ICC rejects SA move on legends
Bhratri begin with 3-0 win
Title for Manipur 6-year-old
School table tennis
Future Hope, CFC begin well
Bangalore Racing/ Hello Brother may relish long trip
Bangalore Racing/ Joe The Pro shocks in tight finish
Calcutta Racing/ Gold Buck, Reactor shine

Calcutta, July 7: 
Rather surprisingly, the International Cricket Council�s (ICC�s) Executive Board has vetoed South Africa�s proposal to name the two pools at the 2003 World Cup after the sport�s top legends � Sir Don Bradman and Sir Gary Sobers.

The Executive Board first said �no� earlier this year and, again, at last month�s meeting prior to the ICC�s annual conference, in London.

�In fact, we even presented a written request for reconsideration, but the Executive Board turned it down... Frankly, I don�t know why,� 2003 World Cup executive director Dr Ali Bacher told The Telegraph.

As the World Cup, nowadays, is strictly an ICC event, the Executive Board�s endorsement had become necessary.

Formally honouring the two icons, whose stature only continues to grow, was one of the innovations thought of by the eighth World Cup�s hosts, specifically Dr Bacher.

Incidentally, South Africa�s request had been phrased thus: �... It is felt that the use of the names of former greats, instead of the impersonal or even hierarchical A or B, to denote the pools, will greatly enhance the spirit of the event.�

But while the ICC has shot down one innovative proposal, another has passed muster: Separate gold coins will be used for each of the 54 games during the February 6-March 19 World Cup, the biggest-ever featuring 14 teams (10 Test-playing nations, Kenya and the top three at the on-going ICC Trophy).

According to Dr Bacher, who was speaking from Johannesburg, the South African government�s permission has been sought for President Thabo Mbeiki�s portrait to be embossed on one side of the coins.

The reverse will have the World Cup logo (which will be unveiled by end-October this year), the names of the competing teams as also the date and venue of the match in question.

The custom-made coins will be provided by the Chamber of Mines, which oversees gold production in South Africa.

Assuming that Kenya is awarded two games and Zimbabwe host all six of their pool matches, South Africa will stage 46 games. As announced, the semi-finals will be in Port Elizabeth (day-match, March 14) and Durban (day-night game, March 15) and the final at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

The ICC�s decision on Kenya should be made by early September. Significantly, the initiative to award matches to Zimbabwe and Kenya has been South Africa�s.

Dr Bacher confirmed that September 30 is the cut-off to determine the pool-placement of the teams. Performances from immediately after the last World Cup (June 21, 1999) till then will be taken into account.

Inarguably, a most fair method has been adopted.


Calcutta, July 7: 
Bhratri Sangha, last year�s first division group A champions, started their Calcutta Football League Super Division campaign in style at the East Bengal ground today, beating BNR 3-0.

BNR, not the least a throwaway team, succumbed to the forward thrust from Christian Okolonko and Mohammed Kaiser, the former scoring a brace and the latter rounding off the tally in injury time.

Bhratri � who have acquired Shabbir Ali as their coach after last year�s coach Amal Dutta migrated to his favourite Tollygunge Agragami � were all over the field and making best use of the rather soggy conditions. It was to their benefit that BNR failed to utilise some serious lapses in the Bhratri defence.

Even Bhratri goalkeeper Abhijit Mondal was found suspect on more than one occasion, but, then, there was hardly any offensive on that scale to test him.

Okolonko got excellent support from Abdul Khalique and the two have started the season on a good combination, it seems. That saw Okolonko with the goal ahead of him in the fifth minute. He converted with a rasping drive.

There were occasional BNR misadventures in the first half, but the overall picture, tardy, because of the nearly unplayable ground condition, did not make for good football. The only thing clear was the Bhratri dominance.

In the second session, BNR started taking long pot shots at the Bhratri goal, probably encouraged by the less than impressive show by goalkeeper Mondal. Most of them were way off the mark, though, with only one, in the 60th minute, off the boots of Moin-Ul Haq, grazing the far upright before ballooning over.

That was nine minutes after Okolonko had got his second. Khalique entered the box, and finding the defence line unawares, headed down a long pass from the rear. Okolonko rushed in to effect a fine left-footed grounder.

As the match entered injury time, with drizzle bursts interfering, the BNR goalmouth was swamped. Dipankar Roy�s (who came in for Bastab Roy) shot came off the crosspiece, only for Kaiser (who had replaced Khalique) to bang home from close.

Shabbir later said he was happy that it had been a good start. �I am seeing some decent combination, but it is still too early to say,� he said. �However, it has to be remembered that BNR are no pushover team. Of course, my first priority will be to see that the team does not get relegated again (referring to the earlier season when Bhratri had made it to the Super Division, topping Group A, but had slipped right back at season-end).�

Shabbir said he was keeping his fingers crossed and that he will take one match at a time to mould his players and the team. He also said he will look into the lapses evident in the defence.

Two expelled

In the only first division group A match of the day, Wari and Howrah Union failed to score at the Mohammedan Sporting ground, but the highlight of the match was in the two ousters. Involving in off-the-ball fisticuffs, Ganesh Hansdah of Howrah Union and Partha Roy of Wari were marched out by referee Subrata Samanta in the 64th minute.

In group B, Milan Samity beat Taltala Institute 2-0. Samity were put ahead by a 12th-minute self goal from Taltala�s M. Biswas, and their Pratim Sarkar shot in the second in the 31st minute at Rabindra Sarovar. At Mohun Bagan, Calcutta Police and Garalgacha SC failed to score.

In fifth division Prodyut Mondal scored a hattrick in Union SC�s 5-1 win over Orient.


Guwahati, July 7: 
Imphal�s Kairang Primary School student Khumukcham Sanjoy Singh today won the penultimate and the final-round matches to finish atop with eight points at The Telegraph Schools� Chess Championship here.

In the eighth round, the six-and-a-half-year old boy thumped Trailokya Nanda of Edith Douglas English School, Jorhat, to level with overnight leader Chiranjit Saha of Umakant Academy, Agartala, who preferred to split the point with Sashank Singh.

In the final round, playing white, Khumukcham beat top seed Gurumayum Inao Sharma of MKSMT High School, Imphal, in 20 moves of the Alekhine�s defence. Khumukcham crippled Guramayum with double pawns on the queen bishop file when the former exchanged his king bishop with the latter�s queen knight on the eighth move.

Four moves later, their queens were also traded off. In a rash attempt to wriggle out of a straight-jacketed position, black committed a mistake on the 19th move to lose bishop and knight for a rook and subsequently, he resigned.

Second seed Sashank of Nichol�s High School, Guwahati, defeated Trailokya, while Nandan Buragohain of Nazira Higher Secondary and Multi-purpose School came from behind to turn the tables on Chiranjit in the final round. Sashank and Nandan, both with 7.5 points, finished second and third, respectively, after the progressive score tie-break.

Chiranjit finished fourth with better progressive score. Jibananda Singha of Md English HS, Silchar, Omeshore Lairngam of L. Eang HS, Imphal, Manoj Patar of Happy Child, Guwahati, and Punit Rajmohan of Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Guwahati were placed fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth after tie-break.

FINAL ROUND (Top board results)

Chiranjit Saha (7) lost to Nandan Buragohain (7.5); Khumukcham Sanjoy Singh (8) bt Gurumayum Inao Sharma (6.5); Sashank Singh (7.5) bt Trailokya Nanda (6); Aheibam Taibanganba (6) lost to Manoj Patar (7); Omeshore (7) bt Sibananda Singha (6); Twinkle Daulaguphu (6.5) drew Abhinav Baruah (6.5); Raju Loukrakpam (6) lost to Punit Rajmohan (7); Mitali Handique (5.5) lost to Jibananda singha (7); Nitesh Kumar Shah (5.5) lost to Deepjyoti Diphusa (6.5); Meghnath Rabha (5) lost to Nameirakpam Scientist (6.5).


Calcutta, July 7: 
Better School, St Thomas, BKP Girls HS and Lal Bagan Balika Vidyalaya topped their groups to reach the semi-finals of the BTTA-organised Patterson Memorial inter-school table tennis meet at Khudiran Anushilan Kendra today.

In boys� group, those who have qualified for the quarter finals are: Kotrang Bhupendra Smriti Vidyalaya, The Future Foundation, Patha Bhavan �A�, St. James �B�, Sri Ramkrishna Sikshyalay, Manicktala High School �B�, Dr Sital Prasad Ghosh Adarsha Shikshalay, Chandannagar, Don Bosco Park Circus �A�, Durgacharan Rakshit Banga Vidyalaya, Harayana Vidya Mandir, Konnagar High School, Birla High School �A� and South Point.

The knock-out stage begins tomorrow.


Calcutta, July 7: 
CFC and Future Hope got off to winning starts as the Calcutta Cup, the city rugby season�s biggest fixture, got underway at the CC&FC ground today.

Title favourites CFC thrashed Young Rugby Club 89-5. The hosts were leading 54-0 at half time and scored 15 tries, seven of which were converted.

Earlier in the meet opener, Future Hope scored 12 tries and nine conversions in trouncing Sergeants� Institute 78-3.

Meanwhile, in a rare move, all players of LMOB have been insured. LMOB are the reigning champions.


Bangalore, July 7: 
Despite the withdrawal of Large And In Charge, on veterinary grounds, the 2,200m Maharaja�s Cup field, tomorrow, is a 15-horse strong, thus picking the winner is not an easy task. However, the Madhav Mangalorkar-trained Hello Brother, with Sathish Narredu to guide, may relish the slated long trip and may score.


1.30 pm: Native Red 1. French Gondolier 2. Abroach 3.
2 pm: Scenic Song 1. Sinatra 2. Commitment 3.
2.30 pm: Different Ballgame 1. Mack The Knife 2. St. Lucinda 3.
3 pm: Believe 1. Rock Party 2. Goebbels 3.
3.30 pm: Dee Emm 1. Earl Grey 2. Acceptor 3.
4 pm: Hello Brother 1. Endorsement 2. Al Dente 3.
4.30 pm: Saujas 1. Renzino 2. Priceless Ally 3.
5 pm: Prowl 1. Street Smart 2. Touch of Silver 3.
5.30 pm: Kingston Heath 1. Blushing Heart 2. Trivia 3.
Day�s Best: Dee Emm
Double: Saujas & Prowl

Bangalore, July 7: 
In a close-finish, the Z. Darashah-trained Joe The Pro returned a surprise winner of the 1,200m H. B. Gundappa Gowda Memorial Cup in Bangalore on Saturday. K. P. Appu partnered the Razeen-Divine Colours five-year-old gelding to victory.


(With inter-state dividends)
1. Chantille Plate 1,600m: (8-6-1) Sheer Blossoms (Rajesh) 1; Splendid Ally 2; Forest Emperor 3. Won by: Nk; 1/2; (1-45). Tote: Win Rs 72; Place: 18; 14; 17; Quinella: 76; Tanala: 535. Fav: Splendid Ally (6).
2. Noble Princess Plate 1,800m: (1-2-4) Tapatio (Rakesh) 1; Trillenniium 2; Pleasantville 3. Won by: 3/4; 8; (1-56.8). Tote: Win Rs 31; Place: 15; 17; 56; Quinella: 40; Tanala: 801. Fav: Tapatio (1).
3. Manitou Plate 1,400m: (3-10-4) Zidane (Gallagher) 1; My Treasure 2; Altosax 3. Won by: 1/2; Dist; (1-29.6). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 13; 13; 40; Quinella: 21; Tanala: 329. Fav: Zidane (3).
4. Royal Tern Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (9-1-8) Jai Bharath (Shakti) 1; Annodomini 2; Kisunugntly 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 2; (1-16.2). Tote: Win Rs 100; Place: 27; 23; 16; Quinella: 513; Tanala: 2,560. Fav: Kisunugntly (8).
5. H. B. Gundappa Gowda Memorial Cup 1,200m: (2-3-7/10) Joe The Pro (Appu) 1; Sensational News 2; Soviet Song & Bountiful Gesture 3. Won by: Nk; Nk; D-H; (1-15.1). Tote: Win Rs 119; Place: 35; 20; 7 (on Soviet Song); 12 (on Bountiful Gesture); Quinella: 364; Tanala: 1,628. Fav: Soviet Song (7).
6. Kumararajah M. A. M. Muthiah Cup 2,000m: (4-3-7) Ma Baker (Gallagher) 1; Appleby 2; Star Splendour 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 5-1/4; (2-10.3). Tote: Win Rs 49; Place: 19; 15; 17; Quinella: 79; Tanala: 517. Fav: Appleby (3).
7. Camino Plate 1,600m: (2-3-10) Campanero (Shroff) 1; Fighting Brave 2; Blue Gardenia 3. Won by: 6; 3; (1-42.6). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 12; 25; 16; Quinella: 78; Tanala: 248. Fav: Campanero (2).
8. Royal Tern Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (1-11-3) Ambermatic (Srinath) 1; Moonlight Rays 2; Tina�s Tune 3. Won by: 5; 3/4; (1-16.4). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 14; 21; 49; Quinella: 79; Tanala: 1,548. Fav: Ambermatic (1).
Jackpot: Rs 52,691; (C) Rs 5,748.
Treble: (i) Rs 628; (ii) Rs 339.

Calcutta, July 7: 
Gold Buck and Reactor were impressive from among the following horses seen working today:

Outer sand track

1,200m: Lamborghini (Smith) and The Stud (Rb) in 1-34s; (400m) 30s. They were level. Flamebird (Gowli) in 1-33s; (400m) 29s. Easy. Ispahan (F. Khan) and Harry The Horse (Gowli) in 1-31s; (400m) 29s. They were level. Azurica (Rb) and No Regrets (Gowli) in 1-32s; (400m) 28s. They were level.
800m: Glass Slipper (P. Kumar) in 59s; (400m) 27s. Kargil Soldier (F. Khan) in 59s; (400m) 27s. Easy. Storm Centre (R. Ahmed) and Iron Warrior (Upadhya) in 58s; (400m) 28s. They were level. Staffordshire (Upadhya) in 1-5s; (400m) 31s. Grand Lodge (Bird) and Tsaynen Blue (Gowli) in 58s; (400m) 27s. They were level.
600m: Lovely Prospect (Tamang) and Pneumatic Power (Saran) in 46s; (400m) 27s. They were level.

Monsoon track

800m: High Life (Smith) and Consul�s Secret (Jaiswal) in 53s; (400m) 24s. They were level. Appyness (Gajinder) in 52s; (400m) 23s. Good. Peace Envoy (P. Kumar) in 1-1s; (400m) 27s. Alborada (P. Kumar) 59s; (400m) 24s. Easy. Anokato (Tamang) and Regency Times (Kujur) in 54s; (400m) 24s. They were level. Spanish Drum�s (Saran) in 54s (400m) 24s. Fit. Aberdan (B. Gurang) in 56s; (400m) 25s. Easy. Ace of Spades (Rb) in 57s; (400m) 26s.

Sand track

1,400m: Finders Keepers (Jaiswal) in 1-55s; (400m) 29s.
800m: Fencai (Rb) in 51s; (400m) 23s. Handy. Bul Bul (Haroon) in 1-2s; (400m) 27s. Almond Rock (B. Gurang) in 58s; (400m) 26s. Fit. Cavala (Smith) in 1-3s; (400m) 28s. As A Rule (Rb) in 1-0s; (400m) 27s. Mystic Hill (Yasin) in 58s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Solo Act ( Engineer) in 58s; (400m) 27s. Tequila Shot (Shanker) in 53s; (400m) 24s. Note. Cup of Life (Bird) and Global Harmony (G. Singh) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Former 4 ls better. Rheinheart (Shanker) in 1-2s; (400m) 28s. Double Cross (P. Kumar) and Animator (Haroon) in 55s; (400m) 24s. Former 4 ls better. Lightning Speed (Gowli) in 56s; (400m) 25s. Easy. Software (Shanker) in 1-1s; (400m) 28s. Addab (Bird) and Sky Command (Rutherford) in 52s; (400m) 24s. They were level. Eau Savage (Shanker) in 58s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Added Asset (B. Gurang) in 57s; (400m) 27s. Bird�s Empire (Tamang) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Heaven�s Blessing (Shanker) in 57s; (400m) 27s. Moved well. Pure Passion (P. Alford) in 52s; (400m) 24s. Fit. Gold Buck (Shanker) and Reactor (Rb) in 51s; (400m) 25s. Note former who was 2 ls better. Arctic Fancy (B. Gurang) 1-0s; (400m) 25s. Easy. Lovely Duchess (P. Alford) in 1-3s; (400m) 27s. Ashbury (P. Kumar) in 57s. (400m) 26s.
400m: Don Vittorio (Shanker) in 30s.

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