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India wins Durban Test, level series one all
India defeated South Africa in the second Test played here by 87 runs on Wednesday, and leveled the three-match series one all. ANI

Top Pakistan hockey players want to play in Indian league
Top Pakistan hockey players want to be part of the World Series Hockey (League) in India, although the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) has left the decision on the Indian government. ANI

Sports activities begin after Kashmir Valley unrest
After six months of unrest in the Kashmir Valley, children and youngsters have resumed playing games like rugby, soccer and cricket and playgrounds are flourishing with various sporting activities. ANI

Sam Stosur loving life in the top 10
Having spent the best part of a year in the world's top 10, Sam Stosur knows she belongs in such elite company. ANI

Katich trains hard in bid to return for fifth Ashes Test in Sydney
As opener Phillip Hughes continued with his run of low scores against England, Australian batsman Simon Katich, who has recovered from an Achilles injury, trained strongly in Sydney on Tuesday in a bid to return to the squad for the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney in early January. ANI

Roman Abramovich ready to stick with Chelsea manager Ancelotti
Chelsea's owner Roman Abramovich has broken off from preparing for a lavish New Year's Eve party in the Caribbean to reiterate to the Chelsea board that he intends to stick with Carlo Ancelotti as the club's manager to end the slump against Bolton Wanderers at Stamford. ANI

Abdul Qadir resigned due to "lack of independence", dispute over Akhtar's selection
Abdul Qadir resigned as Pakistan cricket team's chief selector due to "lack of independence", and "differences" with coach Intikhab Alam and manager Yawar Saeed regarding fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's selection. ANI

Cech says Chelsea has lost out on title hopes on current form
Petr Cech says Chelsea have no hope of retaining title on current form ANI

Beckham helped me discover title-winning mentality: Walcott
Arsenal striker Theo Walcott has said how David Beckham helped him discover a title-winning mentality, and showed him the benefit of putting in extra hours on the training pitch after everyone else had gone home. ANI

Brit Asian player seeks to change face of UK football
One of only three professional British Asian footballers is calling for more to be done to encourage others into the sport. ANI

Twitter users blame Ponting for a multitude of sins.
Not only does he have to contend with becoming the first Australian cricket captain to lose the Ashes three times, but now Ricky Ponting is being blamed for everything from bad coffee and Justin Bieber to Queensland floods and climate change. ANI

Warne asks Oz selectors not to panic and make wholesale changes
Legendary spinner Shane Warne has asked the Australian selectors not to panic and make large scale changes after the team lost the Ashes series to England. ANI

Bresnan says he needed cricket's biggest stage to play his best
Having played only six Tests so far, England's right-arm fast bowler Tim Bresnan said he needed the Ashes campaign platform to play his best. ANI

Injured Ryan Harris most likely to miss 2011 World Cup
Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris, who suffered a stress fracture in his left ankle, is all set to miss the World Cup after coach Tim Nielsen said he will be out for eight weeks. ANI

'Would love for Strauss to take my Ashes series winning skipper title,' says Gatting
Mike Gatting has nothing but praise for Andrew Strauss, the current England captain, who he believes has delivered on the promise he showed as a youngster. ANI

England's sustained excellence in Ashes praiseworthy: Roebuck
England deserves enormous credit for the sustained excellence of their cricket in this series. It has been a team without heroes or egos, a hard-working, tough, thoughtful and committed outfit that has avoided bleating and inexorably crushed a shaky opponent, said noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck. ANI

Clarke most likely to succeed Ricky Ponting despite form slump
Michael Clarke, who has failed to handle the responsibility of batting at No.4, remains the man most likely to succeed Ricky Ponting should the captain leave following another almost certain the Ashes defeat. ANI

England are deserving Ashes winner: Warne
Former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne on Wednesday hailed England's Ashes heroes by saying that: "They deserve to win the series." ANI

Ponting to meet selectors to decide on future
Losing Australian cricket team captain Ricky Ponting will be meeting the National Selection Panel on Wednesday to determine his future as skipper and as a member of the team in the wake of the Ashes defeat at Melbourne. ANI

Ponting promises to review his Test future, says still has lot to offer
Beleaguered Australia's skipper Ricky Ponting has said that he still has lot to offer the team after suffering his third Ashes series defeat today at the MCG. ANI

If we lose again, will probably be looking for another job: Ponting
Losing Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting said on Wednesday that he would probably be reviewing his future as skipper and could be looking for a new job if the team lost the Sydney Ashes Test. ANI

England beat Australia to retain Ashes Down Under after 24 years
England's 24-year wait to retain the Ashes in Australia is over with the visitors needing just under 20 overs on day four to claim the final three Australian wickets. ANI

Strauss now wants England Ashes series victory
England cricket captain Andrew Strauss has urged his side to win the Sydney Test and ensure an Ashes series victory after retaining the urn by winning the fourth Test here by an innings and 157 runs. ANI

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