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Rawalpindi dropped as third Champions Trophy venue PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

KARACHI, Aug 12 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Rawalpindi has been dropped as the third city for next month's Champions Trophy, according to a provisional International Cricket Council (ICC) schedule sent to member boards.

A copy of the schedule released to Reuters said the eight-nation tournament scheduled from Sept. 12-28 will now be restricted to Lahore and Karachi.
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Pakistan coach Lawson's departure fuels speculation PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

KARACHI, Aug 12 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Australian Geoff Lawson has sparked speculation over his future as Pakistan coach by leaving the country suddenly a month before it hosts the ICC Champions Trophy.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said the former Australia fast bowler has gone to Australia and New Zealand on the advice of an International Cricket Council's (ICC) task force, to try and convince those players it was safe to play in the tournament.
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Jayawardene praises true team performance PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

COLOMBO, Aug 12 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene said a true team performance was the key to Sri Lanka's 2-1 series win over India.

Sri Lanka won the third and deciding test by eight wickets on Monday after bowling out India for 268 on the fourth day and then knocking off the 122-run target with ease.
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Excited Pietersen says England can regain Ashes PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

LONDON, Aug 12 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - New captain Kevin Pietersen, buoyed by a six-wicket victory over South Africa on Monday, said England were capable of regaining the Ashes next year.

An excited Pietersen gushed superlatives when he described England's win and said his team could beat Australia if they replicated their performance in the fourth and final test at The Oval.
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Germany, Britain start in convincing fashion PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 11 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Germany brushed aside hosts China 4-1 in their pool A first round match on Monday as they began their bid for the men's hockey Olympic gold that has eluded them since 1992.

Britain, who gained a Beijing spot at the expense of former giants India in a qualifier, beat another former powerhouse Pakistan 4-2 in their opening pool B game.
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Man Utd player wins £4.5m payout PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

A former Manchester United player whose career was ended when he was injured in a tackle has been awarded more than £4.5m in compensation, reports BBC.

Ben Collett, 23, broke his leg in a reserve game against Middlesbrough five years ago, at the age of 18.

Boro player Gary Smith and his club admitted liability for the injury.
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Portsmouth sign Kaboul from Spurs PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Portsmouth have sealed the signing of Younes Kaboul from Tottenham, reports BBC.

The French defender, who was also linked with Sunderland and Aston Villa, has joined for an undisclosed fee after agreeing a four-year contract.
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Footballer blackmailed over sex PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

A former Manchester City youth team goalkeeper has admitted blackmailing a top Premier League footballer over sexual images, reports BBC.

Goalkeeper Ashley Timms, 22, of Middleton, Greater Manchester, admitted a charge of making unwarranted demands with menaces.
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Johnson shuns City offer PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Contract rejected but talks continue

Sky Sports

Manchester City star Michael Johnson has rejected the new contract he has been offered, skysports.com understands.

The England Under-21 star has three years left on his current deal but he is now a hugely important part of City's squad.
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Country’s infrastructure development PDF Print E-mail
Editorial
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Private-public partnership a must

The Finance Advisor recently blamed political unrests, lack of farsightedness of politicians, lingering process of decision making, mismanagement and irregularities for poor infrastructural development resulting in impediment to progress. He also stressed private and public sector partner-ship for such development.
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Brazil, Argentina, Italy book quarter-final berths PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Tuesday, 12 August 2008

AFP, BEIJING - Ronaldinho was back to his best as he led Brazil on a 5-0 romp over

New Zealand Sunday to confirm their quarter-final berth in Olympic men's football along with Argentina and Italy.

The tournament's big three cannot be denied winning their groups with one pool match remaining but the Netherlands last gasp draw with the United States left three teams in with a chance to take the two berths from Group B.
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Robson penalty secures Celtic win PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Celtic 1-0 St Mirren

Celtic got their defence of the Scottish Premier League title off to a winning start thanks to a controversial Barry Robson penalty against St Mirren, reports BBC..

The Buddies had matched their more illustrious opponents, with a Billy Mehmet drive striking a post.
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Parry defends Barry stance PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Reds chief executive claims midfielder's price is 'too high'

Sky Sports

Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry insists the club's American owners are not questioning Rafa Benitez's judgement in the pursuit of Gareth Barry.

Benitez has been keen to add Aston Villa midfielder Barry to his squad, but the Reds had been unable to agree a fee with their Premier League rivals.
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Roma Close In On Baptista PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Tuesday, 12 August 2008

SW, ROME  - Out of favour Real Madrid forward Julio Baptista is close to signing a contract with Italian squad AS Roma.

Baptista, who has played for São Paulo, Sevilla, Arsenal and currently for Real Madrid hasn't quite found the form thought of by the young Brazilian promise.
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Rain cools Beijing, raises hope of clear air PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Reuters, Beijing- Rain fell on Beijing on Sunday, cooling oven-like temperatures for the second day of the Olympic Games and raising hopes that the thick haze clogging the Chinese capital might finally clear.

The rain delayed the start of the tennis competition on Sunday morning. Optimistic Olympic officials said the grey mist shrouding many venues should lift in the coming hours.
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Strong quake hits Indian Ocean, no tsunami alert PDF Print E-mail
Environment
Monday, 11 August 2008

NEW DELHI, Sun Aug 10,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - A strong earthquake of 6.0 magnitude struck in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, but no tsunami warning was issued, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The department had initially reported the quake at magnitude 6.6. The US Geological Survey measured it at 6.0. Officials said there were no reports of damages from the tremor which struck 145 km southwest of Port Blair, capital of India's remote Andaman islands at 0822 GMT.
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Beijing to tighten security after fatal attack PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Monday, 11 August 2008

BEIJING, Sun Aug 10,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Olympic organizers vowed to tighten security in central Beijing on Sunday after an American tourist died in a stabbing attack, but they insisted the Chinese capital was safe and Western sightseers were unfazed.

"We are going to strengthen the security at scenic spots ... to make sure no sharp weapons can be brought into the area," Beijing Olympic spokesman Wang Wei told a news conference.
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Phelps wins "cool" first gold in China PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Monday, 11 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 10 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Swimmer Michael Phelps demolished his own world record to win a first Olympics gold on Sunday in the quest for an unprecedented eight, but conflict in Georgia and a dozen bomb attacks in west China spoiled the party mood.

Listening to hip-hop on headphones as he walked to the block, Phelps went on to win the 400 meters individual medley at China's futuristic and full-to-capacity Water Cube.
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China study forward tactics after beating Spain PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Monday, 11 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 10 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - China, hoping for their first Olympic hockey medal, went back to the drawing board immediately after winning their opening women's pool A match on Sunday.

China, who finished fourth in the last Olympics at Athens, thrashed Spain 3-0 for maximum points but the margin could have been higher had some of the Chinese forwards converted chances.
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Chinese duo leap to springboard gold PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Monday, 11 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 10 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - China leapt and twisted to gold in the women's synchronised 3 metre springboard on Sunday, claiming the first diving medals in a sport which the host nation hopes to dominate.

China's "diving diva" Guo Jingjing and younger partner Wu Minxia lived up to their billing as favourites, compiling a total of 343.50 points to beat Russian duo Julia Pakhalina and Anastasia Pozdnyakova, who took the silver with 323.61.
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China overcome spills to take lead PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Monday, 11 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 10 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - A crash landing off the asymmetric bars by He Kexin failed to stop China from upstaging an injury-hit United States team in women's qualifying at the Olympics on Sunday.

The two gymnastics super-powers are expected to battle it out for the gold medal in Wednesday's team final but both had to overcome setbacks on the opening day of the women's competition.
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