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England coach distances himself from team’s debacle

England coach distances himself from team’s debacleCoach Fabio Capello, distancing himself from England's debacle in South Africa, is insisting that he cannot be blamed for the team's dismal performance and feels that his last two years with the Three Lions has been a waste.

Capello said, "It does feel like the last two years have been a waste of time. I don't know why or how the players have arrived at this point. The training is very good so I can't understand the way during the game that they don't transfer their training form on to the pitch - they can't seem to change speed.

Modi submits his reply to BCCI for the 3rd show cause notice

Lalit-ModiIn the 3rd IPL series, Lalit Modi was alleged with some irregularities for which he was suspended and he had been asked for the reply to the 3rd show cause notice by the Indian cricket board for which he had submitted his reply to BCCI.

Modi was charged with irregularities in the sale of cinema rights and mid-over ads in the third IPL series by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Modi's lawyer, Mehmood Abdi told that Modi had submitted the reply through email on Tuesday and the hard copy of the same has been submitted on Wednesday.

Bike rally from Delhi to Leh to promote CWG

Suresh-KalmadiSuresh Kalmadi, the chairman of the organizing committee of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) has organized a bike rally from Delhi to Leh to promote CWG and spread goodwill message of CWG.

Thirty five bikers take part in the rally and are instructed to go across various states like Haryana, Punjab, Himachal and Jammu & Kashmir, wrapping a distance of about 3500 km over a fort night.

These participants will pass the massage of unity and pride in the form of pamphlets and posters throughout their journey.

Opening match of the Asia Cup between Sri Lanka and Pakistan

Asia-CupIn the opening match of the Asia Cup in Dambulla, between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, Sri Lanka scored 242 runs losing nine wickets.

Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan fast bowler bowled terrific, claiming 3 wickets for 41 runs in ten overs. He was out of the field since last 13 months and had shown a fabulous comeback by taking early wickets of the game.

Sri Lanka has won the toss and decided to bat first. Mathews had played his innings by scoring 55 runs from 61 balls and helping Sri Lanka to reach a good score. Jayawardene, another extremely talented batsman hit the balls to earn 54 runs from 64 balls.

English wicket keeper Kieswetter keeps his spot in England one-day team

Craig-KieswetterThe selection team of England have shown confidence on the young wicket keeper Craig Kieswetter and kept him in the squad for the upcoming ODI series. This squad has been selected for the Natwest Series against Australia and one-off match against Scotland. This wicket keeper-batsman is a talented young cricketer.  

He is a very explosive player and was one of the stars in the successful T-20 World cup campaign for England. He has been selected for previous wicket keeper Matt Prior. Alistair Cook has been also left out the squad as Ian Bell has been recalled.

Ji Sung leads from the front to register 2-0 win over Greece

With a second goal in hand the South Korea captain, Park Ji Sung, got the title, the man-of-the-match for his team's 2-0 win over Greece.

The gutsy player from Manchester got in to its form and took over on Loukas Vyntra in seven minutes in the second half and shot past Alexandros Tzorvas to turn the scores beyond expectations.

The dark horses, South Korea, played a good game throughout; they were fluid, quick to the ball, bright and alert and when everything clicked they scored.

They broke on the counter-attack with speed and fluency and in the process they made this a chastening experience for the Greek team.

India wins over Zimbabwe in the 1st T20 International

cricketAfter defeating Zimbabwe by six wickets, India finally crossed the staggering start with its most deserved win over Zimbabwe. Indians showed up in the first T20 international with a quick 112 to win, leaving five overs with Yusuf Pathan and Virat Kohli.

Earlier, Indian bowlers showed discipline, bowling proper line and length deliveries, and restricted Zimbabwe to a meager 111 for nine. Paceman Vinay Kumar (3/24) was the most successful bowler, claiming three wickets, while Ashok Dinda (2/27) and Pragyan Ojha (2/11) chipped in with two victims apiece.

Murray mustered out at Queen's

Andy-MurrayThe Wimbledon warm-up tournament at Queen's club saw the ouster of yet another top seeded player. This time the victim being Andy Murray, consequently the tournament was left without a marquee player on Friday as top-seed Rafael Nadal crashed out only hours after the exit of holder Andy Murray.

American Mardy Fish ended a darkness-interrupted match, spread over two days, completing a 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-2) win over Murray, the defending champ. The win put Fish into the quarterfinals against French 12th seed Michael Llodra.

40% rise expected in FIFA viewership this year

40% rise expected in FIFA viewership this yearAs the much-awaited tournament, the FIFA World Cup has recently kicked off, experts are expecting a whopping rise in viewership that can go up to 35-40% as compared to the levels that the tournament touched in the last edition. Interestingly, for a country where cricket is considered as a religion for many, the tournament was able to grab close to 44 million viewers in the 2006 World Cup.

Indian team ended up in style

Indian team ended up in styleIndian team accomplished their tour with a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over the Zimbabwean team in the second and final Twenty20 international. Skipper Suresh Raina led from the front and scored massive 72 runs not out. Target was of 141 runs and Team India has made 144 for 3 in 18 overs at the Harare sports club. Raina came in to the field after the Naman Ojha (10) in fifth over of the session and stayed till the end.

MSD Confident Of Good Showing In Sri Lanka

MSD Confident Of Good Showing In Sri LankaIndian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, looking in shape after a fortnight's break, struck a positive note on the eve of the team's departure to Sri Lanka for the Asia Cup that will be accompanied by a tri-series also involving New Zealand and a three-Test series against the hosts.

While accepting that Yuvi, who has been omitted because of injury, would be missed in the middle-order, MSD said that the Asia Cup represents a vital tournament vis-à-vis preparations for the 2011 World Cup in the sub-continent.

We are United - Says Shahid Afridi

Shahid-AfridiAnother cricket combat is about to start on Saturday at Dambulla with the opening match of the Asia Cup. Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi has said that his team can do anything to win the title. Last time Pakistan had tours of New Zealand and Australia but they have lost all the matches and endure a series of controversies.

After all these issues, Pakistan cricket board has selected Afridi as the captain of the ODI team.

In an interview, Afridi has said that now all the controversies are matters of past for the team. And past mistakes will not be repeated again and they cannot afford to be a wrangler.

Cristiano Ronaldo - The Most Searched World Cup Player On Google

Cristiano RonaldoPortuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo has become the most sought after World Cup player on Google.

As the World Cup starts in South Africa, the curiosity in players participating in the game is also heightened, but Ronaldo, 25, has gained the most attention.

In a blog post on June 11, Google said, "In search, the winning player is already clear: Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese team captain and talented forward."

In addition to Ronaldo, the other players in the public interest include Brazil's Kaka, England's Wayne Rooney, Argentina's Lionel Messi and Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands.

Action-packed Football World War Begins

Football-World-Cup-2010FIFA world cup, the biggest sporting extravaganza has started in South Africa. More than a million visitors are expected to come for this event. This is going to be the biggest and the most colorful party for South Africa had ever hosted.

On the streets of South Africa, the supporters are whistling the plastic horn which has become the symbol of world cup. Soccer city is now totally polished with different colors.

Souls Praising South Africa

Javier-AguirreDuring a meeting at soccer city stadium Mexican Coach Javier Aguirre has said that he is a great fan of Nelson Mandela and he is very interested to read books on him. It would be a great honor if he can shake hands with him, he has added.

Mexico will start the journey of its World Cup campaign against the host team South Africa. Mandela may appear in the game to inspire the home team. Aguirre has also declared that he will be against South Africa for 90 minutes only, but after the game he will support SA.

Opening ceremony has rocked the world

ShakiraColombian pop star Shakira, U. S soul singer Alicia and Somali have rocked the site of World cup’s opening ceremony and entertained the whole country.

More than ten thousand people attended a star-studded inaugural ceremony at Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg where K’naan performed the best with his football anthem waving flag. At the opening match between South Africa and Mexico more than 34,000 people united to support their teams.

Mr. Zuma has opened the show with the president of World Cup organizing body FIFA.

Yuvraj will be back soon- Says Sehwag

Yuvraj-SinghYuvraj Singh is not in list to play in the Asia Cup as the selectors found him out-of-form. He is now dealing with some of the tough days in his life. But his teammate Virender Sehwag doesn’t think so.

He will be comeback soon, said the Indian cricket team’s vice-captain Virender Sehwag to the media. He has said that Yuvraj Singh is just a jewel for India and he is a great fan of Yuvraj.

The left-hand batsman and will be soon back in the field after his fitness has been sorted out. Viru has also said that Yuvraj needs to concentrate on his fitness and his game now.

Wayne Rooney was warned for his misbehavior

Wayne Rooney was warned for his misbehaviorEnglish striker Wayne Rooney has been notified for his misbehavior. He has been asked to keep control on his emotions or there may be a risk of repetition of the red card misery he has received in the last World Cup.

Rooney's arrogant nature was on display again in England's final warm-up match on Monday. A request for forgiveness has been received by match referee Jeff Selogilwe from Rooney after the match, but the referee has issued a warning message to this Mancheswar United Striker. He has also commented that Rooney is his favorite player and he was very disappointed for his behavior.

Virender Sehwag tops the list of ICC test batsmen

Offsprings of lesbians have less behavioral issuesTeam India Opener Virender Sehwag has preserved his number one position in the recent ICC rankings for Test batsmen. India has also retained its top spot in the latest chart. Sehwag tops of the list with 863 points and is followed by South Africa's Hashim Amla. Amla has 842 points and is at the second spot. Former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene is at third position with 836 points.

Sania to say goodbye to tennis in two years

Sania to say goodbye to tennis in two yearsAccording to media reports, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza has said she will quit tennis within two years to concentrate on her marriage.

The News quoted Sania, as saying, "I want to concentrate on my married life and it is not an easy job to stay away from husband soon after marriage. I will quit in two years. I don't want to disturb my personal life due to tennis."

After her very first encounter after her wedding with Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik, the 23-year-old was talking to the media in Birmingham.

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