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Football promotes unity in diversity in nort-heast
Football is to North-East what cricket is to the rest for the country. The passion for football among the people of the north-east has led to opening of various football clubs here. ANI

Players not involved in B'Desh tour will lift team morale on India tour: Vettori
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has expressed the hope that the injection of players not involved with the Bangladesh cricket debacle will lift morale ahead of the test series starting in India on Thursday.t maybe recalled that New Zealand lost a one-day series 4-0. ANI

Man City players want coach Mancini out
Manchester City players want coach-cum-manager Roberto Mancini booted out. ANI

Ashes: KP says not prepared to take on Ponting in verbal joust
England star batsman Kevin Pietersen has said that he is not interested in taking Australian captain Ricky Ponting in a verbal joust ahead of the Ashes. ANI

Fergie labels modern-day footie players 'babies'
Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson has labelled modern day players 'babies'. ANI

Cook backs Pietersen to fire on cricket's big Ashes stage
England vice-captain Alastair Cook has defended Kevin Pietersen by negating that the under-siege batsman could become a major problem for the tourists this summer and hoped that the challenge of retaining the Ashes would be the perfect stage for Pietersen to bounce back to his best form. ANI

NZC General Manager resigns over humiliating Bangladesh ODI series
New Zealand Cricket's General Manager Geoff Allot has resigned from his post following the Black Caps' recent humiliating 0-4 ODI series loss to Bangladesh. ANI

Ronaldo reckons he is simply phenomenal
After netting twice for Real Madrid in a match against Hercules, Portuguese football star believes that he is simply phenomenal. ANI

Rooney throws Disney-themed £90K bash for son's first birthday
Wayne Rooney's teammates reportedly thronged to a party thrown by the striker yesterday for his son Kai's first birthday. ANI

Rooney is a troubled soul: Fergie
Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson believes his star striker Wayne Rooney has been a troubled soul. ANI

Ashes: If Siddle performs, Aussies can thank Melbourne's Carlton football club
If a fit and primed Victorian fast bowler Peter Siddle slices through England this summer, Australia can thank an Olympic cyclist and the Carlton Football Club in Melbourne for regaining the Ashes. ANI

Ashes: England sends frontline bowling attack to Brisbane to acclimatize
England has sent their frontline bowlers to Brisbane to acclimatise for the first Ashes Test at the Gabba. ANI

Pressure piling on North, Hussey to deliver before Ashes
The Sheffield Shield failures of West Australian veterans Mike Hussey and Marcus North has heightened and intensified speculation about what the Australian middle-order is going to be for the Ashes. ANI

Mixed reactions in Pak over ICC's decision to uphold Butt, Amir suspensions
Former Pakistan cricketers and officials have voiced mixed reactions over the International Cricket Council (ICC)'s decision to uphold the suspensions of Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir over their alleged involvement in a 'spot-fixing' scandal. ANI

Razzaq powers Pak to amazing one-wicket victory over South Africa
Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq played an innings of sheer class to lead Pakistan to a morale-boosting one-wicket win over South Africa in the second ODI at Abu Dhabi's Zayed Cricket Stadium. ANI

Ashes 2010: Cook confident of England win against 'humbled' Australia
England opener Alastair Cook has expressed confidence about his team's chances of defending The Ashes Down Under in the wake of Australia losing the first of its two Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka on Sunday. ANI

Ashes run-up: Hussey, North fail again
Western Australian batsmen Michael Hussey endured a first-ball failure while his skipper Marcus North fell for 10 on Sunday against South Australia in Adelaide, suggesting that the road to Ashes team selection could become difficult for both. ANI

Pak 'not the crowd-pullers of world cricket anymore': Sohail
Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail reckons that the national team is no more the 'crowd-pullers' in world cricket, which he believes is the reason behind top international teams' refusal to visit the country. ANI

PCB governing council to decide on full-time batting coach
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)'s Governing Council will meet today to decide if a full-time batting coach is needed for the national team. ANI

Youth cricket bodies in Australia to be centralized following adverse report
Bodies governing youth cricket in Australia will be centralised after a damning report forced Cricket Australia to completely re-evaluate its structure and revenue streams. ANI

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