Cricket World Cup: India beat Pakistan to reach final

India get past Pakistan into final

India booked a place against Sri Lanka in Saturday’s World Cup final after beating Pakistan by 29 runs in Mohali.ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final, Mohali:India 260-9 (50 overs) bt Pakistan 231 by 29 runs (49.5 overs)

Virender Sehwag (38) hit nine fours and Sachin Tendulkar, reprieved by referral and dropped four times, looked set for his 100th international century.He was out for 85 from 115 balls as India compiled 260-9, left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz with a career-best 5-46.

Mohammad Hafeez struck 43 and Misbah-ul-Haq made a defiant 56 but Pakistan were all out for 231 in the final over.

With tickets reportedly exchanging hands for many thousands of rupees, an estimated 28,000 packed into the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium and every possible vantage point outside the ground taken, a match of such magnitude between the fierce rivals deserved to be a classic encounter. Read more of this post


West Ham United 3 – 0 Stoke City

West Ham United v Stoke City – Premier League

West Ham hauled themselves out of the Premier League drop zone as Stoke pressed the self-destruct button at Upton Park.The Hammers made it back-to-back league wins for the first time in more than a year to stay on course to complete a great escape from relegation.

Demba Ba was gifted his fourth goal in just five appearances after a calamitous Stoke mix-up, the recalled Manuel da Costa made it 2-0 and Thomas Hitzlsperger smashed in a late third to inflict a club record sixth straight away league defeat on the visitors.

The game was the first of back-to-back meetings between the two sides, who are also set to clash for the fourth time this season in the FA Cup quarter-finals a week on Sunday. Read more of this post

Stoke City 3 – 0 Brighton

Stoke City v Brighton & Hove Albion - FA Cup 5th Round











Stoke secured a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals for a second successive season with a comfortable victory over Brighton at the Britannia Stadium.The visitors were undone by three first-half headers, with John Carew netting after 14 minutes and his strike partner Jon Walters making it 2-0 eight minutes later.Walters then set up Potters captain Ryan Shawcross just before the interval, and although Brighton improved in the second period, they were unable to reduce the deficit. Read more of this post

City reject Tevez transfer request

Carlos Tevez clashes with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Carlos Tevez clashes with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Manchester City have released an official statement confirming reports that Carlos Tevez has handed in a transfer request, and the club revealed they have rejected the striker’s demand.

• Tevez hands in transfer request
• Tevez planning retirement
• Tevez plays down Mancini row
• Tevez: I’m happy at City
• Tevez “tired of football” Read more of this post

Another MVP for James might not be so far-fetched after all

LeBron James' return to Cleveland might have been just what he needed to get back in the MVP race.

LeBron James' return to Cleveland might have been just what he needed to get back in the MVP race.

CLEVELAND — It probably was only a matter of time.

As enthusiastic as The Race committee is about scouting out new MVP prospects, especially early in each season, and as skeptical as certain members were about the ganged-up, shared-load approach being deployed by the Miami Heat this season, it figures that there would be no keeping down LeBron James for long.

Reigning two-time winners of the Maurice Podoloff trophy have a way of asserting themselves.

James makes his first appearance this week in the list of 10 for 2010-11 on the strength of his performance at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday — he pretty much punked the house on a night when he was supposed to be rattled and ill at ease — and on Miami’s three consecutive victories. Read more of this post

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