Dazzling start by Palmeiras
Following in Sachin Tendulkar�s �foot-steps�
Palmeiras coach: Best yet to come
Bagan win in a canter
City fast becoming most important centre: Anand
Rally stars arrive in city
Monsoon Cup/ �Harry� gets first call

Calcutta, Sept. 25: 
Palmeiras 4

For the first half-hour this sultry afternoon, a veritable football duel was on at the Salt Lake Stadium. Tata Football Academy (TFA) matched Palmeiras move for move and even came close to scoring twice. Thereafter, it was one-way traffic as the Brazilians flowed like a river.

The scoreline, in this IFA Shield group D fixture, was actually insignificant. It read 4-0 and could easily have been 8-0. What mattered was the unquestionable class of a team hailing from one of the greatest footballing nations.

So what if it�s their second string? A pity only about a couple of thousand people turned up at the huge ampitheatre to see Palmeiras� debut in this country.

Playing the 3-5-2 system with extreme flexibility, the team from Sao Paulo showed glimpses of everything that Brazilian soccer stands for. Magical ball control, skilful turning, swift inter-change of flanks and, above all, delightful passing.

It was the teenaged TFA boys who got into the rhythm early as Palmeiras made a nervous start � taking time to gauge their unknown opponents and the new conditions.

In the 12th minute, Avinash Thapa�s long aerial ball had Syed Rahim Nabi nodding goalwards, forcing an acrobatic save from Fernando Miranda. Minutes later, Krishna Tudu managed to outjump central defenders Douglas Martin dos Santos and Rogerio Cesar Possamal but his header went a foot wide.

The Tata boys� best move came in the 29th minute when Dipayan Majumdar and Avinash combined to set up Tudu free in the striking zone. In the clear, the little striker failed to pack any punch into his left-footer which landed safely in Miranda�s lap.

The tide turned once Renaldo de Souza found his touch on the left side of the midfield. In a space of three minutes before half-time, the creative 21-year-old medio set up two chances for Hilton Mauro Moreira and Robson to convert.

In the 43rd minute, Renaldo relayed the ball to the right for Robson to push it into the goalmouth. Viapiana went for the final touch and missed, but Moreira was on hand to do the needful.

At the stroke of half-time, Renaldo�s back-heel was promptly redirected to the goal by Robson with a stiff angular right-footer.

Within five minutes of the change of ends, it was 3-0 as Moreira struck his second off a rebound from a Prashant Jaggi goalline clearance.

It could have been 4-0 soon after, had Viapiana�s swerving grounder not missed the mark by a whisker. Renaldo had done the spadework again, shaking off two defenders with a clever body feint.

Viapiana too was on a song setting Gustavo Esteves free on the left with an incisive through ball. Esteves found Renaldo square to his right, but the player of the match faltered with his finishing.

There was no respite for the harried TFA defence, which didn�t know what had hit it.

On the hour, Robson and Renaldo worked in tandem to set Moreiro up with an absolute sitter. The striker, with a yawning goal in front, sent the ball ballooning well over the bar.

The fourth goal came in the 72nd minute, Celio Claudio hitting in another rebound. A couple of more opportunities came Palmeiras� way as TFA were totally out of steam. But the contented Brazilians decided to stop at four.


PALMEIRAS: Fernando Miranda, Robson Santos Barbosa, Douglas Martin dos Santos, Rogerio Cesar Possamal, Anderson Ferreira, Gustavo Esteves, Celio Claudio, Andre Fabiao Viapiana, Antonio Marcos Cabe (Fancis Jose da Silva, 46), Renaldo de Souza (Augusto Mendes, 70), Hilton Mauro Moreira (Fabio Francisco dos Santos, 70).

TFA: Manas Barua, Prashant Jaggi, Amjad Khan, Dipayan Majumdar, Santosh Singh, Akbar Singh, Avinash Thapa (B. Joshi, 65), Subhas Chakrabarty, Malswamtulunga, Syed Rahim Nabi, Krishna Tudu (Malsawma, 52).

Referee: Supriya Bhattacharjee.


Calcutta, Sept.25: 
Sachin Tendulkar is already wearing an �orthotic�, a computer designed insole. Now, 11 teammates will have to do the same.

Thankfully, they will be wearing one before a lay off-inducing injury � a scenario much different from Sachin�s experience.

This was revealed by the Indian team�s physio, Andrew Leipus, when contacted by The Telegraph in Johannesburg this morning.

�It�s basically a preventive measure, aimed at eliminating the chance of a foot injury� Only Virender Sehwag and Reetinder Singh Sodhi don�t require the special insole,� Leipus added.

The custom-made �orthotic� will be ready in a few days, which means the Indians will be wearing them before the first match of the tour (October 1).

That so many Indians need to take precautions was diagnosed by eminent foot specialist Frank Dudawitz yesterday.

Sachin, it may be recalled, consulted Dr Dudawitz last month, when in the process of taking expert opinion on his foot injury. As it turned out, Sachin missed seven weeks of international cricket.

Incidentally, the injury-prone Ajit Agarkar, who didn�t leave with the rest of the squad late on Sunday, is likely to be examined as soon as he lands in South Africa.

The Indians not only had a one-on-one with Dr Dudawitz (at the Centre for Sports Medicine), but met bio-mechanics specialist Jannie Klingbiel as well.

According to Leipus, who has himself worked at the Centre, Dr Klingbiel�s opinion will be known �in a few days.�

The Indians spent almost six hours at the Centre, in two batches, setting a precedent for an engagement with a difference on the very first day of any overseas tour.

The Centre, which isn�t far from the stand-out Wanderers (where the Indians began training today), has been acclaimed for its scientific method of assessing sportspersons� fitness.

Meanwhile, speaking exclusively, coach John Wright informed he will �explore the possibility� of training for two days (September 28, 29) at Centurion, which isn�t far from Jo�Burg.

Centurion will host the India versus South Africa tri-series game on October 10, as also the third and final Test (November 23-27).

If the preparatory �camp� at Centurion works out, the Indians will train in Jo�Burg till September 27 only. September 30, in any case, is listed as an off-day.


Calcutta, Sept. 25: 
Though Palmeiras beat TFA hands down at the Salt Lake Stadium today, the Brazilians weren�t exactly ecstatic with their IFA Shield debut. The general mood in their camp was: �We can play better.�

In fact, coach Humberto Gomes Ferreira explained at length why his team wasn�t in full bloom. �This is our first match after a long time and it takes time to settle down in a different time zone and in new conditions,� he said through an interpreter. �Yes, we won by a big margin but lost a few chances too. The boys haven�t yet recovered fully from jet-lag.�

Ferreira, assistant coach of the Palmeiras senior team and a former understudy to Felipe Scolari, was all praise for TFA. �I was very impressed by the way TFA played in the first half. The boys were fit, they were fast, but had no one to provide the final pass,� Ferreira said picking Malswamtulunga for special mention.

Goalkeeper Fernando Miranda and medio Gustavo Esteves, the two English-speaking players, felt their team will improve in the next match. �We had problems with the humidity and the bounce today. We will be better in our next game (versus Bhratri Sangha on Saturday),� Esteves said.

National bowling

Satish Kumar led the professional category in the ColourPlus national bowling qualifiers at Nicco Super Bowl with a score of 1057 points. Prashant Surana (1004) and Anand Bhagcha (892) occupied the next two spots. In the Open category, Sulabh Harlanka led with a score of 558. followed by Sriva Daga (527) and Ravi Agarwal (463).    

Calcutta, Sept. 25: 
Mohun Bagan did not have to break a bead of sweat in whipping qualifiers Ever-Ready Association 3-1 in their IFA Shield match at home today. If they did concede a goal, it was because the defence was on a siesta, after the three-goal blitz put them so comfortably ahead.

Abdulateef Seriki opened the scoring in the ninth minute of the match, new recruit Colly Barnes added the second ten minutes later and old Brazilian hand Jose Ramirez Barreto added the third in the 44th minute.

Then, in the 12th minute of the second session of play Amit Das threw one back.

Mohun Bagan were clearly the dominant side, and there was little Ever-Ready did in the first session of play that could justify their qualification to one of the blue riband meets of the country. That also talks reams of the standard of such �blue riband� meets in the country today.

Barreto, playing withdrawn, was not in his best game-making mood this afternoon, but it was not stark in the backdrop of such puny opposition. Basudeb Mondal, as usual, moved the midriff around, and there was help from R.P. Singh up the left and James Singh�s overlaps. Why R.P. was later substituted remains a mystery. It was from a R.P. centre from the left in the ninth minute that Seriki shot home from close.

Then, ten minutes later, at the top of the Ever-Ready defensive third, Seriki tapped to Barnes, the Nigerian come-over from Abahani Krira Chakra of Bangladesh. Barnes collected easily, calmly dodged two defenders, swivelled round advancing goalkeeper Goutam Roy, and shot home a neat, rising volley.

Seriki sent a header off target in the 28th minute and then shot one out with the open goal in front. Nobody was minding, really, as Barreto virtually walked into the goal with a fine Amouri chip in the 44th minute. In the 12th minute of the second half Amit Das collected a loose ball and ran his heart out through a still defence line. He chipped in the reducer from close.


MOHUN BAGAN: Rajat Ghosh Dastidar, Dulal Biswas, Amouri Da�Silva, Debjit Ghosh, Rishi Kapoor, James Singh, Basudeb Mondal, Jose Ramirez Barreto, R.P. Singh (Bungo Singh, 46; Sumit Sengupta 68), Abdulateef Seriki, Colly Barnes (Amar Ganguly, 71).

EVER-READY ASSOCIATION: Goutam Roy, Debashish Hazra, Surajit Chakraborty (Amzad Ali Khan, 20), Ashoke Das, Dibakar Roy, Indrajit Dey, Zia-ur Rehman, Sumon Ghosh (Amit Das, 46), Shariful Islam, Dhiman Singha (Ajoy Karmakar, 78), Shyam babu Routh.

Referee: Jayanta Sarkar.


Calcutta, Sept. 25: 
World champion Viswanathan Anand today said he felt Calcutta was fast becoming the most important centre for chess in the country. Speaking at the prize distribution ceremony of the XIV The Telegraph Schools� Chess championship at Gorky Sadan, the Super Grandmaster said he was �happy to be back� in so much chess activity, �especially among kids.� He said only kids can develop such enthusiasm in this sport that is fast gaining great popularity.

The meet was held in association with Smithkline Beecham Consumer Healthcare Products, the makers of Horlicks, and organised by Alekhine Chess Club.

The gathering at Gorky Sadan auditorium observed a minute�s silence in memory of the five young chess kids � including B. Minoo, the current Asian under-10 girls� champion and Abhinav Mekhala, the former Asian under-10 boys� champion � who died in a road accident in Shakshigopal, 15km off Puri Sunday.

�I feel sad about the loss of such great young talent,� said Anand later. �All we can do is send out our condolences to the families of the deceased and pray for the fast recovery of those injured.�

Talking asides, he said that the New York and Washington disasters had not, �fortunately� affected any world chess programmes, except one in Bahrain, �because September-October is anyway lean months on the Fide calendar.�

It was a great occasion for Somak Palit of Mitra Institution (Bhowanipur) as he received the champion�s trophy from the world champion. It was also a great occasion for the St James� School boys, as they, led by their principal Terence Ireland, received the Best School award.

The function was attended, among others, by Asoke Ghosh, president Alekhine Chess Club.

Earlier in the day Anand fulfilled two NIIT commitments. He is the brand ambassador for NIIT.


(Read under Rank, Name, School, points and Prize, wherever applicable)

Main Category � 1. Somak Palit, Mitra Institution, Bhowanipur ,9.5, Rs 5000 +trophy; 2. Saptarshi Roy, Kumar Ashutosh Inst. (Main),9.5, 3000+trophy; 3. Debayan Majumder, St James School, Kolkata, 9.0, 2000+trophy; 4. Abhishek Das, Bharat Sevasram School Jamshedpur, 8.5 1500+cup; 5. Tanmoy Pattanayak, Mitra Institution Sealdah,8.5, 1200+cup; 6. Mary Ann Gomes, Loreto Day School Sealdah, 8.5, 1000+cup; 7. Joydeep Dutta, Kumar Ashutosh Inst. (DumDum), 8.0, 800+cup; 8. Supriya Maji, BAPLSB Vidyapith, Howrah, 8.0, 700 + cup; 9 Nishikant Mishra, BJEM School, Bhubaneswar, 8.0, 600+cup; 10. Ayan Lahiri, Lavan Hrad Vidyapith, 8.0, 500+cup; 11. Soumya Thakurta, St James, 8.0, cup; 12. Debaditya Sinha Biswas, Salt Lake Point School, 8.0, cup; 13. Samput Mullick, Holy Home, Hooghly, 7.5, cup; 14. Suman Basu, Madhyamgram HS, 7.5, cup; 15. Sourav Bose, Julien Day School, 7.5, cup; 16. Ritam Bhaumik, Modern English Academy, 7.5, cup; 17. Sankar Majumder, APC Vidyatan, 7.5, cup; 18. Swagatam Sengupta, Jodhpur Park Boys, 7.5, cup; 19. Rohan Vijay Shandilya, DBMS Career Academy, Jamshedpur, 7.5, cup; 20. N. Sashank Singh, Nichols HS, Assam, 7.5, cup.

Under-14 category � 1. Aniruddha Menon, La Martiniere for Boys, 7.5.; 2. Abinash Das, DAV School, Orissa, 7.5.; 3. Sudhasattwa Das, Don Bosco, 7.5.

Under-14 girls � 1. Abhishikta Pattnayak, Acharya Harihar School, Orissa, 7.0; 2. Shamima Akter Liza, BB Marium Girls School, Bangladesh, 6.5.; 3. Priyanka Das, HM HS, Hindmotor, 6.0.

Under-12 boys � 1. Minazuddin Ahmed Sagar, HAS Model HS, 7.5; 2. Souparno Ghosh, Don Bosco PC, 7.5; 3. Sourav Chakraborty, St James HS, 7.5.

Under-12 girls � 1. Priya Ratnam, BKKG School, Chhapra, 7; 2. Sriya Bhattacharya, UB Vidyamandir, 6.5; 3. Sharmin Sultana Shirin, BM Girls HS, Bangladesh, 6.0.

Under-10 boys � 1. Najir Arifin, RPL School, Bangladesh, 7.5; 2. Bharat Bhusan Mohanty, Vivekanand Shikshaya Kendra, 7.0; 3. Sandipan Chatterjee, Sree Jain Vidyamandir, Howrah, 7.0.

Under-10 girls � 1. Payel Guha, Holy Child, 7.0; 2. Shambhabi Patnaik, BS HS, Puri, 6.5; 3. Saranya Banerjee, Pratt Memorial, 6.0.

Under-8 boys � 1. Abhratanu Dutta, Salt lake School, 6.0; 2. Parag Hanni, BK Kidergarten (Bihar), 6.0; 3. Bitan Banerjee, Shree Ramkrishna Ashram Inst, Baruipur, 6.0.

Under-8 girls � 1. Pallabi Roy, IG Memorial, 6.5; 2. Mohana Sengupta, Kamala Girls, 6.0; 3. Chandrima Ghosh, DCC School, 6.0.

Under-6 boys � 1. Samrat Ghorai, Maria�s Day School, 6.0.

Under-6 girls � 1. Meghna Roy, La Martiniere for Girls, 3.5.


Calcutta, Sept. 25: 
The starting list of the Telegraph Maruti Esteem Monsoon Rally, to be held over two legs (Calcutta-Jamshedpur and Jamshedpur-Ranchi) on Friday and Saturday, will have 24 cars and 19 two-wheelers.

Except for four Maruti 800 cars, a Gypsy King and a Gypsy 410, the rest are Esteems. The two-wheeler section has a mix of Yamaha RX 135s, Suzuki Shoguns and even a CBZ.

South India champion Jagannath Balu (to drive a Maruti 800), is already in the city (navigator K.P. Siddhia Devraj) and so is K. Prasad (FMSCI A seed) and navigator Arumugam, the two-wheeler ace. They will be riding a Yamaha RX 135.

Annual carnival

The seventh Indian Life Saving Society annual sports carnival will be held from Saturday to October 7.

It was announced at a press meet today that all major clubs and companies of the city are expected to take part in the nine-event fun and frolic.

The events on show will be air rifle shooting, motor rally, aquatics (non-serious), bridge, carom, darts, five-a-side cricket, four-a-side soccer and table tennis.


Calcutta, Sept. 25: 
There are only four runners in the in tomorrow�s main event the 2,000m Monsoon Cup but a close contest is expected between the Bharath Singh-trainee Alkido and the John Stephens-ward Harry The Horse. However, going by his last winter�s performance in the Bengal Area Cup over an identical trip, the Twist And Turn-Knightsbridge four-year-old gelding gets the first call. In that race, in spite of his more than 10-kg weight disadvantage, the Harry had performed creditably against Lockers Park and Alkido. Rutherford Alford partners the Stephens- horse.

Read as: Horse number, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:

1st Race at 1.35 p.m.

Mercury Handicap 1,100m (Cl III�Rated 44-72)
1 2020 Winning Hand [Javed] M. Reuben 60.5 4
2 4443 Endless Surprise [Bharath] C. Alford 59.0 1
3 0000 Sadaf [Daniel] B. Gurang 55.0 2
4 3220 Kargil Soldier [Stephens] Rutherford A. 54.0 6
5 0404 Santillana [Daniel] N. Connorton 54.0 3
6 1000 Master Bold [Vijay] A. P. Singh 53.0 5

1. Endless Surprise (2) 2. Kargil Soldier (4) 3.Santillana (5)

Endless Surprise: A good third in her last start. May win. Kargil Soldier: Ignore his last run. May do better. Santillana: Upset, if any.

2nd Race at 2.15 p.m.

Balam Cup 1,400m (Cl III, Rt. 44-72)
1 - - - 0 Midas Touch [Daniel] D. Locke 61.0 7
2 - - - 0 Pearl Dragon [Daniel] B. Gurang 58.0 2
3 0231 Ballet Master [Daniel] N. Connorton 56.5 6
4 1000 Peace Envoy [Daniel] G. Upadhya 55.5 9
5 2134 Starina [R. Alford] Asghar 55.5 4
6 2042 Mr. Bombshell [Daniel] Dalpat S. 54.5 8
7 - - 00 Azurica [Javed] R. Gowli 53.5 5
8 3321- Regency Times [Daniel] Md Yasin 51.0 3
9 0100 On The Bit[Stephens] Rutherford A. 50.5 1

1. Ballet Master (3) 2. Reg-ency Times (8) 3. Azurica (7)

Ballet Master: An easy winner of the Independence Cup. May strike again. Reg-ency Times: Merits regard being the youngest in the field Azurica: Upset, if any.

3rd Race at 2.45 p.m.

Fair Manzar Handicap 1,800m (Cl V, Rt. 00-28) � Indian jockeys only
1 4433 Nearco Prince [Bharath] Md. Islam 60.0 6
2 2402 Alvernia [Bharath] M. Maseyk 58.5 7
3 4332 Ballard Lady [Daniel] B. Gurang 58.0 5
4 2124 Fencai [Javed] M. Reuben 58.0 4
5 0400 Royal Ruler [R. Alford] P. Alford 57.0 1
6 0001 Aventura [Bharath] S. Rabani 56.0 3
7 - 424 Keep The Faith [Jaiswal] Som S. 53.0 2

1. Keep The Faith (7) 2. Aventura (6) 3. Alvernia (2)

Keep The Faith: Let down as a short-priced favourite. Deserves another chance. Aventura: Won well. May do it again. Alvernia: Good at the weights. May. surprise.

4th Race at 3.15 p.m.

Monsoon Cup 2,000m (Cl I;Cl II eligible�Rt. 66-94)
1 0240 Allosaki [Vijay] S. Shanker 60.0 2
2 4044 Illustrious Reign [Jaiswal] V. Jaiswal 57.5 3
3 2101 Alkido [Bharath] C. Alford 53.5 4
4 2002 Harry The Horse [Stephens] Rutherford A. 48.0 1

1. Harry The Horse (4) 2. Alkido (3) 3. Allosaki (1)

Harry The Horse: Beat Alkido last winter in spite of uneasy terms. Weight now grossly in favour. Alkido: Looking improved since last winter. Allosaki: May place.

5th Race at 3.50 p.m.

Sermon Handicap 1,400m (Cl IV�Rt. 22-50) � Indian jockeys only
1 2410 Beau Bruno [Stephens] M. Reuben 60.0 7
2 2000 Alborada [Daniel] S. Shanker 58.0 8
3 - - - 3 Flamebird [Javed] R. Gowli 55.0 3
4 - - - 0 Bay Dragon [Daniel] B. Gurang 54.5 4
5 4134 Black Mane [Karki] A. P. Singh 54.0 5
6 0340 Pneumatic Power [Daniel] R. Ahmed 52.5 9
7 4344 Scavenger�s Son [Daniel] Dalpat S. 52.5 1
8 0303 Global Harmony [Mujeeb] Rutherford A. 49.0 2
9 0230 Tsaynen Blue [Javed] S. Salam 48.5 6

1. Flamebird (3) 2. Black Mane (5) 3. Global Harmony(8)

Flamebird: A better class and breed compared to rest in the field. Black Mane: Ignore his last run. Capable of doing better. Global Harmony: May place.

6th Race at 4.25 p.m.

Prawn Curry Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV�Rt. 22-50) � Indian jockeys only
1 - - - 0 Red Cordon [Daniel] Gajender S. 61.0 7
2 - - - - Brave Show [Bharath] S. Rabani 56.0 5
3 2041 Secret Adversary [Daniel] Dalpat S. 56.0 8
4 - - - 0 Sergeant Slipper [Daniel] R. Ahmed 56.0 3
5 3314 Flying Power [Karki] A. P. Singh 55.0 6
6 3430 Storm Trooper [Karki] P. Kujur 54.0 1
7 0012 Tequila Shot [Bath] S. Shakner 53.5 4
8 4000 The Stud [Javed] G. Upadhya 53.0 11
9 2400 Just Kidding [R. Alford] S. Tamang 52.5 2
10 2010 Aliqa [Javed] M. Reuben 52.0 10
11 - - - 0 Impressive Prince [Daniel] Md. Yasin 50. 9

1. Secret Adversary (3) 2. Tequila Shot (7) 3. Aliqa (10)

Secret Adversary: An easy winner, though well penalised. Could score an encore. Tequila Shot: Second to Regency Times. May do better. Aliqa: May place.

Day�s Best: Endless Surprise

Double: Harry The Horse & Secret Adversary

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