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Sports News on April 5, 2011

Dhoni accepts offer to join Indian Army
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni after excelling in cricket field is also ready to prove his mark in the battle field and serve the nation, as he has accepted the offer to join the Army. ANI

BJP supports demand to confer 'Bharat Ratna' to Sachin
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday supported the demand to confer 'Bharat Ratna' to batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar in view of his outstanding contribution to the game of cricket. ANI

Jenson Button, Jessica Michibata compete in Hawaii triathlon
Formula One driver Jenson Button and his model girlfriend Jessica Michibata were spotted taking part in a triathlon in Hawaii. ANI

Bombay HC rejects Modi's plea against revocation of passport
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday rejected former Indian Premier League (IPL) Chairman Lalit Modi's plea against the revocation of his passport. ANI

It's been one of the hardest good byes to say: Kirsten
The outgoing coach of Team India, Gary Kirsten, appeared emotional on Tuesday as he bid adieu, saying it is one of the hardest goodbyes he has ever had to say. ANI

Redknapp puts 80 million pound price-tag on Tottenham star Bale
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has suggested it would take a world-record transfer fee if any Premier League team wants to buy Gareth Bale this summer. ANI

Sangakkara steps down as Lanka ODI and T20 skipper
Kumara Sangakkara on Tuesday announced that he was stepping down as Sri Lanka's cricket captain from one-day internationals and Twenty20s ANI

Cricket Australia backs minnow nations' ban from World Cup
Cricket Australia has supported the International Cricket Council (ICC)'s decision to cut associate teams from the next World Cup, saying that they robbed Australia of momentum in the recent competition. ANI

900 tickets for Man City vs United semis stolen
Thieves have stolen Manchester City's 900 FA Cup semi-final tickets from a Royal Mail van in Manchester. ANI

Bollinger says he is fit to play in IPL
Australian fast bowler Doug Bollinger has said he is fit to play for defending champions Chennai Supoer Kings when the Indian Premier League starts this week. ANI

Maharashtra Govt. to recommend Sachin's name for 'Bharat Ratna'
Following Team India's historic win in the 2011 World Cup, the Maharashtra Government is going to recommend to the Centre that batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar should be given the 'Bharat Ratna' in view of his outstanding contribution to the game of cricket. ANI

NZ cricket 'blown away' by ICC generous cash relief
The International Cricket Council (ICC) generous donation of one million dollars to help New Zealand Cricket build its new office, which was destroyed by earthquake, has "blown away" NZC. ANI

'Biased' ICC, 'toothless' PCB cost Pakistan 2011 World Cup: Pak newspaper
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has accomplished its mission by not letting Pakistan have their best bowlers- Muhammad Aamir and Muhammad Asif- at their disposal during the 2011 World Cup, a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

New Zealand Cricket wants Vettori to play 2015 World Cup
New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan wants outgoing Black Caps skipper Daniel Vettori to play in the 2015 World Cup. ANI

Championship contenders will emerge after Malay Grand Prix: Hamilton
Former Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton reckons Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix will sort the men from the boys. ANI

Spurs must not put Bale up for sale: Redknapp
Coach Harry Redknapp has told the Tottenham Spurs management that they would be mad to get rid of star players like Gareth Bale. ANI

Fergie, Man U board to fight Roo's two-match FA ban
Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson has said that he will take on the Football Association (FA) over Wayne Rooney's two-game ban for his foul-mouthed rant to a TV camera. ANI

Fabregas wrecks 100 K pound Merc
Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas has had a narrow escape, but has probably lost his 100,000 pound Mercedes SL500, which was smashed irretrievably while he was on his way to training. ANI

Aisam-ul-Haq reaches career-best ATP ranking of 12
Pakistan's top tennis player Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi has reached his career-best ranking of number 12. ANI

New Oz skipper Clarke relegates Ponting to stock-standard hotel room
Australia's new skipper Michael Clarke has taken over the captain's suite in a Dhaka hotel, relegating his predecessor Ricky Ponting to a standard room. ANI

Waqar downplays ICC World Cup trophy issue
Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis has played down the controversy over the ICC World Cup trophy after Indian media reported that a replica was given to India. ANI

Pakistan team now needs a younger wicketkeeper: Waqar Younis
Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal appears to be on his way out of the national squad after coach Waqar Younis told the selection committee to look for a younger replacement. ANI

Muhammad Ali's daughter gives birth to second child
Former professional boxer Laila Ali has welcomed a baby girl, Sydney - her second child with husband Curtis Conway, and took to her Twitter blog to break the news to fans. ANI

Ireland furious over ICC's decision to reduce 2015 World Cup to 10 teams
The International Cricket Council has been accused of protecting the interests of the bigger nations after it announced to cut associate teams from the next World Cup. ANI

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