Friday, April 30, 2010

Sports News (30.04.2010)


T20 World Cup kicks off today, Pakistan to defend title

GUYANA: The third ICC World Twenty20 Championship begins today in West Indies as Pakistan will defend their title in the mega event.

Sri Lanka will play against New Zealand in the inaugural match of the tournament while the second match will be played between hosts West Indies and Ireland.

All matches of the event will be shown live on Geo Super.

The first match will be held between the runners-up of the previous edition, Sri Lanka and New Zealand and it will begin at 10-00 pm (Pakistan standard time).

The West Indies and Ireland will play the second match at 2-00 am.

NZ aim to have Lankans in a spin
PROVIDENCE, Guyana: Brendon McCullum’s prowess as a Twenty20 batsman is well known but older brother Nathan could also have an important role to play in the upcoming World Twenty20.

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Dolphins dump Bears to lift title
KARACHI: Sindh Dolphins on Thursday lifted the RBS Pentangular Cup in emphatic manner, slaying Balochistan Bears by 78 runs here at the National Stadium.

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Afghans stun Ireland
BRIDGETOWN, Guyana: Afghanistan cruised to a five-wicket win over Ireland in their World Twenty20 warm-up on Wednesday, showing that they are ready for their world championship debut.
‘Apprentice’ Mourinho stares down mentor Van Gaal
BARCELONA: Jose Mourinho has destroyed the Champions League dreams of former clubs Chelsea and Barcelona but he faces a quiet and familiar menace in next month’s final.

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WI look to Gayle force in opener
PROVIDENCE, Guyana: West Indies captain Chris Gayle struck Australia fast bowler Brett Lee for 27 runs in one over at last year’s World Twenty20 so Ireland’s attack could be forgiven for fea... more

ICC alert to World Cup match-fixing threat
DUBAI: The spectre of match-fixing is once again hanging uneasily over cricket and the ICC will be alert to anything untoward during the World Twenty20 in the West Indies, but remain confide... more

IPL had become a monster, says Nasser Hussain
LONDON: A critic of the event since its inception, former England captain Nasser Hussain has once again lashed out at the IPL and said the recent controversy surrounding the league has prove... more
India not taking Afghans for granted
ST LUCIA: Though India come into the third installment of the ICC World Twenty20 as heavyweights, their leader MS Dhoni knows full well that their first encounter, against Afghanistan, has t... more
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Clarke calls for Twenty20 contracts

MELBOURNE: Michael Clarke believes Australia’s best Twenty20 players should be included in Cricket Australia’s contract list. On the eve of the ICC... more
Windies offering a Caribbean feel for World T20
GEORGETOWN, Guyana: For all the turmoil surrounding the mysterious death of a coach and the myriad other problems associated with the West Indies’ first hosting of a cricket World Cup, the m... more

ICC award for GHB
KARACHI: A number of prominent cricketing personalities including the late Gul Hameed Bhatti, former Editor of ‘The News’, were given International Cricket Council (ICC) Centenary for their ... more
Shahzaib still dreaming of playing in World T20
KARACHI: Karachi-based opener Shahzaib Hasan said on Wednesday that he is badly missing Pakistan team on the eve of ICC World Twenty20, which explodes into action in the Caribbean on Friday ... more
Pakistani interest ends in Youth World Boxing
KARACHI: Pakistani interest extinguished from the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championship as its pugilists Attaullah and Mohammad Tanveer fell in their respective bouts in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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Barcelona undone by 10-man Inter Milan
BARCELONA: Inter Milan battled for more than an hour with 10 men to book their place in next month’s Champions League final at the expense of holders Barcelona on a triumphant night for the ... more
Creaking Barca give Real hope in title run-in
MADRID: Pep Guardiola has 72 hours to repair the battered morale of his Barcelona side before resuming the defence of their La Liga title at Villarreal on Saturday.

Barca top the stan... more
AS Roma do the unthinkable and support Lazio
MILAN: AS Roma’s players and fans will go against everything they hold sacred this weekend when they cheer on bitter rivals Lazio against Inter Milan.

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Woods battles golf course, paparazzi and helicopters
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina: Tiger Woods answered questions for 16 minutes on Wednesday but offered few new revelations of his private troubles other than that the paparazzi are still camped o... more
Selectors leave seniors seething
KARACHI: Former captains Shakeel Abbasi and Rehan Butt said that the way the federation has rested them was wrong, as they have performed well in the National Championship as well as in the ... more
Bopara makes case for KP’s place
GUYANA: Ravi Bopara dominated England’s run chase from number three in Wednesday’s ICC World Twenty20 warm-up win over Bangladesh — but knows his chances of retaining that position are slim.... more
Djokovic eases into quarters
ROME: World number two Novak Djokovic had few problems in disposing of Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP Rome Masters 1000 on Thursday.

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Wozniacki crashes, Stosur survives scare
STUTTGART: Top-seed and world number two Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark crashed out of the WTA tournament here on Thursday after suffering from a recurring ankle injury.

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Aisam, Rohan fall in Tunis
KARACHI: The top seeded pair of Pakistan’s ace tennis player Aisam-ul-Haq and his Indian teammate Rohan Bopanna bowed out of the $125,000 Challenger Tennis Championship after they lost their... more
Franchises have papers in order: India

NEW DELHI: Amid a controversy over finances of the Twenty20 cricket body IPL, the central government said the Registrar of Companies has not fou... more
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Warner strikes again as Aussies rout Windward Islands in T20 WC warm-up tie

David WarnerSt. Lucia, Australian opener David Warner scored his second successive half-century to guide his team to an thumping 101 run victory against Windward Islands in their final warm-up match ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup.  Read more »

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‘Shattered’ Lee vows to play on despite latest injury setback

Brett LeeSt. Lucia, Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has been shattered by his latest injury setback, but he is determined to play on and force his way back into the national one-day side for the July tour against Pakistan in England. Read more »

Zimbabwe stun defending champions Pak in T20 WC warm-up match

Kamran AkmalLahore, After stunning Australia in their first warm-up match by registering a sensational one run win, `minnows' Zimbabwe trounced defending champions Pakistan by 12-runs in the second practice match ahead of the ICC T20 World Championship. Read more »

No mercy for thugs at FIFA World Cup, says S.African minister

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Wicketless’ Hauritz unlikely starter for opening T20 WC tie against Pakistan

Nathan HauritzSt. Lucia,  Australian off-spinner Nathan Hauritz’s chances of playing Sunday’s opening Twenty20 World Cup game against Pakistan have dimmed significantly after he failed to gain momentum and went wicketless in both the warm-up games.  Read more »

Collingwood-led team can end 35 years of hurt: Vaughan

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Morgan leads England to victory against Proteas in T20 WC warm-up tie

Eoin MorganBridgetown (Barbados), England batsman Eoin Morgan steered the Three Lions to a five-wicket win against South Africa in their final warm-up game before the Twenty20 World Cup.  Read more »

Fulham bounce back to reach Europa League final

FulhamLondon,Fulham came from behind Thursday to beat Hamburg 2-1 and set up a Europa League final date with Atletico Madrid.
After a goalless draw in the first leg, Mladen Petric's  Read more »

Modi was a victim of unfair vilification, says Bindra

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‘Hosts’ West Indies have an edge in ICC World T20 Championship: Rameez

‘Hosts’ West Indies have an edge in ICC World T20 Championship: RameezLahore, With only a day left for the commencement of the ICC World T20 Championship, former Pakistan captain Rameez Read more »

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