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England will be 'real test' for Pakistan, says Afridi
Pakistani cricket all-rounder Shahid Afridi is expecting England to be a 'real test' for Pakistan when they arrive in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next month although Pakistan's recent form against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will leave them in good heart ahead of the opening Test in Dubai on January 17. ANI

Lingerie Football League players strip for PETA's anti-fur campaign
Lingerie Football League players have joined forces with PETA for a new anti-fur campaign. ANI

Abbey Crouch conceals face on day out with baby Sophia in Liverpool
Abbey Couch, whose been very keen to show off her post-baby physique, didn't seem to be feeling her usual self as she covered her face with a scarf while out and about with baby Sophia Ruby in Liverpool recently. ANI

Red Bull's Webber targeting to finish 2012 F1 season ahead of Vettel
Red Bull's Formula One driver Mark Webber says that his target for the 2012 season is to finish in front of his teammate and double world champion Sebastian Vettel. ANI

Oz rookie Mitchell Starc backs 'well monitored program' to keep him injury-free
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc insists that his body and mind has been toughened by a carefully monitored program in the domestic circuit. ANI

Out-of-form Ponting's place in Oz squad for India Test series in doubt
Australian batsman Ricky Ponting might be forced to retire if Shane Watson and Shaun Marsh are both fit to play the Boxing Day Test against India. ANI

Tendulkar technically far superior to Lara, says MacGill
Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar is technically a far superior batsman than West Indian legend Brian Lara, former Australian leg-spinner Stuart MacGill has said. ANI

Hayden urged to make Oz comeback for 2012 Twenty20 World Cup
Former Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden's fitness guru has urged him to consider nominating himself for selection in the national team for next year's Twenty20 World Cup. ANI

Kamran hopes to join Pakistan cricket team soon
Discarded Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal believes that he can still play cricket for about six to seven years more, and that he is fully fit to represent the country in Pak-England Cricket Series in the UAE in January 2012. amran said that he had always available for the national team whenever his services would be required to the team. ANI

Cricket Australia must avoid 'gifting' baggy green caps to youngsters: Simpson
Former Australian batsman Bob Simpson has warned the Cricket Australia (CA) selectors to be careful not to "give away" baggy green caps as they try to rebuild the team. ANI

Man U, not Chelsea, can stop Man City from winning Premier League title: Nasri
Ahead of the Premier League clash with Chelsea, Manchester City winger Samir Nasri insists that the biggest threat to their title dream is Manchester City, and not the West London-based team. ANI

Arsenal will not sack Wenger, insists chief executive Gazidis
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has dismissed suggestions that manager Arsene Wenger would be leaving the club in the near future. ANI

UK MP calls for probe into Dow's sponsorship of 2012 London Olympics
A British MP has urged Parliament to launch an investigation into Dow Chemical's sponsorship of the 2012 London Olympic Stadium. ANI

NY girls high school basketball team suspended over racial 'N-word' chant
A girls basketball team at a New York high school has been suspended for chanting a racial slur as part of their warm up routine. ANI

2012 London Olympics chief dismisses security concerns
Organizing Committee President of the 2012 London Olympics, Sebastian Coe, has said that the Games would be held safely and smoothly. ANI

Ex civil war soldier's life story inspires Mario Balotelli to fund school
Mario Balotelli has shown a more caring and passionate side by donating a huge part of his income to help build a school in the village of a former boy soldier of the Sudan civil war. ANI

Panesar vows to relaunch career in Pakistan Test series
England off-spinner Monty Panesar has vowed to relaunch his career in the upcoming Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ANI

Posh and Becks splurge œ35k on Christmas trees!
David and Victoria Beckham splashed out 35,000 pounds on six Christmas trees for their house in England. ANI

Amir Khan loses IBF and WBA light-welterweight titles to Lamont Peterson
American boxer Lamont Peterson recovered from a first round knockdown to outpoint British pugilist Amir Khan in Washington and take the IBF and WBA light-welterweight titles on a split decision. ANI

Sri Lanka 'will face uphill battle' in South Africa Test series, says Boycott
A shortage of genuine wicket-taking bowlers in the touring Sri Lankan team will mean that South Africa's batsmen will cash in during the upcoming three-Test series, former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has said. ANI

Steve Waugh predicts Australia-India Test series to be 'even contest'
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh reckons that the upcoming four-Test series between Australia and India would be an "even contest". ANI

Australian team 'pulling together as a unit' under Clarke's captaincy: Steve Waugh
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has said that he is extremely pleased by the way Michael Clarke has embraced being the leader. ANI

Patrick Cummins must prioritize Test cricket ahead of IPL, says Steve Waugh
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has told fast bowler Patrick Cummins to prioritize Test cricket ahead of big money on offer in the Indian Premier League (IPL). ANI

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