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Sports News on February 11, 2011

World cup boosts Cricket merchandise sales in India
World Cup fever has boosted the sales of cricket merchandise in India. ANI

Ashley Young sets sight on Rooney's England place
Aston Villa striker Ashley Young has his sights set on forcing Wayne Rooney out of the England team after making his mark as goal scorer. ANI

ESPN STAR Sports to telecast live India's WC preparatory matches against Australia, Kiwis
New Delhi, Feb 11 (ANI/ Business Wire India): ESPN STAR Sports, ICC's Global Broadcast and Production Partner, will broadcast live India's preparatory matches against Australia and New Zealand as the teams get ready for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. ANI

Gazza's drink-driving charge dropped
Former England hero Paul Gascoigne has a reason to celebrate - a drink-driving charge against him has been dropped. ANI

Ecclestone 'insulted and offended' over questioning of value of Melbourne race
The chairman of the Australian Grand Prix corporation has said that Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone feels let down that the value of the Melbourne GP is being questioned, and added that the F1 boss could walk away from the event. ANI

Short ball worries for beleaguered Ponting during World Cup
Riding high on the expectation of fans, India captain MS Dhoni refused to say whether his fast bowlers would target Ricky Ponting with short balls during the World Cup, increasing the pressure on beleaguered Australian skipper. ANI

Waqar Younis eyes redemption for Pak cricket by winning World Cup
Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis believes that his team's victory in the ICC World Cup 2011 will lead to the return of international cricket to the country and also redeem Pakistan's image in the cricket world. ANI

Muhammad Ali's pregnant daughter storms the catwalk in tight red dress
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila, who is pregnant with her second child, walked the ramp in a figure-hugging dress at a charity fashion show in New York. ANI

Dean Jones backs Australia to win fourth World Cup in a row
Former Australian batsman Dean Jones, a member of Allan Border's team that first lifted the World Cup in 1987, believes that the fourth straight triumph should go down as Australia's best-ever sporting achievement. ANI

Oz players told not to drink beer during Ashes
Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris has revealed that players were asked not to drink alcohol during the Ashes. ANI

Stoke City star Carew teased for 'My Life, My Periods'tattoo
Football star John Carew has a tattoo that says he has monthly periods. ANI

Umar Gul will have to spearhead Pak's bowling attack in World Cup 2011: Akram
Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul will have to lead the team's bowling attack in the forthcoming World Cup in the absence of disgraced pacers Mohammed Aamir and Mohammad Asif, who have been handed lengthy bans by the ICC on spot-fixing charges, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has said. ANI

'Tainted' Butt landing job as TV expert 'mind-boggling disgrace for cricket': Roebuck
The hiring of disgraced Pakistani cricketer Salman Butt by a TV channel is a "mind-boggling development" and an "indication that sections of the cricket community do not care about its reputation", noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck has said. ANI

The betting odds for Warne, Hurley wedding
Now that Elizabeth Hurley has met new flame Shane Warne's parents and kids, chances are that her next appointment could be with the wedding celebrant. ANI

Kane Williamson to rejoin Kiwi world cup team
New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has overcome a chest infection and will leave Auckland tomorrow for India and the upcoming cricket World Cup. ANI

Qatar Amir close to buying Manchester United
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is understood to have made a bid for Manchester United. ANI

Liz Hurley, a good catch for Warnie, says England pacer Tremlett
Ashes hero and legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne's former Hampshire teammate Chris Tremlett has said that Warne has done "rather well" for himself by getting involved romantically with model-cum actress Liz Hurley. ANI

Man City groundsman's Facebook site closed for Man U diatribe on derby eve
Manchester City has ordered the closure of the Facebook site of the club's groundsman after the latter let loose an inflammatory expletive-laden post about Manchester United ahead of Saturday's derby at Old Trafford. ANI

Secret of Barca's success is its super star factory
The secret of Spanish football club Barcelona's unprecedented success in European football is out. It is its superstar factory, a production line that is the envy of the international football circuit. ANI

Escaping England duty can lead to Premier League ban: FA warning to players
The Football Association has said that it will ban players from Premier League games if they refuse to play for England.ngland were rocked this week when 24 players withdrew from their four representative teams - the seniors, Under-21s, Under-20s and Under-19s. ANI

Gloucestshire rope in Lankan spinner Murali for Twenty20 cricket
Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan will play Twenty20 cricket for Gloucestershire. ANI

Retirement home fire claims ex-England cricketer Trevor 'Barnacle' Bailey's life
A fire at a retirement home in Westcliff, Essex, claimed the life of former England cricketer Trevor Bailey on Thursday. He was 87. ANI

FA says that Capello will not continue as England boss after Euro 2012
New Football Association chairman David Berstein has said that Italian Fabio Capello is unlikely to reamin England coach after the Euro 2012 finals, and that he sees Tottenham coach Harry Redknapp as one of the fontrunners for the job. ANI

Liverpool's Agger raps Chelsea debutant Torres for disloyalty
Denmark and Liverpool center-half Daniel Agger has rapped Spaniard and ex-Reds star Fernando Torres for being disloyal to the club that nurtured him. ANI

Ex-Liverpool boss Hodgson to assume West Brom charge next week
Former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is to confirmed ast the coach-cum-manager of West Brom next week.he Baggies believe Hodgson has the potential to win the battle to keep them in the Premier League, The Sun reports. ANI

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