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Spurs boss Redknapp backs 'noisy' Manchester City to win Europa League
Former British footballer and Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has backed 'noisy neighbour' Manchester City to win the Europa League. ANI

Female tennis players need to be more 'relaxed' to enjoy game: Ivanovic
Serbian tennis ace and former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic has said female players need to be more 'relaxed', and added that male players enjoy their game more than their female counterparts because they do not carry their angst off the court.vanovic said playing alongside her compatriot Novak Djokovic in the 2010 Hopman Cup helped her gain insight into the male players' approach to tennis. ANI

Dilshan says Sri Lanka will focus on test series against Proteas amid players' delayed salaries
Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan has said his team will concentrate on winning a first Test match in South Africa amid the players' salaries being delayed for nine months. ANI

Barca, Real turn down chance to rescue misfit Torres
Barcelona and Real Madrid have ruled out a move to rescue misfit and out-of-form Chelsea star Fernando Torres from English football. ANI

Mendis will be Sri Lanka's trump card against South Africa: Mathews
Sri Lanka's vice-captain Angelo Mathews believes spinner Ajantha Mendis will be one of their trump cards in the Test series against South Africa. ANI

Warne hasn't lost it: Victoria coach Greg Shipperd
Victoria and Melbourne Stars coach Greg Shipperd says Shane Warne is still Australia's best spin bowler. ANI

Pak will find it difficult to take 20 wickets in England Tests: Holding
West Indian fast bowling legend Michael Holding reckons that Pakistan's bowling attack will struggle to take 20 wickets on a regular basis in the upcoming Test series against England in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ANI

Smith says Sri Lanka is 'pretty crafty team'
Looking to rediscover their domination in the home Test series against Sri Lanka, South Africa captain Graeme Smith has described Sri Lanka as a "pretty crafty team."mith said that his fast bowlers in helpful home conditions would target the Sri Lankans. ANI

Ponting's practice far from perfect
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting took part in a Hobart Hurricanes' Twenty20 practice match at Anzac Park, Lindisfarne, but was unable to snap his lean streak with the bat. ANI

Brit boxer Frosh says he is feeling 'younger' after adding yoga, pilates to fitness routine
Reigning World Boxing Council super-middleweight winner Carl Frosh has reckoned he is feeling younger after introducing yoga and pilates to his fitness regime. ANI

Former Brit player Henman backs Federer to lead tennis rankings
Former British tennis ace Tim Henman has backed Roger Federer to win more Grand Slams and become a top-ranked player in 2012. ANI

Pak team deserves credit for success in UAE, Bangladesh: Misbah
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said that the entire team deserves the credit for their impressive performance in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bangladesh amid a plethora of controversies. ANI

Alex Gerrard flaunts post-baby figure in skimpy outfit at Christmas party
WAG Alex Gerrard was spotted stepping out in a see-through black dress merely a month after giving birth to her third daughter. ANI

Pakistan Cricket Board opts against using UDRS in England Test series
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided against using the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) in the three-Test series against England in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ANI

Mario Balotelli runs up 55k pounds hotel bill in just 8 weeks
Mario Balotelli is said to have spent approximately 55,000 pounds in just eight weeks after checking into a luxury hotel because he broke a window at his house. ANI

Coleen Rooney's blackmailer pleads guilty
The blackmailer who tried to extort 5,000 pounds from Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen for her personal family photos has now pleaded guilty. ANI

Afridi refused to be drawn into Mazhar Majeed's cricket match-fixing web
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has said that he had refused to meet with convicted cricket match-fixer Mazhar Majeed after hearing rumours about the agent's rogue operations. ANI

Haddin's focus on return to form, expresses disappointment over Paine's untimely injury
Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin says stand-bye keeper Tim Paine's untimely injury is disappointing, but irrelevant in terms of his own poor form. He maintained that the only pressure he feels to succeed comes from himself. ANI

Arthur orders Test cricketers into batting boot camp
Australian cricket team coach Mickey Arthur has ordered batters to attend a training camp ahead of the series against India. ANI

Pakistan Cricket Board forms seven-member 'Task Team' for domestic cricket
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has assigned a recommendatory role to former cricketers Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Intikhab Alam, Moin Khan, Imtiaz Ahmad, Sarfraz Nawaz, Moin Khan in a seven-member 'Task Team' for domestic cricket. ANI

Proteas batting great Richards attacks money culture in modern cricket
South African batting great Barry Richards thinks the game of cricket should be given another name, as it is now too commercially driven. ANI

Pieterson 'tightest man' among South Africa- born English cricketers: Broad
England paceman Stuart Broad has reckoned that Kevin Pietersen leads South Africa- born English cricketers, who are meanest with their money. ANI

Marsh considering back surgery to extend Test career
Australian batsman Shaun Marsh has said that he would consider surgery to alleviate disc swelling in his lower spine if his back continued to inhibit his career. ANI

Cricket Australia 'trying to manage' Marsh's back injury
Cricket Australia (CA) has conceded that batsman Shaun Marsh will have to manage the recurring back problem for the rest of his career. ANI

Swimmer Stephanie Rice eyeing TV career post retirement
Australian Swimmer Stephanie Rice has indicated that she would mark her retirement from professional swimming after the 2012 Olympics by signing with a high-profile management to get into TV. ANI

'Fitter' Warne can play Test cricket for another three years: Sports science expert
Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne, who will come out of retirement to play for the Twenty20 Big Bash League, can easily play Test cricket for at least another three years, a sports science expert has said. ANI

Ex- UK PM John Major quits Marylebone Cricket Club over disagreement with Lord's re- development
Former British Prime Minister Sir John Major has resigned from the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) club committee, after having a disagreement with the rest of the panel over the Vision for Lord's project. ANI

Imogen Thomas steps out for Christmas shopping in neck brace
Imogen Thomas was spotted struggling with a box while she half-heartedly attempted her Christmas shopping in a neck brace. ANI

Dravid backs Waugh's suggestion of lie-detector tests to fight cricket corruption
Indian batsman Rahul Dravid has joined former Australian captain Steve Waugh in calling for the introduction of lie-detection tests in the fight against corruption in cricket. ANI

Warne fit to make Big Bash League debut: Melbourne Stars coach
Melbourne Stars coach Greg Shipperd has said that he saw enough from spin legend Shane Warne during a 15-minute practice spell to be confident of selecting him for the team's Twenty20 Big Bash League opener on Saturday. ANI

Liz Hurley and ex hubby Arun Nayar in awkward embrace
Elizabeth Hurley and her ex-husband Arun Nayar looked awkward while embracing each other at a private view of photographer Anthony Souza's snapshots from Madonna's film 'W.E.' at The Little Black Gallery in Fulham in West London. ANI

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