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ICC confirms replacement of players in Oz, Indian squads for WC
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that the 'Event Technical Committee' of the 2011 World Cup has approved Jason Krejza as a replacement player for the injured Nathan Hauritz and Callum Ferguson for Michael Hussey in the Australian squad, and also approved the replacement of Praveen Kumar with S Sreesanth in the Indian squad for the tournament. ANI

Eden Gardens likely to host remaining three World Cup matches: ICC
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced that it was encouraged by the progress made towards completing the necessary construction work at Eden Gardens in Kolkata ANI

Sreesanth replaces injured Praveen Kumar in Indian WC squad
Kerala pacer S Sreesanth has replaced Praveen Kumar in the Indian squad after the latter was ruled out of the upcoming World Cup because of an elbow injury. ANI

Ashley Cole surprised over England 2010 Player of the Year award
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has said that he is shocked after fans voted him as England's 2010 Player of the Year. ANI

ODI series win against Kiwis has boosted Pak's confidence ahead of World Cup: Hafeez
Pakistan's one-day series victory against New Zealand has boosted its confidence ahead of the ICC World Cup 2011, Pakistani batsman Mohammad Hafeez has said. ANI

Liverpool, Chelsea under FA scanner for object thrown at Torres
Liverpool and Chelsea could face Football Association (FA) action after an object was thrown at Fernando Torres during Sunday's Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. ANI

Blatter says 2022 World Cup in Qatar is settled for summer
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said that the idea of shifting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from summer to winter to avoid extreme desert temperatures has been put to rest. ANI

Torres refuses to give up Chelsea's Premier League title hopes
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is confident that the Blues will be able to defend the Premier League title despite being 10 points behind table-topping Manchester United. ANI

Cricket Australia launches performance review
Cricket Australia has begun its most exhaustive review in its history following the Ashes series loss to England during the Australian summer. ANI

Toure says Manchester City will defeat 'vulnerable' Man U in Manchester derby
Manchester City defender Kolo Toure reckons that current Premier League points' table leaders Manchester United will wobble now that they have surrendered their unbeaten run in the season. ANI

Chelsea now eyeing 50 million pound swoop for Fabregas
Chelsea is now reportedly planning to make a 50 million pound summer swoop for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. ANI

Liverpool keeper Reina ready to join Man U
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has sensationally opened the door to a 20 million pound summer move to Manchester United. ANI

Ukrainian Klitschko challenges UK's Haye to fight him on July 2
Wladimir Klitschko has challenged David Haye to face him in a potential heavyweight unification bout on July 2 this year. ANI

I'll do everything to make comeback from "worst day of my life", says banned Amir
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who has been handed down a five-year ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for spot-fixing, has said that he would comeback from the "worst day of my life". ANI

Coimbatore is gearing up for the World Cup
Cricket fans in Coimbatore are looking forward to the World Cup matches to be played in the city. ANI

Strauss says Ashes tour was great despite 6-1 ODI loss
England has had a great tour of Australia despite being crushed 6-1 in the one-day series feels skipper Andrew Strauss. ANI

Hoogenband says 'special athlete' Thorpe can win another gold in London
Former Dutch swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband believes that five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe can add to his gold medal tally during the 2012 London Olympics. ANI

Pup Clarke replaces Bingle with 'wild thing' Shaun Tait as arm candy
While most of the Australian cricketers made their entrances with their gorgeous wives or girlfriends at the Allan Border Medal in Melbourne on Monday, Michael Clarke managed to surprise all with his choice of partner. ANI

Williamson to miss New Zealand's World Cup flight due to chest infection
New Zealand will be without batsman Kane Williamson when the World Cup team leaves for India today. ANI

Super Bowl 2011 sets US TV record audience of 111 million
Super Bowl 2011 set a new record for the largest U.S. television audience for a single broadcast on Sunday (February 6). ANI

Salman Butt, Asif will have to 'confess to prevent longer ban sanctions'
Tainted Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif will have to sign full confessions to avoid the suspended part of their sentences being enforced in the spot-fixing case, which may deter them from appealing to the Court of Arbitration in Sports (CAS) in Switzerland. ANI

Tevez cheated with me, says ex Playboy Playmate Argentine reality TV star
Argentine television personality and former Playboy Playmate, Claudia Ciardone, has claimed that Manchester City captain Carlos Tevez had dated her - cheating on his actress girlfriend. ANI

Rodney Marsh tips an ICC associate team to create World Cup stir
Former Australian wicketkeeper Rodney Marsh is tipping one of the four ICC Associate nations-Ireland, Kenya, The Netherlands and Canada-to create a stir at this year's cricket World Cup in the Indian subcontinent. ANI

Cricket Australia manages coup, ropes in Muralidaran for guest spin coach role
Once declared an outcast by Australian cricket fans, veteran Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has agreed to sign on as a guest spin coach at the Brisbane-based Centre of Excellence in June this year. ANI

PCB boss Butt admits last six months were 'extremely painful for Pakistan cricket'
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has acknowledged that the last six months following the spot-fixing scandal that broke last August, were 'extremely painful for Pakistan cricket.' ANI

Ponting set for World Cup return
Australian captain Ricky Ponting is confident that he will be fit to play in the upcoming World Cup, saying that he could play now if he had to. ANI

CA should dump 'vapid AB Medal fashion show', not Shield final: Roebuck
Noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck reckons that if Cricket Australia is going to cancel anything, it ought to be the infernal Allan Border Medal and not the Sheffield Shield games. ANI

Steve Waugh hopes spot-fixing verdict will stamp out corruption from cricket
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh hopes that the ban imposed on three Pakistan cricketers over spot-fixing charges would stamp out corruption from international cricket. ANI

Pak trio deserved ICC ban, says Steve Waugh
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh insists that former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir got what they deserved after being banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) over spot-fixing charges. ANI

Sheffield Shield season cut would hit Australia's Test prospects: Watson
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson reckons that reducing the Sheffield Shield season would hurt Australia's performance in the Test arena. ANI

Injured Kubica's F1 future to be decided by doctors in six days
Doctors treating Lotus Renault Formula One driver Robert Kubica, who was seriously injured in a high-speed rally crash on Sunday, have said that it would take at least six days to ascertain how permanent the damage is to his right hand. ANI

Injured Ponting, Haddin and Smith progressing well, says Oz team physiotherapist
Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris has said that key members of the 15-man squad for the World Cup who had been under slight injury clouds were progressing well. ANI

Injured Hussey, Hauritz ruled out of Oz World Cup squad
Australian batsman Mike Hussey and off-spinner Nathan Hauritz have been ruled out the 15-man national squad for the upcoming World Cup due to injury. ANI

Shane Warne 'redecorating Melbourne home ahead of Liz Hurley's visit'
Shane Warne is apparently redecorating his home to impress his glamorous girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley ahead of her Down Under visit. ANI

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