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ICC to Inspect Pitches for World Cup PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 August 2010

The ICC's pitch consultant Andy Atkinson will be visiting India in early September to inspect six out of the eight venues in the country for the 2011 World Cup.

Among the six is the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, the host for the controversial India-Sri Lanka ODI in December 2009 which was abandoned due to an unfit pitch.

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Atletico Stun Inter in Super Cup PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 August 2010

Atletico Madrid gave new Inter Milan coach Rafa Benitez plenty to think about when they deservedly beat the Champions League winners 2-0 in the European Super Cup at the Stade Louis II on Friday.

Goals from Jose Antonio Reyes after 62 minutes and Sergio Aguero after 83 gave the Europa League winners an easier than expected win over the Italians who won the treble last season when they added the Champions League to their domestic double.

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Mourinho's Real Quest Heads Back to Milan PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 August 2010

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho's quest to become the first man to win the European Cup with three different clubs will include a super-charged visit to Milan following Thursday's draw for the Champions League group stage.

However, Mourinho, who masterminded Inter Milan's first triumph in the competition for 45 years in May after taking Porto to the pinnacle in 2004 will visit AC Milan rather than Inter at their shared San Siro home stadium on Nov 3.

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Zimbabwe Offers to Tour Pakistan to Help Flood Victims PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 August 2010

Zimbabwe's cricket team has offered to tour Pakistan to raise funds for the victims of the country's massive floods, despite the suspension of foreign visits following a militant attack last year.

An official of the Pakistan Cricket Board told Reuters the governing body of the ZCU had made contact over a proposed tour.

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Wigan Braced to Face Red-Hot Chelsea PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 August 2010

London, Aug 20 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Having opened the defence of their Premier League title with a 6-0 thrashing of West Bromwich Albion last week, Chelsea now face the team they beat 8-0 to secure the crown three months ago.

Chelsea went into that final fixture with a measure of trepidation having lost at Wigan earlier in the season but tore them apart to end Manchester United's three-year grip on the trophy.

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Ozil Last Piece in Puzzle for Real PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 August 2010

Real Madrid have completed their pre-season spending by signing Mesut Ozil and have new coach Jose Mourinho's powers of persuasion to thank for luring the Germany midfielder to the La Liga club.

The 21-year-old playmaker passed a medical and signed a six-year deal with the Spanish giants on Wednesday to complete a move from Werder Bremen which came to fruition the previous day after weeks of speculation on his possible destination.

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PCB Finally Sends Lahore Report to ICC PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Seventeen months after the March 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore, the PCB has finally sent the judicial inquiry report on the incident to the ICC, after getting the approval of the Punjab government.

"The board sent the report [on Lahore terror incident] to the ICC about one month ago after seeking approval of the Punjab government," PCB chairman Ijaz Butt told Dawn, reports Cricinfo.

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Sehwag, Dravid Better than Sachin: Study PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 August 2010

A new study ranking the best Test batsmen of all time has placed Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid higher than Sachin Tendulkar, considered the god of Indian cricket.

Ironically, the number one Test side in the world do not feature any Indian batsman in the top five. Moreover, only five Indian batsmen figure in the list of 50, prepared by two economists - Prof Vani Borooah of the School of Economics and the Social Policy Research Institute and Prof John Mangan from the Department of Economics, University of Queensland, according to a report in India Today.

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Affluent Manchester City Aim to Join Top Table PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 August 2010

Manchester City, the world's wealthiest club thanks to the largesse of billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour, will be looking to transform financial might into silverware this season.

Coach Roberto Mancini is expected to have big-spending City challenging for a title they last won in 1968 when the Premier League kicks off on Saturday.

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India Take on NZ in Tri-series Opener PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Missing key players and just done with an exhausting drawn Test series, India swiftly shift to the one-day mode as they take on an equally-depleted New Zealand in the opening match of the tri-series starting on Tuesday.

Also featuring Sri Lanka, the series starts just two days after India drew 1-1 with the hosts in an engrossing Test series, reports PTI.

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Pakistan Rally Frustrates England PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 August 2010

Debutant Zulqarnain Haider scored a courageous 88 to frustrate England's bid to win inside three days against Pakistan in the second Test at Edgbaston on Sunday.

Pakistan, bowled out for just 72 on Friday before England replied with 251, reached 291 for nine at stumps to lead by 112 with two days remaining. Umar Gul, batting with a runner, was on nine and Mohammad Asif had 13.

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Liverpool in Control on Field as Buyers Jostle PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 August 2010

While businessmen battled for control of Liverpool off the field, the players were in total control on it, brushing aside a poor Rabotnicki side 2-0 in a Europa League third qualifying round tie on Thursday.

The Reds, whose future ownership is still far from decided, breezed through the second leg at Anfield to reach the playoff round of Europe's second-tier competition 4-0 on aggregate against their totally outplayed Macedonian visitors.

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'Stumpy' Name of 2011 WC Mascot PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 August 2010

With 200 days to go before the first ball is bowled in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, the event mascot's name was unveiled in a simple but impressive ceremony at P Saravanamuttu Stadium in Colombo on Monday ahead of the third Test between Sri Lanka and India.

The mascot, an elephant, has been named 'Stumpy' after an online selection process that drew proposals from thousands of cricket fans around the world, according to media reports.

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Sangakkara New No 1 in ICC Test Ranking PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 August 2010

India opener Virender Sehwag lost his numero uno status after being toppled by Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara in the latest ICC player rankings for Test batsmen released on Sunday.

Sehwag has dropped to second after making 99 runs in the first innings but not batting in the second after the match ended a tame draw in Colombo last Friday, reports PTI.

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Tendulkar Rested for Sri Lanka Tri-Series PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 August 2010

Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh have all been rested for the tri-series against Sri Lanka and New Zealand that kicks off on Aug 10.

Yuvraj Singh makes a return to the 15-man squad after being dropped for the Asia Cup, the first time he had been omitted since cementing his place, reports Cricinfo.

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Hodgson Unsure about Torres PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 July 2010

New Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has admitted he is unsure whether Fernando Torres will definitely remain at the club, although he said he was looking forward to working with him if he gets the chance.

Torres has been linked with a move to Premier League champions Chelsea in recent times, but the former Fulham boss is still hoping the Spaniard will stay at the Merseyside club, despite being unable to clarify the situation.

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Abahani, MSC Share Premier Hockey Title PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 July 2010

Abahani Ltd and Mohammedan Sporting Club became joint champions of the Green Delta Premier Hockey League. Abahani defeated Mohammedan 5-2 in the last league match at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium on Saturday. The result meant both teams finished on 36 points from 13 matches.

According to the by laws, the championship would have to be decided by a play-off match. But the league committee opted instead to announce them as joint champions after a meeting with both club officials.

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Real Could be Set for Galactico-Free Window PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 July 2010

Real Madrid are looking to buy players but will not necessarily splash out on high-profile 'galacticos' in the transfer window, according to director Emilio Butragueno.

The club spent around 250 million euros (211.3 million pounds) on Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and others in last year's close season and this time have made the relatively low-key signings of Argentina winger Angel Di Maria and Spanish midfielders Sergio Canales and Pedro Leon.

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Maradona to Decide on Future Next Week PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 July 2010

Diego Maradona will decide whether to stay on as Argentina coach after a meeting next week, the head of the country's football association said on Tuesday.

Argentina's former captain had been due to meet football association (AFA) chief Julio Grondona this week but the meeting was postponed after Maradona decided to travel to Venezuela where he was expected to meet leftist president Hugo Chavez.

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Spain Reign Ending Dutch Dream PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Spain won the World Cup for the first time when they beat Netherlands 1-0 after extra-time thanks to a goal by midfielder Andres Iniesta.

Iniesta fired home the winner in the 116th minute when he was put through in the area by Cesc Fabregas. Keeper Maarten Stekelenburg dived to his right and got a hand to the ball he could not keep it out.

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Tigers Seal Historic Victory PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 July 2010

Bangladesh 236 for 7(Kayes 76, Shahzad 3-41) beat England 231 (Trott 94, Shafiul 2-38) by five runs

Bangladesh produced a performance of immense spirit and character as they secured their first victory over England in any format with a famous five-run win at Bristol. In an extraordinary finale, Ian Bell limped out at No. 11 with a broken foot to accompany Jonathan Trott, but Trott edged a cut off the third ball of the final over bowled by Shafiul Islam after making 94 to send Bangladesh into scenes of wild celebration.

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