Bhupathi-Prinosil seeded 10th
Port strike in second half
Das’ IV tops in quarter finals
Top seeds have it easy on Day I
Upset win for Black Flower

Calcutta, June 21 
Mahesh Bhupathi and David Prinosil have been seeded No. 10 in the Wimbledon men’s doubles event.

As per the doubles draw, released five days earlier than is the tradition, Bhupathi and Prinosil kick off their campaign against Argentine doubles specialists Mariano Hood and Sebastien Prieto.

The Indo-German pair finds themselves in the same quarter of the draw as second seeds Paul Haarhuis-Sandon Stolle, seventh seeds Martin Damm-Wayne Ferreira and 16th seeds Tomas Carbonell-Martin Garcia.

As expected, the Woodies are the top seeds.

Bhupathi features in the men’s singles as well as mixed doubles (with Martina Navratilova) too.

Bhupathi and Prinosil lost in the final of the Jerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, on Sunday. Bhupathi and Prinosil lost 6-7 (4-7), 6-7 (4-7) to the Sewdish pair of Nicklas Kulti and Mikael Tillstrom.    

Calcutta, June 21 
Calcutta Port Trust turned on the heat in the second session to collect full points from their Calcutta Football League first division group A match against Calcutta Football Club.

After 45 minutes of barren action, Port struck thrice without reply in the second half. Sujit Dey, Sanjit Saha and Sandip Ghosh were on target.

Bhratri Sangha, under Amal Dutta’s tutelage, were denied full points for the third time this season. Playing at the Mohun Bagan ground, Bhratri were locked goalless with Railway FC.

In group B action, Calcutta Customs beat Police AC 2-0. Brajagopal Lodh and Gopal Ghosh scored. Taltala Institute edged past Bally Protiva by the odd goal in three, with S. Banik and S. Das scoring for the winners and Anandra Mohan Das pulling one back. Milan Samity and Victoria SC played out a goalless draw.

Nandy for Bagan

Goalkeeper Sandip Nandy renewed his association with Mohun Bagan today, signing across the dotted lines in the IFA inter-club transfer form. Nandy, who was Mohun Bagan’s first-choice custodian for most of last season, was rendered hors de combat after breaking his hand towards the late stages of the National League which his side won.

Schools regatta

Prafulla Chandra College and Umesh Chandra College won their respective races in the senior boys’ event of the 27th Servo inter-school regatta at Lake Club course, Rabindra Sarobar today.


Senior boys: La Martiniere bt Don Bosco; Jogesh Chandra bt Birla HS; St James’ bt National HS; Shyamaprasad bt Lake View; Jogesh Chandra bt La Martiniere.Junior boys: Lake view bt Khalsa English HS; La Martiniere bt Saifee Hall; Lycee bt South Point; St Thomas bt M.P. Birla, Khalsa English bt La Martiniere. Senior girls: Mahadevi Birla bt Calcutta Girls; G.D. Birla bt Carmel HS; Calcutta Girls bt South Point. Junior girls: Gokhale Memorial bt South Point; South Point bt Mahadevi Birla.

Athletics camp

Ten girls from Bengal have been selected for an Amateur Athletic Federation of India youth coaching camp to be held at SAI eastern centre from tomorrow.


Calcutta, June 21 
A.R. Das’ IV, Arvind Poddar, Jesu’s IV and Haldibari qualified for the Teams semi-finals of the Shree Cement Open bridge championship today.

At the end of the nine-session quarter final round-robin at the Calcutta Tramways Recreation Club Hall today, A.R. Das’ IV — comprising A.R. Das, P.S. Mukherjee, Ahindra Nath Ghosh, Kamal Nagori, Dibyendu Shee and Amalendu Sanyal — finished ahead of the rest of the field with a score of 163.34 VP including carry-over.

A 20-10 win in the last match enabled them to overtake erstwhile leaders Arvind Poddar who could secure only a 16-14 win in their final match to end on 160.96 VP.

In third place were Jesu’s IV with 144 VP, while current state champions Haldibari just managed to qualify after a 15-15 draw with Manas Mukherjee’s IV in the last session to finish on 140.5 VP.

The quarter-final toppers, A.R. Das’ IV, have chosen Jesu’s IV as their semi-final opponent, leaving Arvind Poddar to battle it out with Haldibari. The 48-board knockout semi-finals will be played over the next two days.


1. A.R. Das’ IV (163.34 VP); 2. Arvind Poddar (160.96); 3. Jesu’s IV (144); 4. Haldibari (140.5); 5. SNDMC (139.36); 6. PARLMS (139); 7. Manas Mukherjee’s IV (135.16); 8. Swarnendu (123.54); 9. Calcutta Bridge Club (120.18); 10. Mukul Chatterjee’s IV (88.62).    

Jamshedpur, June 21 
Top seeds had it easy on Day-I of The Telegraph Schools’ Chess meet at the J.R.D. Tata Sports Complex today.

For the first time, this year, the tournament is being held outside Calcutta, too. It has attracted 196 entries, quite a few of them from beyond the Steel City.

Guwahati will be the next stop before the main finals, in Calcutta, in the second-half of July.

While No.1-ranked Rohan Shandilya of S.R.Singh High School (Munger) didn’t even have to play — his opponent chose not to turn up, second-seed Pratik Sen Gupta (CKP English Medium HS) had little difficulty against D.Kapoor.

Other winners included: Sudipta Das Gupta, who defeated Gaurav Agarwal, Arin Kumar Biswas (Chakradharpur Chess Academy) who beat Gyanendra Kumar and Akash Kusum who defeated Harsh Kumar Sinha.

Sudipta, in fact, recorded the day’s fastest victory — in four moves only.

Abhiskek Das, Neha Jaiswal and Rashmi Kanchan are among the most promising players in fray.

Incidentally, the youngest participant is Anirban Pati (six years, eight months) of Kerala Samajan Model School.

The tournament here was inaugurated by Sanjay Singh, Tata Steel’s chief of corporate communications. The chief guest, at the function, was star athlete of yesteryears Charles Borromeo.

The meet, over nine rounds under Fide Swiss rules, will conclude with the prize distribution on June 30. The top-five finishers will qualify for the Calcutta finals.

Ditto for the Guwahati edition.    

The Samar Singh-trainee Black Flower scored an upset victory in the 1,400m J. K. Van Ingen Memorial Gold Cup at the Mysore races on Wednesday. Sharat Kumar partnered the winner.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Red Satin Plate 1,600m: (4-6-5) Dynamic Chief (K. Vijay) 1; Western Ghats 2; Cosmic Creation 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 4; (1-42.8). Tote: Win Rs 107; Place: 31; 14; 28; Quinella: 180; Tanala: 3,997. Fav: Karnataka Express (7).

2. Beloved Prince Plate 1,600m: (5-1-8) Great Tycoon (Guruprasad) 1; Sunspirit 2; Enthralling Parade 3. Won by: SH; 2-3/4; (1-40.8). Tote: Win Rs 39; Place: 13; 21; 16; Quinella: 80; Tanala: 475. Fav: Great Tycoon (5).

3. J. K. Van Ingen Memorial Gold Cup 1,400m: (8-5-3) Black Flower (Sharat K.) 1; Blushing Memories 2; Spy Court 3. Not run: Itsafact (2). Won by: 1-3/4; 2; (1-29.7). Tote: Win Rs 400; Place: 41; 25; 11; Quinella: 2,383; Tanala: 18,076. Fav: Spy Court (3).

4. Mysore Plate 1,200m: (4-7-2) Arnica (Rakesh) 1; Our Pedestal 2; Sensational News 3. Not run: Great Estate (1). Won by: 1/2; 3-1/4; (1-12.9). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 11; 20; 13; Quinella: 85; Tanala: 330. Fav: Arnica (4).

5. Malavalli Plate 1,400m: (6-7-3) Our Paradise (Arun R.) 1; Indian Senator 2; One Step Ahead 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 1/2; (1-28.5). Tote: Win Rs 40; Place: 16; 27; 24; Quinella: 125; Tanala: 669. Fav: Our Paradise (6).

6. Melukote Plate 1,200m: (9-5-6) Simon (Sharat K.) 1; Liberty Hall 2; Seadiver 3. Won by: 3/4; 3/4; (1-15.1). Tote: Win Rs 65; Place: 20; 15; 39; Quinella: 84; Tanala: 1,278. Fav: Liberty Hall (5).

Jackpot: Rs 63,400 (Carried over).

Treble: (i) Rs 21,160 (Carried over); (ii) Rs 1,891.

Sunday Inter-venue cancelled

Calcutta: In view of the Calcutta municipal corporation elections on Sunday, the inter-state betting operation on Bangalore Races will not be conducted by RCTC on the day, according to a RCTC notification.    


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