SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

DELHI


THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

Windies stun Aussies, enter final
Kuala Lumpur, September 18
The West Indies survived a typical middle-order collapse to pull off a shock three-wicket victory against Australia in a round-robin league match today and book their place in the tri-series final.




West Indian captain Brian Lara hits a boundary off Australian pacer Nathan Bracken during the tri-series one-dayer in 
Kuala Lumpur on Monday. — AFP
West Indian captain Brian Lara hits a boundary off Australian pacer Nathan Bracken during the tri-series one-dayer in

PCB dances to Piper’s tune
Karachi, September 18
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is shelling out a whopping £ 700 (approx Rs 61,000) per hour to a team of lawyers it has hired to plead its case at the International Cricket Council disciplinary hearing in London on September 27 and 28.

Players kept repeating mistakes: Baskaran
Monchengladbach, September 18
Baskaran The 11th place finish at the men’s hockey World Cup here was not a true reflection of India’s potential but the team refused to learn from mistakes which led to the debacle, coach Vasudevan Baskaran said today. “I believe that given our potential, we should have finished in the 5-8 category and certainly not 11th.

Wake-up call for Indian hockey
Pargat Singh

Pargat Singh The Indian hockey team’s performance in the World Cup is bitter to swallow. Far from fighting to be the best in Asia, the team is now fourth among the continent’s challengers. While Korea, who made the semifinals are now the standard bearers for Asia, Pakistan managed to stay in top six. Japan finished ahead of India, as they first beat South Africa and then Argentina in the minor placings to finish ninth. 


 

 

Russia’s Lyudmila Kolchanova competes in the women’s long jump during the 10th IAAF World Cup in Athens
Russia’s Lyudmila Kolchanova competes in the women’s long jump during the 10th IAAF World Cup in Athens on Sunday. Kolchanova won the gold with a leap of 6.78 m. — AFP







India slip after World Cup fiasco
New Delhi, September 18
The dismal showing at the hockey World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany, has pushed India down to one place to be seventh in the latest world rankings.

Hingis feasts on Czink
Kolkata, September 18
Switzerland’s Martina Hingis gave an awesome display of aggressive tennis to bulldoze past Hungarian Melinda Czink in the opening round of the $ 175,000 WTA Sunfast Open here today. Hingis, now on a comeback trail after missing three years on the circuit due to injury, let loose lightning down-the-line shots and made superb placements to romp home to a 6-1, 6-2 win in only 44 minutes at the Netaji Indoor stadium centre court.



Martina Hingis serves to Melinda Czink during their first-round match of the Sunfeast Open in Kolkata on Monday. Hingis won 6-1, 6-2. — PTI
Martina Hingis serves to Melinda Czink during their first-round match of the Sunfeast Open in Kolkata

Mittal Trust to support Abhinav
Chandigarh, September 18
India’s ace shooter and air rifle world champion Abhinav Bindra will receive support from the Mittal Champions Trust, run by global steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal. Abhinav is the first Indian shooter to be supported by the trust.

Haryana sneak into pre-quarters 
Gurgaon, September 18
Despite a sizeable partisan crowd egging them on, a listless Haryana were held to a goal-less draw by Bihar in their Cluster I match, even though that was enough for the hosts to qualify for the next round of the 61st National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy.

3 Pak teams to participate in Surjit tourney
Jalandhar, September 18
The 23rd edition of Indian Oil Surjit Hockey Tournament will be played from November 3 to 12 at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium, Burlton Park.

Gurmit hockey from Sept 23
Chandigarh, September 18
The SN Vohra's 36th All-India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament will be organised under the aegis of the Chandigarh Hockey Association at the Sector 42 hockey stadium here from September 23 to October 2.

Girls’ cricket tourney from Sept 26
Chandigarh, September 18
The 6th All-India IPSC Girls’ Cricket Tournament will be organised by Pinegrove School at Dharampur and Subathu from September 26 to 30.

Sudip Chatterjee dead
Kolkata, September 18
Former Indian national footballer Sudip Chatterjee died here today following a heart attack. He was 47.

 


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Windies stun Aussies, enter final
Jaishree Balasubramanian

Kuala Lumpur, September 18
The West Indies survived a typical middle-order collapse to pull off a shock three-wicket victory against Australia in a round-robin league match today and book their place in the tri-series final.

Chasing a target of 273, the Caribbeans were cruising at 242 for three before they lost four wickets for 13 runs to give the three-time world champions a glimmer of hope.

But all-rounder Dwayne Bravo (37 n.o.) and wicketkeeper-batsman Carlton Baugh (7 n.o.) held their nerve to see their team home with 16 balls to spare in the day-night clash at the Kinrara Oval.

Opener Chris Gayle made a well-paced 79 to provide the West Indies a solid start despite a few early hiccups.

Captain Brian Lara then hit an accomplished 88 and in the company of Gayle put on 151 runs for the third wicket before the Aussies fought their way back with some spirited bowling and fielding.

Australia’s total of 272 for six was built around stand-in captain Michael Hussey’s unbeaten 109, his maiden one-day hundred, and an equally aggressive 70 by Brad Haddin.

The win gave four points to the West Indies and pushed their tally to nine from three matches, assuring them of a final berth irrespective of the results in the remaining two matches.

The result also means India (2 points) and Australia (7) must win their remaining ties to make it to the final on September 24.

Australia have one match to go, against India on September 22, while India also have to play the West Indies on Wednesday.

Earlier, 31-year old Hussey, acting as captain for Ricky Ponting, forged a 166-run partnership with Brad Haddin which was instrumental in Australia’s recovery from 104 for five at one stage.

The left-hander, playing in only his 41st ODI, hit 10 fours and three sixes in his 90-ball knock while Haddin struck three fours and four sixes in 76 balls.

Matthew Hayden, playing in his first match of the tour, made a solid 49 and the Queensland opener steered the Australians out of early trouble when they were reduced to 64 for four.

Hussey and Haddin accelerated superbly in the closing overs, the last seven overs producing 73 runs.

At one stage, Haddin scored a six each in three successive overs, two off Marlon Samuels and one off Chris Gayle.

Hussey, on the other hand, unleashed his big shots against seamers Jerome Taylor (1-53) and Dwayne Bravo (2-52).

Earlier, Australia rested Ponting, Damien Martyn and Glenn McGrath to give Hussey, Hayden, Brett Lee and Andrew Symonds their first outing in the series.

The Windies seemed to be heading towards a comfortable win when Gayle and Lara were at the crease.

The two left-handers were hardly troubled by the Aussie bowling that looked toothless without McGrath and Mitchell Johnson, who had terrorised the Indian batsmen the other day.

Rookie off-spinner Dan Cullen had the temerity to take on Lara with some verbal exchange but the master blaster responded by hoisting him over the straight sight-screen for a huge six.

Gayle, however, fell to a trap, pulling Shane Watson’s short-pitched delivery straight to Hussey at midwicket.

Forty-seven runs later, Lara mistimed a hook against Lee and the top edge richocheted on to his gloves and popped up for a simple catch to Hussey again at first slip.

Just then, panic set into the West Indian camp.

Wavell Hinds flashed at Lee to be caught behind for one, and Marlon Samuels (0) took on Michael Clarke at point for a single and failed to beat the left-hander’s direct hit.

When Dwayne Smith (4) was bowled through the gate by Andrew Symonds, the bitter memories of Tuesday came flooding back.

Then, chasing a target of 280, Lara’s men were well set at 172 for one before blowing away the match by losing the last nine wickets for 29 runs.

Today, however, there was to be no repeat of it.

Baugh steadied the nerves with a six over long-off off Symonds before Bravo hit a four off Nathan Bracken.

Scoreboard
Australia

Hayden c Taylor b Bravo 49
Katich run out 22
Watson c Lara b Taylor 0
Symonds c Smith b Bradshaw 8
Clarke c Gayle b Bradshaw 1
Hussey not out 109
Haddin c Taylor b Bravo 70
Lee not out 1
Extras (b-1, lb-5, w-6) 12
Total (6 wkts, 50 overs) 272
Fall of wickets: 1-41, 2-42, 3-57, 4-64, 5-104, 6-270.
Bowling: Taylor 10-0-53-1, Bradshaw 10-0-35-2, Gayle 7-0-46-0, Smith 7-0-38-0, Samuels 7-0-42-0, Bravo 9-1-52-2.

West Indies
Gayle c Hussey b Watson 79
Chanderpaul c Haddin b Lee 0
Sarwan c Haddin b Bracken 25
Lara c Hussey b Lee 87
Bravo not out 37
Hinds c Haddin b Lee 1
Samuels run out 0
Smith b Symonds 4
Baugh not out 7
Extras (lb-5, nb-11, w-16) 33
Total (7 wkts, 47.2 overs) 273
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-44, 3-195, 4-242, 5-249, 6-249, 7-255.
Bowling: Lee 10-0-46-3, Bracken 9-0-31-1, Clark 7-0-87-0, Watson 10-0-43-1, Symonds 5.2-0-27-1, Cullen 6-1-34-0. — PTI

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PCB dances to Piper’s tune

Karachi, September 18
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is shelling out a whopping £ 700 (approx Rs 61,000) per hour to a team of lawyers it has hired to plead its case at the International Cricket Council disciplinary hearing in London on September 27 and 28.

Sources in the board said it had hired a famous law firm, DL Piper, to represent them in the case resulting from the Oval controversy following which skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq was charged with ball tampering and bringing the game into disrepute.

“The firm has appointed three lawyers, including a Pakistani, Wasim Khokar, to work with us. They are paid on an hourly basis. The senior one gets £ 300 and the other two £ 200 per hour,” a source told PTI.

According to rough calculations, the lawyers would have had more than 50 hours of consultations with the board and players by now.

“You can calculate for yourself how much this is costing the board,” the source said.

He disclosed that the board was counting on the lawyers to bail them out of this difficult situation although even Inzamam was mentally was prepared to face some ban.

“But the board has also made up its mind to lodge a quick appeal if he is banned to ensure he plays in the Champions Trophy.”

The source said the lawyers had prepared a strong case and adopted a strong line after receiving a charge sheet from the ICC on the charges faced by Inzamam.

“Apparently they are in constant touch with the ICC legal experts and have also exchanged a list of witnesses they would like to cross examine at the hearing,” the source added.

“The lawyers have prepared a case which is based on just cricket laws and will be taking Australian umpire Darrell Hair to task.”

The lawyers will take the plea that in several cases in the past umpires had changed the ball diplomatically without laying any charges if they had suspicions that the ball’s condition had been changed.

And since Hair and umpire Billy Doctrove decided to penalise the team five runs while changing the ball and accused them of ball-tampering, they must be strongly convinced tampering took place and would be asked to produce the evidence.

However, the board official admitted that the lawyers were still finding a defence for Pakistan’s decision to not carry on playing after tea.

The Pakistan board has already sent a letter to the ICC making it clear it does not want Hair umpiring in the Champions Trophy.

The source also said Pakistan had decided that under no circumstances would it have Hair standing in any of its matches in India. — PTI 

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Players kept repeating mistakes: Baskaran
Anand Philar

Monchengladbach, September 18
The 11th place finish at the men’s hockey World Cup here was not a true reflection of India’s potential but the team refused to learn from mistakes which led to the debacle, coach Vasudevan Baskaran said today.

“I believe that given our potential, we should have finished in the 5-8 category and certainly not 11th. But then, we wasted too many chances and our penalty corner exercises, both offensive and defensive, were not up to the mark,” Baskaran said.

India’s mediocre performance at the quadrennial event saw them score just one win in seven matches, losing five and drawing one.

As the World Cup came to a close, Baskaran was at his wit’s end to explain the continuing nosedive of the team. “Some of our special players have not been professional enough to learn from their mistakes and avoid repeating them,” he said.

“We have time and again brought the lapses to their notice, but there is little that a coach can do if they keep repeating the mistakes,” he lamented.

In the early games, India’s defensive approach was rather baffling, but something that the coach defended saying it was part of the strategy. “The idea was to hold the ball and avoid blind rushing into the opponent’s half. Instead, we had planned to draw the rivals out of their position before going on the attack,” was his defence.

However, India’s early opponents were not to be drawn out and soon, the Indians realised they needed to attack.

When they eventually did, the back was open for counter-attacks and with the deep defenders committing errors, the Indians conceded penalty corners by the dozen.

The Indian performance also lacked the discipline required to play at a high level with Kanwalpreet Singh (2), Prabodh Tirkey, Hari Prasad and Viren Rasquinha receiving yellow card suspensions at crucial moments of the game, thus upsetting the balance of the team. “The players at this level should know the rules. After all, this is the World Cup and it was unfortunate that they committed mistakes and were sent out,” said Baskaran.

He felt that the key moment for India was when they were level at 2-2 with Germany in the opening game. “When we conceded a third goal in the last minute, it severely affected the morale of the team that had played so well until then. Thereafter, our deep defence committed a lot of mistakes leading to penalty corner goals,” the coach observed.

In fact, India, in seven matches, conceded as many as 39 penalty corners of which 15 were converted while they received 22 with four conversions. In all, India let in 18 goals while scoring 10.

“The fact that we scored six field goals only reflects the ability of our forwards. Had they been more consistent, we would have finished higher than 11th,” Baskaran said.

The trend of conceding late goals continued through the league phase and the Indians finished with just one point and wound up at the bottom of their pool.

“I wouldn’t blame on physical fitness, but I suspect that our players were not mentally strong enough to survive the final moments. It happened in Sydney during the 2000 Olympics when we led Poland 1-0 and conceded the equaliser in the last minute. It cost us a semifinal spot, and now here at the World Cup, we lost matches from strong positions,” he said. — PTI

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Wake-up call for Indian hockey
Pargat Singh

The Indian hockey team’s performance in the World Cup is bitter to swallow. Far from fighting to be the best in Asia, the team is now fourth among the continent’s challengers.

While Korea, who made the semifinals are now the standard bearers for Asia, Pakistan managed to stay in top six.

Japan finished ahead of India, as they first beat South Africa and then Argentina in the minor placings to finish ninth. India lost to Argentina, but in the clash for 11th and 12th, India barely managed to avoid the last position embarrassment by beating South Africa 1-0.

Falling behind South Korea and Pakistan was bad enough and now it is even Japan. And there will also be Malaysia to contend with in Asian Games. The Indians must wake up now.

While this is a wake-up call for the whole fraternity, there should be somebody up there ready to take the blame for this pathetic fall.

Now, all eyes will be on India’s show in Doha Asian Games. This pathetic performance, coming less than three months before the Asian Games, will keep the Indian players under intense pressure.

Averting the wooden spoon, India just managed to ensure that they were not eliminated from the Champions Challenge competition. Who would have thought that there would indeed be a time, when India would feel relieved at being pushed out of even International Hockey Federation’s second-rung event, the Champions Challenge.

A defeat on Sunday in the playoff for the 11th and 12th positions would not just have eliminated India from the Champions Challenge line-up next year, but also pushed it into oblivion. In that context, this 1-0 victory over South Africa was a minor consolation.

The Indian strikers continued to be erratic in the match against South Africa. It reflected the jitters prevailing in the Indian camp that the only goal of the match came in the 54th minute despite their extended domination of the contest.

Eventually, Rajpal Singh’s deflection off a penalty corner shot by Dilip Tirkey saved India from the humiliation of a bottom-place finish among the 12 countries.

But India remained on the tenterhooks as they failed to convert several more chances and hung on to the slim lead, something that they had not been able to do earlier during this tournament.

Tejbir Singh came close to sealing the victory two minutes from the hooter, but he shot wide and fortunately the Indians did not succumb to their last-stage blues.

I’m rather surprised to see the jitters that the Indian defence has been experiencing during the World Cup. One would have thought that their international exposure ought to make them used to such situations.

On a different occasion, the same team might give a more composed display. One thing that stood out in their last match was the way the players made some good interceptions and created space upfront. But the strikers wasted the good work by hanging on to the ball for too long.

India would not have been in the situation of playing to avoid the last spot had they been able to convert their chances in Saturday’s contest with Argentina, a game where the Indians dominated the first session before allowing the rivals to bounce back.

Most teams are now aware that they cannot afford to relax after scoring a goal these days as the speed of contemporary hockey can transform the game in a matter of minutes. But India squandered their chances against Argentina when they failed to capitalise on the early lead provided by Arjuna Halappa. — PTI 

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India slip after World Cup fiasco

New Delhi, September 18
The dismal showing at the hockey World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany, has pushed India down to one place to be seventh in the latest world rankings.

After suffering five defeats out of seven matches, including one win and one draw, the Indians could manage only an 11th place finish in the World Cup and gathered 350 points to slip from the sixth position.

With 1418 points, India are now placed below Asian rivals Korea (1500), who are now sixth from eighth by virtue of their fourth place finish at the World Cup.

South American champions Argentina (1275), who were at the seventh spot, have also paid the price for their lacklustre showing and gone down to the eighth spot in the rankings.

World champions Germany (2315) have effected a big change at top of the ladder by toppling Olympic champions Australia (2295) from the top spot.

Another major change in the rankings is the new low for the strong Netherlands (2000) side who managed the seventh place in the World Cup and slipped from the second spot to fourth.

The bronze medal at the World Cup has propelled Spain (2193) to the third place from the fourth.

England (1249), on account of their sterling performance in the quadrennial event which saw them finish 5th, improved their ranking by two places to reach the 9th position.

South Africa (988), who had to satisfy with the wooden spoon at Monchengladbach, slided one spot to be at 11th.

Another top Asian side Pakistan (1810), who were sixth in the World Cup after losing to England in the play-off match, remain unchanged at the fifth rank.

Japan (875), who entered the mega event as the lowest ranked team and sprung some surprises by beating Argentina twice and upsetting South Africa to occupy the 9th position, has become the new No. 12 team in the world.

Top 10 teams: 1. Germany, 2. Australia, 3. Spain, 4. Netherlands, 5. Pakistan, 6. Korea, 7. India, 8. Argentina, 9. England, 10. New Zealand. — PTI 

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Hingis feasts on Czink

Kolkata, September 18
Switzerland’s Martina Hingis gave an awesome display of aggressive tennis to bulldoze past Hungarian Melinda Czink in the opening round of the $ 175,000 WTA Sunfast Open here today.

Hingis, now on a comeback trail after missing three years on the circuit due to injury, let loose lightning down-the-line shots and made superb placements to romp home to a 6-1, 6-2 win in only 44 minutes at the Netaji Indoor stadium centre court.

World No. 9 Hingis, who has an enviable record of 41 singles and 36 doubles titles on the tour, pocketed the first set in only 20 minutes.

World No. 84 Czink, who had upset Sania Mirza in the maiden edition of the tournament last year, simply had no answer to the fast-paced tennis of her famed rival and looked out of breath in the second set that was over in 44 minutes.

Former world No. 1 Hingis would now clash with Israel’s Czipora Oblizer, who got past Ukrainian Yulia Beygelzimer 6-2, 6-3, for a place in the quarterfinal.

Earlier today, Tamarine Tanasugarn ousted sixth seed Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in a marathon tie.

The unseeded Thai, ranked 124 in the world, who had to use all her resources to squeeze out a 6-7 (10-12), 7-5, 6-0 win over the much taller world No. 72, saved six match points in the second set to achieve the feat.

The win will pit Tanasugarn against the winner of the match between feed-up Abigail Spears and Uzbekistan’s Akgul Amanmuradova in the second round.

The 29-year-old had an identical singles’ win-loss record (20-20) going into this match and had never met Kanepi before.

It was bit of a struggle in the first set with Kanepi and Tanasugarn trading breaks from the first game. The battle was restricted to the baseline, though, with both showing a marked reluctance to come up at the net.

In the fourth game of the first set, Tanasugarn was down three break points. The Thai saved each of them, eventually holding to draw level at 2-2.

Failure to finish off the advantage ultimately proved to be the Estonian’s bane. The world No. 72, who was relying mainly on her big serves to move out of trouble, broke back down 5-6 to set up a tie-break which seemed to carry on for ages.

Her big serve came handy again as she clinched the tie-break 12-10. The first set lasted one hour and 14 minutes.

Kanepi, who reached the semifinals in the inaugural edition of this tournament last year, looked the favourite at this stage of the match.

Breaking Tanasugarn in the ninth game of the second set to go up 5-4, the Estonian, who turned pro in 2000, looked set to finish off the match. It was here that the wheel of fortune turned.

An astonishing comeback from Tanasugarn, who has a lone singles and five doubles WTA titles to her credit, saw her save six match points in the crucial 10th game which ran into deuce nine times. It was soon 7-5 for the Thai.

Thereafter, it was all downhill for Kanepi, who failed to get into the scoresheet in the third and final set. Calling for the trainer midway through the set in the fourth game owing to cramps, her game rapidly disintegrated. Trying to hit winners each time, Kanepi’s unforced errors crept up. Tanasugarn, who converted nine of 21 break points to Kanepi’s five out of 10, got to two match points owing to a sizzling backhand winner. Another unforced error from the Estonian settled the issue. — PTI, UNI 

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Mittal Trust to support Abhinav

Chandigarh, September 18
India’s ace shooter and air rifle world champion Abhinav Bindra will receive support from the Mittal Champions Trust, run by global steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal. Abhinav is the first Indian shooter to be supported by the trust.

The trust will support the bulk of the expenses essential for him to be at the peak of his discipline. The support will come as a shot in the arm for Abhinav as he begins his Asian Games campaign.

It will also boost his preparations for the 2008 Olympics. The trust will continue its support to the shooter till the London Olympics in 2012.

Mr Manisha Malhotra, administrator of the trust, said in a press note today, “The trust is happy to be supporting such a deserving athlete.”

Indian tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi is a trustee of the Mittal Champions Trust. 
— UNI

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SANTODH TROPHY
Haryana sneak into pre-quarters 

Gurgaon, September 18
Despite a sizeable partisan crowd egging them on, a listless Haryana were held to a goal-less draw by Bihar in their Cluster I match, even though that was enough for the hosts to qualify for the next round of the 61st National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy.

It was Haryana’s better goal average that sent them to the pre-quarterfinal knockout phase of the tournament. They had beaten Pondicherry 3-0 in their earlier encounter as against Bihar’s 1-0 win against the same opponent.

Haryana will now play the winner of tomorrow’s Cluster II match between Uttar Pradesh and Meghalaya for a place in the quarterfinal.

The dull first half had little to offer, even though the hosts had the better of the exchanges in the first 15 minutes. But Bihar soon grew in confidence and there was nothing to separate the two teams.

In fact, Bihar threatened to seize the initiative in the 21st minute when Bhavesh Kumar unleashed a dangerous left-footed long ranger from outside the box but it was fisted over the bar by the Haryana goalkeeper and striker Ramesh Kumar’s go at the goal from the resultant corner was again saved by the Haryana custodian.

The second half saw a slightly better display by both teams and again Bihar threatened to take the lead in the 73rd minute.

A long clearance by Bihar defender Ram Raksha Yadav caught the Haryana defence off-guard and reached right-winger Babloo Kumar Yadav, who found himself free of his marker on the top of the box. He sprinted down a few yards but could not control the ball properly, with defender Pawan closely chasing him and the Haryana winger’s shot was blocked by the advancing goalkeeper. — UNI

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3 Pak teams to participate in Surjit tourney
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 18
The 23rd edition of Indian Oil Surjit Hockey Tournament will be played from November 3 to 12 at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium, Burlton Park.

Mr A.Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, said three Pakistani teams would also participate in the event. These will include Pakistan International Airlines, Habib Bank Ltd Karachi and Shadman Hockey Club, Rawalpindi.

The Indian teams include holders Indian Airlines, Indian Oil, Mumbai, Bharat Petroleum, Mumbai, Punjab and Sind Bank, Punjab Police, BSF, CRPF, Air-India, Mumbai, EMF Jalandhar, Corps of Signals, Punjab and Sind Bank Academy, Punjab National Bank, Surjit Hockey Academy, Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, Sikh Regiment Centre and Indian Air Force.

The women teams include Western Railways, Central Railways, Punjab XI, Haryana XI, Chandigarh XI and Pepsu XI.

The winning team in men section will get Rs 1 lakh and runners-up will get Rs 60,000. The winning team in women section will get Rs 31,000 and runners-up will get Rs 21,000. The best player in men section will be honoured with Rs 11,000 and the best player in women section will get Rs 5000.

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Gurmit hockey from Sept 23
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The SN Vohra's 36th All-India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament will be organised under the aegis of the Chandigarh Hockey Association at the Sector 42 hockey stadium here from September 23 to October 2.

Stating this at a press conference here today, the secretary of the Chandigarh Hockey Association, Mr YP Vohra, said as many as 24 teams would participate in the 'A' grade tournament. The teams are Punjab and Sind Bank, Namdhari XI, BPCL, IOC, Punjab Police, ONGC, Central Railway, Western Railway, South Central Railway, Hyderabad, RCF, IAF, Signals, EME, SRC, Canara Bank, Bangalore, CISF, PSEB, J & K XI, PNB XI, COE Patiala, Punjabi University, Ropar Hawks, Chandigarh Hockey Academy, and Chandigarh XI. The teams will be lodged in Kisan Bhavan.

Punjab and Sind Bank, Namdhari XI, BPCL, and IOC have been seeded directly in the quarterfinals. Punjab Police, PNB XI, ONGC, and Central Railway have been seeded in the pre-quarterfinals.

This year the prize money for the winners and runners-up has been increased to Rs 60,000 and Rs 40,000, respectively. 'Man-of- the-Match' awards from the quarterfinals will carry a cash prize of Rs 5,000. Besides other prizes for outstanding players, the most well behaved team will be awarded the Dr BL Gupta Trophy.

The last match every day will be played under floodlights. The inaugural match will be played between J & K XI and Chandigarh Hockey Academy at 4.15 pm which will be followed by the Punjabi University-Chandigarh XI tie under floodlights. The tournament has been sponsored by Hutch.

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Girls’ cricket tourney from Sept 26
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The 6th All-India IPSC Girls’ Cricket Tournament will be organised by Pinegrove School at Dharampur and Subathu from September 26 to 30.

Capt AJ Singh, Principal, said the Indian Public Schools' Conference (IPSC) was a forum of elite public schools of the country which regularly organised inter-school cultural and sporting events.

It is for the first time that this five-day event is being held in Himachal Pradesh.

The tournament will be played on a league-cum-knockout basis. This year, eight teams divided into two pools will compete for top honours.

Pool A consists of DPS, Delhi, DPS, Nainital, Mayo College Girls’ School, Ajmer, Yadavindra Public School, Patiala.

Pool B consists of Maharani Gayatri Devi School, Jaipur, Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, Daly College, Indore, and the hosts.

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Sudip Chatterjee dead

Kolkata, September 18
Former Indian national footballer Sudip Chatterjee died here today following a heart attack. He was 47.

One of the finest midfielders the country has produced, Sudip had a career spanning more than a decade in top-class football to don the colours of all three Kolkata big clubs — Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting.

A find of former Olympian Arun Ghosh, the diminutive footballer, whom former national coach Ciric Milovan had taken much pride in, started as a stopper for the Bengal Nagpur Railway Club in Kolkata first-division league before making his debut in a big club when he switched over to Mohun Bagan in 1982.

However, even before that he was selected for the national side for the Merdeka tournament in Malaysia in 1981.

He played for the country in the Asian Games in 1982 as a right-back under the coaching of PK Banerjee.

After he opted for East Bengal in 1984, Sudip permanently settled for the central midfield position at the instance of Mr Amal Dutta.

Yugoslav coach Ciric Milovan, who was in charge of the national side in the mid-eighties, also retained Sudip in the same position.

After retiring from top-class football in 1991, Sudip assumed the role of coach of West Bengal in the Santosh Trophy in 1997-98.

He also coached few small clubs in Kolkata league, but was forced to bid adieu to football because of illness. — UNI 

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EVES falter in IAAF World Cup
Athens
:
Indian women, representing Asia, in the 4x400 metre relay event, settled for a wooden spoon by finishing ninth in the 10th IAAF World Cup Athletics here.
The Asian team, which comprised of India’s Chitra Soman, Satti Geetha and Manjeet Kaur and Japanese runner Asami Tanno clocked 3:38.85sec and finished last. American team won the relay with world leading timing of 3:19.84 sec while the United States at their season’s best timing of 3:20.60 were second. Russia ended up third with 3:21.21sec. — PTI

Katoch Shield
AMRITSAR
:
Gaurav Gupta’s scintillating knock of 135 runs helped Chandigarh gain a first-innings lead of 50 runs against Amritsar on the second day of the four-day Punjab Inter-District Katoch Shield Cricket Tournament played at Gandhi Ground here on Monday.
The visitors were all out for 292 runs in 90 overs. Gurankit and Gaurav Gupta scored 70 and 45 runs, respectively. For Amritsar, off-spinners Charanjit Singh and S.P. Singh scalped three wickets each. Earlier, the hosts had scored 242 runs in the first innings. — OSR

Delhi football
NEW DELHI:
Cosmos Club recorded yet another facile victory when they defeated Shakti Club 4-1 in the Delhi Soccer Association League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Monday. Striker Chandan scored all the goals to notch up the first hat-trick of the championship. Yetendra reduced the margin for Shakti.
Royal Bengal Club came from behind to hold Delhi Tigers 1-1. — OSR

Jeev slips
New Delhi:
A less-than-impressive tied 14th finish at Ana Open in Japan saw Jeev Milkha Singh slipping a rung down to 144th even as he remained the highest placed Indian golfer in the latest World Golf Rankings issued on Tuesday. Fellow Indians fared even worse owing to an indifferent week and Jyoti Randhawa dropped down 12 places to 158 while Shiv Kapur slipped eight rungs down the ladder to 172nd spot. 
— UNI

Boxing meet
Sangrur:
Chanchal Kumar and Gurdit Singh won the gold in light flyweight and flyweight categories, respectively in the District Boxing Championship, which concluded here on Monday.
Other winners: Kulwinder Singh (bantam weight); Mohd. Tanvir (feather weight); Ram Chand (light weight); Gurdhian Singh (light welter weight); Parminder Singh (welter weight); Satinder Pal (middle welter weight); Raja Singh (light heavy weight); Gurjaswinder Singh (heavy weight); and Narinder Singh (super heavy weight). — OSR

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