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Stosur, Clijsters sail into round three of Australian Open
Fifth seed Samantha Stosur powered into the third round of the Australian Open by beating unseeded Russian Vera Dushevina on Thursday. ANI

Nadal, Soderling cruise into round three of Australian Open
World No.1 Rafael Nadal and World No.4 Robin Soderling blasted their way into the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday. ANI

Jenson Button's father 'forgot where he parked Ferrari 550 Maranello'
Former Formula One champion Jenson Button's father sparked a Ferrari theft alert on the Italian Riviera, only to realise that he had forgotten where he parked it. ANI

West Ham star Da Costa charged with sexual assault
West Ham United defender Manuel da Costa has been charged with sexually assaulting a girl at a nightclub in Ilford, East London, Scotland Yard has said. ANI

Ponting should give up captaincy to regain form like Tendulkar: Hussain
Former England captain Nasser Hussain has said Ricky Ponting can still make runs and regain his lost form like Sachin Tendulkar if he gives up Australia's captaincy. ANI

Clarke gets advice on technique from Oz teenager
An Australian teenager has advised Michael Clarke against "pushing at the ball" in order to find batting form. ANI

Donald to instil 'motivation and aggression' in Kiwi bowlers ahead of World Cup
The new bowling coach for the New Zealand team, Allan Donald, has said that he wants to install motivation and aggression in the Kiwi bowlers. ANI

Nielsen defends Clarke, Hughes over 'out on town' drinking before losing Ashes
Australian coach Tim Nielsen has defended Michael Clarke and Phil Hughes over allegations that the two batsmen were drinking the night before the team lost the Ashes on home soil. ANI

Michel has not refused to coach Pak hockey team despite security concerns: Asif Bajwa
Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Secretary Asif Bajwa has claimed that while coach Michel van den Heuvel has expressed his 'security concerns' in Pakistan, he has not refused to continue his assignment with the national team. ANI

PCB may lay off 'incompetent' trainers and analysts across Pakistan
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is mulling over downsizing its trainers and analysts across the country, according to well-placed sources. ANI

Stoke City star Pennant forgot Porsche at train station
English Premier League star Jermaine Pennant - once Britain's most expensive teenage soccer player - forgot he owned a Porsche, leaving the luxury car at a train station for six months. ANI

No rift between Fabregas, Denilson says coach Wenger
Coach Arsene Wenger has denied reports of Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas having a rift with mid-fielder team-mate Denilson. ANI

Runaway Pak wicketkeeper Zulqarnain runs out of money in UK
Runaway Pakistani wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who stunned one and all by fleeing the team hotel in Dubai hours before the final one-day international against South Africa last year, has said he has run out of money. ANI

Warne calls off charity England-Oz greats Twenty20 flood relief match
Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has called off a Twenty20 match to raise money for victims of the Queensland floods. ANI

Liverpool chairman Werner backs coach Dalglish for full-time role
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner is backing coach Kenny Dalglish to become Liverpool's permanent boss. ANI

Sunderland fans target striker Bent for shift to Aston Villa
Striker Darren Brent has reportedly received sickening death threats from Sunderland fans on Twitter after his 24-million-pound move to Aston Villa. ANI

Liverpool close to inking 18 m pound deal with Suarez
Liverpool coach Kenny Dalglish is on the brink of landing Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez for a sum of 18 million pounds. ANI

Chelsea determined to rope in Sanchez
Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti appears determined to rope in the services of 25-million-pound-rated Udinese midfield star Alexis Sanchez. ANI

Gunners working for clean four title sweep: Nasri
Samir Nasri has revealed that Arsenal will go for a clean sweep of all four trophies this season. ANI

PCB issues notice to Waqar Younis for violating board's new media policy
The Pakistan Cricket Board has issued a notice to team coach Waqar Younis for issuing a statement regarding the selectors' decision to withhold the name of the captain while announcing the final 15-member squad for next month's World Cup. ANI

Australia keeping careful eye on Watson's fitness
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson's workload is being carefully monitored by team management who are wary not to turn the player into the goose that laid the golden egg. ANI

Vettori quits as Test captain, will end ODI reign after World Cup
Daniel Vettori has announced he will step down as New Zealand cricket captain after the 2011 World Cup. ANI

PCB's decision not to name Pak skipper for World Cup "strange practice": Akram
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has expressed surprise over the Pakistan Cricket Board's decision to withhold the name of the captain while announcing the final 15-member squad for next month's World Cup to be held in the sub-continent from February 19. ANI

Paine might replace Hussey in Australia's World Cup top-six: Bracken
Nathan Bracken has said Australia might have no choice but to play back-up wicket-keeper Tim Paine in the top-six due to a lack of balance in the World Cup squad. ANI

Murray thought someone was giving birth when Venus Williams was playing
The grunting and groaning by women tennis players in the ongoing Australian Open has led British tennis champion to say that he has "never heard so much noise in a tennis match". ANI

Clarke defends his slow scoring in first ODI against England
Australia stand-in captain Michael Clarke has defended his relatively slow scoring in a support role to century-maker Shane Watson in his side's win over England at the MCG. ANI

Hilditch's PR bungle describes Hauritz's 'one-day record in India as excellent'
After facing criticism during Australia's dreadful Ashes summer, Chief selector Andrew Hilditch committed a PR bungle when he described off-spinner Nathan Hauritz's "one-day record in India is excellent". ANI

Hussey to be fit for World Cup in time after undergoing surgery
The surgeon, who performed Mike Hussey's hamstring operation on Tuesday, has said the 35-year-old would be fit for Australia's third match against Sri Lanka in Colombo on March 5. ANI

Aussies owed millions from Delhi Commonwealth Games
More than three months after the conclusion of the XIXth Commonwealth Games, Australian sporting bodies and major event groups continue to complain that they are owed millions by the Indian Government. ANI

Ronaldo says he sometimes changes his baby son's nappies
Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken for the first time about his role as a father. ANI

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