India have task cut out
Tollygunge held by CPT
Indu, Arup fall early
Four Goa clubs to stay away
Kaviguru Rally on Saturday
The Boxer makes debut
Mysore Races/ Vivid Dreams may strike
Calcutta Races/ Andrada shines

Calcutta, July 31: 
Stephen Fleming�s return didn�t boost New Zealand today but the Indians are hoping that the return of their captain, Sourav Ganguly, will have the desired effect tomorrow.

A Cammie Smith �victim�, Sourav will be back in the XI after a one-game suspension.

The Indians, in fact, have a straightforward agenda � to beat Sri Lanka in their penultimate tri-series match (tomorrow) and, then, tackle New Zealand in the last outing. Only a 100 per cent strike rate in the two games will ensure a place in the August 5 final. The hosts are already there.

The Indians, it is learnt, will make one change from the XI which defeated Sri Lanka on Saturday: Sourav for Amay Khurasia.

There were fears that V.V.S. Laxman had aggravated his knee problem during his Man of the Match award-winning effort the other day, but coach John Wright told The Telegraph that the three-day break had helped the middle-order bat.

�Laxman isn�t 100 per cent fit but the swelling, thankfully, is much less now,� Wright remarked, adding: �Laxman and the rest of the boys showed lots of character in our last outing. Well, we�ve got to keep up that approach....�

Asked whether the big Sri Lankan win today had, perhaps, made things just a trifle easier for India, Wright replied: �The calculations are simple � we�ve got to win both tomorrow and against New Zealand.�


Calcutta, July 31: 
Tollygunge 0
Bhratri 1

Calcutta Port Trust stopped the winning run of an erratic Agragami as they played out a goalless draw in a Super Division tie at Mohun Bagan ground today.

Tollygunge, who won all their four matches before today, are now on 13 points with Port on nine from six matches.

Tollygunge might have had a greater degree of ball-posession but Port produced more scoring chances than their fancied rivals.

Amal Dutta�s side survived a close shave in the tenth minute when a Sandip Ghosh corner was met in the air by Port�s Rabi Karmakar, but his header went inches over the crossbar.

The incident was just a warning but Tollygunge didn�t heed it as their error-prone halfline failed to stop CPT attacks.

Pradip Indu made an unchallenged solo run down the left, Tollygunge custodian Gopal Das (who played his first match as the first choice Sandip Nandy was redcarded against FCI), came out in time to claim the ball before an approaching Sandip Ghosh could get a head to it.

On the cusp of halftime, Gourav Dutta again dashed into the danger zone with no Tollygunge defender nearby, but the Port player could not control his run as Gopal blocked his way.

Port coach Prasanta Banerjee disturbed the fulcrum in Tollygunge attack right from the beginning as Shasthi Duley was closely marked by Santanu Chakraborty.

After the change of sides, Amal Dutta substituted Nazimul Haq and Adiyala Adeyara with Prahlad Rawat and Surojit Das, respectively, and opted a four-pronged attack to break the deadlock.

But there was a distinct lack of coordination among the Tollygunge forwards who hardly had any key to success in the Port defence. Apart from a Khemtang Paite header from close range, the Port goalkeeper had an easy day out under the bar.

Port could have taken the lead when Sandip�s 30-yard shot made Gopal stretch to his right to clear the danger and on another occasion, Pradip got enough space and time to enter the box but he hurried with his shot which went over the bar.

Sadique strikes

Bhratri Sangha rode a second-half Abdul Sadique strike to beat FCI 1-0 at Kishore Bharati ground in another Super Division tie today.

In the 60th minute, Bhratri won a freekick on the edge of the FCI box when Palash Karmakar was pulled down by FCI�s Rajib Ghosh. Sadique put the resulting free-kick in over the FCI wall.

In a First Division Group A match at East Bengal ground, WB Police beat Salkia Friends Association 2-0.


Calcutta, July 31: 
On a day of upsets, women�s top seed N.R. Indu, sixth seed Mantoo Ghosh and former national champion Arup Basak made early exits from the Servo National Ranking table tennis championships (East) at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra today.

Bengal�s Nandita Saha upset Indu in a thrilling 11-4, 14-12, 9-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-4 battle while second seeded Subhajit Saha came from a 1-3 game deficit to claim the match 11-9, 9-11, 10-12, 11-13, 13-11, 11-8, 11-6 in the pre-quarter finals.

Mantoo Ghosh was shocked by Sushmita Roy 4-11, 11-6, 6-11, 12-10, 6-11, 9-11.

Arup, who returned to the circuit after a six-month suspension, made a mess of his chances as he committed a number of unforced errors at crucial junctures to let his rival claw back into the match.

Having conceded the first game, Arup won the next three games in a row. He should have grabbed the match in the fifth game itself, but on serving at 11-10, he failed to convert an easy return into a matchwinner.

Subhajit lifted his baseline returns to new heights as he attacked an erratic Arup through long rallies. In the decider, Subhajit raced to a 10-4 lead. Arup tried to stage a fightback, but his efforts were not enough to halt the inevitable.

Top seed Soumyadeep Roy, third seed Shibaji Dutta and fifth-seed Chetan Baboor played to form in reaching the quarter finals of the men�s singles.

In women�s singles, Poulami Ghatak routed Madhumita Chowdhury 11-1, 11-3, 11-6, 11-4 while Mouma Das defeated Avanti Sinha 11-5, 11-4, 11-7, 11-8 to reach the last eight stage.

RESULTS (Singles)

Men (pre-quarters): Soumadeep Roy bt Dipak Thukral 11-7, 11-4, 11-8, 11-4; Arjun Dutta bt R. Rajesh 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-1, 11-4; A. Sarathkamal bt Bhushan Thakur 11-8, 11-7, 11-9, 14-12, 11-9; Shibaji Dutta bt Shubham Chowdhury 7-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-9, 11-4; Ranabir Das bt K.S. Chakravarthi 12-10, 2-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-5; Sourav Chakraborty bt Anirban Nandy 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-5; Chetan Baboor bt Amit Mukherjee 11-9, 15-13, 11-8, 11-9; Subhajit Saha bt Arup Basak 11-9, 9-11, 10-12, 11-13, 13-11, 11-8, 11-6.

Women (pre-quarters): Kasturi Chakraborty bt Visakha Vijay 12-10, 11-9, 11-6, 11-4; Susmita Roy bt Mantoo Ghosh 11-4, 6-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-6, 11-9; Mouma Das bt Avanti Sinha 11-5, 11-4, 11-8, 11-7; Mousumi Pal bt Anindita Chakraborty 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 12-10; Nandita Saha bt N.R. Indu 11-4, 14-12, 9-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-4; T. Pradeepa bt Minu Basak 11-5, 11-8, 12-10, 12-10; M.S. Mythili bt Sumona Bose 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 17-19, 11-8; Poulami Ghatak bt Madhumita Chowdhury 11-1, 11-3, 11-6, 11-4.

Girls (quarters): Sushmita Roy bt M. Aparna 11-5, 8-11, 5-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-8; Anushree Saha bt Madhurika Pathkar 11-7, 7-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7; Mousumi Paul bt J. Swarna 11-6, 11-8, 11-4, 9-11, 11-5; S. Sangeetha bt Moon Moon Basak 3-11, 12-14, 11-15, 15-13, 5-11, 12-10, 13-11.

Boys (quarters): Arunava Ganguly bt Snehashish Bhattacharjee 12-10, 8-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-6; Soumyajit Sarkar bt Jayanta Sarkar 11-7, 4-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-1; Subhadip Das bt Avijit Paul 11-8, 11-3, 11-6, 8-11, 4-11, 11-4; Amar Nath Das lost to Nilay Basak 8-11, 6-11, 5-11, 9-11.

Sub-jr boys (quarters): Amar Nath Das bt Devesh Karia 10-12, 3-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-4, 11-7; Kankojit Mondal lost to Soumyajit Sarkar 6-11, 9-11, 6-11, 6-11; Soumya Nandy bt Jayanta Sarkar 15-17, 5-11, 14-12, 11-9, 11-9, 11-2; Aniket Koparkar bt Sudipta Ghosh 11-2, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8, 11-7.


New Delhi, July 31: 
The Indian Professional Footballers� Association (IPFA), scheduled to meet at their chief Vijay Mallaya�s house in Bangalore Sunday will be missing four key members, from Goa.

Representatives of Salgaocar, Dempo, Vasco and Churchill Brothers have decided to boycott the meeting which is to discuss the players� transfer rulings and the fate of the Federation Cup scheduled between August 16 and 31.

The IPFA wants to adopt an agenda which wants the Federation Cup postponed due of poor marketing. The contention of the Goa clubs is that Alberto Colaco should be given time to sort out problems.

They feel he has been doing a satisfactory job and that a postponement of the Federation Cup would be futile at this juncture.

Meanwhile Colaco said that the marketing committtee meets in the capital Monday to finalise the sponsors for the forthcoming season.


Calcutta, July 31: 
The Servo-Kaviguru rally, in association with The Telegraph, will be held on Saturday.

Marking a change in the fourth edition of the rally, participants will start from Shantiniketan instead of here. Officials said 28 entries in the four-wheeler section and as many in the two-wheeler section have so far been received.

Among those to have confirmed entries are holders Jogendra Jaiswal and Biswajit Chaudhuri, veterans Bharat Parekh and Bharat Aurora and the seasoned Mitil Chakraborty and Prasanta Paul.

The event will be held in the time-speed-distance format over a stretch of 300 km. About 18 per cent of the route will comprise of unsealed surfaces. The winners in the four-wheeler category will be richer by Rs 40,000 with the champions in the two-wheeler section getting half the amount.


Calcutta, July 31: 
The Boxer, India�s first ever magazine about the game, made its debut today. The Bengal Amateur Boxing Federation has published the magazine in a move aimed at popularising the game, the organisation�s president Asit Banerjee said at a press conference today.

The magazine, to be published quarterly, is priced at Rs 15.

Omolaja signs for EB

Omolaja Olalekan signed for East Bengal today on a monthly-contract basis. The club will keep open the option of recruiting another foreign striker.

Nasser in squad

Bengal�s Jamal Nasser was named to the Indian squad for the August 30-September 4 junior Asian baseball meet in Taipei.

SQUAD: Suryanath, Anil Kr Nayak, Prem Bahadur, Balwant Singh, Tilak Dave, Ram Khiladi, Dilip Kumar, Deepak T.S., Pranob Kishore Mohanta, Shisant, Navhind, Sanjeev Kumar, Siddharth Pradhan, Sanath Reddy, Ravi Guliya, Harmol Singh, Varun Bansal and Jamal Nasser.


Mysore, July 31: 
The S. S. Pillay- trained three-year-old Vivid Dreams is fancied to win the 1,400m Whitefield Plate, the main event at the Mysore races on Wednesday. S. Rakesh partners the Classic Sport-Escada filly.


1.45 pm: Red Dash 1. Sword of Justice 2. Dreams of Ashwamedha 3.
2.15 pm: Ultima 1. Prince Zorro 2. Theondrice 3.
2.45 pm: Amazing Force 1. Storm Boy 2. Bessie 3.
3.15 pm: Galleon de Espania 1. Waves of Emotion 2.Anneex 3.
3.45 pm: Vivid Dreams 1. Estocade 2. Sun Reality 3.
4.15 pm: Golden Bell 1. Crown Ivory 2. Imperial Weapon 3.
4.45 pm: Royale Incarnate 1. Eyewitness 2. Savage Heart 3.
5.15 pm: Austin Jennings 1. Ratn 2. Empress of India 3.
Day�s Best: Vivid Dreams
Double: Amazing Force & Royale Incarnate

Calcutta, July 31: 
Andrada was impressive among the following horses worked today.

Outer sand track

1,400m: Victoria Waltz (C. Alford) and Master Bold (A. P. Singh) in 1-44s; (400m) 28s. Former was distance better. Andrada (A. P. Singh) and Alsheim (C. Alford) in 1-42s; (400m) 29s. Former a length better.

1,200m: Annella (C. Alford) in 1-28s; (400m) 27s. Easy. Merano (Rb) in 1-30s; (400m) 29s. Fit. Allaying (C. Alford) in 1-30s; (400m) 30s. Easy.

1,000m: Adorer (C. Alford) and Lady Shirley (Som S.) in 1-15s; (400m) 29s. Former was a distance better.

800m: Iron Warrior (Rb) in 1-0s; (400m) 29s. Wandering Warrior (C. Alford) 55s; (400m) 27s. Pushed. Annatto (C. Alford) in 1-1s; (400m) 30s. Easy.

Sand track

800m: Alumnus (P. Kumar) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Moved easy. Automatic (Brij S.) in 1-1s; (400m) 30s. Best In Show (Gowli) 58s; (400m) 28s. Mr. Bombshell (B. Gurang) in 59s; (400m) 29s. Ace of Spades (Yasin) in 1-1s; (400m) 29s. Stately Don (P. Kumar) in 59s; (400m) 29s. Ardon (Gowli) in 58s; (400m) 28s. Crimson King (B. Gurang) in 15; 1-0s; (400m) 28s. Tsavo (Amjad K.) in 1-2s; 400m) 28s. Storm Centre (Upadhya) in 56s; (400m) 27s.


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