• 25th WCC: Lancer CC, Juggernauts register wins
    Wokha, January 12 (MExN): Lancer Cricket Club (CC) and Juggernauts registered wins in the ongoing 25th edition of Winter Cricket Challenge played at local ground, Wokha on Tuesday. With the win, both teams qualified in the quarter final of the tournament, the organizers informed. In the first match, Mavericks CC ‘A’ won the toss against Lancer CC and elected to bat. The Mavericks were able to amass a target of 97 runs in 20 overs at 5.33 RPO.  Lancer CC displayed an
  • Thupumoyi Chizo Memorial Trophy 2021 underway
    Our Correspondent Kohima | January 12 The 1st edition of Late Thupumoyi Chizo Memorial Trophy 2021 got underway today under the theme “To build the sense of oneness through sports” at Tuzatsu village under Phek district. It was formally inaugurated by Phek Village Council chairman Chivozo Soho as the special guest. Speaking on the occasion, he appreciated Astonish FC for initiating such tournament and wished them all success in their endeavours. He called upon
  • NorthEast, Bengaluru see winless streaks continue in stalemate
    Vasco, January 12 (PTI): NorthEast United and Bengaluru FC saw their winless streaks continue as they played out a drab 1-1 draw in the Hero Indian Super League here on Tuesday. Luis Machado (27') opened the scoring for the Highlanders but Rahul Bheke (49') cancelled out his goal after the break to help the Blues salvage a point. The result meant Gerard Nus' side are now winless in seven games, while Bengaluru saw their four-game losing streak end but with a draw at t
  • Odisha, Chennaiyin hope to get three points in reverse fixture
    Bambolim (Goa), January 12 (IANS): Odisha FC play Chennaiyin FC a second consecutive time in the Indian Super League (ISL) on Wednesday at the GMC Stadium after the two sides played out a goalless draw on Sunday. The reverse fixture saw both teams missing a number of chances to take the lead and left both of them in the bottom four. While Odisha stay rooted at the bottom, Chennaiyin have now slipped to 11th. A win on Wednesday, however, will change the script for both teams. Acco
  • 4th Test: Sans Bumrah, pacers' experience to be 4 Tests; Aus's 150
    Brisbane, January 12 (IANS): If fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah doesn't play in the fourth and final Test starting here on Friday, India's pace department could at best have a combined Test experience of four matches as compared to Australia's 150. And, if spinners are included, Australia's experience shoots up to 249 Tests against India's 78, including that of off-spinner R Ashwin. In case he is not fit to take field, and Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav does, India's co
  • "Shocked" Smith denies scuffing Pant's guard mark, says shame India's batting show got over-shadowed
    Brisbane, January 12 (PTI): Australia's premier batsman Steve Smith is "shocked and disappointed" at the controversy created by the allegations levelled against him for purported video where he is seen scuffing up the guard mark of Indian batsman Rishabh Pant on the fifth day of the third Test. A video footage showed Smith scuffing up the batsman's guard during drinks break in the first session on Monday. Pant scored a fluent 97 to raise India's hopes for a win
  • Saina, Prannoy test negative for COVD-19 hours after positive results, cleared for Thailand Open
    Bangkok, January 12 (PTI): India's top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy on Tuesday tested negative for COVID-19 hours after returning positive results, paving the way for their participation in the Thailand Open after being forced out of the tournament. Both the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Badminton Association of India (BAI) confirmed the development. "Both Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy have been cleared to participate in the ongoing Yonex Thailand Open afte
  • Kohli & Rahane slip in ICC Test rankings, Pujara moves up to No. 8
    Sydney, January 12 (IANS): India's Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have each dropped down by a spot to number three and seven respectively while Cheteshwar Pujara has made a jump of two places to occupy the eighth place in the latest ICC Test rankings for batsmen. Pujara played knocks of 50 and 77 in the drawn third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Rahane, on the other hand, scored 22 and 4 at the SCG. Kohli, was not part of the India XI as he had returned to
  • T10 shouldn't be played at cost of other formats, feels Sangakkara
    Abu Dhabi, January 12 (IANS): Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara believes having a good bowling line-up is the key to winning matches in the T10 format. "As in the T20 format, your bowling line-up has to do a lot of work in terms of winning games (in the T10 format)," said Sangakkara. "Yes, a team needs to have the runs on the board and the ability to score them but more often than not, the sides that have the variety and smarts in their bowling line-ups, us
  • Thailand Open: Sindhu and Ashwini-Sikki pair knocked out
    Bangkok, January 12 (IANS): Reigning women's world champion PV Sindhu, men's World Championships bronze medallist Sai Praneeth, and women's doubles pair Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy lost their first-round matches and crashed out of the Thailand Open Super 1000 badminton tournament here on Tuesday. Sixth-seeded Sindhu lost 21-16, 24-26, 13-21 to world No.18 Mia Blichfeldt in a match that lasted 74 minutes. This was Sindhu's first tournament since the All England
  • Saina, Prannoy test positive from Covid-19, withdraw from Thailand Open
    BANGKOK, JANUARY 12 (IANS): Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy, who had recently recovered from Covid-19, have once again tested positive for novel coronavirus and as a result have withdrawn the Yonex Thailand Open which began here on Tuesday. The Indian squad, which travelled to Bangkok to participate in the Yonex Thailand Open followed by Toyota Thailand Open and BWF World Tour Finals, had tested negative during the first two tests that were conducted earlier. However
  • Smith wasn't scuffing Pant's guard mark, Indians would have complained if he did: Tim Paine says
    Sydney, January 12 (PTI): Australian skipper Tim Paine on Tuesday defended star batsman Steve Smith, who was accused of scuffing up the guard mark of Rishabh Pant during the drawn third Test here, asserting that the Indian team would have raked up the issue if any wrong was committed. Smith, a former Australia captain, was seen scuffing up the batsman's guard during drinks break in the first session on Monday. Pant made a whirlwind 97 to give India a shot at winning the match in
  • Wokha Winter Cricket Challenge
    EYL & Mavericks ‘B’ enter quarter finals WOKHA, JANUARY 11 (MExN): Etsujhuka Youth League and Mavericks ‘B’ won their respective matches in the ongoing 25th edition of Winter Cricket Challenge played at local ground, Wokha on January 11.  Both teams have now qualified for the quarter finals. In the first match EYL won the toss against Forest CC and elected to bat. EYL set a target of 154 runs in 20 overs while Street Boys failed to chase down t
  • Volleyball tourney held at Old Jalukie
    JALUKIE, JANUARY 11 (MExN): The Old Jalukie Village Shifting Day Memorial cum Peren District Open Volleyball Tournament was held on January 11 with NZPO General Secretary, Kingudi Joseph as the special guest.  While addressing the gathering, the special guest congratulated the elders and citizens of the village and urged them to be the bearers in all fronts to provide a healthy environment by adopting friendliness with neighbouring villages and tribes. He also emphasized on the
  • Construction of Kiruphema football ground underway
    Kohima, January 11 (MExN): The construction of Kiruphema football ground has begun under the initiative of the Kiruphema General Council (KGC) to provide proper sports infrastructure to the denizens. M Venkateswara Rao, General Manager of M/s Gayatri Projects Limited is assisting the ongoing construction and assured to complete the ground by February 2021. Thepfüyiengu Vielie, Chairman of the KGC said that new sports facilities will be added to this new football ground. Cons
  • Struggling NorthEast and Bengaluru teams eye recapturing momentum
    Goa, January 11 (IANS): There isn't much to separate North East United Football Club (NEUFC) and Bengaluru FC (BFC) at this stage of the Indian Super League (ISL) season. Both teams started strongly, maintaining their places in the top four before a poor run of results took them down the points table. As they take on each other at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Tuesday, both sides will aim to recapture the momentum they had gained earlier in the season. The Highlanders find themsel
  • Injured Vihari out of last Test; Shardul likely to replace Jadeja
    January 11 (PTI): India's injury woes in the Test series against Australia compounded on Monday after Hanuma Vihari -- the hero of their drawn game in Sydney -- was ruled out of the fourth and final match with a hamstring tear that could keep him out of action for a considerable time. It has been learnt that Vihari was taken for scans after the match got over and the reports are expected by late evening in Sydney or Tuesday morning. However, a BCCI source confirmed that Vihar
  • Australia, India retain top two spots in ICC WTC standings
    Sydney, January 11 (IANS) Australia and India have retained the top two spots in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship (WTC) standings after playing out a thriling draw in the third Test of the ongoing four-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). "An incredible battle in Sydney has helped both teams retain the top two spots in the ICC World Test Championship standings. A difference of 0.2 per cent between India and New Zealand," tweeted ICC just after the t
  • India battles it out to draw Sydney Test
    Sydney, January 11 (IANS): Contrasting half-centuries from Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara, followed by an exemplary display of grit and determination by Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin helped India draw the third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Chasing a mammoth target of 407, India reached 334/5 after batting for 131 overs before both the teams decided to shake hands on the final day of the Test match. Vihari, who batted with a sore hamstring througho
  • Kuch kaam na aaya: Sehwag after Smith scuffed batting crease
    Sydney, January 11 (IANS) Prolific Australia batsman Steve Smith faced criticism on social media after he was seen scuffing up the area around the batting crease while Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara were batting in India's second innings on the fifth day of the third Test on Monday. The match was drawn, and the four-Test series is levelled 1-1. During the morning session on Monday, the stump camera recorded members of the Australian team coming to the crease and 31-year-old