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Sports News on March 16, 2011

Preparation of national teams for London Olympics gets under way
Sports Minister Ajay Maken today said that the preparation of national teams for XXX London Olympic Games got under way. ANI

Rooney warns 'bring on Barcelona'
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has said that the players are not afraid for any one including Barcelona, after Javier Hernandez twice to help United reach Champions League last eight. ANI

Pakistan out of cycle of controversies, back on winning track: Waqar
Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis feels that his team, which had been plagued by last year's spot-fixing scandal and disciplinary issues involving the players, is now "out of this cycle of controversies" and back on the winning track. ANI

Mancini orders City players to forget about Man U
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has asked his players to forget about Manchester United and the FA Cup semi-final showdown for now. ANI

Andy Murray, bro Jamie eye doubles gold at London Olympics
British No.1 Andy Murray and his brother Jamie have set their sights on winning doubles gold at London Olympics in 2012. ANI

Arsenal fans told to pay more to watch team play
Arsenal fans will now have to pay 6.5 times more to watch their favorites play from next season, dealing another blow to them after team dismal performance in last two weeks. ANI

Tremlett to replace Anderson for crunch World Cup tie against West Indies
England is all set to replace fast bowler Jimmy Anderson, who has struggled to find form during the World Cup, with Chris Tremlett for Thursday's crucial game against West Indies. ANI

Young snubs Villa to join top Premier League clubs
Aston Villa winger Ashley Young, who has been a long-term target of Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal, is poised to snub a new contract with the club to join a top Premier League club this summer. ANI

I need to make a permanent decision on England captaincy: Capello
England manager Fabio Capello thinks that Rio Ferdinand will understand why he is planning to reinstate John Terry as the captain of the national team. ANI

'Disappointed' Pak scrambles to arrange another hockey series after India postponement
The postponement of Pakistan's three-match hockey series against India has come as a huge disappointment for the Greenshirts, who have been short of international fixtures since their 2010 Asian Games triumph, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Associate Secretary Rana Mujahid has said. ANI

Kamran may replace Ahmed as Pak's opening batsman against Australia: Afridi
Pakistan's wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal is likely to replace Ahmed Shehzad as the opening batsman for the World Cup match against Australia in Colombo on March 19, captain Shahid Afridi has said. ANI

Australia still a bit soft in the middle: Roebuck
Cricket columnist Peter Roebuck has said that Australia's performance in the 2011 World Cup has been unconvincing. ANI

Obama puts basketball bets on Pittsburgh Panthers
US President Barack Obama has announced his NCAA March Madness picks, and made it clear that he is especially keen on the Pittsburgh Panthers. ANI

Strauss, Swann hit ' by Chennai chapatti bug'
Skipper Andrew Strauss and leading spinner Graeme Swann cannot attend the training session as they have been affected by a Delhi belly bug local variant known as the "Chennai chapattis". ANI

Retain veterans to revive Oz Test cricket: Hopes
To help revive the Australian Test team's fortunes which is on a downward slide, Queensland captain James Hopes has appealed for the retention of older players in Sheffield Shield cricket. ANI

Ponting expecting a second child in September
Australian captain Ricky Ponting will return home to his family next month following the wonderful news that his wife Rianna is expecting their second child. ANI

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