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Nasri's arrival will give major boost to Man City: Barry
Gareth Barry believes the arrival of Samir Nasri will give a major boost to Manchester City's quest for silverware. ANI

Ferguson says talk of replacing Arsenal's Wenger ridiculous
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has said that all talk in football circles that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger because of a lack of silverware in the club's cupboard, is just plain ridiculous. ANI

South Africa's 'Blade Runner' gets backing for participation in both 2012 games
Oscar Pistorius, the so-called 'Blade Runner', has been backed in his bid to compete at both the London Olympics and Paralympic Games by the International Paralympic Committee. ANI

Tottenham Hotspur unlikely to sell Modric to Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has reportedly told Chelsea bosses that their 30 million pound offer for Luka Modric will be rejected. ANI

England aims to dominate like Manchester United: Broad
England fast bowler Stuart Broad has said that the Andrew Strauss-led team is now aiming to dominate like Manchester United, the most successful club in English football. ANI

Roman Abramovich's daughter doesn't splurge on designer labels
Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich's daughter Anna has revealed that she has a modest approach to spending on clothes and loves shopping for a bargain in trendy High Street stores like Topshop and H and M. ANI

Heidfeld's Renault future in doubt as team eyes to bring in Bruno Senna
Nick Heidfeld is on the verge of being axed from Renault, who are planning to bring in Bruno Senna as the team's new driver. ANI

Wenger defends Arsenal's Nasri sale to Manchester City
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended the club's decision to sell winger Samir Nasri to Manchester City on the eve of the Champions League clash against Udinese. ANI

'Old fart' Michael Schumacher urged to quit Formula One
Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was last night branded the 'old fart' of the sport by Eddie Jordan, founder and owner of Jordan team. ANI

Holland knock Spain off top spot in FIFA rankings
Spain's reign as the world's number-one ranked team has come to an end, with Holland replacing them at the top of the latest FIFA rankings chart. ANI

Swann hails 'fantastic' Dravid
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has hailed India's stand-out batsman during the just concluded four-match Test series - Rahul Dravid. ANI

England managed 4-0 whitewash over India 'regardless of conditions': Swann
England off-spinner Graeme Swann insists that his team won the four-match Test series against India regardless of the conditions. ANI

Flower hails England for 'tremendous hard work' to gain No.1 Test side status
England coach Andy Flower has applauded his team's performances and victories against India in the just-concluded four-match Test series. ANI

Bell now targeting 'daddy hundreds' against Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Ian Bell has said that England batsmen's goal when they face Pakistan and Sri Lanka on their travels this winter will be to make 'daddy hundreds'. ANI

Pak women's cricket captain hopes for team's good performance against Windies
Pakistan women's cricket team captain Sana Mir has expressed hope that her side will perform well during the forthcoming West Indies tour. ANI

Ajmal says he was surprised to see Sachin struggle against him in WC Indo-Pak clash
Pakistani spinner Saeed Ajmal has said that he was surprised to see Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar struggling against his 'doosra' during the Indo-Pak clash in the 2011 World Cup semifinal. ANI

CA boss Sutherland confident about Australia's success in Lanka
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has expressed confidence about Australia's success in the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka. ANI

Button walks right past ex Brudenell-Bruce during stroll with Michibata
Formula One driver Jenson Button was photographed taking a stroll with his model girlfriend Jessica Michibata, and walking straight past his ex Florence Brudenell-Bruce. ANI

Broad terms successful Test campaign against India 'a big learning curve'
England fast bowler Stuart Broad is delighted to have responded to this summer's first serious question marks over his international standing with a string of outstanding all-round performances in the just concluded Test series against India. ANI

Zab Judah launches protest against Amir Khan over last month's 'unfair' defeat
American boxer Zab Judah has launched a protest over his last month's defeat by Brit-Indian counterpart Amir Khan, insisting that a low blow cost him his International Boxing Federation (IBF) light-welterweight crown. ANI

Rooney's hair transplant boosting his goal scoring skills!
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's new hair transplant will help him score more goals this season, his former United and England teammate Gary Neville has said. ANI

West Indies name young squad for Twenty20s against England
The West Indies Cricket Board has named an inexperienced squad for next month's two Twenty20 internationals against England. ANI

Pak spinner Ajmal says he's saving "top secret" delivery for series against England
Pakistani spinner Saeed Ajmal has said that he is working on a new type of delivery, which he will bowl in the series against England. ANI

Pak team needs "foreign coach" who won't worry about politics: Lawson
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should appoint a foreign coach as Waqar Younis' successor because only an influence-free person will be able to take the team forward without succumbing to pressure from various quarters, former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson has said. ANI

Nielsen could be Australia coach until November end: CA
Tim Nielsen could remain Australia's cricket coach until late November while others apply for his job, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has said. ANI

Finally, Nasri moves to Manchester City for œ24m
Arsenal have agreed on a 24 million pound payout for star midfielder Samir Nasri from Manchester City. ANI

England determined to avoid 'pitfalls of success': Strauss
England captain Andrew Strauss has said his team remains intent on scaling greater heights after the 4-0 whitewash of India to confirm their status as the No.1 Test side in the world. ANI

Giggs' ex Imogen Thomas to 'name and shame' more cheating footballers
Ryan Giggs' former lover Imogen Thomas is set to name and shame many more cheating footballers when she hosts her super-injunction-themed 29th birthday bash in November. ANI

England 'dominated a very good Indian side' to achieve 4-0 Test whitewash: Flower
England coach Andy Flower has defended his side's achievement in whitewashing India 4-0 in the recent Test series. ANI

Warne says he's not ruled out Big Bash participation
Former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne has not completely ruled out a return to the playing field this summer in the Twenty20 Big Bash League. ANI

Katich confident of earning Oz Test recall
Dumped Australian opening batsman Simon Katich has reiterated that he has not given up hope of a Test recall. ANI

Only 2 of 5 Oz selectors to see every Shield game
Australia's newly restructured selection panel will not be present at every Sheffield Shield game at the start of the season despite the Argus review recommendation to improve communication with players. ANI

England cricketers celebrate test victory at London club
Hours after beating India at The Oval, the England cricket team celebrated their success at a London club called Mahiki. ANI

Sutherland plays down Chappell's dressing room ban
Cricket Australia chief executive, James Sutherland has denied reports that Greg Chappell had been barred from entering the team dressing room after a rift with players. ANI

'Heel queen' Posh ordered to wear flats at New York Fashion Week
Victoria Beckham, who has made no secret of her love for high heels, has been instructed to wear flat shoes at the upcoming New York Fashion Week. ANI

Shane Warne's wedding proposal to Liz Hurley 'just rumours'
Spin King Shane Warne's manager has denied media reports that he has proposed to girlfriend Liz Hurley. ANI

BCCI, PCB facing 'logistical problems' in scheduling Indo-Pak Test series
The Pakistan and Indian cricket boards are facing logistical problems in scheduling their bilateral Test series in March-April next year, as the Asia Cup is clashing with the hugely-anticipated series. ANI

Pragyan Ojha set to play for Surrey
Surrey County Cricket Club has signed Indian left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha for the remainder of the season. ANI

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