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Sports News on February 19, 2011

Sehwag scores first century of 2011 WC
Opener Virender Sehwag slammed a 94-ball century in the opening match of the 2011 World Cup against Bangladesh at the Shere Bangla National stadium here on Saturday, as Team India dominated the proceedings. ANI

Man City fears summer exit of Tevez
Manchester City is facing another battle to keep Carlos Tevez, as Barcelona and Inter Milan have already made their interest known. ANI

Ferguson to resume bid for Everton star Jack Rodwell
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will start his summer spending spree with a 15 million pounds bid for Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell. ANI

Pele warns Brazil 2014 World Cup organisers over slow progress
Pele has warned organisers over the little amount of progress that has been made towards hosting the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. ANI

Lampard backs uncle Redknapp to succeed Capello as England boss
Backing the Tottenham boss to replace Fabio Capello after next year's Euro 2012 championships, ace midfielder Frank Lampard has said that Harry Redknapp would be an outstanding England manager. ANI

India to bat first in World Cup opener
Bangladesh won the toss and decided to field against India in the first match of the 2011 World Cup. ANI

'Hungry' Pak, West Indies can "really be dangerous teams" in World Cup 2011: Sohail
Although most critics are backing India and Sri Lanka to bag the ICC World Cup glory, Pakistan and West Indies can "really be dangerous" in the tournament, former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail has said. ANI

Pringle backs England to win World Cup despite Oz ODI series rout
Former England cricketer Derek Pringle believes that the national team has the best chance in 20 years of winning the World Cup. ANI

'Bogus Pakistan badminton team' participated in Iran tournament: PBF
A 'bogus Pakistan badminton team' comprising unranked players had been sent to Iran to participate in the Fajr International Badminton Tournament, Pakistan Badminton Federation (PBF) Senior Vice-President Syed Naqi Mohsin has said. ANI

Phil Jaques still hopeful of Oz Test comeback
Australian batsman Phil Jaques has said that he still harbours dreams of returning to the highest level of the sport. ANI

Torres not to blame for Chelsea's form slump: Ancelotti
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has said that the record-breaking signing of Fernando Torres was not to blame for the end of the revival of the club's fortunes. ANI

India, South Africa favourites to win World Cup: Parore
Former New Zealand wicketkeeper Adam Parore has said that India's deep batting line up and their ability to play spin better makes them one of the favourites to win the World Cup. ANI

Ponting, Watson carry Aussie hopes of fourth consecutive World Cup win: Clark
Former Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark reckons that the key to success in the World Cup will the ability of captain Ricky Ponting and all-rounder Shane Watson to stand up when the heat is on.Ponting is Australia's most experienced player and the most adept at handling sub-continental conditions ANI

Tendulkar yearning to taste final glory in World Cup: Roebuck
Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Muttiah Muralitharan are determined to shine in the World Cup, which begins today, but know one man's high is another's cruel disappointment, according to noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck. ANI

Collingwood glad to be back among runs ahead of World Cup opener
England all-rounder Paul Collingwood has said he is happy to have ended his run drought ahead of his team's World Cup opener against the Netherlands on February 22. ANI

Confident Brett Lee defends pace-dominated Oz attack for World Cup
Australian pace spearhead Brett Lee emphases that their fast bowlers will be effective even on spin-friendly pitches of Indian Subcontinent during the cricket World Cup, beginning on Saturday in Bangladesh. ANI

India in 'catch-22' situation as few teams have won WC on home soil: De Villiers
Talking about India's chances of winning the 2010 World Cup, South African batsman AB de Villiers has termed it as a 'catch-22' situation, saying that very few teams have won on their home soil. ANI

Cricket tycoon Stanford files 7.2 billion dollar lawsuit against US prosecutors, SEC
Texas billionaire and cricket tycoon R. Allen Stanford, accused of fleecing investors out of seven billion dollars in a pyramid Ponzi scheme, has filed a counter lawsuit against U.S. prosecutors seeking 7.2 billion dollars in damages. ANI

Next cricket World Cup reduced to top 10-team format
The next World Cup edition to be played in 2015 has been reduced to a top ten-team contest unlike the present 14-team event. ANI

Zimbabwe not scared of facing No.1 Australian team
Full with confidence ahead of their first match of the World Cup againt defending champions, the Zimbabwean team has said that they are not afraid of the Australian team. ANI

Team India is best World Cup squad of country till date: Kumble
Former Indian skipper Anil Kumble has described the Team India World Cup squad as the best team till date. ANI

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