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Lankan players to participate in IPL till May 18
The Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) Board on Thursday relented to the request made by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and gave the nod to its players to participate in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament till May 18. ANI

BCCI terms Lanka's decision to recall its players from IPL as inappropriate
Terming the decision of the Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) Board to recall its players from the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament as inappropriate, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday said it is making all attempts to sort out the crisis. ANI

Copa del Rey final triumph confirms Real Madrid can compete: Mourinho
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said the Copa del Rey final triumph over Barcelona has shown that his side can compete with their rivals. ANI

Ancelotti refuses to speak about his Blues future
Coach Carlo Ancelotti has refused to comment about his future at Chelsea FC despite the club making a sensational comeback in the Barclays Premier League title race. ANI

Arsenal won't end trophy drought this season: Redknapp
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has written off Arsenal's Premier League title bid after Arsene Wenger's side drew their game at White Hart Lane. ANI

Berbatov could be leaving Man U for Seville
Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov could possibly move to Spanish club Sevilla in a cut-price 12 million pound deal. ANI

Cricket Australia against review of minnow nations' ban from World Cup
Cricket Australia (CA) has reiterated that it does not want the minnow nations' to participate in the next World Cup in 2015. ANI

Malinga's decision to play in lucrative IPL, but not Tests 'awkward': Duleep Mendis
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Chief Executive and Selection Committee chairman Duleep Mendis has said that it is "awkward" that fast bowler Lasith Malinga is playing in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL), while saying he is unfit to face England. ANI

Italian soccer club orders wives, girlfriends to keep players happy
Italian soccer club Napoli has ordered the wives and girlfriends to keep the players happy as the Serie A season reaches a climax. ANI

Zulqarnain reconsidering Pakistan return decision after getting threats on phone
Runaway former Pakistani wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haidar, who is currently living in the United Kingdom on a temporary visa, is reconsidering his plans to return to Pakistan after claiming that he received threatening telephone calls from there. ANI

West Ham teen footie star held for rape
Premier League wonder kid Dominic Vose has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 16-year-old girl.ops held West Ham midfielder Vose a day after the girl claimed she was attacked at a party. ANI

Arsenal needs to work harder to end trophy drought: Wenger
Arsenal will have to work much harder to stay in the top four - let alone win a trophy, said Gunners coach-cum-manager Arsene Wenger. ANI

Hamburg to host Haye-Klitschko heavyweight bout on July 2
WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye's 40 million pound title bout against Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko has been for July 2 in Hamburg, Germany. ANI

Gayle hits back at Windies board over omission from national squad
Ex-captain Chris Gayle has claimed he had been frozen out by the West Indies Cricket Board and was left with no option but to choose the money-spinning IPL over national team duty. ANI

Ponting gave me freedom to be the captain I wanted to be: Clarke
Australia's new skipper Michael Clarke has said that Ricky Ponting had allowed him to do things his way during the three-match ODI tour of Bangladesh, and insists that he did not feel under pressure to bow to his former captain. ANI

Rana Naved-ul-Hasan names Inzamam as best captain, Woolmer greatest coach
Pakistani pacer Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, who is representing Sussex in this English county season, has named Inzamamul Haq as his best captain and the late Bob Woolmer as the "greatest coach" he ever had. ANI

Ramos drops Real Madrid's Copa del Rey trophy under moving bus
Real Madrid's late-night Copa del Rey celebrations at the Plaza de Cibeles, Madrid, took a turn for the worse when the trophy slipped out of defender Sergio Ramos's hands and fell under the bus. ANI

PCB issues tougher regulations for registration of players' agents post spot-fixing saga
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has issued a new set of tougher egulations for the registration of players' agents in the light of last year's spot-fixing scandal that ocked Pakistan cricket. ANI

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