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'Stosur can hit the ball very heavy, more like a man', says Justine Henin
Ahead of the 2011 Australian Open, Belgian tennis ace Justine Henin has hailed Samantha Stosur's stunning metamorphosis from a doubles gun to grand slam singles contender saying that the powerful player hits the tennis ball like a man. ANI

Socceroos won't be distracted by showdown with S. Korea, will take minnows India seriously
Australia's Socceroos have said that they will not be distracted by the showdown with South Korea - their second Asian Cup match - and will take their opening fixture against minnows India in the Asia Cup. ANI

Ex-tennis great Seles sells young adult novel series to Bloomsbury
After entertaining offers from a number of publishers, tennis great Monica Seles has sold a young-adult novel series to Bloomsbury. ANI

England fans, media serenade team's Ashes series triumph
Fans of the English cricket team and the British media today serenaded the team's Ashes series triumph Down Under, describing it as an "unprecedented" success, The Age reports. ANI

Arsenal can overtake Man U in Premier League title race: Wilshere
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has challenged current Premier League leaders Manchester United saying that his team will overtake them to clinch the coveted top spot. ANI

Mike Tyson back to Brooklyn for new reality show on racing pigeons
Boxer Mike Tyson is gearing up for his new Animal Planet reality show on racing pigeons in Brooklyn. ANI

UK pugilist Haye in talks for fight with Russia's Chagaev
British boxer David Haye has started talks to defend his world title against Ruslan Chagaev at the end of May. ANI

IPL riches may provide some solace for Oz Ashes series failures
Several players responsible for Australia's dismal performance in the Ashes series against England are set to grab big paychecks during the Indian Premier League auction. ANI

Dzeko's Man City deal is held up due to visa snag
Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko will have to wait to complete his 27-million-pound move to Manchester City after visa problems left him stranded at Heathrow. ANI

Indian-origin architect Anish Kapoor designed Olympic tower to attract 1m visitors a yr
London Olympic officials have said Indian-origin architect Anish Kapoor designed the 114 metre tall ArcelorMittal Orbit tower that would be located by the Olympic Stadium in East London to target a million visitors a year. ANI

Rift between tainted Pak trio and PCB surfaces over spot-fixing case
The spot-fixing case hearing against tainted Pakistani trio- Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir- began in Doha on Thursday amid signs of a widening rift between the accused players and their national board. ANI

Oz fast bowlers' inability to swing the ball cost Ashes series: Mark Waugh
Former Australian batsman Mark Waugh believes that the Australian fast bowlers' inability to swing the ball during the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney cost them the match and the series. ANI

Steve Waugh should coach Australian team: Jones
Cricket Australia needs to draw on its former greats to restore it as a cricket power and former skipper Steve Waugh should take control of the Australian side, said former cricketer Dean Jones. ANI

Cricket South Africa chief calls for 'icon status' for India-South Africa series
Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Gerald Majola has said that future Test series between India and South Africa should be granted icon status and consist of at least four matches. ANI

Spot-fixing case: Beloff outlines tribunal's hearing procedure against tainted trio
Anti-Corruption Tribunal Chairman Michael Beloff, QC, has outlined the procedure that would be adopted at the full hearing of the spot fixing case, scheduled to take place from 6 to 11 January, to adjudicate upon the 'alleged breaches of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code for Players and Player Support Personnel' by three Pakistan players- Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif. ANI

Ashes series-winning England comparable to world No. 1 India: Watson
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson believes that the Ashes series-winning England team is on par with world No. 1 ranked India. ANI

Flower seen as mastermind of England's Ashes series marvel
England cricket coach Andy Flower is being seen as the mastermind behind the team's Ashes series triumph against Australia. ANI

Watson says Oz cricket 'nowhere near the heights' of 2006 Ashes win
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has said that Australian cricket is "nowhere near the heights" it was in 2006, when they had thrashed England 5-0 to win the last Ashes series at home. ANI

Cook is cricket's very own Frank Lampard, says mentor Irani
Prolific England opener Alastair Cook has got wholesome praise from former national team mate Ronnie Irani, who hailed him as cricket's very own Frank Lampard because of his consistency, love for the game and professionalism. ANI

FA denies Redknapp, Beckham 'dream team' replacing Capello
The Football Association has denied lining up Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp and ace midfielder David Beckham as an England dream team. ANI

Chelsea players want me to stay: Ancelotti
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has said he still has the backing of the players as his job is under scanner after winning just one game out of nine. ANI

Saker signs new contract, to be with England for next two Ashes series
England's bowling coach David Saker has signed a further three-year deal with the team that should guarantee his involvement in the next two Ashes series. ANI

Liverpool boss Hodgson delivers farewell speech
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has not yet been sacked, but gave a farewell speech after Wednesday's 3-1 shock defeat at Blackburn. ANI

Pakistan on top after day one of Hamilton Test against Kiwis
Pakistan were on top in the opening Test against New Zealand, as the home team scrambled to 260-7 at the close of play on the first day at Seddon Park, Hamilton. ANI

Collingwood has 'been one of the great servants of English cricket': Strauss
England skipper Andrew Strauss reckons that all-rounder Paul Collingwood has been a great servant for English cricket, and emphasised that the team would miss him following his retirement from Test cricket. ANI

Oz selectors to blame for Ashes series loss: Boycott
Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has laid the blame for Australia's Ashes series loss at the doorstep of the selectors, and not the players. ANI

England completely outplayed Australia: Watson
All-rounder Shane Watson has admitted that Australia was completely outplayed by England in the Ashes series Down Under. ANI

Clarke says England 'outplayed' Australia in all facets of the game
Stand-in Australian captain Michael Clarke has admitted that his team was completely outplayed by England in the five-match Ashes series. ANI

Tiger Woods, Golf Digest mag end 13-year relationship
Golf Digest and Tiger Woods ended their 13-year relationship on Thursday. ANI

Tiger Woods removed from cover of his own video game
Golfer Tiger Woods has been dropped from the box cover of the latest Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12. ANI

England 'delighted' with historic Ashes series win Down Under: Strauss
England skipper Andrew Strauss has said that he was delighted after his team managed to complete a historic Ashes series win in Australia with another big victory. ANI

England beat Australia to win Ashes series Down Under after 24 years
England's 24-year wait to win an Ashes series in Australia is over, as the visitors thrashed Australia by an innings and 83 runs in the fifth and final Test in Sydney on Friday to claim a 3-1 victory. ANI

White appointed captain of Australia's T20 team
Victorian skipper Cameron White has been appointed captain of Australia for two T20 games against England next week, with Tasmanian wicketkeeper Tim Paine his deputy. ANI

Ashes humiliation forces Clarke to quit as Australia's T20 captain
Michael Clarke has quit as Australia's Twenty20 skipper in order to find batting form, in the aftermath of the humiliating Ashes defeat. ANI

India maintains top spot in ICC Test Championship
India continues to dominate the ICC Test Championship following the drawn Test series against South Africa. ANI

Becks' $150K Porsche goes up for sale on eBay
David Beckham's supercar is up for sale at an online auction and shopping website.he soccer star's matte black Porsche 911 Convertible Turbo is being sold on eBay. ANI

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