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Ancelotti says Chelsea must lift game to have chance of winning Champions League
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti admits that his club must improve on their performance against MSK Zilina if they want to win the UEFA Champions League. ANI

Rooney plays down contract fiasco as 'a load of rubbish'
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has denied suggestions that he had staged a contract fiasco to raise the club's salary cap. ANI

England can win Down Under, but it will be damnably difficult: Roebuck
Noted cricket commentator Peter Roebuck has said that the Andrew Strauss-led England team can win the Ashes Down Under, but it would be damnably difficult. ANI

Pietersen takes on challenge of batting blind folded
Having a cricket ball fired at you while blindfolded isn't everyone's idea of fun, but for England batsman Kevin Pietersen it was a challenge he couldn't refuse. ANI

Wenger slams UEFA's "useless" five-official system over penalty denial gaffe
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has branded UEFA's five-official system "useless" after his side were denied a penalty in their Champions League defeat against Braga. ANI

England cricketers accused of snubbing official lunch with rivals Australia
England's cricketers were at the centre of a diplomatic row when guests booed them for failing to attend an official pre-Ashes lunch in Brisbane. ANI

England's main Ashes job, getting use to the Kookaburra
Could a cricket ball be the difference between England retaining or losing the Ashes? ANI

Strauss says focus, not great Churchillian speech, best preparation ahead of Ashes opener
England skipper Andrew Strauss believes that the perfect mood ahead of Thursday's crucial Ashes opener in Brisbane will be the ideal mixture of excitement, intensity and confidence. ANI

North battling to demystify enigma behind his batting peaks and troughs
Australian middle-order batsman Marcus North admits that he struggles to fully understand why his career has been so distorted. ANI

Vettori backs 'eager learner' Williamson for long haul with Black Caps
New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori insists that young batsman Kane Williamson has enormous potential to have a long and successful future with the national team. ANI

Ashes: England target Australia's fortress at Brisbane
England has set their sights on targeting the Australian fortress at Brisbane. ANI

Ashes 2010: Strauss plays down importance of first session at Gabba
Captain Andrew Strauss has played down the symbolism of the opening session at the Gabba. ANI

England's 'long-term goal' is to attain World No.1 status: Strauss
England skipper Andrew Strauss insists that glory during the upcoming Ashes series would be just a stepping stone to his team's ultimate goal of world domination. ANI

Usman Khawaja's dad says baggy green for son will heal nation
New South Wales middle-order batsman Usman Khawaja's father, Tariq, has said that his son's selection in the Australian squad for the Ashes series should not be seen in a religious light, but as an event that could heal the nation. ANI

Haddin says he never doubted his chances of Oz Test comeback
Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has said that he never once believed that his position behind the stumps was under threat despite Tim Paine's impressive performances during tours to England and India. ANI

'Chastened' Australia 'geared to getting everything right for Ashes opener': Watson
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has said that lessons learned from the 2009 Ashes series loss have ensured that there will be "no excuses" if his team succumbs to England again during the 2010-11 series which starts in Brisbane on Thursday. ANI

Hussey says he's motivated by pre-Ashes taunts
Embattled Australian middle order batsman Michael Hussey is determined to enjoy this Ashes series, and claims that he is quite motivated by the pre-series taunts. ANI

ICC asks tainted Pak trio's lawyers to return "evidence" given to them after SMS leaks
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked lawyers representing the three suspended Pakistan players to return the evidence and other documentation provided to them as part of the process to defend the players against the spot-fixing allegations levelled against them, after an SMS trail between bookie Mazhar Majeed and suspended Test captain, Salman Butt surfaced in the Pakistani media. ANI

Nielsen says experience of Oz veterans from last Ashes provides edge over England
Australia's coach Tim Nielsen is confident that his team can leave the 2009 Ashes series debacle behind to claim the little urn during the 2010-11 series, which starts on Thursday at the Gabba in Brisbane. ANI

Warne predicts cracker of an Ashes series as England is not intimidated by Australia
Former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne believes that a cracker of an Ashes Test series is likely between England and Australia, as the Poms no longer fear the Kangaroos. ANI

Ian Chappell backs 'lively character' Clarke to hold court in Oz dressing room as skipper
Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell insists that Michael Clarke is a very capable leader and communicator, and has the right manner to hold court in the Australian dressing room. ANI

Martyn slams Bollinger's axing for Ashes opener against England
Former Australian batsman Damien Martyn has slammed the selectors for dropping fast bowler Doug Bollinger from the squad for the first Test of the Ashes series, starting in Brisbane on Thursday. ANI

Ishant was 'the real difference' between India, New Zealand in Nagpur: Vettori
New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has identified fast bowler Ishant Sharma as the key to India's victory in the third and final Test held in Nagpur. ANI

Franklin to replace injured Ryder for ODI series against India
New Zealand fast bowler James Franklin has returned to the Black Caps' ODI squad in place of all-rounder Jesse Ryder, who has been ruled out of the upcoming five-match series against India due to a calf injury. ANI

Clarke fit to play, Bollinger out of Ashes opener against England
Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke has been cleared to play in Thursday's first Test of the Ashes series against England at Brisbane, but fast bowler Doug Bollinger will be missing out due to a side strain. ANI

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