Barreto return to boost Bagan
U-turn on manager for SA
State bridge
Calcutta Races/Ispahan wins Mamma�s Mink Cup
Mysore Racing/Shara for Madras Race Club Cup

Calcutta, Sept. 12: 
Oozing confidence, Mohun Bagan hope to maintain their winning streak when they take on Tollygunge Agragami in their second match of the Super Division championship leg at Salt Lake Stadium tomorrow.

The return of Jose Ramirez Barreto is sure to add more firepower to the Bagan forwardline, though, his absence had hardly made a difference in their tie versus Bhratri Sangha. They will, however, miss the services of the indisposed Hussain Mustafi.

A victory against Tollygunge and in their next game versus Calcutta Port Trust will clinch the title for the Federation Cup champions, their first in the last four years. Incidentally, they have won all their 14 matches in the League so far.

Bagan today released Rajat Ghosh Dastidar and R.C. Prakash for the SAF Games preparatory camp. Rennedy Singh and James Singh will get the go-ahead to join the camp after tomorrow�s match.

The return of Amal Dutta on the bench is sure to boost the morale of the Tollygunge players. Shasthi Duley will be back in action after missing the tie versus East Bengal because of injury.

Dutta was present at practice this morning and said they would be going into the match with a positive frame of mind, hoping to stop the Bagan juggernaut.

Rain mars play

Rain played spoilsport with two of the first division group B matches being called off because of unplayable ground conditions at the Mohammedan Sporting and Mohun Bagan grounds today. The teams involved were Taltala DS-Victoria SC and Md AC-Taltala Institute.

At the East Bengal ground, Aikya Sammilani beat Police AC by a M. Pandey goal.


Calcutta, Sept. 12: 
Board president Dr A.C.Muthiah�s U-turn on Shivlal Yadav�s appointment as manager for the South Africa tour has startled Board-watchers.

Hyderabad�s Yadav, who was offered the assignment last week, had even given his �consent� but, yesterday, Dr Muthiah chose to overturn Yadav�s appointment.

The manager will now be Madhya Pradesh�s Dr M.K. Bhargava. The Indian team leaves September 24.

�I happened to be in Chennai, yesterday, and was informed by the president that somebody else would be sent as I was required to be in India on September 29 (for the Board�s AGM, in Chennai)� I said that was fine with me,� Yadav told The Telegraph from Hyderabad this evening.

Yadav, a former India off-spinner and national selector, is the Hyderabad Cricket Association secretary and represents that body at Board meetings.

Asked whether the developments had something to do with the AGM, specifically the possibility of a Jagmohan Dalmiya-Dr Muthiah contest, Yadav laughed and answered: �It�s a fight between the bade log� Somebody like me doesn�t come into the picture��

Though the Dalmiya group is confident Yadav is with them, the offer of managership and its sudden withdrawal (sportingly accepted), has encouraged much speculation.

Indeed, it�s likely that Dr Muthiah has struck a deal with Yadav, whereby he could return as selector. That will mean the sacrificing of T.A. Sekar.

There is also considerable speculation over Dr Bhargava, vice-president of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association. After all, the Dalmiya group counts on him (too) as one of their own. The question doing the rounds is: Has Dr Muthiah actually made inroads into the rival camp?

Incidentally, Dr Bhargava was manager on the 1999-2000 trip to Australia. The team flopped, but his performance at least couldn�t be faulted.


Calcutta, Sept. 12: 
The 33rd state bridge championship will be held at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra and Calcutta Club Sports Complex from Saturday. Competition will be held in four events � Open teams, Open pairs, Categorised pairs and Open ladies� pairs � during the five-day tournament.    

Calcutta, Sept. 12: 
Barring the last two events, heavily supported horses won their respective events in today�s race-card. Alyssum completed the formality of winning the �terms� race and Secret Adversary followed the suit before the Bangalore-migrant Acklins sprinted home despite looking a trifle gross. Rescue Act, also a favourite, gave a galloping lesson to the last outing easy winner, Ascoril, over an 1,800m race. The 14-horse field the Mamma�s Mink Cup, that was packed with as many as nine runners from Daniel David�s yard, was an easy picking for the John Stephens-trained Ispahan on whom apprentice Rutherford Alford rode a well-judged race. Incidentally, the trophy was named after the horse who ridden to victory on the local turf by Richard Alford.

Amil suspended: Md Amil booted home two winners today � Acklins and Addab . However, the jockey was handed an eight-day suspension � from September 21 to 29 � following a September 5 pending enquiry which was conducted today by the stewards. On that day, in the Kinkajou Handicap, Amil on Albright had caused severe interfererence to Iron Warrior, ridden by apprentice Rao Dalpat Singh.


1. Orange William Cup 1,200m: (1-2-3) Alyssum (C. Alford) 1; Clarice Cliff (Rabani) 2; Merano (Amil) 3. Won by: 5-1/4; 3-3/4; (1-18.4). Tote: Win Rs 12; Quinella: 10. Fav: Alyssum (1). Winner trained by Vijay S.

2. Heiress Handicap 1,000m: (1-2-5-3) Secret Adversary (Connorton) 1; Finders Keepers (Rutherford) 2; Aberdan (Maseyk) 3; Calculus (Upadhya) 4. Won by: 2-1/2; 1-1/2; 6; (1-6.2). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 12; 19; Quinella: 25; Tanala: 67. Fav: Secret Adversary (1). Winner trained by Daniel D.

3. Bright Hanovar Handicap 1,100m: (3-5-1-4) Acklins (Amil) 1; Grecian Prince (Shanker) 2; Actuate (Surender) 3; Maltayar (Kujur) 4. Won by: 3/4; 7; Dist; (1-12.8). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 15; 67; Quinella: 124; Tanala: 762. Fav: Acklins (3). Winner trained by Vijay S.

4. Pussy Galore Handicap 1,800m: (3-1-4-2) Rescue Act (Rabani) 1; Ascoril (Rutherford) 2; Nearco Prince (Islam) 3; Scavenger�s Son (B. Gurang) 4. Won by:6; 5-1/2; Dist; (2-1.2). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 11; 14; Quinella: 15; Tanala: 45. Fav: Ascoril (1). Winner trained by Bharath S.

5. Mamma�s Mink Cup 1,400m: (12-11-8-5) Ispahan (Rutherford) 1; Ashbury (Amil) 2; Added Asset (Shanker) 3; Soviet Port (Rabani) 4. Won by: 1-1/2; 2-1/2; 3; (1-30.2). Tote: Win Rs 126; Place: 28; 22; 18; Quinella: 278; Tanala: 5,379. Fav: Soviet Port (5). Winner trained by J. Stephens.

6. Noble Fairy Handicap 1,000m: (5-2-4-7) Addab (Amil) 1; Crimson King (Dalpat S.) 2; Tajik (Rutherford) 3; Mr. Bombshell (R. Ahmed) 4. Won by: 1/2; 1-1/4; 1; (1-6.1). Tote: Win Rs 132; Place: 25; 13; 12; Quinella: 222; Tanala: 976. Fav: Tajik (4). Winner trained by Mujeeb R.

Jackpot: Rs 17,232; (C) Rs 495.

Treble: (i) Rs 95; (ii) Rs 4,143.

Mysore, Sept. 12: 
Sencai and Shara, the two consistant performer look best of the eleven to fight out the issue in the 1,200m Madras Race Club Cup, tomorrow�s feature event. However, going by their workouts, the Darashah-ward Shara with K. P. Appu in the saddle, appears to hold a slight edge.


2 pm: Gordon�s Pet 1. Russian Art 2. Beverly Babe 3.
2.30 pm: Renzino 1. Squeeze 2. Savage Heart 3.
3 pm: Bold Commander 1. Beauty Castle 2. Free World 3.
3.30 pm: Splendid View 1. Starry Halo 2. Caesarr 3.
4 pm: Shara 1. Sencai 2. Scenic Bay 3.
4.30 pm: Atomic Fusion 1. Akasaka 2. Spectacular Style 3.
5 pm: Augill Castle 1. Gullane 2. Compliance 3.
5.30 pm: Pharoah 1. Medwin 2. Sound Profit 3.

Day�s Best: Bold Commander

Double: Renzino & Atomic Fusion

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