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Sports News on December 19, 2011

Bangladesh confirms tour to Pakistan next April
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has confirmed that its team will be touring Pakistan in April 2012. ANI

Pak wicketkeeper Akmal looking forward to playing in Bangladesh League
Out-of-favour Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal is looking forward to play in the Bangladesh League. ANI

Robbie Savage donates 1,000 pounds Armani coat to charity auction
Robbie Savage has donated a 1,000-pound Armani coat to a campaign that aims to keep the elderly warm during Christmas time. ANI

Oz batters will exploit weak Indian bowling: Warne
Former leg-spinner Shane Warne has said that Australia's batsmen will exploit a weak Indian bowling attack in the four-Test series starting in Melbourne on Boxing Day. ANI

Hussey insists he is not in bad form
Veteran Australian batsman Mike Hussey insists that he is in a good frame of mind after doing his best to avoid recent criticism about his wavering Test form. ANI

'Santa' Mario Balotelli dishes out Christmas presents to strangers
Mario Balotelli dressed up as Santa and drove round in his car at Manchester to give away cash and gifts to people at random. ANI

I thought I was dying but luckily dad kept his cool, says Petra Ecclestone
Petra Ecclestone, a self-confessed hypochondriac, recently revealed her ordeal when she was diagnosed with meningitis, which can even lead to permanent brain and nerve damage. ANI

Pak spinner Ajmal has advantage over Swann due to 'doosra' weapon: Holding
Former West Indian fast bowler Michael Holding has said spinner Saeed Ajmal has a better chance of making a mark in the Pakistan-England Test series as compared to his English counterpart, Graeme Swann. ANI

Forget crowds, look at the TV figures, says Big Bash League boss
Big Bash League project manager Mike McKenna has conceded that the crowds for the first two games fell well short of expectations, but pointed to strong television numbers as evidence that Cricket Australia has not misread the public mood. ANI

Warner wears T-shirt with print of topless lady for India tour match
It is not often a superstar cricketer can get away with wearing a T-shirt that features a giant print of a topless lady drinking a long neck of beer. ANI

Beckhams receive 'fools' guide' to Christmas lunch from Gordon Ramsay
David Beckham and his wife Victoria have received a personalised recipe guide from pal Gordon Ramsay to help them in their DIY Christmas lunch. ANI

Difficult to catch up with Premier League leaders Man City: Wenger
Manager Arsene Wenger has accepted that it is difficult to catch up with English Premier League leader Manchester City after losing to them one nil. ANI

Laxman vows to increase misery of Australia
Australia's old nemesis on the filed, Indian batsman VVS Laxman, has said he is ready to do it all over again in what is almost certain to be his last Test tour Down Under. ANI

Coleen Rooney displays thinning hairline at Liverpool club launch
Wayne Rooney's wife, Coleen, displayed a bare patch of hair at the opening of the PlayGround club in Liverpool. ANI

Kobe Bryant linked to Kim Kardashian's best friend Carla DiBello
Kobe Bryant is being linked in unconfirmed reports to one of Kim Kardashian's best friends, Carla DiBello. ANI

Amir Khan slammed for jibe at female athletes
Boxer Amir Khan has been criticised for telling Britain's female athletes to "pull their socks up". ANI

Tendulkar's personal practice assistant keeps master on his twinkle toes
A man who has never played first-class cricket and seemingly has no credentials to warrant being part of a tour, is shaping as a key part of India's quest to win their first Test series on Australian soil. ANI

Peter Shilton splits from wife after 40 years
Legendary England goalkeeper Peter Shilton is apparently heartbroken after the break-up of his 40-year marriage. ANI

Cricket selling its soul to sponsors
The game of cricket continues to get increasingly commercialized as can be seen by the shock man of the match announcement following the second Test between Australia and New Zealand. ANI

Ponting gives preference to batters training camp, instead of Big Bash
Ricky Ponting, who is celebrating his 37th birthday today, has opted to attend the training camp for the Boxing Day Test, instead of turning out for the Tasmanian Hurricanes against the Sydney Sixers in Tasmania on Wednesday. ANI

No doubt Steyn is best South African bowler ever: Pollock
Former South Africa skipper Shaun Pollock has said that pacer Dale Steyn is the best bowler that the country has ever produced. ANI

Smartphone app allows watching football matches minutes after game commencement
A court hearing about the future of football broadcast rights in Australia will begin today, that pits a smart phone application, which allows users to record football matches from free-to-air stations and watch it within a minute of the game starting. ANI

India, not Australia emerging punters favourite to nail Test series
Punters in Australia do not see the country's current cricket team as the favourites to beat India in the forthcoming four-Test series. ANI

Robbie Savage fuming over backstage slurs at Strictly
Robbie Savage has threatened to expose the backstage bickering on Strictly Come Dancing. ANI

Vinay Kumar not worried about pressure of playing in Boxing Day Test
Vinay Kumar, who is expected to replace Ricky Ponting's nemesis Ishant Sharma if he is unfit, is not worried about the pressure of playing in the Boxing Day Test. ANI

AB de Villiers has no regrets on not taking TV review on 99
Proteas batsman AB de Villiers says he has no regrets over not asking for a TV review when he was dismissed for 99 in the first Test against Sri Lanka at the SuperSport Park. ANI

Rampaging Vernon not carried away by media attention
Proteas seamer Vernon Philander has said that he is not fazed by all the sudden media attention after his sensational start to Test cricket. ANI

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom search for house in Dallas
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are reportedly searching for a place to live in Dallas after he moved to the city's basketball team. ANI

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