Monday, February 1, 2010

Sports News(01.02.2010)


  • ICC asks CA for report on Khalid assault
    PERTH: The International Cricket Council(ICC) has asked Cricket Australia (CA) for a report into the breach of security that allowed a spectator to enter the field of play during the fifth and final One-day International between Australia and Pakistan at the WACA in Perth yesterday and tackle the Pakistan opener Khalid Latif to the ground.

    The incident occurred in the 46th over of Australia's innings. Latif was brought down from behind by 37-year-old David James Fraser but was uninjured. The spectator has been charged with assault and given a life ban from the ground. He was also fined A$500 (£280).

    "Obviously the ICC is very disappointed by the incident," an ICC spokesperson said. "There has been a clear security breach. We have asked CA to send us a detailed report on the incident before we can make any comment." Given the ICC's zero tolerance for such breaches, the matter is being viewed with concern and it could be brought up at the ICC executive board meeting in Dubai from 9-11 February.

    Ricky Ponting, the Australia captain, said: "I just hope I never see that again to tell you the truth. I had seen that once a long time ago and that ended up being a horrible incident and seeing it again is a worry.

    The PCB is thought to be considering pursuing the matter though it has yet to make an official statement. Officials are expected to make an announcement later today.

    Australian charged over Pakistan pitch invasion
    SYDNEY: A 37-year-old spectator has been charged with assault after wrestling Pakistan's Khalid Latif to the ground during a one-day interna ... more

    Inter’s visit to Parma postponed
    ROME: Serie A leaders Inter Milan’s visit to Parma on Sunday has been postponed due to heavy snow.

    The match, which was due to kick ... more

    Sylvester retains world title
    NEUBRANDENBURG, Germany: Germany’s Sebastian Sylvester retained his IBF middleweight world title here on Saturday when American challenger B ... more

    Gobena wins Osaka marathon
    OSAKA, Japan: Ethiopia’s Amane Gobena pulled away from nearest challenger Marisa Barros of Portugal in the last four kilometres to win the O ... more

    Ennis dazzles in Glasgow
    GLASGOW: Britain’s world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis charged to a national record indoors in the 60 metre hurdles on Saturday — and co ... more

    Tanveer wins judo gold in SAG
    KARACHI: Pakistan judo player Tanveer Ahmed won gold while Karamat Butt secured a silver medal on Thursday in the South Asian Games being he ... more

    Record crowds at Australian Open
    MELBOURNE: The attendance record was broken at the Australian Open with 653,860 watching the year’s opening Grand Slam, officials said on Su ... more

    Gates survives to claim NZ Open
    WELLINGTON: American Robert Gates recovered from a late meltdown to claim the New Zealand Open golf championship by one stroke from Australi ... more

    Mickelson calls cheating charge ‘slander’
    LA JOLLA, California: Phil Mickelson made it clear Saturday he wouldn’t take any charge of “cheating” lying down, but didn’t say just what a ... more

    Raikkonen impresses in Arctic Rally, Sordo wins
    ROVANIEMI, Finland: Former Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen had a second day of impressive driving at the Arctic Lapland Rally but could ... more
    Clarke skipper as Aussie name squad for T20
    MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia has announced a 13-man squad for the KFC Twenty20 International against Pakistan at the MCG this Friday night. ... more

    Afridi bites ball in bizarre twist
    PERTH: Pakistan’s stand-in captain captain Shahid Afridi bit the ball and ran his teeth along the seam in an extraordinary finale to Austral ... more

    Pakistan considering action against tackler
    PERTH: Pakistan will consider lodging a complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC) following a disgraceful incident in which Kha ... more

    PCB to seek Dubai permit for Asif
    LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will make a fresh appeal to Dubai authorities requesting them to revoke the travelling restrictions imp ... more

    Imran slams ‘insulting’ IPL snub
    KARACHI: Legendary fast bowler Imran Khan said on Sunday that Pakistani players had suffered “insulting treatment” at the hands of the India ... more

    Iqbal Qasim resigns over Australia debacle
    KARACHI: The chief selector of Pakistan’s national cricket team resigned on Sunday after their defeat in a one-day series against Australia, ... more

    Yousuf skips final one-dayer after fight with Intikhab?
    LAHORE: The official version blamed it on a sore knee but the real reason behind Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf’s absence from the fifth O ... more

    Federer downs Murray for 16th Grand Slam crown
    MELBOURNE: Swiss great Roger Federer won his fourth Australian Open and 16th Grand Slam title to deny Andy Murray’s quest for British tennis ... more

    Humayun strikes against SNGPL in first innings
    KARACHI: Humayun Farhat’s late surge with fiery 80 off just 63 balls overshadowed the opening day’s play as Habib Bank scored 315 for six in ... more

    Night Tests could be ‘several years away’
    SYDNEY: Day-night Test cricket could still be “several years” away, according to the head of the Kookaburra company, who believes a red ball ... more

    Gibson leaves England for West Indies
    LONDON: Ottis Gibson has left his position as England’s bowling coach to become the head coach of West Indies, according to the UK’s Daily T ... more

    Akmals face disciplinary action
    PERTH: Pakistan vice-captain Kamran Akmal and his brother Umar will face disciplinary action for allegedly violating their central contracts ... more

    Schumi returns as F1 testing starts new season
    VALENCIA, Spain: The new Formula One campaign gets underway on Monday (today) with the start of preseason testing that will also bring the r ... more

    I dye my hair, admits champion
    BERLIN: Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher admitted on Sunday he had turned to dye to cover up his grey hair but the 41-year-old s ... more

    Embattled Terry rescues Chelsea, Reds win 2-0
    LONDON: Chelsea skipper John Terry, whose personal troubles made newspaper headlines on Saturday, ensured he would also dominate the back pa ... more

    Pakistan’s SAG dream shattered after 2-1 loss
    KARACHI: Pakistan’s hopes to complete a hat-trick were dashed when they were beaten 2-1 by Afghanistan in their second Group B match of the ... more

    Flying Napoli held to goalless draw by Genoa
    MILAN: Napoli missed the chance to move up to joint-second in Serie A after hitting the wood-work twice in a 0-0 home draw with Genoa on Sat ... more

    ‘CAF boss should quit after Togo ban’
    LUANDA: Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou should resign following the “monstrous” decision to ban Togo from the ... more

    Capello vows to stay until 2012
    LONDON: Fabio Capello has vowed to remain coach of England until Euro 2012 even though he and his FA bosses can mutually cancel his contract ... more

    Benzema double keeps Real in Barcelona slipstream
    BARCELONA: A delightful back-heel from Jose Maria Gutierrez set up Karim Benzema for the first of a brace as Real Madrid, without suspended ... more

    Pakistan outclass Nepal 19-0
    DHAKA: Pakistan displayed their prowess in hockey when they scored an effortless 19-0 victory over Nepal in the 11th South Asian Games (SAG) ... more

    Paes keeps promise to Black for doubles title
    MELBOURNE: India’s Leander Paes kept his promise to Zimbabwean partner Cara Black when they won the Australian Open mixed doubles title on S ... more

    Murray’s hometown looks to future
    LONDON: Hundreds of Andy Murray fans gathered in his Scottish hometown on Sunday to cheer him on in his Australian Open final with Roger Fed ... more

    Serena insists she’s not one of the greats — yet
    MELBOURNE: Serena Williams insisted on Sunday she does not think of herself as one of the sport’s greats in spite of claiming her 12th Grand ... more

    Coach says final came too soon for Henin
    MELBOURNE: Justine Henin’s coach believes her Australian Open final against Serena Williams came too early in her comeback.

  • Source: Ankle could keep Freeney out of Super Bowl

    AP – 2 hrs 58 mins ago

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Dwight Freeney still hopes to play in the Super Bowl. His sprained right ankle might not allow it. Full Story »

  • Federer wins 16th major, prolongs British drought

    AP – Sun Jan 31, 11:48 pm ET
    Roger Federer of Switzerland with the trophy after beating Andy... AP

    MELBOURNE, Australia - Roger Federer experienced quite a range of emotions these past two Australian Opens. Full Story »

  • Magic's Stan Van Gundy to coach East All-Stars

    AP – Sun Jan 31, 9:51 pm ET

    NEW YORK - Stan Van Gundy will coach the East in the All-Star game after the Orlando Magic edged Atlanta for the second-best record in the conference through January. Full Story »

  • Manning, Brees take in Pro Bowl from the sideline

    AP – 2 hrs 51 mins ago
    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning talks to Cincinnati... AP

    MIAMI - It was supposed to be a night off for the Pro Bowl players who'll compete in next Sunday's Super Bowl. Come to Miami a day ahead of schedule, mingle with the NFL's other superstars, get another look at the stadium where a champion will be crowned. Full Story »

  • Reds agree one-year deal with Cabrera

    Reuters – Sun Jan 31, 9:09 pm ET

    CINCINNATI, Ohio (Reuters) - The Cincinnati Reds have signed veteran shortstop Orlando Cabrera on a one-year rolling contract, Major League Baseball reported on its website ( on Sunday. Full Story »

  • Stoudemire, Nash carry Suns past Rockets in OT

    AP – Sun Jan 31, 10:19 pm ET
    Phoenix Suns center Robin Lopez (15) scores over Houston Rockets'... AP

    HOUSTON - Amare Stoudemire scored a season-high 36 points, Steve Nash handed out 16 assists and the Phoenix Suns beat the Houston Rockets 115-111 in overtime on Sunday night. Full Story »

  • Virginia uses big run to beat North Carolina 75-60

    AP – Sun Jan 31, 9:58 pm ET
    Virginia forward Mike Scott keeps the ball from North Carolina... AP

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Sylven Landesberg scored 29 points and Virginia ran off 18 unanswered points early in the second half to beat struggling North Carolina 75-60 on Sunday night. Full Story »

  • Fergie hopes for a favour from Arsenal

    AFP – Sun Jan 31, 9:02 pm ET
    Manchester United's Scottish midfielder Darren Fletcher (L)... AFP

    LONDON (AFP) - Sir Alex Ferguson has delivered a hammer blow to Arsenal's title hopes but the Manchester United manager believes Arsene Wenger's side can do his team a favour at Chelsea next weekend. Full Story »


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