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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Seeded Viplav struggles to beat Nihar
MUMBAI: Viplav Kuwale, seeded second, had tough time before he got past the spirited challenge of Nihar Kelkar 30-23 to enter the under-16 boy’s singles quarter finals of the PSA-NIA Maharashtra State open junior badminton tournament. After both fought tooth and nail, it was Nihar who led 18-15 and was going well till 23 before Viplav fought back tellingly to catch him before running away with the tie 30-23. Saurabh Kerhalkar, a 12-year-old boy from Nagpur put up a very pleasing display while entering the boy’s under-13 quarterfinals.  He just made his opponent Suyog Lokhande run all over the court before winning the tie 30-9. Rohan Thool was fully stretched by Aditya Desai before he prevailed at 21-19, 23-21, 21-16 to enter the under-13 boy’s singles semifinals.

Results: Boys U-16 (Pre-quarterfinals): Vignesh Devlekar bt Sarvesh Mhatre 30-7; Krish Raheja  bt Deep Rambhia 30-17;Dhiraj Karvande bt Garvit Somani 30-14; Tushar Singh bt Jeet Shirodkar 30-23; Varun Padhye bt Deepanshu 30-3;  Ganesh Todsam bt Aniket Kalmane 30-12; Pratik Kishore bt Rahul Salunke 30-24; Srinivas Salam bt Swaraj Pendurkar 30-11;Rohan Kadam bt Akshay Maheshwari 30-22; Sai Dinesh Reddy bt Nirav Sthalekar 30-7; Adity Shettigar  bt Viraj Patambekar 30-17, Akendra Darjee bty Gaurav Nikam 30-7; Pratik Chottani bt Advin Molay 30-10; Pauras Kulkarni bt Atharva Joshi 30-20; Anksh Attram bt Jainam Dedhia 30-15; Viplav Kuwale bt  Nihar Kelkar 30-23. Boys U-10 (Quarterfinals): Paritesh Sinker bt Vedant Shah 21-12, 21-19; Arnav Deshmukh bt Ishan Noglekar 21-15, 21-15; Rohan Thool bt Aditya Desai 21-19, 23-21,21-16; Tanishq Saxena bt Aryman Bam 21-18,

St. Theresa edge out Bombay Intl in a thriller
MUMBAI: St. Theresa School, Bandra defeated Bombay International, Babulnath 4-2 via tie breaker in the Mahindra Youth Football Challenge in the boy’s under-14 tournament played at the MSSA ground, yesterday. Both schools had scored a solitary goal by the full time before the match entered the tie breakers stage. St. Theresa then held their nerve before ending victorious at 4-2. Veer Parikh was the lone goal scorer of the match for Bombay International with two goals. In the first match of the day, St. Francis D’Assisi (Borivali) steamrolled J.J. Fort Boys (Fort) 5-0. St. Francis D’Assisi players were faster than their opponents and kept possession of the ball for most of the match. Balaji Nadar was the top scorer for St. Francis with two goals, whereas the other goals were scored by Ganesh Naidu, Arbaz Shaik and Jash Shah. The other two matches of the days saw St. Joseph (Malad) and Anjuman –Islam Allana winning their matches both ending with the score 2-0. St. Joseph (Malad) beat St. Paul’s (Dadar) after facing some early resistance. Anjuman –Islam Allana beat Bombay Cambridge Amboli with Shaik Hasib and Shaikh Saleem scoring the two goals.

Results: St. Francis D’Assisi (Borivali) (5) (Ganesh Naidu 1, Arbaz Shaikh 1, Balaji Nadar 2, Jash Shah 1) bt J.J. Fort Boys (Fort) 0; St. Joseph (Malad) (2) (Craig Mascarenhas 1, Erwin D’Souza 1) bt St. Paul’s (Dadar) (0); Anjuman –Islam Allana (2) (Shaikh Hasib 1, Shaikh Saleem 1) bt Bombay Cambridge Amboli (0); St. Theresa (Bandra) (4) (Kevin Fernandes 1, Aditya  Jambhle 1, Vishal Tak 1, Kenyon Alfonso 1) bt Via Tie Breaker Bombay International (Babulnath) (2) (Veer Parikh 2) (Full Time Score 1-1).

Pawar Public wins handball

MUMBAI: It was a sweet victory for Pawar Public, Bhandup who got the better of Jamnabai Narsee 24-14 in the finals of the under 12 handball competition conducted by MSSA. Their victory reflects their consistence performance of Pawar Public throughout the tournament which got them to the pinnacle. In the girls under 12 finals, it was Sri Sri Ravishankar who won overcoming a competitive Garodia International 13-9.

RESULTS: Boys Under-12: Ist Pawar Public, Bhandup beat Jamnabai Narsee (24-14); Boys IIIrd Place: St. Joseph H.S. beat IES Manik Vidyamandir, Bandra (15-6); Girl’s Under-12 Finals: Sri Sri Ravishankar Vs. Garodia Int. (13-9), Girls IIIrd Place: P. G. Garodia ICSE beat Fazlani L. A. (7-1).

Pak cricketers must learn from Sachin: Miandad
KARACHI: Former captain and director-general of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Javed Miandad has urged Pakistani cricketers to learn from the achievements of Indian batting maestro, Sachin Tendulkar. Rather than letting their on-field performance speak for them, Miandad feels that the players are happy to brag about their performance in media. "We keep on reading and hearing about some of the players making claims about how they will deliver, but on field that is not happening and it is a big let down for the nation. I would advise them to just focus on their game and go for improvement and take every match seriously. The players need to realise cricket is played on the field. They should learn from Sachin who has had a wonderful career and scored century after century but one never hear him making tall claims about his performances or achievements. He is a proper professional and someone our players can learn from," the veteran of 124 Tests insisted. Miandad also called on captain, Shahid Afridi to take more responsibility as a player and lift the team by example and said that the all-rounder has got enough amount of talent and he should channelise it properly.

Saina to return to action in Korean Open

NEW DELHI: After recovering from a ligament injury, India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal will return to the international scene in her season-opening Korean Open Super Series in Seoul starting today. The 20-year-old, who missed the Indian Grand Prix, Super Series Masters Final and the Malaysian Open because of a ligament injury in her right leg, will take on Tzu Ying Tai of Chinese Taipei in the first round of the main draw starting on Wednesday. Saina will hope to hit the right note from the start after missing action for more than a month.

I have advised Sreesanth to remain calm: Srikkanth
KOCHI: Shantakumaran Sreesanth may have missed the cut in the Indian squad for the upcoming World Cup but has come in for praise from selection committee chairman K Srikkanth, who has described him as an "excellent bowler." Terming selector's job as a thankless one’, Srikkanth said Sreesanth is a genuinely good outswing bowler. "I have told him (Sreesanth) to be calm and he will be a great bowler," Srikkanth was quoted as saying in 'On Record' show telecast on Asianet Television, on Sunday. The former India captain said that maturity comes with passage of time and experience that one gains playing international cricket. "Some people are playful. Maturity will come. Sreesanth is an excellent bowler and he has an excellent outswing," he said. Describing cricket as a "futuristic game", he said that the game has evolved over the years. "Cricket will overtake football and athletics in next two years in Kerala. Every state needs icons. Orignally, the state had PT Usha and now it is Sreesanth," he said.

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