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Controlling spot-fixing "almost impossible" for PCB, ICC: Ijaz Butt
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt believes it is impossible to completely eradicate spot-fixing, not only for the board but also for the International Cricket Council (ICC). ANI

Shocked Rio Ferdinand says UK government must do more to prevent teen murders
England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has expressed shock over the murder of a 17-year-old on Thursday, and appealed to the David Cameron Government to do more to prevent such crimes. ANI

Anderson credits bowling coach Saker for successful Ashes campaign
England fast bowler James Anderson has credited bowling coach David Saker for the success of the tourists in the ongoing Ashes series against Australia. ANI

Tottenham heads list of Premier League clubs interested in Beckham
Tottenham heads the list of Premier League clubs to show an interest in bringing ace midfielder David Beckham back to England in January. ANI

Manchester City's squad better then rivals Man U: Kidd
Robert Mancini's assistant, Brian Kidd, has said he would not trade Manchester City's squad with that of title rivals United. ANI

Merv Hughes backs Clarke's appointment as stand-in captain for Sydney Test
Former Australian selector Merv Hughes has defended the appointment of Michael Clarke as stand-in captain due to Ricky Ponting's injury. ANI

Siddle, Trott jump up in ICC Test rankings after successful Ashes campaign
Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle and England batsman Jonathan Trott are the biggest movers in the latest Test player rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC). ANI

Yasir Hameed apologises to PCB for British tabloid interview on spot-fixing
Pakistan batsman Yasir Hameed has apologised to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for being involved in an interview, in which he was shown talking about corruption in the game. ANI

India no longer one-man team dependent on Tendulkar: Wasim Akram
India are no longer a one-man team, and are capable of winning matches without batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar's contribution, former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram has said. ANI

I'm not going to interfere in Sydney Ashes Test: Ponting
Injured Australian captain Ricky Ponting has said he would be at the Sydney Cricket Ground during the fifth Ashes Test, but would keep his distance from the team, so as not to undermine stand-in captain Michael Clarke's leadership. ANI

Flower confident of bowling coach Saker staying on with England
England coach Andy Flower has played down suggestions that bowling coach David Saker will follow the paths of Troy Cooley and Dene Hills in quitting the team to return to Australia. ANI

Ferguson recalls Man U players on loan to Preston after son's sacking
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has recalled three of his players on loan to Preston after they sacked his son, Darren. ANI

Mourinho to personally convince Fabregas to join Real Madrid
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is to make a direct appeal to Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas to join him at the Spanish club next summer. ANI

Chelsea turns down chance to sign star midfielder Van der Vaart
Chelsea has turned down the chance to sign star midfielder Rafael van der Vaart in the summer on the grounds that he was not good enough. ANI

Clarke describes appointment as Sydney Test captain as temporary
Stand-in Australian captain Michael Clarke has said he will refuse to captain a Test side containing Ricky Ponting. ANI

Team needs discipline in batting, bowling and fielding to beat Proteas: Dhoni
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said India still needs to be disciplined in batting, bowling and fielding to win the Test aeries against South Africa. ANI

Flower lauds England bowlers for successfully utilising Kookaburra balls
England coach Andy Flower has lauded his bowlers for turning the unfamiliar Kookaburra cricket balls, which was forecasted to be the team's major weakness in Australia, into a significant strength in the ongoing Ashes series. ANI

Oz players should be contractually bound to play in Sheffield Shield: Jones
Former Australian batsman Dean Jones reckons Australian players should be contractually required to play at least one Sheffield Shield match a season to strengthen the competition. ANI

Clarke will smash doubts about his leadership credentials: Nielsen
Australia's coach Tim Nielsen has said Michael Clarke is a natural leader and will smash doubts about his leadership credentials. ANI

I'm not here to fill Ponting's shoes, says Usman Khawaja
New South Wales batsman Usman Khawaja, who has been included in Australia's 12-man squad for the fifth Ashes Test, has steered clear of suggestions that he may replace injured captain Ricky Ponting permanently. ANI

English celebrations must wait until Sydney Ashes Test win: Fletcher
Former England coach Duncan Fletcher insists the team should not be content by just retaining the Ashes, and said they must complete a 3-1 series triumph by defeating Australia in the fifth Test. ANI

Ponting's career is not over yet: Nielsen
Australia coach Tim Nielsen has said skipper Ricky Ponting's Test career is not over after injury ended his Ashes series. ANI

'Black Eyed Peas' to rock Chelsea owner's New Year's Eve bash
Do you know who is going to perform at the New Year's Eve bash of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich - singer Fergie and her band 'Black Eyed Peas'. ANI

Beckham denies affair with prostitute, sues US magazine
Former England football star David Beckham has denied committing adultery with a prostitute in signed legal documents submitted as part of a 25 million dollar lawsuit against an American magazine. ANI

Ex-England opener Boycott to make a million pounds from seaside home
Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott is to make over a million pound profit from a seaside home he bought with his former lover after a dispute over her will was settled. ANI

The credit for England's rise belongs to coach Flower: Pringle
Former England fast bowler and now columnist with The Telegraph, Derek Pringle, has said the credit for England's rise as an international cricket powerhouse again, belongs to coach Andy Flower. ANI

My quitting as skipper laid England's Ashes win foundation: Pietersen
England middle-order batsman Kevin Pietersen has said that the foundations of the team's retention of the Ashes in Australia were laid by his messy departure as captain and in part by the sacking of then coach Peter Moores. ANI

Performing Flower may revolutionise England cricket
Having secured the Ashes at least for the next two years, coach Andy Flower believes he is now in a stronger position to convince the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to abandon the defective system of delivering international players for England. ANI

Ponting's absence in Sydney Test will be 'huge loss' for Aussies: Anderson
England fast bowler James Anderson reckons the absence of injured Ricky Ponting will be a "huge loss" for Australia during the fifth Ashes Test, starting in Sydney on Sunday. ANI

Australia '100 per cent behind' stand-in captain Clarke: Haddin
Vice-captain Brad Haddin has said the team is fully behind Michael Clarke as he prepares to lead Australia for the first time in the fifth and final Test of the Ashes series against England. ANI

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