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Sports News on February 15, 2011

Felt hurt and wounded at Liverpool: Hodgson
Roy Hodgson, who joined West Brom as their new head coach, has admitted that he was left "hurt and wounded" after being hounded out from Liverpool. ANI

Man City's Lescott reveals how Rooney made him a double loser over weekend
Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has said how he failed to get immediate revenge on Wayne Rooney after his wonder goal won the Manchester derby and became a double loser at the weekend. ANI

"Bitter" Crouch says he has 'some unfinished business' with AC Milan
Tottenham striker Peter Crouch is desperate to play despite battling back problem in order to overcome bitter memories of the 2007 Champions League final against AC Milan. ANI

Messi admits Barcelona 'terrified' of Walcott's pace ahead of Champions League clash
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has said that the Arsenal striker is the most dangerous player to play against. ANI

Shoaib Malik sees spinners playing decisive role in World Cup in sub-continent
Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has urged the national team to rely heavily on its spinners in the forthcoming World Cup, saying that spin bowlers will play a decisive role in the tournament. ANI

Dhoni clarifies Team India was 'not ready mentally,' not fatigued for Oz friendly
Rejecting reports that India's jam-packed itinerary had taken a physical toll on the players, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said that the team is not fatigued, adding that master blaster Sachin Tendulkar will certainly play in the warm-up tie against New Zealand. ANI

Cricket fans in Kohima wish Team India good luck
Even though the game of cricket is not much popular in India's northeastern region, the ensuing ICC World Cup has aroused overwhelming interest among the enthusiasts of sports in Nagaland, who wished Team India good luck for the Tournament. ANI

Australia's search for match-winning spinner is over: Hughes
Former Test captain Kim Hughes has said that the long search for Australia's next match-winning spinner is over, and added South Australian tweaker Nathan Lyon was the emerging star who will play Test cricket this year. ANI

Third-time dad Collingwood now looking forward to explode on sub-continent big stage
England batsman Paul Collingwood has something to cheer ahead of the World Cup, after his wife Vicky gave birth to their third child. ANI

Disgraced Pak trio lose domestic cricket contracts after ICC ban
Pakistan's largest bank has said it has decided not to renew the contracts of the tainted trio- Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir- who have been banned by the International Cricket Council on spot-fixing charges. ANI

"Even a half fit Shoaib Akhtar can lift Pakistan to World Cup glory": Intikhab
Veteran Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, whose fitness levels are once again under the spotlight, still has enough fuel in the tank to perform well at the ICC World Cup 2011, team manager Intikhab Alam has said. ANI

Morgan's 'quicker than expected' return to cricket leaves England camp 'red faced'
Injured England batsman Eoin Morgan has said that he would be back to full fitness much sooner than anticipated, leaving the team's medical staff red faced. ANI

Ponting says Sreesanth's 'L' antics are nothing new
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has tried to brush off another display of emotion by Indian bowler Shantha Sreesanth, saying that the pacer's antics are nothing new. ANI

McCullum's captaincy ambition soars again
Brendon McCullum wants to be New Zealand cricket captain, but right now he is focussed on scoring big runs during the 2011 World Cup, opening the New Zealand innings. ANI

25 wides against India in friendly would have set Oz record had tie been official
The Australian team would have easily won the crown of the nation's most wayward attack in almost a decade after conceding 25 wides in India's innings at the Chinnaswamy Stadium ANI

After beggars, Bangladesh's all-out war on mosquitoes to ensure bite-free World Cup
After deciding to pay local beggars to stay off the streets during the World Cup, Bangladesh has launched an all-out war on mosquitoes in and around cricket stadiums to ensure a bite-free World Cup for spectators and players. ANI

'Apologetic' Woods faces up to 10,000 pounds fine for spitting in Dubai Classic
Ace golfer Tiger Woods, who apologised for spitting on a green at the Dubai Desert Classic, may be fined anything between 250 to 10,000 pounds. ANI

Former Oz players peg Sri Lanka as biggest threat to Australia's WC charge
The biggest threat to Ricky Potning-led team's chances of lifting the World Cup for the fourth consecutive time comes from Sri Lanka, according to Australia's World Cup-winning players. ANI

Becks' $25m lawsuit over 'cheating claims' thrown out
David Beckham has lost his bid to sue a magazine, which claimed the soccer ace cheated on his wife with a hooker. ANI

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