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No pressure on Pak team ahead of semi-final clash against India: Afridi
Pakistan's limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi today said his team is not under any pressure for Wednesday's semi-final clash against India, as they were not the favourites to win the 2011 World Cup. ANI

Indian batting vs. Pakistani bowling crux of WC semi-final clash: Mudassar
The crunch of Wednesday's Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final match lies in the Indian batting versus Pakistani bowling, former Pakistan opening batsman and cricket expert Mudassar Nazar has said. ANI

Valencia return 'big boost' for Man U's Premier League title bid: Ferguson
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that his side is well placed to win the Premier League title now that winger Antonio Valencia is back from injury. ANI

Hamilton sees F1 fight with Alonso as new Senna-Prost battle
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel may be the man most likely to thwart British Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton's hopes of a second crown this season, but the McLaren driver has described Ferrari's Fernando Alonso as his "nemesis". ANI

International friendlies are 'a waste of time': Ferguson
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has branded the concept of international friendlies "a waste of time". ANI

Brazilian teenager to replace Drogba at Chelsea?
Brazilian teenager Neymar has been reportedly lined up as Chelsea's 30 million pound summer replacement for striker Didier Drogba. ANI

Hamilton to take 13,000-mile detour to watch disabled brother make racetrack debut
McLaren's Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton will make a 13,000-mile round trip to England this weekend to watch his disabled younger brother, Nicolas, race. ANI

Capello says needs only 100 words to communicate with England squad
For someone who earns six million pounds a year, England manager Fabio Capello has made the incredible claim that he needs only 100 words to convey what he wants from his players. ANI

Torres warns Fabregas over proposed move to Barcelona
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has told Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas to prepare himself for a backlash if he moves to Barcelona. ANI

It does not get any bigger than India-Pak World Cup semi-final: Roebuck
India against Pakistan- as far as sport is concerned, it does not get any bigger, noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck has said.oebuck is referring to the Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final at Mohali's Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on Wednesday. ANI

Indo-Pak WC semi-final clash: Dhoni asks teammates to ignore hype
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today strongly urged his teammates not to get carried away by the hype surrounding Wednesday's World Cup semi-final game against Pakistan. ANI

Shoaib Akhtar has "psychological edge" over Tendulkar: Hanif Mohammad
Pakistan should play pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar against India in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final if the Mohali wicket is not spin-friendly, as the Rawalpindi Express has a "psychological edge" over Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, former captain Hanif Mohammad has said. ANI

Ponting might do a Kallis or Tendulkar after dropping captaincy burden: Border
Former Australian captain Allan Border has said that he supports Ricky Ponting's decision to relinquish the captaincy of Test and one-day sides, and insisted that playing as a batsman might revitalize the 36-year-old's game back to its absolute best. ANI

Capello warns Carroll to cut down on drinks
England football team coach Fabio Capello has ordered striker Andy Carrol to stop drinking. ANI

Barcelona prepared for 45 million pound bid for Fabregas
Barcelona President Sandro Rosell has said that the football club is prepared to offer 45 million pounds for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. ANI

Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final clash "match of the century": Sarfraz Nawaz
Former Pakistan Test cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz has termed the 2011 World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan as the "match of the century", and said that the mouth-watering high voltage clash will be an unpredictable affair. ANI

A glass of milk can give athletes an extra edge
A new research has suggested that drinking a glass of milk can give athletes a boost. ANI

Bangladesh cricket to undergo inquiry following World Cup failure
An investigation is to be launched into the Bangladeshi cricket team's failures at the ongoing World Cup on the Indian sub-continent, the government has announced. ANI

Vaughan wants Stuart Broad as England one-day captain
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has said that fast bowler Stuart Broad should be appointed as the next one-day captain if Andrew Strauss steps down from the role. ANI

Afridi should 'smell opposition's blood and go for the kill' in WC semi-final: Sohail
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar can be a match-winner in the World Cup semi-final clash against India on Wednesday, and captain Shahid Afridi should "smell the blood of the opposition and go for the kill" to seal a slot for his team in the final, former captain and cricket pundit Aamer Sohail has said. ANI

Furious Capello reacts to Mourinho claim that he nearly took England job in 2007
Fabio Capello has responded angrily to Jose Mourinho's claim that he was 'hours' from taking his position as England boss, declaring it disrespectful to 'other managers' to discuss their jobs. ANI

Gilani urges Pak team to show "best of sportsmanship and dedication to contest"
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Rehman Malik have separately talked to the national cricket team captain, Shahid Afridi, over the telephone, and wished the team success in the March 30 World Cup semi-final match against India. ANI

Malik backtracks from 'match-fixing' warning to Pak team following furore
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has backtracked from his match-fixing warning to the national cricket team after it backfired, inviting the wrath of former cricketers, critics and fans alike. ANI

Ponting will be remembered as one of Australia's great captains: Mark Waugh
Former Australian batsman Mark Waugh has said that Ricky Ponting's record as captain means that he will be remembered as one of the greats. ANI

'World Cup proves that 50-over cricket has a future,' says Lorgat
International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has said that the ongoing World Cup on the Indian sub-continent has demonstrated that 50-over cricket has a long and successful future ahead of it. ANI

Clarke will face awkward start as one-day captain: Julian
Michael Clarke faces an awkward initiation as Australian captain if Ricky Ponting remains in the one-day side as a batsman only, former teammate Brendon Julian has said. ANI

WC 2011: Black Caps keen to avenge humiliating loss to Lanka
Black Caps skipper Daniel Vettori has admitted that his team-mates and he have a score to settle with Sri Lanka in tonight's World Cup semi-final. ANI

Pak cricket team fumes over timing, manner of Malik's match-fixing warning
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik's public warning to the national cricket team against match-fixing has left the visiting squad fuming over the timing of the statement. ANI

Injured Muralitharan likely to miss World Cup semi-final against Black Caps
Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan may miss today's first World Cup semi-final against New Zealand due to a double leg injury. ANI

Wayne Rooney's wife 'wants a sibling for their 16-month-old son'
Coleen Rooney has reportedly told friends that she wants to have another baby with husband Wayne Rooney as soon as possible. ANI

Malik shouldn't have issued match-fixing warning to Pak team "at such a time": Afridi
Pakistan's World Cup captain Shahid Afridi has expressed his disappointment over Interior Minister Rehman Malik's public warning to the cricket team against match-fixing at a time when it stands at a highly critical juncture of the tournament. ANI

Rafael Nadal strips to his undies for Armani
Tennis ace Rafael Nadal is the latest star to strip for Armani underwear. ANI

Ponting resigns as Australian Test, ODI captain but will continue playing as batsman
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has announced to step down from captaincy of both Australia Test and one-day cricket sides with immediate effect, but has expressed his willingness to continue playing for his country. ANI

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