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England expects ferocious battle with Pakistan: Anderson
England fast bowler James Anderson expects a ferocious and heated battle with Pakistan next month as his side attempts to confirm their world No 1 status. ANI

Depressed England spinner Yardy felt like he was in danger
England off-spinner Mike Yardy, who was forced to fly home from the World Cup earlier this year because of depression, has said that he felt that he was in danger from the debilitating illness. ANI

Arsenal's Van Persie next on Man City wish list
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has identified star Arsenal striker Robin van Persie as the man most likely to bring a little more potency and versatility to the Blues forward line if he (Mancini) succeeds in persuading the Gunners to sell the player next season. ANI

Sunderland stars arrested after 'going on late night car-wrecking spree'
Two Sunderland players-Nicklas Bendtner and Lee Catermole-both 23 -- have been arrested after allegedly going on a car-wrecking spree. ANI

'I cried like a baby after blowing the Masters at Augusta,' says McIlroy
Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy has revealed how he was reduced to tears by his US Masters failure back in April. ANI

Becks enjoys 'me' time drinking coffee, riding bike
David Beckham took a moment out to enjoy some "me" time in Los Angeles after leaving his youngest son Cruz at an extra-curricular class, stopping by a local Starbucks for coffee. ANI

ECB performance director backs Lions youngsters to play for England in future
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) performance director David Parsons has backed youngsters in the 16-man Lions squad to tour Bangladesh next month to stake an early claim to a place in the 2015 World Cup team. ANI

Warne's agent to guide Clarke
Australian captain Michael Clarke will be guided through the next demanding phase of his career by the man who turned Shane Warne into a global celebrity. ANI

Chinese club denies showing interest in Inter Milan striker Milito
Chinese Super League (CSL) club Dalian Aerbin has denied showing interest in Inter Milan striker Diego Milito. ANI

How battler Lyon fought back from almost losing an eye
Nathan Lyon's incredible journey from Canberra curator to Test cricketer sounds like a fairytale, but the Australian spinner had to overcome the trauma of nearly losing sight in one eye. ANI

Humphries' family had qualms about his relationship with Kardashian
Kris Humphries' family had reservations about his relationship with Kim Kardashian right from the beginning, a close family member of the basketball player has revealed. ANI

Man U teammates urge Scholes to come out of retirement
Manchester United teammates have urged midfield legend Paul Scholes to come out of retirement. ANI

CSA congratulates Steyn on becoming second quickest to take 250 Test wickets
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has congratulated Dale Steyn on his achievement in becoming the second quickest cricketer of all time to take 250 Test match wickets. ANI

Suarez-Evra race case verdict delayed until December 20
The Football Association (FA) has confirmed that the race abuse case against Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will drag on until next week. ANI

Nancy Dell'Olio to perform in 'Strictly Come Dancing' finale
Nancy Dell'Olio will be seen once more in 'Strictly Come Dancing' as she perform in a group routine for the show's final. ANI

Football killed more people than sword fighting in Tudor times
A historian has discovered that more people have died playing football than sword fighting in the 16th century during Tudor times. ANI

Big Bash League outing 'not my preparation' for Boxing Day Test against India: Ponting
Australian batsman Ricky Ponting has dismissed suggestions that his one-off Twenty20 Big Bash League outing for the Hobart Hurricanes could hinder his preparation for the upcoming four-Test series against India. ANI

Tamara Ecclestone insists her shoe and handbag collection are shrewd investments
Tamara Ecclestone insists that her handbag collection and designer shoes are frightfully canny investments. ANI

Ponting admits challenge of 'scoring runs consistently' to retain Oz Test spot
Out-of-form Australian batsman Ricky Ponting concedes that he and fellow veteran Michael Hussey need to find runs quickly to cement their place in the Test squad. ANI

England fans outraged after 1986 World Cup player Reid kisses Maradona's 'Hand of God'
England football fans are outraged after former England midfielder Peter Reid was seen kissing Argentine legend Deigo Maradona's hand at the latter's club in Dubai. ANI

Australia to do everything to improve batting against India: Clarke
Australian captain Michael Clarke has said that the batting camp before the Boxing Day Test against India is a positive initiative, which will give all batters a chance to come together and prepare really well. ANI

Cricket Australia scouts say Warner, Cummins among five key players
Cricket Australia's talent scouts have marked out David Warner, Pat Cummins, James Pattinson, Shaun and Mitchell Marsh as the key men responsible for returning the country to top of the world rankings in all three forms of the game. ANI

Rixon puts aside disappointment, agrees to work with Arthur
Australia's fielding coach Steve Rixon has put aside the disappointment of not being made national coach and is set to join Mickey Arthur's staff for the rest of summer. ANI

Katich calls Inverarity to know if his name is on Boxing Day Test shortlist
Out of favour opening batsman Simon Katich has directly asked national selector John Inverarity whether he is being considered for the Boxing Day Test. ANI

England footballers taking part in Euro 2012 ruled out of London Olympics
England footballers who are participating in Euro 2012 tournament will not be allowed to represent Great Britain (GB) in the London 2012 Olympics. ANI

Danielle Lineker feels doing movies is like 'sex without orgasm'
Danielle Lineker has said that she likes working in theatre more than movies because doing movies is like 'sex without orgasm' to her. ANI

Venky's give Kean two games to save his Blackburn job
Venky's, the Indian owners of English Premier League club Blackburn, have given Steve Kean two games to save his job as Blackburn manager. ANI

Kobe Bryant to split with wife of 10 years
Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa have filed for divorce after more than 10 years of marriage. ANI

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