India lose doubles too
Let BCCI make the first move: Dhindsa
Easy victory for East Bengal
Major upsets by Mufidul, Shahid
Indians lose 0-2 to Fulham
Utpal yearns for the �real� trophy
Alchemy may reveal winter form
Symphony wins
Annalee shines

Calcutta, July 22 
India lost their chances of making it to the Davis Cup World Group this time around when they lost the doubles tie too, giving Sweden an unassailable 3-0 lead at Bastad today, according to information reaching here. They had lost both singles yesterday.

Mikael Tillstrom and Nicklas Kulti defeated Mahesh Bhupathi and Syed Fazaluddin 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. The Indians did put up a fight, and at the end of the third set even had a 2-1 lead.

In Santander, US Davis Cup captain John McEnroe decided to change his doubles line-up for the must-win match against Spain today, bringing in Todd Martin to partner Chris Woodruff, adds Reuters.

McEnroe had originally named out-of-form Vincent Spadea to partner Woodruff against Juan Balcells and Alex Corretja.

The US have to win the match if they are to keep the semi-final tie alive after losing the opening two singles rubbers yesterday.

The winners will play Australia in the final in December.

France advance

Nicolas Escude and Olivier Delaitre, playing together for the first time, won today�s doubles to give France an unbeatable 3-0 lead over Austria in their World Group qualifying round match in Rennes, France.

Escude and Delaitre breezed to a 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 victory over the Austrian pair of Julian Knowle and Thomas Strengberger.

It was Escude�s second win of the tie. He beat 19-year-old Juergen Melzer 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 in the opening singles yesterday before Sebastien Grosjean downed Stefan Koubek 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Neither Frenchman dropped serve.

The French scored their seventh straight win over Austria in Davis Cup meetings stretching back to 1934.

The doubles victory made it a winning Davis Cup farewell for 33-year-old Delaitre, who expects this to be his final appearance in the competition. He now has a 4-3 Cup doubles record stretching back to 1994.

Escude and Delaitre were always in command against their inexperienced rivals and the French secured their World Group place without having dropped a set over the first two days.

The French were beaten finalists in the Davis Cup last year, losing to Australia in the final, but were beaten 4-1 by Brazil in the first round of this year�s competition.    

Calcutta, July 22 
Union sports minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, a key player in the present times, will unveil his and the ministry�s cricket-specific stand either on or after August 1.

The date is significant: That�s when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) mandarins will present him a draft of the Code of Conduct � set to be implemented from September 1 � and �break-up� of expenditure over the past couple of years.

Never before has the BCCI, an autonomous body (registered under the Societies� Act in Chennai) which doesn�t come under the Indian Olympic Association umbrella, made such a presentation to any Union minister.

Additionally, the BCCI isn�t doing so of its own accord � it will only be meeting a Dhindsa �request.�

Following the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Income Tax (IT) raids, the August 1 agenda is bound to swell. All the answering, of course, will have to be done by the BCCI.

�There have been developments this week but, strictly speaking, other ministries are involved. Where my ministry is concerned, the position will be clear either on or after August 1,� Dhindsa told The Telegraph this evening.

Contacted at his New Delhi residence after returning from Srinagar-Kargil (incidentally, the �copter ride on the Kargil-Srinagar sector was far from pleasant), where he inaugurated a national integration camp, Dhindsa clarified the rather tough statement attributed to him yesterday.

�It shouldn�t be seen as a final warning (to the BCCI)... What I meant is that the government has powers to step in if anybody falls out of line. Government kya nahin kar sakti?�

That itself is ominous and Dhindsa has already done his bit to rattle the BCCI.

Dhindsa indicated he may call the BCCI mandarins for one more meeting if the August 1 presentation entails seeking clarifications.

Significantly, Dhindsa reiterated those under a cloud should themselves opt out of India-engagements.

�Nothing has changed (where Kapil Dev, Mohammed Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja are concerned)... If you recall, I then spoke of moral grounds... It�s up to the individuals and the BCCI. In fact, it�s for the BCCI to make the first move, not me.�

Here, the BCCI doesn�t have much reading-between-the-lines to do. If it comes to it, Dhindsa won�t hestitate to land what could be the knockout punch.

Actually, the pitch has queered further for Kapil, Azhar and Jadeja. Sources insist Kapil, in particular, may be in big trouble following seizures made at the residence of an Ahmedabad-based �associate.�

Meanwhile, for now, the BCCI is presenting a business-as-usual posture. But, internally, apprehensions persist.

Not to speak of the severe embarrassment felt by many BCCI members/officials. Quite a few have gone absolutely mum.

Aap ke yahan ki kya khabar?� is the standard query of most BCCI contacts, when reached for a comment.

The embarrassment is more acute as a clutch of bookies were raided simultaneously with BCCI establishments.

To maintain that business-as-usual front, though, the BCCI isn�t re-scheduling the first meeting � that of a special Code of Conduct-specific committee � after the raids: It will be held, as planned, in Mumbai Monday.

Deferring it would have sent wrong signals, specially at a time when the BCCI�s image has taken a beating.

According to well-placed sources, the Prime Minister�s Office was briefed on what the CBI and IT would unleash, Thursday morning onwards.

That, in effect, means Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee knew pretty early what would make the biggest headlines Friday.

Also, sources point out the raids were masterminded by the CBI, though CBI sleuths were themselves only present when the top guns were raided.    

Calcutta, July 22 
East Bengal romped home to a 3-0 victory over BNR in their second encounter of the Super Division today. Strikes from Awoami Isiaka, Dipankar Roy and Sheikh Sanjib gave the home team the healthy victory margin. BNR, largely outplayed, however did create a couple of good chances.

It was in the 22nd minute that a measured cross from Dipankar found Isiaka at the top right of the box and he unleashed a volley that gave the goalkeeper Sumit Chowdhury no chance at all.

Dipankar�s hard work paid dividends after the breather, when, in the 61st minute, he received a pass from Srikanta Dutta and his accurate grounder found the mark.

The third was almost a bonus. With a few seconds left in the match, Seikh Sanjib made amends for a number of missed chances, by rounding off the tally. It was substitute Carlton Chapman whose through found Sanjib on the right flank. Sanjib foxed advancing goalkeeper Debashish Kundu, who was substituted at half-time, as he placed the ball home.

Kundu, however, did come to BNR�s rescue a number of times, and East Bengal only have themselves to blame for not being able to avail the opportunities.

BNR had their best chance to make a dent in the scoreline in the dying minutes of the first half, when Subhasish Chakraborty covered a lot of ground to set the ball up for Kamal Ghosh. Kamal�s left-footer was well saved by an airborne Shanti Majumder.    

Calcutta, July 22 
The third day of The Telegraph Schools� Chess Championship belonged to Modern School at Gorky Sadan today as Mufidul Islam and Sk. Shahid Ahmed caused major upsets to take their tally to three points.

On an eventful day at the meet organised by Alekhine Chess Club, Paromita Ghosh of Salkia B. R. Girls� HS held tenth seed Somak Palit of Mitra Institution, while Sourab Chakraborty of St James drew with the Guwahati-leg champion Yambem Dhanbir Singh of Manipur. Sayantan De of Saraswati Vidyalaya held Gulam Mustafa Bhuiya of Bangladesh.

Mufidul, playing black, against Jamshedpur leg champion and seventh seed Rohan Vijay Shandilya, won a piece in a Guico Piano Opening. He then skilfully gave his Queen for three pieces to thwart all counter play. Thereafter Mufidul effectively co-ordinated his pieces and forced Rohan to resign on the 41st move.

In another upset Sk. Shahid, made short work of Syed Rownak Ehsan of Bangladesh in just 19 moves.

The game between top seed Saptarshi Roy of Kishore Bharati and Tanmoy Pattanaik of Mitra Institution (Sealdah) took an interesting turn in the Najdorf variation of the Sicilian defence. Saptarshi obtained an advantage from the opening, but Tanmoy gave up the exchange to create an imbalance in the position. Thereafter Saptarshi displayed precise analytical technique to net the full point.

Sayantan Dutta of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Fort William, scored an effortless victory over Santu Mondal of Barasat Mahatma Gandhi Memorial School in the closed variation of the Ruy Lopez defence. Sayantan opened up his opponent�s Kingside by a Bishop sacrifice. Santu, bereft of any support for his King resigned on the 30th move. Sayantan De of Saraswati Vidyalaya held Gulam Mustafa Bhuiyan of Bangladesh.

Second seed Deep Sengupta of S-E Rly English Medium School, Chakradharpur survived a scare from Dhruba Manna of New Andul HS before finally winning a Queen and Knight versus Queen and Knight ending.


Saptarshi Roy (3) bt Tanmoy Pattanaik (2); Dhruba Manna (2) lost to Deep Sengupta (3); Sayantan Dutta (3) bt Santu Mandal (2); Sashank Singh (2) lost to Yaspal Singh Sonwani (3); Rohan Vijay Shandilya (2) lost to Mufidul Islam Khan (3); Abhinaba Ghosh (2) lost to Puneet Jaiswal (3); Gulam M Bhuiyan (2.5) drew Sayantan De (2.5); Paramita Ghosh (2.5) drew Somak Palit (2.5); Ejaz Hussain (3) bt Moirangthem Shanta (2); Indradeep Giri (2) lost to Ayan Lahiri (3); Yambem Dhanbir Singh (2.5) drew Sourav Chakraborty (2.5); Arpan Chakraborty (2.5) drew Samput Mallick (2.5); Deepayan Chakraborti (2) lost to Nilabh Upadhyay (3); Arin Kumar Biswas (2.5) drew Lairenjan Mahesh Sin (2.5); Syed Rownak Ehsan (2) lost to Sk. Shahid Ahmed (3); Samantak Bhadra (2) lost to Nazir Saleheen (3); Rajib Dhar (3) bt Soumya Thakurta (2); Yanur Rahaman (3) bt Pranjal (2); Joydeep Dutta (2) lost to Nayeem Arefin (3); Sayan Sarkar (3) bt Arindam Das (2); Mary Ann Gomes (2) lost to C R G Krishna (3); Pradip Jha (2) lost to Gourabjyoti Baidya (3).    

Calcutta, July 22 
English first division side Fulham Football Club today beat an Indian selection 2-0, scoring once in each half at Craven Cottage ground, according to information received here.

It was creditable for the Bhaichung Bhutia-led Indian selection to be able to restrict the reputed side of Mohammed Al Fahyed to a two-goal difference. It was a good opening for the Indian side, though into the second sesion of play much action was concentrated in the Indian defence zone.    

Calcutta, July 22 
Utpal Chatterjee picked up another Cricketer of the Year trophy at the CAB annual awards function today and was also honoured for being the highest wicket-taker in Ranji Trophy. But the man who has had to, in the absence of Sourav Ganguly, lead Bengal for most of the matches, promptly made known what would have been the �real� prize. �I�m getting an awardfor my wickets in Ranji Trophy, but the real one didn�t come. I would�ve been far happier had we won the trophy itself,� he said.


First division league: 1. Mohun Bagan (Monilal Atta Challenge Cup), 2. East Bengal Club. 2nd division: 1. Aikya Sammilani (Kunja Behari Ghosh Cup), 2. High Court Club. Senior knock-out: 1. Mohun Bagan (M.M. Mehra Trophy) 2. Kalighat Club. Junior knock-out: 1. Aikya Sammilani (D.B. Sen Memorial Cup) 2. High Court Club. A.N. Ghosh Trophy: 1. Mohun Bagan 2. Kalighat. J.C. Mukherjee Trophy: 1. Mohun Bagan, 2. East Bengal. P. Sen Memorial Trophy: 1. East Bengal, 2. Mohun Bagan. N.C. Chatterjee Trophy: 1. High Court Club, 2. Calcutta Police. Ajoy Ghosh Memorial Trophy: 1. Burdwan University, 2. Calcutta University. Calcutta district college tournament: 1. Chittaranjan College, 2. Umesh Chanda College. Inter-district: 1. Nara Singha Dutta College, 2. Berhampore College. inter school tournament: 1. South Point High School (Rathindra Memorial Trophy), 2. St James� School. Dattu Phadkar Trophy (u-19): 1. Sri Ramkrishna Sikshalaya, (Howrah) 2. South Point High School. Jr cricket tournament: 1. Calcutta CCC, Rabindra Sarobar (CAB Challenge Cup) 2. Shute Banerjee CCC. Ambar Roy sub-jr meet: 1. Bournvita Cricket Academy, 2. S.P. Roy Memorial CCC (Jalpaiguri). Inter district sub-jr meet (u-16): 1. Burdwan DSA, 2. Jalpaiguri DSA Inter district jr (under-19): 1. Siliguri MKP, 2. North 24 Parganas DSA

Inter district senior tournament: 1. Hooghly DSA, 2. South 24 Parganas DSA. Best disciplined team in Ambar Roy sub-junior tournament: S.P. Roy Memorial CCC

Cricketer of the Year: Utpal Chatterjee (Mohun Bagan, Pankaj Gupta Memorial)

Fast bowler of the Year: Shib Sankar Pal (Shyambazar Club, Shute Banerjee Challenge Trophy). Best jr cricketer: Sumit Mishra (Shute Banerjee CCC, CAB Challenge Trophy). Best sub-jr cricketer: Sourav Dutta (Pioneer Co-opt. CCC, B.P. Himatsingka Trophy). Best district cricketer: Kamal Hasan Mondol (Siliguri MKP, Ananda Bazar Patrika Challenge Trophy). Best u-16 cricketer: Manabendra Yadav (Dakshin Kalikata Sansad, Nirod Chowdhury Memorial Cup). Best u-19 cricketer: Sourasish Lahiri (Shyambazar Club, Bata Challenge Cup). Highest run-getter for Bengal in Ranji: Rohan Gavaskar (P.M. Ghosh Memorial Trophy). Highest wicket-taker for Bengal in Ranji: Utpal Chatterjee (Taraknath Ghosh Memorial Trophy). Highest run-getter for Bengal in Cooch Behar Trophy: Arindam Das (Subrata Ghosh Memorial Challenge Trophy); Highest wicket-taker: Sourasish Lahiri (CAB Challenge Cup). Highest run-getter in Vijay Merchant Trophy: Manabendra Yadav (CAB Challenge Cup); Highest wicket-taker: Gourav Sharma (CAB Challenge Cup). Highest inter-school run-getter: Arpan Hazra (Shyambazar A.V. School, CAB medal); Highest wicket-taker: Masidur Rahman (Ballygunge Govt. High School, CAB medal). Highest run-getter in Ambar Roy sub-jr tournament: Sourav Dutta (Subhrajit Sen Memorial Challenge Trophy); Highest wicket-taker: Prosenjit Das (Bournvita CA, Dr M.M. Bose Memorial Challenge Trophy). Highest run-getter in 1st division league and knock-out: Alokendu Lahiri (East Bengal, CAB medal); Highest wicket-taker: Prabir Acharjee (Barisha Sporting Club, Prashanta Memorial medal). Highest run-getter in 2nd division league and knock-out: Ashis Parekh (Aikya Sammilani, Calcutta University Institute Challenge Cup); Highest wicket-taker: Jayanta Kumar Singh (Howrah Union, Prafulla Sarkar Challenge Trophy). Highest run-getter in J.C. Mukherjee Trophy: Hamza A. Ferozi (Kalighat Club, CAB medal); Highest wicket-taker: Murtaza Y. Lodhkar (Kalighat Club, CAB medal). Highest run-getter in N.C. Chatterjee Trophy: Narendra Pal Singh (High Court Club, CAB medal); Highest wicket-taker: Abhra Kishore Chatterjee (Calcutta Police). Highest run-getter in inter-district sub-junior: Tuhin Guha (Dakshin Dinajpur DSA, CAB medal); Highest wicket-taker: Debabrata Paul (Burdwan DSA). Highest run-getter in inter-district under-19: Biswajit Sharma (Hooghly DSA, CAB medal). Highest wicket-taker: Tarun Shankar Saha (Siliguri MKP, Abhshek Banerjee (Burdwan DSA). Highest run-getter in inter-disrict senior: Ayan Nandi (Hooghly DSA); Highest wicket-taker: Sandip Mukherjee (Malda DSAl). Highest run-getter, jr:Amit Sahoo (Dalhousiel).    

Bangalore, July 22 
The winter Derby winner, Alchemy may bag the 2,800m St. Leger here tomorrow. The Imtiaz Sait-trained filly had finished ahead of her main rivals, Bonzer and Congratulations, in the Indian Derby and the Leger. Aslam Kader partners the Rare Brick-Stormy Beauty filly.


2 pm: Way Of Light 1. Appleby 2. Celestial Gold 3.

2.30 pm: Young Lust 1. Comrade Rule 2. Daiimio 3.

3 pm: Activator 1. Great Eastern 2. Golden Tiger 3.

3.30 pm: Star Venture 1. Star Festival 2. Tricon 3.

4 pm: Alchemy 1. Bonzer 2. Congratulations 3.

4.30 pm: Jersey Lightning 1. Beat The Dust 2. Abattis 3.

5 pm: King�s Common 1. Winning Memories 2. Open Arms 3.

5.30 pm: Cavala 1. Silver Hope 2. Princelene 3.

Day�s Best: Alchemy Double: Jersey Lightning & King�s Common    

Trained by Z. Darashah and ridden by K. P. Appu, the three-year-old filly Symphony Of Fire trounced the opposition in the Royal Calcutta Turf Club Cup in Bangalore on Saturday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Parsiana Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (2-7-10) Lance�s Pet (Prakash) 1; Beverly Babe 2; Emerald Forest 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 2-1/4; (1-17). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 13; 38; 18; Quinella: 122; Tanala: 618. Fav: Lance�s Pet (2).

2. Chaitanya Chakram Plate 1,200m: (5-11-2) Forest Boy (Prakash) 1; Belief 2; Soviet Fire 3. Won by: 6-1/4; 1-1/2; (1-15.3). Tote: Win Rs 23; Place: 12; 27; 44; Quinella: 126; Tanala: 2,074. Fav: Forest Boy (5).

3. Parsiana Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (7-5-6) Al Bashir (Shafiq) 1; Cormac 2; Dad�s Joy 3. Won by: 5; 1-3/4; (1-16.7). Tote: Win Rs 81; Place: 31; 81; 53; Quinella: 761; Tanala: 1,2301. Fav: Little Charmer (8). Note: With the victory of Al Bashir, the veteran jockey Shafiq completed 999 winners.

4. Highclere Stud Plate 1,400m: (2-5-3) Al Dente (Kader) 1; Orante Crown 2; Celtic Bleu 3. Won by: 6; 1/2; (1-27.9). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 12; 85; 25; Quinella: 251; Tanala: 1,543. Fav: Al Dente (2).

5. Royal Calcutta Turf Club Cup 1,200m: (5-3-6) Symphony Of Fire (Appu) 1; Devonlock 2; Blue Ridge 3. Won by: 3; SH; (1-13.9). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 13; 47; Quinella: 67; Tanala: 196. Fav: Symphony Of Fire (5).

6. Royal Challenge Plate 1,600m: (6-4-1) Surfside (Ruzaan) 1; Gold Crest 2; X-Pac 3. Won by: 4; 1-1/4; (1-42.3). Tote: Win Rs 30; Place: 15; 16; 14; Quinella: 75; Tanala: 169. Fav: Surfside (6).

7. V. G. Saravanam Memorial Cup 2,200m: (7-6-3) Royal Steps (I. Chisty) 1; Royal Garter 2; Almaz 3. Won by: 2; 3/4; (2-22). Tote: Win Rs 93; Place: 30; 22; 39; Quinella: 523; Tanala: 9,703. Fav: Autarky (2).

8. Treasure Girl Plate 1,600m: (1-5-8) Altenburg (C. Alford) 1; Arduous 2; Gypsie�s Wish 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 1-3/4; (1-41.1). Tote: Win Rs 70; Place: 24; 21; 21; Quinella: 150; Tanala: 11,95. Fav: Allocate (10).

Jackpot: Rs 4,180; (C) Rs 232.

Treble: (i) Rs 178; (ii) Rs 1,152.    

Calcutta, July 22 
Annalee was impressive during today�s work outs.

Outer sand track

1,200m: Annalee (A. P. Singh) Auctioneer (Amil) in 1-27s; (400m) 27 4/5s. Former was a length better.

Monsoon track

1,200m: Gul (Locke) in 1-29s; (400m) 24s. Good. Silver Raising (M. Reub-en) in 1-25s; (400m) 25 3/5s. Fit. Tsaynen Blue (Upadhya) in 1-28s; (400m) 25s. Little Boy Blue (Brij S.) in 1-31s; (400m) 25s.

800m: Sky Command (Manohar) in 53 2/5s; (400m) 24s. Handy. Global Harmony (Haroon) and Work Order (Manohar) in 53s; (400m) 25s. Former who was 4 ls better. Double Crown (Rb) in 55s; (400m) 23 3/5s. Easy. No Surrender (M. Reuben) in 1-1s; (400m) 28s. Tribal Warlord (Brij S.) in 57s; (400m) 26s. Super Smile (Rabani) in 54s; (400m) 24s. Moved well. Exclusive Girl (P. Alford) and Noble Canonire (Rutherford) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Former was 4 ls better. Double Dancer (Rb) and Rule With Honour (M. Reuben) in 55s; (400m) 24s. Former was a head better. Swash Buckler (Brij S.) in 58s; (400m) 25s. Strictly Royal (Shanker) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Ardon (Rutherford), Relative Shade (P. Alford) and Arctic Fancy (Gowli) in 54s; (400m) 25s. They were separated by 6ls and one length. Scarlet Raider (Rutherford) and Rock Flacon (Gowli) in 58s; (400m) 26s. Former, who was 6 ls better. Quickdraw McGraw (Rutherford) in 52s; (400m) 24s. Note. Amistad (Dalpat) in 54s; (400m) 24s. Easy. Tsavo (Upadhya) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Easy. Madame X (Rb) and The Stud (Upadhya) in 57s; (400m) 25s. Former was 4 ls better. On The Bit (Manohar) in 53s; (400m) 25s. Impressed. Dancing Fire (Rabani) in 57s; (400m) 27s. Aliqa (M. Reuben) in 54s; (400m) 24s. Fit.

600m: Clarice Cliff (Rabani) in 46s; (400m) 27 3/5s. Fit.

Sand track

1,200m: Remember The Day (P. Alford) in 1-27s; (400m) 23s. Moved well. Ballard Lady (Gowli) and Bird�s Empire (B. Gurang) in 1-31s; (400m) 25 3/5s. Both were level

800m: Too Soon To Tell (Manohar) in 54s; (400m) 24s. handy.

600m: Piece Of Cake (Tamang) in 39s; (400m) 23s. Good. Ballet Master (Gowli) in 41s; (400m) 23 2/5s. Easy. Dizzy Diver (Engineer) in 39s; (400m) 23s. Moved attractively.

On Friday, Sand track

800m: Mountain Memory (P. Alford) and Dominate (Gowli) in 1-0s; (400m) 26s. Former was a head better.    


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