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Mario Balotelli loses œ10k diamond earring while training
Mario Balotelli lost a 10,000-pound earring after a collision with teammate Kolo Toure. ANI

Joey Barton splashes fortune on girlfriend's pink champagne baby shower
Joey Barton spared no expense for a pink champagne baby shower for his pregnant girlfriend Georgia McNeil. ANI

Posh flaunts baby Harper's œ30 designer Chloe tights at LAX airport
Victoria Beckham was spotted strolling with her baby daughter Harper Seven through LAX airport recently and had dressed the newborn in a pair of designer Chloe tights. ANI

Nancy Dell'Olio to pose n*ked for Playboy in 25k pounds flamenco photoshoot
Nancy Dell'Olio has agreed to pose n*ked for a 250,000 pounds deal with Playboy magazine. ANI

Bookies back Aussies to beat Black Caps in Brisbane Test
Bookies are backing Australia to defeat New Zealand in the Bribane Test beginning from December 1 at the Gabba. ANI

Pakistan appeals against ITF decision to shift Davis Cup tie due to security reasons
Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) has appealed to the International Tennis Federation following its decision to shift the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania group two tie against Lebanon away from Lahore due to security reasons. ANI

'Fast bowlers should love Gabba pitch for Australia-New Zealand Test'
The Brisbane Cricket Ground's head groundsman has promised an unusually juicy pitch for the opening Test between Australia and New Zealand, which starts on Thursday. ANI

Robbie Savage's celeb pals request fans to vote for him on dance show
Robbie Savage is all set to storm to victory on 'Strictly Come Dancing' as his celebrity pals are fixing things for him. ANI

Taylor and Ryder wary of injury-hit Australia in Test series
New Zealand batsmen Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder have denied suggestions that the relatively inexperienced Australian team will be vulnerable in the two-Test series. ANI

'South Africa going to be bigger challenge mentally,' says Jayawardene
Sri Lanka had a disappointing outing against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, but the team needs to put the series behind and look ahead to South Africa, batsman Mahela Jayawardene has said. ANI

Pakistan to look to continue winning momentum in Bangladesh: Misbah
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said that he will look to continue the team's recent winning form when they open the Bangladesh tour with a Twenty20 international in Dhaka on Tuesday. ANI

UK woman boxer Jonas wants to make a statement with her fists, not her skirt
British female boxer Natasha Jonas has said that when she enters the Olympic ring next August, she would like to make a statement with her fists and not her fashion. ANI

Former skipper Ponting welcomes Oz cricket makeover
Former Ausssie skipper Ricky Ponting has welcomed the revamping of the country's cricket saying it should have taken place a decade ago. ANI

Brett Lee excited about bowling alongwith pace sensation Cummins
Fast bowler Brett Lee, who hasn't played a domestic game this season after coming down with appendicitis last month while touring South Africa with the Australian one-day team, is excited at the prospect of bowling alongwith new pace sensation Pat Cummins. ANI

Cooley backs young Oz pacers to repeat Cummins' heroics against New Zealand
Former Australian bowling coach Troy Cooley has said that Test cricket might be coming too soon for young pacers Ben Cutting, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson, but has backed them to repeat Pat Cummins' heroics on debut. ANI

Brett Lee excited about bowling along pace sensation Cummins
Fast bowler Brett Lee, who hasn't played a domestic game this season after coming down with appendicitis last month while touring South Africa with the Australian one-day team, is excited at the prospect of bowling with new pace sensation Pat Cummins. ANI

Oz selectors cheapening value of baggy green cap: Lawson
John Inverarity-led Cricket Australia's selection panel has been criticized for its "inappropriate" injury management strategies, and accused of cheapening the value of the baggy green with its plans for a rotation policy for the Test summer. ANI

Ashley Cole caught on camera 'punching clubber' during bar brawl
Ashley Cole has been caught on camera allegedly throwing a punch at a club goer in London after the two got into an argument. ANI

Handing out "Baggy Green" like a dime a dozen not on: Thomson
Former Test pacer Jeff Thomson has launched a scathing on Cricket Australia for under valuing the "Baggy Green". ANI

No decision made as yet on surgery for Johnson
Australian cricket team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris has said no decision had been made on whether Western Australian pace Mitchell Johnson should or should not undergo season-ending surgery on his injured toe. ANI

After run glut against Australia 'A', Black Caps optimistic about good show at the Gabba
New Zealand is optimistic about putting in a good performance against Australia in the forthcoming Test series after three key batsmen - Jesse Ryder (175), Brendon McCullum (146) and captain Ross Taylor (138) scored big hundreds against Australia 'A' in a drawn four-day match. ANI

Hamilton ends bitter feud with Massa
Formula One rivals Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa have smoked the peace pipe, after the final race of the season in Brazil. ANI

Rapper Eminem could threaten Becks debut in Melbourne
Soccer club Melbourne Victory is concerned over what the state of the Etihad Stadium surface will be after thousands of fans flood the venue to hear rapper Eminem. ANI

Graham Thorpe gives England tough spin school in bid to break sub-continent jinx
One of England's best players of spin bowling, Graham Thorpe, has said that spin is expected to dominate the five Tests against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. ANI

Chandimal, Hafeez fined for showing dissent during Pak-Lanka Twenty20
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has fined Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal and Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez for showing dissent at an umpire's decision during their teams' Twenty20 international in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday. ANI

Max Mosley sues Google over "Nazi-themed orgy" search results
Former Formula One chief Max Mosley has sued Google in France and Germany over search results referring to a 'Nazi-themed' sex party. ANI

Cummins' manager backs him to play in all three formats
Australian pace sensation Patrick Cummins' manager has said the pacer should be allowed to play in all three international formats for Australia. ANI

David Warner could end Ricky Ponting's career if he fires against Kiwis
New South Wales batting tyro David Warner could end former captain Ricky Ponting's Test career. ANI

'Greed' stalks South Africa's 2012 England tour
The chief political commentator of the London-based Daily Telegraph broadsheet and the author of an acclaimed biography of former South African-born cricket icon Basil D'Oliveira, has warned that cricket is being destroyed by an indecent obsession with money. ANI

S. Africa must be 'more ruthless' to secure wins in cricket matches: Smith
Proteas Test captain Graeme Smith has said that his team needs to be more ruthless after letting Australia of the hook in the recent series. ANI

Football fraternity mourns Welsh manager Gary Speed's death
Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs led tributes for Wales manager Gary Speed, who was found hanging at his home on November 28. ANI

Misbah deserves credit for Pakistan's recent success: Basit Ali
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq deserves the credit for the national team's impressive performance in the United Arab Emirates amid a plethora of controversies, former batsman Basit Ali has said. ANI

Welsh manager Gary Speed found dead in mansion
Welsh national manager Gary Speed, 42, was found hanging at his 1.5 million pound house in Huntington on the outskirts of Chester on November 27. ANI

'Strictly' rivals Robbie Savage and Natalie Lowe 'shared hotel bedroom'
'Strictly Come Dancing' rivals Robbie Savage and professional dancer Natalie Lowe set their differences aside and spent the evening together at a sleepover party. ANI

India close gap on England on ICC Test Championship table
India has closed the gap on England at the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Championship table to seven points after the series win over the West Indies. ANI

Ojha breaks into top 15 bowlers in ICC Test rankings
Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha has broken into the top 15 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Player Rankings for Test bowlers for the first time in his career following a high-quality performance in the third Test against the West Indies in Mumbai. ANI

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