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Tendulkar, Sushil, Mary Kom honoured at Sahara Award function in Mumbai
Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, wrestler Sushil Kumar and weightlifter M C Mary Kom were presented the 'Cricketer of the Year', 'Sportsman of the Year' and 'Sportswoman of the Year' awards, respectively here at the Sahara Indian Sports Awards 2010 function. ANI

'George Best dreamed of writing fictional, detective stories'
Manchester United legend George Best wanted to work on writing fictional and detective stories, his biographer Graeme Wright has revealed. right, who became a friend and confidante of the football icon, said that Best was keen to show his critics he was more than a fast-living playboy. ANI

7407 Man U fans part with their cash to pay Rooney's weekly pay
At least 7,407 Manchester United fans is the number required through the turnstiles to pay just a week of striker Wayne Rooney's new 10 million pound annual wage, according to the Daily Mail. ANI

Ashes series in Australia, World Cup to test England team's abilities: Collingwood
England all-rounder Paul Collingwood has said that the current tour of Australia and next year's World Cup will be the ultimate experience for the Andrew Strauss-led squad. ANI

England may use Swann to test Aussie patience levels during Ashes: Arthur
Former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur has advised his Australia counterpart that England may use off-spinner Graeme Swann to frustrate his batsman to commit mistakes during next month's Ashes series. ANI

Smith's approach to cricket inspires Oz spinner O'Keefe
Australian spinner Stephen O'Keefe has said that fellow teammate Steve Smith's approach to cricket has had a positive impact on his preparations for being an international bowler. ANI

ICC rejects Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir's appeals against suspensions
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has upheld the suspensions of Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir over their alleged involvement in 'spot-fixing' in a Test match during Pakistan's tour of England last August. ANI

Intikhab refutes reports of Pak players being confined to hotel rooms in UAE
Pakistan cricket team's manager Intikhab Alam has refuted reports that members of the national team, now in Abu Dhabi for the series against South Africa, have become prisoners in their hotel because of the new code of conduct for the players. ANI

Chelsea must improve performance to maintain Premier League top spot: Ancelotti
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti admits that his team must move up the gears if they want to retain the Premier League title. ANI

Man U will not raid January transfer market: Ferguson
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out any transfer activity for the club in January. ANI

'Skilful' Broad, the biggest threat to Australia during Ashes: Adams
Former New Zealand all-rounder Andre Adams has said that England fast bowler Stuart Broad would be the 'biggest threat' to Australia during the upcoming Ashes series. ANI

'Pak cricket going through serious tough time': Waqar Younis
Pakistan cricket is going through difficult times, with poor form of batsmen coming on top of the suspensions of three key players, coach Waqar Younis said. ANI

Mortimer vows to walk the plank if Black Caps crash
Under fire Black Caps high-performance director Roger Mortimer has promised to walk the plank if the team continues to deliver poor results. ANI

WAGs' support is a 'great kind of boost for England side': Strauss
England captain Andrew Strauss has admitted that the support of family members during crucial tournaments gives a 'boost for the side'. ANI

'Struggling' Afridi turns butcher to rake in moolah?
Pakistan's One-day International and Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi, who is already under huge pressure because of his team's continuous dismal performance against South Africa in the ongoing series, has now found himself dragged into another controversy over a sacrificial animals stall. ANI

Strauss expects 'outstanding player' Pietersen to shine during Ashes series
England captain Andrew Strauss has backed batting star Kevin Pietersen to shine during next month's tour of Australia. ANI

Strauss wants team not individual effort from England players
England cricket captain Andrew Strauss has said that he is looking for a team rather than an individual effort from the squad when they take on the Australians in the Ashes here. ANI

Unbeaten home record won't make Aussies complacent against Lankans: Clarke
Vice-captain Michael Clarke has said that Australia's record of never being beaten at home in a Twenty20 international will not affect the team's preparation for tonight's season-opening match against Sri Lanka. ANI

England will feel Ashes statistical heat
With the exception of Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood, England will feel the statistical heat when it comes to a comparison of Ashes-related performances with Australia, says author David Sygall. ANI

'Consistent' Arsenal can win Premier League title: Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims that his team's late victory against West Ham United shows that they need to rise another level to win the Premier League title. ANI

'We are not in the business of targeting the Aussies' says Strauss
England skipper Andrew Strauss has said that his team won't target Australia's under-pressure players this summer despite labelling the upcoming Ashes series a war. ANI

Coleen Rooney's bikini parade on £30k holiday in Dubai
Coleen and hubby Wayne Rooney have apparently spent 30,000 pounds on a holiday in Dubai-excluding the amount Coleen spent in swimwear boutiques for the six different bikinis she wore each day. ANI

Cricket Australia to focus on luring women, kids to Big Bash 20-20 cricket
Behind the glare of glitz, gloss and glamour that will almost certainly characterize the cash-infused 2011-12 Big Bash League, the bean counters at Cricket Australia will be fixated on two demographics - women and children. ANI

Don't kill off T20 golden goose, says Oz players' body chief
Australian Cricketers' Association chief executive Paul Marsh has warned that the game's administrators in the country should avoid an overkill of Twenty20 cricket in the aftermath of a landmark decision to open up domestic Twenty20 to private investors. ANI

Strauss vows to 'grind Australia down' to retain Ashes
England captain Andrew Strauss has vowed that his side would grind the Ricky Ponting-lead Australia team down during the upcoming Ashes series. ANI

Must improve Twenty20 performances to avoid selectors gun: Clarke
Australia Twenty20 captain Michael Clarke has conceded that his batting form slump in the shortest format of the game could have him in the selectors' gun sights. ANI

Verdict on appeals of Salman, Aamer against their suspensions by ICC expected today
The International Cricket Council's Code of Conduct Commission is expected to announce a decision on the appeals of tainted Pakistani players Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer against their provisional suspensions on Sunday (today). ANI

Team India to focus on upcoming series against Kiwis: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday said the upcoming Test series against New Zealand is very important for the team from momentum building perspective before the 2011 World Cup. ANI

"I don't see suspensions against Salman, Aamer being removed at this hearing": Tauqir
Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Tauqir Zia believes the International Cricket Council (ICC) is in no mood to lift the provisional suspensions imposed on tainted players- Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer- at the ongoing hearing in Dubai. ANI

Ex-Oz PM Howard takes a dig at BCCI, says subcontinental cricket has problems
Taking an indirect swipe at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for failing to endorse his candidacy for the post of vice-president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), former Australian prime minister Johan Howard today said: "there is a problem with the administration of cricket in some parts of the cricketing world." ANI

Ex-Oz PM Howard says Ponting best Australian batsman since Bradman
Former prime minister John Howard has said Test skipper Ricky Ponting has been Australia's best batsman since Donald Bradman. ANI

Twenty20 has come as a boon, not a curse for spinners: Ex-Victoria stumper
Former Australian and Victoria wicketkeeper Darren Shane Berry believes that the introduction of Twenty20 cricket has reinvigorated the art of spin bowling. ANI

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