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Sports News on February 1, 2011

Kayla Collins says Ashley Cole is a sweet guy
Kayla Collins is all praise for footballer Ashley Cole despite their alleged break-up. ANI

Misbah stars as Pak beat Kiwis by two wickets in fourth ODI to lead series 2-1
Pakistan's Misbah Ul-Haq guided his team to a two-wicket victory over New Zealand in the fourth one-dayer on Tuesday. ANI

It costs states 40mn euros to win one Olympic gold medal
A new study has revealed that a government has to invest close to 40 million euros in order for the country to obtain the highest Olympic prize. ANI

CWG has cleared dues of 36 foreign vendors, part payment for nine withheld
The Organizing Committee of the Commonwealth Games 2010 has said that it contracted 45 foreign vendors for the conduct of the event. ANI

Thorpe's swimming future announcement on Wednesday
Champion Olympian Ian Thorpe will make an announcement tomorrow afternoon about his swimming future. ANI

Aston's Pires wants revenge against Man U's Neville
Aston Villa winger Robert Pires has asked Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson to pick defender Gary Neville for tonight's game between the two sides so that he can get his revenge for the many clashes the two have had in the past. ANI

'We won't be considered as underdogs': Dhoni
Indian cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said eam India won't be considered underdogs in the 2011 World Cup, as it has reacted to pressure more responsibly over the last few years. ANI

Chelsea to meet Uefa's 2013 'solvency eligibility' rules despite 70.9 million pounds loss
After announcing huge losses of 70.9 million pounds despite winning the Double last season, Chelsea has announced that it is on course to meet the Uefa Financial Fair Play rules which come into effect in 2013. ANI

Murray says he is no choker
Andy Murray, who again failed to end Britain's 75-year wait for a men's Grand Slam champion, has said that he is not a choker. ANI

Chelsea buys Benfica defender David Luiz for 21.5 million pounds
After buying ace striker Fernando Torres in a record deal, Chelsea wrapped up the 21.5 million pounds signing of Benfica defender David Luiz just minutes before the transfer window closed. ANI

Liverpool boss Dalglish warns Torres 'clubs will always be bigger than superstars'
Delivering a stinging message to Fernando Torres, Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish said that anyone who thinks they are bigger than Liverpool is stupid and irresponsible. ANI

Rotation taking a toll of Black Caps: Vettori
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori and coach John Wright don't appear to be on the same page as far as the rotation policy being applied to the Black Caps is concerned. ANI

Ryder now more circumspect with his tweets
New Zealand middle order batsman Jesse Ryder will continue to use Twitter, but with a difference. He has decided not to use it during games. ANI

Tiger Woods' signature golf course project in Dubai suspended
Ace golfer Tiger Woods' 700 million pounds signature golf course project in Dubai has been suspended indefinitely. ANI

CA plans city-based T20 to reduce dependence on Indian finances
Cricket Australia will do an extensive review of the national team's failure to be competitive for most of the Ashes series next Tuesday and is also expected to endorse detailed plans for next summer's expansive city-based Twenty20 competition. ANI

Boos from small minority can't undermine Clarke's popularity with Oz public: CA
Cricket Australia has backed Michael Clarke by saying that he did not have an image problem, and dismissed the jeers the stand-in captain received at the Gabba as coming from a "small minority" who would turn once the batsman was back in form. ANI

Zaheer Abbas finds it "difficult to see Pakistan among top four" in World Cup 2011
Pakistan will find it very hard to reach the semi-finals of the forthcoming World Cup due to the problems it faced in 2010, including the spot-fixing scandal and the subsequent suspension of its three key players, former captain Zaheer Abbas has said. ANI

Thorpe must decide soon on international swimming comeback plans: Coach
The manager of Australia's greatest Olympian, Ian Thorpe, has said that the latter will need to make up his mind about a comeback "pretty quickly" as speculation builds over a tilt at the London Olympics next year. ANI

Durham's Plunkett called in as pace bowling cover for England
England has called up Durham fast bowler Liam Plunkett as bowling cover for the one-day international series against Australia. ANI

Scot golfer hits two holes-in-one, in half a round
An amateur Scottish golfer has beaten odds of 67 million to one by scoring two holes-in-one in a single round of golf. ANI

PCB most likely to retain Afridi as Pak captain for World Cup 2011
The Pakistan Cricket Board, will in all likelihood, retain Shahid Afridi as the team captain for the upcoming World Cup, despite some players backing Pakistan's Test skipper Misbah-ul Haq for the position. ANI

Watson says Tendulkar will make biggest impact on 2011 World Cup
In form Australian all rounder Shane Watson has identified master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, stylish Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene and West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard to make the biggest impact in the 2011 World Cup. ANI

PCB to name Pak captain for World Cup 2011 on February 4: Ijaz Butt
The Pakistan Cricket Board will announce the team captain for the forthcoming World Cup on February 4, a day before the final match of their ongoing one-day series against New Zealand. ANI

Cricket minnows arrive in Dubai to hone skills ahead of World Cup
The four ICC associate nations, Ireland, Kenya, the Netherlands and Canada, have arrived in Dubai to sharpen their skills ahead of the World Cup at the International Cricket Council Global Cricket Academy here. ANI

Tait proves fitness, Ferguson added to Oz squad for ODIs against England
Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait has recovered from his strained buttock muscle and is almost certain to play in Wednesday's sixth one-day match against England at the SCG. ANI

Torres 'big club' dig at Liverpool
Ace striker Fernando Torres, who joined Chelsea for a record 50 million pounds, said after the deal, that he was leaving for a top club. ANI

Chelsea buys Torres in British record transfer deal
Chelsea signed ace Spanish striker Fernando Torres for a staggering 50 million pounds, a British record transfer deal. ANI

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