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Sports News on December 23, 2011

Billionaire heiresses Petra and Ekaterina own most expensive houses in US
Billionaire heiresses Petra Ecclestone and Ekaterina Rybolovleva have both purchased homes in the U.S. worth over 80 million dollars. ANI

Coleen Rooney manages 'perfect hair' but forgets to carry cash
Coleen Rooney ensured that her hair was done perfectly during a night out in London, but she seemed without cash as she headed to dinner afterwards. ANI

Ryan Giggs' sister-in-law Natasha regrets having affair with him
Ryan Giggs' sister-in-law Natasha, who had an eight-year extra marital affair with the Manchester United star, has revealed that she regrets all of it and wants to get back with hubby Rhodri Giggs. ANI

Van Persie feels proud after equaling Thierry Henry's record.
London, Dec 23: Dutch striker Robin Van Persie has expressed pride over equaling Thierry Henry's record of 34 goals in a calendar year. ANI

Humphries gets double blow as fans boo at him and team loses
Kris Humphries' return to New Jersey Nets was welcomed with boos and jeer by a 20,000-strong crowd. ANI

Durban pitch will favour South Africa's bowling line-up: Ford
Former Proteas coach Graham Ford believes the pitch at Kingsmead in Durban will favour South Africa's bowling line-up in the second Test against Sri Lanka, starting on Monday. ANI

90 points sufficient to win the league according to Mancini
London, Dec 23: Manchester City gaffer Roberto Mancini believes if they can accumulate ninety points by the end of the season, then that might be enough for them to capture their first ever Barclay's Premier League title. ANI

John Terry refuses to step down as England Captain
Captain of English National Football team, John Terry has refused to quit as England Captain after being charged in court for racially abusing QPR defender Antoine Ferdinand in October. ANI

Nicole Scherzinger takes 'X Factor' hairdo to club
Nicole Scherzinger was spotted with the same retro-style quiff hairdo at a club, which she sported during the first part of intense 'X Factor' final. ANI

Rooney says Man U players have put away-day blues behind them
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has said the team has put away-day blues behind them. ANI

Kallis no longer world's top-ranked all-rounder
Jacques Kallis is no longer the world's top-ranked all-rounder in Test cricket, as Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan has toppled him. ANI

MCG curator preparing to leave some grass on pitch for Boxing Day Test
MCG curator Cameron Hodgkins has revealed that he will be leaving some grass on the pitch that is to be used for the Boxing day Test between India and Australia next week. ANI

Daring English plan to use Bradman's technical brilliance to overcome Ashes rival Australia
Former English cricketer Tony Shillinglaw, who is regarded as an expert on Bradman the technician, believes that England can use the Australian great's technique to defeat The Ashes rival in the near future. ANI

Marsh smashes unbeaten 99 to prove fitness for Boxing Day Test
Australian cricketer Shaun Marsh has proved his fitness, ahead of the Boxing Day Test by smashing an unbeaten 99 off 52 balls for Perth Scorchers against Melbourne Renegades at Etihad Stadium in the Big Bash League tournament. ANI

Indian Big Six doesn't scare young Oz bowler Pattinson
It will be a dream come true for young Aussie bowler James Pattinson when he will play his first ever Boxing Day Test. ANI

Colleagues remember Roebuck as a great entertainer, commentator and crusader
Close confidantes of cricket writer Peter Roebuck have remembered him as a man who was a great entertainer, commentator and crusader. ANI

Surrey extends deal with Pietersen till his international cricket tenure
Surrey cricket team has extended its contract with England cricketer Kevin Pieterson for a period till he plays international cricket. ANI

Guts and talent don't need coaching: Ex-Test batsman Bruce Francis
Former Australian Test batsman Bruce Francis is of the view that players who are talented and have guts to take on the opposition, don't need to be coached or guided on how to play. ANI

Lawson, Taylor say Cowan's inclusion in Boxing Day Test is 'no-brainer'
Former teammates Geoff Lawson and Mark Taylor believe Ed Cowan's inclusion in the team for the Boxing Day Test was a 'no-brainer' for the late bloomer who admits he felt betrayed by the former Cricket Australia selection panel. ANI

Prince Harry wanted Nancy Dell'Olio to win 'Strictly Come Dancing'
Prince Harry apparently voted for Nancy Dell'Olio three times during the last series of British reality show, 'Strictly Come Dancing' as he wanted her to win the competition. ANI

Warne shocked over Khawaja's harsh axing
Spin legend Shane Warne is shocked by Usman Khawaja's harsh axing, and added that the noose will tighten around Mike Hussey and Ricky Ponting unless Australia defeats India. ANI

Steve Jones vows to bed Nicole Scherzinger after leaving 'US X Factor'
Steve Jones has vowed to bed Nicole Scherzinger, former girlfriend of Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton, if he is axed from the 'US X Factor'. ANI

Ex-Oz pacer Rodney Hogg reveals his ten best batting greats
Former Australian fast bowler Rodney Hogg still rates West Indian batting great Vivian Richards as the best batter he has confronted at the international level. ANI

Oz crowds looking forward to flashing bat of 'Buccaneer' Sehwag
Indian opener Virender Sehwag may have unexpectedly got a well-deserved compliment from the hulking Matthew Hayden during Australia's 2004 tour of India, but now his flashing broadsword is what Australian crowds will be looking forward to in the ensuing four-match Test series. ANI

Warne, McGrath's rants don't matter to India: Ojha
The Indian team is well aware of Australia's mind games and are not affected by what former Australian players have to say about the visitors. ANI

Pak skipper Misbah-ul Haq admits team needs to work harder for England tour
Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-haq has said the team needs to work harder to defeat England in the upcoming tour. ANI

Interim Pak cricket coach Mohsin Khan upbeat about team's prospects for England tour
Pakistan cricket coach Mohsin Khan has reckoned his team can beat any side in the world and has a very good chance of defeating England if the players put in their hard work with a fighting spirit. ANI

Aussies aggression against me is secret to my success: Laxman
Veteran Indian batsman VVS Laxman hopes Australia will target him during the Boxing Day Test, saying that this is the secret to his success against the Baggy Greens. ANI

Prince Harry has boys' night out with Becks and company
Prince Harry had a boys' night out in London with David Beckham and James Corden. ANI

India winning against Aussies hangs by an ankle ligament and a hamstring
For all the hype and hysteria surrounding the much vaunted Indian batting line up, the visitors lack bowling firepower going into the first of four Tests against Australia Down Under. ANI

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