• Manchester City's Guardiola defends Mendy after COVID protocol breach
    Reuters Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has defended Benjamin Mendy after the full back breached COVID protocols on New Year's Eve, saying the Frenchman's critics were too quick to pass judgment. Mendy apologised for flouting rules by hosting a party attended by at least three people outside his household. Under British government guidelines, those living in regions with Tier 4 restrictions are not allowed to mix with others outside their own household. "Normal
  • India cricketers restricted from leaving Sydney hotel premises
    Melbourne, January 4 (IANS): The India cricketers who travelled to Sydney on Monday for the third Test beginning January 7 have been asked by the team management to not leave the hotel premises except for training during their stay in Sydney. The Indian cricket board (BCCI) confirmed to IANS on Monday that the players have been asked to abide by the bio-security protocols strictly and maintain hotel-ground-hotel routine. The development comes after five players -- Rohit Sharma, R
  • Kapoor elected president, Chauhan secretary of national chess body
    Chennai, January 4 (IANS): The Bharat Singh Chauhan team won the All India Chess Federation (AICF) polls convincingly on Monday humbling the faction led by former president P.R. Venketrama Raja. As per the final results, Sanjay Kapoor, Chauhan and Naresh Sharma were declared elected for the three crucial posts of president, secretary and treasurer of AICF. The six persons who were elected for the posts of vice-presidents are Anantha D.P, Bhavesh Patel, Vipnesh Bhardwaj, Ajay Ajme
  • Chess federation polls underway
    Chennai, January 4 (IANS): Online voting for electing the new office bearers for the All India Chess Federation (AICF) was progressing smoothly with voters getting the confirmation as to whom they have voted. The AICF is divided into two factions -- one led by former president P.R. Venketrama Raja and the other by secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan. "Polling is underway. It will be on till 4 p.m. It is progressing well," Chauhan told IANS. He also said the voters got the co
  • Brisbane Test on, haven't heard anything 'formal' from BCCI: Cricket Australia
    Sydney, January 4 (IANS): Cricket Australia on Monday clarified that they haven't heard anything "formal" from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) about Team India's unwillingness about playing the fourth Test of the ongoing series in Brisbane. Reports have emerged about Team India's reluctance to play the final Test, currently scheduled for January 15-19 at the Gabba, due to harsher bio-security protocols. "We've had nothing formal fro
  • Athletic Bilbao confirm Marcelino as new head coach
    Madrid, January 4 (IANS): Spanish football club Athletic Bilbao have confirmed that they have reached an agreement for Marcelino Garcia Toral to become their new head coach. The former Sevilla, Villarreal and Valencia coach will sign a contract until the end of June 2022, according to a statement on the club's official website. The 55-year-old replaces Gaizka Garitano, who was sacked by the club on Sunday barely two hours after Athletic moved up to ninth in the LaLiga table f
  • 2nd Test: Williamson, Nicholls put NZ in command against Pak
    Christchurch, January 4 (IANS): New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Monday continued with his dream run with the bat as he scored yet another century to put the hosts in a commanding position in the ongoing second Test against Pakistan at the Hagley Oval. On Day Two of the Test match, Williamson batted in his classic fashion to ease to his 24th Test century -- and first at Hagley Oval. And, along with Henry Nicholls, the number one ranked Test batsman turned a precarious position
  • Aus vs Ind: SCG crowd capacity limited to 25 % for 3rd Test
    Sydney, January 4 (IANS): Crowd capacity at the Sydney Cricket Ground for the third Test between Australia and India will initially be limited to 25 per cent of the ground's 38,000 cricket capacity -- approximately 9,500 people -- on the advice of the New South Wales Government, Cricket Australia informed on Monday. "Acting on the advice of the NSW Government, Cricket Australia and Venues NSW are working together to ensure the safety of patrons attending the Vodafone Pink T
  • Aus vs Ind: James Pattinson ruled out of third Test
    Melbourne, January 4 (IANS): Right-arm Australia fast bowler James Pattinson has been ruled out of the third Test of the ongoing four-match series against India due to bruised ribs. "Fast bowler James Pattinson has been ruled out of our Australian squad for the third #AUSvIND Vodafone Test with bruised ribs," Cricket Australia said in a statement on Monday. According to a report in, Pattinson injured himself in a fall at his property. He was on approved l
  • Neymar joins Maracana Walk of Fame
    Rio de Janeiro, January 4 (IANS): Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar is the latest Brazilian football icon to join the Maracana stadium's prestigious Walk of Fame. The 28-year-old, who returned to his homeland after suffering an ankle injury while playing for PSG last month, visited the Maracana in Rio's north to have a mold taken of both feet before flying back to France on Sunday, reports Xinhua news agency. "I'm very happy and proud to be able to make football
  • Ganguly likely to be released from hospital on Jan 6
    Kolkata, January 4 (IANS): Former Indian skipper and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly is likely to be released from hospital here on Wednesday, hospital sources said. "Noted cardiac surgeon Dr Devi Shetty will pay a visit on Tuesday to see Sourav Ganguly at the hospital. So not tomorrow but hopefully he will be released the day after tomorrow, which is Wednesday," a member of the expert medical team treating the BCCI chief told mediaper
  • Sourav Ganguly undergoes coronary angiography, stenting
    Kolkata, January 4 (IANS): Former India captain Sourav Ganguly underwent coronary angiography on Sunday afternoon at the Woodland Multispeciality Hospital here. "Coronary Angiography was done at 3 p.m. --- Triple vessel disease PTCA (percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty) and stenting to RCA or right coronary artery done through radial route," stated the medical bulletin from the hospital. "Revasculation to LAD or Left anterior descending artery and OM or
  • India, Australia players test negative, fit to fly to Sydney
    Melbourne, January 4 (IANS): The Indian and Australian cricket team players and support staff have returned negative results for Covid-19 and are fit to fly to Sydney for the third Test that begins on January 7. "Playing members of the Indian cricket team and support staff underwent an RT-PCR Test for Covid-19 on January 3, 2021. All tests have returned negative results," said a statement from the Indian cricket board on Monday morning. A Cricket Australia spokesperson
  • Men's hockey national camp to start on Jan 5 in Bengaluru
    New Delhi, January 3 (IANS): India's men's hockey coach Graham Reid has called up 33 probables for a national camp that is scheduled to start from January 5 at the Sports Authority of India's (SAI) Bengaluru centre. "I expect the players to return feeling fresh both mentally and physically after this three-week break. In our previous National Camp, we hit desirable numbers in various parameters including the Yo-Yo Test. Our aim will be to up the ante in the current
  • Koinonia Baptist Church sports meet held
    KOHIMA, JANUARY 3 (MExN): The Koinonia Baptist Church Sports Meet 2020-21 commenced from December 15  and concluded on January 2 at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima. The event was held under the theme ‘Press towards the goal’ Philipians 3:14. The seven day long sports meet witnessed various games and sports such as Rev Zotuo Football Trophy,  Medotseilieü Volleyball Trophy, Neibalie T20 Cricket Trophy, Penalty Shoot-out, Indoor games, track & field ev
  • PYSO golden jubilee sports meet
    Kohima, January 3 (MExN): The golden jubilee sports meet of Phekerkriezou Youth & Sports Organization (PYSO) took place from December 28 to 31, 2020 at Phekerkriema Ziezou under Kohima district. Neiketouzo Kenguruse, PS to the Chief Minister of Nagaland and Vice President, Nagaland Wrestling Association and Roko Angami, President Nagaland Football Coaches Association and President, Northern Angami Youth Organization graced the inaugural and the closing ceremonies respectively. W
  • Tsiepama annual sports meet concludes
    Dimapur, January 3 (MExN): The Tsiepama Youth Organization conducted its 23rd annual sports meet at the Tsiepama local ground on January 2.  Volleyball and football matches were played amongst Dream Team, United Friends Club, Wolf FC, Astute Brothers, Unity Club, TYO model village.  In the final football match, Astute Brothers and United Friends Club played a goalless draw during the stipulated time. However, Keneisakho Mera struck the winning goal in extra time for Ast
  • East Bengal record first ISL win, beat Odisha 3-1
    Bambolim (Goa), January 3 (IANS): East Bengal finally recorded their first win in the Indian Super League (ISL) by beating Odisha FC 3-1 on Sunday at the GMC Stadium. First-half goals from Anthony Pilkington and Jacques Maghoma put East Bengal ahead before substitute Bright Enobakhare scored late on his ISL debut. Diego Mauricio's goal proved to be a consolation as Odisha saw their winless run continue. Mauricio's goal was the 100th goal of the ongoing season of the ISL.
  • Momota Covid-19 positive, Japan pull out of Thailand tournaments
    Bangkok, January 3 (IANS): Japan have withdrawn their singles and doubles players who were on their way to Thailand for the two Thailand Open Super 1000 tournaments after men's singles world no 1 Kento Momota tested positive for Covid-19. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) said in a statement that Momota had undergone a mandatory RT-PCR test along with the rest of the team at the Narita Airport in Tokyo en route to Thailand capital Bangkok. The squad was set to leave for the c
  • 2021 T20 WC: Host BCCI may end up paying Rs 906 crore tax
    New Delhi, January 3 (IANS): The cash-rich Indian cricket board could end up paying up to a massive Rs 906 crore tax if the Union government declines to grant full tax exemption for staging the ICC T20 World Cup in the country this year. Even if the government grants partial exemption, the board will have to pay at least Rs 227 crore tax, if it wants to host the tournament. With the World Cup just 10 months away, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has earmarked the United Arab