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BCCI announces 2011 World Cup probables
The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) on Saturday announced the list of 30 probables for the 2011World Cup. ANI

Aussies five wickets away from Perth Ashes Test glory
Australia is only five wickets away from squaring the Ashes series following another brilliant performance by their bowlers on day three of the third Test against England at Perth's WACA Ground. ANI

ICC asks Salman Butt to file 'fresh reply' in spot-fixing scandal
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked suspended Pakistani cricketer Salman Butt to file a fresh reply to the spot-fixing charges against him. ANI

Parore expects decent contest between 'well-matched' New Zealand-Pakistan
Former New Zealand wicketkeeper Adam Parore has said he is expecting a decent contest between a couple of well-matched teams when Pakistan's tour of New Zealand starts next week. ANI

Beating Barcelona is not mission impossible: Fabregas
Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas has insisted that beating Barcelona is not mission impossible. ANI

Sreesanth 'verbally abused' by spectator during Centurion Test
A spectator was reportedly escorted out of Centurion's SuperSport Park after Indian fast bowler S. Sreesanth complained to the umpires about verbal abuse on the second day of the ongoing first Test against South Africa. ANI

Hurley affair fails to pull Warnie out of ratings hole
The ratings for former cricketer Shane Warne's talk show 'Warnie' have gone down despite the revelation of his relationship with actress Liz Hurley. ANI

New Zealand optimistic about series despite Pak cricketers coming under scanner
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) remains optimistic that the series against Pakistan starting next week will attract plenty of interest, despite revelations that three more Pakistani players have been placed under match-fixing scrutiny. ANI

Tendulkar is the greatest batsman: Brett Lee
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has described Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar as the greatest batsman he has ever played against. ANI

Rooney vows to take penalty at Chelsea despite missing against Arsenal
Ace striker Wayne Rooney has vowed to take a penalty at Chelsea tomorrow despite missing against Arsenal. ANI

Brett Lee's Indian 'love affair'
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has reiterated his love for India, where he is involved in various ventures like a clothing line, modeling assignments, a television deal and Bollywood roles. ANI

Ashes stars 'sledge' each other over semi-n*ked photo shoot for gay mag
The Ashes in Australia recently saw a clash between its star players, with two shouting abuse at each other on the pitch.ngland's James Anderson and Australia's Mitchell Johnson, 29, are said to have exchanged undignified comments in the current test match - the third in a series of five. ANI

Gascoigne's ex-wife gets undisclosed libel damages from UK paper
Troubled footballer Paul Gascoigne's ex-wife has got undisclosed libel damages over a newspaper report based on allegations by her former mother-in-law and other family members. ANI

Pietersen branded 'smarta***' by Johnson
England batsman Kevin Pietersen, who irritated pacer Mitchell Johnson by sarcastically asking for his phone number on Thursday and again yesterday, was branded a 'smarta***' by the Australian speedster, as sledging took centrestage at the Ashes. ANI

Footage of 2009 South Africa series 're-energised' Johnson to fly in Perth Test
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has revealed that watching video footage of his devastating series against South Africa last year has helped him rediscover his ruthless in-swinger. ANI

UDRS system's use in doubt for New Zealand-Pakistan series
New Zealand and Pakistan want to use the umpiring review system in their Test and ODI series, but might not be allowed to as the International Cricket Council is having discussions with technology providers, which want UDRS to be in place for all series rather than being used on a case-by-case basis. ANI

Beckham to get BBC Lifetime Achievement award
Ace midfielder David Beckham has been selected for the BBC Sports Personality Lifetime Achievement award. ANI

'Ponting should take inspiration from 'morphed' Tendulkar to resurrect his batting'
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting should take inspiration from Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar in order to resurrect his fading batting form, a noted cricket columnist has said. ANI

Hughes must improve his 'awful' technique for a future in cricket: Jones
Australian opening batsman Phillip Hughes must get his technique right if he wants to be a part of the national team on a long-term basis, according to former batsman Dean Jones. ANI

Anderson's sledging 'fired me up' in Perth Ashes Test: Johnson
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has credited his England counterpart James Anderson's persistent sledging for inspiring his six-wicket haul that has revived the home team's Ashes campaign. ANI

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