Bagan roar back with 5-0 win over Md. Sp.
Indian men slip to 8th place without losing a matc
Thin victory for East Bengal
Suvrajit is sole leader
Highland Flame comes good
Crystal Moment likely to strike

Calcutta, Aug. 30: 
The shock factor that came with the defeat in the hands of Tollygunge Agragami in their last match seemed to have shaken the National League champions Mohun Bagan out of stupor and today, they made mincemeat of Mohammedan Sporting in the Super Division encounter at Salt Lake Stadium.

A 5-0 scoreline reflected the dominance that Mohun Bagan enjoyed today, and it would not have surprised any spectator had the margin been bigger.

With East Bengal still ahead by five points, it is now imperative for Mohun Bagan to win Saturday�s Derby to stay in contention for the title.

The first-minute goal by R.C. Prakash spelt out what was in store for Mohammedan Sporting and that early shock was too much for them to overcome. Under overcast conditions and a steady drizzle, Mohun Bagan�s merciless onslaught resulted in strikes from Rennedy Singh, two from Santos and another from Prakash.

The first goal came when a Rennedy cross found Prakash and Santos. While both jumped for the ball, it was Prakash who succeded in heading it in.

Giving their opponents no breathing space, Mohun Bagan struck again in the 14th minute, and this time it was Rennedy � playing a stellar role in mid-field � who found the mark. Basudeb Mondal sent a cross from the left to Prakash who missed. A waiting Rennedy pounced on the ball and almost barged into the goal, almost ignoring the presence of Aslam Parvez and goalkeeper Gopal Das.

In the absence of Jose Ramirez Barreto, serving a double-yellow ban, the other Brazilian, Santos, played impressive soccer that was underscored by two goals. His first, the team�s third, came in the 34th minute following an almost comical situation.

Rennedy had set up a good ball for Prakash who shot straight at the goalkeeper. Off the rebound, Basudeb took repeated shots at the goal, all saved from the goalline, and finally, with the custodian on the ground, Santos shot home. His second, in the 40th minute, was a much better effort. Basudeb�s pass found Dulal Biswas on the right. Dulal�s measured cross was fired in by Santosh.

Going into the second hald with a 4-0 lead, the Bagan attack became slightly subdued. But, that did not see Mohammedan Sporting come back into the game. Veteran Satyajit Chatterjee set up Mohun Bagan�s fifth goal, with Prakash completing the task.

But Prakash, who is now the highest scorer in the League with eight goals, failed to convert a penalty that could have given Mohun Bagan their sixth goal. Santos was tripped inside the box by Rehmatullah, but Das had no problem stopping Prakash�s feeble attempt.

Mohammedan Sporting�s only chance came early in the seocond half, when following a centre from the left by Nazimul Haq, Joy Kabui attempted a header. But it was well saved by Rajat Ghosh Dastidar under the Mohun Bagan bar.

Even after the big win, the Mohun Bagan camp wore a cautious look. Coach Subrata Bhattacharya was aware that they have to win against East Bengal and was not exactly elated with today�s result. �We get chances everyday. Today, we were able to convert a lot of them. But we still have a long way to go.�


MOHUN BAGAN: Rajat Ghosh Dastidar, Dulal Biswas, K. Suresh, Hussain Mustafi, Lolendra Singh, Satyajit Chatterjee, Rennedy Singh, R.P. Singh, Basudeb Mondal (Jayanta Sen, 82), R.C. Prakash (Naushad Pari, 73), Joao Dos Santos (Amar Ganguly, 65).

MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: Gopal Das, Soumen Sarkar, Aslam Parvez, Insaan Ali, Raju Ganguly (Rehmatullah, 55), Joy Kabui (Amjad Ansari, 70), Sri Krishna Ghosh, Ohidul Islam, Kasif Jamal (Alauddin, 46) Najimul Haq, Abdul Khaleque.

Referee: Gopinath Pyne

Omollo returns to Kenya

Mohun Bagan had to take the field today without their dependable defender Samuel Omollo. Omollo had to go back to Kenya to take part in the Afro-Asian Cup qualifiers. He will miss the Derby on Saturday too, and will be back by September 4 or 5.    

At the end of play on Tuesday, the third day of the World Teams Bridge Olympiad being played in Maastricht, the Indian team for the Open event slid to eighth place in their group despite not losing a single match. r

Starting with a winning draw, 16-14 (60 IMPs to 52) against Czech Republic, India tied 15-15 (74 to 75) with Egypt in the last round, while Indonesia came up with two big wins over Japan and Cyprus to take the third spot. Though India is in eighth position, they are virtually tied for sixth with Germany and Israel who are just one point ahead. India play Israel, Latvia and San Marino late on Wednesday.

The India-Egypt match was the fourth highest-scoring one with only three fiat boards, two one-IMP pick-ups to India, five medium-sized swings (three to India) and ten double-digit ones (evenly divided). The five big swings to India were two slams bid by Rajesh-Subhash, a Rajesh-Subhash partial doubled into game, Tiwari-Gupta defeating a game and a penalty collected at both tables by the Indians. The five big losses were a grand bid by Egypt at Tiwari-Gupta�s table, a penalty at both tables suffered by the Indians and three games made against Twari-Gupta with Rajesh-Subhash going down.

Meanwhile, England consolidated their position in the group by stunning France 25-5 as did Italy by scoring 49 in two matches. Australia also established their supremacy with emphatic wins over Netherlands (20-10) and Russia (22-8) but in the other group, Poland surrendered the top spot to Belgium after a 6-24 defeat against Brazil and a 7-23 loss to Denmark. In two other important matches, Germany defeated Israel 20-10 and France outscored Sweden 17-13.

The Indian ladies continued their dismal show with a 11-19 loss to Egypt and a 2-25 surrender to China and have now gone even below Pakistan in the standings.

They play Pakistan, Czech Republic and Wales late on Wednesday. In group B, France has taken over as leaders with two blitzes over erstwhile leaders Germany (25-2) and South Africa (25-5). In group A, Norway has extended their lead over second-placed Austria with 47 VPs from two matches.

THE STANDINGS (in brief)

OPEN: MEN (maximum 175 VP from 7 matches, 10 to go): Gr. A: 1. Belgium 139; 2. Poland 137; 3. Brazil 132; 4. Ireland 127.5; 5. Austria 126.5; 6. Denmark 125. Gr. B: 1. Australia 153; 2. Finland 131; 3. US & Lebanon 128; 5. Greece 121; 6. Russia 115. Gr. C: 1. England 145; 2. Sweden 144; 3. Indonesia 130.5; 4. France 128; 5. Japan 125; 6/7. Germany & Israel 120; 8. India 119. Gr. D: 1. Italy 157; 2. Argentina 138; 3. China 135; 4. Iceland 126; 5. Norway 124; 6. La Reunion 121.75

WOMEN: (maximum 200 VP from 8 matches, 11 to go): Gr. A: 1. Norway 171; 2. Austria 156; 3. Denmark 144.5 4. Chinese Taipei 140; 5. Finland 139; 6. England 136. Gr. B: 1. France 162; 2. Canada 159; 3. Poland 150; 4/5. Netherlands & Germany 148; 6. Australia 135.

SENIORS: (maximum 275 from 11 matches): 1. Sweden 216.25; 2. Scotland 214; 3. US 212.25; 4. Germany 207; 5. France 205; 6/7. Egypt & England 204.

UNIVERSITY (maximum 275 from 11 matches): 1. Austria 212; 2. Germany 199; 3. Italy 196; 4. Norway 183; 5. Czech Republic 180; 6. US 175.    

Calcutta, Aug. 30: 
East Bengal 1
Tollygunge 0

East Bengal managed to keep their crucial five-point advantage atop the Super Division league with a 1-0 victory over Tollygunge Agargami today. At the Kishore Bharati Stadium, in the middle of nowhere, they seemed to lose their way till Dipendu Biswas scored the all-important goal in the 75th minute.

The result ensured that even a draw with Mohun Bagan will give East Bengal the title.

Victory, however, was tinged with disappointment as Bijen Singh picked up another yellow card to be ruled out of Saturday�s big clash.

With not many strikers on the bench to slip into Bijen�s berth, coach Syed Nayeemudin surely has a problem at hand. But he will be relieved that East Bengal have pocketed full points on a day when a goal looked the most unlikely outcome of most moves.

Matters were not helped by a sharp shower before the match and a nagging drizzle throughout that had left a treacherous turf.

Destruction became far easier than creation. Stitching together enough passes to carry a move to the goalmouth proved beyond both teams on most occasions.

The battle stayed confined to the midfield for most part. But just as the desperation was beginning to show, and the packed galleries grew restless, the goal came out of the blue.

A free-kick from the left was punched out by goalkeeper Prasanta Dora, but the ball was back at the goalmouth with a cross from the far end. Seeing the ball coming his way after a couple of touches in a melee, Dipendu wasted no time in sending a left-footer along the turf and goalwards. Dora dived left, but it was still a feeble effort � and far short of the ball as it grazed past the post.

Dora, who otherwise was having a good game, could take some of the blame for letting in that goal. Sadly, that was his act on the pitch, as he had to be stretchered off a minute later with a hurt shoulder when Sheik Sanjib slid into him on a 50-50 ball.

The match began almost half-an-hour behind schedule because the referees landed late, and the spectators had to wait almost another half-an-hour for the first real opening of the game.

It was created with a lovely chip by Sur Kumar Singh, but Bijen, with only the goalkeeper to beat, failed to get a head to it.

There was a crisp Chapman shot that sailed over the bar, a Bijen 30-yarder that whistled past the post and a Dipendu drive that found the goalkeeper, but there aws very little else to show in the opening session.

Of course, there was the booking for Bijen following a cynical foul on Bhabani Mohanti in injury-time. East Bengal were, in fact, lucky that referee Chittaranjan Das Majumdar was lenient on at least two other occasions.

Jackson and Anit Ghosh both deserved yellow cards for first-half fouls, as did Tollygunge�s Nepoleon for deliberately handling the ball.

The second session began with both teams showing more urgency, but East Bengal still enjoying the better of the exchanges.

Tollygunge, however, came upon their best chance of the match 18 minutes into this session but Abdulatif Seriki, set free by a square pass from Samson, shot out. Tollygunge are beginning to look much more a team these days, but their new-found cohesion has come too late.

At least, for this year�s local league.


EAST BENGAL: Sangram Mukherjee; Sur Kumar Singh, Jackson, Dipak Mondal, Ratan Singh; Isiaka, Carlton Chapman (Zaheer Abbas 72nd), Anit Ghosh, Dipankar Roy (Tushar Rakshit 29th); Bijen Singh (Sheik Sanjib 57th), Dipendu Biswas.

TOLLYGUNGE AGRAGAMI: Prasanta Dora (Amit Sinha Roy 76th); Tenzen Kaibang, Partha Sarathi Dey, Satish Bharti, Nepoleon Singh; Bhabani Mahanti, Felix (Ali Reza 90th), Sandip Das; Seriki (Qaiser 82nd), Samson Singh.

Referee: Chittaranjan Das Mazumdar.    

Calcutta, Aug. 30: 
Top seed Suvrajit Saha was in sole lead after the penultimate round of the all-India Fide-rated chess meet, organised by West Bengal Chess Association, at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra today.

Suvrajit defeated Ram Kumar Mishra of MP to garner 8.5 points. At second place was Shankar Roy, who drew with Hari om Sharma of UP to collect eight points.


Saifuddin (Bangladesh, 7.5) bt Deepan Chakraborty (7); Laltu Chatterjee (7.5) bt Sujit Kr. Sinha (6.5), Debasish Mukherjee (7) drew with Syed Rahul Kabir (Bangladesh, 7), Joydeb Saha (7) bt Arindam Mukherjee (6), Anirban Guha Roy (7) bt Bindu Madhab hazra (6), Dilip Das (7) bt Arun Paul (6), Rahaman Yanur (Bangladesh, 7) bt Raj Sen (6).

Transport soccer

CSTC won the ASTRU football meet defeating CTC 2-0 in the final yesterday. Gobinda Karmakar and Dipak Guha were the scorers. Arun Das of CTC was the top-scorer of the meet, scoring 10 goals. The Fair Play trophy went to South Bengal.    

Calcutta, Aug. 30: 
Available at prohibited odds, the Daniel David-trained five-year-old horse Highland Flame claimed the 1,400m Star of Italy Cup. Cristopher Alford, who partnered the winner, was hardly in his elements on the day. The star jockey failed to deliver on two favourites, Magnifico in the Anybody Here Handicap, and Astoria in the Bright Hanovar Handicap. As a result of their defeat the jackpot pool paid a handsome dividends of Rs 20,015. The jockey however, guided another half-money favourite, Allaying, to victory in the Douetil Memorial Cup.


1. Star Of Italy Cup 1,400m: (1-4-2-3) Highland Flame (C. Alford) 1; High Life (Connorton) 2; Aldebro (Amil) 3; Gentle Priest (Rabani) 4. Won by: 1-1/2; 9-1/4; 6-1/4; (1-29). Tote: Win Rs 13; Place: 10; 18; Quinella: 18; Tanala: 31. Fav: Highland Flame (1). Winner trained by D. David.

2. Rontgen Handicap 1,400m: (8-3-5-1) Chicarica (Smith) 1; Tsaynen Blue (C. Alford) 2; Abstone Queen (Manoahr) 3; Airs Image (Gowli) 4. Won by: 1/2; 2-3/4; 1/2; (1-31.1). Tote: Win Rs 129; Place: 19; 11; 15; Quinella: 100; Tanala: 1,054. Fav: Tsaynen Blue (3). Winner trained by Mujeeb R.

3. Anybody Here Handicap 1,400m: (4-5-6-3) Bul Bul (Engineer) 1; Magnifico (C. Alford) 2; Avionic (M. Reuben) 3; Persuasion (Manohar) 4. Won by: SH; 3-3/4; 1-1/2; (1-31.5). Tote: Win Rs 66; Place: 14; 12; 23; Quinella: 23; Tanala: 399. Fav: Magnifico (5). Winner trained by P. Locke.

4. Douetil Memorial Cup1,400m: (1-8-5-3) Allaying (C. Alford) 1; Charlene (Rabani) 2; Analyzer (Amil) 3; Too Soon To Tell (Manohar) 4. Won by: 3/4; 1-3/4; 2-1/4; (1-30.6). Tote: Win Rs 13; Place: 12; 19; 23; Quinella: 32; Tanala: 187. Fav: Allaying (1). Winner trained by Bharath S.

5. Bright Hanovar Handicap 1,100m: (3-1-7-6) Eau Savage (Shanker) 1; Acaress (Islam) 2; Private Lives (Rabani) 3; Fibonacci (Brij) 4. Won by: 3-1/4; 1-3/4; 5-1/4; (1-13.7). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 13; 64; Quinella: 106; Tanala: 675. Fav: Eau Savage (3). Winner trained by Bath.

6. Buchanan Handicap 1,000m: (6-5-3-1) Scarlet Raider (Gowli) 1; Heaven�s Blessing (Shanker) 2; Silver Raising (Akhtar) 3; Mountain Memory (Rutherford) 4. Won by: 3-1/2; Hd; 3/4; (1-5.4). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 14; 15; 21; Quinella: 32; Tanala: 332. Fav: Scarlet Raider (6). Winner trained by R. Alford.

Jackpot: Rs 20,015; (C) Rs 2,029.

Treble: (i) Rs 1,069; (ii) Rs 127.    

Mysore, Aug. 30: 
The two horses who look the best among the nine aspiring to win the 1,400m A. V. Thomas Trophy, tomorrow, here, are Crystal Moment and Barrier Ridge. However, the former, a D. Byramji-trainee with C. Alford to guide, may cash in on his forward condition.


1.45 pm: Brave Edge 1. Dynamic Gamble 2. Western Ghats 3.

2.15 pm: Elegant Rainbow 1. Activator 2. Fighter�s World 3.

2.45 pm: Speedy Idea 1. Great Monarch 2. Finders Keepers 3.

3.15 pm: Supreme Ack 1. Arduous 2. Odeon 3.

3.45 pm: Royal Caribbean 1. Argolis 2. Refresher 3.

4.15 pm: Crystal Moment 1. Barrier Ridge 2. Tempt Me Not 3.

4.45 pm: Comet Star 1. Baffin Boy 2. Concur 3.

5.15 pm: Hong Kong Boy 1. Crown Haunt 2. Along All 3. Day�s Best: Comet Star Double: Brave Edge & Elegant Rainbow    


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