Wild cards for city trio
E. Bengal win
First-innings lead for UP
Last-ditch fight for Bahrain
Chennai Races/ ‘Ransom’ posts easy victory

Calcutta, Jan. 14: 
City trio Syed Fazaluddin, Saurav Panja, and Anand Radhakrishnan along with Delhi boy Vishal Uppal have been granted wild cards to the $10,000 ITF Futures meet beginning at South Club tomorrow.

Prahlad Srinath, the fifth Indian in the singles main draw, is the lone direct entrant. All the others fell by Round 2 of the qualifiers.

Fazaluddin, who won the doubles title with Uzbek Dmitri Tomashevic in the Jorhat meet yesterday, begins his singles campaign here against Indonesian Suwandi Suwandi. Panja has drawn a qualifier, while Radhakrishnan will face fifth seed Rik de Voest.

Russian Artem Derepasko (No. 286) and Tomashevic (367) are the top two seeds. The Jorhat leg produced a singles final between two unseeded players, German Denis Gremelmayr beating Italian Fabio Maggi.


Josef Nesticky (Cze) bt Fred Hemmes (Net) 7-5, 6-7 (8-6), 6-3; Hendri Suslio Pramono (Indo) bt Rousian Nournmatov (Rus) 6-1, 6-3; Iker Bilbao (Spa) bt Padro Paulo Gedda (Bra) 6-0, 6-1; James Auckland (Bri) bt Bonit Wiryawan (Indo) 6-3, 6-1.


Calcutta, Jan. 14: 
Wrichik Mazumder’s five-wicket haul for 29 runs helped East Bengal thrash Mohunlal Club by 189 runs on the second day of the first division CAB league today.

In another match, Madhusudan Acharya and Siddhartha Mallik hit centuries for Mohun Bagan who beat Rajasthan Club by six wickets.


East Bengal 312. Mohunlal Club 123 (Wrichik Mazumder 5/29, Sourashish Lahiri 3/20). East Bengal won by 189 runs.

Rajasthan 340. Mohun Bagan 341 (Madhusudan Acharya 110, Siddharta Mallik 120). Mohun Bagan won by 6 wkts.

CPT 248. Sporting Union 150 (Md Sarfraz Ahmed 5/36). CPT won by 98 runs.

Young Bengal 233. Ananda Bazar 237/5 (Sanjib Das 115). Ananda Bazar won by 5 wkts.

Tapan Memorial 392/8. Ballygunge United 221 (Angen Nandy 66 n.o.; Jaidip Mukherjee 3/45, Sagarmoy Sen Sharma 3/29). Tapan Memorial won by 171 runs.

George 451/7. Exelsiors 298/9 (Arindam Ganguly 102; Kunal Bajpai 6/65). Match drawn.

Customs 368/8. DKS 200/9 (Jayanta Dey 53, Kaustav Roy 53; Jyotish Das 5/92). Match drawn.

Mohammedan Sporting 283. City 183/8 (Arijit Mukherjee 45, Tapash Das 70; Mazar Khan 4/78)

Wari 352. Kalighat 240/9 (Safi Ahmed 57; Ranadeb Bose 3/82). Match drawn.


Calcutta, Jan. 14: 
Defending champions Uttar Pradesh took an 82-run first innings lead over Delhi when they finished on 237 on Day II of the Vijay Merchant Trophy final at Eden Gardens today.

Yesterday, Delhi were bowled out for 155. Avinash Yadav top scored for Uttar Pradesh with an unbeaten 60. For Delhi, Kuldeep Rawat scalped four wickets for 48 runs.

BRIEF SCORES: Delhi 155. UP 237 in 127.5 ovs (Avinash Yadav 60 n.o., Praveen Gupta 44; Kuldeep Rawat 4/48, Abhinav Bali 3/45)

Sourav signs for Barisha

With the decks cleared for his participation in local cricket, Sourav Ganguly today signed the papers for Barisha Sporting before leaving for a short visit to Chennai. Sourav’s playing in the local league was hanging fire for some time. His papers will reach the CAB tomorrow.


Calcutta, Jan. 14: 
Chile cross swords with their second Asian rivals, Bahrain, in group 4 of the Sahara Cup at the Salt Lake Stadium tomorrow. And there’s no doubt as to who the favourites are.

The talented Chileans were made to sweat it out in the first match against Japan. Even though they displayed some pleasing football, the final scoreline wasn’t too comprehensive. Japan allowed the tournament favourites the leisure of just one goal. The goalscorer — none other than the 23-year-old Hector Tapia, one of the numerous Olympians in Chile’s team.

Coach Nelson Acosta Lopez expressed dissatisfaction at the level of football exhibited in the first match by his team. “I would like to improve on all accounts of the game,” he said yesterday.

They will, therefore, look to win by an emphatic margin against their much weaker opponents tomorrow. A win will help Chile book a berth in the quarter finals.

Bahrain were thrashed 0-5 by Uzbekistan in their opening match. Pitted against probably the best team in the tournament, Bahrain will have to tighten their defence which let them down versus Uzbekistan. Bahrain’s German coach Wolfgang Sidka today, however, attributed the loss to the fact that his midfield was unable to regain position once they had moved upfront. The defence was therefore left in a vulnerable position. With this in mind the former Bundesliga man might have to make changes in his team to strengthen the midfield.

Sidka had special mention for Tapia and surely has a plan to restrict the marksman’s movements.

The Chile team might also make certain changes to their line-up .

Tapia will, therefore, be the main threat for Bahrain along with the hard-working Fernando Martel upfront. World Cupper Moises Villarroel should provide the solidity in the midfield that he displayed yesterday.


CHILE (from): Marcelo Ramirez, Cristian Alvarez, David Henriquez, Alex von Schwedler, Andres Oroz, Mauricio Rojas, Rodrigo Melendez, Rodrigo Nunez, Rafael Olarra, Marco Villaseca, Moises Villarroel, Cristian Uribe, Francisco Arrue, Hector Tapia, Fernando Martel, Sebastian Gonzalez, March Olea.

BAHRAIN (from): Abdul Aziz Faisal Abdul; Ali Aamer Masaifer, Rashid Rahman Saif, Mohammed Ahmed Salmeen, Mohammed Jaffer Ali, Basel Sultan Karim, Khalid Doesery, Yousuf Alsadi, Aziz Dosery, Nader Jaleel, Saber Mohammed, Abdulla Marzooki, Isa Abdul Jaleel, Mahmood Reyadh Mattar, Hunud Khalifa Alruwate, Arif Razak Ali, Ghazi Al Kuwarie, Yusuf Al Sadi, Rahman Abdullah, Faisal Aziz Mohammed, Anwar Yousuf Hassan.


Chennai, Jan. 14: 
The four-year-old filly Queen’s Ransom trounced her seven rivals to claim the top honours of the season when to won the 2,400m Chettinad Cement South India Derby Stakes at the Guindy racecourse in Chennai on Sunday. Richard Hughes partnered the Robert Foley-trained Prince Of Birds-Elegant Tune daughter to an unextended seven-length victory. The winner is owned by MAM Ramaswamy.


(With inter-state dividends)
1. Turf Authority Cup 1,200m: (3-5-1) Gra-Lemor (Lynch) 1; Family Fortune 2; Classic Gold 3. Won by: 3-1/2; 5; (1-13.4). Tote: Win Rs 11; Place: 10; 24; Quinella: 29; Tanala: 173. Fav: Gra-Lemor (3).
2. Kumararajah M. A. M. Muthiah Gold Cup 1,400m: (2-7-1) Pearl Dragon (Hughes) 1; Smiling Star 2; Master Peace 3. Won by: 7; 1-1/4; (1-32). Tote:Win Rs 11; Place: 10; 20; 17; Quinella: 46; Tanala: 142. Fav: Pearl Dragon (2).
3. Dr. M. A. Chidambaram Gold Cup 1,400m: (1-2-5) Royal Court (Hughes) 1; Endless Quest 2; Rainbow Lake 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 5; (1-30.8). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 12; 24; Quinella: 28; Tanala: 79. Fav: Royal Court (1).
4. Hyderabad Silver Vase 1,800m: (6-9-4) Star Report (Deepak) 1; Rebounding Flame 2; Secret Savings 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 5-1/2; (1-57.6). Tote: Win Rs 65; Place: 19; 19; 42; Quinella: 128; Tanala: 4,379. Fav: Artania (7).
5. Royal Western India Turf Club Cup 1,000m: (7-3-8) Owner’s Pride (Mansoor) 1; Majestic Style 2; Dakshin Red 3. Won by: 3/4; 2-1/2; (1-2.7). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 14; 14; 13; Quinella: 36; Tanala: 179. Fav: Majestic Style (3).
6. Chettinad Cement South India Derby Stakes 2,400m: (7-3-6-4) Queen’s Ransom (Hughes) 1; Gold Symbol (Suresh) 2; Pride Of Gold (Rajendra S.) 3; Golden Dominion (S. Amjad) 4. Won by: 7; Dist; 1; (2-42.9). Tote: Win Rs 11; Place: 11; 13; 19; Quinella: 15; Tanala: 35. Fav: Queen’s Ransom (7).
7. Royal Calcutta Turf Club Cup, Div-I 1,400m: (7-13-5) Runic Symbol (Ananda) 1; China Girl 2; Parkway 3. Won by: Hd; 1-1/2; (1-31.8). Tote: Win Rs 66; Place: 22; 41; 29; Quinella: 857; Tanala: 9,536. Fav: Runic Symbol (7).
8. Royal Calcutta Turf Club Cup, Div-II 1,400m: (14-15-5) Connected Boy (Cornelius) 1; Passionate Queen 2; Young Admiral 3. Won by: 1; 1-3/4; (1-30.9). Tote: Win Rs 598; Place: 164; 64; 29; Quinella: 6,414; Tanala: 59,690 (Carried over). Fav: Sweet Story (3).
Jackpot: Rs 97,461 (Carried over); (C) Rs 3,580.

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