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Cops break up cricket match after ball hitting shutter mistaken for gunshots
Armed police in Greater Manchester were forced to break up a cricket match after the sound of the ball hitting a shutter was mistaken for gunshots by a passer- by. ANI

Tiger Woods braves 'late-night' with Jimmy Falon
Scandal-struck golfer Tiger Woods subjected himself to some Jimmy Falon humor recently when he appeared on his 'Late Night' show on NBC. ANI

Shafiq will help ease Pak's WC batting woes: Afridi
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi believes that right-handed batsman Asad Shafiq will provide stability to the team's top-order in the World Cup knockout stage. ANI

Pak has no fears over going to India for World Cup: Afridi
Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi has denied that his team fears playing a World Cup quarterfinal in India, saying that a potential game between the two neighbours can help ease strained political relations. ANI

'Home of cricket', Lord's, now home to first ever stadium wedding
Neil Nicholson and Kelli Fish will become the first couple to marry at Lord's this August. ANI

Haye wants to conclusively rip Wladimir Klitschko's face to shreds
WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye has said that he wants to emulate former undisputed champion Lennox Lewis by knocking out Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko in the same manner as Vitali Klitschko was knocked out by Lewis in June 2003. ANI

Haddin takes pressure off, allows me to perform: Watson
Australian opener Shane Watson who has scored 256 runs at an average of 64, including three half-centuries, in the 2011 World Cup so far, has credited his sparkling form to fellow opener Brad Haddin. ANI

Fans boos welcome Beckham during LA Galaxy's first game
Ace midfielder David Beckham was booed and got booked as LA Galaxy started their new MLS season with a 1-0 win at Seattle. ANI

Fitter Rooney warns rivals of Man U's Treble charge
Denying any rift with boss Alex Ferguson, ace striker Wayne Rooney has warned rivals that he feels fitter and stronger than ever as Manchester United goes for Treble. ANI

F1 boss hints at having permanent Melbourne track
The Australian Grand Prix could continue beyond 2015 with a permanent circuit in Melbourne, hinted formula one boss Bernie Ecclestone. ANI

My form's definitely coming back: Rooney
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney insists that he is returning to his very best form. ANI

Michael Jackson to be immortalized at Fulham
Fulham Chairman and Egyptian businessman Mohamed Fayed is set to unveil a commemorative statue of Michael Jackson at Craven Cottage to honour the friendship he shared with the American singer. ANI

Pak pacer Junaid Khan says he's been clocked hitting 140-142 kph speed
Pakistan's World Cup surprise selection Junaid Khan, who has been a regular fixture in the domestic circuit for the last four years, has said that he has been clocked bowling in the range of 140 to 142 kilometres per hour. ANI

Thorpe appoints Touretski as his new coach
Ian Thorpe's mentor Leigh Nugent said he has no doubt controversial coach Gennadi Touretski is the right person to steer the five-time Olympic champion to next year's London Games. ANI

Ex-F-1 champ Schumacher says he will fight for top spot
An upbeat seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has said that he will "fight for the top places" after a sudden surge of acceleration by Mercedes. ANI

Ponting appears to be aging suddenly
Sydney Morning Herald columnist Robert Craddock believes that Australian captain Ricky Ponting's tantrum throwing incident in a World Cup match against Canada on Wednesday, suggests that he is getting on in years, and probably growing more frustrated and old. ANI

I'll be with Man U until I am in my thirties, says Rooney
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has quashed rumours of a rift with manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and that he would leave the club this year. ANI

Ancelotti asks Chelsea strikers to sharpen up scoring skills
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has asked his players to sharpen up their shooting skills if they want to win the Champions League. ANI

'Exhausted' Tevez needs a break to get back to his best: Mancini
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has said skipper Carlos Tevez needs a break to get back to his best. ANI

Disgraced Pakistani trio to apply for legal aid to fund their defence in UK court
Disgraced Pakistani cricketers- Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif- are expected to apply for legal aid to defend themselves against criminal charges slapped by British prosecutors. ANI

Redknapp reveals Euro team he would like to boss
Tottenham coach Harry Redknapp has revealed the ideal Euro team he would like to manage and coach. ANI

David Hussey must play in place of White: Mark Waugh
Former opener Mark Waugh wants out of form Cameron White to be replaced by David Hussey, who has been left out of Australia's last two matches against Kenya and Canada after brother Michael joined the squad. ANI

Ponting apologises for ball throwing tantrum in Oz-Canada tie
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has apologized for losing his temper during his team's World Cup match against Canada here on Wednesday. ANI

Shoaib Akhtar to retire after World Cup 2011
Pakistan's fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is set to retire from international cricket after the ongoing ICC World Cup 2011. ANI

Ashes winning heroics in 2009 finished me: Flintoff
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who retired from all forms of cricket after failing to recover from a knee injury, has said his body had paid the full price for the Ashes-winning heroics in 2009. ANI

Ferguson 'spitting mad' after getting five-match touchline ban
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was described as 'spitting mad' after getting a five-match touchline ban for criticising referee Martin Atkinson. ANI

Serena Williams goes see-through on post surgery return to spotlight
Tennis ace Serena Williams was spotted wearing a 'revealing' black jump suit as she returned to the spotlight post-surgery on a girls' night out with some celebrity friends, including Kim Kardashian. ANI

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