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Sports News on March 20, 2011

Hughes vows to playing his natural game to earn Oz spot back
Australian batsman Phillip Hughes has revealed that constant criticism of his batting technique over the past two years has taken a heavy toll on his confidence. ANI

Djokovic beats Federer at Indian Wells to take world no.2 ranking
Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in three sets to take the world No.2 ranking and set up an Indian Wells final against Rafael Nadal. ANI

Gareth Bale signs contract extension with Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder Gareth Bale has ended rumours of a summer move away from the club by signing a new long-term contract. ANI

Torres ready to end goal drought against Manchester City
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres insists that he is ready to break his goal drought, and is focused on opening his account against Manchester City today. ANI

Tredwell was concerned of not getting a chance in England's WC campaign
England off-spinner James Tredwell, who took 4-48 against West Indies in their World Cup group match, has said that he was frustrated and was wondering if he would ever get a chance in the six-week tournamnet in the Indian sub-continent. ANI

Sania-Vesnina win Indian Wells women's doubles title
Sania Mirza and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina have defeated eighth-seeded Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy 6-0, 7-5 to capture the 2011 BNP Paribas Open women's doubles title. ANI

Vettori declares himself fit for World Cup quarterfinal against South Africa
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has declared himself fit for the World Cup quarterfinal against South Africa to held on March 26. ANI

Caddick tells England squad to make the most of World Cup campaign
Former England fast bowler Andy Caddick has told Andrew Strauss' below-par side to stop moaning and get on with their World Cup campaign. ANI

Man U renews interest in 'new Ronaldinho' Douglas Costa
Manchester United have revived their interest in 15 million pound-rated Brazilian midfielder Douglas Costa, 18 months after failing to secure a deal for the player described as the 'new Ronaldinho'. ANI

India opts to bat against Windies in Chennai WC pre-quarters
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won the toss in Sunday's pre-quarter final match against the West Indies. ANI

Rooney backs Terry's return as England captain
England striker Wayne Rooney has welcomed John Terry's return as captain after admitting that he is "far too young" for the job himself. ANI

Capello reinstates Terry as permanent England captain
England manager Fabio Capello has reinstated John Terry as the captain of the national team. ANI

Ashes review is a great thing for Australian cricket: Hilditch
The chairman of the National Selection Panel (NSP) in Australia, Andrew Hilditch, has said that he welcomes Cricket Australia's decision to hold a review into the team's poor performance in the Ashes series which England won 3-1. ANI

McCullum needs surgery to repair right knee cartilage tear
New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum is reportedly suffering from a small cartilage tear in his right knee that will require surgery. ANI

McGrath skips McGrath Foundation charity event
Glenn McGrath and his new wife, Sara Leonardi, were nowhere to be seen at Pink Slipper Luncheon at Rosehill Gardens, an annual event held to raise money for the breast cancer charity of which he is chairman. ANI

Minister, PSB officials congratulate Pak team on win over Australia
Pakistan's Sports Minister Shaukat Ullah, the Director General of the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB), Syed Amir Hamza Gilani, and the PSB Secretary, Aziz Bilour, have congratulated the Pakistan cricket team for beating defending champion Australia comprehensively in the 2011 World Cup. ANI

Ponting will see Australian cricket through its toughest period: Hilditch
The chairman of the National Selection Panel (NSP) in Australia, Andrew Hilditch, has said that Ricky Ponting will captain the cricket team beyond the World Cup. ANI

Flower upbeat as England weigh up options for quarterfinal challenge
England coach Andy Flower is confident about his side being on course for a quarter-final berth in the 2011 World Cup cricket tournament following Bangladesh's over 200 run loss to South Africa. ANI

Tiger Woods 'new girlfriend' was arrested on suspicion of DUI
Disgraced golfer Tiger Woods has apparently jumped back into the dating scene. He is said to be seeing a 22-year-old student who looks just like his ex-wife Elin Nordegren. ANI

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