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Chelsea star Mikel pleads for kidnapped father's release in Nigeria
Nigerian and Chelsea footballer John Obi Mikel has appealed to kidnappers to release his father, who has failed to return home after work on Friday. ANI

"Positive" Usman "not feeling down" over exclusion from Pak's Zimbabwe tour
Pakistani batsman Usman Salahuddin has said that he looks at his non-selection for the Zimbabwe tour and the Pakistan Cricket Board's central contract as "a temporary setback", and has expressed confidence about making a comeback to the team. ANI

Misbah urges new Pak players to "show their ability" during Zimbabwe tour
Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq has urged his team's new talent to take advantage of the Zimbabwe tour to prove their mettle and cement their places in the national squad. ANI

Lindegaard wants Manchester United's No1 jersey
Anders Lindegaard says he wants to be Manchester United's No1 keeper. ANI

Becks admits it will be 'interesting' when his daughter starts dating
David Beckham has revealed it will be "interesting" when his newborn daughter Harper Seven, starts dating. ANI

Mayweather, Amir Khan fight on the cards
IBF and WBA world light-welterweight champion Amir Khan will have two bouts before a possible shot at pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather Jnr late in 2012. ANI

Arsenal fans blast Nasri for turning down 90K pound a week deal
Arsenal fans have criticized midfielder Samir Nasri for rejecting a 90,000-pound-a-week deal offered by Gunners manager Arsene Wenger. ANI

Tom Cleverley begs girl for sex at 5am
English footballer Tom Cleverley is said to have begged a girl for sex after taking her to a Blackpool B and B. ANI

Capello expresses anger over Walcott's book disclosures
England football coach Fabio Capello has expressed anger and dismay over Arsenal star Theo Walcott's revelations about him in a book titled Growing Up Fast, which is to be serialised in The Sun this week. ANI

Fabregas will 'regret never lifting trophy' for Arsenal
Cesc Fabregas admits the biggest regret of his career will always be never lifting a trophy as Arsenal captain. ANI

Tiger Woods offered chance to find form in Scotland
Colin Montgomerie has invited Tiger Woods to relaunch his career in Scotland next week. ANI

New USPGA winner Bradley thanks stars he opted for golf, not skiing
Keegan Bradley is thanking his lucky stars he opted for golf ahead of skiing. ANI

Coleen Rooney dresses son Kai like Woody of 'Toy Story'
Footballer Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen dressed her son Kai as animated hero Woody of 'Toy Story'. ANI

Chelsea ready to offer 30 m pounds for Modric
Chelsea FC has said that they are ready to offer Tottenham 30 million pounds for midfielder Luka Modric. ANI

Wenger admits failure to keep Fabregas at Arsenal
Coach Arsene Wenger has admitted to having fought a losing battle to keep former skipper Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal.abregas finally officially signed for Barcelona yesterday. ANI

Andrew Strauss is bit of a hero to me, says Graeme Swann
England Cricket spinner Graeme Swann has praised Andrew Strauss, saying he is a bit of a hero for him. ANI

Bollinger has new Test fightback regime
Rather than wallow in self-pity at being omitted from the Australian Test squad, fiery left-arm quick Doug Bollinger has reformed his training regime in a bid to get back his Baggy Green. ANI

Pakistan can't afford to take 'competitive' Zimbabwe lightly: Misbah
Pakistan just cannot afford to take Zimbabwe lightly in the upcoming series despite their return to Test cricket after a gap of six years, captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said. ANI

Malik, Kaneria fail to get PCB clearance for selection
The Pakistan Cricket Board's Integrity Committee has not given clearance to former captain Shoaib Malik and leg-spinner Danish Kaneria for selection in the national team. ANI

Botham lauds 'number one' England for 'outclassing' India
Former England captain Ian Botham has praised Andrew Strauss and his team for crushing India and taking it to the pinnacle of Test rankings. otham said he was 'proud' with the way England had outclassed India in the last three test matches. ANI

Wayne Rooney's hair turns grey after 30K pounds transplant
English footballer Wayne Rooney is said to be going grey after spending 30,000 pounds on hair transplant. ANI

Lankan all-rounder Mathews in doubt for Hambantota ODI
Sri Lanka's woes in the one-day series against Australia have deepened with vice-captain Angelo Mathews set to miss Tuesday's third match in Hambantota. ANI

Ponting well aware of Sri Lankan pain
Australian batsman Ricky Ponting has said that he can understand the challenges facing Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan, who is without the services of retired greats Sanath Jayasuriya and spin-bowler Muttiah Muralitharan. ANI

Refreshed Ponting not ready to retire
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has revealed that he plans to continue playing at the international level, and banished thoughts or recommendations of early retirement from the game. ANI

Sangakkara urges teammates to lift game for must win ODI against Aussies
Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara has urged his teammates to lift their game ahead of a must-win match on Tuesday in the one-day series against the visiting Australians. ANI

Strauss's England has potential to create cricketing dynasty: Blewett
Former Australian Test batsman Greg Blewett, who scored three centuries in eight Ashes Tests, has warned Australian fans that Andrew Strauss's side has the ability to create a cricketing dynasty. ANI

Onions called up as cover for Anderson, Tremlett ruled out with back injury
Graham Onions has been called into the England squad as bowling cover ahead of the 4th npower Test following a minor quadriceps injury to James Anderson and Chris Tremlett's omission due to an ongoing back injury. ANI

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