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ICC lifts ban, permits TV channels to cover WC final
Following immense pressure, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday evening lifted the ban on television news channels from covering the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka to be played at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. ANI

Chidambaram assures safe conduct of WC final
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today said that all arrangements have been made for the safe and secure conduct of the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka to be played at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. ANI

Team India will give its best to lift 2011 WC: Dhoni
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said the team was not under any pressure of playing Saturday's final in front of the home crowd, and would give its best to lift the 2011 World Cup. ANI

Kapil Dev slams ban on media from covering WC final
Former cricketer Kapil Dev today slammed the recent ban on the media from covering the World Cup final to be played between India and Sri Lanka at Mumbai's Wankhede stadium on Saturday. ANI

Pawar urges spectators to cooperate with police on security for WC final
International Cricket Council (ICC) President Sharad Pawar on Friday urged the spectators to cooperate with the police in taking all security measures during the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka to be played at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. ANI

Team India members to get Hyundai Verna if they win World Cup
Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL), the largest exporter and second largest car manufacturer in India, and the official 'Car Partner' of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, today announced that all the members of the Indian cricket team are set to win the all new Hyundai Verna if they suceed in winning the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. ANI

ICC confirms Lanka replacements for World Cup finals
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 has approved Suraj Randiv as a replacement player for the injured Angelo Mathews in the Sri Lanka squad for the tournament. ANI

Aussie travel warning for Indonesia following arrest of Bali bombing suspect in Pak
Australia's Foreign Affairs Department has said that the arrest of 2002 Bali bombing suspect, Umar Patek, may spark a violent response against Westerners by extremists in Indonesia. ANI

Premier League to crackdown on unacceptable" behaviour towards referees
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore has warned that any "unacceptable" behaviour by players and managers towards referees will not be tolerated. ANI

Pakistan's 'buttery fingers' helped India scrape into World Cup final: Roebuck
India owes their victory against Pakistan in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final more to the mistakes of their opponents than to any inspiration of their own, noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck has said. ANI

PM hopes Indian team will keep up good work in WC final
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday said he hoped the Indian team would keep up the good work in the World Cup cricket final to be played at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. ANI

Ferdinand's return to boost Man U's treble title charge
Manchester United's treble title charge is all set to get a massive lift with sensational return of ace defender Rio Ferdinand back into action. ANI

Ferguson's whopping 100,000 pound-a-week offer for Young
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to offer Aston Villa ace Ashley Young a whopping 100,000 pound-a-week and is ready to pay 25 million pounds for the winger. ANI

Ferrer fires tennis ball at crying baby during Sony Ericsson Open in Miami
Spanish tennis ace David Ferrer was roundly booed after hitting a ball in the direction of a crying baby in the stands who distracted him from his game. ANI

Zulqarnain launches tirade against Akmal brothers following Pak's WC semi-final loss
Runaway former Pakistani wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haidar has accused the Akmal brothers of controlling things in the Pakistan team, and blamed them for Pakistan's 29-run defeat against India in the 2011 World Cup semi-final. ANI

Bale wants to be as good as Ronaldo
Welsh star Gareth Bale hopes to match Cristiano Ronaldo one day. The Tottenham ace wants to be up there with the world's greatest players, alongside Real Madrid's Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at Barcelona, the Sun reports. ANI

Tottenham team-mates 'stupid' for messing up against lesser sides: Rafael Van Der Vaart
Dutch football star Rafael Van Der Vaart has branded his Tottenham team-mates 'stupid' for messing up against lesser sides. ANI

Rooney checks kit to picture himself scoring
England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has revealed he always checks what strip Manchester United will wear - so he can picture himself scoring. ANI

Liverpool's sponsor wants club to buy Asian footballers
English Premier League club Liverpool's sponsor wants the club to sign Asian footballers to help tap into commercial opportunities in the region. ANI

Dalglish says Carroll's never bought him a pint
Liverpool coach Kenny Dalglish has laughed off claims that striker Andy Carroll is a boozer and joked: He's never bought me a drink. ANI

Wright reluctant to get into New Zealand captaincy debate
New Zealand cricket coach John Wright is keeping his cards close to his chest about the next captain of the team, saying he is yet to give the topic much thought. ANI

Pak opener Kamran Akmal may be axed over poor wicket keeping, batting in WC
Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal may have played his last international match at the 2011 World Cup semi-final against India in Mohali, as he is likely to be axed over his poor performance in the crucial game. ANI

Fergie becomes UK Referees Association Life President
Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has agreed to become the Life President of the Referees' Association, apparently ending his long-running feud with football officials. ANI

Mancini tells Balotelli to cut the c**p
Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini has reportedly told Italian striker Mario Balotelli to cut out the "c**p" - or risk throwing away his career. ANI

Germany manager Bierhoff criticizes team spirit of Capello's England squad
Germany football manager Oliver Bierhoff has told England that they must rediscover their team spirit if they are to be successful. ANI

Tactician Clarke needs to be 'firm and formal' with Oz players: Warne
Former bowling legend Shane Warne has said that new Australia skipper Michael Clarke is a very good tactician, but will need to be more firm in terms of player management. ANI

Cricket crazy Indian, Lankan cabbies to bring Oz to standstill during WC final
India and Sri Lanka face-off in the final in Mumbai will not only bring both the countries to a standstill, but Australia will also come to a halt due to a shortage of taxis on Saturday. ANI

Sohail blames Afridi's 'defensive captaincy' for Pak's World Cup semi-final
Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail has blamed Shahid Afridi's 'defensive captaincy' for the national cricket team's World Cup semi-final defeat against India. ANI

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