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Australia-Sri Lanka World Cup match called off due to rain
The World Cup match between defending champions Australia and Sri Lanka at Colombo's R. Premasada Stadium was abandoned due to bad weather on Saturday. ANI

Dhoni against playing extra bowler in World Cup clash against Ireland
Indian captain M.S. Dhoni on Saturday said that he is not planning to use an extra specialist bowler against Ireland in Sunday's World Cup game against Ireland at Bangalore's M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. ANI

"Pak selectors overlooked Tahir since he wasn't one to say "Yes, Sir" all the time"
Pakistan selectors overlooked bowler Imran Tahir for the national squad because was not one to say "Yes, Sir" all the time, former Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Wasim has claimed. ANI

Upset fans attack Bangladesh captain's house
Bangladesh fans have attacked captain Shakib Al Hasan's house, breaking a window following the team's resounding loss to the West Indies on Friday. ANI

England's Trott forecasts turnaround in World Cup fortunes
England one-drop batsman Jonathan Trott believes that his side will effect a turnaround in their World Cup fortunes when they take on South Africa on March 6. ANI

Man City star Toure admits to taking wife's diet pill to fight flab
In the wake of failing to pass a drugs test, Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has admitted that he took diet pills used by his wife to lose weight. ANI

India, England WC encounter emerges as highest rated match
New Delhi, Mar. 5 (ANI-Businesswire India): The 2011 World Cup match between India and England, which was played in Bangalore on February 27, and ended in a thrilling tie, has emerged as the highest rated match in the last two ICC Cricket World Cups with a Peak Rating of 29.7 TVRs in the top six Metros ANI

Carlos Tevez and girlfriend back on track after cheating rumours
Carlos Tevez and his girlfriend Brenda Asnicar have been spotted together looking happy in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. ANI

Referee Clattenburg 'was ready to walk away over Rooney elbowing incident
There is anger within the English football refereeing community over how one of the country's best officials, Mark Clattenburg, is being treated. ANI

Nasri predicts Arsenal will beat Manchester United to win Premier League title
Mid-fielder Samir Nasri believes that Arsenal will beat Manchester United and lift this year's Premier League title. ANI

Beckhams' 'baby girl is mini-Posh'
Pregnant Victoria Beckham has apparently found that her unborn daughter is her spitting image after having a hi-tech scan. ANI

'I'm not ready to walk away from playing for Australia,' says Ponting
Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has rubbished speculation that he would stand down from the one-day side after the 2011 World Cup, by saying that he is determined to steer Australian cricket through its most tumultuous period in two decades. ANI

World Cup umpires think Murali's a chucker, but won't call him: Ex-umpire Hair
Former Test cricket umpire Darrell Hair has delivered a World Cup bombshell by revealing that several ICC match officials believe Sri Lankan off-spinner Muthiah Muralidaran is a chucker, but have refrained from calling him in matches. ANI

WC 2011: Siddle the ideal choice to replace injured Bollinger, says Clark
Former Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark believes that Victorian fast bowler Peter Siddle would be the ideal replacement for injured Doug Bollinger in the Australian World Cup side, though he admits that Australia is under no obligation to do so. ANI

Aussies hope to blunt Lanka bowlers in WC clash
Victory over Sri Lanka in Saturday's Group A World Cup clash would give Australia a perfect record after three matches in the tournament and would likely ensure a first or second seeding for the quarter-finals. ANI

Ponting downplays likelihood of Mike Hussey playing WC 2011
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has downplayed the likelihood of veteran Mike Hussey playing in the World Cup, though he expects the selectors to make a decision on who will replace injured fast bowler Doug Bollinger soon. ANI

Ponting to exploit cracks in Lankan line-up, says Lee glue holding Oz pace attack
Indicating that 34-year-old Brett Lee is the cornerstone of the Australian bowling attack for the ongoing World Cup, captain Ricky Ponting said he was looking forward to the veteran quick delivering the goods in Saturday's World Cup Group A clash with Sri Lanka here. ANI

Bangladesh fans stone Windies bus after team's World Cup loss
Angry Bangladesh fans stoned the West Indies bus on Friday after the home team crashed to a humiliating nine-wicket defeat in the cricket World Cup. ANI

Real Madrid coach Mourinho escapes stabbing attempt at Spanish airport
A fan tried to stab Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho at a north-western Spanish airport but ended up injuring his bodyguard instead. ANI

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