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Sports News on November 26, 2011

Srikkanth terms Harbhajan's exclusion from Oz Test series squad as 'bad luck'
Reacting on the exclusion of Harbhajan Singh from the 17-man squad for the upcoming four-Test series in Australia, BCCI selection panel chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth said that the team had the talents of Pragyan Ojha, Ravichandran Ashwin and never had more than two spinners travelled Down Under. ANI

Arsenal's Robin van Persie 'amazed' at form
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has revealed that he has surprised himself with the form he is showing this season. ANI

Mumbai Test ends in a thrilling draw, India wins series 2-0
The third and the final Test between India and West Indies at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium ended in a nerve-wracking last-ball draw today. ANI

Oz tennis star Hewitt not 'bothered' about retirement
Aussie tennis star Lleyton Hewitt has said he will play the game as long as he wants, and is not bothered about his retirement. ANI

Leeds United star Barry Bannan handed 18-month ban for drink driving
Leeds United midfielder Barry Bannan has been banned from driving for 18 months after admitting four offences - including driving with excess alcohol - following a motorway crash in England last month. ANI

Mohsin Khan warns Pak team against complacency in Bangladesh
Interim Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan has warned his team against taking Bangladesh lightly in the upcoming tour. ANI

ICC should be congratulated for bringing in new ODI rules: Mohsin Khan
The International Cricket Council (ICC)'s decision to change the batting powerplay rules and use of new balls at each end has provided an edge for the bowlers in one-day cricket, interim Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan has said. ANI

UAE wants to host 'highly anticipated' Indo-Pak cricket series
The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has expressed a desire to host a highly anticipated series between India and Pakistan, if it was to be held at a neutral venue. ANI

Brit F1 ace Button vows to be better prepared 'to take fight to Red Bull' in 2012
British Formula One ace Jenson Button has vowed to give a tough challenge to Red Bull in 2012. ANI

Pat Symcox left terrified after Durban beach home armed burglary
Former South African off-spinner Pat Symcox has described his shock when he came face to face with an armed robber at his Durban beach home. ANI

Oz pitches needs to be altered to offer assistance to spin: White
Victoria captain Cameron White has said that Australia's chances of excelling in the subcontinent will be severely hindered until its own first-class pitches are altered to offer more assistance to spin bowlers. ANI

South Africa must use Sri Lanka Test series to experiment: Wessels
Former South African captain Kepler Wessels reckons that the Proteas' upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka is an ideal time for coach Gary Kirsten to experiment. ANI

England boss Capello denies claim of signing 'coach' deal with Russian club Anzhi
England football team boss Fabio Capello has denied that he is negotiating to take over as coach of Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala during his Moscow visit. ANI

Oz head cricket coach Arthur confident of win over Kiwis, without star players
Newly- appointed Australian head cricket coach Mickey Arthur has expressed confidence that his side will beat Kiwis in the first Test match, though star players are ruled out of the game. ANI

Copeland, Pattinson likely to get Brisbane Test berths
Trent Copeland and James Pattinson are likely to get berths in the squad for the team's first Test match against New Zealand starting from December 1 in Brisbane. ANI

Vettel's secret to staggering F1 domination is a 'load of hot air'
The biggest secret of Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel's stunning romp to Formula One title glory is finally out - hot air. ANI

Bikini-clad women to swim unprotected with sharks
A team of five swimmers in Durban, South Africa have planned to swim in the ocean for 24 hours with sharks without the protection of a cage. ANI

Betting on Tendulkar's 100th international century crosses Rs.2 billion mark
Gamblers have betted over two billion rupees over Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar becoming the first batsman to score an unprecedented 100 international centuries, punters have revealed. ANI

Sir Ian Botham son's ex wife detained over 'dognapping' charges
Estranged wife of Sir Ian Botham's son has been arrested and quizzed over the disappearance of a pet dog from the former England cricketer's North Yorkshire home. ANI

Lethargic incompetence of officials prevents Pak from hosting Davis Cup
Pakistan has lost an opportunity to host the Davis Cup due to its incompetent and lethargic officials. ANI

Lahore HC bars PTV from finalising deal with Indian TV channel over ICC cricket telecast rights
The Lahore High Court has barred Pakistan Television from finalising a deal with Indian channel Ten Sports for sub-licensing rights to telecast International Cricket Council (ICC) matches to be held from 2012 to 2015. ANI

Ferguson would 'never dismiss Chelsea threat' in Premier League
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has overseen the worst start to a Blues campaign in Premier League since Roman Abramovich bought the club, but Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson reckons the gloom will soon lift. ANI

Abbey Clancy goes shopping with mum and baby Sophia
Abbey Clancy took her eight months old daughter Sophia for a stroll around her hometown in Liverpool on Thursday, along with her own mother Karen. ANI

Mario Balotelli mistaken for burglar!
The burglar who was thought to have broken into Mario Balotelli's home and stolen electrical goods, turned out to be the Italian footballer himself. ANI

Harbhajan left out of 17-man squad for Australia Test series, Zaheer makes comeback
Out of form off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has been left out of the 17-man Indian squad for the upcoming four-Test series in Australia. ANI

Imogen Thomas loses bid to lift gagging order on affair with Ryan Giggs
Imogen Thomas has lost her High Court bid to have the gag lifted that impedes her to reveal anything about her alleged affair with football star Ryan Giggs. ANI

Uncapped pacers Pattinson, Cutting and Starc included in Oz squad
Australia has named uncapped pace bowlers James Pattinson, Ben Cutting and Mitchell Starc in the squad for Gabba Test against New Zealand, starting from Thursday. ANI

Ramiz Raja 'turns down' offer to work as PCB COO
Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has reportedly turned down an offer from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to work as its chief operating officer (COO). ANI

Rooney slams calls for sacking of Chelsea boss Villas-Boas
England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has slammed calls for the sacking of Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas. ANI

'Exceptional keeper' Boucher needs to improve his batting: Proteas coach Kirsten
Proteas cricket coach Gary Kirsten has admitted that wicket-keeper- batsman Mark Boucher needs to score runs, though his wicket-keeping was exceptional in the series against Australia. ANI

Two jailed Pak 'spot-fixing' aces to miss UK prison cricket team
A prison cricket team has lost its two star players, jailed Pakistani players Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, after they were moved to the "cushy" Category C Canterbury Prison in Kent. ANI

Ponting says Brisbane match 'testing time' for team but hopeful of 'competitive' squad
Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has reckoned the side will remain competitive though five key players have been ruled out due to injury in the first Test match against New Zealand ANI

Pakistan defeats Lankans in all formats
Pakistan has won the only Twenty20 game by five wickets in Abu Dhabi, defeating Sri Lanka in all formats. ANI

ODIs should be scrapped in favour of Tests, T20: Swann
Graeme Swann, who was till now the No.1 bowler in ODIs, has said he would like to see one-day international cricket scrapped, as Tests and T20 are the way forward for the game. ANI

Crowd jeered Rampaul after he dismissed Tendulkar
West Indian fast bowler Ravi Rampaul has said he was jeered a bit by the crowd after he dismissed Sachin Tendulkar six short of his 100th international century, but he added he was not worried by the incident. ANI

Warner ready to play Tests for Australia
Having scored 65 for Australia "A" against New Zealand in Brisbane yesterday, New South Wales batsman David Warner has shown the new national selectors what they already knew - that he is ready for Test cricket. ANI

'I don't feel time is here yet' to retire from cricket: Ponting
Former Australian skipper and right-handed batsman Ricky Ponting has said he will retire only when his hard work does not yield good results, though he admitted he was racing against time to preserve his career. ANI

India threatens to boycott London Olympics over 'Blood of Bhopal' Dow's sponsorship
India is threatening to pull out of the London Olympics in a protest against organizing committee's sponsorship deal with Dow Chemical company, which is responsible for 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy. ANI

Imran Khan reveals about failed marriage in new book
Imran Khan has revealed in his new book that he understood how people lose the will to live after divorce, after his own marriage with Jemima Goldsmith failed to last. ANI

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