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Cricket academy to come up in Srinagar with BCCI aid
The Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) has commenced the setting up of the first cricket academy here with assistance from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). ANI

Pak committee fails to find clear motive behind wicketkeeper Haider's flight to UK
A fact-finding committee set up by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to look into the flight of wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider to the UK from Dubai has failed to find any clear motives behind his actions. ANI

"Afridi is once again taking his bowling for granted": Abdul Qadir
Former Pakistan spin wizard and chief selector Abdul Qadir has criticised One-day International captain Shahid Afridi for taking his bowling for "granted". ANI

Pak National Games participants accommodated in rail bogies in Peshawar
In a case of high-class mismanagement, the Pakistan Railways squad that arrived in Peshawar to participate in the 31st National Games were made to stay in train bogies there. ANI

Leonardo replaces Benitez as Inter Milan coach
Inter Milan has appointed former AC Milan manager Leonardo to succeed Rafael Benitez. ANI

'Strictly Come Dancing' experience gave me confidence to join TV industry: Gough
Former England fast bowler Darren Gough has said that his time on British television show 'Strictly Come Dancing' had given him the confidence to break into the entertainment industry. ANI

Ponting predicts 'niggles' to continue in Boxing Day Ashes Test
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

Pak's discarded Test fast bowler Sami fined, banned again in Quaid Trophy
Mohammad Sami, Pakistan's discarded Test fast bowler, has been slapped with yet another fine and ban in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Tournament for excessive appealing. ANI

Yousuf to play league cricket in Bangladesh
Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf has signed up to play with a Bangladesh club, Mohammedan Sporting, in the Premier Division Cricket League of the country. ANI

Lalit Modi gets reprieve from Bombay High Court
The Bombay High Court on Saturday stayed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)'s disciplinary committee's proceedings against former Indian Premier League (IPL) Chairman Lalit Modi on charges of financial irregularities in the conduct of the cash-rich T20 Cricket tournament. ANI

Arsenal will feel Chelsea's full force on Monday: Cole
Striker Ashley Cole believes that Arsenal will feel the full force of Chelsea on Monday. ANI

Strife-torn Pakistan ideal foe for Black Caps
John Wright could hardly have asked for a better start to his return to international cricket coaching than an series against a strife-torn Pakistan team starting here tomorrow. ANI

England footie star triggers street brawl
England footballer Jack Wilshere triggered a street brawl that ended with a woman breaking her elbow, a court heard yesterday. ANI

PCB seeks financial documents from Akmal, Malik by December 30
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has asked former captain Shoaib Malik and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal to submit the documents listing their assets and bank accounts by December 30. ANI

Man U on course to winning Premier League title: Park Ji Sung
South Korean football star Park Ji Sung believes that Manchester United will win the 2010-11 Premier League title, a year after losing it to Chelsea. ANI

Injured McCullum ruled out of first two T20s against Pakistan
New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum has been ruled out of Sunday's opening Twenty20 international against Pakistan due to his back soreness. ANI

Premier League title a three-way race this time round: Ferguson
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that this season's Premier League title race is now down to three teams. ANI

Proteas ready for India's Durban backlash
The South African cricket team is prepared to face a possible backlash from India's experienced and formidable batting line-up in the Boxing Day Test to be played at Kingsmead, Durban from Sunday. ANI

Pakistan to finalise preliminary squad for World Cup 2011 on December 30
Pakistan cricket selectors will meet on December 30 to finalise the preliminary squad of 30 players for next year's World Cup. ANI

Wellington spinner Woodcock set to make Kiwi 20-20 debut
Wellington spinner Luke Woodcock is likely to make his New Zealand debut in the Twenty20 international against Pakistan at Eden Park in Auckland tomorrow. ANI

Ashes 2010: Sledging expected to continue
The war of words between England and Australia's cricketers is expected to continue when the hotly contested Ashes series recommences from Sunday. ANI

Ashes' 'incredible workload' wreaking havoc on England fast bowlers: Healy
Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy believes that there are serious question marks hanging over England's bowling attack for the ongoing Ashes series. ANI

England refreshed and ready to retain Ashes in Boxing Day Ashes Test: Trott
The England team is ready to secure the Ashes in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, according to middle-order batsman Jonathan Trott. ANI

Swann was intimidated by in-form Hussey in Perth Test: Healy
Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy has credited in-form middle-order batsman Mike Hussey for neutralizing England's world No.1 spin bowler Graeme Swann. ANI

Smith's Test cap stolen ahead of Durban Test against India
South African captain Graeme Smith has said that his match cap has been stolen ahead of the second Test against India, which begins on Sunday. ANI

Anderson '100 per cent fit, available for selection': Strauss
England skipper Andrew Strauss has said that fast bowler James Anderson is almost certain to play in the Boxing Day Ashes Test after comfortably handling a solid practice session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground nets. ANI

Trott feels 'privileged' to play in front of record 90,000 supporters at MCG
England batsman Jonathan Trott thinks that 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 is mind-boggling. ANI

First hour of first day at MCG crucial to winning Boxing Day Ashes Test: Clarke
Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke reckons that the first hour of first day's play at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is crucial to winning the Boxing Day Test of the Ashes series against England. ANI

Record 90,000 fans at MCG will be electrifying: Ponting
Australian captain Ricky Ponting reckons that the atmosphere at the Melbourne Cricket Ground will be electrifying if the first-day crowd for the Boxing Day Ashes Test reaches an expected record of over 90,000. ANI

Ponting says fit for Boxing Day Ashes Test but won't field in slips
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has declared himself fit for the Boxing Day Test of the Ashes series before admitting that his fractured finger would face a hammering from England's fast bowlers. ANI

Ponting urges rejuvenated players to retain momentum for Boxing Day Ashes Test
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has urged his players to retain their fire and brimstone in the Boxing Day Test of the Ashes series, starting on Sunday. ANI

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