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Arsenal's Wilshere would only be in Barcelona's reserves: Guardiola
Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has claimed that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere would have been in the reserves if he was at Camp Nou. ANI

Mumbai model captures 'Wild Thing' Shaun Tait's heart
A Mumbai model has captured the heart of South Australian speedster Shaun Tait, nicknamed Wild Thing. ANI

New Zealand PM keen to host rugby World Cup games in Christchurch
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has said that he is keen to host rugby World Cup games in quake-devastated Christchurch. ANI

Man U star Nani facing million pound lawsuit launched by his brother
Manchester United winger Nani is set for a courtroom battle with his brother, who claims that the Portuguese international broke a contract and left him penniless. ANI

Blackburn Rovers to continue with 'flop' manager Steve Kean
Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has been told that his job is safe at Ewood Park, despite an admission by the club's Indian owners, Venky's, that they are increasingly concerned by their recent slump. ANI

Injured Man U star Nani ruled out for three games
Manchester United winger Nani has been ruled out for at least three games after being cut to the bone by Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher. ANI

Chelsea can still defend Premier League title: Lampard
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard believes that his team still has a real chance of retaining their Premier League title this season. ANI

Ireland moves past Zimbabwe in ICC one-day rankings
Minnows Ireland have leapfrogged Zimbabwe in the one-day international cricket rankings after their stunning Cricket World Cup win over England. ANI

Vitali may replace injured brother Wladimir to fight Haye
Ukrainian heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko's brother Vitali will step in and fight WBA world heavyweight champ David Haye if he fails to overcome a troublesome abdominal injury, Wladimir's manager Bernd Boente has said. ANI

PCB launches "freshly revamped" official website
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has re-launched its official website with new features, including an extensive live scores section. ANI

Australia doing things too easily in World Cup group stage: Ian Chappell
Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell reckons that the Ricky Ponting-led team's path through the World Cup group stage is proving too easy, depriving them of solid hit-outs needed before a knockout clash. ANI

Untested Pallekele conditions will be challenging for both Pak, New Zealand: Misbah
The untested conditions at Pallekele in Sri Lanka will be equally challenging for both Pakistan and New Zealand, who are to play their World Cup match here on Tuesday, as neither have played at this venue before, Pakistan vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said. ANI

Toure's drug ban expected to be similar to rugby player Duckworth's verdict
Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has been given a hint of his possible punishment for failing a drugs test after York City Knights rugby league player Matty Duckworth ended up with a six-month ban for inadvertently breaching sporting drug laws. ANI

Ball-tracking firm Hawk-Eye goes to Sony
Hawk-Eye, the British-based company that provides ball-tracking technology in tennis and cricket, has been purchased by electronics giant Sony. ANI

Ponting using Tait in short bursts the key to bowler's success
Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait has said that the key to performing well without better preparation during the World Cup was due to captain Ricky Ponting's commitment to use him in only two or three-over spells. ANI

Ex-Man City star's wife was 'killed' by routine liposuction surgery, inquest told
Former Manchester City defender Colin Hendry's wife died after a seven-year battle to recover from a botched cosmetic surgery procedure, an inquest has heard. ANI

Warne offers chance to fans to face him during Christchurch earthquake fund-raiser
Australian leg-spin legend Shane Warne's fans are being offered the chance to bid to face an over from him to raise money for New Zealand's earthquake victims. ANI

Opening with spinners in World Cup matches "a terrific idea": Kaneria
Opening the bowling attack with a spin bowler in the World Cup 2011 matches is "a terrific idea" due to the spin-friendly pitches of the subcontinent, Pakistani leg spinner Danish Kaneria has said. ANI

Simone Callahan's new lover a big fan of Shane Warne
Toby Roberts has confessed that he 'loves' his lover Simone Callahan's ex Shane Warne. ANI

ICC approves Morgan as Pietersen's replacement
The International Cricket Council has approved Eoin Morgan as a replacement player for England's star batsman Kevin Pietersen, who will miss the rest of the World Cup and return home to undergo a hernia operation. ANI

Wimbledon finals to be screened live in 3D for first time in history
Tennis fans would get an opportunity to watch the Wimbledon championship finals live in High Definition 3D at hundreds of cinemas around the world, for the first time in its history. ANI

Flower surprised over Pietersen's departure from World Cup
England head coach Andy Flower has expressed surprise at Kevin Pietersen's departure from the World Cup with a hernia injury only 48 hours after the team's medical staff had cleared him to play. ANI

Bangalore police confident of locating Niall O'Brien's 'missing' cricket bats
Bangalore Police have said that they are confident of returning Ireland batsman Niall O'Brien's six cricket bats, which went missing during his team's five-wicket loss to India on Sunday. ANI

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