Sports News – Newsletter for February 24, 2011Thursday, February 24, 2011
KATHMANDU – Despite being targeted by various armed groups who killed 34 officials and despite being slapped by a minister who went unpunished, Nepals civil servants are out to prove that their morale is the highest in the world – by conquering Mt Everest.
Come March and 15 civil servants, led by Lilamani Poudel, secretary …. Original article : Nepal civil servants aim for peak performance – Mt Everest.
DOHA – British Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the attempted evacuation of British nationals in Libya and attacked homophobia in football.
Cameron insisted that getting Brits stranded in Libya home is his top priority and that officials at the Foreign Office are working round the clock to make it happen.
He also said he had [..] Read the original article: here.
NEW DELHI – South Africa won the toss and decided to field against the West Indies in their World Cup Group B match here Thursday.
South Africa: Graeme Smith (captain), Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Johan Botha, Robin Peterson, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir
West … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : World Cup: South Africa elect to field against West Indies.
BANGALORE – : Bangalore Police baton – charged hundreds of cricket fans at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here , as they queued up to buy tickets for the India -England World Cup match on Thursday.
The incident happened when the crowd tried to break the designated queue.
The match is scheduled to be played on Sunday.
KARACHI – Former Pakistan bowling great Wasim Akram has offered his services to the national team management to help groom two left-arm pacers in Pakistan’s World Cup squad- Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz.
Akram, who is considered to be one of the best left-arm fast bowlers in the history of cricket, has been spending time … Read more : Akram offers to help Pak pacers Junaid, Wahab during World Cup 2011.
KARACHI – Former Pakistan captain Moin Khan has criticised national team coach Waqar Younis for “highlighting” the fitness issues of pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar in front of the media.
“I am surprised at Waqar’s statement on Shoaib that he is still half-fit and working hard to gain match-fitness. What does he mean by that? Even …. Original source : Moin blasts Waqar over repeated ‘half-fit Shoaib’ statements in front of media.
SYDNEY – Zimbabwe will play their first Test matches in more than five years in one-off home games against Bangladesh, Pakistan and New Zealand this year.
Australia and South Africa have also agreed to send strong A teams for a tri-series in July to help Zimbabwe prepare for their Test return.
Zimbabwe withdrew from Tests in January …. Read the original article : Zimbabwe to play three Tests at home after five years.
BANGALORE – Police Thursday used canes to control the milling crowds seeking tickets for Sundays India-England World Cup match here as 7,000 tickets were sold out in three hours flat.
Scores of people began the wait Wednesday night for the limited number of tickets available for the public and hundreds had formed a serpentine … Read more : World Cup: As crowds throng for tickets, cops cane them.
NAGPUR – Ahead of Sunday’s India-England World Cup clash in Bangalore, England off-spinner Graeme Swann has said that there is no better sound than the silence of an Indian crowd.
“It’s a huge game. But there is nothing better than silencing an Indian crowd. You don’t want them to be screaming all day because it … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Nothing better than silencing Indian crowd: Swann.
MELBOURNE – Michael Clarke, who has hit three half-centuries on the trot to overcome the Ashes nightmare, is not concerned about the criticism over his inability to reach or clear the boundary as often as many of his teammates in the ODIs.
“After the lack of runs I scored in the summer I should be scoring … Original article on : Clarke not concerned about criticism over his inability to clear boundary.
LONDON – Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend, Irina Shayk, sported unshaven legs as she left the set of a talk show in Los Angeles.
The 25-year-old bikini model looked stylish in a red mini-skirt, black leather jacket and sky-high animal-print Christian Louboutin.
But the harsh sun put her fair stubble in the spotlight, reports the Daily Mail.
RANCHI – Guess what was in store for kho-kho women’s bronze medallists at the National Games medal ceremony? The unsuspecting players got only floral garlands and a bouquet instead of their medals.
The reason — the bronze medals were out of stock. The gold and silver medal winners were presented their respective medals.
… Read this article on Gaea Times at : Garland instead of medal at the National Games!.
Bengaluru, Feb.24,(ANI-Business Wire India): Cricket fans can now access web portal www.alltimecricket.com, which shows live cricket scores in a multilingual format. The site also provides a robust interactivity platform for its visitors and is in line to produce animated movies on cricketing events.
The site is a one-stop hotspot for cricket fans. In line with the …. Source : Now, online cricket experience in a new form.
LONDON – Libya’s former Justice Minister Mustafa Mohamed Abdel-Jalil has said Colonel Gaddafi personally ordered the Lockerbie attack which resulted in deaths of 270 innocent people.
Abdel-Jalil said he had proof of the Libyan tyrant’s hand in the bombing.
The former minister suggested that Colonel Gaddafi’s complicity in the atrocity is what lay behind his desire to …. Source : Gaea News Network.
LONDON – Broadcasters in Sri Lanka have stopped playing a song backing the country in the Cricket World Cup after President Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed his disapproval of the lyrics over fears that it might cause offence to other competitors.
Lyrics sung by young pop star Lahiru Perera reportedly upset Rajapaksa and a presidential aide said that … Read more : ‘Upset’ Rajapaksa gets Sri Lanka World Cup song dropped.
NEW DELHI – Australia captain Ricky Ponting will not be fined or suspended over a dressing-room incident during his team’s World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad in which he ‘accidentally’ damaged a TV.
Ponting accepted the Level 1 charge and the proposed sanction from match referee Roshan Mahanama after the incident was brought to the …. Read the original article : here.
DHAKA – World Cup co-host Bangladesh has said it is keeping a vigil on international cricket bookies to ensure that they do not try to establish contacts with players and officials.
Travel papers of visitors are being closely checked to look for 25 bookies whose list has been supplied by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) … Original article on : World Cup: Dhaka keeps vigil on cricket bookies.
NEW DELHI – From special offers and discounts to new product launches, India Inc is rubbing its hands in glee over the one-and-a-half-month-long World Cup, hoping the cricket fever will translate into higher sales.
“We are expecting a 100 percent jump in the sale of TV sets because of World Cup. Samsung sold nearly 3 … Read : Companies pad up as World Cup fever comes on.
NAGPUR – Australian captain Ricky Ponting has been reprimanded by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for breaching its Code of Conduct during the team’s World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad.
The incident occurred shortly after Ponting was run out in the match Monday. He caused some damage to a television set in the team … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Ponting reprimanded for breaching ICC Code of Conduct.
HAMBANTOTA – Captain Shahid Afridi took five wickets as Pakistan crushed Kenya by 205 runs in a World Cup Group A match at the Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium here Wednesday.
A strong show by Pakistan’s middle-order saw them put up 317/7 in 50 overs after electing to bat. Umar Akmal smashed a 52-ball 71 … Read more »».