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Sports News on November 22, 2010

Swann can't wait for the Ashes to begin
England off-spinner Graeme Swann is so excited about The Ashes that he is "bouncing off the walls". ANI

Teenagers participate in Coimbatore Go Karting competition
Teenagers from across the country participated in a go karting competition here over the weekend. ANI

New Zealand under pressure in Nagpur Test
Indian batsman Rahul Dravid notched up his 31st Test century, while skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored a half century as India took a massive lead of 373 runs on the third day of the final Test match against New Zealand in Nagpur on Monday. ANI

Beckham confirmed for Jets match in Australia
Former England football star David Beckham has been named in the LA Galaxy squad to play A-League side Newcastle Jets on November 27. ANI

ICC asks PCB to appoint retired judge in integrity committee
The International Cricket Council's (ICC) special task force for Pakistan cricket has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to appoint a retired High Court judge to head the integrity committee formed to give clearance to players for international and domestic cricket. ANI

Ex-Pak opener Butt looks for a new lawyer for spot-fixing case
Suspended Test captain Salman Butt is reportedly looking for a new lawyer to represent him in the January hearing of the ICC's Code of Conduct Commission. ANI

Scottish football referees on strike over fears of being attacked
Terrified football referees, it seems, have reached breaking point and taken the sensational step of declaring a strike over fears of being attacked for giving a decision during a particular match. ANI

Anderson has no intention of doing a Harmy repeat at Gabba
Lancashire and England fast bowler James Anderson has vowed not to repeat Steve Harmison's first ball in The Ashes series flying straight to second slip. ANI

Asian Games: Somdev, Sanam win sixth gold for India
India's tennis pair Somdev Devvarman and Sanam Singh beat China's Gong M and Li Z in the men's doubles event of the Asian Games here on Monday to win the sixth gold for the country. ANI

Himachal Pradesh to host Twenty20 Mahasangram
The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) will host the 'Twenty20 Mahasangram' from November 29, which will see the participation of a record 1100 to 1300 teams. ANI

Ancelotti taking legal advice about quitting Chelsea
Chelsea's Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly taking legal advice from the League Managers' Association on quitting the club, as he longer feels he is in control of the players. ANI

'Dumped' Hauritz victim of Oz selectors' more aggressive outlook: Roebuck
Australian off-spinner Nathan Hauritz's dumping from the 13-man Ashes squad for Thursday's Brisbane Test indicates that the country's cricket has embarked upon a new strategy, noted cricket commentator Peter Roebuck has said. ANI

'Taxi driver test' hinting towards great crowd attendance during Ashes: Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia is confident that despite the abysmal early season crowds, the upcoming Ashes series would prove to be successful. ANI

Gabba is Australia's biggest Ashes advantage: Hayden
Former Australian and Queensland opener Matthew Hayden has predicted that the Gabba ground in Brisbane is Australia's biggest Ashes advantage. ANI

Posh to join Becks Down Under
It's official - Victoria Beckham will be joining husband David when he comes to Australia this weekend. ANI

Fletcher's 'three mantras' of how to dislodge Ponting
Former England coach Duncan Fletcher has suggested three ways to the English team to dismiss Australian skipper Ricky Ponting saying that he would be the "key to the Ashes". ANI

Ashes: NSW's Usman Khawaja called in as cover for injured Clarke
The Australian selectors have called in New South Wales middle-order batsman Usman Khawaja as cover for injured vice-captain Michael Clarke for the first Ashes Test to be played against England at the Gabba in Brisbane. ANI

Krejza denies he's the fall guy in Doherty's rise to Oz Ashes squad
Australian off-spinner Jason Krejza has quashed speculation that it was because he had fallen out with Tasmania's hierarchy which resulted in Xavier Doherty's remarkable rise to the Ashes squad. ANI

Captain Ponting under biggest amount of pressure, says Pietersen ahead of Ashes
In the first definitive sledge launched against Australia by a cautious England side since its arrival three weeks ago, middle order batsman Kevin Pietersen has taken aim at captain Ricky Ponting's aggressive approach. ANI

Man U's young stars to poke Christmas fun on Rooney's prostitute shame
Love rat Wayne Rooney's Christmas might not be that good this time as Man United's young stars are set to poke fun at the soccer ace's prostitute shame in the club's Christmas panto. ANI

Khalid Latif hits first Asian Games ton as Pak thrash China to reach semi-finals
Pakistan captain Khalid Latif smashed the first century of the Asian Games to crush China by 128 runs in Guangzhou to reach the semi-finals on Monday. ANI

Tanveer Ahmed should have been tried on 'bowler-friendly' English pitches: Qadir
Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selector Abdul Qadir has said that fast bowler Tanveer Ahmed should have been introduced in the recent tour of England. ANI

Six-wicket haul on Pak Test debut was a dream come true: Tanvir Ahmed
Pakistani fast bowler Tanvir Ahmed has described his six wicket haul in the ongoing second Test against South Africa as a dream come true. ANI

Coach Flower rejects Warne's Pietersen is a outcast claim
England cricket team coach Andy Flower has rejected former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne's claim that Kevin Pietersen is an outcast from the touring team. ANI

Warne calls for brave captaincy from 'by-the-book-type' Ashes captains
Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has urged Ashes captains Ricky Ponting and Andrew Strauss to be brave and use a 'gambler's instinct' while taking their decision in the upcoming series. ANI

1986 Ashes win was possible because England was a 'damn good team': Gatting
Former England cricket captain Mike Gatting has said that he has fond memories of England's last Ashes triumph in 1986-87, and would love for his country to stamp its authority as the top cricketing nation in the world. ANI

Saker's loyalty for Ashes with England despite Oz connection
Australian David Saker, who has just passed six months as England's bowling coach, has made it clear that his loyalties lie with the England team. ANI

Ashes: Swann questions Doherty's call up for Australia
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has questioned the selection of uncapped Tasmanian left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty for the first Ashes cricket test to be played here from November 25. ANI

Brit racer dubbed next 'Lewis Hamilton' faces driving ban after doing 92mph in 50mph zone
A race ace, who has been named Britiain's Young Driver of the Year, faces a ban for dangerous driving after he was allegedly caught doing 92mph in a 50mph zone. ANI

Broad says he is a better bowler thanks to Yuvraj's bashing in 2007 T20 World Cup
England fast bowler Stuart Broad has admitted that being hit for six sixes in an over by Indian middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh has helped him in his sharp progression in the past three years. ANI

ICC board agrees on anti-corruption code for domestic cricket
The ICC Executive Board has unanimously agreed to introduce an Anti-Corruption Code for domestic cricket by April 1, 2011. ANI

Ashes: Pietersen ready to face Doherty test
Key England batsman Kevin Pietersen has revealed that he is ready to face the challenge likely to be posed by Australian and Tasmanian left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty in the 2010 Ashes series starting at the Gabba here from November 25. ANI

Clarke doubtful for Ashes opener following back injury
Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke is suffering from back soreness and is doubtful for Thursday's first Ashes Test against England in Brisbane. ANI

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