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Majority of Oz cricket fans back Ponting for Test series against India: Poll
Australian cricket fans have backed batsman Ricky Ponting for the four-Test series against India before deciding on his retirement from international cricket. ANI

Pietersen labels Swann's autobiography 'not a clever book'
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has branded off-spinner Graeme Swann's recent autobiography "not a clever book" after the latter described KP as "not a natural leader". ANI

Oz batting camp to focus on maintaining mental toughness, facing Indian bowlers
Australia's batting camp, which started today, focussed on combating India's pace bowling attack and preach mental toughness ahead of Boxing Day against India. ANI

No changes likely in Pak cricket squad for England series in UAE
The initial discussions between the Pakistan Cricket Board's selection committee and the team management suggests no major changes are likely to take place in the country's squad for the series against England. ANI

Man U owners delay plans to raise £600m from Singapore Stock Exchange flotation
The Glazer family's plans to raise 600 million pounds from a partial flotation of Manchester United on the Singapore Stock Exchange could be delayed until midway through next year because of the continuing volatility of global financial markets. ANI

Pietersen reveals how he was snubbed when asked to be made ODI captain
England middle order batsman Kevin Pietersen has revealed how he offered to be England's one-day captain last summer - only to be snubbed in favour of Alastair Cook. ANI

Wayne and Coleen Rooney splash out £100k on two racehorses
Wayne and Coleen Rooney have splurged 100,000 pounds on buying two racehorses, which would be trained at Manchester United teammate, Michael Owen's stables in Cheshire ANI

McGrath backs Ponting ahead of Boxing Day Test match against India
Australian pace legend Pace Glenn McGrath has backed batsman Ricky Ponting in the Boxing Day Test against India.I'm expecting big things from Rick.He's got a big score not far away, I think. have no doubts that our batting line-up will do the business," The Age quoted McGrath, as saying. ANI

Starc not bothered over being fall guy for Oz defeat to Black Caps in Hobart
Australian paceman Mitchell Starc has reckoned that he is not bothered over being blamed for the team's defeat to New Zealand during the Hobart Test. ANI

Warner back problem worrying Oz selectors
Australia's cricket selectors have reportedly expressed concern and worry over Test opener David Warner's nagging back problem. ANI

Lyon central to Australia's chances of conquering India
Off spinner Nathan Lyon is central to Australia's chances of conquering India, according to former Australian greats of the art of slow bowling. ANI

NOTW 'blagged' Fergie's medical records in return for co-operation on other stories
Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson's medical records were obtained by the now-defunct British tabloid News of the World through 'blagging'-tricking a source into revealing information, it has emerged. ANI

Bernie Ecclestone tried to put daughter Tamara off reality show
Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that he had warned his daughter, Tamara that her new three-part reality show, 'Billion $$ Girl', would portray her as a spoilt rich girl but she ignored his advice. ANI

Will 'S-Hurleys' outnumber Brangelina brood?
Elizabeth Hurley and Shane Warne recently walked through Brisbane airport with their respective children, and the size of their collective brood looks set to rival that of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. ANI

Bemused Team India rubbishes Oz media report of boycotting Canberra tie
Team India is bemused at the suggestion in Australian media that the Indians toyed with the idea of boycotting the ongoing three-day warm-up game against Cricket Australia Chairman's XI in Canberra because of rain. ANI

Friends, fans to honour Roebuck at final send-off at SCG
The Sydney Cricket Ground will open its Members Pavilion to the public on Thursday afternoon to honour Peter Roebuck, the Fairfax and ABC cricket journalist who died after falling from a hotel window in Cape Town last month. ANI

Ex-keeper Jennings backs Boucher to remain Proteas' No 1 wicketkeeper
Former South African coach and wicketkeeper Ray "Jet" Jennings has backed Mark Boucher to remain the Proteas' No 1 wicketkeeper for a long period. ANI

Imogen's family received death threats over affair with Ryan Giggs
Imogen Thomas' sister and brother-in-law recently revealed that they had received death threats against their two-year-old son, over the model's affair with Ryan Giggs. ANI

Vernon did not require any extra prodding: Smith
South Africa skipper Graeme Smith has said that pacer Vernon Philander was self-motivated and did not require any extra pushing from his captain. ANI

Donald's big brotherly advice helping South Africa bowlers
Allan Donald is like the big, elder brother for the South African bowlers and his advice to Vernon Philander, going through a purple patch, and Morne Morkel, in the midst of a slump, is certainly getting results for them. ANI

Reebok to re-launch EasyTone shoes despite $25m settlement over false 'leg toning' claims
British sportswear firm Rebook has planned to re-launched its EasyTone sneakers despite charges brought by the US Federal Trade Commission that slammed the company for using false information to the shoes. ANI

PCB retains Mohsin Khan as interim cricket coach ahead of England series
Mohsin Khan will continue as interim Pakistan cricket coach for Test and One-Day International series against England in the United Arab Emirates. ANI

Boucher sets world record by scoring half ton, six dismissals in innings for second time
South African cricketer Mark Boucher has set the world record by becoming the only wicketkeeper to score a Test match half-century and effect six dismissals in an innings for the second time. ANI

Becks attends Military Awards with sons Brooklyn and Romeo
Brooklyn and Romeo attended the Military Awards with dad David Beckham at The Imperial War Museum, while, younger brother Cruz and baby sister Harper stayed at home with mother Victoria. ANI

Kobe Bryant busted by basketball wives
Vanessa Bryant was reportedly tipped off about her husband Kobe's extra-marital affairs by fellow basketball wives. ANI

Lewis Hamilton fulfils boy fan's fantasy in new 'Jim'll Fix It' show
Lewis Hamilton who appeared on BBC1's 'Jim'll Fix It', took a 12-year-old fan from Burnham, Buckinghamshire for a drive on the racing track. ANI

No threat to my job at Blackburn: Kean
London, Dec 20 : Blackburn manager Steve Kean has said that his job is not under threat after holding talks with Venky's, the Indian owners of the club, ANI

Khloe Kardashian cheers on Lamar at his Dallas Mavericks debut
Khloe Kardashian played cheerleader by rooting for her hubby Lamar Odom in his first game with the Dallas Mavericks. ANI

Petra Ecclestone poses with a fist full of $100 notes
Petra wants the world to get to know the real her as she poses with a fist full of 100 dollar bills for a magazine. ANI

Abbey Clancy strips for saucy advent calendar
Abbey Clancy has stripped as part of Love magazine's Christmas Advent calendar, following the footsteps of Daisy Lowe and Kelly Brook. ANI

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