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Sports News on December 21, 2010

'I've got what it takes to be an international bowler', says Tremlett
England fast bowler Chris Tremlett insists that he was always confident of his abilities, and believed that he could make an impact when he was added in the team for the third Ashes Test played at Perth's WACA ground. ANI

Ferguson not thinking about retirement after beating Sir Matt Busby's record
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that all thoughts of retirement are at the back of his mind after surpassing Sir Matt Busby as the club's longest-serving manager. ANI

Drinking too much during race 'cuts runners' chances of winning'
It has always been believed that runners should keep their bodies hydrated during races and so, drink a lot of fluids during a race or a marathon, but a new study has claimed that drinking too much could hamper their chances of winning. ANI

Tendulkar way ahead of Bradman in ongoing SMH poll for 'greatest batsman of all time'
Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who scored his 50th Test century last week, is currently leading a poll commissioned to reveal the "greatest batsman of all time". ANI

Windies star Shillingford's bowling action found to be illegal
The International Cricket Council today confirmed that an independent test had found the bowling action of the West Indies' off-spinner Shane Shillingford to be illegal and, as such, the player has been suspended from bowling in international cricket. ANI

ICC rankings: Tendulkar moves closer to top spot
Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has closed the gap on Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara to just two ratings points at the top of the Reliance Mobile ICC Test Rankings following his 50th Test century in the Centurion Test which finished on Monday. ANI

Becks gets new tattoo on hairless chest
Soccer star David Beckham has got a tattoo on his hairless chest. ANI

Ashley Cole shows off new girlfriend to Chelsea teammates
Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole was recently spotted showing off his new girlfriend to his Chelsea teammates. ANI

Beckham hopes to make sensational comeback to England team
Ace midfielder David Beckham has said that insists he still has a chance of making a sensational England comeback. ANI

Pakistan have to 'play clean cricket' on New Zealand tour, says coach Waqar
The Pakistan cricket team has to 'make sure we play clean cricket' on the tour of New Zealand, in the wake of the match-fixing allegations that have plagued Pakistan cricket, coach Waqar Younis has said. ANI

Mourinho branded 'cry baby' for complaining about referees
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has been branded a 'cry baby' for publishing a list of complaints about referees. ANI

No split in Chelsea players ranks: Terry
Skipper John Terry has issued a furious denial that there are splits in the Chelsea dressing room and insisted his team are passionate about turning around their sliding season. ANI

PCB Governing Council to hold 'crucial meeting' on Thursday
A crucial meeting of the Pakistan Cricket Board's Governing Council will take place at the board headquarters on Thursday. ANI

Tendulkar, a perfect cricket role model: Swann
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has described Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar as the perfect cricket role model. ANI

Blame players, not WAGS, for England's Perth defeat: Swann
If off-spinner Graeme Swann is to be believed, the England players are 100 per cent convinced they can recapture their form in time for the Boxing Day Test and still win the Ashes series.Australia did to us what we did to them in the previous Test - thrashed us out of sight ANI

'Inter-Milan has not sacked me,' says coach Benitez
Rafa Benitez has denied he has been axed by Inter Milan and revealed he was just on his holidays in Liverpool. ANI

Clark thanks Anderson for firing Aussies up with heated Perth chat
Former Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark has thanked England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson for giving the Australians the required spark to win back the Ashes. ANI

Pak runaway wicketkeeper Zulqarnain confirms hiring new lawyer
Runaway Pakistani wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who is presently seeking asylum in the United Kingdom, has confirmed the change of his counsel in London. ANI

Warne questions Strauss's leadership, says he 'misses tricks'
Legendary spinner Shane Warne has hit out at the functioning style of Andrew Strauss, saying that the England captain "misses tricks" when it comes to tactics. ANI

Pietersen, Swann eye mega deals in IPL IV
Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann are among six England stars set for IPL deals worth more than 250,000 pounds, provided they are bought in the auction. ANI

US suspected Allen Stanford's 'Ponzi schemes' long before ECB deal: WikiLeaks
The United States was concerned about rumours of "bribery, money-laundering and political manipulation" surrounding Allen Stanford even before the Texan billionaire signed a 20 million deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2008, according to a classified US diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks. ANI

Tendulkar "a beacon of greatness representing true spirit of cricket": Pak editorial
Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who created history on Sunday by becoming the first player to score 50 centuries in Test cricket, is a "beacon of greatness" representing the true spirit of the game, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Shane Warne needs help, says pal Sir Michael Parkinson
Shane Warne's pal and TV mentor Sir Michael Parkinson feels that the text-mad spin king needs help. ANI

Oz opener Hughes told to tighten technique if he wants to retain spot
Australian opener Phil Hughes has been warned that his technique must keep getting tighter or he will be "left behind" as an international batsman. ANI

Cook asks what's all the fuss about on Ashes pitch choice
England vice-captain Alastair Cook has said that he cannot understand the fuss over reports that pitches for the remaining two Ashes Tests have been prepared to suit Australian fast bowlers. ANI

Prior denies challenging 'annoying' Siddle to a punch-up following dismissal
England wicketkeeper Mathew Prior has denied reports that he had invited Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle to fight outside Perth's WACA Ground. ANI

Ponting certain to play in Boxing Day Test: Langer
Australia's batting coach, Justin Langer has said that Ricky Ponting is certain to play in the Boxing Day Test, and added that the captain's broken finger might be a blessing in disguise as he seeks to rediscover form. ANI

Ashes 2010: Spicy MCG pitch won't bother England, says Flower
England cricket team coach Andy Flower has said that his squad does not fear playing on a lively pitch during the Boxing day Test to be played here later this week. ANI

Man City owner convinces Tevez to stay
Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak arrived at the club's Carrington training ground to speak directly to Carlos Tevez and solve the striker's problem. ANI

Beckham rules out Premier League return
England midfielder David Beckham has ruled out a return to the Premier League on a short-term loan during the midwinter transfer window. ANI

'Boxing Day Ashes Test would be make-or-break Test of Ponting's colossal career'
The Boxing Day Ashes Test in Melbourne would be a 'make-or-break' Test of Australian captain Ricky Ponting's brilliant career, according to a noted cricket columnist. ANI

Aussie WAGs could distract our Test players, warns ex-star Harvey
Critics have warned Australian cricketers not to have their families over for the Boxing Day Ashes Test that starts from December 26, as it could affect their focus. ANI

Clarke must shape up as batsman or forget about Oz captaincy: Ian Chappell
Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell has said that Michael Clarke must reaffirm his status as an irreplaceable Test batsman before he can lay claim to succeed Ricky Ponting as the captain of the national team. ANI

Shane Warne 'trying to win back Liz Hurley'
It seems cricket legend Shane Warne is trying to keep his fledgling romance with Liz Hurley alive. ANI

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