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Sports News on January 14, 2011

Maharashtra Congress unit's culture wing questions IPL legality
The Maharashtra unit of the Congress Party has questioned the legality of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction held for the fourth edition at the ITC Gardenia Hotel in Bengaluru on January 8 and 9. ANI

Australia beat England by four runs to win in Melbourne Twenty20
Australia squared the two-match Twenty20 series against England on Friday, by beating the visitors by four runs in the second Twenty20 international that was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). ANI

'Balancing aggression with concentration key to my success,' says Tremlett
England fast bowler Chris Tremlett has said that avoiding false bravado and staying true to himself was the key to his newfound success during the recent Ashes series against Australia. ANI

Surrey sign Tait for Twenty20 competition
Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait will be English county team Surrey's overseas player for this season's Friends Provident Twenty20 competition. ANI

Vettori, Wright say Kiwi failure in Wellington Test 'not an option'
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori and coach John Wright have demanded a better performance from the team in the second Test against Pakistan, starting in Wellington on Saturday. ANI

Pak hockey coach rules out return to country until 'security concerns' addressed
Pakistan could lose their hockey coach Michel van den Heuvel, as he has decided not to return to the country until his 'security concerns' are addressed. ANI

Australia set England 148 to win in Melbourne Twenty20
Australia has set a 148-run target for England to achieve in the second Twenty20 international being played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here this evening. ANI

Pak aiming for Test series whitewash against New Zealand: Waqar
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has said that his team is focused on achieving a 2-0 win in the two-Test series against New Zealand.It's a new year and it's a new set up. I would definitely like to say the team is a lot hungrier than what I've seen in the past," The Age quoted Waqar, as saying. It's a good unit so hopefully this year will bring us good results," he added. ANI

Pak-India hockey series in doldrums
A hockey series to be played between India and Pakistan is in the doldrums, as both nations are still negotiating to organise it. ANI

Martin says Ahmedabad Test against India helped him regain form
New Zealand fast bowler Chris Martin reckons that his comeback Ahmedabad Test against India in November had helped him regain his confidence and form. ANI

Spot-fixing case handling 'worst example of ICC's incompetence': Former PCB CEO
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has showed its "incompetence" by the way it has so far dealt with the spot-fixing scandal involving key Pakistani players, former PCB chief executive officer Colonel (r) Rafi Nasim has said. ANI

Wrestling coach in US put on paid leave for calling Obama an 'idiot'
An Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter has been put on paid leave from his job as a wrestling coach after he insulted President Obama's intelligence and challenged him to a fight. ANI

Finch backs Aussies to bounce back in Melbourne Twenty20 against England
Australian batsman Aaron Finch is confident that his team can bounce back in Friday's second Twenty20 International against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). ANI

Cook awarded 'Freedom of the City of London' for Ashes heroics
England opening batsman Alastair Cook has been awarded the 'Freedom of the City of London' following his exploits in the recent historic Ashes win over Australia.he ancient honour is given to those who have made an outstanding contribution to London life or to reward a significant achievement, and has previously been awarded to England captain Andrew Strauss. ANI

Tribunal's decision to defer spot-fixing verdict may be "silver lining" for Aamir: Lawyer
The ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal's decision to defer the spot-fixing verdict until next month can be a "silver lining" for suspended Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Aamir, his lawyer has said. ANI

Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko calls UK boxer Haye a liar and loser
Ukrainian pugilist Wladimir Klitschko has branded David Haye a 'liar' and a 'loser' and questioned his claims that he will retire this year. ANI

Australia-England Twenty20 match in Melbourne to go ahead
Cricket Australia (CA) has said that it expects Friday's Twenty20 International between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) to go ahead, with rain forecast to clear. ANI

Coach Mancini fines four Man City stars for fighting during training
Coach Roberto Mancini has fined four Manchester City stars for fighting at training. ANI

Chelsea midfielder Lampard wants to be club boss one day
Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has indicated that he would like to take up a management role in football one day. ANI

Dutch star Van Der Vaart wants to stay at Spurs forever
Dutch football star Rafael Van Der Vaart wants to stay at Spurs for the rest of his career. ANI

Tottenham coach Redknapp says Man U won't last season unbeaten
Tottenham coach Harry Redknapp has said that this won't be a vintage season for Manchester United on the pitch. ANI

'Talented' Kiwis must beat 'pretty average' Pak in Wellington Test: McMillan
Former New Zealand batsman Craig McMillan insists that nothing less than a victory is acceptable for the national team against a "pretty average" Pakistan team in the second and final Test, starting in Wellington on Saturday. ANI

Kamran has been supportive throughout my career, says Adnan Akmal
Pakistan wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal insists that his eldest brother, Kamran, had been supportive right throughout his career, even when he replaced him during the Test series against South Africa and the ongoing series against New Zealand. ANI

Tennis stars unite for 'Rally for Relief' for Oz flood victims
Tennis stars who are in Melbourne for the Australian Open, will take part in a charity event, 'Rally for Relief', to help the flood victims of Queensland. ANI

Franklin likely starter in Wellington Test against Pakistan
New Zealand coach John Wright has hinted that all-rounder James Franklin may be included in the final eleven for the second and final Test against Pakistan. ANI

Dalglish wants Liverpool cash to get new players
Manager Kenny Dalglish has said that he will sit down with Liverpool owner John W Henry today to see if he will be given transfer cash this month. ANI

In Ponting and Chappell's eyes, Watson is the key to Oz World Cup hopes
In Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting's eyes, the nation's chances of winning the World Cup for a fourth consecutive time rest with New South Wales all-rounder Shane Watson. ANI

Tiger Woods 'possessive' about ex Elin Nordegren
Love-rat Tiger Woods is reportedly 'possessive' about his ex-wife Elin Nordegren. ANI

No room for both Tait and Lee in Oz WC squad
Australia's loss to England in the first of two Twenty20 matches in Adelaide a couple of days ago with both Brett Lee and Shaun Tait in the line-up, has led to doubts about both being selected for next month's World Cup in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. ANI

Vettori recovers from mystery illness ahead of 'must win' Wellington Test
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has said that he has recovered from his mystery illness, and will lead the team in the second and final Test against Pakistan in Wellington. ANI

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