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Constant training ground spat keeping Berbatov on toes: Evra
Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has Defender has said that his constant training ground spat is keeping striker Dimitar Berbatov on toes. ANI

Border urges Ponting to "move to number five' in batting order to prolong Test career
Former Australian cricketer Allan Border reckons that struggling captain Ricky Ponting should move down the batting order to prolong his Test career. ANI

Standard of domestic cricket in Australia has dropped in recent years: Sutherland
Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Executive James Sutherland has admitted that the standard of domestic cricket in the country has dropped in recent years. ANI

Clarke's form may force CA to look at options for Ponting's successor: Sutherland
Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Executive James Sutherland has said that the board was not discussing the issue of Ricky Ponting's captaincy, but admitted that it was important to have a succession plan in place. ANI

Homesick Balotelli wants to leave Man City
Italian striker Mario Balotelli, who joined Manchester City just five months before, wants to leave the club as he is homesick after failing to settle in Manchester. ANI

Ancelotti's future at Chelsea looks bleak
Carlo Ancelotti's future looks bleak after Chelsea were convincingly beaten by Arsenal and has now picked up just six points from their last eight league games. ANI

'Australia needs an urgent review of their cricket setup'
The looming Ashes defeat in the fourth Test against England could be just the kick in the pants that Australia needs, a noted cricket columnist has said. ANI

Ashley Cole 'wins over new girlfriend's parents'
Chelsea star Ashley Cole seems to have won over his alleged new girlfriend Kayla Collin's parents. ANI

Hulk Hogan posts gory surgery snaps on Twitter
American wrestling icon Hulk Hogan, who recently went for a surgery, has given a glimpse of his condition online. ANI

Ponting had no reason for his ugly altercation with umpire: Trott
England batsman Jonathan Trott has said that Australian skipper Ricky Ponting had no reason for his ugly altercation with umpire Aleem Dar. ANI

Pak will bounce back in series despite struggling to adjust to NZ conditions: Intikhab
The Pakistan team, presently facing difficulty in adjusting to the weather and pitch conditions in New Zealand, will bounce back in the remaining two matches of the Twenty20 international series, team manager Intikhab Alam has said. ANI

Pace bowler Sohail Tanvir included in Pakistan squad for New Zealand tour
Pakistan cricket selectors have included injury-blighted paceman Sohail Tanvir in the national squad that is currently on the tour of New Zealand. ANI

England a sniff away from retaining Ashes at MCG
England has moved closer to retaining the Ashes for the first time in 24 years following another dominant display against Australia on day three of the fourth Test being played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. ANI

Waugh blames Oz batsmen's cheap limited overs tricks for Ashes failure
Former skipper Steve Waugh has said that the Australian batsmen are employing cheap limited overs tricks when a back to basics approach is desperately needed in the Test series. ANI

NZ mobile company registers Intikhab Alam as 'Indian' cricket team manager!
Pakistan cricket team manager Intikhab Alam, who is currently on the New Zealand tour with the national team, was in for a rude shock when the voice recorder of his mobile phone attributed him to be an Indian. ANI

Harris out of Ashes series with ankle fracture
Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris has suffered a stress fracture in his left ankle and will take no further part in the Ashes series. ANI

Chappell wants Ponting's suspension for arguing with umpires
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has demanded the suspension of skipper Ricky Ponting. ANI

Black Caps wicketkeeper McGlashan eyeing 2011 World Cup spot
Ahead of the second Twenty20 international between New Zealand and Pakistan, wicketkeeper Peter McGlashan has said that he hopes to continue impressing the new selection panel for a place in the Black Caps side for the 2011 World Cup. ANI

Spot-fixing case: Afridi, Waqar, Najam's statements cast serious doubts on tainted trio
Pakistan's one-day skipper Shahid Afridi, team coach Waqar Younis and former security manager of Pakistan team Major (retd) Khawaja Najam Javed have admitted that 'bookie' Mazhar Majeed had kept constant contact with the 'tainted trio' during the England tour in August, and even stayed at the team's hotel despite several warnings. ANI

World surfing champion Gilmore attacked outside her NSW apartment
Four-time world surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore has been bashed by a man wielding a metal pole in an attack outside her New South Wales (NSW) apartment. ANI

Hamilton to banish 'outside intrusions' from his mind in 2011
Former Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has said that he will try to banish 'outside intrusions' from his mind in 2011. ANI

Boxer Mayweather filmed verbally abusing security guard at Vegas home
Police are investigating claims that boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. verbally abused and attacked a security guard at his Las Vegas home after the guard refused to let him into the gated community. ANI

Ponting apologises for his on-field argument with umpires
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has apologised for his on-field argument with the umpires, but insisted that Engalnd batsman Kevin Pietersen was out on the second day of the Boxing Day Test. ANI

Injury-plagued Oram takes first step towards 2011 World Cup goal
New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram, who is fighting to overcome a knee injury, has taken his first small step towards playing at next year's 50-over World Cup in the Indian subcontinent. ANI

Ponting blasts 'flawed' UDRS, insists Pietersen was out
Australian captain Ricky Ponting insists that England batsman Kevin Pietersen should have been given out in the controversial incident on day two of the fourth Ashes Test, which prompted his 5400 dollar fine. ANI

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