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Boxer Amir Khan՚s will have a Peterson rematch as ordered by WBA: Promoter of boxing champion Amir Khan has said in an interview that the WBA has ordered for a rematch with American Lamont Peterson, in which the boxer was defeated on a split decision for the world title fight in Washington. Khan had lost his WBA super lightweight and IBF light welterweight titles and questioned at the appearance of an unknown man at the ringside. He accused the mystery man of interfering with the scoreboards of the judges.

Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer told Sports News forum- “that he had been informed today by the WBA that they will order a rematch,” He further said that the unidentified man was an official of IBF whose name is Mustafa Ameen. Though the WBA was not available for comment but, the association՚s vice-president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza told about a possible rematch.

Sunil Gavaskar asks to accept the cricket team as selected: Former Indian cricket team captain, Sunil Gavaskar has said that the team selectors should not be bogged down by dropping the non-performing players and has refused to point out at the selection of the team for the upcoming Asia Cup. After the controversial statement of the present Captain M. S. Dhoni, there were rising speculations that the selectors may drop some senior players following the team՚s poor performance in Australia. But even the selectors didn՚t make any major changes in the team՚s side. When asked by the media personals whether the players should be kept off from the next match if they showed poor performance Gavaskar said that yes such action should be justified. In his statement, Gavasker said “If you don՚t drop off the non performing players then it could mean that the team may lose the next matches. It does not matter whether some more prominent players are removed or not what matter is that the team should not be a bunch of non performing players. And if that՚s a case then all the cricket lovers must be prepared for the result of the future matches as well.” However Gavaskar didn՚t even criticise the selectors for not making major changes in the team.

Real Madrid eyes 32nd Spanish title at Athletic: The Real Madrid can still hold the Spanish league title with their victory at the Athletic Bilbao. In the score update the real Madrid is seven points clear of its top rival with only three games to play. Also even a Barcelona loss will also award the Spanish leader its record 32nd domestic crown. Barcelona՚s last three games are seen to serve as preparation for next month՚s Copa del Rey final against Athletic. These matches will be the last games for the coach Pep Guardiola՚s before he hands over the reins to assistant Tito Vilanova.

Yuvraj Singh to be back after treatment: After battling lung cancer and receiving treatment for close to two months in the state of Boston Indian Cricketer Yuvraj Singh is all set to return to his homeland on April 9. The cricketer is currently in London and is recovering at a good pace. He was diagnosed with a rare form of germ cell cancer and underwent three rigorous sessions of chemotherapy. Following the treatment he was discharged from his hospital last month. Yuvraj is expected to announce his future plans including the details of his treatment after he reaches India. Even though during his stay in Boston for his treatment the Flamboyant player was in touch with his well wishers via twitter and thanked all those who prayed for his well being.

Leander Paes to be Haryana՚s sports ambassador: Ace tennis player and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee, Leander Paes, will be seen as the brand new face as the Sports Ambassador of Haryana. The decision to make Paes as the sports ambassador was taken at a meeting held between Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Paes. An official said in his statement that the decision is in sync with the declared objective of the Haryana Government to promote sports in the state. The official said that Paes will motivate the youths of the state to take up sports as a career. As per the reports Peas has decided to set up a sports centre in the state, for which the land will be provided by the state government. Besides this Paes is also going to help the Sports Department of the State of Haryana in developing better sports infrastructure and provide best state-of-art training facilities for sportspersons. An MoU was signed between the Haryana Game Authority with Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, in the presence of the Chief Minister and Paes, to facilitate the training of the players.

Pakistan Cricket Board hopeful of home series: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is hopeful of the home series against Bangladesh team. The PCB has asked the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to update them regarding the appeal filed in the high court. The appeal is against the petition in order to sought cancellation of Bangladesh՚s cricket tour of Pakistan. The home series was postponed by the Dhaka High Court for four weeks citing security concerns. The series consisted for the ODI and Twenty20 matches in the land of Pakistan. The petition was filled by Dhaka university teacher Khandaker Didarus Salam to cancel the tour on security grounds.

Jwala eyeing London berth: India՚s ace doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta is eyeing a good run at the Yonex Sunrise India Open in order to book a ticket for herself at the 2012 London Olympics. In the mixed doubles the Indian ace will team up with V. Diju where as in women՚s doubles she will be pairing with Ashwini Ponappa. Both the matches will be played at the Siri Fort Complex, where she has some fond memories. Because at the very same venue she and Ashwin won their Commonwealth Games doubles gold medal in 2010. Nintendo posts first annual loss. Japanese videogame giant Nintendo officially posted its first annual loss after it became a public company. The reason for the loss was considered a soaring yen and the price cuts on its consoles leading to a loss of $ 530 million. The Kyoto-based Japanese company slashed the price of its new Nintendo 3DS last year in August. The slash in price was about 40.0 percent after they had a lacklustre debut. This slash was followed in similar reductions in its overseas gaming market as it failed to boost sales during the Christmas period.

Newer version of Halo in November: Microsoft has revealed that they՚ll be releasing a new instalment to the hit videogame “Halo” in November this year. The officials stated that Microsoft will launch the hugely popular franchise instalment. Halo 4 has been designed exclusively to be played on Microsoft՚s Xbox 360 consoles. Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer said in a release- “We are starting a new era with Halo 4 and will embark our journey which will encompass the next decade of ‘Halo’ games”

Torres receives the Golden Boot and Spain make history during the Euro 2012 cup played in Ukrainian capital Kiev. Spain scored an astounding victory over Italy scoring 4 − 0

Champion League T20 2012 to be played in South Africa starting from October 9 to 28. The teams that will represent India are from Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils.

Australia՚s veteran pace bowler, Brett Lee has announced his retirement from all forms of International cricket on Friday on 13th July. The 35-year-old pacer had retired earlier from Test cricket about a year ago during February 2010 but he continued to play for Australia in one-day cricket and in the Twenty20 matches. He has had a remarkable no of 310 wickets in 76 matches in his career of Test cricket.

‘Hockey India League’ will be managed by Sahara India Pariwar as their prime franchisee: Sahara India Pariwar, a major business conglomerate and a major promoter of sports in India, received another milestone after this announcement. The “Hockey India League” is another initiative of Hockey India

The International Olympic Games governing body President, Jacques Rogges said in a statement that Match-fixing, Gambling and Doping will be the main challenges before IOC

Vettel win underlines Red Bull՚s: Budget-capping in Formula 1 sounds appealing right now. Watching Sebastian Vettal and Mark Webber dominate the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit on all three days and take 1 − 3 finish only amplified it. This would mark the fourth straight season in which Red Bull have beaten every other team on the grids in term of developing their cars towards the end of season, and it is their objection to a restriction in team spending that has prompted them to leave the Formula One Teams Association. Atleast one person however, seems unperturbed. Ferrari՚s Fernando Alonso, who finished second, remains “100 percent” confident that he will be the 2012 world Champion. “Nothing changed in one race,” Alonso Said.

London Olympic: Ready to roll for an eye-catching mega opening ceremony

The much awaited opening ceremony of London Olympic is expected to start with great grandeur and celebrations with Danny Boyle helming as the chief creative director, is ready to attract millions of viewers from all parts of the world. The entire world will wait the unveiling of the show near their TV sets to watch the 3 hour show for which many world renowned personalities from their respective fields have joined hands

As a first account, Gagan Narang wins bronze for India: Ace rifle shooter Gagan Narang has opened the medal count for India by winning the first bronze medal in the men՚s 10-metre air rifle event in the 2012 London Games.

Doping debate for Chinese swimmer: China lashed out at the allegations of drug use before their swimmers were about to display their mettle at the Olympics pool, as games organizers moved to quell anger over the empty seats. Ye shiwen broke the 400m world record in swimming while the British media questioned the legitimacy of her display at the Games. The Chinese swimmer will be once again in the pool for the 200m medley heats and reports indicate that this time too she will be the woman to beat after the qualifying with a time that was almost 2 sec faster than her counterparts. When quizzed about the drug allegations Ye said- “the Chinese team and games authority have a firm policy regarding doping so there is no problem at all”

But less convinced with her answer, a leading news paper described Ye՚s last performance as less credible.

India՚s Gaming Carnival to be hosted in Noida: For all the gamers of India there՚s good news. Noida the suburb of the national capital will be hosting its first ever digital games carnival from April 6. This is a three-day event and it welcomes both international and national gamers to compete with one another under the same roof. The India Gaming Carnival (IGC) is being organised by WTF Eventz Pvt Ltd. This gaming carnival will encompass all the latest digital and online games like: Need for Speed, Fifa Soccer, Tekken, Dota, Counter Strike, Hello, Pool, Poker, Angry Birds and Call of Duty. Kushagra, director, WTF Eventz Pvt Ltd, said in a statement that “The motive behind this gaming carnival is to give the Indian players an expose to the electronic gaming experience,”

Fan racism-Spain and Russia gets fined: The Spanish and Russian football associations have been fined 20,000 and 30,000 Euros ($ 24,900 and $ 37,300) respectively after reports of racist incidents came to light. The racist՚s incident happened among their fans at the Euro 2012 matches. Balotelli faced racist abuse by Croatia fans during his match on June 14 and the Croatian FA was fined 80,000 Euros by European soccer՚s governing body.

USADA antics shrugged off by Lance Armstrong: The decision to file formal doping charges against Lance Armstrong by the US Anti-Doping Agency was shrugged off by Armstrong by further saying that this would not let him stop his work for cancer awareness. The seven time Tour de France champion tweeted that he simply refuse to be budged down by the antics of the USADA after the latter announced to file the charges against him. Armstrong further tweeted that- “I will continue my work to lead LIVESTRONG while raising my kids and staying fit.” The evidences gathered by the USADA were evaluated by a three member panel before deciding to file the formal charges against Armstrong.