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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Cricket: James Anderson wants to play in World Cup

English Cricket star James Anderson is vowing to be fit for next month’s World Cup after being sent home from England’s tour Down Under.

Indeed, Anderson, who is 24, is returning early because his back problem refused to clear up sufficiently for him to play in England’s final four games.

What's more, captain Michael Vaughan missed this morning’s one-dayer against Australia because of his hamstring strain — but hopes to be fit to face New Zealand on Tuesday.

We can say that Anderson’s injury is a worry because he missed most of last summer with a stress fracture of the back which forced him to wear a corset for more than a month.

However, the Burnley boy insisted: “It’s just a precautionary measure. If it was the World Cup final tomorrow, I’d definitely play.

“I really understand why the decision has been made. In fact, it’s nice to be in a position where the management are confident enough in my bowling to take this precaution.

“That means I’m in their key plans for the upcoming World Cup. I’ve felt that I’ve bowled well in this one-day series and it’s good to know the management think so too.” he concluded.

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American Football: It's Super Bowl time!

Everybody in the United States are waiting for the moment when the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears fight for the crown. Indeed, these two team are the combatants in Super Bowl XLI, and both squads have suffered through considerable enough periods without success that a win on Sunday night will rank as an especially celebratory moment.

We must remember that the Colts will be making their first Super Bowl appearance of a 23-season residency in Indianapolis, having previously achieved little in the way of postseason success after relocating from Baltimore following the 1983 season. in fact, the lone Super Bowl title for the franchise came for the then- Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V, a 16-13 tough victory over Dallas.

In the other hand, the Bears will also be looking to secure their second Super Bowl win in franchise history. The 1985 edition of the "Monsters of the Midway" followed a 15-1 regular season with a three-match strike through the playoffs that culminated in a 46-10 trouncing of the New England Patriots. But Chicago failed to make it back to the encounter's ultimate stage for the 20 seasons that followed that win, and faced the 2006 postseason having won just one playoff contest in the previous 15 seasons.

It's good to mention that Manning has an opportunity to erase the negatives on Sunday against Florida-graduate Rex Grossman and the Bears. The Colts enter this derby with one of the best offenses in the league. Conversely, Chicago is known for their powerful defense.

According to many fans, Indianapolis' road to Super Bowl XLI comes after a tough playoff run. Indeed, the Colts defeated Kansas City and past Super Bowl champions Baltimore and New England to make it to Miami. The Bears defeated Super Bowl XL runner-up Seattle in the divisional tournament and New Orleans in the conference championship to get to the big night.

It's vital to consider that the Colts ended the season 12-4, while the Bears finished 13-3. Because Chicago was a higher seed in the playoffs, they are considered the home side.

In the end, I think that the Colts are slightly favorite to get the Super Bowl due mainly to the fact that it is really hard to envision Peyton Manning losing to Rex Grossman.

But there also was a time when it was considered unthinkable that Tom Brady could beat Kurt Warner, Jeff Hostetler could get the better of Jim Kelly, or Doug Williams could take down John Elway. All occurred, and each of the above results were determined by more than just one player or position. At the time we compare the entire rosters of the Colts and Bears, there are actually shades of difference in terms of talent level. But in American Football, you never know.

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