East Bengal bag 27th title after 1-1 draw
Two more marks fall
US win seniors� teams title
Nayeem praises EB officials
Piccolina likely to strike again
�Fortune� wins
Track trials

Calcutta, Sept. 2: 

The traditional paper torches lit up the early evening sky as a 1-1 stalemate extinguished Mohun Bagan�s hopes of stopping East Bengal from posting a hattrick of Super Division League triumphs.

Mohun Bagan�s Jose Ramirez Barreto neutralised Sur Kumar Singh�s 24th-minute strike in the 54th but the result kept East Bengal five points ahead of their arch rivals. With a three-point gap between the top-two being enough to do away with a championship play-off final, East Bengal (35 points) emerged champions for the 27th time.

Needing nothing short of a win to keep alive chances of bagging their 25th title, Mohun Bagan did show the urgency in the early stages. Choosing to go in without a defensive midfielder, Mohun Bagan succeeded in taking early control of that zone and started operating at a brisk pace.

They even put one into the goal in the third minute but that R.C. Praksh effort, off a Basudeb Mondal corner, was disallowed because of an infringement. The early charge rattled East Bengal and the credit for the fact that they did stage a comeback must go to Chandan Das.

Spotting the huge open spaces in the rival-half caused by their movement upwards, Chandan started probing the empty pockets with some accurate long passes, most of which were essayed from well inside his own half. He also made sure that both flanks remained active and played a key role in the goal.

Chandan�s 30-yard freekick found Carlton Chapman down the left, who, on entering the box floated one towards the far post. Right-back Sur Kumar stole in unnoticed and unchallenged, his header keeping the custodian rooted to the spot. The aerial crosses were accurate and the header well-placed but the liberty Sur Kumar enjoyed well inside the rival box was inexplicable.

Chandan continued essaying the long-rangers and most of them found either Dipendu Biswas or Sheikh Sanjib who seemed to lack the last and decisive touch. At least three of them split open the rival defence and should have been converted. Chandan also tried a few long-rangers one of which had to be tipped over by a diving �keeper.

The goal took the sting out of Mohun Bagan and their coach must also take a fair share of the blame for a substitution that defied logic. Replacing Satyajit Chatterjee with Joao Dos Santos right after the goal, Subrata Bhattacharya took off a principal source of all the able passes. The veteran was looking charged up and a few good prompts for Barreto had class written all over.

This move ensured that Mohun Bagan lost a creative mind in the midfield and Santos, not for the first time, looked puzzled and ran around aimlessly, unsure of his role. Things turned better in the second half when he was pushed forward with Barreto falling back a bit. But the damage had already been done once Satyajit was taken off and Mohun Bagan lost control soon after.

Mohun Bagan started the second half with renewed vigour and equalised soon after. Barreto once again played the lead as he released Rennedy down the left with a deft flick of the boot and the India medio sent in a deep centre which floated accross the goalmouth, tempting the goalkeeper to have a go at it.

The �keeper missed the flight as Prakash headed it back for Barreto who nodded in his eighth goal of the League. It put him jointly on top of the list alongside Prakash.

Barring the goal, the Brazilian was not at his best and this significantly affected their chances. The disorganised display after the goal bore testimony to that as they failed to take advantage of a few crucial errors committed by the normally reliable Jackson Egygpong.


EAST BENGAL: Sangram Mukherjee; Sur Kumar Singh, Dipak Mondal, Jackson Egygpong, Ratan Singh; Carlton Chapman (Dipankar Roy, 68), Ayoyemi Isiaka, Anit Ghosh (Tushar Rakshit, 58), Chandan Das; Dipendu Biswas, Sheikh Sanjib (Trijit Das, 29).

MOHUN BAGAN: Rajat Ghosh Dastidar; Dulal Biswas, Debjit Ghosh, M. Suresh, Lolendro Singh; Basudeb Mondal (Hussain Mustafi, 81), R.P. Singh, Satyajit Chatterjee (Joao Dos Santos, 26), Rennedy Singh; R.C. Prakash, Jose Ramirez Barreto.

Referee: Udayan Haldar.

EAST BENGAL ROLL OF HONOUR: 1942, 1945, 1946, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1961, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000    

Calcutta, Sept. 2: 
Two more state records tumbled, on the second day of the state aquatic championships at the Subhas Sarobar pool today.

Sudip Basak of Hooghly lowered the 1,500 freestyle mark with a time of 18:33.97 seconds, while Burdwan�s Amit Mondal improved upon his own record in the 200 m breaststroke with a 2:38.61. His earlier mark, established last year, had stood at 2:42.04.

The earlier men�s 1,500 mark, of 18:36.97, belonged to Akbar Ali Mir. He had rewritten it in 1997.


Men�s 1,500: Sudip Basak (Hooghly) 18:33.97 seconds (new state record; old record 18:36.97 by Akbar Ali Mir of S. 24 Pgs in 1997). 200 m breaststroke: Amit Mondal (Burdwan) 2:38.61 (new state record; old record 2:42.04 by Mondal in 1999). 50 m butterfly: Sudip Chatterjee (Hooghly) 27.60. 200 m freestyle: Soumyadeep Bandyopadhyay (Calcutta) 2:12.25.400 m Individual Medley: Amit Mondal 5:10.63.

Women�s 800 m freestyle: Sampa Das (Howrah) 11:12.71. 100 m backstroke: Divya Chadha (Calcutta) 1:15.22.200 m Individual Medley: Aparajita Pramanik (Calcutta) 2:49.64. 100 m butterfly: Debjani Bhaduri (Calcutta) 1:13.80. 400 m freestyle: Debjani Bhaduri 5:02.53. 50 m breast stroke: Putul Nandy (North 24 Parganas) 39.22.

CAB transfers

Orissa cricketer Abakash Khatua decided to spend another season at Tollygunge Agragami when he withdrew in favour of his old club at the CAB inter-club transfers today.

A total of 96 players signed for new clubs on the second day of the transfers, with eight of them withdrawing for their old clubs.

Gift scheme

Sports goods manufacturers Hans Rubber Industries of Meerut is celebrating its silver jubilee. In a press meet, the company managing director D.L. Makkar, revealed a gift scheme for both their dealers and customers.

The company has also decided to gift footballs to a number of clubs in Bengal.    

Favourites US won the world seniors� teams title with a score of 435.25 VP out of 575 in the 23-session round-robin event completed on Friday, the sixth day of the World Teams Bridge Olympiad being played at Maastricht.

The US team comprised three former world champions, Bobby Wolff, Kit Woolsey and Steve Robinson, along with Dan Morse, John Mohan and John Sutherlin. Doing duty for runners-up France with 414 were Pierre Adad, Maurice Aujalec, Claude Delmouly, Jean-Marc Roudinesco, Francois Leenhardt and 1996 world champion Christian Mari.

The bronze went to Sweden (Hand-Olaf Hallen, Hans Goethe, Anders Morath, Stuve Ekberg, Lars Backstrom and Lars Alfredson) with 412.25. Omar Sharif�s Egyptian squad ended joint ninth.

Meanwhile, Indian hopes evaporated as the Open team crashed to a 5-25 defeat against Germany. The day had augured well with 22-8 and 25-0 wins over Venezuela and Malta. However, the other contenders India had hoped to catch up with also secured high scores making the situation desperate.

In a gambling move, they benched Subhash-Rajesh, their steadiest pair and the most experienced, in the crucial encounter with Germany but it backfired, leaving India eighth, 28 behind fourth-placed France.

With two matches to go before the cut, it is a close fight in group A between five teams. In group B, the US, the Netherlands and Russia seem assured of knockout berths with Hungary and Australia in strong contention for the other.

The situation in group D is similar, with Italy, Argentina and Norway practically through and New Zealand and Iceland fighting for one spot. The group C qualifying berths seem to have been locked up by England, Sweden, Indonesia and France unless Japan or Israel can come up with some magic.

In the Women�s section, India suffered two blitzes again before defeating the strong Netherlands 16-14. In group A, the qualifiers are more-or-less identified, but in the other ninth-placed Greece still has a chance.

>Standings in brief

OPEN (max 375 VP from 15 matches, two to go): Group A: 1. Poland 294; 2. Belgium 287; 3. Austria 285.5; 4. Denmark 274.5; 5. Brazil 273; 6. Ireland 262.5. Group B: 1. US 304; 2. Netherlands 285; 3. Russia 275; 4. Hungary 263; 5. Australia 262; 6. Greece 253. Group C: 1. England 314; 2. Sweden 288; 3. Indonesia 284.5; 4. France 279; 5. Japan 266; 6. Israel 265; 8. India 251. Group D:1. Italy 313; 2/3. Argentina & Norway 285; 4. New Zealand 272; 5. Iceland 269; 6/7. China & South Africa 254.

WOMEN�s (max 425 VP from 17 matches, 2 to go): Group A: 1. Norway 325; 2. Austria 323; 3. US 309.6; 4. Chinese Taipei 306.25; 5. England 304; 6. Israel 280.5; 7. Finland 276; 8. Japan 275. Group B: 1/2. France & Germany 328; 3. Canada 314; 4. Netherlands 298; 5. Poland 297; 6. China 290; 7. Scotland 278; 8. South Africa 273; 9. Greece 268.

UNIVERSITY (max 500 VP from 20 matches, 1 to go): 1. Austria 414; 2. Italy 405; 3. Denmark 368; 4. South Africa 361.    

Calcutta, Sept. 2: 
Being showered with praise after the completion of the Super Division Derby, the East Bengal coach said he wants to savour the triumph for some time before planning for the future. His Mohun Bagan counterpart, however, blamed the referee for today�s 1-1 draw.

The result was enough for Syed Nayeemuddin�s men to seal the title and the coach praised the club officials for giving him a free hand. �My association with East Bengal brings back special memories as I got the Arjuna and Dronacharya Awards while being with this club,� he said.

Nayeem, not known for identifying individuals for special praise, said Sur Kumar Singh, Chandan Das, Sangram Mukherjee and Dipak Mondal were the finds of the season.

The East Bengal crowd�s hero of the day, scorer Sur Kumar, said he was enjoying his new role as right-back though a more central role is what he is more used to.

�Yeah, overlapping is new to me, I learnt the nuances from our coah here,� said the 20-year-old from Khurkhul, a place 16 kms away from Manipur.

This is his first season with a club after having graduated from the Tata Football Academy this year.

Subrata blasts referee

The Mohun Bagan coach said his team was denied at least three penalties and blamed the referee for not being able to force a win. He also said that R.C. Prakash�s third-minute goal, disallowed for a foul, was proper.

�Such referees should be suspended. His decisions affected our boys� confidence and that is the reason why we couldn�t win,� said Subrata Bhattacharya.

Subrata even said that East Bengal will not be able to do well in matches outside Calcutta as they won�t be getting such �assistance� from the officials.

About the game, he defended his move of replacing Satyajit Chatterjee with Joao Dos Santos, saying he needed more men up front. He also stood by his defenders who stood mere spectators when East Bengal scored.

�They were undone by the number of wrong verdicts. I don�t blame them. Also, it would have been a different story had our third-minute goal been upheld,� Bhattacharya said.

Bagan may protest

According to club officials, Mohun Bagan may lodge a formal protest against the referee. They added that Mohun Bagan may not take part in the upcoming IFA Shield if their matches are not conducted by outstation officials.

�This is not regarding our matches against East Bengal but applies to other games as well,� said an official.    

An easy winner in her last start, the Subhag Singh-trained Piccolina is expected to lift the 1,800m Parx-General Rajendrasinhji Trophy at the Pune races on Sunday. C. Ruzaan partners the filly.


1.15 pm: Storm Again 1. Silver Sea 2.

1.45 pm: Spice Boy 1. Amusing 2.

2.15 pm: Pleasures 1. El Cid 2. Mariella 3.

2.45 pm: Atomist 1. Reactor 2. Bag Of Tunes 3.

3.15 pm: Among Men 1. Accentuate 2. Northern Angel 3.

3.45 pm: Piccolina 1. Zenana 2. Star Shine 3.

4.15 pm: Rising Fire 1. Hiccups 2. Lady Mayoress 3.

4.45 pm: Current Bay 1. Victory Call 2. Streaking Senorita 3.

Day�s Best: Rising Fire Double: Pleasures & Piccolina.    

Star Fortune won the Eve Champion Trophy in Pune on Saturday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Whopper Plate 1,600m: (2-4-5) Storm Again (Shroff) 1; Amazing Dream 2; Source Of Light 3. Won by: 3-3/4; Dist; (1-41.3). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 12; 12; Quinella; 12; Tanala: 42. Fav: Storm Again (2).

2. Scaramouche Plate 1,600m:(7-6-5) Machrihanish (Gallagher) 1; Essessp-emess 2; Cozumel 3. Won by:Dist; 6-1/2; (1-40.8). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 11; 25; 12; Quinella: 129; Tanala: 275. Fav: Machrihanish (7).

3. Nebraska Plate, Div-II 1,100m: (10-1-7) Blue Blood (Ruzaan) 1; Pure Energy 2; Piabo 3. Won by: 6; 1-1/2; (1-8.8). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 15; 15; 21; Quinella: 43; Tanala: 336. Fav: Blue Blood (10).

4. Nebraska Plate, Div-I 1,100m: (3-8-5) Declaration Of Love (M. Narredu) 1; Pure Pearl 2; Peace March 3. Won by: 1/2; 2-1/4; (1-9.4). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 12; 41; 24; Quinella: 158; Tanala: 1,060. Fav: Declartion Of Love (3).

5. Reflect Plate, Div-II 1,100m: (3-7-2) Catch Me If You Can (R. Pandey) 1; Classic Land 2; Voice Of Freedom 3. Won by: 1/2; 1; (1-9.7). Tote: Win Rs 40; Place: 14; 64; 14; Quinella: 440; Tanala: 2,115. Fav:Voice Of Freedom (2).

6. Reflect Plate, Div-I 1,100m: (8-1-6) Dancing Dreams (Rajendra) 1; Show The Class 2; Rich Babe 3. Not run: Temple Quest (3). Won by: 3; 2; (1-9.5). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 12; 13; 16; Quinella: 22; Tanala: 61. Fav: Dancing Dreams (8).

7. Eve Champion Trophy 2,000m: (2-5-7) Star Fortune (Kharadi) 1; Dominant Force 2; Mount Rose 3. Won by: 3-3/4; 2-1/2; (2-8.4). Tote: Win Rs 41; Place: 13; 15; 11; Quinella: 101; Tanala: 421. Fav: Mount Rose (7).

8. Icarus Plate, Div-II 1,100m: (13-7-5) Dras (Bhadke) 1; Blusheon 2; Queensland 3. Won by: 1/2; Nk; (1-11.5). Tote: Win Rs 350; Place: 88; 88; 13; Quinella: 5,872; Tanala: 57,192. Fav: Queensland (5).

9. Icarus Plate, Div-I 1,100:(9-13-14) Betsy (Chauhan) 1; Wisdom To Rule 2; Diligence 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 1/2; (1-11.4). Tote: Win Rs 67; Place: 26; 42; 45; Quinella: 758; Tanala: 1,21,390 (Carried over to the third race on Sunday).

Jackpot: Rs 1,65,172 (Carried over); (C) Rs 14,158.Treble: (i) Rs 109; (ii) Rs 98; (iii) Rs 38,156.    

The following track work was noted today:

Outer sand track

1,600m: Black Mane (Amjad) in 2-1-2 3/5s; (400m) 31 2/5s. Easy.

800m: Work Order (Sher S.) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Easy. 400m: Flying Power (Amjad) in 29s. Little Boy Blue (Rb) in 26 2/5s.

Monsoon track

1,400m: Prizren (M. Reuben) and Double Dancer (Akhtar) in 1-49s; (400m) 25s. Both level. 1,200m: Sixteen Sixtyfour (Rb) Special Sovereign (Amil) in 1-32s; (400m) 26s. Both level. Endless Surprise (Upadhya) in 1-27s; (400m) 26s. Easy.

800m: Clarice Cliff (Rabani) in 55s; (400m) 24s. Fit. Winning Hand (Rb) Rule With Honour (M. Reuben) in 53s; (400m) 24s. Both level. No Regrets (Manohar) in 52s; (400m) 24s Good. Aristotemus (Sher S.) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Kansai (Islam) and Aileron (Rabani) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Former a length better. Staffordshire (M. Reuben) and Software (Shanker) in 51s; (400m) 23s. Former 4 ls better. Magic Ring (Amjad) in 58s; (400m) 24s. Fit. Whitney (Brij S.) in 53s; (400m) 26s. Fit. Alsadena (Rabani) and Atacada (Islam) in 56s; (400m) 24s. Both level. Arctic Fancy (Gowli) and Orbital Star (Rutherford) in 53s; (400m) 24s. Both level. Head Hunter (Yadav0 in 52s; (400m) 24s. Impressed. Remember Me (Rb) and Lovely Lucy (Akhtar) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Former a length better. Tequila Shot (Shanker) in 53s; (400m) 24s. Note. Char Bahar (Amjad) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Quickdraw McGraw (Gowli) in 57s; (400m) 24s. Prince Of War (Gurang) and Go With The Wind (P. Alford) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Ardon (Rutherford) in 53s; (400m) 24s. Handy. Time Of Times (Amjad) in 1-0s; (400m) 29s. Tanganyika (Amjad) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Garden Of Heaven (Smith) in 53s;(400m) 24s. Good. Tsavo (Upadhya) in 53s; (400m) 24s. Fit.

600m: Bird�s Epmire (Rutherford) and Sapphire And Silk (P. Alford) in 40s; (400m) 25s. Both level. Queen�s Logic (Rabani) in 40s; (400m) 24s. Handy. Consul�s Secret (Bird) in 44s; (400m) 25s. Easy.

Sand track

800m: Ballet Master (P. Alford) in 56s; (400m) 24s. Relative Shade (Gowli) and Almond Rock (Yadav) 56s; (400m) 25s. Former 4 ls better. No Surrender ( M. Reuben) in 54s; (400m) 25s. Exclusive Girl (Yadav) in 58s; (400m) 24s. Fit. Golden Express (P. Alford) and Royal Ruler (Rutherford) in 55s; (400m) 25s.

600m: Remember The Day (Yadav) in 38s; (400m) 23s. Moved well.

Gate practice, monsoon track

From 2,000m to 1,000m: Alastar (Amil) Hot (A. P. Singh) in 1-5. Both jumped well.    

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