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Sports News on August 25, 2011

Rafael Nadal makes first NY appearance for Bacardi promotional event
Defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal made his first New York appearance at a Bacardi promotional event in the run-up to the 2011 US Open tournament on Wednesday. ANI

Clarke's first Test series as captain to be away from Oz TV network gaze
Australian captain Michael Clarke might be relieved that his first Test series as skipper will be played in the most low-key circumstances in Sri Lanka - at least in the manner it is broadcast in Australia. ANI

Arsenal legend Vieira lured Nasri to Manchester City
Manchester City's latest signing Samir Nasri has revealed that Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira had persuaded him to join Manchester City. ANI

Ferdinand, Vidic will have to battle for Man U spot: Ferguson
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic that they have no guarantee of a first-team place when they return from injury. ANI

Schumacher set to celebrate 20th year in F1 at Spa-Francorchamps
Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher says that he has "fresh motivation and energy" ahead of Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix, a race which marks the 20th anniversary of the German driver's debut. ANI

PCB likely to award central contract to Shoaib Malik
Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik, who has been cleared by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Integrity Committee for selection in the national team, is likely to get a central contract from the board. ANI

Marylebone Cricket Club accepts Keith Bradshaw's resignation
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has confirmed that they have reluctantly accepted the resignation of Keith Bradshaw, the first Australian to serve as Secretary and Chief Executive of the London club founded in 1787. ANI

Momentum with Aussies ahead of Test series with Lanka: Ryan Harris
Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris reckons that the ODI series victory over Sri Lanka has provided inspiration and momentum ahead of the three-Test series starting next week. ANI

Marsh, Khawaja to push for final Oz batting spot for Sri Lanka Test series
Australian batsmen Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja have been given the chance of playing off for the last batting place in the national team for the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka. ANI

Watson to remain opening batsman for Sri Lanka Test series: Clarke
Australian batsman Michael Clarke has ruled out moving all-rounder Shane Watson from the opening slot despite fears that he might be overcooked with three Tests against Sri Lanka in three weeks. ANI

Shane Warne has not had any plastic surgery, says bro Jason
Spin king Shane Warne's brother Jason has denied media reports his older sibling has gone under the knife. ANI

Brother says he sacrificed his cricket ambition to pave way for Afridi's progress
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi's brother, Tariq Afridi, has said that he had to put a stop to his cricket ambitions due to family pressure, but he did "pave the way for Shahid's progress". ANI

Welbeck, Cleverley to get new five-year deal with Man U
Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley are likely to get new five-year deals with Manchester United, which will double their earnings. ANI

Webber eager to resume F1 season after summer break
Aussie Formula One driver Mark Webber says he's eager to get back into hunting down Red Bull Racing teammate Sebastian Vettel in the championship after a lengthy break from racing in the northern hemisphere summer. ANI

Nasri targeting winning titles with 'club of the future' Manchester City
Manchester City's latest signing Samir Nasri has set his sights on bringing the Premier League title to the Etihad Stadium this season. ANI

Juan Mata signs five-year Chelsea contract
Chelsea has confirmed the signing of Spanish winger Juan Mata from Valencia. ANI

Tottenham granted judicial review over London Olympic Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur has been granted a judicial review into the decision to award the use of the Olympic Stadium to West Ham United after the 2012 Games. ANI

Holding fears Test cricket 'will become insignificant in five years time'
Former West Indian fast bowler Michael Holding has said that Twenty20 format is causing irreparable damage to Test cricket, and reckons that his nickname 'Whispering Death' fits the future of the longest version the game. ANI

Renault F1 team replaces Heidfeld with Bruno Senna
Lotus Renault GP has reportedly decided to replace Nick Heidfeld with Bruno Senna at this weekend's Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. ANI

Tamara Ecclestone receives new Ferrari in her pyjamas
Tamara Ecclestone was pictured receiving delivery of her new 3,70,000 pounds Ferrari 599 Collection Edition in her pyjamas outside her 45 million pounds house in London's Kensington Palace Gardens. ANI

Tamara Ecclestone to install dog spa in her œ60m mansion
Tamara Ecclestone is spending 10 million pounds to renovate her new 60 million pounds mansion, and it will include a spa for her dogs. ANI

Eoin Morgan defends stars missing from Ireland match
Middle order batsman Eoin Morgan insists England are not being disrespectful to the Irish by leaving all their big-name stars at home. ANI

Giggs' ex Imogen Thomas' plunging neckline dress has 'men falling over'
Ryan Giggs' former secret lover Imogen Thomas had photographers falling at her feet as she showed off her curves in a figure-hugging blue wrap dress with a plunging neckline after leaving dinner with her lingerie designer friend Caprice recently. ANI

'Neglected' Pak batsman Faisal Iqbal claims he's been "victimised by PCB"
Pakistan batsman Faisal Iqbal has accused the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of victimising him, and said that the blame for the lack of attention towards him goes to the selectors and the key board officials. ANI

PCB has no immediate plans to name outgoing coach Waqar's replacement
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has no immediate plans of bringing in a new head coach to succeed Waqar Younis. ANI

Team India sweats it out during net session in Brighton
After being steamrolled by England in the just concluded four-match Test series, the Indian cricket team held a practice session on Wednesday ahead of today's one-day match against Sussex in Brighton. ANI

McLaren to allow Hamilton and Button to keep on track duel
McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale has told Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton to keep "attacking" during the latter part of the Formula One season even if it means racing each other. ANI

Hughes ready to fill 'dumped' Katich's big shoes as Oz opening batsman
Australian opening batsman Phillip Hughes has said that he feels desperately sorry for 'dumped' Simon Katich, but admitted that he wants to do the best he can to be the experienced batsman's replacement. ANI

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