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Vettori, Wright defend New Zealand team selection after defeat to Australia
New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori and coach John Wright have defended the decision to leave Kyle Mills and Jacob Oram on the sidelines during Friday's defeat to Australia in their World Cup Group A match. ANI

Canada eyeing to tackle Zimbabwean spinners in World Cup clash
Canada skipper Ashish Bagai has said his batsmen must stop Zimbabwean spinners from repeating their impressive performance to boost the team's chances of posting a win in their World Cup clash tomorrow. ANI

Ashes axing helped me regain confidence for World Cup: Johnson
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has said that the pain of his ruthless Ashes axing has helped him regain his confidence for their World Cup campaign. ANI

Ancelotti's position at Chelsea is safe and sound: Ferguson
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that embattled Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti will still be in charge at Stamford Bridge next season. ANI

Latif backs ICC's decision to reduce number of Associate members in next World Cup
Afghanistan cricket team head coach Rashid Latif has said the International Cricket Council has taken a right decision to reduce the number of teams to 10 in the next World Cup. ANI

Johnson enjoying stint as first-change bowler in Oz World Cup campaign

Langer says Oz grade cricket batsmen lacking quality practice
Former Australian batsman Justin Langer is concerned that his country's next generation of batsmen could suffer from not getting enough quality time in the nets due to rules designed to restrict the wear and tear on fast bowlers. ANI

Becks tougher than gansters, says tattooist
Soccer star David Beckham, who recently revealed his latest body art on Facebook, sat through the 6-hour procedure without flinching, according to his tattooist. ANI

Decision to dump Hussey would hurt Oz World Cup campaign: Steve Waugh
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has described the selectors' decision to dump batsman Michael Hussey from the World Cup squad as "staggering". ANI

Waugh urges Aussies to acknowledge International Rare Disease Day
Former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh wants everyone to know that Australia is not the lucky country for everyone, and is urging people to acknowledge international Rare Disease Day tomorrow. ANI

Black Caps need to treat WC match against Zimbabwe with caution: Doull
New Zealand would need to approach their next World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad with caution, following their loss to Australia in Nagpur, says former Black Cap player Simon Doull. ANI

Pak have "certain chance" in World Cup after win over Lankans: Sohail
Pakistan "have a certain chance" in the ICC World Cup 2011 following their 11-run win against Sri Lanka on Saturday, former captain Aamir Sohail has said. ANI

Nielsen says 'slow' Oz openers on right track for World Cup
Australian coach Tim Nielsen has defended his opening batsmen, who have been criticized for their slow scoring against Zimbabwe, saying that they did as asked and will continue to stick to their World Cup plans. ANI

WC 2011: Indian cricketers in good form, can deliver, says Srikkanth
Chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth believes that the Indian cricketers are in good form, and will deliver a victory for the country against England in its second World Cup 2011 fixture to be held today. ANI

Pak must improve fielding or be ready for early flight back: Afridi
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has warned his teammates that mistakes in the field similar to those committed during the thrilling 11-run win over Sri Lanka in their World Cup clash may lead to an early return home. ANI

Hussey's selection in Oz World Cup squad will undermine faith in batsmen: Shipperd
Victorian coach Greg Shipperd believes that including batsman Michael Hussey in Australia's 15-man World Cup squad in place of injured fast bowler Doug Bollinger would skew the balance of the squad, and undermine the faith in the batsmen. ANI

Wenger to offer six players new contracts
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will offer six players new contracts this summer in a move to keep rival buyers at bay. ANI

Sports Minister Maken gives National Games closing ceremony a miss
The closing ceremony of 34th National Games that was held here on Saturday evening ended without Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken. ANI

Siddle or Hastings to replace injured Bollinger in Oz World Cup squad
Australian fast bowlers Peter Siddle and John Hastings have emerged as frontline options to replace injured fast bowler Doug Bollinger in the World Cup team. ANI

Ashley Cole 'shoots' Chelsea intern with air rifle
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has accidentally shot a 21-year-old student with .22 air rifle. ANI

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