Captain’s conundrum: Is India over-cooked on or just right?

ADELAIDE, February 7 (AP): Mahendra Singh Dhoni knows his tired team will have to break its drought in Australia very quickly if India is to have any chance of retaining the World Cup title.The India squad has been in Australia for two months but hasn’t yet won a competitive match, losing the four-test series 2-0 […]

Australia is World Cup favourite

SYDNEY, February 5 (Reuters): Ranked number one in the world going into the tournament on the back of an impressive Tri-series triumph over India and England, co-hosts Australia are the unsurprising favourites to clinch a fifth World Cup. With the most feared fast bowler in world cricket in Mitchell Johnson and a batsman in career-best […]

Taekwondo fighters from rival group now OK for Olympics

FILE – In this April 7, 2007 photo, a North Korean athlete breaks a pile of bricks during an ITF taekwondo demonstration in Chuncheon, east of Seoul, South Korea. Taekwondo’s governing body says fighters who practice the martial art’s traditional style  including those in North Korea  will now be eligible to compete in all competitions, […]

Liverpool fights back to beat Bolton in FA Cup

London, February 5 (Reuters): Last-gasp goals from Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho helped Liverpool reach the FA Cup fifth round and avoid the giant-killing fate of many of their Premier League rivals with a 2-1 replay victory at second tier Bolton Wanderers on Wednesday. The hosts took the lead when former Chelsea and Barcelona striker […]

48 wrestlers to vie for 1st ASA open wrestling today

Our CorrespondentKohima | February 5 Altogether, 48 wrestlers will vie for the coveted champion title of the 1st ever Angami Sports Association (ASA) Open Wrestling Championship on February 6 at Kohima Local Ground. The wrestling championship coincides with the 43rd ASA Sports Meet.  The wrestling meet will begin at 9.30 am. It will be played […]

ICC considers restricting bat sizes

Dubai, February 5 (IANS): The International Cricket Council (ICC) are looking at placing restrictions on bat sizes as they aim to address the growing imbalance between bat and ball.ICC chief executive David Richardson said the size of modern bats has "shifted the balance" in favour of batsmen and said the game’s lawmakers would consider making […]

Barca link Neymar accusations to Catalan independence

Madrid, February 4 (AFP): Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has claimed the accusations against the club for tax evasion in the signing of Brazilian star Neymar are linked to their support of Catalan independence from Spain. Bartomeu was charged with tax fraud by a Spanish judge on Tuesday, suspected of evading 2.85 million euros ($3.26 […]

ASA 43rd Meet 2015 makes colourful start

SASA tops medal tally Our CorrespondentKohima | February 4 The 43rd Games, Athletics Meet 2015 and 1st ASA Open Wrestling Championship of the Angami Sports Association (ASA) got underway here today at Kohima Local Ground and D. Khel Ground, Kohima village. More than 400 sportspersons from Northern Angami Sports Association (NASA), Southern Angami Sports Association […]

10-man Bayern held by Schalke

FRANKFURT, February 4 (AP): Bayern Munich remained winless in the second half of the Bundesliga season after holding on with 10 men to earn a 1-1 draw with Schalke on Tuesday. The defending champion retained its eight-point lead over Wolfsburg, which clinched a late 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt. Wolfsburg beat Bayern 4-1 on Friday […]

Man United overcomes Cambridge

LONDON, February 4 (AP): Manchester United overcame fourth-tier Cambridge in an FA Cup replay on Tuesday, winning 3-0 less than two weeks after a humbling 0-0 draw.Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and second-half substitute James Wilson scored to send United through to a fifth-round match at third-tier Preston. "I think that is our greatest chance to […]

Clarke on track for World Cup

BRISBANE, February 4 (AP): Coach Darren Lehmann says Michael Clarke is ahead of schedule in his recovery from hamstring surgery and will captain Australia at next month’s Cricket World Cup. Lehmann gave Clarke his backing Wednesday, saying he was "sick" of speculation about Clarke’s likely participation in the World Cup and his future as Australia […]

Cricket World Cup contenders saddled with familiar baggage

MELBOURNE, February 4 (Reuters): With strong hosts expected to challenge, a highly-fancied South Africa facing their demons and a sprawling format certain to generate criticism, the cricket World Cup’s return to Australia and New Zealand is a case of deja vu in many ways.Since the trans-Tasman neighbours first co-hosted in 1992, the one-day game’s global […]