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Ambika Soni hails PM's Indo-Pak WC semi-final game invitation to Pak leaders
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Saturday hailed Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's decision to invite his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari to watch the forthcoming India-Pakistan World Cup semi-final, which will held in Mohali on March 30. ANI

Pak all set for emotionally-charged World Cup semi-final against India: Hafeez
Ahead of the highly-anticipated World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan, Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has expressed confidence in his team, asserting that the players were under no pressure at all. ANI

Golfer John Daly's ex-wife claims he makes Tiger Woods look like a saint
The fourth wife of former pro golfer John Daly has claimed that her unfaithful husband's antics would make even Tiger Woods look like a saint. ANI

'Black don't crack' Hamilton aiming longer F1 stint than even Schumacher
British Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton has said that he may carry on racing into his 40s, saying that 'black don't crack'. ANI

Carlos Tevez goes on stage at pop concert to sing
Argentinean footballer Carlos Tevez proved that he is just as good on the stage singing a song as he is on the football field. ANI

South Africa will not be bogged down by latest World Cup debacle: Smith
South African captain Graeme Smith has predicted that his team will quickly overcome their latest World Cup debacle. ANI

PCB official arrives in Amritsar to see India-Pak WC semifinal logistics
A senior member of the Pakistan Cricket Board arrived here on Saturday with his family to complete the logistics for high dignitaries expected to visit Mohali for the semi-final World Cup clash between India and Pakistan. ANI

Pakistan equals Australia's record of reaching World Cup semi-finals 6 times
Pakistan have equalled Australia's record of reaching the World Cup semi-finals six times. ANI

David Cameron challenges Nicolas Sarkozy to a game of tennis
British Prime Minister David Cameron has reportedly challenged his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy to a game of tennis. ANI

Team India reaches Chandigarh for WC semi-final clash with Pakistan
The Indian cricket team arrived in Chandigarh on Saturday to play the World Cup semi-final match against Pakistan at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium in Mohali on March 30. The Pakistan team arrived here yesterday. ANI

McKay replaces injured Mills in New Zealand World Cup squad
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday approved fast bowler Andy McKay as a replacement player for injured Kyle Mills in New Zealand's 15-man World Cup squad. ANI

Pak Interior Ministry officials' unawareness of World Cup terror plot raises questions
The fact that Pakistan Interior Ministry officials were completely in the dark about a terror plot to attack cricketers during the ICC World Cup 2011 until it was revealed in a joint press conference by Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Interpol chief Ronald Noble, has cast doubts whether Malik really knew about the would-be attackers beforehand. ANI

Red Bull's Vettel takes pole for F1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix
Reigning Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel will start from pole position in Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix after a dominant performance in qualifying on Saturday. ANI

Beckham still hoping for England return
Los Angeles Galaxy captain David Beckham's head will be focused on his team's Major League Soccer (MLS) game against Real Salt Lake, but his heart will be with England in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales in Cardiff today. ANI

Tiger Woods unveils iPhone app to help fans swing like him
Top golfer Tiger Woods has unveiled a mobile application called "Tiger Woods: My Swing" for iPhone and iPod users, which will give them a chance to improve their swing through video analysis from the golfer, swing comparison with Woods' and give them tips to improve. ANI

Mills, Vettori and du Plessis fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct
New Zealand players Kyle Mills and Daniel Vettori along with South Africa's Francois du Plessis have all be found to have breached the ICC Code of Conduct following an incident during the third ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 quarter-final in Dhaka. ANI

'Disappointing' World Cup exit to 'hurt Australia for a long time': Haddin
Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has said that the pain of a quarterfinal World Cup exit for the defending champions won't go away in a hurry. ANI

Haddin backs 'consistent leader' Ponting's captaincy
Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has said that captain Ricky Ponting didn't allow his poor form in the World Cup group stage to affect his leadership duties. ANI

Ajmal hoping to be man-of-the-match in Indo-Pak World Cup semifinal clash
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has promised to give a match-winning performance against India if given a chance to feature in the much-awaited World Cup semi-final in Mohali on March 30. ANI

Ashley Cole in secret relationship with Annie Cooper
Footballer Ashley Cole has been revealed to be in a month-long secret relationship with Swedish-born beauty Annie Cooper. ANI

India promises 'state-level' security to visiting Pak cricket team
India has promised 'state-level' security to the Pakistan cricket team visiting the country for the remaining World Cup matches, in response to apprehensions that terrorists would try to target the players during the tournament. ANI

Kiwis could be punished for altercation with Proteas batters: ICC
The New Zealand cricket team could face the prospect of being punished for an on field incident during Friday's quarterfinal match against South Africa. ANI

Capello offers Ferdinand muddled apology for captaincy chaos
England football coach Fabio Capello has offered a muddled apology to Rio Ferdinand after handing over the national skipper's band to Chelsea star John Terry. ANI

Ponting defends pace gamble in World Cup
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has defended his decision to go into the quarterfinal match against India with his pace arsenal, and rejected suggestions that Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson failed to spearhead the defending champions to a fourth consecutive World Cup. ANI

Ponting's leadership under scrutiny as Cricket Australia begins performance review
Ricky Ponting has admitted that his leadership will come under scrutiny, as Cricket Australia begin their performance review, following Australia's exit from the World Cup. ANI

Oz selectors to decide Ponting's fate early next week
Australia's national selectors will meet early next week to decide whether Ricky Ponting should captain the team to Bangladesh. ANI

Aussies need to rework domestic game to be world cricket leaders again: Clark
Former Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark has said the five-member committee appointed by Cricket Australia to conduct a review of the game at all levels in the country, and come up with remedial measures, would do well to take stock of what is happening at the domestic level, rather than go in for quick temporary fixes. ANI

Pakistan has always given India tough time as visiting team: Afridi
Pakistan's limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi has said that Pakistan has always given a tough time to India when playing in the neighbouring country, and that his team will plan a better strategy against the hosts in their World Cup semi-final clash in Mohali. ANI

Oz WC campaign deeply flawed, time for the next generation to come in: Roebuck
Noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck feels that Australia's 2011 World Cup campaign was deeply flawed, and believes that even before the quarterfinal exit to India, the writing was already on the wall.e believes that Australia were not quite good enough. Its sweat and toil was to no avail. ANI

Ponting will be thinking a lot about WC loss, not his ton
While he will have a four-month break from international cricket after the tour to Bangladesh early next month, Australian skipper Ricky Ponting will no doubt spend a considerable amount of time thinking about what led to his team's World Cup elimination. ANI

Terry says he was born to be a leader, looking forward to England-Wales clash
Chelsea football star and skipper John Terry has said he was born to be a leader, and added that the England squad has moved on from the captaincy debate and is now focused solely on beating Wales on Saturday in the Euro 2012 qualifier in Cardiff. ANI

Sania-Shoaib at "war" over much-awaited Indo-Pak clash for World Cup final slot
With India and Pakistan gearing for a much-awaited clash for a slot in the 2011 World Cup final match, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza has declared war on her cricketer hubby Shoaib Malik, a Pakistani national, who will be supporting the visiting team. ANI

Chandigarh hotel turned into fortress as Pak team arrives for World Cup semi-final
The Pakistan cricket team has finally arrived in India amidst high security cover to play their 2011 World Cup semi-final match against their arch rivals on March 30 in Mohali. ANI

England will have to play intelligent cricket to beat Sri Lanka: Strauss
England skipper Andrew Strauss has said that his team will have to play intelligent cricket to beat Sri Lanka in Saturday's final World Cup quarterfinal match at the R. Premadasa Stadium here. ANI

French Chess Federation suspends three top players for cheating
Three French chess players have been suspended from the national team for cheating. ANI

England squad shocked over depressed Yardy's exit from World Cup: Swann
Players can get into pretty dark places while on tour, especially if things don't go well. You might have a couple of bad games or be dropped and your mind can take you to places you don't want to go, says England off spinner Graeme Swann. ANI

England-Lanka WC quarterfinal, a battle of two great off spinners
England's World Cup showdown against Sri Lanka here on Saturday, will essentially be a battle between the best current off-spinner Graeme Swann against the greatest of all time Muthiah Muralitharan. ANI

England's Bell to open against Lanka in WC quarterfinal
Middle-order batsman Ian Bell will open England's innings against Sri Lanka in the fourth and final quarterfinal match of the 2011 World Cup being played at the R. Premadasa Stadium here on Saturday. ANI

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