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Sports News on January 24, 2011

Will not step down as IOA President: Kalmadi
After being sacked as the Chairman of Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, a defiant Suresh Kalmadi on Monday refused to comment on the matter, but made it clear that he will not step down from his other post of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President. ANI

Nadal through to Oz Open quarter-finals
World number one Rafael Nadal entered the Australian Open quarter-finals without missing a beat on Monday night. ANI

Pak female players to play in Fed Cup after gap of 12 years
Pakistani female tennis players will take part in the upcoming Fed Cup after a gap of 12 years. ANI

CWG scam: Kalmadi removed as Organising Committee Chairman
Suresh Kalmadi, who was under fire for alleged financial mismanagement in the conduct of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, has been removed as the Chairman of Commonwealth Games Organising Committee. ANI

Bicycle thieves target Australian Open
A gang of bicycle thieves is expected to target the Australian Open following reports that around ten bikes were stolen in a day from outside the grand slam tournament last week. ANI

'Tottenham has lost credibility in bid to gain Olympics stadium'
West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has branded Tottenham's bid to move into the 2012 Olympic Stadium as 'spur of the moment money making' exercise. ANI

Coe backs West Ham's bid to retain 2012 Olympics stadium
London 2012 chief Sebastian Coe has said that Britain's sporting reputation will be trashed if Tottenham is allowed to bulldoze the Olympic Stadium. ANI

Zvonareva, Kvitova sail into quarter-finals of Australian Open
World No.2 Vera Zvonareva cruised into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open by beating Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic on Monday. ANI

No ill feelings despite Oz World Cup snub, says Hopes
Australian all-rounder James Hopes has said that he has no ill feelings against the national selectors despite the World Cup snub. ANI

Soderling crashes out of Australian Open, Murray, Ferrer through to quarters
World No.4 Robin Soderling crashed out of the Australian Open after being beaten by unseeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov on Monday. ANI

Oz selectors wrong to overlook Hopes in World Cup squad: Bracken
Australian fast bowler Nathan Bracken believes that all-rounder James Hopes should not have has been left out of the 15-man squad for the upcoming World Cup. ANI

Sky Sport's presenters forced to apologise over 'sexist comments' during football match
Sky Sports host Richard Keys and his co-host Andy Gray were forced to apologise for their sexist comments aimed at a lineswoman during Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Wolves, when the duo said women "don't know the offside rule." ANI

David Hussey hopes England ODI series 'kick-starts' his career
Australian all-rounder David Hussey is confident that his performance in the ongoing seven-match ODI series against England will 'kick-start his career' going into the 50-over World Cup in the Indian sub-continent. ANI

Clarke 'trying too hard with his batting': David Hussey
Australian all-rounder David Hussey reckons that stand-in ODI captain Michael Clarke may be trying too hard to break his form slump. ANI

Man U denies it has received a bid offer from Qatar
Manchester United has insisted that they were not for sale, despite claims that oil-rich Qatar is prepared to pay up to two billion pounds. ANI

Bennett happy to find his way as change bowler
New Zealand paceman Hamish Bennett is happy to find his way as a change bowler despite being an obvious candidate to open the bowling in one-day international cricket. ANI

Hauritz to use Warne's recovery as motivation to return for World Cup
To return in time for the ICC World Cup beginning February 19 on the subcontinent, spinner Nathan Hauritz will use Shane Warne's remarkable recovery from a dislocated shoulder in 2003 as motivation. ANI

Teen Tomic has embarrassed Nadal, says Laver
Former Australian tennis greats Rod Laver and Roy Emerson have praised 18-year-old Bernard Tomic for pushing World Number One Rafael Nadal during their third-round clash. ANI

Petkovic says bet with coach triggered unique post-match 'Petko Dance'
German tennis star Andrea Petkovic has revealed that her famous "Petko Dance" had evolved after a bet with her coach Petar Popovic. ANI

Oz Open: Federer is still blowing hot and cold
Swiss tennis great and 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is blowing both hot and cold on the tennis circuit in the last year-and-a-half. When he's hot in terms of form, he can't be touched, but when he overreaches himself, and if his opponent is good enough, he can be challenged. ANI

Aussies should stop worrying about captaincy, focus on creating good team: Roebuck
Australia is spending too much time thinking about captaincy and too little thinking about runs, feels cricket columnist Peter Roebuck. ANI

Feud derailing South Africa's World Cup hopes
Cricket South Africa has plunged into a new crisis with the government intervening in an effort to resolve a long-standing dispute within the cricket controlling body. ANI

New Zealand completely outplayed Pak in Wellington ODI: Waqar
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has admitted that his team was completely outplayed by New Zealand in the opening ODI in Wellington. ANI

Tyson's love for pigeons mirrors Brando's 'Waterfront' boxer character
It seems Mike Tyson has some similarities with the boxer character actor Marlon Brando played in 1954 movie 'On The Waterfront', with both sharing a love for pigeons. ANI

Senior Pak cricketers 'either fade away or are made to fade away': Yousuf
Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf, who was omitted from the national squad for the upcoming 50-over World Cup, has said that senior players in the country "either fade away or are made to fade away". ANI

Doctor who helped Pele father twins on run after sexually assault, rape convictions
A leading doctor, who helped football legend Pele to father twins in his 50s, is on run after being convicted of sexually assaulting or raping 39 of his female patients at his clinic in Sao Paulo, Brazil, between 1995 and 2007. ANI

Misbah ideal man to lead Pak in World Cup, says Salman Butt
Former Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt has said that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) must appoint Misbah-ul-Haq as the captain of the national team for the upcoming 50-over World Cup in the Indian sub-continent. ANI

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