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Why Warne, Hurley will make it as a couple and why they may not
Elizabeth Hurley's romance with cricketer Shane Warne seems to be getting serious -- after she met his parents at his Melbourne house on Wednesday. ANI

'I'm probably fitter than I've ever been', says injury-prone Jesse Ryder
New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder has said that he is the fittest he has ever been, and would not be any better if he spent more time in the gym. ANI

Australian Grand Prix not needed on F1 calendar: Ecclestone
Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone has reignited the debate over the Australian Grand Prix, saying that he "does not need" the race on the calendar. ANI

Tickets for India - West Indies World Cup match sold out
Tickets for the ICC World Cup 2011 match featuring India and West Indies were sold out on Wednesday. ANI

Lawson for complete overhaul of Cricket Australia following top-down disintegration
Former Australian fast bowler and Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson has called for a complete overhaul of Cricket Australia (CA) following the national team's slump to No.5 on the Test rankings list. ANI

Real Madrid rated as richest club in world for sixth straight year
Real Madrid has topped the league table of the world's 20 richest football clubs for the sixth straight year with a fortune of 438.6 million euros, according to Deloitte. ANI

Dhoni says Team India is up for the World Cup
Indian cricket captain Mahender Singh Dhoni has said the Team is set for the world cup. ANI

'Busy' Darren Gough turns down Cameron's request to stand as Conservative MP
Former England fast bowler Darren Gough has turned down British Prime Minister David Cameron's request to stand as a Conservative MP in Barnsley, a town in South Yorkshire, England. ANI

Chelsea goalie Cech fears Liverpool blunder could cost club Premier League title
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech reckons that his blunder against Liverpool during Sunday's Premier League clash could have ended the defending champions' title hopes. ANI

Pak pacer Tanvir's replacement Junaid says his "call-up for World Cup is warranted"
Pakistan pace bowler Junaid Khan, who has replaced his 'unfit' colleague Sohail Tanvir in the national squad for the forthcoming World Cup, has said he feels that his selection in the team is "warranted". ANI

Man City to clock 11 million pound loss in Adebayor sale to Real Madrid
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho will reportedly sign striker Emmanuel Adebayor for 13.6 million pounds at the end of the season. ANI

Tiger Woods says re-grabbing World No.1 tag still firmly in his sights
American golfer Tiger Woods has said that he is committed to getting back to the top with his game. ANI

Haye will get "beaten up really badly" if he ever fights Klitschko: Tyson Fury
British boxing ace Tyson Fury believes WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye will come up short if he ever steps in the ring with Ukrainian heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko. ANI

West Ham United tipped to beat Tottenham Hotspur in London Olympic Stadium bid
West Ham United is reportedly set to beat Tottenham Hotspur in the bid for the Olympic Stadium in London. ANI

Prayers for Indian Cricket team in Vadodra
Cricket enthusiasts and cricket players performed rituals on Wednesday for team India's victory in the upcoming World Cup. ANI

'Banned' Butt was under investigation for suspected 2010 T20 WC 'spot-fixing' affair
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, who has been banned for 10 years for his involvement in a spot-fixing scam, was also investigated by the International Cricket Council (ICC)'s anti-corruption unit in connection with "suspicious" phone calls and texts from London-based bookmaker Mazhar Majeed during the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies. ANI

Injured Kubica's already eyeing F1 return
Lotus Renault Formula One driver Robert Kubica, who was seriously injured in a high-speed rally crash on Sunday, has told his team that he is ready to 'fight' to make a comeback. ANI

Ponting says playing with pain from broken finger 'won't hinder performance at all'
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has said that pain from his broken finger will not hamper his performance during the upcoming World Cup. ANI

Injured Hussey left out of Oz WC squad over uncertainty around recovery time: Ponting
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has said that the decision to leave injured Michael Hussey out of the 15-man World Cup squad was the right one. ANI

Symonds essays role in Bollywood flick 'Patiala House'
Semi-retired Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds, it seems, is truly embracing India. ANI

Rookie pace bowler Junaid replaces 'unfit' Tanvir in Pak squad for World Cup 2011
Pakistan pace bowler Junaid Khan has replaced his colleague Sohail Tanvir in the national squad for the forthcoming World Cup, after the latter was ruled out owing to his slow recovery from last year's knee surgery. ANI

Murali's Centre of Excellence stint would be a priceless for young Oz spinners: Healy
Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy reckons that veteran Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan's stint with Cricket Australia's Centre of Excellence would help the future generation of spinners in the country. ANI

Krejza has got something to offer in Oz World Cup defence: Healy
Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy believes that off-spinner Jason Krejza could be the 'surprise factor' in Australia's World Cup defence. ANI

Miandad wants tainted Pak trio to identify "bad elements in the game"
Terming the Anti-Corruption Tribunal's decision to impose lengthy bans on Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer on spot-fixing charges as a "reasonable verdict", Pakistan cricket great Javed Miandad has urged the trio to assist in purging corruption from the game. ANI

PCB boss Butt lauds Waqar for 'handling Pak team well' despite spot-fixing controversy
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt has lauded team coach Waqar Younis for his efforts to rebuild the national squad following the spot-fixing scandal that broke last August. ANI

'Banned' Salman Butt lands job as Pak TV channel's World Cup expert
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, who was banned for 10 years for his involvement in a spot-fixing scam, has been signed up by Pakistan's Channel 5 to be their expert commentator during the upcoming World Cup. ANI

Southee's in-flight incident with female passenger 'blown out of proportion', says mother
New Zealand star Tim Southee's mother has claimed that an incident involving the fast bowler on the World Cup team's flight to India was 'blown out of proportion'. ANI

Shane Warne takes Liz Hurley for 'sexy' lunch date at golf club
After tweeting that he was looking for suggestions on where to take his famous flame for a 'sexy' lunch, Shane Warne finally drove Elizabeth Hurley to an exclusive golf club owned by former Crown Casino boss Lloyd Williams. ANI

Liz Hurley meets Shane Warne's parents for the first time
Elizabeth Hurley has met Shane Warne's parents for the first time at his Melbourne home. ANI

Liz Hurley tweets 'she's loving Oz'
They have been uncharacteristically quiet in the 'Twittersphere' during the past few days, but lovebirds Shane Warne and Elizabeth Hurley are back at it. ANI

Tiger Woods says being around his kids is 'greatest thing in the world'
Disgraced golfer Tiger woods has revealed that being around his children is the "greatest thing in the world." ANI

ICC publishes 'redacted version' of spot-fixing case judgement against tainted trio
The International Cricket Council has published a 'redacted version' of the Anti-Corruption Tribunal's 'full written determination' into the spot-fixing case against Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir. ANI

Becks to the rescue as man's car breaks down on English road
A father-of-two has said that he was in "absolute awe" when soccer star David Beckham stopped to help him with his car, which broke down on a Hertfordshire roundabout. ANI

Ponting backs Australia to win fourth consecutive World Cup
Australian captain Ricky Ponting believes that the way the team performed in his absence, thrashing England 6-1 in their ODI series, showed that they were ready to chase their fourth consecutive World Cup. ANI

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