Another disaster averted
Srinath out; Fazal in doubles final
Koushik (5/33) puts NSI on top
EB, Bagan ties put off
‘Surprise demand’ by Doordarshan
Calcutta Racing/ So Royal may be hard to toss
Bangalore Derby/ Staying trip to suit Chevalier

Calcutta, Jan. 19: 
Crisis and Sahara Cup seem to go hand in hand. This time, the AIFF’s crisis-management cell succeeded in sorting things out to put on course tomorrow’s quarter final clash between Chile and Iceland, but just.

Somewhat graciously, Iceland today agreed to play tomorrow evening’s (6.30pm) quarter final after missing this evening’s connecting flight from Mumbai on their way here from Kochi. The Icelanders arrive here tomorrow around 10am. According to AIFF assurances, the schedule will not undergo any further change, even if such an incident recurs.

Event managers insist that the Iceland team had refused to board the flight Wednesday and had preferred an extended stay in Kochi where they finished second in the group after losing 1-2 to Uruguay and beating India 3-0.

It was initially unlikely that the quarter final will take place tomorrow, but later the AIFF managed to “convince the Icelanders to play tomorrow,” said Asoke Ghosh, chairman of the city organising committee. This followed several rounds of requests. Jordan were requested to play their quarter final versus Japan tomorrow (their match is Sunday) and they flatly refused.

Not that this would have solved problems, because Japan could not be contacted by the organisers till late. They had gone on a rather long sightseeing trip.

With their backs to the wall, the AIFF then rang up the hotel at which Iceland were holed up for the night and Iceland “most sportingtly”, said yes.

If Iceland’s performance in Kochi (losing 1-2 to Uruguay and beating India 3-0) is any indication, the Chileans should be prepared for a team which plays with minimum fuss and believes in doing simple things correctly.

It’s an inexperienced team but five of its players play for clubs in Norway and one each in England and Germany. With 22 international matches, forward Tryggvi Gudmundsson is the most capped player. He plays for Stabek in Norway and scored a hattrick — the only one of the meet so far — against India.

The Chile coach wants to make minor changes in the starting line-up and also in strategy. Sebastian Gonzalez is likely to replace attacking midfielder Christian Arrue in the first XI and play as striker alongside Perugia striker Hector Tapia. In that case, the hugely impressive Fernando Martel will fall back a bit and operate just behind the strikers.


CHILE (likely): Marcelo Ramirez; David Henriquez, Alex von Schewdler, Rafael Olarra, Moises Villarroel; Marco Villaseca, Cristain Uribe, Fernando Martel, Rodrigo Melendez; Sebastian Gonzalez, Hector Tapia.

ICELAND (from): Gunnieifur Gunnleifsson, Fjalar Thorgeirsson; Indridi Sigurdsson, Bjarni Thorsteinsson, Sverrir Sverrisson, Gunnanlaugur Jonsson, Clafur Orn Bjarnasson, Sigurvin Olafsson, Thorhallur Orn Hinriksson, Tryggvi Gudmundsson, Gudmundur Benediktsson, Sighthor Juliusson, Gylfi Einarsson, Hreidar Bjarnasson, Veigar Pall Gunnarsson, Saevar Thor Gislasson, Kjartan Antonsson, Helgi Valur Danielsson.


Calcutta, Jan. 19: 
Prahlad Srinath flirted with victory before coming up on the wrong end of the scoreline in the semi-final of the $10,000 ITF Futures meet at South Club today. The unseeded Indian, who had upset the eighth and second seeds earlier, went down 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (5-7) to No. 6 Jaroslav Levinsky of Czech Republic.

Levinsky will take on Austrian Martin Spottl — a 6-2, 6-1 victor over Slovak Juraj Hasko.

In doubles, top seeds Syed Fazaluddin and Dmitri Tomashevic reached the final beating Uzbekistan pair Anton Kokurin and Abdul-Hamid Makhkamov 6-2, 6-2.

Srinath had none but himself to blame for his exit. He sparkled occasionally, serving well but wasn’t not on song with his returns. “How many times am I gonna miss such a shot” — Srinath was once heard screaming to himself after netting an easy volley. It aptly summed up his performance — he simply presented it to his opponent on a platter.

The morning, however, didn’t show the day. Srinath started off from where he had left in his quarter final against Tomashevic. Srinath broke Levinsky twice to lead 3-0 in the first set. He dropped serve in the fourth game before pulling up his socks and taking the first set. The Czech, warned for disputing a line call, evened scores as Srinath faltered.

Levinsky had a match-point at 5-4 in the decider, but Srinath did well to save it and break the Czech. The Indian, though, failed to rise to the occasion in the tie-breaker.

RESULTS (semi-finals)

SINGLES: Jaroslav Levinsky (Cze) bt Prahlad Srinath (Ind) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5); Martin Spottl (Aut) bt Juraj Hasko (Svk) 6-2, 6-1.

DOUBLES: Syed Fazaluddin (Ind) & Dmitri Tomashevic (Uzb) bt Anton Kokurin & Abdul-Hamid Makhkamov 6-1, 6-4; Jaroslav Levinsky & Michal Navrati (Cze) bt Rohan Bopanna & Vijay Kannan (Ind) 6-2, 6-2.


Calcutta, Jan. 19: 
Fine bowling by Koushik Banerjee (five for 33) helped Netaji Subhas Institute skittle out Ballygunge United Club for just 120 runs on the opening day of a two-day CAB senior league match today. In reply, Ballygunge made 68 for one at close.


Ballygunge United Club 120 (Koushik Banerjee 5/33, Debashis Mukherjee 2/25). Netaji Subhas Institute 68/1. Match to continue.

Kalighat 362/7 decl. (Manoj Roy 81, Safi Ahmed 68, Timir Chanda 60; Ambar Roy ). Young Bengal 9/1. Match to continue.

Ahuja sisters in final

Tanya Ahuja beat Devanshi Rajgharia 6-3, 6-4 in the semis today to set up a title clash with her sister Karina in the girls’ under-16 of the Runglee-Rungliot tennis meet. In boys’ U-16, Nirvick Mohinta beat Rohil Srivastava to meet Rupesh Roy in the final. In the boys’ under-14 final, Farid Alam will meet Arup Mallick.

GAIL B win

The star studded Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) B team romped home to a huge 23-stroke win at the 21st PSCB inter-unit golf meet at the RCGC today.

GAIL’s three best scores out of five helped them to a day-two tally of two-over 218 and a tournament winning aggregate of two-over 434.

OIL A had to be content with the runner-up spot following a final-round tally of 16-over 232. OIL’s tournament tally was 25-over 457. IOCL A finished third with a tournament tally of 460.

Rahil Gangjee won the ‘lowest individual gross score’ with an even-par 144.




Calcutta, Jan. 19: 
The city National League opener — East Bengal versus SBT — scheduled for January 27, and the Mohun Bagan-ITI match the day after, have been put off to yet undecided dates.

The Salt Lake Stadium matches have been put on hold by the AIFF because the police has said it can’t provide adequate security at the ground. The police will be busy with two political rallies at that time.


Calcutta, Jan. 19: 
A “surprise demand for sponsorship money” by the Doordarshan, Calcutta, led to the cancellation of coverage of the ongoing $ 10,000 ITF Futures meet, being played at South Club, claimed tournament director, Giri Chaturvedi today.

Chaturvedi said: “Despite a request from the Doordarshan office in New Delhi, the city centre had asked for Rs 50,000 from the sponsorship money to get the event telecast.”

This “request” had come from Ajay Kumar, programme executive (sports) Doordarchan Delhi, for “semi-finals onwards” telecast.

No official of Doordarshan Calcutta were available for comment on this in the evening.


Calcutta, Jan. 19: 
There is little to look beyond So Royal in the 1,200m HSBC Cup tomorrow. Although shouldering a heavy-impost of 61-kg, the South India form of the Tiajuana-Nauti Miner son is far too brilliant for him to lose the top-sprint event his schooler Darius Byramji has set his eyes for. So Royal belongs to select band of sprinters and having matched strides with the likes of Polar Falcon and Bountiful Treasure, it is unlikely that he would be bothered by any one from the lower order. A lung-opener, early last month followed it by an eye-catching mock-race has helped So Royal maintain his fitness. C. Rajendra partners the likely favourite. Artwork, known to be more comfortable over a longer home-straight, and an in-form Soviet Song may decide the minor placings.


1. Ramkirpal Plate 1,200m (Terms, 3-y-o only) 12.30 pm: Automatic 58.5 Amil 3; Aventura 55 Islam 4; Aherlow 53.5 A. P. Singh 2; Andrada 53.5 C. Alford 1; Victoria Rose 53.5 Rabani 5.
Aherlow 1. Andrada 2. Automatic 3.

2. Nautical Pride Handicap 1,200m (Cl IV; 22-50) 1 pm: Splendid Star 60.5 Gowli 12; Tajik 60.5 Ruzaan 6; Constantine 59 Kujur 8; Storm Centre 59 Upadhya 9; Bird’s Empire 57.5 A. Imran K. 10; Queen’s Logic 55.5 C. Alford 4; All Jade 53 Yasin 11; Russian Czar 53 Rutherford 1; Stella Blue 52.5 Yacoob 5; Floral Path 51.5 A. P. Singh 3; Alfolra 50.5 Amil 7; Rule With Honour 50 M. Reuben 2.

Queen’s Logic 1. Bird’s Empire 2. Tajik 3.

3. Azhar Cup 1,600m (Cl IV, Cl V eligible, 00-28) 1.40 pm: Black Mane 61 M. Reuben 3; Gentle Priest 60 Islam 6; Cool Quest 58 Ruzaan 11; Red Trident 57 Rutherford 1; Master Bold 53 C. Alford 10; Persuasion 53 Rabani 5; Scavenger’s Son 53 Som S. 4; The Stud 52.5 Gowli 8; American 51 Kujur 7; Ballard Lady 51 A. Imran K. 9; Supreme Desire 51 Surender S. 12; Global Harmony 50.5 Haroon K. 2.

Cool Quest 1. Master Bold 2. Persuasion 3.

4. King’s Counsel Handicap 1,400m (Cl V; 00-28, 5-y-o & and over) 2.15 pm: Avionic 60.5 Dalpat S. 7; Heaven’s Blessing 60 A. P. Singh 8; Blessed Spirit 58 Upadhya 4; Consul’s Secret 57 M. Reuben 12; Crest Star 54 Nasruddin 2; Go With The Wind 54 Rutherford 6; Armed Alarm 53 Rabani 1; Nearco Prince 53 Islam 11; Double Cross 52.5 Haroon K. 10; Armila 51.5 Yasin 5; Magic Ring 51.5 Saran S. 9; Arizona Star 47 Kujur 3.

Consul’s Secret 1. Avionic 2. Go With The Wind 3.

5. Pearson Surita Memorial Cup 1,200m (Cl II; 66-94) 2.50 pm: No Surrender 60 M. Reuben 4; Quickdraw McGraw 56 Kujur 3; Addab 55 Sher S. 5; Best In Show 53.5 A. Imran K. 2; Gold Buck 53 Shanker 6; Kansai 53 Rabani 8; Solo Act 53 Amil 7; Annalee 50 C. Alford 1; Serenader 48 Ruzaan 9.

Annalee 1. Gold Buck 2. Serenader 3.

6. HSBC Cup 1,200m (Terms, 4-y-o and over) 3.25 pm: Artwork 61 C. Alford 6; So Royal 61 C. Rajendra 4; Starry Flag 56 Manohar 5; Joe The Pro 53 Connorton 3; Annella 48 Rabani 2; Soviet Song 48 Ruzaan 7; Bountiful Gesture 46 Amil 1.

So Royal 1. Soviet Song 2. Artwork 3.

7. Right Ahead Handicap 1,100m (Cl III, 5-y-o and over, 44-72) 4.15 pm: Amarante 60 . A. P. Singh 2; Sharp Sensation 58.5 Islam 13; Added Asset 58 A. Imran K. 7; Crimson King 57 B. Gurang 9; Analyzer 56 Amil 10; Pure Energy 54 P. Alford 5; Starina 54 Rutherford 12; Mr. Bombshell 53.5 Som S. 6; Sovereign Bullet 52.5 Tamang 11; Staffordshire 52.5 Gowli 4; Citadel 52 Rabani 8; Storm Trooper 52 M. Reuben 1; Abstract 51.5 Surender 3.

Added Asset 1. Starina 2. Analyzer 3.

Day’s Best: Added Asset.

Double: Queen’s Logic & So Royal

Bangalore, Jan. 19: 
Chevalier is set make amends in the 2,400m Herbertsons Bagpiper Gold Bangalore Derby, tomorrow. A big let down in the 2000 Guineas over 1,600m here last month, the Darius Byramji-trainee — a comfortable winner of the 2,000m Mysore Derby — is expected to do better over the mile and half circuit. Jockey Pesi Shroff is trusted to help the Placerville-Nauvka four-year-old gelding bag Rs 21 lakh-plus winner’s stakes.


2 pm: Rich Crown 1. Nairn 2. Special Request 3.
2.30 pm: Dust On The Bottle 1. Smokin’ Joe 2. Vivid Dreams 3.
3 pm: Magic Stride 1. Go Honey Go 2. Future Way 3.
3.30 pm: Desert Gold 1. Comet Star 2. Royal Satin 3.
4 pm: Chevalier 1. Fantastic Belle 2. Hello Brother 3.
4.30 pm: Gypsie’s Wish 1. Almost Heaven 2. Tresorie 3.
5 pm: Alisa 1. Brave Edge 2. Musselburgh 3.
5.30 pm: Alluring Bay 1. Dynamic Gamble 2. Forest Emperor 3.

5th Race at 4.00 p.m.

Herbertsons Bagpiper Gold Bangalore Derby 2,400 (Terms, 4-y-o only)

1 1410 Royal Steps [A. Mangalorkar] R. Marshall 57.0 11

2 - 123 Allocated [R. Byramji] S. Marshall 57.0 7
3 - 001 Altenburg [R. Byramji] A. Kader 57.0 9
4 1312 Stone Ridge [D. Todywalla] K. P. Appu 57.0 6
5 1110 Chevalier [D. Byramj] P. Shroff 57.0 2
6 - 321 Assertive Allies [Ganapathy] Warren S. 57.0 13
7 - - 01 Montjeu Star [Ganapathy] M. Rajendra S. 57.0 1
8 - 122 Sendawar [Ganapathy] R. Hughes 57.0 10
9 - 034 Torres [I. Sait] M. Narredu 57.0 5
10 - - 20 Hello Brother [Mangalorkar] Rakesh 57.0 3
11 - - 34 Strides Of Fire [Padmanabhan] F. Lynch 57.0 4
12 4040 Il Diablo [S. Singh] M. Gallagher 57.0 8
13 - 031 Fantastic Belle [Ganapathy] B. Prakash 55.5 12
1. Chevalier (5) 2. Fantastic Belle (13) 3. Hello Brother (10)

Day’s Best: Dust On The Bottle

Double: Rich Crown & Chevalier

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