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Sports News on April 4, 2011

Dhoni watched India-Lanka final on TV instead of partying after WC win
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was busy watching the final match once again on TV and stayed away from celebrations when entire team and the country was celebrating India beat Sri Lanka to lift the World Cup. ANI

Indian Air Force open to Dhoni flying Sukhoi-30MKI
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni could become second cricketer after master blaster Sachin Tendulkar to light up the skies by flying a Sukhoi-30MKI, the most lethal fighter jet in the Indian Air Force. ANI

US applauds cricket diplomacy, Dhoni and Sachin
U.S. Ambassador to India, Timothy J. Roemer, on Monday congratulated the leaders of both India and Pakistan for a very successful dialogue on the sidelines of the World Cup semi-final clash at Mohali last week. ANI

ICC rubbishes report of replica WC trophy given to Team India
International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Haroon Lorgat on Monday said the controversy over the 2011 cricket World Cup trophy was upsetting, and added that the trophy presented to team India was the correct one. ANI

ONGC announces out of turn promotion, cash bonanza for its World Cup players
The ONGC management announced out of turn promotion and a cash prize of Rs 20 lakhs each for three ONGC cricketers, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli and Munaf Patel for their stupendous show in ICC 2011 Cricket World Cup. ANI

Nadal face-off didn't stop Federer from celebrating wife's b'day in style
Tennis hunk Roger Federer celebrated wife Mirka's birthday with a grand dinner despite having a semi-final match against top-ranked Rafael Nadal at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami the next day. ANI

Jeremy Clarkson 'surprised to find he is the new cheating Tiger Woods'
'Top Gear' star Jeremy Clarkson has shrugged off claims of having copied golfer Tiger Woods by cheating on his wife. ANI

Poor planning behind Pak's World Cup defeat against India: Aleem Dar
Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar has said that the national cricket team's poor planning and guidance led to the defeat against India in the World Cup semi-final. ANI

Clarke defends minnow nations' participation in World Cup
New Australian captain Michael Clarke has spoken out in support of the minnow nations following the International Cricket Council (ICC)'s proposed plans to cut the number of competing teams in the 2015 World Cup. ANI

Shahid Afridi looking forward to grooming new players during West Indies tour
Pakistan's cricket captain Shahid Afridi has said that he would take part in the upcoming tour to West Indies, which he had earlier thought of opting out, to groom few new players. ANI

Indian players don't have large, clean hearts: Afridi
Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi has stirred controversy again by saying that he did not find any of the Indian cricketers having large or clean hearts. ANI

Dhoni is the best captain I have played for, says Sachin
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who is on cloud nine after India's win in the 2011 cricket World Cup, on Monday said Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the best captain he had played under. ANI

Dilshan, Tendulkar and Gambhir all rise in ICC rankings
Sri Lanka's Tillekeratne Dilshan has risen to his career best ranking to date in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsman. ANI

ICC confirms giving India original World Cup trophy
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday rubbished some erroneous and mischievous media reports that the ICC had presented India with a duplicate World Cup trophy at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. ANI

ICC CEO Lorgat to address media after board meeting
International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Haroon Lorgat will interact with the media on Monday evening after a ICC Board meeting here. ANI

Mystery behind bizarre toss during India-Lanka final cleared
The mystery behind the bizarre toss that was won by Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara in his second attempt before the start of the World Cup final has been cleared. ANI

World Badminton Federation suspends Pakistan's membership
The World Badminton Federation (BWF) has suspended Pakistan's membership over the ongoing controversy of parallel bodies in the Pakistan Badminton Federation (PBF). ANI

Quit City due to lack of fans love for me: Adebayor
Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who joined Real Madrid on loan until the end of the season in January, has revealed that he quit Manchester City because the fans did not show him enough love. ANI

World Cup winner Dhoni now targets T20 crown
After winning the 2011 World Cup, Indian skipper MS Dhoni is planning to add another feather to his cap by targeting the Twenty20 crown, with the tournament being played in Sri Lanka next year. ANI

Film director Boyle wants 'sunset' Olympics opener
Movie director Danny Boyle has demanded that the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics be delayed until sun set. ANI

Foul-mouthed Rooney set to escape FA ban
The Football Association in Britain may not go ahead with plans to ban England and Manchester United star Wayne Rooney for his recent foul-mouthed rant during a match against West Ham at Upton Park. ANI

Afridi hoping for result-oriented Pak tour to West Indies
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has said that his World Cup semi-finalist team is looking forward to a result-oriented tour to West Indies, which starts on 18 April. ANI

'World Cup semi-finalist' Pak team richer by over a million dollars
Members of the 15-man Pakistan cricket team have become richer by over a million dollars due to their stupendous show in the World Cup, where they were knocked out in the semi-finals stage by eventual champions India. ANI

Brother Nicholas thanks Lewis Hamilton for motor sports entry
Nicolas Hamilton has thanked his superstar brother Lewis for persuading their dad that he has what it takes to make it in motor sport. ANI

Al Fayed defends Michael Jackson Fulham FC statue
Fulham FC chairman Mohammed Al Fayed has told fans they can "go to hell" if they do not appreciate a new Michael Jackson statue at Craven Cottage stadium. ANI

Muralitharan takes blame for India's dominating win over Sri Lanka
The highest wicket taker in one-day internationals and Tests, Muttiah Muralitharan, has blamed himself for India's dominating win over Sri Lanka in last Saturday's World Cup final in Mumbai, as he failed to take any wicket. ANI

Clarke perplexed over media coverage of his birthday
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke has said that he was perplexed as to why his 30th birthday celebrations attracted so much public interest. ANI

Being Oz captain is yet to sink in: Clarke
Becoming Australia's 43rd cricket captain is a feeling yet to sink in, says Michael Clarke ahead of the team's tour to Bangladesh. ANI

Missing World Cup hurts and will always hurt, says Amir
Pakistan's banned fast bowler Mohammad Amir has said that missing the World Cup due to the five-year ban imposed on him for involvement in a spot-fixing scandal will hurt him for the rest of his life. ANI

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