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Sports News on December 22, 2011

Aussie cricketer Ed Cowan's Sydney family home besieged
A man besieged Australian cricketer Ed Cowan's Sydney family home, after he was included in the international squad for the first time. ANI

Gary Lineker wants Becks boot-kick re-created for ad
Gary Lineker wants Sir Alex Ferguson to re-create his famous boot-kick at David Beckham for an ad. ANI

Raikkonen makes a come back to Formula One.
Kimi Raikkonen who had won 2007 world title with Ferrari in the year 2007 is making a come back to Formula One after quitting it in the year 2009 after he switched to rallying, reports ANI

Fernando Alonso and wife split after 5 years
Fernando Alonso has announced his split from his pop star wife Raquel del Rosario after five years of marriage. ANI

Abbey and Peter Crouch's £4.5m Cheshire home burgled
Peter Crouch and his wife Abbey have been left "distraught" after burglars broke into their new house in Prestbury, Cheshire. ANI

Haider still stands by decision of leaving team before 2010 Pak- South Africa match
Out of favour Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has said he has no regrets over his conduct during the 2010 series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates, but admitted that he could have tackled the situation in a better manner. ANI

Becks too old for hefty price tag, say French leaders
David Beckham's multi million-pound deal with club Paris St Germain has sparked hostile response from French leaders who say that the soccer star is too old to be worth his hefty price tag. ANI

Warne and Hurley's kids get along well on day out at Movieworld
Judging by their cosy appearance at Movieworld on Gold Coast recently, Shane Warne and Elizabeth Hurley's children seemed to be getting along famously. ANI

Defoe tried to stop group of youngsters from joining London riots
Football star Jermain Defoe has revealed how he tried to stop a gang of youths from take part in the London riots that rocked Britain earlier this year. ANI

Posh and Becks furious over intimate Xmas card leak
Victoria and David Beckham are quite furious after an intimate Christmas card, which features their half nude kids in bed, leaked online. ANI

Imogen Thomas and Heidi Klum pose as 'sexy' Santas for fans!
Imogen Thomas and Heidi Klum gave their fans a saucy treat as they posted pictures of themselves decked up in 'sexy' Santa attires. ANI

Plenty to fear from Little Master Tendulkar
It is a measure of Sachin Tendulkar's greatness that he produces his best performances when pitted against the best opposition, and in this case, it will be Australia. ANI

Is Stephanie Rice and Quade Cooper Twitter love story in trouble?
Stephanie Rice's romance with Quade Cooper is speculated to be on the rocks after the two stopped mentioning each other on Twitter. ANI

LMA criticizes Venky's letting Kean bear all criticism
The League Managers Association have made their feelings known about the way Balckburn owners have let manager Steve Kean bear the full brunt of fan criticism by not turning up at games. ANI

Lawry praises selection of Cowan as Warner's new opening partner
Former Australian cricket captain Bill Lawry has praised the National Selection Panel's(NSP) decision to chose Tasmanian Opener Ed Cowan for the Bozing Day Test against India. ANI

Dilshan blames batting failure for loss to South Africa
Sri Lankan captain Tillakaratne Dilshan has blamed his batsmen for last week's Test loss to South Africa by an innings and 81 runs, inside three days. ANI

Marsh optimistic about return by Boxing Day Test
Shaun Marsh is convinced that he will be back in line for a return to Test cricket after tackling a recurring back injury which escalated during the Test series against South Africa. ANI

Tamara Ecclestone sports Scouse brow look at sister's 23rd birthday
Tamara Ecclestone sported thicker and darker eyebrows than usual for her sister Petra's 23rd birthday at the Michelin-starred restaurant Kai in Mayfair, London. ANI

Hughes feels mental woes hampering his batting
Dropped Australian opener Phillip Hughes has admitted that his batting problems are as much due to mental issues as they are because of physical reasons. ANI

Great Britain's female Olympic hopefuls pose in lingerie for charity shoot
Female members from Great Britain's team took out time from their schedule to pose for a charity calendar ahead of the 2012 Olympics. ANI

Christine Bleakley's mum puts turkey ban on Frank Lampard for Christmas
Frank Lampard has been banned by his fiancee Christine Bleakley's mother from going near birds this Christmas. ANI

Warne, Taylor urge to lift ban from playing T20 cricket in Melbourne parks
Spin legend Shane Warne led a chorus this morning after the Boroondara Council clamped down on the Twenty20 format in more than 40 parks, ovals and cricket grounds. ANI

Unlucky Khawaja failed to grab his chance: Waugh
Former opener Mark Waugh believes that Usman Khawaja was punished for a poor showing in Australia's last Test, against New Zealand in Hobart. ANI

Pak climbs to fifth position in ICC Test rankings
Pakistan is now ranked fifth in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test table after climbing up one position following their 2-0 win over Bangladesh. ANI

Elisabetta Gregoraci flaunts figure in tiny bikini in Kenyan beach
Wonderbra model Elisabetta Gregoraci was spotted parading her enviable figure in a tiny bikini on a beach in Kenya on Wednesday. ANI

ICC should make call on Decision Review System: Clarke
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke has said that it is time for the International Cricket Council to make a call on the Decision Review System (DRS) after India objected to its use in the forthcoming series. ANI

Hilfenhaus's inclusion adds vital experience to young Oz attack for Boxing Day Test
Tasmanian fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus's recall to the Test squad adds vital experience to a young attack, from which spinner Nathan Lyon is Australia's leading wicket-taker for the calendar year after just seven Tests. ANI

Floyd Mayweather Jr sentenced to 3 months for domestic violence
Floyd Mayweather Jr has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris in 2010. ANI

Oz selectors want nation's best batsmen to be bowlers as well
The Chairman of the National Selection Panel (NSP), John Inverarity, has called on the nation's best batsmen to work on their bowling skills in a bid to give the Test team greater flexibility down the track. ANI

Coleen Rooney shares pics of son Kai dressed as 'Santa helper'
Coleen Rooney has shared pictures of her two-year-old son in two festive-themed outfits for a studio shoot with her 486,465 followers. ANI

Tendulkar nowhere to be seen when team arrives in Melbourne
Champion Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar was nowhere to be seen when the team arrived at Tullamarine. ANI

Warne's 300kg bronze statue unveiled at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Spin legend Shane Warne has been immortalised in bronze with a 300 kg statue of the cricketing great unveiled at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. ANI

Swami Army to target Ponting during Boxing Day Test
The Swami Army, which is India's version of England's Barmy Army, will be out in full force at the MCG for the Australia-India Test series opener on Boxing Day and have set their sights on Ricky Ponting. ANI

Hussey or Ponting could make way for Christian: Clarke
Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey, who have played 224 Tests between them, are probably safe for the Boxing Day Test against India, which commences from December 26, although one of them will be vulnerable to the axe if both Shaun Marsh and Dan Christian are picked. ANI

England skipper Strauss eyeing two more Ashes victories
England skipper Andrew Strauss is aiming to win two more Ashes series against Australia. ANI

Razzaq backs India to beat Australia in upcoming Test series
Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has reckoned that India will beat Australia in the upcoming Test series because the latter lacks good bowlers. ANI

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