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  • Portugal draw 2-2 with Serbia in WC qualifier
    Belgrade, March 28 (IANS): Serbia drew with Portugal 2-2 in the second qualifier for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup here. Portugal gained the early lead in the 11th minute on Saturday when Diogo Jota caught a long pass and sent it behind the keeper with a header, Xinhua news reports. Jota repeated the almost same action with his head in the 36th minute, bringing his team ahead by two goals before halftime. However, the Serbian team woke up in the second half, thanks to a goal b
  • Three Naga MMA fighters win medals at National Championship
    Dimapur, March 27 (MExN): Arsenba Ozukum from Nagaland won gold in the Flyweight (56.7 kg) category at the Global Association for Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA) India national open selection held in Bangalore at Fiton Sports, Bengaluru from March 23 to 26. Kekhrieneitso Angami and Mairidin Newmai also won silver in the Lightweight (70.3 kg) and Featherweight (65.8 kg) category respectively. All athletes from all clubs, states and zones  were eligible to compete in the national o
  • Mughaho Awomi wins 4th All Nagaland Open Chess Championship
    Dimapur, March 27 (MExN): Mughaho Awomi emerged as champion of the 4th All Nagaland Open Chess Championship held at Tourist Lodge Dimapur which concluded on Friday. Organized by the Sumi Chess Association Nagaland (SCAN) under the aegis of Nagaland Chess Association (NCA), the championship was held from March 24 to 26. A ‘very tactical and nail biting’ contest among the competitors was witnessed from day 1 till the final round of the championship. On the final day,
  • CCSA lift 36th PDSA Meet football title; CAGSA top medal tally
    Our Correspondent Kohima | March 27 The Centre Chakhesang Sports Association (CCSA) won the late Vedeyi Nienu Football trophy after defeating Secheku Range Sports Association (SRSA) 2-1 in the final match of the 36th Phek District Sports Association (PDSA) meet on March 27. In the week-long meet, Chokri Area Games & Sports Association (CAGSA) topped the medal tally with 28 (10 Gold, 12 silver, 6 bronze) and won the Group champion title. Chozuba Area Sports Association (CA
  • Sekrenyi open Air Rifle shooting competition 2021
    Kohima, March 27 (MExN): The 4th Sekrenyi Open Air Rifle Shooting competition 2021 will be held on March 29 at D Khel Ground, Kohima village under the aegis of Kohima Air Rifle Club. The competition will be conducted under two categories- Break Barrel Air Gun and PCP (Both categories without telescope). Entry forms have been made available at Pfonuo Pan Shop, DBS Junction, Kitsu Pan Shop D Khel and Sports World, Kohima town.    
  • Orleans badminton: India's Garaga-Panjala in men's doubles final
    Orleans (France), March 27 (IANS): India's Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnu Vardhan Goud Panjala stormed into the men's doubles final of the Orleans Masters Super 100 badminton tournament here on Saturday. They defeated Callum Hemming and Steven Stallwood of England 21-17, 21-17 in just 35 minutes. However, the other Indians in fray -- fourth seed Saina Nehwal in the women's singles, and eighth-seeded women's doubles pair Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy -- los
  • World Cup: India's rapid fire pistol mixed team wins gold
    New Delhi, March 27 (IANS): India's teenage pair Vijayveer Sidhu and Tejaswini won gold in the 25m rapid fire pistol mixed team event of the World Cup at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting ranges here on Saturday. They beat compatriots Gurpreet Singh and Abhidnya Ashok Patil 9-1 in a one-sided final. This was India's 13th gold medal of the World Cup, and with eight silver and six bronze medals also in the kitty, India's tally stands at a whopping 27 medals. Sunday is the last day
  • Tokyo Olympics: IOC to cull accredited personnel due to Covid-19
    Lausanne, March 27 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to grant accreditation only to those people who have essential and operational roles at this summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo. This step will significantly reduce the number of accredited people at the Games which will begin on July 23. The decision was made on Friday by IOC's executive board which has either cancelled or reduced the IOC guest programme, invitations to former Olympic athletes and
  • Call before you comment on me: Bairstow to Gavaskar
    Pune, March 27 (IANS): Soon after recording his 11th ODI century and helping England chase India's 337-run target with 39 balls to spare, Jonny Bairstow questioned the basis on which former India captain Sunil Gavaskar had commented that the England batsman looked 'uninterested' in Test cricket. The right-handed batsman had got three ducks in four Test innings of the series against India that ended earlier this month. But he bounced back into form, scoring 94 and 124 in
  • Tendulkar tests positive for Covid, family negative
    Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Former India batsman and captain Sachin Tendulkar has tested positive for Covid-19. The world's highest run-getter in Test cricket and ODI cricket shared the information on his twitter handle on Saturday. "I have been testing myself and taking all the recommended precautions to ensure Covid is kept at bay," said Tendulkar. "However, I've tested positive today following mild symptoms. All others at home have tested negative."
  • 36th PDSA meet enters 4th day
    Our Correspondent Kohima | March 26  The 36th meet of Phek District Sports Association (PDSA) entered the fourth day today at Thenyizu village. Secheku Range Sports Association (SRSA) defeated Chokri Area Games & Sports Association (CAGSA) 3-1 in the first semi final of men’s football. In the second semi final, Centre Chakhesang Sports Association (CCSA) overpowered Chozuba Area Sports Association (CASA) 3-2. SRSA will now face CCSA in the men’s footba
  • Shooting WC: India take gold in 50m rifle 3 positions mixed team
    New Delhi, March 26 (IANS): Sanjeev Rajput and Tejaswini Sawant won gold in the 50m rifle 3 positions mixed team event at the shooting World Cup here on Friday. Rajput and Tejaswini beat Ukraine's Serhiy Kulish and Anna Ilina 31-29 in the final to clinch the title. This is India's 11th gold medal at the World Cup. Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Sunidhi Chauhan won bronze after beating the US's Timothy Sherry and Virginia Thrasher 31-15. Rajput and Tejaswini first fou
  • Indian women's sports pistol team strikes gold again (Round-up)
    New Delhi, March 25 (IANS): India's sports pistol aces Rahi Sarnobat, Manu Bhaker, and Chinki Yadav, all Tokyo Olympic Games quota winners, struck gold yet again in the women's 25m pistol team event of the World Cup here on Thursday. This was India's 10th gold of this World Cup, being held in rifle, pistol, and shotgun events, and they continue to lead the table with 21 medals, including six silver and five bronze medals. The troika, which led an Indian 1-2-3 finish i
  • Orleans Masters: Saina, Ira reach quarters
    Orleans (France), March 25 (IANS): Saina Nehwal beat France's Marie Batomene 18-21, 21-15, 21-10 to reach the women's singles quarterfinals of the Orleans Masters Super 1000 tournament on Thursday. Ira Sharma, who was promoted to the main draw from the qualification, also reached the quarterfinals after beating Bulgaria's Mariya Mitsova 21-18, 21-13. Saina, seeded fourth in the tournament, struggled in the first game against Batomene, ranked 65th in the world. The pai
  • Nagaland fighters in GAMMAI national c’ships
    DIMAPUR, MARCH 25 (MExN): Four fighters from Nagaland are taking part in the Global Association for Mixed Martial Arts India (GAMMAI) Open National Championships being held at Fiton Sports in Bengaluru from March 23 to 26. The championship will determine the team that will be selected to represent India at the GAMMA Asian Championships to be held in Kyrgyzstan this July. Kekhrieneitso Angami, Limasunep Imchen, Arsenba Ozukum and Mairidin Newmai from Nagaland and training out of T
  • 36th PDSA meet enters 3rd day
    Our Correspondent Kohima | March 25  The 36th meet of Phek District Sports Association (PDSA) entered the third day today at Thenyizu village. In men football, Chokri Area Games & Sports Association (CAGSA) defeated Khezha-Kuzha Tephe Sports Association (KKTSA) by a solitary goal in the first quarter finals. Secheku Area Sports Association (SASA) downed Sekruzu Area Sports Association (Sekruzu ASA) 3-0 in the second quarter finals. In the 3rd quarter finals, Chozu
  • I-League: Chennai survive late NEROCA fightback, win 2-1
    Kolkata, March 25 (IANS): Chennai City FC survived a late fight back from North Eastern Re-Organising Cultural Association (NEROCA) Football Club to win their final match of the I-League season 2-1 at the Kishore Bharati Krirangan on Thursday. Mohamed Iqbal's (90+4 mins) late strike in added time of the second half proved to be the difference between the two sides as Demir Avdic's (24 mins) first-half goal was cancelled out by Romtan Singh (90 mins) in the second half. Wi
  • Iyer to exit Eng series bio-bubble after shoulder injury
    New Delhi, March 25 (IANS): Shreyas Iyer will take no further part in India's three-match ODI series against England and will exit the bio-bubble after dislocating his left shoulder during the first ODI. "Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the last two ODIs and he will exit the bubble," a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) spokesperson told media said on Thursday. Iyer also thanked those who have been expressing their support. "I've been reading y
  • Tokyo Olympic torch relay kicks off amid Covid worries
    Waki (Japan) March 25 (IANS): The torch relay for this year's Tokyo Olympic Games began its 121-day journey after a low-key opening ceremony at Japan's northeastern Fukushima prefecture here on Thursday. The ceremony, which was preceded by a performance from a group of residents from Fukushima, was closed to the public as organisers reduced the number of participants and simplified the program to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Xinhua news reports. Azusa Iwashimizu, a mem
  • Orleans Masters: Ashwini-Sikki reach quarters after receiving bye
    Orleans (France), March 25 (IANS): Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy reached the women's doubles quarter-finals of the Orleans Masters Super 100 tournament after receiving a bye in their second round match against Indonesia's Fabriana Kusuma and Amalia Pratiwi. Ashwini and Sikki had reached the second round on Wednesday after a 21-9, 17-21, 21-19 win over Denmark's Amalie Magelund and Freja Ravn. The Badminton World Federation had earlier said on Tuesday Indonesian