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Amir Khan is now the heir apparent to Manny Pacquiao: Roach
British boxing ace Amir Khan is now the heir apparent to Manny Pacquiao as the best boxer in the world, according to the fighters' trainer Freddie Roach. ANI

Mancini reads riot-act to partying Manchester City stars
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has issued a final warning to his partying players following more embarrassing revelations this week. ANI

McLaren to support reigning F1 champ Button's never-say-die campaign
McLaren Formula One team has said that it would support Jenson Button's campaign to retain his title despite the reigning champion trailing leader Fernando Alonso by over 40 points. ANI

'Composed' England should start favourites for Ashes series: Gilchrist
Former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist believes that the Andrew Strauss-led England team would start as favourites to win next month's Ashes series. ANI

WAGs Ashes ban may backfire for England, says Watson's wife
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson's wife Lee Furlong has laughed of England coach Andy Flower's decision to bar his players from seeing their wives and girlfriends (WAGs) for the first five weeks of their tour to Australia. ANI

Wayne Rooney claims he has cleaned up his act
After the hooker scandal, Wayne Rooney has insisted that he's a changed man for good. ANI

No 'Decision Review System' in any 'Pak home Test series' till 2012: PCB official
The Umpire Decision Review System (DRS) will not be enforced in the forthcoming Test series between Pakistan and South Africa, as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has no prior agreement with its broadcasters for using this technology. ANI

'British press, complaint against Russia may nix England's WC 2018 bid chances'
England's prospects of hosting World Cup 2018 has suffered a significant blow due to the British press' recent investigative report into alleged corruption among FIFA's executive committee, a FIFA official has said. ANI

Twenty20 'circus' welcome, but ICC won't be able to manage: Kiwi players body chief
An opportunity exists for New Zealand to jump onto the burgeoning world T20 cricket circus, but national players chief Heath Mills fears for the overall impact on the game, aaand the ability of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to manage the already overloaded schedule. ANI

Police pull out all the stops for XVIth Asiad in Guangzhou
Security forces in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou are leaving nothing to chance to ensure the safety of the thousands of competitors and spectators attending the Asian Games. ANI

'Reading India's batting card in 'slow-mo' sending shudders down Kiwi bowlers' spines'
Reading Team India's strong batting line-up in slow motion is sending shudders down New Zealand bowlers' spine, cricket columnist David Leggat has said. ANI

Oz team must focus on Lanka series to build momentum for Ashes, says Clarke
Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke has said despite the all-important Ashes series, his team is fully focused on the upcoming series against Sri Lanka. ANI

Former Indian athletes launch signature campaign to clean CWG row
Miffed by corruption, security issues and chronic mismanagement by sports administration in the Commonwealth Games 2010, former Indian athletes on Friday launched 'Clean Sports India' signature campaign in New Delhi. ANI

Afridi "frustrated over struggling batting line-up" after 8-wicket rout by SA
Pakistan's One-day International and Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi was again left flabbergasted by his side's dismal batting display after they slumped to an eight-wicket defeat in the opening ODI against South Africa. ANI

Oz players want cricket calendar changed for T20 Big Bash involvement
The Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) has informed Cricket Australia that leading players want the cricket calendar for the month of January revamped in order to join the Twenty20 Big Bash tournament. ANI

'Back to best' Lee fires ODI comeback hopes
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee put in an impressive domestic performance for New South Wales to suggest that a national one-day recall could be on the cards. ANI

Humiliation of 5-0 Ashes hiding still hurts: Strauss
England cricket captain Andrew Strauss has said that the humiliation of the five-nil hiding during the disastrous 2006-07 Ashes tour still hurts, and he would his all to ensure it is not repeated. ANI

Lanka less worried about Aussies sans 'on song' spearhead Tait
The Sri Lanka cricket team which will take on Australia in the first of two Twenty20 internationals here ob Sunday, has said that the absence of Australian pace ace Shaun Tait has eased his team's worries. ANI

Tiger Woods set to move into his 34m pound bachelor pad
Tiger Woods is set to move into his 34-million-pound bachelor pad in Jupiter Island, Florida. ANI

Batting holds the key for Australia, says Jayawardene
Sri Lankan vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene has rated the Australian team's batting line-up as its strength ahead of Sunday's Twenty20 international. ANI

Aussies ready for Ashes niggle, says all-rounder White
Victoria and Australian all-rounder Cameron White has predicted there will be plenty of niggle in the five-Test Ashes series after England captain Andrew Strauss declared war in an understated way. ANI

Dementieva announces shock retirement from tennis to seek 'big change in life'
Russia's Elena Dementieva has announced her surprise retirement from tennis after a loss at the WTA Championships in Qatar, ending her 13-year career. ANI

"Sick child" Pak needs help from "true friend" to pull it out of morass: Jones
The "sick" Pakistan cricket team, which has "become a laughing stock in world cricket," needs a true friend who can guide it out of its present messy situation, former Test great Dean Jones has said. ANI

Spurs defender brands Rooney as "a dirty prostitute sha**er"
Spurs defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has branded Manchester United's star striker Wayne Rooney as "a dirty prostitute sha**er" in the wake of the latter two-timing his wife Coleen while she was pregnant with their child. ANI

'Class players' make Sri Lanka one of the best Twenty20 teams: White
Australian Twenty20 vice-captain Cameron White has said that undoubted 'class players' Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Lasith Malinga make Sri Lanka one of the most potent teams in the world. ANI

'Fired up' Finn says will bowl to 'Ponting just like to a club third XI player'
England's 6 feet 8 inch fast bowler Steven Finn wants to treat Australian captain Ricky Ponting like a 'club third XI player' during the upcoming Ashes series. ANI

Ex- Oz selector Merve Hughes has no regrets about being axed
Former Australian fast bowler Merve Hughes has said that he has no regrets about not being a member of the National Selection Panel (NSP), insisting that he would jump at the chance to rejoin the panel if a vacancy arose. ANI

Ponting an inspired leader and player, says ex-Victoria cricketer
Unabashed Ricky Ponting fan and former Victoria all-rounder Brendan McArdle has said that it is time for supporters to stand up and acknowledge Ponting's contribution to the game of cricket, both as a player and a leader. ANI

Bollinger bowls 'ego bouncer' at Pietersen to add fuel to Ashes fire
Australian fast bowler Doug Bollinger has backed former coach John Buchanan's claims that England batsman Kevin Pietersen could be a weak link for the tourists during the Ashes series. ANI

Oz IPL-style T20 teams' 30 million dollars price tag
Australia's version of Indian Premier League-style Twenty20 franchises could be worth as much as 30 million dollars. ANI

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