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Indian Olympic Association backs Kalmadi, says Trilochan Singh
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Vice President Trilochan Singh on Saturday defended IOA President Suresh Kalmadi, and said that he will remain in his post till 2012. ANI

'It's great to have Ponting back for World Cup,' says Clarke
Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke on Saturday said that the return of skipper Ricky Ponting for the upcoming World Cup has boosted the team's team morale. ANI

Team India sweat it out in World Cup preparatory camp in Bangalore
With their eyes set on the upcoming World Cup, the Indian team got down to a rigorous three-hour practice session at Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday. ANI

Afridi warns World Cup teams not to underestimate "hungry" Pak in tournament
Pakistan's limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi has warned his World Cup rivals not to underestimate his country, saying that his team had turned over a new leaf following the spot-fixing scandal. ANI

Cristiano Ronaldo, Irina Shayk pose in 'cheesy' holiday snaps
The two are known for their usually slick magazine cover photos, but football star Cristiano Ronaldo and girlfriend Irina Shayk seemed to have left the glamour behind for a series of cheesy holiday snaps. ANI

David Hussey looking forward to World Cup's intense pressure
Australian all-rounder David Hussey has said that he is looking forward to be a dominant force for the reigning champions during the upcoming World Cup. ANI

Hurley-Warne romance mere publicity stunt for ageing stars?
It seems the infamous Liz Hurley-Shane Warne romance is nothing but a publicity gimmick to generate interest in two ageing celebrities with doubtful career prospects, suggests an Oz columnist. ANI

Car plastered with sex aid ads parked close to Shane Warne's house
The ongoing love affair of former Australian cricketer Shane Warne with Liz Hurley has garnered even more attention after a car plastered with sex aid ads was parked close to his house. ANI

Spot-fixing scandal won't have any impact on Pak's World Cup performance: Misbah
Pakistan's Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq does not believe that the spot-fixing scandal will have any impact on the performance of the team in the ICC World Cup 2011. ANI

Australia vows to tackle match-fixing
Australian sporting officials have said that they have agreed to take a united stance against match-fixing to protect the integrity of the nation's sport. ANI

Historic Roland Garros' fate as home of French Open hangs in balance
The fate of Roland Garros as the historic home of the French Open from 2016 onwards is due to be announced on Sunday by the French Tennis Federation (FFT). ANI

Afridi takes "sound advice" from Imran, Wasim for successful World Cup campaign
Pakistan's limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi turned to his idols- Imran Khan and Wasim Akram- to seek advice for a successful World Cup campaign, and learnt from them that keeping his team united would be the key to bagging the coveted trophy. ANI

Giggs backs Berbatov to win 'Golden Boot' battle against Tevez in Manchester derby
Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs is backing his teammate Dimitar Berbatov to win his 'Golden Boot' shoot-out with Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez during Saturday's Manchester derby. ANI

New Zealand Cricket puts an end to Southee 'mid-air dalliance' controversy
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Chief Executive Justin Vaughan has put an end to the controversy over fast bowler Tim Southee's mid-air dalliance with a female passenger. ANI

PCB holds General Council meeting after a gap of 13 years
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has held its General Council meeting after a long gap of thirteen years. ANI

"Dew factor" will decide results of day-night WC matches in sub-continent: Imran
The "dew factor" will play a crucial role in the outcome of the day and night matches at the ICC World Cup 2011, former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has said. ANI

PCB officially files appeal with ICC to review five-year ban on Amir
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has officially filed an appeal with the International Cricket Council, seeking review over its five-year ban imposed on Mohammed Amir. ANI

"Fixing by Pak trio just the tip of the iceberg" in cricket corruption: Zulqarnain Haider
Runaway Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has expressed his surprise over ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat's statement that the World Cup 2011 will be free from corruption, saying that the illegal activities of the tainted Pakistani trio were "just the tip of the iceberg" of the malpractice in the sport. ANI

Abramovich ready to fund 25 million pound bid for Kaka
Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich has said that he is ready to cough up 25-million pounds to secure the services of Brazil football star Kaka. ANI

Lawson calls for Cricket Australia clean up
Former Test fast bowler Geoff Lawson has called for a cleanout of Cricket Australia stables to revive the nation's miserable cricket fortunes, especially in Tests. ANI

Lawson doesn't regret being character witness for cricket cheat Butt
Former Australian fast bowler and ex-Pakistan cricket team coach Geoff Lawson has said he does not regret being one of the five witnesses for former cricket captain Salman Butt in the spot-fixing investigations launched by the International Cricket Council. ANI

Axed Oz opener Hughes takes off from cricket, heads for farm
Ex-Australia opener Phil Hughes has decided to go off cricket for a couple of months and has headed to his family farm in northern New South Wales after being axed by New South Wales Blues for the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash final. ANI

Border has credentials to takeover as Oz cricket coach: Jones
Should current Australian cricket team coach Tim Neilsen be axed, then former captain Allan Border must be among the frontrunners to take on the assignment, says former middle-order batsman Dean Jones. ANI

Ex-Victorian keeper Berry, a good choice for Oz coach: Roebuck
With Cricket Australia conducting a review on many fronts in the wake of the Ashes series defeat to England during the recent summer, noted columnist Peter Roebuck said the cricket board should consider acquiring the services of former wicket keeper and Rajasthan Royals honcho Darren Berry, given his handy cricketing management skills. ANI

Pak hoping to meet India in 2011 WC finals: Afridi
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has said that he would like his team to meet India in the April 2 World Cup final, as he believes the match would boost international cricket and draw billions of viewers. ANI

Ponting backs pacers to fire Aussies to fourth consecutive WC title win
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has said that he is backing his four-man pace attack to fire 100 percent and take their team to a fourth consecutive World Cup title. ANI

Lee says self-belief helped him make Oz World Cup squad
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has said that only a lot of self-belief helped him to make the grade for the upcoming World Cup. ANI

Pietersen to give up ODIs after 2011 World Cup
England middle-order batsman Kevin Pietersen has said that he is planning to give up playing one-day international cricket after the 2011 World Cup that is to be played on the Indian subcontinent from February 19. ANI

Arsenal-Wolves clash more important than face-off with Barca: Wenger
Arsenal's clash with the Wolves on Saturday is being seen as more important than their Champions League showdown with Barcelona, according to club coach Arsene Wenger. ANI

West Ham beat Tottenham for Olympic Stadium takeover bid
West Ham have beaten Tottenham to take over the Olympic Stadium after the London 2012 Games. ANI

Chelsea won't retain Premier League title in 2011: Ancelotti
Chelsea's bid to retain their Premier League title is all but over, according to team coach Carlo Ancelotti. ANI

Hodgson to take over as West Ham coach next week
Roy Hodgson has taken over as the new manager of West Brom FC from Roberto di Matteo, who left the club earlier this week. ANI

India will come in as favourites for World Cup: White
Australian batsman Cameron White reckons that the Indian team is one of the favourites for the upcoming World Cup. ANI

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