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Europa League 'a killer' for Tottenham's Premier League chance: Redknapp
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has said that doing well in the Europa League would be "a killer" to the club's hopes of challenging for the Premier League title this season or even a Champions League spot. ANI

I thought I was having mental breakdown: Lamar Odom on death of teen boy in SUV crash
Lamar Odam has revealed that he thought he "was having a mental breakdown" while struggling to cope with the death of a 15-year-old boy who was hit by his chauffer driven SUV. ANI

ICC encouraged by Zimbabwe's responsible return to Test cricket: Lorgat
As a show of support for cricket in Zimbabwe and to assess the country's recent progress, International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat is in Harare to watch the opening day of the Test between the home side and Bangladesh. ANI

'Barcelona must be respectful of Arsenal during bid for Fabregas'
Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has insisted that the club must show 'respect' towards Arsenal in their continued pursuit of Cesc Fabregas. ANI

Deceased UK cricket fan's ashes to be scattered at 12 Test grounds around world per his will
A British cricket fan has left instructions for friends to scatter his ashes at Test grounds around the world, including India. ANI

Fabregas set to play first 2011-12 game for Arsenal
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is fit again and will finally play for the club in the friendly against Benfica on Saturday. ANI

Three- match India-Pak football series reduced to one
The India- Pakistan football series, which initially comprised three matches, has now been reduced to one. ANI

'Big spenders' Manchester City can never emulate Man U, says Cantona
Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has said that Manchester City will never emulate neighbours United while they rely on big spending as the sole route to success. ANI

Cantona tells Manchester City stars to stop moaning
Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has told Manchester City's moaning stars like Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli to stop complaining about Manchester and concentrate on winning trophies. ANI

PCB expects Cheema to keep Pak cricket team 'scandal-less'
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has told new team manager Naveed Akram Cheema that maintaining discipline in the camp would be his utmost responsibility during the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe. ANI

Oz Twenty20 captain White confident of regaining ODI selection
Australian Twenty20 captain Cameron White believes that he still has a future in the national one-day team despite being dumped from the side for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka. ANI

MLB probing Rodriguez for illegal poker games
New York Yankees third baseman Alex "Bomber" Rodriguez could face suspension if a Major League Baseball (MLB) investigation proves he violated previous warnings about illegal poker. ANI

PCB decides against challenging ICC amendment legally
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is not planning to challenge the International Cricket Council (ICC) on its constitutional amendment which blocks political or government intervention in the cricketing matters of its member boards, legally. ANI

Now, 18-year-old footballer 'racially abused' during inter-school match in Australia
Racial vilification has struck Australian football again, with a schoolboy footballer being racially abused by an opposition supporter during a grand final between two privately-run schools. ANI

Flintoff says current England side better than 2005 vintage
Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff believes the current England team is a better side that the squad of 2005 that broke Australian domination. ANI

PCB waiting for SLC approval on UAE 'home series'
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is waiting for written approval from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on the forthcoming series between the two countries in the United Arab Emirates. ANI

Northants aiming to keep 'struggling' Team India 'under pressure'
Northants captain Andrew Hall has vowed to keep the pressure on India in their two-day tour match, which starts on Friday at Northampton. ANI

Hamilton leaves door open for Ferrari move
McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has left the door open for a possible move to Ferrari, suggesting that he is keen to team up with Spain's Fernando Alonso. ANI

PCB refrains from commenting on Afridi diatribe
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has refrained from making any comment on a recent interview of former captain Shahid Afridi, in which he again criticized the board and the team management. ANI

PCB to get 16 million dollars as World Cup non- hosting compensation
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will receive around 16 million dollars as compensation from the 2011 World Cup earnings in the wake of it not being allowed to host a single match of the tournament. ANI

I worked my butt off for 4 months, says extraordinarily slim Warnie
Shane Warne has been spotted emerging from girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley's West London home with an extraordinarily slim figure. ANI

Injured Trott doubtful for Edgbaston Test against India
England batsman Jonathan Trott's participation in the third Test against India at Edgbaston is doubtful after he suffered a shoulder injury in the second Test. ANI

Sri Lanka first step for 'fifth-ranked' Australia to regain Test supremacy: White
Australian Twenty20 captain Cameron White believes that success during the three-Test series against Sri Lanka will be the first step towards restoring the country's battered cricket reputation. ANI

'Gun for Glory' shooting championship kicks off in Pune
The first 'Gun for Glory' shooting championship kicked off in Pune on Wednesday. ANI

Brazil's Pele plays football with UK charity sponsored kids
Brazil football legend Pele enjoyed a game of football in the garden of 10, Downing Street, the official resident of British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday. ANI

Swann cleared for Edgbaston Test against India
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has been cleared to play in next week's third Test against India at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham. ANI

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