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Pak registers thumping win against Windies to enter WC semifinal
Pakistan beat West Indies by ten wickets at Sher-e-Bangla National stadium in Mirpur today to enter the semifinal of the 2011 World Cup. ANI

Sehwag will play if fit, says Dhoni
Indian captain M S Dhoni on Wednesday said that a decision on opener Virender Sehwag's participation in Thursday's quarter-final game against Australia would be taken later this evening or on Thursday morning. ANI

Afridi, Pak spinners bundle out Windies for 112 in WC quarterfinal
Pakistan's openers Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal have begun their side's reply to the West Indies score of 112 in the first quarterfinal of the 2011 World Cup. ANI

McLaren scraps car's radical exhaust system days before Oz Grand Prix
McLaren bosses have scrapped the car's radical exhaust system just days before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday. ANI

'Athena poster tennis girl' revealed after 35 years
The poster of a tennis girl hitching her skirt to reveal her bare bottom was an iconic image in the 1970s. ANI

Treble hopeful Man U using mollah to pay owners' debts
In the last five years, Manchester United have won a hat-trick of Premier League titles and reached two Champions League finals, and this year, remain on course for a Treble, but all is not well at Old Trafford. ANI

Black Caps security chief knows when to expect danger
Regan Walters has protected movie stars, royalty and Bill Gates. And now, during the Cricket World Cup, he is protecting the Black Caps. ANI

Platini welcomes Mohamed bin Hammam's FIFA presidency challenge
Michel Platini has welcomed Mohamed bin Hammam's challenge to Sepp Blatter as "good for democracy", as the UEFA president emerged as a potential kingmaker in the battle to lead FIFA. ANI

Bangalore cricket fan designs "World Cup" sari
As cricket fever grips India, an ardent fan in Bangalore, Savitha Niranjan has designed a cricket-themed sari using crepe fabric and semi precious stones. ANI

Pakistan hopes to bring India under pressure in AFC Challenge Cup football qualifiers
Pakistan will try to begin with a balanced approach to bring India under pressure in their vital Group B showdown in the AFC Challenge Cup football qualifiers in Malaysia on Wednesday (today), head coach Tariq Lutfi has said. ANI

"I still remain the fastest bowler in this World Cup": Shoaib Akhtar
Pakistan's fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who desires to reach the 250-ODI wicket landmark before retiring from international cricket at the end of the ICC World Cup 2011, has said that he cannot do much if he does not get picked for remaining tournament matches, but is content that he still remains the fastest bowler in the mega event. ANI

India may "influence ICC to make a spinning track" for Australia encounter: Basit Ali
Former Pakistan Test cricketer Basit Ali has said he thinks that India will influence the International Cricket Council (ICC) to make a favourable spinning track at the Ahmedabad stadium, where it is scheduled to play its World Cup quarterfinal match against Australia on Thursday. ANI

Not losing sleep over Chelsea goal drought: Torres
Ace striker Fernando Torres has said that he is not losing any sleep over his Chelsea goal drought. ANI

Murray should stop blaming others for his defeat: Navratilova
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has asked British No.1 Andy Murray to stop blaming others for his defeat. ANI

Pak may swamp Windies, India-Australia encounter even: Roebuck
Cricket commentator Peter Roebuck is of the view that Wednesday's quarterfinal between Pakistan and the West Indies and Thursday's quarterfinal between India and Australia are even for all four sides. ANI

Mourinho confirms comeback, says England special place to be manager
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he is all set to return to the Premier League. ANI

Chelsea on alert eyeing Hiddink's possible return
Charismatic coach Guus Hiddink has put Chelsea on alert for a possible return to the club by admitting he is set to quit as Turkey boss if they fail to qualify for Euro 2012. ANI

Reinstated Terry says Capello was wrong to take England captaincy from him
John Terry, who was reinstated to lead England in the Euro 2012 qualifier with Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, has said that coach Fabio Capello should never have taken the captaincy away from him. ANI

Injured Bennett says only 'minor tweaks' required in his action
New Zealand fast bowler Hamish Bennett has said that his ungainly action isn't to blame for the fact that injury has cut short his second straight tour. ANI

Collingwood to undergo knee surgery after World Cup
To prolong his international career, Paul Collingwood will undergo knee surgery immediately after England's World Cup campaign ends. ANI

Ponting axing leaks gutless, irresponsible, says Oz players' union chief
Australian Cricketers' Association chief Paul Marsh has described as "gutless" and "irresponsible"" for a Cricket Australia official to forecast the axing of Australian captain Ricky Ponting so close to the team's World Cup clash with India. ANI

Quarterfinal results of 2011 World Cup "really difficult to predict": Inzamam
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq reckons that the 2011 World Cup quarterfinals will be a keenly contested and unpredictable affair. ANI

V8 super car fan Button smashes Lowdes' Bathurst lap record
Formula One 2009 champion Jenson Button revealed his desire to join the V8 Super cars series full-time after smashing the Bathurst lap record in a history-making blast around Mt Panorama yesterday. ANI

Afridi confident of Pak achieving aim of reaching World Cup semifinals
Pakistan's limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi has expressed his confidence that his team will achieve the target set at the start of the 2011 World Cup, which was to reach the semifinal stage. ANI

Loss against Pak was exactly what Australia needed ahead of India encounter: Hussey
The loss against Pakistan was exactly what Australia needed ahead of the quarterfinal match against India, says Mike Hussey. ANI

Pak focussing on WC quarterfinal win without thinking of meeting India at semis: Afridi
Pakistan's limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi is least concerned about a possible showdown against India in the ongoing World Cup, saying that his immediate focus is on beating West Indies in today's quarterfinal match. ANI

Afridi to focus on his batting in World Cup quarterfinal against West Indies
Pakistan's limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi, who has failed miserably with the bat in the ongoing World Cup, has vowed to make amends in the quarterfinal match against West Indies on Wednesday (today). ANI

Never known Tendulkar to walk when given out: Ponting
Days before the India-Australia quarterfinal encounter at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Australian captain Ricky Ponting has gone on the front foot verbally, and said that he has never known Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar to walk voluntarily when given out. ANI

Akhtar urges Tait not to be obsessed with speed against India
Pakistan's fastest bowler Shoaib Akhtar has urged Australian pacer Shaun Tait not to be obsessed with the speed gun as he prepares to attack India openers, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. ANI

Ponting quashes talk about his retirement, vows to play after WC
Under attack Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has quashed speculation that he will retire as Test captain if Australia loses tomorrow's World Cup quarter-final against India. ANI

Cricket Australia denies report about Ponting's retirement
Cricket Australia's Head of Corporate Affairs, Peter Young, has dismissed a British newspaper report claiming that Australian captain Ricky Ponting is planning to retire from international cricket if his team gets knocked out of the ongoing World Cup. ANI

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