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Vettel edges Hamilton for Malaysian Grand Prix pole
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel claimed his third consecutive pole in a dramatic qualifying session ahead of tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix.ettel pipped McLaren's Lewis Hamilton by 0.114secs for Sunday's 56- lap race. ANI

Fergie facing Man U keeper crisis
Coach Alex Ferguson is facing a Manchester United keeper crisis. dwin van der Sar is retiring and now No2 Tomasz Kuszczak wants a move. ANI

S.African-born pacer Wagner is keen on playing for New Zealand
Fresh from an outstanding Plunket Shield campaign, in which he took 51 wickets at an average of 18.15 for Otago, South African born left-arm fast bowler Neil Wagner has reaffirmed his desire to play for New Zealand. ANI

Vettori may regain New Zealand test captaincy
Daniel Vettori may still be captain of the New Zealand cricket team, as no consensus has emerged over chossing between Ross Taylor and former deputy Brendon McCullum. ANI

Oz pacer Hastings has a point to prove in Bangladesh
Australian fast bowler John Hastings says he has a point to prove during the cricket team's tour of Bangladesh, especially after the World Cup quarterfinal exit. ANI

ECB boss sued over email slamming IPL 'takeover' of English Twenty20
Giles Clarke, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, is being sued for libel over an email he sent last May to Indian cricketing authorities warning of an alleged plot to "destroy world cricket's structure". ANI

Oz public should give "Pup" Clarke a fair go: Clark
Former Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark has said that the sport crazy Australian public should give the country's 43rd cricket captain Michael Clarke all the support to enable him to turn the team's form around. ANI

All female Arkansas football team learning to tackle competition
By day they are college students, career women and stay-at-home mothers, but once they strap on helmets and shoulder pads, they are transformed into Arkansas Lady Rampage - the Northwest's first female football team. ANI

Rooney ban: Fergie claims Man U is the victim
Sir Alex Ferguson has accused the Football Association (FA) of victimising Manchester United by banning him and striker Wayne Rooney, but warned that it would only make his club even stronger. ANI

Selection in Pak team for Windies tour "dream come true" for debutant Usman
Uncapped Pakistan batsman Usman Salahuddin, who has been selected for the upcoming limited-overs series against the West Indies, has said it is a dream come true for him to be given such an opportunity at the young age of 20. ANI

Arsenal not winning Premier League title won"t be a "disaster': Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that failure to win a Premier League trophy for a sixth successive season would not be a "disaster" for the club. ANI

Liverpool must rise above injury woes: Dalglish
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has told his players not to let captain Steven Gerrard's season-ending injury wreck their morale. ANI

PCB must give 'legend' Akhtar proud exit after denying him 'swansong' against India
The Pakistan Cricket Board, which deprived the now-retired legendary pacer Shoaib Akhtar of an opportunity to play his swansong in the 2011 World Cup semifinal clash against India, should at least arrange a farewell match in his honour. ANI

Fulham expecting Man U backlash in Premier League clash: Hughes
Fulham manager Mark Hughes is expecting a Manchester United backlash sparked by the Football Association bans for manager Sir Alex Ferguson and striker Wayne Rooney. ANI

No salary or match fee increment for Pak cricketers since two years
The Pakistani cricketers, who have not got any salary raise during the last two years, have been denied an increment again in their latest six-month central contract applicable from January 1, 2011. ANI

Indian hockey team likely to tour Pakistan at 2011 end: Asif Bajwa
The Indian hockey team is likely to tour Pakistan at the end of 2011, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Secretary Asif Bajwa has said. ANI

F1 Indian Grand Prix venue named 'Buddh International Circuit'
The venue for the first Formula One Grand Prix in India has been named the 'Buddh International Circuit', race promoter Jaypee Sports International has announced. ANI

Finn determined to reclaim England Test spot for India, Lanka Test series
England fast bowler Steven Finn is determined to reclaim his place in time for the Test series against India and Sri Lanka. ANI

Chelsea's 'record signing non-performing' star Torres could face the axe: Ancelotti
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has said that striker Fernando Torres' 50 million pound fee will not protect him from being dropped from the team. ANI

Cricket in for a long and slow decline: Roebuck
Noted cricket commentator and columnist Peter Roebuck believes that the game of cricket is gradually descending into an entertaining circus, and for all practical purposes, is finished as an international game. ANI

'Move to Red Bull' speculation doesn't distract us, says Hamilton
McLaren-Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has said that it is not frustrating to be asked constantly if he would like to move to Red Bull. ANI

Kamran, Razzaq must say goodbye to international cricket following WC debacle: Butt
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt has cast a shadow of doubt over the future of faltering wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq by saying that both players should bid adieu to international cricket following their flop show in the ICC World Cup 2011. ANI

England striker Cole to be questioned over girl's sexual assault
England soccer star Carlton Cole, who is a witness to an alleged sexual assault in his hotel room, is set to be questioned by police. ANI

Clarke, a prisoner of Australian public perception
Public expectations of Australia's 43rd cricket captain Michael Clarke are high and it wouldn't be wrong to say that he is a prisoner of them. ANI

Two F1 world champions can race together if there is equality in team: Hamilton
British Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton insists that he would have no qualms about having another world champion as his teammate. ANI

Clarke says White must target all-rounder role for Oz ODI future
Michael Clarke has said that one of his first projects as the new Australian captain would be nudging Cameron White back as an effective all-rounder. ANI

'Tendulkar will be the role model for Punter in quest for greatness,' says Warne
Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has said that he supports Ricky Ponting's decision to relinquish the captaincy of Test and one-day sides, and insisted that playing as a batsman might revitalize the 36-year-old's game back to its absolute best. ANI

Bangladesh aiming to put World Cup debacle behind them: Shakib
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan, whose team failed to qualify for the World Cup quarterfinals, has said that they would prove themselves during the ongoing three-match ODI series against Australia. ANI

New Oz captain Clarke keen to rely on Ponting's experience
New Australian captain Michael Clarke has said that he will lean heavily on Ricky Ponting's experience as he begins his full-time reign in the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh in Dhaka today. ANI

Shahid Afridi rules out returning to Test cricket
Pakistan's limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi has made it clear that he will never return to Test cricket- the longest format of the game that he had quit last year. ANI

Sindh CM announces Rs0.5mn cash award for each cricketer of Pak WC squad
Sindh Chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has announced a cash award of 0.5 million rupees for each member of Pakistan's World Cup team. ANI

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