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Sports News on January 15, 2011

AFC chief against Qatar hosting 2022 World Cup jointly with other Gulf nations
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Mohamed Bin Hammam, who could succeed FIFA President Sepp Blatter in May, has countered suggestions that matches of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be shared around the Gulf. ANI

Stephanie Rice says she's matured a lot since last year
Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice has revealed that she matured and grew up a lot after the turbulent time she had last year, in which she had to face many ups and downs. ANI

Pietersen driven to raise money after watching devastation of Queensland floods
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has said that he offered to auction off his Ashes kit to raise money for the flood victims after watching shocking footage of the devastation in Queensland. ANI

WBA champ Amir Khan refuses to be a 'cash-cow' for pricey title wanabees
British boxing ace Amir Khan has hinted that he may ditch plans to fight American boxer Lamont Peterson. ANI

Stosur dedicates her Australian Open campaign to her late grandfather
Tennis star Samantha Stosur has said that she will dedicate her Australian Open campaign to her grandfather, who passed away on Friday. ANI

Oz players tell Cricket Australia Board members to sack themselves
Australian cricketers have asked the cricket board to resign in the wake of the Ashes debacle, and have called for an independent commission to run the game. ANI

Chelsea must win 15 of 17 games left to stay in Premiere League title hunt: Ancelotti
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has said that they must win at least 15 of their remaining 17 Premier League games to stand any chance of retaining the title. ANI

'Frustrated' Redkanpp all but gives up hope of signing Beckham for Tottenham stint
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has given the clearest hint that he will ditch plans to sign ace midfielder David Beckham. ANI

Cricket Australia must make cricket a more inclusive game in Australia: Jones
Former Australian batsman Dean Jones has urged Cricket Australia (CA) to work harder to broaden its recruiting horizons. ANI

Pakistan on top after day one of Wellington Test against Kiwis
Pakistan were on top in the second Test against New Zealand, as the home team scrambled to 246-6 at the close of play on the first day at Basin Reserve, Wellington. ANI

Dumped Hauritz rewarded for astounding domestic performance in December
Australian off-spinner Nathan Hauritz has bounced back from his disappointing Ashes omission by winning the Australian Cricket Association (ACA)'s player of the month award for December. ANI

No international cricket match to be played in Pakistan, for now: Dave Richardson
The International Cricket Council (ICC) General Manager for operations, Dave Richardson, has made it clear that an immediate return of international cricket to Pakistan is not possible. ANI

Kenny Dalglish reckons his return can give Liverpool push towards derby glory
Liverpool's new boss Kenny Dalglish reckons that his return to Anfield can give the club a push towards derby glory. ANI

'Bargain-buy' Vettori ideal IPL replacement for Kumble: Mallya
Royal Challengers Bangalore owner Vijay Mallya has said Daniel Vettori was the ideal replacement for RCB's retired skipper Anil Kumble, and added that he "kept a little back" to secure the New Zealand captain amid the auction frenzy. ANI

No one annihilated Australia in the manner England did: Fletcher
Ashes-winning ex-England coach Duncan Fletcher has said that he has not seen any team annihilate Australia in the manner England did during the just concluded Ashes series. ANI

Aussies face fight of their life to retain World Cup crown: Roebuck
Noted cricket commentator Peter Roebuck reckons that the Australian team and management is not prepared for next month's 50-over World Cup in the Indian sub-continent. ANI

Akram backs PCB's decision to retain Afridi as Pak ODI skipper
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has backed the Pakistan Cricket Board's decision to retain Shahid Afridi as skipper for the one-day series in New Zealand, starting January 22 in Wellington. ANI

Oz cricketers attending breakfast functions ahead of Tests 'supreme error of judgment'
Blasting cricketers for jeopardising their preparations during the Ashes series, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said Michael Clarke and Phillip Hughes made a "supreme error of judgment" in attending functions on the morning of Tests. ANI

Federer tips Nadal to win Australian Open
Defending champion and 16-time grand slam winner Roger Federer has tipped Rafael Nadal to win the Australian Open this year, as the World No.1 chases history. ANI

Indian sub-continent will be ready to host World Cup: Lorgat
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Haroon Lorgat has said that the Indian sub-continent will be ready to host next month's 50-over World Cup, although he that admits five grounds are yet to be completed. ANI

Collingwood says Twenty20 loss won't hurt England's momentum against Aussies
England Twenty20 captain Paul Collingwood insists that his team's momentum remains strong heading into the seven-match ODI series against Australia. ANI

Spot-fixing verdict on Pak cricketers would not affect World Cup: ICC chief
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Haroon Lorgat has played down suggestions that a verdict on the spot-fixing allegations against three Pakistan players would cast a shadow over next month's 50-over World Cup. ANI

Dundee United footballers questioned over 'serious sexual assault'
Two football players who belong to Dundee United have been questioned over alleged sexual assault. ANI

Tiger Woods Nike ads named 'worst celeb endorsement' of 2010
Golfer Tiger Woods has been named the worst celebrity endorsement of 2010. ANI

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