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Sports News on January 6, 2011

Sydney Test 'perfect moment' to bow out of Test cricket: Collingwood
England all-rounder Paul Collingwood has said that he is looking forward to the opportunity of bowing out of Test cricket as an Ashes series winner in Australia on Friday. ANI

Kiwi-Pak Test series just an entree for one-dayers
Such is the seemingly all-consuming focus on the one-day World Cup, the test series between New Zealand and Pakistan threatens to be little more than an entree ahead of the standard main course diet of limited overs cricket the remainder of the summer promises. ANI

2006 match between S. Africa, Australia voted greatest ODI ever
South Africa's win in Johannesburg in 2006, when the home side scored a then-record 438 for nine to beat Australia, has been voted the greatest one-day international match ever. ANI

Shoaib Malik "hugely disappointed" over exclusion from preliminary WC squad
Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has expressed disappointment over being ignored by selectors for the preliminary World Cup squad, saying that missing the mega event is "a big setback" for him. ANI

Salman Butt's former lawyer predicts 'long-term ban' for tainted trio at Doha hearing
Suspended Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt's former lawyer has predicted that the International Cricket Council (ICC) may hand out long-term bans to the tainted trio- Butt, Mohammed Aamir and Mohammad Asif- at the ongoing anti-corruption tribunal hearing in Doha. ANI

Kamran delighted over inclusion in Pak's preliminary World Cup squad
Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal has expressed happiness over his inclusion in the country's preliminary squad for World Cup 2011. ANI

30 best Pak players chosen for World Cup: Mohsin Khan
Pakistan's chief selector Mohsin Khan has expressed satisfaction over the balance and makeup of the preliminary 30-member squad for World Cup 2011. ANI

Haye fumes at Klitschkos for avoiding bout with him
A furious David Haye of Britainhas claimed he is done chasing the Klitschko brothers. ANI

I don't fear being sacked: Ancelotti
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has said he does not fear being sacked despite conceding that the club's Premier League title challenge is over. ANI

Hodgson refuses to discuss his Liverpool future
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has refused to discuss his future after another shock defeat, even as club fans clamour for Kenny Dalglish. ANI

Pak's preliminary World Cup squad gets mixed reaction from former players
Pakistan's 30-member preliminary squad for World Cup 2011 has drawn mixed reactions from former national players. ANI

Manchester United can become new Invincibles: Nani
Nani, who scored a winner against Stoke, has predicted that Manchester United can become the new Invincibles by going through the Premier League season unbeaten. ANI

Beckham free to join Tottenham
LA Galaxy has given David Beckham the green light for a loan move to England, and the ace midfielder is hoping his loan deal to Tottenham will be completed by the end of the week. ANI

Blatter facing challenge from Qatari rival to hold onto his position as FIFA Chief
FIFA president Sepp Blatter is facing a challenge for his position from his most likely opponent-Asian football supremo Mohamed Bin Hammam, the Qatari who delivered a stunning victory for his country in the contest to host the 2022 World Cup. ANI

England three wickets away from Sydney Ashes Test glory
England is only three wickets away from winning the Ashes series 3-1 following another brilliant performance by their bowlers on day four of the fifth and final Test against Australia being played in Sydney. ANI

Warne'S 10-point plan to lift Aussies after Ashes humiliation
Former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne has revealed a 10-point plan to improve his country's cricketing fortunes after the Ashes debacle. ANI

Cook, Clarke defend Hughes after Botham's 'cheat' call
England opener Alastair Cook has leapt to the defence of Australian fielder Phillip Hughes after he was branded a cheat by former England all-rounder Ian Botham and the British press. ANI

TV decisions tarnishing Sydney Test outcome
England opener Alastair Cook says players risked having egg on their face if they were foolish enough to bluff technology after two controversial decisions marred another day of dominance by England at the SCG yesterday. ANI

Clarke demands ICC action on video referrals after Bell 'edge'
Australian captain Michael Clarke wants the International Cricket Council (ICC) to clarify the use of video referral technology after England's Ian Bell dodged an "edge" to score a controversial century. ANI

Never seen Australian team going backwards so soon: Neil Harvey
Drawing parallel with the situation when Kerry Packer robbed the Australian Test team of its top talent in the late 1970s, former captain Neil Harvey has said that he has never seen an Australian team go backwards so quickly. ANI

MacGill favours Hauritz, says Beer clearly not the best spinner
Former spinner Stuart MacGill, who in 2004 bowled alongside Shane Warne, has said that Michael Beer is clearly not the best spinner the country has to offer, and favours Test duscard Nathan Hauritz to play in the Australian team. ANI

Toni Braxton 'considering' Playboy offer
Toni Braxton has revealed that she is considering taking up an offer to pose partially nude for Playboy magazine. ANI

Dickie Bird says UDRS 'belittling' umpires, holding the game up
Former cricket umpire Dickie Bird reckons that the increased use of technology in international cricket will turn umpires into mere bystanders. ANI

Collingwood retires from Test cricket
England batsman Paul Collingwood, who has struggled for runs in this Test series, has announced his retirement from Test cricket at the end of the fifth Ashes match in Sydney, but will continue to play the one-day game. ANI

Boxer Danny Green recovering in Perth hospital after appendix surgery
World IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green was recovering in a hospital in Perth after being rushed there following a near appendix burst. ANI

South Africa's No 2 Test ranking in jeopardy
South Africa is in danger of losing their No 2 Test ranking position if they lose the third and final Test against India at Newlands. ANI

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