Sports News – Weekly Newsletter for March 1-7, 2011Monday, March 7, 2011
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.
LONDON – England football star Ashley Cole was apparently spotted enjoying a wild night out surrounded by gorgeous blonde women just days after he shot a student.
The defender looked carefree despite blasting Tom Cowan with a high- powered air rifle, reports the Daily Star.
Cole partied with a string of girls just 5 days [..] Read the original article: here.
NEW DELHI – Guyanese leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo will replace all-rounder Dwayne Bravo in the West Indies squad for the World Cup.
The replacement was approved by the event technical committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Tuesday.
Bishoo was the Player of the Tournament in the 2010 Caribbean Twenty20 tournament and took another six wickets …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Bishoo to replace injured Bravo in West Indies team.
LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) has dismissed a petition seeking lifetime bans and the confiscation of assets of the disgraced Pakistani trio- Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Amir- for their involvement in the spot-fixing case, which the petitioner said brought a bad name to the country.
The court rejected the petition on the … Read more »»».
LONDON – Ryan Giggs, who celebrates 20 years since his Manchester United debut this week, is still bitter about Carlo Ancelotti’s players ruining his summer after taking United’s title and completing the Double and has revenge on his mind against Chelsea.
The two teams meet at Stamford Bridge tonight.
“I don’t think about the titles …. Original article : Giggs was p****d off when Chelsea won Double last season.
LONDON – The Wigan owner has said that the Football Association is scared of Manchester United after ace striker Wayne Rooney escaped punishment despite TV footage clearly showed him assaulting midfielder James McCarthy.
Dave Whelan’s furious reaction came after he was informed that Rooney will not be banned for elbowing McCarthy.
“It sends out a terrible … Read : Football Association is scared of Manchester United: Wigan boss.
COLOMBO – Kenyan captain Jimmy Kamande won the toss and opted to bat against Sri Lanka in a Group A match of the World Cup at the R. Premedasa Stadium here Tuesday.
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Tillekratane Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (captain/wicketkeeper), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith …. Original article : Kenya opt to bat against Sri Lanka.
NEW DELHI – Controversial West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels apparently rejected an offer to play in the World Cup as a replacement for injured Dwayne Bravo fearing that police officials might arrest him here over charges of match-fixing.
Noted commentator and columnist Tony Cozier wrote in Trinidad Express that the 30-year-old Jamaican, who is coming …. Read the original article : Fearing arrest, Samuels declined World Cup offer.
LONDON – Former boxing champ Mike Tyson was seen playing the role of a vocal coach to a look-alike of former US President George Bush in a spoof version of ‘The King’s Speech’.
Tyson, 44, is seen in the skit, aired during a special Oscar edition of Jimmy Kimmel’s US chat show, helping the look-alike get … Original article on : Mike Tyson coaches George Bush in spoof of ‘The King’s Speech’.
COLOMBO – Pakistan fast-bowler Shoaib Akhtar has sent out a clear message to the cricket world that the “hurt” Pakistan team would ‘heal its wounds’ following the numerous controversies that engulfed it last year by ‘giving its best’.
Pakistan lost three of their key players- Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir- to the spot-fixing scandal … Read : “We are hurt and we are here to hurt”, warns Shoaib Akhtar.
BENGALURU – England captain Andrew Strauss has hailed spin legend Shane Warne as a genius after the former Australian spin king correctly predicted that Sunday’s World Cup clash with India would end in a tie.
In their Group B pool match, India batted first and amassed 338 before England tied the game off the final ball.
“I … Read more >>.
DUBAI – The International Cricket Council (ICC) has begun a probe of Australia’s opening World Cup clash against Zimbabwe for any betting irregularities after openers Brad Haddin and Shane Watson batted slowly in the first 10 overs.
An Indian newspaper has reported that the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) has privately scrutinized the match … Read more »».
LONDON – Everton striker Louis Saha has escaped unharmed after crashing his Ferrari on a country road last night.
The former Manchester United ace, 32, was on the Altrincham Road, in Wilmslow, Cheshire, when he lost control of his car shortly before 9 p.m., the Daily Mail reports.
Police said that the vehicle he was driving was …. Source article : Everton striker Saha ‘lucky to be alive’ after crashing Ferrari.
AHMEDABAD – New Zealand pace bowler Tim Southee has set high personal goals at the World Cup and wants to be among the top 10 wicket-takers in the event.
The 22-year-old pacer is one of the few New Zealand players to make an impression in India and he will try to add to his tally of …. Source : Southee sets sights on being among top 10 World Cup wicket takers.
DHAKA – Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has strongly defended her national team’s captain Shakib Al Hassan who lost the World Cup opening match last month after sending India to bat first.
Cricket entered the cabinet room as she dismissed criticism that Shakib, who had won the toss, should not have opted to field …. Original article : Bangladesh PM bats for cricket captain.
SYDNEY – Mike Hussey’s optimism about a stunning return to the Australian World Cup squad after being forced out by a hamstring injury, has forced Cricket Australia selectors’ to delay announcing a replacement in the 15-man squad for injured Doug Bollinger.
Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said the form and fitness of Australia’s incumbent pacers-Brett Lee, …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Oz selectors delay replacement for Bollinger seeing Hussey’s optimism to return.
MELBOURNE – Australian and Victorian all-rounder Cameron White knows that he has to stand up and deliver the goods expected of him, if he wants to retain his spot in the national one-day squad.
Though White feels he’s not far away from his best, despite looking out of sorts at times during this summer’s seven-match series …. Read the original article : Cameron White knows he needs runs to cement Oz ODI spot.
MELBOURNE – Cricket Australia’s blueprint for spin reform suffered a heavy blow when Test cricket’s greatest wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan cancelled his contract to mentor Australia’s next generation of spinners at the Brisbane-based Centre of Excellence.
The spin legend had earlier intimated a desire to tutor Australia’s next generation of emerging spinners in June, but has now …. Original source : Muralitharan turns his back on Cricket Australia’s coaching role.
NEW DELHI – Dutch captain Peter Borren called for a review of strategy after his team suffered a 215-run defeat against the West Indies in a World Cup Group B match here Monday.
The Dutch had put up an ordinary show against England but failed to live up to the expectations they raised after posting …. Source : Gaea News Network.
NEW DELHI – Fast bowler Kemar Roach took a stunning hat-trick and finished with a six-wicket haul as the West Indies crushed the Netherlands by 215 runs in a World Cup Group B contest at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium here Monday.
Roach (6-27) worked up furious pace, taking the last three wickets that wrapped up … Read more : Fiery Roach topples Netherlands with hat-trick.
NEW DELHI – Scoreboard of the World Cup Group B match between the West Indies and the Netherlands here Monday:
Devon Smith c Barresi b Loots 53
Chris Gayle c Kervezee b ten Doeschate 80
Darren Bravo c Kervezee b Seelaar 30
Ramnaresh Sarwan lbw b Westdijk 49
Kieron Pollard c ten Doeschate b Mudassar …. Source article on Gaea Times at : World Cup scoreboard: West Indies vs Netherlands, Group B.
BANGALORE – The England-Ireland cricket World Cup clash here Wednesday may not be as hyped as Sunday’s India-England tie, yet the Chinnaswamy stadium is expected to have a good turnout.
The online portal that sells tickets for all the World Cup matches says tickets, from Rs.500 to Rs.7,500, for Wednesdays day-night clash have been sold … Original source on Gaea Times at : There could be a good turnout for England-Ireland match.
COLOMBO – Scoreboard of Kenya’s innings against Sri Lanka in their World Group A match here Tuesday:
Maurice Ouma lbw b Kulasekara 1
Seren Waters lbw b Malinga 3
Collins Obuya b Malinga 52
David Obuya c Samaraweera b Muralitharan 51
Steve Tikolo c Dilshan b Mathews 7 [..] Read the original article: here.
COLOMBO – Lasith Malinga took a hattrick in his six wicket haul as Sri Lanka bowled out Kenya for 142 in 43.4 overs in their World Cup Group A match here Tuesday.
Malinga took an impressive six for 38 from his 7.3 overs.
Collins Obuya (52) and David Obuya (51) top scored for Kenya …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Kenya set Sri Lanka 143-run target.
COLOMBO – The Australian cricket team Tuesday rubbished media reports that the International Cricket Council (ICC) was investigating their opening World Cup match against Zimbabwe on potential spot-fixing.
The slow batting of its openers Shane Watson and Brad Haddin at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad against a weak Zimbabwe attack February 21.
Australian team … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : World Cup: Australia rubbish reports of spot-fixing.
LONDON – Singer Nicole Scherzinger has thanked her ‘friend’ Will.i.am, who came to watch her Formula 1 driver boyfriend Lewis Hamilton’s race, for sharing his tricks to enjoy the whirring sound of cars.
The former Pussycat Dolls beauty has been dating the driver since 2007 and she is a regular on the side of tracks cheering …. Read the original article : Scherzinger thanks pal Will.i.am for making Formula 1 fun.
MELBOURNE – Ashes hat-trick star Peter Siddle believes he has the one-day form to warrant a trip to the World Cup.
Australian selectors are still deciding who to send to the sub-continent to replace injured bowler Doug Bollinger.
Siddle, best known for his efforts in the Test arena, says selectors should remember he has done the … Read : Siddle says he warrants Oz World Cup inclusion.
BANGALORE – England middle-order bat Ian Bell has hailed his team’s ability to reach India’s imposing total of 338 in a Sunday night epic.
“Looking back now, I feel privileged to have been involved in that game,” The Telegraph quoted Bell, as saying of Sunday’s match.
He added: “We can take a hell of a lot …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Bell hails England’s resolve against India in WC game.
COLOMBO – A furious Australian camp has slammed rumours that they dabbled in spot-fixing.
They described the charge as “ludicrous” amid fears the defending champions are being subjected to a malicious World Cup smear campaign.
The rejection came as the International Cricket Council (ICC) is said to have begun a probe of Australia’s opening World Cup …. Source : Gaea News Network.
NEW DELHI – Fast bowler Kemar Roach recorded a hat-trick, finishing with six wickets, as the West Indies defeated the Netherlands by a massive 215 runs in their World Cup Group B match here MOnday.
Chasing a victory target of 331 runs, Netherlands crashed out for 115 in 31.3 overs.
Roach (6-27) was at the …. Original source : Roach hat-trick sets up West Indies win.
NAGPUR – Canada’s opening batsman Nitish Kumar became the youngest player to play in the World Cup as he made his international debut against Zimbabwe here Monday.
The batsman took to the field at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Jamtha at just 16 years 283 days and broke the record of Bangladesh’s Talha … Read more >>.
NEW DELHI – The West Indies cricket team finally found some home support in the 2011 World Cup with a handful of Caribbean fans cheering for them during their match against the Netherlands at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Monday.
Guyanese Rawle Agard and Penelope Yearwood are two die-hard supporters who are following the team. … Original source on Gaea Times at : West Indies finally find home support in Delhi.
NEW DELHI – The West Indies top order fired against a blunt Netherlands attack and rustled up a massive 330 for eight in their World Cup Group B match at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium here Monday.
Put into bat by the Netherlands, Chris Gayle (80, 110 balls, 7×4, 2×6) and Devon Smith (53, 51b, 9×4) [..] Read the original article: here.
NEW DELHI – With not much policing to do, Delhi Police officials manning the Ferzoeshah Kotla took turns to enjoy the West Indies-Netherlands World Cup match in a rather innovative way here Monday.
One policeman, posted at the entrance, instructed his colleagues in the stands to alert him with a ping on his walkie talkies …. Source article : Police way of amusing themselves at Kotla (World Cup Diary).
SRINAGAR – Scores of youngsters participated in the winter football tournament organised in Srinagar.
The tournament was organized on Sunday by Brazilian coach Juan Marcos, in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir Football Association (JKFA).
The game was started three years back with the aim of strengthening the football structure in the Kashmir Valley and to set … Read more »».
NAGPUR – Zimbabwe spun a web around Canada, bowling them out for 123 to secure a 175-run victory in their Group A World Cup match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Jamtha here Monday.
Tatenda Taibu (98) and Craig Ervine (85) helped Zimbabwe set a challenging 299-run target.
Canada were never in the [..] Read the original article: here.
CHENNAI – This Cricket World Cup, fans can follow favorite teams and stars right on the iPhone. The sleek free-to-download iPhone app, WC2k11 Cricket, offers match scores, tweets from cricket stars themselves, news from across the venues, videos, match schedules besides venue stats and records. Does a cricket fan anything more?
Keep a tab of the …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Cricket fans can now follow World Cup on iPhone.
NEW YORK – Tennis champ Serena Williams, who had surgery after cutting her foot on broken glass following her win at Wimbledon last July, has finally removed the cast off her foot.
The former world No. 1 said she would start training right away, and hopes to be back in her trademark high heels in two … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Serena Williams gets cast off her foot after 7 months.
NAGPUR – Zimbabwean wicketkeeper-batsman Tatenda Taibu hit 98 on Monday to help his side thrash Canada by 175 runs in their World Cup Group A encounter at Nagpur’s Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.
Zimbabwe scored 298-9 in their 50 overs after winning the toss and choosing to bat, while Canada was all out for 123 in 42.1 … Original source on Gaea Times at : Taibu stars as Zimbabwe thrash Canada by 175 runs in World Cup clash.
NAGPUR – Zimbabwe defeated Canada by a massive 175 runs in their Group A World Cup match here Monday.
Chasing 298/9, Canada were bowled out for 123 in 42.1 overs. Zubin Surkari was their top scorer with 26 runs.
Veteran left arm spinner Ray Price and leg spinner Graeme Cremer took three wickets each for …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Zimbabwe beat Canada by 175 runs.
COLOMBO – Australia coach Tim Nielsen believes the team’s World Cup form had reached its pre-tournament goals, and has reposed full faith in pacers Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson.
Boasting a perfect record after two matches with minnows Canada and …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Australia has reached its pre-World Cup goals: Nielsen.