Sports News – Monthly Newsletter March 2011Tuesday, March 1, 2011
MUMBAI – Indian cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said eam India won’t be considered underdogs in the 2011 World Cup, as it has reacted to pressure more responsibly over the last few years.
“We won’t be considered as underdogs this time. The team has learnt to perform under pressure and we have done so in … Read this article on Gaea Times at : ‘We won’t be considered as underdogs’: Dhoni.
VALENCIA – World champion Sebastian Vettel and team-mate Mark Webber unveiled the Red Bull car for the 2011 Formula One season Tuesday in a low-key ceremony.
Vettel and Webber took a blue cover off the RB7 model in the pit lane of the Valencia track before the start of pre-season testing.
The German Vettel became … Read : World champion Vettel unveils new Red Bull F1 car.
SYDNEY – Five times Olympic champion Ian Thorpe is expected to announce his return to competitive swimming and a bid to make the Australian team for next year’s London Games, news reports said Tuesday.
The 28-year-old, who retired in November 2006 but has been training hard in Sydney pools, will speak to the media Wednesday.
… Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Australia’s Thorpe set for London Olympics comeback.
LONDON – After announcing huge losses of 70.9 million pounds despite winning the Double last season, Chelsea has announced that it is on course to meet the Uefa Financial Fair Play rules which come into effect in 2013.
The rules state that all clubs … Original source on Gaea Times at : Chelsea to meet Uefa’s 2013 ’solvency eligibility’ rules despite 70.9 million pounds loss.
LONDON – Andy Murray, who again failed to end Britain’s 75-year wait for a men’s Grand Slam champion, has said that he is not a choker.
Murray knows what the nation went through as Novak Djokovic destroyed his Australian Open dream, and knows that … Read more »»».
LONDON – After buying ace striker Fernando Torres in a record deal, Chelsea wrapped up the 21.5 million pounds signing of Benfica defender David Luiz just minutes before the transfer window closed.
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti feared over collapse of the deal as the Brazilian defender failed to board …. Source : Gaea News Network.
LONDON – Delivering a stinging message to Fernando Torres, Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish said that anyone who thinks they are bigger than Liverpool is stupid and irresponsible.
Torres stunned Liverpool fans by demanding a transfer on Friday as Chelsea lined up their British record deal for him.
WELLINGTON – New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori and coach John Wright don’t appear to be on the same page as far as the rotation policy being applied to the Black Caps is concerned.
The left arm spinner said that he believed that …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Rotation taking a toll of Black Caps: Vettori.
WELLINGTON – New Zealand middle order batsman Jesse Ryder will continue to use Twitter, but with a difference. He has decided not to use it during games.
Ryder caused a minor stir on Sunday when he tweeted immediately after being run out in a mix-up with teammate Stephen Murdoch during the domestic one-day match between Wellington …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Ryder now more circumspect with his tweets.
LONDON – Ace golfer Tiger Woods’ 700 million pounds signature golf course project in Dubai has been suspended indefinitely.
Woods’ rocky start to 2011 continued when his signature golf course project in Dubai was suspended indefinitely, leaving major doubts as to whether it will ever be completed.
Woods has been left embarrassed by a funding crisis …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Tiger Woods’ signature golf course project in Dubai suspended.
SYDNEY – Cricket Australia will do an extensive review of the national team’s failure to be competitive for most of the Ashes series next Tuesday and is also expected to endorse detailed plans for next summer’s expansive city-based Twenty20 competition.
Having already elected to place an extra two expansion teams in NSW and Victoria, the board …. Source article on Gaea Times at : CA plans city-based T20 to reduce dependence on Indian finances.
SYDNEY – Cricket Australia has backed Michael Clarke by saying that he did not have an image problem, and dismissed the jeers the stand-in captain received at the Gabba as coming from a “small minority” who would turn once the batsman was back in form.
Clarke’s was welcomed to a smattering of applause; punctuated with derisive … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Boos from small minority can’t undermine Clarke’s popularity with Oz public: CA.
KARACHI – Pakistan will find it very hard to reach the semi-finals of the forthcoming World Cup due to the problems it faced in 2010, including the spot-fixing scandal and the subsequent suspension of its three key players, former captain Zaheer Abbas has said.
“Given the problems and issues Pakistan cricket have faced in the last … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Zaheer Abbas finds it “difficult to see Pakistan among top four” in World Cup 2011.
MELBOURNE – The manager of Australia’s greatest Olympian, Ian Thorpe, has said that the latter will need to make up his mind about a comeback “pretty quickly” as speculation builds over a tilt at the London Olympics next year.
David Flaskas said Thorpe had not given him any indication that he would make a stunning … Original article on : Thorpe must decide soon on international swimming comeback plans: Coach.
LONDON – England has called up Durham fast bowler Liam Plunkett as bowling cover for the one-day international series against Australia.
Plunkett will leave the England Lions tour of the Caribbean to join the squad ahead of the seventh and final match in Perth on Sunday, The Guardian reports.
England’s bowling stocks have been reduced with …. Original article : Durham’s Plunkett called in as pace bowling cover for England.
STONEHAVEN – An amateur Scottish golfer has beaten odds of 67 million to one by scoring two holes-in-one in a single round of golf.
The remarkable golfing double – four times more unlikely than winning the Lotto jackpot – was achieved by Adam Smith, a seven-handicap golfer, while playing in the winter league at Stonehaven Golf … Original article on : Scot golfer hits two holes-in-one, in half a round.
KARACHI – The Pakistan Cricket Board, will in all likelihood, retain Shahid Afridi as the team captain for the upcoming World Cup, despite some players backing Pakistan’s Test skipper Misbah-ul Haq for the position.
According to sources, PCB chief Ijaz Butt has now decided to stick with Afridi as captain although there is still a divided …. Original source : PCB most likely to retain Afridi as Pak captain for World Cup 2011.
MELBOURNE – In form Australian all rounder Shane Watson has identified master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, stylish Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene and West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard to make the biggest impact in the 2011 World Cup.
Watson joined Inside Cricket on Monday night, and revealed the three opponents to watch in the 2011 tournament.
Watson … Read more >>.
KARACHI – The Pakistan Cricket Board will announce the team captain for the forthcoming World Cup on February 4, a day before the final match of their ongoing one-day series against New Zealand.
“We will announce the captain on February 4, that is decided now,” the Daily Times quoted PCB chief Ijaz Butt, as telling … Read : PCB to name Pak captain for World Cup 2011 on February 4: Ijaz Butt.
DUBAI – The four ICC associate nations, Ireland, Kenya, the Netherlands and Canada, have arrived in Dubai to sharpen their skills ahead of the World Cup at the International Cricket Council Global Cricket Academy here.
Bubbling with enthusiasm and determination, they began their hard work yesterday at the Gatorade High Performance Camp.
Ireland, who had stunned Pakistan … Read : Cricket minnows arrive in Dubai to hone skills ahead of World Cup.
NEW DELHI – India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that the introduction of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) in the cricket World Cup won’t make all teams happy.
The debatable UDRS will make its debut in the World Cup from the quarterfinal stages and Dhoni said the Indian team has done its homework on …. Source : Gaea News Network.
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Test captain Misbahul Haq has come out in the support of incumbent limited-overs skipper Shahid Afridi amid uncertainty looming over the selection of the national team’s captain for the forthcoming World Cup.
While some former cricket greats are backing Misbah to …. Source article : ‘Competitor’ Misbah says Afridi “doing good job” as Pak ODI skipper.
LONDON – It looks like the unborn fourth baby of David Beckham and Victoria will become a rap fan.
Reports are abuzz that the England soccer player has been rapping to wife’s baby bump because he wants his unborn child to get used to his voice, reports the Daily Star.
He even ropes in sons Brooklyn, Romeo … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Becks ‘rapping to Posh’s baby bump’.
MELBOURNE – Less than a year after surviving a breast cancer scare, Martina Navratilova turned heads, looked confidant and beach fit at a beach in Australia.
The tennis legend was spotted at the Bondi Beach in Sydney on Tuesday wearing a green bikini with an unidentified young friend along for company, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The 54-year-old …. Source : Cancer survivor Martina Navratilova shows off her fit bikini bod.
MELBOURNE – After a month on the sidelines with a broken finger, Australia captain Ricky Ponting has started preparations for his fifth World Cup.
Ponting faced a series of throw-downs from Australia batting coach Justin Langer and emerged drenched in sweat after the session.
“I’m not too bad, probably better than expected to tell you the truth. …. Original source : Ponting starts preparation for World Cup.
LONDON – Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is looking forward to driving his new Mercedes car, and is convinced that he will be back on the podium this season.
Schumacher failed to finish in the top three of any race in his comeback year last season.
He is much happier with his new F1 car …. Source : Schumacher confident of podium finish driving his new F1 car.
LONDON – Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has joined the board of Premier League football club Sunderland as their non-executive vice chairman.
Miliband, who was Foreign Secretary from 2007 to 2010, will attend board meetings, help shape the club’s strategy, and promote its international and community efforts.
The 45-year-old said that he was “delighted” to have …. Original article : David Miliband joins Sunderland as non-executive vice-chairman.
WASHINGTON – Tiger Woods was recently spotted spending quality time with his kids in Florida.
The golf legend was spotted with his mom Kultida and his kids – daughter Sam, 3, and son Charlie, 1.
The doting father and his children were seen leaving gymnastics class in Orlando this week, reports Radaronine.com.
Dressed in a pink tutu, Sam …. Read the original article : Tiger Woods spotted enjoying ‘daddy time’ with kids.
VALENCIA – India’s Narain Karthikeyan, driving a Hispania Racing car, marked his return to Formula One (F1) by clocking a best lap time of one minute, 18.020 seconds that put him 12th among 13 drivers who participated in the first test session of the season, here Tuesday.
The 34-year old Chennai-born and Coimbatore-based Karthikeyan put …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Karthikeyan 12th fastest in Valencia test.
MELBOURNE – Five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe has announced that he will return to competitive swimming in a bid to contest the 2012 London Olympics.
Thorpedo had retired from swimming in 2006 following a long battle with illness and injury.
“It hasn’t been something that I have taken lightly in making a decision in returning to …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Ian Thorpe to return for 2012 London Olympics.
LONDON – Wayne Rooney struck twice, doubling his tally in the league this season, as Manchester United beat Aston Villa 3-1 Tuesday.
United remain five points clear at the top of the Premier League table after Arsenal came from behind to beat Everton.
There had been doubts about Rooney’s form, but he struck within a …. Read the original article : here.
NEW DELHI – India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Wednesday defended the inclusion of Piyush Chawla in the World Cup squad saying the leg-spinner’s experience of playing consistently in the domestic circuit would help the team in the tournament.
Chawla, 22, was one of the surprise inclusions in the 15-member squad as he …. Source article : Dhoni backs Chawla to perform in World Cup.
LONDON – Fernando Torres’ right hand man has said the ace striker wanted to join Chelsea since last summer.
Torres’ spokesman Antonio Sanz revealed that the striker wanted to join Chelsea in a 35 million pounds switch in July when Chelsea had made a formal offer.
He, however, was forced to stay after Liverpool promised him a …. Source : Gaea News Network.
HAMILTON – Former New Zealand cricketer John Morrison has questioned the current selection committee’s rotation policy in the wake of the team losing 13 of its last 14 one-day internationals.
Morrison said that the constant chopping and changing the starting lineup would not stop their current form slump.
Morrison, who played 17 tests for New Zealand between … Original article on : Former Black Cap Morrison questions Kiwi team rotation policy.
HAMILTON – New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori and middle-order batsman Jesse Ryder are unlikely to play in the must win fifth one-day international against Pakistan, as they are struggling with a hamstring strain and a finger injury respectively.
Vettori, however, is hopeful that Ryder will play at Seddon Park.
Commenting on New Zealand’s two wicket loss to …. Read the original article : Injured Vettori, Ryder in doubt for fifth Kiwi-Pak ODI.
BRISBANE – Former Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden will spearhead an emotional last-minute push to save the Sheffield Shield final as it faces being swept away by the Twenty20 revolution.
The proposal to cut the Sheffield Shield final has caused outrage among former players, with Queensland’s former Shield-winning captain Jim Maher branding it a “terrible” move … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Hayden to lead push to prevent axing of Sheffield Shield final.
SYDNEY – Swimming champion Ian Thorpe’s announcement Wednesday that he will aim to compete in the London 2012 Olympics has been both praised and widely panned on social networking sites like Twitter.
“Ian Thorpe” rocketed up into Twitter’s top 10 trending topics worldwide as the 28-year-old held a press conference in Sydney to confirm what many …. Source : Thorpe’s comeback announcement praised and panned on Twitter.
LONDON – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has accused Chelsea of hypocrisy after signing up to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules and then spending an astonishing 75 million pounds on the final day of the January transfer window.
“Chelsea supported the financial fair play, but in the morning they announce a 70 million pound loss and in … Read : Wenger accuses Chelsea of hypocrisy in following UEFA fair play rules.
LONDON – Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson wants Wayne Rooney to score at least 10 goals and his expectation from striker Dimitar Berbatov is of 30 goals.
Rooney scored twice in a game for the first time since last March 14, 2010, leading Manchester United over Aston Villa 3-1 in the English Premier League.
Ferguson said: “It … Original article on : Rooney give me 10 goals and Berbatov 30, demands Ferguson.
LONDON – England fast bowler Stuart Broad has stepped up his bid for fitness with the England squad in Australia.
In an article for the Daily Mail, Broad writes that over the past few weeks that he has been away, he has tried to get himself match fit again.
“I was lucky that I didn’t just spend …. Source : Gaea News Network.
LOS ANGELES (GaeaTimes.com)- After former Trojan Everson Griffen got arrested on Monday, news of the arrest of one more former USC Trojan hit the headlines after Mitch Mustain was arrested on Tuesday for being a suspect in drug selling. The 22 year old former USC Trojan was arrested on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. PT … Original article on : Mitch Mustain Arrested.
WELLINGTON – New Zealand coach John Wright has made it clear that he and skipper Daniel Vettori will be picking the squad during the 2011 World Cup
Wright said there were no plans for one of the three selectors, Mark Greatbatch, Glenn Turner and Lance Cairns, to join the side …. Source : Gaea News Network.
LONDON – A source close to controversial new Rangers star El Hadji Diouf has revealed how the flash footballer sends nude snaps hoping to get sexy ones in return.
In an apparent bid to woo women, the married spit-shame striker texts nude photos of him lying exposed on a treatment table …. Original article : El Hadji Diouf ‘texts nude photos to woo women’.
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi has made it clear that there are no differences between him and Test skipper Misbahul Haq over the captaincy race for leading the national team for the World Cup 2011.
“I have no issues with Misbah. He is a great team player and human being. It really does … Read more »».
MELBOURNE – Australia’s fourth highest successful run chase in ODIs on Wednesday against was soured by an injury to allrounder Steve Smith.
Captain Michael Clarke, who made a pivotal 82 to shepherd the Australians home, said Smith had suffered a hip strain in the field and would not fly to Perth for the final match of …. Source article : Hip injury to Steven Smith sours Australia’s record chase.
LONDON – Two of the three Pakistani cricketers suspended on spot-fixing charges face life bans as the International Cricket Council (ICC) attempts to stamp out corruption ahead of the World Cup 2011.
The then Pakistan captain Salman Butt and pacer Mohammad Asif face the maximum sentence when their case reconvenes in Doha on Saturday, Express.co.uk reported.
VALENCIA – While stressing that the time is not important, India’s Narain Karthikeyan, wearing a brand new Hispania Racing suit, upped his pace to clock a best of one minute, 17.769 seconds on the second day of the pre-season Formula One testing here Wednesday.
The 34-year old Karthikeyan covered 80 laps (320.4 km) and expressed … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Karthikeyan goes quicker on second day of Valencia test.
MADRID – The final of the Spanish King’s Cup will be between twin giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, as a result of Wednesday’s semi-final second-leg clashes.
Barca cruised into the final with a comfortable 3-0 win at minnows Almeria, which gave them an emphatic 8-0 aggregate, having won the home leg 5-0 Jan 26.
Real, …. Source : Gaea News Network.
LOS ANGELES (GaeaTimes.com)- Oregon Ducks on Wednesday made one of their biggest catch after five star football prospect De’Anthony Thomas announced that he will move on to the Oregon Ducks for his next season. The news was the biggest shock for the USC Trojans who had taken it for granted that the player would … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : De’Anthony Thomas Joins Oregon Ducks.
LONDON – Veteran Manchester United defender Gary Neville has announced his retirement from football after making 602 appearances for the club and playing 85 times for England in a 20-year-long career.
During his time with Manchester United, the club won eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups and one European Cup.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson said on …. Original article : Man U veteran defender Neville retires.
KOLKATA – Expressing regret over the iconic Eden Gardens losing the India-England World Cup tie, ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat wrote an “emotional” mail to Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) chief Jagmohan Dalmiya saying it was not within his powers to overrule the decision of the tournament technical committee.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) official … Read more »»».
BANGALORE – Overnight leader Khalin Joshi won the 36-hole strokeplay section of the All India Amateur Golf Championships here Wednesday.
Joshi,18, added a 73 despite a last hole bogey. Abhijit Chadha birdied the 16th and 17th but still fell one short and totaled 142 against Joshis 141. C.G.Somiah (69-73) totaled 142.
The top 32 players … Original source on Gaea Times at : Joshi wins strokeplay in All India Amateur golf.
NEW DELHI – India’s off-spinner Harbhajan Singh Wednesday warned the opponents in the upcoming World Cup that Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag would take the game away if they see the first 15 overs through.
“Both are outstanding players and if they play the first 15 overs, the other teams will be in danger,” said …. Source article : Beware of Sachin, Sehwag, Harbhajan warns opponents.
SYDNEY – Australia chased down England’s 333-6 to win the sixth ODI held in Sydney by two wickets.
Australia’s stand-in-captain Michael Clarke scored 82 from 70 balls, as they got home 334-8 with four balls to spare at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
It was the highest ever …. Original article : Australia completes record run chase to beat England in Sydney ODI.
NEW DELHI – Kenya, the first non-Test playing nation to play in the semi-finals of a World Cup, are battling poor form, lack of sponsors and shoddy governance, and are keen on making an impact in the 10th edition of the quadrennial event starting Feb 19 in the subcontinent.
Kenya, the surprise semi-finalists in 2003 … Read more : Troubled Kenya out to make impression in World Cup (Team Profile, World Cup Countdown).
NEW DELHI – India’s death-overs exponent Ashish Nehra expects fast bowlers to play a critical role in the upcoming World Cup even though the wickets of the subcontinent are considered spinner-friendly.
The lanky left-arm pacer, who made a sensational comeback to the team in 2009 after battling injuries for four years, says Indian pacers have …. Original source : Fast bowlers will have a critical role in World Cup: Ashish Nehra (Interview, World Cup Countdown).
DUBAI – Australian umpire Steve Davies and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Dharmasena will officiate in the World Cup opener between India and Bangladesh while Amish Saheba and Shahvir Tarapore will be the two Indian umpires officiating during the tournament.
Davis of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and Dharmasena from the International Panel …. Source : Gaea News Network.
KOLKATA – Smriti Mehra, India’s leading women’s professional player, and 19-year-old Sharmila Nicollet, the current leader on the Hero Honda Womens Professional Golf Tour, will be the star attractions in the ninth leg of the Tour at the Tollygunge Club beginning Wednesday.
A total of 16 women pros will be teeing off at the event, … Read more >>>.
NEW DELHI – New sports minister Ajay Maken Tuesday said the government will come out with a National Sports Development Legislation that would force the sports federations to come down hard to age cheaters, dope offenders and handle cases of sexual harassment strictly.
Maken said that the ministry will put on its website the … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Sports ministry to formulate National Sports Development law.
MUMBAI – Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Tuesday said the team has always performed under pressure and it will be no different in the upcoming World Cup at home starting Feb 19.
Dhoni’s boys would be looking to win the coveted trophy for a second time and repeat the feat of 1983 in front … Original article on : The team can perform under pressure: Dhoni.
LONDON – New Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has said that he is confident of living up to his 35 million pound price tag.
Carroll has become the most expensive British player in Premier League history with his transfer from Newcastle United on deadline …. Read the original article : here.
KARACHI – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will be paid around 400,000 dollars for every match it was supposed to host in the World Cup 2010, despite not hosting them anymore due to security concerns in the country.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) had moved away Pakistan’s share of … Original source on Gaea Times at : PCB to receive 400,000 dollars for each World Cup match moved from Pakistan.
RANCHI – India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Friday said the team should perform well to take the pressure off batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar in the
World Cup starting Feb 19.
Tendulkar,37, would be making his sixth appearance in a World Cup and the players have said they want to win the prized trophy for … Read more »»».
PANAJI – Sepak Takraw, an exciting sport of Malay origin that is an athletic mix between football and volleyball, inspired some hilarious moments in the Goa legislative assembly Friday.
Opposition and ruling benches together spilled into peals of laughter after the sports minister Manohar Azgaonkar during Question Hour, struggled pronouncing ‘S.E.P.A.K T.E.K.R.A.W’, a …. Source article : Sepak Takraw inspires lighter moments in Goa assembly.
MELBOURNE – Shane Warne has narrowly avoided running into the man who is dating his former wife Simone Callahan.
The spin king was playing in a charity tribute match at the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club, near Bendigo, on Thursday.
But only hours before Warne arrived, Callahan’s new beau Toby Roberts had been at the club where his …. Source : Shane Warne ‘narrowly misses confrontation with ex-wife’s beau’.
LONDON – After sacking Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce a few weeks after poultry major Venky’s took control at Ewood Park, new Indian owner of the Premier League club Anuradha Desai has shown the door to long-serving chairman John Williams.
Williams became the latest victim as he agreed a severance package on Thursday during Indian poultry …. Source : Gaea News Network.
LONDON – To balance the books after their record-breaking spending spree, Chelsea is planning a summer clear out of its five big stars.
Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, John Obi Mikel, Jose Bosingwa and Yuri Zhirkov performance will be under severe review until the end of the season.
The club is planning a summer clearout to help pay …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Chelsea planning summer clear out of its five big stars.
LONDON – Manchester City’s billionaire owners are being urged to spend big again if they want to win the Premier League title.
Though nearly 400-million-pounds has already been splashed out on players in 30 months, Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov says more has to be spent.
Kolarov said: “All clubs, especially in England, spend a lot of money … Read more >>>.
WASHINGTON – Tiger Woods’ former mistress Rachel Uchitel has been offered 1 million dollars to work at the notorious Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Nevada.
Dennis Hof, the brothel’s owner, rang into the Mancow Experience, a Chicago based syndicated radio show that Uchitel is co-hosting, to make his generous offer and the ex-club hostess discussed her thoughts …. Source article : Tiger Woods’ ex-mistress offered $1m to work at brothel.
LONDON – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that captain Cesc Fabregas is the victim of a ‘witch-hunt’.
It comes after Everton manager David Moyes alleged that Fabregas made unrepeatable comments to match referee Lee Mason as the players went down the tunnel at half-time of their Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.
When asked if …. Source : Wenger says ‘under-fire’ Fabregas is a ‘witch-hunt’ victim.
LONDON – England football team coach Fabio Capello believes Wayne Rooney has banished his mental demons and is ready to rediscover his swagger with the national squad.
The Daily Express quoted Capello, as saying: “Rooney is a fantastic player. I have to speak with him, but the movement and passing is now good. And his head [..] Read the original article: here.
LAHORE – Pakistan hockey coach Michel van den Heuvel has finally returned to the country to resume his duties, and also extended his commitment to the national team till the 2012 London Olympics, after his contract was revised.
The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) took a detailed review of Heuvel’s commitment to the squad, who returns as …. Source : Gaea News Network.
HAMILTON – When New Zealand coach John Wright brings his country’s national cricket team to the Indian subcontinent for the World Cup later this month, he will have two things going for him – an intimate knowledge of Indian conditions and the fact that he was the coach of the 2003 Indian squad that reached [..] Read the original article: here.
CHENNAI – Infostrada Sports, the Dutch company contracted by the Delhi Commonwealth Games Organising Committee to provide media services, has refuted allegations of “non-performance” while claiming that the organisers still owed the company $618,000.
In a statement, Infostrada Sports CEO Philip Hennemann said his company put in extra work to “rescue” the Organising Committee in …. Original article on Gaea Times at : CWG: Infostrada refutes allegations of non-performance.
Mumbai, Feb 3(ANI-Business Wire India): Former Indian captains Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly are among nine cricketers who have been honoured with the ‘CEAT Cricket Rating World Cup Awards 2011′ for standout performances in every World Cup from 1975 onwards.
In a ceremony held at Mumbai’s Hotel Taj Mahal Palace, Glenn Turner [..] Read the original article: here.
KARACHI – Pakistan has decided to retain one-day captain Shahid Afridi to lead the team in the coming World Cup after seriously mulling the option of giving the job to Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq.
Intikhab Alam, Pakistan team manager, Friday confirmed that Afridi had been chosen as Pakistan’s World Cup captain. A formal announcement will be … Original source on Gaea Times at : Afridi to captain at World Cup.
Hamilton 9New Zealand), – Frustrated with New Zealand’s latest cricket failure against Pakistan, local fans have used the encyclopedia website Wikipedia to call the Black Caps Black Craps.
The Black Caps’ 41-run loss to Pakistan in Hamilton last night was well summarised by an update to the Wikipedia website by a malicious editor who changed the … Original article on : Frustrated Kiwi fans term Black Caps Black Craps on Wikipedia.
RANCHI – Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said here Friday that Sachin Tendulkar can play two to four more cricket World Cups.
“There is a perception that this is Sachin’s last World Cup. We think he can play two to four more,” Dhoni told reporters.
Dhoni was here to inaugurate the T-20 Jharkhand Premier … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Sachin to play two to four World Cups.
SYDNEY – Australian all-rounder Shane Watson is poised to follow in the footsteps of Ricky Ponting and become just the second man to pick up the coveted Alan Border Medal two years running.
Watson, who won last year’s award when considered “a near certainty” by Fox Sports Stats, is likely to be challenged most strongly by … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Watson may be second man after Ponting to win back-to-back Allan Border Medals.
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani have congratulated the national cricket team on winning the one-day series against New Zealand.
Zardari, who is also the chief patron of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), lauded the squad’s efforts and hard work that helped Pakistan clinch a series victory after …. Read the original article : here.
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan cricket team selectors are miffed with former captains Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Yousuf over their decision to play in the Bangladesh Cricket League instead of focussing on the ongoing domestic season to earn their place back in the national team.
According to … Read more »».
ORLANDO (GaeaTimes.com)- Orlando magic point guard Gilbert Arenas was left shocked on Thursday night after he was handed court papers by a process server which came from his former girlfriend Laura Mendoza Govan. The incident took place during th half time of the game between the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat when Gilbert Arenas … Read more >>>.
SYDNEY – Cricket Australia’s decision to initiate an extensive review into the national team’s capitulation in the recent Ashes series against England is a step in the right direction, cricket columnist Peter Roebuck has claimed.
The board has courted prominent businessman Don Argus to …. Source : Cricket Australia ‘post mortem’ a step in the right direction: Roebuck.
LONDON – Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has said that 10 more victories would take them to 84 points which is enough to clinch the Premier League title.
United can set a new club best by stretching their unbeaten Premier … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Man U needs 10 more wins to wrest Premier League title from Chelsea: Ferguson.
LONDON – Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner romance with Danish royal Caroline Luel-Brockdorff has ended seven weeks after their baby’s birth.
Caroline, who is worth 400 million pounds, is 13 years senior to Niclas.
“The birth of a child can put a strain on any relationship, but there seems to …. Source : Gaea News Network.
KARACHI – The three Pakistani players implicated in the spot-fixing scandal have sent more shock-waves to Pakistan’s cricket community after British prosecutors “authorised” the slapping of charges of corruption as well ‘conspiracy to cheat’ against them.
“We have decided that Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif, Salman …. Original source : Pak cricket fraternity in shock over corruption charges against tainted Pak trio.
NEW DELHI – Former captain and legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram feels that Shahid Afridi is the right man to lead the Pakistan team in the cricket World Cup.
The Pakistan Board has made the right choice in selecting Afridi as the skipper. Despite having delayed the decision for so long, I am happy that …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Afridi right man to lead Pakistan, says Akram.
LONDON – Former boss Rafael Benitez has said that Liverpool could have sold Fernando Torres for 70 million pounds when he was in charge.
The Spaniard, who left Inter Milan in December, also said he would like to return to Anfield.
Torres made a 50 million pounds switch to Chelsea on transfer deadline day, The Sun reports.
Benitez …. Source : Gaea News Network.
ZURICH – Football’s governing body FIFA is looking into the transfer of South Korea international Koo Ja Cheol to VfL Wolfsburg by request of the Swiss federation which says a Swiss club had an earlier contract with the player.
Koo is said to have signed a deal with Young Boys Berne, but there was allegedly …. Source article on Gaea Times at : FIFA looking into possible Koo contract row.
SANTIAGO – The popular Argentine coach of Chile’s national football team, Marcelo Bielsa, announced his resignation after months of speculation about his future with the team and placed the blame on the head of the Chilean National Football Association.
“The reason for my resignation is the behaviour of Sergio Jadue,” Bielsa said late Friday in … Read more : Bielsa resigns as Chile’s national football coach.
NEW DELHI – The Indian capital will host the Champions Trophy in December and the men’s and women’s qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) said.
FIH said in a statement FIH that its president Leandro Negre met Indian Sports Minister Ajay Maken and discussed development projects.
“The meeting was very … Original article on : Delhi to host Champions Trophy, Olympic qualifiers.
LONDON – The Royal Mint is planning to create a 22-carat gold weighing one kilogram to commemorate next year’s London Olympics.
Tory backbencher Mark Lancaster said the Royal Mint wanted to produce 60 gold coins with a face value of 1,000 pounds and 14,000 silver coins with a face value of 500 pounds each.
The coins would …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Royal Mint planning ???1K-coin weighing 1kg to mark Olympics.
LONDON – Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber, who lost a potential championship last year, has said that he wants ‘to get the job done this year’.
Webber had led the drivers’ championship for most of the season only to be pipped at the post by teammate Sebastian Vettel, who secured the title in the …. Source : Gaea News Network.
MELBOURNE – Fast bowler Brett Lee, who made a rousing return from a 15-month injury lay-off, has been hailed as Australia’s World Cup “inspiration” by greats like Greg Chappell and Steve Waugh.
Full-time selector Chappell said that at 34, Lee still has the pace to keep batsmen on their toes.
“He has modified his bowling in recent …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Chappell, Waugh describe Brett Lee’s comeback as Australia’s World Cup inspiration.
LONDON – Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is confident that his team can overhaul current Premier League points’ table leaders Manchester United in the title race.
Arsenal is currently in the second spot in the points’ table with 49 points from 24 games, while United has 54 points from 24 games.
“I am confident Manchester … Read more >>.
SYDNEY – England coach Andy Flower has revealed that he will urge the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) against arranging any more energy-sapping ODI marathons like the ongoing seven-match series against Australia.
Flower said that his end-of-tour report would include strong criticism of the schedule, which threatens to undermine the team’s World Cup campaign …. Read the original article : here.
LONDON – The three Pakistani players implicated in the spot-fixing scandal face up to nine years in jail after British prosecutors “authorised” the slapping of corruption charges against them as well as alleged bookmaker Mazhar Majeed.
While the tainted trio- Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif- were suspended over newspaper allegations that Asif and Amir …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Tainted Pak trio face up to ‘nine years in jail’ if found guilty.
MOHALI – The Punjab government Friday disbursed cash rewards of over Rs.7.48 crore to the state’s players, including Commonwealth Games medalists, and announced that any player winning a gold medal in the next Olympics would get Rs.2.25 crore reward.
Over 50 players, including Commonwealth Games (CWG) and Asian Games medalists, were honoured at a special …. Source : Gaea News Network.
NEW DELHI – Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Ajay Maken on Friday out lined his ministry’s vision and objective with respect to the North Eastern States.
Addressing at the workshop on “Youth and sports development in the North Eastern …. Original source : Maken outlines programmes for youth, sports development in North Eastern states.
BANGALORE – Defending champion S. Chikkarangappa stayed on course to defend his All India Amateur Golf championships title, as he raised his game at crucial moments to enter the semi-finals at the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) course here Friday.
Three locals made it to the semi-finals while Sri Lankan N. Thangaraja was the fourth.
…. Source : Gaea News Network.
LONDON – Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has claimed that his desire to leave Liverpool was motivated by the club breaking promises made to him about investment in the team.
Torres joined Chelsea for 50 million pounds on transfer deadline day, and is hoping to start against his former … Read : Liverpool was not giving me what they promised: Torres.
LONDON – Manchester United lost their unbeaten record Saturday as they suffered a stunning 1-2 defeat against bottom side Wolverhampton Wanderers on what was a record-breaking day in the English Premier League.
A record total of 41 goals were scored in the eight matches played, but it was the two scored by Wolves that proved … Read more >>>.
DALLAS (GaeaTimes.com)- One of the most prestigious recognition of the football world was recently awarded to the seven players whose names feature in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame 2011 list. Yes, the much awaited names of the Hall of Famers have been announced after an unanimous decision taken by the Selection Committee. The [..] Read the original article: here.
NEW DELHI – A star-studded line-up and a shrewd captain make Sri Lanka favourites to win the World Cup a second time in the sub-continent, having done it in 1996 to spark a cricketing renaissance in the Island nation.
Most of the players of this generation in Sri Lanka took to cricket inspired by that …. Original source : Sri Lanka have a side to win the World Cup (Team Profile, World Cup Countdown).
LAS VEGAS (GaeaTimes.com)- It was one of the most anticipated fights of UFC 126 where mixed martial artist Forrest Griffin faced Rich Franklin for the Light Heavyweight bout championship title. Both the fighters left no stones unturned to outshine the other but ultimately, Forrest Griffin won the bout via unanimous decision. Forrest Griffin returned …. Source article : Forrest Griffin Crumples Rich Franklin.
NEW DELHI – It has been a swift climb for Virat Kohli, captain of the Under-19 World Cup winning side in 2007. Graduating into the senior ranks as an “injury replacement”, he is today a vital cog in India’s scheme of things, and sees the middle order to prop the team in the …. Source : Middle order will be crucial to India’s success: Virat Kohli (Interview, World Cup Countdown).
DOHA – Tainted Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Aamir will appeal to the Court of Arbitration in Sports (CAS) in Switzerland against the five-year ban imposed on him by the International Cricket Council over spot-fixing charges, his lawyer has said.
“On behalf of Aamir, I want to say that we will be disputing the judgment to say the … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Aamir to appeal against ICC ban.
LONDON – A 49-year-old former asthma sufferer set a Guinness World Record yesterday after crossing the finishing line of his 365th marathon in a year.
Stefaan Engels, inevitably dubbed the “Marathon Man”, began the extreme physical challenge a year ago in Barcelona.
He competed a race-a-day in seven countries: Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Canada, Mexico, the UK … Read more >>.
LONDON – Former Formula One boss Max Mosley has revealed that his interest in sado-masochism began when he was just three or four years old.
He, however, admitted that he didn’t know where his ‘deep interest’ in beating as part of sexual activity came from, reports the Daily Mail.
He said even at a young age if … Original source on Gaea Times at : My interest in sado-masochism began at age 3 or 4, says ex F1 boss.
KARACHI – Former Pakistan cricketers have said the bans imposed by the International Cricket Council on Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir over spot-fixing charges will damage Pakistan cricket.
The tribunal imposed a ’sanction of ten years ineligibility’ on Butt, “five years of which are suspended on condition that he commits no further breach of … Original article on : ICC ban on tainted trio will damage Pak cricket: Ex-players.
LONDON – England middle-order batsman Eoin Morgan’s World Cup spot is in doubt after he broke a finger.
The one-day wizard has been ruled out of Sunday’s final ODI with Australia and is sweating on his place for the 50-over tournament.
According to The Sun, Morgan first noticed the problem in the fourth one-dayer in Adelaide … Original source on Gaea Times at : England middle-order bat Morgan has a fractured finger.
DALLAS (GaeaTimes.com)- Deion Sanders was one of the seven NFL players who have been inducted in 2011 Pro Football Hall Of Fame. This recognition was well deserved as according to many sources, Deion Sanders had been in consistent demands during his active years as every team wanted him to play for them. In his … Read : Deion Sanders Elected For Pro Football Hall Of Fame.
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Sports Minister Ijaz Hussain Jakhrani has welcomed the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption Tribunal’s decision to ban Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir over spot-fixing charges.
“If any player from any country is involved in dirty act, they should be punished and this will be good for the game of cricket,” the Daily …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Pak sports minister welcomes ICC tribunal decision to ban ‘tainted trio’.
LAS VEGAS (GaeaTimes.com)- Much anticipated Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 126 was aired on Spike TV and it turned out to be an entertaining one. The audience of Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas cheered for their favorite fighters as the nail biting bouts progressed. According to some bloggers, last night’s show can be … Read : UFC 126 Fight Card Results Declared.
KARACHI – The Pakistan Cricket Board will not appeal against the Anti-Corruption Tribunal bans imposed on the tainted trio- Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir- for proven spot-fixing charges against them, PCB chief Ijaz Butt has said.
“The PCB does not have the jurisdiction to challenge the bans on these three players because this is …. Source : PCB won’t challenge ICC Tribunal’s bans imposed on Pak tainted trio, says Butt.
WASHINGTON – Dermatologists are urging athletes and coaches to be aware of the most common skin conditions caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi that occur in teammates and educating them on how to prevent a widespread outbreak.
“Outbreaks of ringworm, herpes, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have occurred at the high school, collegiate, and professional level [..] Read the original article: here.
MADRID – Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has said that his future at the club doesn’t depend on his leading the side to good results, but on other factors.
Speaking in his weekly pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s league game against Real Sociedad, the Xinhua news agency quoted Mourinho as saying: “My future has nothing …. Original source : Real Madrid’s results don’t determine my future: Mourinho.
DOHA – The Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing the spot-fixing case has found the Pakistani trio- Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif- guilty of corruption and imposed a ten-year, a seven-year and a five-year ban on them respectively.
On September 2, 2010, the ICC had charged the trio “in question with various offences under Article 2 of … Read : Tainted Pak trio found guilty, get lengthy bans in spot-fixing case.
MADRID – Barcelona established a new Spanish league record of 16 straight wins Saturday with a 3-0 home thrashing of troubled Atletico Madrid.
Lionel Messi was Barca’s hero, with a hat-trick that puts him on top of the scorers’ chart. The FIFA World Player now has 24 goals to his name, two more than Real … Read : Messi leads Barcelona to new record and 10-point lead.
LONDON/KARACHI – The International Cricket Council Saturday handed down suspensions to three Pakistan cricketers for their involvement in spot-fixing, sparking demands for the removal of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief.
According to the Guardian, former skipper Salman Butt has been given a 10-year ban, five years of which are suspended. Fast bowler Mohammad Asif …. Read the original article : Spot fixing scandal: Pakistani cricketers banned.
MELBOURNE – Former Australian Test skipper Mark Taylor and former middle-order great Doug Walters will join exalted company on Monday when they become the latest inductees in the Hall of Fame.
Taylor, 46, captained Australia from 1994 to 1999 as his team built a formidable record as the world’s No.1 cricket nation.
With an attacking brand of … Original source on Gaea Times at : Ex-cricketers Taylor, Walters to join Aussie cricket hall of fame.
KARACHI – Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram reckons that it would be very hard for Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir to get rid of the stigma associated with the bans imposed on them by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for spot-fixing.
Butt was banned … Read more >>.
ISLAMABAD – Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has said that he is “genuinely upset” at the International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption tribunal’s decision to ban former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.
However, he did admit that the punishments were necessary … Original article on : Imran ‘genuinely upset’ over ICC bans on ‘key, young and talented’ Pak players.
PERTH – England captain Andrew Strauss has said that he is confident of his team doing well in the upcoming World Cup despite the 6-1 ODI series loss to Australia.
The captain also insists that his teammates who are currently injured will recover in time for the two-month tournament in … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Strauss backs England to do well in World Cup despite Oz ODI series rout, injuries.
ARLINGTON (GaeaTimes.com)- The National Football team presents Walter Payton Man of the Year award everyone to the players, who have proved their excellence in the games and at the same time spend their time in doing charity. On Sunday, before the Super Bowl game between Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers NFL named Madieu … Read more >>.
ABU DHABI – In the wake of the banning of three Pakistani cricketers for spot-fixing, International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the world body has been harsh with the corrupt players and assured the World Cup will be corruption free.
The banning comes two weeks before the start of the World … Read more >>>.
KOLKATA – A group of cricket lovers waved black flags to protest the International Cricket Council (ICC) “robbing” the Eden Gardens of the India-England match, as a three-member team of the game’s apex body inspected the ground’s facilities Monday to see if it was fit to host the remaining three World Cup matches next month.
…. Read the original article : here.
PERTH – England captain Andrew Strauss has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to be as thorough as possible in cleaning up corruption at cricket’s highest level.
Strauss’ comment comes after former captain Salman Butt was banned for 10 years, with five years suspended, while fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were handed bans of … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Strauss hopes ICC ban on Pak trio ‘just the start of process’ to eliminate corruption.
LONDON – Wayne Rooney’s cousins pulled out of an appearance on This Morning because they realised that the directors wanted them to spill the beans on Wayne Rooney and wife Coleen.
Natalie and Stephen Rooney were due to chat about their appearance on cult TV programme Snog Marry Avoid.
But Natalie realized what the show bosses were …. Source : Gaea News Network.
LONDON – A Belgian runner has established a new world record by participating in 365 marathon races within a year.
Stefaan Engels, dubbed “Marathon Man”, began his challenge in Belgium a year ago and has since run a marathon every day across seven countries, a BBC report stated Sunday.
Forty nine-year-old Engels crossed the finish … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Belgian sets record with 365 marathons in a year.
NEW DELHI – India’s only World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev has some advice for Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Be aggressive as a captain and get back that ruthless batting of your early days as an international cricketer.
Kapil’s team, which won the 1983 World Cup to bring about a sea change in Indian cricket, wants [..] Read the original article: here.
SYDNEY – The three Pakistan cricketers who have been banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) over spot-fixing charges were seedy and greedy, and would not be missed by the world, cricket columnist Peter Roebuck has claimed.
“At first sight the sentences dished out to Pakistanis Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir seem unduly lenient. …. Source : Gaea News Network.
SYDNEY – Commonwealth Games organizers could face an expensive and embarrassing class action over their refusal to pay the international companies who put on the Delhi Games.
Games organizers, according to The Age, still owe nearly four million dollars to international firms who helped stage the Games.
However, Organizing Committee chairman Jarnail Singh announced last week organizers … Read more »»».
SYDNEY – AT 65 and having given up smoking, former Australian cricketer Doug Walters says he’s now waiting for an Indian Premier League (IPL) or Big Bash call-up.
The latest member of Australia’s cricket’s hall of fame may be only half-joking, but this middle-order great, with his free-scoring ways, would have been a natural for the …. Original article : Walters reckons he’s up to T20 challenge in IPL, Big Bash.
MELBOURNE – Olympic gold medallist Cathy Freeman is pregnant with her first child but her pregnancy has triggered type 2 diabetes for the sports star.
“I am so totally lost in love with this baby already. I think it will take my breath away when we first meet,” the Age quoted her as saying.
Freeman also spoke … Read more »».
ARLINGTON (GaeaTimes.com)- When Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson was taken off the field due to a collarbone injury, the hopes of all the ardent followers of the team to win the Super Bowl title received a major setback. The fact that the key cornerback would not be able to face the Pittsburgh Steelers …. Source : Gaea News Network.
LAHORE – Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt hopes that a possible amendment to the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct could see a reduction in his ten-year ban from the sport.
The ICC’s anti-corruption tribunal imposed a ’sanction of ten years ineligibility’ on Butt, “five years of which are suspended on condition that he commits no …. Original source : Butt hopes amendment to ICC code of conduct would see cut in ban.
SYDNEY – Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy has criticized Cricket Australia for resting senior players Michael Clarke and Brett Lee for the seventh and final one-day international against Australia.
Healy, a member of Australian cricket’s hall of fame, said national selectors had done the wrong thing by Clarke and a sellout crowd in Perth by resting … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Ex-Oz keeper Healy hits out at decision to rest stars.
DOHA – International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has backed the anti-corruption tribunal’s decision to ban former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, saying that the trio were banned on solid proof of corruption.
Butt was banned for 10 years, with five years suspended, while Asif and Amir … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Pakistan trio banned on solid proof of corruption: ICC chief.
KARACHI – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will reportedly seek full details of the judgment passed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption tribunal against former captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.
The International Cricket Council have imposed bans on the trio over spot-fixing charges in the Lord’s Test match played … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : PCB to seek details of ICC ban imposed on tainted trio.
LAHORE – Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who has been handed down a five-year ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for spot-fixing, has said that he would comeback from the “worst day of my life”.
“When someone is seeing in front of him the end of his future, his career, then that is the worst …. Read the original article : here.
COIMBATORE – Cricket fans in Coimbatore are looking forward to the World Cup matches to be played in the city.
Their World cup excitement was palpable when they took part, in a parade with the trophy on Monday.
Naveen , a cricket fan, said , “We are here today …. Source article : Coimbatore is gearing up for the World Cup.
LONDON – England has had a great tour of Australia despite being crushed 6-1 in the one-day series feels skipper Andrew Strauss.
Strauss flew home with his battered and bruised side yesterday, and was in no doubt the 3-1 Ashes win had made the trip … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Strauss says Ashes tour was great despite 6-1 ODI loss.
NEW DELHI – Injured fast bowler Praveen Kumar has been ruled out of the Indian squad for the World Cup and S. Sreesanth was Tuesday named as his replacement.
“The national selectors have picked S. Sreesanth as Praveen Kumar’s replacement in the Indian team for the tournament. The ICC has confirmed that Praveen Kumar can …. Original source : Sreesanth to replace injured Praveen Kumar in Indian squad.
NEW DELHI – Ireland, who made a dream World Cup debut by stunning Test playing nations Pakistan and Bangladesh in the 2007 edition, are looking to replicate their stupendous performance with at least a quarterfinal berth in the Feb 19-April 2 mega event.
The 15-man squad, led by seasoned batsman William Porterfield, has nine players …. Original article : Ireland looking to replicate 2007 performance (Team profile, World Cup Countdown).
ABU DHABI – Former Dutch swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband believes that five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe can add to his gold medal tally during the 2012 London Olympics.
“I think he can win the 100m freestyle. That would be something. To have the 400m, 200m, 100m Olympic gold medal is history, that’s amazing,” the …. Read the original article : Hoogenband says ’special athlete’ Thorpe can win another gold in London.
PERTH – While most of the Australian cricketers made their entrances with their gorgeous wives or girlfriends at the Allan Border Medal in Melbourne on Monday, Michael Clarke managed to surprise all with his choice of partner.
The single Aussie cricket vice-captain turned up with teammate Shaun Tait this year.
Last year, Clarke had a Chanel-tattooed …. Original source : Pup Clarke replaces Bingle with ‘wild thing’ Shaun Tait as arm candy.
AUCKLAND – New Zealand will be without batsman Kane Williamson when the World Cup team leaves for India today.
According to Stuff.co.nz, Williamson has developed a chest infection, and received medical advice that he should not fly with the team.
He will undergo treatment, with the possibility of flying out in the coming days.
LAHORE – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has acknowledged that the last six months following the spot-fixing scandal that broke last August, were ‘extremely painful for Pakistan cricket.’
Last week, an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal appointed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to hear into the spot-fixing case imposed a ’sanction of ten years ineligibility’ on Salman …. Source article on Gaea Times at : PCB boss Butt admits last six months were ‘extremely painful for Pakistan cricket’.
SYDNEY – Australian captain Ricky Ponting is confident that he will be fit to play in the upcoming World Cup, saying that he could play now if he had to.
Ponting, who missed the final Ashes Test and the entire ODI series against England due to a broken finger, said that the injury was improving fast.
“It’s … Original article on : Ponting set for World Cup return.
SYDNEY – Noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck reckons that if Cricket Australia is going to cancel anything, it ought to be the infernal Allan Border Medal and not the Sheffield Shield games.
Cutting back from the current 10 Shield games per state per season, plus the final, is one of the options under consideration as Cricket … Read more >>>.
Arlington (Texas, US), – Super Bowl 2011 set a new record for the largest U.S. television audience for a single broadcast on Sunday (February 6).
The Green Bay Packers’ 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Texas drew a U.S. TV audience of 111 million, topping the 2010 final tally by almost 5 million, according …. Original article : Super Bowl 2011 sets US TV record audience of 111 million.
LONDON – Tainted Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif will have to sign full confessions to avoid the suspended part of their sentences being enforced in the spot-fixing case, which may deter them from appealing to the Court of Arbitration in Sports (CAS) in Switzerland.
Last week, an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal appointed by the International … Read more »»».
LONDON – Argentine television personality and former Playboy Playmate, Claudia Ciardone, has claimed that Manchester City captain Carlos Tevez had dated her – cheating on his actress girlfriend.
Ciardone, who appeared in Argentina’s versions of Big Brother and Dancing on Ice, said that she started seeing Tevez before the 2010 World Cup, but dumped him after … Original source on Gaea Times at : Tevez cheated with me, says ex Playboy Playmate Argentine reality TV star.
DUBAI – Former Australian wicketkeeper Rodney Marsh is tipping one of the four ICC Associate nations-Ireland, Kenya, The Netherlands and Canada-to create a stir at this year’s cricket World Cup in the Indian subcontinent.
Marsh, who is currently the Director of Coaching at the ICC’s Global Academy in Dubai, has worked with players from Ireland, Kenya, … Read more : Rodney Marsh tips an ICC associate team to create World Cup stir.
SYDNEY – Australian captain Ricky Ponting believes that the way the team performed in his absence, thrashing England 6-1 in their ODI series, showed that they were ready to chase their fourth consecutive World Cup.
“I’m really proud of the way the boys have played the last few weeks, Michael (Clarke’s) led the side well and … Original article on : Ponting backs Australia to win fourth consecutive World Cup.
SYDNEY – Once declared an outcast by Australian cricket fans, veteran Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has agreed to sign on as a guest spin coach at the Brisbane-based Centre of Excellence in June this year.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Test cricket’s greatest wicket-taker will not only impart the secrets of his spin wizardry but …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Cricket Australia manages coup, ropes in Muralidaran for guest spin coach role.
MELBOURNE – Australia’s World Cup campaign suffered a blow with injured batsman Michael Hussey and off-spinner Nathan Hauritz ruled out of the mega event beginning in the subcontinent Feb 19.
Cricket Australia (CA) sought and was granted permission from the International Cricket Council to replace them in the 15-member strong squad with Tasmania off-spinner Jason … Original source on Gaea Times at : Injured Hussey, Hauritz out of Australia’s World Cup squad.
ABU DHABI – Former Australian captain Steve Waugh hopes that the ban imposed on three Pakistan cricketers over spot-fixing charges would stamp out corruption from international cricket.
“It sinks into the players that this is serious now. If they are involved or are contemplating it, you’re really risking your reputation, you’re selling your country … Read more >>.
ABU DHABI – Former Australian captain Steve Waugh insists that former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir got what they deserved after being banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) over spot-fixing charges.
Waugh said that though he has some sympathy for 18-year-old Amir, he was in no doubt about … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Pak trio deserved ICC ban, says Steve Waugh.
KARACHI – Dismissing reports about ‘grouping’ in the Pakistan cricket team, Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has stressed that all players are united with an eye on the World Cup, which starts from February 19.
“The team is united and we all played as one unit in New Zealand series, which … Read more >>>.
LAHORE – Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis and team manager Intikhab Alam have called for a fresh start for the national side after three key Pakistani players were handed lengthy bans on corruption charges by an independent … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Waqar, Intikhab call for ‘fresh start’ for Pakistan following ICC ban on tainted trio.
AUCKLAND – New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Mills has described the World Cup task in front of his side akin to climbing Mt. Everest.
However, Mills believes that his team can overcome the odds and succeed in climbing the gigantic hurdle that confronts them.
“The …. Original source : Mills backs New Zealand to peak ‘Mt. Everest of cricket’.
ISLAMABAD – Discarded Pakistan batsman Yasir Hameed, who made claims over match-fixing in the team during Pakistan’s infamous tour to England last year before retracting from his comments, has lodged a formal complaint with the UK Press Complaint Commission against the tabloid News of the World (NOTW).
Hameed, who last played for Pakistan on the … Read more >>>.
LONDON – The Renault Formula One team has named three drivers who are under consideration to replace injured Robert Kubica for the upcoming season.
Kubica was at the wheel of a Skoda Fabia, taking part in the Ronde di Andora Rally in Italy, when his vehicle left the road and crashed into a church wall.
He was …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Renault F1 team name three drivers to replace injured Kubica.
SYDNEY – Australian off-spinner Jason Krejza reckons that his lack of exposure at international level could work in his favour during the upcoming World Cup.
Krejza was included in the 15-man Australian squad in place of injured Nathan Hauritz.
“India is where it all began for me with my Test career. I’ve played there a few …. Source : Krejza hopes to be ’surprise factor’ in Australia’s World Cup defence.
LONDON – Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been named England captain for the friendly against Denmark on Wednesday.
Lampard, 32, takes over from regular skipper Rio Ferdinand and vice-captain Steven Gerrard, who were both injured playing for their clubs last weekend.
It has taken Lampard 84 caps and 12 years – spanning three decades – to reach … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Lampard to lead England in friendly against Denmark.
SYDNEY – When Australia’s World Cup campaign gets underway, Tasmanian off-spinner Jason Krejza will face a David and Goliath showdown on the Indian subcontinent.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia will turn to the enigmatic Krejza to deliver the goods on the spin front after injured tweakers Nathan Hauritz (shoulder) and Xavier Doherty (back) were … Original source on Gaea Times at : Krejza facing David and Goliath showdown on Indian subcontinent.
DENVER (GaeaTimes.com)- Recent reports in the basketball arena has it that the Los Angeles Lakers are planning for a possible trade-in with the Denver Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony. The packaging reports is believed to be a rope in of Carmelo Anthony in exchange for Andrew Bynum. Although nothing has been confirmed, sources are claiming that … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Carmelo Anthony To Join Los Angeles Lakers?.
LONDON – Cricket legend Shane Warne, who is dating Liz Hurley, has bought a gigantic new mattress.
The 41-year-old laid out his intentions after the king-sized sky blue furnishing was delivered to his 2-million-pound mansion.
And workers were seen removing part of his old bed.
Earlier, Shane was spotted moistening his lips with a balm – before … Original article on : Shane Warne has new mattress delivered as Liz Hurley arrives in Australia.
SYDNEY – At first sight, the 2011-12-cricket season might appear similar to its immediate predecessors. New Zealand and India will tour, playing Test matches and one-day internationals. Sri Lanka is also coming along to take part in a triangular series.
A third force will enter the fray in January 2012, attempting to brush aside the international … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Cricket set to go capitalist, but may lack in substance: Roebuck.
KARACHI – Pakistan’s limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi has said his squad is confident of performing well in the forthcoming World Cup as most of the players contributed towards the one-day series win against New Zealand.
“What has given us confidence that we can do well in the World Cup is that nearly every player contributed towards …. Source : Gaea News Network.
LONDON – England and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham will continue training with Tottenham Hotspur for a further two weeks.
Beckham has been training with Tottenham in recent weeks despite the London club failing to tie up a short-term loan deal.
“David has extended his training spell at the club until February 22,” the Sun quoted …. Source article : Beckham extends training stay at Tottenham Hotspur.
SYDNEY – Cricket Australia (CA) has said that corporate experts David Crawford and Colin Carter would assist with the review of the body’s state-based structure.
According to the Age, there have been calls for CA to change to an Australian Football League (AFL)-style commission structure – the structure that Crawford played a pivotal role in creating.
CHENNAI – The South Africa team, led by Graeme Smith, among the favourites to win the cricket World Cup, arrived here Wednesday ahead of their Saturdays warm-up match with Zimbabwe at the renovated M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.
The South Africans are placed in Group B along with India, England, the West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland and the …. Source : Gaea News Network.
ROTTERDAM – Defending champion Robin Soderling made a storming start to his title defence at the ABN-AMRO World Tennis as he crushed Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3, 6-2.
The Swede, who has contested the last two finals at Roland Garros, came good Tuesday after his early exit at the Australian Open, when he was upset by … Read more : Soderling starts with a win, Ferrer eliminated in Rotterdam.
SYDNEY – Australia batsman Michael Hussey has expressed “disappointment” and “shock” at being left out of the 15-man squad for the upcoming World Cup.
Hussey was dumped after being considered too big a risk following his surgery on a hamstring tendon about three weeks ago.
“I’m really disappointed and a bit shocked by the news. I tried … Read : ‘Shocked’ Hussey blasts CA for ‘double standards’ over omission due to injury.
ADELAIDE – Australian cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman’s son, John Bradman, has said that he will consider mediation before going to trial in August over alleged exploitation of his father’s name.
Bradman’s lawyers told South Australian Supreme Court Justice Richard White that they had been instructed to consent to mediation, stuff.co.nz reports.
John Bradman and two other … Read : Oz court advises mediation in case involving Don Bradman’s name.
SYDNEY – South Australian batsman Callum Ferguson, who has replaced injured Michael Hussey in the 15-man Australian World Cup squad, has said that he is ‘absolutely thrilled’ over the opportunity to play in his first World Cup.
“You grow up watching (the World Cup) as a youngster so it’s a dream come true for me …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Ferguson looking forward to fill Hussey’s big boots in World Cup.
LONDON – England captain Andrew Strauss and several members of the Ashes-winning team have returned home to a quiet reception.
The team was welcomed at London’s Heathrow Airport by an elderly man in front of a handful of supporters.
“Well played Andrew, well played,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted the man, as saying.
The muted celebrations were very …. Original source : Strauss’ Ashes-winning team receives just a ’single clap’ homecoming.
LONDON – Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, who has been banned for 10 years for his involvement in a spot-fixing scam, was also investigated by the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s anti-corruption unit in connection with “suspicious” phone calls and texts from London-based bookmaker Mazhar Majeed …. Read the original article : ‘Banned’ Butt was under investigation for suspected 2010 T20 WC ’spot-fixing’ affair.
LONDON – Lotus Renault Formula One driver Robert Kubica, who was seriously injured in a high-speed rally crash on Sunday, has told his team that he is ready to ‘fight’ to make a comeback.
Kubica is likely to be in hospital for another fortnight after suffering multiple fractures.
VADODRA – Cricket enthusiasts and cricket players performed rituals on Wednesday for team India’s victory in the upcoming World Cup.
The function was organised by the Baroda Disabled Cricket Association.
Sanjay Panday, a cricket fan said: “We pray to God …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Prayers for Indian Cricket team in Vadodra.
LONDON – Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has warned that Prime Minister David Cameron must do more to stop next year’s Olympic Games from becoming a magnet for sex trafficking gangs.
Cooper, 41, said that Cameron, 44, should stop pandering to …. Source article on Gaea Times at : UK Olympic games should not be magnet for sex trafficking: Home Secretary.
SYDNEY – Australian captain Ricky Ponting said the emphatic ODI series win against England has given them hope as the defending champions left for India Thursday morning, eyeing to win their fourth successive and fifth World Cup title.
Ponting has been sidelined since the Boxing Day Test against England due to a broken finger, but …. Source : Gaea News Network.
DUBAI – The International Cricket Council (ICC) released its findings of the investigation into corruption involving three Pakistan players, but these were not made available in Britain.
The document detailing the independent tribunal’s deliberations was not made available in England and Wales because of the criminal charges against the three banned cricketers … Original article on : ICC’s findings on Pakistani cricketers available outside Britain only.
SYDNEY – Australia captain Ricky Ponting has said that pain from his broken finger will not hamper his performance during the upcoming World Cup.
Ponting, who missed the final Ashes Test and the entire ODI series against England, said that he would wear a guard to protect it and would not take up his usual fielding … Read : Ponting says playing with pain from broken finger ‘won’t hinder performance at all’.
SYDNEY – Australia captain Ricky Ponting has said that the decision to leave injured Michael Hussey out of the 15-man World Cup squad was the right one.
Hussey was dumped after being considered too big a risk following his surgery on a hamstring tendon about three weeks ago.
“I know what the selectors had spoken about – …. Source : Injured Hussey left out of Oz WC squad over uncertainty around recovery time: Ponting.
MUMBAI – Semi-retired Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds, it seems, is truly embracing India.
He has essayed a role in a Bollywood film – Patiala House – which features noted actor Akshay Kumar and actress Anushka Sharma – and is more or less likened to Gurinder Chadha’s Bend it Like Beckham.
Symonds is in demand in India, where …. Source : Symonds essays role in Bollywood flick ‘Patiala House’.
HARTFORD (GaeaTimes.com)- Any one who has seen the latest video of Johnny McEntee has one question that what made officials make Johnny McEntee stay away from the field last year. The young Connecticut Huskies quarterback is the latest YouTube sensation, all because of some of his flawless shots that has been captured in the video …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Johnny McEntee Becomes Internet Sensation.
SYDNEY – Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy believes that off-spinner Jason Krejza could be the ’surprise factor’ in Australia’s World Cup defence.
Krejza was included in the 15-man Australian squad in place of injured Nathan Hauritz.
“Krejza should do the job. Hopefully he gets the sense Australia is ready to settle on a spinner. They’ve been through … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Krejza has got something to offer in Oz World Cup defence: Healy.
ISLAMABAD – Terming the Anti-Corruption Tribunal’s decision to impose lengthy bans on Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer on spot-fixing charges as a “reasonable verdict”, Pakistan cricket great Javed Miandad has urged the trio to assist in purging corruption from the game.
Miandad, Director General of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said the banned trio should … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Miandad wants tainted Pak trio to identify “bad elements in the game”.
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt has lauded team coach Waqar Younis for his efforts to rebuild the national squad following the spot-fixing scandal that broke last August.
“I am very happy with what Waqar is doing. He has a plan to move forward and he has handled the team well despite the …. Original article on Gaea Times at : PCB boss Butt lauds Waqar for ‘handling Pak team well’ despite spot-fixing controversy.
LAHORE – Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, who was banned for 10 years for his involvement in a spot-fixing scam, has been signed up by Pakistan’s Channel 5 to be their expert commentator during the upcoming World Cup.
“I have signed a contract with a television channel to do expert commentary. As I am … Original article on : ‘Banned’ Salman Butt lands job as Pak TV channel’s World Cup expert.
LAHORE – Pakistan pace bowler Junaid Khan has replaced his colleague Sohail Tanvir in the national squad for the forthcoming World Cup, after the latter was ruled out owing to his slow recovery from last year’s knee surgery.
“Fast bowler Junaid Khan has been approved as Tanvir’s replacement by the International Cricket Council (ICC),” the Daily …. Source article : Rookie pace bowler Junaid replaces ‘unfit’ Tanvir in Pak squad for World Cup 2011.
SYDNEY – Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy reckons that veteran Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan’s stint with Cricket Australia’s Centre of Excellence would help the future generation of spinners in the country.
Muralitharan has agreed to sign on as a guest spin coach at the Brisbane-based centre in June this year.
“I think it’s great, as long … Read more : Murali’s Centre of Excellence stint would be a priceless for young Oz spinners: Healy.
KOLKATA – The iconic Eden Gardens may have lost one World Cup match due to its poor preparedness, but a faceless army of 1,600 workers is toiling away to ensure that the turf lives up to its hallowed reputation for the remaining three games next month.
Mostly from eastern India, they are working day and …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Faceless army toils to restore Eden’s glory.
LONDON – Disgraced golfer Tiger woods has revealed that being around his children is the “greatest thing in the world.”
The former world number one golfer said he cherishes time with 3-year-old daughter Sam and son Charlie, aged two.
Woods shares parenting duties with ex-wife Elin Nordegren since their divorce last year following the exposure of his … Read more >>>.
DUBAI – The International Cricket Council has published a ‘redacted version’ of the Anti-Corruption Tribunal’s ‘full written determination’ into the spot-fixing case against Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.
However, in light of the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision to pursue criminal charges against the banned trio, “anyone located inside of England and Wales … Read more »».
BERLIN – There were victories for some of football’s big guns Wednesday in international friendlies as Argentina, Netherlands, France, Spain and England all won their games.
Germany, however, were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Italy.
In the Stade de France, France, who disappointed at the World Cup last year, managed a 1-0 … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Victories for football’s big guns in international friendlies.
LAHORE – Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis believes that his team’s victory in the ICC World Cup 2011 will lead to the return of international cricket to the country and also redeem Pakistan’s image in the cricket world.
“In the last two years, our isolation as a international cricket venue and the spot-fixing controversies have badly …. Source : Gaea News Network.
CHENNAI – There is no respite for South Africa as they continue to be plagued by the tag of chokers and AB de Villiers, their middle-order batsman also known for his electric fielding, had to again straight bat questions on this ticklish point during an open house interaction with the media here Friday.
BANGALORE – Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting said Friday that India and South Africa were “outstanding teams” but his side too had the momentum with it to go for its fourth consecutive World Cup title.
He played down talk of Australia not being the favourites to win the 2011 edition beginning Feb 19.
“I don’t …. Original source : India, South Africa outstanding teams: Ponting.
MELBOURNE – Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris has revealed that players were asked not to drink alcohol during the Ashes.
“Drinking now is seen as not great. Guys are basically told not to drink. Heading into the Ashes it was said to them, ‘If you drink you put yourself at risk of injury and missing …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Oz players told not to drink beer during Ashes.
LONDON – Football star John Carew has a tattoo that says he has monthly periods.
The Stoke City striker, 31, has the French slogan “Ma Vie, Mes R???gles” inked on his neck.
It is supposed to proclaim ‘My life, My Rules’.
“But it can be read as ‘My Life, My Periods’, reports the Sun. orwegian … Read more »»».
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul will have to lead the team’s bowling attack in the forthcoming World Cup in the absence of disgraced pacers Mohammed Aamir and Mohammad Asif, who have been handed lengthy bans by the ICC on spot-fixing charges, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has said.
He said that Pakistan’s fortunes would, … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Umar Gul will have to spearhead Pak’s bowling attack in World Cup 2011: Akram.
LONDON – Boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila, who is pregnant with her second child, walked the ramp in a figure-hugging dress at a charity fashion show in New York.
The former boxer joined celebrities Dita Von Teese, Denise Richards, Taraji P. Henson and Matthew McConaughey’s girlfriend, model Camila Alves, at the Heart Truth’s Red Dress …. Original source : Muhammad Ali’s pregnant daughter storms the catwalk in tight red dress.
MELBOURNE – Former Australian batsman Dean Jones, a member of Allan Border’s team that first lifted the World Cup in 1987, believes that the fourth straight triumph should go down as Australia’s best-ever sporting achievement.
Jones said winning the World Cup is far tougher than claiming an AFL or NRL premiership, and backed Ricky Ponting-led team …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Dean Jones backs Australia to win fourth World Cup in a row.
SYDNEY – The hiring of disgraced Pakistani cricketer Salman Butt by a TV channel is a “mind-boggling development” and an “indication that sections of the cricket community do not care about its reputation”, noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck has said.
Pakistan’s Channel Five, which has hired Butt as an expert commentator during the World Cup, considers … Read more >>>.
SYDNEY – Now that Elizabeth Hurley has met new flame Shane Warne’s parents and kids, chances are that her next appointment could be with the wedding celebrant.
Betting agency Ladbrokes is offering odds of 8/1 that the couple will get married this year, and just 2/1 that they will wed in 2012, reports the Sydney Morning …. Source : Gaea News Network.
WELLINGTON – New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has overcome a chest infection and will leave Auckland tomorrow for India and the upcoming cricket World Cup.
According to stuff.co.nz, the 20-year-old was due to fly out with the rest of the New Zealand team on Tuesday but had his departure delayed by medical staff.
He will not … Read more »».
LONDON – Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is understood to have made a bid for Manchester United.
According to the Daily Express, Manchester United’s owners, the Glazer family, are “only haggling over details” with a deal to sell the club to Qatar Holdings virtually done at 1.6 billion pounds.
If that deal is sealed, …. Source article : Qatar Amir close to buying Manchester United.
LONDON – Ashes hero and legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne’s former Hampshire teammate Chris Tremlett has said that Warne has done “rather well” for himself by getting involved romantically with model-cum actress Liz Hurley.
“Shane’s always had a bit of a reputation.But looking at the stuff in Australia was quite surprising. He does seem to have … Read more >>>.
ROTTERDAM – Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych and Croatian veteran Ivan Ljubicic dispatched unseeded opponents to reach the quarter-finals of the ABN-AMRO World Tennis here Thursday.
Fourth seed Berdych held off a spirited effort from Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to gain a spot in his third quarter-final in as many events this season.
… Read : Ljubicic, Berdych reach quarters in Rotterdam.
JEREZ – Force Indias brand new 2011 model, the VJM04, completed its first-ever laps Thursday with Adrian Sutil behind the wheel at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in southern Spain.
Sutil completed 28 laps with a best of one minute, 23.472 seconds that put him seventh on the unofficial time charts that of course … Read this article on Gaea Times at : New Force India car takes to track.
RANCHI – The 34th National Games opening ceremony slated for Saturday will take place without the President, the Vice-President or the Prime Minister. Jharkhand Governor M.O.H.Farook will now inaugurate the Games.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda had personally invited President Pratibha Patil. But the state government was informed that the president could not attend the [..] Read the original article: here.
NEW DELHI – India’s dashing opening batsman Virender Sehwag will lead the Delhi Daredevils in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The 32-year-old Delhi opener has been part of the Delhi Daredevils since the IPL began in 2008. Under his leadership, Delhi Daredevils reached the semi-finals in the first two editions of … Read more : Sehwag to captain Delhi Daredevils in IPL-4.
LONDON – Manchester City has ordered the closure of the Facebook site of the club’s groundsman after the latter let loose an inflammatory expletive-laden post about Manchester United ahead of Saturday’s derby at Old Trafford.
Ged Coyne, employed by City as a groundsman for the past 15 years, posted foul-mouthed insults, none of which can … Read more >>>.
BARCELONA – The secret of Spanish football club Barcelona’s unprecedented success in European football is out. It is its superstar factory, a production line that is the envy of the international football circuit.
According to Sun Sport, which was granted unprecedented access as the Catalan giants, football’s most successful youth system is nurtured at the La … Original article on : Secret of Barca’s success is its super star factory.
LONDON – The Football Association has said that it will ban players from Premier League games if they refuse to play for England.ngland were rocked this week when 24 players withdrew from their four representative teams – the seniors, Under-21s, Under-20s and Under-19s.
FA chiefs said that they were ready to make an example of …. Original article : Escaping England duty can lead to Premier League ban: FA warning to players.
LONDON – Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs is backing his teammate Dimitar Berbatov to win his ‘Golden Boot’ shoot-out with Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez during Saturday’s Manchester derby.
Berbatov heads the Premier League goal scorers’ list with 19, one more than Tevez.
AUCKLAND – New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Chief Executive Justin Vaughan has put an end to the controversy over fast bowler Tim Southee’s mid-air dalliance with a female passenger.
Vaughan also denied claims that team manager Dave Currie had poorly handled the situation on the World Cup team’s flight … Read this article on Gaea Times at : New Zealand Cricket puts an end to Southee ‘mid-air dalliance’ controversy.
LAHORE – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has held its General Council meeting after a long gap of thirteen years.
“The meeting was convened as per Clause 17 of the PCB Constitution. This was the first time the PCB General Council met since …. Original article : PCB holds General Council meeting after a gap of 13 years.
KARACHI – The “dew factor” will play a crucial role in the outcome of the day and night matches at the ICC World Cup 2011, former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has said.
“Apart from the related strengths and weaknesses of the participating teams …. Source : Gaea News Network.
KARACHI – Zulqarnain Haider, Pakistan’s runaway wicketkeeper, insists that the punishment handed to three of his former mates for ’spot fixing’ is just the start of cricket’s clean up.
Haider, who is seeking asylum in Britain after claiming that match-fixers were after his life, believes corruption is still prevalent in international cricket.
Earlier this month, …. Original source : ICC right in banning Pakistani players: Haider.
LAHORE – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has officially filed an appeal with the International Cricket Council, seeking review over its five-year ban imposed on Mohammed Amir.
PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt made this revelation … Original source on Gaea Times at : PCB officially files appeal with ICC to review five-year ban on Amir.
ISLAMABAD – Runaway Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has expressed his surprise over ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat’s statement that the World Cup 2011 will be free from corruption, saying that the illegal activities of the tainted Pakistani trio were “just the tip [..] Read the original article: here.
LONDON – Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich has said that he is ready to cough up 25-million pounds to secure the services of Brazil football star Kaka.
Chelsea believes Kaka’s struggle with a long-term knee injury under Jose Mourinho’s regime at the Bernabeu this season, … Read more »».
BRISBANE – Former Test fast bowler Geoff Lawson has called for a cleanout of Cricket Australia stables to revive the nation’s miserable cricket fortunes, especially in Tests.
Speaking at a Queensland Cricket corporate luncheon in Brisbane, Lawson …. Source : Gaea News Network.
BRISBANE – Former Australian fast bowler and ex-Pakistan cricket team coach Geoff Lawson has said he does not regret being one of the five witnesses for former cricket captain Salman Butt in the spot-fixing investigations launched by the International Cricket Council.
SYDNEY – Ex-Australia opener Phil Hughes has decided to go off cricket for a couple of months and has headed to his family farm in northern New South Wales after being axed by New South Wales Blues for the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash final.
MELBOURNE – Should current Australian cricket team coach Tim Neilsen be axed, then former captain Allan Border must be among the frontrunners to take on the assignment, says former middle-order batsman Dean Jones.
Jones, fresh from a Bulls’ lunch in Brisbane, said he expected Border’s name to be among … Read more >>.
BHUBANESWAR – As the countdown for the 2011 World Cup begins, acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a 125-ft-long cricket bat of sand in Orissa in an attempt to set a new world record.
Pattnaik has created the sand sculpture on the beach in his hometown of Puri, 56 km from here, with the … Read more : 125-ft-long sand cricket bat to usher World Cup.
SYDNEY – With Cricket Australia conducting a review on many fronts in the wake of the Ashes series defeat to England during the recent summer, noted columnist Peter Roebuck said the cricket board should consider acquiring the services of former wicket keeper and Rajasthan Royals honcho Darren Berry, given his …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Ex-Victorian keeper Berry, a good choice for Oz coach: Roebuck.
BANGALORE – Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has said that he would like his team to meet India in the April 2 World Cup final, as he believes the match would boost international cricket and draw billions of viewers.
“If that happens it would be ideal for the World …. Original article : Pak hoping to meet India in 2011 WC finals: Afridi.
BANGALORE – Australian captain Ricky Ponting has said that he is backing his four-man pace attack to fire 100 percent and take their team to a fourth consecutive World Cup title.
Ponting said that the three-time defending world champions are in tremendous form after …. Read the original article : Ponting backs pacers to fire Aussies to fourth consecutive WC title win.
BANGALORE – Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has said that only a lot of self-belief helped him to make the grade for the upcoming World Cup.
Lee, 34, said: “I think the only person who thought that I would make the World Cup was me.”
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s … Original source on Gaea Times at : Lee says self-belief helped him make Oz World Cup squad.
LONDON – England middle-order batsman Kevin Pietersen has said that he is planning to give up playing one-day international cricket after the 2011 World Cup that is to be played on the Indian subcontinent from February 19.
The Surrey batsman, 30, said that he would [..] Read the original article: here.
LONDON – Arsenal’s clash with the Wolves on Saturday is being seen as more important than their Champions League showdown with Barcelona, according to club coach Arsene Wenger.
The three Premier League points, its seems, are foremost …. Source : Gaea News Network.
LONDON – West Ham have beaten Tottenham to take over the Olympic Stadium after the London 2012 Games.
According to The Sun, the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) announced that the Hammers have beaten Tottenham in the race to take over the stadium at …. Source article : West Ham beat Tottenham for Olympic Stadium takeover bid.
SYDNEY – Expressing his hopes of a rematch with Australian legend Ian Thorpe at the London Olympics, Swimming ace Michael Phelps has welcomed the chance to reverse the result at next year’s Olympics.
In what was dubbed the “Race of the Century”, Thorpe defeated Dutch great Pieter van den Hoogenband and Phelps in the 200-metre final … Read more >>.
NEW YORK – Tony Parker has finally spoken about his recent divorce from Eva Longoria.
In an interview with a French radio station, he said he’d been working toward moving on from his divorce from Longoria, while acknowledging it wasn’t always easy, reports the New York Daily News.
“[Divorce] was hard, but life goes on,” he said, …. Read the original article : Tony Parker admits divorce from Eva Longoria was ‘hard’.
BANGALORE – Australian captain Ricky Ponting has shown encouraging signs that he is recovering well from his broken finger by facing Australian bowlers in a 50-minute net session at Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Ponting, who had missed the final Ashes Test and the entire ODI series against England due the broken finger, played a fine array of … Original source on Gaea Times at : Ponting shows encouraging signs of recovery from broken finger.
BENGALURU – Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke has said he will have to lead the batting attack against the formidable spin of hosts India and Sri Lanka if Australia wants to do well at the 2011 World Cup.
Clarke’s reluctance to dominate fast bowlers has been criticized, but the right-hander is Australia’s best hope against slow bowling. …. Source article : Clarke ready to lead Oz batting attack against spinners.
WELLINGTON – Former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doull has picked Sri Lanka and India as top two favourites to lift the World Cup, starting February 19 in the Indian subcontinent.
Picking Sri Lanka as his top favourite, Doull writes in Sunday News: “While most are tipping this to be India’s time to shine in …. Original article : Doull picks Sri Lanka, India as top two favourites to lift World Cup.
NEW DELHI – Former skipper Steve Waugh, who captained Australia to World Cup victory in 1999, has said that relying on pacers to retain World Cup in the Indian subcontinent is a risky ploy.
Waugh said relying on strike bowlers Brett Lee, Shaun Tait, Mitchell Johnson and Doug Bollinger is an unusual move for … Original source on Gaea Times at : Australia’s dependence on pacers to win World Cup is risky ploy: Waugh.
WELLINGTON – New Zealand is seeking inspiration from their near-miss at the ICC Champions Trophy, termed as mini World Cup, 16 months ago.
The Black Caps against the odds in South Africa in October 2009 reached finals beating Sri Lanka, Pakistan and England on their way to the Champions Trophy decider.
They were beaten at [..] Read the original article: here.
RANCHI – Haryana won the first gold medal in the Taekwondo event of the National Games here Sunday.
Sandeep Kundu won the gold in the light weight category. G.V. Rao of Goa won the silver while Nirmal Singh of SSCB and Manipur’s Bhusan Hujit won a bronze each.
…. Original article on Gaea Times at : National Games: Haryana win first gold medal in Taekwondo.
BOKARO – A karate player named Sikandar, due to take part in the ongoing National Games, was allegedly beaten up by a group of people in Jharkhands Bokaro district, police said Sunday.
Sikandar was beaten up at a house late Saturday by four people and later was warned against attending the National Games. Four people … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : National Games: Karate player beaten up.
MELBOURNE – Shane Warne and Elizabeth Hurley ‘looked over the moon’ as they stepped out together to attend a friend’s wedding reception.
According to the Herald Sun, the couple swapped cars at Crown before heading to the National Gallery of Victoria to celebrate the marriage of former England cricketer Dimitri Mascarenhas, 33, and his bride Nadine …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Warne, Hurley ‘look over the moon’ as they attend pal’s wedding party.
MELBOURNE – The patent holder for Hot Spot technology, Warren Brennan of BBG Sports, is not very enthusiastic over bringing the innovation to India due to logistical precedents and the ongoing lack of will by the Indian administrators.
The chances of the World Cup being decided by an umpiring errors have increased after the International Cricket [..] Read the original article: here.
NEW DELHI – Four time champions Australia’s records in the World Cups are enviable and it shows why they have been the team to beat in the mega event since its inauguration in 1975.
Australia is also the team that has played 69 matches, the most number of matches played by any team in World …. Original source : Australia have the best winning percentage in World Cup.
LONDON – Ace striker Wayne Rooney, whose form has not been up to the mark since the World Cup, produced a moment of stunning skill in the 78th minute of Manchester United’s clash with rivals City at Old Trafford.
He hailed the goal that kept United on top of the Premier League as his greatest … Original source on Gaea Times at : Rooney’s wonder ’scissor-kick’ strike against Man City hailed as greatest goal ever.
BANGALORE – Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat against Australia in a 50-over World Cup warm-up match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here Sunday.
Both the teams can use 15 players, with 11 batting and 11 fielding. India’s Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan won’t be available for this match.
…. Source article on Gaea Times at : World Cup: India opt to bat against Australia in warm-up match.
GURGAON – Indian golfers, a big force to reckon with on their home soil, will be the strongest contenders as the 1.8 million euros
($2.3 million) Avantha Masters takes off next week.
The event, co-sanctioned with the European and Asian Tours, will be staged Feb 17-20 at the DLF Golf and Country Club …. Read the original article : Top Indian stars look to a great start at Avantha Masters.
MUMBAI – More than 7,000 people participated in the ‘Mumbai Cyclothon – Tour de Mumbai 2011′ here Sunday, two days after the Nashik leg of the race.
The second edition of the cyclothon kicked off from Bandra Reclamation near the Bandra-Worli Sealink here in the morning and it saw Maharashtra Public Works Minister Chhagan Bhujbal … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Over 7,000 participate in Mumbai Cyclothon.
Moscow, Feb 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Thousands of skiers will participate Sunday in an all-Russian race entitled Russian Ski Run 2011, with a 78-year-old woman set to be the oldest participant.
The race has been held annually since 1982. It includes two kilometres (1.2-mile), five kilometres (3.1-mile), 10 km (6.2-mile) and other events.
The oldest …. Read the original article : Thousands to take part in Russian ski race.
CHENNAI – “Under-prepared”, “slow” and “dead” was how South African captain Graeme Smith described the pitch at the refurbished M.A. Chidambaram Stadium where the Proteas strolled to an eight-wicket win against Zimbabwe in a cricket World Cup warm-up game Saturday.
“The wicket was pretty slow and dead. Yet, Morne Morkel, who bowled well in Indian … Read more »»».
RANCHI – Bollywood actors Vivek Oberoi and Ameesha Patel added glamour to the inaugural ceremony of the 34th National Games which got off to a spectacular start at the Birsa Munda Athletics Stadium in Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi Saturday evening.
Vivek created a sensation by driving a bike in the stadium while Ameesha and actor Samera … Read more : Vivek, Ameesha jazz up 34th National Games’ opening show.
RANCHI – Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Vice President Trilochan Singh on Saturday defended IOA President Suresh Kalmadi, and said that he will remain in his post till 2012.
“He (Kalmadi) is president till end of 2012. There is an election process, and no one can remove him like this,” Singh said.
“I am no one to …. Source : Gaea News Network.
MELBOURNE – Retired Australian swimmer Michael Klim will return to competitive swimming with a view to competing at the London 2012 Olympics.
Responding to media speculation, Klim this afternoon announced that he had been training and the competitive “fire in the belly had returned.”
“I’m going to have a crack . . . I don’t have any …. Source : Gaea News Network.
LONDON – England’s Test cricketers may be re-interviewed by London’s Metropolitan Police Service as the Crown Prosecution Services prepares its case against former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir over corruption charges.
According to the Daily Mail, the players could be asked to appear as witnesses to events on the … Read more : England cricketers may be re-interviewed over Pak tainted trio case.
KOLKATA – Just five days before the World Cup, former Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly has said he doesn’t believe in “favourites”
“I am not a believer of the term ‘favourites’ in any sport. When we went to the 2003 World Cup, I don’t think we were termed as ‘favourites’. I think the only teams that …. Source : Gaea News Network.
SYDNEY – Assistant referee Sian Massey, who became a subject of a sexism scandal over Sky News presenters’ comments during a game between Wolverhampton and Liverpool last month, has reportedly faced unwelcoming chants for the first time after her return to the Premier League.
Football broadcasters Richard Keys and Andy Gray had to quit their …. Source : Gaea News Network.
ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has dismissed reports that it has filed an appeal on behalf of banned fast bowler Mohammad Amir with the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Amir, along with former captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, was banned for charges relating to alleged incidents during last year’s Lord’s Test against England, … Read more : PCB dismisses reports of filing appeal against Amir’s ICC ban.
NEW DELHI – Brazilian ace striker Ronaldo has announced that he is prepared to end his career as a soccer player, as he was unable to execute plays like he used to and claimed to be tired.
However, the World Cup winning striker said that he had a great run and a fantastic career.
MELBOURNE – Former Australia captain Allan Border has said that Victoria medium-pacer John Hastings, who was relatively unknown a year ago, is set to play an important role in Australia’s defence of the World Cup.
Australia is set to use its pace attack on the subcontinent, with Brett Lee, Shaun Tait, Mitchell Johnson and Doug …. Source : Gaea News Network.
DHAKA/LONDON – The 10th World Cup begins on Saturday in Dhaka when Bangladesh takes on India. It should be a cracker, with a full house guaranteed as the underdogs nurture hopes of achieving a second shocking World Cup victory against “Big Brother”, as they did in 2007 in the Caribbean.
It is impossible to exaggerate …. Source : Gaea News Network.
MELBOURNE – Australia must find a middle-order batsman to replace Michael Hussey, with the impact of his absence more than evident during the Australian team’s dramatic batting collapse in their practice match against India.
Australia appeared to be cruising towards a comfortable victory in Bangalore before they lost an incredible 9-58 to slide to a 38-run … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Oz batting collapse shows team still searching for ‘Rock’ Hussey’s replacement.
SYDNEY – After having tough time against India-five wickets at an average of 68.40 – Cameron White has confirmed he has lost faith in his leg spin bowling and has no immediate ambition to regain it.
Leg-spin was the discipline that got White his Test debut in 2008 against India, but a tough time against them …. Original article on Gaea Times at : White loses faith in his spin bowling after having torrid time against India.
AUCKLAND – New Zealand vice-captain Ross Taylor, long considered the heir apparent to Daniel Vettori who will stand down from the captaincy after the World Cup, is not “guaranteed” the job, according to New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Chief Executive Justin Vaughan.
According to Stuff.co.nz, NZC officials are divided over whether Taylor should succeed Vettori, with some [..] Read the original article: here.
KARACHI – Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan feels that the current national team has had the ‘worst’ possible preparation for the upcoming World Cup, but are still capable of lifting the trophy.
“The team had the worst preparation for the World Cup, but it is all a matter of some players putting up their hands and …. Read the original article : here.
DHAKA – Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi Monday hinted at playing an extra spinner in the team during the World Cup which gets underway Feb 19.
The experienced all-rounder said Pakistan have several spin options and they are prepared to unleash them on turning tracks of the sub-continent.
The playing conditions here would be quite different … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Afridi hints at including an extra spinner in Pakistan team.
MADRID – Real Madrid are just five points behind Spanish leaders Barcelona after a spirited 1-0 away win away to sixth-placed Espanyol in La Liga.
Jose Mourinhos’s team had to play with 10 men from start to finish Sunday because goalkeeper Iker Casillas was harshly sent off in the second minute. Young reserve Antonio Adan … Original source on Gaea Times at : Real Madrid win at Espanyol despite red card for Casillas.
SAO PAULO – Three-time football player of the year Ronaldo was expected to end his career Monday, Brazilian media reported.
The 34-year-old striker for Sao Paulo’s Corinthians was to announce the move at a press conference, the Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper reported online.
“I would like to continue, but I can’t. I can no … Read more »».
MADRID – Struggling Spanish Liga club Osasuna decided early Monday to replace coach Jose Antonio Camacho with Jose Luis Mendilibar, media reports said.
The decision will be officially announced by the Pamplona club later in the day. A 0-1 defeat away to Real Sociedad on Sunday left Osasuna third from bottom in La Liga, and [..] Read the original article: here.
DHAKA – England captain Andrew Strauss Monday said his team has learnt from their dismal performance in the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean.
Four years’s back Michael Vaughan’s team failed to beat any of the world’s top eight sides, barring the West Indies in a dead rubber.
Strauss said this time his team … Read more >>>.
KOLKATA – Former cricket legends like Steve Waugh and Vivian Richards say that the team with the best fielding side will have the highest chances of winning the World Cup that begins Feb 19.
“Catching, run-outs will play important roles. Whichever side winning the World Cup will have the best fielding. The best fielding side … Original article on : Best fielding side to win World Cup: Cricket legends.
LONDON – Former Sky Sports football commentator Richard Keys has attracted more controversy by allegedly calling a black footballer ‘choco’ eleven years ago
Weeks after sexist behaviour cost him his job at Sky Sports, Keys now faces a charge of racism after a video tape revealed that he had called Jamaican-born football player David Johnson ‘Choco … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Now, ex-footie commentator Keys facing racism charge for labelling black player ‘choco’.
DHAKA – Skipper Andrew Strauss believes that England has learnt its lessons from their dismal 2007 World Cup campaign, and will be looking forward to the two warm-up games with Canada and Pakistan this week.
Strauss insisted that the squad is ready to add one-day cricket’s biggest prize to the World Twenty20 title they scooped …. Read the original article : England keen to forget dismal 2007 WC campaign: Strauss.
LAHORE – Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has urged the national team to rely heavily on its spinners in the forthcoming World Cup, saying that spin bowlers will play a decisive role in the tournament.
“Already we have seen in the warm-up match between Australia and India how important a role spinners can play in this … Read more : Shoaib Malik sees spinners playing decisive role in World Cup in sub-continent.
CHENNAI – Rejecting reports that India’s jam-packed itinerary had taken a physical toll on the players, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said that the team is not fatigued, adding that master blaster Sachin Tendulkar will certainly play in the warm-up tie against New Zealand.
Dhoni clarified that he was only talking about mindset and not about … Original article on : Dhoni clarifies Team India was ‘not ready mentally,’ not fatigued for Oz friendly.
KOHIMA – Even though the game of cricket is not much popular in India’s northeastern region, the ensuing ICC World Cup has aroused overwhelming interest among the enthusiasts of sports in Nagaland, who wished Team India good luck for the Tournament.
The Indian team is scheduled to take on New Zealand in a friendly match … Read more >>>.
MELBOURNE – Former Test captain Kim Hughes has said that the long search for Australia’s next match-winning spinner is over, and added South Australian tweaker Nathan Lyon was the emerging star who will play Test cricket this year.
Hughes urged Cricket Australia to send Lyon to India to learn from champion Indian spinner Erapalli Prasanna.
Hughes … Original source on Gaea Times at : Australia’s search for match-winning spinner is over: Hughes.
LONDON – England batsman Paul Collingwood has something to cheer ahead of the World Cup, after his wife Vicky gave birth to their third child.
The England all-rounder flew out to Bangladesh at the weekend, three days after the birth of his third child.
Collingwood is passing through a bad patch and is hopeful to end the … Read more >>.
CHENNAI – Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni Tuesday clarified that he was not referring to any cricketing fatigue factor per se in the run-up to the World Cup, but rather to the mental preparations required for a warm-up game, something he was not used to.
It is not fatigue factor but about mental preparation for …. Source : It’s about mental preparation, not fatigue: Dhoni.
CHENNAI – The last time India played New Zealand in a one-day game at Chepauk here was two months ago when the visitors tumbled to 103 all out and the under-strength hosts raced to an eight-wicket win to complete a 5-0 rout of the ODI series. The teams meet again Wednesday, though in a warm-up …. Source : Gaea News Network.
SHIMLA – They are intellectually disabled, but that hasn’t stopped over 200 people from eight states from arriving at the snow-laden ski slopes of Narkanda in Himachal Pradesh to conquer new heights.
They’ll take part in Special Olympics during the four-day National Winter Games beginning Wednesday.
“Intellectually disabled people in the age group of …. Original article : 200 arrive for Special Olympics in Himachal.
LAHORE – Pakistan’s largest bank has said it has decided not to renew the contracts of the tainted trio- Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir- who have been banned by the International Cricket Council on spot-fixing charges.
All three disgraced cricketers were on the payroll of the National Bank of Pakistan for playing for the … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Disgraced Pak trio lose domestic cricket contracts after ICC ban.
KOLKATA – World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev feels comments of Indian cricketers that they want to win the Cup for Sachin Tendulkar is just media hype. Kapil hoped it is the batting maestro who would win the World Cup for India.
‘We want to win for Sachin. We want to win for Sachin.’ It’s …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Sachin should win World Cup for us: Kapil.
DHAKA – Veteran Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, whose fitness levels are once again under the spotlight, still has enough fuel in the tank to perform well at the ICC World Cup 2011, team manager Intikhab Alam has said.
“Shoaib’s not 100 per cent fit, but even a half fit Akhtar can lift Pakistan to glory. … Read this article on Gaea Times at : “Even a half fit Shoaib Akhtar can lift Pakistan to World Cup glory”: Intikhab.
LONDON – Injured England batsman Eoin Morgan has said that he would be back to full fitness much sooner than anticipated, leaving the team’s medical staff red faced.
Ravi Bopara replaced Morgan last week in the 15-man squad after being advised by a consultant that he might need an operation on a broken finger.
BANGALORE – Australian captain Ricky Ponting has tried to brush off another display of emotion by Indian bowler Shantha Sreesanth, saying that the pacer’s antics are nothing new.
After beating Ponting with a magnificent short ball outside off stump, Sreesanth went up for a massive appeal, which was turned down, and then theatrically stood face … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Ponting says Sreesanth’s ‘L’ antics are nothing new.
CHENNAI – Brendon McCullum wants to be New Zealand cricket captain, but right now he is focussed on scoring big runs during the 2011 World Cup, opening the New Zealand innings.
The Black Caps play India on Wednesday in a warm up game that is expected to be packed to capacity at Chennai’s 50,000 seater …. Source article on Gaea Times at : McCullum’s captaincy ambition soars again.
SYDNEY – The Australian team would have easily won the crown of the nation’s most wayward attack in almost a decade after conceding 25 wides in India’s innings at the Chinnaswamy Stadium
Australia’s bowlers were fortunate that Sunday’s match against India did not have official one-day international status.
The largely encouraging performance from the bowlers was …. Source article : 25 wides against India in friendly would have set Oz record had tie been official.
DHAKA – After deciding to pay local beggars to stay off the streets during the World Cup, Bangladesh has launched an all-out war on mosquitoes in and around cricket stadiums to ensure a bite-free World Cup for spectators and players.
Authorities have already evicted hawkers and beggars, forced worn-out buses off the roads and banned laundry [..] Read the original article: here.
KOLKATA – Legendary Australian captain Steve Waugh has ruled out coaching the Indian cricket team once South African Gary Kirsten steps down from the post after the World Cup.
Gary Kirsten was a certain choice because he was not certainly in the focus of the media. He was low profile. Coaching becomes a trouble when …. Original article : Waugh rules out coaching Indian cricket team.
LONDON – Ace golfer Tiger Woods, who apologised for spitting on a green at the Dubai Desert Classic, may be fined anything between 250 to 10,000 pounds.
The former world number one was found guilty of a breach of the European Tour’s code of conduct.
Woods posted on Twitter: “The Euro Tour is right – it was …. Source : Gaea News Network.
MELBOURNE – The biggest threat to Ricky Potning-led team’s chances of lifting the World Cup for the fourth consecutive time comes from Sri Lanka, according to Australia’s World Cup-winning players.
India is destined to start the tournament as favourites following their 38-run win over Australia in Monday’s warm-up match, but it’s co-host Sri Lanka who … Read : Former Oz players peg Sri Lanka as biggest threat to Australia’s WC charge.
LONDON – British Sports Minister, Jacquelin Magnay, has warned that the 2012 Olympic Games could be targeted by Irish Republican groups.
Speaking at the publication of the annual report on preparations for the Olympic Games, Robertson said that security agencies fear that groups based in Northern Ireland have become “a threat to the Games.”
“The security …. Original article : 2012 London Olympic Games under terror threat from Irish Republican groups.
DHAKA – The fact that the iconic Eden Gardens is not hosting an India match in the Feb 19-April 2 World Cup has disappointed fans not just in Kolkata but also in Bangladesh.
Two officers manning the immigration desk at Dhakas Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport were aghast.
“Eden Gardens is such a beautiful … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Why is Eden not hosting an India game sir? (World Cup Diary).
CHENNAI – New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum has said that he is thrilled to be back as an opening batsman, and feels that the time is ripe to make amends for his disappointing outings in the two past World Cups.
McCullum has scored just 152 runs in 10 World Cup innings.
“The previous two World Cups I …. Source article on Gaea Times at : McCullum determined to succeed at the top of Black Caps’ batting order.
BANGALORE – New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has said that his team’s poor recent one-day record means that it is important to get the winning mentality back as soon as possible.
New Zealand has won just two of their last 16 ODI games.
“It’s been well documented that we haven’t played well over the last … Read more : Black Caps looking to get ‘momentum’ back ahead of World Cup: Taylor.
LONDON – Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has expressed concern at the escalating anti-government protests in Bahrain, saying that he is worried protesters may use the opening Grand Prix of the season on March 13 to make a statement to the world.
Ecclestone said that he had been trying unsuccessfully to get hold of the Crown …. Source : Gaea News Network.
DUBAI – The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned players and officials from using social networking and microblogging service Twitter during World Cup matches.
The decision, led by the ICC’s anti-corruption and security unit, is intended to remove the potential of illegal bookmakers contacting players and officials during play.
“When it comes to issues of corruption …. Source : Gaea News Network.
DUBAI – International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has put the onus on national teams to help stop star cricketers from burning out following complaints of fatigue ahead of the World Cup.
“We have reached a point where we think it is the optimum, but there is also some onus on the players, on …. Source article on Gaea Times at : ICC chief puts onus on players, coaches and selectors to address fatigue factor.
MELBOURNE – Australian footballer Ljubo Milicevic has claimed that drug use is rampant in the Australian Football League (AFL), and admitted that players had offered him cocaine in Melbourne nightclubs.
The 30-year-old central defender also said that the anti-drug code is covering up the substance abuse.
“The first thing an AFL footballer said to me when I … Read : Drug use rampant in Australian Football League, says Oz defender Milicevic.
MOHALI – The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) is busy refurbishing the infrastructure and basic amenities of its stadium here for the upcoming World Cup matches.
The PCA stadium is considered one of the most ultra-modern facilities in the country.
To ensure comfortable seating arrangements, PCA authorities are working round-the-clock to set up chairs in all … Read more >>>.
BERLIN – Tottenham Hotspur Tuesday stunned AC Milan 1-0 in a Champions League first leg match in the round of the last 16, while Schalke 04 secured a good 1-1 draw at Valencia.
England forward Peter Crouch scored in Milan for the Premier League side, while Roberto Soldado scored for Valenica against Schalke, for whom …. Source article : Spurs win at AC Milan, Schalke draw in Spain.
NEW DELHI – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday hoped Team India would win the cricket world cup.
My best wishes are with the countrymen and countrywomen of India. India should win the World Cup, Manmohan Singh told a group of TV editors.
Asked about his favourite players in the Indian cricket team, the prime minister …. Original article : India should win cricket World Cup: PM.
LONDON – Soccer star David Beckham is set to get nearly 500,000 pounds in damages over a magazine’s claims that he paid a prostitute for sex, it has emerged.
The payout will come in Germany from the publishers of In Touch, which alleged the football player paid 2,000 pounds-a-night prostitute Irma Nici for sex at a …. Source : Becks to get 500K pounds in damages over mag’s false sex claims.
NEW DELHI – Defending champions Australia lost their second warm-up game for the World Cup as they went down by seven wickets to South Africa in Bangalore Tuesday.
Opting to bat first, Australia were all out for 217 runs in 47.1 overs. Vice-captain Michael Clarke was the top scorer with 73 while captain Ricky Ponting … Read more >>>.
LONDON – Usain Bolt will get the chance to go for a second 100 metres gold Sunday Aug 5 at the 2012 Olympics, according to the London Games timetable released Tuesday.
The Jamaican world record holder could double his gold haul Aug 9 in the 200m final.
The first action of the Games will be … Read : London Olympics take shape with schedule.
NEW DELHI – Skipper Elton Chigumbura’s blistering unbeaten century went in vain for Zimbabwe as Ireland chased down a 245-run target with three balls to spare in a thrilling finish to the World Cup warm-up match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur Tuesday.
Electing to bat, Zimbabwe scored 244 for eight in … Read : Ireland, Netherlands win World Cup warm-up matches.
LONDON – England batsman Eoin Morgan, who was ruled out from the World Cup squad due to injury, Tuesday hinted he could have been fit for the mega event in the sub-continent starting Feb 19.
The middle-order batsman suffered a finger injury during the recent One-day series in Australia and was replaced by all-rounder …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Recovering well, Eoin Morgan tweets.
DUBAI – Daniela Hantuchova experienced the highs and lows of tennis Tuesday as the weekend winner of the WTA title in Pattaya crashed out with exhaustion 1-6, 3-6 to Anna Chakvetadze in the first round of the Dubai Championships.
Hantuchova from Slovakia and ranked 29, won her first title since 2007 in Thailand, then caught …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Exhausted Hantuchova crashes in Dubai.
LONDON – Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung will be out of action for four weeks after suffering a hamstring injury, manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed Tuesday.
The former South Korea captain, who retired from international football after last month’s Asian Cup, sustained the injury in training.
“We got a blow Saturday morning with the news … Original article on : Man U midfielder Park Ji-sung out for four weeks.
CHENNAI – John Wrights return as a coach, this time of his home country New Zealand, was perhaps a logical move after the team came apart at the seams under Mark Greatbatch last winter with three consecutive ODI series defeats.
With the World Cup in the sub-continent, Wright, given his five-year experience as coach of …. Source : We have to play good cricket against India: Wright.
NEW DELHI – The inaugural Formula One race in New Delhi later this year was one of the reasons that prompted Tata Motors to back Narain Karthikeyan’s return to the sport after five years.
Karthikeyan will be seen in action with Tata Motors sponsored Hispania Racing Team in the Oct 28-30 race …. Original article : Indian GP prompted Tata to back Karthikeyan.
RANCHI – Chennai girl A.V. Jayveena Tuesday became the youngest swimmer in the history of National Games to win medals.
The 12-year-old Jayveena, representing Tamil Nadu, won bronzes in the 200 meters breaststroke and relay. In breaststroke, Jayveena competed with experienced Delhi girl Richa Mishra, who has won four gold medals in the meet so … Read this article on Gaea Times at : National Games: Chennai girl becomes youngest swimmer to win medal.
LONDON – Chelsea owner and Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich owns 16 homes, seven cars, 22 bank accounts, six companies, one football club, and earned three billion pounds last year, according to a wealth declaration released under his country’s election law.
According to the Telegraph, Abramovich, who is currently worth 11 billion pounds and is Russia’s fifth …. Read the original article : Chelsea owner Abramovich’s wealth declaration reveals his billions from business.
MELBOURNE – Former wicketkeeper Steve Rixon fears that Australian cricket is on the brink of a West Indies-style collapse unless Cricket Australia takes tough decisions on key issues confronting the national team.
Rixon criticized the Australian cricket officialdom, and said there could be no excuses for the side’s slide down the Test rankings.
In an embarrassing loss … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Australian cricket on brink of West Indies-style collapse: Rixon.
DHAKA – The Indian cricket team arrived here Thursday amid heavy security cover for their opening World Cup against Bangladesh Saturday.
Rapid action battalion commandos and crack police personnel in two vehicles escorted the team bus to the Sheraton Hotel.
Policemen lined the route on both sides of the road from the Hazrat Shah Jalal … Original article on : Indian team arrives in Dhaka amid heavy security.
CHENNAI – New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has said that despite the heavy defeat in the warm-up game against India, his team was capable of progressing deep into the World Cup.
“We need to bat and bowl and field well and at the moment we’re not doing all the facets as well as we would like, … Read more »».
ISLAMABAD – Former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Akram has tipped India and Sri Lanka as the topmost contenders to lift the coveted ICC World Cup 2011 trophy.
“India’s doing very well; they’re number 1 for me. One also cannot rule out Sri Lanka. I think that one of these Asian teams, India or Sri Lanka, will …. Source : Gaea News Network.
SYDNEY – Ex Australian all-rounder Simon O’Donnell believes that the Australian team would still be a force in the World Cup despite losing their two warm-up games.
Australia was bowled out for 176 against India to lose by 38 runs, and could only manage 217 against South Africa in a seven-wicket loss.
CHENNAI – New Zealand all-rounder Brendon McCullum has admitted that a confidence crisis is dogging his team ahead of their World Cup campaign.
It comes after New Zealand was hammered by India in their warm-up game in Chennai by 117 runs.
When asked if the Black Caps had forgotten how to win, McCullum said: “That’s probably …. Original article : McCullum says New Zealand have forgotten how to win.
MELBOURNE – After successfully defending the Ashes on Australian soil, England faces a difficult task to qualify for the quarter-finals of the 2011 World Cup, according to former opener Mark Waugh.
Waugh said that “there always tends to be one team” who unexpectedly crashes out in the group stages and he has nominated England as the …. Read the original article : Waugh predicts England will exit early from World Cup.
DHAKA – The humble mode of transport, the rickshaw, is clearly a crowd puller in more ways than one with the road leading to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, the venue for the opening World Cup game between India and Bangladesh Feb 19, decorated with colourful models.
Resplendent in green, blue, orange, red, yellow, silver …. Original article : Pulling people, and the crowds – rickshaws adorn match venue (World Cup Diary).
BANGALORE – Australian captain Ricky Ponting was “selfish” in batting at No.3 when his struggling middle-order needed runs in the World Cup warm-up game against South Africa, according to former Australian fast bowler Rodney Hogg.
Australia lost the game by seven wickets after they posted a paltry 217 runs, despite making a strong start for the …. Original source : Ponting ’selfish’ in batting at No.3 in World Cup warm-up game against Proteas: Hogg.
LONDON – Kevin Pietersen, who was promoted to the top of the order during the warm-up game against Canada, remains upbeat despite making a meager 24 run as an opener.
The majority of Pietersen’s 50-over appearances have come at No 3 (60 innings at an average of 39).
“It’s really exciting – a nice positive move going … Read more »».
BANGALORE – Australia has been playing anything like the defending World Cup champions since they arrived in India, but vice-captain Michael Clarke claims that the two warm-up games have been a “good hitout”.
Australia was bowled out for 176 against India to lose by 38 runs, and could only manage 217 against South Africa in a …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Clarke says World Cup warm-up games more about ‘giving blokes an opportunity’.
DUBAI – The International Cricket Council has “expressed disappointment” over the hiring of disgraced Pakistani cricketer Salman Butt by a local TV channel, and has asked the Anti-Corruption Tribunal whether this could be “viewed as a breach against the terms of his suspended sentence” in the spot-fixing case.
Pakistan’s Channel Five has hired Butt, who has …. Read the original article : Butt’s TV commentator job may be ‘breach of ICC suspended sentence terms’.
BERLIN – Arsenal came from behind to score two late goals against Barcelona for a 2-1 victory in a Champions League first-leg match in the round of 16, while Shakhtar Donetsk scored an upset 3-2 victory at AS Roma in Wednesday’s other game.
In London, David Villa scored for Barcelona midway through the first half, …. Original article : Champions League: Arsenal come back to beat Barcelona; samba party in Rome.
LONDON – England off-spinner Graeme Swann has been cleared of a drink-driving case involving a late-night bid to rescue a trapped cat.
Swann had earlier told the court that he had returned to his four-bedroom home in West Bridgford, Nottingham, following his birthday celebrations last April to discover that his nine-month-old cat Max was trapped under …. Source : ‘Cat-with-nine-lives’ Swann cleared of drink-driving charge on legal technality.
AUCKLAND – American road racing cyclist Lance Armstrong, who is best known for winning the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times after having survived testicular cancer, has announced his retirement.
The 39-year-old, who made a comeback to cycling two years ago, said that he was quitting for good to spend more time with his … Read more >>.
DHAKA – Bangladesh pace spearhead Mashrafe Mortaza, who has to sit out the World Cup following a right knee injury, says his team could pull off a win over India in the tournament opener Saturday, as they had done in the previous edition of event in 2007.
Mortaza, however, acknowledged that India were the title …. Read the original article : here.
LONDON – A porn star who claimed she bedded Shane Warne in September 2010 – at the same time he was wooing current flame Elizabeth Hurley – has said that the British actress was deluded if she thought she could tame bad-boy Warne.
“If Liz was expecting a fairytale romance with Shane then she’s a mug,” …. Read the original article : here.
DHAKA – The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed Tinashe Panyangara as a replacement player for the injured Edward Rainsford in the Zimbabwe squad for the Feb 19-April 2 World Cup.
The ICC’s event technical committee for the tournament approved Panyangara as per a written request from Zimbabwe, the game’s apex body said in a …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Panyangara replaces Rainsford in Zimbabwe World Cup squad.
DHAKA – The first practice match between Bangladesh and Pakistan in the run up to the World Cup saw all tickets sold out but half-empty stands, leading to charges of mismanagement, a media report said Thursday.
The match was sold out, yet seats at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in downtown Mirpur were vaccant because holders … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Half-empty stands in sold-out Dhaka WC practice match.
SYDNEY – Australian pacer Shaun Tait has that he would like to win the World Cup for second time, as it’s hard to describe how much joy winning the trophy gives.
Tait was one of the stars of Australia’s unbeaten campaign in the Caribbean in 2007, taking 23 wickets at 20.30.
“The best memory of my career …. Original source : Tait aims to win World Cup for second time to relive ‘indescribable fun’.
LONDON – England is giving Pakistan the silent treatment despite sharing the same hotel in Bangladesh as they fine tune their World Cup preparations.
Huge differences still exist between England and Shahid Afridi’s men after last summer’s spot-fixing scandal.
Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were all slapped with lengthy bans after an ICC tribunal found … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : England giving ‘cheats’ Pak silent treatment: Broad.
LONDON – Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has said that new signings Fernando Torres and David Luiz have “boosted” the squad.
“He’s made a huge difference. No, he hasn’t scored in two games, but all the spotlight is on him. There’s a huge responsibility, people are looking to him to do it instantly, but he will make … Original source on Gaea Times at : Lampard backs Torres, Luiz to ‘make a difference’ to Chelsea.
WASHINGTON – The United States has issued a ‘travel alert’ for its citizens travelling to or living in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka in the wake of the ICC World Cup 2011 being hosted by the trio, saying that the mega event “can be targets for terrorist attacks”.
“While the US government has no specific threat …. Source article : US issues ‘alert’ for citizens travelling to India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka during World Cup.
DHAKA – The Pakistan cricket team management has fined two fast bowlers for breach of discipline ahead of the ICC World Cup 2011, which starts from February 19.
Pacers Shoaib Akhtar and Wahab Riaz were fined 5,000 rupees each for violating discipline, The Nation quoted sources, as saying.
This is not for the first time that 35-year-old …. Source article : Pak team management fines Akhtar, Riaz for breach of discipline.
NEW DELHI – Former India captain Anil Kumble feels that the current crop is better than the team which made the final of the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.
The legendary leg-spinner, who featured in just two group matches against Australia and Pakistan in South Africa, feels the team captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni … Original article on : This India team is better than 2003: Kumble.
BERLIN – Away teams were the big winners in Thursday’s first-leg matches in the round of the last 32 of the Europa League, with only three out of 15 home teams securing victories.
The only home sides to triumph on the night were Benfica, who came from behind to beat VfB Stuttgart 2-1, Lech Poznan … Original article on : Away teams big winners in Europa League.
BUENOS AIRES – The ATP is seriously worried about security at a tournament in Acapulco and has taken steps to improve conditions in Latin America’s biggest tennis event.
“The ATP’s warnings caused a little fear,” Uruguayan player Pablo Cuevas told the German Press Agency dpa in Buenos Aires.
The tournament in Acapulco, which starts Monday, …. Source : ATP warns players of risks of playing in Mexico.
RANCHI – Amid the profusion of heroes from Jharkhand after whom stadiums have been named for the National Games, one name is causing much consternation – that of tainted Delhi-based lawyer R.K. Anand.
A total of 13 stadiums were constructed for the games which began Feb 12. One is named R.K. Anand Lawn Bowl …. Original source : Ranchi stadium named after tainted lawyer Anand.
LONDON – Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has said that it would be a “disaster” if his team fails to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The defending champions are currently in the fifth place in the Premier League.
“We must finish in the top four and can never take our eye off the ball, it would be …. Original article : Lampard warns of ‘disaster’ if Chelsea fail to qualify for next season Champions League.
WASHINGTON – Jaimee Grubbs, one of Tiger Woods’ many mistresses, thinks that she was misunderstood.
“I think I’m very misunderstood to a lot of people,” RadarOnline.com quoted Grubbs as saying.
“I tried to make people understand but I only go so far before people believe what they want to believe.”
It was previously reported that Woods sent numerous … Read this article on Gaea Times at : I’m very misunderstood to a lot of people: Woods’ mistress Jaimee Grubbs.
WASHINGTON – Tiger Woods’ alleged mistresses have turned their shame into fame with the help of one publicity machine: Gina Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, a former porn star turned successful businesswoman, runs DD Entertainment in Los Angeles and said “bad girls” are good for business.
“I am managing the mistresses and all the people of the scandal,” ABC News …. Read the original article : How Tiger Woods’ ‘mistresses’ turned their sex scandals into huge profits.
KARACHI – Former Pakistan cricket captain Zaheer Abbas believes co-host India has the best chance to win the World Cup.
The legendary batsman told ‘Life Illustrated’ in an interview that Indias stability makes it the hot favourite.
I believe that there are around four to five teams with genuine credentials of winning the World …. Read the original article : India are favourites to win World Cup: Zaheer Abbas.
DHAKA – Seemingly miles ahead in quality, particularly in batting, title favourites India will aim to turn the tables on Bangladesh – their nemesis of 2007 – in the inaugural match of the Cricket World Cup here Saturday.
While India could be gearing up for a grudge match before a full house at the 28,000 … Read more >>.
LONDON – Former England fast bowler Mike Selvey reckons that coach Andy Flower’s late tactical switch of using Kevin Pietersen as an opening batsman in the World Cup will prove to be a winner.
England had promoted Pietersen to open the batting in Wednesday’s warm-up game against Canada, and later confirmed that he will stay there …. Original source : Flower’s gamble of playing Pietersen as opener may pay-off big for England: Selvey.
LONDON – Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Mohamed Bin Hammam, who could succeed FIFA President Sepp Blatter in May, has confirmed his support for the proposed goal-line technology.
Hammam’s backing comes just two weeks before the FIFA Executive Committee (ExCo) meeting which could give it the go-ahead.
“I’m a great supporter for the idea of goal-line technology,” … Original source on Gaea Times at : FIFA likely to give go-ahead to proposed goal-line technology.
DHAKA – Bangladesh opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia stayed away from the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup. Her office said she got only an invitation card and no tickets to attend matches.
She, however, expressed her best wishes for the Bangladesh team Thursday night and welcomed the foreign cricketers and … Read more >>>.
LONDON – England off-spinner Graeme Swann is expected to play his team’s World Cup opener against the Netherlands following the birth of his son.
The England squad flew to Bangladesh last week, but Swann stayed at home to attend the birth of his first child.
The 31-year-old is now set to join the team in Nagpur on … Read more »»».
MELBOURNE – In the 36-year history of the cricket World Cup, no bowler has taken wickets as consistently, as Australia’s Brett Lee, statistics indicate.
Lee, who will lead Australia’s attack during the World Cup, has taken 22 wickets in 10 matches at an average of 17.91.
He claims a wicket every 22.68 balls, or once every …. Original source : Statistics make Brett Lee greatest bowler in World Cup history.
DHAKA – England captain Andrew Strauss has admitted that his side needs to improve fast if they have to make any impression in the World Cup, which starts tomorrow.
England, who were thrashed 6-1 in the recent ODI series against Australia, narrowly avoided being embarrassed by Canada in their warm-up game, when they laboured to a … Read : Strauss says struggling England must quickly adapt to slower subcontinent conditions.
LONDON – Former England cricketer Derek Pringle believes that the national team has the best chance in 20 years of winning the World Cup.
England starts their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands on February 22 in Nagpur, before facing possibly tougher games against India, the West Indies and South Africa in Group B.
“Most of the … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Pringle backs England to win World Cup despite Oz ODI series rout.
ISLAMABAD – Although most critics are backing India and Sri Lanka to bag the ICC World Cup glory, Pakistan and West Indies can “really be dangerous” in the tournament, former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail has said.
“Four teams- Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and India seem to have the best chances of reaching the semifinals. But …. Original article on Gaea Times at : ‘Hungry’ Pak, West Indies can “really be dangerous teams” in World Cup 2011: Sohail.
LONDON – Chechnya President Ramzan Kadyrov is about to take to the football field and lead a select XI against the stars of Brazil’s 2002 World Cup winning squad, according to the republic’s Sports Minister.
Kadyrov, who is also the President of a local Russian team ‘Terek Grozny’, has set up the friendly match for March …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Chechnya President Kadyrov plans friendly football match against Brazil’s WC heroes.
ISLAMABAD – Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has wished the national cricket team good luck in their endeavour to lift the coveted ICC World Cup 2011 trophy.
The video message shows the former military ruler sitting in front of the logo of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), his newly launched political party.
He begins by telling … Read more >>>.
RIO DE JANEIRO – Pele has warned organisers over the little amount of progress that has been made towards hosting the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Brazil must be ready by mid 2013 in order to host the Confederation Cup, the warm-up to the 2014 World Cup.
Pele, a key figure in Brazil’s marketing strategy to win …. Source : Pele warns Brazil 2014 World Cup organisers over slow progress.
LONDON – Backing the Tottenham boss to replace Fabio Capello after next year’s Euro 2012 championships, ace midfielder Frank Lampard has said that Harry Redknapp would be an outstanding England manager.
Redknapp is the favourite to be chosen by the Football Association as Capello’s successor.
Chelsea midfielder Lampard, who is also Redknapp’s nephew, told BBC Sport: “It’s … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Lampard backs uncle Redknapp to succeed Capello as England boss.
MIRPUR – Bangladesh won the toss and decided to field against India in the first match of the 2011 World Cup.
MS Dhoni’s men, who will now bat first, will look to take the revenge against the Bangladeshis, as they were defeated by them in their first clash in the last edition of the World Cup.
CHENNAI – Kenya skipper Jimmy Kamande has warned that if anybody wants to take Kenya or a lower-ranked team lightly, then it will be at their own peril, since the so-called minnows are capable of tripping the front-runners at the ensuing Cricket World Cup.
Nobody should take any team, especially those lower-ranked, lightly as I …. Read the original article : here.
DHAKA – “Kono Samasya nai”, is a phrase that you hear often in Bangladesh.
Translated into English, the Bengali expression means “No problem, sir.”
Be it on the roads, trains, or in hotels or restaurants, you will come across this expression every now and then in Dhaka and other cities.
From the in-charge …. Original article : In Dhaka, the refrain is ‘No problem, Sir’ (World Cup Diary).
LAHORE – A ‘bogus Pakistan badminton team’ comprising unranked players had been sent to Iran to participate in the Fajr International Badminton Tournament, Pakistan Badminton Federation (PBF) Senior Vice-President Syed Naqi Mohsin has said.
Addressing a news conference, Mohsin said that the 10-member team comprising four men and six women players were sent without the consent …. Original article : ‘Bogus Pakistan badminton team’ participated in Iran tournament: PBF.
SYDNEY – Australian batsman Phil Jaques has said that he still harbours dreams of returning to the highest level of the sport.
Jaques had played 11 Tests until 2008, till persistent back problems stalled his career.
The 31-year-old’s comment comes after he scored an unbeaten 128 for New South Wales in their Sheffield Shield match against Victoria … Read more >>.
LONDON – Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has said that the record-breaking signing of Fernando Torres was not to blame for the end of the revival of the club’s fortunes.
The signing of Torres has coincided with a winless and scoreless two matches, that has all but killed off Chelsea’s hopes of retaining their crown and has …. Source article : Torres not to blame for Chelsea’s form slump: Ancelotti.
DHAKA – Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and elected to field against India in the WOrld Cup opening match at the Shere Bangla National Stadium here Saturday.
India have picked three seamers in Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel and S. Sreesanth, leaving out left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra who is down with a sore … Read more : Bangladesh elect to field against India in World Cup opener.
NEW DELHI – Sixteen junior and youth boxers will represent India in the Women’s World Championship scheduled in Turkey in April.
The April 21-May 1 event is the first of its kind and will display emerging boxing talents from all over the world and it is a good opportunity for young Indian women to sharpen … Original source on Gaea Times at : Sixteen Indian boxers for junior Women’s World Championship.
WELLINGTON – Former New Zealand wicketkeeper Adam Parore has said that India’s deep batting line up and their ability to play spin better makes them one of the favourites to win the World Cup.
Parore further said that South Africa is the other favourite team despite not having a good record in big tournaments, and added … Read more »»».
KARACHI – Former Pakistan captain Aamer Sohail rates Gautam Gambhir as Indias most important player maintaining that the reliable opener can give India the edge over other title contenders in World Cup 2011.
The former Test opener said Gambhir is the vital cog in Indias star-studded batting line-up because of his ability to play long …. Read the original article : here.
CHENNAI – New Zealand, semi-finalists in two of the previous three ICC World Cups, hope to at least replicate — if not better — those performances as they take on Kenya in their opening Group A fixture of the 2011 edition here Sunday.
In the run-up to the day game, there have been the usual … Read : Tough for New Zealand to replicate success of 2007 (Preview).
SYDNEY – Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Muttiah Muralitharan are determined to shine in the World Cup, which begins today, but know one man’s high is another’s cruel disappointment, according to noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck.
“Tendulkar, Ponting, Kallis and Murali bring a ton of experience and a pile of yearning … Read : Tendulkar yearning to taste final glory in World Cup: Roebuck.
DHAKA – England all-rounder Paul Collingwood has said he is happy to have ended his run drought ahead of his team’s World Cup opener against the Netherlands on February 22.
Collingwood scored 65 out of England’s 273 all out in their second warm-up game against Pakistan, and then took 3-48 from 10 overs to bowl out …. Original article : Collingwood glad to be back among runs ahead of World Cup opener.
AHMEDABAD – Australian pace spearhead Brett Lee emphases that their fast bowlers will be effective even on spin-friendly pitches of Indian Subcontinent during the cricket World Cup, beginning on Saturday in Bangladesh.
The defending champion team is stacked with fast bowlers with just only one frontline spinner in form of Jason Krejza, but Lee does not … Read more >>>.
NEW DELHI – Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he was by and large satisfied with his teams performance in the inaugural match of the 2011 Cricket World Cup against Bangladesh. You cant quarrel with him after an emphatic 87-run victory.
Since he had to touch upon at least one glaring deficiency, he chose to …. Original article : India need to tighten their fielding.
SYDNEY – Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has said that Ricky Ponting’s leadership will be tested during the World Cup over how he embraces life on the subcontinent.
Waugh said that if Australia shows their desire to win then they would be rewarded with their fourth-straight world crown.
“For any captain, the World Cup is the pinnacle …. Read the original article : here.
HAMBANTOTA – Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat against Canada in a World Cup Group A match at the Mahindra Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium here Sunday.
Sri Lanka decided to go with two specialist spinners in Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis. Pace spearhead Lasith Malinga does not feature in the playing eleven.
…. Read the original article : Sri Lanka opt to bat against Canada.
NEW DELHI – With the cricket World Cup on, why not create your own team, or better still, buy or sell any player? Aiming to cash in on the World Cup fever, various online gaming sites have launched cricket games to woo netizens and gamers can play it on their mobile phones too.
“We have … Read : Cricket games cash in on World Cup fever.
DHAKA – Indias dashing opener Virender Sehwag says the victories in back-to-back warm up games and the tournament opener have given the momentum to Indias World Cup campaign.
Momentum is very important for every series. We have got the momentum after winning the two practice games and the opening match here. We have got the …. Source : Gaea News Network.
RANCHI – A group of artists in Jharkhand have composed and dedicated their music album to the Indian cricket team in order to boost their confidence to lift the ICC World Cup.
Jyoti Sahu, a local singer, has composed an entire music album for the Indian team.uring her interaction with media persons, she said that the …. Source : Music composers dedicate their tunes to boost Team India’s confidence.
LONDON – Batsman Jonathan Trott became the latest injured player in the England team after suffering a finger problem which he picked up before Friday’s warm-up victory over Pakistan.oach Andy Flower said last night: “Trott had an X-ray on the finger after being hit against Pakistan.t’s quite badly bruised. It’s a finger that he’s had …. Original source : Trott latest injured cricketer of England team.
ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Cricket Board and the national selectors are miffed with former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik over his decision not to play in the Pentangular Cup, a domestic tournament.
Malik, who was excluded from Pakistan’s squad for the ICC World Cup 2011, had turned down the offer to lead the Punjab team in the …. Source article : PCB irked with Malik over unavailability for Pentangular Cup.
CHENNAI – New Zealand claimed an emphatic 10-wicket victory in their opening World Cup match against bowling Kenya on Sunday.
Kenyan captain Jimmy Kamande won the toss and chose to bat first at Chennai’s M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, but they collapsed from 40 for one to 69 all out in 23.5 overs.
lack Caps fast bowler Hamish Bennett …. Source : New Zealand beat Kenya by 10-wickets in World Cup Group A opener.
KARACHI – Pakistan limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi has urged the experienced players in the national squad to shoulder the burden of responsibility at the 2011 World Cup, following a disappointing defeat in their final warm-up match.
England defeated Pakistan in Friday’s match by 67 runs, however, Afridi insisted that bouncing back was nothing new for … Original article on : Afridi urges senior Pak players to deliver in World Cup 2011.
KANPUR/BHOPAL – Eunuchs fans of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have performed religious rituals and offered prayers for victory of the Indian cricket team in 2011 World Cup.
“We prayed for the victory of our Indian team, India wins World Cup. We prayed for these players and we want our India to be the best team,” …. Original source : Eunuchs pray for the success of Indian cricket team.
CHENNAI – New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori Sunday credited his bowlers for dismissing Kenya for a paltry 69, but said he never expected an easy win against the East African nation.
The Kiwis chased the total in eight overs and registered a ten-wicket victory at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.
“We did not expect to … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : We didn’t expect to win this easily: Vettori.
MADRID – Real Madrid moved within two points of Spanish leaders Barcelona Saturday with a comfortable 2-0 home defeat of lowly Levante, with first-half goals from Karim Benzema and Ricardo Carvalho.
Jose Mourinho’s team now have 60 points from 24 games. Barcelona, who receive fifth-placed Athletic Bilbao Sunday, have 62 from 23.
The Portuguese coach …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Barcelona under pressure after home win for Real Madrid.
CHENNAI – Minnows Kenya sank without a trace in the hallowed turf of the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium as New Zealand warmed up nicely for their ICC Cricket World Cup campaign with a 10-wicket win in a Group A fixture here Sunday.
The Kenyans collapsed to 69 all out in just 23.5 overs as the Black … Read : Easy win for New Zealand against Kenya (Second Lead).
CHENNAI – The following is the scoreboard the Group A World Cup match between Kenya and New Zealand at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here Sunday.
Alex Obanda lbw Southee 6
Seren Waters lbw Bennett 16
Collins Obuya lbw Bennett 14
Steve Tikolo b Bennett 2
Maurice Ouma lbw Bennett 1
Rakep Patel not … Original source on Gaea Times at : Scoreboard: New Zealand vs. Kenya, Group A, World Cup.
CHENNAI – New Zealand defeated Kenya by 10 wickets in a Group A match of the World Cup at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here Sunday.
Opting to bat first, Kenya were bowled out for 69 runs, which was the fifth lowest total in the World Cup. New Zealand made 72 for no loss in eight …. Source article on Gaea Times at : New Zealand beat Kenya by 10 wickets.
LONDON – Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes that all four English teams will reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
Encouraged by victories involving Tottenham and Arsenal last week, United will be searching for the same when they travel to Marseille on Wednesday night in the Champions League’s knockout round of 16.
Ferguson said: “Sending four clubs … Original article on : Four English teams will reach Champions League quarterfinals: Ferguson.
RANCHI – Fans in Ranchi celebrated India’s victory over Bangladesh in inaugural match of the 2011 World Cup.
India defeated Bangladesh by 87 runs in the first match of the 2011 Cricket World Cup on Saturday at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka.
Enthusiastic fans came out on the streets in the middle of …. Original source : Indian cricket fans celebrates victory over Bangladesh.
NEW YORK – US President Barack Obama on Saturday took over as the coach of his younger daughter’s basketball team even though she was not there.
Obama helped coach 9-year-old Sasha’s team because the usual parent who runs the team was unable to attend, reports the New York Daily News.
Sasha and her older sister, Malia, are … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Obama coaches daughter Sasha’s basketball team while she goes skiing.
CHENNAI – Kenyas total of 69 all out here Sunday against New Zealand at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium was the fifth lowest in the history of ICC Cricket World Cup and the teams worst ever batting display in the event.
Kenyas previous lowest total in the World Cup was 104 against the West Indies eight …. Source : Kenya’s 69 is the fifth lowest in World Cup.
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.
COLOMBO – Sri Lankan skipper Kumara Sangakkara has said that his strike bowler Lasith Malinga’s presence in their World Cup match against Pakistan could have tipped the match in their favour.
Sri Lanka had lost the match by a fairly narrow margin of 11 runs.
“We can say that we missed Lasith a bit. He is …. Read the original article : Malinga’s presence will bolster Sri Lanka’s World Cup campaign: Sangakkara.
NAGPUR – Tatenda Taibu and Craig Ervine helped Zimbabwe set a challenging 299-run target for Canada in a Group A match of the World Cup at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Jamtha here Monday.
Taibu (98) and Ervine (85) with their 181-run stand for the third wicket helped Zimbabwe recover from a poor … Read more »»».
NEW DELHI – Netherlands captain Peter Borren won the toss and elected to field against the West Indies in a Group B World Cup match here Monday.
West Indies made one change to the side that lost to South Africa by seven wickets here Thursday, bringing in spinner Nikita Miller for injured all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, …. Original article : Netherlands elect to field against West Indies.
COLOMBO – Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara has urged his team not to panic after slipping to defeat against Pakistan, as he looks to get their World Cup campaign back on track with victory over Kenya on Tuesday.We have Kenya next, followed by Australia, so we will look back on the defeat and learn from … Read more >>>.
LONDON – David and Victoria Beckham are reportedly giving up their American dream as they prepare to leave Los Angeles and return to Britain next year.
The couple, who have a 145 million pounds fortune, plan to send their eldest son Brooklyn, to one of England’s elite independent schools, reports the Daily Mail.
The school, with many …. Original article : Beckhams ‘to send son to private school in England’.
BANGALORE – England fast bowler Tim Bresnan has been officially reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his side’s tied match against India in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Bresnan pleaded guilty to contravening Level 1 offence (Section 2.1.2) of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Bresnan reprimanded for breaching ICC Code of Conduct.
BENGALURU – England’s fast bowler Tim Bresnan has been officially reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his side’s tied match against India in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Bresnan pleaded guilty to contravening Level 1 offence (Section 2.1.2) of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials, which relates to “abuse of … Original source on Gaea Times at : Tim Bresnan reprimanded, Strauss fined for slow over-rate against India.
LONDON – Ace striker Wayne Rooney’s fate rests in referee Mark Clattenburg’s hands as Manchester United striker could face a four-match ban for elbowing on Wigan’s James McCarthy.
The Manchester United striker is expected to be charged by the FA today for the incident in Saturday’s 4-0 win at the DW Stadium.
LONDON – Rumors are abuzz that football ace Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend Irina Shayk is pregnant with his child.
Previously, Ronaldo became a father on June 17 when a mystery mum gave birth to Cristiano Ronaldo Jr.
The 26-year-old ex-Manchester United star is said to be preparing a summer wedding after popping question to the underwear model on …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Cristiano Ronaldo to become dad again?.
LONDON – Fulham chief Mark Hughes has accused Manchester City’s Roberto Mancini of lacking in sincerity after the pair’s touchline clash.
Hughes says that when he went to shake hands with the man who succeeded him as City boss following their 1-1 draw, Mancini did not appear very interested.
According to The Sun, Mancini insisted that … Original source on Gaea Times at : Fulham’s Hughes says Man City’s Mancini is not sincere.
KARACHI – Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif believes that the current World Cup format encourages match-fixing.
Latif said that the 14-team line-up for the six-week tournament opens the door to corruption on the back of bribes from illegal sub-continental bookmakers.
“The formation is such that even if a top team loses a match or two this really … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : World Cup format encourages match-fixing, says Rashid Latif.
ISLAMABAD – Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has suggested that fast bowler Wahab Riaz should replace experienced Umar Gul in the country’s next World Cup game against Canada on March 3.
Gul had finished with match figures of 1-60 from nine overs in Pakistan’s Group A encounter against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
“Gul did not bowl a … Read more »»».
LONDON – Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic appears intent on burying his Fernando Torres hoodoo, when his team clashes with Chelsea on Tuesday.
Ever since the Spanish striker destroyed him at Old Trafford two years ago in a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool, people have questioned the Serb’s ability to handle him.
Well, against Chelsea at …. Source : Vidic wants to bury Torres hoodoo.
LONDON – Coach Arsene Wenger has urged his Arsenal side not to let their Carling Cup defeat ruin their season.
Boss Wenger admitted his team was ‘destroyed’ after seeing their chance of a Quadruple disappear following Obafemi Martins’ late Birmingham winner.
The Sun quoted Wenger, who is still seeking a first trophy since 2005, as …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Wenger urges Arsenal not to moan over Carling Cup defeat.
WELLINGTON – Kyle Mills is one frustrated New Zealand cricketer.
Firstly, he cannot believe his poor luck that in a 10-year international career he has played just one World Cup match. His 31-year-old body has constantly suffered minor niggles or required surgery.
Secondly, as a victim of this summer’s rotation policy, he cannot earn a permanent spot …. Original article : Frustrated Mills doesn’t like being left out of Black Caps WC squad.
MELBOURNE – Australian right-arm quick Shaun Tait appears to have come back from the dead as far as his cricketing fortunes are concerned.
There was a time when he was nearly lost to cricket. He was at breaking point, physically and mentally wasted, a shell of the bowling tearaway who former Australia left-arm quick Bruce Reid … Read : Oz pacer Tait back to his best in World Cup 2011.
NEW DELHI – Guyanese leg spinner Devendra Bishoo has been nominated as a replacement for injured all rounder Dwayne Bravo in the West Indies’ World Cup squad.
Bravo injured his left knee in the West Indies’ seven-wicket loss to South Africa last week and has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup, which … Original source on Gaea Times at : Guyanese leg spinner Bishoo to replace injured Bravo in Windies WC squad.
MELBOURNE – Australian spin legend Shane Warne has acknowledged a new career in astrology after he correctly tipped a tie in Sunday’s World Cup match between India and England.
Warne predicted the match result via Twitter and missed the opportunity to make some money for his prediction.
“I am taking a lottery ticket out this weekend!” … Read more >>.
SYDNEY – England wicket keeper Steve Davies, who missed out a spot in the squad for the World Cup, has become the country’s first professional cricketer to publicly announce that he is gay.
Two years ago, Wales rugby centre Gareth Thomas went public with his homosexuality.
The 24-year-old Davies made the announcement in video interviews on the … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : England wicket keeper Davies publicly announces he is gay.
NAGPUR – Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura won the toss and elected to bat against Canada in a Group A match of the World Cup at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Jamtha here Monday.
Canada: Nitish Kumar, John Davison, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Ashish Bagai (captain/wicketkeeper), Jimmy Hansra, Zubin Surkari, Tyson Gordon, Rizwan … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Zimbabwe opts to bat against Canada.