EB labour to victory
Sourav gear for CAB museum
India need to go for broke
Indian eves pooled with Thais, Korea
Calcutta Races/ Cristopher strikes 3 after stumble
Pune Races/ Daring Don may pull up surprise win
Mysore Races/ Crystal Sky triumphant

Calcutta, July 25: 
East Bengal 1
Bhratri 0

East Bengal returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Bhratri Sangha in a Super Division League match at their home ground today.

Dipendu Biswas headed home a 53rd-minute corner kick by Falguni Dutta to take his teamís tally to eight points after four games. Bhratri Sangha, who lost to Mohun Bagan earlier apart from winning thrice, have nine points from five matches.

Needing a win to remain in contention for the title after having drawn two matches, East Bengal showed a sense of urgency in the initial period. But they did not manage to translate efforts into goals.

Srikanta Dutta failed to push the ball home from inside the six-yard box twice in the opening quarter and his striking partner Dipendu failed to keep a couple of headers on target.

To their benefit, Bhratri appeared content to spoil moves rather than creating them which allowed East Bengal a lot of room in the midfield. Amit Das, Tushar Rakshit and Isiaka Awoyemi, to an extent, took advantage of this and kept the Bhartri defenders under constant pressure.

To their credit, Shabbir Aliís men looked organised in defence and tried to soak up the pressure just outside the penalty box. Their deep defenders looked composed and East Benagl players had to struggle for room after reaching the danger zone.

With too many players chasing the ball, especially in Bhratriís side of the field, there were plenty of on and off-the-ball tussles which forced the referee to book four Bhratri players along with East Bengalís Ranjan Dey.

Just before half-time play was held up for about three minutes following a foul on Tushar with spectators throwing stones on to the field.

Bhratriís cautious approach meant there would be chances for East Bengal when the defence erred which happened before the goal. For once, Bhratriís numerical superiority inside the box proved futile as Jackson Egygpong headed back Falguniís corner towards the near post and Dipendu rose above his markers to head home from close.

The goal didnít bring Bhratri out of the shell and they seemed reluctant to force the pace even with two experienced strikers in Christian Okolonko and Abdul Khalique.

The former came close twice but a clumsy first touch prevented him from having a crack at the goal. First, he eluded the off-side trap to meet Nilanjan Guhaís deep free-kick in the 35th minute but shot over with just the íkeeper to beat and failed to trap Dipankar Biswasí cross in the 52nd despite being placed inside the box.

Bhratiís future campaigns suffered a blow of sorts just before the breather when Momocha Singh left the ground following a collision. Club officials later said he had suffered a collar-bone fracture. Singh was looking postive and didnít shy away from getting into body-checks with the well-built Isiaka.


EAST BENGAL: Hemanta Dora; Falguni Dutta, Jackson Egygpong, Ranjan Dey, Ratan Singh; Isiaka Awoyemi, Swaroop Chatterjee, Tushar Rakshit, Amit Das; Srikanta Dutta (Koustav Ghosh, 70), Dipendu Biswas (Jiten Rai, 86).

BHRATRI SANGHA: Abhijit Mondal; Babun Kar, Soumen Sarkar, Nilanjan Guha, Arun Malhotra; Momocha Singh (Sumit Sur, 43, Arup Sarkar, 82), Dipankar Biswas (Laltu sarkar, 71), Palash Karmakar, Ifeany Ojeogu; Abdul Khalique, Christian Okolonko.

Referee: Udayan Haldar.

BNR-FCI draw

The dayís other Super Division match at Kishore Bharati Stadium between FCI and BNR ended goalless.


Calcutta, July 25: 
The museum planned by CAB will have the bat, ball, cap and shirt used by Sourav Ganguly in the 1997 Sahara Cup series against Pakistan in Toronto.

The Indian skipper won four Man of the Match awards in that series and inspired the team to a 4-1 triumph. Souravís gear, received by the CAB today, also includes the shirt he wore at the 1999 World Cup.

The CAB said Sourav had expressed regret at not being able to contribute more, as he had auctioned some items for charity.

The museum will come up near the Pankaj Gupta indoor training centre. The CAB has already acquired Test blazers used by Pankaj Roy, Ambar Roy and Pronab Roy. The items will be displayed from tomorrow.

CSA in semi-finals

CSA reached the semis of the 47th YMCA Centennial waterpolo meet with a 11-2 win over Salkia SA at the College Square pool today. Padmapukur YMA beat Central Swimming 8-2 in another match.


Calcutta, July 25: 
Come tomorrow and India must get back to winning ways if realistic hopes of making the August 5 tri-series final, in Colombo, are to be entertained.

Having lost the first two matches, India run into New Zealand who, today, were comprehensively beaten by hosts Sri Lanka. Clearly, India have to go for broke. Towards that end, captain Sourav Ganguly and coach John Wright have had a series of one-on-ones in the past couple of days and, late this evening, Sourav and vice-captain Rahul Dravid had a pretty long session together.

It is understood by The Telegraph that there will be one change from the XI which lost Sri Lanka on Sunday ó Ashish Nehra coming in for Debashish Mohanty. One also learns that there is a debate over Yuvraj Singhís continuation in the playing combination. In fact, there is a chance that he may be replaced by Rahul Sanghvi. Only, Sanghvi is sloppy in the field and canít really contribute with the bat. So, eventually, Yuvraj could just get one more chance.

It is confirmed, as of now, that Sourav will himself open with Amay Khurasia. On Sunday, the opening slots had gone to Khurasia and Yuvraj.


INDIA (from): Sourav Ganguly (cap), Rahul Dravid, Amay Khurasia, V.V.S. Laxman, Reetinder Singh Sodhi, Sameer Dighe, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Hemang Badani, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Rahul Sanghvi.

NEW ZEALAND (from): Stephen Fleming (cap), Nathan Astle, Mathew Sinclair, Craig McMillan, Chris Harris, Adam Parore, Lou Vincent, Daniel Vettori, Dion Nash, Jacob Oram, Daryl Tuffey, Kyle Mills, Grand Bradburn and James Franklin.


Calcutta, July 25: 
India have been grouped in pool A for the AFC Womenís Championship to be held in Chinese Taipei from December 4-16.

Pool A and B are comprised of five teams each with four in pool C. One team from each, with the best runner-up team, will reach the semi-finals.

According to information received here, Chinese Taipei, Malaysia, Thailand and South Korea are teams in Indiaís group.

India open against the Koreans on December 4 and play their last match in the group against Malaysia on December 12.

Holders China are in pool C with Hong Kong, Uzbekistan and Philippines. North Korea, Guam, Singapore, Japan and Vietnam are in pool B.

Ever-Ready win again

Newly-promoted Ever-Ready Association continued their impressive run in the first division group A league with a 1-0 win over Salkia Friends today.

Bapi Mitra scored the goal at Howrah Municipal Stadium. Ever-Ready now have 13 points from five matches with four straight wins.

In another match, Laltu Mondalís goal helped Peerless beat Howrah Union 1-0.

The match at Rabindra Sarobar between Eastern Railway and WB Police fell through because of unplayable ground conditions.


Calcutta, July 25: 
Jockey Cristopher Alford scored a hattrick of wins in the later-half of todayís race-card after a major slip in the opening event of the afternoon, the Aristocrat Handicap. Riding an over-confident race on Aiberni, a half-money favourite, Cristopher had lost to Anokato, prompting the stewards to open an enquiry. His handling of the even-money favourite Arendal in the feature event, the Tokaido Express Cup, was equally pathetic, though it is believed that the champion jockey was shaken up by the stewardsí call. Apprentice Md Islam won the race on Alyssum. Collecting himself as the day progressed, Cristopher displayed his artistry in the saddle, particularly, in the last two events. He was, however, let off by the stewards with a severe caution after the enquiry.


1. Aristocrat Handicap 1,200m: (2-1-3-4) Anokato (Kujur) 1; Aiberni (C. Alford) 2; Regency Times (Gowli) 3; Aberdan (Rabani) 4. Won by: 3; 2-3/4; 5-1/2; (1-19.4). Tote: Win Rs 43; Place: 17; 13; Quinella: 24; Tanala: 104. Fav: Aiberni (1). Winner trained by Daniel D.
2. Tokaido Express Cup 1,400m: (2-6-3-7) Alyssum (Islam) 1; Clarice Cliff (Rabani) 2; Arendal (C. Alford) 3; Gold Buck (Haroon) 4. Won by: 3/4; SH; 6-3/4; (1-29.4). Tote: Win Rs 40; Place: 15; 12; 13; Quinella: 65; Tanala: 235. Fav: Arendal (3). Winner trained by Vijay S.
3. Camlin Handicap 1,800m: (3-5-4-1) Flying Scot (Gowli) 1; Nearco Prince (Rabani) 2; Scavengerís Son (C. Alford) 3; Beau Bruno (F. Khan) 4. Won by: 1-1/4; 7; Dist; (2-2.3). Tote: Win Rs 55; Place: 22; 15; Quinella: 65; Tanala: 254. Fav: Beau Bruno (1). Winner trained by Javed K.
4. Mountain Lily Handicap 1,200m: (3-5-2-1) Ascoril (C. Alford) 1; Fencai (Smith) 2; Finders Keepers (Asghar) 3; All Jade (Locke) 4. Won by: 7-1/4; 1/2; 5; (1-20.6). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 11; 19; Quinella: 25; Tanala: 387. Fav: Ascoril (3). Winner trained by Vijay S.
5. An Apple A Day Cup 1,200m: (3-4-5-7) Ashbury (C. Alford) 1; Russian Czar (Rutherford) 2; Set Aside (Islam) 3; Santillana (Gowli) 4. Won by: 1/2; 3/4; 4-1/2; (1-19). Tote: Win Rs 30; Place: 13; 13; 23; Quinella: 27; Tanala: 189. Fav: Russian Czar (4). Winner trained by Daniel D.
6. Pickwick Handicap 1,200m: (5-4-1-6) Aherlow (C. Alford) 1; As A Rule (Som) 2; Ballet Master (Saran) 3; Stately Honour (Gajinder) 4. Won by: Nk; 2-3/4; 1/2; (1-20.7). Tote: Win Rs 30; Place: 22; 30; Quinella: 132; Tanala: 612. Fav: Birdís Empire (2). Winner trained by Vijay S.
Jackpot: Rs 2,195; (C) Rs 345.
Treble: (i) Rs 844; (ii) Rs 67.

Pune, July 25: 
Trained by Hormuz Antia, the four-year-old gelding Daring Don is fancied to win the 1,200m P. Hadow Trophy, the main event at the Pune races on Thursday. Amyn Merchant partners the Donít Forget Me-Momentous son.


2.45 pm: Crown Affair 1. Tulsa Time 2. Numero Uno 3.
3.15 pm: Starsky 1. Fly Me To The Moon 2. Aphaia 3.
3.45 pm: Cafe Au Lait 1. Flossy 2. Scandalise 3.
4.15 pm: Fortuneís Wheel 1. Bonjour Tristesse 2. Fine Arrow 3.
4.45 pm: Daring Don 1. Master Honey 2. Fantasy 3.
5.15 pm: Star of Attention 1. Thunderlite 2. Classic Land 3.
5.45 pm: Right Arrow 1. Wolf Mountain 2. Mischiefmaker 3.
Dayís Best: Cafe Au Lait
Double: Crown Affair & Starsky

Mysore, July 25: 
Trained by Padmanabhan and ridden by Rajesh Singh, Crystal Sky won the Gundlupet Plate here today.


1. Loyal Prince Plate, Div-I: Boss Tweed (A. Imran) 1; Russian Art 2; Octane 3. Won by: 3/4; 4; (1-15.6). Win Rs 40; (P) 17; 20; 15; (F) 306; (Q) 150; (T) 537 & 142. Fav: Octane.
2. Loyal Prince Plate, Div-II: Strident (Ramesh) 1; Sword of Justice 2; Make No Mistake 3. Not run: Golden Days. Won by: 3/4; SH; (1-15.7). Win Rs 202; (P) 52; 17; 21; (F) 896; (Q) 367; (T) 1,509 & 970. Fav: Sword of Justice.
3. Republican Plate: Vivid Dreams (Rakesh) 1; Golden Throne 2; School For Scandal 3. Won by: 10; Hd; (1-26.7). Win Rs 14; (P) 11; 28; (F) 18; (Q) 38; (T) 32 & 13. Fav: Vivid Dreams.
4. Talakaveri Plate: Submarina (A. Imran) 1; Turn My Luck 2; Tequila Ride 3. Won by: 4; 2-3/4; (1-7). Win Rs 85; (P) 26; 16; 39; (F) 215; (Q) 74; (T) 1,384 & 799. Fav: Turn My Luck.
5. Red Rufus Plate, Div-II: Spanish Armada (Bhawani) 1; Theondrice 2; Young Lust 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 1/2; (1-43.3). Win Rs 96; (P) 23; 15; 14; (F) 514; (Q) 90; (T) 1,131 & 374. Fav: Careless Beauty.
6. M. Ct. M. Chidambaram Chettiyar Memorial Trophy: Sandyís Choice (I. Chisty) 1; Red Red Wine 2; Blushing Memories 3. Not run: Chuck Berry. Won by: 1-1/4; SH; (1-14.5). Win Rs 455; (P) 75; 107; 23; (F) 6,252 (C.o); (Q) 756; (T) 53,634. Fav: Lost Horizon.
7. Gundlupet Plate: Crystal Sky (Rajesh S.) 1; Kilmarnock 2; Sun Reality 3. Not run: Supreme Ark. Won by: Nk; 1-1/4; (1-40.9). Win Rs 53; (P) 19; 18; 15; (F) 232; (Q) 83; (T) 314 & 93. Fav: Sun Reality.
8. Red Fufus Plate, Div-I: Grey Bull (Rakesh) 1; Waves of Emotion 2; Self Esteem 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 1-1/4; (1-41.9). Win Rs 41; (P) 13; 27; 17; (F) 192; (Q) 156; (T) 292 & 63. Fav: Sefl Esteem.
Jackpot: Rs 2,23,423 (Carried over); (C) Rs 95,752.
Mini jackpot:Rs 19,728 (Carried over).
Treble: (i) Rs 1,516; (ii) Rs 12,322.

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