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Umpires must step up and make better decisions: Dhoni
Indian cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday giving a mixed review to the Umpire Decision Reviewal System (UDRS) said the umpires must step up and make better decisions. ANI

Mathews, Malinga help Sri Lanka snatch victory from defeat in Melbourne ODI
Sri Lanka on Wednesday won the nail-biting Melbourne ODI against Australia by one-wicket, powered by a brilliant 132-run ninth-wicket partnership between Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga. ANI

CWG irregularities: BJP charges PMO, Union Cabinet for approving cost escalations
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) upping its ante on Commonwealth Games irregularities on Wednesday claimed that the Prime Minister's Office and the Union Cabinet approved cost escalations for the 2010 Games projects five times between 2007 and 2009 that shot the expenditure up from Rs 1000 crore to over Rs 2,400 crore. ANI

Lewis on the prowl for title
British motor racing star Lewis Hamilton has vowed to hunt down his Formula One title rivals in the last two races. ANI

Walcott ready to fill Thierry Henry's boots at Arsenal: Wenger
Manager Arsene Wenger reckons Theo Walcott is ready to fill the boots of Thierry Henry by becoming an Arsenal goalscoring legend. ANI

England not interested in drawn Ashes: Prior
Perth (Australia), Nov.3 England need only a draw to retain the Ashes after winning last year's series 2-1, but Andrew Strauss's team does not seem interested in such a possibility. ANI

Kumble, Srinath hope to lead Karnataka cricket administration soon
Former India captain Anil Kumble and his teammate fast bowler Javagal Srinath are all set to contest the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) elections for the 2011-2013 term scheduled to be held on November 21. ANI

Muralidaran awaits his MCG swansong
As Muthiah Muralidaran nears cricket retirement, Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara said the 38-year-old spinner is relishing his role in the team. ANI

Ashes defeat would end Ponting's reign: Vaughan
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan believes Australia captain Ricky Ponting will lose his job if he fails to secure an Ashes victory this winter. ANI

Hauritz resists Ponting's push for change in bowling style
Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting and off-spinner Nathan Hauritz remain on a collision course after the latter declared he would be sticking to his tried-and-true formula leading into the Ashes series this summer. ANI

The Ashes 2010: England to let their skills do the talking on the pitch, says Matt Prior
England are hoping to disprove the old saw that nice guys finish last during this Ashes series by winning the intimidation war not by sledging, but by bringing their skills to bear on Ricky Ponting's side, writes former fast bowler Derek Pringle in The Telegraph. ANI

Prior calls on England to focus on their game in Australia
Wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior has said that England would focus on building intensity through its skills, bowling and fielding. ANI

Ponting offers hope to Queensland all-rounder Hopes
Dropped Australian all-rounder James Hopes has received support from captain Rick Ponting ahead of next February's cricket World Cup. ANI

Sharapova feels "spoiled" with 250K dlrs engagement ring
Maria Sharapova has admitted that she feels spoiled to receive a 250,000-dollar engagement ring from her fiance/Los Angeles Laker Sasha Vujacic. ANI

Vettori backs UDRS but system won't be used during India tour
New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori has thrown his weight behind the use of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS), insisting "it is good for the game". ANI

Loss to Bangladesh no reason to take Kiwis lightly, says Harbhajan
Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said that New Zealand team should not be "taken lightly" ahead of a three-test match series starting on Thursday, just because they lost to Bangladesh. ANI

Ashes: Hilditch, Chappell differ on Oz Test XI composition
National Selection Panel chairman Andrew Hilditch and new panel member Greg Chappell reportedly have differing views on the composition of the Australian Test XI for the forthcoming Ashes series. ANI

Amir confident of ICC clean chit over 'spot-fixing' charges after full hearing
Suspended Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir is confident that he would come out clean in the 'spot-fixing' hearing being conducted by the International Cricket Council (ICC)'s code of conduct commission. ANI

Gilani to press for PCB chief Ijaz Butt's dismissal with Zardari
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that he would discuss the deteriorating situation of cricket in the country with President and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) patron Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

McGrath tips Australia to win Ashes series 5-0
Fast-bowling great Glenn McGrath has again tipped Australia to regain the Ashes with a 5-0 whitewash agaisnt England. ANI

Ponting backs under-pressure Hussey to come good in Ashes
Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has backed under-pressure batsman Mike Hussey to regain form for the Ashes starting on November 25 in Brisbane, and also endorsed him to stay with the one-day side, despite making a golden duck and three in Western Australia's Sheffield Shield match at Adelaide Oval ANI

Vettori says facing a top team on their home turf is the toughest challenge
New Zealand cricket team captain Daniel Vettori has said facing a top team like India on their home turf is the toughest challenge. ANI

'Spot-fixing' scam diverted attention from possible 'home games': Butt
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt has said that the tour of England 'spot-fixing' scam has ruined the country's chances of holding 'home games'. ANI

Ashes: Aussies will err if they leave out 'Mr.Cricket' Hussey, says Arthur
Former South African cricket team coach and now coach with Western Australia, Mickey Arthur has said Australia would be "wrong" if they failed to select out-of-form batsman Mike Hussey for the first Ashes Test against England. ANI

Ex-Proteas opener Gibbs was a loner, claims Coach Arthur
Former South African cricket team coach Mickey Arthur has described opener Herschelle Gibbs as somewhat of a loner after he criticised the power set-up under him. ANI

South Africa defeat Pakistan by two runs in third ODI in Dubai
A fighting century by opening Hashim Amla and a four-wicket spell by fast bowler Morne Morkel helped South Africa pull off a narrow two-run win over Pakistan in the third one-day international played here on Tuesday night. ANI

'Metrosexual' David Beckham reveals hair-free legs
Soccer star David Beckham has one more addition to the list of things that make him a metrosexual man-shaving off his legs. ANI

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