Start with a difference in SA
Bid for hattrick and high hopes
Bhratri hold Tollygunge
32 teams for police meet
CRA awaits IFA action
Lawrence A takes lead
Pune Raccing / Angara may come good
Pune Racing/ Vivienne romps home
Calcutta Racing/ Freedom Warrior impresses

Calcutta, Sept. 15: 
For the South Africa-bound Sourav Ganguly and teammates, the Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald test will come later.

Within hours of landing in Johannesburg on September 24, the Indian team will have its first appointment with two experts in the field of medicine: Foot specialist Frank Dudawitz and bio-mechanics top gun Jannie Klingbiel.

According to team physio Andrew Leipus, who spoke to The Telegraph from (adopted home) Jo�Burg, all 15 players will have a one-on-one with Dr Dudawitz, who has prescribed the special �orthotic� insole for Sachin Tendulkar.

That done, the team will have a session with Dr Klingbiel. Like Dr Dudawitz, the bio-mechanics expert has his chamber at the well-known Centre for Sports Medicine, incidentally not far from the Wanderers.

The initiative for both appointments has been taken by Leipus, a pointer to the professional manner in which this Australian citizen handles his brief.

�It�s not that some of the players need immediate advice from specialists, but a few are flat-foot

ed and a general examination by Dr Dudawitz won�t do anybody any harm. On the other hand, if somebody actually has a problem, which hasn�t surfaced till now, the needful can be done. So�

�As for Dr Klingbiel, he will assess whether somebody has an imbalance� Muscle-strength, shoulder-power, the knees� The key areas will all be put to test. If a player needs to work on something specific, he�ll be told about it by the expert himself,� Leipus pointed out.

He added: �Indeed, as the assessment will be scientific, who stands where (on the fitness scale) will definitely be better known than at the moment.�

All very good, of course. Only, what if the double-examination throws up something disturbing?

Incidentally, the Board has assigned Leipus the responsibility of doing the �spadework� for the conditioning camp, in Jo�Burg itself, from September 25-30.

Obviously, it�s going to be a camp with a difference � for one, there will be no probables � and full marks to coach John Wright for the suggestion.

The tour proper begins October 1, with a one-day match against Nicky Oppenheimer�s XI.

Leipus informed he has already spoken to the United Cricket Board of South Africa for �help� in organising the camp and the response has been very positive.

[Board secretary Jaywant Lele, contacted in Vadodara, revealed the expenses incurred by the team�s early arrival will be deducted by the hosts when the guarantee money is transferred.]

Leipus has also spoken to the Gauteng (formerly Transvaal) coach, Mark O�Donnell, and the Wanderers-based provincial side�s bowlers may help at nets.

In any case, on a regular basis, there should be a complement of bowlers from South Africa�s high-profile development programme.

Leipus, who will be in India on Thursday (to supervise the many fitness tests), indicated the six-day camp will have two sessions daily. The mornings will be devoted to physical training, fielding and running between wickets; nets proper will be in the afternoon.

No build-up to any series overseas has been as professionally chalked out as this one. It remains to be seen, though, how different will India�s on-field performance be.


Calcutta, Sept. 15: 
Back in 1992, a six-year-old boy walked up to the dais at Gorky Sadan to receive the Best Under-8 Player prize in The Telegraph Schools� Chess Championship from Sunil Gavaskar.

Today at 15, Saptarshi Roy is the favourite to win the championship for a record third time in succession. The top seed, with an Elo rating of 2220, is in fact eager to create a record in India�s biggest school chess competition the final leg of which begins tomorrow.

�My aim is to score 11 out of 11. I want to increase my Fide rating here,� said Saptarshi � a student of Dum Dum Kumar Ashutosh Institution (Main).

Saptarshi�s closest rival this time, second seed Somak Palit of Mitra Institution, is equally determined to excel in the prestigious meet organised by Alekhine Chess Club. With a rating of 2207, Somak has done well recently.

Somak�s rating is likely to go up to 2270 in the next list to be released by Fide in October. �I think, the chances are fifty-fifty, between me and Saptarshi. Rohan Vijay Shandilya of Jamshedpur is another contender but he is not in very good form,� opined Somak.

Rohan, a student of D.B.S. Career Academy, admits his performance has not been too good in the recent past. He had won the Best Game prize last year.

Qualifiers from the Jamshedpur, Bhuvaneshwar and Guwahati legs arrived today. The Bangladesh Chess Federation is sending five players who are expected tomorrow.

Three visually challenged players from the Louis Braille Memorial School for the Sightless (Uttarpara) are also taking this tournament very seriously.

Sudip Rajbanshi, a class II student, had scored 4.5 points in this meet last year. Ganesh Kisku and Naresh Pramanik will be playing here for the first time.

School principal Pankaj Kumar Das, also the secretary of the Indian Braille Chess Federation, is trying hard to promote chess in the school.

�Chess is the only game where the visually challenged can compete with normal players. It gives them an opportunity to integrate in the mainstream,� he said.


Calcutta, Sept. 15: 
Two beautifully executed goals were in sharp contrast to pedestrian soccer that was witnessed during the Super Division championship leg clash between Tollygunge Agragami and Bhratri Sangha at Salt Lake Stadium today.

Christian Okolonko put Bhratri Sangha ahead into the seventh minute of the second half and Moses Owira scored the equaliser for Tollygunge Agragami 12 minutes from time.

Both teams sparkled on occasions as they took time to gauge the opponents� strengths and weaknesses in the first half. Sabbir Ali�s team, however, had the first chance to test the rivals� custodian when Abdul Khalique�s shot was palmed away over the crossbar by Tollygunge goalkeeper Sandip Nandy.

Amal Dutta�s side retorted with a couple of late inroads in the first half, but poor finishing of his frontline denied Tollygunge a lead.

In the 40th minute, Akeem Abulanle failed to tab in from close range and on the stroke of halftime, a Sashthi Duley�s header was saved on the goalline by Bhratri defender Babun Kar.

And that�s all on offer to write home about as the match was reduced to a cranky exhibition of miss passes and muddle in the middle.

Christian drew the first blood, somewhat against the run of play, through a beautiful movement. Iranian Safa Abdul Hamid exchanged a couple of passes with Babun before releasing a through which pierced the Tollygunge rearguard. Christian received the ball on the edge of the box, turned in and feigned past a defender before placing the ball coolly to the left of Sandip.

After a number of ill-directed attempts, Tollygunge finally found the mark when it was least expected. Arun Malhotra headed back a Duley cross from right wing to Moses, who came up with an excellent bicycle kick. The ball struck the inner edge of the left post to sink into the net, leaving Shanti Majumdar befuddled.

After eleven matches, Tollygunge are now in third place with 23 points and Bhratri Sangha on 19.


BHRATRI SANGHA: Shanti Majumdar, Babun Kar, Arun Malhotra, A.H. Dikash (Goutam Debnath, 43), Momocha Singh (Soumen Sarkar, 43), Bastab Roy, Palash Karmakar, Safa Abdul Hamid, Dipankar Biswas, Abdul Khalique (Mohammed Kaizer, 66), Christian Okolonko.

TOLLYGUNGE AGRAGAMI: Sandip Nandy, Riazul Mustafa (Basudeb Das, 85), Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, Partha Sarathi Dey, Biswanath Mondal, Debkumar Sansmal (Srikrishna Ghosh, 14), Nazimul Haq (Surojit Das, 59), Khemtang Paite, Sashthi Duley, Moses Owira, Akeem Abulanle.

Referee: Sukriti Dutta.


Calcutta, Sept. 15: 
Thirty two teams from different states, Union Territories and Central Police Organisation will be seen in action at the all India police football championship, beginning at Salt Lake Stadium tomorrow.

The 15 day-long meet will feature 70 matches, to be played at three SAI grounds, apart from the Salt Lake Stadium.

This is the golden jubilee year of the championship.


Calcutta, Sept. 15: 
The Calcutta Referees� Association (CRA) wants to �wait and watch� the parent body�s action on the assault by George Telegraph officials on their tent during a Super Division match last month.

�We will wait and watch what action the IFA takes. If the IFA disciplinary committee fails to punish the guilty by September 18, we�ll think otherwise,� CRA secretary Kamal Sarkar said today. The CRA discussed the matter today at its executive committee meeting.

The IFA is investigating and its next meeting is scheduled for September 18.


Calcutta, Sept. 15: 
The 32nd state bridge championship started at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra today. A record 84 teams took part in the Open Team event.

At the end of eight rounds Lawrence Club-A of Chandannagar, represented by S.Samaddar, Samar Chatterjee, Shankar Acharya, Swapan Dutta, Paban Agarwal and S.Ghosh, leads the field with 150 VP.

Teloijan, represented by Kamal Mukherjee, Pritish Kushari, Debashish Roy, Arvind Poddar, Sumit Mukherjee and Asim Mukherjee, is at second spot with 155 VP.

The third and fourth position was tied between Bivas Todi�s-IV and Roy and Ganguly�s-IV with 154 VP each.


Pune, Sept. 15: 
A close third to Tobler, who went on to win the Deccan Colt�s Stakes recently in Hyderabad, the Hoshiar Daji-trained Angara is fancied to win the Piaggio�s -Ape� September Handicap, the main event in the Pune race-card on Sunday. Pesi Shroff partners the Tecorno-Forlified three-year-old filly.


1.15 pm: Silver Sea 1. Zongrilla 2. Ride The Lightning 3.

1.45 pm: Adams Light 1. Romanza 2. Super Shakti 3.

2.15 pm: Beautiful Stranger 1. Proud Moment 2. Soliel 3.

2.45 pm: Ruffles 1. Accademia 2. Tactful 3.

3.15 pm: Killarney 1. Anthology 1. Running Royal 3.

3.45 pm: Angara 1. Nautilus 2. Roll of Dice 3.

4.15 pm: Twinkling Star 1. Zuhaak 2. Draculla 3.

4.45 pm: Prabhuti 1. Big Blaze 2. Smokin� Joe 3..

Day�s Best: Ruffles

Double: Killarney & Angara


Pune, Sept. 15: 
Vivienne, a well-bred three-year-old filly by No Louder out of Embraceable Slew from trainer Bezan Chenoy�s yard, raced away with the inaugural Fourth Estate Trophy, the main event at the Pune races held on Saturday. Aslam Kader partnered the winner.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Fabiha Plate 1,000m: (7-8-2) Rebel Countess (Rajendra) 1; Whirling Dervish 2; Val Rouge 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-2.5). Tote: Win Rs 124; Place: 34; 17; 18; Quinella: 214; Tanala: 2,556. Fav: Great Magician (1).

2. Malibu Plate 1,400m: (2-1-7) Palazzio (Kamlesh) 1� Razana 2; Star of Century 3. Won by: Dist; Dist; (1-25.3). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 11; 22; 40; Quinella: 49; Tanala: 367. Fav: Palazzio (2).

3. Manitou Trophy 1,200m: (7-3-2) Champagne Gold (M. Kharadi) 1; Prince Nicholas 2; Ally Mcbeal 3. Won by: 3/4; 2-3/4; (1-11.3). Tote: Win Rs 47; Place: 20; 13; 11; Quinella: 61; Tanala: 216. Fav: Ally Mcbeal (2).

4. Cordon Bleu Trophy 1,100m: (5-2-7) Days of Glory (Pradeep) 1; Anna Pavlova 2; Dream Lover 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 3-1/2; (1-6.9). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 13; 17; 17; Quinella: 70; Tanala: 318. Fav: Days of Glory (5).

5. Star of Gwalior Trophy 1,200m: (13-1-2) Forest Hunter (Chauhan) 1; Special Happening 2; Millenium Star 3. Not run: Royal Secret (8). Won by: Nk; 4-1/4; (1-7.9). Tote: Win Rs 119; Place: 27; 22; 100; Quinella: 347; Tanala: 34,357. Fav: Speed of Light (3).

6. Fourth Estate Trophy 1,200m: (9-2-3) Vivienne (Kader) 1; Riboletta 2; Aureus 3. Not run: Darth Vader (1). Won by: 5-1/2; 3/4; (1-12.5). Tote: Win Rs 52; Place: 14; 16; 11; Quinella: 115; Tanala: 382. Fav: Aureus (3).

7. Wiggles Plate 1,600m: (4-2-6) Philosopher (Kamlesh) 1; Sharpman 2; Speakeasy 3. Won by: 3-1/4; 3/4; (1-41.9). Tote: Win Rs 85; Place: 24; 11; 34; Quinella: 84; Tanala: 2,359. Fav: Sharpman (2).

8. Royston Rock Plate 1,200m: (2-4-9) Top Gun (Gallagher) 1; Star Alone 2; Golden Age 3. Not run: Dazzling Gold (3). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 10; 14; 110; Quinella: 20; Tanala: 435. Fav: Top Gun (2).

Jackpot: Rs 11,209; (C) Rs 3,363.

Treble: (i) Rs 389; (ii) Rs 1,247; (iii) Rs 602.


Calcutta, Sept.15: 
Freedom Warrior, Master Bold, Altiama and Magnifico were impressive from among the following horses seen exercising today morning:

Outer sand track

1,400m: Illustrious Reign (Rutherford) in 1-43s; (400m) 30s. Moved nicely. Abashed (A. P. Singh) and Artisia (C. Alford) in 1-49s; (400m) 33s. Former 5 lengths better.

800m: Cup of Life (C. Alford) in 57s; (400m) 28s. Fit. Black Mane (Amjad) in 1-0s; (400m) 29s. Desert Force (Amjad) in 58s; (400m) 29s. Chivalrous (Dalpat) and Aragrove (Rb) 56s; (400m) 28s. Former a length better. Freedom Warrior (C. Alford) and Master Bold (Amil) in 55s; (400m) 28s. They were level. Altiama (Amil) and Magnifico (C. Alford) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Former a length better. Azurica (Som S.) and Tsaynen Blue (Gowli) in 57s; (400m) 28s. Former was 4 ls better. Sky Command (Amil) and Carbon Copy (Bird) in 57s; (400m) 27s. Former far better. Charlene (Rabani) in 56s; (400m) 28s. Good. Global Harmony (Bird) and Rare Gold (C. Alford) in 58s; (400m) 28s. Former far better. Flying Scot (Som S.) in 57s; (400m) 28s. Fit. Stella Blue (Amil) in 59s; (400m) 28s. Calamint (C. Alford) in 58s; (400m) 27s. Unextended.

600m: Breakfast At Tiffany (Rabani) and Victoria Rose (Islam) in 43s; (400m) 28s. Former a length better. Former was handy, latter was pushed. Ammeter (Islam) and Aflicker (Rabani) in 42s; (400m) 27s. They were level. Both were handy.

400m: Keep The Faith (Jaiswal) in 31s.

Monsoon track

800m: Ace of Spades (Connorton) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Easy.

600m: Blessed Spirit (Jaiswal) in 44s; (400m) 26s.

Sand track

1,200m: Fencai (Upadhya) in 1-29s; (400m) 27s.

800m: Aliqa (Rb) in 55s;(400m) 27s. Easy. Peppy Mistress (Upadhya) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Gul (Smith) in 57s; (400m) 27s. Smokey Bear (Dalpat) in 58s; (400m) 28s. Rheinheart (Sha-nker) and Tequila Shot (G. Singh) in 53s; (400m) 27s. Former 3 ls better. They were pushed. Raaz (Rb) and The Stud (Gowli) in 53s; (400m) 25s. They were level. As A Rule (Som S.) in 57s; (400m) 29s. Jeypore (Shanker) and Reactor (G. Singh) in 57s; (400m) 29s. Former far better. Lightning Speed (Rb) in 57s;(400m) 29s. Floral Path (Shanker) in 56s; (400m) 27s. Gold Buck (Shanker) in 58s; (400m) 29s. Alumnus (Shanker) in 56s; (400m) 27s. Was urged. Maid To Measure (Engineer) in 58s; (400m) 28s. Bird�s Empire (Connorton) in 52s; (400m) 24s. Fit. Adeline (Locke) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Ardon (B. Gurang) in 56s; (400m) 27s. Peace Envoy (Kujur) and Alborada (Connorton) in 55s; (400m) 27s. They were level. Scarlet Raider (Jaiswal) in 57s; (400m) 27s. Harry The Horse (Rutherford) in 57s; (400m) 27s. Fit.

Gate practice

1,000m: (From 2,000-1000m): Arendal (Amil) and Aldridge (C. Alford) in 1-9s; First 600m in 40s. Both jumped well but former finished far ahead..


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