Monday, June 21, 2010

Sports News (21.06.2010)


Pak win toss, elect to bat against Bangladesh
DAMBULLA: Pakistan has won the toss and elected to bat first against Bangladesh in Asia Cup fixture here on Monday.

Four changes have been made in Pakistani squad. Pakistan has lost its chances to reach into the final of the tournament after facing defeat by India in the previous match. Pakistan had already faced defeat in nine matches in a row.

For the match against Bangladesh, four changes have been made in the team. Salman Butt, Muhammad Amir, Shoaib Malik and Saeed Ajmal have been dropped from the playing squad.
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Team: Shahzeb Hasan, Imran Farhat, Umer Ameen, Umer Akmal, Asad Shafeeq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Abdul Rehman, Shoaib Akhter and Muhammad Asif.

Three matches in FIFA world cup today
JOHANNESBURG: Three matches will be played in FIFA World Cup today (Monday).

In the first match, two teams of Group G Portugal and North ... more
Younis snubbed, Yasir recalled for England tour
KARACHI: Younis Khan on Sunday paid the price for his refusal to strike a ‘deal’ with Pakistan’s cricket authorities when he was overlooked ... more
Shahid Afridi praises team unity
DAMBULLA: For the second time in this Asia Cup, Pakistan went down after running the opposition close. Defeat against India eliminated them ... more
Dhoni plays down talk of ‘payback’ win
DAMBULLA: M S Dhoni, the Indian captain, has played down talk of India’s nail-biting win over Pakistan in the Asia Cup being a “payback” for ... more
Kiwis stun holders Italy with 1-1 draw
NELSPRUIT: World champions Italy suffered an embarrassing 1-1 draw with underdogs New Zealand in their second World Cup Group F match on Sun ... more
Pycroft spares Harbhajan, Gambhir
DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka: Volatile Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh and his belligerent teammate Gautam Gambhir escaped punishment after ICC Match ... more
‘Asia Cup flop a warning bell’
KARACHI: Former Pakistan cricket greats said on Sunday Pakistan’s failure to reach the final of the Asia Cup was “a warning bell” for proble ... more
Proteas hit Windies roadblock
BASSETERRE, Saint Kitts and Nevis: South Africa failed to make early inroads into West Indies’ batting, after AB de Villiers and Jacques Kal ... more
Paraguay outgun Slovakia 2-0
BLOEMFONTEIN: Paraguay overcame goal-shy Slovakia 2-0 thanks to two moments of real quality in Group F on Sunday to move towards the World C ... more
England players to meet Capello for talks
RUSTENBURG: England players were planning a team meeting with coach Fabio Capello to discuss what went wrong in their disappointing 0-0 draw ... more
‘Rooney problems all in his head’
CAPE TOWN: Fabio Capello believes Wayne Rooney’s World Cup drought is down to a “mental” problem.

Rooney has failed to score in six a ... more
Robben to decide on return
DURBAN: Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk will allow Arjen Robben to decide when he is fit to play at the World Cup and has not ruled out t ... more
Today’s Matches
Chile vs Switzerland

7.00 pm PST

Players to watch

Matias Fernandez (Chile)

The 2006 South American Footballer of ... more
Chile seek to dodge Swiss slip-up
PORT ELIZABETH: The thought of Chile against Switzerland as a top-of-the-table clash in the same group as World Cup favorites Spain would ha ... more

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Spain vs Honduras
11.30 pm PST

Players to watch

David Silva (Spain)

The Valencia winger has been one of the top players in his position f ... more
Spain looking to bounce back
JOHANNESBURG: Anything less than a win for Spain against Honduras on Monday (today) could see one of the pre-tournament favourites making an ... more
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BD close university after Cup riots
DHAKA: One of Bangladesh’s leading universities closed indefinitely on Sunday after five people were injured in riots by students demanding ... more
Local Briefs
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KARACHI: World boxing governing body’s (AIBA) top brass ... more
French players refuse to train in protest
KNYSNA: France’s World Cup team refused to train on Sunday in protest of Nicolas Anelka’s expulsion from the squad.

Anelka was kicked ... more
Fix fears overshadow Mexico clash with Uruguay
RUSTENBERG: The shadow cast by one of the most shameful episodes in football history provides the backdrop to the meeting between Mexico and ... more
Danes banish trailblazers Cameroon
PRETORIA: Cameroon, Africa’s modern World Cup trailblazers, became the first African side eliminated from the continent’s inaugural tourname ... more

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Portugal plan all-out attack against North Korea
CAPE TOWN: Portugal need to switch to attack mode against North Korea on Monday (today) to get the big win they may need to open the door to ... more
A game with shades of 1966 classic
For North Korea, the prospect of playing Portugal inevitably brings up discussion of the 1966 World Cup.

Rank outsiders, the Asians h ... more
Portugal vs North Korea

4.30 pm PST

Players to watch

Liedson (Portugal)

The Sporting Lisbon striker would be lo ... more
Brazil beat Ivory Coast 3-1, reach last 16
JOHANNESBURG: Brazil qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup with a 3-1 win against Ivory Coast in their World Cup Group G clash at Socce ... more
Brazil lead Ivory Coast 1-0 at halftime
JOHANNESBURG: Brazil lead the Ivory Coast 1-0 at half-time in their World Cup Group G clash on Sunday thanks to a wonderful finish by Sevill ... more


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