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Sports News on April 20, 2011

Open Championship's widened fairways to help Tiger Woods
The chances of struggling American golfer Tiger Woods losing a ball with his first shot in this year's Open Championship at Sandwich, England, have been severely reduced. ANI

Samir says will snub Gallas again
Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has said that he will snub former teammate William Gallas again tonight. ANI

Amir Khan inks new contract with Golden Boy Promotions
British boxing champ Amir Khan has signed a new four-fight contract extension with Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions. ANI

'The Invincibles' Arsenal team best I have ever played in: Fabregas
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has said that 'The Invincibles' team of 2003-04 is the best that he has ever played in. ANI

Rio stalker's says she's a one-man woman
Rio Ferdinand's stalker has described herself as a one-man woman. ANI

Chelsea squad was not good enough this season: Ancelotti
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that his team was too weak this season. ANI

PHF patron Malik to work for Indo-Pak hockey series resumption
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik, who is also the Pakistan Hockey Federation's patron, is keen to resume the hockey series between India and Pakistan. ANI

Recharged Shahzad eyeing England Test comeback against Lanka
England fast bowler Ajmal Shahzad, who was injured, has announced that he is now ready to be Andrew Strauss' trump card in all forms of the game. ANI

Ferguson, Pardew question referee over penalty denial
Manchester United and Newcastle FC managers Alex Ferguson and Alan Pardew have both insisted they were denied penalties as Manchester United missed the chance to go nine points clear. ANI

Ex-PCB CEO rubbishes reward to vanquished Pak WC team
Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive Officer Colonel (retired) Rafi Nasim has expressed surprise over the Pakistan team receiving a hero's welcome for losing the 2011 World Cup semi-finals to India. ANI

Balotelli gives 1K pounds to a Manchester tramp
Soccer star Mario Balotelli was at his generous best when he gave a thousand pounds to a tramp outside a casino after winning 25,000 pounds. ANI

Afridi names Akram, Moin, Inzamam as his top three captains, Woolmer as best coach
Pakistan's limited-overs skipper Shahid Afridi has named Wasim Akram, Moin Khan and Inzamamul Haq as his top three captains and the late Bob Woolmer as the "best coach" he ever had. ANI

Windies chief slams reports of Sarwan being investigated for match-fixing
West Indies cricket official Ernest Hilaire has blamed irresponsible reporting for rumours that batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan was being investigated for match-fixing. ANI

Bradman's son asked to mediate over name exploitation
Sir Donald Bradman's son, John, is reportedly being urged to consider mediation over the alleged exploitation of the late cricketer's name ANI

ICC to reconsider its decision to cut teams from 2015 World Cup
ICC President Sharad Pawar has decided to request the executive board to revisit its decision to cut teams from the 2015 cricket world cup during the International Cricket Council's annual conference in Hong Kong in June. ANI

Ecclestone denies News Corp's F1 takeover bid
Bernie Ecclestone has insisted that Formula One is not for sale in the wake of reports that multi-billionaire tycoon Rupert Murdoch's media group, News Corporation, might be preparing a bid for the sport. ANI

Afridi admits Pak 'needs to learn how to utilise batting powerplay'
Pakistan's limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi has acknowledged that his team faces the "problem" of losing wickets during batting powerplays, and said that he has "discussed this in detail" with the coach. ANI

No cricketer will report fixing in future due to threats, lack of support: Zulqarnain
No cricketer will report match or spot fixing in future due to lack of help and support from within cricketing circles and also problems created for the concerned player and his family, runaway former Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haidar has said. ANI

Two new teams have made IPL-4 more competitive: Murali Kartik
Sahara Pune Warriors spinner Murali Kartik has said that the inclusion of two new teams in the Indian Premier League has made the tournament a lot more competitive. ANI

Mumbai Indians sharpen their fielding before taking on Pune Warriors
After sloppy fielding that cost them a game against Kochi Tuskers, Mumbai Indians hope to retain the winning fizz with spruced-up fielding, in their fourth game of Indian Premiere League (IPL) season-4 against Sahara Pune Warriors. ANI

Whatmore lauds Gambhir's great leadership qualities
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) coach Dav Whatmore has praised his captain Gautam Gambhir for his great leadership qualities. ANI

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