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Windies rub salt into India’s wounds
Port of Spain, May 29
India's curious slump continued unabated. Chasing a competitive but perfectly attainable target of 256, they again self-destructed to lose by 19 runs. West Indies, thus, completed a comprehensive 4-1 rout in the one-day international series of a team touted until 10 days ago as challengers to Australia in next year's World Cup.
Members of the West Indies team celebrate their one-day series victory over India after the end of the fifth match at Port of Spain Members of the West Indies team celebrate their one-day series victory over India after the end of the fifth match at Port of Spain on Sunday.
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Sachin’s absence was the key: Lara
Port of Spain, May 29
West Indian captain Brian Lara rated his team as a better one-day outfit than India but admitted that Sachin Tendulkar’s presence would have made a big difference.


Fans gear up for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
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Fielding let us down: Dravid
Port of Spain, May 29
Indian captain Rahul Dravid said today that going back to experienced cricketers may not help his side’s fielding which he termed as the critical reason for the 4-1 defeat in the one-day series against the West Indies here.

Rahul prone to run-outs
Port of Spain, May 29
For a thinking cricketer, Rahul Dravid has a dubious distinction of having an unusually high number of run-outs against his name in both forms of the game.


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EARLIER STORIES

  Indian men, women suffer defeat
Turin, May 29
Indian men suffered their second defeat in the 37th edition of the Chess Olympiad going down to defending champion Ukraine in the seventh round while their women counterparts were outdone by United States in quick time here.

Rifle shooters come a cropper in World Cup
New Delhi, May 29
Rifle shooters Anjali Bhagwat and Gagan Narang took it easy in the 50m 3 positions event at the ISSF World Cup in Munich to bow out before the final rounds of the men and women’s competition, respectively.

Nadal sets clay record
Sprem shocks Likhovtseva; Schnyder advances
Paris, May 29
Defending champion Rafael Nadal broke Guillermo Vilas’s professional era record of 53 consecutive wins on clay when he defeated Robin Soderling of Sweden in the first round of the French Open today. The Spaniard won 6-2, 7-5, 6-1 on Centre Court to record his 54th successive win on his favourite surface.


Switzerland’s Patty Schnyder returns a shot to the Netherlands’ Michaella Krajicek in the first round of the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris on Monday. Schnyder won 6-1, 6-2. — Reuters photo

Switzerland’s Patty Schnyder returns a shot to the Netherlands’ Michaella Krajicek in the first round of the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris

UP boys rally to beat Gujarat
Ludhiana, May 29
Uttar Pradesh boys, after trailing most of the time, made a fine comeback to outscore Gujarat 107-86 on the third day of the 57th Dhanoa Junior National Basketball Championship being played at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Players of Jammu & Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh in action during the 57 Dhanoa Junior National Basketball Championship at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Monday. Andhra Pradesh won 81-24. —  Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Four Indian kids to be FIFA flag-bearers
New Delhi, May 29
Four Indian kids have won themselves a chance to be FIFA flag-bearers at this year’s World Cup in Germany after a nationwide search spanning 1200 schools.

Players of Jammu & Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh in action during the 57 Dhanoa Junior National Basketball Championship at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana

Jeev continues to top Order of Merit
Kuala Lumpur, May 29
Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh continued to lead the way on the UBS Order of Merit with $ 441,758 in his kitty after nine events despite missing the Philippines Open last week.

Barreto to join Mohun Bagan
New Delhi, May 29
Mahindra United striker Jose Marcio Barreto today ended the speculation on his transfer by announcing his decision to move to Mohun Bagan to help the Kolkatan outfit end their drought of trophies. “I am going to Mohun Bagan.

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Windies rub salt into India’s wounds
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Indian players look crestfallen after the stunning 1-4 loss
Indian players look crestfallen after the stunning 1-4 loss. — Reuters photo

Port of Spain, May 29
India's curious slump continued unabated. Chasing a competitive but perfectly attainable target of 256, they again self-destructed to lose by 19 runs. West Indies, thus, completed a comprehensive 4-1 rout in the one-day international (ODI) series of a team touted until 10 days ago as challengers to Australia in next year's World Cup.

Tigers in the sub-continent, they have transpired to be lambs in the Caribbean, the historical win-loss ratio between the two sides in this part of the world now stretching to 15-5 in West Indies' favour.

Brian Lara veritably caught the Indians unawares at every step. He astonishingly handed the new ball to Wavell Hinds, better known for his batting. The Jamaican struck in his very first over with an innocuous looking outswinger to remove Robin Uthappa and soon also had the dangerous Mahendra Dhoni playing on.

Every time Lara wanted a wicket, he waved a magic wand; and a scalp would appear. In contrast, no matter what his counterpart Rahul Dravid did, it backfired. His dependability with the bat, too, deserted him.

With wickets falling at regular intervals, India inexorably hurtled to defeat. A flicker of hope arose with the association between Virender Sehwag, who top-scored with 95 off 103 deliveries (his 23rd ODI 50), and Yuvraj Singh, who for the first time on the tour seemed to rediscover his timing and placements.

But, having strained a hamstring, the latter failed to reach the pitch of a dipping googly from the left-arm Dave Mohammed to be bowled through the gate. Jerome Taylor, the right arm fast medium bowler, then returned to capture three quick wickets, including the one of Sehwag, to dash India's expectations.

The Delhi opener's innings, coupled with his bowling figures of one for 29 in 10 overs, certainly merited the attention of the man of the match adjudicator. But the award went to Dwayne Bravo for his unbeaten 62, which included a 36-ball 50, the best display in the West Indian venture.

The shock of plummeting to fifth from third in the International Cricket Council's ODI rankings, updated on Saturday, made no difference, as India, seeking a consolation win, fielded abjectly to transmit the initiative to West Indies. Dhoni let off Chris Gayle before he had opened his account, while Uthappa spilled Bravo at deep midwicket when he was 22.

From the morning, though, Queen's Park Oval was in celebration mode. Patrons had packed the stands to bid farewell to Trinidad and Tobago's greatest cricketer, the left-handed Lara in ODIs. Music blared, dainty hips wiggled and a capacity crowd gave him a thunderous cheer.

The Prince of Port of Spain's last exhibition, though, was not an extended affair. He pottered around until memorably waltzing down the pitch to Harbhajan Singh to smack the off-spinner for a straight six. This was enough to give his ardent fans their money's worth. He was run out in pursuit of a second run.

The gangling Gayle, dropped off Shantha Sreesanth's second ball, cashed in with booming drives, searing cuts and slog sweeps, before Sehwag bamboozled him in the air. His 26th ODI half century off 61 balls made India pay dearly.

Earlier, Sewnarine Chattergoon shouldered arms to a ball from Ajit Agarkar that swung in to the left-hander. It was the Mumbai medium pacer's 251st ODI victim.

Ramnaresh Sarwan, voted the man of the series, was on this occasion rather off-colour, hitting a solitary four in his 23rd ODI half century, before recklessly charging out to a good length ball from Sreesanth. But it was not destined to be India's day.

Scoreboard

West Indies

Gayle b Sehwag 51

Chattergoon b Agarkar 0

Sarwan b Sreesanth 52

Lara run out 36

Bravo not out 62

Hinds c Sehwag b Agarkar 32

Smith b Patel 1

Ramdin not out 1

Extras (b-1, lb-3, w-13, nb-3) 20

Total (6 wickets, 50 overs) 255

Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-90, 3-137, 4-165, 5-243, 6-251.

Bowling: Sreesanth 10-0-62-1, Agarkar 10-1-44-2, Patel 10-0-64-1, Harbhajan 10-0-52-0, Sehwag 10-0-29-1.

India

Uthappa c Ramdin b Hinds 0

Sehwag c Gayle b Taylor 95

Dhoni b Hinds 14

Dravid run out 18

Yuvraj b Mohammed 26

Kaif c Gayle b Taylor 12

Raina c Ramdin b Taylor 2

Agarkar c Smith b Gayle 21

Harbhajan c sub b Mohammed 26

Patel c Chattergoon b Mohammed 0

Sreesanth not out 2

Extras (lb-4, w-14, nb-2) 20

Total (all out, 48 overs) 236

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-26, 3-73, 4-130, 5-170, 6-180, 7-189, 8-230, 9-231.

Bowling: Hinds 5-0-28-2, Taylor 10-0-48-3, Mohammed 9-1-39-3, Smith 5-0-28-0, Bravo 9-0-45-0, Gayle 10-0-44-1.

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Sachin’s absence was the key: Lara

Port of Spain, May 29
West Indian captain Brian Lara rated his team as a better one-day outfit than India but admitted that Sachin Tendulkar’s presence would have made a big difference.

“I think the West Indies team is a better one-day team than this Indian side. But the absence of Sachin Tendulkar was the key,” Lara said basking in glory after his side triumphed for the fourth straight time over India at the Queen’s Park Oval yesterday.

“Sachin Tendulkar is a major factor in Indian cricket, take it or leave it. He can make a big difference in any series. Just look at the ICC Super Series, we lost all the one-day matches as well as Tests because he was not there.

“When you miss someone who has played over 300 one-day internationals, the best batsman in the world, a vital spoke in the wheel, it is tough. But we are happy that we’ve won and India has got to go back to the drawing board and rearrange things.”

Lara said it felt great that his side had put it across a team that is better than New Zealand and Zimbabwe, two sides it has beaten in recent past.

“We’ve got bigger fish to fry and we did well. Greg (Chappell) statement gave us a big fillip. I spoke to the boys after the game in Jamaica and said how can we lose a game by one ball and not win the next one.

“It worked. We improved game-by-game, evident from the transformation of guys like Fidel Edwards, who bowled here excellently on Friday.

“Maybe, the Indians were a little tired as (Virender) Sehwag put it. Let’s hope they come out rejuvenated on Friday (for the Test series),” Lara said.

The star batsman cautioned his side to take the Indians seriously for the forthcoming Test series. “We have played five days of cricket against India. But now 20 days of cricket, four Test matches and I am sure the guys know that is the ultimate. We’re will enjoy this but we know how important the next month and a half is. Test cricket is the true test of character. This is not playing at your best on that day but about who plays best over 15 sessions of cricket.”

Ramnaresh Sarwan, who was named man of the series, hoped to take the good form into the Test series and be more consistent about his performance.

“Test matches are totally different kind of format. There are more attacking fields and your shot selection has to be spot on. At the end of my career, I want to be remembered as a great cricketer, somebody like Tendulkar, Lara, Ricky Ponting or Rahul Dravid.

“In order to be considered great cricketer, I have to be consistent in different conditions. I am always trying to work on my batting and hope to have at least six or seven more years of international cricket.”

Sarwan, touted as the next captain after Lara, termed the latter as an inspirational figure in the dressing room. Lara’s role has been outstanding. He has made younger players come out and give suggestions, Sarwan said.

Windies name Test squad

Left-arm spinner Dave Mohammed was recalled as West Indies selectors largely retained the triumphant one-day squad for the first Test against India beginning in Antigua on Friday.

The two players who were left out were Dwayne Smith and Sewnarine Chattergoon who was castled for a duck in the last one-dayer yesterday, the only look-in he got in the five-match series which the West Indies clinched 4-1.

The 26-year-old Mohammed, who last played for the West Indies in 2004, was rewarded for his consistent first-class performances and his match-winning show in the Carib Beer Challenge.

The wicketkeeper’s slot was given to 21-year-old Denesh Ramdin ahead of Jamaica’s Carlton Baugh, according to a statement from the West Indies Cricket Board.

Ramdin was dropped for the third and fourth matches of the one-day series but the selectors retained faith in his services in the longer format of the game.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who missed the final two one-day internationals in Trinidad due to a hamstring injury, is back along with Daren Ganga, the Test opener, who toured New Zealand recently.

The squad: Brian Lara (captain), Chris Gayle, Daren Ganga, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Runako Morton, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ian Bradshaw, Jerome Taylor, Corey Collymore, Fidel Edwards, Dave Mohammed. — PTI

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Fielding let us down: Dravid

Port of Spain, May 29
Indian captain Rahul Dravid said today that going back to experienced cricketers may not help his side’s fielding which he termed as the critical reason for the 4-1 defeat in the one-day series against the West Indies here.

“We have to ask ourselves this question very seriously if bringing in (experienced) people actually strengthen your field or does it weaken it. I guess that is the question you should be asking yourself seriously,” Dravid said in the post-match conference after India lost the fifth one-dayer by 19 runs yesterday.

Dravid was peppered with questions if lack of experience was the key reason why his side was thrashed in the ODIs.

“The absence of Sachin Tendulkar because of injury could not be helped but there has been a feeling here that the presence of a Laxman, Ganguly or Kumble was sorely missed in this squad,” he said.

The skipper said if he had to mention one single reason, which affected his side in the one-day campaign, he would put it down to fielding.

“They outfielded better than us in the tournament. After the first game, it showed in some of the matches which were very close, including the one of today,” he said.

“Our throwing has not been good from the deep. Our throwing arms have not been good and today they took us on in the final overs,” Dravid said.

He said despite being unable to play big shots on these slow wickets, the Indians once again resorted to aggressive methods in the final game and consequently hurt their chances.

The Bangalore batsman admitted the last two games of the series have probably been the most disappointing ones of his fledging career as captain.

Dravid said his side would now concentrate on the Test series and once they return home, they would distill their experience and work out strategy for the World Cup.

Dravid also admitted that his side missed the experience of someone like Sachin Tendulkar whose bowling “would have been ideal in these conditions”. — PTI

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Rahul prone to run-outs

Port of Spain, May 29
For a thinking cricketer, Rahul Dravid has a dubious distinction of having an unusually high number of run-outs against his name in both forms of the game.

The Indian captain, who was once again a victim of run out dismissal in the fifth and last one-dayer against West Indies here yesterday, is not far behind the biggest culprit, Sri Lanka’s Marvan Atapattu and Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul Haq, notorious for his lethargic running in between the wickets, in the list of maximum number of run-outs.

The Sri Lankan heads the list with 40 run-outs followed by Inzamam with 39. Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram is a close third on 38 while the Indian stalwart is fourth on 33.

Mohammad Yousuf (Pak), Mark Waugh (Aus) and Mohammad Azharuddin (Ind) complete the top six list with 32 dismissals each by way of run-out.

In Tests, Dravid has been run out nine times compared to former Australian skipper Allan Border’s highest number of 12.

West Indies legend Gary Sobers and his compatriot Carl Hooper occupy the second slot with 10 dismissals ahead of Dravid. — PTI

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Chess Olympiad
Indian men, women suffer defeat

Turin, May 29
Indian men suffered their second defeat in the 37th edition of the Chess Olympiad going down to defending champion Ukraine in the seventh round while their women counterparts were outdone by United States in quick time here.

After Viswanathan Anand drew with former world championship challenger Vassily Ivanchuk on the top board, Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran and GM Sandipan Chanda also managed draws in their games. But, former world junior champion P. Harikrishna’s shock defeat proved too costly for the Indians as they lost 1.5-2.5.

Overnight leader Armenia had it easy with a 3-1 victory over giant killer Netherlands with a 3-1 margin in the 7th round and maintained their full point lead over nearest rival Russia that also scored an identical victory over Belarus. While Cuba stands sole third on 19.5 points following a crushing 3.5-0.5 victory over Indonesia, it now looks a two-horse race for the medal between Armenia and Russia.

With six rounds to go, the Indians are currently on the joint 14th spot with 18 points in their bag and will meet Bulgaria in the next round.

Meanwhile, Indian women suffered a 0.5-2.5 defeat at the hands of the United States. In the absence of Grandmaster Koneru Humpy, who opted out for this round, the Indian eves simply lacked the skills to take on the fifth seed US.

Women Grandmaster D. Harika was the only saving grace for India as she did well to hold Anna Zatonskih on the top board while Swati Ghate and Mary Ann Gomes ended on the losing side against Irina Krush and Rasudan Goletiani, respectively.

The Russian women stretched their lead to a full point over Ukraine after scoring a splendid 3-0 victory over Slovakia in their seventh round game. The second-placed Ukraine was also in fine fettle scoring a 2.5-0.5 victory against Romania but their effort to catch up with Russia at the half way stage went in vain.

The Russian eves took their tally to 17.5 points out of a possible 21. — PTI

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Rifle shooters come a cropper in World Cup

New Delhi, May 29
Rifle shooters Anjali Bhagwat and Gagan Narang took it easy in the 50m 3 positions event at the ISSF World Cup in Munich to bow out before the final rounds of the men and women’s competition, respectively.

Anjali, who has already secured the Olympic quota place at the World Cup in Resende, Brazil, finished 31st with a tally of 575 in the 50m 3 Position event yesterday. The Indian fired 194 (96, 98) in prone, 192 (96, 96) in standing and 182 (94, 95) in kneeling positions.

Another Indian Olympian Deepali Deshpande finished 26th after scoring 577. She shot 197 (98, 99) in prone, 188 (95, 93) in standing and 192 (97, 95) in kneeling.

Narang, also a quota place holder, who had finished fourth in the 10m Air Rifle event in the same event, failed to advance beyond the elimination round with a score of 1144.

Sanjeev Rajput ended up 42nd with a score of 1148.

Juniors win five medals

The Indian shooting team won one gold, one silver and three bronze medals at the junior international shooting competition in Suhl, Germany.

The 35-member Indian contingent was up against some tough competition from shooters from 23 countries during the May 23-28 event.

In air rifle (men), the team comprising Hardeep Singh (587), Ful Chand Bangar (592) and Navnath Farthate (588) shot 1767/1800 to win the gold medal. In the same event, Ful Chand won the bronze with a total score of 691.3 (592+99.3), according to a press statement issued by the National Rifle Association of India today.

Amanpreet Singh clinched the silver in air pistol junior men’s event with a score of 576+96.7 (672.7). The Indian team of Om Prakash (567), Zakir Khan (572) and Amanpreet Singh (576) won the bronze. India’s double trap team consisting of Mohammad Asab (109), Asher Noria (107) and Sangram Dahiya (78) won the third bronze medal for the country with a score of 294/450.

In air pistol junior women’s event, Harveen Sarao finished seventh with 469.4 (376+95.8), while Navdeep Kaur ended up fifth in the air rifle event with 394+96.7. — PTI

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Nadal sets clay record
Sprem shocks Likhovtseva; Schnyder advances

Paris, May 29
Defending champion Rafael Nadal broke Guillermo Vilas’s professional era record of 53 consecutive wins on clay when he defeated Robin Soderling of Sweden in the first round of the French Open today.

The Spaniard won 6-2, 7-5, 6-1 on Centre Court to record his 54th successive win on his favourite surface.

Former champion Gaston Gaudio marched into the second round with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 win over Croatian qualifier Roko Karanusic. Gaudio, the 10th seed who won the claycourt Grand Slam title in 2004, ended a three-match losing streak with a stylish display on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

In the women’s section, Russian 18th seed Elena Likhovtseva, who reached the semifinals of the French Open last year, suffered a 6-1, 6-1 thrashing by Croatia’s Karolina Sprem at Roland Garros today.

Swiss seventh seed Patty Schnyder made light work of Dutch teenager Michaella Krajicek, winning her first-round match 6-1, 6-2. Schnyder, who reached the quarterfinals of the claycourt event in 1998, wrapped up the match in only 57 minutes with a crunching forehand winner.

World number two Kim Clijsters survived a second-set scare to reach the second round with a 6-0, 7-6 win over France’s Virginie Razzano. — Agencies

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Sania’s match at 2.30 pm today

Chandigarh, May 29
Sania Mirza will take on former champion Anastasia Myskina of Russia in the first round of the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris tomorrow. The match will begin at 2.30 pm (IST) on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Sania had lost to Gisela Dulko of Argentina in the first round of the Grand Slam event in 2005. Myskina, the 10th seed, won the French Open title in 2004 but crashed out in the first round last year. — TNS

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UP boys rally to beat Gujarat
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Ludhiana, May 29
Uttar Pradesh boys, after trailing most of the time, made a fine comeback to outscore Gujarat 107-86 on the third day of the 57th Dhanoa Junior National Basketball Championship being played at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Gujarat cagers established 11 points lead over their rivals. However three pointers in quick succession by Rajnish and SA Hauque of Uttar Pradesh forced them on back foot. At half time, UP boys were trailing by one point (44-45).

Rajnish and Haque not only anchored their team to wipe out the lead but also steered it to surge ahead which finally saw them to wrap up the issue.

Vishesh and Arjun too played well for the winners, contributing 27 and 28 points, respectively, while Rajnish chipped in with 20 points. For Gujarat, Mahipal and Swapnil scored 32 and 25 points, respectively.

In another match in the boys section, Maharashtra beat Pondicherry 93-41. The main contributors were Parag and Akshay who scored 14 points each while Shoain netted 12 points. For the losers, Ganesh was the top scorer with 15 points, followed by Raksha who made 12 points.

Tamil Nadu survived some anxious moments against Orissa before romping home victorious 79-64 and Delhi, thanks to fine performance by Sunil Ratti and Humayun who netted 15 and 10 points, respectively, beat Jammu and Kashmir 63-34. The lone fighter for the losers was Sunil Bajaj who scored 25 points.

In the girls section, Delhi proved too good for Andhra Pradesh whom they outclassed 73-42 while Madhya Pradesh beat Jharkhand 49-10.

Earlier, Haryana boys prevailed over Jharkhand 92-85; Rajasthan trounced Himachal Pradesh 95-15; Kerala beat Manipur 64-38; Andhra Pradesh outwitted Jammu and Kashmir 81-24; Karnataka beat Jammu and Kashmir 67-16 and Tamil Nadu defeated Rajasthan 84-44.

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Four Indian kids to be FIFA flag-bearers

New Delhi, May 29
Four Indian kids have won themselves a chance to be FIFA flag-bearers at this year’s World Cup in Germany after a nationwide search spanning 1200 schools.

Shreshth Shah from Kolkata, Ajiteshwar Singh from Delhi, Sachit Kamlesh Yadav from Mumbai and P.S. Sudarshan from Bangalore were selected on the basis of passion, skill and knowledge of the game among the children who registered for the contest organised by ESPN-STAR Sports and Adidas.

The four winners will now go for an all expenses paid two nights and three days return trip to Germany for watching one match during the World Cup.

The winners will be flying to Germany on June 20 and will be joined by children from across the globe. — UNI

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Jeev continues to top Order of Merit

Kuala Lumpur, May 29
Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh continued to lead the way on the UBS Order of Merit with $ 441,758 in his kitty after nine events despite missing the Philippines Open last week.

Rising star Park Jun-won, who finished runner-up at Manila yesterday, walked home with $ 21,700 and broke into the top 60 on the Order of Merit in 57th position with his season’s haul of $ 24,190.

Aussie ace Scott Strange, who won the 90th Philippine Open title yesterday, climbed up six spots to be ranked 10th with total earnings of $ 149,024. — PTI

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Barreto to join Mohun Bagan

New Delhi, May 29
Mahindra United striker Jose Marcio Barreto today ended the speculation on his transfer by announcing his decision to move to Mohun Bagan to help the Kolkatan outfit end their drought of trophies. “I am going to Mohun Bagan. I have to sign the contract before June 15,” the Brazilian said disclosing that he was moving on a one-year contract.

Barreto’s transfer from Mumbai to Kolkata had become a prestige issue between the two outfits, who were both ready to shell out a good amount to keep the footballer with them. Barreto, who was the lynchpin of the green and maroon brigade in 2001-02, said it had been the toughest decision of his life. — PTI

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Compiled by Pankaj Vasudeva; Graphic by Gaurav Sood

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 BRIEFLY

Srikkanth launches gaming website
New Delhi:
A new gaming website krishcricket.com was launched in here on Monday and this exclusive cricket gaming website belongs to former Indian opener K. Srikkanth. The first of its kind, the website has seven games devoted to cricket and brings on the cricketing ambience alive on the desktop. “It is an entertainment-oriented cricket site and meant for everybody to play and enjoy. In due time, we will develop more and more cricketing games and also carry entertaining sections related to the game,” Srikkanth said. There are also video clips of memorable moments from India’s historic World Cup victory in 1983 and those could be downloaded on the mobile phones for a price. — PTI

Sunil bags gold
Chandigarh:
Sunil Kumar has bagged gold medal in discus throw at the Electrabel Paralympics Championships at Blankenberge-Flanders, Belgium, National Association for Blind said here on Monday. Kumar also secured fourth position in shot put event. Sunil Kumar (22) from Mundh village of Karnal district had won a gold and silver in discus and shot put at British Open Championships in Manchester last year. — PTI

Cricket tourney
LUDHIANA:
Powered by unbeaten tons by Bharat Malhotra (120) and Atul Jindal (105), hosts Ludhiana were 246 for no loss against Muktsar in the third match of the Punjab State Inter-district Cricket Tournament (u-19) for the Dhruve Pandove Trophy being played at the SD Government College ground here on Monday. Muktsar’s decision to bat first after winning the toss proved to be a miscalculated move as their first innings folded at 123 runs after 36.3 overs. Ludhiana’s off spinner Rahul Singla was right on the target capturing five wickets for just 19 runs in seven overs. — OSR

IA in semis
NEW DELHI:
A fine all-round performance by former international Reetinder Singh Sodhi, who struck 38 and claimed three wickets for 32 runs, helped Indian Airlines defeat K.N. Colts by 25 runs and sail into the semi-final of the 33rd All-India Goswami Ganesh Dutt Cricket Tournament at the SGTB Khalsa College ground here on Monday. Sodhi was adjudged the man of the match. — OSR
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