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Proteas rookie Lange hopes to 'use opportunity well' in Test series against Sri Lanka
South African cricketer Marchant de Lange has reckoned that he would fully use the opportunity to deliver his best if he makes an international Test debut against Sri Lanka. ANI

Kumble resigns as chief of National Cricket Academy
Former Indian cricket captain Anil Kumble, resigned as chief of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore on grounds that he did not wish to be a mere a figurehead. ANI

'Mysterious killer beast' lurking in waters near 2012 London Olympics site
A mysterious killer beast is lurking in waters near the 2012 London Olympics site. ANI

Hamilton's management switch is a disaster: Ecclestone
Formula one chief Bernie Ecclestone has branded Lewis Hamilton's management switch a "disaster". ANI

Vettel says that his best is still to come
Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel has sent a chill down the spine of his rivals by saying that his best is still to come. ANI

Proteas need to show consistency against 'unpredictable' Sri Lanka: De Villiers
Batsman AB de Villiers has said that South Africa will be looking for consistency against Sri Lanka. ANI

Balotelli bolts as fans rock his world
Manchester City and Italian striker Mario Balotelli's white Maserati has been a target for parking attendants, dressing room pranks and bouncers since he arrived in the UK Premier League. ANI

Another injury could spell premature end to my Test career: Harris
Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris, is firmly in selectors' thoughts for the first Test against India at the MCG on Boxing Day, is resigned to the fact that another injury could spell a premature end to his Test career. ANI

UK boxer Haye aims to come back with a bang
British boxer David Haye wants to knock out Germany-based Ukrainian rival Vitali Klitschko, and hopes to make a comeback with a bang. ANI

Fergie motivates Man U stars ahead of Man City face-off
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has delivered a motivational speech to his squad ahead of their clash against Manchester City. ANI

Statistics show Centurion Test match 'tough nut to crack' for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka could face difficulty when they take on the South Africa in the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion on December 15, if statistics are anything to go by. ANI

Warne confident about playing Big Bash despite burned fingers
Former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne said Tuesday that he is confident about playing Cricket Australia's Big Bash League (BBL) despite burning his fingers. ANI

Proteas' bowling attack superior to that of 'versatile' Sri Lanka: Elgar
Proteas' all-rounder Dean Elgar has said their team should not worry about the Sri Lankan bowling attack ahead of the first Test match at the SuperSport Park. ANI

Not sure playing Twenty20 is the right way to get Test call up: Clarke
Australian captain Michael Clarke seems a tad unhappy that Twenty20 cricket is used to regain form to play Test cricket. ANI

Ponting, Hussey in the selection mix for Boxing Day Test: Coach Arthur
Australian cricket team coach Mickey Arthur has revealed that an exit plan for veterans Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey has not been discussed. ANI

Venus Williams courts attention onstage at karaoke bar
Venus Williams was spotted exercising her vocal chords at a karaoke bar for the second time in as many weeks on Sunday night. ANI

Oz squad to go under selectors microscope after loss to Kiwis
Australia's skipper Michael Clarke has said the entire team will go under the microscope after an embarrassing seven runs loss to New Zealand. ANI

NOTW paid Rebecca Loos 'six figure sum' for Beckham affair story: Ex-chief reporter
Former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck has revealed that English model Rebecca Loos was paid A 'six figure sum' for details of her alleged affair with David Beckham. ANI

Onus of reconciliation rests with Clarke: Katich
Former Australian opener Simon Katich has said that his Test career is probably over, and added that he cannot say he will ever have a friendship with Test skipper Michael Clarke. ANI

Ponting or Hussey will be axed for Boxing Day Test against India: Border
Former skipper Allan Border has predicted that Ricky Ponting or Michael Hussey will be axed for the Boxing Day Test against India, after Australia's defeat against New Zealand in the second Test. ANI

Hobart Test: Warner man of the match award, a 'slap in the face' for Kiwis
The decision to award Australian opener David Warner the man of the match award in the second Test between Australia and New Zealand has angered Kiwis and some Australian cricket fans, as Black Caps bowler Doug Bracewell was overlooked despite steering his side to a seven-run win. ANI

Simpson wants Katich to replace Clarke as captain of Oz Test team
Former Australia coach and captain Bob Simpson has repeated his calls for Simon Katich to be rushed back into the Test team and believes the out-of-favour opener should even be installed as captain ahead of Michael Clarke. ANI

Skipper Clarke worried about Oz top order not firing
Australian captain Michael Clarke has expressed concern about his top order not firing against the opposition, and is particularly worried about opener Phillip Hughes lack of form. ANI

Blackmailers demand œ5k for 400 photos of Rooney and family
A gang of blackmailers demanded 5,000 pounds from Wayne Rooney's wife, Coleen, for 400 private photos from her stolen camera. ANI

Gibbs ready to play for Perth Scorchers in Big Bash
South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs is ready to play for the Perth Scorchers in the Twenty20 Big Bash League starting this week even if it isn't under coach Mickey Arthur. ANI

Wayne Rooney nicknames teammate Phil Jones after cartoon sex maniac
England striker Wayne Rooney has nicknamed his Manchester United teammate Phil Jones after a cartoon sex maniac called Glenn Quagmire. ANI

Struggling Hughes signed by Worcestershire to play in England
English county team Worcestershire has announced they had signed Australian opener Phil Hughes for the 2012 season despite his abilities were questioned following another Test failure against New Zealand. ANI

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