EB demolish Port to stay in hunt
State bridge meet begins today
Big draw for schools’ tourney
No consensus on new Davis Cup dates
IOA seeks new dates
Pune Racing / Aureus for Fourth Estate Trophy
Mysore Races/ Spark of Life wins a thriller

Calcutta, Sept. 14: 
East Bengal stayed tuned for their showdown with Mohun Bagan in the Championship Leg of the Calcutta Football League’s Super Division, when they came off first half lethargy to beat Calcutta Port Trust 3-0 at the Salt Lake Stadium today. In the first leg the teams had shared two goals.

East Bengal, thus, remain in contention for the title, just a point adrift of league leaders Mohun Bagan. Bagan, of course, have played one less match.

Jo Paul Ancheri, emerging from a long injury lay-off, was a laggard in the first half except for his 40th minute goal, but shook himself into reality in the second, scoring again. Another goal was scored by Omolaja Olalekan.

There weren’t too many misses, and the entire match was at a pedestrian pace. There wasn’t a crowd either, to egg the teams on. It would surely have been a better fare had the match been held at the East Bengal ground.

Suley Musah was given the role of a stopper, and that did not help things for coach Manoranjan Bhattacharya. It was also to the coach’s detriment that Kaustav Ghosh was accompanying Omolaja as the striker. Ghosh hardly did anything worth writing home about. Later, though, Tushar Rakshit was brought into the midfield and Ancheri moved up. That helped prop up the attack, adding a little more bite.

The overall pace, though failed to perk up, and some of that blame also has to go to the placing of Surya Bikash Chakraborty in the right back position. Falguni Dutta was introduced in the 70th minute, but the initial pace was missed.

In the 40th minute, Amit Das was up the right and lifted one of his lazy lobs to the goalmouth. Ancheri broke free from the defence and sent a left-footer into the netting.

That was all that East Bengal could carry into the second session of play, though there suddenly seemed a little more sense and direction. Twenty minutes into the second half, Tushar lifted a goalward free-kick from the right and it was Ancheri again, who seized the opportunity to head in quickly.

By then all manner of resistance from the Port Trust side had dwindled, and there seemed a little more of the energy visible in the East Bengal ranks. The bringing in of Dipankar Roy (in place of Soumitra Chakraborty) had also helped.

In the 26th minute of the second half, Ancheri was into the rival box, moving past a defender and tapping to the side to Omolaja. Omolaja shot into the goalkeeper and moved into the upper netting for the third goal. Omolaja became the joint highest scorer with seven goals along with Mohun Bagan’s Abdulateef Seriki.


EAST BENGAL: Hemanta Dora, Surya Bikash Chakaborty, Jackson Egygpong, Suley Musah, Ratan Singh, Anit Ghosh, Soumitra Chakraborty (Dipankar Roy, 55), Jo Paul Ancheri, Amit Das (Falguni Dutta, 70), Kaustav Ghosh (Tushar Rakshit, 82), Omolaja Olalekan.

PORT TRUST: Sandip Guha, Sujit Ghosal (Sishir Ghosh, 30), Madhusudan Majumdar, Robi Karmakar, Srikanta Das, Gourav Dutta, Kaushik Prasad, Amit Roy, Pradip Indu, Sujit Dey, Sandip Ghosh.

Referee: Ratan Dutta.

Referees demand more power

The Calcutta Referees’ Association members today expressed dissatisfaction over the way club officials, players and coaches have been treating them of late. They decided to place their problems in front of the CRA’s executive council tomorrow to pass a resolution to force the IFA to give more power to the CRA.

Recently, George Telegraph chief Subrata Dutta came out strongly against the refereeing standard and alleged bias. Yesterday, after losing to Tollygunge Agragami, Mohun Bagan coach Subrata Bhattacharya also blamed the referee. George coach Raghu Nandy, an official and players had beaten up a linesman recently.

WB Police beat Aryan

West Bengal Police beat Aryan 1-0 in a first division group A match. In another match City AC beat Sonali Shibir by the same scoreline. In second division championship play-off, Young Bengal beat Kalighat MS 1-0, Anushilani whipped Greer SC 5-0 and Tangra beat Jugashanti 3-0.


Calcutta, Sept. 14: 
The 32nd state bridge championship begins at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra tomorrow, with the open team event of 12 sessions on eight boards each.

Defending champions Suparna Sumana may not at full strength, while runners-up Bivas Todis IV retain the same team.

After the elimination round of team event on the second day, knockout stage will be in progress with categorised pairs in tandem.

The venue will shift to Calcutta Club Sports Complex Tuesday for Open Pairs final. Wednesday is marked for semi-finals and final of Open team event and Open Ladies Pairs.

The state team of Santanu Ghose, Kamal Mukherjee, Sudhir Ganguly, Kamal Sadhu, Arvind Poddar and Badal Das, which won the TP Khosla Trophy at the Summer Nationals in Indore after 14 years, will be felicitated tomorrow during the inauguration ceremony. The combination of Das and Shibnath Dey Sarkar also won the National Masters 2001 in Mumbai.

West Bengal Bridge Association will host the Winter Nationals here in December.

On paper, the most formidable outfit is Teloijans with Kamal Mukherjee, Arvind Poddar, Pritish Kushari, Debashis Roy and Ashim Mukherjee comprising the five-member side.

Last year’s Pairs champion Ganguly has retained his partner Sadhu, runners Dipak Santra and Chandra Sekhar Majumdar will vie to improve their position.

From the last couple of years a large number of lady players are turning up. This year, holders Mungla Madan and Krishna Bhandari, with runners-up Vandana Toolsidas and Raji Venkatesan and Bharti Dey and her partner Nalini Sitlani will be in action.


Calcutta, Sept. 14: 
At least 220 students, including 30 girls, from 155 schools will vie for top honours in the 14th edition of The Telegraph schools’ chess championship, beginning Sunday at Gorky Sadan.

Former national sub-junior champion and champion in this meet for the last two years, Saptarshi Roy, will lead the seeds in the country’s only schools’ chess meet to have a Fide-rating status. Apart from Saptarshi, five other rated players will be in fray.

Other than schools in the state, the 11-day Swiss League meet, organised by the Alekhine Chess Club, features five overseas participation — all from Bangladesh — as well as five qualifiers each from the Bhubaneswar, Jamshedpur and Guwahati legs. This is the first time that students from the North-East are taking part. In all, schools from seven states will be in action, announced Alekhine Chess Club president Asoke Ghosh today.

There will also be three visually challenged participants. They are Sudip Rajbanshi, Ganesh Kisku and Naresh Pramanik.

Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar, Hasib Redwan Khan Sagar, Nagir Arifin, Sharmin Shirin and Shamima Akter Liza are the Bangladeshi contenders.

The Jamshedpur leg winner Pratik Sengupta will not take part because of his examinations. Abhishek Das, Rohan Vijay Shandilya, Priya Ratnam, Vikash Kumar Tiwari and C. Vijay Gopal have made it to this grand finale, with the last mentioned being pushed up from sixth place.

Champion Nishikanta Mishra, Piyush Ray, Byomkesh Nayak, Abinash Das and Abhisikta Pattnaik have qualified from Bhubaneswar, while the Guwahati leg will be represented by Kh Sanjoy Singh (Manipur), N. Sashank Singh, Nandan Buragohain (both Assam), Chiranjit Saha (Tripura), Jibanand Singh (Assam).

The stars apart, there will also be strong players like Mary Ann Gomes, the former national under-9 champion; Supriya Majhi, fourth in national U-14 & Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh girls’ champion, and Suman Basu, third in Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh boys’.

Five-year old Rourib Das and four-year old Tamishra Das are the youngest participants.

The meet is again being organised in association with Smithkline Beecham Consumer Healthcare Ltd, the makers of Horlicks.


Calcutta, Sept. 14: 
Next weekend’s India versus US Davis Cup tie has been postponed in the wake of the terrorist attacks, but there is a cloud of uncertainty over the new dates.

The USTA, which met AITA officials in Cancun (Mexico) last evening to decide on the postponement, has suggested the World Group relegation tie at Winston-Salem (North Carolina) be now held from October 12-14.

But those dates clash with the ATP itinerary of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, who are due to play the Vienna ATP meet (October 8-14) that week.

AITA secretary Anil Khanna, who is in Cancun to attend the ITF annual general meeting, will get back to his American counterparts after consulting the Indian players about their choice.

According to Leander, the most suitable dates would be November 9-11. “The Afro-Asian Games (November 3-11) are off, so that would be a perfect date,” said the Indian No. 1 from Mumbai. Leander was due to leave for the US tomorrow with Mustafa Ghouse, Dr Paes and physio Sanjay Singh. The other players — Mahesh Bhupathi, Syed Fazaluddin and Harsh Mankad — as well as captain Ramesh Krishnan are already in the US.

Leander’s choice, though, may not tally with his doubles partner Mahesh. C.G.K. Bhupathi, tournament director of the World Doubles Championship, is keen to bring the event back to its original dates which happen to be November 7-11. In case that materialises, the two stars will be in Bangalore and can’t play the Davis Cup tie that week.

It was only yesterday that the ATP allotted new dates for World Doubles — November 14 to 18 — after it clashed with the Afro-Asian Games. Coincidentally, the news of the Afro-Asian Games’ demise came through the same day. “I feel the world doubles should ideally be from November 7-11, but that is something for the KSLTA to decide and then approach ATP to reconsider,” said Bhupathi senior from Bangalore.

“The November dates are my personal preference, it has to be worked out after involving everyone concerned,” said Leander. “Davis Cup always gets priority in my career, so if I have to play in October, I have to play. Adjustments will then have to be made in our Tour itinerary.”

A clearer picture may not emerge before the middle of next week.


New Delhi, Sept. 14: 
With the prospect of the inaugural Afro-Asian Games being a non-starter for the November 3-11 schedule, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is desperately trying to find fresh dates, possibly next year.

While IOA secretary Randhir Singh says he is talking to sports bodies on this idea, it seems a highly unlikely situation, given the fact that the football World Cup and even the Pusan Asian Games happen to be next year, and these do occupy more important positions on the international sporting calendar.

The Cabinet committee on security, chaired by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, yesterday suggested the postponement of the Games. A final decision was to have been taken today, but Singh said he was not able to talk to the PM today. He met sports minister Uma Bharti, who could shed no further light on the issue. As it stands, the issue could to be settled tomorrow, with a postponement being the most likely outcome.

Singh also could not shed any light on the fate of the October 6-16 SAF Games to be held in Islamabad. With the fallout of the terrorist attacks on the US centring on Pakistan, these Games seem a non-starter too.

However, Singh pointed out that none of the camps for the SAF Games have been officially called off (though the Afro-Asian camps are out). It appears the IOA is not willing to call off preparation, in view of the money already spent.


Pune, Sept. 14: 
A fighting second to Fly Me To The Moon in her last start, Aureus is fancied to win the 1,200m Fourth Estate Trophy, a newly instituted event to woo the western India media persons, that takes the centrestage in the Pune race-card on Saturday. Pesi Shroff partners the Jaggy Dhariwal trained three-year-old filly by Placerville out of Sing a Message.


2.15 pm: Great Magician 1. Val Rouge 2. Castle Moon 3.

2.45 pm: Palazzio 1. Razana 2. Seville Star

3.15 pm: Ally Mcbeal 1. Prince Nicholas 2. My Solitaire 3.

3.45 pm: Absolute Hit 1. Blue Blood 2. Days of Glory 3.

4.15 pm: Avenging Angel 1. Speed of Light 2. Venus 3.

4.45 pm: Aureus 1. Riboletta 2. Vivienne 3.

5.15 pm: Sharpman 1. Instant Alliance 2. Philiosopher 3.

5.45 pm: Dazzling Gold 1. Star Alone 2. Top Gun 3.

Day’s Best: Great Magician Double: Palazzio & Dazzling Gold


Mysore, Sept. 14: 
In a tight-finish involving Spark of Life, Aerobee and the course-favourite Earl Grey, the first named horse trained by Mohan Valavi scored an upset victory in the 1,600m Maharaja’s Gold Cup, the main event at the Mysore races held on Friday. Imran Chisty partnered the four-year-old gelding by Rebounding Thrill out of Folgoet to half-a-length victory.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Delage Plate 1,600m: (8-2-5) Dictate (Dasrath) 1; Daiimio 2; Power Extreme 3. Won by: 3/4; Nk; (1-42.5). Tote: Win Rs 249; Place: 36; 23; 13; Quinella: 1,002; Tanala: 7,377. Fav: Power Extreme (5).

2. S. Hajee Memorial Plate 1,400m: (3-1-4) Rasna (Rakesh) 1; Diamond Rock 2; Reach Excellence 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 9; (1-28.3). Tote: Win Rs 133; Place: 18; 12; 16; Quinella: 58; Tanala: 731. Fav: Diamond Rock (1).

3. Madikeri Plate 1,100m: (5-3-2) Ancheta (Kader) 1; Annodomini 2; Kirkcaldy 3. Won by: 6; 2-1/2; (1-5.9). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 12; 21; 91; Quinella: 109; Tanala: 1,500. Fav: Ancheta (5).

4. A. C. Somanna Memorial Trophy 1,200m: (3-5-8) Future Fame (Prakash) 1; Almond 2; Ambermatic 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 1-1/2; (1-12.6). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 12; 19; 20; Quinella: 74; Tanala: 259. Fav: Future Fame (3).

5. Maharaja’s Gold Cup 1,600m: (9-2-6) Spark of Life (I. Chisty) 1; Aerobee 2; Earl Grey 3. Won by: 1/2; 3/4; (1-37.2). Tote: Win Rs 186; Place: 34; 16; 16; Quinella: 368; Tanala: 2,165. Fav: Earl Grey (6).

6. Udupi Plate 1,200m: (10-4-3) Soviet Park (Prakash) 1; Golden Collection 2; Machrie Bay 3. Won by: SH; 1/2; (1-13.6). Tote: Win Rs 33; Place: 13; 15; 46; Quinella: 39; Tanala: 895. Fav: Golden Collection (4). (Note: Machrie Bay finished second but was demoted following a objection).

7. Sidapur Plate 1,400m: (7-6-9) Atalantis (Prakash) 1; Imperial Force 2; Roman Flame 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 1-3/4; (1-29.6). Tote: Win Rs 21; Place: 17; 18; 15; Quinella: 48; Tanala: 541. Fav: Atalantis (7).

Jackpot: Rs 3,603; (C) Rs 381.

Treble: (i) Rs 409; (ii) Rs 1,227.


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