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Shakib appointed Bangladesh's Think Wise spokesperson for HIV/AIDS awareness
Bangladeshi cricket captain Shakib Al Hasan has been announced the Think Wise campaign spokesperson for his country by the International Cricket Council (ICC). ANI

New Zealand yet to decide on Fletcher's stint as coaching consultant: Greatbatch
New Zealand coach Mark Greatbatch has said that the length of former England coach Duncan Fletcher's stint with the Black Caps as a coaching consultant is yet to be finalized. ANI

Chelsea's 'worst run of form' since I joined in 2004: Drogba
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has admitted that his club's recent downward slide in form has been the worst he has witnessed during his six-year time at Stamford Bridge. ANI

Manchester City's Adebayor looks set for Tottenham Hotspur switch
Tottenham Hotspur is reportedly lining up a sensational swoop for Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor during the January transfer window. ANI

Calling dreary Gabba draw "a fantastic contest" insult to Test cricket: Roebuck
Noted cricket commentator Peter Roebuck has said that dismissal of just two batsmen in the last two days of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba is not good Test cricket. ANI

Stephanie Rice's reunion hug with beau Cooper as Wallabies return home
Swimming sensation Stephanie Rice greeted her boyfriend Quade Cooper on his return from Australia's spring tour of Europe. ANI

Yousuf likely to be excluded from Pak's 30-man provisional World Cup squad
Pakistan are unlikely to include senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf in their preliminary squad for World Cup 2011, as he has failed to impress selectors with his form and fitness in recent times. ANI

BBC FIFA bribe investigation would not affect 2018 World Cup voting process: Platini
UEFA President Michel Platini believes that England's 2018 World Cup bid will not be affected by the BBC Panorama investigation into alleged FIFA bribes. ANI

Beckham hopes to make difference to England's 2018 World Cup bid
David Beckham is hoping that he can make a difference to England's bid for the 2018 World Cup in the final lobbying before Thursday's crunch FIFA vote. ANI

Britain's 'worst football team' concedes 227 goals in 11 games!
Madron FC, a football team from Cornwall, has gained fame after being branded the worst in Britain following the loss of 11 games in a row in which it conceded 227 goals. ANI

"Determined to play for Pak even if it's purely as a batsman", says keeper Akmal
Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal, who found himself out of favour during the recently concluded home series against South Africa, has said that he is "more determined than ever" to reclaim his place in the national squad, and that he is even ready to trade his gloves for a batsman spot. ANI

Ponting defends Oz bowlers' performance on 'foreign Gabba wicket'
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has defended his bowlers efforts in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, saying that he had "never played on a Gabba wicket like that in my whole career". ANI

Injured Tuffey to miss rest of India ODI series
New Zealand fast bowler Daryl Tuffey will miss the rest of the five-match one-day international series against India following a bicep strain. ANI

Flower praises 'outstanding' England fightback in Ashes opener
England coach Andy Flower has lauded his team's resilience in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba and expects more of the same in Adelaide. ANI

'Frustrated' England cricket team blames Qantas for late arrival at Adelaide
The England cricket team was stuck by Qantas' ongoing plight this morning after their flight was delayed, which eventually resulted in delaying the team's arrival in Adelaide by an hour and a half. ANI

"Street fighter" Miandad's charge as batting consultant big boost to Pak team: Akram
Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram has welcomed the Pakistan Cricket Board's decision to appoint the current Director General of the board, Javed Miandad, as the batting consultant of the national team. ANI

Fact-finding committee submits report on 'Haider episode' to PCB
The three-member committee appointed to probe into former wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider's dramatic escape to London after abandoning his team ahead of a match against South Africa, has submitted its report to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). ANI

US woman with Twitter name 'theashes' gets Qantas' flight offer
An American woman, who was bombarded with cricket-related messages due to her Twitter name 'theashes', has been offered a free flight to Australia to watch the ongoing Ashes cricket series between Australia and England. ANI

Good bowling, not back injury behind Clarke's Gabba flop show: Nielsen
Australian coach Tim Nielsen has denied suggestions that vice-captain Michael Clarke was hampered by a back injury during his pained innings in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba. ANI

"I will disclose names of 'those involved with bookies' after court hearing": Haider
Pakistan's runaway wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has declared that he will "disclose to the whole world the names of those involved with bookies" after his hearing, which is due on December 3. ANI

Oz flop-show at Gabba may force bowling changes for second Ashes Test: Nielsen
Australian coach Tim Nielsen has said that his team has been forced to consider changes to their bowling attack after a poor showing on the final two days of the drawn first Ashes Test at the Gabba. ANI

England, now the bookies' favourite to win Ashes series
England has now overtaken Australia as favourite to win the Ashes series in 2010-11. ANI

Much bragged about powers of the baggy green down to only Warne, McGrath: Hussain
Former England captain Nasser Hussain reckons that the drawn Ashes opener in Brisbane establishes that Australia's perpetually bragged about special powers of the baggy green had more to do with legends Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath. ANI

Selectors must dump 'confidence-ebbed' Johnson for Adelaide Test: Ian Chappell
Struggling Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson must be removed from the second Test of the Ashes series, former captain Ian Chappell has said. ANI

Angry Ponting slams 'technology-deficient' TV referral system as 'blight on game'
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has branded the TV referral system as 'a blight on the game' after being denied what he considered was a fair catch in the drawn first Test of the Ashes series. ANI

Mark Waugh says teams have worked out "one-dimensional" Johnson
Former Australian batsman Mark Waugh is among the pundits concerned by fast bowler Mitchell Johnson's performance after he went wicketless, for the first time in his 39 Tests, in the Ashes opener in Brisbane. ANI

Chastening reality pushes Oz selectors back to the drawing board
With the first Ashes Test held here drawn, and England seemingly coming out on top during the encounter in all departments of the game, the Australian selectors have been made to confront chastening reality and go back to the drawing board. ANI

Becks faces fresh s*x allegations
Soccer star David Beckham is facing a new batch of claims about his personal life from the publishers of a magazine he is suing for 'fabricating' a story saying he bedded a hooker. ANI

Brisbane heroics will inspire England to win Ashes series: Strauss
England captain Andrew Strauss believes that his team has gained momentum for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide after battling their way to a draw in the series opener in Brisbane. ANI

Curator promises "traditional Adelaide Oval pitch" for second Ashes Test
Adelaide Oval curator Damian Hough has promised a "traditional pitch" for the second Ashes Test between Australia and England starting on Friday. ANI

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