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Sports News on December 18, 2011

Carl 'The Cobra' Froch's girl packs a punch for new calendar
Carl 'The Cobra' Froch's girl Rachael Cordingley is a real knockout as she wears a skimpy red outfit for her thrilling new calendar photo-shoot. ANI

Panesar gets into Christmas spirit by pulling sledge in fitness training
England off-spinner Monty Panesar has got into the Christmas spirit by pulling a sledge as part of his fitness regime. ANI

Boucher 'best keeper-batsman in the history of SA cricket': Symcox
Former off-spinner Pat Symcox has reckoned that South African cricketer Mark Boucher is the Proteas' best option as wicketkeeper in Test matches. ANI

Bollinger eyeing spot in Oz Test for Boxing Day Test against India
Former Australian bowling coach Troy Cooley has said that Doug Bollinger, who is coming back from a hamstring injury, will use the Chairman's XI match against India to attract the eyes of the selection panel for the Indian Test series. ANI

Kobe Bryant's wife files for divorce
Kobe Bryant's wife, Vanessa Bryant, filed for divorce on Friday afternoon, citing "irreconcilable differences." ANI

Rooney in Twitter spat with X Factor badboy Frankie Cocozza
Wayne Rooney got into an online spat with Frankie Cocozza after the X Factor contestant said he had bad breath. ANI

Qatar eyeing 2020 Olympics after winning FIFA World Cup bid
A year after Qatar became the first Arab nation to win the right to host the FIFA World Cup, the Gulf state is now trying to win a bid to host the 2020 Olympics. ANI

Warner has qualities to be next Australian captain: Cooley
Former Australian bowling coach Troy Cooley admits that the idea of David Warner being a Test cricketer seemed absurd until recently, but says that now the Twenty20 specialist is looking like a potential Australian captain. ANI

McGrath eager to help Australia's new generation of fast bowlers
Former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath has said that he is ready to act as a mentor to help navigate the country's new generation of pacemen. ANI

PCB bars Test players from taking part in Bangladesh Premier league
Pakistan Cricket Board has barred all its Test players from participating in the Bangladesh Premier League, which will begin from December 26 onwards. ANI

Pak tennis star Aisam-ul- Haq ties the knot with British citizen
Pakistan tennis star Aisam-ul -Haq Qureshi has tied the knot with British citizen Faha Akmal at a grand ceremony in Garrison Golf Club, Lahore on December 17. ANI

PCB optimistic of playing Test series with India in 2012
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is optimistic of playing India in a Test series next year, Chairman Zaka Ashraf has said. ANI

Man U to sign Gaitan for 29.3 million pounds
Manchester United are close to securing a 29.3 million pounds deal to sign Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan at the end of the season. ANI

Oz batsmen need few minor adjustments to their techniques: Mark Waugh
Former Australian batsman Mark Waugh reckons that next week's batting camp organized by Cricket Australia (CA) must be as much about mental preparation as addressing problems with technique. ANI

Man U kids mock Rooney's hair transplant in Xmas play
Wayne Rooney saw the funny side as young players at Manchester United poked fun at his 30,000-pound air transplant during the annual club pantomime. ANI

'Stylish' Beckhams arrive at LAX to fly back to England for Xmas
Victoria Beckham seems to be steering her young children towards finding their own individual style, the manner in which she had transferred David into a stylish, handsome icon of today. ANI

Posh and Becks spark rumours of shifting base to UK
David and Victoria Beckham have reportedly been looking at private schools in England, fuelling rumours that their Christmas trip home from Los Angeles could be a permanent move. ANI

CA's revamped Twenty20 Big Bash League to test fans' allegiances
The founder of Twenty20 cricket has applauded Cricket Australia (CA)'s rebooting of its domestic Twenty20 competition, the Big Bash League, as innovative. ANI

Swiss mess could hand Manchester United a Champions League place
Manchester United could be handed an amazing Champions League lifeline if the Swiss Football Association fails to comply with FIGA and punish FC Sion. ANI

Liz Hurley and son join Warne's kids to cheer him on during match
Elizabeth Hurley and her son Damian joined her fiance Shane Warne's children to watch the cricketer in action and appeared to be very much a case of happy families on Saturday. ANI

Arthur backs Khawaja's 'solid technique'
Australian coach Mickey Arthur is adamant that Usman Khawaja has the technique to succeed in Test cricket as the rookie batsman faces selection axe. ANI

Rivals Nicola McLean and Natasha Giggs sign up for 'Celebrity Big Brother'
WAG Nicola McLean has also signed for 'Celebrity Big Brother', and is now expected to go head-to-head with Natasha Giggs. ANI

Katich ready to play in Boxing Day Test against India
Dumped Australian batsman Simon Katich has admitted that he has not given up hope of playing Test cricket again. ANI

Una Healy engaged to Ben Foden
Una Healy, who is pregnant with Ben Foden's child announced her engagement to the English rugby player during her group The Saturdays' performance at London's Wembley Arena on Dec 16. ANI

'Andrew Symonds is a lovely guy,' says Harbhajan
Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh says that he is glad that he and former Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds have left the infamous "Monkeygate" scandal consigned to the pages of history. ANI

Lyon doesn't fear bowling against Tendulkar
Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon insists that he doesn't fear bowling to Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and other star batsmen in the upcoming four-Test series. ANI

Beckham expected to sign 11.6 million pounds Paris Saint-Germain deal
Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham is reportedly on the verge of signing for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after being offered an 18-month contract worth 11.6 million pounds. ANI

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