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'I'm fully prepared for World Cup,' says Misbah
Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who has been named in the 15-man squad for the World Cup, has said that he will not let anyone down if he is provided with an opportunity to show his talent. ANI

Shaun Marsh stars as Australia beat England by 46 runs in Hobart ODI
Australia on Friday defeated England by 46 runs in the second one-day international played at Hobart's Bellerive Oval after Shaun Marsh's brilliant ton rescued the home team in the first innings. ANI

Tiger Woods PlayStation game has Brit woman's avatar teeing off topless
A golf fan in Britain has revealed that she was left shocked when she saw an avatar she had created in her own image, tee off topless in a Tiger Woods PlayStation game. ANI

ITF backs Bopanna-Qureshi's call to Indian, Pak govts to allow border match
The "Indo-Pak Express" comprising Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi has urged the Indian and Pakistan governments to allow a tennis match across their heavily fortified border. ANI

Wozniacki, Sharapova advance in Australian Open, Henin crashes out
World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki defeated World No.29 Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-3, to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday. ANI

Man arrested in England for allegedly burning Koran
A 32-year-old man has been arrested after a Koran was allegedly burned during an anti-Islam rant in Carlisle, England. ANI

PCB introduces grading system for Pak umpires
The Pakistan Cricket Board has enforced a new policy of grading the performance of umpires in the wake of complaints against sub-standard umpiring in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final. ANI

Federer, Djokovic into fourth round of Australian Open
Defending champion Roger Federer on Friday breezed into the fourth round of the Australian Open by beating Belgian Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-3, 6-1. ANI

Sania Mirza helping 'disappointed' hubby Malik in handling biggest crisis of his career
Former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik, who has been omitted from the national squad for next month's World Cup, says his wife and Indian tennis star Sania Mirza has been very supportive during this most difficult phase of his career. ANI

Plenty of fight left in Kiwi all-rounder Oram
Jacob Oram, a veteran of 141 one-day internationals for New Zealand, has brushed off his anonymous hecklers and has offered some wry humour by way of a response. ANI

How and Bennett now key Black Cap figures
New Zealand cricketers Jamie How and Hamish Bennett now loom as key figures in their country's quest for the World Cup that is to be played in India between February and April this year. ANI

England wicketkeeper Davies disappointed over World Cup omission
Steven Davies has admitted that he is disappointed at not being named as England's wicketkeeper for next month's 50-over World Cup in the Indian subcontinent. ANI

Prior says Watson century should be benchmark for all openers
Recalled England wicketkeeper Matt Prior wants to become England's version of Shane Watson, turning a solid 50 into a match-winning century ANI

PCB boss Butt 'secretly' leaves for NZ to decide on Pak captain for World Cup
In the backdrop of former Pakistani players slamming the Pakistan Cricket Board for its decision to withhold the captain's name while announcing the final 15-member squad for next month's World Cup, PCB chairman Ijaz Butt has secretly left for New Zealand to 'sort out' the captaincy issue. ANI

Cautious Clarke raises World Cup risk factor
Acting Australian captain Michael Clarke is wondering just how many risks the defending champions can afford to take in their selections for February 19-April 2 tournament in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. ANI

Usman Khawaja joins Derbyshire
Australian Test batsman Usman Khawaja will join Derbyshire for the upcoming English County season. ANI

Ric Charlesworth, the best man to coach Aussie cricketers: Roebuck
Dr Richard Charlesworth is the best candidate to coach the Australian cricket team, feels cricket columnist Peter Roebuck. ANI

Prior says his role will be to 'turbo charge' England to World Cup glory
Recalled England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has said that he intends to use his experience and leadership skills to guide the team to World Cup glory. ANI

Black Caps move power hitters down the order for ODI against Pak
New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has revealed that Brendon McCullum will bat at No 6 in Saturday's first one-day international against Pakistan in Wellington. ANI

Once looking for a fight outside the park, Prior, Siddle are now pals
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has revealed how bitter Ashes rival Peter Siddle has become his new mate. ANI

Contractor blames Oz ministers for no action on 2010 Delhi CWG unpaid bills claim
An Australian contractor claims that he had written to the federal government over a month ago asking for help over massive unpaid bills and red tape from the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games organizers, but has still not received a reply. ANI

Oz teen's advice on Clarke's flawed technique 'right on the money': Jones
The Australian teenager who advised Michael Clarke against "pushing at the ball" in order to find batting form is right on the money, according to former batman Dean Jones. ANI

Shane Warne's secret rendezvous with Liz Hurley in LA
Cricket legend Shane Warne has for the first time spoken - although briefly - about his relationship with Liz Hurley. ANI

Watson to become highest paid Oz cricketer with new $2 million contract
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson is reportedly set to unseat Ricky Ponting as the highest paid player in the country by signing a new Cricket Australia (CA) contract worth up to two million dollars. ANI

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