Sports News – Weekly Newsletter for February 21-28, 2011Monday, February 28, 2011
VISHAKHAPATNAM – Cricket fans created a 40-feet-high cricket ball, a mini pitch, and the World Cup trophy replicas in Andhra Pradesh to wish the Indian Team luck.
These replicas have been displayed in a shopping mall in Vishakhapatnam.eerumama, one of the organisers, said that this effort would not go waste, as the Indian team is strong.
CHENNAI – New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has said that trouncing a limp Kenyan team by bowling them out for 69 and then chasing it down in eight overs was the sort of performance New Zealand was looking for.
New Zealand had an emphatic 10-wicket victory in their opening World Cup match against bowling Kenya on …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Never expected victory to be so easy against Kenya: Vettori.
DUBAI – The Bahrain Grand Prix, which was going to be held from March 11-13, is likely to be rescheduled to the end of the season, taking place after the Kuala Lumpur GP and before the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has little choice other than to sacrifice … Read more : Bahrain Grand Prix to be rescheduled for end of F1 season.
AHMEDABAD – Australian skipper Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat against Zimbabwe in a World Cup Group A match at the Sardar Patel Stadium here Monday.
Australia: Ricky Ponting (captain), Shane Watson, Brad Haddin (wicketkeeper), Michael Clarke, Cameron White, David Hussey, Steve Smith, Mitchell Johnson, John Hastings, Jason Krejza, …. Original article : World Cup: Australia to bat against Zimbabwe.
NEW DELHI – ‘Stumpy’, the cuddly little blue mascot for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, is set to become the newest rage among people, says manufacturing company Simba Toys which expects to sell all of the 160,000 pieces produced for the Indian market.
“We produced 160,000 units just for India. With millions of cricket … Read this article on Gaea Times at : ‘Stumpy’ makers hope to sell entire stock of cuddly mascot.
LONDON – Bolton Wanderers star forward Ivan Klasnic will not be charged over the alleged rape of a teenage girl, police have said.
According to The Sun, Klasnic was arrested last October after reports a 17-year-old had been assaulted at a Manchester city centre apartment.
The Croatian football international, 30, was not there when cops arrived just …. Read the original article : Bolton star Klasnic not be charged for rape.
LONDON – Former Formula One champion Jenson Button has admitted that Lewis Hamilton and he are playing catch-up with rivals because of a series of new car glitches at McLaren.
The Woking team’s MP4-26, which carries the hopes of most British fans, was only introduced at the second of Formula One’s pre-season tests.
BHOPAL – Sangram Singh of Pune bagged the ‘Mr. India’ title at the Bodybuilding Championship 2011 here.
A total of 250 bodybuilders participated in the qualifying rounds held across the country, and of them 70 were selected for the final round in different categories.
The championship was held at the Tatia Tope Stadium here late … Read : Sangram Singh of Maharashtra crowned Mr. India.
AHMEDABAD – Australian captain Ricky Ponting has supported the International Cricket Council’s decision to leave minnows out of the 2015 World Cup.
The ICC said unlike the current 14-nation format, the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will feature just the 10 full member nations. Canada, Kenya, the Netherlands, Ireland and Zimbabwe are …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Ponting backs ICC on keeping minnows out of next World Cup.
SYDNEY – Cricket Australia is said to be ‘deliberately stalling’ the review of Australia’s disastrous Ashes campaign which is unlikely to be completed in time for their next Test series.
Six weeks since Australia’s abysmal Test performance against England, officials back home are yet to put out a significant report on the Ashes review.
Cricket Australia will … Read more : Cricket Australia ‘deliberately stalling’ review of Ashes loss.
LONDON – Price William has given a royal snub to FIFA boss Sepp Blatter by not inviting him for his wedding.
Blatter was expected to get an invitation to Westminster Abbey on April 29 because of his close ties to Prince William.
The Sun reports that FIFA’s choice of Russia as 2018 tournament hosts bitterly disappointed the … Read : Prince William snubs Blatter, no Wills wedding invite.
DHAKA – Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has reiterated that a good performance from his players in the ongoing World Cup will help revive the state of cricket in their country.
“I have no doubt in my mind about the importance of this World Cup for the Pakistan team. It is a very big event in itself, … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Successful World Cup campaign would help revive Pak cricket: Waqar.
SYDNEY – Shane Warne’s ex-wife Simone Callahan has said that she’s not bothered by the former cricketer’s latest exploits with Liz Hurley.
But it looks like Callahan is seeking revenge, posing on a magazine cover in a teeny white bikini and boasting about her new love.
A week after Hurley headed home to Britain following a very …. Read the original article : Warne’s relationship with Hurley doesn’t affect me, says ex-wife.
LONDON – Coach Carlo Ancelotti has stunned his Stamford Bridge bosses by admitting that he has only three outfield players in form.
He named skipper John Terry and defender Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard as his most dependable stars, the Sun reports.
But he confessed the rest of his squad is at rock bottom.
That …. Read the original article : here.
MUMBAI – Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, which will host the 2011 cricket World Cup final, now sports a new look after state-of-the-art renovations.
The new stadium features bucket seats for spectator comfort, lifts and staircases to facilitate movement and a plush ground that meets international standards.
The revamped infrastructure was shown to mediapersons on Sunday by … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : After renovation, Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium sports a new look..
NAGPUR – England wicketkeeper Matt Prior wants to transform himself into a lethal finisher for the team during the World Cup.
Prior is expected to bat at either six or seven, where he hopes to apply the gloss to big totals – or chase them down – during the tournament.
The Sun quoted Prior, as … Read more >>.
LONDON – Marseille boss Didier Deschamps has revealed that while he was immensely flattered to get an offer to be the coach of Liverpool, he had to turn it down because he still had a year on his Marseille contract left.
The former Juventus and Chelsea star said: “I was immensely flattered to receive Liverpool’s offer …. Read the original article : Marseille boss Deschamps reveals why he turned Liverpool coaching offer down.
LONDON – David and Victoria Beckham have been invited to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The two are among 1,900 guests who have been issued a gold-embossed invitation to the event at Westminster Abbey on April 29, the Telegraph reported.
The Beckhams have been invited on account of David’s work with Prince William on … Read : Becks, Posh get an invitation to Prince William, Kate Middleton’s wedding.
ISLAMABAD – Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has urged the national team to win the ongoing World Cup for late coach Bob Woolmer.
Inzamam said that Woolmer always believed in the team’s ability to be the best in the world.
“Pakistan should try to do well in this World Cup not only for the country, but also for …. Source article : Inzamam says Pak should win World Cup for Woolmer.
RANCHI – Athletes and officials participating in the 34th National Games here were all praise for the newly constructed Sports Complex, the main venue for the event.
The sports complex is situated in Hotwar area of Ranchi and has the distinction of being a unique structure. It is the first complex where six stadiums … Read more »»».
LAUSANNE – The International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced the launch of an FIH World League in 2012 involving all the top countries and has sent out invitations to its members.
The FIH World League is set to make its debut in 2012 and will give every member of the FIH the opportunity to play for … Original source on Gaea Times at : FIH to launch World League.
NAGPUR – The Netherlands captain Peter Borren won the toss and opted to bat against England in a Group B match of the World Cup at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Jamtha here Tuesday.
The Netherlands: Peter Borren (captain), Alexei Kervezee, Wesley Barresi (wicketkeeper), Tom Cooper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Bas Zuiderent, …. Original source : Netherlands opt to bat against England.
BARCELONA – Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has reportedly conceded defeat in his pursuit of Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas by admitting that Ars???ne Wenger will not sell any of his best players.
Barcelona had two bids turned down last summer for Fabregas and, while Samir Nasri and Jack Wilshere have also impressed Guardiola this season, there …. Source : Barca coach Guardiola admits defeat in luring Gunners skipper Fabregas.
LONDON – Hampshire have signed Pakistan’s limited overs captain Shahid Afridi for their Friends Provident t20 campaign.
The 30-year-old all-rounder will become Hampshire’s second overseas player for the tournament, alongside South African spinner Imran Tahir, the BBC reports.Having played at the Rose Bowl for Pakistan, I know it’s becoming one of the best places to …. Read the original article : here.
PRETORIA – World 800 metre champion Caster Semenya has said she is planning to of participate in the 1,500 metres race at next year’s London Olympics.
“It is part of my preparation for my first Olympics. I’m looking forward to it and the plan is to include the 1,500 metres at the Olympics,” The Daily Express … Read : Caster Semenya plans to make 1,500m bid in 2012 Olympics.
MELBOURNE – Australian cricket selector Greg Chappell has refuted suggestions in the media that he had advised Mike Hussey to retire.
Labelling such a claim as “untrue”, Chappell said that he had met Hussey in Perth last month, but did not tell him to consider retiring from international cricket in the wake of his hamstring surgery.
Hussey …. Read the original article : here.
NAGPUR – England off-spinner Graeme Swann has said that he is determined to go back home with a handful of World Cup wickets to make up for being away from his wife and new-born son Wilfred for six weeks.
In an article for The Sun, Swann said: “England boys go into the tournament rated as underdogs …. Read the original article : Dark horse England can give WC title contenders a run for their money: Swann.
MELBOURNE – Former Australian left-hand opener Phil Jaques appears to be putting his hand up again for national selection after scoring consecutive first class centuries against Victoria, despite a lion-hearted effort from Test pacer Peter Siddle.
Thanks to Jacques, who was out of first class cricket until recently with a serious back injury that required a …. Source : Gaea News Network.
LONDON – A knee injury to Brazilian mid-fielder Anderson has delivered a huge blow to Manchester United’s chances of gunning for three titles in the 2010-11 season.
Anderson faces up to two months out after taking a knock to the knee in Saturday’s clash with Crawley. According to The Sun, scans have revealed cartilage damage.
United, however, …. Source : Injury to Brazil’s Anderson, a huge blow for Man U’s treble trophy hopes.
AHMEDABAD – Australian captain Ricky Ponting is reportedly in favour of reducing the number of teams playing the World Cup and the Champions Trophy to ten from 14 at present.
He believed the International Cricket Council’s decision in this regard was justifiable.
“You need to be bringing some of these smaller nations on in the world of …. Original source : Ponting bats for ICC move to reduce World Cup playing teams.
LONDON – Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti does not believe that the club’s 2010-11 season is over, though he knows that he fighting an uphill battle to retain his job after overseeing the worst run of results in the Roman Abramovich era.
Chelsea will face FC Copenhagen in the Champions League tonight and Ancelotti said: “This …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Chelsea FC not dead yet, says coach Ancelotti.
AHMEDABAD – Australian captain Ricky Ponting believes that his team’s pace bowlers hold the key to the side winning its fourth successive World Cup title.
“If we get those three (Lee, Johnson and Tait) up and running and bowling as well as they can, then I don’t care what team we’re playing against or what conditions …. Source : Fit and firing Oz pace attack holds key to winning 2011 WC: Ponting.
LONDON – Arsenal and Barcelona are locked in a bitter bust-up over the former trying to snatch 16-year-old wonderkid Jon Miquel Toral Harper from their academy, just like they did with Gunners skipper Cesc Fabregas.
According to a Sun Sport report, the dispute erupted before both clubs clashed at the Emirates last Wednesday.
Barca president Sandro …. Source : Gunners, Barca in bitter bust up over footie wonderkid Toral.
LONDON – In an interview with Australian magazine New Idea, Shane Warne’s ex-wife Simone Callahan has revealed that she was still living with the spin king when news of his relationship with Liz Hurley broke.
The 41-year-old said although the couple had parted ways two months earlier, they were continuing to live under the same roof …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Warne’s ex reveals they were still living together during Hurley fling.
AHMEDABAD – Australian captain Ricky Ponting has warned his team that they need to perform better if they want to make it to the final of the 2011 World Cup for a fourth consecutive time.
Addressing mediapersons after Australia’s 91-run victory over Zimbabwe on Monday evening, Ponting said: “We need to play better. We need to …. Original article : Aussies need to perform better to make it to WC 2011 final: Ponting.
BUENOS AIRES – Barcelona striker Lionel Messi plans to sue an Argentine legislator for using the footballer’s photograph in a political campaign without permission, Messi’s lawyers said Monday.
Lawyer Ricardo Giusepponi said Messi would take legal action against legislator Alfredo Olmedo because “he never consented” to having his photo used in the campaign.
The photo … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Messi to sue Argentine legislator for using photo in campaign.
AHMEDABAD – Scoreboard of the World Cup Group A match between Australia and Zimbabwe at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera here Monday.
Shane Watson lbw b Cremer 79
Brad Haddin lbw b Utseya 29
Ricky Ponting run out (Mpofu) 28
Michael Clarke not out 58
Cameron White b Mpofu 22 … Original article on : Scoreboard: Australia vs. Zimbabwe, World Cup Group A.
AHMEDABAD – Australia defeated Zimbabwe by 91 runs in a World Cup Group A match here Monday.
Chasing a victory target of 263 runs, Zimbabwe were all out for 171 in 46.2 overs.
Ray Price (37) Sean Williams (28) were the top scorers for Zimbabwe.
Mitchell Johnson took four wickets for Australia. Shaun Tait and … Read this article on Gaea Times at : World Cup: Australia beat Zimbabwe by 91 runs.
NAGPUR -The Netherlands cricket team captain, Peter Borren,on Monday expressed confidence about young talent proving their mettle in the World Cup.
Netherlands would be playing experienced England here on Tuesday.
In their last meeting at the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup at Lord’s, Netherlands registered a surprise win over England.
Borren said his team is looking forward to the … Read more »»».
SYDNEY – Australian selector and former India coach Greg Chappell has denied advising experienced batsman Michael Hussey to retire.
Hussey was dropped from the Australian World Cup squad as the selectors deemed it risky to include him after his recent hamstring surgery.
The 35-year-old is furious at the decision as he felt he would have …. Read the original article : here.
HAMBANTOTA – Pakistan made a slow start after opting to bat against Kenya in their opening World Cup Group A match at the Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium here Wednesday.
Pakistan were 12 for one after six overs with Ahmed Shehzad batting on one and Kamran Akmal yet to open his account. Opening batsman …. Original source : World Cup: Pakistan make slow start against Kenya.
MUMBAI – Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, the venue for 2011 World Cup final on April 2, has got clearance to host all scheduled games after meeting the safety standards.
The No Objection Certificate (NOC) given to the stadium on Tuesday has welcomed by fans.
Last week safety inspectors expressed unhappiness about the non-availability of the mandatory fire …. Source article : Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium gets World cup hosting clearance.
HAMBANTOTA – Kenyan all-rounder Steve Tikolo has warned Pakistan against taking his team lightly, saying that the Shahid Afridi-led team would have to be at full strength for its opening World Cup game today.
“We lost the game against New Zealand and it wasn’t a good day for us. But the good thing that came out … Original source on Gaea Times at : Kenya will prove to be tough opponent for Pak’ in WC opener: Steve Tikolo.
HAMBANTOTA – Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has vowed to win the World Cup for millions of weary fans back home, who lost out on the showpiece event after their country became a no-go zone.
“Not playing in our country is on our minds. We feel for our nation, our people who are missing the World Cup,” [..] Read the original article: here.
LONDON – Hailing his strike force, Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has said that he thought he now had control of the best forwards in Europe after their comfortable victory against Danish champions FC Copenhagen.
Chelsea advanced to the quarterfinals of Champions League after Nicolas Anelka’s dual strike against the Danes.
“Yes I think so,” Ancelotti acknowledged about … Read : Chlesea has best strike force in Europe: Ancelotti.
HAMBANTOTA – Pakistan coach Waqar Younis believes that the recent spot-fixing scandal will not have a detrimental effect on their World Cup campaign, which gets underway against Kenya today.
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were banned for at least five years earlier this month after they were found guilty of ’spot-fixing’ … Original article on : Spot-fixing scandal won’t distract Pak team’s World Cup campaign, says Waqar.
MELBOURNE – New Zealand cricketers, who are in India for the 2011 World Cup, have reacted in horror to the bad news that at least 65 people had died in the Christchurch earthquake.
The 6.3 magnitude quake hit New Zealand’s second largest city and the death toll was likely to rise in a region still recovering …. Source article : Shocked Black Caps send messages of support via Twitter to Christchurch victims.
KARACHI – Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif, who has been banned by the ICC over spot-fixing charges, has said that he is determined to clear his name and to recommence his career as soon as possible.
An ICC anti-corruption tribunal, chaired by Michael Beloff, had found Asif, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif guilty of charges relating …. Original article : ‘Banned’ Mohammad Asif determined to clear his name, play for Pak again.
WELLINGTON – New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori has been judged as one of the sexiest players by a group of Bollywood actresses.
Bollywood actress Neha Dhupia, 30, who played Eva Braun in ‘Dear Friend Hitler’, shared her views of the bespectacled left-arm spinner.
“Vettori is handsome and a great player! He gives a lovely intellectual feel … Read more »».
NAGPUR – Australian captain Ricky Ponting is likely to face a disciplinary hearing by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for smashing an LCD TV in the dressing room of the Sardar Patel Stadium at Motera in Ahmedabad.
A furious Ponting after being run out during Monday’s game against Zimbabwe, smashed the expensive TV set …. Source : Ponting likely to face disciplinary hearing.
SYDNEY – New South Wales opener and captain Simon Katich’s hunger to wear the baggy green remains as strong as ever, as he starts his campaign today to convince national selectors he should not be a casualty in the rebuilding of Australia’s Test side.
The 35-year-old will make his comeback to state cricket ahead of schedule …. Source article : Katich keen to regain Oz Test spot.
SYDNEY – Skipper Ricky Ponting has accepted it was possible the medical-based decision to omit Mike Hussey could ultimately hinder the team’s World Cup campaign, but said he hoped it would not “come back and hurt us”.
The controversy surrounding the decision to not include the veteran in the squad on the eve of his scheduled … Read : Decision not to include Hussey wouldn’t hurt Australia: Ponting.
LONDON – Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson has expressed confidence about his team delivering the goods against Olympique Marseille today.
Manchester United still carry the aura of treble winners, as they did when they met Marseille 12 years ago. Then, a United side, with a midfield quartet of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane … Read more »»».
KARACHI – Banned Pakistani pacer Mohammad Asif says he is determined to clear his name from the spot-fixing scandal that shook world cricket last year.
Asif along with former Test captain Salman Butt and young pacer Mohammad Aamer was handed out bans by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for their involvement in a spot-fixing scandal … Read : I am determined to clear my name, says Asif.
MELBOURNE – Former skipper Allan Border has warned Australia that they may face a New Zealand side this Friday motivated by the tragic earthquake that has hit their country.
Border said the Black Caps, already a dangerous prospect given their one-day international record against Australia, might draw on the hardship of their compatriots as extra motivation.
SYDNEY – No one can match the Australians in throwing tantrums and skipper Ricky Ponting proved it further, giving the 2011 World Cup its first major controversy.
Ponting is likely to face an ICC disciplinary hearing following an incident in which a TV was damaged in the Australian team dressing room during a World Cup match …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Ponting likely to face ICC disciplinary hearing for misbehavior.
DUBAI – India’s Somdev Devvarman went down in straight sets to Roger Federer in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships here Tuesday.
World No.2 Federer was largely untroubled as he came through 6-3, 6-3 against the 26-year-old Devvarman, who is ranked 77 places below the Swiss maestro.
The match was the …. Source : Gaea News Network.
NAGPUR – Skipper Andrew Strauss scored a fine 88 as England survived a major scare to beat the Netherlands by six wickets with eight balls to spare in their opening World Cup Group B match here Tuesday.
England had to sweat it out for the win, but Paul Collingwood and Ravi Bopara scored an unbeaten …. Source : Unimpressive England manage six-wicket win over Netherlands.
NAGPUR – Scoreboard of the World Cup Group B match between England and the Netherlands at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium Tuesday.
Alexei Kervezee c Prior b Bresnan 16
Wesley Barresi st Prior b Swann 29
Tom Cooper c Anderson b Collingwood 47
Ryan ten Doeschate c Bopara …. Read the original article : Scoreboard: England vs. Netherlands, World Cup Group B.
BHUJ – The 120 vehicles taking part in the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm Rally arrived here on Tuesday after the flag-off from Ahmedabad to start the gruelling 107-km-long special stage that will be run through the night.
All the competitors negotiated the 280 km of transport run from Ahmedabad to Indraprastha village, the start of … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Desert Storm motor sports rally’s special stage on.
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 »».
LONDON – Skipper Cesc Fabregas will today urge Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to change his mind and give him a chance to play in Sunday’s Carling Cup final.
Fabregas limped out of Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Stoke but has set his heart on helping end Arsenal’s six-year wait for a major trophy and is ready to …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Injured Fabregas pulling out all stops to play in Sunday’s Carling Cup final.
LONDON – England footballer Frank Lampard was clocked driving at nearly 93mph in a 50mph zone.
Cops allegedly snared him with a speed gun on the A3 Esher bypass at Claygate, Surrey, one afternoon last March, a court heard on Thursday.
The Chelsea star, 32, did not attend the hearing, where a request for access to extra … Read more »»».
LONDON – Former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll reckons that alcohol has ruined his career.
Carroll had spent four years at Old Trafford from 2001 to 2005, and recently won awards at Denmark’s Odense.
“I went through a stage of my life when I was binge drinking. I was stupid. It has pretty much ruined my … Original source on Gaea Times at : Binge drinking pretty much ruined my career, says ex-Man U goalkeeper.
HAMBANTOTA – Pakistan limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi has said that the comfortable win against Kenya gave Pakistan’s World Cup crusade a good start, but they will have to give “more than 100 per cent effort” if they desire to beat mighty Sri Lanka in front of their home crowd on Saturday.
Pakistan opened their World Cup … Read more : Pak will “have to give more than 100 per cent effort” to beat mighty Sri Lanka: Afridi.
BANGALORE – Destructive opener Virender Sehwag was hit on the left ribcage while batting in the nets Friday, but will be fit to play against England in India’s second World Cup game here Sunday.
“Virender Sehwag was hit on the left ribcage in the nets earlier today. He is currently under medication. However, he is …. Source : Gaea News Network.
WASHINGTON – Ace midfielder David Beckham, who was training with Tottenham Hotspur for the past six weeks to get fit for the start of the new Major League Soccer season, has finally returned to the Los Angeles Galaxy’s training camp.
Beckham returned to training on Thursday following an extended stay to train with Tottenham.
Beckham, whose contract … Read more : Beckham finally returns to Los Angeles Galaxy training camp.
DHAKA – Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat against Ireland in a World Cup Group B match at the Shere Bangla National Stadium here Friday.
Experienced Batsman Mohammad Ashraful made a return to the playing eleven for the home team.
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Mushfiqur …. Original article : World Cup: Bangladesh elect to bat against Ireland.
NAGPUR – A gutsy-half century from Nathan McCullum guided New Zealand to 206 against Australia in a World Cup Group A match here Friday.
Nathan (52) and captain Daniel Vettori (44) added a valuable 54 runs for the eighth wicket that helped New Zealand recover from a precarious 73 for six on a damp wicket …. Source article : McCullum, Vettori guide New Zealand to 206.
NAGPUR – The following is the scoreboard of the New Zealand innings against Australia in a World Cup Group A match here Friday:
Martin Guptill b Watson 10
Brendon McCullum c Krejza b Tait 16
Jesse Ryder c Haddin b Johnson 25
Ross Taylor … Read more >>.
COLOMBO – Pakistan are not intimidated by Sri Lanka’s M-factor- Muttiah Muralitharan and Lasith Malinga- as they are “used to facing them” and their batsmen “know how to tackle them,” Pakistan’s World Cup vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said.
Pakistan will play against Sri Lanka at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday, and will endeavour to keep …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Pak batsmen “know how to tackle” Sri Lanka’s formidable M-factor: Misbah.
NAGPUR – New Zealand and Australian cricketers were overcome with emotion as they paid tribute to the victims of the Christchurch earthquake before the start of their World Cup match here Friday.
The players observed a minutes silence at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Jamtha.
Later, when the national anthem was played, …. Read the original article : New Zealand, Australia cricketers pay tribute to quake victims (Diary).
NAGPUR – New Zealand were bowled out for 206 against Australia in the Group A World Cup match here Friday.
Nathan McCullum (52) and Daniel Vettori (44) helped New Zealand recover from a precarious 121/7.
Fast bowler Mitchel Johnson took four wickets while Shaun Tait got three as New Zealand folded up in 45.1 overs.
…. Original source : New Zealand all out for 206 against Australia.
NEW YORK – Tiger Woods’ former mistress Rachel Uchitel has put her Park Ave. apartment on sale for 1.95 million dollars.
“I renovated it and it’s gorgeous. I don’t live in New York full time, and it’s a good time to sell. Other units are available on my floor, and mine is mint condition and cheaper,” …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Tiger Woods’ ex mistress lists Park Ave. pad for $1.95M.
LAHORE – Discarded Pakistan batsman Yasir Hameed has expressed his disappointment over the Pakistan Cricket Board’s decision to fine and ban him for the remainder of the domestic season for breaching the code of conduct during Pakistan’s England tour last year.
Hameed has been fined 300,000 rupees by the PCB’s Integrity Committee for discussing with a …. Original article : Hameed disappointed by PCB’s fine, season-long ban over match-fixing interview.
NEW DELHI – AB de Villiers, who made an unbeaten 107, used his Indian Premier League experience to good use, leading South Africa to a comfortable seven-wicket World Cup win over the West Indies.
The 27-year-old De Villiers said his time with Delhi Daredevils in the IPL had allowed him to share vital inside information with …. Read the original article : here.
LONDON – England batsman Ravi Bopara is familiar with the pressure of playing in Bangalore and is convinced that he can thrive if given the opportunity to play against India in the World Cup tie on Sunday.
Bopara’s timely 30 off 20 balls ensured England scampered home against the Netherlands, but he may not even make …. Source : Gaea News Network.
COLOMBO – The Sri Lankan singer, who composed a song backing the country in the 2011 Cricket World Cup, has apologised after his much-hyped song was
banned, as President Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed his disapproval of the lyrics over fears that it might cause offence to other competitors.
The pop video, which is mainly in Sinhala with …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Lankan singer apologises for offensive World Cup song against India, Oz.
LONDON – The Al Thani family, the royal family of Qatar, is reportedly preparing a fresh 1.5 billion pound bid for Manchester United.
The family had tried to tempt the Glazers earlier this month with an offer of just over a billion pounds, but the bid was turned down by the Americans, who are holding …. Original article : Qatari royal family to make fresh 1.5 billion pound bid for Man U.
NEW DELHI – Sri Lanka has decided to end Pakistan’s cricketing isolation in October-November by touring the country to play three Test matches, five One-dayers and one Twenty20 match.
Sri Lanka will thus become the first nation to tour Pakistan after the terror attack in March 2009 in Lahore.
Sri Lanka is scheduled to tour Pakistan …. Source article : Sri Lanka to end Pakistan’s cricketing isolation with October series in country.
MELBOURNE – The budding romance between Shane Warne and Liz Hurley is the real deal, according to one of the spin king’s friends.
Comedian Glenn Robbins shared Chinese takeaway and a bottle of wine with the pair at Warne’s Brighton mansion in February and said the pair made a great couple.
“It really was just a mate …. Source : Gaea News Network.
LONDON – Sir Alex Ferguson has written off Chelsea’s Premier League title chances, by saying that either his Manchester United side or Arsenal will snare the title.
Speaking ahead of the Man U-Chelsea clash at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, Ferguson said: “I think either Arsenal or ourselves will win it.”
United, who were crowned English champions for … Read more >>.
LONDON – The Glazer family has confirmed that they have no in selling Manchester United.
Though there is growing speculation about a massive offer for the club from the Qatari Royal Family, the largely unpopular Glazer regime has stressed that they view their United status as long-term, the Daily Mail reports.
“The board notes recent press speculation … Read more : Unpopular Glazers vow to hang on to Man U for the long-term.
LONDON – Soccer ace David Beckham, who is a big fan of body art, has revealed his latest tattoo by posting pictures on Facebook.
The new tattoo on his chest is of Jesus being lifted by three cherubs, of whom David says symbolise himself and his three sons Brooklyn, 11, Romeo, 8, and Cruz, 6.
The 35-year-old …. Original source : Becks reveals chest tattoo of Jesus and angels on Facebook.
ISLAMABAD – Disgraced Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif has followed the route taken by former teammate Mohammad Amir and contested the seven-year ban imposed on him by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on spot-fixing charges.
On February 5, an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal appointed by the ICC to hear into the spot-fixing case imposed a sanction of seven … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Tainted Pak pacer Asif also files appeal against ICC’s seven-year ban.
ISLAMABAD – Disgraced Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir has contested the five-year ban imposed on him by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on spot-fixing charges.
On February 5, an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal appointed by the ICC to hear into the spot-fixing case imposed a “sanction of five years of ineligibility” on Mohammad Amir, the youngest of the … Read more : Tainted Pak bowler Amir files appeal against ICC’s five-year ban.
BIKANER – Overnight leader Harpreet Singh Bawa maintained his top position in the Xtreme category as the Maruti Suzuki 9th Desert Storm Rally entered its home stretch here.
Bawa (with co-driver Parminder), enjoyed a 10-minute lead over Rai Virendra Singh (with co-driver Gunpreet) who in turn was seven minutes ahead of third placed Sunny Sidhi …. Read the original article : Bawa maintains lead in desert car rally.
DHAKA – Scoreboard of the World Cup Group B match between Bangladesh and Ireland here Friday.
Tamim Iqbal c Porterfield b Botha 44
Imrul Kayes st NJ O’Brien b Mooney 12
Junaid Siddique run out (Joyce) 3
Mushfiqur Rahim c White b Dockrell 36
Shakib Al Hasan c & b Botha 16
… Read more : Scoreboard: Bangladesh vs Ireland, World Cup Group B.
BANGALORE – Big-hitting Indian opener Virender Sehwag is recovering from an injury to his left ribcage to play against England in Sunday’s ICC Cricket World Cup-2011 Group B match at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium here, a senior official said.
“Sehwag is recovering from the injury. He will be fit to play Sunday as he has …. Source article : Sehwag recovering from injury, to play against England.
NEW DELHI – The West Indies suffered a major setback as all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was Friday ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury.
“He has been ruled out due to cartilage damage in the left knee,” a West Indies team official confirmed.
The West Indies have already petitioned the International Cricket … Original source on Gaea Times at : Knee injury rules Dwayne Bravo out of World Cup.
DHAKA – Bangladesh survived a scare before their bowlers rescued them to post a 27-run victory over Ireland in a World Cup Group B match here Friday.
Defending a small score of 205 runs, Bangladesh bowled out Ireland for 178 runs in 45 overs with pacer Shafiul Islam taking four wickets. Skipper Shakib Al … Read : Bowlers carry Bangladesh home against Ireland.
BANGALORE – For the first major encounter of the ICC World Cup-2011 here Sunday, England are pulling out all stops to take on India with better bowling and fielding performance in the Group B match.
“We are aware of India’s strength on their home ground. We are practising hard to bowl [..] Read the original article: here.
DHAKA – Shafiul Islam claimed four wickets and Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Ashraful a pair each as Bangladesh defeated Ireland by 27 runs in a World Cup Group B match here Friday.
Set to score 206, Ireland folded up for 178 runs in 45 overs, their last four batsmen contributing a mere 13 runs.
…. Original article on Gaea Times at : World Cup: Bangladesh defeat Ireland by 27 runs.
BANGALORE – A sudden heavy downpour Friday forced England to abandon their practise session at the National Cricket Academy ground for Sunday’s high-profile World Cup clash with hosts India.
Typical English weather greeted the players when they walked into the venue for a two-hour session at the nets, with sunshine and clouds playing hide …. Read the original article : here.
BANGALORE – With just around 7,000 tickets for Karnataka’s cricket fans for Sundays India-England tie, the World Cup organisers must be hoping there would not be empty seats at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here.
The organisers — the International Cricket Council (ICC), the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Karnataka State Cricket Association … Read more »».
RANCHI – Punjab and Haryana respectively clinched the men’s and women’s hockey golds defeating hosts Jharkhand at the 34th National Games here Friday.
Haryana defeated Jharkhand 3-1 in the women’s final while the Punjab men blanked the local team 2-0.
The Punjab men scored the two goals in the second half.
In womens hockey, Haryana … Read this article on Gaea Times at : National Games: Punjab and Haryana win hockey golds.
NEW DELHI – Talented Ryan ten Doeschate grabbed the first opportunity on the big stage by stroking a dazzling century against England in the World Cup. He, however, rues not getting to play quality opposition often and suggests the Dutch to focus on Twenty20 cricket to develop their game.
Only four of 28 … Read more : Dutch should focus on improving in T20: Doeschate.
NAGPUR – Australia captain Ricky Ponting said Friday if his pace battery continues to perform well, the team can overcome any oppostion in the World Cup.
Australian fast bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Shaun Tait wrecked the New Zealand batting as the four-time world champions cruised to a seven wicket victory in Jamtha here.
“It was … Read more »».
NEW DELHI – Seventeen-year-old Gauri Monga will spearhead the Indian challenge along with Vani Kapoor and Aditi Ashok in the 33rd Queen Sirikit Cup Golf from March 9-11 here at the Delhi Golf Club.
The captain for the Indian team will be Rita Punwani. She is also the chairperson of the Indian Golf Union Ladies … Read more »»».
DHAKA – Ireland gave themselves a good chance to beat Bangladesh, restricting them to 205 in a World Cup Group B match here Friday.
Bangladesh, after electing to bat, were at one point struggling at 86 for four. Tamim Iqbal (44) played a cameo while Mushfiqur Rahim (36) and Raqibul Hasan (38) were involved in …. Source article : Bangladesh struggle to 205 in 50 overs.
DHAKA – Bangladesh were all out for 205 in a World Cup Group B match against Ireland here at the Shere Bangla National Stadium here Friday.
Bangladesh managed to cross the 200-mark courtesy knocks from opener Tamim Iqbal (44) and and middle-order batsman Raqibul Hasan (38).
Medium pacer Andre Both took three wickets and …. Original article : Bangladesh set 206 target for Ireland.
LONDON – Soccer star David Beckham, who recently revealed his latest body art on Facebook, sat through the 6-hour procedure without flinching, according to his tattooist.
Mark Mahoney, who has given inkings to Bruce Willis, Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp and all the Spice Girls, revealed how the footballer braved the pain.
“He was super cool. He hung …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Becks tougher than gansters, says tattooist.
SYDNEY – Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has described the selectors’ decision to dump batsman Michael Hussey from the World Cup squad as “staggering”.
Hussey was dumped after being considered too big a risk following his surgery on a hamstring tendon last month.
“If Mike Hussey could have been fit to play in the tournament, he should …. Read the original article : here.
SYDNEY – Former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh wants everyone to know that Australia is not the lucky country for everyone, and is urging people to acknowledge international Rare Disease Day tomorrow.
“It’s ridiculous to think that the situation exists in a country like Australia where oxygen is not catered for,” Waugh said.
NEW DELHI – Their spirited showing against England has given the so-called minnows the Netherlands a shot in the arm in the World Cup. Now, they won’t be taken lightly by the West Indies, who they play here Monday in a Group B encounter.
The West Indies, burdened by legacy and injuries, cannot afford to … Read more : Windies will not have it easy against Netherlands (Preview).
RANCHI – The Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation Sunday awarded cash prizes to Jharkhand’s medal winners at the just-concluded 34th National Games here.
The awards — Rs.41,000 for gold medal winners, Rs.31,000 for silver medal winners and Rs.21,000 for bronze medal winners — were given at a function held here.
Jharkhand assembly speaker C.P. Singh, Jharkhand Olympic …. Original source : Cash prizes for Jharkhand medal winners in National Games.
BANGALORE – Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat against England in their World Cup Group B match here Sunday.
India made one change to the side that beat Bangaldesh in the first match, replacing S. Sreesnath with leg-spinner Piyush Chawla.
England made two changes. They included left-arm spinner Michael … Read more >>>.
BANGALORE – “I love India” headbands, blue t-shirts to match the Indian team’s colours, placards warning of explosive batting by Indians and roars of “India will win” – it was carnival time at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here Sunday ahead of the India-England cricket World Cup clash.
The day-night match at the stadium is only …. Original article : Carnival at Chinnaswamy stadium ahead of India-England tie.
WELLINGTON – New Zealand would need to approach their next World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad with caution, following their loss to Australia in Nagpur, says former Black Cap player Simon Doull.
According to Doull, the nature of the World Cup tournament means the Black Caps have sufficient time to atone for their showing in … Read : Black Caps need to treat WC match against Zimbabwe with caution: Doull.
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan “have a certain chance” in the ICC World Cup 2011 following their 11-run win against Sri Lanka on Saturday, former captain Aamir Sohail has said.
Pakistan beat a powerful Sri Lankan side for their consecutive second World Cup win as skipper Shahid Afridi came up with another superb bowling performance after his five-wicket … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Pak have “certain chance” in World Cup after win over Lankans: Sohail.
SYDNEY – Australian coach Tim Nielsen has defended his opening batsmen, who have been criticized for their slow scoring against Zimbabwe, saying that they did as asked and will continue to stick to their World Cup plans.
Shane Watson (79 off 92 balls) and Brad Haddin (29 off 66) were slow out of the blocks in …. Read the original article : Nielsen says ’slow’ Oz openers on right track for World Cup.
BANGALORE – Chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth believes that the Indian cricketers are in good form, and will deliver a victory for the country against England in its second World Cup 2011 fixture to be held today.
Interacting with media persons, Srikkanth said: “I think everybody (players) is in reasonably good form and I am confident that …. Source article : WC 2011: Indian cricketers in good form, can deliver, says Srikkanth.
COLOMBO – Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has warned his teammates that mistakes in the field similar to those committed during the thrilling 11-run win over Sri Lanka in their World Cup clash may lead to an early return home.
Pakistan spilled catches, missed run-outs and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal twice fumbled with stumpings of Sri Lankan captain … Read more : Pak must improve fielding or be ready for early flight back: Afridi.
SYDNEY – Victorian coach Greg Shipperd believes that including batsman Michael Hussey in Australia’s 15-man World Cup squad in place of injured fast bowler Doug Bollinger would skew the balance of the squad, and undermine the faith in the batsmen.
“You’ve got to back your batters. They’re all fit and healthy and they’re your first choice. … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Hussey’s selection in Oz World Cup squad will undermine faith in batsmen: Shipperd.
LONDON – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will offer six players new contracts this summer in a move to keep rival buyers at bay.
Wenger wants the stability and security that the new deals would offer.
According to The Telegraph, Samir Nasri, Andrei Arshavin, Ga???l Clichy, Johan Djourou, Tomas Rosicky and Lukasz Fabianski are in line for … Read more »»».
Ranchi, Feb.27 (ANI):The closing ceremony of 34th National Games that was held here on Saturday evening ended without Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken.
Apparently Maken did not want to be seen with disgraced Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Suresh Kalmadi in the wake of the recent controversies surrounding the XIXth Commonwealth Games that were held … Read : Sports Minister Maken gives National Games closing ceremony a miss.
Ranchi, Feb.27 (ANI):The closing ceremony of 34th National Games that was held here on Saturday evening ended without Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken.
Apparently Maken did not want to be seen with disgraced Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Suresh Kalmadi in the wake of the recent controversies surrounding the XIXth Commonwealth Games that were held … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Sports Minister Maken gives National Games closing ceremony a miss.
RANCHI -The closing ceremony of 34th National Games that was held here on Saturday evening ended without Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken.
Apparently Maken did not want to be seen with disgraced Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Suresh Kalmadi in the wake of the recent controversies surrounding the XIXth Commonwealth Games that were held in …. Read the original article : Sports Minister Maken gives National Games closing ceremony a miss.
SYDNEY – Australian fast bowlers Peter Siddle and John Hastings have emerged as frontline options to replace injured fast bowler Doug Bollinger in the World Cup team.
Bollinger will return home after sustaining the injury in the defending champion’ seven-wicket win over New Zealand.
The selectors could consider batsman Michael Hussey, who was initially ruled out through … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Siddle or Hastings to replace injured Bollinger in Oz World Cup squad.
BANGALORE – Scores of fans queued up at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here Sunday morning for the day-night India-England World Cup cricket match. But with the sun playing hide and seek, the hot topic of discussion was — would rain play spoilsport?
Their concern was palpable as the meteorological department predicted 60 percent chance of …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Cloudy sky ahead of India-England tie.
LONDON – Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has accidentally shot a 21-year-old student with .22 air rifle.
Cole apparently turned up at the club’s Cobham training ground holding the weapon, and accidentally discharged the gun from a distance of 5ft.
Tom Cowan, a Loughborough University sports science student on a year’s work placement with Chelsea, was in the … Read more : Ashley Cole ’shoots’ Chelsea intern with air rifle.