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Liverpool sack manager Roy Hodgson, Dalglish returns
Liverpool on Saturday announced that manager Roy Hodgson has left the club by mutual consent. ANI

ODIs tougher for players than Tests, says Dean Jones
Former Australian batsman Dean Jones has described one-day cricket as "much tougher" than the longer version of the game. ANI

'Ashes-winning' England side yet to peak, says Strauss
England captain Andrew Strauss has said that the Ashes-winning heroes are yet to reach their peak after meting out a 3-1 series thrashing to Australia. ANI

Waugh ready to come to the aid of 'hammered' Aussies
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has said that he would consider accepting the role of mentor to the national team. ANI

'IPL cannot dictate team owners to select particular player'
Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council member Sushant Roy on Saturday said that they cannot dictate team owners to select any particular player. ANI

CA blames circumstances for not having ideal preparations for Oz Ashes campaign
Cricket Australia has said that it has been a victim of circumstances, which hampered the preparation of the Test team resulting in the unprecedented loss of three Ashes Tests by an innings. ANI

Beckham likely to make his Spurs debut against Man U
Confident of signing David Beckham, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has said the midfielder could make his Spurs debut against Manchester United. ANI

Sleep top of agenda for Anderson after Ashes victory
Leading Ashes wicket taker and main architect of England's victory, James Anderson, just slept after helping his team retain the urn. ANI

Liverpool in chaos after no news on Hodgson's future
With no clear news on Roy Hodgson's future, Liverpool is in chaos as it goes to Old Trafford tomorrow. ANI

Ashes 'hammering' suggests that Oz cricket system is not working: Roebuck
Noted cricket commentator Peter Roebuck has urged Cricket Australia to instigate an independent review of all cricketing bodies in the country following the 3-1 Ashes series defeat to England. ANI

Legal constraints prevent high bidding from Rajasthan Royals in IPL: Shetty
Rajasthan Royals co-owner Shilpa Shetty on Saturday said that they have not indulged in high-price bidding for players at the ongoing Indian Premier League auction being held in Bangalore due to legal constraints on the team. ANI

Bramy Army delirious following England's smashing Ashes success
Barmy Army fans rejoiced in Sydney after England registered a historic 3-1 series win against Australia, for the first time in an Ashes series since 1987. ANI

Narain Karthikeyan to make F1 return with Hispania
Narain Karthikeyan is set to return to Formula 1 after a six-year absence to race for the Hispania team. ANI

Elen Rivas opens up about her relationship with ex Frank Lampard
In an interview, Elen Rivas has opened up about her relationship with ex-fiancee Frank Lampard. ANI

Weather played key factor in England's historic Ashes victory, claims research
England is much more likely to win in Australia during mild and humid summers, according to meteorologists, who have studied more than a 100 years of Test Matches. ANI

Razzaq disappointed over Pak players' omission from IPL 4 auction
Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has expressed his disappointment over the exclusion of Pakistani cricketers from the auction list for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). ANI

England expects tough challenge from world No.1 Aussies in ODI series: Flower
England coach Andy Flower has said that his team expects a tough challenge from the world No.1 ranked Australians during the upcoming seven-match ODI series. ANI

IPL auction: Ganguly, Gayle go unsold, Pune Warriors buy Uthappa, Smith
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and West Indies batsman Chris Gayle became the first two players to be unsold in the first round of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction held in Bangalore on Saturday. ANI

Australia close to "rock bottom" in Test cricket: Clarke
Michael Clarke has admitted that Australia is close to "rock bottom" in Test cricket, but is against making drastic changes, arguing that the players involved in the 3-1 humiliating Ahses loss can still turn the country's fortunes around. ANI

England's Ashes heroes have yet to reach their peak: Strauss
England skipper Andrew Strauss has said that his players have yet to reach their peak despite beating Australia 3-1 in the Ashes series. ANI

Cricket tycoon Stanford's fraud case delayed over mental incompetence to face trial
The upcoming trial of former Texas billionaire and cricket tycoon R. Allen Stanford, accused of fleecing investors out of seven billion dollars in a pyramid scheme, has been delayed after a federal judge declared that he is mentally incompetent to go forward with his case. ANI

Cricket Australia refuses to axe Nielsen despite humiliating Ashes loss
Cricket Australia has refused to take harsh decisions despite their humiliating Ashes loss to England. ANI

Strauss dreams of two more Ashes series wins under his captaincy
England skipper Andrew Strauss has said he should still be around in 2013 when England play successive home and away series against Australia, and added that he has already decided that his next Ashes dream is to win two more Test series. ANI

'Philanthropic' Steve Waugh wants to be a 'mentor', not coach of Australian team
Former skipper Steve Waugh has said that he is not interested in coaching the Australian team, after Cricket Australia announced it would be undertaking a thorough review following the embarrassing 3-1 series defeat to England. ANI

IPL auction: KKR buys Gambhir, Yusuf Pathan
Kolkata Knight Riders bought Gautam Gambhir for Rs. 11.04 crore and Yusuf Pathan for Rs. 9.66 crore during the ongoing bidding for leading cricket players for the Indian Premier League in Bangalore on Saturday. ANI

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