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Australia clinch elusive trophy
Mumbai, November 5
Australia reaffirmed their status as the undisputed champions in world cricket by breaking their Champions Trophy jinx with an emphatic eight-wicket victory over title holders West Indies in a rain-marred summit showdown here today.


Australian players hold the Champions Trophy after beating the West Indies by eight wickets in the final in Mumbai on Sunday. Australian players hold the Champions Trophy after beating the West Indies by eight wickets in the final in Mumbai on Sunday. — AFP

BCCI clout behind Hair’s sacking: Western media
London, November 5
British and Australian media today pointed accusing fingers to India saying that its enormous financial clout had played a major role in controversial Aussie umpire Darrell Hair’s sacking by the ICC.

Duleep Trophy
North Zone in driver’s seat
Guwahati, November 5
North Zone made a strong 504 in their first innings and also picked up two East Zone wickets to put themselves in the driver’s seat on the second day of the Group B Duleep Trophy cricket match at the Nehru Stadium here today. In reply to North Zone’s big total, built around Joginder Sharma’s 122, East Zone were tottering at 22 for 2 at close of play.

Injured wrist costs Jeev the title
Fukoka, November 5
An injured wrist brought misfortune for Jeev Milkha Singh as the ace Indian golfer fell short by a shot to miss out on the title at the Asahiryokuken Yomiuri Memorial 2006 golf tournament.


Australia’s Karrie Webb holds the trophy after winning the Mizuno Classic golf tournament in Shima, western Japan, on Sunday.
Australia’s Karrie Webb holds the trophy after winning the Mizuno Classic golf tournament in Shima, western Japan, on Sunday. Karrie fired a six-under-par 66 to break Annika Sorenstam’s five-year winning streak at the event. — Reuters

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Lohit, Moosa race to victory
Chandigarh, November 5
Lohit Urs and co-driver Moosa Sherief emerged overall winners in the Power Pine Forest Rally after the fifth and penultimate round of the Motorsports Association of India’s Indian National Rally Championship at the Kala Gram grounds here today.

Lohit Urs (left) and Moosa Sherief celebrate after winning the Power Pine Forest Rally at Kala Gram in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Lohit Urs (left) and Moosa Sherief celebrate after winning the Power Pine Forest Rally at Kala Gram in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Sunita, Samod win marathon titles
New Delhi, November 5
Sunita Joon warded off stiff challenge from a packed field to emerge victorious in the 8-km race for girls (under-18) of the 12th Reebok Salwan Marathon race at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here today. Sunita posted a time of 27.46.08 minutes while second-placed Khatoon Bano and Sunita were almost two minutes behind her at the second and third position, respectively.

Shuttlers finish 8th
New Delhi, November 5
India lost to Thailand 1-3 and finished eighth in the team event of the World Junior Badminton Championship at Incheon, Korea.

PSEB win title
Nabha, November 5
PSEB emerged champions by defeating SN College, Banga, 6-5 via tiebreaker in the final of the 31st All-India Gurdarshan Singh Memorial Football Tournament.

 


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Australia clinch elusive trophy
SS Ramaswamy

Australia’s Nathan Bracken celebrates with team-mates Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting after dismissing Chris Gayle of the West Indies during the final of the Champions Trophy in Mumbai on Sunday.
Australia’s Nathan Bracken (second from left) celebrates with team-mates Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting (right) after dismissing Chris Gayle of the West Indies during the final of the Champions Trophy in Mumbai on Sunday. — Reuters

Mumbai, November 5
Australia reaffirmed their status as the undisputed champions in world cricket by breaking their Champions Trophy jinx with an emphatic eight-wicket victory over title holders West Indies in a rain-marred summit showdown here today.

The Australians skittled out the Caribbeans for a paltry 138 in just 30.4 overs before overhauling the revised target of 116 with 6.5 overs to spare to clinch the only silverware that had eluded them till now.

The world champions gave an awesome exhibition of their skills as they exploited the difficult track at the Brabourne stadium to the hilt to shatter the Caribbean hopes of retaining the title in a low-scoring floodlit tussle.

The world champions were 45 for two when a thunderstorm interrupted the game for two and a quarter hours, resulting in the target being revised to 116 in 35 overs.

Opener Shane Watson (57 not out) and Damien Martyn (47 not out) did not take too many risks as they went about collecting the runs with ease to steer the team to a memorable title triumph.

Watson brought about the winning run by taking a single off Ramnaresh Sarwan.

Australia’s run chase was halted after 10 overs by sharp thundershowers that left the ground in a puddle and play commenced after two hours and 15 minutes.

The batsmen out in the Australian innings before the rains fell were opener Adam Gilchrist (2) and skipper Ricky Ponting for a duck, the wickets being shared by speedsters Jerome Taylor and Ian Bradshaw, which left the world champions at a difficult 13 for two.

Watson and Martyn put on 103 for the unbroken third wicket to take Australia easily to the target.

They thus emerged deserving winners of the world’s second-most important one-day tournament and pocketed the winners’ purse of $ 300,000 while the West Indies took home $ 125,000.

But the final, which promised a lot, proved to be a damp squib after it looked an encore was on the cards when West Indies commenced the match on a rousing note after their captain Brian Lara won the toss and elected to bat.

The lanky Nathan Bracken (3-22) was the pick of the Australian bowlers, while the experienced Glenn McGrath and Shane Watson chipped in with two wickets each to rip through the West Indies batting which caved in meekly after a fine start by the in-from Chris Gayle (37) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (27).

Gayle was dismissed by Bracken with a beautiful ball that swung away just a bit and crashed on to the stumps as the batsman lunged forward defensively. This was the crucial breakthrough for Australia as Gayle, with three centuries to his credit in the tournament including an unbeaten 133 that flattened South Africa in the semifinal at Jaipur, looked all set to put on a repeat display and take the final away with his bat.

The left-handed Gayle bludgeoned the formidable Aussie pace attack, in particular the great Glenn McGrath, with total disdain in his 27-ball 37, that included two huge sixes and four fours, before Nathan Bracken castled him with a splendid ball to bring some sense of parity to the proceedings.

Man of the match: Shane Watson

Man of the series: Chris Gayle

Scoreboard

West Indies

Chanderpaul b Bracken 27

Gayle b Bracken 37

Sarwan c Hogg b Bracken 7

Bravo lbw Hogg 21

Lara c Gilchrist b McGrath 2

Morton c Gilchrist b McGrath 2

Samuels c Ponting b Watson 7

Baugh lbw Watson 9

Bradshaw b Lee 7

Taylor not out 5

Collymore run out 0

Extras (lb-5, nb-2, w-7) 14

Total (all out, 30.4 overs) 138

FoW: 1-49, 2-65, 3-80, 4-88, 5-94, 6-113, 7-125, 8-125, 9-136.

Bowling: Lee 7.4-0-49-1, Bracken 6-0-22-3, McGrath 7-3-24-2, Symonds 3-0-16-0, Watson 3-0-11-2, Hogg 4-1-11-1.

Australia

Gilchrist c Gayle b Bradshaw 2

Watson not out 57

Ponting lbw Taylor 0

Martyn not out 47

Extras (lb-4, nb-1, w-5) 10

Total (2 wickets, 28.1 overs) 116

FoW: 1-12, 2-13.

Bowling: Gayle 1-0-5-0, Taylor 7-0-42-1, Bradshaw 6-0-21-1, Collymore 6-1-19-0, Samuels 5-0-9-0, Sarwan 3.1-0-16-0. — PTI

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BCCI clout behind Hair’s sacking: Western media

London, November 5
British and Australian media today pointed accusing fingers to India saying that its enormous financial clout had played a major role in controversial Aussie umpire Darrell Hair’s sacking by the ICC.

With the headline 'Asian bloc flex muscle to remove Hair', a report by the Sunday Telegraph said a precedent has now been established that any umpire who in future makes a decision against the Asian Test-playing countries can expect their wrath to descend upon his head.

''Such is the financial clout of India that they can usually carry South Africa, Zimbabwe and West Indies with them to achieve a 7-3 majority,'' the newspaper said, alluding to the reported 7-3 voting by the ICC executive board on Friday in Mumbai to sack Hair from international umpiring.

The report also took potshots at Indian Board's attempt to buy the broadcasting rights for ICC events over the next eight years, which BCCI withdrew during the executive board meeting.

''The implications would have been enormous if the Indian board had overturned the existing rule which restricts bidding to broadcasters and agencies: the Indian board would have in effect run the next two World Cups and all intervening ICC events,'' it said.

''Half of the Test-playing countries made their opposition to the Indian board so apparent that they backed down when they realised they were not going to achieve the 7-3 majority needed to change the existing rule,'' the report added.

The Australian media echoed their British counterparts, holding that the Asian bloc usually got away with whatever they like.

Robert Craddock writes in Sunday Courier Mail under the headline 'Chilling rule of Asian overlords' that the Asian nations run world cricket now.

''Whether it be chasing the rights to host a World Cup, getting officials in important positions or getting rid of an umpire, the Asian bloc gets what it wants,'' Craddock wrote.

''The demise of Darrell Hair as an umpire is a classic example of this and sad for all sorts of reasons. It should never have been up to the Asian nations to decide Hair's fate. That decision should have been made by International Cricket Council officials.

''As it turns out, the opinions of ICC officials meant nothing compared to the views and voting power of officials from featherweight nations such as Zimbabwe and Bangladesh which fell dutifully into line with the new cricket kings on the block.

''Hair's axing sets a chilling precedent for other umpires.

They will now be running scared of offending any or all of the four subcontintent nations - India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.'' — UNI

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Duleep Trophy
North Zone in driver’s seat

Guwahati, November 5
North Zone made a strong 504 in their first innings and also picked up two East Zone wickets to put themselves in the driver’s seat on the second day of the Group B Duleep Trophy cricket match at the Nehru Stadium here today.

In reply to North Zone’s big total, built around Joginder Sharma’s 122, East Zone were tottering at 22 for 2 at close of play.

The disastrous start saw them losing Subhomoy Das in the second over and Shib Sundar Das in the next.

Skipper Sourav Ganguly (10 n.o.) and Abhisekh Jhunjhunwala (6 n.o.) were at the crease when play was called off 15 minutes before scheduled close due to bad light.

Earlier, resuming at their overnight score of 252 for four, North Zone made a heady start adding a quick 46 runs before Yashpal Singh was caught by Deep Dasgupta off Debashis Mohanty. Yashpal made an impressive 89, including 11 fours and two sixes.

Rawat was joined by Sharma, whose second consecutive century in a Duleep Trophy tie was the highlight of the day.

Their sixth-wicket partnership of 106 runs helped considerably in consolidating North Zone’s innings.

Sharma, who had scored a century in the last Duleep Trophy tie against Central Zone at Jamshedpur, stayed at the crease for 180 minutes and faced 166 balls to score 122, which included 18 fours and three sixes.

Rawat gave excellent support from the other end, scoring a responsible 62 before he was caught and bowled by Abhisekh Jhunjhunwala.

Sri Lanka A take 61-run lead

Kolkata: Sri Lanka A rode on three useful half-centuries to establish a 61-run first innings lead over South Zone on the second day of their four-day Group A Duleep Trophy match here on Sunday.

Replying to South Zone’s first innings total of 266, the foreigners ended their first innings at 327.

Chamara Silva (70), skipper T Samaraweera (69) and Kaushal Silva (55) were the principal contributors to the Lankan innings that lasted 402 minutes.

At stumps, South Zone were 24 for no loss, with Dinesh Kaarthick (16 no.) and Robin Uthappa (7 n.o.) at the crease.

Resuming at the overnight score of 36-1, Sri Lanka lost M Warnapura (0) in the day’s very first over without adding any run to the board, while Mahela Udawatte (34) departed a little later.

Pacer P Kaushik Reddy claimed both wickets, as Sri Lanka A were in a spot of bother at 57-3.

Samaraweera and Jehan Mubarak (32) then added 49 runs for the fourth wicket, before the latter was trapped leg before by India paceman S Sreesanth.

Mubarak’s dismissal brought together the skipper and Chamara Silva and the two stitched together a 103-run stand for the fifth wicket to put the Sri Lankan innings back on track.

Samaraweera played sheet anchor as Chamara Silva went all guns blazing, taking his side to 158-4 at lunch, and continuing the assault to notch up his half-century off 67 balls.

For South Zone, Kaushik Reddy (4-57) and Yomahesh (3-74) were the main wicket-takers. — PTI

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Injured wrist costs Jeev the title

Fukoka, November 5
An injured wrist brought misfortune for Jeev Milkha Singh as the ace Indian golfer fell short by a shot to miss out on the title at the Asahiryokuken Yomiuri Memorial 2006 golf tournament.

Tatsu Ichihara, five shots behind Jeev after three rounds, turned in a sensational comeback on the final day to card a five-under 67 while the Indian, after spoiling three putts on the final hole, managed only a one-over 73 to finish second.

This is Jeev's best on the Japanese Tour this season and the third runner-up finish in the year.

Ichihara, who turns 28 on November 17, picked up his first title on Japan Tour. His previous best finish was tied second at the Mizuno Open earlier this year.

Toru Suzuki (67) was third and Hiroyuki Fujita (69) and Ike Je Chang (70) were tied fourth.

Jeev, who had 32 putts on the final day, was in line for an unique achievement to win back-to-back tournaments in two consecutive weeks. It would then have been his third title on a third different Tour after Asian and European Tours. It nevertheless meant a tenth top-10 finish in 15 starts and it moves Jeev to the 12th place in Japan Tour Money rankings.

Jeev needed a par to get into a play-off as both Ichihara and Jeev had birdies on the 15th which tied them at 17-under.

Ichihara had finished one flight ahead of Jeev and was waiting in the clubhouse as the Indian, who had at least a share of the lead for all of first three days, came towards the finish.

Jeev, who has been affected by a niggling wrist injury, which has often affected his putting last few weeks seemed to have been hit by it at the wrong time.

Jeev has never won in Japan and in 2004 he lost after leading by four shots after three rounds in Asia (Okinawa Open) and finished tied second.

Today, he had his first birdie of the day on the third but his back-to-back bogeys on eighth and ninth spelt trouble as he fell back in comparison to the fast approaching Ichihara, who from 13-under overnight climbed to 17-under with four birdies in first eight holes.

Jeev parred the first four holes of back nine, while Ichihara had birdies on 12th and 13th to tie with Jeev at 17-under at that stage.

The eighth and the ninth have been two of the toughest holes this week, though Jeev did eagle the par-five eighth on second day. — PTI

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Lohit, Moosa race to victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
Lohit Urs and co-driver Moosa Sherief emerged overall winners in the Power Pine Forest Rally after the fifth and penultimate round of the Motorsports Association of India’s Indian National Rally Championship at the Kala Gram grounds here today.

Trailing overnight leader Sunny Sidhu of Team JK Tyre by 40 seconds, Urs, who finished the rally in a total time of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 44 seconds to end a two-year drought, win the third overall INRC title of his career.

The last time Urs won an overall title was in 2004 at Chandigarh, when he driving as a privateer. Team JK Tyre took the next two places, with Sunny Sidhu finishing second in 2:24.39 and Vikram Mathias ending his barren streak, coming third-placed in 2:24.52.

The final day’s action began with Karandeep Singh going out of the rally in the first stage itself after the lower arm of his car broke. Karandeep was lying second overnight and was a strong bet to finish among the top three and enhance his position at the top of the points tally, but his ouster and the victory of Urs has now thrown wide open the title hunt, with the concluding round to be held in Goa.

Karandeep still leads with 34 points, while Gaurav Singh Gill is second with 31. Urs has tied with Naren Kumar for the third spot with 29 points and Sidhu is lying in fifth place with 26. Gill, who had the fastest timings on the day’s opening two stages, broke a strut in the final stage and had to pull out.

The results: Overall category: Lohit Urs/Moosa Sherief (Team MRF, Baleno) 2:24.27; Sunny Sidhu/Vivek Anandan (Team JK Tyre, Baleno) 2:24.39; Vikram Mathias/Nikhil Pail (Team JK Tyre, Baleno) 2:24.52; Prithvin Rajan/PVS Murthy (Team MRF, Baleno) 2:31.14; Sanket Shanbhag/Ramesh Shanbhag (Gypsy) 2:31.49.

1400cc: Anil Wadia/Anmol Rampal (Esteem) 2:46.15; Arindam Ghosh/Sourabh (Esteem) 3:01.28.

Rally Star Cup: Amanpreet Ahluwalia/Manoj Shadija (Esteem) 2:33.14; Rajesh Gadakh/Paritosh Kohok 2:36.56; Nibi Sayed/Noufel Sayed 2:44.29.

Gypsy Cup: Sanket Shanbhag/Ramesh Shanbhag 2:31.49; Capt. A S Brar/Capt. D Saraswat 2:35.39; Maj Rajesh Powar/Capt. Rohit Nayak 2:37.58.

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Sunita, Samod win marathon titles
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, November 5
Sunita Joon warded off stiff challenge from a packed field to emerge victorious in the 8-km race for girls (under-18) of the 12th Reebok Salwan Marathon race at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here today. Sunita posted a time of 27.46.08 minutes while second-placed Khatoon Bano and Sunita were almost two minutes behind her at the second and third position, respectively.

In the boys under-18 section, Samod Kumar pipped Surender Gupta to the tape in a close finish, by clocking 23.13:90. Brajesh Kumar Yadav took the third position. Geeta, Rajani and Rajani Tomar finished in that order in the girls under-16 5-km race while Dinesh, Sandeep and Praveen Kumar took the first three positions in the boys section.

In the special race for the visually challenged, in which over 500 children participated, Sharanigar won the 3-km race for girls while Ram Karan emerged the winner in the boys section.

In all, over 44,000 children from India and Bhutan participated in the marathon races.

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Shuttlers finish 8th

New Delhi, November 5
India lost to Thailand 1-3 and finished eighth in the team event of the World Junior Badminton Championship at Incheon, Korea.

India began on a wrong note with RMV Gurusai Datt losing to Pakkawat Vilailak 19-21, 21-23 and Saina compounded the woes with a 15-21, 18-21 loss to Chanida Julrattanamanee.

Mixed double pair Ashwini Ponappa and Tarun scored a consolation win against Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk and Kittitharakul Ancheera 21-11, 21-14. — UNI

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PSEB win title

Nabha, November 5
PSEB emerged champions by defeating SN College, Banga, 6-5 via tiebreaker in the final of the 31st All-India Gurdarshan Singh Memorial Football Tournament.

Both teams failed to score in regulation time as well as extra time. In the penalty shootout, Amritpal, Sandeep, Narinder, Bhupinder, Harminder and Dalip scored for the winners, while Mandip, Sandip, Jasvir, Sukhjinder and Avninder scored for the losers.

Sardool Singh, Cabinet Minister, Excise and Taxation, Punjab, gave away the prizes and announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the organising committee of the tournament. — OC

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 BRIEFLY

Chandigarh school record 13-0 win
NEW DELHI:
Government Model School, Chandigarh, toyed with Panhala Public School, Kolhapur (Maharashtra), to record a 13-0 victory in the 35th Nehru Junior Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium here on Sunday.
Ranjodh Singh pumped in six goals, Harmanpreet Singh and Davinder Singh scored two each, while Dharamvir Singh, Baljinder Singh and Harinder Singh got one apiece. Dhudial Khalsa School, Patiala, defeated Sunderlal Inter-College, Rampur 4-1. In other matches, NCC, Andhra Pradesh, downed Khalsa High School, Kolkata, 4-1, while Guru Gobind Singh Sports College, Lucknow, beat Government Boys School, Jashpur Nagar (Chhattisgarh), 7-0. — OSR

Delhi soccer
NEW DELHI:
Glorious defeated Collegians 3-1 to top Group III and qualify for the Super League of the Delhi Soccer Association A Division Open Clubs League at the Nehru Stadium here on Sunday.
At the Race Course ground, Hans Club defeated Garhwal Diamond 3-1. In other matches, Nivia Club beat Paschim Heroes 1-0 and Royal Club came from behind to edge past Goodwill 2-1. — OSR

Special Olympics
Nabha:
The 9th Punjab State Special Olympics began here on Sunday. More than 250 mentally challenged children of 20 special schools from across the state are taking part in the event.
The Nabha Foundation is sponsoring the event, which is being organised by the local Special Olympic Association. Ashok Sikka, SDM, Nabha, declared the meet open after hoisting the Olympic flag. — OC

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