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Sports News on January 29, 2011

Li Na appreciates hubby's support for her Australian Open campaign
World No.9 Li Na expressed special thanks to her husband and coach Jiang Shan after her Australian Open campaign ended on a disappointing note on Saturday. ANI

Clijsters battles back against Li Na to win Australian Open
World No.3 Kim Clijsters on Friday won her first Australian Open title with a three-set victory over China's Li Na in the final in Melbourne. ANI

Back-to-back Ashes series from 2013 to keep fans, coffers full
Cricket Australia has confirmed that there will be back-to-back Ashes series from 2013 and Australia will not have to wait for long to regain the urn should they lose again in England that year. ANI

CA needs to implement substantial improvements to restore standards: Roebuck
Noted cricket commentator Peter Roebuck has urged Cricket Australia to instigate an independent review of all cricketing bodies in the country to bring the game back to glory. ANI

Chelsea not desperate for Torres: Ancelotti
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has said that making an offer to Fernando Torres does not make the club desperate for the ace striker. ANI

Tottenham's 'record' 25 million pound bid for Carroll
Tottenham has offered a new improved 25 million pound bid for Newcastle striker Andy Carroll. ANI

Encouraging report on Ponting's finger gives boost to Oz World Cup campaign
After receiving an encouraging report on skipper Ricky Ponting's broken finger, Australia's World Cup campaign has received a huge boost. ANI

Liverpool snubs Chelsea's new offer of 42.5 million pounds plus striker for Torres
Liverpool has reportedly snubbed Chelsea's new offer of 42.5 million pounds plus striker Daniel Sturridge for ace footballer Fernando Torres. ANI

The two balls that led to Tremlett's Ashes heroics
England fast bowler Chris Tremlett has revealed that his career was transformed after bowling coach David Saker saw him bowl a couple of balls during a practice session last year. ANI

Pakistan beats New Zealand in Christchurch ODI to level series 1-1
Pakistan has levelled the six-match ODI series 1-1 by beating New Zealand by 43 runs in the third ODI played in Christchurch today. ANI

Murray's girlfriend to watch Oz Open finals from London home
British tennis champion Andy Murray's long-term girlfriend, Kim Sears, will be watching his Australian Open final against Slovak Novak Djokovic from their London home on Sunday. ANI

Clarke says injured Ponting may yet take part in ongoing England ODI series
Stand-in Australian captain Michael Clarke reckons that injured skipper Ricky Ponting may rejoin the squad ahead of next month's World Cup in the Indian sub-continent. ANI

Clarke ready to 'train his backside off' in quest to find form
Stand-in Australian captain Michael Clarke has said that he is confident of bouncing back to his best ahead of the upcoming World Cup. ANI

Rod Laver backs Murray to overcome Djokovic in Australian Open final
Australian tennis legend Rod Laver believes that World No.5 Andy Murray can break his Grand Slam drought by winning the men's singles title of the ongoing Australian Open. ANI

Tour de France champ Contador vows to fight doping charge, possible suspension
Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador of Spain has vowed to fight a proposal to suspend him and strip him of his 2010 Tour de France title. ANI

Torres urges Liverpool to let him join Chelsea
Ace striker Fernando Torres has urged Liverpool to agree a deal with Chelsea that will benefit both himself and Anfield. ANI

'I'm just one match from Slam glory, insists Murray
Australian Open finalist and British tennis champion Andy Murray believes that he is only one match away from Grand Slam glory. ANI

Two Pakistan umpires likely to officiate in IPL IV
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may have reservations against inviting Pakistani players for the latest edition of the Indian Premier League, but two Pakistan umpires are certain to figure in the next IPL season in India, sources have revealed ANI

Brisbane ODI win would be priceless for Queensland flood victims: Watson
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson reckons that a series-clinching win in Sunday's fifth ODI against England in Brisbane would prove priceless for the Queensland flood victims. ANI

Sky News 'sexist row' presenters close to joining Al Jazeera TV
Sky News presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray, who were accused of sexist comments against a British female referee during a football match last week, have reportedly quit to join Al Jazeera. ANI

Berbatov set 30-goal target, assured of long-term Man U future
Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson has set Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov a 30-goal target and assured him a long-term future at the club. ANI

Trott not guilty of obstructing the field, says S. African umpire
Umpires taking part in the ongoing one-day series between Australia and England have found nothing wrong with middle-order batsman Jonathan Trott's determination to protect his wicket at all costs. ANI

PCB sends clarification to ICC on 'Aamir playing despite suspension' issue
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has completed its investigation into reports that pacer Mohammad Aamir, who is currently under ICC suspension over spot-fixing claims, had bowled in a domestic match. ANI

Oz coaching set-up needs overhaul: Bracken
Retired left-arm swing bowler Nathan Bracken wants Australian cricket's coaching setup to be overhauled so players can spend more time with individual mentors. ANI

Man U midfielder Park Ji-sung retires from international football
Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung has retired from international football after playing his 100th match in the Asian Cup semi-final defeat by Japan on Tuesday. ANI

Liverpool to sign Uruguayan striker Suarez for 23 million pounds
Liverpool has agreed to sign Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez from Dutch club Ajax for 23 million pounds. ANI

Sexy swimmer Luiza Hryniewicz to strip off for Playboy
Gorgeous swimmer Luiza Hryniewicz is set to strip off for next month's Playboy magazine. ANI

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