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Sports News on January 19, 2012

Henrik Ekersund to coach Indian tennis players
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has approved the appointment of Henrik Ekersund coach from Sweden to train Indian tennis players particularly juniors and sub juniors. ANI

I'm 29 now and all I want to do is play says Spurs star Defoe
Tottenham Spurs striker Jermain Defoe admits he is perturbed at playing second fiddle behind Emmanuel Adebayor, but about all he wishes is to keep playing football. ANI

De Jong set to leave Man City next season
Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong's career at Manchester City has hit a road block after he refused to sign a new contract. ANI

Starc's brilliant performance in domestic game gives selectors headache
Fast bowler Mitchell Starc strengthened his case to remain in the Australian team after bowling a fiery three wicket spell in one remarkable over for the Sydney Sixers against Perth Glory, which included both the Marsh brothers and former England star Paul Collingwood. ANI

Sharapova dismisses mismatch concern at Australian Open
Former World No.1 Maria Sharapova has dismissed concerns over a series of mismatches at the Australian Open despite dropping just two games in her first two matches. ANI

Serena Williams 'impressed' with Marcos Baghdatis' 4-racquet tantrum
Serena Williams has revealed that she finds Marcos Baghdatis' four-racquet rage at Australian Open 'impressive'. ANI

Proteas face dilemma over playing Steyn in rest of ODI series against Lanka
The South African team will be in a state of quandary over playing fast bowler Dale Steyn in the remaining two one day internationals against Sri Lanka. ANI

Bale proud to be recognized by UEFA as Premier League's 'most valuable player'
Welsh star Gareth Bale has been recognised as the most valuable player in the Premier League after being nominated for the Team of 2011 in a poll by Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). ANI

Warner backs Australia to replace England as world's No1 Test nation by 2013
Australian opener David Warner wants Australia to replace England as the world's No1 Test nation by next year's Ashes. ANI

Chelsea sign three Luton Town brothers aged 12 and 13
Three football playing brothers have been signed up by Premier League club Chelsea in a deal which could net their former team Luton 1 million pounds. ANI

Beckham signs two- year contract with Los Angeles Galaxy
England star footballer David Beckham has signed a new two-year contract with Los Angeles Galaxy ahead of the club's pre-season campaign. ANI

Proteas faces dilemma over playing Steyn in rest of ODI series against Lanka
The South African team will be in a state of quandary over playing fast bowler Dale Steyn in the remaining two one day internationals against Sri Lanka. ANI

Chris Evert back on court after 22 yrs
Chris Evert, who rocketed into international stage after reaching the semifinals of the 1971 U.S. Open at 16, has found a new life on court twenty-two years after she played her last professional match. ANI

Beleaguered Haddin under physical, mental strain to perform against India at Adelaide
Out of form Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has admitted that he is suffering both mentally and physically due to the increased pressure on him to keep his Test spot. ANI

Ajmal says umpires, referees empowered to decide legality of "doosra" action
Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has defended the legality of his 'doosra' action after claiming seven wickets on the first day of the Test series against England in the United Arab Emirates. ANI

Former chairman of selectors Hohns feels Australia on their way back to top.
Former chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns believes Australia can become the number one Test team within two years. ANI

Joey Barton launches verbal assault on Paris Hilton
Joey Barton has launched an astonishing attack on Paris Hilton, calling her a "f***ing dullard". ANI

Cricket Australia not fretful about Warner's arduous schedule
Cricket Australia (CA) has brushed aside concerns regarding David Warner's strenuous cricketing schedule for the year ahead. ANI

Ana Ivanovic named 2012's hottest tennis player by Melbourne fans
Ana Ivanovic, who has got the tick of approval from Melbourne fans, topped their fancy in a recent poll of this year's hottest players. ANI

Cyprian barber says 'maneater' Natasha Giggs romped with him on holiday
A hunky holiday romeo, who bedded Natasha Giggs for three nights in Cyprus last August, has revealed how she left him exhausted after a string of sizzling sex sessions. ANI

Wayne Bridge gifts £135k Aston Martin to Frankie Sandford on b'day
Wayne Bridge has showered a lot of love on his girlfriend Frankie Sandford, by splashing out on a 135,000-pound Aston Martin Vantage for her 23rd birthday. ANI

7 months pregnant Una Healy faints at hospital
Pregnant Una Healy passed out during a visit to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon although 'The Saturdays' star insists that her unborn baby is fine. ANI

Wozniacki taking inspiration from beau McIlroy for first grand slam title
Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki has said that she can learn from boyfriend Rory McIlroy's mental approach on her way to Australian Open glory. ANI

De Viliers wants Proteas to take current form to New Zealand
South Africa's one-day day cricket team skipper A.B. de Villiers has urged the national squad to take their current winning form to New Zealand. ANI

Dell'Olio plays Cleopatra at 'Strictly Come Dancing' UK tour rehearsals
Nancy Dell'Olio, who is famed for her decadent taste and life of luxury, played Cleopatra at the 'Strictly Come Dancing' tour rehearsals. ANI

Elin Nordegren auctions items from demolished $12m home for charity
Tiger Woods' ex wife Elin Nordegren is auctioning off items from her demolished 12 million-dollar home for charity. ANI

Joey Barton blames football managers for closet gay players
Joey Barton has blamed football bosses for preventing any professional players coming out in the open about being homosexuals. ANI

How Jodie Marsh transformed into beefy bodybuilder in just 2 months
Jodie Marsh, who left everyone gobsmacked when she burst back on to the scene a few months ago with a beefy and bulked-up bodybuilder's physique, has revealed how she transformed her trim and toned physique in just two months. ANI

Three post-mortems performed on dead cricket writer Roebuck
Three post-mortems have been conducted on the body of cricket writer Peter Roebuck during an investigation looking into the reasons behind his death started in South Africa. ANI

Rhodri and Natasha Giggs giving their failed marriage another shot
Rhodri Giggs and wife Natasha, who have proved that they are giving their marriage another go, were spotted kissing in a local park. ANI

Rhodri Giggs in twitter bust up with Jack Tweed
Rhodri Giggs has threatened Jack Tweed after he criticised him for forgiving wife Natasha's fling with his brother Ryan. ANI

Hashim Amla becomes first-time dad to baby boy
Hashim Amla became the father of a baby boy after his wife gave birth to their first son in Durban on Wednesday afternoon. ANI

US billionaire Trump halts Scotland golf course construction due to 'ugly' wind farm
American billionaire businessman Donald Trump has halted work on his luxury golf resort in Aberdeen, Scotland, until a decision is made on an offshore wind farm proposal near the site. ANI

Siddle eager to play in Adelaide
Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle has said that he is eager to play in the Adelaide Test match against India. ANI

Little Harper Beckham has renowned designers waiting to dress her
One pampered tot who has become a clotheshorse for the world's most famous designers is David and Victoria Becham's little baby Harper. ANI

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