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Djokovic deserved to win Australian Open men's singles title: Murray
World No.5 Andy Murray, who lost Sunday's Australian Open men's singles final to Novak Djokovic, has said that the World No.3 deserved to win the tournament. ANI

Djokovic whips Murray to capture second Aussie Open title
World No.3 Novak Djokovic thrashed World No.5 Andy Murray in Sunday's Australian Open men's single final to claim his second Grand Slam title. ANI

Australia beats England by 51 runs in Brisbane ODI
Australia defeated England by 51 runs in the fifth ODI played in Brisbane on Sunday to seal the seven-match series 4-1 with two matches to spare. ANI

Oz swimmer Ian Thorpe may announce Olympics ambitions soon
Australia's greatest Olympian, Ian Thorpe, is expected to reportedly announce his comeback to international swimming, with an intention be a part of London Olympics in 2012. ANI

Taylor favoured to become New Zealand captain after World Cup
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor is likely to become the captain of the national team when Daniel Vettori steps aside after the upcoming World Cup. ANI

BBC backs football pundit Groves over 'inconsistent, emotional women referee' comments
The BBC has backed its football analyst Perry Groves' comments that women were too inconsistent to be referees and could become too emotional, depressed or aggressive during their "time of the month". ANI

Sky should forget signing Gary Neville: Ferguson
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Sky TV should forget any thoughts of signing up Gary Neville as he has a job at Old Trafford for life. ANI

Lance Armstrong's New Zealand holiday
American racing cyclist Lance Armstrong has been spotted in holiday hotspots across New Zealand as he takes time out from the drug allegations that continue to swirl around him. ANI

Torres can join Chelsea for 50 million pounds
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres will be allowed to leave the club before Monday's transfer deadline, providing Chelsea comes up with a 50 million pound offer. ANI

Abramovich personally funding Chelsea's new signing spree
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is personally funding 100 million pound to fund his club's transfer spending. ANI

Elite Oz batsmen becoming robots because of bowling machines: Smith
Australia's coaches must minimise their use of bowling machines and restrict throw-downs in net sessions in order to correct the flawed footwork of some of the batsmen, according to Warren Smith. ANI

Sarfraz Nawaz appreciates Pak's 'morale-boosting' win against New Zealand
Former Pakistan cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz has appreciated the national team's win against New Zealand in the third one-dayer. ANI

Donald terrific asset to New Zealand's World Cup campaign, says Parore
Former New Zealand wicketkeeper Adam Parore believes that bowling coach Allan Donald is a terrific addition to the Black Caps team management ahead of the upcoming World Cup. ANI

Yousuf, Malik omitted from 30-player list for Pak 'central contracts'
Pakistan's cricket selection committee has omitted names of senior players Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik, Danish Kaneria and Rana Naved from the proposed list of 30 players, who will be awarded fresh central contracts this year. ANI

'Old wives tales' about footwear behind Oz bowlers injury
A consultant for a leading sports shoe company has urged Cricket Australia to copy the AFL and order contracted players to wear specialised shoes after he discovered many wore modified cross-trainers. ANI

How Hou Yifan became world's youngest ever women's chess champion
Hou Yifan, who has become the youngest ever women's world chess champion at the age of just 16, is a typical Chinese teenager who has worked almost unimaginably hard to make the most of her talents and opportunities. ANI

Clarke desperate to play grade cricket to overcome form slump
To overcome his form slump, Australia's stand-in skipper Michael Clarke has been desperate to play grade cricket for western suburbs in Sydney. ANI

'Back-to-back Ashes series could dilute interest'
Australia's leading experts on sports broadcasting, Colin Smith, has warned that back-to-back Ashes series could dilute interest in the oldest rivalry in cricket. ANI

I will welcome responsibility of captaining Australia: Watson
Shane Watson, who is being pushed forward as a candidate to succeed Ricky Ponting, would welcome the responsibility of captaining Australia. ANI

Murray says he is mentally stronger in comparison to last year
British No.1 Andy Murray believes he is mentally stronger heading into Australian Open final in comparison to last year's straight sets loss to Roger Federer in 2010 decider. ANI

Clarke refuses to quit Twitter, asks critics to 'take a chill pill'
Australia's stand-in cricket Michael Clarke has said that he would not quit Twitter unless ordered by Cricket Australia. ANI

England's World Cup campaign has been helped by injuries: Pietersen
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has said that his team's World Cup campaign has been helped by injuries to some of the players. ANI

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