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Indo-Lankan final: Maha Govt. declares Apr. 2 a holiday
Maharashtra Government has declared a holiday in government and semi-government offices in Mumbai and suburbs on April 2 on the occasion of the World Cup final to be played between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede stadium. ANI

Cabinet approves tax exemption for ICC WC 2011
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved tax exemption for the 2011 ICC World Cup. ANI

Carroll will be better than Drogba, says Joe Cole
Liverpool Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has dubbed Andy Carroll as the new Didier Drogba. ANI

Tottenham Hotspur unlikely to give up 2012 Olympic Stadium claim without a fight
Tottenham Hotspur has launched the first steps in getting the decision to allow West Ham United to move into London's Olympic Stadium thrown out. ANI

Chelsea's bid to sell naming rights to Stamford Bridge flops
Chelsea's plan to sell the naming rights to Stamford Bridge, their home since the club were established in 1905, for 100 million pounds has failed to get a single serious bid. ANI

World Cup has been a good tournament for mavericks: Roebuck
The achievements of Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Shahid Afridi and Jesse Ryder, among others in the ongoing World Cup on the Indian sub-continent, has proven that it has been a good tournament for the mavericks, noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck has said. ANI

Ponting should stay at number three in Oz batting order: Mickey Arthur
Former South African coach Mickey Arthur reckons that former Australian captain Ricky Ponting should continue batting at number three to revitalize his game back to its absolute best. ANI

England star Cole removes 'racist remarks' after Twitter backlash
Soccer star Carlton Cole has removed immigration jokes from Twitter that he posted about Ghana fans during England's 1-1 draw at Wembley last night. ANI

Wilshere set to defy Wenger, wants to play Euro under 21
Jack Wilshere will risk falling out with manager Arsene Wenger because he plans to play for England in the Euro Under-21 Championships. ANI

Danny Welbeck says might turn back on England and play for Ghana
Danny Welbeck admits he would consider turning his back on England to play for Ghana. ANI

Sri Lanka call-up Vaas, Randiv as cover for injured Muralidaran, Mathews
Sri Lanka have called-up left-arm fast bowler Chaminda Vaas and all-rounder Suraj Randiv as cover for the injured duo Muttiah Muralidaran and Angelo Mathews for Saturday's World Cup final against India. ANI

Young England team can emulate Germany in Euro 2012: Capello
Coach Fabio Capello has boldly stated that his new young England team can emulate the success of Germany's new generation at next summer's Euro 2012 tournament. ANI

Brazilian teen star likely to snub Chelsea's 30 million pound Drogba replacement offer
Brazilian teenager Neymar has performed an incredible U-turn by insisting that he wants to snub Chelsea and stay at Santos. ANI

Team India leaves for Mumbai for final encounter against Lanka
After a thrilling win in the semi-final clash against Pakistan, Team India left for Mumbai on Thursday for the final encounter of the World Cup against Sri Lanka. ANI

President Patil to watch WC cricket final along with her Lankan counterpart
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and her Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa will watch the World Cup cricket final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 2. ANI

Match officials for World Cup final announced
The International Cricket Council"s World Cup Technical Commitee has announced the officials for Saturday"s World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka. ANI

Conservative game plan at World Cup proved costly for Black Caps: Astle
Former New Zealand batsman Nathan Astle reckons that the Black Caps' inability to adapt their game plan is what cost them a place in the World Cup final. ANI

Southee to play for Chennai Super Kings in IPL
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has signed New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee for this year's Indian Premier League (IPL), assistant coach Steve Rixon has said. ANI

Michael Clarke introduces new girlfriend to his parents
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke is said to have introduced his girlfriend of seven months Kyly Boldy to his family. ANI

Frank Bruno was stopped by police for 'stealing' his own car
Boxing legend Frank Bruno has revealed how he was stopped by cops recently on suspicion of stealing his own car. ANI

Watson to hold 'brainstorming sessions' with Clarke in bid to revive Oz cricket
New Australian vice-captain Shane Watson has said that he expects to sit down with new captain Michael Clarke during the ten-day tour to Bangladesh to begin laying the blueprint for a new era of the country's cricket. ANI

New Oz captain Clarke hoping to earn respect of his doubters
New Australian skipper Michael Clarke accepts that he has never been the most popular player among his country's cricket fans, but believes he can win over his doubters. ANI

Watson says new Oz vice-captain role will not hurt his batting or bowling
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has said that he is "surprised" and "thrilled" to be appointed the national team's vice-captain, and also insisted that he can handle the added the responsibility of leadership. ANI

Afridi expects 'mature reaction' from fans in Pakistan following WC semi-final loss
Vanquished Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi expects a mature reaction from Pakistani cricket fans when the team returns home after going down to archrivals India in the high voltage World Cup semi-final clash in Mohali on Wednesday. ANI

'I'll continue to learn from ex-captain Ponting', says Clarke
New Australian skipper Michael Clarke has said that Ricky Ponting's stature in the game will not prove a hindrance to him, but the 36-year-old's inputs will only help him gain experience to lead the national squad. ANI

'Tendulkar's achievements surpass those of Bradman'
English cricket writer Simon Hughes has claimed that Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar is better than the greatest batsman of all time, Sir Donald Bradman. ANI

Zulqarnain smells a rat in Pak's World Cup semi-final loss against India
Runaway former Pakistani wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haidar has questioned Pakistan's defeat in the crucial 2011 World Cup semi-final against India, and asked higher authorities to probe the poor performance of the players. ANI

Afridi apologises to Pakistan on World Cup semi-final loss to 'better side' India
Pakistan limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi has apologised to his nation for losing the crucial 2011 World Cup semi-final to archrivals India and subsequently, getting ousted from the tournament. ANI

Tiger Woods' 'Privacy' on sale for $25m
If reports are to be believed then Tiger Woods' 155-foot mega yacht 'Privacy' is on sale for 25 million dollars. ANI

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