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Sports News on January 11, 2011

Premier League clubs want me: Maradona
Legendary footballer Diego Maradona wants to coach a Premier League club and Blackburn could be the favourites to get him. ANI

I won't leave selection panel: Hilditch
Australia's chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch has refused to quit from the post, saying that the only way out is by sacking him. ANI

Chelsea's Lamps says he feels like an outcast
Chelsea mid-fielder Frank Lampard has admitted that he feels like an outcast after spending three-and-a-half-months off the playing field with a groin tendon tear. ANI

Liverpool deserves to be struggling: Michael Owen
Manchester United striker Michael Owen has stuck the boot into Liverpool saying his old club deserves to be struggling. ANI

Kim Hughes says Ric Charlesworth should review ailing Oz cricket system
Former Test captain Kim Hughes wants coaching guru Ric Charlesworth to do an independent review of the Australian cricket system in the wake of a demand for revamping the system, following the Ashes humiliation at the hands of England. ANI

Hewitt to assess tennis future after 2011 grand slams
Australian tennis player Lleyton Hewitt has said that he will assess his future in the sport after seeing his performance in the grand slam tournaments of 2011. ANI

Patience key word for Kiwi batsmen as well as public: Wright
New Zealand cricket coach John Wright has urged people to be patient as he goes about rectifying the national team's batting fragility ahead of the second test against Pakistan at Wellington, starting on Saturday. ANI

Pak chief selector refutes allegations of bookie's presence in team hotel
Pakistan's chief selector Mohsin Khan has denied allegations that a national selector was aware of the spot-fixing deals between tainted cricketers and bookie Mazhar Majeed during Pakistan's tour of England last year. ANI

Pak spot-fixing trial likely to conclude in Doha today
Former Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt, and fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, who were involved in a spot-fixing scandal, are likely to discover their fates today, when an independent International Cricket Council (ICC) tribunal delivers its verdict. ANI

Clarke is finished unless he changes his footwork: Kim Hughes
Michael Clarke, who averaged a miserable 21 in the Ashes series against England, is finished and will struggle to retain his spot in the Australian side, according to former Test captain Kim Hughes. ANI

Tait ready to give England some chin music in Twenty20s
South Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait believes some chin music against the Poms starting in Adelaide tomorrow night, could help Australia come out of an off-key summer. ANI

Axed from Oz 20-20 squad, Haddin fears for career
Australia's cricket selectors are yet to inform wicketkeeper Brad Haddin about his axing from the national Twenty20 side, even as he fears that his cricket career may just be over sooner than later. ANI

New skipper Paine feels the pain of England's mean machine
Australia's reserve wicketkeeper Tim Paine found out on Monday how hard it has been to captain a team against England. ANI

Spinners Hauritz, Doherty to face off for World Cup spot
Test discards Nathan Hauritz and Xavier Doherty are set to duel for the role of Australia's No.1 spinner at the World Cup after both were included in a 14-man squad for the first of seven one-day internationals against England. ANI

Oz cricket captain uncertainty reflects Test preparation woes
Australian cricket is in a sorry state, and it is best summed up by the fact that Cricket Australia is not sure who is the best man to lead the Test side out of the doldrums brought on by consecutive Ashes series defeats. ANI

Pietersen to auction Ashes shirt, bat to help Oz flood victims
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has generously offered to auction a shirt and bat he used during England's Ashes triumph to raise money for the Queensland flood victims. ANI

Low-bid Ryder succeeds in nabbing IPL pay-off
New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder and his manager Aaron Klee have succeeded in securing a spot in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League thanks to offering Ryder at a lesser price to franchise owners. ANI

Beckham ready to take pay cut for playing in Premier League
England midfielder David Beckham is ready take a pay cut for a three-month loan move to Tottenham Hotspur. ANI

Desperate instant millionaire Taylor now seeking Test runs
Key New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has become an instant cricketing millionaire, and now is desperate to score more runs to justify his billing as one of the best batters in the sport. ANI

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