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Sports News on February 9, 2011

Had to leave Liverpool after everything started to look 'black': Torres
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has revealed that he lost enthusiasm at Liverpool after the Reds finished seventh in the previous Premier League season. ANI

Nathan McCullum picked to effectively close Kiwi innings in WC 2011
New Zealand middle-order batsman Nathan McCullum has apparently been picked for the World Cup in the Indian subcontinent because of his ability to finish of the innings on a high. ANI

Ashley Cole set to become England's most capped left-back
England star Ashley Cole is set to become the Three Lions' most-capped full-back by overtaking Kenny Sansom's record of 86 appearances. ANI

Sky Sports 'sexism row' presenters sign Talksport radio deal
Former Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys, who were accused of sexist comments against a British female referee during a Premier League match last month, will return to broadcasting after signing a deal to host a new radio show on Talksport. ANI

In a first, cricket fans influence design of official Pakistan kit for World Cup 2011
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Boom Boom, Pakistan's official cricket kit suppliers, have launched a impressive new kit for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, inspired by designs submitted by amateurs and cricket fans. ANI

Salman Butt to "challenge every charge" levelled by ICC, UK Crown Prosecution
Disgraced Pakistani cricketer Salman Butt has said he will "challenge every charge" levelled against him by British prosecutors as well as the Anti-Corruption Tribunal appointed by the International Cricket Council, which has imposed a ten-year ban on him in the spot-fixing case. ANI

Capello backs Rooney to fire in England's Denmark friendly
England manager Fabio Capello insists that striker Wayne Rooney remains his main man ahead of today's friendly against Denmark. ANI

'Chelsea finding bad spell hard to live with', says Drogba
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has admitted that everyone at the club is struggling to come to terms with their abysmal Premier League season. ANI

Misbah dismisses 'grouping' reports, says Pak cricket team is fully united
Dismissing reports about 'grouping' in the Pakistan cricket team, Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has stressed that all players are united with an eye on the World Cup, which starts from February 19. ANI

Waqar, Intikhab call for 'fresh start' for Pakistan following ICC ban on tainted trio
Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis and team manager Intikhab Alam have called for a fresh start for the national side after three key Pakistani players were handed lengthy bans on corruption charges by an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal appointed by the International Cricket Council. ANI

Mills backs New Zealand to peak 'Mt. Everest of cricket'
New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Mills has described the World Cup task in front of his side akin to climbing Mt. Everest. ANI

Krejza facing David and Goliath showdown on Indian subcontinent
When Australia's World Cup campaign gets underway, Tasmanian off-spinner Jason Krejza will face a David and Goliath showdown on the Indian subcontinent. ANI

Yasir Hameed files complaint against UK tabloid that conducted 'fixing' sting operation
Discarded Pakistan batsman Yasir Hameed, who made claims over match-fixing in the team during Pakistan's infamous tour to England last year before retracting from his comments, has lodged a formal complaint with the UK Press Complaint Commission against the tabloid News of the World (NOTW). ANI

Renault F1 team name three drivers to replace injured Kubica
The Renault Formula One team has named three drivers who are under consideration to replace injured Robert Kubica for the upcoming season. ANI

Krejza hopes to be 'surprise factor' in Australia's World Cup defence
Australian off-spinner Jason Krejza reckons that his lack of exposure at international level could work in his favour during the upcoming World Cup. ANI

Lampard to lead England in friendly against Denmark
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been named England captain for the friendly against Denmark on Wednesday. ANI

Cricket set to go capitalist, but may lack in substance: Roebuck
At first sight, the 2011-12-cricket season might appear similar to its immediate predecessors. New Zealand and India will tour, playing Test matches and one-day internationals. Sri Lanka is also coming along to take part in a triangular series. ANI

Afridi backs 'cohesive and contributing' Pak squad to bag World Cup glory
Pakistan's limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi has said his squad is confident of performing well in the forthcoming World Cup as most of the players contributed towards the one-day series win against New Zealand. ANI

Beckham extends training stay at Tottenham Hotspur
England and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham will continue training with Tottenham Hotspur for a further two weeks. ANI

Experts named for Cricket Australia's state-based structure review
Cricket Australia (CA) has said that corporate experts David Crawford and Colin Carter would assist with the review of the body's state-based structure. ANI

Shane Warne has new mattress delivered as Liz Hurley arrives in Australia
Cricket legend Shane Warne, who is dating Liz Hurley, has bought a gigantic new mattress. ANI

Strauss' Ashes-winning team receives just a 'single clap' homecoming
England captain Andrew Strauss and several members of the Ashes-winning team have returned home to a quiet reception. ANI

Shane Warne, Liz Hurley 'to keep their romance low-profile'
They used to share their every movement on Twitter, but Shane Warne has turned his stately manor into a paparazzi-proof love bunker as his romance with British actress Elizabeth Hurley heats up. ANI

Oz court advises mediation in case involving Don Bradman's name
Australian cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman's son, John Bradman, has said that he will consider mediation before going to trial in August over alleged exploitation of his father's name. ANI

Ferguson looking forward to fill Hussey's big boots in World Cup
South Australian batsman Callum Ferguson, who has replaced injured Michael Hussey in the 15-man Australian World Cup squad, has said that he is 'absolutely thrilled' over the opportunity to play in his first World Cup. ANI

'Shocked' Hussey blasts CA for 'double standards' over omission due to injury
Australia batsman Michael Hussey has expressed "disappointment" and "shock" at being left out of the 15-man squad for the upcoming World Cup. ANI

No-fear attitude finally pays off for James Franklin
A no-fear attitude and a desire to play for New Zealand to give a better life for his family, has got James Franklin back on the New Zealand Cricket payroll. ANI

Bopara named as injured Morgan's replacement in England World Cup squad
Ravi Bopara has been called up to England's 15-man World Cup squad as a replacement for injured Eoin Morgan. ANI

Southee under NZC probe for in-flight incident with female passenger
New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee was reportedly involved in an incident on the World Cup team's flight to India. ANI

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