England hit city tomorrow
Shome century helps Aryan draw with Bagan
Sports bonanza on TV
Punjab Police �no� to date for Bagan match
Mukesh leads jointly with Ali Sher
U-17 meet shifted to city
Mumbai Racing/ Our Dynasty for �Million�
Mumbai Racing/ Courbette romps home
Calcutta Races/ 8 events in Saturday card

Calcutta, Jan. 9: 
The English cricketers will land in the city Friday morning for the six-match one-day series against India beginning at the Eden Gardens later this month.

The squad arrives by a British Airways flight from London and will practise at CC&FC the next afternoon, according to the schedule available with the CAB. The kits of the players arrived today from Mumbai.

The players, who will be in the city till the opening game on January 19, will take part in a warm-up match versus Bengal XI at the CC&FC on January 17. No spectators will be allowed entry to the ground that day.

The renovated H block will accommodate Rs 700 ticket-holders while H1, C1, C2 and F1 blocks will seat Rs 500 subscribers. Fans with Rs 400 tickets will have to watch the action from D, D1 and J blocks.

The CAB will start distribution of tickets for the January 19 one-dayer from Saturday. Tickets to the various affiliated units and clubs of CAB will be distributed on Saturday and Sunday.

Monday and Tuesday have been earmarked for distribution to players and other officials. Tickets for the associate, annual and other members of the CAB will be distributed on Wednesday and Thursday.

Tight security will be in place at the Eden. Spectators will not be allowed to carry water bottles for the day-night ODI. Instead, they will have to make do with pouches that will be available inside the stadium. This arrangement was in place during the Test versus Australia last year.

Meanwhile, CAB has booked two cabins in all city hospitals for any emergency from Friday till the end of the match, according to Shibu Dutta, chairman CAB medical unit.

Umpires for Eden ODI

Umpires for the first ODI will be S.K. Sharma and K. Harinarayan. S.N. Banderkar will be the third umpire while L.P. Verma will be the reserve umpire.


Calcutta, Jan. 9: 
Goutam Shome hit an unbeaten 104 to help Aryan salvage a draw against Mohun Bagan in their CAB League game today.


Mohun Bagan 307. Aryan 246/7 (Goutam Shome 104 n.o.; Shib Sundar Pal 6/50). Match drawn.

Burnpur CC 260. Taltala Institute 263/4 (Samir Pal 75, Mrinal Dey 73). Taltala won by 6 wkts.

Mohanlal 194. Rajasthan 198/5 (Amit Jaiswal 54 n.o., Soumya Dey 52 n.o.). Rajasthan won by 5 wkts.

BNR 218. Sporting Union 151 (Snehashish Pal 46, Chiranjib Guha 5/44; Arindam Bhattacharya 3/64). BNR won by 67 runs.

Eastern Railway 371/8. Ballygunge United 253/3 (Khurshid Ahmed Khan 102, Soumen Bhattacharya 100 n.o.). Match drawn.

City AC 356. YMCA (College) 299 (Vikash Mansatta 101; M.N. Routh 4/107). City won by 57 runs.

Netaji Subhas Inst. 371/8. George Telegraph 308 (Subhranil Shome 105; Amit Mitra 5/60). Netaji Subhas won by 63 runs.

Inter-state squash

Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu moved into the semi-finals of the inter-state squash championship at the CRC today. Maharashtra trounced Services 5-0, Tamil Nadu got past Delhi �A� 3-2. Delhi �A� also made the last four as the second team from the pool. Maharashtra will clash with Delhi �A�, Services will meet Tamil Nadu.

In other matches, Bengal �A� overcame Delhi �B� 4-1 and Bengal �B� outplayed UP 5-0 but the victories came too late for the hosts.

Primary school meet

Mohammed Shamim emerged champion in the boys� high jump in the 20th annual district sports meet organised by Calcutta District Primary School Council at St Thomas School ground today.

OTHER WINNERS: BOYS � Long jump, group C: Baidyanath Hembram; group A: Jiban Krishna Ghosh. GIRLS � Long jump, group A: Aparna Debnath; group C: Moumita Panigrahi; group B: Papiya Bhattacharjee; shot put (group A): Rinku Pal.


Calcutta, Jan. 9: 
ESPN Star Sports will continue with its interactive and live coverage of sporting events from across the globe during the year.

The bonanza will include 261 days of live international cricket and final rounds of the English Premier League, Uefa championship, Uefa Cup, Spanish league and Italian Serie A. The Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open plus the ATP Masters Series, Formula I Grand Prix, NBA basketball, Thomas and Uber Cup will also be covered.

At a press conference today, ESPN Star Sports managing director Manu Sawhney said �the coverage will include 82 days of Indian cricket action�. This will include the tours of the West Indies, England and New Zealand.

No live coverage

Brushing aside IFA claims that ESPN would telecast the Super Division League and IFA Shield live, Sawhney said they were still committed to �showcasing more number of capsules for the local games while keeping other options open�.


Calcutta, Jan. 9: 
The proposed National Football League (NFL) match between Mohun Bagan and Punjab Police in the city next week has been postponed and the visitors will not stay back after playing against Tollygunge Agragami this Sunday, IFA joint secretary Ranjit Gupta said today.

�We originally planned to hold the match on January 15 since Punjab Police will be in the city at that time,� Gupta said.

�However, since the date clashes with the Ganga Sagar fair leading to non-availability of adequate security for the match, we decided to hold it on January 18. But Punjab Police have refused to play on that day and will be returning after Sunday,� he said.

EB dangerous: Pereira

Meanwhile, Vasco coach Derick Pereira feels East Bengal are more dangerous than Mohun Bagan. �There are a number of individual talents in Mohun Bagan. But we fear East Bengal more as they�re dangerous as a team, � Pereira said.

Vasco, who drew with Mohun Bagan Monday, will take on the defending champions Friday.

East Bengal suffered a jolt with Jo Paul Ancheri injuring his left leg during practice today. �He�s unlikely to play,� coach Manoranjan Bhattacharya said.

Salgaocar stop ITI run

Former champions Salgaocar halted ITI�) winning run, defeating them 3-0 at Margao�s Nehru Stadium today to move to the top of the table, reports PTI.

Salgaocar, who have 12 points from seven ties, displaced Mahindra who also have 12 points but have played a match less.


Calcutta, Jan. 9: 
Mukesh Kumar continued his dominance of the Tour and perched himself atop the leader-board along with Ali Sher today after the opening round of the Rs 10-lakh Hero Honda Golf Open, being played in Pune. The duo tallied two-under 69 apiece.

Defending champion, city golfer Firoz Ali, Lucknow�s Vijay Kumar and Digvijay Singh of Meerut were tied third, one-stroke behind the leading duo at one-under 70.

Tied sixth at level-par 71 were five players, including Calcutta�s Mohammed Salim and SSP Chowrasia.

Irina maintains lead

Irina Brar and M. Halwasiya maintained their lead in the gold and silver divisions carding 147 and 177 respectively at the West Bengal amateur golf championships at the RCGC today.

LEADING SCRATCH SCORERS: Gold Division � I. Brar (147), 2. A. Chopra (149), 3. P. Garewal (152). Silver Division � M. Halwasiya (177), 2. R. Sen (181), 3. B. Agarwal (183). Bronze Division � S.K. Mehra (139), 2. S.S. Kohli (139), 3. S.C. Mohtab (142). West Bengal Challenge Cup � 1. C. Das, 2. A. Sen, 3. M. Halwasiya.


Calcutta, Jan. 9: 
The venue of the second Jayanti Biswas Memorial (under-17) football meet, starting from Saturday, has been shifted from Haldia to the SAI Eastern Centre.

SAI regional director Somen Chaudhuri said the decision was taken in view of the newly-elected SAI director general Sekhar Dutta�s visit to the city at that time. �Apart from this, last year�s champions Mohun Bagan are not participating this year, which is a huge disappointment for the people of Haldia,� he added.

Twelve teams � East Bengal, Mohammedan Sporting, IFA sub-division junior team, Bengal Football Academy, Vivekananda Sports Academy, inter-sub-division champions Barasat, SAI Training Centre, SAI Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Society for Sports Promotion (Haldia), Sukantanagar and Rajput Junior FC (South 24 Pgs) � will play in two groups from January 12 to 18.

Meanwhile, organisers in Haldia have approached the IFA to host a six-team international football meet in early May.


Mumbai, Jan. 9: 
Dallas Todywalla�s Our Dynasty, with N. McCullagh to partner, may win the Dashmesh And Hargobind Stud Million in Mumbai on Thursday.


2 pm: Bud Royale 1. Handsome Lad 2. Pique 3.
2.30 pm: Soviet Lake 1. Line of Control 2. Dream Lover 3.
3 pm: Knighted 1. Dominant Force 2.
3.30 pm: Lisianski 1. Tio Pepe 2. Whirling Dervish 3.
4 pm: Our Dynasty 1. Shamaal 2. Noble Executive 3.
4.30 pm: Super Cop 1. Star Guest 2. Super Opera 3.
5 pm: Fluency 1. Speed of Light 2. Meringue 3.
5.30 pm: Kazakh 1. Goblet of Fire 2. Secret Obsession 3.

Day�s Best: Bud Royale

Double: Our Dynasty & Kazakh

Owing to unavoidable circumstances, there will be no Inter-state betting at the Calcutta racecourse on Thursday, according a RCTC notification.


Mumbai, Jan. 9: 
Ridden by Malesh Narredu, Courb-ette from D. Todywalla�s yard, scored an easy victory in the Prince Khartoum Trophy in Mumbai on Wednesday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Mrinal Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (4-10-1) Begonia (Gharat) 1; Big Bang 2; Winning Melody 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-26.9). Tote: Win Rs 251; Pla-ce: 84; 25; 13; Quinella: 731; Tanala: 31,630. Fav: Winning Melody (1).

2. Prince Khartoum Trophy 1,200m: (3-6-5) Courbette (M. Narredu) 1; Divyakiran 2; Dancing Eve 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 2-3/4; (1-13.4). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 11; 14; 15; Quinella: 28; Tanala: 59. Fav: Courbette (3).

3. Loyal Lady Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (1-5-6) Foreign Connection (Kharadi) 1; Royal Standard 2; Tagamet 3. Won by: Hd; 1-1/4; (1-13.8). Tote: Win Rs 43; Place: 18; 18; 48; Quinella: 114; Tanala: 1,962. Fav: Foreign Connection (1).

4. J. Robinson Plate 1,000m: (4-7-3) Attia In Sunlight (Aadesh) 1; Twinkling Star 2; Majestic Crown 2; 3. Won by: 2-3/4; SH; (1-1.4). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 12; 85; 15; Quinella: 295; Tan-ala: 1,495. Fav: Attia In Sunlight (4).

5. Aware Plate 2,000m: (4-2-5) Salt Lake (Shroff) 1; Bookie�s Delight 2; Tap On Power 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 1-3/4; (2-5.6). Tote: Win Rs 32; Place: 12; 19; 25; Quinella: 58; Tanala: 638. Fav: Salt Lake (4).

6. Mrinal Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (2-5-7) Lek (J. Chinoy) 1; Angelic Warrior 2; Idolize 3. Won by: 9; SH; (1-26.3). Tote: Win Rs 40; Place: 17; 36; 21; Quinella: 429; Tanala: 1,423. Fav: Al-Gibran (6).

7. Springbok Plate 1,400m: (1-10-2) Divine Protocol (Gallagher) 1; Accademia 2; I�m Honoured 3. Won by: 4-3/4; 3/4; (1-25.6). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 13; 19; 99; Quinella: 73; Tan-ala: 2,087. Fav: Divine Protocol (1).

8. Valmoss Plate 1,800m: (4-9-8) Rewarding King (Sunil) 1; A-La-Ridge 2; C�Est Egal 3. Won by: Dist; SH; (1-52.7). Tote: Win Rs 115; Place: 29; 55; 13; Quinella: 2,074; Tanala: 31,272. Fav: C�Est Egal (8).

9. Loyal Lady Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (6-1-2) Star Music (McCullagh) 1; Survee�s Pet 2; Millennium King 3. Not run: Aylesfield (4). Won by: 3/4;1; (1-12.7). Tote: Win Rs 39; Place: 24; 21; 24; Quinella: 180; Tanala: 1,027. Fav: Star Music (6).

Jackpot: Rs 22,921; (C) Rs 1,612.

Treble: (i) Rs 166; (ii) Rs 253; (iii) Rs 3,128.

Calcutta, Jan. 9: 
There are eight events in Saturday�s card featuring the Police Commissioner�s Cup. First race starts at 12.05 pm.


1. Little Bob Handicap 1,200m (Cl V, Rt. 18 & below) 12.05 pm: Lady Shirley 60; Flinders 59.5; Sparkling Diamond 57; Blushing Brave 56; Gul 56; Kyalami 56; Don Vittorio 55.5; Victoria Rose 51; Breakfast AT Tiffany 48.

2. Quincy Handicap 1,100m (Cl III, Rt. 44-72) 12.40 pm: On The Bit 60.5; Anokato 59.5; Affliction 53; Venus 53; Best In Show 52.5; Starina 52.5; Almond Rock 52; Abridge 51.5; Secret Adversary 50.5.

3. Amrit Bhushan Gujral Memorial Cup 1,100m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50) 1.10 pm: Star Wings 60; Simply Monarch 59; Calabash 58; April Ace 52.5.

4. Bahrain Trophy 1,600m (Cl II; Cl III eligible Rt. 44-94) 1.50 pm: Estocade 60; Ispahan 59; Harry The Horse 58; Accelerating Star 56.5; Allaying 54.5; Soviet Port 54; Si Senora 51.5; Actress 49; Peace Envoy 48.

5. Pilot Handicap, Div-I 1,200m (Cl III, 5-y-o & over) 2.25 pm: Aracruz 60; Abashed 58; Gallant Romeo 57; Ornate Crown 56.5; Kargil Soldier 56; Sovereign Bullet 55.5; Common Spirit 53; Mr. Bombshell 52; Declarationoflove 51.

6. Police Commissioner�s Cup 1,400m (Cl I, Rt. 88 & over) 2.55 pm: Alyssum 64; Amusing 53.5; Secret Blessing�s 53; Soviet Ride 52; Acceptor 51.5; Earl Grey 50.5; Splendid King 49.

7. Philanthropist Cup 1,100m (Cl II, Rt. 66-94) 3.30 pm: Tsavo 61; Gold Buck 59; Sky Command 55.5; Annella 55; Arctic Fancy 55; Added Asset 54.5; Alkido 53; Alsheim 52; Ashbury 51.5; Gra-Lemor 51.5; Pretty Boy Floyd 50.5; Pearl Dragon 50; Scarlet Raider 47.5.

8. Pilot Handicap, Div-II 1,200m (Cl III, 5-y-o & over Rt. 44-72) 4.05 pm: Crimson King 60; Super Smile 59.5; Lawyer�s Love 56.5; Auctioneer 56; Queen�s Logic 56; Raaz 55; Revolution 53.5; Carbon Copy 53; Cosmic Flash 50.5.

Jackpot: 4; 5; 6; 7; & 8.

Treble: (i) 1; 2 & 3; (ii) 3; 4 & 5; (iii) 6; 7 & 8.


Outer sand track

1,600m: Midnight Escape (C. Alford) and Arbello (Amil) in 1-59s; (400m) 32s. Former a length better.

1,400m: Adorer (C. Alford) in 1-41s; (400m) 32s. Fit.

800m: Bountiful Gesture (C. Alford) in 56s; (400m) 28s. Gold Buck (Shanker) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Classic Pursuit (Rabani) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Soviet Ride (Connorton) and Amusing (A. P. Singh) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Former 2 ls better. Affliction (Amil) and Alyssum (Surander) and Abridge (C. Alford) in 53s; (400m) 27s. First horse 2 ls better. Don Vittorio (Shanker) in 56s; (400m) 29s. Si Senor (Gowli) in 53s; (400m) 26. Good. Acceptor (C. Alford) in 53s; (400m) 28s. Fit. Aflatun (C. Alford) and Altigraph (Amil) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Level.

600m: Earl Grey (Rutherford) in 40s; (400m) 27s. Fit.    


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