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Sports News on December 8, 2011

Sehwag overtakes Tendulkar to become highest scorer in ODIs
Stand-in-Indian captain Virender Sehwag has set a new record for the highest individual score in one-day internationals with 219 in the fourth match against West Indies at Indore. ANI

Arsenal fans have 'already forgotten' Fabregas, Nasri: Benayoun
Arsenal midfielder Yossi Benayoun insists that the club's fans have already forgotten former stars Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. ANI

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere facing UEFA probe over Twitter comments
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to face a UEFA probe after appearing to boast about betting on his team. ANI

Liz Hurley nervous about Shane's 'shiny green' Melbourne Stars T shirt
Elizabeth Hurley is excited about her man Shane Warne's return to the cricket ground, but the colour of his "costume" - the Melbourne Stars uniform - is making her nervous. ANI

Abbey clancy looks sixties 'rock chick' in new mag shoot
Abbey Clancy, model and wife of England footballer Peter Crouch, has gone back in time to sport a swinging sixties look for the latest issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. ANI

'Underworld' to direct music at London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony
Olympics organizers have announced that British electronic group Underworld have been appointed as music directors for the opening ceremony of London 2012. ANI

Proteas batters may cash in on poor Lankan bowling quality: Boycott
Former England opener and well known commentator Geoffrey Boycott has said that a shortage of genuine, wicket-taking bowlers among the touring Sri Lankans could South Africa's batsmen cashing in during the three-Test series. ANI

England pace bowlers set for South African visit
England strike bowlers Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Chris Tremlett will be taking part in a two-week "boot camp" at the highly-rated Highveld facilities of Potchefstroom University, as part of fitness rehabilitation ahead of that country's Test series against Pakistan in the neutral United Arab Emirates from mid-January. ANI

Peter Crouch takes charge of dance floor at club's Xmas party
Peter Crouch became the life and soul of the Stoke Xmas party as he did a line dance with his team-mates. ANI

Skipper Taylor calls on Kiwis to show extra fight
Captain Ross Taylor on Thursday called on his New Zealand team to play more disciplined cricket and show extra fight in Friday's second Test against Australia in Hobart. ANI

Now, Watson has a calf injury ahead of Oz-India series
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has suffered a setback in his bid to regain fitness in time for Australia's Test series opener against India. ANI

Pak spinners top ICC ODI rankings
Pakistan's spinners have topped the ICC rankings for One Day International Bowlers, Geo News reports. ANI

Now, Pak gears up to knock Bangladesh off in Test series
Pakistan will begin their first Test series in Bangladesh for almost a decade in Chittagong on Friday determined to extend their 100 percent winning record against the hosts. ANI

Graham Onions 'desperate' to get back into England Test side
England fast bowler Graham Onions has said that he expects to be named in the national squad for next month's Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to seal a comeback. ANI

Villas-Boas' training-ground confrontation spelt end for Anelka, Alex
A training-ground confrontation between Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas and his players led to the shock announcement that midfielder Nicolas Anelka and defender Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa would be made available in the January transfer window, it has been revealed. ANI

Drogba says he maybe forced to leave Chelsea
A double strike against Spanish football club Valencia notwithstanding, striker Didier Drogba has said that he may consider leaving Chelsea FC if they don't give him an acceptable contract. ANI

Rooney to appeal to cut three-match Euro 2012 ban
England striker Wayne Rooney today arrived at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, to beg in person for his three-match Euro 2012 ban to be cut. ANI

Manchester City doesn't want Tevez to go on loan, says Mancini
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has restated the club's desire only to sell - and not loan out - striker Carlos Tevez. ANI

VVS Laxman to seeks his fourth straight ton at SCG
In a country whose players are on the high seats of the cricketing pantheon, Indian ace batsman Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman has inked his name into batting lore courtesy his match saving feats time and again. ANI

Clarke could be tempted to bowl first in Hobart Test
Australian captain Michael Clarke said Thursday he could be tempted to bowl first if he wins the toss on a Bellerive green top in the second Test against New Zealand. ANI

Phil Hughes needs to get his mindset right: Warne
Australia opener Phil Hughes needs to stop thinking about batting and play his natural game, said former leg spinner Shane Warne. ANI

Kiwi men's netball team Mike Siave chokes to death at dinner
The captain of New Zealand's men's netball team choked to death in a freak accident while eating his dinner. ANI

Misbehaving ex- Norwegian footballers, referees get electric shocks
Electro-shock therapy is controversial enough in psychiatry, but now misbehaving Norwegian footballers and referees are being subjected to the treatment. ANI

Symonds promises to showcase Oz culture in Indian version of Big Brother
Former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has promised to showcase Australian culture on the Indian version of Big Brother. ANI

Cricket Australia to blame for recurring injuries to pacers: Thomson
Former Test firebrand Jeff Thomson believes Australia only has itself to blame for the current spate of fast bowling injuries. ANI

My decision to step down has helped skipper Clarke to prepare for India: Ponting
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has said that his decision to step down has ensured that long-time deputy and current skipper Michael Clarke will be ready to lead Australia in the Boxing Day Test against India. ANI

Cummins says will skip IPL if it affects chances of playing for Australia
Upcoming Australian fast bowler Patrick Cummins has said that he will pull out of the fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) if he feels it could have a negative impact on his national team duties. ANI

Oz bowling coach McDermott backs Mr. Reliability Siddle
Australia's bowling coach Craig McDermott couldn't be happier with Victorian speedster Peter Siddle, whose reputation as an honest workhorse among a pack of rising colts has others worrying about his place in the Test attack. ANI

'Would be nice to get a ton' in 'hometown' Hobart, says Ponting
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has said that it "would be nice" to break his run of 29 innings without a century at the Bellerive Oval, his home ground. ANI

Kiwi skipper Taylor backpedals on Hughes 'tongue-in-cheek comment
New Zealand cricket captain Ross Taylor has said that his comment about wanting out-of-form Australian opener Phil Hughes to play in the second Test here were "tongue in cheek". ANI

Cricket Australia to overhaul board, give six states representation
Cricket Australia (CA) will overhaul the make-up of its board to give each state equal representation among sweeping reforms. ANI

Cummins still hopeful about playing against India
Sydney, Dec.8 Australia's teen bowling sensation Patrick Cummins has refused to give up hope of playing in the Test series against India. ANI

Seething Fergie lashes out at ex-skipper Roy Keane after Man U loss to Basel
Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson has lashed out at former captain Roy Keane after seeing his side consigned to a humiliating Champions League group-stage exit by Basel on Wednesday. ANI

Oz swimming star Rice may retire after 2012 London Olympics
Australian swimming star Stephanie Rice is reportedly set to retire after the 2012 London Olympics. ANI

Hobart Test: Oz selectors decide to keep faith in out-of-form opener Hughes
Australia's selection hierarchy has declared its confidence in out-of-form opener Phillip Hughes by confirming it will field an unchanged team in tomorrow's second Test against New Zealand in Hobart. ANI

Ex-tennis star Marat Safin elected to Russian Parliament
Former World Number One and tennis star Marat Safin has been elected to the 450-seat-strong Duma, or the Russian Federal Parliament. ANI

Injured Cummins would have been a handful for Tendulkar: Steve Waugh
Former Australian captain and co-author of the Argus Review report Steve Waugh has criticized Cricket Australia for blooding and promoting youngsters like pace spearhead Patrick Cummins prematurely, saying that the latter's express pace could have caused problems to Indian batting maestros Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. ANI

Man U's Fergie confident about progressing into Champions League KO stage
Manchester United needs a point in Switzerland tonight to ensure their progress into the knockout stages of the Champions League. ANI

'My future is not important', says Chelsea's Drogba
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, whose contract runs out at the end of the 2011-12 football season, has shrugged off talk about his future at the club, and said that what's important for him, is helping Chelsea to win games and qualify for the Champions League. ANI

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