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Sports News on February 23, 2011

Barcelona stunned over Guardiola's brother helping Arsenal sign wonder kid
Barcelona is stunned that boss Pep Guardiola's brother helped Arsenal snatch a 16-year-old wonder kid from them. ANI

Coleen Rooney ready to give evidence in court on blackmail plot for son's pictures
Coleen Rooney is reportedly ready to give evidence in court against a gang of three who were arrested for blackmailing her over pictures of her 16-month-old son Kai. ANI

Strauss tells players to buck up after Dutch counter
Skipper Andrew Strauss told his England players to buck up after an error-riddled win in their World Cup opener against Netherlands. ANI

Shocked Kiwis rally for Aussie game
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori is aiming for a World Cup win over Australia to help lift his nation's spirits after Tuesday's earthquake in Christchurch claimed the lives of 65 people. ANI

Tackling spin still tricky for Australian batsmen: Ponting
Australian captain Ricky Ponting is happy with the way his pace attack is shaping up, but admits his batsmen need to keep working on their shot selection against spin. ANI

Wenger believes Chelsea paid 15 per cent more for Torres
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich paid at least 15 per cent more for Spanish striker Fernando Torres. ANI

Caring Becks protects pregnant Posh from media
Soccer ace David Beckham bravely protected pregnant wife Victoria from a media ambush as they popped into London department store Liberty. ANI

Next three weeks crucial for Manchester United's bid for a second Treble
Sir Alex Ferguson has said that six games in the next three weeks will define Manchester United's bid for a second Treble. ANI

Woods world ranking heading into a nosedive
Former American golfing great Tiger Woods is facing the threat of his world ranking going into a nosedive. ANI

Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium gets World cup hosting clearance
Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium, the venue for 2011 World Cup final on April 2, has got clearance to host all scheduled games after meeting the safety standards. ANI

Kenya will prove to be tough opponent for Pak' in WC opener: Steve Tikolo
Kenyan all-rounder Steve Tikolo has warned Pakistan against taking his team lightly, saying that the Shahid Afridi-led team would have to be at full strength for its opening World Cup game today. ANI

Afridi wants to win World Cup for 'cricket-starved' Pak fans
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has vowed to win the World Cup for millions of weary fans back home, who lost out on the showpiece event after their country became a no-go zone. ANI

Chlesea has best strike force in Europe: Ancelotti
Hailing his strike force, Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has said that he thought he now had control of the best forwards in Europe after their comfortable victory against Danish champions FC Copenhagen. ANI

Spot-fixing scandal won't distract Pak team's World Cup campaign, says Waqar
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis believes that the recent spot-fixing scandal will not have a detrimental effect on their World Cup campaign, which gets underway against Kenya today. ANI

Shocked Black Caps send messages of support via Twitter to Christchurch victims
New Zealand cricketers, who are in India for the 2011 World Cup, have reacted in horror to the bad news that at least 65 people had died in the Christchurch earthquake. ANI

'Banned' Mohammad Asif determined to clear his name, play for Pak again
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif, who has been banned by the ICC over spot-fixing charges, has said that he is determined to clear his name and to recommence his career as soon as possible. ANI

Daniel Vettori deemed sexiest by group of Bollywood actresses
New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori has been judged as one of the sexiest players by a group of Bollywood actresses. ANI

Katich keen to regain Oz Test spot
New South Wales opener and captain Simon Katich's hunger to wear the baggy green remains as strong as ever, as he starts his campaign today to convince national selectors he should not be a casualty in the rebuilding of Australia's Test side. ANI

Decision not to include Hussey wouldn't hurt Australia: Ponting
Skipper Ricky Ponting has accepted it was possible the medical-based decision to omit Mike Hussey could ultimately hinder the team's World Cup campaign, but said he hoped it would not "come back and hurt us". ANI

Fergie confident about Man U delivering against Olympique Marseille
Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson has expressed confidence about his team delivering the goods against Olympique Marseille today. ANI

Border warns Aussies: Christchurch earthquake may give Kiwis added motivation
Former skipper Allan Border has warned Australia that they may face a New Zealand side this Friday motivated by the tragic earthquake that has hit their country. ANI

Ponting likely to face ICC disciplinary hearing for misbehavior
No one can match the Australians in throwing tantrums and skipper Ricky Ponting proved it further, giving the 2011 World Cup its first major controversy. ANI

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