• Jayawardene to quit T20Is after T20 WC
    DHAKA, March 17 (PTI): Sri Lankan batting stalwart Mahela Jayawardene will retire from Twenty20 Internationals after the conclusion of the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh. International Cricket Council announced the news of Jayawardene's decision on Twitter."SL legend @MahelaJay to join @KumarSanga2 in T20I retirement after the #wt20 2014," a tweet from the ICC said. The decision came a day after another Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara announced quitting the shor
  • Firearms expert testifies at Oscar Pistorius trial
    Pretoria, March 17 (agencies): Months before he killed his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius described how he drew his gun and went into "combat mode" after hearing the noise of a possible intruder at home, which turned out to be a laundry machine, a South African guns expert testified on Monday at the athlete`s murder trial.Sean Rens, manager of the International Firearm Training Academy in Walkerville town, also said he had many conversations about firearms with Pistorius, who ha
  • Messi nets 3, Barca routs Osasuna
    FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, left, reacts after scoring against Osasuna goalkeeper Andres Fernandez during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Osasuna at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 16. (AP Photo) BARCELONA, March 17 (AP): Lionel Messi set another scoring record by netting a hat trick to pace Barcelona's 7-0 rout of Osasuna in the Spanish league on Sunday, ensuring the defending champions stayed in striking distance of leader Real Mad
  • Silver Cup T20 Cricket Tournament
     Chief Guest Abao Kire along with dignitaries, organizing committee and players of the inaugural match Whiskers CC Dimapur and Mt. Olive College Kohima pose for lens.The much awaited and one of most prestigious cricket tourney in the state capital, 5th Edition of Silver Cup T20 Cricket Tournament commenced today at Kohima Local Ground with former MLA and member Board of Director, Nagaland State Cooperative Society, T. Abao Kire as the chief guest. The two-week long tourney is an a
  • Clarke batted with broken shoulder in test century
    SYDNEY, March 17 (AP): Australia captain Michael Clarke batted with a broken shoulder when he scored an unbeaten 161 during his team's decisive win over South Africa earlier this month in their three-test series, the team said Monday.Physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said in a statement that scans had confirmed the fracture near the joint in his left shoulder, which occurred when Clarke was hit by a bouncer from South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel during his innings in the third test.
  • Arsenal wins over rival Tottenham
    Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky, right, scores past Tottenham Hotspur's Jan Vertonghen during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane stadium in London, Sunday, March 16. (AP Photo) LONDON, March 17 (AP): Arsenal kept up the pace in the race for the Premier League title with a 1-0 away win over archrival Tottenham on Sunday. On the ground where they last won the title, the Gunners took full advantage of leader Chelsea's loss to Asto
  • Novak Djokovic wins Indian Wells title
    Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, poses for photos with the trophy  in from of the mountains of Indian Wells after he beat Roger Federer, of Switzerland, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 to win the final match of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Sunday, March 16 in Indian Wells, Calif.  (AP Photo) INDIAN WELLS, March 17 (AP): Novak Djokovic came into Indian Wells for the first time in four years without a title.He left with a $1 million check and his first trophy of the year, beating Roger
  • Rosberg wins Australian Grand Prix
    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany celebrates after winning the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, March 16. Rosberg took first place and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finished second to become the first Australian to finish on the podium in his home race, while McLaren's Kevin Magnussen claimed a podium on debut, finishing third. (AP Photo) MELBOURNE, MARCH 16 (AP): Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg comfortably won the Formula One seas
  • Naga lad top scores for Railways
    Fails to prevent Karnataka from winning Vijay Hazare TrophyKolkata, March 16 (PTI): Nagaland’s Rongsen Jonathan top scored for Railways as his gritty 46 from 57 balls helped Railways recover from being 83 for 7 to 157 all out in 47.4 overs after they were asked to bat on the Eden green top. It was a pathetic display from the Railways top and middle-order batsmen until Jonathan's positive intent put them past 150. First, he stitched a crucial 38-run eighth wicket stand from 60 bal
  • Liverpool beat Man United
    Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, centre, celebrates with teammate Luis Suarez after scoring against Manchester United during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday March 16. (AP Photo) OLD TRAFFORD, MARCH 16 (AGENCIES): Liverpool produced another performance for the ages by beating rivals Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday, with the talismanic Steven Gerrard converting twice from the spot to inspire his team yet again
  • Kohli will break all the records, feels Abbas
    FATULLAH, March 16 (PTI): Legendary Pakistan batsman Zaheer Abbas is the new entrant in the list of illustrious former cricketers, who feel that India's premier batsman Virat Kohli is destined for greatness. "Virat Kohli is one batsman who will break all the records in international cricket. The transition phase in Indian batting has already happened as they now have a set line-up."Pakistan also have talented bunch of batsmen. But we are in the process of rebuilding," Ab
  • Hamilton takes pole at Australian GP
    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain left, leads Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland down the straight during qualifying at Albert Park ahead of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne on Saturday, March 15. Hamilton took pole with team mate Nico Rosberg of Germany second fastest and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia third. (AP Photo) MELBOURNE, March 15 (AP): Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for Formula One's season-opening Aus
  • Suarez at Messi/Ronaldo level, says Rooney
    LONDON, March 15 (AFP): Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has hailed Liverpool counterpart Luis Suarez as "one of the best players in the world" ahead of the teams' Premier League encounter on Sunday.Liverpool approach the match at Old Trafford with an 11-point lead over their old rivals and Suarez has been a key factor, scoring 24 of the 73 goals that Brendan Rodgers's side have plundered this season. Suarez has formed an impressive understanding with Daniel Sturridge,
  • Suns score last 7 points, beat Celtics
    Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) reaches for a rebound with Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker during the second half of the Suns' 87-80 win in an NBA basketball game in Boston Friday, March 14. (AP Photo) BOSTON, March 15 (AP): The Phoenix Suns needed help to snap a three-game losing streak that hurt their postseason prospects. They got it when the Boston Celtics had their worst shooting game of the season. The Suns still had to finish well and they did by scoring the last s
  • 10-man Man City beat Hull City
    Manchester City's Javier Garcia, centre, Edin Dzeko, centre left, and Martin Demichelis, centre right, defend a free kick from Hull's  Nikica Jelavic, right, during their English Premier League soccer match at the KC Stadium, Hull, England, Saturday March 15. (AP Photo) England, March 15 (agencies): Manchester City have sealed a 2-0 win over Hull City at the KC Stadium this afternoon, despite playing the majority of the match a player short. After a bright start from the home
  • Tendulkar voted Cricketer of the Generation
    MUMBAI, March 15 (PTI): One of the greatest batsmen of all time, the iconic Sachin Tendulkar was on Friday voted Cricketer of the Generation as he staved off stiff competition from spin legend Shane Warne and all-rounder par excellence Jacques Kallis at the ESPNcricinfo awards function.The award is meant to honour the most outstanding cricketer between the years 1993 and 2013, and the occasion also marked the 20th anniversary celebrations for the cricket website. "I am speechless,
  • Pennetta shocks Li Na
    Li Na, of China, returns a shot to Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Friday, March 14 in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo) Indian Wells, March 15 (AFP): Flavia Pennetta shocked Li Na in the semi-finals at Indian Wells, beating the Australian Open champion 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 to set up a title clash with Agnieszka Radwanska. Li, the Chinese world number two who was the top seed in the elite WTA premier event, had pounded winners past Pennetta in a crush
  • Sania-Cara reach final of Indian Wells
    INDIAN WELLS , March 14 (PTI): Sania Mirza and Cara Black are in line to win their first title of season as they defeated Lucie Hradecka and Jie Zheng to reach the final of the BNP Paribas Open, a Premier WTA tournament. The fifth seeded Indo-Zimbabwean pair defeated eighth seeded Czech-Chinese team 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 in an hour and 37 minutes in the semifinal of the $5,946,740 hard court event. It will be first final of the 2014 season for Sania and Cara, who had won two back-to-back titl
  • Li downs Cibulkova to reach semifinals
    Li Na, of China, serves to Dominika Cibulkova, of Slovakia, during a quarterfinal match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Thursday, March 13 in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo) INDIAN WELLS, March 14 (AFP): Australian Open champion Li Na booked her semifinal berth at the Indian Wells hardcourt tennis tournament with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Dominika Cibulkova.China's Li, the world number two who is the top seed in the event, reprised her triumph over Slovakia's Cibulkova i
  • Mercedes pair fastest at Australian GP
    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain controls his car on turn five during the second practice session at Albert Park ahead of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, March 14. (AP Photo) MELBOURNE, March 14 (AP): Mercedes confirmed its status as favorite to win the Formula One season-opening Australian Grand Prix by setting the fastest two times in Friday's practice sessions, with Lewis Hamilton edging his teammate Nico Rosberg.Hamilton failed t