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Arsenal is 'bit afraid of Drogba', says Ancelotti
Ahead of the Chelsea-Arsenal Premier League clash, Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has said that Arsenal are running scared of his striker Didier Drogba. ANI

Wenger has no spot for Beckham in Arsenal team
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he would love to sign David Beckham during next month's transfer window, but insisted that he does not have a spot for the midfielder. ANI

'I'm no messiah for Kiwi cricket,' says Coach Wright
The appointment of former New Zealand captain John Wright as the national team's head coach came with a rush this week. ANI

Platini to remain UEFA President until 2015
Former France midfielder Michel Platini is set to be re-elected as UEFA President for another four years after being confirmed as the only candidate in next year's election. ANI

Coach Wright takes on an Aussie assistant
New Zealand cricket team coach John Wright has taken former New South Wales under-19 coach Trent Woodhill as his assistant coach, following some glowing recommendations. ANI

Wenger takes dig at Nani's 'intelligence' for writing off Arsenal's championship chances
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit back at Manchester United winger Nani for claiming that the Gunners are already out of this season's Premier League title race. ANI

Ganguly hopeful about India's chances at 2011 World Cup
Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly said he is hopeful the recently announced Indian squad would win the forthcoming World Cup. ANI

Benitez's transfer demands cost him Inter Milan job
Inter Milan President Massimo Moratti has admitted that he lost patience with axed manager Rafael Benitez after the Spaniard demanded funds for January's transfer window. ANI

Taylor eyeing to 'get back to his best' during Pak series
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has admitted that he is eager to reclaim some form during the upcoming series against Pakistan. ANI

Ferguson rules out Beckham's Man U return
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out the prospect of midfielder David Beckham rejoining the club on a short-term loan during the midwinter transfer window next month. ANI

Waqar "not really worried" about Pak's dismal start in New Zealand
Unperturbed by Pakistan's miserable five-wicket loss to Auckland in the tour-opening Twenty20 match, cricket coach Waqar Younis has expressed the hope that the next match will be a "different ball game". ANI

Strauss striving for 'double knock-out' of Aussies to retain Ashes in style
England captain Andrew Strauss insists that his team will attack and go all out to defeat Australia in the final two Tests of the ongoing Ashes series. ANI

Melbourne Ashes Test best chance for England to retain Ashes urn: Vaughan
The Andrew Strauss-led England team can secure the Ashes in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, according to former captain Michael Vaughan.England may find it has to win in Melbourne this week to secure the Ashes because the pitch at Sydney may well turn out to be faster and bouncier than is usually the case ANI

Injured Anderson 'looking very, very good' for Boxing Day Ashes Test
England fast bowler James Anderson is set to overcome injury doubts and play in the Boxing Day Test of the Ashes series in Melbourne. ANI

Strauss backs 'great fighter' Collingwood to fire in Boxing Day Ashes Test
Despite the contrasting form of England batsmen Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell, captain Andrew Strauss has said that he was not inclined to switch them in the batting order. ANI

Bangladesh won't tour Pak before 2012 due to "tight schedule": BCB President
Bangladesh has ruled out playing in Pakistan until 2012, citing the "tight schedule" of the national team, and not "law and order" issues, as the reason behind the decision. ANI

MCG curator says specialist spinner will be the key
West Australian left-arm spinner Michael Beer has found an ally at last, and he comes in the form of the MCG curator Cameron Hodgkins. ANI

Boxing Day Test at MCG, the ultimate high for an Oz cricketer: Dean Jones
Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones has said that for an Australian Test batsman to walk onto the MCG on Boxing Day is the ultimate high. ANI

Oz team Xmas party is no fancy affair ahead of Boxing Day Test: Clark
An Australian team Christmas isn't a fancy affair and will be underlined by the nerves that will be building for the players ahead of Sunday's Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, says former fast bowler Stuart Clark ANI

Record 90,000 fans at MCG will make Aussies feel 'bulletproof': Ponting
Australian captain Ricky Ponting thinks that his team will feel "bulletproof" if the first-day crowd for the Boxing Day Ashes Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground reaches an expected record of over 90,000. ANI

PCB awards 'central contracts' to women cricketers for first time in Pak history
In a first, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the awarding of central contracts to women cricketers, honouring the team that scooped gold at the Asian Games in Guangzhou last month. ANI

Getting 'dangerman' Hussey early key to England winning Boxing Day Test: Marks
Former England cricketer Vic Marks believes that Andrew Strauss' team can win the Boxing Day Test of the Ashes series if they dismiss Australian middle-order batsman Mike Hussey early. ANI

Ex NY Jets employee claims Brett Favre asked her for masturbation video
It seems Brett Favre's troubles will not end anytime soon. ANI

England 'won't be overwhelmed' by record 90,000 supporters at MCG: Strauss
England captain Andrew Strauss is confident that his side will rise to the challenge of playing in front of over 90,000 supporters on the first day of the traditional Boxing Day Ashes Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. ANI

Ashes 2010: Fletcher says England must stick to their guns
Former England cricket team coach Duncan Fletcher has said that though the loss of Stuart Broad has upset the balance of the four-man pace attack, England must not panic and stick to their guns for the remaining two Ashes Tests in Melbourne and Sydney. ANI

Oz opener Hughes must bat with 'positive intent' to retain Ashes spot: Langer
Australian opening batsman Phillip Hughes needs to show "positive intent" in order to bat himself back into form, according to batting coach Justin Langer. ANI

'It is going to take a fair bit to keep me out of Boxing Day Ashes Test', says Ponting
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has said that he is a certain starter for the Boxing Day Test of the Ashes series against England despite having a fractured finger. ANI

Ponting expects his 'boys to play with emotion'
Australian captain Ricky Ponting is loving his team's newly discovered art of sledging and aggression, and says that it would boost their confidence going into the Boxing Day Test of the Ashes series against England. ANI

Gillette won't renew its endorsement deal with Tiger Woods
The Gillette brand has announced that it will cut ties with golfer Tiger Woods at the end of the year. ANI

Ponting passes fitness test at MCG net session
Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke on Friday said that skipper Ricky Ponting is almost certain to play in the Boxing Day Test that starts from Sunday after comfortably handling a solid practice session at the MCG nets. ANI

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