

Extras: (lb-6, w-11, nb-4)21

Total: (9 wkts, 50 overs) 300

Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-105, 3-171, 4-234, 5-277, 6-286, 7-296, 8-300, 9-300.

Bowling: Pathan 10-0-52-3, Balaji 7-0-61-0, Nehra 8-1-54-0, Harbhajan 10-0-50-1, Kumble 10-0-49-2, Tendulkar 5-0-28-3.

India

Sehwag c Moin b Shabbir 1

Tendulkar c Nazir b Malik 78

Ganguly b Sami 39

Dravid lbw Razzaq 5

Yuvraj c and b Malik 28

Kaif run out 3

Pathan c Nazir b Akhtar 38

Harbhajan c Younis b Shabbir 2

Balaji not out 5

Kumble not out 4

Extras (b-2, 1b-13, w-10, nb-13) 38

Total (8 wkts, 50 overs) 241

Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-79, 3-94, 4-139, 5-151, 6-214, 7-223, 8-233

Bowling: Akhtar 10-0-51-1, Shabbir 10-0-38-2, Sami 10-0-57-1, Razzaq 10-2-38-1, Malik 10-0-42-2. — PTI

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Love-struck Irfan fans taken home

Vadodara, July 25
Family bonding triumphed over love as parents of two Haryana-based sisters, who had fled home almost a month ago to meet and marry Indian pace bowler Irfan Pathan, took them back yesterday.

Lakshmi Valmiki (18) and her sister Seema (15) were taken back to Yamunanagar in Haryana last evening after they failed to meet the golden boy of Indian cricket, family sources said.

Their father Surajkumar Valmiki told PTI: “It was their childishness which led them to do such a thing.”

Valmiki said he had withdrawn a sum of Rs 4,000 from his account in the bank and kept it in a cupboard in June. He added that his daughters took this money and fled to Vadodara, the home city of the left-arm seamer, without informing anybody.

He said initially both the girls were reluctant to return home but conceded to parental demands after Irfan advised them to concentrate on their studies, during an interview with private TV channel telecast yesterday.

Both the girls had faked their identities as they did not want their parents to trace them and also did not want authorities of the Nari Sarankshan Gruh (women welfare home) to send them back home without meeting their idol.

It was a local autoriskshaw driver who took them to this home after taking them to old and new residential addresses of Irfan located in Mandvi and Tandalja area of the city and learning about Irfan playing Asia Cup matches in Sri Lanka.

Since June 30, both these girls had been staying at this Home in the hope they would meet Irfan and Lakshmi had wanted to propose to Irfan as she had fallen in love with him after watching him on TV. — PTI

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Pak to play Tests in India next year

Kolkata, July 25
BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya said here today that India would host Pakistan for three Tests and five one-dayers early next year.

Talking to mediapersons after the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) annual prize distribution ceremony, Dalmiya said, “India and Pakistan are due to play a day-night ODI this year and will play a full series in January-February next year, provided it suits both sides. This will be on a reciprocal basis.”

“Talks are on but no dates have been finalised as yet. We propose to play three Tests and five one-dayers during the series — a repeat of the series India played in Pakistan this year,” he added.

Dalmiya also unveiled his plans as the new chief of the Asian Cricket Council.

“There are 16 full members and soon we hope to see China and Japan coming up as emerging countries,” Dalmiya said. — UNI

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Windies chase 478 for victory

London, July 25
England captain Michael Vaughan became only the third man in history to make hundreds in both innings of a Lord’s Test here today before leaving West Indies a target of 478 for victory.

When bad light ended play with seven overs left in the day, West Indies were 114 for three, needing a further 364 to reach their imposing victory target of 478 on tomorrow’s final day.

West Indies captain Brian Lara was 11 not out and first innings centurion Shivnarine Chanderpaul four not out.

On the fourth day of the first Test, England declared at 325 for five at tea with Vaughan 101 not out after his first innings 103.

Together with England allrounder Andrew Flintoff, who made a rapid 58, he put on 92 in 69 balls during a blistering stand.

Vaughan followed West Indies great George Headley, who scored 106 and 107 in 1939 and England’s Graham Gooch who made 333 and 123 against India in 1990.

He was only the second England batsman to make hundreds in both innings of a Test against the West Indies after Alec Stewart (118 and 143) at Bridgetown, Barbados, in 1993-94.

England started the second session on 165 for three, a lead of 317, with Vaughan 23 not out and Graham Thorpe 25 not out after the West Indies had taken three quick wickets.

Scoreboard

England (1st Innings): 568

W. Indies (1st Innings): 416

England (2nd Innings)

Trescothick b Collins 45

Strauss c Sarwan b Collins 35

Key run out 15

Vaughan not out 101

Thorpe c and b Gayle 38

Flintoff c Jacobs b Collins 58

Extras (b-3, lb-14, nb-16) 33

Total (for 5 wkts dec, 76.4 overs) 325

Fall of wickets: 1-86, 2-104, 3-117, 4-233, 5-325.

Bowling: Best 3-1-14-0, Collins 14.4-1-62-3, Banks 26-1-92-0, Edwards 13-0-47-0, Bravo 7-0-28-0, Gayle 9-0-45-1, Sarwan 4-0-20-0.

West Indies (2nd Innings)

Gayle b Harmison 81

Smith lbw b Giles 6

Sarwan lbw b Hoggard 4

Lara batting 11

Chanderpaul batting 4

Extras (b-5, lb-2, nb-1) 8

Total (3 wkts, 28 overs) 114

FoW: 1-24, 2-35, 3-102

Bowling: Hoggard 7-1-35-1; Harmison 9-0-37-1; Giles 12-1-35-1. — AFP

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Mohali to host Irani Cup match in October

Mumbai, July 25
The season-opening domestic cricket tie for the Irani Cup between reigning Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai and the Rest of India would be played at Mohali from October 22 to 26.

Central Zone and West Zone would host the 2004-05 season’s Duleep Trophy and Deodhar Trophy tournaments respectively, the BCCI announced here yesterday.

The Duleep Trophy inter-zonal tournament is scheduled between February 23 and March 19, 2005, and is inclusive of six league clashes and the final.

North Zone, West Zone and South Zone have been pooled together in Group I while East, Central and a visiting team (not yet decided) have been bunched together in Group II.

The Deodhar Trophy inter-zonal one-day tournament would precede the Duleep Trophy and is to be played between January 23 and February 6.

West Zone associations would also play host to the All-India inter-state one-day knock-out tournament which is slated to be conducted between February 13 and 19.

West Zone would also conduct the Challenger Trophy one-day tournament for which dates and venues would be announced later.

The zonal one-day tournament would be played at one centre in each zone on a league basis and the zonal committees would finalise the draws and venues. The domestic calendar was finalised by the board’s tour programmes and fixtures committee at its meeting here on July 22.

The Ranji Trophy preliminary league for the Elite division would be conducted between November 7, 2004 and January 3, 2005. The Plate division ties would be organised from November 7 to December 16.

The Ranji Trophy semifinals in both divisions would be conducted between March 24 and 28 while the finals are to be held from April 5 to 9.

The detailed domestic programme for seniors is:

Jan 9-18, 2005: Zonal one-day tournament Deodhar Trophy (to be played in West Zone):

Jan 23: South v Central; East v West

Jan 26: North v East; South v West

Jan 30: Central v North; South v East

Feb 2: Central v East; North v West

Feb 6: South v North; Central v West

Feb 13-19: Inter-State all-India knock-out, West Zone

Duleep Trophy (to be played in Central Zone):

Group I: North, West and South

Group II: East, visiting team, Central

Feb 23-26: North v West; East v visiting team

Mar 2-5: West v South; visiting team v Central

Mar 8-11: North v South; East v Central

Mar 15-19: Final.

Ranji Trophy:

Elite division:

Group A: Mumbai, Railways, Bengal, Karnataka, Gujarat, Delhi, Andhra and Madhya Pradesh.

Group B: Tamil Nadu, Hyderabad, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Baroda, Maharashtra and Punjab.

Nov 7-10: Mumbai v Railways (hosts); Bengal (hosts) v Karnataka; Gujarat (hosts) v Delhi; Andhra v MP (hosts); Punjab (hosts) v UP; TN v Hyderabad (hosts); Assam (hosts) v Baroda.

Nov 16-19: Mumbai (hosts) v MP; Railways (hosts) v Bengal; Karnataka (hosts) v Gujarat; Delhi (hosts) v Andhra Pradesh; Punjab (hosts) v Assam; UP (hosts) v TN; Baroda v Maharashtra (hosts).

Nov 25-28: Mumbai (hosts) v Andhra Pradesh; Railways v Delhi (hosts); Bengal (hosts) v Gujarat; Karnataka (hosts) v MP; Punjab (hosts) v Baroda; UP (hosts) v Assam; Hyderabad (hosts) v Maharashtra.

Dec 4-7: Mumbai v Bengal (hosts); Railways v Gujarat (hosts); Karnataka (hosts) v AP; Delhi (hosts) v MP; Punjab (hosts) v Maharashtra; Hyderabad v Baroda (hosts); TN v Assam (hosts).

Dec 13-16: Mumbai (hosts) v Gujarat; Railways v MP (hosts); Bengal (hosts) v AP; Kartanataka v Delhi (hosts); Punjab v TN (hosts); UP v Hyderabad (hosts); Assam v Maharashtra (hosts).

Dec 22-25: Mumbai (hosts) v Karnataka (hosts); Railways v AP (hosts); Bengal (hosts) v Delhi; Gujarat (hosts) v MP; Punjab v Hyderabad (hosts); UP v Maharashtra (hosts); TN v Baroda (hosts).

Dec 31-Jan 3: Mumbai (hosts) v Delhi; Railways v Karnataka (hosts); Bengal (hosts) v MP; Gujarat v AP (hosts); TN (hosts) v Maharashtra; Hyderabad (hosts) v Assam; UP (hosts) v Baroda.

Plate division:

Group A: Orissa, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Saurashtra, Himachal and Bihar.

Group B: Haryana, Tripura, Goa, Services, Vidarbha and Rajasthan.

Nov 7-10: Orissa v J and K (hosts); Kerala (hosts) v Himachal; Bihar v Saurashtra, Rajkot; Haryana v Tripura (hosts); Goa v Services (hosts); Vidarbha (hosts) v Rajasthan.

Nov 16-19: Orissa v Kerala (hosts); J and K v Bihar (hosts); Himachal (hosts) v Saurashtra; Haryana (hosts) v Goa; Tripura v Vidarbha (hosts); Services (hosts) v Rajasthan.

Nov 25-28: Orissa v Himachal (hosts); Kerala v Bihar (hosts); J and K v Saurashtra, Rajkot; Haryana v Services (hosts); Goa (hosts) v Vidarbha; Tripura v Rajasthan (hosts).

Dec 4-7: Orissa v Bihar (hosts); J and K (hosts) v Himachal; Kerala (hosts) v Saurashtra; Haryana v Vidarbha (hosts); Tripura (hosts) v Services; Goa v Rajasthan (hosts).

Dec 13-16: Orissa v Saurashtra, Rajkot; Himachal v Bihar (hosts); J and K v Kerala (hosts); Haryana v Rajasthan, Rajkot; Services (hosts) v Vidarbha; Tripura (hosts) v Goa.

March 24-28: Semifinals of Elite and Plate divisions.

April 5-9: Finals of Elite and Plate divisions. — PTI

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Uruguay beat Colombia for third place

Cuzco (Peru), July 25
Vicente Sanchez rebounded from his decisive missed penalty kick in the semifinal by scoring the game-winner for Uruguay to beat Colombia 2-1 in the Copa America third-place playoff.

Sanchez’s blocked kick in the penalty shootout helped Brazil win their semifinal, but he made a beautifully weighted left-foot lob over Colombia goalkeeper Juan Carlos Henao for the winner nine minutes from the end yesterday. Fabian Estoyanoff nailed a cross in the third minute for Uruguay, and Sergio Herrera levelled from a penalty in the 71st minute in Peru’s historic at capital, 500 km inland from Lima.

Uruguay appeared to take the match less seriously than Colombia by retaining only two starters from the semifinals — defenders Joe Bizera and Carlos Diogo — but the Celeste dominated the first half and celebrated after the whistle as if they had won their 15th Copa.

The victory ended Uruguay’s six-match winless streak to Colombia since 1995, including a 5-0 hiding just last month in World Cup qualifying.

Osasuna forward Richard Morales announced it was his farewell match for Uruguay. Captain Paolo Montero and Sevilla striker Dario Silva have also hinted at retiring from international duty.

Colombia, the 2001 champion, started eight from the 0-3 loss to Argentina in the quarterfinal, resting strikers Tressor Moreno and Edwin Congo, and midfielder Oscar Diaz. — AP

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China beat Qatar, enter last eight

Beijing, July 25
Hosts China today marched into the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup football tournament with a 1-0 win over Qatar, even as three Iran players were suspended and a referee was kicked out in the wake of the three-time champions’ controversial draw with Oman.

Chinese defender Xu Yunlong headed home from close range in the 78th minute to deservedly seal a win for China in front of 62,000 spectators.

Meanwhile, tournament officials slapped a four-match ban on Iran’s goal hero Mohammed Nosrati for his brutal stamp on an Oman player and suspended defenders Rahman Rezaei and Ali Badavi for slapping each other in an extraordinary bust-up.

Bahraini referee Abdul Rahman will also play no further part in the tournament after an erratic display of officiating in the Group D game that Omani players believe cost them a famous victory over the Iranians. — AFP, Reuters

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Three Iranians suspended, referee sent home

Beijing, July 25
Three Iran players were suspended and a referee was kicked out of the Asian Cup here today in the wake of the three-time champions’ bitterly controversial draw with Oman.

Tournament officials slapped a four-match ban on Iran’s goal hero Mohammed Nosrati for his brutal stamp on an Oman player and suspended defenders Rahman Rezaei and Ali Badavi for slapping each other in an extraordinary bust-up.

Bahraini referee Abdul Rahman will also play no further part in the tournament after an erratic display of officiating in the Group D game that Omani players believe cost them a famous victory over the Iranians.

Nosrati, who was also fined $7,000, was his team’s hero yesterday after scoring a dramatic equaliser deep in injury time to secure a 2-2 draw for Iran after Oman had led by two goals midway through the second half.

But Oman’s players were furious that Nosrati was still on the pitch after an incident in the 62nd minute when he had blatantly trampled on the back of opposing striker Imad Ali.

“The Iran player Mohammad Nosrati deliberately stamped on the back of an Oman player in an off-the-ball incident.

“This action is considered as violent conduct,” the Asian Cup disciplinary committee said in a statement to announce the punishments after studying video evidence and official match reports.

Nosrati will play no further part in the tournament, his four-match ban not running out until after the final on August 7.

Iranian officials said they expect to appeal the suspensions after studying the disciplinary committee’s ruling.

Referee Rahman’s failure to punish Nosrati’s foul proved crucial.

As Oman’s players protested, Iran swept up field to score a crucial 63rd-minute goal through Ali Karimi to get themselves back into the game before Nosrati headed his last-gasp equaliser. — AFP 

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JCT honours football team
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, July 25
The management of JCT Limited yesterday honoured the Punjab under-21 football team by giving cash rewards of Rs 5,000 each to its members. The team won the 13th Under-21 National Football Championship held at Jamalpur from May 25 to June 4 this year by defeating Bengal 4-1 in the final.

The chief guest, Mr JC Sodhi, General Manager, (L&IR), JCT Limited, Phagwara, and also the senior vice-president of the Punjab Football Association (PFA) and the president of the District Football Association, Kapurthala, distributed prizes among the team members, according to a press note issued here yesterday.

A former footballer and local DSP Jaspal Singh, Mr Shivtar Singh Bajwa, vice-president, PFA, Sukhwinder Singh, former national coach, Parminder Singh, Asian star footballer (JCT coach), Jagir Singh, SAI football coach as well as the coach of the winning team, Balbir Singh, football coach, PSEB, and the manager of the team, and various other members of the PFA were present on the occasion.

Those honoured were Jarmanjeet Singh, Mukhwinderjit Singh, Hari Kishan, Gursevak Singh, Manjit Kumar, Sunil Kumar, Ranjit Singh, Kabul Singh, Manpreet Singh, Vijay, Ranvir Singh, Amandeep Singh, Harjit Pal, Yadwinder Singh, Rakinderjit Singh, Rajvir Singh, Amandeep Singh, Pardeep Kumar, Kularjit Singh, Amarjit Singh (all players), Jagir Singh (coach) and Balbir Singh (manager).

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Western Railway’s Kamble maintains lead
Our Sports Reporter

Patiala, July 25
Overnight leader V.Kamble of Western Railway opted for a Reti opening which later transposed into a closed Sicilian variation to subdue a fighting Nassir Wajih of Railway board to maintain his lead on the penultimate day of the 17th All India Inter Railway chess tournament played at the DMW premises here today.

With this victory, V.Kamble, now a favourite to win the title, has so far accumulated 7 points and is being followed by Y.S.A Shazuli of the ICF, Chennai, K.Ratnakaran, R.P Sharma, C.S Sridhar, V.Ramakrishna and S.Marunal (all of Southern Railway) all of whom have 5.5 points in their kitty. Shanker Roy of Eastern Railway, K.Gurasekan of the ICF and P.D.S Girinath of South Central Railway brought up the rear with 5 points apiece.

After exchange of rooks on the 20th move, Nassir Wajih tried to penetrate white’s kingside. However, much to his surprise V.Kamble was equal to the task with a pawn move on the rival’s kingside that tied up all the pieces.

Results: V.Kamble (WR) beat Nassir Wajih (Railway board), P.D.S Girinath (SCR) drew with K.Ratnakaran (SR), R.P Sharma (SR) beat G.Balaji (WR), Y.S.A Shazuli (ICF) beat Argyadeep Dass (ER), V.Ramakrishna (SCR) beat Suvrajit Sinha (ER), Shanker Roy (ER) drew with K.Gunasekran (ICF), C.S Sridhar (SR) beat Laltu Chatterjee (ER), Pankaj Joshi (WR) drew with A.K Medda (SER), Vikas Sharma (NR) beat T.J Suresh Kumar (ICF), A.Shanker (SR) beat C.Natarajan (ICF).

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Zeenia, Feroz champs
Our Sports Reporter

Sangrur, July 25
Zeenia of Springdales School won her second title in the district badminton championships here, when she had won the girls under-13 singles title. She had won the girls under-13 doubles title yesterday.

In the final Zeenia defeated her schoolmate and partner Simran in two well-fought games. She won 11-9, 11-9.

Feroz Khan of Dhuri won the boys singles under-13 title defeating his partner Jaspreet Kalsi, also from Dhuri. The final match between these two youngsters was well fought. Defying the heat inside the hall, both the players fought tooth and nail. But Feroz, who was unlucky to loose the under-10 final yesterday, was determined to win this match. Feroz won 15-13, 15-12 in about 30 minutes.

Boys doubles title in under-13 section went to Prince and Shivam of Army School, Sangrur. They overcome spirited and hot favourite pair of Malerkotla Sahil and Sidant 15-13, 15-13.

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Sangrur win boxing championship
Our Sports Reporter

Sangrur, July 25
Sangrur with 18 points won the overall championship in the Punjab State Senior Boxing Championship which concluded here today. Patiala got second place with 11 points while the third place went to Mastuana, who secured 10 points.

Results: Lt fly wt: Amandeep (STC) b Pushkar (Patiala); Fly wt: Gurmukh Singh (Sangrur) b Surinder (STC); Bantam wt: Kulwinder (Sangrur) b Sandeep (Patiala); Feather wt: Birdavinder (Sangrur) b Som Nath (Mansa); Light wt: Gagandeep (Sangrur) b Rakesh (HSP); Lt welter wt: Harvinder (PP) b Vicky (Sangrur); Welter wt: Barinder (Patiala) b Viranjit (Bathinda); Middle wt: Gautam b Parminder; Lt heavy wt: Sanjeev b Kuldeep; Heavy wt: Narinder b Randev; Super heavy wt: Manpreet b Jarnail Singh. 

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Jalandhar girls win basketball title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Jalandhar defeated Ludhiana 74-66 to win the girls title in the 55th Punjab Junior Basketball Championship at Nehru Stadium in Ropar today.
In the boys section, both Amritsar and Baba Lodhiana Academy were sharing the top position by winning all their three games.

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Swimmer hurt in attack
Faridkot:
National swimmer Harcharan Singh was injured when some persons assaulted him here on Saturday. The incident took place when Harcharan was getting some work done at a welding shop near Kammeyana Gate. Sources said the assailants, armed with sharp-edged weapons, came in a Maruti Zen and attacked Harcharan. Harcharan was admitted to the Guru Gobind Singh Medical Hospital. — TNS

Gill ‘dictatorial’
Phagwara:
Punjab Olympic Association President Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa on Sunday accused Mr KPS Gill, President,IHF, of being dictatorial as evidenced by the removal of hockey coach Rajinder Singh as well as the arbitrary exclusion of Kamalpreet Singh Chahal from the Indian hockey team. — OC

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