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Saturday, June 04, 2011

Lankan Rohana grabs top spot after third round in PGTI tourney
PUNE: Sri Lankan Anura Rohana fired a four under 67 to jump to the top spot after round three of the PGTI Players Championship here yesterday.

Rohana grabbed the top of the leaderboard at 10 under 203 while compatriot Mithun Perera also shot a 67 to be placed tied second along with Kolkata's Shankar Das and Bangalorean R Murthy at eight under 205.

Rohana (69-67-67), who was overnight second, did not have the ideal start to round three. He dropped a double bogey on the opening hole after finding the green in four shots at Poona Club Golf Course.

The Colombo-based professional, still looking for his maiden title on the Aircel PGTI, made a speedy recovery thereafter as it rained birdies for him.

Maken sanctions ex-gratia assistance to former national player
New Delhi: Sports Minister Ajay Maken has sanctioned an ex-gratia assistance of Rs 2 lakh to a former national hockey player, Barbara J Francis from National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons.

Francis has been suffering from many old age ailments and is also in indigent condition.

The amount of Rs 2 lakh has been sanctioned after taking note of her poor financial position.

Bengal gives Jharkhand-bound Susmita Rs 5 lakh to stop her migrating
KOLKATA: In order to ensure that she does not migrate to some other state, the West Bengal government today gave Rs 5 lakh as financial assistance to ace heptathlete Susmita Singha Roy yesterday.

The West Bengal government's move came after Susmita had expressed her desire to shift base to Jharkhand to prepare for the 2012 London Olympics.

State Sports Minister Madan Mitra today called on Susmita along with her coach to the Writers' Buildings and requested her to change her mind.

"I have read in newspapers that she (Susmita) wanted to leave Bengal. Immediately, I got in touch with her family and asked her to remain in the state and gave her a financial support of Rs 5 lakh," Mitra told reporters.

Abdulla wins young cricketer’s award for IPL performance
MUMBAI: Left-arm slow bowler Iqbal Abdulla of  Kolkata Knight Riders has won the 2011 "Citibank Rising Star Award" for the best under-23 player of the recently conlcuded IPL-IV.

The 20-year-old Mumbai Ranji player beat back the strong challenge from other leading contenders Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja to win a cheque of Rs 10 lakh after grabbing 16 wickets at 19.06 runs per victim and at an economy rate of a shade over six, a release said today.

"I enjoyed playing alongside some of the legends of the game and hope to perform even better in the future," said Abdulla.
Saying it was a great honour to receive the award, the young spinner added that he was happy to be "recognised for my performance so early on in my career."

25 probables named for India's Olympic qualifier against Qatar 
NEW DELHI: India named 25 probables for a short camp ahead of the second round London Olympics qualifiers against Qatar later this month, with most of the players who featured in the first round making it to the list.

India had beaten Myanmar 3-2 on aggregate over two legs on February 23 and March 9 in the first round. The Desmond Bulpin-led side will play Qatar in Doha on June 19 and in Pune on June 23 in the second round. The preparatory camp will be held in Pune from June 10.

The Probables: Goalkeepers: Laxmikant Kattimani, Jagroop Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Ravi Kumar.

Defenders: Inderpreet Singh, Raju Eknath Gaikwad, Deepak Devrani, R Vishal Kumar, Abhishek Das, Lalrozama Fenai, Arnab Mondal, Saba Saleel.
Midfielders: Jewel Raja Sheikh, Shilton Sydney D'Silva, Oinam Milan Singh, Kh Jibon Singh, Lalrindika Ralte, Gurjinder Kumar, Snehasis Chakraborthy, Anthony Barbosa, Zakir Mundampara.

Forwards: Jeje Lalpekhlua, Manandeep Singh, Jagtar Singh, CS Sabeeth.

Jaffer, Herwadkar and Gorivale awarded cricket scholarships
Mumbai: Promising junior cricketers Armaan Jaffer (under 14), Akhil Herwadkar (under 16) and Sagar Gorivale (under 19) have been awarded the Ramesh Rajde Memorial sports scholarships by former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar.

Prolific batsman Jaffer received Rs 15000 and a certificate while all-rounder Herwadkar and bowler Gorivale bagged Rs 25,000 each in cash and a certificate in memory of Rajde who played for Dadar Union club and became a mentor for many young cricketers till his untimely death. In his memory the trust for young sportspersons was established in 2007 and this is the fifth year of the scholarships.

Former India opener Anshuman Gaikwad and Vijay Chowgule, chairman, Chowgule Group, instituted the Ramesh Rajde Trust to recognise young cricketers from Mumbai in various age groups.

Chidi signs for Salgaocar
PANAJI: Salgaocar has roped in Mohun Bagan striker Edeh Chidi for the upcoming season while dropping Yusif Yakubu who played a vital role in the Salgaocar triumph in I-League.

Besides Chidi, they have roped five more players to strengthen the squad- Ishfafq Ahmed, Biswajit Saha (Mohun Bagan), Dada Nabeel (Air India), Mehrajudding Wadoo (East Bengal) and Kartik Kisku (Mohammedan).

Salgaocar's SC Secretary Raj Gomes said Chidi is a potent striker and an effective player upfront who will do a good job for the team to replace Yakubu who has decided to pack his bags as he is not interested in playing in India.

Govt support should come at right time: Rower Bajrang Lal
PUNE: Believing in the adage "a stitch in time saves nine," Asian Games gold medal winning rower Bajrang Lal Takhar said more medals could have been won in the sport at international events had timely response and help come from the government.

"There is government support, but it does not come on time. Two years ago, we had prepared a budget and presented but the help did not come on time. If it had come on time, we could have won more gold medals in the international competitions, including Commonwealth Games 2010 and Asian Games 2010," said Bajrang here.

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