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Citing conflict of interest, Kumble resigns as NCA chief
Former Indian captain and leg spinner Anil Kumble on Monday resigned from the post of chief of the Bangalore-based National Cricket Academy (NCA), citing a conflict of interest. ANI

Dhoni backs 'inexperienced' bowling attack to shine in Australia
Indian captain M.S. Dhoni is confident that his inexperienced bowling attack will deliver in the four-Test series against Australia which starts on December 26. ANI

Zaheer on track to play Boxing Day Test against Australia: Fletcher
Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan is on track to make his comeback from injury in the upcoming four-Test series against Australia, coach Duncan Fletcher said today. ANI

India needs to keep under-pressure Oz batsmen 'out of form': Fletcher
Team India coach Duncan Fletcher today said that the key to success during the tour of Australia will be to continue keeping their struggling batsmen out of form. ANI

Dhoni hopes to keep India's Australia tour 'fireworks free'
Acknowledging that India's 2008 tour of Australia became infamous for the 'monkeygate' racism row between Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds, Indian captain M.S. Dhoni today said that he hopes to keep the latest tour away from controversies. ANI

Team India won't be complacent in Australia, says Dhoni
Indian captain M.S. Dhoni today emphasized that his team won't take a struggling Australian team lightly in the upcoming four-Test series Down Under. ANI

Giggs watched by wife as she crashes Man U party
Ryan Giggs was under the watchful eyes of his wife Stacey, as she accompanied him at Manchester United's Christmas party on Saturday night. ANI

Shock at Warner receiving Hobart Test man-of-the-match award over Bracewell
Australian opening batsman David Warner has admitted to being surprised at receiving the man-of-the-match award for the Hobart Test against New Zealand today. ANI

Sir Ian Botham hires private detective to find lost dog
Sir Ian Botham has hired a private detective to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of his family dog. ANI

Pakistan Cricket Board decides to supervise England Test-ODI series
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would reportedly send its own curators to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to supervise the preparation of pitches for the Test and one-day series against England next month. ANI

Posh 'embarrassed' to tell Marc Jacobs about launching fashion line
Victoria Beckham has said that she was 'embarrassed' about talking to heavyweight designer Marc Jacobs about her fledgling fashion line. ANI

Chelsea can rival Man City for Premier League title: Mancini
Coach Roberto Mancini believes Chelsea are genuine title rivals to his Manchester City side. ANI

Nani says Man U hell bent on landing the Double
Portuguese and Manchester United winger Nani has warned Manchester City that the Red Devils are hell bent on landing the Double to make up for their European horror. ANI

Chelsea has nothing to fear from Man City: Juan Mata
Chelsea and Spanish winger Juan Mata insists the Blues have nothing to fear from Manchester City and believes the Premier League title race is still wide open. ANI

Redknapp left raging after 'refereeing errors' end Tottenham Hotspur's unbeaten run
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp was highly critical of referee Chris Foy and his assistants' decisions in the Premier League clash with Stoke City which cost his side their 11-match unbeaten run. ANI

Mourinho eyeing Real Madrid swap deal for Lampard
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly set to offer Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard a lifeline at the Santiago Bernabeu. ANI

Rival Di Resta says Vettel won 2011 Formula One championship because of better car
Paul di Resta has told Formula One rival and two-time champion Sebastian Vettel that he had won this year's title as he had the best car. ANI

Becks cradles baby Harper during son's football match
David Beckham clearly emerged as a doting father, as he cradled his five-month-old daughter, Harper, in his arms while watching his son Romeo, flaunt his skills on the pitch during a soccer match in Santa Monica, California. ANI

Rory McIlroy's ex-girlfriend Holly Sweeney was 'devastated' after split
Rory McIlroy's former girlfriend Holly Sweeney has revealed that she was completely 'devastated' after the couple parted ways, especially when the multi-millionaire golfstar ditched her to start seeing world tennis No1 Caroline Wozniacki. ANI

Abbey Crouch's cousin Chloe Cummings in racy lingerie photo shoot
Abbey Crouch's cousin, Chloe Cummings, set winter temperatures soaring as she showed off her figure in a saucy new photoshoot. ANI

Balotelli faces 150,000 pound fine for breaking club curfew to go for midnight curry
Manchester City and Italian striker Mario Balotelli faces the possibility of being docked 150,000 pounds as fine for breaking a club curfew to go for a midnight curry ANI

Joey Barton's pregnant girlfriend escapes car crash
Premier League star Joey Barton's girlfriend, who is due to give birth any day, narrowly escaped death in a car crash. ANI

Khloe Kardashian 'sad' about moving to Texas with hubby
Khloe Kardashian has tweeted that she feels 'sad' about leaving Los Angeles behind in favour of Texas. ANI

Ageing has nothing to do with looking less good, says Liz Hurley
Elizabeth Hurley, who's looking better than ever even though she's drawing closer to 50, doesn't believe ageing has anything to do with "looking less good". ANI

Liz Hurley credits Warnie for motivating her to exercise
Elizabeth Hurley, who manages to look young despite being in her late 40s, has acknowledged Shane Warne plays a major part in keeping her in good shape. ANI

Mike Tindall to spend Christmas with Queen after receiving 'royal pardon'
Mike Tindall, who has made news for his drunken antics in New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup, has apparently been forgiven by his wife Zara Phillips and will be spending Christmas with the Queen. ANI

Scherzinger breaks silence on inability to make elimination decision on X Factor
Nicole Scherzinger, who is facing backlash for her public meltdown on US 'The X Factor' last week, insists that she did not intend for her role on the show to become a sob story. ANI

Paris Saint-Germain confirms interest in Tevez
French football club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG)'s sporting director Leonardo has confirmed that the club is interested in signing Manchester City's rebel striker Carlos Tevez. ANI

Sri Lanka not looking for 'next Muralitharan', says Sangakkara
Any effort by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to find another Muttiah Muralitharan would prove futile as cricket will never see a bowler like the legendary off-spinner, wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara has said. ANI

Bacher terms Majola's diatribe against him as disappointing
Former Cricket South Africa boss Ali Bacher has described current CEO Gerald Majola's claims of him (Bacher) being a "liar" as unfortunate and disappointing. ANI

Cricket South Africa CEO Majola calls former boss Bacher a liar
Under-fire Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola has launched a scathing attack on former cricket boss Ali Bacher. ANI

Injured Sangakkara likely to miss Centurion Test against South Africa
Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara is likely to miss the first Test against South Africa at Centurion after splitting the webbing between his index finger and his second finger on his right hand. ANI

Another Sehwag double ton against Aussies possible: Dhoni
Indian skipper M S Dhoni has declared that opener Virender Sehwag is capable of posting another ODI double century. ANI

Sangakkara predicts Sri Lanka-South Africa Test series to be 'tight contest'
Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara insists that South Africa's poor record against his team in recent times is an indicator that the three-Test series, starting on Thursday, will be a tight contest. ANI

Smith, O'Keefe on the lookout for new IPL homes
New South Wales pair Steve Smith and Steve O'Keefe, who are also housemates, are on the lookout for new homes in the Indian Premier League after the demise of their franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala. ANI

Ponting's grandma dead
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting learned late Saturday night that his grandmother, Connie Ponting, had died, aged 86. ANI

Warne burns bowling hand in cooking incident
Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne is nursing burns to his right hand, placing doubt on his availability for the start of the Twenty20 Big Bash League. ANI

Australia collapse hands New Zealand first Test win Down Under in 26 years
New Zealand fast bowler Doug Bracewell took six wickets in a devastating spell on day four of the Hobart Test today to fire his country to a dramatic seven run victory over Australia. ANI

Giggs' ex Imogen puts cop in a spot as she flaunts her cleavage
Imogen Thomas, infamous for bedding footballer Ryan Giggs, made it difficult for a young policeman to keep his eyes off her 'impressive' cleavage, which she flaunted during a pre-Christmas night out with her girlfriends at a club. ANI

Bernie Ecclestone worried daughters spending off their kids' inheritance
Billionaire Bernie Ecclestone has expressed his exasperation at his daughter's spending habits, saying that they are squandering away the money he kept aside for their future children. ANI

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