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Anjali Tendulkar expresses happiness over Sachin's double century against Australia
Anjali Tendulkar, wife of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, expressed happiness over Sachins phenomenal performance in 2-0 series win over Australia. ANI

Beaten Ponting wants Oz players to focus quickly on Ashes series
Australias skipper Ricky Ponting, who lost his last Test before the Ashes series, has said that the team has to move quickly to prepare themselves to face England at the Gabba. ANI

Bopanna-Aisam duo advances to Shanghai Masters pre-quarterfinals
The tennis duo comprising Rohan Bopanna of India and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan has advanced to the second round of the 2010 Shanghai Masters. ANI

News from the world of Sports with a special focus on Cricket for December 16, 2008

Rooney, Ronald celebrate as they escape bans
Manchester United stars Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo are in celebration mode after they escaped bans. ANI

Lleyton, Bec Hewitt welcome second baby
Tennis ace Lleyton Hewitt and his wife have welcomed their second child, Cruz. ANI

National players must play domestic cricket: Qadir
Pakistan crickets chief selector Abdul Qadir said on Monday that penalties could be imposed on international players who skip domestic tournaments without genuine reason. ANI

Security beefed up in Chandigarh ahead of second test match
Security has been beefed up in Chandigarh ahead of second test match to be played between India and England in Mohali. ANI

Less, but better quality Test cricket in future, predicts ECB chairman Clarke
England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman Giles Clarke believes there will be changes to the structure of Test match cricket that will preserve its status as the summit of the game. ANI

Pakistan cricket has missed its opportunities: Rameez Raja
Former Pakistan cricket captain and opener Rameez Raja is of the view that the team has failed to capitalize on the achievements of its predecessors in the 1980s and early 1990s, and has repeatedly lost opportunities to establish itself as competitive side in the sport. ANI

Shoaib Malik not too worried about captaincy issue
pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik says that he is not too bothered about whether he will be retained as captain of the national squad or not. ANI

Ronaldo, Man U mates have an Xmas ball
Cristiano Ronaldo and other Manchester United stars looked bleary-eyed as they emerged from a swanky club after their Christmas party early on Monday. ANI

Lorgat thanks India, England for wonderful Chennai Test
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has sent a message of congratulation and gratitude to the India and England teams after a hard-fought and exciting Test match in Chennai, played in trying circumstances. ANI

Krejza in, Watson left out for Perth Test
Australia have included off-spinner Jason Krejza in their side and named pace-bowling all-rounder Shane Watson as 12th man for Wednesdays first Test against South Africa at the WACA. ANI

Morkel is the danger man: Hayden
Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden has identified tall South African pacer Morne Morkel as the biggest threat to the home side in the first Test against South Africa on the bouncy WACA Ground pitch. ANI

Ponting backs Lee to beat Steyn in pace bout any day
Australian captain Ricky Ponting believes his own spearhead, Brett Lee, is not only more experienced but still quicker than the Proteas young pretender Dale Steyn. ANI

Indian boxers get warm welcome upon their return from Moscow
Indian pugilists Jitender Kumar, Akhil Kumar, A.L. Lakra and Dinesh Kumar received a warm welcome at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) today on their return from Moscow where they clinched bronze medals at the Boxing World Cup. ANI

Lee puts a huge price on Smiths head
Australian spearhead Brett Lee says Australias priority must be to maintain their vice-like grip on Graeme Smith as part of the effort to leave some early scars on South Africa in the first Test. ANI

Panesar was robotic, but Tendulkar was master class
Englands Sikh left-arm spinner Monty Panesar was just too robotic and unwilling to try anything different, including going round the wicket to the left hander to explore a different angle, says former England fast bowler Simon Hughes. ANI

English dailies lampoon Panesar for failing at Chennai
Most dailies in England have reacted with shock to their cricket teams defeat against India in the first Test at Chennai, and have particularly targeted left-arm spinner Monty Panesar for failing to come up with a credible performance. ANI

Sohail Tanvir signs deal with South Australia
Pakistani Fast bowler Sohail Tanvirs exploits for his IPL team, Rajasthan Royals, has earned him a deal with South Australia for the current season. ANI

Panesar has not learned a thing in Test cricket: Boycott
Former England captain and opener Geoffrey Boycott is of the view that left-arm spinner Monty Panesar has not learnt a thing while playing top flight cricket, particularly in test cricket. ANI

Steyn vows to fire with fire in Perth Test
South Africas new White Lightning, Dale Steyn, has vowed to work on the Australian batters with raw pace. ANI

Lee will also bowl into the breeze against Proteas: Ponting
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has said that even Brett Lee will be expected to take his turn pushing into Perths famous sea breeze. ANI

Tendulkar is the `Mother Teresa of Cricket
Can batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar be regarded as a unifying factor In India. Most certainly yes, if you ask John Etheridge of the Sun. ANI

Tendulkars victory stroke made hair on the neck stand up: Fraser
When batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar played the paddle shot to fine-leg to register Indias victory against England and his 41st Test century in the first Test in Chennai on Monday, that victory stroke made hair on the neck stand up, claims former England fast bowler Angus Fraser. ANI

Bradman baggy green sold at a loss for 420,000 dollars
The owner of the baggy green cap worn by Sir Donald Bradman in his final Test for Australia has sold the historic cap for a loss. ANI

Oram to miss second Test against Windies
New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram has been ruled out of the second cricket Test against the West Indies starting Friday due to a calf strain. ANI

Indias Osama, Dawood Ibrahim threatens future of Pak cricket
The alleged presence of Dawood Ibrahim, the man who masterminded the 1993 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, and is said to have also played a role in last months attacks on the same city, is threatening the future of cricket in Pakistan. ANI

Tigers caddy regrets calling rival Mickelson a prick
Golfing champion Tiger Woods New Zealand caddie Steve Williams has expressed regret over his disparaging remarks about American golfer Phil Mickelson, and hopes it is the last shot played in a controversial episode which quickly spanned the globe. ANI

Proteas working on mind games to vanquish Aussies
South Africas mental conditioning coach Jeremy Snape, a former England off-spinner, last night disclosed that the Proteas players are attending secret psychological workshops to mentally torment their Australian opponents in the Test series starting from Wednesday. ANI

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