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Sports News on November 15, 2010

Ashes: Tasmania's Doherty headed for spin duel with Hauritz
Tasmanian left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty faces a spin bowling shootout with New South Wales off-spinner Nathan Hauritz this week, but his state coach feels he could miss out on the Ashes opener in Brisbane. ANI

Oz selectors have put middle order on notice, says ex-player Julian
Former Australian fast bowler Brendon Julian is of the view that the team's middle order is currently under immense pressure to perform and deliver. ANI

14-year-old Chinese girl emerges as threat to Oz swimmer Rice
Twenty-two-year-old Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice faces a new threat from someone eight years her junior. ANI

Kamran Akmal's family robbed at gunpoint near Lahore home
Pakistani cricketer Kamran Akmal's relatives were robbed of 1.5 million rupees, jewellery, mobile phones and other personal items while on their way to attend a wedding ceremony near their home in Lahore. ANI

Hilfenhaus says will target in form Strauss during Ashes series
Ben Hilfenhaus is desperate to take the new ball in the first Test at the Gabba and says Australia will put a massive target on the head of England skipper Andrew Strauss. ANI

Ashes: Challenged Johnson must try to retain Ponting's faith
As the Ashes loom next week, Australian left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson faces a short-term challenge of retaining skipper Ricky Ponting's faith in his abilities to effectively get opposition batters out. ANI

Ex-Kiwi great Turner sees lots of promise in Williamson
Two things have impressed New Zealand cricket selector Glenn Turner about Kane Williamson's debut ton against India last week - his ability to play off the back foot and his century celebrations. ANI

Michael Vaughan's crude tweet about Carol Vorderman's "big new friends"
Former British cricketer Michael Vaughan, who is known for his candid commentary, recently took to Twitter to comment on media personality Carol Vorderman's br**ts , suggesting that she may have had surgery. ANI

World heavyweight king Haye will retire at 31 with his 'money and marbles' intact
The WBA world heavyweight king David Haye has said that he wants to quit boxing after he turns 31 next October because he does not want his record ruined if he continued playing after the specified date. ANI

Shane Bond unlikely to reconcile with dad following charge
Former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond has acknowledged his father John's support, but doubts they will reconcile. ANI

Zulqarnain Haider reveals 'suspicious' incident involving Butt, Amir in domestic cricket
Runaway wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has revealed a suspicious incident in Pakistan domestic cricket, claiming that Lahore Eagles coach Sajad Akbar had forced him to stand down as captain for the 2009 Royal Bank of Scotland Cup quarterfinal. ANI

Brit boxing body may hold back million pound pay out to faking Audley Harrison
Audley Harrison may have his million pound purse withheld by boxing chiefs after his joke world title fight with David Haye. ANI

Becks shows off skating skills
David Beckham is reported to have shown off his footwork skills as he took his sons on a trip to a skateboarding park. ANI

Gunners move to within two points of Premier League leader Chelsea
Coach Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal displayed all qualities needed to be champions as the Gunners moved to within two points of Premier League leader Chelsea. ANI

Capello goes to war against England stars boozing culture
England football team coach Fabio Capello has gone to war against the boozing culture that has become a habit with some of the squad's stars. ANI

Cricket Australia may lose upto 20 million dollars due to poor Ashes spectator attendance
The Ashes is the traditional cash cow that funds Australian cricket, but slumping ticket sales in all states will wipe at least 16 million dollars from Cricket Australia's bottom line this financial year. Poor weather and a lack of walk-up sales could take that figure past 20 million dollars, and this could have a major impact on the finances of the sport in Australia. ANI

ICC tribunal hearings over Pak trio in Jan will have no link with Oct findings: Lorgat
International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has advised suspended Pakistan cricketers and their lawyers to not mix the hearings of the tribunal held last month and the Doha hearings scheduled in January. ANI

Ryan Harris on fitness watch ahead of Ashes opener
Cricket Australia is reportedly searching for a fit pace bowler to take on England this week after it was reported that Ryan Harris would be unavailable because of a chronic knee injury. ANI

PCB to send World Cup probables list to ICC anti-corruption unit for clearance
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will send a list of potential 2011 World Cup probables to the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti-corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) before selecting the final squad. ANI

Opener Cook eases England selectors woes with Adelaide ton
England team selectors can heave a sigh of relief after incumbent opener Alistair Cook scored century (111 not out) in a tour match against South Australia on Saturday. ANI

Oz selectors announce provisional 17-man Ashes squad for Gabba Test
Cricket Australia's National Selection Panel (NSP) on Monday announced a provisional 17-man Ashes squad for the first Ashes Test against England to be played at The Gabba in Brisbane from November 25. ANI

Cricket's changing times mean an end to the relaxed selector
Being a cricket selector in Australia can be a thankless and difficult task, according to the Sydney Morning Herald report. ANI

Oz cricketers turn to ex-'Top Gun' pilots to build up Ashes teamwork
Australia's Test cricketers have turned to former "Top Gun" fighter pilots to help build teamwork as they plot Ashes redemption. ANI

Suspended Amir 'desperate' for international return
Suspended Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has said that he is "desperate" to play international cricket once again. ANI

Cricket Australia could take lessons from Broad, Swann experience and change: Roebuck
The Australian cricket community would do well to study the careers and methods of both England fast bowler Stuart Broad and off-spinner Graeme Swann to address key issues such as fast bowlers breaking down, and tweakers not turning the ball enough, says columnist Peter Roebuck. ANI

Haider's claims need investigation not castigation from authorities: Roebuck
Former Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider is getting a raw deal, according to noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck. ANI

Hamilton accuses Renault of hold-up tactics, targets competitive 2011 start
Former Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has accused Renault of helping Red Bull, who use Renault engines, by holding up McLarens during the course of Sunday's final race, which German Sebastian Vettel won to nail this year's championship. ANI

England footie officials appeal to FIFA to judge 2018 Cup bid vote fairly
England's 2018 World Cup bid team has written to the FIFA executive committee to make its decision on the merits of their bid. ANI

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