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Sports News on January 16, 2011

New South Wales coach backs Hauritz's Oz selection for World Cup
Australia will be leaving behind one of its best-performed 50-over bowlers in the past two years should it overlook off-spinner Nathan Hauritz for next month's World Cup in the Indian sub-continent, New South Wales coach Matthew Mott has said. ANI

Sania Mirza to face Justine Henin in Australian Open
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza will face former World No.1 Justine Henin in her first round match of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Monday. ANI

Cricket Australia extends coach Nielsen's contract
Cricket Australia (CA) has extended the contract of national coach Tim Nielsen by two years. ANI

Steve Waugh still waiting for call from Cricket Australia
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has said that he is yet to be approached by Cricket Australia (CA) over his offer to accept the role of mentor to the national team. ANI

2012 London Olympics tickets to be on sale from March 15
Tickets for the 2012 London Olympic Games will go on sale from March 15, organizers have announced. ANI

Melbourne ODI win against England is 'nice start' after Ashes defeat: Watson
Australian opening batsman Shane Watson, who hit a majestic century on Sunday, has said that winning the Melbourne ODI against England was the perfect way to start the seven-match series. ANI

Watson stars as Australia beat England by six wickets in Melbourne ODI
Australian opening batsman Shane Watson scored an unbeaten century to help his team chase down the target of 295 to beat England by six wickets in the first ODI in Melbourne. ANI

PCB should 'come clean' on Kaneria, Malik non-selection issue: Basit Ali
Former Pakistan cricket team selector Basit Ali has launched a scathing attack on the Pakistan Cricket Board for mishandling the non selection of Danish Kaneria and Shoaib Malik, and urged it to come clean on the matter. ANI

Lorgat promises disclosure of spot-fixing probe details after verdict is out
International Cricket Council Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has promised that all details pertaining to spot-fixing investigations will be revealed, once the verdict is announced on February 5. ANI

Dirty politics affecting Pakistan tennis
Dirty politics has engulfed the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF), which has been divided into several groups on the issue of national trials and the venue of the Fed Cup. ANI

Football legend Paul Gascoigne to sue News of the World over phone hacking claims
Ex-England footballer Paul Gascoigne has joined a list of celebrities who will sue the News of the World tabloid for allegedly hacking his phone. ANI

Injured Tendulkar out of South Africa ODI series, Parthiv Patel to replace him
Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out of ongoing ODI series against South Africa due to a hamstring injury. ANI

Adnan Akmal playing in wicket-keeping gear borrowed from McCullum
Pakistan wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal had to borrow wicket-keeping gear from his New Zealand counterpart, Brendon McCullum, as he was called to join Pakistan's Test squad at the last minute. ANI

Spot-fixing verdict won't tarnish World Cup: Haroon Lorgat
The verdict on spot-fixing case involving key Pakistani players will not tarnish the World Cup event, International Cricket Council Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has said. ANI

Tennis ace Ana Ivanovic says split from beau affected her game
Tennis ace Ana Ivanovic says her break-up from her longtime love, Australian golfer Adam Scott, affected her game. ANI

Grand Slam history beckons Nadal, but he insists he is under no pressure
The prospect of the 24-year-old Spaniard Rafael Nadal becoming only the third man ever to hold all four Grand Slam titles is the talk of this year's Australian Open, which begins tomorrow, but Nadal himself insists that he feels under no more pressure than normal. ANI

Stephen Fleming tipped to be next India cricket coach
As ex-India coach John Wright tries to rescue his country's cricket team, former Black Caps skipper Stephen Fleming is a top prospect to be named India's next coach. ANI

Sri Lanka tries to buy top Kiwis for T20 comp
Several of New Zealand's biggest-hitting cricketers have been given yet another opportunity to line their pockets with wads of dollars after receiving approaches to take part in the Sri Lankan domestic Twenty20 competition midway through the year. ANI

England's bowling attack is 'the best in the world': Border
Former Australian captain Allan Border reckons the England team for the recent Ashes series had its best bowling unit in almost 20 years. ANI

Richie Richardson named new West Indies manager
Former West Indies captain Richie Richardson has been appointed as the new manager of the national team. ANI

'Rally for Relief' raises two million dollars for Oz flood victims
Tennis stars who are in Melbourne for the Australian Open, raised almost two million pounds by taking part in a charity event, 'Rally for Relief', to help the flood victims of Queensland. ANI

Divert Oz teenage athletes back to cricket: Border
Former Australian captain Allan Border has said that Cricket Australia (CA) must divert teenage athletes from Australian Football League (AFL) and other sports to rebuild the national team following the recent Ashes disaster. ANI

Redknapp is Fergie's choice for England manager after Capello
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp should be England's manager after Italian Fabio Capello completes his contract in 2012. ANI

Oz Open: Nadal, Clijsters touted as favourites to win
A majority of tennis veterans associated with the Australian Open have predicted that Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Belgian Kim Clijsters as the favourites to win this year's Grand Slam in Melbourne, given their form of the past year, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. ANI

Grand Slam tennis: Nadal needs to be wary as Federer not dead yet
The numbers show that the 29-year-old Roger Federer is quite capable of pulling the plug on Rafael Nadal's party in Melbourne during the Australian Open. ANI

Amir Khan insists he's not behind Jordan's marriage split
Boxer Amir Khan has dismissed claims that he is the reason for Katie Price's split from Alex Reid. ANI

Ex-Test stars slam Oz selectors repeated snub of Hodge
Former Australian Test stars have called on the selectors to explain their treatment of Victorian Brad Hodge as he faces the prospect of being snubbed for the World Cup. ANI

Capello in dark about appointment of new England football coach
Italian Fabio Capello has been left in the dark over the appointment of a new English coach to the national team set-up. ANI

Murray has two years to win grand slam title: Becker
Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has said that British tennis star Andy Murray has only two years left to possibly win a grand slam title, and adds that after that, it would be next to impossible to do. ANI

Is Posh expecting a baby girl?
Soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria are expecting their fourth baby in the summer and after three boys, it is no secret that they are hoping for a girl. ANI

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