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Inter-college cricket tourney of JU
MAM College, GMC win ties
JAMMU, JAN 27: Government
MAM College and Government
Medical College (GMC), Jammu won
their respective matches to move into
the next round of the ongoing annual
inter-college (men's) cricket tournament under the banner of Directorate
of Sports and Physical Education,
University of Jammu on the campus
ground, here today.
In the first match of the day, MAM
College defeated Government Degree
College (GDC) Mendhar by six wickets. Batting first, GDC Mendhar were
bowled out for 97 runs in given 20
overs, which, in reply, MAM College
chased in 18.3 overs with six wickets
in hand.
Imran remained top scorer with 29
runs while Umar and Nazir con-
JKFA compliments Ishfaq
JAMMU, JAN 27: The executive committee of the Jammu
Association (JKFA) today
complimented international
footballer from the state,
Ishfaq Ahmad on being conferred the state award in sports
for 2014-15.
The Association also
thanked the state government
for recognizing the talent in
the most popular game in
Jammu and Kashmir, a handout issued today said.
tributed 22 and 11 runs respectively.
From MAM College, Sukhbeer Singh
and Sidhant shared two wickets each.
Later, MAM College chased the
total making 101 runs for four wickets, sparing 1.3 overs of their
innings. Tushar played fine innings
of 19-ball 23 runs hitting five
boundaries while Nilesh and
Tejeshwar Singh added 22 runs
each. Muzzamil contributed valuable 17 runs to the team's total. Atif
remained most successful bowler,
who took two wickets.
Meanwhile, in another match of the
day, GMC Jammu registered a big 47
runs win against GDC Kathua.
Earlier, GMC won the toss and decided to bat first. They made 114 runs for
eight wickets in 16 overs game.
Navjeet (25), Nasir (17) and Sawan
(18) were top scorers. From Kathua,
Akshdeep took two wickets, followed
by Karan and Satnam, who shared
apiece each.
Later, GDC Kathua could not perform well and could only make 67
runs for nine wickets in allotted 16
overs. Rahul and Satnam made highest 15 and 14 runs respectively. From
GMC Jammu, Sawan took three wickets while Mukhtyar bagged two.
Today's matches were officiated by
Saleem ur Rehman, Suresh Singh and
Raj Kumar as umpires while Manu
Khajuria was scorer.
shall take on MIET while GGM
Science College shall face PG (Arts)
Injured Rohit Sharma likely to
miss World Cup warm up match
PERTH, JAN 27: The
Indian team management
has decided not to risk
injured opener Rohit
Sharma for India's do-ordie tri-series game against
England on January 30 and
also for the final in case
India happen to win their
last round robin encounter
in the tournament.
Rohit suffered from
hamstring injury during
the opening encounter
where he scored a splendid
138 against Australia.
"Chances of Rohit playing
in the tri-series even if
India reaches final is next
to nil. He is recovering but
the Indian team management does not want to risk
a key player with the
World Cup starting in less
than three weeks," a
source close to the team
management told PTI
Mary Kom thanks
Obama for
acknowledging her
Pleasantly surprised after
Barack Obama took her
name while talking about
Indian achievers, boxer
M.C. Mary Kom on
Tuesday said it felt proud
to be acknowledged by the
U.S. President.
Addressing a town hall
event in Delhi, Obama
lauded Indian sporting
heroes Mary Kom and
sprinter Milkha Singh
among others.
“I am thankful to him
for mentioning my name.
He acknowledged my performances over the years. It
was surprising because he
could have taken anybody’s name. I am feeling
very proud,” Kom said.
Nadal crashes out, Sharapova cruises, Murray roars
Rafael Nadal has joined
Roger Federer on the sidelines at the Australian Open,
taking their combined 31
Grand Slam singles titles
with them.
On the women's side, second-seeded
Tuesday, and Ekaterina
Makarova are still around
and will play an all-Russian
Nadal's lack of match fitness from nearly six months
of injuries and illness finally
caught up with the 14-time
major champion in his quarterfinal match against Tomas
Berdych. He was never much
of a factor and lost 6-2, 6-0,
7-6 (5).
The third-seeded Nadal
said before the tournament
that his inactivity over the
last half of 2014 made him
unlikely to win more than a
few rounds. Coming into the
Australian Open, Nadal had
played only eight matches
since last June because of a
right wrist injury and appendix surgery in November.
Federer, who has 17
major titles, including four in
Melbourne Park after an
upset third-round loss to
Andrea Seppi.
Nadal said he was surprised to have advanced as
far as he did in Melbourne.
"It is obvious that I needed something more to be
more competitive," Nadal
said. "As I said when I
arrived here, the process
always is not easy. When you
have injuries, comebacks are
difficult. But without being at
my top level of tennis, I was
able to be here in quarterfinals. Is not a bad result at all
for me." Berdych said, "I was
ready for everything and I
think that was the difference
... when you're playing Rafa
you have to keep going to the
last point."
Berdych, who had lost 17
straight matches to Nadal,
will play sixth-seeded Andy
Murray in the semifinals
after the British player beat
local hope Nick Kyrgios 6-3,
7-6 (5), 6-3 in a night match.
Kyrgios came back from
two sets down and saved a
match point in the fourth
round Sunday before beating
Italian Andreas Seppi, the
player who had eliminated
Federer, but there was no
such comeback on Tuesday.
The 19-year-old Kyrgios,
who walked onto the court
with his headphones on and
gave two thumbs-up to the
crowd, was at his crowdpleasing best. After hitting a
backhanded drop shot at the
net for winner in the second
set, he spread out his arms for
applause, and in the third set,
he hit a between-the-legs
shot that Murray easily
returned. (Agencies)
Pakistani cricketer haunted by “supernatural presence” at team hotel
Pakistan team management
says cricketer Haris Sohail
was left “visibly shaken”
after a ghostly encounter in a
Christchurch hotel room.
Sohail fled what he
believed was “a supernatural
presence” which shook his
bed at the Rydges Latimer
hotel, taking refuge in the
room of a team coach after
the encounter earlier this
Team manager Maveed
Akram Cheeva said Tuesday
Sohail, 26, phoned a member
of the coaching staff to say he
had been woken by his bed
being shaken. The coach
rushed to Sohail’s room and
found him shaken and feverish.
Cheeva said management
tried to persuade Sohail the
fever may have caused a
nightmare, but the player was
adamant his experience was
The hotel’s management
says it knew of “no active
ghost” on the premises.
Pakistan media reports
said Sohail, an allrounder
who has played nine onedayers and three Twenty20
internationals, was so “traumatised” by the experience
he has been unable to train
forced to miss
w a r m u p
match against
Z e a l a n d
P r e s i d e n t ’s
XI. Sohail took the field in a
second warmup game in
Christchurch on Tuesday and
made 6 runs from 25 balls.