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Sports News on January 3, 2011

Peter Taylor backs Beer to succeed in Sydney Test
Former Australian off-spinner Peter Taylor has backed left-arm spinner Michael Beer to succeed where Xavier Doherty and the eight other spinners selected since spin legend Shane Warne's retirement have failed. ANI

FIFA set to launch anti-corruption committee to improve image
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has revealed that FIFA is set to form an anti-corruption body aimed at improving the image of football's governing body. ANI

Ponting to undergo surgery on fractured finger
Australian captain Ricky Ponting will undergo surgery on his fractured finger, which forced him to sit out of the fifth and final Test of the Ashes series. ANI

England on top in rain-hit Sydney Test
England were on top on a rain-affected opening day of the fifth and final Ashes Test in Sydney, as Australia reached 4-134 at stumps. ANI

Wayne Rooney's cousin calls his forgiving wife Coleen 'stupid'
Love-rat Wayne Rooney's cousin has called his forgiving wife Coleen 'stupid'. ANI

Beckham branded a 'selfish pig' by Los Angeles Galaxy fan
Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has been branded a 'selfish pig' by one of the club's supporter for wanting to join English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. ANI

Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs makes fitness DVD
Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has become the new face for the world of workout DVDs. ANI

Coe backs Beckham as coach of British 2012 Olympic football team
David Beckham has been backed as a potential coach of the British 2012 Olympic football team. ANI

Manchester City agrees to pay 27 million pounds for Dzeko
Manchester City has agreed a 27 million pounds cut-price fee with Wolfsburg for highly-rated Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko. ANI

Blackburn's Indian owners left red-faced over Ronaldinho Twitter claim
London, Jan 3 Brazil winger Ronaldinho has become the central figure in the latest embarrassment to befall Blackburn Rovers' Indian owners, Venky's, following a Twitter post suggesting that they had offered the AC Milan ace a six million pounds a year deal. ANI

Ancelotti banking on transfer window to save Chelsea job
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is banking on a transfer hand-out from the club's Russian owner Roman Abramovich to help him save his job. ANI

Afridi, Butt to discuss Pak World Cup probables, ODI squad for NZ series
Pakistan ODI captain Shahid Afridi will meet Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt at the PCB headquarters on Monday to finalise the probables for the 2011 World Cup as well as a 15-member squad for the one-day international series in New Zealand. ANI

Beckhham not a marketing tool, can buy any club he wants: Redknapp
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has said that ace midfielder David Beckham is so wealthy he could buy any Premier League club he wants. ANI

Ashley Cole left 'close to tears' as Cheryl celebrates NY's with new lover
Love-rat Ashley Cole was left heartbroken after ex-wife Cheryl Cole jetted off with alleged lover Derek Hough to join a New Year's Eve bash in South Africa. ANI

Strauss must stop 'missing a lot tactically' to gain world No.1 Test spot: Warne
Australian spin legend Shane Warne reckons that Andrew Strauss must stop "missing a lot tactically" if England are to achieve their goal of becoming the world's No.1 Test team. ANI

Premier League clubs must stand up against player power: Ferguson
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that striker Wayne Rooney's contract stand-off last year has proved that the club would be "finished" if they ever allow players to become more important than the manager. ANI

Ferguson has 'no plans' for retirement
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that all thoughts of retirement are firmly off his agenda. ANI

Collingwood may retire after Sydney Ashes Test
England batsman Paul Collingwood has suggested that the ongoing fifth and final Test of the Ashes series in Sydney may be his last. ANI

Hilditch supports out-of-form Hughes to be long-term Oz Test opener
Cricket Australia's chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch has backed Phillip Hughes of being a long-term Test opener for the national team despite his unsuccessful run in the ongoing Ashes series. ANI

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