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Proteas talk down Black Caps ahead of quarterfinal clash in Bangladesh
South African all rounder Faf du Plessis struck a confident note when he said the Proteas should have too much depth in every department for World Cup quarterfinal opponents New Zealand to counter, providing his team maintains its form. ANI

Ecclestone snubs Melbourne Grand Prix
Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone will snub the Melbourne Grand Prix and head to New York this weekend to discuss a plan to poach the event from Australia. ANI

Hussey unfazed with Yuvraj's barbs about Oz chances in WC quarterfinal
Australian batsman Michael Hussey has hit back at Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh, who said that his team is targeting seizing the moment and capitalize on the defending World Cup champions' weakness when they meet in Thursday's quarterfinal in Ahmedabad. ANI

Dalglish ready to cough up 10m pounds for Prieto
Spanish winger Xabi Prieto is the latest name on Liverpool coach Kenny Dalglish's summer hit-list. ANI

Gary Lineker is 'daddy day-care' as wife Danielle tours with Calendar Girls
Former footballer Gary Lineker has become quite adept at looking after the kids and cooking for them while his wife Danielle Bux is out touring with the stage show Calendar Girls. ANI

Button will remain behind me in F-1 2011-12: Hamilton
Formula One 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton has said Jenson Button that he will be second best to him again. ANI

Bad boy Balotelli issues plea for help to Italian team coach
Manchester City bad boy Mario Balotelli has admitted that he needs help with his form and poor behaviour. ANI

Man City favorites to squeeze ahead of Tottenham into Champions League: Redknapp
Harry Redknapp has admitted Manchester City are favourites to squeeze into the Champions League ahead of Tottenham. ANI

Button confident of equaling Schumacher's 'three-peat' at Albert Park
Reigning Australian Grand Prix champion Jenson Button has said that he is confident of equaling Michael Schumacher's record of three consecutive victories at Albert Park on Sunday. ANI

Weak Gunners can't take Premier League title, says West Brom's Mulumbu
West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, whose team drew 2-2 with Arsene Wenger's men on Saturday, insists Manchester United will be crowned champions. ANI

Aston Villa must kick the c**p out of Everton: Official
Vietnam veteran General Charles Krulak, a right-hand man to Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner, wants the team to fight back and kick Everton out of Premier League contention. ANI

Ponting has done enough to have say on his future as captain: Gilchrist
Former wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist has said that out of form captain Ricky Ponting has the right to have a say on his future as the skipper, inspite of the stiff opposition within the Cricket Australia boardroom over his continuance. ANI

McLaren hopes 'dramatic car alterations' will boost their F1 season
Melbourne, Mar 22(NI): McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh hopes that his team's cars will be one second faster in Sunday's Formula One season-opening Australian Grand Prix than in the final pre-season test in Barcelona. ANI

Red Bull will be open to approach from Hamilton in 2012: Horner
Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner has said that his team would be open to an approach from British Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton when his McLaren-Mercedes contract expires in 2012. ANI

Frustrated over repeated errors, Wright to reshuffle Kiwis batting order
Not happy with his side's 112-run defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka, New Zealand coach John Wright has hinted at a change in the batting order for the quarterfinal to be played against South Africa in Dhaka on Friday. ANI

Rio Ferdinand wishes new England captain Terry all the best
Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has told new England skipper John Terry that he has no problem with him leading the side and, looks forward to Terry leading the national squad to victory against Wales. ANI

Qatar's Mohamed bin Hammam challenges Blatter to FIFA TV debate
Qatar's FIFA presidential challenger Mohamed bin Hammam has challenged incumbent FIFA chief Sepp Blatter to a television debate, even as woos UEFA delegates who will prove pivotal to his chances of unseating Blatter. ANI

Tiger Woods' new girl 'was friends with his ex-wife Elin Nordegren'
The stepfather of Tiger Woods' new girlfriend, Alyse Lahti Johnston, has admitted that his daughter was friendly with the golfer's ex-wife Elin Nordegren before dating him. ANI

Gooch backs England's 'scrappers' to come good in later stages of World Cup
England batting coach Graham Gooch believes the team is peaking at the right time in the 2011 World Cup. ANI

Ferdinand to play on for England despite Capello's captaincy snub
Rio Ferdinand is still available for England duty despite controversially losing the captaincy, according to a source close to the player. ANI

'Out of favour' Akhtar unlikely to play any role for Pak in remaining WC matches
Pakistan's fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who is set to retire from international cricket after the ICC World Cup 2011, is unlikely to play any further role for Pakistan in the ongoing tournament. ANI

Pressure would be on India not Australia: Nielsen
Ahead of their quarterfinal clash against India, Australian coach Tim Nielsen has said that most of the pressure would be on India rather than on his team. ANI

Messi, Mourinho highest paid in world football
Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho are the highest paid player and manager in world football with combined annual salaries of just over 63 million Australian dollars. ANI

Langer may replace Kirsten as India's head coach
Australia's batting coach Justin Langer has been tipped as a strong contender to succeed India's current head coach, South African Gary Kirsten, who is expected to resign after the World Cup after a largely successful stint. ANI

Oz selectors' axe poised over Cameron White, says Jones
Former Australian middle order batsman Dean Jones is of the view that Victorian all-rounder Cameron White's days in the national squad are numbered, given his current poor form with the bat. ANI

Nielsen asks Ponting to overcome form slump and score big to beat India
Australian coach Tim Nielsen has asked skipper Ricky Ponting to overcome his form slump and produce a big score during the 2011 World Cup. ANI

Bell all set to open innings against Sri Lanka
England batsman Ian Bell might be asked to take on the opener's role along with skipper Andrew Strauss for their quarter-final against Sri Lanka on Saturday. ANI

Cricket Australia likely to end Ponting's nine-year reign as captain
Australian captain Ricky Ponting could be in the final week of his nine-year reign after a troubled build-up to the World Cup on the Indian sub-continent, a Cricket Australia official has said. ANI

Sampras' stolen trophies dropped off anonymously at hospital
Tennis legend Pete Sampras is happy after his stolen trophies were dropped off anonymously at a hospital in Los Angeles ANI

All eyes on Sharapova's sparkly rock as she launches tennis web TV show
Maria Sharapova was in Miami recently to launch a new web-based TV show, but what caught everyone's attention was her huge engagement ring that sparkled in the Florida sun. ANI

Ashley Cole celebrates Chelsea win with two blondes
It looks like Ashley Cole is not quite ready to give up his single life. ANI

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