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Saturday 12 March 2011

PDCA meet on March 12

DIMAPUR, MARCH 11 (MExN): Peren District Cricket Association (PDCA) will have its annual general meeting on March 12 at the GHSS ground at 2:00 pm. All bonafide members and the persons concerned are requested to attend the meeting positively. A press note issued by Alum Zeliang, president PDCA further informed that the association is organizing a friendly match the same day at the GHSS ground. The friendly is scheduled to begin at 9:00 am and is aimed at encouraging and developing cricket in the district, the note stated. The exhibition match will be played between Peren XI and Jalukie XI. The PDCA requests the general public to come and witness the match.

Wrestling coaching camp at Jalukie

Saina Nehwal in All England quarters

The Morung Express

BIRMINGHAM, MARCH 11 (PTI): Title contender Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal stormed into the quarterfinals of the All England Badminton Championships women’s single competition with a straight-set victory over her Chinese Taipei opponent. Saina, seeded fifth in the prestigious tournament, beat unseeded Tzu Ying Tai 21-17 21-17 in a second round match that lasted 30 minutes. In the quarterfinals, she will meet Eriko Hirose of Japan who beat Salakjit Ponsana of Thailand 21-13 1821 21-13 in another round two match last night. Saina dominated her rival at the nets and in smashes and in both the sets she was the one who made the final flourish after a stiff contest. The first set saw neck-on-neck tussle between the two as they were 8-8 and then 14-14. But after that, Saina won five consecutive points to race to 19-14

KOHIMA, MARCH 11 (MExN): The Zeliang Wrestling Association will be holding a weeklong coaching camp (Naga style and free style) at Jalukie town from March 15 to 19 next. For free style, the preferable age for both boys and girls is between 10-18 years. The coaches for the camp are Rokosielie Khawakhrie, Vekriyi Chuzho, Sapi Kin and Kikhwesul Thokhwe. As informed earlier, all villages under Peren district have been requested to send at least two wrestlers/participants to the camp.

Ireland succumb to Windies defeat Devon Smith scored a careerbest 107 and Kieron Pollard smashed 94 off 55 balls as West Indies beat Ireland by 44 runs in World Cup Group B in Mohali MOHALI, MARCH 11 (BBC): The Windies were labouring on 142-3 after 35 overs before Pollard smashed five sixes to lift them to 275 all out. Ed Joyce and Gary Wilson kept

Smith and Shivnarine Chanderpaul used up 24.5 overs in an 89-run opening partnership, before Kevin O'Brien strucktoremoveChanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo in the same over. At 142-3 after 35 overs, the Windies gambled by taking their batting powerplay and the tactic paid off as five overs yielded 55 runs. Pollard smashed O'Brien for two sixes in an over on his way to fifty from 35 balls and Smith accelerated to post his first oneday international hundred. Three more sixes from Pollard followed before he was caught on the boundary trying to bring up his hundred in style as the Windies lost their last four wickets for eight runs. O'Brien finished with a career-best 4-71 and

Ireland on target for a win with a stand of 91. But Joyce's dismissal for 84 sparked a collapse from 177-3 to 231 all out, with leftarm spinner Sulieman Benn taking four wickets. The defeat leaves Ireland needing to beat South Africa on Tuesday and the Netherlands next Friday to stand any chance of progressing to the quarterfinals. Pollard's pyrotechnics provided a much-needed boost to the West Indies, who made a sluggish start in the absence of Chris Gayle, who was ruled out on the morning of the match with an abdominal strain.

John Mooney removed Pollard and Andre Russell in successive balls. Sulieman Benn gave West Indies the perfect start, removing Paul Stirling via an inside edge in the second over. Porterfield and Joyce responded with some meaty shots before captain Darren Sammy reined them in with three consecutive maidens. Ireland skipper Porterfield was the first to succumb to frustration, attempting to drive Sammy over the top and lofting a catch straight to mid-on. Joyce kept Ireland in the hunt with a well-paced innings, adding 44 with Niall O'Brien and 91 with Wilson, who struck six fours and a six in his 62-ball innings. But just when another famous Irish victory looked on the cards, debutant Andre Russell fired a yorker behind Joyce's feet and took out his leg stump. Kevin O'Brien failed to repeat his heroics against England and when Wilson was trapped leg-before to give Sammy his third wicket the game looked up. George Dockrell fought hard to see the game into the 49th over with 19 from 19 balls before he was bowled by the outstanding Benn.

West Indies' batsman Kieron Pollard hits a shot during a Cricket World Cup match between West Indies and Ireland in Mohali, India, Friday, March 11. (AP Photo)

before taking the set. In the second set also, there was a stiff fight from the Chinese Taipei player and the two were locked 17-17 before Saina took four consecutive points to wrap up the match. Saina now remained the only Indian shuttler left in the tournament as all her compatriots have already crashed out. In the mixed doubles, V Diju and Jwala Gutta lost to fifth seeded Chinese pair of Tao Jiaming and Qing Tian 1121 12-21 in a round two match. In the women’s doubles also, Indian duo of Gutta and Ashiwni Ponnappa suffered heartbreak as they lost to Denmark’s Line Damkjaer Kruse and Marie Roepke 17-21 21-19 21-18 in a hard-fought second round match that lasted 53 minutes. In the men’s doubles, Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas lost to eighth seeded Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Bona Septano 16-21 16-21 in the second round. In men’s singles, P Kashyap, Anand Pawar and Ajay Jayaram had already crashed out of the tournament in the first round.

Big B to host 2011 IPL opening ceremony? NAGPUR, MARCH 11 (TNN): Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan may host the 2011 Indian Premier League (IPL) opening ceremony. According to sources, three companies - Wizcraft, DNA Entertainment and Encompass — bidding to stage the opening ceremony, have listed Big B in their presentations. Sources said that t h e three bidders made a detailed presentation to the IPL governing council recently, where its marketing wing recommended availing the services of DNA, which has, in its presentation, included the name of Aamir Khan as a co-host with Bachchan. "GC went through all three presentations carefully, and its marketing team has recommended the name of DNA. The cost of the ceremony will be a consideration while making the final decision," a source close to the development told TOI on Thursday.

Injured Daniel Vettori to miss Canada match MUMBAI, MARCH 11 (PTI): Captain Daniel Vettori will miss New Zealand`s World Cup Group A tie against minnows Canada at the Wankhede Stadium on March 13 because of a knee injury and is hoping to be fit for the last league game against Sri Lanka at the same venue here on March 18. The bespectacled Kiwi skipper and team`s k e y left-arm spin bowler hurt his right knee during the team`s previous game against Pakistan on March 8 at Pallekele, Sri Lanka. "At the moment Dan`s staying with us. I think he is probably going to miss the next game. But he is staying with us for the rest of the tournament which is good for us," Kiwi opener Marin Guptill told reporters here today. Guptill said the team will take a call on Vettori`s replacement tomorrow. "Not too sure what they are going to do. We haven`t had a selection meeting yet. The decision will be taken tomorrow," he said. New Zealand team media manager Ellery Tappin said Vettori had got a strain in a ligament in his right knee. "It`s not a tear or something significant. He is targetting the Sri Lankan game."

Braga bring Liverpool back to earth

PARIS, MARCH 11 (AFP): Liverpool were brought down to earth in the Europa League on Thursday after losing 1-0 to Portuguese side Sporting Braga in the away leg of their last-16 tie. The Reds, rejuvenated under interim coach Kenny Dalglish and 3-1 victors over arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday, will have to turn the tie around in the March 17 return leg if they are to progress to the quarter-finals. Braga took the lead in the 18th minute in Portugal, with Alan guiding an emphatic penalty into the bottom-left corner after Mossoro had been sent sprawling by Sotiris Kyrgiakos. Full-back Silvio came within inches of doubling the hosts’ advantage 20 minutes later but his magnificent left-foot half-volley from 25 yards crashed back into play off the crossbar. With Liverpool toiling,

Dalglish introduced striker Andy Carroll for his European debut just before the hour and the burly former Newcastle man had an immediate impact. A Carroll knock-down obliged Braga goalkeeper Artur to save at Dirk Kuyt’s feet before Carroll saw a deflected left-foot shot fall narrowly wide of the left-hand post. Kuyt then drew a sharp stop from Artur with an instinctive half-volley from the edge of the box but Braga, Champions League debutantsearlierthisseason,withstood the pressure to claim a memorable victory. Villarreal asserted control of their tie against Bayer Leverkusen as a goal in the fourth minute of injury time from Nilmar earned them a last-gasp 3-2 victory in the away leg. Leverkusen, currently second in the German Bundesliga, took the lead in the 33rd minute when Michal Kadlec arrowed a

fine drive into the bottomright corner from 30 yards. Italy striker Giuseppe Rossi drew the visitors level after exploiting a gap in the Germans’ defence in the 42nd minute. A 70th-minute goal from Nilmar was swiftly cancelled out by Gonzalo Castro but the Brazil international striker had the final say in injury time, racing clear and beating goalkeeper Rene Adler with a low strike. Elsewhere, a powerful 70th-minute effort by Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin gave runaway Portuguese leaders Porto a 1-0 win at CSKA Moscow, while Scottish champions Rangers’ trip to PSV Eindhoven finished goalless. In Thursday’s late games, Liverpool’s Premier League counterparts Manchester City travel to Dynamo Kiev, while two-time European champions Benfica welcome Paris Saint-Germain to the Estadio da Luz.

Nagaland’s Sepaktakraw sub-junior team won silver medal at a tournament held at Bellampalli, Andra Pradesh from March 3-6 last. The team won the silver in the junior event. (ABOVE) The sub-junior team is seen with their medals and trophy alongwith officials and coach.

BHSS conduct annual sports meet

DIMAPUR, MARCH 11 (MExN): The 17th Annual Sports Week of Bethesda Higher Secondary School (BHSS), Dimapur was held on Wednesday, March 11. It was hosted at the Bethesda New School Complex. A press note fromtheprincipaloftheschoolstatedthatthe District Education Officer, Dimapur Asono Ndang graced the occasion as the chief guest. The note stated that the chief guest in her address appreciated the school’s initiative of organizing physical activities for the students. It quoted the DEO as stating that the saying: ‘All work and no play make Jack a dull boy’ applies to one and all. “Education

does not mean merely the academic performance but all round development where alongwith academics, cultural, emotional and physical development are equally important.” “She opined that discipline is essential in one’s life and sports persons are more disciplined because they abide by the rules and regulations of each and every event in sports.” Expressing her appreciation on the colourful items exhibited by the students, she reminded the students of the school’s motto – ‘Serve with love & shape the future’ and asked them to exhibit it in letter and in spirit, the note added.

Serena Williams makes plans for July return

WASHINGTON, MARCH 11 (AFP): Serena Williams, recovering from the removal of a blood clot in her lung as well as a nagging foot injury, plans to play tennis in July for the Washington Kastles of World TeamTennis. The nine-team US league, which will stage a 36th season from July 4-24, announced on Thursday that Williams is scheduled to play in Washington on July 7 Kim Clijsters of Belgium plays with her daughter, Jada, at against the Boston Lobsters and the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, when the Kastles visit Sacramento on July 9. Calif., Thursday, March 10. (AP Photo)

The reigning Wimbledon champion had said after her surgery for a blood clot that travelled from a leg into her lungs that she was hopeful of a summer return, but was unsure exactly when she might be back on the court. The former world number one, a 13-time Grand Slam champion, would need to be ready by June 20 to defend her Wimbledon title. The women’s final is set for July 2. Williams has not played a top-level match since last year’s

Wimbledon final after cutting her right foot on broken glass at a restaurant last July. Williams suffered a pulmonary embolism and underwent an emergency operation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles last week, a health scare she called “the scariest moment in my life”. “Luckily enough, I was able to catch it soon enough that my career won’t be affected,” Williams told NBC on Wednesday. “I love tennis and now more than anything I have so much to

look forward to just playing. “I really just want to come back and do well.” Venus Williams, Serena’s elder sister and a five-time Wimbledon winner who has seven Grand Slam titles overall, plans to play for the Kastles on July 5 against visiting Kansas City despite being sidelined currently with an injury. Venus Williams withdrew from the Australian Open with a right hip injury and has not played since, unable to defend her only titles from 2010 last month at Dubai and Acapulco.


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