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Sports News on February 7, 2011

Dada bids adieu to cricket after IPL snub
Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly on Monday retired from all forms of cricket. ANI

Watson becomes second man after Ponting to win back-to-back Allan Border Medals
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has become the second man after Ricky Ponting to pick up the coveted Allan Border Medal two years running. ANI

Laver backs Murray for Grand Slam glory
British tennis star Andy Murray has been backed by Australian legend Rod Laver to win numerous Grand Slams during his career. ANI

Tottenham striker runs out of patience with Redknapp after life on bench
Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has launched an explosive attack on manager Harry Redknapp, and said that he wants to leave the club at the end of the season. ANI

Ancelotti refuses to give up Chelsea's Premier League title hopes
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has refused to accept that the defending champions are out of the Premier League title race despite the club suffering a seventh defeat of a miserable season. ANI

Ancelotti backs Torres despite flop Chelsea debut
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti insists that the club's new signing, Fernando Torres, was not to blame for Sunday's Premier League defeat to Liverpool. ANI

Ex-cricketers Taylor, Walters to join Aussie cricket hall of fame
Former Australian Test skipper Mark Taylor and former middle-order great Doug Walters will join exalted company on Monday when they become the latest inductees in the Hall of Fame. ANI

Pak trio will find it difficult to remove stigma associated with ban: Akram
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram reckons that it would be very hard for Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir to get rid of the stigma associated with the bans imposed on them by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for spot-fixing. ANI

Imran 'genuinely upset' over ICC bans on 'key, young and talented' Pak players
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has said that he is "genuinely upset" at the International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption tribunal's decision to ban former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir. ANI

Strauss backs England to do well in World Cup despite Oz ODI series rout, injuries
England captain Andrew Strauss has said that he is confident of his team doing well in the upcoming World Cup despite the 6-1 ODI series loss to Australia. ANI

Rooney's cousins pull out of show to keep 'Wayne-Coleen secrets safe'
Wayne Rooney's cousins pulled out of an appearance on This Morning because they realised that the directors wanted them to spill the beans on Wayne Rooney and wife Coleen. ANI

Strauss hopes ICC ban on Pak trio 'just the start of process' to eliminate corruption
England captain Andrew Strauss has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to be as thorough as possible in cleaning up corruption at cricket's highest level. ANI

ICC ban on seedy and greedy Pak trio crucial for cricket to restore its integrity: Roebuck
The three Pakistan cricketers who have been banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) over spot-fixing charges were seedy and greedy, and would not be missed by the world, cricket columnist Peter Roebuck has claimed. ANI

Unpaid Aussie firms may sue Commonwealth Games bosses
Commonwealth Games organizers could face an expensive and embarrassing class action over their refusal to pay the international companies who put on the Delhi Games. ANI

Walters reckons he's up to T20 challenge in IPL, Big Bash
AT 65 and having given up smoking, former Australian cricketer Doug Walters says he's now waiting for an Indian Premier League (IPL) or Big Bash call-up. ANI

Cathy Freeman's first-time pregnancy triggers type-2 diabetes
Olympic gold medallist Cathy Freeman is pregnant with her first child but her pregnancy has triggered type 2 diabetes for the sports star. ANI

Butt hopes amendment to ICC code of conduct would see cut in ban
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt hopes that a possible amendment to the International Cricket Council's code of conduct could see a reduction in his ten-year ban from the sport. ANI

Ex-Oz keeper Healy hits out at decision to rest stars
Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy has criticized Cricket Australia for resting senior players Michael Clarke and Brett Lee for the seventh and final one-day international against Australia. ANI

Pakistan trio banned on solid proof of corruption: ICC chief
International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has backed the anti-corruption tribunal's decision to ban former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, saying that the trio were banned on solid proof of corruption. ANI

PCB to seek details of ICC ban imposed on tainted trio
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will reportedly seek full details of the judgment passed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption tribunal against former captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir. ANI

Oz seeks bitter Ashes revenge by making marmalade better than Brits!
Since they couldn't beat them in cricket, the Australians are gearing up to crush England at what they pride themselves on doing better than the rest of the world-making marmalade. ANI

Butt says 10-year ban imposed by ICC is unacceptable and shocking
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has said that he is shocked at the 10-year ban imposed on him by the International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption tribunal. ANI

ICC should kick tainted ex-Pak skipper Butt out
A senior Australian sports journalist has criticized the International Cricket Council (ICC) for imposing what he called limited bans on tainted Pakistani cricketers-Salman Butt, Mohamed Asif and Mohamed Amir. He says that anybody bringing the game of cricket into disrepute should be banned for life. ANI

Oz cricket circles debating usefulness of Brisbane cricket academy
Opinions are divided over how to nurture the next generation of Australian cricketers. ANI

Lee lynchpin of Oz World Cup attack: Chappell, Waugh
Former Australian Test skippers Greg Chappell and Steve Waugh have both rated fast bowler Brett Lee as the spiritual leader and lynchpin of Australia's World Cup attack after his rousing return to form from a 15-month injury lay-off. ANI

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