Fencing hall, sports hostel
to be constructed
JU, Kannur University
retain overall Championship

Excelsior Sports Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 16: It was a repeat of previous year's edition as hosts University of Jammu men team once again enlivened up to the expectations to retain the overall championship with 24 points on the concluding day of the All India Inter-University Fencing Championship at Gymnasium Hall, University of Jammu.....more

S.T.Peter’s School
celebrates Annual Day

Equip children with
latest education: Shabir
to teachers

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 16 : Underscoring the need for imparting quality and scientific education to the children from elementary level, the Minister of State for Power and CA&PD, Shabir Ahmad Khan called upon teaching community to impart modern education to the students and prepare them for facing multi-factors modern challenge of life......more

St.Xavier Convent School
celebrates Annual Day

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 16:Acknowledging the role of missionary schools in promoting quality education in Jammu and Kashmir, Minister for Medical Education, Youth Service and Sports, R.S. Chib has said that these schools are immensely contributing in developing efficient and capable human resource.......more

England continue
Ashes domination

PERTH, Dec 16: England tightened their grip on the Ashes in Perth today, restricting Australia to a first innings total of 268 after a feisty rearguard fightback on day one of the third test. ....more

Gul retuns from
Istanbul

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 16: Advisor to Chief Minister, Mubarak Gul returned from Istanbul, Turkey, along with Indian Football Tennis team after participation in the world Football Tennis Championship at Istanbul. He was head of the mission...more

Famed Indian batting
line up collapses, India
136/9 on Day 1

CENTURION, Dec 16: India's vulnerability to short pitched bowling was exposed as South Africa speedsters Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel exploited seaming conditions to leave the visitors in tatters on a rain-hit opening day of the first cricket Test here today....more

Doda Police organizes
friendly match

Excelsior Sports Correspondent

DODA, Dec 16: Doda Police today organized a police public friendly volleyball match at sports stadium here. Bhaderwah Police led by SHO T R Bhardwaj won the match 2-1 which was inaugurated by ASP Bhaderwah, T R Katoch. ...more

Advani loses to Dechawat
in final of IBSF World
Snooker c’ship

NEW DELHI, Dec 16: Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani’s hopes of winning the IBSF World Snooker title for the second time in his career came crashing down today after he failed to overcome a spirited challenge from Dechawat Pomajaeng of Thailand in the final of the event in Damascus, Syria.....more

PCB seeks ICC’s clearance ahead of shortlisting WC squad.....

Knee injury rules Anthony out of Asian Cup football...

India-Qatar friendly match called off.....

Harika bows out of World Championship....

Fencing hall, sports hostel to be constructed
JU, Kannur University retain overall Championship

Excelsior Sports Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 16: It was a repeat of previous year's edition as hosts University of Jammu men team once again enlivened up to the expectations to retain the overall championship with 24 points on the concluding day of the All India Inter-University Fencing Championship at Gymnasium Hall, University of Jammu here today.

B R Ambedkar University, Aurangabad had to settle for second slot with 20 points while Punjabi University, Patiala, finished third with 17 points.

There were no surprises in the women section as Kannur University, Kannur, once again emerged victorious with 36 points.

Punjabi University, Patiala, finished runner-up with 35 points.

Calicut University had to be contended with 5 points.

In the men section, the decider bout played between ace fencer, Ujjwal Gupta of JU and Manpreet of Punjabi University, Patiala proved to be a real humdinger as both fencers played their heart out to attain supremacy.

In the end, it was Ujjwal who had the last laugh to help JU retain the coveted title much to the delight of capacity home crowd including the dignitaries who witnessed the high voltage tussle with abated breath.

However, the fencers of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar lodged a protest during the medal ceremony regarding the participation of one Taranpreet Kour of Punjabi University, Patiala.

They claimed that the fencer was not eligible for participation.

When contacted, Prof Dhian S Bhau, Director, Directorate of Sports and Physical Education and organizing secretary of the championship confirmed that the fencers of GNDU lodged protest and as a result, the medals of the University been have also been kept withheld.

He also informed that Jury Committee of the championship has taken the matter to the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

R S Chib, Minister for Youth Services and Sports and Madan Lal Sharma, member of Parliament, Prof Varun Sahni, Vice-Chancellor of JU, Dr P S Pathania, Registrar, Prof R D Sharma, Dean Academic Affairs, M J Sharma, President, J&K Amateur Fencing Association and Dhian S Bhau, Director, Directorate of Sports and Physical Education were present during the prize distribution ceremony.

Earlier, Madan Lal announced Rs 50 lakh from MPLAD for the construction of fencing hall while R S Chib announced Rs 1 crore for purchase of fencing equipments and construction of sports hostel.

S.T.Peter’s School celebrates Annual Day
Equip children with latest education: Shabir to teachers

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 16 : Underscoring the need for imparting quality and scientific education to the children from elementary level, the Minister of State for Power and CA&PD, Shabir Ahmad Khan called upon teaching community to impart modern education to the students and prepare them for facing multi-factors modern challenge of life.

Addressing at the Annual Day function of S . T Peter’s Nursery School, Premnagar, here today, the Minister said that the children are the future builders of the nation and to mould them with quality education is imperative for trading the way of prosperity.

The Minister said that government is striving hard for providing better facilities to the youth for imparting latest trends of education at all levels. He said numerous innovative initiatives have been taken to provide modern tools of education besides upgrading educational infrastructure in the institutions across the State.

The Minister appreciated the role of school management for imparting quality education to the tinny tots, who presented an excelled performance at the stage while celebrating the annual day of the school.

Earlier, the function was started by lighting a lamp by the Minister and with presenting a prayer dance by the tiny tots of the school.

The budding booms of the school presented colourful variety programmes.

Former Member Parliament, Janak Raj Gupta, Bishop Dr Peter Salistin, Management of the school, teachers, students besides parents were also present.

St.Xavier Convent School celebrates Annual Day

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 16: Acknowledging the role of missionary schools in promoting quality education in Jammu and Kashmir, Minister for Medical Education, Youth Service and Sports, R.S. Chib has said that these schools are immensely contributing in developing efficient and capable human resource.

Addressing an Annual Day function of St. Xavier Convent School here in General Zorawar Singh auditorium of Jammu University, he said missionary schools have the credit of nurturing communal harmony, mutual brotherhood and tolerant ideals, alongside promoting quality education.

Earlier, Director of the school, H.R. Padha read out annual performance report highlighting achievements of the institution.

Later, the Minister distributed prizes among the distinguished students on the occasion.

England continue Ashes domination

PERTH, Dec 16: England tightened their grip on the Ashes in Perth today, restricting Australia to a first innings total of 268 after a feisty rearguard fightback on day one of the third test.

England’s seamers blasted through Australia’s first four batsmen for only 36 runs during a fiery morning session but were plundered for another 232 by the last six as the greentop pitch flattened out under a baking hot sun at the WACA ground.

Andrew Strauss, on 12, and Alastair Cook (17) survived 12 overs in the last session to see the tourists to 29 for no loss at stumps.

Tail-end cameos by pacemen Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle delighted home fans, but served to underline a missed opportunity by Australia’s top order to weather the early attack and build a big total.

After resuming on 179-6, England quick Anderson struck in the fourth over after tea when wicketkeeper Brad Haddin nicked a thick edge to Graeme Swann at slip to go for 53.

Anderson then bowled paceman Ryan Harris for three in his next over before Johnson celebrated a brave half century in a solid return to the side after being dropped following the first test in Brisbane.

Johnson’s heroics were ended by Steve Finn, however, who dismissed the paceman for a top-scoring 62 after enticing him into a poorly hit pull shot straight to Anderson at square leg.

Spinner Graeme Swann then had Ben Hilfenhaus out for 13, caught by Cook at short leg to leave Siddle stranded on 35 not out.

Chris Tremlett earlier continued his brilliant return to the test team by removing Steve Smith for seven shortly after lunch for his third wicket to leave Australia reeling for 69-5. (PTI)

Gul retuns from Istanbul

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 16: Advisor to Chief Minister, Mubarak Gul returned from Istanbul, Turkey, along with Indian Football Tennis team after participation in the world Football Tennis Championship at Istanbul. He was head of the mission.

Two players from the state namely Syed Subhan Naqvi and Arun Raina also represented the Indian team.

Briefing the media persons after arrival at New Delhi Airport Mubarak Gul hoped that the youth of the State will play in the similar spirit at the State , national and international level. He further said that State Government has already initiated several steps to boost the morale of youth in sports as well as other extra curricular activities.

Famed Indian batting line up collapses,
India 136/9 on Day 1

CENTURION, Dec 16: India's vulnerability to short pitched bowling was exposed as South Africa speedsters Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel exploited seaming conditions to leave the visitors in tatters on a rain-hit opening day of the first cricket Test here today.

Put into bat after a four-hour rain delay, India was left gasping at a precarious 136 for nine at stumps with Steyn (3/43) and Morkel (4/20) ripping through their famed batting line-up.

Steyn and Morkel hurled down a barrage of bouncers, extracting pace and movement on a Supersport Park pitch which appeared to have lots of moisture due to overnight and early morning rain, and also a tinge of green.

At stumps after 38.1 overs' play, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was batting on 33 from 47 balls while debutant Jaidev Unadkat was giving him company on an eventful first day's play.

Sachin Tendulkar, who was just one short of his 50th Test ton, top-scored with a sparkling 34-ball 36 which included eight fours.

He was batting without any apparent trouble before being out soon after delayed tea break as the first day's play was reduced to a two-session affair following four and half hour delayed start.

Rahul Dravid was the only other specialist batsman who scored in double digits with a 42-ball 14 with the help of two fours. Gautam Gambhir struggled throughout his 43-ball five while his opening partner Virender Sehwag was out for a duck.

VVS Laxman scored just seven from 20 balls while Suresh Raina could contribute just one run after facing three balls as the high-profile series between the world's top-ranked teams began with a lop-sided contest on the opening day.

India was saved from complete disaster with a 39-run partnership from 45 balls between Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh (25-ball 27) for the seventh wicket.

Harbhajan, who hit back-to-back centuries recently, was looking to play another crucial knock down the order whacking a six and a four off paceman Lonwabo Tsotsobe -- which prompted a brief exchange of words between the two -- before he was out in a bizzare way.

The Indian off-spinner was slow to turn for the second run after Dhoni pushed through cover but he had almost made it before his bat fell from his hand just inches near the crease and Boucher underarmed the throw onto the stumps.

The much talked about duel between Sehwag and Steyn lasted just three balls with the Indian opener out for a three-ball duck. Sehwag quietly let go the last two balls of Steyn's opening over but could not resist the temptation to whack a length ball in the first delivery of the fast bowler's second over and South Africa's third.

Sehwag opened his bat without completely reaching to the pitch of the ball wide outside the off and the ball went up the air to Hashim Amla at third man and India were one for one.

Morkel, who extracted fiery pace and bounce throughout the session, kept the pressure on Gautam Gambhir with short pitch stuff but Dravid eased off a bit with two boundaries off Steyn in the fifth over.

Morkel finally got his man in Gambhir who ended his laboured innings for a 43-ball five, edging a full length delivery. Gambhir, who at one time could not score a single run for 20 balls, drove without much footwork to find the outside edge land to Ryan Harris' hands at first slip an hour into the day's play.

Dravid fell soon after Gambhir's departure in Morkel's next over, plumbed LBW to a ball which jagged in after landing on and around off stump and also a tad low than expected. When Dravid departed India were in deep trouble at 27 for three.

Before falling for 14, Dravid overtook former West Indian captain Brain Lara as the the third highest run-getter in the history of Test cricket -- behind Sachin Tendulkar (14,3666) and Ricky Ponting (12,332) -- when he reached 11.

Coming into the match needing 11 runs to surpass Lara's 11,953 in the all-time run-getter's list, Dravid reached the milestone with a double, clipping Dale Steyn off the back foot towards the square-leg region.

India resumed the second session at 55 for three but Steyn reduced the visitors to the brink with a burst of two wickets in two overs, including that of increasingly confident Tendulkar.

Veteran Jacques Kallis, who started rolling his arms just before the delayed tea break, dismissed Raina for a three-ball one.

Tendulkar smote Steyn for two fours off Steyn in the first over after tea and it seemed for a while that India would start coming back into the match.

But Steyn had other ideas as he sent down a fast stuff which knocked off Laxman's middle stump like an arrow to end the Indian's innings of seven from 20 balls.

The next over, Kallis showed the depth of South Africa's pace battery removing Raina whose half-hearted shot went straight into the hands of third slip fielder AB de Villiers.

India's hopes of a respectable first innings total almost disappeared with Tendulkar found himself plumbed in front of wickets with a length delivery that straightened a bit and hit the pads as the Indian played across the line.

Dhoni and Harbhajan made a brief resistance before the former was out and tailender Ishant Sharma hung out to a Morkel delivery outside the off-stump to be out for a duck.

Sreesanth emulated his pace colleague Ishant by scoring a duck but debutant Unadkat, who got his first Test cap due to injury to Zaheer Khan, stitched a 20-run partnership for the unbroken last wicket with Dhoni from 21 balls. (PTI)

Score Board

India first innings

Gautam Gambhir c Harris b Morkel 5

Virender Sehwag c Amla b Steyn 0

Rahul Dravid lbw b Morkel 14

Sachin Tendulkar lbw b Steyn 36

VVS Laxman b Steyn 7

Suresh Raina c de Villiers b Kallis 1

MS Dhoni batting 33

Harbhajan Singh run out 27

Ishant Sharma c Kallis b Morkel 0

S Sreesanth c Steyn b Morkel 0

Jaidev Unadkat batting 1

Extras: (LB-6, NB-3, W-3) 12

Total: (For 9 wkts in 38.1 overs) 136

Fall of wickets: 1/1 2/24 3/27 4/66 5/67 6/71 7/110 8/110 9/116

Bowling: Steyn 10-1-34-3, Morkel 12.1-5-20-4, Tsotsobe 9-2-50-0, Kallis 6-1-20-1, Harris 1-0-6-0.

Doda Police organizes friendly match

Excelsior Sports Correspondent

DODA, Dec 16: Doda Police today organized a police public friendly volleyball match at sports stadium here. Bhaderwah Police led by SHO T R Bhardwaj won the match 2-1 which was inaugurated by ASP Bhaderwah, T R Katoch.

Speaking on the occasion, ASP Bhaderwah said that the winner of the month-long tournament will be awarded with a cash prize of Rs 6,000 along with memento.

The runner-up team would pocket a cash prize of Rs 3,000. Prominent among others present on the occasion included Ch Shabir Ahmed, Ch Mohd Iqbal, Shafi Ganai, Sohail Malik and Yogesh Raj.

Advani loses to Dechawat in final of IBSF
World Snooker c’ship

NEW DELHI, Dec 16: Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani’s hopes of winning the IBSF World Snooker title for the second time in his career came crashing down today after he failed to overcome a spirited challenge from Dechawat Pomajaeng of Thailand in the final of the event in Damascus, Syria.

Advani, who won the billiards singles gold in Asian Games last month, failed to lift the coveted trophy that he last won in 2003 in China, after he lost 7-10 in the best-of-19 frames final, divided into two sessions.

Advani lost 37-67, 71-47, 69-35, 138-00, 12-85, 15-68, 13-63, 27-68, 57-56, 61-15, 15-71, 35-75, 32-58, 71-25, 62-33, 00-130, 08-92.

In the first session of the final, the Thai cueist led 5-4 and in the second, he stretched his lead to 10-7 to seal the issue in his favour beyond doubt.

The seven times world champion Advani fought like a terrier to overcome severe pressure from the Thai opponent but in the end his efforts proved short of adding another milestone to his already illustrious career.

The final was a gruelling affair as Dechawat won the first frame with ease but Advani bounced back to draw even in the second. He then went on to win the next two frames, constructing a century break of 138 in the fourth.

The Thai opponent then reigned supreme on the green baize and won next four frames, reducing Advani to a mere spectator.

The Indian then clawed his way back, winning the 9th and 10th frame to lock the issue at 5-5.

From there on, the Thai opponent raised the level of his game and added another three to his name, making it tough for Advani to make a comeback.

Under pressure, Advani wilted in the end and only managed to win one more frame before Dechawat sealed the issue with a century break of 130 in the 16th and 92 in the 17th frame.

Meanwhile, in the 3rd-4th placing match, Rodney Goggins of Ireland defeated Noppadol Sangnil of Thailand 4-2.

Advani had defeated Goggins 7-4 in the first semi-final of the event yesterday, while Dechawat ended the challenge of Sangnil 7-5 in a keenly contested other last-four match.

The 25-year-old Bangalorean had topped Group E by winning all six matches and then got the better of Mohammed Joaker of the UAE 5-4 in the round of 32 match.

In the quarterfinal, he had crushed Moh Keen Hoo of Malaysia 6-1 in the best-of-11 frame contest.

In the women’s event, Ng On Yee of Hong Kong beat countrymate Jaique Ip Wan 5-0 in the best-of-9 frames final.

Phil Williams of Wales emerged victorious in the Masters category, defeating Chuchart T of Thailand 6-4 in the best-of-11 frames final. (PTI)

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PCB seeks ICC’s clearance ahead of
shortlisting WC squad

KARACHI, Dec 16: The Pakistan Cricket Board has sought clearance from the International Cricket Council to allow it to select players involved in the spot-fixing scandal in their preliminary World Cup squad.

The PCB has not yet cleared the names of wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal, all-rounder Shoaib Malik and leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, pending clearance for their alleged role in the spot-fixing scandal.

Former Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt, pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer already remain suspended by the ICC over charges of spot-fixing during the Lord’s Test against England in August.

Pakistan has until December 19 to announce a preliminary 30-man squad for the World Cup to be held in the subcontinent.

Before the World Cup, Pakistan tours New Zealand for three Twenty20 matches, two Tests and six one-day internationals. The Twenty20 and Test squads have already been announced.

Sources in the PCB told today that the main reason for the national selectors and Board delaying the announcement of the World Cup squad and one-day squad for the New Zealand series was because the selectors were keen to consider Akmal, Malik and Kaneria for the upcoming assignments.

Unofficially, the PCB has been under pressure from the ICC to sideline these three and Rana Naved as the ICC was yet to be satisfied that they were not involved with any bookmakers or spot-fixing rackets.

The integrity committee, formed by the PCB to examine suspicions against their players, met yesterday in Lahore and held lengthy deliberations on the future of the three players.

"The selectors told the board chairman that these players were assets for Pakistan and unless something concrete was proven against them they should be allowed to play for Pakistan," a source said.

"National selector Muhammad Illyas even told the PCB officials that the players were like the children of the board and if the PCB shunned them who would support them," the source added.

As a result of yesterday’s developments, the PCB had again got back to the ICC for advice on how to go about the issue.

In the meantime, the integrity committee has asked these three players to submit details of their assets and bank accounts due to suspicion that they might be involved in spot-fixing.

This is the first time that the board has asked players to give details of their assets and bank accounts.

"It is no big deal if the announcement for the WC is delayed. The PCB can get an extension from the ICC but what is far more important is the future of these players who have given a lot to Pakistan cricket," another source said. (PTI)

Knee injury rules Anthony out of Asian Cup football

NEW DELHI, Dec 16: Indian football team’s Asian Cup preparations suffered a big jolt with key winger Anthony Pereira ruled out of next month’s continental showpiece due to a knee ligament tear.

The nippy player, who can play on both left and right wing according to match situation, will return to his hometown Goa tomorrow from Dubai where the national team has been training since early last month in the tune-up to the January 7-29 meet in Doha.

"In-form India international winger Anthony Pereira suffered an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear during a training session and has been ruled out of the AFC Asian Cup 2011 in Qatar," a release from the All India Football Federation said.

Officials of Pereira’s club, Dempo, told that the injury is serious and he is also likely to miss I-League matches for the whole of January.

"It is a serious injury and we don’t know how long it will take for Pereira to recover. But it seems he will not be able to play I-League matches for long. He will be out at least for January," a Dempo official said from Goa.

Pereira has been a vital cog in coach Bob Houghton’s scheme of things. He has been a standout performer in India’s recent international friendlies, with his raw pace creating problems for opposition defenders.

He was voted the fittest player in domestic circuit in September at the Football Players’ Association of India awards.

Houghton’s side is grappling with injury worries with at least half a dozen players, including skipper Bhaichung Bhutia, on the casualty list.

Striker Mohammad Rafi had a muscle pull this morning while Baljeet Singh suffered a wrist injury during practice yesterday but according to team sources, it is "not so serious". Central midfielder N P Pradeep and another winger Steven Dias, too, have been struggling with injuries.

The good news, however, is that the experienced Renedy Singh, injured for a long time now, has started training, and so did Rakesh Masih.

Bhutia and Sameer Naik, who had gone to Chennai to get their calf muscle injuries treated by sports medicine expert Kanan Pugazhendi, have joined the team and are expected to resume training in the next three-four days.

India are scheduled to play Syria in an international friendly on December 26 in Dubai. (PTI)

India-Qatar friendly match called off

NEW DELHI, Dec 16 : The Indian football team’s international friendly match against Qatar on December 19 has been called off due to disagreement over venue.

While India were keen to play the match in Dubai where they are based for the past one and half month, Qatar wanted it to be held in Doha.

"We had our own plans, so we wanted to play the match in Dubai, our base. And moreover, the match was originally scheduled to be held in Dubai and not Doha," an official from the team management told PTI from Doha.

The team is coming back to Dubai from Doha tomorrow. They will train in Dubai for a while before leaving for Doha for the January 7-29 Asian Cup.

The Indian team management is now trying to organise a match against a club side around the same time, while the West Asian nation have fixed up a match against another country on the same day in Doha.

"We are now trying to play against a club side on December 19 or 20 to see how our boys are shaping up, especially those who are injured," he said.

Bob Houghton’s side is grappling with injury worries with almost a dozen players, including skipper Bhaichung Bhutia, on the casualty list.

Striker Mohammad Rafi had a muscle pull this morning while Baljeet Singh suffered a wrist injury during practice yesterday but according to team sources, it is "not so serious".

The good news, however, is that the experienced Renedy Singh, injured for a long time now, has started training, and so did Rakesh Masih.

Bhutia and Sameer Naik, who had gone to Chennai to get their calf muscle injuries treated by sports medicine expert Kanan Pugazhendi, have joined the team and are expected to resume training in the next three-four days.

India are scheduled to play Syria on December 26. (PTI)

Harika bows out of World Championship

HATAY (Turkey), Dec 16: Former world junior girls’ champion D Harika was eliminated from the World Chess Championship after losing to Chinese Ruan Lufei in the rapid tiebreak games of the pre-quarterfinals here.

After putting up her best ever effort in the World Women’s championship, the pressure eventually got to the Andhra-based Grandmaster. The Indian lost the first game with white pieces in the first game of rapid and her quest for a comeback in the return game did not materialise as Lufei managed a draw to make it to the semifinals.

Grandmasters Koneru Humpy and the Chinese duo of Yifan Hao and Zhao Xue were already in the semifinals in the classical games and the inclusion of Lufei means that one of the last-four clashes will be an all-Chinese affair.

For her efforts in the championship, Harika won USD 12000 out of which 20 per cent will go to the World Chess Federation.

Playing white in the first game Harika faced the Slav defense and had a small edge in the middle game thanks to her Bishop pair. As the game took a tactical shape, Lufei was the first to strike and won a rook for knight.

The technicalities remained but the Chinese player was determined to calculate everything in quick time. Harika resigned after black promoted one of the pawns to a queen.

In the second game, Harika needed a victory to force further tiebreak games, but this time again, Lufei did not give many chances from a Pirc defense game. Harika faced some complications but they did not prove enough and after subsequent exchanges, the players reached a Knight and pawns endgame in which there was no chance for a decisive result.

Humpy will meet Yifan Hao in the semifinal while Lufei will take on compatriot Xue in the other last-four clash. (PTI)

 

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