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Webber has blown chances of first F1 championship title: Sir Jack Brabham
Triple Formula One world champion Sir Jack Brabham has said that Red Bull's Mark Webber has blown his chances of winning this year's title, and will never get another opportunity. ANI

Many important matches to be played before World Cup: Sachin Tendulkar
Playing down the hype surrounding the forthcoming World Cup, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said that there are several key matches for the team to focus on before the global event. ANI

Bopanna-Qureshi duo through to St. Petersburg semifinals
The tennis duo comprising Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and Rohan Bopanna of India have entered the semifinals of St. Petersburg ATP World Rating Tennis Championship. ANI

Indian wrestlers train in Sonepat for upcoming Asian Games
Indian wrestlers are undergoing a training in Sonepat for the upcoming 16th Asian Games, to be held in China's Guangzhou city in November. ANI

F1 title challenge is 'not over until it's over': Button
Reigning Formula One champion Jenson Button reckons that he can still win the championship title despite trailing leader Fernando Alonso by 42 points with only two races remaining. ANI

Bolton Wanderers striker 'arrested' over rape of 17-year-old girl
Bolton Wanderers striker Ivan Klasnic has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of raping a 17-year-old girl. ANI

Clean-up campaigns putting cricket's corrupt on the backfoot, says Roebuck
The Kerala High Court's recent ruling that cricket administration officials are public servants and are liable to be investigated by the vigilance department should be see as a significant leap forward in the sport feels noted columnist Peter Roebuck. ANI

Butt questions reliability of NOTW 'spot-fixing' sting ahead of ICC hearing
Salman Butt, one of the three Pakistani players implicated in the spot-fixing scandal, has questioned the reliability of the sting conducted by a British tabloid due to which he was provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC). ANI

Strauss signs two-year contract extension with Middlesex
England captain Andrew Strauss has signed a two-year contract extension with Middlesex. ANI

Strauss gives license to England cricketers for 'responsible tweets' during Ashes series
England players will be allowed to express their thoughts on Twitter during the upcoming Ashes series despite previous controversies over the use of the micro-blogging website. ANI

Ronaldo's girl sizzles in Italian lingerie brand's latest designs
Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend Irina Shayk is looking sizzling hot in her new pictures as the official ambassador of Italian lingerie brand Intimissimi. ANI

Ponting Ashes message on iconic Big Ben may land Cricket Australia in legal trouble
Projection of Australian skipper Ricky Ponting and vice-captain Michael Clarke's holographic images on London's iconic landmark Big Ben may land Cricket Australia in legal trouble and possibly a police investigation. ANI

Ashes series: England quick Anderson says he's no one-trick pony
England fast bowler James Anderson has said that he is not a one-trick pony and is poised to prove his versatility with the ball against Australia in the Ashes next month. ANI

Vaughan says England will have no excuse not to win the Ashes
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has ramped up the pressure on England by claiming there will be "no excuses" should they fail to return from Australia with the Ashes. The England team leaves for Australia on Friday to begin their latest quest to win a Test series Down Under for the first time since 1987. ANI

Ashley 'chases Cheryl Cole look-alike'
It looks like Ashley Cole is eager to get a replacement for ex-wife Cheryl - and he may have found one by channel surfing on TV. ANI

Rooney will prove his worth very soon: Ronaldo
Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo believes that it is only a matter of time before Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney starts to justify his 150,000-a-week deal. ANI

Waugh's Ashes warning to under-performing senior Oz stars
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has warned the national team's under-performing senior players that they could not count on experience alone to keep their places in next month's Ashes series. ANI

UAE offers to stage Pak's upcoming 'home series' against Sri Lanka and England
A top official of the Emirates Cricket Board has offered Pakistan the chance of staging more of their home matches in the UAE before international cricket resumes in the troubled country. ANI

Neil Maxwell man behind securing Indian funding for Oz IPL-style T20 tournament
Former New South Wales all-rounder Neil Maxwell has emerged as the mastermind behind Australia's version of a Indian Premier League (IPL)-style Twenty20 tournament. ANI

Rohan-Aisam duo enter St. Petersburg quarterfinals after 'tough' opening round
The tennis duo comprising Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and Rohan Bopanna of India have entered the quarterfinals of St. Petersburg ATP World Rating Tennis Championship. ANI

Rooney, wife risked arrest with sizzling embrace in Dubai hotel pool
Man United ace Wayne Rooney and wife Coleen risked arrest in Dubai as they made up with their sizzling embrace in a pool in their hotel. ANI

Afridi says 'complete failure' of all batsmen behind T20 series 'whitewash' against SA
Pakistan's One-day International and Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi has criticised himself and the entire batting line-up for failing to deliver in the T20 matches, causing his side's 0-2 series defeat against South Africa in Abu Dhabi . ANI

'No one's ever going to replace Murali', says Sri Lanka coach
Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss has said that his team is fast approaching the end of an era as legendary spinner Muttiah Muralidaran gears up for his final tour of Australia. ANI

Oz cricketers body supports private ownership of domestic T20 teams
Cash rich Indian consortia have reportedly indicated a keen interest to invest in domestic Twenty20 teams in Australia, even as the Australian Cricketers' Association has come out in support of private ownership of these franchises. ANI

Proteas, Pak to focus on one-dayers ahead of World Cup in India
South Africa and Pakistan have shifted focus to the five-match one-day series starting here on Friday, as they see the event as ideal for next year's World Cup in India and Sri Lanka. ANI

Queensland skipper Hopes aims to remind Oz selectors about his talent
Queensland skipper James Hopes will be out to give a not-so-subtle reminder to the Australian selectors after being a surprise omission from the one-day squad despite being a staple member of the side for the last three years. ANI

Strauss tells players to declare 'war' against Aussies to emerge as 'heroes' in Ashes
England captain Andrew Strauss has told his players to not be too friendly with the Australian side during next month's Ashes series. ANI

Pak, SA hope UAE one-dayers will help them gear up for 2011 World Cup
South Africa and Pakistan are all set to gear up for next year's World Cup with a five-match one-day series starting in the UAE today. ANI

Coach Fleming inks fresh three-year deal with Chennai Super Kings
Former New Zealand cricket captain and current coach of the Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings Stephen Fleming has inked a fresh three-year coaching deal with them. ANI

England 2018 World Cup bid team to withdraw FIFA complaint against Russia
England's 2018 World Cup bid team has decided to withdraw a formal complaint to FIFA against the Russian campaign's chief. ANI

Batting coach Greatbatch says Kiwis 'played like dic*s' in Bangladesh
New Zealand cricket team batting coach Mark Greatbatch has issued a stinging criticism of his batsmen as the team leaves for India tomorrow, saying that they played like dicks during the recent one-day tour of Bangladesh. ANI

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