FCI triumph in season-opener
6-yr-old upsets 2nd seed
IFA plea to AIFF
30 probables named
Calcutta Racing/ Singh brothers best bet on Day I
Mysore Racing/ Estocade wins Kollegal Plate

Calcutta, July 4: 
The 2001 Super Division League got underway at the new-look Howrah Municipal Corporation Stadium today.

FCI beat SAIL 1-0, thanks to Saikat Mondal�s 75th-minute strike � a roaring right-footer from 25 yards out which gave the goalkeeper no chance.

SAIL, hardly showing they have been training for the last one-and-half months, were reduced to ten men in the 52nd minute when Laltu Das received his second yellow card. FCI dominated the first half with Abdul Rauf Khan wasting an easy chance. SAIL staged a comeback after the breather but the expulsion of Das upset their plans. Amitava Ghosh kept two long-range freekicks on target but both were negotiated by goalkeeper Arindam Gosh.

Stadium plans

The Howrah Municipal Corporation Stadium ground, which hosted a match for the first time since 1997 today, looks a lot better than the ones in Maidan.

Howrah mayor Subinoy Ghosh said relaying the turf with underground drainage system, after winning a case at the Green Bench, cost Rs 34 lakh. From Monday, Rs 2 will be charged for tickets here. Right now, the cement galleries acommodate about 10,000 and authorities plan to increase it to 30,000. The IFA said quarter finals and semi-finals of the Pradyut Dutta-Poltu Das Memorial meet, to feature under-19 teams from all the National League clubs, will be held at the Howrah ground.

Match back on schedule

The police have given green signal to tomorrow�s Super Divison match between Port Trust and George Telegraph scheduled at the Mohun Bagan ground. Yesterday, it was announced that the match will not be held there.    

Guwahati, July 4: 
Manipur�s six-and-a-half year old Khumukcham Sanjoy Singh ( three points) pulled off a plucky win over second seed N. Sashank Singh to move into the lead with 11 others at the end of the third round of The Telegraph Schools� Chess Championship today.

There are six players half a point behind the leaders.

Gurumayum Inao Sharma of MKSMT High School, Imphal, survived a scare from Assam�s girls junior champion Malabika Singh of Bordubi Higher Secondary School, Tinsukia. The game petered out into a draw with Malabika, playing white, making a mistake on the 61st move.

Khumukcham of Kairang Government Primary School, Imphal, handled the black pieces deftly against Sashank of Nichol�s High School, Guwahati, in the Tarrasch Variation of the French Defence.

The pawn exchange in the centre on the eighth move also forced Sashank to exchange his knight for his opponent�s king bishop. White then had no option but to push the king bishop pawn to support the central pawn. Khumukcham traded the queens on the 18th move to acquire a winning position. A blunder by Sashank on the 24th move sealed the win.

In other matches, Meghnath Rabha of Phaguna Rabha High School, Guwahati, checkmated Eldrin Timung of Christian English School, Karbi Anglong, on the 25th move, while Trailokya Nanda of Edith Douglas School, Jorhat, notched up a fine win over Gaurav Pratim Talukdar of Don Bosco High School, Tezpur, in 41 moves.

TOP BOARD RESULTS � Malabika Singh (2.5 pts) drew with Gurumayum Inao Sharma (2.5); Sashank Singh (2) lost to Khumukcham Sanjoy Singh (3); Meghnath Rabha (3) bt Eldrin Timung (2); Gaurav Pratim Talukdar (2) lost to Trailokya Nanda (3); Swaraj Buragohain (2) lost to Sibananda Singha (3); Twinkle Daulaguphu (3) bt Tibraraj Baruah (2); Jibananda Singha (3) bt Rustom Raktim Dutta (2); Nirmal Jyoti Sharma (3) bt Rituraj Gautam (2); Joy Singh Engleng (2) lost to Abhinav Baruah (3); Omeshore Lairengbam (3) bt Neelkant Shastry (2); Nitesh Kumar Sah (2) lost to Raju Loukrakram (3); Chiranjit Saha (3) bt Abhibamtai Banga (2) and Meetei Singh (2) lost to Manoj Patar (3).


Calcutta, July 4: 
The IFA today stepped in to help East Bengal and Mohun Bagan regarding releasing players for the national preparatory camp.

IFA joint-secretary Ranjit Gupta wrote a letter to the AIFF, saying the local league will be affected if the clubs release all the players named in the list.

Six from East Bengal and three from Bagan have been called to the camp beginning in Patiala Monday for the tour of England later this month. Gupta suggested that two players be called from the Big Two. Sponsors and spectators will lose interest if all the players stay away from the league, he said.

Eveready held

Eveready were held 1-1 by Sonali Shibir in a first division group A match. In group B, Taltala Institute beat United Students 1-0, while Barisha SC defeated Calcutta Police 2-1. Garalgacha SC beat Victoria SC 3-1 in another group B tie.    

New Delhi, July 4: 
The Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) secretary K. Jyothikumaran today released the list of 30 probables for the Azlan Shah Trophy to be held in Kuala Lumpur from August 2.

Defender Dinesh Naik and striker Deepak Thakur, surprise omissions from the World Cup qualifying squad announced yesterday, have been included. There are five newcomers � Baljit Singh, Subbiah, Sonu, Gurjit Singh and Arshad Khan.

PROBABLES:Goalkeepers: Bharat Chettri, Baljit Singh and Subbiah; Defenders: Bikramjit Singh, Ignatius Tirkey, Dinesh Naik, Anurag Raghuvanshi and Aftab Ahmed; Midfielders: Sukhbir Singh Gill, M.K. Prakash, Prabhdeep Singh, Shamsi Zoha, Harmik Singh, D. Natarjan and Baljit Singh Chandi; Forwards: Sonu, Dhanraj Pillay, Mukesh Kumar, Saboo Varkey, Tejbir Singh, Deepak Thakur, Inderjit Singh, Amarjit Pratap, Jagan Senthil, Gurjit Singh, Parminder Singh, Chanderpal, Ravinder Singh, Anoop Anthony and Arshad Khan.

Coaches: Baldev Singh, Ripudaman Singh.

SQUAD FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS: Goalkeepers: Devesh Chauhan and Jude Menezes; Defenders: Dilip Tirkey, Lazarus Barla and Kanwalpreet Singh; Midfielders: Paramjeet Singh, Arjun Halappa and Bimal Lakra, S. Thirumalvalavan, Baljit Singh Saini, R. Radha Krishnan and Bipin Fernandez; Forwards: Prabhjot Singh, Gagan Ajit Singh, Daljit Singh Dhillon, Baljit Singh Dhillon, Samir Dad and Brojen Singh. Coach: Cedric D�Souza.


Calcutta, July 4: 
Poor fields notwithstanding, the competition is going to be healthy in the opening day�s race-card of the monsoon season tomorrow. However, it may pay to follow Singh-brothers � Vijay and Bharath � who have spread out best of their bloodstock in the six-event card.

Bharath�s Lockers Park, in the feature event, the Bhishma Cup, is expected to call the shots. The Batzushka-Fusion four-year-old is known to relish the monsoon race-track. Vijay�s classic fillies, Aherlow and Calamint, on the other hand, may justify their ratings in their respective events.

4th Race at 3.30 p.m.

Bhishma Cup 1,100m (Cl II�Rt. 66-94)

1 0033 Prince Obolensky [Stephens] K. Kumar 60.0 4
2 - -00 Aldebro [Vijay] A. P. Singh 55.0 2
3 2040 Best In Show [Daniel] Md Yasin 53.0 5
4 0211 Sovereign Bullet [Daniel] S. Tamang 53.0 6
5 1100 Endless Surprise [Daniel] C. Alford 52.0 1
6 1304 Lockers Park [Bharath] S. Rabani 52.0 3

1. Lockers Park (6) 2. Sovereign Bullet (4) 3. Endless Surprise (5)

Lockers Park: Known to relish the monsoon course. May strike. Sovereign Bullet: Heading for a hattrick of wins.May upset. Endless Surprise: May place.


1.50 pm: Starina 1. Aflicker 2. Flying Scot 3.
2.30 pm: Cancun 1. Adeline 2. Floral Path 3.
3 pm: Aracruz 1. Mameena 2. Winning Hand 3.
3.30 pm: Lockers Park 1. Sovereign Bullet 2. Endless Surprise 3.
4.05 pm: Aherlow 1. Russian Czar 2. On The Bit 3.
4.40 pm: Calamint 1. Victoria Rose 2. Lively Project 3.

Day�s Best: Calamint

Double: Starina & Lockers Park

Mysore, July 4: 
Ridden by Imran Khan, the S. Moses-trained Estocade won the Kollegal Plate in Mysore on Wednesday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Kollegal Plate 1,600m: (2-1-7) Estocade (Imran K.) 1; Kilmarnock 2; Tattoo 3. Won by: SH; 1-1/2; (1-42.3). Tote: Win Rs 37; Place: 12; 10; 20; Quinella: 26; Tanala: 203. Fav: Kilmarnock (1).

2. Karighatta Plate 1,600m: (8-3-2) Cassini (Appu) 1; Self Esteem 2; Grey Bull 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 1-3/4; (1-43.1). Tote: Win Rs 35; Place: 14; 16; 65; Quinella: 36; Tanala: 821. Fav: Self Esteem (3).

3. Bidadi Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (3-7-1) Surge of Power (Appu) 1; Blushing Memories 2; Chuck Berry 3. Not run: Majority Blue (2). Won by: 3/4; 1; (1-15). Tote: Win Rs 45; Place: 19; 13; 42; Quinella: 49; Tanala: 1,135. Fav: Blushing Memories (7).

4. H. H. Maharaja Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Golf Club Gold Trophy 1,200m: (4-7-10) Speedy Simon (Ramesh) 1; Treasure Island 2; Grand Cordon 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 3-1/4; (1-17.1). Tote: Win Rs 61; Place: 22; 17; 27; Quinella: 110; Tanala: 1,918. Fav: Octane (1).

5. Bidadi Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (1-2-3) Baaja Bajaav (Rakesh) 1; Carbon Copy 2; Lost Horizon 3. Won by: 5; 2-1/2; (1-14.8). Tote: Win Rs 34; Place: 16; 10; 52; Quinella: 28; Tanala: 412. Fav: Carbon Copy (2).

6. Oncidium Plate 1,200m: (1-9-5) Measure By Measure (Shukla) 1; Turn My Luck 2; Pharoah 3. Not run: Sound Profit (11). Won by: 1-1/2; 3-3/4; (1-15.5). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 12; 29; 23; Quinella: 90; Tanala: 414. Fav: Measure By Measure (1). (Note: The winner survived objection).

Jackpot: Rs 2,453; (C) Rs 469.

Treble: (i) Rs 393; (ii) Rs 301.

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