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Pak's bowling strength holds key to their success against Proteas: Pybus
Richard Pybus, who has twice coached the Pakistan cricket team, has said that the strength and performance of Pakistan's bowling unit will be the key to their success in the upcoming series against South Africa in the UAE. ANI

Global financial crisis hits 'Barmy Army' ahead of Ashes
England's boisterous 'Barmy Army' may just not make it to Australia to witness this year's Ashes series, as it appears to be cash stripped. ANI

Mancini for Man City players to womanize, rather than gambling
Manchester City stars have reportedly been told to keep away from gambling for cash by manager Roberto Mancini. ANI

Asif says his appeal against suspension withdrawn to give lawyers time for detailed challenge
Pakistani pace bowler Mohammad Asif, one of the tainted trio implicated in spot-fixing scandal, has said he has withdrawn his appeal against his suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC) under its anti-corruption code, in order to give his lawyers more time to come up with a 'detailed challenge'. ANI

Rashid Latif calls for strict implementation of PCB's new code of conduct
Former Pakistani captain Rashid Latif has called for strict implementation of the new code of conduct recently introduced for players by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in line with the International Cricket Council's guidelines. ANI

ICC welcomes PCB's initial efforts to eradicate corruption
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has expressed satisfaction over initial efforts made by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in sorting out its administration and eradicating corruption from the game in the country. ANI

Ferrari's Alonso takes F1 lead with Korean Grand Prix victory
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has taken the Formula One championship lead after winning the rain-hit Korean Grand Prix on Sunday. ANI

North cements hopes of Ashes berth with unbeaten 94 against Victoria
Australian middle-order batsman Marcus North has done his chances of securing a spot in the Ashes squad no harm by scoring an unbeaten 94 for Western Australia in an upset one-day win over Victoria at the Melbourne Cricket Ground here on Saturday. ANI

Sangakkara expecting fierce ODI showdown with Aussies
Sri Lankan cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara is expecting a typically fierce one-day showdown with the Australians, which also includes a Twenty20 in Perth on October 31. ANI

Ishant Sharma, Urmila Matondkar participate in Delhi energy conservation walkathon
Indian cricketer Ishant Sharma and Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar joined over 3000 people in a walkathon to spread awareness about energy conservation and health improvement here on Sunday. ANI

Clarke wants to play in 2012 IPL to prepare for Twenty20 World Cup
Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke has said that he would like to take part in the 2012 Indian Premier League (IPL) to prepare for that year's Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka. ANI

Boxing is like therapy for beauty queen and waterski-champ Lauryn Eagle
Lauryn Eagle, the 22-year-old beauty queen and waterski-champion-turned-boxer, can pull off a killer smile even behind the mouthguard. ANI

Australia's Ashes mind games would end up wasted: Strauss
England captain Andrew Strauss has advised his Australian counterpart Ricky Ponting that their usual Ashes mind games would be futile this time around. ANI

Rooney's new Man U contract contains a 'break clause'
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has reportedly negotiated a break clause in his new five-year contract with the club. ANI

BCCI rubbishes English daily report on Raina's bookie link
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary N. Srinivasan on Sunday rubbished a London Sunday Times report that suggested that the BCCI has been keeping quiet on cricketer Suresh Raina accompanying a woman allegedly linked to bookies during the Sri Lankan tour. ANI

Cricket Australia chief backs radical changes to 50-over World Cup format
Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland has defended moves to condense the 2015 50-over World Cup. ANI

Ferguson's 100 million pounds kitty to raid January transfer market
Manchester United's owners have reportedly pledged to give 100 million pounds to manager Sir Alex Ferguson to buy new players. ANI

'There's never going to be another Shane Warne', says Smith
Australian all-rounder Steve Smith has played down talks that his talent shows enough to suggest that Australia's wait for Shane Warne's replacement is over. ANI

Ronaldo 'dodging debt collectors trying to enforce parking fine'
Former Manchester United Cristiano Ronaldo, who is worth 80 million pounds, is dodging debt collectors who are trying to enforce a parking fine. ANI

Right spearheads vital for beating Poms in Ashes, says Brett Lee
Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has said that having the right fast bowlers to lead the Australian attack will be crucial to the home team's chances of regaining the Ashes from England. ANI

Third India-Australia ODI in Goa abandoned due to soggy field
India has won the one-day series against Australia one-nil after the third one-day international against the visitors was abandoned on Sunday due to wet ground conditions without a ball being bowled. ANI

Al-Qaeda's '9/11 part two' threat to London's Wembley Stadium
The Al-Qaeda has reportedly targeted London's Wembley Stadium in a plot being referred to as '9/11 part two'. ANI

Oz selectors can also chose tried and tested performers for the Ashes
As the Australian side licks its wounds following the 2-0 Test loss to India, talk in Australia has focused on the future look of the team, with a groundswell urging for the selection of young New South Wales gun Usman Khawaja. ANI

Beckham 'not surprised' by Rooney's Man U turnaround
England and former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham has backed Wayne Rooney's dramatic decision to stay at Old Trafford. ANI

At 35, Oz pacer Clark believes selectors have done him in
At 35, former Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark believes that the National Selection Panel (NSP) headed by Andrew Hilditch has treated him harshly. He believes that his skinny Test average of 23.86 has been overshadowed by his age. ANI

Cricket Australia set to rope in private investors for Twenty20 'Big Bash'
Cricket Australia is reportedly close finalizing an agreement to rope in private investors for domestic Twenty20 games. ANI

Prasad eyeing Australia's bowling coach role
Former Indian fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad has put his hand up to be Australia's next bowling coach following Troy Cooley's exit. ANI

Armstrong to end international career Down Under
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will compete in Australia's Tour Down Under in January in what will be his final professional race outside his native United States. ANI

New Zealand announces two new Test caps for India tour
Two new caps have been included in the New Zealand test cricket squad to tour India next month. ANI

The secret behind Sachin's magical bat!
Does Sachin Tendulkar's bat fit Marylebone Cricket Club regulations? ANI

Oz players should be prepared to face Ashes axe: Clarke
Australia's Test players should be prepared to lose their spots during the Ashes series as many young talents are queuing for a chance to freshen up the team, vice-captain Michael Clarke said here. ANI

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