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Edgbaston Test: Cook's double century helps England extend lead against India
England opening batsman Alastair Cook on Friday registered his second double century and led his team to 646-6 at tea on day three of the Edgbaston Test against India. ANI

Jermaine Pennant underwent 3-hr ear operation: Sources
Soccer star Jermaine Pennant might have denied reports of undergoing a surgery to pin back his stretched-out ears, but now it has emerged that he actually resorted to a three-hour plastic surgery to fix them in proper place. ANI

Taylor ready to embark on latest assignment as New Zealand captain
Ross Taylor has said that he is looking forward to New Zealand's tour of Zimbabwe, which will be his first tour as the new Black Caps captain. ANI

Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov eyeing Prime Minister job
Russian billionaire entrepreneur and owner of American basketball team New Jersey Nets, Mikhail Prokhorov, reckons that he is "capable" of being Russia's next Prime Minister. ANI

Terry insists Chelsea is not too old to win to do the double
Skipper John Terry has insisted that Chelsea are not too old to win the Premier League and Champions League double this season. ANI

Terry reveals two faces of Chelsea boss Villas-Boas
Chelsea and England football captain John Terry has revealed how the two faces of coach Andre Villas-Boas will keep club stars on their toes in the fight for silverware this season. ANI

Man City close in on Nasri at 22m pounds
Manchester City and Arsenal are locked in talks over Samir Nasri's 22-million-pound switch.ccording to the Sun, the 2010-11 FA Cup winners have stepped up their pursuit of the French midfielder, 24, with the big kick-off looming.nd, with Cesc Fabregas Barcelona-bound, Gunners fans are facing up to the prospect of losing both their star men. ANI

Watson feels he is hitting the ball really well again
Australian opener Shane Watson feels that he is hitting the ball really well again. ANI

Ijaz Ahmed named Pakistan's batting consultant for Zimbabwe tour
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has named former captain and fielding coach Ijaz Ahmed as the national side's batting consultant for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe. ANI

ICC Award nominee Misbah says hard work "simple reply to all sorts of criticism"
Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq has said that being nominated for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards 2011 is a "positive sign" and payback for hard work, which is the "simple reply to all sorts of criticism". ANI

Oz captain Clarke sees room for improvement after Kandy win
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke has told his team that they have to look to improve and set a standard to build on after their crushing victory over Sri Lanka in the first one-day international on Wednesday. ANI

Don Argus-led review panel to seek more time to present Oz cricket findings
The review into what has gone wrong with Australian cricket in the last couple of years, could take some more time to see the light of day, but according to sources and reports, the findings could be presented to Cricket Australia directors at a two-day board meeting next Thursday and Friday. ANI

India's fall from grace sad to see, says commentator Blofeld
Well known cricket commentator and sports writer Henry Blofeld has expressed his dismay and sadness over the fall from grace of Indian cricket. ANI

Woods admits to putting up his worst performance at PGA Championship
American golfer Tiger Woods has expressed his anger and disappointment over what he termed was his worst performance at PGA Championship in five tries. The honest assessment comes despite him winning the event on four previous occasions. ANI

Edgbaston Test: Cook gives credit to batting coach for century plus score
After an unsuccessful run in the first two Test matches at Lord's and Trent Bridge, opener Alastair Cook scored his 19th Test century as the England's ruthless batsmen amassed 456 for three on the second day of the third Test against a weary-looking India at the Edgbaston Stadium here on Thursday. ANI

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