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Sports News on February 4, 2011

Maken outlines programmes for youth, sports development in North Eastern states
Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Ajay Maken on Friday out lined his ministry's vision and objective with respect to the North Eastern States. ANI

PCB taking no chances as it applies for Indian visas for Pak World Cup squad in advance
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has applied to the Indian High Commission for the visas of the Pakistan squad members playing in the ICC World Cup 2011. ANI

"Radar-legged" Beckham playing 'key role' at Tottenham: Redknapp
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has said that David Beckham had played a key role in sparking Peter Crouch and the club back into life this week. ANI

Witter ready for 'Battle of Britain' clash with Amir Khan
Former WBC world light-welterweight champion Junior Witter has said that he is ready and willing to accept WBA World super lightweight champion Amir Khan's title challenge. ANI

Massa's test session 'goes up in smoke' as new Ferrari F150 catches fire
Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa's first day testing of the new F150 went up in smoke, when the car caught fire after completing only 12 laps of the Valencia circuit in Spain. ANI

Mascherano hits out at Liverpool Over Torres exit
Midfielder Javier Mascherano has criticized his old club Liverpool for the way he and Fernando Torres were sold. ANI

Charlie Adam was target of illegal transfer: Holloway
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has claimed that Tottenham's last-ditch bid to sign Charlie Adam stemmed from "an illegal approach" by another player's agent. ANI

Footballers shouldn't be punished for 'f-word' abuse of officials: Wenger
Defending his skipper Cesc Fabregas after his tunnel blow-up on Tuesday, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said that players should not be punished for f-word abuse of officials. ANI

UNDP soccer match raises over 500,000 dollars for Pakistan, Haiti disaster relief
A special UNDP soccer match played by some of the world's top footballers in December 2010 raised over half a million dollars for the ongoing post-disaster reconstruction work in Pakistan and Haiti as well as for disadvantaged communities in Greece. ANI

How Super Bowl games cause morning-after spike in ozone air pollution
A new study has found that that the bright light from sports stadiums and urban street lights may boost daytime levels of ozone, a key air pollutant. ANI

Tottenham's Redknapp to make bid for Beckham after November 2011
Tottenham coach Harry Redknapp has said that he will consider making a bid to lure David Beckham to the club, as he has been impressed by the latter's training. ANI

Experts say Thorpe's peak years are over
Experts have said that champion Olympian swimmer Ian Thorpe knows that his peak years are all but over, but he still hopes that his best is yet to come. ANI

Carroll confident of living up to 35 million pound price tag at Liverpool
New Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has said that he is confident of living up to his 35 million pound price tag. ANI

PCB to receive 400,000 dollars for each World Cup match moved from Pakistan
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will be paid around 400,000 dollars for every match it was supposed to host in the World Cup 2010, despite not hosting them anymore due to security concerns in the country. ANI

Shane Warne 'narrowly misses confrontation with ex-wife's beau'
Shane Warne has narrowly avoided running into the man who is dating his former wife Simone Callahan. ANI

Indian poultry tycoon Desai shows door to Blackburn chairman
After sacking Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce a few weeks after poultry major Venky's took control at Ewood Park, new Indian owner of the Premier League club Anuradha Desai has shown the door to long-serving chairman John Williams. ANI

Chelsea planning summer clear out of its five big stars
To balance the books after their record-breaking spending spree, Chelsea is planning a summer clear out of its five big stars. ANI

Serb star says Man City must spend more to win UK Premier League
Manchester City's billionaire owners are being urged to spend big again if they want to win the Premier League title. ANI

Tiger Woods' ex-mistress offered $1m to work at brothel
Tiger Woods' former mistress Rachel Uchitel has been offered 1 million dollars to work at the notorious Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Nevada. ANI

Wenger says 'under-fire' Fabregas is a 'witch-hunt' victim
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that captain Cesc Fabregas is the victim of a 'witch-hunt'. ANI

Rooney has banished his mental demons: Capello
England football team coach Fabio Capello believes Wayne Rooney has banished his mental demons and is ready to rediscover his swagger with the national squad. ANI

Heuvel returns to Pak to coach hockey team till 2012 Olympics after contract revision
Pakistan hockey coach Michel van den Heuvel has finally returned to the country to resume his duties, and also extended his commitment to the national team till the 2012 London Olympics, after his contract was revised. ANI

Wright is the man with a World Cup plan for the Black caps
When New Zealand coach John Wright brings his country's national cricket team to the Indian subcontinent for the World Cup later this month, he will have two things going for him - an intimate knowledge of Indian conditions and the fact that he was the coach of the 2003 Indian squad that reached the World Cup final, but lost to Australia. ANI

Kapil, Dravid, Ganguly among CEAT award winners as best World Cup cricketers
Mumbai, Feb 3(ANI-Business Wire India): Former Indian captains Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly are among nine cricketers who have been honoured with the 'CEAT Cricket Rating World Cup Awards 2011' for standout performances in every World Cup from 1975 onwards. ANI

Frustrated Kiwi fans term Black Caps Black Craps on Wikipedia
Frustrated with New Zealand's latest cricket failure against Pakistan, local fans have used the encyclopedia website Wikipedia to call the Black Caps Black Craps. ANI

Watson may be second man after Ponting to win back-to-back Allan Border Medals
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson is poised to follow in the footsteps of Ricky Ponting and become just the second man to pick up the coveted Alan Border Medal two years running. ANI

Zardari, Gilani felicitate Pak cricket team for series victory against New Zealand
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani have congratulated the national cricket team on winning the one-day series against New Zealand. ANI

Speedster Tait now more comfortable about completing ODI quota of overs
Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait is now more keen than before to complete his quota of ten overs in a one-day international. ANI

Coaches can help athletes become more ethical
A new study from Concordia University has found that coaches can help athletes become more ethical by providing moral guidance. ANI

White to captain Aussies for first time in ODIs
Victorian all-rounder Cameron White will captain Australia for the first time in a one-day international in Perth against England on Sunday. ANI

Oz sprint coach says Thorpe must shed kilos for Olympics comeback
Respected sprint coach Grant Stoelwinder believes Ian Thorpe will need to reshape his physique and swim faster than he ever has before to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games. ANI

Shahid Afridi retained as Pak captain for ICC World Cup: Intikhab Alam
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to retain Shahid Afridi as captain to lead the national squad in the ICC World Cup, which will be held from February 19 to April 2 in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. ANI

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