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Auction of players for IPL 4 in January
The Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council, which met here on Wednesday, announced that the auction of the players for the 2011 season will be held on January 8 and 9 in Mumbai. ANI

French players give up World Cup bonuses worth 2.5 million pounds
French players have finally drawn a line under their disastrous World Cup campaign by agreeing to give up their bonuses worth 2.5 million pounds. ANI

Ferdinand tells footballers to 'banish their booze demons'
Ahead of the friendly against France, England defender Rio Ferdinand has delivered a sermon on the drawbacks of drinking, saying that alcohol should be enjoyed only in moderation. ANI

Lean-mean-fighting-machine Rooney set for explosive comeback
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will return to action as a lean, mean scoring machine after he lost almost half a stone during his American boot camp visit. ANI

"Pak Player Still Not Paid for T20 World Cup": Geoff Lawson
A Pakistani player has not yet received his payment for the Twenty20 World Cup, and this sort of unprofessionalism in the Pakistan cricket is the prime reason behind its inability to fulfil its potential on the world stage, former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson has said. ANI

Tiger Woods' ex mistress Rachel Uchitel buys 1.625mn dlrs apartment in NYC
Tiger Woods' ex mistress Rachel Uchitel recently bought a 1.625-million-dollar apartment in New York City. ANI

Misbah, Smith praise Younus for "fighting knock" that helped draw first Pak-SA Test
Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq and his South African counterpart, Graeme Smith, have hailed Younus Khan's brilliant hundred which helped Pakistan salvage a fighting draw in the first Test on Tuesday. ANI

'US-based Man U owners forced to pay debts without using club funds'
Manchester United's US-based owners have been forced to repay the club's high-interest 220 million pound payment in kind (PIK) loan without using club funds, the Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) has said. ANI

Coleen Rooney looking for 'home alone' pad in London
Love-rat Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen is apparently hunting for a "home alone" pad in London. ANI

Oz Ashes squad composition has caused uncertainty among players: Arthur
Western Australia coach Mickey Arthur believes that the selectors have erred in making Mike Hussey and Marcus North fight over their positions in the Test team by including two potential replacements in the squad. ANI

Capello questions Terry's commitment to England
England boss Fabio Capello feels that John Terry has put Chelsea before his country. ANI

Gilchrist says England favourites but not guaranteed the Ashes
Former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist is anticipating another tight Ashes series between Australia and England, and believes that either team can win the urn. ANI

Man City winger Wright-Phillips to be quizzed over nightclub bloodbath
Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips will be quizzed as a witness to a nightclub bloodbath in which the club manager suffered a severe facial injury. ANI

Australia 'neutralizes England's secret weapon' to hone batting skills ahead of Ashes
Cricket Australia has equipped their out of form batsmen with the latest technological breakthrough to sharpen their techniques ANI

If Aussies bring back Warne then England will bring back Trueman, jokes Botham
Cricket legend Ian Botham has said if Australia brings Shane Warne out of retirement for the Ashes series it would be like England calling up the late Fred Trueman. ANI

Indian bowlers went verbally hard at Williamson during Hyderabad Test: Greatbatch
New Zealand coach Mark Greatbatch has said that Indian bowlers were using sledging as a tactic to unsettle young batsman Kane Williamson during the drawn second Test in Hyderabad. ANI

Strauss, Pietersen on top of Bollinger's Ashes wicket-taking hit list
Australian fast bowler Doug Bollinger has put England captain Andrew Strauss and middle order batsman Kevin Pietersen on the top of his Ashes wicket-taking hit list. ANI

Tony Greig asks England to use Bodyline-style tactics against 'opened-up' Ponting
England's fast bowlers have been asked by ex-skipper Tony Greig to adopt Bodyline-style tactics and target ageing Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who has become increasingly vulnerable to the short ball. ANI

Hauritz denies being 'unavailable' for 2009 Ashes-deciding Test
Australian off-spinner Nathan Hauritz has denied rumours that he had declared himself unavailable for the 2009 Ashes-deciding Test at The Oval. ANI

Australia 'A' game against England best opportunity for Ashes call-up: White
Australian all-rounder Cameron White believes that youngsters have no better opportunity to stake their claims for Ashes selection than by excelling in the ongoing four-day match against England. ANI

Border's "cheeky Empire XI" dig at England's overseas players
Taking a dig at the England team, former Australian skipper Allan Border has said that the Ashes rivals look more like the "Empire XI" due to their overseas-born players. ANI

Border backs besieged Hussey, North to lift their game
Former Australian skipper Allan Border has backed besieged batsmen Mike Hussey and Marcus North to lift their game against England ANI

England aims to win all matches in Australia, not just Ashes Tests: Gooch
England's assistant coach Graham Gooch has said that his team is treating their warm-up games ahead of the Ashes series against Australia as a three-match series. ANI

Australia's middle order 'cup of woe runneth over'
Australia's middle-order concerns ahead of the Ashes series are no closer to resolution following Michael Hussey, Usman Khawaja and Callum Ferguson's cheap dismissals in their state games. ANI

Cairns gets court's nod to pursue Twitter libel case against Lalit Modi
Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns has won court approval to advance his Twitter libel case against former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi. ANI

Johnson burdened by 'leader of the pack' tag: Buchanan
Out of form pacer Mitchell Johnson, who has long been considered as Australia's main attack bowler in Tests, has been burdened with the "leader of the pack" tag, which is behind his inconsistence performance, according to former coach John Buchanan. ANI

Hauritz' duel with Ponting in Sheffield Shield match could decide his Ashes fate
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting will be in better condition to decide on spinner Nathan Hauritz's fate when the two face each other in New South Wales' Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania, starting on Wednesday at the SCG. ANI

Nothing tastes sweeter than Ashes success: Gooch
England batting coach Graham Gooch has said that playing against Australia is the ultimate challenge and nothing tastes sweeter than Ashes success. ANI

Styris, Jamie How recalled for ODI series against India
New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris and batsman Jamie How have been recalled to be part of the 15-man New Zealand team for the first five-match ODI series against India. ANI

'Born again' Johnson desperate to make up for 'unfinished business' with England
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson insists that he is ready to "knock over" England batsmen when the first Ashes Test begins in Brisbane on November 25. ANI

Greatbatch hails McCullum for his match saving double century against India
New Zealand coach Mark Greatbatch has hailed opening batsman Brendon McCullum for his double century in the Hyderabad Test, which helped the visitors ensure a second successive draw against the world's No.1 ranked Test team, India. ANI

ICC clears tainted Pak players Butt, Akmal of T20 World Cup spot-fixing charges
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has reportedly cleared two Pakistani cricketers, Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal, from all charges related to their alleged involvement in a spot fixing scandal during 2010 Twenty-20 World Cup, a TV channel reported on Tuesday. ANI

McGrath calls for 'chin music' against Strauss to derail England's Ashes campaign
Australian bowling legend Glenn McGrath has told Australia's fast bowlers to target England skipper Andrew Strauss to derail the tourists' Ashes campaign. ANI

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