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Indo-Pak WC semi-final clash: Security beefed up around Dhoni's residence
Security has been stepped up around the residence of Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni here on Wednesday in view of the ongoing World Cup semi-final clash against Pakistan in Mohali. ANI

At half-way stage, Tendulkar half ton takes India to 141 for four
Sachin Tendulkar scored his 94th half century in one-day internationals took India to 141 for the loss four wickets at the half-way stage of the second World Cup semi-final match against Pakistan on Wednesday. ANI

David Beckham joins Sofia Vergara on beach for Pepsi ad
Football ace David Beckham and stunning actress Sofia Vergara were pictured shooting a Pepsi commercial on the beach in Los Angeles yesterday. ANI

WC semi-final: Nehra comes in for Ashwin
India made one change to the team, including left-arm fast bowler Ashish Nehra in place of offspinner Ravichandra Ashwin, while Pakistan fielded an unchanged squad for Wednesday's World Cup semi-final clash at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here. ANI

India wins toss, elects to bat first against Pak in Mohali encounter
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the crucial toss and elected to bat first in the World Cup semi-final game against Pakistan in Mohali. ANI

Clancy 'not at all worried' about Crouch's '3am airshostess visit'
Abbey Clancy has apparently told friends that she is not worried about fianc‚ Peter Crouch's alleged visit to an air hostess's apartment block in Dubai at 3am. ANI

Swimmer Thorpe claims he can perform faster than before
Australia's Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe believes that after six months back in training he can become better and faster swimmer than he used to be. ANI

Wise Ponting realised that clinging onto Oz captaincy could have finished him
Ricky Ponting realised that clinging on to the Test and one-day captaincy following one of the worst periods of Australian cricket would be stretching things too far. ANI

Ex-Oz captains praise Ponting's move to play and help Clarke
Ponting's decision to resign as captain but continue to make himself available for selection as a batsman is unconventional in Australian cricket, but former skipper Kim Hughes believes his decision to offer himself for selection is a positive for the team as it goes forward after being ousted from the World Cup. ANI

Ex-captain Ponting may just have saved his cricket career: Roebuck
Noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck believes that Ricky Ponting may have saved his cricket career by giving up the Australian captaincy. ANI

After booze ban, Capello praises Carroll for scoring first England goal
Coach Fabio Capello has toasted striker Andy Carroll after he scored his first England goal. ANI

Cole told to rest, but goes out partying until the morning
Ashley Cole might have been released from England's friendly match with Ghana to prepare for crucial Chelsea games, but rather than resting he hit a club instead. ANI

Hamilton to act in Disney film 'Cars2'
Former Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is going to appear in the forthcoming Disney animated film Cars 2. ANI

Fergie looking to land three top summer transfers
Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson believes he can land as many as three of his top transfer targets in the summer. ANI

Miandad all praise for Indian PM's cricket diplomacy for 'friendlier' Indo-Pak ties

Surrey seamer Dernbach included in England performance squad
Surrey seamer Jade Dernbach has been called up to England's performance squad. ANI

Stigma of lossing three Ashes series will remain for life: Ponting
Outgoing Australian captain Ricky Ponting has admitted that the stigma of losing three Ashes series as skipper will remain with him for life. ANI

Vettori retires from Twenty20 cricket
Left arm spinner Daniel Vettori has confirmed that he will stand down from the New Zealand cricket captaincy, and also retire from Twenty20 cricket. ANI

PCB opens Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium for Indo-Pak WC semi-final treat for fans
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is going to open its Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore to thousands of cricket fans to watch Wednesday's high-voltage Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final clash on big screens for free. ANI

Pak team "missing" banned pace bowler Aamir: Ijaz Butt
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt has said that the national team is missing disgraced pace bowler Mohammad Aamir, who has been handed a five-year ban by an International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-Corruption Tribunal on spot-fixing charges. ANI

Experts express surprise, praise for India-Pakistan cricket diplomacy
Experts and analysts on South Asia have expressed both surprise and praise for Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's initiative to invite his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani to watch the World Cup semi-final between the two countries to be played on Wednesday afternoon in Mohali. ANI

Clarke will have to set sights high as Oz captain
New Australian captain Michael Clarke will have to set his sights very high to ensure his place in the sports history. ANI

Oz selectors will need to decide on Katich, Hussey's future in national squad
How many ageing batsmen can Australian cricket carry as it seeks to regenerate itself after consecutive Ashes losses and the World Cup. That will be the question uppermost in the minds of Cricket Australia and the National Selection Panel (NSP) when they sit down to pick the touring squad for Sri Lanka. ANI

"I'm not going to be the new Ricky Ponting", says new Australian captain Clarke
Michael Clarke has taken over the Australian Test and one-day cricket captaincy from Ricky Ponting, who stepped down following his World Cup campaign debacle, with Shane Watson being named as his deputy. ANI

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