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Sports News on December 22, 2010

Balotelli says he's better than other 'Golden Boy' award winners
Mario Balotelli has been named the best young player in Europe. ANI

Mancini says Man City's future bright after Tevez retention saga
Coach Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City's future is bright after star striker Carlos Tevez withdrew his transfer request. ANI

Get over it, Siddle tells sore losing Poms
Australian pace bowler Peter Siddle has branded England sore losers, saying they were only complaining about sledging from the home side because they had lost the Perth Test. ANI

Rafa Benitez's reign at Inter Milan coach over?
Rafa Benitez's reign at Inter Milan coach is almost over and all that remains is the arrangement of his pay-off. ANI

'Loner' Federer credits coach for re-igniting his flagging career
Roger Federer has said that taking on a coach after years of going it alone on the world circuit has helped reignite his career. ANI

Glazers family all set to sell Manchester United
The Glazers family will sell Manchester United and there is no doubt about it, according to a top official. ANI

Kris Humphries hires publicist to handle Kim Kardashian queries
New Jersey Nets star Kris Humphries has hired Eva Longoria's rep, Liza Anderson, to handle inquiries regarding his relationship with Kim Kardashian. ANI

Hulk Hogan checks into hospital to undergo back surgery
Hulk Hogan reportedly checked into a Tampa area hospital to undergo back surgery early Tuesday morning. ANI

Verbal confrontations with Aussies 'normal Ashes banter': Pietersen
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has said that the verbal confrontations with the Australian team during the Ashes were nothing out of the ordinary. ANI

Watson amazed at 'night-watchman' Anderson's 'selfish' behaviour in Perth Test
Australian all rounder Shane Watson has accused England pacer James Anderson of being selfish by failing to take the strike from Paul Collingwood for the last ball of day three in Perth Test. ANI

Pak cricketers must get players' association for 'welfare from one common platform'
Former Pakistan first class cricketer Aamir Bashir's untimely death due to cancer has led to a call from former national captains and players for the establishment of a players' association in the country. ANI

Injured Anderson in doubt for Boxing Day Test
England's chances of taking a decisive lead in the Ashes series have taken a hit with the news that main strike bowler James Anderson is carrying a side injury. ANI

Katich hopes to recover in time for fifth Ashes Test in Sydney
Australian opener Simon Katich is hopeful of recovering from an Achilles injury in time for the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney in early January. ANI

Pak cricketers to miss IPL again following omission from fourth edition auction list
Pakistan cricketers continue to miss out on the Indian Premier League (IPL) bonanza, as none of them were included in the auction list for next year's mega event, according to organisers. ANI

NZ cricket teams named for Pakistan series, World Cup
New Zealand's cricket selectors have included three new faces in the 14-man squad for the Twenty20 international clash against Pakistan. ANI

Leading Black Caps eye another hefty IPL payday in 2011
Leading Black Cap players Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor look set for another massive payday from the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after being named among the 21 players with the highest reserve price of 400,000 dollars for next year's auction. ANI

Johnson opts out of IPL gravy train
Australian left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has opted out of the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he could have got a 1.5 million dollar payday. ANI

Amir "very confident" of coming out clean in spot-fixing case, says lawyer
Suspended Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir has been hit hard emotionally and financially after being implicated in the spot-fixing scandal, but is "very confident" of coming out clean, his lawyer Shahid Karim has said. ANI

MCG Ashes pitch should be prepared in favour of Aussies: Thommo
Former Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomson has called for MCG curator Cameron Hodgkins to unashamedly doctor his pitch to suit Australia's fast bowlers and negate the influence of England spinner Graeme Swann.sked if Hodgkins should deliver a green top after the success of Australia's pace attack in Perth, the former Australian pacer said: "Yes he should, if we want to win." ANI

England can no longer afford to 'carry' Collingwood after Perth loss: Warne
Legendary bowler Shane Warne has said that batsman Paul Collingwood is England's weak link as they fight to retain the Ashes in Melbourne. ANI

Love-rat Wayne Rooney named UK's Celebrity Villain Of The Year
Love-rat Wayne Rooney has been named UK's Celebrity Villain Of The Year. ANI

Desperate Ponting ready to risk long-term injury to play Boxing Day Test
Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting is in immense pain, but is quite desperate to play in the Boxing Day Ashes Test that begins from December 26. ANI

Ashes 2010: Dependable Tim Bresnan to lead England fight back
Yorkshire fast bowler Tim Bresnan is strongly expected to play in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG as England plan how best to respond to their 267-run defeat at the WACA. ANI

UK's Haye offers Ukraine's Klitschko a 50-50 split for match-up
British boxer David Haye's trainer and manager Adam Booth has claimed he has agreed a 50-50 split in an attempt to make a match with Ukrainian rival Wladimir Klitschko next year. ANI

England will be Melbourne marvels: Flower
Coach Andy Flower is confident that England will put up a marvelous performance during the Boxing Day Test that begins here from Sunday. ANI

Butt wants ICC hearing 'put off' to allow him to deal with possible criminal proceedings
Suspended Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt has said that he has asked the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption tribunal to put off next month's hearing so that he can deal with any possible criminal proceedings in London. ANI

Toned down aggression following 'Bhajjigate' has hit Australia's performance: Marsh
Fears of a backlash from Cricket Australia and the public following the bitter Sydney Test against India in 2008 has been exploited by rival teams touring Down Under, according to the Australian Cricketers' Association. ANI

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