Manchester United Signs 9 year Old Wonder Kid "Rhain Davis"
August 2nd, 2007
The world's most famous Football club Manchester United have signed a gifted nine-year-old boy after his grandfather sent the Premier League champions a DVD showcasing the boy's talents which has become a YouTube sensation.The boy's dribbling and goalscoring prowess for an Under-10 side in Brisbane, Australia, feature in a four-minute YouTube clip is already viewed by more than 800,000 times. Rhain Davis, who was born in England but has lived in Australia since the age of four, was hailed by the British press on Thursday as the next Wayne Rooney after the United striker. Manchester United confirmed the signing but played down the hype around Davis, who has moved back to Cheshire in northern England with his father, ...

 

Former Formula 1 Champion Nelson Piquet takes Driving Lessons
July 31st, 2007
Former triple Formula One motor racing champion Nelson Piquet has been sent to driving awareness school for repeated speeding and parking offences.  The 54-year-old Nelson Piquet, who won the titles in 1981, 1983 and 1987 lost his license last month after a series of speeding and parking offenses. He didn't contest the charges. Piquet's wife, Viviane, also joined her husband in the class after having her license taken away for bad driving. The couple will have to attend mandatory classes over eight days and pass an exam before getting back their licenses. Piquet told Brazilian media, I think we have to pay for our mistakes. It's not just a speeding problem, I got tickets for all kinds of reasons, like parking where ...

 

Indian Football Team Unbeaten in Portugal Tour
July 30th, 2007
The Indian football team held Portuguese third division team GDR Monsanto goalless in their last outing and finished unbeaten on their tour of Portugal. The draw was significant as star striker Baichung Bhutia, who scored four goals in the last two games, did not take the field due to a minor injury. Besides, India played most of the match without striker Sunil Chetri, who was substituted in the first half. In the opening match of the tour, India drew with Portuguese second division side Odivelas FC 1-1 and then registered a 3-2 victory over Portugese third division side AC Marinhense, followed by convincing 3-0 victory over third division side Recreativo Agueda at the Estadio Municipal in Lisbon on Sunday.

 

Iraq Beat Saudi Arabia to Win Asian Cup Football
July 29th, 2007
Iraq's Captain Younis Mahmoud's headed goal crowned Iraq as the Asian Cup champions for the first time with a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the final on Sunday, 29th July 2007. The 71st-minute header off a Hawar Mohammed corner was the only goal in the fiercely-contested all-Arab final over the three-time champion Saudis in a seething Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. It was a coaching triumph for Brazilian Jorvan Vieira, 54, who only signed a two-month contract with the Iraqi Football Federation and said on Saturday he intended to quit the job after accomplishing what he had set out to achieve. Thousands of Iraqis have spilled onto the streets to celebrate their football squad's Asian Cup victory, firing guns into the air ...

 

McGrath and Warne signed ICL Contract, Fleming in Queue
July 26th, 2007
Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath have signed in to play in the breakaway Twenty20 Indian Cricket League, the Former Captain and Chief Executive of Indian Cricket League revealed to the "The Australian" newspaper. He also said that more Australian players are on the verge of signing up to ICL. According to the Media Reports, Damien Martyn and Justin Langer had also been contacted for the ICL, but they have rejected the offers. The Australian newspaper also reported that New Zealand Test captain Stephen Fleming has been approached to captain one of the six teams in multi-million dollar rebel Twenty20 League in India later this year. Fleming is the first current Test player to be speculatively linked to the competition, all the others have retired. The Media Reports ...

 

Dennis Lillee in Radar of ICL
July 24th, 2007
The former Australian paceman, Dennis Lillee, is next on the radar of Indian Cricket League (ICL). Talks are on to get him as bowling consultant at the ICL. Lillee has been associated with the Chennai-based MRF Pace Academy for many years and has done wonders with international fast bowlers. Former Aussie greats Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath are also on a way to join ICL. The ICL spokesperson has told Mid day that Kiwi Nathan Astle and Englishman Marcus Trescothick are also likely to be approached. The ICL's real challenge would be to get the domestic players on the board where BCCI has issued a notice to all the players and affiliated units to stay away from ICL. There is ...

 

Brian Lara, Madan Lal and Balwinder Singh Sandhu joined ICL
July 23rd, 2007
The Indian Cricket League received a big boost today when former West Indies Captain Brian Lara officially signed up. Besides Lara, ICL also signed up Madan Lal, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Rajesh Chauhan and Pranob Roy. Madan Lal, former allrounder and member of India's 1983 World Cup winning team, will coach ICL's Delhi Team. Balwinder Singh, former pace bowler has been signed up as Director of Academics. Former players Rajesh Chauhan and Pranob Roy, who also served as BCCI selector, were roped in as Talent Scouts. ICL Format More Visible Now Monday's announcements also made it official that the ICL would be an inter-city league. Earlier, it had been only announced that the first edition, to be played at the end of this year, would feature six Twenty20 teams. Apart ...

 

MCC Stamp on 75 years of Indian Test Cricket
July 21st, 2007
The Marylebone Cricket Club, in association with the Bletchley Post Office, released a special stamp commemorating the 75th anniversary of India in Test cricket. The stamps feature the newly-commissioned Pataudi Trophy, named after the senior Nawab of Pataudi,  alongside an England Lion and BCCI logo.  The stamps will be available in commemorative sheets of 20 stamps and on two first day covers. The first cover uses artwork by MCC young artist Karen Neale to show the match day view from the Edrich Stand at Lord's. The second features a montage by Clare Pollitt, taken from the collection of noted cricket historian Boria Majumdar. This collection will be on display ...

 

Vijay Mallya Targeting 2010 Formula 1 Race
July 20th, 2007
The Liquor Baron, Vijay Mallya, chairman and CEO of Kingfisher Airlines, is targeting to bring Formula One to India by 2010 if not 2009. A few months back, Vijay Mallya had met Shiela Dikshit to express his willingness to support in hosting the event. Mallya said it did not take him long to decide to participate in Formula One once it became clear that he was  looking for a global platform. He said, "I have participated in Formula One with the Benetton team in the 1990's.  I have a basic interest in Formula One. I am the chairman of the local FIA for the past 20 years so; motor sport is second nature to me". Mallya said in an interview with Formula ...

 

Brazil Back to No 1 in FIFA Rankings
July 18th, 2007
Brazil's ruthless victory (3-0) against old rivals Argentina to win the Copa America for the second time in a row, has helped moved them back to the top of FIFA's world rankings. Argentina also moved up to 2nd place, with World Cup Champions Italy slipping to 3rd place. Brazil were knocked off top spot in January, having previously led the rankings for an uninterrupted run of more than four years. The recent flurry of matches on the American continent has also helped Mexico to move up by 16 places to 10th off the back of their appearance in the Gold Cup final and the semi-finals of the Copa America. The other prominent changes are Croatia entry into Top 10, climbing from 11th to 7th place. While England and Czech ...

 

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