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India lacks good coaches, says Somdev Devvarman
Tennis champion Somdev Devvarman in a recent interaction with young tennis enthusiasts in Tripura said the country lacks good coaches to groom abundant young talent. ANI

Clarke would be completely different as Oz captain to Ponting, says NSW coach
New South Wales coach Matthew Mott, a temporary member of the Australian coaching staff during the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup, reckons that stand-in captain Michael Clarke would be "completely different" in style to Ricky Ponting. ANI

Strauss urges England teammates to focus on Ashes series win at SCG
England captain Andrew Strauss has warned his team against easing off in the final Test of the Ashes series against Australia, starting in Sydney on Monday. ANI

Hodgson says he has backing of Liverpool players and owners
Under fire Liverpool coach Roy Hodgson has said the club owners wished him well before the game against Bolton at Anfield., and added that he had the backing of players at the club. ANI

Kaka likely to join Manchester United in Jan 2011
Brazilian superstar Kaka is likely to join Manchester United in a shock loan deal this month which could lead to a permanent 50 million pounds move. ANI

I expect my bowling style will work in New Zealand: Tanvir Ahmed
Pakistan medium fast bowler Tanvir Ahmed has expressed confidence that his "preferred length and bowling style" will work in New Zealand, where both countries play a two-Test series commencing on January 7. ANI

England's supremacy can last for years, says Boycott
Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott believes that the Andrew Strauss-led England team's supremacy in Test cricket can last for years. ANI

Tiger Woods' ex-missus celebrates first birthday post divorce
Tiger Woods' former wife Elin Nordegren celebrated her first birthday on Saturday since divorcing the golfer. She turns 31.t has been reported that Nordegren spent the holidays in her native Sweden to visit her mother, politician Barbro Holmberg, reports ANI

Swann questions Oz selectors decision to sack Nathan Hauritz
England spinner Graeme Swann has questioned the Australian selectors decision to sack Nathan Hauritz. ANI

Clarke determined to put his mark on Oz team in Sydney Test
Stand-in captain Michael Clarke is determined to take control of the team in the final Ashes Test at the SCG. ANI

Aussies must follow Ponting to 'leave all stress in locker': Hussey
Australian batsman Michael Hussey has advised his teammates to follow the example of injured captain Ricky Ponting, and keep a clear mind at the crease regardless of external pressure. ANI

Hussey backs Clarke to be an aggressive skipper during Sydney Test
Australian batsman Michael Hussey reckons that Michael Clarke would be an aggressive captain during the fifth and final Test of the Ashes series, starting in Sydney on Monday. ANI

72 Australian players on list for Indian Premier League auction
Fast bowlers Doug Bollinger, Shaun Tait, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus and Stuart Clark are among the 72 Australian players whose nominations for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) auction have been accepted. ANI

English Premier League clubs vie to cash on Beckham's popularity
English Premier League clubs lining up to try to tempt football superstar David Beckham back home from America after the ace midfielder expressed his desire to play football in Europe. ANI

Pele backs Beckham's Hollywood career
Pele has thrown his support behind David Beckham who wants to kickstart his Hollywood career. ANI

Beckham likely to join Tottenham Hotspur on three-month deal
England and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has given the green light to a sensational three-month move to Tottenham Hotspur during this month's transfer window. ANI

Khawaja, Beer to make debuts in Sydney Ashes Test
Pakistan-born batsman Usman Khawaja and spinner Michael Beer will make their debuts for Australia in the fifth and final Test of the Ashes series, starting in Sydney on Monday. ANI

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