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BCCI criticizes ICC official on UDRS issue
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday criticized International Cricket Council (ICC) General Manager Dave Richardson after the later advised Indian skipper M S Dhoni to read the rules related to Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) before questioning the implementation of technology during the matches. ANI

Kapil Dev slams bowlers for poor display against England
After the thrilling tie against England exposed India's weakness in the bowling department, former Indian skipper captain Kapil Dev on Wednesday criticized the bowlers for letting the team down despite a brilliant score of 338.apil Dev said England was the winner on that day, as they played better cricket than India. ANI

Moradabad's kanwariyas undertake pilgrimage, write songs to cheer Team India
A group of 'kanwariyas' from Moradabad have undertaken a pilgrimage to pray for the victory of the Indian cricket team in World Cup 2011. ANI

Oz minister treats bet claims involving Australian team with caution
Australia's Sports Minister Mark Arbib has asked to treat with caution reports about a betting probe into the Australian cricket team's slow start in a World Cup match. ANI

Brett Lee ranked alongside Oz greats Lillee and McGrath
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has been ranked alongside Dennis Lillee and Glenn McGrath as Australia's greatest one-day pace bowlers. ANI

Pak must include one more bowler in World Cup squad: Imran
Pakistan may have won their first two matches of the 2011 World Cup, but "could feel the pinch against stronger opposition" unless one more bowler is included in the squad, former skipper Imran Khan has said. ANI

Windies captain Sammy hails 'strike bowler' Roach's World Cup 'hat-trick'
West Indies captain Darren Sammy hailed fast bowler Kemar Roach's 'hat-trick', which helped them crush the Netherlands in their World Cup Group B fixture. ANI

Guptill aims to revive Kiwi World Cup batting woes
New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill believes he can solve the Black Caps' top-order woes if he can recall what helped him to a gritty century against Ireland in their World Cup warm-up match. ANI

Coleen Rooney 'sickened' over son Kai's photos blackmail plot
England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's wife, Coleen, has been left shaken at the plot to extort money after thieves got hold of a camera containing over 100 images of 15-month-old Kai. ANI

Alonso says F1's tyre shake-up does not favour stronger teams
Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso has hit out at the plans to spice up the sport with more pit-stops. ANI

IOC chief dismisses Iran claim that London Olympics logo is racist
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge has dismissed claims by Iran that the London 2012 Olympics logo spells the word "Zion" and is racist. ANI

Ferguson furious as Chelsea's Luiz escapes red card for Rooney foul
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is furious with referee Martin Atkinson and questioned his integrity after seeing his side slump to defeat at Chelsea and miss the chance of taking a firm grip on the Premier League title race. ANI

Football Association gives special treatment to Man U: Mancini
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has accused the Football Association of favouring bitter rivals Manchester United after striker Wayne Rooney escaped punishment despite TV footage clearly showing him assaulting midfielder James McCarthy. ANI

5m pounds Olympic swimming pool too short to meet competition's standards
A new five million pounds Olympic' swimming pool has been declared two inches short of acceptable competition standards. ANI

Oz pacers will enjoy bounce of Colombo pitch: Lankan coach
Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss has said Australian fast bowlers will enjoy the bounce of the Colombo pitch. ANI

Arthur asks Oz selectors to recall Hussey for World Cup
Western Australia coach Mickey Arthur has called on national selectors to hand Mike Hussey a World Cup recall, claiming the 35-year-old is fit and ready to perform for his country. ANI

Shane Warne's ex-wife Simone Callahan flaunts her new lover
It looks like Shane Warne's ex-wife, Simone Callahan, has left her past behind. She has stepped out publicly for the first time with new love Toby Roberts. ANI

Using fake rain could make dull races more exciting: F1 chief
Formula One supreme Bernie Ecclestone has suggested that using artificial rain could make dull races a more exciting spectacle and increase overtaking opportunities. ANI

Hussey ready for recall to Australia's World Cup squad
Australian veteran Mike Hussey has said that he is injury-free and ready to perform at the 2011 World Cup if the selectors give him a recall. ANI

Dalmiya accuses ICC of World Cup double standards
Jagmohan Dalmiya, the president of Bengal Cricket Association (BCA), has accused the International Cricket Council (ICC) of double standards and claimed that Wankhede Stadium should not have got clearance for hosting the World Cup 2011 final by means of hosting a Twenty20 match. ANI

Jayawardene to take legal action against Lanka channel for fixing claims
Sri Lanka vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene is considering taking legal action in response to a commentary that implied he and Thilan Samaraweera were guilty of match-fixing during the team's 11 run loss to Pakistan. ANI

Tiger Woods' ex p*rn star mistress flaunts bikini bod in Miami
Tiger Woods' former p*rn star mistress, Joslyn James, was recently spotted in Florida flaunting her bikini body. ANI

Butt seeks inquiry into Warne's 'tie' prediction of India-England WC match
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt has called for a strict inquiry into Australian spin legend Shane Warne's prediction of tie about the India-England World Cup match. ANI

CAS registers appeals of tainted Pak trio against ICC tribunal ban on fixing charges
The appeals of the disgraced Pakistani trio against the International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-Corruption Tribunal's decision to ban them on spot-fixing charges have been registered in the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). ANI

Stopping England juggernaut won't be easy for Ireland Bresnan
While Ireland skipper William Porterfield believes his team will hit a purple patch against England in their World Cup encounter here today, fast bowler Tim Bresnan who snared five wickets against India last Sunday, believes stopping England's World Cup juggernaut would be very difficult. ANI

Arsenal's van Persie out for six weeks with knee injury
Arsenal's crisis has worsened with Dutch striker Robin van Persie being told that he could be out for six weeks because of a knee injury that he got during the Carling Cup final. ANI

David Luiz vindicates Chelsea's faith in him
In recruiting Brazilian striker David Luiz, Chelsea has certainly found a successor to Ricardo Carvalho, the man who made John Terry tick. ANI

Fergie facing FA rap following diatribe against referee
Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson faces a rap from the Football Association after launching an astonishing attack on referee Martin Atkinson during his team's two one loss to Chelsea. ANI

England bowlers will now need to put their hands up
A victory over an Ireland here on Wednesday, would leave Andrew Strauss's men needing only one more win out of three to allow England to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals, but without a performing bowling attack, the last eight could remain a mountain hard to climb. ANI

Siddle says he warrants Oz World Cup inclusion
Ashes hat-trick star Peter Siddle believes he has the one-day form to warrant a trip to the World Cup. ANI

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