Bhaichung pulls out of team
Bhratri power past Port
Williamson Magor A best
Tolly take on Md. Sporting today
CAB elections
Calcutta Races/ Alcalde returns easy winner
Bangalore Races/ Soviet Song may make amends

New Delhi, July 20: 
Bhaichung Bhutia will not only not skipper the Indian squad on its England, tour, he wil not even be in the Indian team. And it is possible that this was the fallout of a sharp difference of opinion between the ace striker and tour sponsors Sapphire Enterprises.

The Indian squad flew out from here this morning, and as they land at Heathrow Airport, this huge setback is sure to engulf them.

Baichung has withdrawn from the four exhibition matches in England. Bhaichung, who is at present training at Bury FC, dropped this bombshell during a phone-in interview with TransWorld International (TWI).

Bhaichung cited two reasons for his withdrawal from the tour. He felt that there was no proper communciation from the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to his club Bury. However, AIFF secretary Alberto Colaco, who was in Delhi yesterday, had said that a letter of request to Bury FC had been sent a week ago.

[AIFF president Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, when contacted over his cellphone, had only time to say: �I am not handling this,� before switching his phone off, adds a Staff Reporter in Calcutta.]

Another reason given by Bhaichung was if he stays with the Indian team for two weeks and misses the crucial stage of his pre-season training, he will lose his place in his club�s first XI.

During the TV interview Baichung said: �I need to fight for my place at Bury FC as there is a lot of competition. I can�t play with the Indian team because if I do, after that again I will have a problem getting into the Bury team.�

Baichung is in the third and final year of his contract and determined to make a good impression, so that he can get lucrative offers either in England or abroad next season.

However, there seems to be more than meets the eye in this episode. For some months Bhaichung�s relationship with the tour sponsors Sapphire Enteprises hasa been acrimonious.

Raj Prohit, managing director of Sapphire, was Bhaichung�s agent since the latter moved to England in September 1999. Recently Bhaichung has been quite vocal that Purohit has not promoted him actively and this last-minute withdrawl might just be a result of this dispute.


Calcutta, July 20: 
Bhratri Sangha powered past Port Trust 4-2 in their Super Division clash at the Howrah Corporation Stadium today.

Abdul Khalique fired a brace, Christian Okolonko and Dipankar Biswas also hit the bull�s eye for Shabbir Ali�s team which has now won three of its four matches. Port, who suffered their first defeat in four games, scored through Pradip Indu and Sujit Dey.

Relishing the smooth surface at Howrah Stadium � easily the best ground in and around the city at present � Bhratri got into the groove in next to no time. Khalique had his first attempt blocked by Sandip Guha.

In the 17th minute, the wily striker made amends � heading in an Okolonko cross with stoppers Rabi Karmakar and Madhusudan Majumdar standing in one line and looking at each other.

Port pressed hard for the equaliser and got it in the 38th minute after coming close thrice. Indu did well to reach a square pass from overlapping right-back Shibsankar Chowdhury and stroked the ball past the diving Avijit Mondal.

Dipankar put Bhratri back in front with a well-executed left-footed volley from the edge of the penalty box. Okolonko made it 3-1 15 minutes after change of ends � easily the goal of the match. Controlling the ball 35 yards from goal, the tall Nigerian let go a left-footer which curled past the �keeper.

Khalique�s second goal came off a Babun Kar feed. Shrugging off Arindam Deb�s challenge, he slotted the ball past a host of defenders and an unsighted goalkeeper. Port�s reducer was a gift from the Bhratri goalie. He failed to grip a Shibsankar floater, the ball slipping out from his grasp.

Easy for George

George Telegraph sailed past FCI 2-0 in the other Super Division encounter at the East Bengal ground.

In a one-sided affair, George shot into the lead early in the first half. Supratik Aind�s left-footed volley from top of the box gave the goalkeeper little chance. They could have increased the margin a little later but Biman Mondal shot straight into the goalkeeper.

It was one-way traffic for most of the match as the fragile FCI defence struggled to keep the rival forwards at bay.

The trio of Aind, Mondal and Pratap Senapati with able support from Gautam Naha and Snehangshu Rudra found the going easy as FCI lacked the ability to stage a counter offensive.

The second goal came in the 20th minute of the second session. As Senapati headed down a cross from the right, Somnath Das beat the goalkeeper with a neat placement. None of the FCI defenders lurking nearby made any attempt to stall Das.

Aikya win 1-0

In first division group B action, Aikya Sammilani defeated Sporting Union by a solitary goal. The Bally Protiva-Behala Youth tie ended goalless. The Police AC-Bowbazar YM Union tie was abandoned after the turf at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium was ruled unfit for play.


Calcutta, July 20: 
Williamson Magor A today annexed The Telegraph Merchants� Cup by a solitary stroke over overnight leaders Madhya Bharat.

Manish Periwal, playing in the company of Lakshman Singh, after nine holes of regulation play today had only given up one stroke from the nine stroke overnight advantage Madhya Bharat enjoyed.

The meet was co-sponsored by Samsung, Kingfisher and Seagrams.

Some costly lapses from Manish had levelled score by the 18th tee. After a booming drive and a miss-hit wedge, Manish was left staring at a 5-footer to salvage a tie and he missed by a mile.

Lakshman had kept his nerve and with a long putt birdie on the 16th and two solid pars on the finishing holes, his effort of 77 was enough to see Williamson Magor through for another year in succession.

Golf Stopped, consisting Arun Nanda, G S Baweja and Ashok Malhotra, annexed The Telegraph Challenge Cup with another fine effort from Vivek Jaireth (+10) with team total + 32. Farinni Exports represented by Suresh Kheria, Pradeep Surekha, Arvind Khaitan and Madhu Tantia catapulted up the leaderboard to finish second at +26.

The day�s best for The Telegraph Challenge Cup was recorded by Rajesh Goenka of NG Industries with +14.

Division II was won by Tinplate Co of India A, represented by C.D. Singh, B. P. Tiwari, Lokesh Verma and Prashant Maurya. Williamson Magor C finished runners-up.

Division III was won by George Williamson (Assam) A with a score of 333. Warren Tea Ltd were the runners-up. In Division I, after Madhya Bharat lost out to Williamson Magor A, J Thomas A finished runners-up.

Williamson Magor B, represented by Rajeev Takru, Ajaypal Singh, Sukdarshan Singh and K. Deb won the best overall nett score for a team among all the divisions.

Best individual scores in the three divisions � Division I: K N Desai of Tata Tea A (69); Division II: Prashant Maurya of Tinplate A (67); Division III: S Rebello of Tinplate B (68).


Calcutta, July 20: 
Amal Datta�s only concern on the eve of their match against Mohammedan Sporting at Salt Lake Stadium is the refereeing.

�My boys will play their natural positive game, but the question is will the refereeing be of a decent standard?� the Tollygunge Agragami coach quipped after practice this morning.

�We were denied more than one penalty in our last game, yesterday BNR were robbed of a penalty against East Bengal... the refereeing here is dismal. All your efforts go waste if you don�t get justice from the man in charge.�

Reliable deep defender Satish Bharti should again be on the sidelines, otherwise Datta has no injury worries. His team should be clear favourites considering the rag-tag outfit Mohammedan Sporting has stitched together.

The black-and-white brigade, which today registered Prasenjit Pal (from SAIL) and retained Ohidul Islam, lost to Port Trust the other day and are already looking vulnerable. They did score an unimpressive 1-0 win over BNR in the opener, but that does not inspire much confidence.


Calcutta, July 20: 
Bablu Koley and Sudhir Chakraborty are likely to be the ruling faction�s candidates for the joint secretaries� posts at the CAB elections at its annual general meeting. The current incumbents, Debdas Banerjee and Nirmal Mukherjee�s four-year terms end this year.

No nominations have yet been filed for the posts. The last day for filing nominations is Sunday and the ruling faction is expected to finalise its candidates by tomorrow. Elections will also be held for one vice-president�s posts. Samar Pal is likely to contest as the opposition candidate for the secretary�s post.


Calcutta, July 20: 
Although he look to be a shade underdone during the paddock-parade, Alcalde from trainer Bharath Singh�s yard, scored a facile victory in the Nikita Cup, one of the two trophy events framed in today�s six-event race-card. Apprentice Md Islam partnered the Rebounding Thrill-Nimble colt to victory. The Salisbury Cup was, however, a close affair between the course-favourite Ballet Master and a quietly fancied Bul Bul who galloped resolutely from way back in the home-straight to strike in the hands of veteran jockey Naresh Engineer.

Favourites, on the whole, had a fair day. Actress won the Flying Glance Handicap despite a slight check she met from Harry The Horse at the 400m marker. A heavily backed Rheinheart, however, had to share the prize with Black Mane in the Misty Morn Handicap. Starina, also a favourite, easily lifted the Princess Huma Handicap in the hands of apprentice Rutherford Alford.


1. Artaius Handicap 1,100m: (5-2-4-1) Scarlet Raider (Kujur) 1; Ispahan (F. Khan) 2; Magnifico (Islam) 3; Endless Surprise (C. Alford) 4. Won by: 1; 1/2; Nk; (1-12.2). Tote: Win Rs 78; Place: 28; 14; Quinella: 55; Tanala: 435. Fav: Ispahan (2). Winner trained by Daniel D.
2. Salisbury Cup 1,400m: (5-2-4-3) Bul Bul (Engineer) 1; Ballet Master (B. Gurang) 2; Tajik (P. Alford) 3; Melodeon (C. Alford) 4. Won by: 3/4; Nk; 3; (1-32.5). Tote: Win Rs 37; Place: 18; 14; Quinella: 35; Tanala: 744. Fav: Ballet Master (2). Winner trained by Javed K.
3. Princess Huma Handicap 1,100m: (2-6-1-3) Starina (Rutherford) 1; Floral Path (Kujur) 2; Kargil Soldier (K. Kumar) 3; Just Kidding (P. Alford) 4. Won by: 3-1/2; Nk; 1; (1-13.1). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 15; 30; Quinella: 66; Tanala: 705. Fav: Starina (2). Winner trained by R. Alford.
4. Nikita Cup 1,000m: (3-4-1-5) Alcalde (Islam) 1; Anokato (F. Khan) 2; Alegria (C. Alford) 3; Maltayar (Yasin) 4. Won by: 3-1/2; 8; 7-1/2; (1-4.8). Tote: Win Rs 51; Place: 19; 14; Quinella: 62; Tanala: 185. Fav: Alegria (1). Winner trained by Bharath S.
5. Flying Glance Handicap 1,400m: (5-3-6-2) Actress (C. Alford) 1; Mr. Bombshell (P. Kumar) 2; Raaz (Yasin) 3; Aracruz (Islam) 4. Won by: 1-1/2; Nk; 5; (1-31.4). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 11; 40; Quinella: 45; Tanala: 187. Fav: Actress (5). Winner trained by Vijay S.
6. Misty Morn Handicap 1,400m: (1/2-7-3) Black Mane (Kujur) & Rheinheart (Shanker) 1; Stella Blue (Gajinder) 3; Ballard Lady (B. Gurang) 4. Won by: D-H; 2-3/4; Nk; (1-33.8).Tote: Win Rs 21 (on no. 1); 10; (on no. 2) Place: 14 (on no. 1); 12 (on no. 2); 67; Quinella: 39; Tanala: 463. Fav: Rheinheart (2). Winner trained by D. Karki & Bath.
Jackpot: Rs 1,124 (on no. 1 in the 5th leg) & 739 (no.2 in 5th leg); (C) Rs 167.
Treble: (i) Rs 688; (ii) Rs 175 & 110.

Thursday�s track trials Outer sand track

1,400m: Victory Rose (C. Alford) in 1-53s; (400m) 33s.

Monsoon track

1,400m: Clarice Cliff (Islam) in 1-51s; (400m) 32s.
1,200m: Charlene (Islam) in 1-31s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Amistad (Islam) in 1-24s; (400m) 26s. Good.
1,000m: Break Fast At Tiffany (Islam) and Victoria Rose (Rb) in 1-12s; (400m) 26s. Former half-a-length better. Both were handy.
800m: Aflicker (Rb) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Moved well.

Sand track

800m: Regency Times (Yasin) in 59s; (400m) 25s. Handy. Russian Czar (Rutherford) in 59s; (400m) 27s. Fit.

Bangalore, July 20: 
The D. Byramji-trained Soviet Song, who met with an interference from Sensational News in her last start, may make amends for her failure in the S. M. Ramakrishna Rao Memorial Cup, tomorrow. Pesi Shroff partners the Bold Russian-filly.


2.30 pm: Top The Star 1. Rush 2. April Ace 3.
3 pm: Oscar 1. Cape Fear. Omni Presence 3.
3.30 pm: Tresorie 1. Winning Glory 2. Augill Castle 3.
4 pm: Soviet Song 1. Resist The Force 2. Bountiful Gesture 3.
4.30 pm: Winning Charm 1. Shoorveer 2. Exstream 3.
5 pm: Appleby 1. Our Ambition 2. Atomic Fusion 3.
5.30 pm: Another Crown 1. His Heirness 2. Zoracia 3.
Day�s Best: Tresorie
Double: Top The Star & Winning Charm

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