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Gazza's drinking pal accused of telling absolute pack of lies in court
Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne a.k.a. Gazza's friend has been accused of drink-driving on a fishing trip with the troubled football star and telling an "absolute pack of lies" in court. ANI

Bell out to make amends for 2007 World Cup fiasco
England batsman Ian Bell has said that he wants to erase the bad memories of his previous World Cup appearance in the same way as he saw off his Ashes nightmare. ANI

'Injured England players coming along in time for World Cup', says Bell
England batsman Ian Bell is confident that his injured team-mates will recover in time for their opening match of the World Cup campaign. ANI

Styris backing Wright's 'batting expertise' to revive New Zealand's ODI slump
New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris reckons that John Wright has been an influential presence in the team since he took on the coach's role two months ago. ANI

Tour de France champion cyclist Contador cleared of doping charges
The Spanish cycling federation has cleared Alberto Contador of doping charges after he tested positive for banned substance clenbuterol at last year's Tour de France. ANI

Inquiry launched into 2006 takeover of Formula One
An inquiry has been launched into the 2006 takeover of Formula One, resulting in the sport being thrown into turmoil. ANI

Wenger hits back at ex-Barcelona President's Fabregas remark
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has accused Barcelona of double standards after their latest moan about Cesc Fabregas moving to Arsenal. ANI

'Host' India's quest for World Cup will be under lot of pressure: Styris
New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris has drawn a parallel between India's quest for the upcoming World Cup and the All Blacks' challenge for rugby's equivalent later this year. ANI

New moveable rear wing in F1 cars will not lead to glut of overtaking: Alonso
F1 ace driver Fernando Alonso has rubbished suggestions that the new moveable rear wing on Formula One cars will lead to a glut of overtaking. ANI

Dutch FA investigating Chelsea buy out of 15-year-old kid
Dutch Football Association is investigating Chelsea's controversial buy out of a 15-year-old Feyenoord starlet ANI

Swann challenges blood test in drink-driving case
England off-spinner Graeme Swann's blood sample taken from him when he was allegedly caught drink driving may have been contaminated. ANI

AC Milan can still advance in Champions League despite loss to Tottenham: Allegri
AC Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri believes that his side could still qualify for the European Champions League quarterfinals following their 1-0 loss at home to Tottenham in the first leg tie on Tuesday. ANI

You don't need to look like Tarzan if you bowl like Jane, Steyn tells budding pacers
The world's leading fast bowler Dale Steyn ahs said that budding pacers must train their bodies for endurance, not bursts of power to avoid being plagued by injuries. ANI

Krejza will struggle to make impact in World Cup: Ganguly
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has said that Australian spinner Jason Krejza is going to struggle to make an impact in the World Cup on the subcontinent. ANI

Stuart Broad struck down with sickness ahead of WC warm-up
England fast bowler Stuart Broad was struck down with sickness, leaving him doubtful for the first warm-up game against Canada. ANI

McCullum determined to succeed at the top of Black Caps' batting order
New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum has said that he is thrilled to be back as an opening batsman, and feels that the time is ripe to make amends for his disappointing outings in the two past World Cups. ANI

Black Caps looking to get 'momentum' back ahead of World Cup: Taylor
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has said that his team's poor recent one-day record means that it is important to get the winning mentality back as soon as possible. ANI

F1 chief Ecclestone fears anti-government protesters may target Bahrain Grand Prix
Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has expressed concern at the escalating anti-government protests in Bahrain, saying that he is worried protesters may use the opening Grand Prix of the season on March 13 to make a statement to the world. ANI

ICC bans Twitter use during World Cup matches due to corruption fears
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned players and officials from using social networking and microblogging service Twitter during World Cup matches. ANI

ICC chief puts onus on players, coaches and selectors to address fatigue factor
International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has put the onus on national teams to help stop star cricketers from burning out following complaints of fatigue ahead of the World Cup. ANI

Drug use rampant in Australian Football League, says Oz defender Milicevic
Australian footballer Ljubo Milicevic has claimed that drug use is rampant in the Australian Football League (AFL), and admitted that players had offered him cocaine in Melbourne nightclubs. ANI

Becks to get 500K pounds in damages over mag's false sex claims
Soccer star David Beckham is set to get nearly 500,000 pounds in damages over a magazine's claims that he paid a prostitute for sex, it has emerged. ANI

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