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Flower slams ICC rationale behind 'ridiculous' two-Test Oz, South Africa series
England coach Andy Flower has criticized the International Cricket Council (ICC)'s decision to hold a two-match Test series between Australia and South Africa, saying that the intent behind creating the fixture list has to be addressed. ANI

'IndoPak Express' duo Qureshi, Bopanna enter Paris Masters semifinals
Pakistan's Aisamul Haq Qureshi and his Indian partner Rohan Bopanna have entered the semifinals of the Paris Masters by beating second-seeded Michael Llodra of France and Serbia's Nenad Zimonzic in the super tie-break. ANI

Malinga should be playing Test cricket for Lanka rather than chasing riches, says Flower
England coach Andy Flower has slammed Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga's decision to retire from Test cricket to prolong his career in ODI and Twenty20 cricket. ANI

Ecclestone accused of 'beggaring belief' with evidence in 2006 bribe case
Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone's evidence to a Munich court about alleged bribes paid on the 2006 sale of the motor sport has been called into question. ANI

Mike Tindall fined 25k pounds for off-field antics during rugby world cup
After facing the shame of a poor performance at the world cup, Mike Tindall has now been fined 25,000 pounds for his role in the team's infamous night out in New Zealand on 11th September. ANI

'Sensational' Cape Town Test centurions move up in ICC Test batsmen rankings
South African captain Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla and Australian captain Michael Clarke, who scored centuries in the sensational Cape Town Test, have made upward moves in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Player Rankings for Test batsmen. ANI

Steyn becomes 20th bowler in ICC rankings history to break 900-point mark threshold
South African fast bowler Dale Steyn has become only the 20th bowler in history to break the 900-point mark barrier in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Player Rankings for Test bowlers after claiming six wickets in his side's eight-wicket win over Australia in Cape Town. ANI

Ramiz Raja to take over as PCB COO?
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Zaka Ashraf has reportedly made an offer to former Pakistan Test skipper Ramiz Raja to take over as the COO of the board, official sources in the board have revealed. ANI

Brit F 1 ace Button believes he 'is driving better now than when he won 2009 world title'
British Formula One driver and McLaren star Jenson Button has reckoned he is performing better now than he did during his 2009 world title win. ANI

Kris Humphries hires lawyer to end marriage to Kim
Kris Humphries has got himself a lawyer after his celebrity ex-wife Kim Kardashian filed for divorce in October. ANI

David De Gea's girlfriend to star in Spanish 'Grease'
Footballer David De Gea's girlfriend Edurne is set to star in the Spanish version of the super-hit musical 'Grease'. ANI

Dramatic changes in 'lame-duck' PCB media team 'imminent'
Changes in the Pakistan Cricket Board's media team are imminent following the appointment of new chairman Chaudhary Zaka Ashraf. ANI

'Shattered' Hansie Cronje was 'embarrassed to be seen in public' after 'spot fixing' conviction
The London court's verdict against three Pakistan cricketers over last year's 'spot fixing' scandal has led the family members of Hansie Cronje to reveal almost a decade after his death how the former South African skipper was filled with regret and was 'embarrassed to go out in public' over his role in a similar scandal that had shaken international cricket years ago. ANI

Australians cannot escape censure over Cape Town Test shame: Roebuck
As future generations study Australia's scorecard in the second innings of the Cape Town Test against South Africa, they will wonder what happened when 12 wickets fell for 60 runs in a session and the visitors came within a whisker of scoring the lowest total recorded in 2016 Tests, noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck has said. ANI

'Sven-Goran Eriksson made a mess of his life', says ex Nancy Dell'Olio
Talking about her affair with Sven-Goran Eriksson, Nancy Dell'Olio has revealed that the former England football manager "made a mess of his life". ANI

Vaughan agrees to head NZ cricket till Jan 2012
The outgoing chief executive of New Zealand Cricket (NZC), Justin Vaughan, has agreed to remain till mid to late January to ensure the sport has a leader for the first half of the season. ANI

Brit football fanatic visits 38 European stadiums after 92 in England
A British football fan, who has been to all 92 English league grounds, has conquered Europe by visiting 38 of the continents' football stadiums. ANI

Man Utd.'s horse wins race for first time
Manchester United players have been celebrating as their racehorse, which they jointly own, has won a race for the first time. ANI

Imogen Thomas wants to tell-all about Ryan Giggs affair
Imogen Thomas has launched a dramatic legal bid for the right to speak out about her whirlwind romance with Ryan Giggs. ANI

Watson's tactics helped in destroying Oz team: Philander
South Africa debutant Vernon Philander, who destroyed Australia with a phenomenal 5-15, which gave him overall figures of 8-78 for the match and left the tourists all out for 47, was inspired by none other than Shane Watson. ANI

PCB to upgrade cricketers' education programmes to preempt 'spot fixing' chaos
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to upgrade all education programmes for the country's young cricketers to ensure that no other cricketer falls in to a similar trap of 'spot fixing', which has landed three of the country's cricketers behind bars in London. ANI

Anna Kournikova sets sail with beau Enrique
Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias are spending time together on a hired boat in Miami. ANI

Tiger will never be the force in golf he was in his heyday, says Allenby
American golfer Tiger Woods may be on the verge of winning for the first time in two years, but he is never going to be the player he was a decade ago, according to Australian star Robert Allenby. ANI

Clarke warns players after loss, reschedules training session
Australian captain Michael Clarke has scheduled a training session the morning after their humiliating loss to South Africa in the first Test. ANI

Mohammad Amir granted permission to appeal against spot-fixing sentence
Banned Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Amir has been granted permission by a London Court to challenge his sentence, which was handed over his involvement in last year's spot fixing scandal. ANI

Oz city Gold Coast wins bid to host 2018 Commonwealth Games
Gold Coast has won the bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games in a secret ballot in St Kitts and Nevis. ANI

Smith set sights on Test series win against Australia
South African captain Graeme Smith has said that the schizophrenic nature of the first Test against Australia indicates that his team is yet to fully utilize their potential. ANI

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