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Pakistan simply awful in eerily empty stadium
Pakistan's resistance against New Zealand in the first one-day international played here on Saturday, was as truly dismal as their 124 all out from 37.3 overs suggests. ANI

Oz Open: Schiavone defeats Kuznetsova in longest women's match
French Open champion and Italian Francesca Schiavone needed a women's Grand Slam-record of four hours, 44 minutes to beat Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova to advance to this year's Australian Open quarterfinals for the first time in 11 attempts on Sunday. ANI

Australia takes 3-0 lead in ODI series against England
Australia took a three nil lead in the seven-match one-day series against England, with a four wicket victory in the third one-day international that was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground here on Sunday. ANI

Former Pak players criticize skipper Afridi for irresponsible attitude
Pakistan's one-day international captain Shahid Afridi has been roundly criticized for his irresponsible attitude by former players Aamir Sohail and Abdul Qadir during Saturday's first one-day international against New Zealand in Wellington, New Zealand. ANI

British boxer Amir Khan to raise funds for Pakistan floods
World Boxing Association light-welterweight champion Amir Khan will host a charity dinner in his home town of Bolton on Sunday to raise money for rebuilding eight schools in Pakistan, which were destroyed by last year's unprecedented floods. ANI

Wozniacki reaches quarter-finals of Australian Open
World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki moved into the Australian Open quarterfinals on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Anastasija Sevastova. ANI

Federer, Djokovic reach quarters of Australian Open
Roger Federer on Sunday equalled Jimmy Connors' Grand Slam record of 27 consecutive quarter-final appearances as he overcame Tommy Robredo in four sets at the Australian Open. ANI

Kiwi team claims 'six-figure sum' from Delhi CWG
The controversial Delhi Commonwealth Games is in the headlines again after sporting authorities in New Zealand claimed that they are owed a 'six-figure sum' by the event's organisers in India. ANI

Former England cricketer Cork to perform double death stunt on ice
Former England star Dominic Cork will be seen on tonight's ITV1 show at 6.10 p.m. performing a Double Death Spiral with professional partner Alexandra Schauman, 30. ANI

Rooney snapped on phone while driving
England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was snapped on his mobile in his 95,000 pound Range Rover Overfinch driving out of a McDonald's car park in Manchester. ANI

Lahore High Court sends notice to PCB for early hearing of Shoaib's appeal
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has received a legal notice in response to an application by fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar in the Lahore High Court, seeking an early hearing of his appeal challenging a ban and fine imposed on him. ANI

New Zealand Cricket toying with idea of having separate Test, T20 coaches
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Chief Executive Justin Vaughan has said the national team could soon see the appointment of two different coaches for Twenty20s and Tests. ANI

World Cup win not beyond New Zealand: Richardson
Former New Zealand opener Mark Richardson believes that winning this year's World Cup in India is not beyond the reach of the Black Caps. ANI

David Beckham's s*x case gets murkier
Soccer star David Beckham's s*x case involving hooker Irma Nici and a 'mystery brunette' seems to be getting murkier by the day. ANI

'Armstrong may become symbol for decades of corruption in professional cycling'
American racing cyclist Lance Armstrong's former bike mechanic and personal assistant believes the seven-time Tour de France champion is in danger of becoming a permanent "symbol for decades of corruption". ANI

Botham to be key speaker at 'Learning for a Better World' fund-raiser
Former England all-rounder Ian Botham will be the guest of honour at a dinner organized by Australia-based Learning for a Better World (LBW), which supports over 100 students through tertiary education in the developing world. ANI

Muralidaran says 20-20 will keep him busy after he quits international cricket
Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralidaran has said that after retiring from international cricket he will keep himself busy through the Indian Premier League (IPL) and other 20-20 tournaments around the world. ANI

Oz Trade Minister to raise 2010 Delhi CWG payment issue during India visit
Australian Trade Minister Craig Emerson has said he will use his visit to India to lobby on behalf of Australian companies which claim that they were not paid for their work at last year's Delhi Commonwealth Games. ANI

Fannie De Villiers offers to take up bowling mentor role with Team India
Former South African fast bowler Fannie De Villiers has said if the post is offered to him he would consider accepting the role of bowling mentor to the Indian team. ANI

Hussey not using crutches post surgery to brighten WC playing chances
Australian batsman Michael Hussey has said that he would not use crutches as he recovers from hamstring surgery, in a bid to be back in full training in just four weeks. ANI

Shane Warne, Liz Hurley snapped smooching in a car!
Spin King Shane Warne and glamorous actress Elizabeth Hurley were snapped in a passionate embrace in Los Angeles last weekend. ANI

Hodge arguably the unluckiest cricketer of his generation: Ex-Oz selector
Former Cricket Australia selection chairman Trevor Hohns has said that Brad Hodge is arguably the unluckiest cricketer of his generation. ANI

Hauritz to undergo surgery on dislocated shoulder
Australian off-spinner Nathan Hauritz will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his dislocated right shoulder this week. ANI

Hodge's lack of versatility behind World Cup snub, says Hilditch
Cricket Australia selection chairman Andrew Hilditch has suggested that Brad Hodge's lack of versatility had this time proven his undoing. ANI

Injuries 'probably affects the balance' of Oz team for England ODI series: White
Australian batsman Cameron White has admitted that injuries to senior players "probably affects the balance" of the team for the ongoing seven-match ODI series against England. ANI

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