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Sports News on December 9, 2011

'Umar Akmal needs a change in attitude,' says Basit Ali
Despite Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal's decent showing in the ODI series against Bangladesh, Basit Ali feels that he has a lot of work to do before he regains his spot in the Test side. ANI

Hughes gets another chance to retain spot in Oz squad for India Test series
Out-of-form Australian opening batsman Phil Hughes has been given another lifeline by national selectors to retain his place in the national squad for the upcoming four-Test series against India. ANI

Ivan Klasnic's wife files for divorce after finding other woman's clothes, pics
Ivan Klasnic's wife has filed for divorce from the Premier League star after she found another woman's clothes and compromising photographs scattered around their Manchester apartment. ANI

Manchester City's main target is Premier League title: Nigel De Jong
Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong insists that his club will not let their early Champions League exit distract them from their English Premier League title charge. ANI

Carroll's 'FIFA 12 Fabianski kiss' hit with gaming fans
A glitch in football video game FIFA 12 that sees Liverpool striker Andy Carroll share a passionate kiss with Arsenal goalie Lukasz Fabianski is proving a real hit online. ANI

Cricket Australia board is pale, male and stale, says cricket writer
The Cricket Australia board is pale, male and stale and lacks the courage of its players, says cricket writer Malcolm Conn. ANI

Kris Humphries helps law authorities to catch con man
Kris Humphries has helped federal prosecutors by providing them with proof to condemn an alleged con man who ripped him off with 617,000 dollars. ANI

Warne laughs off suggestions of being too old for Australia's Big Bash League
Former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne has laughed off suggestions of being too old for Twenty20 cricket. ANI

India, Australia evenly poised for series down under: Gilchrist
Former Australian batsman and wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, here in Bangalore, has opined that India and Australia are evenly poised ahead of their three month long tussle Down Under. ANI

Amir Khan capable of ending Mayweather's 42-fight unbeaten run: Haye
Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye reckons that fellow Brit pugilist Amir Khan is the only man in the world who can end American Floyd Mayweather's 42-fight unbeaten run in the boxing ring. ANI

Man U 'bitterly disappointed' by Champions League exit: Ferdinand
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admits his team is 'devastated' after crashing out of the Champions League without making the knockout stages for the first time in six years. ANI

Ponting should play on, critics should back off: Symonds, Gilchrist
Former Test stars Adam Gilchrist and Andrew Symonds say Ricky Ponting's critics should back off and have urged their former skipper to extend his career beyond his 37th birthday by batting on against India. ANI

Injured Man U star Vidic may be out for year
Skipper Nemanja Vidic could be out for the season as he went back home on crutches after being injured during Manchester United's clash against Basel. ANI

Wilshere wants Wenger to succeed Capello as England boss
England midfielder Jack Wilshere wants his Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to succeed Fabio Capello. ANI

Hughes fails again, could be axed from Oz squad
Australian opener Phil Hughes' position has almost become untenable in the national squad after he failed to score yet again in the first innings of the second Test being played here against New Zealand. ANI

ICC should consider three changes to bad light ruling for Tests: Clark
Former Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to consider three fundamental changes with regard to light. ANI

Serena Williams flaunts slim figure at Barbados
A trimmer and healthier Serena Williams arrived at Barbados to play in the Tennis Pon de Rock exhibition at the exclusive Sugar Hill Tennis Resort. ANI

India's ageing champs represent biggest threat to new Oz bowling attack
India's three ageing champions - Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman-represent the biggest threat to Australia's developing bowling attack, and, they are determined not to let a rushed preparation compromise their last attempt at beating Australia at home. ANI

Lyon could be as good, if not better than England's Swann: Warne
Former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne believes that off-spinner Nathan Lyon could be as good, if not better than England off-spinner Graeme Swann in the long term. ANI

Talar becomes first Arunachalee to win national level badminton title
Arunachal Pradesh added another jewel in its crown when noted shuttler Laa Talar became (U-15) national sub-junior badminton champion. ANI

SCG to organize tribute for columnist Roebuck
A TRIBUTE to the late Fairfax columnist and ABC commentator Peter Roebuck will be held in the Members Pavilion of the Sydney Cricket Ground on December 22. ANI

Hobart Test: Victorian pacer Pattinson skittles Kiwis out for 150
Victorian pace bowlers James Pattinson and Peter Siddle skittled New Zealand out for 150 on Friday, the first day of the second Test with Australia. ANI

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