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Sports News on March 18, 2012

  • India made their highest successful run chase when they beat Pakistan by six wickets in the Asia Cup 2012. Virat Kohli makes 183(148), his highest ODI score.
  • John Isner beat reigning No. 1 Novak Djokovic 7-6(7), 3-6, 7-6(5) in the semifinal of the Indian Wells Masters. In the other semifinal, Roger Federer defeating Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4. Federer improved his record to 10-18 against Nadal.
  • Manchester United defeats 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-0 to move four points clear of Manchester City in the English Premier League.
  • Fernando Torres scores twice as Chelsea beat Leicester 5-2 to progress into the semifinals of the FA Cup 2012. He ends his goal drought of nearly five months. Chelsea will play Tottenham Hotspur in the semifinal. Liverpool beat Stoke City 2-1 and will face either Everton or Sunderland in the semifinal.
  • Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh announces that he is discharged from hospital after undergoing chemotheerapy for a cancerous tumor.
  • Shuttler Saina Nehwal wins Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold trophy in Basel, her first title of the season. She defeats Shixian 21-19, 21-16 to defend her title.

Whitmarsh believes McLaren have upper hand due to design error in other cars
McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh believes his team could win the Formula One championship this season as they could take advantage of a design error in their rivals' cars due to which drivers would be unable to see above their vehicles' 'platypus' noses. ANI

Chelsea's senior guards Drogba and Terry believe present season can still be their best
Chelsea captain John Terry and senior striker Didier Drogba believe that the current season can still turn into the best one in the club's history if they manage to win both the Champions League and the FA Cup. ANI

Stoke City striker Crouch says 'no robot in front of the Kop' if he scores at Anfield
Stoke City striker Peter Crouch has said he wouldn't do his trademark celebratory robot dance even if he scores a goal against former club Liverpool at Anfield during their FA Cup quarterfinal clash on Sunday. ANI

De Gea says Ferguson has ordered them to win every remaining game
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has revealed that club manager Sir Alex Ferguson has asked players to win the remaining ten games, to win the Premier League comfortably before the last game of the season. ANI

Lara Bingle enjoys quiet day at Albert Park before race
Lara Bingle enjoyed a low-key day with her mum Sharon at the Albert Park circuit just one day before the Australian F1 grand prix. ANI

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries 'in deadlock over annulment'
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries both are looking for an annulment to end their marriage but according to reports, each wants the other to confess to fraud. ANI

Pakistan sets India target of 330 in Asia Cup encounter
Pakistan's opening pair of Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed batted brilliantly in an opening stand of 224, to help their team set India a target of 330 in their Asia Cup match at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. ANI

Becks stops for burritos at Mexican grill in LA
David Beckham showed up at his local branch of Mexican grill Chipotle in Beverly Hills for burritos. ANI

Gwen Stefani takes eldest son to watch friend Roger Federer's match
Gwen Stefani took her son Kingston along to watch her friend Roger Federer play against Juan Martin Del Potro at the Indian Wells ATP tennis tournament in California. ANI

Tamara Ecclestone says bargaining is 'smart thing to do'
Tamara Ecclestone has revealed that she loves to bargain like anyone else, saying, "it's a smart thing to do." ANI

Lampard says Villas-Boas ignored present over future
Veteran Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has praised former manager Andre Villas-Boas' intelligence, but believes in pursuit of laying the foundation for a good future at the club, he completely lost sight of the present. ANI

Mancini's job safe even if he fails to land Premier League title for City
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini would stay at the helm even if the club finishes second behind rivals Manchester United. ANI

Van Gaal emerges as frontrunner for vacant Chelsea manager's job
Former Ajax, Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager Louis Van Gaal has emerged as the leading contender to take over as Chelsea manager. ANI

India pulls out of baseball event in Pakistan over visa issues
India has reportedly pulled out of the South West Asia Baseball Cup, scheduled to start in Lahore from March 23, due to visa issues. ANI

Mike Tyson's wants one-man show to go on Broadway
Mike Tyson has expressed his desire to take his one-man Las Vegas show to Broadway theatre. ANI

Jayawardene says Cook's batting has helped England reach top
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has admitted that England are certainly the best Test team in the world, but only when opening batsman Alastair Cook scores. ANI

Anderson wants players to stay composed in Sri Lanka
England fast bowler James Anderson has said his teammates need to keep their cool after a doubtful not-out decision caused tempers to blaze during a routine victory over a Board XI. ANI

Kiwis pondering over picking extra batsman for final Test
The New Zealand cricket team is contemplating on picking an extra batsman in the final Test match against South Africa after losing the second Test match by nine wickets, courtesy of dramatic batting collapses in both the innings. ANI

Kristin Cavallari says yoga 'helps with giving birth'
Kristin Cavallari went for a yoga session on Saturday for the first time, after hearing the exercise would make it easier for her to give birth to her baby. ANI

Una Healy misses band's performance for bringing home newborn
New mother Una Healy admitted that she was missing her bandmates, despite bringing home her bundle of joy. ANI

Imogen Thomas cheers for Welsh rugby team in t-shirt and underwear
Imogen Thomas posted a picture of herself on Twitter wearing just her underwear and a t-shirt saying "Try and score!" in support of the Welsh rugby team. ANI

Nancy Dell'Olio wears short and garish dress to awards show
Nancy Dell'Olio arrived at an awards party in a very garish dayglo green dress. ANI

Coleen Rooney dresses son Kai in Ireland footie kit for St Patrick's Day
Coleen Rooney dressed her two-year-old son Kai for St Patrick's Day in a green and white Ireland football kit. ANI

Messi says he made 'awful lot of sacrifices' to become best in world
Lionel Messi, who is arguably the best footballer ever to grace the sport, has said he had to make a lot of sacrifices to become the best player on the planet. ANI

Bolton midfielder Muamba fighting for life after collapsing during FA Cup clash
Tragedy struck when Bolton Wanderers' midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the ground after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest during their FA Cup quarterfinal clash against Tottenham Hotspurs at White Hart Lane on Saturday night. ANI

I'd love to play Test cricket again but I'm just loving what I can do in coloured clothing: Doherty
Australian spinner Xavier Doherty will love to play Test cricket again but he is currently enjoying being a key figure in the Australian one-day team in the one-dayers. ANI

'Virtual Eye' maker owns up fault in wrong dismissal of Taylor against Proteas
Ian Taylor, creator of Virtual Eye technology used in cricket for the decision review system (DRS), has admitted fault in Ross Taylor's leg before dismissal against South Africa during the second Test match at Hamilton on Friday. ANI

'Match-fixing allegations against Cairns 'miles away' from being proven'
Match-fixing allegations against former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns are "miles away" from being proven, a court has been told. ANI

Ian Thorpe fails to qualify for London 2012
Five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe's dream to participate in London Olympics has come to an end following his failure to qualify for the semi-finals of the 100-metres freestyle. ANI

Terry says what Villas-Boas did for Chelsea cannot be forgotten
Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed he still speaks with Andre Villas-Boas despite his sacking as manager, and that the work he did in his eight months at the club will not be forgotten. ANI

Ex-Pak captains urge players to behave well with Indian team in Asia Cup to ease tensions
Former Pakistan captains have urged their players to avoid confrontations on the field when they take on India in their much-awaited Asia Cup match in Mirpur on Sunday. ANI

Frank Bruno confesses that he started doing drugs at 8
Former world boxing champion Frank Bruno has said that he took drugs when he was eight years old. ANI

Becks reveals matching leather outfits with Posh 'biggest fashion gaffe'
David Beckham has admitted that his biggest fashion disaster was the matching black leather outfits he and Victoria wore at a party 13 years ago. ANI

Hair cut before game makes footie stars look sharp, says stylist
Top footballers love trying out something different with their hair, and when they want a new hairdo, they go to their special hairstylist - Daniel Johnson. ANI

Cricket South Africa names Willie Basson as interim president
Willie Basson has been elected acting president of Cricket South Africa (CSA) until its annual general meeting in September. ANI

Amir Khan's fiance can't wait for him to quit boxing
Amir Khan has said that his fiance Faryal Makhdoom is "looking forward" to seeing him hang up his gloves. ANI

Gavin Henson worried about 'making ends meet'
Gavin Henson, who started his career with only 2500 pounds as his annual wage, has revealed that he is more worried about his bank balance now than he was before owing to his parental responsibilities. ANI

People with good work ethic shouldn't be penalised, says Gavin Henson
Gavin Henson recently shared his views about the business world in Britain. ANI

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