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Praveen Kumar to marry childhood friend Sapna in Meerut
Indian pace bowler Praveen Kumar will tie the nuptial knot with his childhood friend Sapna Chaudhary at a ceremony to be held here on Thursday. ANI

CA plans to expand T20 Big Bash to reduce financial reliance on India
Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Executive James Sutherland has revealed that there are plans to expand the domestic Twenty20 competition to create a new income stream that can reduce the board's financial reliance on India. ANI

Wenger slams Capello for England's capitulation to France in Wembley friendly
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has launched a scathing attack on England manager Fabio Capello following France's 2-1 win in the friendly at Wembley. ANI

FIFA official banned for three years over 2018, 2022 World Cup 'vote-selling' scam
FIFA Executive Committee members Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii have been suspended from all football-related activity for three years and one year respectively after being found guilty of asking for cash for votes in the battle to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. ANI

Australia must win Ashes as defeat will cause "big upheaval in team": Warne
Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has expressed his belief that his country, being familiar with the local conditions, will triumph in the forthcoming Ashes series against England, as their defeat would mean a complete overhaul of the team. ANI

Hamilton hopeful of regaining F1 title in 2011
British Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton believes that a full winter testing programme alongside team-mate Jenson Button will be key to McLaren's championship title hopes in 2011. ANI

'Hard to know whether to laugh or cry at present state of Oz cricket': Roebuck
Australians are entitled to believe that the country's cricket has reached its lowest point ahead of the upcoming Ashes series, noted cricket commentator Peter Roebuck has said. ANI

Ferguson's secret dream was to manage Barcelona once in his life
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that his secret dream is to manage Spanish football giants Barcelona. ANI

Enraged PCB least interested in Zulqarnain's grievances or taking him back: Sources
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is neither interested in taking notice of troubled wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider's grievances nor bringing him back to the national fold, as it is not happy with his act of leaving the Pakistan team in Dubai under mysterious circumstances on November 8. ANI

England's biggest danger in Ashes is complacency, says ex-coach Fletcher
England start the Ashes series as favourites, but would have to be careful, as Australia can come out fighting when they find themselves in sticky situations, feels ex-coach Duncan Fletcher. ANI

Selectors' hesitance to take hard calls has made Australia vulnerable: Fleming
Former Australian fast bowler Damien Fleming has said that the reluctance of national selectors to take a tough stance following the 2009 Ashes series defeat in England has made the team "vulnerable". ANI

SMS trail between bookie Mazhar and Butt, Akmal makes fixing saga murkier
In the latest development in the spot-fixing case, the conversations of tainted Pakistani players- former skipper Salman Butt and wicket keeper Kamran Akmal- with alleged bookmaker, Mazhar Majeed, via SMS have been revealed. ANI

Tasmania's Doherty puts his hand up for potential Ashes selection
Tasmanian left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty struck the first blows in his spin-off with Test incumbent Nathan Hauritz, striking twice before lunch in the Sheffield Shield clash against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground here. ANI

Oz Ashes disaster looms as batsmen crumble in domestic games ahead of opener
Members of Australia's 17-man provisional Ashes squad, who are taking part in domestic games, have ended up with failures ahead of the first Ashes Test, starting in Brisbane from November 25. ANI

Coach Rafa Benitez future at Inter 'on the line'
Inter boss Rafa Benitez's future is "on the line" according to reports in Italy. ANI

Debt ridden Barca loses hope of snaring Fabregas
Barcelona FC's chances of attracting Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas have receded after it was revealed that the club is 400 million pounds in debt - the biggest in the club's history. ANI

Champions League final in Barcelona is Fergie's favourite match
Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson has said that the Champions League final in Barcelona would always be his favourite match. ANI

'Rooney knew he had made a mistake,' says Fergie of contract dispute
Star striker Wayne Rooney knew that he had made a mistake when he took on the management of Manchester United for renegotiating his contract, said coach Sri Alex Ferguson. ANI

'Club is dead if footballer becomes more important than manager': Fergie
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he told the directors of the club more than 15 years ago that the most important person at Manchester United was the manager. No one is more important. ANI

FA centre at Burton, the biggest step England has taken in 30 years: Fergie
The Football Association's (FA) to set up a center for producing young players in Burton, is probably the biggest step England has taken in the last 30 years, said Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. ANI

'There is nothing wrong with losing your temper,' says Fergie
Manchester United coach-cum-manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that he sees nothing wrong in losing his temper with his players, and on occasion, throwing teacups to make his point. ANI

'I don't think anyone else will manage for 24 years, I'm a phenomenon': Fergie
Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson opened up yesterday about his amazing career, and predicted that no one would be in a position to repeat what he has achieved in over two decades of football management. ANI

'Magnificent' Ponting sailing Oz Ashes ship on his own: Botham
Former England all-rounder Ian Botham insists that a third Ashes series defeat out of four against England for Australian captain Ricky Ponting would not be his fault. ANI

England's second-string bowlers up to grab Ashes slots: Tremlett
England fast bowler Chris Tremlett believes that his team's second-string bowlers have proved a point in their ongoing four-day warm-up match against Australia 'A'. ANI

Now, salsa lessons from soccer star Nobby Solano
Reports are abuzz that footballer Nobby Solano is using his nifty footwork to give dancing lessons in a pub. ANI

'Pedestrian' Hauritz should not be picked for Australia again: John Benaud
Former Australian selector John Benaud has launched a stinging attack on Nathan Hauritz, saying that the off-spinner no longer has a Test future. ANI

On skills, Poms marginally ahead of Aussies in Ashes run-up
In a position-by-position look at Ashes combatants - Australia and England, Fox Sports has arrived at some interesting conclusions. ANI

Lara joins Zimbabwe as batting consultant
Former West Indies captain Brian Lara has said that he has been signed by Zimbabwe Cricket to work with their national team as a batting consultant. ANI

Pace bowler Johnson enhances all-rounder status with ton against Victoria
Test fast bowler Mitchell Johnson enhanced his claim to genuine all-rounder status when he scored his maiden Sheffield Shield century at the MCG today. ANI

Katich in shoulder injury scare ahead of Ashes opener
Opening batsman Simon Katich gave Australia an injury scare ahead of the Ashes series when he hurt his shoulder while playing for New South Wales in their Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at the Sydney Cricket Ground. ANI

Tiger Woods joins Twitter
World former No. 1 golfer Tiger Woods launched his first Twitter page yesterday. ANI

Dhoni hoping for 'bunsen burner' type pitch to tackle Kiwis in Nagpur
Indian cricket team captain M.S. Dhoni is hoping that the pitch for the third and final Test against New Zealand is one that is made to order for the hosts - a Bunsen-burner type of pitch that will assist his spinners. ANI

I made terrible choices and repeated mistakes, says Tiger Woods
Love-rat Tiger Woods have opened up about his very public divorce by contributing an essay to Newsweek, in which the golfer confessed that by making terrible choices and repeating mistakes, he disappointed those people whom he loved the most. ANI

Blacks Caps admit to being puzzled by Bhajji's 'all-rounder' riddle
New Zealand's cricketers may have previously regarded Harbhajan Singh as little more than nuisance value with the bat, but the latter has now emerged as a genuine all round threat with two back to back Test hundreds as the tourists look to do the unthinkable-win a test series in India for the first time. ANI

Warne says he thinks about playing 'whenever Ashes comes around'
Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has suggested that he can come out of retirement for the upcoming Ashes series against England. ANI

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