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Chennai students use sand sculptures to honour Indian World Cup squad
School students here created sand sculptures to wish the Indian team luck for the cricket World Cup. ANI

Windies banking on all rounders for World Cup success: Bravo
West Indies vice-captain Dwayne Bravo on Tuesday exuded confidence about his team's chances in their first World Cup match against South Africa to be played here on Thursday. ANI

ICC expresses condolences for Christchurch quake victims
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has expressed its condolences and sympathy to the people of Christchurch, New Zealand, after the devastating earthquake which has claimed many lives, injured scores of others and destroyed offices and homes. ANI

Left-hander Alam shocked over Pak World Cup squad omission
Having ended 2010 as Pakistan's third highest run scorer in ODIs, Fawad Alam and his fans were both surprised and stunned over his non-selection in the Pakistan World Cup squad. ANI

Three arrested over plot to blackmail Coleen Rooney
London, Feb.22 Three people have been arrested over an alleged plot to blackmail Coleen Rooney, the wife of England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. ANI

Pak team fully focused on launching their World Cup campaign
After battling controversy for a longtime, the Pakistan team is fully focused on launching their World Cup campaign on Wednesday. ANI

Becks thanks Tottenham pals with East End feast of pie and mash
Former England great David Beckham said farewell to his Tottenham pals by buying them an East End feast of pie and mash. ANI

Mourinho hints at possible move to Chelsea
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has admitted he still loves Chelsea and may consider a return to The Blues. ANI

Barca coach Guardiola admits defeat in luring Gunners skipper Fabregas
Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has reportedly conceded defeat in his pursuit of Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas by admitting that Arsène Wenger will not sell any of his best players. ANI

Hampshire sign Afridi for Twenty20 campaign
Hampshire have signed Pakistan's limited overs captain Shahid Afridi for their Friends Provident t20 campaign. ANI

Caster Semenya plans to make 1,500m bid in 2012 Olympics
World 800 metre champion Caster Semenya has said she is planning to of participate in the 1,500 metres race at next year's London Olympics. ANI

Chappell says he never told Mike Hussey to retire
Australian cricket selector Greg Chappell has refuted suggestions in the media that he had advised Mike Hussey to retire. ANI

Dark horse England can give WC title contenders a run for their money: Swann
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has said that he is determined to go back home with a handful of World Cup wickets to make up for being away from his wife and new-born son Wilfred for six weeks. ANI

Ex-Test opener Jacques puts his hand up for Oz team selection
Former Australian left-hand opener Phil Jaques appears to be putting his hand up again for national selection after scoring consecutive first class centuries against Victoria, despite a lion-hearted effort from Test pacer Peter Siddle. ANI

Injury to Brazil's Anderson, a huge blow for Man U's treble trophy hopes
A knee injury to Brazilian mid-fielder Anderson has delivered a huge blow to Manchester United's chances of gunning for three titles in the 2010-11 season. ANI

Ponting bats for ICC move to reduce World Cup playing teams
Australian captain Ricky Ponting is reportedly in favour of reducing the number of teams playing the World Cup and the Champions Trophy to ten from 14 at present. ANI

Chelsea FC not dead yet, says coach Ancelotti
Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti does not believe that the club's 2010-11 season is over, though he knows that he fighting an uphill battle to retain his job after overseeing the worst run of results in the Roman Abramovich era. ANI

Fit and firing Oz pace attack holds key to winning 2011 WC: Ponting
Australian captain Ricky Ponting believes that his team's pace bowlers hold the key to the side winning its fourth successive World Cup title. ANI

Gunners, Barca in bitter bust up over footie wonderkid Toral
Arsenal and Barcelona are locked in a bitter bust-up over the former trying to snatch 16-year-old wonderkid Jon Miquel Toral Harper from their academy, just like they did with Gunners skipper Cesc Fabregas. ANI

Warne's ex reveals they were still living together during Hurley fling
In an interview with Australian magazine New Idea, Shane Warne's ex-wife Simone Callahan has revealed that she was still living with the spin king when news of his relationship with Liz Hurley broke. ANI

Aussies need to perform better to make it to WC 2011 final: Ponting
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has warned his team that they need to perform better if they want to make it to the final of the 2011 World Cup for a fourth consecutive time. ANI

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