HODGSON QATAR TO COUNTS ON SEND 318 TORRES FOR PLAYERS TO RESURGENCE ASIAD PAGE 33 | THE FIELD PAGE 34 | THE DOMAIN The big one TODAY’S GOLF THOUGHT TENNIS What other people may WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS ﬁnd in poetry or art muse- ums, I ﬁnd in the ﬂight of a Tuesday, October 26, 2010 good drive. –Arnold Palmer RARING TO GO Must one win Grand Slam to become No. 1? RAAJIV TRIPATHI one title and ﬁnalist in two DOHA Grand Slams this year. The Russian hailed DO you need to win the Wozniacki for reaching the Grand Slam to be declared peak but chose to with- the world number one? draw herself from the con- Or, should it depend on troversy. “She (Wozniacki) the assessment of your has been the most consis- year long performance as tent player this year, so it’s per the WTA ranking sys- fair enough that she’s No 1 tem? in the world. The ranking The elite eight, who will system works both ways. be ﬁghting tooth and nail “I’m a person who does- for the top honours of the n’t really think about sta- WTA Championships tistics or anything. I’m just from Tuesday at the trying to think about it (No Khalifa International 1 ranking or Grand Slam Tennis and Squash Complex, include three players who reached the pinnacle of the rankings QT Analysis without a Grand Slam title Wozniacki, the – Caroline Wozniacki of newly-crowned Denmark, Serbian Jelena world number 1, Jankovic and Belgian star said: “It is my Kim Clijsters. dream to be the Apart from the trio, world number Kim Clijsters (left) of Belgium and Francesca Schiavone of Italy during a press conference for the WTA Championships, in Doha, on Monday. (MANEESH BAKSHI) Dinara Saﬁna of Russia one. I am savour- Zvonareva, Jankovic to had also fuelled the con- ing the new- troversy last season when found glory. It she rose to become the feels great." numero uno of the women’s tennis. Among title). I’m just trying to the four players, only concentrate on my game, clash in Doha 2010 opener Clijsters has been able to trying to improve it all the silence her critics by win- time in order to push ning the US Open three myself to the limits. Every times. time I’m playing out there, Wozniacki, the newly- I’m challenging myself. crowned world number 1, That’s important for me,” said at a press conference, said Zvonareva, the 2008 “It is my dream to be the runner-up in Doha. ARINDAM NAG ORDER OF PLAY New Haven and Tokyo by world number one. I am Clijsters sought to end DOHA WTA PRIZE MONEY White Group taking the ﬁeld for second savouring the new-found the controversy saying, Vera Zvonareva (Russia) v match of the day. The third glory. It feels great. It’s “The consistency is also a THE crème de la crème of Singles (all amounts in dollar) Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) match of the day between something that I’ve always big part of being a profes- women’s tennis will vie for Winner (if undefeated) $1,550,000 Maroon Group Schiavone and Stosur will be dreamt of since I was a lit- sional tennis player. I top honours at the WTA Winner (if loses 1 RR match) $1,450,000 Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) v a re-enactment of the French tle girl. To achieve that think almost anybody can Championships opening at Winner (if loses 2 RR matches) $1,350,000 Elena Dementieva (Russia) Open 2010 ﬁnal. With both goal, it’s a good feeling.” go to a tournament, do the Khalifa International Runner-up (if undefeated in RR) $780,000 Francesca Schiavone (Italy) v players ﬁlled with mutual Jankovic, who faced a well and beat the No 1 Tennis and Squash Complex Runner-up (if wins 2 RR matches) $680,000 Samantha Stosur (Australia) respect for the other, a barrage of questions after player in the world. You’re in Doha from Tuesday. Runner-up (if wins 1 RR match) $580,000 humdinger is on the cards. becoming the No 1 in not considered the No 1 This is going to be the Semiﬁnalist (if undefeated in RR) $400,000 While Wozniacki goes into Apart from Schiavone, the 2008, defended the Dane player until you’re actually third and last occasion for the tournament with 7270 other winner of a Grand and was justiﬁed in doing at the top,” added Clijsters, Semiﬁnalist (if wins 2 RR matches) $300,000 the tournament to be staged points, the Russian has 6096 Slam title in fray this year is so. “Being No 1 is about who is making her seventh in Doha as it will move over Semiﬁnalist (if wins 1 RR match) $200,000 in her kitty. The Danish ten- Kim Clijsters who beat playing well through the appearance at the season’s to Istanbul from next year. Round Robin (2 wins) $300,000 nis sensation will also try to Zvonareva to defend her whole year. It’s not about ﬁnale. The tournament, which Round Robin (1 win) $200,000 silence all those who under- Flushing Meadows title. winning one tournament Clijsters also praised the offers $4.55 million as prize Round Robin (no wins) $100,000 mine her number 1 ranking Another highlight of the and then fading away.” ascent of Wozniacki. “She money, will register the par- for failing to win any Grand 2010 Championships is that The Serb congratulated is a great player. After ticipation of top eight Doubles (per team) (all amounts in dollar) Slam by winning the cham- it is the most international Wozniacki for her success. reaching the ﬁnal of the US women’s players and the Winner $375,000 pionship. Zvonareva has two since the round robin was “She played consistently Open last year, she showed best four doubles teams in Runners-up $187,500 Grand Slam ﬁnals introduced with eight sin- throughout the year. I the tennis world that she the world. However, because Semiﬁnalists $93,750 (Wimbledon and US Open) gles players drawn from think at this moment, she belongs up there. of injury, world number 3 under her belt. seven countries. Azarenka is deserves to be No 1 and the “She brings beauty to and 5 Serena Williams and Wozniacki, world no 2 Vera 1972. Zvonareva, who had got the only player in the cham- ranking shows it. So with- tennis. She has a good Venice Williams, respective- Zvonareva, former world With just one former the better of Jankovic twice pionship to have never out a Grand Slam or with a head on her shoulders,” ly, are giving the champi- number 1 and current world champion in the ﬁeld in the this year in Dubai and reached a Grand Slam ﬁnal. Grand Slam, I think said Clijsters. onship a miss. number 4 Kim Clijsters, person of Kim Clijsters, Wimbledon, will renew her In the doubles’ section, the becoming No 1 in the But the Belgian indicat- The Williams duo’s world number 6 Francesca chances are that the champi- rivalry here by playing the line-up is led by Gisela Dulko world is in itself great. Not ed Wozniacki is not far absence from the tourna- Schiavone, world number 7 onship this year will throw opening match of the tour- and Flavia Pennetta followed many players are able to from winning a Grand ment has beneﬁted world Samantha Stosur and world up a new victor when the nament at 5pm. Elena by the pairs of Vania King and do that, so congratulations Slam title. “She’s just 20 number 9 and 10 Elena number 8 Jelena Jankovic. ﬁnal is played next Sunday. Dementieva, who is making Yaroslava Shvedova, Kveta to her!” years old and has achieved Dementieva and Victoria French Open 2010 winner The championship will her 10th appearance in the Peschke and Katarina Another player knocking so much. So I don’t think Azarenka, respectively. The Schiavone and runner-up also witness intense battle championship, will also get Srebotnik and Lisa Raymond on the doors of No 1 rank- in a couple of years’ time, two have ﬁlled up the last Stosur are making their for the season-ending world an opportunity to settle and Rennae Stubbs. ing is Russian Vera we’ll be asking the same two slots. Others in fray are debut in the tournament, number 1 ranking between scores with Wozniacki for Zvonareva winner of only question again.” world number 1 Caroline which is being played since Wozniacki and Zvonareva. being on the loser’s side in SEE ALSO PAGE 35 Zvonareva moves to 2nd ranking Byrd wins in Las Vegas BERLIN Russian Vera Zvonareva moved LAS VEGAS Jonathan Byrd ﬁred a hole-in-one at Sports to second behind Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki at the top of the women’s tennis rankings issued on Monday by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). the fourth playoff hole on Sunday to seize victory in the USPGA Shriners Hospital Open in stunning style as darkness closed in. Byrd, 2009 champion Martin Laird of Scotland line Serena Williams of the United States and Australian Cameron Percy debated whether slipped to third, while sister Venus also to keep going after all three remained in the play- lost a place to ﬁfth at the expense of off after three holes. US Open winner Kim Clijsters of Byrd’s shot at the 204-yard hole landed some Countdown to naming of 2022 World Cup host Belgium. 10 feet short and disappeared into the cup. QT SPOTLIGHT ON WTA DOHA 2010 Tuesday, October 26, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com 35 CAROLINE WOZNIACKI OF DENMARK Current ranking - 1 Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco DOB: July 11, 1990 Jankovic looks to SAMANTHA STOSUR OF AUSTRALIA Current ranking - 7 Residence: Gold Coast, Australia DOB: March 30, 1984 beat Doha heat Birthplace: Odense, Denmark Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia Height: 5’ 10” (1.77 m) Height: 5’ 7 3/4” (1.72 m) Weight: 128 lbs. (58 kg) Weight: 143 lbs. (65 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Status: Pro (July 18, 2005) Status: Pro (1999) Win-loss for YTD Career Win-loss for YTD Career WTA Tour singles titles: 6 12 WTA Tour singles titles: 1 2 WTA Tour doubles titles: 0 2 WTA Tour doubles titles: 0 22 ITF singles titles: 0 4 ITF singles titles: 0 4 ITF doubles titles: 0 0 REUTERS ITF doubles titles: 0 11 Prize Money: $3,241,488 $6,491,846 DOHA WHITE GROUP Prize Money: $1,790,340 $6,105,650 Win Loss Record - Singles:59 - 15 232 - 88 Seed Players Win Loss Record - Singles:45 - 17 311 - 224 Win Loss Record - Doubles:5 - 9 35 - 52 FROM warm winter boots to 2 Vera Zvonareva (RUS) Win Loss Record - Doubles:14 - 7 325 - 146 Championship history – Making 2nd appearance at ice-pick stilettos, Jelena Championships history – Making singles debut at the the WTA Championships after reaching SF in 2009 Jankovic has stepped into the 3 Kim Clijsters (BEL) year-end Championships; qualiﬁed for the (ret vs. S Williams w/left abdominal strain); ﬁrst searing heat of Doha aiming to 6 Jelena Jankovic (SRB) Championships in doubles 4 times (2005, 2006, 2007, singles player to qualiﬁfy for the WTA overcome ill health and poor 8 Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 2009); DNP in 2007 due to viral); won doubles title twice Championships by winning title in Tokyo. form at the season-ending WTA (2005, 2206) both w/Lisa Raymond; also doubles SF in Championships. 2009 (w/Stubbs). Given the tournament’s repu- MAROON GROUP tation for pushing players Seed Players beyond their limits, however, it 1 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) VERA ZVONAREVA OF RUSSIA would be no surprise if the Serb JELENA JANKOVIC OF SERBIA Current ranking - 2 exits Qatar as one of the walk- 4 Francesca Schiavone (ITA) Current ranking - 8 Residence: Moscow, Russia ing wounded. 5 Samantha Stosur (AUS) Residence: Dubai, UAE DOB: September 7, 1984 Jankovic cut a forlorn ﬁgure DOB: February 28, 1985 7 Elena Dementieva (RUS) Birthplace: Moscow, Russia at a media conference on Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Height: 5’ 7 3/4” (1.72 m) Monday, her strained voice and Height: 5’ 9 1/2” (1.77 m) Weight: 130 1/2 lbs. (59.1 kg) subdued demeanour conﬁrma- ing and it was very hot. Weight: 130 lbs. (59 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) tion that all is not well with the “I was at home in Serbia and Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Status: Pro (September 2000) former world number one. in Moscow, which was zero Status: Pro (2000) Win-loss for.... YTD Career degrees and minus. So I’m Win-loss for YTD Career WTA Tour singles titles: 1 10 “I think for me it’s white. You can see I have no WTA Tour singles titles: 1 12 WTA Tour doubles titles: 0 5 a change, because tan.” Playing a round robin for- WTA Tour doubles titles: 0 1 ITF singles titles: 0 2 I came from Ser- mat in Qatar’s oppressive ITF singles titles: 0 1 ITF doubles titles: 0 0 bia,” said Jankovic, weather takes a heavy toll on ITF doubles titles: 0 0 Prize Money: $2,744,641 $9,393,530 who is making her players, even though the Prize Money: $1,736,991 $11,169,440 Win Loss Record - Singles:46 - 17 394 - 187 third appearance matches are scheduled in the Win Loss Record - Singles:38 - 20 414 - 210 Win Loss Record - Doubles:13 - 71 51 - 98 at the prestigious evening. Win Loss Record - Doubles:7 - 6 41 - 60 Championship history – Has made 3 appearnces at tournament, which Jankovic hopes her past Championships history – Making 4th appearance at the the Championships; in 2004 (l. Kuznetsova, Sharapova moves to Istanbul experience at the tournament Championships; made debut in 2007, losing all three RR and Mauresmo to go 0-3 at the round robin stage); run- from next year”. will help her adapt quickly. matches (l. Henin, Chakvetadze, ret. Vs Bartoli w/viral); ner-up in 2008 (l. V Williams in ﬁnal, d. No 1 ranked “I have to just try my best to advanced to SF in 2008 (as top seed went 2-1 in RR Jankovic, No 4 ranked Ivanovic and No 7 Kuznetsova in The 25-year-old, who had adjust to this heat and the stage: l. eventual champion and No 8 seed V Williams in RR, then d. No 5 ranked Dementieva in SF); in 2009 as strapped herself into a ﬁgure- humidity. But I’ve been here SF) and 2009 (went 2-1 in RR stage with wins vs Saﬁna an alternate (l. Wozniacki in 3 sets (then withdrew due to hugging gown and high heels at Jelena Jankovic of Serbia giving hand prints at Ritz Carlton, in Doha, in the past. I think whoever (by ret.) and Wozniacki; in SF l. V Williams in 3s). right ankle injury) the ofﬁcial tournament the pre- on Monday. (MANEESH BAKSHI) is going to be the ﬁttest, who- vious evening, has exited the ever can survive in these kind last two tournaments in China “I twisted my ankle and had recently. of conditions, is going to do and Russia in the second back problems so that also “I think for me it’s a change, the best.” In the Maroon ELENA DEMENTIEVA OF RUSSIA KIM CLIJSTERS OF BELGIUM round. resulted in not good prepara- because I came from Serbia,” Group, world number one Current ranking - 9 Current ranking - 4 “I’m having some health tion, not being able to practice said Jankovic, who is making Caroline Wozniacki will face Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco Residence: Bree, Belgium problems, I have sinus prob- as hard as I normally practice. her third appearance at the Elena Dementieva, DOB: October 15, 1981 Birthplace: Moscow, Russia DOB: June 8, 1983 lems,” Jankovic croaked into That also affected my conﬁ- prestigious tournament, which Francesca Schiavone and Height: 5’ 11” (1.80 m) Birthplace: Bilzen, Belgium the microphone. dence.” Jankovic, who is drawn moves to Istanbul from next Sam Stosur. Weight: 141 lbs. (64 kg) Height: 5’ 8 1/2’” (1.74 m) “I was sick before I came to in the White Group alongside year. The $4.5 million tournament Plays: Right-handed (two-handed Weight: 150 lbs. (68 kg) Moscow and I’m still not 100 world number two Vera “I came from home, which is reserved for the top eight backhand) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) percent. I’m not in the form I Zvonareva, Kim Clijsters and was very cold. When I showed players in the world, though Status: Pro (August 25, 1998) Status: Pro (1997) was in the ﬁrst half of the sea- Victoria Azarenka, has not been up here at the airport I was with Serena (ranked No.2) and Win-loss for YTD Career Win-loss for ...... YTD Career son, but that’s due to a lot of helped by the drastic changes in my winter boots. I went outside Venus Williams (ﬁfth) are miss- WTA Tour singles titles: 2 16 WTA Tour doubles titles: 0 6 WTA Tour singles titles: 4 39 injuries. climate she has experienced and I was in shock. I was sweat- ing due to injury. ITF singles titles: 0 3 WTA Tour doubles titles: 0 11 ITF doubles titles: 0 3 ITF singles titles: 0 3 Prize Money: $1,146,690 $14,117,437 ITF doubles titles: 0 3 Win Loss Record - Singles:40 - 16 575 - 271 Prize Money: $3,585,060 $19,981,916 Win Loss Record - Singles:36 - 6 476 - 113 KHALIFA COMPLEX READY FOR THE SHOW Win Loss Record - Doubles:0 - 11 52 - 86 Championships history – Making 10th appearance at the Win Loss Record - Doubles:1 - 2 131 - 54 WTA Championships (most among active players; 2nd is Championships history – Making 7th appearance at Clijsters with seven); competed in this event 2000-2006, 2008 and 2009; was present in 2007 as second alternate but not the year-ending Championships; 2-time champion win- called upon to play; reached SF on debut in 2000 – saved MP ning in Los Angeles in back-to-back years – 2002 (as to d. world No 2 and defending champion Davenport in 1r (only No 5 seed, d. Rubin, Henin, V Williams (via ret.), S second time reigning title holder to lose so early) and recovered Williams in ﬁnal) and 2003 (ﬁrst year of round robin for- from 4-2 third-set deﬁcit to d. Clijsters in QF before falling to mat; as top seed, d Mauresmo in ﬁnal); reached SF in Seles; thereafter, has gone 1-13, falling 1r in 2001 (l. to Pierce, 2001 (as No 3 seed, l. No 3 seed Davenport) and 2006 Mauresmo, Clijsters) and 2006 (0-3); in 2008, as No 5 seed (advanced through RR stage with 2-1 record; l. went 2-1 in RR, falling to No 7 seed and eventual champion V Williams in 3s but beating No 2 seed Saﬁna and alternate Mauresmo in 3s); fell in RR stage with 1-2 record in Petrova; l. No 8 seed Zvonareva in 3s in SF); doubles champi- 2005; made Championships debut in 2000 (at New on in 2002 (w/Husarova); in 2009 went 1-2 in RR, d. V York, l. Dementieva) Williams in 3s, l. S Williams and Kuznetsova). FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE OF ITALY VICTORIA AZARENKA OF BELARUS Current ranking - 6 Current ranking - 10 Residence: Milan, Italy Residence: Scottsdale, AZ, USA DOB: June 23, 1980 DOB: July 31, 1989 Birthplace: Milan, Italy Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus Height: 5’ 5 1/2” (1.66 m) Height: 5’ 10” (1.80 m) Weight: 141 lbs. (64 kg) Weight: 132 lbs. (60 kg) Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Status: Pro (1998) Status: Pro (2003) Win-loss for YTD Career Win-loss for YTD Career WTA Tour singles titles: 2 4 WTA Tour singles titles: 2 5 WTA Tour doubles titles: 0 7 WTA Tour doubles titles: 1 4 ITF singles titles: 0 0 ITF singles titles: 0 1 ITF doubles titles: 0 1 ITF doubles titles: 0 3 Prize Money: $2,256,634 $6,845,259 Prize Money: $1,177,028 $4,687,325 Win Loss Record - Singles:39 - 20 448 - 305 Win Loss Record - Singles:41 - 18 223 - 103 Win Loss Record - Doubles:17 - 11 184 - 154 Win Loss Record - Doubles:15 - 7 105 - 46 Championships history – Making Championships debut Championships history – Making 2nd consecutive and is third Italian woman to appear at the year-end appearance at the Championships; in 2009 went 1-2 RR Championships after Raffaella Reggi (1986, 1987, 1989), (d. Jankovic, l. Wozniacki 7-5 in 3s and ret. A Radwanska and Silvia Farina Ella (2001, 2002); reached doubles SF in at 4-1 in 3s); sealed ﬁnal place at Doha by reaching QF in 2006 (w/Peschke). WTA CEO Stacey Allaster (left), QTF President Nasser Ghanem Al Khelaiﬁ (centre) and Tournament Director Karim Alami (right) at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, in Doha, on Monday. 34 Tuesday, October 26, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com THE DOMAIN Beach volleyball dress violates human rights: Ali RAAJIV TRIPATHI “All sports comprise two behav- must wear the revealing dress in ﬂexibility and variations to accom- ball and beach volleyball by allow- DOHA ioral characteristics – play and display. A balance between the QT Exclusive the beach volleyball. Besides, the dress of the females doesn’t guar- modate different cultural groups, not by excluding a considerable ing girls and women to choose the sports dress they feel happy with “THE Rule 2 of Olympic Charter two should be maintained. In the antee any safety from injuries dur- portion of women who are refusing or ﬁnd comfortable or convenient. strongly encourages the participa- beach volleyball, the accent seems This is the second and ing the play. to wear speciﬁc and restricted style This is what happening in other tion of women at all levels in all more on display than play, which concluding part of the Ali also says in paper, “Sports of uniform,” Ali argues. team sports like football, basket- sports to strictly apply the princi- contravenes the motto and slo- story on alteration of and culture are integral parts of our The prevalent women’s sports ball and handball,” adds the QVA ple of equality of men and gans of the game like volleyball for dress code by the society and their combination ben- dress in beach volleyball in a way ofﬁcial. women,” said Ali quoting the rules all, fair play and keep the ball ﬂy- FIVB for female beach eﬁts us in terms of health, social violates the human right funda- Ali’s forceful and pragmatic argu- of the Olympic Charter. ing,” Ali continued. volleyball players cohesion, economic activity, cultur- mentals, besides having its nega- ments had their bearing on the But Ali says that the very rule of “Due to body-hugging and short al diversity and quality of life. So tive effect on the players’ psychol- FIVB members who matter. And the Olympic Charter is violated by dress, many players from the con- view, this doesn’t mean volleyball volleyball should be used a tool to ogy. “Every individual must have they decided to enforce new regula- the FIVB’s dress code. “It doesn’t servative families in the Middle for all.” bring people together and bridge unrestricted chance of practising tions regarding the dress, which place both the men and women East and South Paciﬁc regions Ali also contends that there is the gaps between various cultures. a sport and maximum ﬂexibility provide a good choice to women players at the equal level as the decline to join volleyball and discrimination of dress for men “Cultural changes need some in the choice of uniform selec- players. And it is hoped this new dress of the female players has beach volleyball, despite having a and women in the volleyball. “The time before they impact a society tion,” says Ali. dress code will attract the females of been designed more with an aim strong wish be into this sport and men can cover their body with and volleyball must tolerate this by “The FIVB needs to enhance the places which have conservative to show off their physique. possessing good talent. In my decent dress while the females allowing some women uniform women’s participation in volley- culture. Qatar to send 318 Tendulkar named in Return of fit-again players all-time Test boosts India for Kiwi Tests players to Asiad World XI IANS NEW DELHI AP NEW DELHI INDIA was on Monday boost- ed by the return of three key TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK SACHIN Tendulkar is the only players for the three-Test home DOHA Indian batsman to ﬁnd a place series against New Zealand in the ESPN-Cricinfo’s all-time starting next month. THE Qatar Olympic Committee on Monday Test World XI. Opener Gautam Gambhir, announced that 24 national sport federations Tendulkar is also the lone veteran batsman Venkatsai will compete in 28 events during the upcom- player from the current gener- Laxman and seamer Ishant ing 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou city of ation to make the cut along- Sharma, who all missed the China from November 12 to 27. side legends Don Bradman, second Test against Australia Qatar’s contingent will have 318 athletes, Viv Richards and Garry in Bangalore due to injuries, the highest ever Qatari contingent for any Sobers. were included in the 15-man sports event. Total strength of the delegation Curiously, West Indian bat- squad. will be 478, which will include technical and ting legend Brian Lara missed Gambhir and Sharma suf- out on a berth. fered knee injuries, while The Qatari delegation for the The jury had one former Laxman was troubled by back Guangzhou Games will have captain from each of the top spasms which he picked up 56 female athletes as well. Khaleel Ibrahim al Jaber. Test-playing teams - Ian during a match-winning 73 not Such a high number of female Chappell, Clive Lloyd, Tony out in the ﬁrst Test in Mohali. athletes in the contingent is and karate. Greig, Duleep Mendis, Ali India enhanced their reputa- indicative of growing populari- The QOC conﬁrmed that all arrangements Bacher, Intikhab Alam, John tion as the world’s top-ranked VVS Laxman: Back into the team. (AP) ty of sports among women in have been made to receive the delegation in Wright, Ajit Wadekar. Besides, Test team by winning the ﬁrst the country. china. The administrative body under the the panel also had four cricket match by one wicket and the sec- came in for Gambhir, hit a Zealand are also due to play chairmanship of Khaleel Ibrahim al Jaber, historians and writers. ond by seven wickets to sweep maiden Test century (139) in ﬁve one-day internationals director of QOC Sports Affairs Department, Lara along with Sunil the short series 2-0. Bangalore, while Cheteshwar from November 28 to administrative ofﬁcials as well. will ﬂy to Guangzhou on Tuesday to ﬁnalise all Gavaskar featured in the sec- The return of Gambhir and Pujara marked his debut as December 10. The events that would be contested by preparations for reception of the Qatari dele- ond World XI, which also has Laxman creates a selection Laxman’s replacement with a I n d i a ’ s T e s t s q u a d : Mahendra Singh Qatari athletes include handball, football, bas- gation. the likes of Barry Richards, headache — albeit a nice one ﬂuent 72 in the same match. Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-cap- ketball, volleyball, athletics, shooting, eques- The Qatari delegation for the Guangzhou George Headley, Wally — for the hosts ahead of the The second Test will be tain), Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Venkatsai Laxman, trian, swimming, fencing, golf, tennis, table Games will have 56 female athletes as well. Hammond, Imran Khan, Alan ﬁrst Test against the Black played in Hyderabad from Suresh Raina, Cheteshwar Pujara, tennis, wrestling, cycling, boxing, chess, Such a high number of female athletes in the Knott, Bill OíReilly, Fred Caps in Ahmedabad from November 12 and the third in Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, squash, bowling, billiards, weightlifting, sail- contingent is indicative of growing popularity Trueman, Muttiah November 4. Nagpur from November 20. Shanthakumaran Sreesanth. ing (3 sports), taekwondo, judo, gymnastics of sports among women in the country. Muralitharan and SF Barnes. Opener Murali Vijay, who Daniel Vettori’s New C o a c h : Gary Kirsten (RSA). Pakistan ready to take on South Africa in T20 series AFP ABU DHABI PAKISTAN captain Shahid Afridi hoped his beleaguered side is focused enough to counter a spirited South African team in the back-to- back Twenty20 matches start- ing on Tuesday. Pakistan’s recent tour to England was rocked by spot- ﬁxing allegations which prompted a Scotland Yard investigation and the suspen- sion of three of their players by the International Cricket Council. Test captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer were charged for violating various code of conduct during the Lord’s Test against England in August, a controversy which Afridi said is a thing of the Pakistani Twenty20 cricket team captain Shahid Afridi (right) holds the trophy with South Africa’s past. Graeme Smith during a ceremony, in Abu Dhabi, on Monday. (AFP) “My players are profession- al and have put all the contro- “But we still have ample talent Morkel and Dale Styen were two one-day in Abu Dhabi versy behind them,” Afridi to counter South Africa who still recovering from various before the last three limited said at the launching ceremo- are a very good side in the injuries and may not be able to over matches in Dubai. ny of the series in which shorter form of the game.” play the ﬁrst Twenty 20. Dubai will also stage the Pakistan will also play ﬁve South African captain Botha hoped at least two of ﬁrst Test, while the second will one-day internationals and Johan Botha agreed Pakistan the three players will be avail- be played in Abu Dhabi. two Tests. will miss the talent of Asif and able for the second Twenty 20, The series is Pakistan’s Aamer. also to be played here on Squads: P a k i s t a n ( f r o m ) : Shahid Afridi (Capt), home series shifted to United “You always miss quality Wednesday. Imran Farhat, Mohammad Hafeez, Arab Emirates over security players and surely Pakistan “Playing Pakistan is always Shahzaib Hasan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Asad Shaﬁq, Fawad fears. will miss the two (suspended) a great challenege and they Alam, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Saeed Afridi said the team has bowlers, but we too have knocked us out in two major Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Abdur Rehman, Shoaib ample talent to counter the injury problems in the team Twenty20 matches,” said Akhtar, Tanvir Ahmed, Zulqarnain Haider. S o u t h A f r i c a ( f r o m ) : Johan Botha South Africans. and when such things happen Botha of Pakistan’s wins over (Capt), Loots Bosman, AB de Villiers, Jean- “We know we are without other players step in,” said South Africa in the second and Paul Duminy, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, two of our best bowlers in Botha. third World Twenty20 in David Miller, Graeme Smith, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Aamer and Asif,” said Afridi of Allrounder Jacques Kallis 2009 and 2010 respectively. Peterson, Dale Steyn, Rusty Theron, the two suspended bowlers. and fast bowlers Morne The two sides play the ﬁrst Lonwabo Tsotsobe. THE FIELD Tuesday, October 26, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com 33 Benitez complains against outcome Spanish footballer collapses Rosenborg retains Norwegian ROME Inter Milan coach Rafael Benitez during game, survives league title complained that his team had been robbed MADRID A chaotic scene was wit- OSLO Rosenborg completed a successful of victory against Sampdoria claiming that nessed on Sunday during a football defence of its Norwegian league title on Football its visitors’ goal at the San Siro should have been chalked off for a foul.The teams drew 1-1 with Stefano Guberti giving Samp the lead on 62 minutes before Samuel Eto’o came to Inter’s rescue 10 match between Spanish clubs Salamanca and Real Betis, when Salamanca player Miguel Garcia passed out on the ﬁeld. Garcia, 31, lost consciousness as he ran for the Sunday thanks to a 1-0 win at home over Tromsoe.The side from Trondheim in western Norway moved with the win eight points clear of its nearest rival and with just two games to go until the end ROUNDUP minutes from time. But it was an incident ball in the 60th minute of the second of the season they can not be caught. in the build up to Guberti’s goal that division match in the El Helmantico “It’s a great achievement,” said coach angered Benitez. Antonio Cassano dispos- Stadium in Salamanca. Medical Nils Arne Eggen. “It has been on the sessed Cristian Chivu in brusque fashion teams ran onto the ﬁeld to resuscitate cards for some time now, but you never on the ﬂank before crossing for Guberti to the player who lay motionless on the know what can happen and if someone volley home. pitch, Xinhua reported. could catch us.” Marseille grabs Wenger praises ‘mature’ second spot after Lille game Gunners after City’s defeat AFP sion and by keeping things PARIS simple we managed to dig ourselves out,” he told REIGNING champion Canal+. Marseille took advantage of Lyon and Paris Saint Rennes’ slip up at home to Germain earlier laid bare the Montpellier with a come- deteriorating standard of the from-behind 3-1 success at French top ﬂight, drawing Lille on Sunday to move into with bottom side Arles and second place in the French losing at home to struggling table. Auxerre respectively. Rennes stay one point clear Lyon may have won all but its momentum is fading three of its Champions after its ﬁrst loss of the cam- League matches this season paign on Saturday, 1-0 at but they were abject in failing home to Montpellier. to conquer an Arles side who Loic Remy was Marseille’s had previously shown them- inspiration as he netted twice selves to be out of their depth against a Lille side who have at this level with just one now lost two on a roll to slide point from its opening nine out of the top six. matches. Coach Claude Puel rued “a missed opportunity” to move Comeback up the table after a 1-1 draw in rain-drenched conditions at to victory Arles’s modest Avignon home. Home fans gave the appar- Marseille roared ent no-hopers a standing ova- back and Remy, tion after they had secured a played in by deserved point but Puel was Mathieu Valbuena, frustrated. fired in the “We were very tired - it’s equaliser eight annoying as we had the minutes after the chance to get the three break. points,” said Puel, lamenting an “apathetic ﬁrst half”. A Yohan Cabaye half-volley It could have been more put the hosts on 26 minutes after Dja Djedje’s 36th- but Marseille roared back and minute chip put the hosts Arsenal’s Samir Nasri (right) and Theo Walcott celebrate a goal during an English Premier League match against Manchester City, in Manchester, on Sunday. (AFP) Remy, played in by Mathieu ahead but two minutes after Valbuena, ﬁred in the equalis- the restart Jimmy Briand sent AFP its ﬁrst win in 10 matches He said: “I’m very pleased “I can’t explain (the run seven goals in seven matches. er eight minutes after the home a bullet header from a MANCHESTER against title rivals Chelsea, because they looked like they against City, Chelsea and At the age of 23, Wenger break before Argentine Lucho Miralem Pjanic corner to Manchester United and City - have matured. United) but it is true. And in thinks the French midﬁelder put the visitors ahead with a level. ARSENAL manager Arsene could prove to be a watershed “We’ve matured in the some games we were close to has taken his game to another deﬂected effort on 71 min- Lyon fans were piqued - Wenger feels his Gunners moment. sense of negotiating the difﬁ- winning in the end and just level. utes. some holding up banners team are ﬁnally showing they They have long been criti- culties of the game in an intel- lost.“For example we lost 2-0 He added: “He is becoming Remy then wrapped up the demanding Puel’s resigna- are mature enough to end its cised for their lack of success, ligent way.“That means not at Chelsea and when you more efﬁcient and I think he’s points nine minutes from tion. long wait for a trophy. with Wenger regularly insist- getting a red card, keeping the watched it again it was difﬁ- become stronger physically time with a majestic header. Their club, seven league Wenger’s youthful squad ing their potential would ball well, being patient when cult to understand how we and you judge a player on his “We could hardly have titles in a row before have not picked up any silver- eventually be rewarded. it was needed. Collectively we lost the game but the fact that numbers. played worse than we did in Bordeaux broke its sequence ware since winning the FA But the Frenchman thinks completely dominated the they took two good chances.” “He got a goal and an assist the ﬁrst half,” said Marseille in 2009, are now 14th in the Cup in 2005. that the manner of the victory game.“I hope this will give us Samir Nasri has been cru- and that’s what you want coach Didier Deschamps. table, seven points off the But its 3-0 victory at at Eastlands shows his play- the belief and the conﬁdence cial to Arsenal climbing to from a player with a lot of tal- “But with a bit more aggres- pace. Manchester City on Sunday - ers are coming of age. to transfer into other games. second in the table, with ent like he has. Villarreal follows Hodgson counts on Torres for resurgence Real in La Liga AFP of net so we are happy. We believes the win can act as a AFP eight-million-euro summer LIVERPOOL need him to score more goals springboard for his struggling MADRID move but was helpless as to move us into position where side. Brazilian Nilmar set up Cani ROY Hodgson hopes we need to be. They had gone eight games VILLARREAL made it a for a ninth-minute opener. Fernando Torres’ ﬁrst Premier “He was down, very down in all competitions without a perfect four league home Atletico went into the League goal since August can when he came from World win in Liverpool’s worst start wins at El Madrigal defeat- interval angry at an ignored kick-start Liverpool’s splutter- Cup. Maybe it does get you to a season in half a century. ing visitors Atletico Madrid penalty claim for an appar- ing season. down when you are criticised. He added: “It’s a big ask 2-0 on Sunday to move ent foul on Sergio “Kun” Torres bagged only his sec- “I think he was affected by having to win these ‘must win’ above Barcelona on goal dif- Aguero. ond goal this term to secure a the criticism and what he has games as there’s an opponent ference into second a point Italian international Rossi 2-1 win over Blackburn at going on here at the start of the out there to stop you. But we behind league leaders Real grabbed his ﬁfth goal of the Anﬁeld on Sunday that eased season. He is coming out of know there’s still a lot of work Madrid. season in the 52nd minute the pressure on Reds boss to do. It’s not all hunky dorry.” Goals from Ruben Cani ﬁnishing off a ﬁne Villarreal Hodgson. Hodgson hopes Liverpool were on top from and Giuseppe Rossi helped team move by slipping the The Spanish striker, who this could be the the off but found goalkeeper Villareal stretch its unbeat- ball under goalkeeper David has been the subject of criti- catalyst for Torres Paul Robinson in ﬁne form en league run to seven de Gea. cism following his sluggish to rediscover the throughout. matches and Juan Carlos Atletico responded by form, was rewarded for an form that once But Blackburn ﬁnally Garrido’s team have a ﬂaw- throwing on Villarreal old improved display with the sec- earned him cracked moments after the less four wins from four at boy Diego Forlan ﬁve min- ond half match-winner. Europe’s most break with Sotrios Kyrgiakos’ home. utes later, however, the The Reds remain rooted in feared striker. header from Steven Gerrard’s For Atletico this was a Europa League champion the bottom three, despite an corner in the 48th minute. third successive loss against could not ﬁnd a way back improved display seeing them The relief was palpable but Villarreal having tasted into the match. claim only their second league that now and ﬁnding the joy of the joy among the home fans defeat home and away in the At the summit unbeaten win of a miserable season. playing and reﬁnding his ener- was shortlived as a comical league last season and the Real Madrid are a point And Hodgson hopes this gy again. own goal handed Blackburn a capital club stay down in ahead of Villarreal and could be the catalyst for Torres “You can’t enthuse that into leveller they barely deserved eighth seven points behind Barcelona with Cristiano to rediscover the form that a player. He needs to ﬁnd that three minutes later. pacesetters Real Madrid. Ronaldo scoring a ﬁrst ever once earned him Europe’s in himself and here he did El Hadji-Diouf’s shot trick- Uruguayan centre-back quadruple in Saturday’s 4-1 most feared striker. that. It was his best perform- led towards the goal where Diego Godin faced old club thrashing of Racing He said: “He played an ance of the season.” Paul Konchesky could only Villarreal for the ﬁrst time Santander at the Santiago awful lot better and looked Hodgson, under ﬁre this clear the ball onto Jamie since joining Atletico in an Bernabeu. Liverpool’s Fernando Torres after scoring a goal against Blackburn likely to score on so any occa- week after talk of dressing Carragher’s body and in for the Rovers during an EPL match, in Liverpool, on Sunday. (AFP) sions.“He put one in the back room unrest at Anﬁeld, fortunate equaliser. 32 Tuesday, October 26, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com THE STADIUM Rangers readies RELIEF AT LAST to face Giants in World Series AP going to use nine days or 10 ARLINGTON days for any reason why things may not go right, CLIFF LEE threw a bullpen because in his mind it will session and took batting prac- always go right. And that’s tice on Sunday. why he is what he is.” The Texas Rangers are get- Last year, Lee had nine days ting ready for their ﬁrst World off between his NL champi- Series, and the opener will be onship series start against the at San Francisco, where its ace Los Angeles Dodgers and the left-hander will be pitching series opener. He responded after an extended break and with a six-hitter, striking out also taking swings in the 10 and walking none while National League park, where allowing only an unearned the designated hitter isn’t run. used. With the ﬁrst two games in Since the AL championship the NL city for the ﬁrst time series didn’t stretch to a Game since 2001, usual DH 7, Lee will be starting on eight Vladimir Guerrero likely will start only one of those games in the outﬁeld. “You can best believe we’ll ﬁgure out a way to get Vlad in there,” Washington said. “In the starting lineup some kind of way.” Guerrero will be making his ﬁrst Series appearance in 15 Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mewelde Moore celebrates a ﬁrst down reception against the Miami Dolphins during an NFL game, in Miami, Florida, on Sunday. (REUTERS) Reed helps Pittsburgh major league seasons. Asked whether he would be in right Dependable ﬁeld for both those games, the manager said no. Washington CLIFF LEE said he hasn’t decided which TEXAS RANGERS PLAYER game Guerrero will start. score a thrilling victory Washington wouldn’t say “With Cliff Lee, I have no concerns which order he would start about anything,” Colby Lewis and C.J. Wilson Ranger manager Ron in Games 2 and 3. Also unde- Washington said. termined is whether Tommy Hunter(notes), 0-1 with a 6.14 days’ rest after striking out 13 ERA in two playoff appear- Yankees and improving his ances, will start Game 4 or be postseason record to 7-0 with replaced in the rotation by AP Pittsburgh trailing 22-20 and ner. The Dolphins (3-3) then complete out of bounds. At Charlotte, North a 1.26 ERA in eight starts. The Derek Holland. MIAMI facing third-and-goal at the 2, lost the ball on downs, gain- Green Bay (4-3) turned a Carolina, John Kasay kicked a bullpen session was his sec- The pitchers took BP during Roethlisberger fumbled as he ing only 4 yards in four plays. pair of third-quarter intercep- 37-yard ﬁeld goal with 39 sec- ond since that eight-inning the team’s two-hour workout THE ofﬁcials eventually got it dived across the goal line on a tions by Favre into touch- onds remaining to give outing. Sunday at Rangers Ballpark; right that Ben Roethlisberger quarterback draw. The play Packers 28, Vikings 24 downs for the Packers that Carolina (1-5) its ﬁrst win of “Make the adjustment and where there were no rem- fumbled at the goal line. The was ruled a touchdown as At Green Bay, Brett Favre erased the Vikings’ halftime the season. push it back a couple of days,” nants remaining on the ﬁeld Dolphins were still left feeling both teams scrambled for the threw three second-half inter- lead, including a 32-yard The 49ers’ David Carr was Lee said. “It’s not that big of a from the confetti and ginger wronged. loose ball in the end zone. ceptions to his former team return for a touchdown by intercepted by Richard deal.” ale bottles that were part of An ofﬁciating mistake After a replay review, refer- and Green Bay held on. Packers linebacker Desmond Marshall with just over a Lee starts a World Series the celebration Friday night. negated Roethlisberger’s late ee Gene Steratore announced Favre appeared to deliver Bishop. minute left to set up the win- opener for the second year in a Lee is excited about the fumble, and the Steelers that Roethlisberger fumbled another signature comeback Aaron Rodgers was 21 of 34 ning kick. The 49ers fell to 1-6. row after winning Games 1 opportunity to hit. kicked the game-winning before scoring. But Steratore win with an apparent touch- for 295 yards with two touch- The Panthers tied it when and 5 last year for “Obviously that’s the hard- ﬁeld goal in the next game on said his crew had no clear evi- down strike to Percy Harvin downs and two interceptions. rookie David Gettis, who had Philadelphia against the est thing in all sports, to hit a Sunday. Jeff Reed made an dence as to which team recov- with 48 seconds left—but the Adrian Peterson rushed dropped a touchdown pass Yankees. “With Cliff Lee, I round ball with a round bat. … 18-yarder with 2:30 left, ered the ball, and the Steelers play was ruled incomplete on for 131 yards for the Vikings earlier in the fourth quarter have no concerns about any- It’s the funnest part of the allowing Pittsburgh to escape (5-1) were awarded posses- a replay review. With one (2-4). on fourth down, made a div- thing,” Rangers manager Ron game as far as I’m concerned,” with a 23-22 win. sion at the half-yard line, more chance on fourth-and- ing 23-yard TD grab with Washington said. “He’s not Lee said. One play earlier, with allowing Reed to kick the win- 15 at the 20, Favre threwin- Panthers 23, 49ers 20 1:53 left. Kiprusoff, Bourque star for Flames LeBron strikes bond with Miami coach AP CALGARY, ALBERTA SAN JOSE Coach Todd McLellan didn’t exactly try put a positive spin on the Sharks’ shutout loss to the AP Calgary Flames. MIAMI “In the ﬁrst period, there could have been two pucks on LEBRON James and Erik the ice and we wouldn’t have Spoelstra already seem to had either one of them,” have a solid grasp on each McLellan said after the 4-0 other’s language. setback on Sunday night. There was a moment in “We were that slow. We Miami’s ﬁrst pre-season were pushed off pucks. We game when James walked didn’t compete along the toward the Heat bench after a boards. We weren’t playing foul, hands outstretched a bit the way we were supposed to as if to ask “What happened?” play as far as the system Without saying a word, went.Very disappointing.” Spoelstra waved his index ﬁn- Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 ger and gestured in a certain saves for his second shutout direction; James nodded and of the season and 36th overall quickly returned to the other and Rene Bourque scored end. “I’m very coachable,” twice. Bourque has six goals James said. this season, ﬁve in his last two The Heat wouldn’t argue Miami Heat LeBron James during an NBA pre-season game games. He had three goals that point. Sure, James is a against the Charlotte Bobcats, in Miami, recently. (REUTERS) and an assist Friday night in two-time reigning MVP, a for- Calgary’s 6-2 victory in mer NBA scoring champion, Eastern Conference champi- good.” Columbus. Calgary Flames Tim Jackman (right) gets punched in the face by San Jose Sharks Ryane Clowe an Olympic gold medalist on Celtics—the team that It’s been that way from the “Any time you’re scoring during an NHL game, in Calgary, Alberta, on Sunday. (REUTERS) who some think is good knocked both Miami and moment this relationship you want to have the puck on enough to average a triple- Cleveland, James’ former began. your stick,” Bourque said. “I double this season—and is After James arrived in feel like I can make plays hap- emotionally, he wants to be “I want to see us start to win Kiprusoff was busiest in the considered by many to be the The first major test Miami in July, Spoelstra went pen right now.” the difference out there,” some battles,” McLellan said. second period when the best player in the game. of that new bond to work getting to know the Playing right wing on a line Flames coach Brent Sutter “I want to see us not wait for Sharks outshot Calgary 12-10. Nonetheless, the Heat comes on Tuesday MVP as a person. with Niklas Hagman and Olli said. power plays. I want to see us During one stretch on a want to see even more from night when Miami He already knew plenty Jokinen, Bourque has made a “He ﬁnds those areas he compete 5-on-5. I went to see power play, San Jose put him, and they’re working to opens a season of about James as a player, just big impact since his return can shoot the puck in and he us get the puck up quick. I three shots on goal, but bring that out. James has title expectations like every other coach in the from a head injury, scoring goes to the net and when he’s want to see us get to through Kiprusoff calmly turned them learned how the Heat like to in Boston. league, but Spoelstra wanted six times in four games. in that mindset, in that the neutral zone quicker. I all aside—including a sharp do things; the Heat have to know what made James He has three winning goals, groove to do it he’s a very want to see an honest pad stop off Ryane Clowe. learned how James likes to do club, out of the playoffs last tick off the court. tying him for top spot in the effective player.” forecheck.” “They did start shooting a things. spring. So they had some lunches NHL with Chicago’s Patrick The Sharks, coming off a 6- Jarome Iginla and Craig little more at the end of the The ﬁrst major test of that “Whatever the coaching and long conversations, Sharp. 1 victory in Edmonton on Conroy also scored for second period, but we played new bond comes on Tuesday staff envisions me trying or sometimes about basketball, “He’s a big strong guy and Saturday night, dropped to 3- Calgary. The Flames have smart and it’s pretty nice night when Miami opens a wanting to do, then I’m open sometimes not, and a picture when he plays that way and 3-1 with its ﬁrst road loss of won four of their last ﬁve when you have a lead like season of title expectations in for it if it beneﬁts our team,” began forming in the Heat he’s very involved in the game the season. games to improve to 5-3-0. that,” Kiprusoff said. Boston against the reigning James said. “And so far, so coach’s mind.