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Stoppage time penalty puts Italy through
Kaiserslautern, June 26
Francesco Totti scored a penalty in the last minute of stoppage time to give 10-man Italy a 1-0 win over Australia in the World Cup second round today. Totti blasted home the penalty after defender Fabio Grosso had tumbled over Lucas Neill’s challenge.
Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon (L) clears the ball as Australia’s Mark Viduka challenges during their second round match in Kaiserslautern Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon (L) clears the ball as Australia’s Mark Viduka challenges during their second round match in Kaiserslautern on Monday.
— Reuters photo

Portugal win game of cards
Nuremberg, June 26
Portugal set up a World Cup quarterfinal clash with England after beating the Netherlands 1-0 in an ill-tempered match in which both teams had two players sent off. Russian referee Valentin Ivanov brandished a record 20 cards in total — 16 of them yellow — as Portugal scraped through to extend coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s record World Cup winning streak to 11 matches.



Today’s matches

Brazil vs Ghana
8.30 pm

France vs Spain
12.30 am



EARLIER STORIES


Indian hockey team returns.
(28k, 56k)

Father springs to referee’s defence
Moscow, June 26
Russian referee Valentin Ivanov, heavily criticised for his World Cup performance, has received full backing from his most loyal fan, father and former top international striker Valentin Ivanov Sr.

Nostradamus put his money on Spain
Moscow, June 26
If Nostradamus has his way, Spain are all set to lift this year’s World Cup. Spanish journalists have managed to find a prediction made by Nostradamus in 1555 about the outcome of the 2006 World Cup, Russian magazine Pravda said in a report.

Plants under pee pressure
London, June 26
The scarcity of toilets for millions of football fans in Germany is proving costly for plant life in the country. World Cup organisers seem to have miscalculated the number of toilets needed, providing just 280 port-a-loos for more than 700,000 fans who congregate on the ‘fan mile’ in Berlin to watch matches on giant screens.


Sehwag livens up India’s chase
St Kitts, June 26
With a 109 run opening wicket partnership between Virender Sehwag and Wasim Jaffer establishing a platform, India will still in quest of victory. They had reached 200 for two in 55 overs at tea and needed another 192 runs in 34 overs. The experienced and burgeoning VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid were at the crease. Contrarily, West Indies required eight wickets to triumph. What contributes to the supremacy of Test cricket is its glorious uncertainty.

Virender Sehwag plays a shot on the fifth and final day of the third Test against West Indies at St Kitts
Virender Sehwag plays a shot on the fifth and final day of the third Test against West Indies at St Kitts on Monday. — Reuters photo

Alonso wins Canadian GP
Montreal, June 26
Fernando Alonso won his fourth consecutive race yesterday, driving his Renault to an easy victory in the Canadian Grand Prix and widening his lead over Michael Schumacher in the World Championship standings.

5 players get Bhim Puruskar
Chandigarh, June 26
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has announced to reserve 120 posts for sportspersons in the ongoing police recruitment in the state.

Winners of the Bhim awards (from left): Jasjit Kaur, Sunil Kumar, Kumari Archna and Neha Rathi at Haryana Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Winners of the Bhim awards (from left): Jasjit Kaur, Sunil Kumar, Kumari Archna and Neha Rathi at Haryana Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh

Indians lead in Asian youth chess
Tehran, June 26
Second seed B Adhiban won both his games on the second day to be in joint lead with local hope P Amirreza at the end of three rounds in the under-14 boys group at the Asian Youth Chess Championship here.

Sharath loses in semis
New Delhi, June 26
Ace Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal, who became the first Indian to reach the reach the semifinals of an ITTF pro-tour event at the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo, failed to book the final berth after losing 11-7, 9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 8-11, 9-11 to Jin Kwon Lee of Korea yesterday.

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Stoppage time penalty puts Italy through

Kaiserslautern, June 26
Francesco Totti scored a penalty in the last minute of stoppage time to give 10-man Italy a 1-0 win over Australia in the World Cup second round today. Totti blasted home the penalty after defender Fabio Grosso had tumbled over Lucas Neill’s challenge.

Italy, eliminated by South Korea in the last 16 four years ago, were forced on to the backfoot throughout the second half after being reduced to 10 men on 50 minutes, defender Marco Materazzi harshly shown a straight red by Spanish referee Luis Medina Cantalejo for bringing down Marco Bresciano.

His dismissal took the total number at the tournament to 24. The previous record was 22 in France in 1998.

A closely fought first half was just shaded by Italy, although the Socceroos were far from overawed in their first knockout game at the finals, despite missing the injured Harry Kewell and the suspended Brett Emerton.

Guus Hiddink’s side made a confident start, keeping possession for the opening two minutes in a patient build-up involving some 25 passes before Marco Bresciano’s cross was nodded wide by Mark Viduka.

Italy replied immediately with recalled striker Luca Toni, yet to break his duck at the tournament, rising above a static defence to nod Alessandro Del Piero’s left wing cross narrowly wide.

Toni’s height was giving centre backs Craig Moore and Lucas Neill a few problems and recalled Australia keeper Mark Schwarzer twice came to his side’s rescue with two good saves in as many minutes.

Alberto Gilardino forced Schwarzer to tip over his rising effort, the keeper following up in Italy’s next attack by blocking Toni’s low shot on the turn with his legs.

Australia countered with Scott Chipperfield testing Gianlugi Buffon for the first time.

Meanwhile, FIFA’s Technical Study Group named Gianluigi Buffon of Italy man of the match. — Reuters

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Portugal win game of cards

This combination photograph shows referee Valentin Ivanov of Russia handing out red cards
This combination photograph shows referee Valentin Ivanov of Russia handing out red cards to (clockwise from top left): Portugal’s Costinha (No. 6), Holland’s Khalid Boulahrouz (No. 3), Portugal’s Deco (No. 20), and Holland’s Giovanni van Bronckhorst (No. 5) during the pre-quarterfinal in Nuremberg on Sunday. — Reuters photo

Nuremberg, June 26
Portugal set up a World Cup quarterfinal clash with England after beating the Netherlands 1-0 in an ill-tempered match in which both teams had two players sent off.

Russian referee Valentin Ivanov brandished a record 20 cards in total — 16 of them yellow — as Portugal scraped through to extend coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s record World Cup winning streak to 11 matches. The previous record was 18 cards — two players were sent off — during the 2002 World Cup match between Cameroon and Germany.

Ugly scenes marred yesterday’s match as first Costinha, then Khalid Boulahrouz, then Deco and finally Giovanni van Bronckhorst saw red.

Portugal went 1-0 up after 23 minutes but put themselves in trouble when Costinha received his second yellow just before half time. They also lost Cristiano Ronaldo to a right thigh injury.

Boulahrouz received his marching orders for elbowing Luis Figo — who himself was fortunate to stay on the pitch after headbutting Mark van Bommel who belatedly and theatrically collapsed to the ground — before Deco was dismissed for throwing away the ball.

Van Bronckhorst trudged off in the dying seconds of the match, killing off the Netherlands’ faint hopes of taking it into extra time.

The disciplinary nightmare marred a promising encounter between two of the tournament’s in-form teams who had amassed 32 matches unbeaten between them.

It was Marco van Basten’s first competitive defeat as Dutch coach and leaves the Netherlands still waiting for their first win against Portugal since 1991.

Maniche was on target for his second goal of the tournament as the Euro 2004 finalists cut their way through the Dutch defence after 23 minutes, putting them on course for a quarterfinal with England.

Maniche also scored a blinder against the Dutch in the 2-1 victory in the Euro 2004 semifinals.

Pauleta come close to making it two in the final seconds of the half but was denied by Edwin van der Sar’s fine reflex save.

However, Portugal received a double blow when a tearful Ronaldo was subbed off and Costinha received his marching orders for a second bookable offence.

Ronaldo had been struggling with a thigh problem since going down under a heavy challenge from Boulahrouz.

The Dutch almost got off to a flying start with Van Bommel firing just wide in the first minute.

Robin van Persie also sent one thudding against the advertising boards and Arjen Robben failed to get a meaningful shot away after a neat interchange with Dirk Kuyt, who replaced misfiring striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

But it was Portugal who broke the deadlock when Pauleta met a cross from the irrepressible Deco, teeing it up for Maniche who made space for himself before finishing with his right foot.

The Dutch signalled their intent immediately after half-time when Phillip Cocu hit the bar and Van Bommel had a skidding effort scrambled wide by Ricardo.

But the match threatened to disintegrate after an hour when Figo, angry about a foul on Deco, was booked for headbutting Van Bommel.

Minutes later Boulahrouz elbowed Figo on the left touchline, earning his second yellow and sparking a furious shoving match between the two benches.

More trouble followed when Wesley Sneijder shoved Petit away from the prone John Heitinga, who had been fouled by Deco.

Deco’s dismissal with just over 10 minutes left incensed Scolari, who had been on and off his bench all night.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands were growing increasingly desperate with Kuyt firing straight at Ricardo one-on-one before seeing an acrobatic effort blocked.

But the Dutch challenge was effectively grounded by Van Bronckhorst’s late dismissal and the elated Portuguese burst into celebration on the final whistle. — AFP

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Father springs to referee’s defence

Moscow, June 26
Russian referee Valentin Ivanov, heavily criticised for his World Cup performance, has received full backing from his most loyal fan, father and former top international striker Valentin Ivanov Sr.

Ivanov Jr was given a resounding vote of no confidence by players, coaches and even FIFA President Sepp Blatter over his handling of Portugal’s 1-0 second-round win over the Netherlands.

The referee handed out 20 cards in all as both teams finished their second-round clash with nine men — a record for any World Cup.

But the elder Ivanov, who played in two World Cups in 1958 in Sweden and 1962 in Chile, where he was the joint top scorer, said his son did a good job.

“It was a very difficult game to officiate and I think he handled himself quite well considering the circumstances,” he told Reuters in a telephonic interview today.

“It was a very intense match, both teams were considered title contenders, thus no one wanted to lose and go home.

“The referee tried to set the tone right from the start to keep tempers under control by showing yellow cards. If he didn’t do it, the match would have ended in a mass brawl.

“I have heard that Blatter had criticised my son,” said Ivanov Sr, who also played in the Soviet Union team that won the 1956 Olympic gold in Melbourne and the first European Championship in 1960 in Paris and finished runners-up in 1964.

“But it was FIFA itself who demanded from referees to get tough on players using foul tactics. Valentin just tried to follow FIFA’s own instructions to stamp out rough play.”

Blatter said the referee could have given a yellow card to himself. “I consider that the referee was not at the same level as the players. There could have been a yellow card for the referee,” Blatter told Portugal’s SIC television channel.

Dutch coach Marco van Basten also criticised Ivanov.

“I must say it was a pity that there was no football in the second half,” said the former AC Milan striker.

“The referee made a mess of it and Portugal used all their experience, all their tricks and time-wasting. We just couldn’t play. It was chaos and it should not happen this way at a World Cup.”

Maniche, the goal scorer for Portugal, blamed the referee for the number of cards wielded.

“The referee did not contribute to the spectacle. I don’t think that it was such a violent match to merit so many sendings off,” said Maniche.

Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said he had never seen anything like it before in his time in Europe, though he added it was nothing new in South America.

“In three and a half years of coaching Portugal I have never ended a match with just nine players,” said Scolari.

“FIFA always talks about fair play but in the match we saw several gestures that were anything but (fair play),” added the 57-year-old Brazilian. — AFP

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Nostradamus put his money on Spain

Moscow, June 26
If Nostradamus has his way, Spain are all set to lift this year’s World Cup.

Spanish journalists have managed to find a prediction made by Nostradamus in 1555 about the outcome of the 2006 World Cup, Russian magazine Pravda said in a report.

The 16th century author of prophecies wrote that “the Spanish king and his army will cross over the Pyrenees at the end of the sixth month of the sixth year. The king will win the battle with Beelzebub on the fields of Central Europe, and the army will return the Holy Grail to Spain”.

Interpreting the prediction, the journalists said, “The Spanish king and his army” stands for the Spanish football team and its coach Luis Aragones.

“The fields of Central Europe” stand for the football stadia in Germany and “the Holy Grail” is the World Cup, the report said.

There is general consensus that Nostradamus accurately predicted the French Revolution, the rise of Napoleon and

Hitler, both World Wars and the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But will his prophecy hold true for the football World Cup?

Some fans point out that Spain have had a successful tournament so far and easily won all three of its league matches.

However, the first real test for Nostradamus’s prophecy comes in Hanover tomorrow when Spain face 1998 champions France for a place in the World Cup quarterfinals. — PTI

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Plants under pee pressure

London, June 26
The scarcity of toilets for millions of football fans in Germany is proving costly for plant life in the country.

World Cup organisers seem to have miscalculated the number of toilets needed, providing just 280 port-a-loos for more than 700,000 fans who congregate on the ‘fan mile’ in Berlin to watch matches on giant screens.

As a result, thousands of fans are resorting to emergency measures — peeing in the surrounding bushes.

Biologists have warned that plant and tree life in the area is in serious danger because of the 100,000 litres of urine being dumped every day.

“The urea sinks into the ground as ammonia. In small quantities this is a good fertiliser. But too much acidity leads to over-fertilisation and is bad for the soil,” biologist Tilman Lamparter of Berlin’s Free University was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

Authorities have admitted they had what is being dubbed a ‘Pinkelproblem’ or ‘pee problem’.

Officials are now spraying the area with 3,000 cubic metres of water every night to give the trees a fighting chance of surviving till the World Cup ends on July 9, the daily said. — PTI

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Sehwag livens up India’s chase
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VVS Laxman celebrates after completing his century on the fourth day of the third Test against the West Indies at St Kitts
VVS Laxman celebrates after completing his century on the fourth day of the third Test against the West Indies at St Kitts on Sunday. — Reuters photo

St Kitts, June 26
With a 109 run opening wicket partnership between Virender Sehwag and Wasim Jaffer establishing a platform, India will still in quest of victory. They had reached 200 for two in 55 overs at tea and needed another 192 runs in 34 overs. The experienced and burgeoning VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid were at the crease. Contrarily, West Indies required eight wickets to triumph.

What contributes to the supremacy of Test cricket is its glorious uncertainty. On the fourth morning, this match seemed dead, with India on 150 for two, the generally rock-like Rahul Dravid and potentially brilliant VVS Laxman the overnight batsmen and a reliable later order to follow. But as many sides do, India succumbed to the pressure of a total of 581 staring at them, thus setting up a final day to savour.

Dwayne Bravo, trying to give himself room, got himself into a tangle to hole out at long on. Then, Marlon Samuels, after a flurry of shots, stepped out to Harbhajan Singh, only to be deceived by a straighter ball, Erapalli Prasanna style, and is stumped. But Daren Ganga survived an easy run out chance, as Kumble fumbled to build on his first innings hundred with an unbeaten 66.

In defending his controversial decision not to enforce a follow on India, seemingly taken without consulting any of his colleagues, Brian Lara had revealed on the fourth evening he wanted give his bowlers 90 overs at the Indian batsmen. In the event, he practically adhered to this, allocating 88 overs to India to chase 392 runs or a rate of 4.45 runs an over, formidable task on a fifth-day wicket.

The Indian innings started dramatically, with a barrage of bouncers from Pedro Collins to Virender Sehwag, who had completed 4,000 runs in Test cricket in the first innings. Increasingly, faster bowlers fancy attacking the Delhi opener's ribs. This inconvenienced him, but didn't secure a breakthough. Instead, a ball from Jerome Taylor, leaving him from off and middle stumps, square him up completely. But Chris Gayle at first slip juggled and then dropped the catch.

He was put down again when he was 56, a stinging chance to Ramnaresh Sarwan, finer of two short extra covers in catching positions in what was a most unorthodox fielding arrangement.

At the other end, Jaffer was a perfect foil. Whether presenting a textbook defence or whipping the ball way either side of the wicket, he kept the scoreboard ticking, yet without indulging in risks. Indeed, by advancing to 109 without loss at lunch, India had erected an ideal platform, requiring, as they did, 283 runs in 62 overs at that point. But off the very first ball after the break Corey Collymore, the most consistent of the West Indian bowlers, trapped Sehwag lbw.

Laxman joined Jaffer, but the latter after completing his second half-century of the match, fished at a delivery outside off-stump to perish at first slip. Lara had been inviting him to play sideways rather than straight. The tactics worked as Mumbai took a chance uncommon to him.

With two well set batsmen making their exit, the assignment had become tougher, though not impossible, as long as the tourists kept their wickets intact and the pitch did not suddenly deteriorate, for the bounce was variable, with, especially, the odd ball had kept somewhat low.

Scoreboard

West Indies (1st innings) 581

India (1st innings)

Jaffer c Lara b Bravo 60

Sehwag c Lara b Collymore 31

Laxman c Ramdin b Collins 100

Dravid lbw Taylor 22

Yuvraj c Ramdin b Taylor 0

Kaif lbw Taylor 0

Dhoni lbw Collymore 29

Kumble c Collins b Collymore 43

Harbhajan not out 38

Sreesanth c Lara b Collins 0

Patel c Ganga b Bravo 13

Extras (b-8, lb-5, nb-13) 26

Total (all out, 107 overs) 362

Fall of wickets: 1-61, 2-124, 3-157, 4-159, 5-159, 6-220, 7-297, 8-311, 9-315.

Bowling: Taylor 26-3-118-3, Collins 29.3-4-117-2, Collymore 25-4-63-3, Bravo 17.3-6-38-2, Gayle 2-0-3-0, Samuels 7-1-10-0.

West Indies (2nd innings)

Gayle c Dhoni b Sreesanth 3

Ganga not out 66

Sarwan c Dravid b Sreesanth 23

Lara st Dhoni b Kumble 19

Chanderpaul c & b Kumble 11

Bravo c Sreesanth b Kumble 9

Samuels st Dhoni b Harbhajan 20

Ramdin not out 8

Extras (b-4, lb-7, w-1, nb-1) 13

Total (6 wkts dec, 32 overs) 172

Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-46, 3-81, 4-102, 5-120, 6-152.

Bowling: Patel 7-0-43-0, Sreesanth 6-1-19-2, Kumble 12-0-60-3, Harbhajan 7-0-39-1.

India (2nd innings)

Jaffer c Gayle b Collins 54

Sehwag lbw Collymore 65

Laxman not out 50

Dravid not out 20

Extras (b-5, lb-3, w-1, nb-2) 11

Total (2 wkts, 55 overs) 200

Fall of wickets: 1-109, 2-143.

Bowling: Collins 14-1-43-1, Taylor 9-1-38-0, Collymore 11-3-34-1, Samuels 10-0-35-0, Bravo 7-1-36-0, Gayle 4-0-6-0.

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Alonso wins Canadian GP

Renault Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain holds the trophy after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix in Montreal
Renault Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain holds the trophy after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix in Montreal on Sunday. — Reuters photo

Montreal, June 26
Fernando Alonso won his fourth consecutive race yesterday, driving his Renault to an easy victory in the Canadian Grand Prix and widening his lead over Michael Schumacher in the World Championship standings.

Alonso, who started from the pole, had only a brief challenge from Kimi Raikkonen early in the race but held off the Finn’s attempt to pass him on the 12th lap.

The Spaniard said the lack of competition — he had a late lead of almost 25 seconds — made the race more difficult than it should have been.

“It was not easy to keep the concentration while leading the race with such a large gap,” Alonso said.

Raikkonen had a horrible day in the pits, having trouble on a tire change during his first stop and stalling his McLaren on another, preventing him from challenging Alonso again. He was then passed by Schumacher with one lap to go.

But Schumacher, a seven-time winner on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, also had a rough day and never tested Alonso. He drove his Ferrari off course once, brushed the wall and cut across the curve on the final turn several times to take him out of contention.

He wound up second and lost more ground in the chase to catch Alonso, who stretched his points lead to 25 points entering next week’s US Grand Prix.

This marked the first successful outing for Alonso in Canada. He had failed to finish three of his previous four races at this event, including last year when he hit the wall while leading.

Even though he won the pole — his fifth in a row — he expected a challenge from Schumacher and Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa for the victory. It never happened and Alonso drove off for his sixth win of the season, and 15th consecutive top-three finish. Raikkonen wound up third. — AP

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5 players get Bhim Puruskar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has announced to reserve 120 posts for sportspersons in the ongoing police recruitment in the state.

This announcement was made at a function held at Haryana Raj Bhavan here today in which outstanding sportspersons of the state were awarded with the Bhim Puruskar and other state sports awards.

The Haryana Governor, Mr A.R. Kidwai, presented Bhim Puruskar to five sportspersons — Jasjit Kaur (hockey), Sunil Kumar (athletics), Sanjay Kumar (volleyball), Kumari Archna (judo) and Neha Rathi (wrestling).

He also felicitated 44 sportspersons with state sports awards. Each recipient of the Bhim Award was given Rs 1 lakh, a Bhim Pratima, Ang Vastra, blazer, tie or scarf. A total of Rs 81 lakh were given as cash awards to the sportspersons at the function.

Earlier, Mr Hooda said a sports complex conforming international standards would be set up very shortly in Rohtak. Besides that, a multipurpose hall would also be constructed at Moti Lal Nehru Sports School, Rai, for which Rs 2.40 crore have been provided.

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Indians lead in Asian youth chess

Tehran, June 26
Second seed B Adhiban won both his games on the second day to be in joint lead with local hope P Amirreza at the end of three rounds in the under-14 boys group at the Asian Youth Chess Championship here.

Top seed Y Sandeep was held to draws in both games to be on two points after a heavy schedule with two rounds being played yesterday.

On the other boards, Priyadarshan and Nitin drew to trail the leaders by half a point.

In the girls under-14, P Laxmi Sahiti emerged as sole leader by defeating Hejazipour Mitra of Iran while top seed Bhakti Kulkarni was held to a draw by compatriot Pallabi Roy and the duo share the second spot with Al-Khulaiti Fatima Ahmed of Qatar.

In the under-12 boys group, four Indians — top seed Vidit Gujarathi, P Srinivasa Varma, Prasanna Rao and AV Prasad — jointly shared the lead. Vidit defeated compatriot Fenil Shah in the third round.

In the girls class, Padmini Raut defeated top seed compatriot V Sreelaxmi to emerge the sole leader with half-point lead over Priyanka Kumari, Mohana Priya, Nguyen Thi Mai Hung (Vietnam) and Hakimifar Ghazal (Iran).

In boys under-10 category, G Vijayasai Krishna defeated compatriot Vigram Mohan to share the lead with Javan Bakht Neema (Iran) and Vo Hoai Thuong (Vietnam), while B Prathusha was among the leading group in the girls under-10 class.

In the boys under-8 championship, top seed Ch Mohineesh and P Yashwant, both from India, are sharing the lead with three points each. Sweety Patel and U S Ashwini were sharing the lead with Vu Thei Dieu Hai (Vietnam) among the girls. — PTI

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Sharath loses in semis

New Delhi, June 26
Ace Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal, who became the first Indian to reach the reach the semifinals of an ITTF pro-tour event at the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo, failed to book the final berth after losing 11-7, 9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 8-11, 9-11 to Jin Kwon Lee of Korea yesterday.

Sharath, confident after a convincing victory against Christophe Bertin of France in the quarterfinal, began with a win in the first game but the Korean snatched the lead by pulling off the next two consecutive games.

The Indian levelled the score in the fourth game but Lee, who was also making his first appearance in the semis of a pro-tour event, stamped two more wins to seal the match.

Earlier, Sharath’s 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-3 win in the last-eight stage helped him book his maiden semis ticket on the pro-tour circuit. — PTI

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Swimmers selected

Ropar, June 26
The four swimmers, Amritbir Singh, Jashandeep Singh, Prabhjot Kaur and Chandpreet, have been selected to represent state in Junior National Aquatic Championship to be held in Chennai from June 28 to July 2, informed the president of the Punjab Swimming Association, Dr R.S Parmar. — TNS

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