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'The Next Time I Get Injured, I Will Be Gone' - Flintoff PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 October 2009

While rumours of his future career moves continue to swirl, Andrew Flintoff has admitted that he is one injury away from calling it quits, reports Cricinfo.

Flintoff is to spend the next three months in Dubai to aid his recovery from the latest operation to his right knee and make a return to England's one-day team as their star all-rounder, but did not mince words when assessing himself.

'The Next Time I Get Injured, I Will Be Gone' - Flintoff PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 October 2009

While rumours of his future career moves continue to swirl, Andrew Flintoff has admitted that he is one injury away from calling it quits, reports Cricinfo.

Flintoff is to spend the next three months in Dubai to aid his recovery from the latest operation to his right knee and make a return to England's one-day team as their star all-rounder, but did not mince words when assessing himself.

Rio Wins Race to Host 2016 Games PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 October 2009

Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympics after seeing off Madrid in the final round of voting among International Olympic Committee members on Friday. Carlos Osorio, general secretary of the Rio bid, told Reuters: "Overwhelming, spectacular, unbelievable."

In an astonishing start to the voting, Chicago, the odds-on favourite, went out in the first round, despite receiving unprecedented support from United States President Barack Obama and the first lady.

Moment of Truth for Obama Factor in 2016 Olympic Bid PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 October 2009

COPENHAGEN, Oct 1 ( - Sport and politics converge in a potent mix on Friday with the credibility of the US president on the line as International Olympic Committee (IOC) members choose the venue for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The stakes could hardly be higher when more than 100 IOC members gather at Copenhagen's Bella Convention Centre to choose between the rival bids of Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.

Sehwag Sees Gambhir as Future India Captain PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 September 2009

Virender Sehwag has said his fellow opener Gautam Gambhir is a leading candidate to captain India in the future. Sehwag felt Gambhir, his team-mate at the club, state and national levels, had the potential to be groomed into a leader and that appointing him vice-captain in South Africa was clear indication that he could graduate into the captaincy, reports Cricinfo.

"He (Gambhir) is a good cricketer, is very intelligent and Delhi have won the Ranji Trophy under him already once (in 2007-08)," Sehwag said in Mumbai.

Kirsten Denies Involvement in 'Sex Dossier' PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 September 2009

Gary Kirsten, India's coach, has said he was not involved in the preparing a controversial document that encouraged cricketers to have sex before matches, reports Cricinfo.

He said it was drafted by the mental conditioning coach, Paddy Upton, and that he first read about it only two days ago when a newspaper published parts of it. Kirsten also said the document was not a part of team strategy, nor aimed at encouraging sexual activity, but was about providing information to the players.

India-Pakistan Bilateral Series in Revised FTP: Butt PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 September 2009

India has agreed to play against Pakistan in a bilateral series in a revised draft of the Future Tours Program that would be discussed at ICC's chief executive committee meeting in Johannesburg on October 1, reports PTI.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt told a press conference on Saturday that Pakistan had initially registered an official protest at the earlier draft of the new proposed FTP from 2012 onwards as it didn't feature any matches against India.

Windies can tweak CT squad if row settled - ICC PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 September 2009

West Indies will be given up until the latest possible moment to make changes to its Champions Trophy squad as the board tries to resolve a contracts dispute with leading players, cricket's ruling body said on Wednesday.

The Caribbean body was forced to select a weakened squad for the premier one-day event starting in South Africa on Tuesday due to the protracted row.

Clijsters Crowns Comeback with US Open Title PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Belgian Kim Clijsters crowned her remarkable comeback by beating 19-year-old Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 7-5, 6-3 to win the US Open women's title on Sunday.

Clijsters, playing only her third tournament after taking more than two years off to start a family, clinched a 93-minute victory with a forehand winner and dropped to her knees in celebration, visibly sobbing.

Fatigued Bolt Cancel Asia Trip, Ending Season PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 September 2009

World and Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has cancelled races in China and South Korea later this month and decided to bring his season to a close because of fatigue, the Jamaican said on his website on Friday.

The triple Olympic and world champion was scheduled to run 100 metres races in Shanghai on September 20 and Daegu on September 25 after competing in a 200 metres at the world athletics final in Thessaloniki, Greece this weekend.

Drunk Grandmaster Checkmated after Dozing Off PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 September 2009

A leading French chess player turned up drunk and dozed off after just 11 moves in an international tournament in Kolkata, losing the round on technical grounds, domestic media reported Friday.

Grandmaster Vladislav Tkachiev arrived for Thursday's match against India's Praveen Kumar in such an inebriated state that he could hardly sit in his chair and soon fell asleep, resting his head on the table, Hindustan Times newspaper reported.

European Countries Focusing on World Cup Finals PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 September 2009

World champions Italy could lead a procession of as many as seven European countries into next year's World Cup in South Africa over the next few days.

Netherlands are the only European side certain of a place in the finals and Italy, Denmark, Slovakia, Germany, Spain, England and Serbia are well placed to join them.

Clarke In No Hurry To Take Over Captaincy PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 August 2009

Australia Test vice-captain Michael Clarke believes talk of splitting the captaincy is premature and Ricky Ponting remains the best man to take the team forward from their Ashes defeat.

Ponting landed in Sydney after his second consecutive series loss in England and indicated he would be open to the idea of playing in the side without leading it, although he has no plans to step down, reports Cricinfo.

Twins Unlikely To Disturb Federer's Slam Dreams PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 August 2009

Exactly a month after Federer first set eyes on his baby girls, the world number one appears to have mastered the art of coping with sleepless nights and showed he was still the man to beat when he won the Cincinnati Masters on Sunday.

The victory has put him in the perfect frame of mind as he seeks a record-equalling sixth successive title at the US Open which begins on Monday.

England in Emotional Ashes Victory PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 August 2009

England completed an emotional victory over Australia in the fifth and final Test on Sunday to regain the Ashes they surrendered so abjectly in 2006-7.

Australia, set a record 546 to win, fought a spirited battle on a sun-drenched day at the Oval before four wickets fell for 16 runs when Michael Hussey looked like extending the match into the final day.

Victorious Tigers Back Home PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 August 2009

The Bangladesh cricket team returned home Thursday night after a highly successful tour of the West Indies and Zimbabwe.

State Minister for Youth and Sports Ahad Ali Sarkar received the team at Zia International Airport. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Lt. Gen Sina Ibn Jamali and board directors were also present, said a BCB press release.

Magnificent Tamim Clinches ODI Series For Tigers PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 16 August 2009

Bangladesh 313 for 6 (Tamim 154, Price 3-60) beat Zimbabwe 312 for 8 (Coventry 194*) by four wickets

Charles Coventry made the joint highest individual score in an ODI but his effort was outweighed by a sparkling, cool-headed century from Tamim Iqbal, who broke the record for the most runs made in an innings by a Bangladesh batsman.

Coventry's blockbuster innings pushed Zimbabwe beyond 300, far more than Bangladesh have chased before, but the visitors were rarely troubled as they hunted down the target to take their third consecutive series.

Flintoff Still To Prove Fitness For Fourth Ashes Test PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 August 2009

Andrew Flintoff's fitness for the fourth Ashes Test was still in doubt on Thursday after the England all-rounder struggled with the ball in a net session.

"He bowled this morning and it didn't look like he was quite 100 percent," captain Andrew Strauss said at a news conference ahead of the match, which starts on Friday.

Five Brazilians Fail Doping Tests, Return Home PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 August 2009

Five Brazilian athletes training in Germany for this month's world championships have failed out of competition doping tests and will return home, the Brazilian Athletics Confederation (CBAt) has said.

According to a CBAt statement, sprinters Bruno Lins Tenorio, Jorge Celio Sena, Josiane Tito and Luciana Franca, and heptathlete Lucimara Silvestre had tested positive for the banned substance Recombinant EPO.

Mashrafe Leaves For Australia Thursday PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 August 2009

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will fly to Melbourne on Thursday to consult a specialist regarding his injured right knee.

He will be examined by orthopaedic surgeon Dr David Young at the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group.

Mshrafe has been sidelined since suffering the injury on the third day of the first Test against the West Indies at St. Vincent.

Asia Sports Chief Tells India To Accept WADA Clause PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 August 2009

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) chief has urged India's national cricketers to fall in line and accept the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) "whereabouts" rule.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) rejected the WADA's clause Sunday, backing its players' refusal to sign up due to security and privacy issues.

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