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No.1 Djokovic to have his French poodle as 'moral boost' in US Open
Novak Djokovic will have his beloved French poodle, Pierre, as his moral supporter when he steps into the Arthur Ashe stadium to play his first round US Open match against Indian ace Somdev Devvarman. ANI

No excuse for Arsenal's 8-2 thrashing by Man U: Robin van Persie
Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie says that there is no excuse for the club's 8-2 thrashing in their Premier League clash with Manchester United on Sunday. ANI

Young wants Man U to continue punishing Premier League teams
Manchester United winger Ashley Young has called on his teammates to keep punishing Premier League teams to retain the trophy. ANI

Man City striker Dzeko feels settled in Premier League
Manchester City striker Eden Dzeko says that he is delighted to be showing everyone what he is capable of and thanks manager Roberto Mancini for retaining his faith in him. ANI

Rooney thriving in 'role of leader of the front players' at Man U: Ferguson
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that striker Wayne Rooney is thriving on the responsibility of finding himself as one of the club's senior players at the age of just 25. ANI

Terry aiming to join England's '100 club'
England captain John Terry insists that he is not thinking of retiring anytime soon, saying that he is aiming to earn his 100th cap for the Three Lions'. ANI

Bolt's disqualification raises doubts over 'false start' rule
The disqualification of Olympic champion Usain Bolt at the World Championships has triggered a debate, whether the 'false start' rule should be changed. ANI

Rooney takes ninth spot in Man U's all-time goal scorers list
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has said that he is "delighted" at becoming ninth in the club's all-time goal scorers list. ANI

Red Bull doesn't underestimate its F1 rivals: Horner
Red Bull Formula One team principal Christian Horner has vowed that there will be no complacency as his team close in on back-to-back world titles. ANI

Coe says Bolt disqualifier must not force change of rules
Lord Sebastian Coe, a former champion runner, has said that athletics must not change its false start rule, even if it means Jamaican Usain Bolt missing the London Olympic final because of a 100 meter disqualification. ANI

Now, Hamilton driving for being McLaren's No.1 driver
McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has a fight on his hands to maintain his record as a Formula One top dog. ANI

Jenson Button wants another year at McLaren
British Formula One ace Jenson Button is urging McLaren chief Martin Whitmarsh to sign him up for another season. ANI

Arsenal offers free away clash ticket to fans after humiliating Man U loss
Arsenal is offering fans a free ticket after the humiliating 8-2 Premier League defeat to Manchester United. ANI

Vidic to exit Man U in 25 million pound move?
Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has been linked with a move to Russia. ANI

Golf may ban Darren Clarke from smoking
Sports' global anti-doping body, Wada, is considering adding nicotine to its list of banned substances and may warn golfer Darren Clarke, a regular smoker that he risks a ban if he does not stub it out. ANI

Wenger in last-ditch transfer move to strengthen Arsenal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly desperate to strengthen his squad after Sunday's humiliating Premier League defeat against Manchester United. ANI

Mike Tyson to join celebs in Charlie Sheen roasting fest
Mike Tyson will reportedly be among the celebrities, who will be taking jabs at Charlie Sheen in a 'Comedy Central Roast'. ANI

Sri Lanka Test series is Australia's first step towards rebuilding process: Langer
The three-match Test series against Sri Lanka is the starting point for Australia's long climb back to the top of the rankings list, according to batting coach Justin Langer. ANI

Bresnan looking to pile on the pain for Indians in one-day series
England all-rounder Tim Bresnan believes the Indians could be ripe for the picking during next month's one-day series, especially in conditions far removed from their World Cup win back at home. ANI

Ponting admits pushing for inclusion of captain into selection panel
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has admitted that he had campaigned to be made a member of the selection panel, while he was the Test skipper. ANI

Bolton under fire for playing car crash accused
Premier League club, Bolton has been slammed for fielding a player, who had allegedly killed a woman in a 'drunken driving' accident. ANI

Lanka warns players from consulting 'faith healers'
Sri Lankan Cricket Board has warned players that they must notify the team medical staff if they are consulting 'faith healers'. The warning comes after opening batsman Upul Tharanga was served a drugs ban. ANI

Wade may join as Oz stand-by wicketkeeper as Paine suffers injury
Victoria wicketkeeper Mathew Wade might soon find a place in the Australian squad, after Tim Paine suffered a major injury. ANI

'Wenger's position as Arsenal manager is rock solid'
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has received a resounding vote of confidence from the club's board of directors, despite the embarrassing 8-2 Premier League defeat against Manchester United on Sunday. ANI

Ponting an unbelievable help to me as skipper: Clarke
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke is all praise for predecessor Ricky Ponting for the help that he has extended to settle him in his new role as skipper. ANI

Gambhir likely to miss Twenty20 against England
Indian opening batsman Gautam Gambhir is doubtful for Wednesday's Twenty20 international against England at Old Trafford as he has not fully recovered from his head injury. ANI

Kvitova becomes first Wimbledon champion to be beaten in first round of US Open
Petra Kvitova became the first reigning Wimbledon champion to lose in the first round of the US Open when she went down in straight sets to Romania's Alexandra Dulgheru. ANI

Zaheer Abbas wants 'non-controversial, mature' Pakistani coach to succeed Waqar Younis
Former batsman and team manager Zaheer Abbas, who is one of the members of the committee constituted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to hunt for a new head coach to succeed Waqar Younis, has expressed his preference for a Pakistani coach. ANI

Federer through to second round of US Open
Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer completed a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, win over 56th-ranked Colombian Santiago Giraldo at New York's Arthur Ashe Stadium to advance to the second round of the US Open. ANI

Aim is to make Aussies the hardest working team in world cricket: Clarke
New Australian cricket skipper Michael Clarke is looking forward to the first Test against Sri Lanka, beginning in Galle tomorrow, and has stressed that his aim would be to make his side the hardest working team in world cricket. ANI

ODI series against England "test of character" for India's Gen-Next batsmen: Akram
The forthcoming one-day series against England will be a "test of character" for India's young batsmen, who must make themselves count since "the golden generation of Indian middle-order batting is drawing to a close", Pakistan bowling great Wasim Akram has said. ANI

West Indies thrash Pakistan in first ODI of women's 4-match series
Pakistan women's cricket team has lost the first One-day International (ODI) against the West Indies. ANI

Cabinet to discuss new Sports Bill, move aimed at controlling cash rich BCCI
The Union Cabinet will discuss a new Sports Bill prepared by the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs here on Tuesday. ANI

Petra Ecclestone dresses in bridal theme for post-wedding brunch
Seems like newlywed Petra Ecclestone has become more than a fan of white dresses, as she was spotted wearing yet another white number depicting the bridal theme even during her post-wedding brunch. ANI

Team India beats Leicestershire by 15 runs in T20 practice match
Indian cricket team on Monday beat Leicestershire by 15 runs in the last practice T20 match at Leicestershire County Cricket Club. ANI

Dhoni awarded honorary doctorate degree by British University
Team India captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by De Montfort University of United Kingdom on Monday ANI

Ponting urges Oz batsmen to get 'defensive part of their game right' in Lanka
Australian batsman Ricky Ponting has a simple piece of advice to his teammates preparing to bat in the first Test against Sri Lanka - get your starts right and you'll be fine. ANI

Identifying best coach for Pak 'tough' due to 'local vs. foreign coach debate': Rameez
Former captain Rameez Raja, who is assisting the Pakistan Cricket Board's three-member committee in picking a new head coach to succeed Waqar Younis, has said that it would be tough to pinpoint the ideal candidate because cricketing quarters in the country were "divided on either bringing in a Pakistani coach or a foreigner." ANI

PCB begins hunt for new head coach "both from within and outside Pakistan"
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has constituted a three-member committee to hunt for a new head coach to succeed Waqar Younis. ANI

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