Paes breaks 11-year jinx
Chakradharpur school retains crown
Tolly snap up half-a-dozen
Barua urges kids to accept challenges
Shashwat best
Mysore Racing/ Scandal Sheet wins Gold Cup
Track trials

Calcutta, June 27: 
Leander Adrian Paes mastered German Daniel Elsner at Wimbledon yesterday. Sounds like a routine first-round demolition for a man who grew up hitting on grass, doesn�t it?

But hang on, there�s more to it than meets the eye. It was the first time in his 11-year-old professional career that the Indian ace had actually finished on the business-end of the scoreline at the hallowed lawns of the All England Club.

�I don�t know why it took me so long to win a singles match here... I don�t even want to go into an analysis,� Paes told The Telegraph from London this morning. �But now that I have got this opportunity to make further inroads, I want to grab it.�

For the record, Paes qualified for the singles main draw four times in 10 attempts � losing to Mark Petchey (�96), Mark Woodforde (�97), Wayne Black (�98) and Andre Sa (�99). And the only set he won in those four outings was one against Petchey.

The last Indian to win a round at the grasscourt Grand Slam was Ramesh Krishnan in 1990. Mahesh Bhupathi came closest to that �feat�, qualifying twice and taking Carlos Moya the full distance in 1998.

Nicolas Escude is up next for the former junior Wimbledon champion. Paes hasn�t played the right-handed Frenchman ever before, but knows his basic style.

�He�s not much of a serve-and-volleyer, so I know what I got to do,� Paes said with his trademark confidence. That match is tomorrow, so is Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi�s doubles opener against Mikael Llodra and David Adams.

With Paes having signed in with Lisa Raymond for mixed doubles, too, it�s going to be a hectic schedule over the next 10 days for the Olympic bronze-medallist.

�I know I have a tough workload ahead of me, especially with the singles and men�s doubles matches being best-of-five affairs. But, then this is the test of a pro. And I always look forward to such challenges,� Paes remarked.

Now that Paes has managed to erase the blackest mark on his CV, his next �goal� should be to break the third-round Grand Slam barrier. Yes, the best this talented Indian has done in any major is to have won two rounds � at the �97 US Open before falling to Cedric Pioline.


Jamshedpur, June 27: 
South Eastern Railway Mixed School (English), Chakradharpur, retained the best school�s trophy in The Telegraph Schools� Chess Championship which concluded at the JRD Tata Sports Complex today.

Individual champion Pratik Sengupta (10 points), Nitesh Kejriwal (9), Varun Anant (8.5) and Kaushik Das (8) tallied 35.5 points to help their school emerge best.

Pratik, Abhishek Das (9.5), Rohan Vijay Shyandilya (9), Priya Ratnam (9) and Nitesh occupied the first five individual spots and qualified for the final round to be held in Calcutta.

Priya, a student of Brij Kishore Kindergarten School, defeated Soumyadip Sett in an Italian Game to become the only girl to reach the final round.

Nitesh caused the biggest upset of the day, beating Pratik in a last-round match. Nitesh employed his favourite French Defence and bagged the point which earned him a ticket to the finals.

On the second board, Abhishek split the point with Akash Kusum on the 27th move in a Petroff Defence. Rohan beat Gyanendra Singh in the Advance Variation of the French Defence in 29 moves.


Final round: Nitesh Kejriwal (9) bt Pratik Sengupta (10); Abhishek Das (9.5) drew Akash Kusum (8.5); Gyanendra Singh (8) lost to Rohan Vijay Shandilya (9); Priya Ratnam (9) bt Soumyadip Sett (8); Satish Kumar (8) drew Kaushik Das (SE Rly, 8); Varun Anant (8.5) bt Biswaranjan Sahoo (7.5); Vikash Kumar Tiwari (8.5) bt Sourabh Chatterjee (7.5); Himanshu Sharma (7.5) lost to C. Vijay Gopal (8.5); Ankit Amartya (7.5) lost to Sudipto Dasgupta (8); Abhishek Biswas (7) lost to Ramesh Kumar (8).BEST SCHOOL: South Eastern Railway Mixed School (English), Chakradharpur.


1st: Pratik Sengupta (10, SE Rly Mixed School, Chakradharpur). 2nd: Abhishek Das (9.5, Bharat Sevashram School). 3rd: Rohan Vijay Shandilya (9, Sri Ranganath HS, Munger). 4th: Priya Ratnam (9, Brij Kishore Kindergarten, Chapra). 5th: Nitesh Kejriwal (9, SE Rly Mixed School, Chakradharpur). 6th: Akash Kusum (8.5, Motilal Nehru Public School). 7th: Varun Anant (8.5, SE Rly Mixed School, Chakradharpur). 8th: Vikash Kumar Tiwari (8.5, Church School). 9th: C. Vijay Gopal (8.5, DBMS English School). 10th: Sudipto Dasgupta (DAV Public School, Bistupur).


Youngest boy: Sagar Mukherjee (SE Rly Mixed School, Chakradharpur). Youngest girl: Aparajita Bhaduria (Sacred Heart Convent School). Under-8 boys: Anirban Pati (Kerala Samajam Model School). Under-8 girls: Tiyas Moitra (SE Rly Mixed School, Chakradharpur). Under-10 boys: Koushik Das (Narbheram Hansraj English School). Under-10 girls: S. Sruthi (DAV School). Under-12 boys: Gyanendra Singh (Motilal Nehru Public School). Under-12 girls: R. Sharda (DBMS English School). Under-14 boys: Koushik Das (SE Rly Mixed School, Chakradharpur). Under-14 girls: G. Samvedita (DBMS English School).    

Calcutta, June 27: 
Tollygunge Agragami signed half-a-dozen footballers today for the ensuing season.

While defenders Partha Sarathi Dey and Reazul Mustafa pledged their services for the club for one more year, Sarajit Das and Adeola Adeyeri switched over from Bhratri Sangha. The others recruited were ITI�s Prahlad Rawat and Diamond Club�s Moses Owira.

Garalgacha win 1-0

Garalgacha SC rode an A. Ghosh goal to beat Milan Samity in a CFL first division group B match at the Mohun Bagan ground today.

That was the only senior division game to be completed on a rainy afternoon. The Bally Protiva-Police AC match at Rabindra Sarobar and the Behala Youth-Taltala DS tie at East Bengal ground were washed out after the first 45 minutes.

Aikya Sammilani and Bowbazar YM Union couldn�t start their match at the unfit Mohammedan Sporting ground.

Ten of the 11 lower division games were completed despite the heavy shower.

Sanjay Haldar of Ramkrishna SC scored a hattrick in his side�s 5-0 win over Maniktala SA in fifth division.

In another Division V tie, a player each of Jadavpur Association (Surajit Mondal) and Federation Club (Imranur Rehman) were sent off for violent conduct. Jadavpur won 1-0.

Super Division opener

This season�s CFL Super Division opener will be at the Howrah Stadium. SAIL and FCI will feature in that match next Wednesday.

Mohun Bagan kick off their campaign against George Telegraph at home on July 10. Champions East Bengal begin versus Port Trust the next day, at home.

Mohammedan Sporting�s first match is on July 13 against BNR. The venue will finalised later.

National school regatta

The St James� boys had a good day in the Servo Indian Oil national inter-school rowing championship at the Lake Club course, today. Their senior team beat South Point HS and Khalsa HS, while the juniors edged out Kalidhan in a cliff-hanger.

St James� and National HS have qualified for the senior boys� semis. In the junior boys� event, Cathedral Mission and Khalsa HS have already booked last-four berths.


Jamshedpur, June 27: 
Grandmaster Dibyendu Barua, the reigning National A champion, today urged young chess players to accept challenges head-on and not be disheartened by setbacks.

Barua was speaking at the prize distribution ceremony of The Steel City leg of The Telegraph Schools� Chess Championship at the Michael John Auditorium here. His comments were made in the context of some of the participants having withdrawn from the championship after defeats in the first few rounds.

While Barua was the Guest of Honour, B. Muthuraman, the managing director-designate of Tata Steel, was the chief guest. In his speech, Muthuraman hoped The Telegraph would not only continue to support a sport which doesn�t exactly have a mass base, but also be associated with other Jamshedpur specific projects.

Among those present were Amitabha Datta, vice-president of The Telegraph and Captain B. Mishra, the head of Tata Steel�s sports division.

While Horlicks were again involved with the tournament, Arena Multimedia gave away special prizes.


Calcutta, June 27: 
Shashwat Lal won the group A monthly competition for junior golfers at the RCGC. Ranjit Singh was runner-up in this age-group of 15-17.

In group B (13-14), Surya Prakash topped and Janak Kumar finished second-best. Karanbir Chowdhury was best in group C (11-12), ahead of Partha Trivedi.

Emerging on top in the 10-and-under group D event was Nikhil Sanwal. Ishan D�Souza was runner-up.


Mysore, June 27: 
In a close-finish, the Irfan Ghatala-trained six-year-old Scandal Sheet had the measure of Prestigious Baby in the F. B. Sharma Memorial Gold Cup in Mysore on Wednesday. Mrs Storai partnered the gelding.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Prince Regent Plate, Div-II, 1,400m: (7-5-9) Rare Jewel (Imran K.) Lucky Chand 2; Silver Eyes 3. Won by: 4; 1-1/2; (1-29.2). Tote: Win Rs 38; Place: 16; 21; 55; Quinella: 116; Tanala: 2,168. Fav: Emmenbrucke (3).

2. Nagamangala Plate 1,100m: (1-2-3) Golden Throne (Rakesh) 1; On The Post 2; Any Time Money 3. Won by: 6-1/2; 4-1/2; (1-8.4). Tote: Win Rs 11; Place: 11; 12; 20; Quinella: 19; Tanala: 57. Fav:Golden Throne (1).

3. Sondur Plate 1,200m: (3-9-7) Beauty Castle (A. Mani) 1; Sword of Justice 2; Dad�s Joy 3. Won by: 3-1/4; 1-1/4; (1-15.8). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 15; 19; 16; Quinella: 86; Tanala: 362. Fav: Beauty Castle (3).

4. Kushalnagar Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (6-3-7) Black Flower (Rakesh) 1; Alektryon 2; Dream of Dreams 3. Won by: SH; 1-3/4; (1-28.8).Tote: Win Rs 48; Place: 17; 14; 73; Quinella: 63; Tanala: 2,139. Fav: Alektryon (3).

5. F. B. Sharma Memorial Gold Cup 1,100m: (4-5-2) Scandal Sheet (Mrs Storai) 1; Prestigious Baby 2; Gracious Rohit 3. Not run: Big Show (9). Tote: Win Rs 92; Place: 25; 32; 21; Quinella: 514; Tanala: 2,484. Fav: Erudition (3).

6. Kushalnagar Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (1-6-5) Astounding Bay (Warren) 1; Greek Lady 2; Austin Jennings 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 1-1/4; (1-28.1). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 11; 14; 115; Quinella: 31; Tanala: 1,342. Fav: Astounding Bay (1).

7. Prince Regent Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (6-1-8) Atlantic Star (P. Ramesh) 1; Anneex 2; Sizzling Stamper 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 7-1/2; (1-29.3). Tote: Win Rs 73; Place: 17; 12; 23; Quinella: 61; Tanala: 610. Fav: Anneex (1).

Jackpot: Rs 12,626; (C) Rs 536.

Treble: (i) Rs 93; (ii) Rs 2,372.

Calcutta, June 27: 
Winning Hand, Fencai, Armila and All Jade were impressive in today�s workouts.

Outer sand track

400m: Flying Scot (Rb)in 32s. Raaz (Gowli) in 30s.

Sand track

800m: Winning Hand (Gowli) in 57s; (400m) 25s. Was handy. Floral Path (G. Singh) in 59s; (400m) 27s. Tequila Shot (Shanker) in 1-0s; (400m) 28s. Fencai (Rb) in 57s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Armila (Engineer) in 58s; (400m) 26s. Moved well. Flamebird (Rb) in 1-4s; (400m) 29s. Software (Shanker) in 59s; (400m) 28s. Easy. Double Dancer (Gowli) in 1-2s; (400m) 30s. Reactor (Shanker) in 1-2s; (400m) 28s. Easy. As A Rule (Rb) in 1-0s; (400m) 27s.

600m: All Jade (Engineer) in 42s; (400m) 26s. Moved well.

400m: Cancun (V. Jaiswal) 28s. Tsanyen Blue (Gowli) in 29s. Heaven�;s Blessing (G. Singh) in 30s.    


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