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Sports News on February 18, 2011

Deletion of Lenin's statue from Ukraine's '2012 Euro Cup promo video' outrages supporters
The deletion of the 30 feet statue of Marxist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin from a 90-second promotional video advertising Ukraine's heritage for the 2012 European Football Championship has outraged many in the former Soviet Union nation, who believe that the authorities are "embarrassed that we were once Communists". ANI

'Best team in world' Arsenal 'going for all four titles this season': Djourou
Arsenal defender Johan Djourou feels that his team stands on the verge of "greatness" after their victory over Barcelona in Wednesday's Champions League clash. ANI

A-Rod to move in $6m apartment
Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez, who is leaving his 30,000 pounds-a-month rental bachelor pad at swanky 15 Central Park West, is set to move in a 6-million-dollar apartment in a building embroiled in a bitter dispute with the state Attorney General's Office. ANI

No way I insulted AC Milan skipper Gattuso, says Tottenham's Jordan
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp's deputy, Joe Jordan, has rubbished claims that he provoked AC Milan skipper Gennaro Gattuso , sparking a bitter touchline bust-up in the San Siro. ANI

Girl drops assault charges against Newcastle striker Nile Ranger
Newcastle striker Nile Ranger has been cleared of charges of assault after a girl dropped a claim that the Premier League star attacked her. ANI

Gillespie warns Australia to be wary of Zimbabwe's spinners
Former Test paceman Jason Gillespie, who is now coaching in Zimbabwe's first-class competition, has asked the Australian team to beware of Zimbabwe's spin attack. ANI

Time to play three spinners in New Zealand side: McMillan
Former batsman Craig McMillan has urged the New Zealand team to play three spinners to increase their chances of victory in their World Cup opener on Sunday. ANI

Woman travels 400 miles to stalk Ferdinand
England football captain Rio Ferdinand was stalked by a woman who travelled 400 miles to target him. ANI

Fabregas hints at staying at Arsenal
Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas last night gave the club fans a glimmer of hope that he might stay. ANI

Tait aims to win World Cup for second time to relive 'indescribable fun'
Australian pacer Shaun Tait has that he would like to win the World Cup for second time, as it's hard to describe how much joy winning the trophy gives. ANI

England giving 'cheats' Pak silent treatment: Broad
England is giving Pakistan the silent treatment despite sharing the same hotel in Bangladesh as they fine tune their World Cup preparations. ANI

Lampard backs Torres, Luiz to 'make a difference' to Chelsea
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has said that new signings Fernando Torres and David Luiz have "boosted" the squad. ANI

US issues 'alert' for citizens travelling to India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka during World Cup
The United States has issued a 'travel alert' for its citizens travelling to or living in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka in the wake of the ICC World Cup 2011 being hosted by the trio, saying that the mega event "can be targets for terrorist attacks". ANI

Pak team management fines Akhtar, Riaz for breach of discipline
The Pakistan cricket team management has fined two fast bowlers for breach of discipline ahead of the ICC World Cup 2011, which starts from February 19. ANI

Lampard warns of 'disaster' if Chelsea fail to qualify for next season Champions League
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has said that it would be a "disaster" if his team fails to qualify for next season's Champions League. ANI

I'm very misunderstood to a lot of people: Woods' mistress Jaimee Grubbs
Jaimee Grubbs, one of Tiger Woods' many mistresses, thinks that she was misunderstood. ANI

How Tiger Woods' 'mistresses' turned their sex scandals into huge profits
Tiger Woods' alleged mistresses have turned their shame into fame with the help of one publicity machine: Gina Rodriguez. ANI

Flower's gamble of playing Pietersen as opener may pay-off big for England: Selvey
Former England fast bowler Mike Selvey reckons that coach Andy Flower's late tactical switch of using Kevin Pietersen as an opening batsman in the World Cup will prove to be a winner. ANI

FIFA likely to give go-ahead to proposed goal-line technology
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Mohamed Bin Hammam, who could succeed FIFA President Sepp Blatter in May, has confirmed his support for the proposed goal-line technology. ANI

'Proud father' Swann to join England World Cup team ahead of opener
England off-spinner Graeme Swann is expected to play his team's World Cup opener against the Netherlands following the birth of his son. ANI

Statistics make Brett Lee greatest bowler in World Cup history
In the 36-year history of the cricket World Cup, no bowler has taken wickets as consistently, as Australia's Brett Lee, statistics indicate. ANI

Strauss says struggling England must quickly adapt to slower subcontinent conditions
England captain Andrew Strauss has admitted that his side needs to improve fast if they have to make any impression in the World Cup, which starts tomorrow. ANI

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