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Sports News on April 3, 2011

Mamata Banerjee congratulates Team India on their World Cup victory
Union Railways Minister Mamta Banerjee on Sunday congratulated the Indian cricket team for winning the coveted World Cup. ANI

Cricket South Africa has approached me for coach job: Gary Kirsten
Departing India coach Gary Kirsten has said that he has been approached over the vacant South Africa job. ANI

Sangakkara to take a call on his future following Sri Lanka's World Cup final loss
Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara on Sunday said that he needs a little time to consider what his future will be following his team's failure to win the World Cup. ANI

'Good substitutions' changed the game against West Ham United: Rooney
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has hailed manager Sir Alex Ferguson for inspiring the club's breathtaking Premier League comeback against West Ham United. ANI

'I continued to chase my dream,' says Tendulkar
As the dust settles on India's triumph in the World Cup, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has described the victory as the best moment of his long and illustrious career. ANI

Dhoni should be felicitated with doctorate degree: Jharkhand Minister
Jharkhand Human Resource Development Minister Baidyanath Ram on Sunday said that World Cup-winning Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni should be felicitated with an honorary doctorate degree. ANI

Sri Lankan cricket team receives warm welcome in Colombo
Tens of thousands of Sri Lankans lined the streets of Colombo on Sunday to give their cricketers a warm reception despite losing to India in the World Cup final in Mumbai. ANI

Rooney in FA probe over foul-mouthed rant at Upton Park
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney could face an Football Association punishment over his foul-mouthed blast into a TV camera during the club's Premier League win against West Ham United. ANI

Wayne Rooney 'to take Coleen back to their schooldays' on her b'day
Wayne Rooney has reportedly planned a special 'teen' surprise for his wife Coleen's 25th birthday. ANI

Delhi CM Dikshit announces Rs 2 cr reward for Dhoni
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday announced an award of Rs two crore for Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni and Rs one crore each for four Delhi players after their victory over Sri Lanka in the World Cup final on Saturday. ANI

Murali set to play domestic 20-20 cricket for Kiwi side Wellington
If as the country's media slammed the selectors for the poor choice of players for the World Cup final against India, which the latter won by six wickets on Saturday night, a web site has reported that spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan will play domestic cricket in New Zealand. ANI

Petition filed to refrain Shahbaz from hosting reception for Pakistan cricket team
An application has been filed in the Lahore High Court, seeking suspension of a reception event being hosted by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to acknowledge the performance of the Pakistan cricket team in the ICC World Cup 2011. ANI

Ross Taylor, the right man to lead New Zealand forward in cricket sphere
Ross Taylor should be the man to lead the Black Caps forward into the next World Cup, says an opinion piece in the web site New Zealand's latest cup campaign completed with a worthy semifinal finish, the game's bosses should put a lot of planning over the coming four years ANI

Judging Wright's contribution to New Zealand Cricket should wait
Since taking over as Black Caps coach in late December, John Wright has done little to dissuade the widely held belief he is one of world cricket's best coaches. ANI

Panel selects ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 team of the tournament
Finalists India and Sri Lanka contribute a total of seven players to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 team of the tournament, which was announced today in Mumbai. ANI

Siddons plans close attention for Clarke
Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons has said that he will lay stress on the customary tactic of targeting the captain when Michael Clarke begins his tenure in Dhaka next Saturday. ANI

Parents couldn't be prouder of new skipper Clarke
Michael Clarke's father, Les, isn't surprised that his son has become Australia's 43rd cricket captain, given that he played under-10s cricket at the age of seven, hit Sydney's top first-grade bowlers around at 16, made his first-class debut at 18 and hit 151 in his first Test when he was 23. ANI

Pak cricket team deserves credit for reaching World Cup semi-final: Amir
Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Amir feels the national cricket team deserves credit for reaching the last four stage of the ICC World Cup 2011. ANI

Clarke tipped to go flat out as Oz cricket skipper
Michael Clarke's supposed ability to relate to younger fans - played a part in his appointment as Australia's 43rd cricket captain. ANI

England coach Capello says he will leave behind a long-lasting legacy
England football coach Fabio Capello has hit back at his critics, insisting he will leave a long-lasting legacy - an England side which will win the World Cup. ANI

Akhtar would have made a difference in WC semi-final against India: Amir
Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Amir has said Shoaib Akhtar would have undoubtedly made a difference if he had been allowed to play in the crucial World Cup semi-final match against India, which Pakistan lost by 29 runs last Wednesday. ANI

Clarke celebrates 30th birthday in Sydney
Australian cricketer Michael Clarke celebrated his 30th birthday and his appointment, as Australian cricket captain with a partying spree across Sydney with close friends and family. ANI

Carlos Tevez back on the singles list
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is back on the singles list after breaking-up from his TV star girlfriend last week. ANI

After Nadal loss, Fedex says he has many more years left in tennis
Sixteen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has insisted he has many more years left in the game of tennis despite losing to Rafael Nadal in Miami's Sony Ericsson Open semi-final. ANI

Ex-Wimbledon king Connors says he can make Murray a champion
Former Grand Slam champion Jimmy Connors has claimed that he can reverse top British tennis star Andy Murray's alarming form slump and convert him into a champion. ANI

I am trying to become a better person, says Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods has opened up about his struggle to find the man he once was in his first print interview since his life fell apart in 2009. ANI

Rooney apologises for swearing outburst after hat-trick goal against West Ham
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has apologized after swearing down a television camera after scoring his third goal against West Ham United. ANI

Swimming Australia plans to lure Phelps for Thorpe showdown
Swimming Australia, the country's governing body for competitive swimming, has revealed its plan to lure American Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps to Sydney next year to compete with national hero Ian Thorpe. ANI

UK footie fan has spent 55 years watching 10 K games
Believe it or not! Football fan Brian Buck has spent more than 50 years watching a staggering 10,000 games. ANI

Yousuf lauds Afridi for "impressive" captaincy during Pak's World Cup campaign
Former Pakistan skipper Mohammad Yousuf has praised Shahid Afridi for his "impressive" captaincy during the ICC World Cup 2011, saying that he had gelled the team well throughout the mega event. ANI

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