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Sports News on August 31, 2011

Sabella optimistic of win against Venezuela
Argentina soccer coach Alejandro Sabella today said that his side hopes to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by winning the friendly match against Venezuela to be played at Kolkata's Salt lake Stadium on September 2. ANI

Arsenal doesn't have funds to carry out transfer market coups: Nasri
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri reckons that Arsenal is not in a financially stable position to rectify their situation. ANI

Man U set to post 100 million pounds profits
Manchester United will this week report record operating profits of over 100 million pounds. ANI

Bradman's granddaughter soprano star Greta releases second album
Australian cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman's granddaughter, soprano star Greta Bradman, has released her second album and hopes that it will entice more people to explore classical music. ANI

Man pleads guilty to blackmailing Coleen Rooney over lost mobile phone
A man has pleaded guilty to blackmailing the wife of Manchester United and England footballer Wayne Rooney at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday. ANI

Chelsea makes 30 million pound bid for Ribery
Chelsea has tabled a stunning 30 million pound offer for Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery. ANI

Wayne Rooney cant stop admiring his hair transplant in front of mirror!
Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, who recently underwent a hair transplant, has revealed that he can't stop admiring his new hair in front of the mirror. ANI

Giggs' ex Imogen Thomas' pulling power makes Paddy Power's profits soar
Ryan Giggs' former secret lover Imogen Thomas' pulling power has helped Paddy Power's profits leap15 per cent to a record 50.1million pounds for the start of the year. ANI

Wenger ready to spend 45 million pounds to strengthen Arsenal squad
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to splash 45 million pounds on new players to strengthen his squad after Sunday's humiliating Premier League defeat against Manchester United. ANI

Rooney doubts 'injury-plagued' Hargreaves can get back to best in City stint
Wayne Rooney reckons that his England and Manchester United teammate Owen Hargreaves will struggle to recapture the sort of form that won him a place in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. ANI

Hargreaves likely to join Manchester City
Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves is likely to join Manchester City on a highly-incentivised one-year deal. ANI

Five-week summer break helped in getting back to brilliant best: Rooney
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney reckons that the five-week summer break has helped him to come out all guns blazing in the Premier League. ANI

Murray 'relishing the challenge' of playing Djokovic, Nadal and Federer
British tennis ace Andy Murray reckons that he is ready to take on rivals Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer as the last Slam of the year roars into life. ANI

Ponting set to record a century of Test victories
Ricky Ponting will become the first cricketer to play in 100 winning Test matches if Australia wins the ongoing Galle Test against Sri Lanka. ANI

Devvarman to face Murray in US Open today
Indian tennis star Somdev Devvarman will be hoping to stage a first-round US Open upset against Andy Murray today. ANI

Twenty20 against India to be 'fantastic occasion' for England youngsters: Broad
England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad is convinced that today's Twenty20 international against India in Manchester will be a 'fantastic occasion' for the new breed of big-hitters in the team. ANI

Wozniacki, Serena cruise into US Open second round
World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki completed a 6-3, 6-1, win over Nuria Llagostera Vives of Spain to advance to the second round of the US Open. ANI

Serena's dad 'more concerned about 'almost lost' daughter's health than US Open win'
Three-time US Open champion Serena Williams' dad has revealed that he no longer cares whether she will win her fourth title this year as long as she's healthy. ANI

Djokovic, Nadal through to second round of US Open
World No.1 Novak Djokovic and reigning champion Rafael Nadal were opening-round winners at the US Open on Tuesday. ANI

Trent Copeland, Nathan Lyon make Oz Test debut against Lanka
New South Wales fast bowler Trent Copeland and off-spinner Nathan Lyon are making their Test debuts for Australia against Sri Lanka in Galle. ANI

French Open champ Li Na knocked out in first round of US Open
French Open champion Li Na has been knocked out of the US Open in the first round by Romanian teenager Simona Halep. ANI

New Pak coach must have 'international experience, good reputation': Intikhab Alam
The three-member committee constituted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to hunt for a new head coach to succeed Waqar Younis is eyeing an 'internationally experienced' candidate, reducing the chances of a local taking over the post. ANI

Collingwood backs England's Twenty20 generation to rule world
All-rounder Paul Collingwood believes that England is paving the way to rule the world again with a generation that has grown up with Twenty20 cricket. ANI

Pak to play 3 Tests, 3 ODIs and one T20 against Sri Lanka in UAE
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the itinerary for the autumn series against Sri Lanka to be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ANI

Tiger Woods' ex Elin Nordegren goes on a beach date with new 'playboy' beau
Golf star Tiger Woods' ex-wife Elin Nordegren has been spotted with her new boyfriend Jamie Dingman on Palm Becah, Florida, and she looked happy despite rumours her new man is a 'playboy.' ANI

England expects 'world-class' Team India backlash: Broad
England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad insists that it would be a mistake to underestimate the injury-hit Indian team. ANI

Dhoni says adequate rest for Indian cricketers key to consistent performance
In the wake of a strenuous four-match Test series followed by the much anticipated start of a challenging ODI series against England, Indian skipper M.S. Dhoni has stressed on the need for adequate rest for the players. ANI

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