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Sports News on January 17, 2012

Pakistan intends to trim down gap with top four Test teams
A good performance by Pakistan in the three-Test match series against England in Dubai could narrow their gap with the top four teams in the ICC Test championship table. ANI

Atlantic 4 achieves record for youngest 'Atlantic' rowers
Atlantic 4, a team of four young rowers set a new world record for the youngest four-man crew to row across the Atlantic ocean. ANI

Jodie Marsh wants another boob job despite worrying over PIP
Jodie Marsh has revealed her desire to go under the knife once again, to decrease her boob size. ANI

'Multicolored hair band' lands tennis star Laura Robson in gay rights controversy
Teenage tennis player Laura Robson is in middle of a gay rights controversy after exiting from the first round of the Australian Open. ANI

Kiwi farmers advocate 'shearing' to be Olympic sport
New Zealand's Federated Farmer has expressed hope over recognizing shearing becoming a big Olympic sport. ANI

Shane Warne in road rage spat with cyclist
Shane Warne clashed with a cyclist while he was on his way home from a training session at the MCG, and has reported the incident to the police. ANI

Wenger wants Arsenal to 'man up' against Man United
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes its time for his team to wake up in order to avoid a third straight loss after suffering defeats at the hand of Fulham and Swansea. ANI

Chelsea's only chance to get back in title race is when other top teams slip: Cech
Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Cech believes his team's only chance to get back into the Premier League title race is when any other top team slip up. ANI

Mancini and Rooney resurrect red-card row
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revived his dispute with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney after their win at the DW Stadium against Wigan Athletic last night. ANI

Hometown star Stosur slumps to first-round exit from Australian Open
Australian tennis star Samantha Stosur has slumped to a stunning first-round exit from the Australian Open, losing in straight sets to World No.59 Sorana Cirstea this afternoon. ANI

Djokovic strolls into second round of Australian Open
Top seed Serbian Novak Djokovic entered the second round of the Australian Open with a straightforward 6-2 6-0 6-0 win over Italian world No.109 Paolo Lorenzi at the Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday. ANI

If necessary, I will support strike by top players: Federer
Tennis ace Roger Federer has claimed that he will support a strike by top tennis professionals, but also expressed his apprehension towards a possible strike. ANI

Adelaide Test may be Haddin's last opportunity
Under pressure Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin's cricketing career is expected to be over if he fails to perform in the fourth Test match against India at Adelaide. ANI

Now, Davydenko objects to Federer's caginess over players' grievances
Former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko has objected to Roger Federer's reticence to join other players in voicing complaints regarding issues which affect men's games. ANI

Ryan stole Natasha because he's a jealous man, says Rhodri Giggs
Rhodri Giggs, who was devastated upon learning of his now estranged wife's 8-year-affair with his brother Ryan, has said that Natasha was the one thing the Manchester United ace didn't have so he stole her. ANI

Mario Balotelli becomes fond of stray cat on Man City training ground
Mario Balotelli has taken a liking to a stray cat called Wimblydon, who is a frequent visitor to the Manchester City training ground. ANI

Ashley Cole flees bar after spotting ex-wife Cheryl's best friend Will.I.Am
Ashley Cole left a bar in a hurry in London to avoid face-to-face confrontation with his estranged wife Cheryl's best pal Will.I.Am. ANI

Brit women boxers rebel against wearing 'elegant' skirts in 2012 Olympics
British women boxers have taken off their gloves to campaign against authorities who want them to wear skirts in the ring at this year's Olympics. ANI

Chinese tennis star Li Na 'more valuable than Oprah' for Oz tourism
Chinese tennis sensation Li Na's success in Australia has drawn so many Chinese visitors to the country, that tourism officials are calling her "more valuable than Oprah". ANI

Dannii Minogue hit by stray tennis ball at Australian Open
Dannii Minogue was accidentally hit in the head by a stray ball on the outside courts of Australia's governing body for Tennis in Melbourne. ANI

Strauss wants England team to carry on improving
England captain Andrew Strauss has demanded that his team to keep working on its flaws so that they can remain as the best Test side. ANI

Senior cop's howler threatens Olympic 'security'
A senior cop from the Scotland Yard's Territorial Policing branch shockingly left a secret file, which contained policing strategy during this summer's London Olympics on a train. ANI

Man City rejects Inter's 21million Euros offer for Tevez
Manchester City has rejected Inter Milan's 21 million Euros offer for their striker Carlos Tevez. ANI

Irina Shayk flaunts figure in PVC trousers at basketball game
Irina Shayk showed off her tiny frame as she attended the New York Knicks game in figure hugging sprayed-on PVC trousers. ANI

Coleen Rooney looks 'tired and disoriented' at Miami airport
Coleen Rooney is known for turning out perfectly for every occasion be it walking the red carpet or just to go down to the local shops. ANI

Past title haul will count for nothing: Ferguson
Coach Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Manchester United that past glories will count for nothing in the race for this year's Premier League title. ANI

Proteas need to beat Kiwis 3-0 to grab No 1 Test spot
The Proteas could regain top spot in the world Test rankings and pocket about Rand 1.4 million, if they secure a whitewash over New Zealand in March. ANI

Ex-Cricket South Africa CEO Bacher pleads no involvement in 2003 Cricket WC pay-off
Johannesburg, Jan.17 , Former Cricket South Africa CEO Ali Bacher has told an inquiry into South African cricket's bonus scandal that he had no involvement in his getting a Rand five million bonus following the 2003 Cricket World Cup. ANI

Arthur looks to tri-series before making Adelaide bowling call
Australian cricket team coach Mickey Arthur has said that the make-up of the one-day squad for the upcoming triangular series will have a major bearing on which fast bowler is left out to accommodate the return of Nathan Lyon in Adelaide. ANI

Regaining Ashes on Australia's mind: Arthur
Australian cricket team coach Mickey Arthur has said that the current squad of players has set its sights on regaining the Ashes that it lost in 2010-11. ANI

Australia field unchanged squad for Adelaide Test
Australia have named an unchanged squad for the fourth cricket Test to be played against India in Adelaide from January 24. ANI

Danny Care fined 3,100 pounds for drink-driving on New Year's eve
Harlequins and England rugby star Danny Care, who was charged with drink-driving in the early hours of New Year's Day, has been fined a total of 3,100 pounds and banned from driving for 16 months. ANI

Strauss urges players to keep cricket clean
Speaking ahead of the first England-Pakistan Test to be played here from today, skipper Andrew Strauss has urged English cricketers to turn in their friends for the sake of keeping cricket clean. ANI

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