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Sports News on January 17, 2011

Dalglish eyeing to rebuild Liverpool to revive Premier League standing
Liverpool's new manager Kenny Dalglish has vowed to revive the club's fortunes. ANI

Wozniacki, Sharapova, Venus sail into round two of Australian Open
World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki overcame a nervy performance to get her Australian Open campaign under way with victory over Argentina's Gisela Dulko. ANI

UK football stars using loophole to avoid paying millions in tax
Top English Premiership footballers like Wayne Rooney and Gareth Barry are using a loophole in the government's revenue and customs service to avoid paying millions of pounds in tax. ANI

Sania Mirza goes down fighting to Henin in opening round of Australian Open
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza went down fighting to former World No.1 Justine Henin in her first round match of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Monday. ANI

Defending champion Federer cruises into round two of Australian Open
Defending champion Roger Federer blasted his way into the second round of the Australian Open by beating Lukas Lacko 6-1 6-1 6-3 on Monday. ANI

Hussey's World Cup participation in doubt due to hamstring injury
Australian middle-order batsman Mike Hussey's place in his country's World Cup squad is in doubt, as he is reportedly facing at least a month on the sidelines with a hamstring tear. ANI

Lap dance for mascot at Boston Blazers lacrosse game angers fans
The Boston Blazers lacrosse team has caused fury among their fans after scantily clad dancers performed a lap dance on their mascot during halftime. ANI

Uninspiring World Cup, a thing of the past
The World Cup has become the most overblown and uninspiring global sporting event. ANI

Body blow to Oz as injured Michael Hussey doubtful for World Cup
Australian batsman Michael Hussey is doubtful for next month's 50-over World Cup in the Indian sub-continent due to a hamstring injury. ANI

Miracle if Man U finish Premier League season unbeaten: Redknapp
Tottenham Hotspurs manager Harry Redknapp believes that it will take some divine intervention for Manchester United to finish unbeaten in the current season. ANI

'10-hour monthly flights to India' come as a surprise to Blackburn Rovers' new manager
Blackburn Rovers' new manager Steve Kean has conceded that the monthly meeting with the club's owners in India, Venky's, was not quite what he had anticipated. ANI

Millionaire Bernie Ecclestone has to work to care of his daughters' bills!
Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that the financial needs of his two daughters and his ex-wife Slavica will keep him in the business for years to come. ANI

Coach Capello finally gets in touch with Becks
England coach Fabio Capello made contact with former national star David Beckham yesterday - and gave him a big hug at White Hart Lane. ANI

Ferguson sets Man U's clash with Chelsea as Premier League title D-Day
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that the Premier League champions will be decided when this team faces Chelsea on March 1 at Stamford Bridge. ANI

Tasmanian Krejza still hopeful about playing Test cricket for Australia
Discarded Australian off-spinner Jason Krejza, who now turns out for Tasmania in the domestic Sheffield Shield championship, stills nurtures hopes of playing for the country again. ANI

Dhoni to lead India in 2011 World Cup
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday announced India's dream team for the 2011 World Cup, which would be led by wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni. ANI

Pakistan takes first-innings lead in Wellington Test against New Zealand
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq scored 99 on Monday to help his team take a first-innings lead of 20 runs on the third day of the second Test being played against New Zealand in Wellington. ANI

PCB divided over retaining Afridi as Pak captain for World Cup
The captaincy issue has once again come back to haunt the Pakistan cricket team, with some players and officials raising questions over the 'behaviour and attitude' of current limited-overs skipper Shahid Afridi. ANI

'Lee firming for World Cup selection after impressing in Melbourne ODI'
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee is ready to lead the national team's bowling attack in next month's 50-over World Cup after impressing in the Melbourne ODI win over England, a noted cricket columnist has said. ANI

Beckham denies he slept with hooker in five-page court statement
Footie ace David Beckham has filed a five-page court statement in which he has denied claims he slept with a prostitute. ANI

PCB's 'no-media interaction' policy paying dividends for the board
Pakistan Cricket Board's new policy that gags its officials, national players and team management from giving out reckless statements in the media or leaking out inside information appears to have started to pay dividends for the board. ANI

Pakistan cricket to benefit from players' exclusion from IPL: Waqar Younis
Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis feels the fact that his players will be missing from the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 tournament is good for Pakistan cricket. ANI

Watson batted with the vigour needed to lift tense comrades: Roebuck
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson had dragged the team from wretchedness and apparently inevitable defeat to memorable victory in the first ODI against England, noted cricket commentator Peter Roebuck has said. ANI

Murray to face convicted drug cheat Karol Beck in Australian Open
British tennis star Andy Murray will kick off his Australian Open campaign against convicted drug cheat Karol Beck on Tuesday. ANI

Srikanth, selectors in Chennai to select India's World Cup 2011 team
The chairman of the national cricket selection committee, K Srikanth and the three other members of the committee have arrived here to pick the final squad for World Cup 2011. ANI

Vettori endorses Stephen Fleming for Team India coaching position
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has said that Stephen Fleming would be ideal for the soon to be vacant Team India coaching position. ANI

Oz opener Hughes says he won't forgive Botham for calling him a 'cheat'
Australian opener Phillip Hughes has said that he was quite shocked when he was told by skipper Michael Clarke that former England great Ian Botham had called him a cheat for claiming a catch at short-leg of the bat of England opener Alastair Cook. ANI

Aussies must embrace criticism to revive on-field fortunes: Kasprowicz
Australia must embrace criticism and hard-core discipline to revive its on-field fortunes following the recent Ashes disaster, former fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz has said. ANI

My mind and heart has been more in flood-hit Queensland than cricket, says Watson
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has said that his thoughts have been on the Queensland floods rather than taking on England in the ongoing seven-match ODI series. ANI

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