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Thursday 17 February 2011

VYO prepares for SASA golden jubilee

KOHIMA, FEBRUARY 16 (MExN): The Viswema Youth Organisation (VYO) will be conducting mass social work on February 19, at John Government High School ground, Viswema, to upgrade the play ground to that of the standard size and also to construct galleries at the expense of the village on the side of the National Highway 39 in order to host Southern Angami Sports Association (SASA) Golden Jubilee which will be held in early part of 2012. VYO president Meyiekul Noswe in a press release informed that all the Viswema community is compulsory to be present on the date mentioned above with tools such as shovel (belcha), spade (Pharua), cross-bar, iron bar ( jamphol), and sack. For the residents of Kohima transportation will be arranged and the residents in need of it are requested to avail the facility at BOC, the departure time is at 9:00 am. Therefore, all are requested to kindly co-operate with VYO. For further details, contact through these numbers09436607443/ 09856208675

FTC annual games & Sports from Feb 17 DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 16 (MExN): The Faith Theological College (FTC), Ura Villa Colony, Dimapur will be conducting its 2nd annual games and Sports from February 17 to 19. The opening ceremony on February 17 will be graced by Secretary of Science and Technology, Y Kikon, NCS as the chief guest. At the closing ceremony ob February 19, Co-director of Medical Ministry International, Dr T Lima Jamir will be the chief guest and director of Prodigal’s Home, K Ela as the guest of honour. The college has invited all the external students, friends and well-wishers to come and witness the sports event, informed a press note.

Crouch strike gives Tottenham win at Milan

MILAN, FEBRUARY 16 (REUTERS): Peter Crouch's goal 10 minutes from time handed Tottenham Hotspur a 1-0 win over below-par AC Milan in a bad-tempered Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday. Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso, who will miss the second leg after a booking, appeared to headbutt Spurs assistant manager Joe Jordan in a touchline fracas after the final whistle. Spurs, who lost 4-3 at the San Siro to Milan's city rivals Inter in the group stage, were the better side in the first half and Milan in the second, and England striker Crouch netted slightly against the run of play following winger Aaron Lennon's swift break and pass. "I thought we deserved to win, we limited them to a few chances. We were the better side...defended magnificently," Crouch told Sky Sports. "It was a great win, it's a fantastic achievement to beat Milan in the San Siro but the job is not finished." The Premier League side bossed the early exchanges amid heavy rain inside the San Siro caul-

Tottenham Hotspur forward Peter Crouch, left, scores during a Champions League, round of 16, first leg soccer match between AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy. (AP Photo)

dron and had an early shout for a penalty turned down when the fit-again Rafael van der Vaart's effort appeared to strike Alessandro Nesta on the arm. Crouch and Lennon caused seven-times winners Milan all sorts of problems and the Serie A leaders lost goalkeeper Christian Abbiati after 18 minutes with a head injury. He could miss the second leg in Lon-

don on March 9. Abbiati went to hospital for checks on concussion and his replacement Marco Amelia had to touch a fierce Van der Vaart shot over the bar after Zlatan Ibrahimovic had fired a freekick wide in Milan's first meaningful chance. Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri, with several midfielders such as Andrea Pirlo injured and the likes

‘You need to be a living example’

DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 16 (MExN): Additional secretary to the government of Nagaland finance department, Kikheto Y. Sema declared open the 21st annual games and sports meet of Servanthood Bible College Dimapur on Wednesday, February 16. It will conclude on February 19. Addressing the inaugural as the chief guest, Kikheto urged the students of the college to be living examples to the people. “Your life should be a gospel; you need to be a living example”, he said while reminding that shunning intoxicating substances alone is not the only criteria to be a Christian.

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Addl. secy. finance, Kikheto urges SBC students

The students during the oath taking ceremony.

Urging the students to lead exemplary lives, he nevertheless cautioned them against what he termed as getting “red card” from God. A “red card” in a game of football does not mean a ban forever but it is different in the case of God, he held. He further urged the students to look even beyond church activities, addressing the issues confronting the society today, besides nourishing the people’s spiritual health. The students divided into four houses would be competing in football, basketball, volleyball, athletics and badminton. The chief guest was accompanied by Dr. Major Mughavi.

of Antonio Cassano ineligible, sent out a defensivelooking team with centre back Thiago Silva in midfield and in the first half it showed. He threw on Brazil forward Alexandre Pato at the break but Spurs again came the closest early on in the second half with Van der Vaart's superb chip drifting wide although Milan's Mario Yepes then had two headers well-saved by

Heurelho Gomes. The hosts then grew hugely in confidence as the game became spicy with Milan's Mathieu Flamini and Gattuso living up to their combative images before Crouch struck with a crisp finish. Milan thought they had equalised late in stoppage time but Ibrahimovic's spectacular overhead strike was ruled out for a push.

Manipur, WB seal semis berths JAMSHEDPUR, FEBRUARY 16 (PTI): Manipur, runners-up in the previous edition, and West Bengal stormed into the semi-finals of the women's football event of the National Games after scoring crushing wins over Assam and Tripura respectively here on Wednesday. Manipur mauled Assam 10-0 while West Bengal annihilated Tripura 26-0 at JRD Tata Sports Complex. Reigning champions Orissa have already made it to the last-four stage. Haryana and Tamil Nadu will clash today while hosts Jharkahnd will take on Orissa tomorrow to grab the last available semifinal spot. Both Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu have three points each. Orissa topped Group 'A' with two wins -- against Tamil Nadu and Haryana -- pocketing six points. Manipur girls kept Assam

on their toes and dominated the proceedings right from the kick off as it surged ahead in the sixth minute through longranger off S. Rina Roy Devi, who later added two more goals, (43rd and 59th minutes). Assam girls did their best but Manipur foiled all their attempts time and continued to hit the target at regular interval. Besides Rina, Manipur forward E Bindyarani Devi (20th, 36th and 68th minutes) also struck a hat-trick while P H Bina Devi, M Mandikini and A Asharani Devi also contributed in Manipur's win. In another Group Group B match today, West Bengal downed Tripura 26-0 after leading 13-0 at half-time in an one-sided affair. Rinku Ghosh emerged highest scorer with six goal for the winners.

2nd Silver Cup T20 cricket tourney

KOHIMA, FEBRUARY 16 (MExN): The 2nd Silver Cup T20 Cricket Tournament under the aegis of the Youth Department of Nepali Baptist Church, Kohima will be held from April 4, 2010 at Kohima local ground. To be held under the theme ‘Peace and Unity through Cricket’, the tournament aims to promote the game of cricket in the State while also developing unity and friendship amongst the younger generation alongside the Youth Departments of various Churches, thereby ushering peace through sporting extravaganza. The tournament will continue to have the highest prize money awards as cash prizes amounting to almost Rupees One Lakh (Rs. 1,00,000/-) along with running trophies and certificates. This year an amount of Rs. 5000 each has been hiked for the champions and runners-up cash awards. The champion’s will receive Rs. 45,000 while runners-up will pocket Rs. 20000 with trophies and certificates. Individual prizes which also includes cash, trophies and citations will be given away to the following:- Player of the Tournament, Best Bowler, Best Batsman and Best Wicket Keeper. Forms will be made available in Kohima and Dimapur shortly. For further information and necessary clarification contact: Organizing Committee Convener Narain B. Sagar – 9436077633, Secretary Robi Thapa – 9774416162 and Member – John Thakuri – 9856203781.

Dada tips India, considers Pakistan dark horse

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nder his leadership, Team India came within a whisker of winning the World Cup in South Africa eight years ago. Two years into his international retirement, SOURAV GANGULY still remains a big draw in Indian cricket. The former India captain, who has been roped in as a TV expert, feels it will be a very open World Cup and tips India, Australia, Sri Lanka and South Africa to make the last-four stage, favouring MS Dhoni's boys to clinch the crown with Pakistan being his dark horse. Sourav analyses the teams in a chat with SUMIT MUKHERJEE

INDIA

Strength A powerful batting line-up, stacked with match-winners, and plenty of variation in bowling. Lot of part-time bowlers means skipper Dhoni will have plenty of choices to fall back on if one of the frontline bowlers has a bad day in office. Overall, the team has good balance. Weakness There is no one who can bowl genuinely quick, so Indian bowlers will have to mainly rely on clever variation to prevent rival batsmen from hitting through the line. Ground fielding is an area of concern as other teams would be a step ahead in this department. No second wicketkeeper means the team will be keeping fingers crossed on Dhoni's fitness. Opportunity It's India's last big chance to win the Cup before the rebuilding process starts. I expect the team to play around Sachin Tendulkar and make it a memorable event for the maestro. There dressing-room atmosphere is excellent and players are well aware of their roles. Low and slow wickets should suit our batters and bowlers alike. Also there is enough time in-between matches for minor injuries to heal. Threat Much will depend on how individual players, and the team as a whole, handle the pressure of expectations of a billion fans. On the field, the main threat would come from Australia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

AUSTRALIA

Strength Good and robust batting side a potent pace attack with two genuine quick bowlers in Brett Lee and Shaun Tait. The team has the right mix of youth and experience and looks very balanced on paper. With someone like Michael Johnson or Steven Smith likely to bat at No 8, the Aussies have enough depth in their batting to chase down big totals, or set them up. Weakness Lack of a quality spin bowler is sure to hurt them at some stage of the tournament. Jason Krejza is a decent bowler, but, against quality players of spin bowling, he may struggle. Their attack lacks balance. Also after the warm-up game against India, questions have to be asked about their batsmen's ability to handle top-class spinners. Opportunity They have a golden opportunity to make it four-in-arow. Skipper Ricky Ponting, having led Australia to two

successive World Cup titles, now has a chance to record a hat-trick. Having lost the Ashes to England and their No 1 ranking in Tests, the Aussies would be more than keen to hold on to their numero uno status in ODIs. Threat The threat to Aussies comes mainly from the subcontinental teams like India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan as these teams not only have better spinners, but also players who revel in 'home' conditions.

SOUTH AFRICA

Strength A great pace bowling unit and a strong batting line-up. They also have three spinners which means skipper Graeme Smith has sought to cover all the bases. Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel are genuinely quick and are capable to extracting good bounce from deadest of tracks. And the have players like Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis who always look to bat right through the 50 overs, making it easier for the others to bat around them. Weakness They have too long a tail. With Du Plessis at No 7 and Johan Botha at No 8 their lower order lacks a finisher. Also, apart from Botha, their other spinners are too inexperienced. They are strong in certain departments but do not look to be a good team. Opportunity: The Proteas have always been a very competitive side. They haven't gone beyond the semis in World Cup so it gives Smith's side an added desire to take those final two steps to glory. Smith himself must look to shed his over-attacking style in ODIs and look to bat through the innings. Threat The Proteas have always been extremely vulnerable to quality spin bowling and would be wary of teams like India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

SRI LANKA

Strength Top-order batting and a quality attack with lots of variety in both, pace and spin departments. With Tharanga, Dilshan, Sangakkara and Jayawardene at the top of the order and the likes of Murali, Mendis, Malinga and Perera forming the core of their bowling attack, Sri Lanka look really strong on paper. Weakness An untested middle-order. Should Sri Lanka lose early wickets, it will expose a middle-order comprising Samaraweera, Kapugedera, Chamara Silva and Angelo

Mathews. Opportunity Touring teams have always found it hard to beat Sri Lanka on their home pitches. As the team from the island nation are scheduled to play all their matches (barring the final) at home, they would look to make it count. They were undone by Gilchrist's brilliance in the 2007 final, but have the arsenal to go all the way. Threat The main threat to their campaign comes from teams which have depth and variety like Australia, India or unpredictable sides like Pakistan or the West Indies.

ENGLAND

Strength Good, in-form team that gels well. In Strauss and Bell they have two classical batsmen, while Swann and Anderson are classical Test bowlers, who can make it count on their day. In Pietersen, Collingwood, Bresnan and Yardy, England have ODI specialists who can turn a match on their own. Weakness First and foremost, they have to convince themselves that they can be as good in limitedovers cricket as they are in Tests. Pietersen must look to bat through the innings and not overattack like Smith. Their other concern is lack of firepower in the lower order which comprises mainly of bits and pieces players. Opportunity Having won the World T20 championship last year, England have an excellent chance to register a 'double' in limited overs cricket. It will also enhance their reputation as a truly great all-round side. Threat Historically, English batsmen have struggled on the low and slow pitches of the sub-continent, particularly against quality spin bowling, and this time it will be no different.

make Pakistan a dangerous side, which is known to play fearless cricket. They bat deep with someone like Razzaq at No 8. In Gul and Akhtar they have two fast bowlers who can devastate any line-up and Ajmal and Rehman they have two crafty spinners who can be pretty effective on sub-continental wickets. Weakness Pakistan teams over the years have a tendency to blow hot and cold. Consistency is the name of the game and Afridi's side must look to fire in every game. They are sure to miss the banned Asif and Aamer in bowling and Butt in batting. Threat They have the tendency to self-destruct, so the threat perception for Pakistan comes from within this extremely talented bunch of individuals. Opportunity It's a great chance for Pakistan to show the world what they are capable of. If they make the knock-out stage they will be a dangerous side. The tag of dark horses suits them.

NEW ZEALAND

After being blown away by Bangladesh and India in recent times, the Black Caps are under pressure. They remain a good fielding side and have plenty of utility cricketers, but lack both depth and finesse to make a big impact on the big stage. Unless they show a bull-headed approach, they could just get blown away. Their first task would be to get into the quarterfinals from Group A which in itself is a tall task.

WEST INDIES

They have proven match-winners like Gayle and Pollard who are capable of turning any match on its head with their power-hitting, but ODIs call for mixing caution with aggression. Batting in top gear for 10-15 overs may not be enough for Caribbean batsmen, who must take a leaf out of Sachin or Gambhir's book and try and build their innings. They have a decent bowling unit, but it lacks the cutting edge.

BANGLADESH

The surprise packet of 2007 World Cup have a young side which has been performing pretty consistently in recent times. Playing at home, in familiar conditions will certainly suit them, but their real test will come against the big teams. A quarterfinal berth is not beyond the realms of possibility for the Bangla Tigers, who will certainly miss the all-round skills of Mashrafe Mortaza. I don't see India slipping up again against Bangladesh, but it would be foolhardy for any team to underestimate Shakib's team in the tournament.

ZIMBABWE, KENYA, NETHERLANDS, CANADA & IRELAND

These teams are potential banana skin for the big teams as Ireland showed us in 2007. However, under the new format, an odd win will not be enough to earn them PAKISTAN a passage to the knock-out stage. They can nevertheless Strength embarrass the big guns and earn some brownie points in A slew of big-hitters cricket's quadrennial showpiece event. and a potent pace attack Source: TNN


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