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McLaren's Jenson Button wins Hungarian Grand Prix
McLaren's Jenson Button celebrated his 200th Formula One start with a victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday. ANI

Man U wins friendly against Barcelona
Manchester United has defeated Champions League winners Barcelona 2-1 in a pre-season friendly in Washington. ANI

Jenson Button's 'fake injury story' now removed from web
The fake 'injury story' on McLaren Formula One racing driver Jenson Button's official website claiming that he had been seriously injured in a car crash has now been removed. ANI

Chelsea coach Villas-Boas must be trusted, says skipper Terry
Chelsea FC skipper John Terry has urged the club hierarchy to trust the decisions made by coach Andre Villas-Boas to ensure that he is successful. ANI

Dravid disappointed with team's batting performance in Nottingham Test
Veteran Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid, who scored his 34th test ton on the second day of the second Test against England at Trent Bridge on Saturday, has expressed disappointment with the team's batting performance. ANI

Nottingham Test: 'We are back in the game', says Broad
England pacer Stuart Broad, who took a hat-trick against India in the second Test at Trent Bridge on Saturday, said that his team is back in the game and has a slight edge over the Indian team. ANI

Cricket fans go costume crazy for India-England Trent Bridge Test
Christmas is still five months away, but cricket fans here are already in festival mood with many of them dressed like Superman, Spiderman, Batman and other superheroes. ANI

Swann reprimanded for kicking stumps during Trent Bridge Test against India
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has been reprimanded for a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the second day of the Trent Bridge Test against India. ANI

IAF well poised to transform into a potent strategic force: Air Chief Marshal Browne
Taking over as the 23rd Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) on Sunday from Air Chief Marshal PV Naik, Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne said that the Indian Air Force is well poised on the path of transforming itself into a potent strategic force. ANI

Chappell backs selection of 'new comers' for Lanka tour
Australian selector Greg Chappell has backed the selections of new comers Nathan Lyon and Trent Copeland for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. ANI

Chappell says Clarke will bring 'new energy' as Oz captain
Australian selector Greg Chappell has said captain Micheal Clarke will help the team and boost the spirit of the players. ANI

Oz cricket keen on cachet for Big Bash League
Though Cricket Australia has said from the outset that it cannot emulate the Indian Premier League, it wishes it could have a Bollywood- like touch to bring in the cash for its revamped Big Bash League. ANI

Shahid Afridi set for Royals return
Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi is all set to play for Hampshire in their Friends Life T20 quarter-final, the club has confirmed. ANI

'Hopeful' Marsh eyes 'baggy green' against Sri Lanka
Australian Test hopeful Shaun Marsh has said he wants to use the one dayers against Sri Lanka to secure his place in the longer format of the game. ANI

Cockley says he is fit and rearing to go into Big Bash
New South Wales pacer Burt Cockley has recovered from a knee injury and is now eying to grab a Big Bash league contract. ANI

After Oz Test call, O'Keefe says he has 'bittersweet feelings'
Australian spinner Stephen O'Keefe has said he is privileged to be a part of the national line-up for the Sri Lankan tour, but admits that he had bittersweet feelings about his selection. ANI

Scholes admits he 'got off lightly' for refusing to play against Arsenal decade ago
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has admitted that Sir Alex Ferguson could have kicked him out of the club almost a decade ago. ANI

Injured Malinga could miss one-day matches against Australia
Australia's hopes for winning the limited- overs matches against Sri Lanka have received a boost with injured paceman Lasith Malinga's ruled out from the team squad for the limited-over matches. ANI

Chelsea accepts Malaysia football body's anti-Semitic apology
English Premier League football club Chelsea has accepted an apology from the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) over anti-Semitic abuse that targeted Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun during a pre-season match. ANI

Treat every game as a final, Capello advices next England manager
Coach Fabio Capello has urged his England successor to treat every game like a final. ANI

Vieira urges Man City fans to 'trust' coach Mancini
Former Manchester City footballer Patrick Vieira has urged fans to trust manager Roberto Mancini and not worry about the Carlos Tevez saga. ANI

Gerrard to miss the first month of Premier league due to injury
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard will be out of action for the first month of the new season because of a groin injury. ANI

England happy as they avoid France in World Cup draw
England narrowly avoided old foes France as they overcame their first World Cup hurdle. ANI

Cricket Australia seen to be devaluing Tests for more IPL-type of cricket
Have Australia's selectors devalued the worth of its Test cricketers with too great an emphasis on short-form specialists? That is the question doing the rounds in cricket circles in the country ion the wake of the shocking sacking of tried and tested opener Simon Katich. ANI

Man U will see 'no meltdown' if Ferguson retires, says Chief Executive David Gill
Manchester United Chief Executive David Gill has said that the club will not suffer any 'meltdown' when Sir Alex Ferguson retires as manager. ANI

Gough backs Anderson to be first Englishman to bag 400 Test wickets
Former fast bowler Darren Gough has backed Jimmy Anderson to become the first England player to claim 400 test wickets. ANI

'Rameez Raja has an opportunity to shine,' says Mohsin Khan
Pakistan's chief selector Mohsin Khan believes that 24-year-old batsman Rameez Raja has an opportunity to shine during next month's tour of Zimbabwe consisting ofthree one day internationals, two Twenty20 fixtures and a solitary test match. ANI

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