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Dernbach replaces injured Shahzad in England World Cup squad
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday approved fast bowler Jade Dernbach as a replacement player for injured Ajmal Shahzad in England's 15-man World Cup squad. ANI

Mobile phones, picnics and music banned at London Olympics
The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog), has said water bottles, mobile phones and sandwiches could be banned during the Olympics for security reasons. ANI

Ferguson to reconsider Rooney's midfield role
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who will begin his five-match touchline ban tomorrow, has said that he may abandon the experiment of using Wayne Rooney midfield. ANI

Drogba to enter talks with Chelsea for new contract
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has revealed that he will hold talks with the club's administrators about his future at the end of the season. ANI

AFC chief Hammam to challenge Blatter for FIFA presidency
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Mohamed Bin Hammam has confirmed that he will challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency. ANI

Tiger Woods' ex-mistress Rachel Uchitel is now a private investigator
Rachel Uchitel, the New Yorker who allegedly had an affair with Tiger Woods, has completed a private investigator course with flying colours. ANI

England's win over West Indies as good as winning Ashes: Swann
Off spinner Graeme Swann has rated England's 18 run World Cup win over West Indies as good as winning The Ashes. ANI

Barcelona not Man U is Champions League contender: Messi
Barcelona ace Lionel Messi has ruled out Manchester United's chances of winning the Champions League. ANI

'Consistent' Pak can win World Cup: Aravinda de Silva
Former Sri Lankan batsman Aravinda de Silva believes that if the Shahid Afridi-led Pakistan team plays consistently then they can go on to win the ongoing World Cup on the Indian sub-continent. ANI

Man U owners planning radical wage cut for players
Manchester United players could see their basic wages frozen under radical plans being considered by club owners the Glazer family, who may make all future contracts for new and current footballers more incentive based. ANI

Anybody can win this year's World Cup: Sohail Tanvir
Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir believes that the ongoing World Cup is a very open event, and said that any team can win the six-week tournament on the Indian sub-continent. ANI

'Stupid' Balotelli responsible for crashing of Man City's Europa League dream
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has said that 'stupid' Mario Balotelli is responsible for the crashing of his team's Europa League dream. ANI

Ponting looking forward to facing 'unpredictable' Pak team on Saturday
Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has said he is looking forward to the champions being tested by Pakistan in their final group match of the World Cup. ANI

Ronaldo's girlfriend gets up close and personal with hunky bloke for ad
Cristiano Ronaldo's gorgeous girlfriend Irina Shayk smooched a male model only for the cameras on an ad shoot in Spain. ANI

Afridi says Pakistan has "capability and firepower" to defeat Oz on Saturday
Pakistan cricket Captain Shahid Afridi has said that his team has the "capability and the firepower" of defeating Australia in Saturday's World Cup match. ANI

I don't even listen to what UEFA says: Wenger
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has refused to back down in his row with UEFA after being hit with a one-match Champions League ban and a 9,000 pound fine. ANI

Spurt in demand for cricket-themed firecrackers as World Cup, Holi coincide
Cricket-themed-firecrackers are in huge demand in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, as the ongoing cricket World Cup is coinciding with the festival of colours, Holi. ANI

Man U not afraid of facing Barcelona: Fergie
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Champions League favourites Barcelona that his players are not afraid of facing them. ANI

Tantrum throwing Ponting could spend more time exploring post career options
Having blown his fuse twice during the current World Cup, Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting could soon be spending more time with his family, which is to have a new addition in September, and explore other lucrative post-career options. ANI

Tiger Woods working on improving his life and game
Disgraced golfer Tiger Woods has revealed that he is working on improving his life and game. ANI

Becks lodges appeal to overturn court decision to throw out libel case
Soccer ace David Beckham has launched a battle to overturn a court's decision to throw out his 15.5 million-pound libel claim against a U.S. magazine which printed false sex slurs. ANI

'Frustrated' Ponting asks struggling Oz spinners to deliver against Pak
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting is frustrated with his struggling spinners as they are not able to put pressure on the batsmen and check the flow of runs. ANI

Oz Test legend Walters wants Ponting axed as skipper after World Cup
Australian Test legend Doug Walters wants Ricky Ponting to be axed as skipper after the World Cup after the latter lost his temper for the second time during the tournament in 23 days. ANI

Six UK footballers jailed for gang raping 12-year-olds
A British judge has sent six footballers accused of gang raping two 12-year-old girls in a park to jail. ANI

Is India self destructing its 2011 World Cup campaign?
World cup favourites India are in danger of self-destructing their campaign after revelations that captain MS Dhoni is engaged in a feud with chairman of selectors K Srikkanth. ANI

Banned Pak cricketers to stand trial at Southwark Crown Court on May 20
Former Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif will stand trial at Southwark Crown Court on conspiracy charges on May 20. ANI

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