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Pakistan eye first Test series win since 2007 as NZ struggle for form
While New Zealand struggle for form, Pakistan will set aside off-field controversies to chase their first series win for four years, when the second and final Test begins in Wellington on Saturday. ANI

Pak aims to "perform even better in Wellington" following Hamilton win: Misbah
Following Pakistan's all round performance against New Zealand in the Hamilton Test, Test skipper Misbah ul Haq is now aiming at further improvement in his team, so that it performs "even better" in the second and final Test at Wellington. ANI

Brit rapper Aggro Santos pursuing Ashley Cole's new girlfriend
It seems footballer Ashley Cole has got a new love rival - his girlfriend Kayla Collins is being pursued by Brit rapper Aggro Santos. ANI

Oz Open will be my 'last chance in life' to bag Grand Slam equivalent: Nadal
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal reckons that winning next week's Australian Open is his only chance of owning all four major titles at the same time, a feat not accomplished since Rod Laver in 1969. ANI

Pak's holding of Quaid-e-Azam final under lights may revolutionize Test cricket: Miandad
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Director General Javed Miandad believes that Test cricket could be headed for a revolution if the experiment to hold the final match of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in the 'day and night' format is successful. ANI

Love for tennis can take Federer beyond 20 Grand Slam titles: Annacone
Tennis ace Roger Federer can increase his number of Grand Slam titles beyond the 20-mark as long as he stays in love with the game, according to his coach Paul Annacone. ANI

Martin overtakes McGrath to become slowest to reach 100 runs in Test
New Zealand pace bowler Chris Martin became slowest player to reach 100 runs in Test cricket during last week's first Test against Pakistan in Hamilton. ANI

Capello proclaims Vauxhall a 'fantastic' brand for English football
England boss Fabio Capello has proudly proclaimed Vauxhall as a "fantastic brand" for the nation's football fraternity, and hoped it would "be with us for a long, long time." ANI

Waqar expects wounded Kiwis to hit back hard on fast and bouncy Wellington track
Pakistan cricket team coach Waqar Younis is expecting a fast and bouncy track at Basin Reserve in Wellington, where it plays the second and final test against New Zealand, starting January 15. ANI

Platini wants other Gulf nations to joint Qatar in hosting 2022 WC
UEFA boss Michel Platini has asked the 2022 World Cup, which will be hosted in Qatar, to be expanded to include other Gulf nations. ANI

Spot-fixing case: Former ICC chief feels suspended Pak trio will be "harshly punished"
Former International Cricket Council (ICC) President Ehsan Mani has expressed his happiness with the way the anti-corruption tribunal has handled the spot-fixing case against the suspended Pakistani trio, and said he has a 'gut feeling' that 'all the three' will be handed harsh punishments when the final verdict is announced next month. ANI

Wright reads riot act to Kiwi players ahead of Wellington Test
Fresh from a 10-wicket defeat to Pakistan inside three days in Hamilton, coach John Wright gathered the New Zealand cricket team on the outfield yesterday and laid down the law as preparations began for the second test, starting on Saturday. ANI

White sees promising signs in Oz Twenty20 loss
Australian Twenty20 captain Cameron White believes that while his team lost the first of two Twenty20 internationals to England, there are some promising signs that suggest the team is on the mend. ANI

Sport superstars take aim at flood
International superstars Roger Federer and Lance Armstrong are among many high-profile sportspeople contributing to Queensland flood relief campaigns. ANI

Mckay joins list of injured Australian bowlers to miss 2011 World Cup
Foot injury to Australian fast bowler Clint Mckay will keep him out of the game for at least 10 weeks, which means he will miss the World Cup. ANI

Warne wants legends cricket match to raise money for Queensland flood victims
Australian spin legend Shane Warne wants to play a cricket match to raise money for the Queensland flood victims, and has made prominent use of the social networking site Twitter to get the idea moving forward. ANI

Maria Sharapova unveils 2011 Australian Open outfit
Tennis ace Maria Sharapova has unveiled her new outfit for the 2011 Australian Open which is a huge improvement compared to what she wore in Melbourne last year. ANI

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