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Sports News on January 9, 2012

Morkel to replace Dean Elgar in Proteas' squad for ODI series against Lanka
South African cricketer Albie Morkel has been called up to replace Dean Elgar in the Proteas' squad for the ODI series against Sri Lanka. ANI

Pique credits Messi for Barca's success
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes that his team mate Lionel Messi is the reason why Barcelona has performed so well in the past few years. ANI

Gunners 'gunning' for Champion League, FA cup not important: Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that qualifying for the Champions League is more important than winning the oldest English knock-out championship FA Cup. ANI

Ex cricketer Saleem Jaffar says Imran Khan brought fast bowling tsunami in Pak
Former Pakistani cricketer Saleem Jaffar has said Imran Khan set the fast bowling trend in Pakistan, which subsequently led to the arrival of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Aaqib Javed, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir to the scene. ANI

Serena, Federer optimistic about playing in Australian Open
Serena Williams and Roger Federer are both optimistic about playing in the Australian Open. ANI

Murray calls Lendl someone able to prepare for big events "physically and mentally"
British tennis ace Andy Murray has praised new coach Ivan Lendl, referring him as someone who has the ability to prepare for "big events both physically and mentally". ANI

Its splitville for Michael Phelps and longtime girlfriend Nicole Johnson
Michael Phelps and his girlfriend Nicole Johnson split last month after three years of dating. ANI

Its splitville for MichaelPhelps and longtime girlfriend Nicole Johnson
Michael Phelps and his girlfriend Nicole Johnson split last month after three years of dating. ANI

'Cheerful' Imogen Thomas enjoys romantic date with new beau
Imogen Thomas, who recently slammed former love rival Natasha Giggs on Twitter for entering celebrity Big Brother house, was apparently in cheerful spirits when she went for a romantic meal with boyfriend Adam Horsley at Mayfair's Nobu restaurant on Sunday. ANI

Nancy Dell'Olio wooing BBC execs to get 'Strictly' judge job
Nancy Dell'Olio is reportedly trying to convince BBC executives to take her as a judge on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. ANI

Starc strengthens case for Perth Test selection
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc took three wickets for Sydney Sixers against cross-town rivals Sydney Thunders at ANZ Stadium last night. ANI

'Pak needs good start in Test series against 'well balanced' but 'not invincible' England'
Pakistan's interim cricket coach Mohsin Khan has said his side needs to gain a good start in the forthcoming Test series against England, which he described as a very well balanced side but not invincible. ANI

Kelly Brook doesn't covet famous lovers
Kelly Brook has said that she thinks fame isn't something she looks for in a lover. ANI

Christine Bleakley calls herself 'utterly useless' as a bride
Christine Bleakley, who is engaged to footballer Frank Lampard, hasn't set a wedding date yet and says that she doesn't want a big, fancy wedding as she is an 'utterly useless bride'. ANI

Armani underwear ad pushed Becks into doing something of his own
Football ace David Beckham has announced his plans to make moves into other fields in the near future. ANI

Rooney claims his future is with Manchester United
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has clearly affirmed that he has no intention of leaving and insists that his long term future lies at Old Trafford. ANI

Stewart Downing arrested after nightclub brawl with ex
England football star Stewart Downing was arrested on suspicion of assault after a row with an ex-lover at a nightclub, on Sunday. ANI

Cricket Australia to develop comeback plan for Watson
Cricket Australia (CA) is reportedly developing a strategic long-term plan for non-playing vice-captain Shane Watson to keep him on the park. ANI

Kiwi cricketers hailed across world for wonder catch at T20 match
New Zealand cricketers Bevan Small and Michael Mason have been hailed across the world for their barely-believable outfield catch in the country's Twenty20 competition. ANI

Becks takes boys to watch Man U match
David Beckham had some father-son time as he watched Manchester United's big game in the FA cup with his three boys. ANI

Christine Bleakley makes bland debut in 'Dancing on Ice'
Christine Bleakley's debut act as co-host on 'Dancing on Ice' seemed rather dull and she didn't seem to share any chemistry with the other host, Phillip Schofield. ANI

Marsh could be forced out of Perth Test with gastro
Australian batsman Shaun Marsh has reportedly been confined to his sick bed with gastroenteritis since touching down in his home state yesterday, and maybe in doubt for the third Test against India to be played later this week. ANI

Michael Clarke's girlfriend Kyly Boldy eyeing TV presenting job
Michael Clarke's girlfriend Kyly Boldy is trying to make a career as a TV presenter after she found a new fame as Australia's No.1 cricket WAG. ANI

Mancini determined to win Premier League title after losing to Man U in FA Cup
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has set his eyes on the Premier league title after losing to Manchester United in the FA Cup third-round tie. ANI

Jacques Kallis climbs back to second position in ICC world rankings
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis has climbed back to second position in the world rankings for batsmen and all-rounders. ANI

Bangladesh security team awaiting govt's approval to visit Pak ahead of April series
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is yet to seek government's approval to allow its security team to visit Pakistan ahead of the proposed series between both countries. ANI

Cricket Australia in no hurry to rush injured pacers for comeback
Cricket Australia is in no hurry to rush young pacers Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Josh Hazlewood into international comeback. ANI

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