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Sports News on December 23, 2010

'History dictates that Aussies must have a spinner in Melbourne Test', says Warne
Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne reckons that a spinner must be included in the team for the Boxing Day Test of the Ashes series against England to be played in Melbourne. ANI

Cricket South Africa begins search for new Proteas head coach
Cricket South Africa on Thursday launched the process to appoint the next head coach of the Proteas. ANI

Pak T20 series to be baptism of fire for Kiwi rookie Milne
Central Districts fast bowler Adam Milne has said that he was surprised at being included in the New Zealand squad for the upcoming Twenty20 series against Pakistan. ANI

Bell says batting order shuffle not being discussed by England management
England's lower middle-order batsman Ian Bell has said that he has not had any discussions with the team management about a promotion in the batting order to make the most of his run-making abilities in the ongoing Ashes series. ANI

England playing better cricket going into Melbourne Ashes Test: Bell
England middle-order batsman Ian Bell insists that the Australians have some momentum, but his team is playing better cricket going into the Boxing Day Test of the Ashes series in Melbourne. ANI

Pakistan humiliated by Auckland in Twenty20 tour opener
Pakistan's tour of New Zealand has started in the worst possible fashion as they were humiliated by Auckland in the opening Twenty20 tour match on Thursday. ANI

McCullum forces Kiwi selectors into U-turn over inclusion for Pak T20 match
New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum's omission from the Twenty20 squad to face Pakistan has been over-ruled after he complained about being sidelined without a fitness test. ANI

Swann still the trump card against Australia in Ashes: Willis
Former England fast bowler and now commentator Bob Willis believes that off-spinner Graeme Swann remains England's trump card against the Australians in the two Ashes Tests to be played at Melbourne and Sydney. ANI

NY court rules golfers not obliged to shout 'fore' to warn of wayward shots
Golfers are not legally obliged to shout 'fore' to warn fellow players of wayward shots, according to a ruling in the U.S. ANI

MCG curator dismisses Englis media's pitch conspiracy theories
MCG curator Cameron Hodgkins has dismissed English media's conspiracy theories that he has prepared a Boxing Day Test pitch to give Australia an advantage. ANI

Pietersen won't be taking yellow Lamborghini for a Melbourne spin
England middle-order batsman Kevin Pietersen will not be taking his canary-coloured Lamborghini out for a spin again in Melbourne. ANI

England to give Aussies silent treatment at MCG
England has refused to engage in a war of words with Australia following the acrimonious Perth Test. ANI

U.S. soccer star Landon Donovan files for divorce from actress wife
U.S. soccer star Landon Donovan has filed for divorce from his actress wife Bianca Kajlich. ANI

9-year-old boy from California becomes youngest ever US chess master
Nine-year-old Samuel Sevian from California has become the youngest-ever chess master in the US following a match in San Francisco. ANI

Thomson backs four-pronged pace for Melbourne Ashes Test
Former Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomson has urged the national selectors to retain the four front-line quicks in the bowling line-up for the Boxing Day Test of the Ashes series in Melbourne. ANI

Pietersen unfazed by prospect of bouncy wicket for Boxing Day Ashes Test
England batsman Kevin Pietersen insists that his team would not be losing sleep over the prospect of another bouncy wicket in the Boxing Day Test of the Ashes series in Melbourne. ANI

Injured Ponting looks strong for Boxing Day Ashes Test
Australian captain Ricky Ponting looks a certain starter for the Boxing Day Test of the Ashes series against England despite having a fractured finger. ANI

When will athletes reach their physical limit?
Year after year, the sports fraternity witnesses old records being broken, be it in swimming or running. But what is the limit of this human physical ability? Will runners continue to accelerate off the starting blocks and reach the finish line in faster and faster times? ANI

'Free spirit' Symonds happy out of cricketing spotlight
Former Australian Test player Andrew Symonds has gone from the glare of the spotlight to the anonymity of farming life in North Queensland. ANI

Boasting Aussies are scared: Pietersen
England middle-order batsman Kevin Pietersen believes the Aussies are boasting and making big statements because they are under pressure to deliver. ANI

Players back injured Ponting to play in Boxing Day Test
Australian and England cricketers taking part in the Ashes series Down Under are backing Ricky Ponting to play in the Boxing Day Test that starts this Sunday here, despite a fractured little finger. ANI

Drunk fans at Boxing Day Ashes Test warned of hefty fines, arrest
Misbehaving drunks attending the Boxing Day Test of the Ashes series between Australia and England face big fines and eviction, Melbourne police have warned. ANI

Michael Ricketts admits head-butting his girlfriend for 'being disloyal'
Football star Michael Ricketts has been arrested for attacking his girlfriend outside a restaurant after celebrating his 32nd birthday. ANI

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