Vol. 5 Num 923 Sun. December 31, 2006    
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A forgettable year save cricket
Cricket stood out like a beacon in an altogether miserable year for sports in the country.
We need a Tata
They are the proud owners of a full-fledged sports academy where eight sporting events are being preached to budding talents by a dedicated group of coaches, they have got a separate football academy,
A year of inevitability
It can possibly be put down to our very Third World sentiment that come sporting events of any magnitude we find solace and identification with the success of the underdog and not the superpower.
Proteas level series
South Africa clinched a series-levelling win as India slumped on the fifth and final day of the second Test at Kingsmead Saturday. South Africa won by 174 runs after India were bowled out for 179.
Langer hanging up boots?
Speculation is mounting that Justin Langer will join Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath in making the final Ashes Test at Sydney his last for Australia.
New twist to Shoaib tale
If every Pakistani had a paisa for every time they heard "Shoaib Akhtar has not been considered because he is not fit", then the percentage of the entire population deemed to be below the poverty line
Vettori wishes no slips
New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori wants a vastly improved performance from his inexperienced bowling attack in Sunday's one-dayer against Sri Lanka.
MacGill not forgotten
Despite being overlooked for the Australian squad for the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney, Andrew Hilditch, Australia's chief selector, has insisted that Stuart MacGill remains in the thinking of the selection
'Aus weaker sans greats'
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq has insisted Australia will be a "lot weaker" after the Test retirements of star bowlers Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.
Jamie keen on Tests
Jamie Dalrymple, the England offspinning allrounder, is eager to help the team avoid an Ashes whitewash in Sydney.
Clark no surprise
Stuart Clark's stunning returns in the Ashes series have not surprised Michael Hussey, who has been regularly troubled by his current teammate's accuracy and bounce.
Kenya playing seriously
Kenya's cricket coach Roger Harper said Friday that none of the six associate member teams would be underrated at next month's ICC World Cricket League first division tournament in Nairobi.
Umpiring burnout?
Former Test umpire David Shepherd has warned that leading umpires face burnout unless the ICC tackles the issue and appoints more officials to its elite panel.
Barclays English Premier League
Terry making good progress
Chelsea and England captain John Terry went jogging Friday at his club's training ground, just a day after surgery on a back injury, the English Premier League champions announced.
Barclays English Premier League
Drogba reveals Chelsea doubts
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has admitted he thought about leaving the English Premier League champions before the start of the current campaign.
'Crouch going nowhere'
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has dismissed reports that he was preparing to sell giant England striker Peter Crouch and bring Valencia forward David Villa to Anfield during the January transfer window.
Hopman Cup
France upset USA
France capitalised on its late call-up for the mixed teams Hopman Cup to upset defending champions the United States in their Group A tie here Saturday.
Tyson in trouble again
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was arrested Friday on charges of driving under the influence and possession of drugs after nearly crashing into a police car, justice authorities said.
Sicilian humour
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini on Saturday expressed his disgust after a director of the Sicilian-based Serie A club was sent the severed head of a young goat.
Pele's son released
Edson do Nascimento, son of Brazilian football legend Pele, has been handed a conditional release from prison where he has spent 10 months on suspicion of money laundering, his lawyer said.

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