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Sports News on December 21, 2011

Panesar won't let England down if recalled: Mark Robinson
Sussex Sharks coach Mark Robinson thinks left-arm spinner Monty Panesar wouldn't let England down if he is called up into the squad to face Pakistan next month. ANI

McLaren car ready for first test
Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are aiming to hit the ground running in 2012 after McLaren confirmed their new car will be ready for the season's first test session. ANI

Robin van Persie orders Arsenal to forget playing pretty football
Arsenal have not won a trophy since 2005 and have often been accused of putting style above substance, and this has led striker Robin Van Persie to says that "Nobody can play beautiful football all the time." ANI

Gunners ready to accept Man City's Wayne Bridge
Full back Wayne Bridge could be on his way to Arsenal after Roberto Mancini told him it is time to leave Manchester City. ANI

Kean says would be shocked if sacked by Blackburn Rovers
Manager Steve Kean has said that he would be completely shocked if he was sacked by the Indian management of the Premier League club Blackburn Rovers. ANI

Mark Sanchez romancing Victoria's Secret model?
Mark Sanchez has been spotted paying regular late-night visits to Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton's Flatiron apartment, according to reports. ANI

Chantelle Houghton and Alex Reid to star in own reality show
Chantelle Houghton and Alex Reid are believed to have landed their own reality show as a couple. ANI

Clarke says Australian Test side must perform
Captain Michael Clarke has said that Tasmanian opener Ed Cowan's Test call up has put his faltering national unit on notice to perform or go out. ANI

Cowan to hold bat instead of beer at MCG
Newly selected Australian opener Ed Cowan had booked his ticket for the Boxing Day Test long before his name was announced for the national squad by Cricket Australia. ANI

Huge MCG crowd tipped to bid farewell to Tendulkar, other Indian veterans
A bumper crowd is expected at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Boxing Day as cricket fans prepare for a likely Australian farewell to star Indian batsmen Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. ANI

Warne dismisses McCullum exactly as he predicted on TV
London, Dec 21: Cricket fans were left over awed when Shane Warne dismissed Kiwi batsman Brendon McCullum in Australia's Big Bash Twenty20 competition in his own swaggering fashion. ANI

Rain may play spoilsport on opening day of India-Oz Boxing Day Test
The Boxing Day Test between India and Australia is likely to be marred by rain. ANI

Over 75,000 fans expected in Boxing Day Test to bid adieu to Sachin, Dravid, Laxman
Over 75,000 fans are expected to turn up during the Boxing Day Test to bid a likely farewell to Indian veterans Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. ANI

Proteas rookie Parnell must stay in squad to ensure team's bright prospects
South African rookie Wayne Parnell will likely be included in the squad for the South Africa- England Test series to brighten his team's prospects. ANI

Kris Humphries inks 1-year deal with former team for $8m
Kris Humphries will be re-signing with the New Jersey Nets for a one-year deal of 7 to 8 million dollars, according to NBA sources. ANI

Posh and Becks look-alikes act out Jesus' birth in stable
David and Victoria Beckham look-alikes posed as Jesus and Mary for spoof photographer Alison Jackson to act out the birth of Jesus in a stable. ANI

Boris Becker's son chats away on his mum's mobile at Miami airport
Boris Becker's son Amadeus was seen playfully chatting away on his mother's mobile phone as the family arrived in Miami for some Christmas sun. ANI

Wayne Rooney angers Sir Alex Ferguson over 'boot attack' on Becks
Wayne Rooney left Sir Alex Ferguson fuming after he mocked Manchester United manager's infamous boot kick at David Beckham during the club's annual Christmas quiz. ANI

Australia surprised over India's refusal to allow use of review technology in Test series against Oz
India's decision to reject the use of cricket's electronic eye over accuracy concerns has surprised Australia. ANI

Chinese referee admits to fixing Man U friendly
A corrupt Chinese referee has admitted to accepting bribes to fix a Manchester United friendly in 2007. ANI

Liverpool FC angry over Suarez 40K pounds fine, 8 match ban for racial abuse of Man U's Evra
Liverpool FC have accused the Football Association of engineering a witch-hunt against striker Luis Suarez after the striker was suspended for eight games. ANI

Ecclestone's 'payments' in F1 sale deemed 'bribes' by judge
A British high court judge has said that multi-million pound payments made by British Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone relating to the sale of the sports in 2005 amounted to being a bribe. ANI

Peter Crouch's brother-in-law vows to never be 'footie love rat'
Abbey Clancy's footballer brother has said that he never strays in relationships, unlike other soccer stars. ANI

Becks 'set to join French club Paris St Germain'
David Beckham has agreed to join Paris St Germain and will be heading to the French capital in January, after his contract with LA Galaxy ends on Dec 31, according to reports. ANI

Dell'Olio loses lawsuit over 'man eater' newspaper article
Nancy Dell'Olio has lost a High Court defamation action over a newspaper article that referred to her as a "man eater". ANI

Warne makes terrified face on roller coaster while his son relaxes
Shane Warne was snapped looking terrified on a roller coater while his son Jackson relaxed in his seat at Movie World on Australia's Gold Coast on Tuesday. ANI

Taylor unsure about technical merit of swing bowling boot camp
Former Australian Test skipper Mark Taylor has likened the batting camp in Melbourne to hopeful last minute swatting for an exam, but says the real benefit will be the camaraderie that follows. ANI

Playmate Jessica Burciaga denies being Kobe Bryant's secret mistress
Playmate Jessica Burciaga has denied being Kobe Bryant's secret mistress and being the reason for his divorce. ANI

India's bowling attack will be weak if Zaheer, Ishant ruled out: McGrath
Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath has echoed former spin king Shane Warne's view that India would struggle if spearheads Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma are ruled out of the Boxing Day Test due to injury. ANI

Cowan, Marsh in; Harris, Watson excluded for India-Oz Boxing Day Test
Openers Ed Cowan and Shaun Marsh have been included in Australia's squad for the Boxing Day Test against India, while injured duo Ryan Harris and Shane Watson have been excluded. ANI

India will give Aussies a tough time: Fox Sports Stats
Australia's cricketers are in for a torrid time this summer - that's the message from Fox Sports Stats ahead of the four-Test series against India. ANI

Becks discusses love for 'pie and mash' with Brit reality show stars
David Beckham recently met stars of British reality series 'The Only Way Is Essex' at Sun Military Awards held at London's Imperial War Museum, where he even chatted about his love for 'Pie and Mash'. ANI

Proteas' bowler Steyn battling seaside bluebottle stings
South African bowler Dale Steyn has been stung by bluebottles on the seaside, ahead of South Africa's second Test against Sri Lanka at Durban. ANI

Proteas' bowling coach Donald backs Morkel to regain form
South Africa's bowling coach Allan Donald has backed pace bowler Morne Morkel to regain his form. ANI

Misbah-ul Haq needs more 'aggressive' approach to succeed in long term: Abbas
Former Pakistan skipper Zaheer Abbas has said captain Misbah-ul- Haq should adopt a more aggressive approach, especially against a weaker opposition like Bangladesh. ANI

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