Another laboured Bagan win
Bijen Singh in squad
Sourav powers India to victory
Madhya Bharat in the lead
Naren Kumar to try for hattrick
Athletes made to explain
Calcutta Races/ Alkido wins over tumbling ‘Asset’
July Trophy/ Pune season begins today
Mysore Racing/ Cruising Away upsets

Calcutta, July 18: 

Mohun Bagan survived some scary moments before scraping past SAIL through a late second-half Amar Ganguly strike in their Super Division clash at their home ground today.

Amar, a 58th-minute substitute for R.C. Prakash, did exactly what was expected of him — the much-needed goal — 11 minutes from time, to the relief of a growingly impatient crowd.

Of a deep Bhabani Mohanty (another substitute) centre, Barreto floated the ball back to Amar, who headed home in the near post.

The goal appeared to have oozed out the last drop of hope for SAIL, who have lost all four matches in the League so far.

Mohun Bagan began well as they came close to break the deadlock a number of times in the first 20 minutes, including a couple of headers from Jose Ramirez Barreto and Prakash.

SAIL’s first goalmouth shot came in 22nd minute but winger Mridul Haldar’s feeble shot on the edge of the box caused no danger.

The Haldar effort was soon reciprocated by a blatant miss by Abdulateef Seriki, who failed to collect the ball properly inside the penalty box.

Mohun Bagan were at it again — fed on a James Singh through, Barreto, marked by at least four players, flummoxed them all and made space for himself with a brilliant turn and stormed into the box. But his eventual shot hit high on the near post.

Just minutes before the break, a brief but heavy shower deteriorated the ground conditions and the change of sides reduced the battle between a desperate Bagan and a sparkling SAIL custodian.

A threatening Abir Chakraborty solo run from the centre, which culminated in his off-the-target shot with only Bibhas Ghosh to beat, was the lone SAIL adventure into the rivals’ territory. The rest of the second session belonged to Bhillai-based Praveen Singh, who stood like an anchored ship in the waves of Bagan attack. Kishore Das once denied Barreto a moment of joy, having made a goalline save.

In the last half-an-hour, Mohun Bagan coach Subrata Bhattacharya brought in as many as four players in the striking zone, implying his desperation to earn full points.


MOHUN BAGAN: Bibhas Ghosh; Amouri da Silva, Palash Ghosh, Dulal Biswas, Rishi Kapoor, Jayanta Sen (Sumit Sengupta 45), Basudeb Mondal, James Singh (Bhabani Mohanty 28), R.C. Prakash (Amar Ganguly 58), Abdulateef Seriki, Jose Ramirez Barreto.

SAIL: Praveen Singh; Srikanta Debnath, Chanchal Bhattacharya, Amitava Ghosh, Kishore Das, Sundarlal Hembram (Abir Chakraborty 14), Sandip Saha (Sarojit Ghosh, 45), Ranjit Haldar, Supriyo Dasgupta (Mustaquin Molla 68), Mridul Haldar.

Referee: Subrata Sarkar.

City AC win

City AC beat Railway FC 1-0 in a first division group A match at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium today. Haradhan Kora scored the all-important goal for the winners.    

New Delhi, July 18: 
The club suspension order notwithstanding, Bijen Singh of East Bengal was today finally named in the Indian team on its England tour. Bijen’s entry pushed winger Abdul Hakeem of SBT out of contention.

National coach Sukhwinder Singh felt that Bijen had more thrust than Hakeem who has been in the squad since the World Cup qualifiers. Bhaichung Bhutia, who will join the team in England, was expectedly named captain. The team leaves late tomorrow.

I.M. Vijayan, who joined the squad today, is willing to pay the Rs 50,000 fine to the AIFF and is glad that the transfer imbroglio as far as he is concerned is over.

India meet Brentford (14th in Division 2) on July 24. Four days later they meet Nottingham Forest (11th in Division I). On July 31 they play Leyton Orient (fourth in Division III). Their final match is against Walsall (Division I).

Sukhwinder is confident that the team has become more combative and will give a good account of themselves. All the matches will be live on Doordarshan Sports channel.

Sukhwinder also hopes players of Indian origin, playing professional football in England — like Harpal Singh of Leeds United reserves and Michael Chopra of Newcastle United reserves will join the Indians for training sessions.

THE SQUAD: Goalkeepers: Virender Singh (Mahindra Utd), Sangram Mukherjee (East Bengal), N. Balaji (ITI Bangalore).

Defenders: Sur Kumar Singh (Mahindra Utd), K.V. Dhanesh (ITI), Mahesh Gawli (Zee-Churchill), Deepak Mondal (East Bengal), Roberto Fernandez (Salgaocar), M. Suresh (Mahindra Utd) and Daljit Singh (JCT).

Midfielders: Jules Alberto (Mah-indra Utd), R.P. Singh (Mohun Bagan), Khalid Jameel (Mahindra Utd), P. Renedy Singh (Mohun Bagan), Hardip Sangha (JCT) and Dipankar Roy (East Bengal).

Forwards: Bijen Singh (East Bengal), Bhaichung Bhutia (Bury FC), I.M. Vijayan (East Bengal), Mohd. Najeeb (Mahindra Utd), Alvito D’Cunha (Salgaocar) and Hardip Gill (JCT).

Coach: Sukhwinder Singh.


Calcutta, July 18: 
Powered by captain Sourav Ganguly’s unbeaten 75, off only 39 balls, India beat Sri Lanka A by three wickets in a warm-up game in Colombo today.

Electing to bat first, Lanka A reached a tidy 261 for eight in their 50 overs and, then, forced a down-to-the-wire (last over) finish. Sourav, incidentally, batted at No.6.

Vice-captain Rahul Dravid, too, made a handsome contribution: He scored 59.

Amay Khurasia, opening with Yuvraj Singh, also got some runs but he may still be forced to sit out India’s opening tri-series match, against New Zealand on Friday.

The thinktank, after all, is considering having Yuvraj open with Sourav.

For India, quick Zaheer Khan was the most successful bowler. According to informaton reaching here, he grabbed four wickets.


Calcutta, July 18: 
Madhya Bharat, represented by Sudeep Chitlangia, lived up to their top billing when he returned a one over par 73 card in the Telegraph Merchants’ Cup golf championship at the Royal calcutta Golf Club here today.

Williamson Magor, with Bharat Lal’s 76 (seven under his handicap) now are three strokes adrift as the race between these two favourites get keener.

However, Gaurav Ghosh of J. Thomas suffered a horrendous quadruple bogie on the first hole and returned a 75, a fall from yesterday’s high scores.

The golfing sun returned for the meet co-cponsored by Samsung, Kingfisher and Seagrams.

Division III frontrunners are George Williamson A, represented by V. Mazumdar who had a 77 and with a two-day total of 159. They are 16 strokes ahead of second-placed Tinplate B.

Division II looks far more competitive with ITC B maintaining their lead with a total of 180, only narrowly ahead of Tinplate A (183).

The Telegraph Challenge Cup lead continued to stay with Maxtone Paints for whom former Bengal hockey goalkeeper Anand Mandapaka returned a –2 score for a two day total of +14. Trailing them are Golf Stoppe at a score of +8.

Individual brilliance came in Division III from V. Mazumdar who had a 62 nett and Rohit Mahajan a 63. Division II was far more sedate with Deepak Modi at 71 nett and Bharat Lal in Division I at 65 nett winning the days individual prizes.

In the Telegraph Challenge Cup Pradeep Surekha, representing Farinni Exports, stole the days honours with a score of +12.


Calcutta, July 18: 
V.R. Naren Kumar and navigator D. Ram of Team MRF go into the third round of the FIA Singha Beer Asia Zone rally championship in Pattaya, Thailand on July 21, with a hattrick in sight. The team has already won the first two legs — in Coimbatore (in April) and in Indonesia (in June) — and leads the FIA Asia Zone championship with 32 points.

The Rally office in Bangkok says it ghas received 28 entries, of which eight will take part in the FIA Asia Zone rally. The other cars will take part in the Thai National Rally, to be run concurrently.

The Singha Beer rally stretches 132 km of competitive stages of dirt. The two legs will be on July 21 and 22. The special stage on the first day will cover 46.5km, and on the second day will cover 85.77 km, according to reports reaching here.


Calcutta, July 18: 
Four promising athletes of Bengal have been made to sit out in tricky waters of a power game between officials.

Ranjita Roy, Basanti Biswas and Sanjay Biswas today appeared before the disciplinary committee of the Amateur Athletics Association, West Bengal (AAAWB) to explain why they took part in a meet, that the state body called “illegal”.

“The disciplinary committee heard them and will arrive at a decision after reviewing their written explanations,” Rathin Banerjee, AAAWB secretary said.

Pampa Mahapatra, the other athlete asked to show cause, did not show up, but gave in her writen explanation.

Athletics Coaches’ Association of Bengal (ACAB), which represents the other side of the game, accused the AAAWB of making a mountain out of a molehill. “We have 54 coaching units across the state and organise training sessions — what we call the ‘League’ — as part of our progress assessment programme. What the AAAWB claims to be a ‘meet’ is nothing but this ‘League’ competition, and participation for which does not require any formal permission from them”, ACAB secretary Swapan Raha maintained.

Even the victimised athletes and their coaches claim that such inter-coaching unit competitions are necessary to measure the athletes’ development. The AAAWB has refused to buy this.


Calcutta, July 18: 
Favourites were, once again, to the fore in today’s six-event card after two of them missed early in the afternoon. The biggest disappointment was, however, brought about by Reactor and Melodeon — the two strongly fancied runners in the Jingle Handicap — who were subjected to absolute tender handling by their respective riders S. Shanker and Amarpreet Singh. The afternoon’s feature event, the Pa Bear Cup, became an easy picking for the Bharath Singh-trainee Alkido, thanks to an ill-judged race ridden by apprentice Fateh Ali Khan. The apprentice, on a heavily fancied Daniel David-trained Added Asset, got himself boxed behind stable-mate Sovereign Bullet for the major part of the stretch-run.


1. Silver Balm Handicap 1,000m: (2-5-3-4) On The Bit (Gowli) 1; Secret Adversary (Tamang) 2; Storm Trooper (Kujur) 3; Adeline (C. Alford) 4. Won by: 2; 1-1/4; 2; (1-5). Tote: Win Rs 54; Place: 24; 11; Quinella: 30; Tanala: 451. Fav: Secret Adversary (5). Winner trained by J. Stephens.

2. Jingle Handicap 1,200m: (3/5-2-7) Constantine (Kujur) & Ardon (B. Gur-ang) 1; Melodeon (A. P. Singh) 3; Reactor (Shanker) 4. Won by: D-H; 9; 2-1/2; (1-19.8). Tote: Win Rs 54 (on no. 3); 46 (no. 5); Place: 21 (no. 3); 22 (no. 5); 12; Quinella: 375; Tanala: 1,068. Fav: Reactor (7). Winner trained by D. Karki.

3. Mr. Mauritius Cup1,200m: (4-5-6-2) Stately Honour (Rutherford) 1; Alvernia (Islam) 2; Special Sovereign (P. Kumar) 3; Royal Ruler (P. Alford) 4. Won by: 2; 3; 1; (1-21.2).Tote: Win Rs 23; Place: 16; 18; Quinella: 33; Tanala: 387. Fav: Stately Honour (4). Winner trained by Mujeeb R.

4. Malto Handicap 1,000m: (3-6-1-4) Tequila Shot (Shanker) 1; Lively Project (P. Kumar) 2; Flying Power (Kujur) 3; Lightning Speed (Gowli) 4. Won by: 3; 2; 3-3/4; (1-7.2). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 17; 24; Quinella: 74; Tanala: 334. Fav: Lightning Speed (4). Winner trained by Bath.

5. Pa Bear Cup 1,400m: (10-8-3-7) Alkido (C. Alford) 1; Added Asset (F. Khan) 2; Lockers Park (Rabani) 3; Sovereign Bullet (P. Kumar) 4. Won by: 1-3/4; SH; Nk; (1-31). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 14; 16; 24; Quinella: 50; Tanala: 323. Fav: Alkido (10). Winner trained by Bharath S.

6. Ridicular Handicap 1,000m: (4-2-5-1) Cup of Life (C. Alford) 1; Winning Hand (Gowli) 2; Spanish Drum’s (Dalpat) 3; Best In Show (Yasin) 4. Won by: 3; 3/4; Nk; (1-5.1). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 11; 19; 15; Quinella: 55; Tanala: 229. Fav: Cup of Life (4).Winner trained by Mujeeb R.

Jackpot: Rs 2,801; (C) Rs 446.

Treble: (i) Rs 1,034; (ii) Rs 143.

Spread over more than three months, the popular Pune season starts from Thursday with a nine-event card featuring the 1,200m July Trophy which may see Change The Attitude win the race. K. P. Appu partners the No Louder-Sang Froid filly.


1.45 pm: Blazing Flame 1. Stay With Me 2. Asprilla 3.
2.15 pm: Laurels 1. Anjolie 2. Right Track 3.
2.45 pm: Anna Pavlova 1. Ally McBeal 2. Blue Blood 3.
3.15 pm: Royal Amaretto 1. Tall Boy 2. Grey Area 3.
3.45 pm: Begonia 1. Queen’s Wisdom 2. Aatish 3.
4.15 pm: Chocolate Chip 1. Pure Pearl 2. Gasconade 3.
4.45 pm: Change The Attitude 1. Khim 2. Rewarding King 3.
5.15 pm: Speed of Light 1. Snow Star 2. Venus 3.
5.45 pm: Val Rouge 1. Lets Party 2. Imperial Falcon 3.

Day’s Best: Laurels

Double: Royal Amaretto & Speed of Light

Trained by Narendra and ridden by Rakesh Cruising Away posted an upset win the Hyderabad Race Club Gold Trophy in Mysore on Wednesday.


1. Hiriyur Plate: Dynamic Gamble (Warren) 1; Selected Princess 2; Sword of Justice 3. Won by: 1-3/4; SH; (1-28.4). Tote: (W) Rs 41; (P) 19; 30; 34; (F) 307; (Q) 177; (T) 1,304 & 339. Fav: Dynamic Gamble (2).

2. Renowned Plate: Grand Cordon (Imran K.) 1; Dad’s Joy 2; Syahzanani 3. Won by: Hd; 2-1/4; (1-8.9).Tote: (W) Rs 45; (P) 17; 14; 120; (F) 81; (Q) 30; (T) 1,143 & 2,082. Fav: Dad’s Joy (5).

3. Kodlipet Plate: Love And Honor (Rajinder) 1; Lost Horizon 2; Crown Ivory 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 3-1/2; (1-26.9). Tote: (W) Rs 45; (P) 22; 17; (F) 125; (Q) 45; (T) 252 & 148. Fav: Lost Horizon (2).

4. Harangi Dam Plate: Vivid Dreams (Rakesh) 1; Aghast 2; Dream of Dreams 3. Not run: Gracious Galloper (5). Won by: Dist; 2-1/2; (1-6.1). Tote: (W) Rs 12; (P) 11; 141 (F) 146; (Q) 83; (T) 134 & 28. Fav: Vivid Dreams (1).

5. Hyderabad Race Club Gold Trophy: Cruising Away (Rakesh) 1; Carbon Copy 2; Golden Fisher 3. Won by: SH; Nk; (1-13.6). Tote: (W) Rs 90; (P) 27; 20; 19; (F) 525; (Q) 154; (T) 1,273 & 557. Fav: Golden Fisher (1).

6. Kapila Plate, Div-II: Treasure Island ( (Harish) 1; High Zoom 2; Submarina 3. Won by: 3-1/2; 1-1/2; (1-15.1). Tote: (W) Rs 39; (P) 16; 28; 30; (F) 234; (Q) 128; (T) 1,253 & 563. Fav: Treasure Island (8).

7. Kapila Plate, Div-I: Blushing Memories (Rajesh S.) 1; Erudition 2; Anjaam 3. Won by: 5-1/2; Nk; (1-14.2). Tote: (W) Rs 34; (P) 18; 21; 17; (F) 276; (Q) 137; (T) 374 & 87. Fav: Blushing Memories (5).

Jackpot: Rs 2,934; (C) Rs 335.

Mini jackpot: Rs 589.
Treble: Rs 110.

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