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Sports News on January 1, 2011

England to aim for Ashes series win in Sydney
England will target an Ashes series win against Australia here from Monday, and off-spinner Graeme Swann insists that winning the series will be the icing on the cake. ANI

India, Proteas in series face-off on batsman, spin friendly Cape Town pitch
With the series between India and South Africa tied one all, both teams will face off in the decider at the Newlands from Sunday (January 2). ANI

Anderson defends ex-England coach Moores after Pietersen's criticism
England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson has praised former coach Peter Moores, a day after batsman Kevin Pietersen claimed that the Three Lions' would not have retained the Ashes with Moores still in charge. ANI

"I've presented all documents asked for by PCB Integrity Committee": Kamran Akmal
Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal has said he has presented full details regarding his movable and immovable properties, and activities other than cricket to the Pakistan Cricket Board. ANI

Langer says Ponting 'worn down' by burden of Oz captaincy
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has been worn down as a batsman by the pressures of leading a faltering Test team, according to batting coach Justin Langer. ANI

Getting Hussey early key to England winning New Year Ashes Test: Swann
England off-spinner Graeme Swann believes his team can win the New Year Test of the Ashes series if they dismiss Australian middle-order batsman Mike Hussey early. ANI

Chelsea's John Mikel Obi ruled out for a month due to knee injury
Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea has suffered another midfield injury blow with scans confirming that John Mikel Obi faces a month out due to an knee injury. ANI

Hussey eyeing series-levelling victory against England for 'real moral victory'
Australian batsman Michael Hussey is doubtful whether a series-levelling victory against England in the fifth and final Test would erase the shame of the Ashes defeat. ANI

'Top-level consistency' will lead Arsenal to Premier League glory: Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels that this season's Premier League will be won by the team that copes best with defeat as well as victory. ANI

Booze-bender leaves England stars with hangovers after Melbourne Test win
Several England players have admitted that they celebrated victory in the fourth Ashes Test into the early hours of Thursday morning. ANI

Listening to SuBo before a game relaxes me: Rooney
Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has revealed that listening to Susan Boyle gives him relaxation before his big matches. ANI

Injured Ryder withdraws from tour match against Pakistan
New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder will miss the three-day tour match against Pakistan due to a shoulder injury. ANI

Redknapp wants to sign Beckham on three-month deal
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that he would try to bring midfielder David Beckham to White Hart Lane during this month's transfer window. ANI

Australia's decision to omit Hauritz helped England in Ashes series: Swann
England off-spinner Graeme Swann reckons that Australia's decision to dump off-spinner Nathan Hauritz from the ongoing Ashes series has helped his team. ANI

Oz selector Hilditch, coach Nielsen should be sacked over Ashes loss: Slater
Former Australian batsman Michael Slater has said that chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch and coach Tim Nielsen should be sacked following the national team's failure to regain the Ashes from England. ANI

Clarke needs to be tougher batsman to win over Oz fans: Dean Jones
Australian stand-in captain Michael Clarke must start making runs to win the hearts of Australian fans again, according to former batsman Dean Jones. ANI

Bollinger eyeing big impact in Sydney Ashes Test to hit back at critics
Australian fast bowler Doug Bollinger has said that he would make a big impact if included in the final eleven for the fifth and final Test against England, starting in Sydney on Sunday. ANI

McGrath rules out Oz bowling coach job
Former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath has said that he is not interested in taking over the fast bowling coach's role being vacated by Troy Cooley. ANI

Aussies can't shy away from disappointing Ashes series performance: Haddin
Australian stand-in vice-captain Brad Haddin reckons that his team's Ashes performance will be considered unacceptable even if they win the fifth and final Test against England in Sydney to level the series. ANI

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