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Sports News on March 27, 2011

New Zealand backed themselves to beat South Africa in WC quarterfinal: Oram
New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram has said that his team had backed themselves from the outset and had never doubted that they would win their World Cup quarterfinal against South Africa. ANI

Pak team practices ahead of highly anticipated World Cup semi final against India
Ahead of their highly anticipated World Cup semi-final clash against India, the Pakistan cricket team has been seen sweating it out at the nets in an intense training session at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali. ANI

Warne on Melbourne Stars' Big Bash League wish-list
Melbourne Stars, one of the eight teams in Cricket Australia's Big Bash League, wants to sign former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne for the Twenty20 tournament, which is set to begin in the 2011-2012 Australian summer. ANI

Red Bull's Vettel wins Australian Grand Prix
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel got his title defence off to a perfect start with a pole-to-flag victory in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne's Albert Park. ANI

Oxford wins 157th Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race
Oxford has won the annual university Boat Race, upsetting the defending champions Cambridge with a dominating display on London's River Thames. ANI

Tyson will also find hard to take captain's armband off me now: Terry
England's reinstated skipper John Terry has said that Mike Tyson would also find hard to pull the captain's armband off him now. ANI

Agarkar testifies "very good" relations between India, Pak cricketers in his time
Although the much-awaited Indo-Pak semi-final World Cup clash on March 30 is being touted as the 'mother of all matches' and an equivalent to war, former Indian all-rounder Ajit Agarkar has testified that the relationship between both teams is "very good" and without any animosity. ANI

Former Oz Test stars want youth into Australian one-day cricket team
Former Test stars have called for Michael Clarke to be handed the one-day captaincy in the next fortnight as pressure intensifies on national selectors to inject new blood following Australia's World Cup demise. ANI

'Hosts' India will be under more pressure than Pak in World Cup semi-final: Imran
India will be under immense pressure in the much-awaited World Cup semi-final match against Pakistan in Mohali on March 30, former captain Imran Khan has said. ANI

Jenson Button seeks team permission to raise funds for Japan's tsunami victims
British Formula One driver Jenson Button is seeking permission of his team to be allowed to go to Japan's disaster area as part of a personal effort to raise money for the tsunami victims. ANI

Jose Mourinho demands œ170m to return to Premier League
Jose Mourinho has demanded a salary of 20 million-a-year and a transfer budget of 150 million pounds to return to the Premier League. ANI

Australia needs hard nuts like "Punter" despite World Cup debacle: Dean Jones
Former Australian batsman Dean Jones has urged Cricket Australia against dumping Ricky Ponting from the team following their early exit from the World Cup. ANI

Black Caps 'bad boy' Ryder a hero at World Cup
New Zealand cricket's one-time bad boy Jesse Ryder repaid teammates and bosses faith with master batting performance to help his team reach the World Cup semifinals. ANI

Akhtar has lost interest in cricket since retirement decision: Pak team official
Responding to former Pakistan captain Imran Khan's advice that fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar must be given a chance in the World Cup semi-final against India, a team official has stated that the maverick pacer has lost interest in the sport after announcing his retirement. ANI

I never think about my looks, says Maria Sharapova
Three-time grand slam champion Maria Sharapova hasn't let success get to her head. ANI

Indo-Pak WC semi-final just a cricket match, not war: Intikhab Ala
Pakistan cricket team manager Intikhab Alam has reminded the media, which has been projecting the March 30 Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final clash as the 'mother of all matches' and the 'final before the final', that it is just a cricket match after all. ANI

Haddin confident of retaining Oz wicketkeeper-batsman position
Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin reckons that his impressive World Cup campaign has tightened his position as first-choice wicketkeeper in all formats. ANI

Southee can become best swing bowler in world cricket within 12 months: Donald
New Zealand's bowling coach Allan Donald believes that Tim Southee could become the best swing bowler in world cricket within the next 12 months. ANI

Overzealous fan nearly ruined Mark Webber's home grand prix
An overzealous fan nearly ruined Australian Formula One star Mark Webber's home grand prix yesterday, when a garage intrusion led to a vital aerodynamic component being broken less than an hour before qualifying. ANI

Strauss has no plans to quit one-day cricket following Lanka WC pummeling
England captain Andrew Strauss has said he is not considering handing over the one-day leadership or retiring from the format after yet another World Cup failure. ANI

Ponting to decide international future during 'crucial next few days'
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has said that the next few days will be crucial in deciding his international future, but insists that he still has a lot to offer. ANI

Ponting's captaincy has exceeded its due date: Charlesworth
Ricky Ponting's captaincy has exceeded its due date because there is no adequate replacement, according to hockey great and former first-class cricketer Ric Charlesworth. ANI

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