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Pak to play more 'home' series at neutral venues 'until security situation is clear': Subhan
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced it would be playing more 'home' series at neutral venues, as most nations refuse to play in Pakistan due to security concerns. ANI

Wright must improve New Zealand's 'cricket smarts': Richardson
New Zealand's new coach John Wright must 'crack the whip' and ask his senior players including captain Daniel Vettori to focus on their own performances, former batsman Mark Richardson has said. ANI

Wenger is good manager, says Ancelotti
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has said that would definitely have been sacked if he had not won a trophy for five years like Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. ANI

Zulqarnain threatens legal action against PCB for 'assassinating his character'
Runaway Pakistani wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who stunned one and all by fleeing the team hotel in Dubai hours before the final one-day international against South Africa last month, has threatened to take legal action against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for allegedly indulging in his "character assassination." ANI

Ferguson expects Van der Sar to retire at end of season
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said he expects goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar to retire at the end of this season. ANI

Franklin on way to be consistent international player: Kiwi selector
New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin seems to have become a more consistent international player following his performances in the recent one-day series against India, selector Glenn Turner has said. ANI

'I tried to get Beckham to Sunderland', says Steve Bruce
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has revealed that he had tried to bring midfielder David Beckham to the Stadium of Light. ANI

Manchester United is the main team to beat: Ancelotti
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has said that Manchester United is the main team to beat in his club's bid to retain the title.he Italian admits the team managed by Sir Alex ­Ferguson hold all the aces going into the new year. ANI

It will take "balls" to win this Premier League: Ferguson
Describing this Premier league as the toughest so far, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has said it needs a team with "balls" to win the title. ANI

England in command after first day of Boxing Day Test
England has taken a first innings lead of 59 runs after their fast bowlers dismissed Australia for a paltry 98 on the first day of the Boxing Day Ashes Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. ANI

New Zealand team united behind new coach Wright: Vettori
New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has said that the team is united behind new coach John Wright. ANI

PCB confirms Pak players under Integrity Committee's radar for clearance
The Pakistan Cricket Board's Chief Operating Officer, Subhan Ahmed, has confirmed that some national players are under the scrutiny of the board's Integrity Committee. ANI

Brit boxing ace Khan says he never tested positive for drugs
Hitting out at drug rumours, Ace British boxer Amir Khan has said that he and Manny Pacquiao are completely clean. ANI

Beckham's European loan move in jeopardy over TV deal
La Galaxy is reportedly not ready for a European loan move for David Beckham, as they don't want to jeopardise a new lucrative TV deal. ANI

PCB blames India for Pak players' omission from IPL 4
The Pakistan Cricket Board's Chief Operating Officer, Subhan Ahmed, has blamed India for the exclusion of Pakistan players from next year's Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 tournament. ANI

Brit-Indian bride 'was executed in cold blood' in South Africa
Brit-Indian honeymooner Anni Dewani, who was shot dead in South Africa last month, was executed in cold blood, a leaked medical report has suggested. ANI

Southee hat-trick helps Black Caps beat Pakistan in opening T20
A hat-trick from fast bowler Tim Southee helped New Zealand beat Pakistan by five wickets in the opening Twenty20 international at Auckland's Eden Park today. ANI

Tiger Woods' ex-wife furious as he will miss son's b'day again
Tiger Woods is embroiled in a new battle with ex-wife Elin Nordegren after revealed he will miss their son Charlie's second birthday in February. ANI

India won't rely on South Africa's poor statistics in Durban: Dhoni
Indian captain M.S. Dhoni has said that he is aware of South Africa's recent record in Durban, where they lost to Australia and England in 2009, but insisted that it meant nothing to him. ANI

Coleen trusts Rooney again, prepares to go on holiday without him
After his cheating rocked their marriage in September, Wayne Rooney seems to be trying hard to win back his wife Coleen's love. ANI

Becks to face his s*x scandal accuser in the New Year
David Beckham is expected to face his s*x scandal accuser in a US court hearing, probably after the New Year. ANI

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