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Man U skipper Vidic asks Rooney to start scoring
Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic has warned Wayne Rooney and his fellow strikers they must sharpen up against Arsenal and Chelsea. ANI

Man City trophies will 'wind up; Ferguson, says Tevez
Manchester City skipper Carlos Tevez wants to win trophies for his club in order to 'wind up' Sir Alex Ferguson. ANI

Flower says England confident, but muted in celebration
England cricket team coach Andy Flower today said that the team's celebrations in Adelaide had been "pretty muted", but confident. ANI

Chopping, changing selection policy reason for poor Oz team performance: Waugh
Everyone agrees the Australian Test team is broken but even the most learned can't agree on how to fix it. ANI

Johnson set for quick recall to Oz side, Bollinger may miss out
Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is set to be recalled for the third Ashes Test against England to be played in Perth next week, while New South Wales quick Doug Bollinger is likely to be axed after Ryan Harris was cleared of a chest muscle injury. ANI

England reacted like "bad losers" after failing to win WC bid: Blatter
Rejecting allegations of corruption at soccer's governing body, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said that England reacted like "bad losers" after failing to win the bid to host the 2018 World Cup. ANI

Swann fails to get drink-drive charge dismissed in court
England spinner Graeme Swann has failed in a bid to have a drink-drive charge dismissed in the court. ANI

Flower gambles by allowing Anderson to return home for childbirth
England head coach Andy Flower has admitted that allowing Jimmy Anderson to return home for the birth of his child is a big gamble. ANI

Defiant Ponting vows to fight on past World Cup
Ricky Ponting has defiantly vowed to fight on as Australia's Test cricket captain despite facing the possibility of his third Ashes drubbing since taking over from Steve Waugh. ANI

Pak team "must improve in fielding and fitness": Intikhab
Fielding and physical fitness are the key areas that Pakistan cricket team needs to be improve upon, team manager Intikhab Alam has said. ANI

Warnie looks after me in Melbourne, just as Sachin and Ganguly do in India: Pietersen
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has said that he is looked after by former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne in Melbourne, in the same way as Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar does in Mumbai or former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly does in Kolkata. ANI

Pietersen fined 239 dollars for speeding in Lamborghini organised by Warne
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been fined 239 dollars after being busted speeding in a 475,000 dollar Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, organised by former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne, in Melbourne. ANI

Ashes 2010: Surrey manager backs 'softie' Tremlett to rough up Australia
Surrey cricket team manager Chris Adams is backing fast bowler Chris Tremlett, labelled a "gentle giant" and a "softie" to rough up Australia during the remaining three Tests of the Ashes series. ANI

Ashes 2010: Prior warns Poms not to peak too early
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has warned the Poms not to peak too early in their push for the Ashes in Australia. ANI

PCB to hold anti-corruption seminars and workshops as part of reform process
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will hold anti-corruption seminars and workshops this month to educate players and officials belonging to the regional and departmental teams about the International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption code of conduct. ANI

'Good to have Miandad back': Intikhab
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Director General Javed Miandad will fulfil his new role as the national team's batting consultant with "enthusiasm and passion", team manager Intikhab Alam has said. ANI

Ashes 2010: England has power, poise to win series 3-0, says Fletcher
Former England cricket team coach Duncan Fletcher, who is currently attached with the New Zealand squad as a consultant, has said England has the power and poise to nail Australia three games to nil in the ongoing Ashes series. ANI

Marsh, not Hughes should open for Australia in Perth Test: Arthur
Former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur has said that talented batsman Shaun Marsh should open the batting for Australia in the third Test ahead of the out-of-form Phillip Hughes. ANI

Ryan Harris declared fit to play Perth Test
Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris has been passed fit to play the third Test against England. ANI

Miandad formally takes up 'Pak team batting consultant' role
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Director General Javed Miandad has joined the national cricket team's training camp, which started on December 8 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, in preparation for the upcoming tour of New Zealand. ANI

ICC interrogates Waqar, Afridi as part of evidence building process in spot-fixing case
The International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit has recorded the statements of Pakistan coach Waqar Younis, One-day International captain Shahid Afridi and team security manager Colonel Khawaja Najam as part of its evidence building process in the spot-fixing case. ANI

Oz young brigade unfit for challenges of big stage cricket: Roebuck
Noted cricket commentator Peter Roebuck believes that the 'next generation' of cricketers in Australia have 'fluffed its lines' and are not worthy of inclusion in the Ashes squad. ANI

Swann better than Warne at this stage of his career
England spinner Graeme Swann has a better start to his Test career than Aussie legend Shane Warne with 122 wickets from his first 26 Tests compared to the great man's 116 at the same stage. ANI

Australia's lost 'aura' would return if Warne comes out of retirement: Flintoff
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has said Australia is not in a position to win a Test without the help of Shane Warne, and has asked the legendary leg-spinner to consider coming out of retirement. ANI

Cameron already planning Ashes victory party at Number 10
British Prime Minister David Cameron is planning to throw a party at his official residence, 10 Downing Street, if England wins the Ashes series in Australia. ANI

Porn star claims she has been paid off by Woods to not release 's*x tape'
The p*rn star, selling a purported s*x tape of herself with Tiger Woods, has claimed that the golfer paid her off to not release it. ANI

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