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Sports News on January 25, 2011

Oz Open: Schiavone loses to Denmark's Wozniacki in quarter-finals
Italian tennis star Francesca Schiavone has lost her quarter-final match to Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki just two days after establishing a record of playing the longest match for women in tennis. ANI

Pak drops Akhtar, Shafiq from second ODI against NZ, four players dope tested
Pakistan has named its final eleven-member squad for the second one-day international against New Zealand, dropping pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar and middle order batsman Asad Shafiq from the team. ANI

Anderson played Ashes in Australia with back pain
England strike bowler James Anderson has revealed that he played the victorious Ashes series Down Under with a back injury, and added that at times, he feared he might ruin his Ashes campaign. ANI

Newcastle FC owner gambles away 970K quid at a casino
Newcastle United football club owner Mike Ashley blew up a staggering 970,000 pounds in just a couple of hours gambling at a casino, the Daily Mail has reported. ANI

Inzamam blasts PCB for dividing Pak team into Afridi and Misbah camps
Former Pakistan cricket captain Inzamamul Haq has slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board for creating factions within the national side by delaying the naming of a captain for next month's World Cup. ANI

Oz eves reclaim Ashes on one-off Sydney Test
Australia have restored some much needed cricketing pride with the women's team wrestling the Ashes back from England. ANI

Committee deciding on Olympic Stadium bid says it needs more time
The Olympic Park Legacy Company has decided it needs more time to reach a decision on a preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium. ANI

Sky Sports presenter apologises for UK soccer sexism row
Sky Sports presenter Richards Keys has apologised to assistant soccer referee Sian Massey for the sexist comments he made about her. ANI

Barca ready to sell full back Alves to Man City, says Cruyff
Barcelona's honorary president and former Dutch international Johan Cruyff believes the Spanish club is ready to sell 25-million-pound-rated Dani Alves to Manchester City. ANI

Rocking Roo will strike for Man U against Blackpool: Veteran Giggs
Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs has warned Blackpool, which is Indian owned, that goal-shy striker Wayne Rooney is ready to rock. ANI

Ratings prove one-day international cricket isn't dead yet
If fresh ratings are anything to go by, one-day international cricket has been given the "kiss of life". ANI

Oz selectors delighted with Lee's form going into World Cup
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee could be just as invaluable to Australia's World Cup campaign in the Indian subcontinent as current golden boy Shane Watson, given his form in the ongoing one-day series against England. ANI

Injured Swann to return to England
England off spinner Graeme Swann will be sent home from the Australian tour because of a back injury. ANI

Coach Wright prioritises results for Black Caps
New Zealand cricket team coach John Wright has made it clear that he is on the lookout for results in the lead up to the World Cup that is to be played on the Indian subcontinent from next month. ANI

Clarke has till end of World Cup to regain form: Greg Chappell
Australia's full-time selector Greg Chappell has guaranteed vice-captain Michael Clarke's spot in the national squad until after the World Cup that is being played in the Indian subcontinent, despite the latter struggling both on and off the field. ANI

Farrel's hattrick helps Oz eves close in on the Ashes
The Australian women's cricket team is 169 runs away from achieving what their male counterparts failed so dismally to do this summer - win back the Ashes on home soil. ANI

Federer crushes Wawrinka, enters Oz Open semi-final for eighth time
Swiss Grand Slam champion Roger Federer crushed countryman Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets to reach the Australian Open semi finals on Tuesday. ANI

Twitter posts not helping Clarke's public image
Australian cricket vice-captain Michael Clarke continues to alienate himself from the nation's public with his off-field actions. ANI

China's Li Na ousts Germany's Petkovic to enter Oz Open semi-finals
Chinese ninth seed Li Na entered her second consecutive Australian Open semi-final after comprehensively defeating Germany's Andrea Petkovic 6-2 6-4 in just 80 minutes. ANI

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