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Sports News on January 1, 2012

Dravid excluded from Herald cricket writer Saltau's 2011 Test team
Veteran Indian batsman Rahul Dravid, who made 1145 runs and scored five centuries has been excluded from the Herald cricket writer Chloe Saltau's Test team of 2011. ANI

Cummins looking forward to partner with Pattinson to lead Oz pace attack
Australian bowler Pat Cummins has vowed to reflect the ggression and intimidation of his team-mate James Pattinson, when they partner to launch the bowling attack together. ANI

Clarke backs Oz 'to continue aggression with ball, bat' in Sydney Test
Australian skipper Michael Clarke has backed his team to take on India ahead of the second Test in Sydney ANI

Oz pace bowling attack crucial to defeat India in ongoing series: Ian Chappell
Australian cricket legend Ian Chappell has reckoned that his team's pace bowlers will be crucial in laying the groundwork for defeating India in the upcoming Sydney Test. ANI

Landlord sues Mario Balotelli for damage to 3m pounds mansion
Mario Balotelli's landlord has taken legal action against him for causing damages to his 3 million-pound rented mansion. ANI

2012 could be the year for Christine Bleakley
Having acquitted herself well on 'Strictly Come Dancing', Christine Bleakley proved incontrovertibly that she is both glamorous and game. ANI

AC Milan's footballers ogle at bikini-clad women during training session
AC Milan's superstar footballers, who have been taking part in a winter training session on Al-Mamzar Beach in Dubai, seemed distracted by bikini-clad women with whom they were sharing their space. ANI

Christine Bleakley eyeing role in US 'X Factor'
Christine Bleakley has told her pals that she is eyeing up a role on US 'The X Factor' if her fiance Frank Lampard moves to America to play football. ANI

'Injured' Kiwi Jesse Ryder to continue as all- rounder: Agent
New Zealand player Jesse Ryder desires to continue as an all-rounder despite battling calf injury, his agent Aaron Klee has said. ANI

Decision Review System not 100% perfect but will eliminate errors: MacGill
Australian paceman Stuart MacGill has reckoned that the use of Decision Review System (DRS) in cricket will eliminate chances of mistakes but admitted the technology is not cent percent accurate. ANI

Misbah-ul Haq 'plays safe' over fears of losing captaincy, place in squad: Mohsin Khan
Pakistan interim coach Mohsin Khan has said that captain Misbah-ul- Haq has adopted a defensive approach over fears losing captaincy and place in the team. ANI

Proteas skipper Smith looking forward to 2012 as 'good' cricket year
South African captain Graeme Smith is looking forward to start the new year with better performances, ahead of the third Test against Sri Lanka. ANI

Man U manager Mancini vows to ignore Ferguson's comments ahead of title race
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has vowed not to be a victim of Sir Alex Ferguson's mind games as he prepares to help his team win the title race. ANI

Cheryl Cole's old 'saucy undies' up for sale!
Workmen at Cheryl Cole's former luxury mansion are selling the singer's old underwear, which she left behind at the pad. ANI

'Humble' Tendulkar on verge of striking 100th international century
As veteran Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar gears to score his 100th century in international cricket, stalwarts have revealed significant insights about his personality. ANI

Suarez racism evidence 'unreliable,' says Football Association report
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez gave 'unreliable' evidence to a panel investigating accusations that he racially abused Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, a Football Association report has said. ANI

Oz coach Arthur warns Watson under pressure to get Test berth
Australia's coach has hinted there is no guarantee of an all- rounder Shane Watson getting a Test berth even if he is fully fit. ANI

Ferguson says he will stay at Man U three more years
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has said that he will stay in his job for at least another three years. ANI

Becks plays doting dad to Harper Seven on New Year's night out
David Beckham looked incredibly dapper in his suit and tie as he carried baby Harper from London's Claridge's Hotel, along with his brood. ANI

Laila Ali takes gorgeous baby daughter for shopping trip
Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila was seen doting all over her baby daughter Sydney on a recent shopping trip. ANI

India 'unlikely' to make comeback in Sydney Test or win series: Gavaskar
Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has said India has no chance of making a comeback in the Sydney Test and clinch its first series win on Australian soil. ANI

Ajmal says UDRS to help Pak spinners against left handed batsmen in England series
Pakistan's spinner Saeed Ajmal has said the use of Umpires Decision Review System (UDRS) in the forthcoming series against England would help his team's spin bowlers due to several left-handers in the opposition. ANI

Hussey says Sydney Cricket Ground 'dustbowl' pitch may help spinners
Australian batsman Michael Hussey has said the Sydney Cricket Ground pitch will likely assist spinners. ANI

Arthur backs bowlers to 'pile on the pressure' on India's batsmen in Sydney Test
Australia's cricket coach Mickey Arthur has said he has backed his bowlers to attack India's batting line-up and thus prove the team's ruthlessness. ANI

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