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Sports News on November 23, 2010

Asian Games: Malaysia beat India 4-3 in hockey semi-finals
Rahim Mohammad Amin scored a goal in the 75th minute as Malaysia beat India 4-3 to set up an Asian Games men's hockey final against Pakistan. ANI

Grand reception for Asian Games silver medal winning Indian sailing team
The Indian sailing team, which won a silver medal in the match racing event at the ongoing Asian Games were accorded a warm welcome here by the Indian Navy and the Yachting Association of India (YAI). ANI

Wenger ready to spill blood to make Gunners winners
Coach Arsene Wenger has vowed to give "every drop of his blood" to make Arsenal winners. ANI

Coach Flower says KP will rise to the occasion during Ashes
England cricket team coach Andy Flower believes middle-order batsman Kevin Pietersen will rise to the occasion and enjoy a run-drenched Ashes series. ANI

Swann deadly serious about defeating Australia in Ashes series
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has said that he is absolutely clear and deadly serious in his determination to beat Australia this winter. ANI

Oz planning to "cook" England bowlers in Australian summer: Shane Watson
The Australian team plans to "cook" England's trio of quicks- Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Steven Finn- along with spinner Graeme Swann in the Ashes, Aussie batsman Shane Watson has said. ANI

Katich lauds 'tough' Hussey for performing under pressure
Australian batsman Mike Hussey's career-saving Sheffield Shield century shows that he is in excellent shape for the Ashes, his former club and Warriors teammate, Simon Katich, has said. ANI

North burns for Ashes revenge
Thirty-one-year-old Western Australian left-hand batsman Marcus North heads into the first Test against England at the Gabba on Thursday still under pressure to keep his spot, but is confident about delivering upfront. ANI

Ponting backs Doherty to deliver in Ashes
Despite Australian spinner Xavier Doherty's dreadful first-class average at the Gabba (two wickets at 78), skipper Ricky Ponting has indicated he had more faith in his fellow Tasmanian handling England's batsmen than dumped off-spinner Nathan Hauritz, who had "lost his action". ANI

Being axed "was definitely devastating, but I've moved on": Hauritz
Australian spinner Nathan Hauritz has admitted it was 'devastating' for him to absorb the news of his removal from the Test squad for the Ashes, but added that he had "moved on from there." ANI

Paine injury shows Oz cricketing chiefs have taken leave of their senses: Roebuck
Noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck has slammed Cricket Australia for organizing what he called a "poorly timed and irrelevant costume drama at the Gabba on Sunday night", which resulted in a devastating injury to stand-by Australian wicketkeeper Tim Paine. ANI

India hands out innings defeat to Kiwis in Nagpur
Indian spinners Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha helped India to register a victory over the touring New Zealand team by an innings and 198 runs in third and final Test match here on Tuesday. ANI

Speedy six-foot Abu Dhabi truck driver-cum-pacer impresses Pak coach Waqar
A 25-year-old truck driver in Abu Dhabi has impressed the Pakistan cricket team manager, Intikhab Alam, so much that he has invited the 25-year-old to the elite National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore. ANI

England, Australia evenly matched for Ashes combat: Langer
Former Australian opener and now batting coach of the current side Justin Langer believes that both England and Australia are evenly matched going into the first Ashes Test to be played at the Gabba here from November 25. ANI

'I want to leave a great legacy for Australian cricket,' says Ponting
Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has said that he is concerned and worried about the legacy that he leaves behind once he decides to hang up his gloves. ANI

Tiger Woods' mistress spends #300K on cosmetic treatments
Love-rat Tiger Woods' 19th and last mistress has apparently spent 300,000 pounds the golfer gave her to stay silent on their affair on cosmetic treatments. ANI

Ferozshah Kotla ground re-instated as international venue
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved the reinstatement of the Ferozshah Kotla ground in New Delhi as an international venue from January 1, 2011 following an inspection by Andy Atkinson, the ICC pitch consultant. ANI

What Tiger Woods' mistresses have been up to after scandal?
A look at the women who were linked to professional golfer Tiger Woods has revealed that while some have gone on to make a reality show, others are busy penning books. ANI

Gatting confident of England Ashes victory
If England refuses to be daunted by life at the Gabba and avoids a meltdown like the one displayed by fast bowler Steve Harmison in 2006-07, it can win the Ashes series Down Under, feels former England captain Mike Gatting. ANI

Flintoff confident England will beat Australia in Ashes series
Double Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff believes England has a better crop of players than Australia and expects them to retain the coveted urn. ANI

Asian Games: Somdev Devvarman wins seventh gold for India
India's tennis ace Somdev Devvarman on Tuesday defeated Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-1, 6-2 to clinch India's seventh gold at the Asian Games. ANI

Ancelotti denies he is quitting Chelsea
Carlo Ancelotti has refuted suggestions that he is thinking of quitting as manager of Chelsea on the pretext that he is no longer in control of the team. ANI

Johnson promises chin music for Strauss in Gabba Test
Australian left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has promised to subject England cricket captain Andrew Strauss to some chin music during the first Test that is to be played at the Gabba here from November 25. ANI

Oz reserve keeper Paine ruled out for season with finger injury
Reserve Australian wicketkeeper will miss the entire Australia summer of cricket after breaking his finger. ANI

Ex-Oz tennis star Philippoussis served with bankruptcy notice
Former Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis has been served with a bankruptcy notice for defaulting on a 1.2 million dollar mortgage for a three-level townhouse in Williamstown, in Melbourne's southwest. ANI

England cool, calm and ready for Ashes storm: Broad
The England cricket team is cool, calm and ready for Ashes storm, claims fast bowler Stuart Broad ANI

Siddle, Johnson say Pietersen hiding bad form by bad-mouthing Australia
Fast bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle have accused Kevin Pietersen of trying to cover up his own poor form by bad-mouthing Australia. ANI

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