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Sports News on February 26, 2012

Australia thrashes India by 87 runs in tri-series ODI at Sydney
Australia trounced India by 87 runs in the tri-series ODI match in Sydney on Sunday. ANI

Chris Cairns gets ready for face-off with Lalit Modi in defamation case
Former New Zealand all rounder Chris Cairns will fly to England in the coming days to challenge former Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi in court. ANI

Ponting 'faces challenge to maintain drive that fuelled him so long'
Ricky Ponting, who was dropped from the Australian one-day squad during the ongoing Commonwealth Bank tri-series, now faces a challenge to maintain the very drive that enabled him to perform throughout his long career, according to Australian sports journalist Tim Lane. ANI

Button wants to put pressure on Red Bull from start of grand prix season
Former champion and McLaren driver Jenson Button believes nothing less than a top three finish will be good enough for the opening round in Melbourne in three weeks' time, and added that they want to put pressure on team champion Red Bull from the start of the new grand prix season itself. ANI

Kasprowicz tells fast bowlers to get acquainted with 'niggle worm'
Former Australian fast bowler and a board member of Cricket Australia, Mike Kasprowicz, has said that young fast bowlers like James Pattinson and Patrick Cummins need to get acquainted with the 'niggle worm' as the game's hierarchy tries to counter the high attrition rate among its fast bowlers. ANI

Lampard confesses his relationship with Villas-Boas 'not ideal'
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has said that his rapport with manager Villas-Boas is not ideal these days and there have been certain problems between them, mostly related to certain players being left on the bench. ANI

Spurs fighting hard for Redknapp with new three-year contract
Tottenham Hotspur has offered manager Harry Redknapp a new three-year deal until 2015, to prevent him from leaving the club for England's national team. ANI

Chisora 'afraid of annoyed mother' over lifetime boxing ban possibility
Dereck Chisora, who may be facing a lifetime boxing ban for his antics inside and outside the ring, has said he is afraid of his mother and "really embarrassed" about his behaviour. ANI

Luis Suarez's granny used to call him 'Mi Negrito'
Luis Suarez's grandmother has revealed that she used to call the Liverpool striker by the affectionate pet name, 'Mi negrito', which means "My little black boy", when he was a kid. ANI

Arteta says blame players not Wenger for Arsenal's predicaments
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has said the players should be held responsible for the mess faced by the team, not manager Arsene Wenger. ANI

Haye refuses to apologize for Chisora scuffle
David Haye has made it clear he will not apologize for his brawl with fellow British heavyweight Dereck Chisora. ANI

England's secret to success lies in dressing room's niggly banters: Anderson
England fast bowler James Anderson has said the dressing room humor and banters are helping him as well as England to achieve success at the international stage. ANI

IPL contracts lessen pain of non-selection for one's country: Former Oz cricketer Berry
Former Australian cricketer Darren Berry has said that the astronomical deals offered to cricketers in lucrative Twenty20 tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL) is reducing a player's pain of not getting selected in the national squad. ANI

'Misbah to remain as captain for Asia Cup'
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has no plans to strip Misbahul-Haq of the captaincy in any format of the sport in the near future, in the wake of the ODI series whitewash against England. ANI

PCB seeks ECB help in Mervyn Westfield spot-fixing case
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) reportedly wants the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to share all information with it when it holds an inquiry into the Mervyn Westfield spot-fixing case. ANI

Lara Bingle to star in own primetime reality series
Lara Bingle has signed a lucrative deal with Network Ten to star in a primetime reality series, 'Being Lara Bingle', which will tell the story of her own life. ANI

Una Healy shows off her maternity styles at Baby Show in London
Una Healy, who is expecting her first child with fiance Ben Foden, embraced her maternity in typical mum-to-be fashion with a patterned smock and flat pumps at London's Baby Show. ANI

Posh looks classy in backless dress and unusual shoes at pre-Oscar bash
Victoria Beckham looked the picture of elegance at the British pre-Oscars bash in Los Angeles on Saturday as she wore a clinging moss coloured belted dress and knee high leather boots. ANI

Shane Warne's ex wife putting up $1.65m retreat for sale
Shane Warne's former wife Simone Callahan is selling her bush hideaway on the Mornington Peninsula for 1.65 million dollars. ANI

Mario Balotelli celebrates goal by declaring love for girlfriend
Mario Balotelli conveyed a romantic message to his girlfriend Raffaela Fico, after he scored the opening goal for his side against Blackburn Rovers. ANI

'Pakistan looking for suitable venue to hold ODI series against Oz'
Pakistan is looking for a suitable venue to stage their one-day series against Australia later this year, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official has said. ANI

US ice cream chain apologises for 'taste the Lin-Sanity' fortune cookies
Ben and Jerry's has apologised after a sweet attempt to honour the rising Knicks star Jeremy Lin left a bad taste in the mouths of some of its customers. ANI

Natasha Giggs' intimacy with Norcross stalls marriage reunion attempts
Natasha Giggs and Kirk Norcross' blossoming relationship seems to have halted any chance of a reconciliation with her husband Rhodri. ANI

PSG director Leonardo still hopes to sign Bekham
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) sporting director Leonardo has said he has not given up hope of signing David Bekham, despite the fact the latter already signed a new deal with LA Galaxy last month. ANI

Criticizing Tendulkar will make him 'deadly dangerous' for opposing teams, fears Hussey
Australian batsman Michael Hussey has said he doesn't want to hear master blaster Sachin Tendulkar's criticism as it makes him more dangerous for the opposing teams. ANI

Nike unveils Jeremy Lin-themed basketball shoes
Nike seems to be making the most of Jeremy Lin's rise to worldwide fame as it brings out new Jeremy Lin-themed shoes. ANI

Becks gives baby Harper piggy ride on day out
David Beckham gave his seven-month-old daughter Harper Seven a piggyback ride on his shoulders during his son, Cruz's birthday outing. ANI

Coleen Rooney takes son Kai and parents to Barbados for holiday
Coleen Rooney jetted off to Barbados with son Kai and parents Tony and Colette, just a month after her Miami trip. ANI

Master blaster Tendulkar receives honorary SCG membership
Sachin Tendulkar has received an honorary Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) membership for his contribution to cricket at the venue. ANI

England beats Pakistan by 38 runs in second Twenty20
England has leveled the three match Twenty20 series against Pakistan after beating them by 38 runs on Saturday at Abu Dhabi. ANI

Mohd. Amir returns home after serving jail term in London
Former Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Amir, who served a three-month term at the young offenders institute in Weymouth on spotfixing charges, has returned back to Islamabad. ANI

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