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Sports News on November 7, 2010

Smith, Waqar praise 'exciting' fourth ODI between Pak-SA in Dubai
Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis and South African skipper Graeme Smith have described the fourth one-day match between their two teams in Dubai as 'exciting' and 'good' for fifty-over-format of the game. ANI

Englishmen edge past Australians in Ashes series over 2010 statistics
Only four Australian cricketers would be named if a composite side of Australians and Englishmen was selected on the basis of their performances in 2010, cricket columnist David Sygall has said. ANI

Pietersen aims to change his mental approach to succeed in Ashes series
England batsman Kevin Pietersen feels that he needs to work on the mental side of his game to bounce back to his best form during the upcoming Ashes series against Australia. ANI

Cricket Australia cuts top player pool payments after revenue shortfall
Cricket Australia has decided to cut pool payments to the nation's top cricketers after a 16million dollars shortfall in projected revenue this summer. ANI

PCB boss Butt has dragged Pak cricket further down: Richard Pybus
Former Pakistan cricket coach Richard Pybus has slammed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt for dragging the nation 'down further' instead of 'acting swiftly' to protect its reputation in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal. ANI

Woods hopes to regain No.1 position
Tiger Woods is hoping to use three remaining tournaments this year to regain the No.1 golf ranking surrendered to England's Lee Westwood. ANI

Pietersen not interested in Australia's losing streak
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has said that he has taken little interest in Australia's losing run, and added that he hasn't even watched a single ball of their recent defeats to Sri Lanka. ANI

Button dreams of retaining F1 title over
Formula One champion Jenson Button has finally accepted that he will not be able to retain his F1 title this season. ANI

No tour restriction for Australia's WAGS during Ashes
Cricket Australia in stark contrast to England's policy will allow wives and girlfriends (WAGS) of players more often than ever during the Ashes series. ANI

Partnerships helped to strengthen England's cricket: Andrew Walpole
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) General Manager for media relations, Andrew Walpole, has revealed how the board had revived English cricket in the mid-1990s. ANI

Tubby backs Clarke as leader for Australian cricket's new era
Former captain and current Cricket Australia board member Mark Taylor has launched a passionate defence of Michael Clarke, saying his mixed perception is the result of a different style of leader presiding over a team in transition at the beginning of a new era in the game. ANI

Breaches can be found in England team's fortress: Roebuck
The Andrew Staruss-led England team can be beaten, but Australia will need to be at their best, noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck has said. ANI

Bingle opens up about split with Clarke
Australia's skipper Michael Clarke's former fiancee Lara Bingle spilled the beans about the couple's break up. ANI

McGrath backs Ponting to lead Australia to an Ashes victory
Australia's most successful fast bowler Glenn McGrath has backed Ricky Ponting as the man to lead Australia to an Ashes victory, and ridiculed critics of the team's bowling attack as "hypocritical." ANI

North, not Hauritz should be Australia's first-choice spinner: MacGill
Former spinner Stuart MacGill has backed Marcus North to be retained for the coming Ashes series, as first-choice spinner. ANI

F1 champion Button escapes unhurt in Sao Paulo armed car attack
Formula One world champion Jenson Button has escaped unhurt from an attempted armed attack as he was driven away from the Brazilian Grand Prix circuit in Sao Paulo on Saturday, according to his McLaren racing team. ANI

Brett Lee planning life beyond playing cricket
Pacer Brett Lee, who is working hard to make a return to the Australian ODI and T20 squad, is also planning for a life beyond sport and has signed a lucrative network deal with Channel Nine. ANI

Current Oz team will be first to lose Ashes at home since 1986-87: Poll
A new survey has found that Australians have no confidence in their national cricket team, as more than half of them believe that Australia would not win the upcoming Ashes series against England. ANI

Oz CWG gold medallist Dale Parker loses licence following drink-driving accident
Dale Parker, the Australian cyclist who won a gold medal in the Delhi Commonwealth Games, has reportedly lost his licence after a drink-driving accident in the Adelaide Hills. ANI

Pakistan beat India in HK Sixes preliminary match
Pakistan beat India by 22 runs in the preliminary round match on the opening day of Hong Kong Cricket Sixes tournament. ANI

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