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Man U's Fletcher finally hits back at Wenger's 'anti-football' comment
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has finally hit back at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's claim that he is 'anti-football'. ANI

Brit boxer Amir Khan retains WBA light-welterweight title
British boxer Amir Khan has retained his WBA light-welterweight title with a superb points victory over Argentina's Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas. ANI

Tevez hands in transfer request to Manchester City
Carlos Tevez has rocked Manchester City by submitting a formal transfer request. ANI

Gunners star Nasri says Man U has lost its aura
Arsenal football star Samir Nasri believes that the Sir Alex Ferguson-led Manchester United club has lost its aura of invincibility and its capacity to frighten opponents. ANI

PCB, BCCI at loggerheads over ICC's new Future Tours Programme
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are reportedly at loggerheads over the International Cricket Council's new Future Tours Programme (FTP), with the PCB claiming that the Indian board is reluctant to give definite time frames for the upcoming series. ANI

Adelaide Ashes Test defeat was rock bottom for Australia: Haddin
Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has described the innings-and-71-run defeat handed out by England in the second Ashes at Adelaide Oval as his team's "rock bottom". ANI

Walsh backs 're-energised' Johnson to fly in Perth Test
Former West Indies captain Courtney Walsh reckons that struggling Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson will be facing a "critical" Test match in Perth. ANI

Original basketball rules fetch $4.3m at auction
A historic document that details the original rules of basketball, written 119 years ago, has sold for more than 4 million pounds at an auction - a record for any item of sports memorabilia. ANI

'King' Swann keeping his eyes on Ashes prize
Touted as the best spinner in world cricket currently, England off-spinner Graeme Swann is not letting the accolades to go to his head, and has firmly set his sights on securing the coveted Ashes urn for his team. ANI

Cricket fever grips Sikkim women
Even as cricket fever builds up for the 2011 World Cup that will see 16 teams in action in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, of late, in a first of its kind event, women in Sikkim are showing a keen interest in playing the sport. ANI

Aussies look like 'a bunch of Clydesdales' on field in Ashes series: Chappell
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has branded Ricky Ponting's team as "a bunch of Clydesdales" after the visiting England team outplayed them in the opening two Ashes Tests. ANI

England's Bell 'shocked' over Beer's Oz selection for Perth Test
England batsman Ian Bell has said that the selection of Western Australia left-arm spinner Michael Beer in Australia's 12-man squad for the third Ashes Test to be played in Perth next week is a 'bit surprising'. ANI

Saina clinches Hong Kong Super Series title
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal beat China's Shixian Wang 15-21, 21-16, 21-17 to clinch the Hong Kong Super Series badminton title on Sunday. ANI

2011 Cricket World Cup teams under terror threat, warns security expert
A security expert has warned that the 14 national teams taking part in next year's cricket World Cup in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are at risk from terrorist attacks, unless there is a sudden and major change in strategy. ANI

Wasim Bari back in PCB ranks as 'Education and Training Director'
Former chief operating officer of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Wasim Bari, has been appointed Director of Education and Training, a post created within the board as part of its revised anti-corruption measures in the aftermath of the spot-fixing controversy. ANI

Ex-Aussie cricketers slam selectors for ignoring 'in-form' Hauritz
Former Australian cricketers have slammed the selectors for not considering off-spinner Nathan Hauritz for the third Test of the Ashes series, starting in Perth on Thursday. ANI

Boxing Day Ashes Test is tailor-made for Warne's return: Lee
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has added his support to the campaign calling for leg-spin legend Shane Warne's return to the Test arena to salvage the Ashes series against England. ANI

Father of Lewis Hamilton's ex 'jailed for œ40m con'
The father of Lewis Hamilton's ex-girlfriend has been jailed for 12 years after a Hong Kong court convicted him of defrauding banks including HSBC into lending his company nearly 40 million pounds. ANI

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