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Former India batsman Ramesh Saxena dead
Former India batsman Ramesh Saxena has died of a brain haemorrhage, in Jamshedpur at the age of 66. ANI

Aguero wants to guide 'developing' Manchester City to Premier League glory
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has set his sights on leading the club to Premier League glory, but not as a replacement for Carlos Tevez, but as his strike partner. ANI

Nasri denies Arsenal exit claims
Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has rubbished suggestions that he is about to leave the club with a sense of "bitterness and anger". ANI

Prior thought about leaving wicketkeeping after India's tour of England in 2007
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has revealed that he came close to leaving wicketkeeping after he suffered a nervous breakdown following the tour of India in 2007. ANI

Inter Milan rules out Tevez swoop
Inter Milan has ruled out a move for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez even if Samuel Eto'o leaves the club. ANI

Uncapped Pak batsman Rameez keen to make 'memorable debut' against Zimbabwe
Uncapped Pakistani batsman Rameez Raja Junior, who has been selected for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour, has expressed his desire to make a memorable introduction to international cricket. ANI

Arsenal sold Fabregas 'for a reduced fee': Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that the club has sold Cesc Fabregas on the cheap after the midfielder finally completed his dream return to Barcelona. ANI

Peter Crouch visits riot-hit Tottenham barber
Tottenham Hotspur striker Peter Crouch has paid a visit to a local barber whose shop was ransacked in the riots last week. ANI

Skoda breaks 200mph barrier at Bonneville Speed Week
Skoda jokers are likely to be silenced forever, as the company's Octavia VRS propelled itself to an impressive 202.15 mph during Bonneville Speed Week in Utah. ANI

Yuvraj Singh Foundation auctions memorabilia under Indian Cricket Dundee aegis
The Yuvraj Singh Foundation organized an auction of cricket's famous memorabilia evening under the aegis of the Indian Cricket Dundee, an Indian version of the Barmy Army of cricket followers, at Lord's in London earlier this week. ANI

Rooney's greying hair 'entirely normal and temporary': London hair clinic
Manchester United star Wayne Rooney's slightly greying hair is "perfectly normal and temporary", the director of the London clinic where the striker had his hair transplant has said. ANI

Schumacher quashes 'funny and stupid' F1 retirement rumours
Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has rubbished reports that he could quit the sport for a second time at the end of the season. ANI

Man U legend Charlton defends under-fire goalie De Gea
Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has defended the club's new goalkeeper David De Gea despite his howler against West Bromwich Albion in Sunday's Premier League clash. ANI

Oz rookie Trent Copeland sings praise of mentor McGrath
New South Wales fast bowler Trent Copeland has said that Glenn McGrath has played an important advisory role since his surprise selection in the Australian squad for the Test series against Sri Lanka. ANI

Swann eager to come to the party after 'quiet series' against India
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has said he is hoping to play a 'bit more of a role' in the final Test against India after having a quiet series so far. ANI

All Blacks great Fitzpatrick leading campaign to urge Kiwi fans to abstain from sex
Former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick is leading a campaign to encourage New Zealand fans to abstain from sex during the Rugby World Cup.ccording to Fox Sports, the campaign has generated huge controversy, with the advertisement built largely through New Zealand humor. ANI

Posh resorts to Five Hands diet to get back in shape for Fashion Week
Victoria Beckham, who recently gave birth to her fourth child, is said to be following the new 'Five Hands' diet to get her body back to pre-pregnancy glory in time for Fashion Week. ANI

Rooney's grey hair 'perfectly normal and temporary', says transplant clinic
Wayne Rooney's greying hair is "perfectly normal and temporary" and is part of the post hair transplant treatment, the director of the Harley Street clinic, where the football ace got his transplant, has said. ANI

Oval Test: Anderson injury a worry for England
England fast bowler James Anderson is doubtful for the Oval Test against India, which starts tomorrow, due to a thigh strain. ANI

Ashes blame game enters final test of courage
The long-awaited independent report into Australian cricket, instigated after the humbling Ashes defeat to England last summer, is about to be made public. ANI

Fate of Indo-Pak cricket series hangs in balance
The fate of the proposed Indo-Pak cricket series hangs in balance as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is still finding it hard to schedule the series, despite the International Cricket Council (ICC) keeping slots in its Future Tours Programme (FTP) vacant. ANI

Swann says England prizes Dravid's wicket more than Tendulkar's
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has revealed that Indian batsman Rahul Dravid, not Sachin Tendulkar, is the wicket that his team prize above all others as they attempt to whitewash India in a Test series for the first time in 37 years. ANI

Swann calls for 4-0 Test series whitewash over India
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has told his teammates not to get carried away by their new World No.1 Test ranking and instead focus on completing a 4-0 series whitewash over India. ANI

Ijaz Butt's future as PCB Chairman remains uncertain
Ijaz Butt's future as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief remains uncertain, with his family reportedly not in favour of him seeking a term extension. ANI

UEFA cracks down on banned Arsenal boss Wenger
UEFA chiefs phoned Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger in the second half of a match against Udinese to stop him defying a one-match touchline ban. ANI

Aguero just happy to be alive and playing for Man City
Argentine football star Sergio Aguera is just happy to be alive and playing for English Premier League club Manchester City. ANI

Current England team has all ingredients to dominate world cricket, says Warne
Australian legend Shane Warne is predicting that the Andrew Strauss-led England team could be better than the all-conquering Australian teams of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ANI

Lukaku seals 18 m pound Chelsea switch
Chelsea are close to sealing an 18 million pound deal with Romelu Lukaku today. ANI

BCCI treating Indian players "like machines": Ex-Pak captain
Former Pakistan captain Mushtaq Mohammad has blamed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the dismal performance of the Indian team during its ongoing England tour. ANI

This is the best Indian team I have ever played against: Graeme Swann
Appreciating the Indian cricket team's performance, England spinner Graeme Swann has said this is the best Indian team he has ever played against. ANI

Two Britons set Indian Ocean rowing record
Two young British men, James Adair and Ben Stenning, have set a record after rowing 3,200 nautical miles, unsupported, across the Indian Ocean from Australia to Mauritius. ANI

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

Anna Kournikova invited to the 'Russian-inspired' Emirates marquee (re-issue)
Former Tennis player Anna Kournikova is among the high-profile Russian beauties being invited to the Russian-inspired Emirates marquee during Spring Racing Carnival in Australia. ANI

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