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Pandit Jasraj supports demand to confer 'Bharat Ratna' to Tendulkar
Renowned classical singer Pandit Jasraj on Saturday supported the demand to confer 'Bharat Ratna' to batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar in view of his outstanding contribution to the game of cricket. ANI

Indian football team coach Houghton resigns
Indian football team coach Bob Houghton resigned from his post on Saturday, two years before his contract with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) was to end. ANI

Pakistan justified 'unpredictable side' tag by losing T20 against Windies: Qadir
Pakistan have proved that they are appropriately tagged as an 'unpredictable side', by losing to the West Indies in their inaugural Twenty20 international clash on Thursday, former Test player and spin maestro Abdul Qadir has said. ANI

West Indies fined for slow over rate in T20 against Pak
West Indies have been fined for a slow over rate during Thursday's seven-run victory over Pakistan in their Twenty20 international match at St Lucia's Beausejour Cricket Ground. ANI

Pakistan to have full-fledged Bangladesh tour in December-January
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that the national team will go on a full-fledged tour to Bangladesh in December-January. ANI

'Butter-fingered' keeper Kamran eyes comeback in Pak team as 'specialist batsman'
Discarded Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal is eyeing a comeback to the national team as a "specialist batsman." ANI

Afridi blames Pak batsmen for T20 loss against Windies
Pakistan's limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi has blamed his batsmen for the defeat against the West Indies in their inaugural Twenty20 international clash on Thursday. ANI

Its still 'Love-All' for Agassi and Graf
After being in the institution of marriage for nearly a decade, former tennis champions Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf are still going steady. ANI

Facing Sania in Wagah "border match" would be "dream come true", says Pak ace
Pakistan's top-ranked woman tennis player Ushna Suhail has said that she is ready to face Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza at the Wagah Border, if the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) includes a women's event in the proposed Indo-Pak tennis series. ANI

Flower to get new ECB deal with less touring to fight off India interest
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has reportedly worked out a new contract for coach Andy Flower that could see him travel less to avoid a burnout. This clause is being included in the contract to fend off a bid by India, which has just lost the services of South African Gary Kirsten. ANI

Swann reveals how he thought of giving up cricket
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has loved cricket all his life, but he admits there have been times this winter when he hated the sight of training kit and thought seriously about giving up the game. ANI

Redknapp ready to snare Chelsea striker Drogba for Tottenham if available
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has said that he is ready to rope in the services of Chelsea striker Didier Drogba this summer if he was up for sale, saying that he was "still a superb player." ANI

Kate Middleton as popular as Princess Diana in UK: Poll
Soon to be wed Kate Middleton is just as popular as the late Princess Diana among the British, according to a survey released Saturday. ANI

Gillard visits tsunami-ravaged Japanese town
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has arrived in Japan"s tsunami-ravaged Sendai to view the devastation. ANI

Obama condemns Syrian regime's "outrageous use" of violence
United States President Barack Obama has condemned Syria's "outrageous" use of violence, while accusing the Bashar-al-Assad regime of seeking Iran's help in a brutal month-long crackdown which has left more than 70 people dead. ANI

Australia also needs director of cricket to regain top cricket billing: Buchanan
John Buchanan who is about to embark on a four-year stint in control of New Zealand's high-performance program, has said he believes Australia also needs a Director of Cricket if it wants to climb back to the top of international cricket rankings. ANI

There are more stressful occupations than football management: Ferguson
Admitting that Manchester United side are not in the best of form ahead of Saturday's match against Everton, coach-cum-manager Alex Ferguson has argued there were more stressful occupations than football management. ANI

Malinga quits Test cricket to prolong ODI, T20 career
Injury-prone Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga on Friday quit Test cricket in a bid to prolong his career in one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches. ANI

Microsoft raises employees pay to keep 'top talent' and stay ahead of competition
Software technology giant Microsoft has announced that it has raised pay for employees to retain "top talent" in the fiercely competitive market for skilled technology workers. ANI

Barcelona Open: Rafa Nadal enters semis
World Number One Rafael Nadal has entered the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open after brushing aside Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-2 6-2. ANI

Donald moves a step closer to becoming world's top golfer
Britain's Luke Donald has moved a step closer to becoming the world's top golfer by grabbing the halfway lead at The Heritage Classic in the USA. ANI

F-1 star Kubica hopes to leave hospital in next 10 days
Polish Formula One star Robert Kubica hopes to leave hospital within the next 10 days. ANI

Everton's Rodwell keen to send Man U spinning to defeat
Twenty-year-old Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell has said that he will be keen to repeat his wonder goal of last year to send Manchester United spinning to defeat again in tonight's Premier League match. ANI

Chelsea not Arsenal biggest threat to Man U's Premier League title hopes: Ferguson
Chelsea not Arsenal will be the biggest threat to Manchester United"s bid to land a record 19th Premier League crown, feels coach Alex Ferguson. ANI

Wenger says trophy less Gunners will continue with youth policy
Arsenal fans have been given their worst possible news by coach Arsene Wenger, when he revealed that he would continue with his youth policy in the 2011-12 season. ANI

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