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Bombay High Court stays Kings XI Punjab's termination from IPL
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suffered yet another legal setback for the second consecutive day on Wednesday with a division bench of the Bombay High Court dismissing its appeal against the court's order staying the termination of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab. ANI

England ready for Oz Ashes onslaught in Perth: Strauss
England captain Andrew Strauss has hit back at his Australian counterpart Ricky Ponting's plans of using short balls against English batsman on the fast WACA wicket to keep his team's Ashes hopes alive. ANI

Anderson ditched 'sleep routine in England' to keep acclimatized with Oz Conditions
England fast bowler James Anderson has revealed that he had tried to stick to Australian times during his trip back home to be prepared for the third Ashes Test, starting in Perth on Thursday. ANI

'Under pressure' Oz team can still turn around Ashes series: Nielsen
Australian coach Tim Nielsen is confident that his team can overcome the "doom and gloom" to turn around the Ashes series against England. ANI

Venky's sack Blackburn Rovers' manager Sam Allardyce
Blackburn Rovers' new owners Venky's have dumped the club's manager Sam Allardyce. ANI

Ancelotti set to quit over Chelsea's internal politics: Source
Chelsea players fear that manager Carlo Ancelotti has decided to quit over the club's internal politics and power structure, a source has said. ANI

Pak Test captain Misbah suffers ankle injury
Pakistan's preparations for the upcoming Test tour of New Zealand suffered a setback when captain Misbah-ul-Haq twisted his ankle while practicing during the team's training camp here on Monday. ANI

Miandad says China good neutral venue for Pak cricket
Former captain and Pakistan's cricket ambassador to China Javed Miandad believes that if China becomes another venue for Pakistan's offshore international matches, then it will also help promote the game in that country. ANI

Ex-Oz players says Siddle should play Perth Test
Australia Test greats Kim Hughes and Ian Healy are leading a chorus in urging the selectors not to dump Victorian fast bowler Peter Siddle for the Perth Test. ANI

Oz provincial side selector says struggling Ponting should bat lower down
Western Australia selector Daryl Foster has said that Australia's struggling skipper Ricky Ponting should drop down the batting order. ANI

Vettori wants Wright as coach to overhaul Black Caps' dreadful ODI slump
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori insists that his team has no issue with the coaching credentials of former India coach John Wright. ANI

Ponting promises chin music for England in Perth Test
Australian fast bowler Ricky Ponting is planning a bouncer barrage at England on the fast WACA wicket to keep his team's Ashes hopes alive. ANI

Pace bowler Morkel ready to spice it up for India
South African fast bowler Morne Morkel has said that he is looking forward to spicing it up for India's star-studded batting line-up on his home ground when the first Test starts at Centurion on Thursday. ANI

Dhoni says Kirsten 'the best thing ever' for Indian squad
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that having South African Gary Kirsten as his team's coach, has been a blessing and a wonderful experience. ANI

The Ashes 2010: Cook desperately wants to 'keep his form going'
England batsman Alastair Cook, who has 450 runs at an astonishing average of 225 in this Ashes series, has said that he desperately wants to keep "this form going." ANI

Ponting says decision on retaining Oz captaincy not his to make
Ricky Ponting has said that his future as Australian Test skipper is now out of his hands after a dreadful run of results have left his team on the verge of an embarrassing Ashes defeat. ANI

Footie manager jailed for 10 months for s*x with underage player
A football team manager has been jailed for 10 months after she was discovered to be having s*x with an underage player. ANI

Fletcher backs Swann's 'mental hold' over Oz to winPerth Ashes Test for England
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has a "mental hold" over Australia, and will do the majority of the damage during the third Ashes Test in Perth, according to former coach Duncan Fletcher. ANI

Boycott urges England team to 'kibosh Australia' and retain Ashes in Perth
The Andrew Strauss-led England team must play to win, not draw, the third Test of the Ashes series against Australia, according to former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott. ANI

'Mismanagement of the mental game' behind Black Caps' ODI slide: Greatbatch
New Zealand coach Mark Greatbatch reckons that lack of 'mental hardness' is a key part behind the Black Caps' recent embarrassing slide in one-day cricket. ANI

Injury-plagued Oram says he is carefully working towards 2011 World Cup goal
New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram, who is fighting to overcome a knee injury, has said that he is working towards his 2011 World Cup goal. ANI

'I'm fitter and faster than ever, so just... let me at the Aussies: Tremlett
England may be keeping its cards close to its chest and not revealing which of its three reserve fast bowlers will replace injured Stuart Broad in the third Ashes Test to be played in Perth from Thursday, but one of them - Chris Tremlett-insists that he is armed and ready. ANI

'Recalled' Hughes vows to emulate 'aggressive' Sehwag during Perth Test
Opening batsman Phil Hughes has said he is ready to be Australia's version of India's explosive batsman Virender Sehwag as his team looks to revive their Ashes campaign in the third Test, starting in Perth on Thursday. ANI

Lorgat hopes to encourage Team India to use controversial 'UDRS'
International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has reiterated that he would encourage the Indian team to show a little more willingness to try the controversial Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS). ANI

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