Hope the momentum stays: Kapil
Three share lead after Round V
Port Trust shock Tollygunge 2-0
Barreto to sign for Bagan today
In The City
Calcutta Races/Rodrigues steals show on Day one
Track trials/ Adeline, Starina impress
Pune Racing/ Pune season from today
Mysore Racing/ Sizzling Beauty upsets

Calcutta, July 17: 
Nineteen years ago, Kapil�s Devils had done the impossible. Nineteen years on, Sourav�s boys had the tri-colour flying high once again at Lord�s balcony last Saturday.

The NatWest victory will provide the much-needed boost to the showpiece event in South Africa seven months later, believes India�s only World Cup winning captain.

�I hope the momentum doesn�t fizzle out. This team has the commitment and capability to provide good results. They have to remain positive,� said Kapil. �This team has five to six players who can win matches singlehandedly for their country. The good thing is that they don�t have to depend on one player.

�That is the key to their success. The presence of seniors like Sourav, Sachin and Dravid is a big asset to the juniors,� remarked the legendary allrounder.

In the city as brand ambassador of a TV channel, Kapil did not wish to read much into the team�s failing to come good in the past nine finals of one-day tournaments. �It�s not that the team is suddenly playing well. They have been doing so for quite sometime now.

�It�s unfortunate that they failed to win the nine finals. Just that sometimes it�s not your day. We should give due credit to the juniors. They�ve done extremely well.�

Despite the success, he was of the opinion that the team needed to improve on its fielding. �The bowlers also need a little more maturity. May be they�ll do that in the coming days.�

Kapil feels Jawagal Srinath can still play for the country. �I�m not in a position to comment on his physical fitness, but when I see him I feel he still has cricket left in him.�

Kapil stressed on maintaining the momentum. �It�s important that they keep this spirit intact. The bottomline is to keep winning. It doesn�t matter if we have bits and pieces cricketers or specialists.�

Kapil did not wish to comment on Sachin Tendulkar coming at No. 4. �It�s best for the team management to decide,� was all he would say.

Neither did he seem interested in Sunil Gavaskar raising a question mark over Sachin�s temperament. �The important thing is to win. Individual performances are not important and cannot be placed before the team,� he said.

Asked if the juniors were a threat to the seniors in the side, Kapil said: �It�s not a question of any threat. We need people who can win.�

He also seemed concerned about players� burnout because of the gruelling schedule. �I am worried. But it�s up to the administrators to decide how much cricket the team should play.�


Guwahati, July 17: 
Sashank Singh, Nandan Buragohain and Troilokya Nanda kept up their lead with five points apiece at the end of the fifth round of Telegraph Schools� Chess Championship Wednesday, being played here at the Netajee Vidyapeeth Railway H.S. School (NVRHSS), Maliagaon.

Fourth seed Nandan of Nazira Higher Secondary Multi-Purpose School took the gilt off Fide rated Rajib Dhar of NVRHSS in 33 moves of an e6 variation of the Sicilian defence. Playing black, Rajib made one mistake after another in the opening.

The first error he committed was on the eighth move when he pushed his king pawn to the fourth rank. Five moves later, he advanced his queen pawn as well to the fourth rank to weaken his position further in the centre. Nandan manoeuvred deftly to convert the advantage to a win.

Adopting a Pirc set-up, Nandan packed off his fourth round match with Birbal Singh of IGP English School, Imphal, in 30 moves. Not knowing the subtle nuances of the opening, Birbal deviated on fourth move for which he had to pay dearly.

Third seed Sashank of Nichols High School, Chatribari, checkmated Prantik Medhi of Cotton Collegiate Govt. H.S. School in 20 moves of an irregular Pirc Set-up. Sashank had little difficulty in tipping off L. Shakespeare of Louis English School, Imphal in 33 moves of a Ruy Lopez opening in the fourth round.

Troilokya of Edith Douglas School, Jorhat stopped freewheeler L. Omeshor of Adimjati Little English School, Imphal, in a hard-fought battle of 72 moves of the Sicilian defence. Troilokya was left with less than a minute in the sudden death stage, but managed to make the right moves to clinch the rook and pawn ending. In his fourth round face-off, Troilokya made a short work of Subhajit Dhar of Cambridge Public School, Maligaon.

In an advantageous bishop knight and pawn ending resulting from the Caro kan defence, Twinkle Daulaguphu of Assam Valley School, Balipara proposed second seed and defending champion K. Sanjoy Singh of Kairang L.P. School, Imphal, a draw on 40th move and it was quickly accepted.

In the fourth round game, Sanjay won over Niramal Jyoti Sarmah of Disneyland High School in 55 moves of the Sicilian defence. Half a point behind the leaders are Sanjoy and Twinkle.

Debananda Singh of Baskandhi High School, Ranipur outwitted L. Scientist of Lairiky Engbam School, Imphal, in 17 moves of a game whose only first three moves were of the Sicilian defence. Swaraj Buragohain of Dhitaipukhuri High School, Sibsagar, toppled Hemanga Gogoi of Bahumukhi Vidyalaya, Bokakhat in 32 moves of the Nimzo-Indian defence.


Nandan Bura Goahain (5) bt Rajib Dhar (4), Sanjoy Singh (4.5) drew with Twinkle Daulaguphu (4.5), Sashank Singh (5) bt Prantik Medhi (4), Troilokya Nanda (5) bt L. Omeshor (3.5), Debananda Singh (3.5) beat N. Scientist (3), Jibananda Singh (4) bt Angtong Rongpi (3) Nirmal Jyoti Sarmah (4) )bt Partha J. Baruah (3), L. Shakespeare (4) bt Ananya Chakraborty (3), Durlov Nanda (4) bt Chiranjib Medhi (3), Jintu Singh (3) bt Mjintu Singh (4), Neeraj Garg Baruah (3.5) drew with Birbal Singh (3.5)


Calcutta, July 17: 
Tollygunge Agragami crashed to a shock 0-2 defeat at the hands of unfancied Calcutta Port Trust at the Howrah Stadium in their IFA League Super Division match Wednesday. Bastab Roy and Pradip Indu scored in the 10-minute spell in the second half that killed off Tollygunge.

With this victory, Port Trust are on six points from two games, while Tollygunge remain on three.

Tollygunge Agragami were undoubtedly the better side in the first half with complete dominance in the middle-third. Medios Ashim Biswas and Mehtab Hossain combined beautifully and fed their Nigerian import Akeem Abulanle upfront.

But it was a dubious performance by an unfit Akeem that badly let his team down. Akeem has never been a very skilful player, but his body weight and sudden bursts of speed had been a cause of headache for the opponents in the last season.

However, his lack of fitness negated the body advantage that he gets over the lesser teams, making things quite simple for the Port defenders.

Port Trust, on the other hand, adopted a wait-and-watch policy and relied on sudden counter-attacks. In the first half, those raids did not look too potent, but in the second half, the chink in the Tollygunge defence was exposed.

East Bengal discard Isiaka Awoemi looked totally out of sorts as the game wore on and the speedy Port boys made life miserable for the burly Nigerian.

Bastab Roy, Sandip Ghosh and Pradip Indu combined nicely for Port and stretched the game to the wings.

Tollygunge Agragami�s woes were increased as they were reduced to 10 men in the last 15 minutes. Stopper Sujit Niyogi suffered an injury and was forced out of the game after Tolly had done all the three substitutions.

They miserably failed to increase men in the attack in the closing stages and could consider themselves lucky to concede any more goals in that phase.

The first goal in the 60th minute was the product of an excellent counter-attack by Port Trust. Koushik Prasad, getting a ball from the right, took a rasping 30-yeard pile-driver that took goalkeeper Gopal Das� finger before coming back into play off the cross-piece.

Bastab Roy, rushing in, made to mistake to put the ball in. Port could have gone two up in the 62nd minute when Sandip Ghosh dribbled in down the right, but his right-footer went just over.

Port completed the margin six minutes hence when Sanjit Saha gave a long ball from the right towards Pradip Indu in the left flank.

The Tollygunge custodian Gopal Das almost came out 35 yards from the goal to clear and got beaten by Indu in the one-to-one.

After getting past Das, Indu ran for a few yards and tapped the ball into the open net.


Tollygunge Agragami: Gopal Das, Kabijit Khotel, Sujit Niyogi, Isiaka (Debkumar Sashmol, 70 min), Dipayan Majumdar, Mehtab Hossain, Sandip Das (Srikanta Dutta), Sujoy Dutta, Uttam Debnath (Manas Das, 38 min), Ashim Biswas, Akeem

Calcutta Port Trust: Sandip Guha, Pinaki Dutta, Srimanta Das (Bijoy Paul 46 min), Rabi Karmakar, Soumen Sarkar, Sanjit Saha, Koushik Prasad, Pradip Indu, Bastab Roy, Sandip Ghosh (Shantanu Chakraborty, 90 min), Supratik Aindh (Amar Pyne, 46 min)

Referee: Kashinath Sen.


Calcutta, July 17: 
Jose Ramirez Barreto will sign for Mohun Bagan Thursday prior to their first Super League encounter against Bhratri Sangha Friday. The Bagan officials could not sign the Brazilian earlier because the funds from sponsors McDowell did not arrive.

But Bagan secretary Anjan Mitra said that the problem has been sorted out and Barreto will play in their league opener.

Meanwhile, it was decided that T. Aao, the first Indian Olympic captain will receive the Mohun Bagan Ratna award for the year 2002. Mitra said that the award would be given off on July 29, on the Mohun Bagan Day. The Dhiren Dey award for the Best Footballer of the Year will go to Barreto for his outstanding performance last season.

The secretary also informed that Debjit Ghosh would get the award for the Best Local Player of the Year.

The National League winning Mohun Bagan team will also be felicitated on the day.

Elaborating on the functions to be held on the day, Mitra said, �Three football matches will be organised. The first match will be among the junior boys, the second will be played by the women footballers while the former Olympians from Mohun Bagan will play the third.�

The secretary also informed that in the mode of foreign clubs, the junior team of Mohun Bagan would play a match before each of their matches in the Super League starting Friday.

Referee punished

The IFA has decided not to allot any more matches to referee Supriya Bhattacharya, who had controversially called off Tuesday�s Super League match between Mohammedan Sporting and Ever Ready following mild showers. The decision was taken by the IFA authorities Wednesday.

Meanwhile, IFA decided to postpone the opening match of East Bengal in the Super League scheduled on July 22 as eight of their players are away at the national camp while some others would be touring South Africa.


July 17: 

George have it easy

George Telegraph sailed past Rajasthan by two goals in the first division group A action of the Calcutta Football League Wednesday. Raju Ghosh and Prashanta Sarkar were the scorers.

Peerless whipped Sonali Shibir 4-1. Dipankar Bhattacharjee struck twice while Ajay Sana and Dinesh Swar were the other scorers. Robi Debnath reduced the margin for Sonali.

Charity tie

Kapil Dev is likely to take part in a charity tennis match, which could include Boris Becker, to kick off the Laureus Sports Academy programme, according to a press release. Becker is expected to be in India on July 29.

Bengal lose

Bengal�s campaign in the 80th All India MCC Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament has come to an end. In Wednesday�s quarter final, Bengal lost 0-2 to Indian Airlines, Virender Singh scoring both goals.

CAB elections

Debdas Banerjee, former CAB joint secretary, is set to create history, if only just that. He filed his nomination for the presidency of the association Wednesday, thereby creating a situation where there will be an election to that post for the first-time ever. The incumbent Jagmohan Dalmiya is also the BCCI president. The AGM is on July 29.


FOOTBALL: CFL, 1st Div. group B: Aikya Sammilani vs Garalgacha (SAV 1); Sporting Union vs Victoria SC (Belghoria); United Student vs Salkia Fds (Md. Sp.); Taltala DS vs Cal Police (Mohun Bagan); Behala Youth vs Anushilani (Tarun Sangha); Barisha Sporting vs Muslim Inst (East Bengal); Bally Protiva vs Milan Samity (Rabindra Sarobar). Matches from 3.30 pm.

TABLE TENNIS: CCD meet at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra from 3 pm.


Calcutta, July 17: 
It was an exciting start to the RCTC monsoon racing season on Wednesday. Odds offered on winners were healthy and the competition was quite fair. The day, however, belonged to trainer Farley Rodrigues as he stole the show by saddling a quadruple of winners. Although three of his winners came as a caretaker trainer, he had put in much of hard work behind the scene. However, he also stood responsible for the poor performance of Assertive Dancer, one of the hottest favourite from his stable to fall. Rodrigues is in-charge of the Daniel David lot as the latter is serving a drug related suspension until end of July.

Incidentally, it was Rodrigues own-trainee Sovereign Bullet who cashed in on Assertive Dancer�s dismal performance and one thing is for sure that there was no foul motive behind it.

Rodrigues was assisted by jockey Amyn Merchant on three of his winners � Social Girl, Ballet Master and Star Selection.

The main event in the card was, however, lifted by the Bharath Singh-trained Alcalde who led from the start to overhaul Beneficent, another of Rodrigues� trained horse.


1. Satellite Handicap 1,100m: (5-2-3-1) Don Vittorio (Shanker) 1; Castle Moon (Amjad K.) 2; Global Harmony (Jayaprakash) 3; April Ace (B. Gurang) 4. Won by: 4-3/4; 2-1/4; 1-1/4; (1-12.2). Tote: Win Rs 29; Place: 14; 15; Quinella: 26; Shp: 31; Tanala: 88. Fav: Castle Moon (2). Winner trained by Bath.

2. Midnight Cowboy Cup 1,200m: (2-1-3) Alcalde (C. Alford) 1; Beneficent (Merchant) 2; Acute (Rabani) 3. Won by: Dist; Dist; (1-18.6). Tote: Win Rs 13; Quinella: 12; Shp: 15. Fav: Alcalde (2). Winner trained by Bharath S.

3. Moon Fairy Handicap 1,100m: (9-4-7-2) Sovereign Bullet (Surender) 1; Queen�s Logic (Maseyk) 2; Winning Hand (Som S.) 3; Sky Command (Rabani) 4. Won by: Nk; 1/2; 1-3/4; (1-12.4). Tote: Win Rs 80; Place: 21; 32; 23; Quinella: 525; Shp: 100; Tanala: 8,213. Fav: Assertive Dancer (8). Winner trained by Rodrigues.

4. Adelina Cup 1,400m: (3-5-2-6) Social Girl (Merchant) 1; Mahika�s Pet (Rutherford) 2; Adducer (Domingo) 3; Pehlvan (Islam) 4. Won by: 2-1/2; 4-3/4; 2; (1-34.1). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 18; 13; Quinella: 21; Shp: 33; Tanala: 414. Fav: Social Girl (3). Winner trained by Rodrigues.

5. Flower Dust Cup 1,400m: (1-5-3-2) Blessed Spirit (Rutherford) 1; Scenic Song (Amil) 2; Bay Dragon (Yasin) 3; Impressive Prince (Asghar) 4. Won by: 1-1/2; 1-3/4; Dist; (1-33.4). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 13; 18; Quinella: 30; Shp: 42; Tanala: 99. Fav: Blessed Spirit (1). Winner trained by Jaiswal.

6. Star Flame Cup 1,100m: (2-4-1-5) Ballet Master (Merchant) 1; Illustrious Reign (Koch) 2; Dancing Dreams (Rutherford) 3; Scarlet Raider (Yasin) 4. Won by: 2-1/4; 1/2; 2-1/2; (1-12). Tote: Win Rs 21; Place: 15; 21; Quinella: 45; Shp: 30; Tanala: 123. Fav: Ballet Master (2). Winner trained by Rodrigues.

7. Bright Law Handicap 1,200m: (9-2-11-4) Star Selection (Merchant) 1; Rare Gold (Amil) 2; Finders Keepers (Brij S.) 3; Flossy (Gowli) 4. Won by: 5-3/4; SH; 2-1/4; (1-20). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 10; 19; 65; Quinella: 37; Shp: 34; Tanala: 549. Fav: Star Selection (9). Winner trained by Rodrigues.

Jackpot: Rs 2,414; (C) Rs 571.

Treble: (i) Rs 304; (ii) Rs 73.

Calcutta, July 17: 
Adeline and Starina pleased when the following horses were worked on Wednesday:

Outer sand track

800m: Amber Dancer (Yasin) and Smart Ruler (Asghar) in 1-2s; (400m) 29s. They were level and they moved easy. Gold Buck (Shanker) in 1-1s; ( (400m) 29s. Easy. Simply Dashing (Asghar) in 1-1s; (400m) 31s

600m: Dancing Rhythm (Shanker) in 47s; (400m) 30s.

Sand track

800m: Peace Envoy (Gurang) in 1-3s; (400m) 27s. Adeline (A. P. Singh) in 59s; (400m) 25s. Moved well. Pearl Dragon (Yasin) in 1-1s; (400m) 28s.

600m: Thunder Struck (Yasin) in 44s; (400m) 28s. Starina (Tamang) in 40s; (400m) 25s. Was handy. Ardon (Yasin) in 45s; (400m) 28s.

400m: Alborada (Yasin) in 28s. Soviet Port (Yasin) in 28s. Secret Adversary (Yasin) in 28s.

On Tuesday, outer sand track

Prince Of Fashion and Ispahan were impressive

800m: Lockers Park (Rabani) in 1-3s; (400m) 31s. Easy. Prince of Fashion (Rutherford) in 1-0s; (400m) 28s. Was handy.

600m: Ispahan (Rutherford) in 43s; (400m) 28s. Cupola (F. Khan) in 47s; (400m) 31s. Software Classic (Gowli) and Phunney Phellow (Rutherford) in 44s; (400m) 29s. They were level and were easy. Calculus (F. Khan) in 46s; (400m) 28s.Harry The Horse (Rutherford) in 46s; (400m) 29s.

400m: Dancing Dreams (Rutherford) in 27s. Flinders (Jaiswal) in 27s.

Sand track

600m: Glass Slipper (P. Alford) in 43s; (400m) 28s.    

Pune, July 17: 
The stake money offered for the Pune racing season, commencing from Thursday, is marginally lower that what was paid out last year. However, the season that will be continued till October 27, is going to be as exciting as ever. The number of important events accommodated in the 35 day season include the Nanoli Stud Colts and Fillies Million on August 11, the Eve Champion Trophy (August 31), the Southern Command Trophy (September 8), the Idar Gold Trophy (September 29) the Nanoli Stud Pune Derby (October 13) and the Reliance RWITC Ltd., Invitational Trophy on the concluding day of the season. The July Trophy, in the day�s card has been split into two divisions. However, in the upper set B. Prakash may guide the D. Todywalla-ward Forest Angel to victory.


1.15 pm: Courtesan 1. Reconquista 2. Crimson Rage 3.
1.45 pm: Speed Of Light 1. Thunder Clap 2. Tajjub 3.
2.15 pm: Terrestrial 1. Gold Berg 2. Silver Blue 3.
2.45 pm: Tagged For Terror 1. Tatty Tad 2. Royalist 3.
3.15 pm: Supreme Chancellor 1. Tactful 2. Accademia 3.
3.45 pm: Think of Us 1. Bud Royale 2. Soviet Fire 3.
4.15 pm: Forest Angel 1. Exploding Wonder 2. Montana 3.
4.45 pm: Palentino 1. Terrificco 2. Aurelia 3.
5.15 pm: Blue Butterfly 1. Star of Attention 2. Tasmac 3.
5.45 pm: Open Season 1. Silver Sand 2. Bigshow 3.

Day�s Best: Palentino

Double: Terrestrial & Forest Angel

Mysore, July 17: 
Ridden by Imran Chisty, Sizzling Beauty scored an upset victory in the Royal Western India Turf Club Ltd., Trophy held here on Wednesday. G. Surender trained the three-year-old filly by Sizzling Melody out of Musical Lady.


1. Hiriyur Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (6-7-3) Sirrgaa (Imran K.) 1; Omni Presence 2; Little Brave 3. Won by: 5-1/2; 1-1/2; (1-31.8). Tote: Win Rs 47; Place: 21; 64; Forecast: 231; Quinella: 173; Tanala: 555 & 142. Fav: Little Brave (3).

2. Hiriyur Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (2-8-7) Plain Truth (A. Imran) 1; Deion 2; Silver Touch 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 1-3/4; (1-29.4). Tote: Win Rs 34; Place: 14; 17; 14; Forecast: 116; Quinella: 47; Tanala: 132 & 33. Fav: Silver Touch (7).

3. Kapila Plate 1,200m: (11-7-2) Laplander (R. Marshall) 1; Good Win 2; Any Time Money 3. Won by: 1; 2-1/4; (1-14.7). Tote: Win Rs 38; Place: 17; 17; 38; Forecast: 136; Quinella: 35; Tanala: 267 & 197. Fav: Good Win (7).

4. Bannur Plate 1,200m: (7-3-1) Ace Beret (I. Chisty) 1; Chity Bang 2; King�s Star 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 1-3/4; (1-16.6). Tote: Win Rs 83; Place: 26; 13; 18; Forecast: 217; Quinella: 64; Tanala: 329 & 167. Fav: Chity Bang (3).

5. Royal Western India Turf Club Ltd. Trophy 1,100m: (9-1-5) Sizzling Beauty (I. Chisty) 1; Busy Girl 2; Noble Priest 3. Won by: 2; Nk; (1-10.9). Tote: Win Rs 72; Place: 18; 60; 12; Forecast: 1,329; Quinella: 1,280; Tanala: 2,282 & 615. Fav: Noble Priest (5).

6. Kodlipet Plate 1,400m: (3-2-9) Cash Run (Warren) 1; Squeeze 2; King Athlete 3. Won by: SH; 2-3/4; (1-30.9). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 14; 22; 19; Forecast: 93; Quinella: 103; Tanala: 204 & 63. Fav: Cash Run (3).

7. Renowned Plate 1,400m: (3-4-6) London Bells (Shakti) 1; Smokester 2; Silk Petals 3. Won by: 2; Nk; (1-30.3). Tote: Win Rs 58; Place: 23; 41; 19; Forecast: 555; Quinella: 471; Tanala: 1,628 & 698. Fav: Silk Petals (6).

Jackpot: Rs 35,170; (C) Rs 1,370.

Mini jackpot: Rs 3,225.
Treble: Rs 1,020.

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