Ipoh (Malaysia): Continuing its winning run, the Indian men’s hockey team hammered Canada 7-3 in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup here on Wednesday to move one step closer for a place in the final. Striker Mandeep Singh starred in India’s victory with a brilliant hat-trick (20th, 27th and 29th minute). With three wins and a draw, India now sit pretty at the top of the points table with 10 points. India took the lead in the 12th minute after Varun Kumar converted a penalty corner before Mandeep Singh tore apart the opposition with three goals in quick succession. Amit Rohidas scored the team’s fifth goal in the 39th minute through another penalty corner.Youngsters Vivek Sagar Prasad and Nilakanta Sharma then joined the party by scoring splendid field goals in the 55th and 58th minute, respectively. For Canada, Mark Pearson (35′), Fin Boothroyd (50′) and James Wallace (57′) sounded the board. India will next face Poland in their last group match on Friday. (IANS)Also Read: SPORTS NEWS
THE Wakenaam Boxing Gym (WBG) can be described as the `New Kids on the Block’ but they certainly sounded a warning last Saturday when the Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) boxing gym staged the Banks DIH-sponsored Inter-gym boxing tournament at its Bel Air and James Streets, Albouystown location.Competing for the first time in an amateur boxing tournament, the Wakenaam Boxing Gym (WBG) was represented by four pugilists and of that number, three won their respective bouts, resulting in the gym being named the runner-up gym behind hosts FYF.Terrence Softleigh, Clayton Retemiah and Rondell Grandison were in winners’ row, while Travel Evans lost his contest against Moses Crawford (FYF).Softleigh defeated Latherall Richards (FYF), while Retemiah and Grandison prevailed over Milo Jaqwan (FYF) and Mark Crawford (FYF) respectively.Meanwhile, Malachi Jones (FYF) defeated his gym-mate Wayne Costello by a split decision in an actual brawling affair that saw both boxers go at each other throughout the three rounds.Martin Mugabe (FYF) pounded out a split decision win over his FYF mate Michael Beckles. Patrick Harvey (FYF) defeated his gym-mate Ome Keiler, Richard Howard (FYF) fought valiantly but failed to get past Jakey Cadogan, Travis Inverary of Harpy Eagles (HE), Isaiah Moore (FYF) was too good for Omar Pollard of the Pocket Rockets Boxing Gym, Brian Harris (FYF) forced the referee to stop his fight against Andrew Modeste (HE) in the first round,Shamar Morrison (FYF) won by a second-round technical knockout over Kimani Yahya (HE), Shaqueal Damon (FYF) won by a third-round TKO over Angle Arays of Young Achievers, Jamal Eastman of Rose Hall Town Jammers proved too good for Junior Henry and won on points, while Keevin Allicock won on points against Julius Kesney.Moore was adjudged Best Boxer in the Junior category and Inverary won a similar accolade in the schoolboys category and was also adjudged the Most Disciplined Boxer on show.Pollard was named the Most Improved Boxer.