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South African pacers will target 'desperate' Warner: Boucher
South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has the pacers will apply the blowtorch to a desperate Australian opener David Warner in the one-day series starting in Centurion on Wednesday. ANI

Abolishing Premier League relegation would 'kill' football: David Sullivan
West Ham supreme David Sullivan has warned that abolishing Premier League relegation would 'kill' football. ANI

Supreme Court notice to UP government on F1 tax exemption
The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought explanation from the Uttar Pradesh government for granting tax exemption to the company organising Formula 1 event in Greater Noida. ANI

'Adamant' Patrice Evra will not back down in Luis Suarez race row
Manchester United striker Patrice Evra has said he will not back down in the Luis Suarez race row, as he insists that he was called a n***** over ten times by Liverpool footballer. ANI

LA Dodgers owner loses $130m in divorce settlement
Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his wife Jamie McCourt have settled their divorce for 130 million dollars, which is believed to be the costliest divorce settlement ever in California. ANI

India leapfrogs England into fourth position in ICC ODI rankings
World champion India has moved ahead of England to fourth position in ICC ODI rankings after taking a 2-0 lead in the ongoing five match series.ngland had started the series in fourth position on 113 ratings points but has now slipped to 110 ratings points whereas India has jumped from 112 to 115 ratings points. ANI

Akram backs Dean Jones as right foreign candidate for Pakistan coach job
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has backed former Australian batsman Dean Jones for the position of Pakistan cricket coach. ANI

Akmal working hard in bid to 'remove tag of being suitable only for limited-overs cricket'
Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal, who has been dropped from the Test squad for Sri Lanka, has said that he is working hard to regain his place in the team for the longest format of the game. ANI

Becks' little girl Harper makes first appearance at LA Galaxy game
David Beckham' little girl Harper may have been more interested in her bottle than watching her father milked a lap of honour after LA Galaxy's last home game this season. ANI

Ashley Cole's secret lover revealed as finalist in Katie Price's show
The name of English footballer Ashley Cole's secret lover has been revealed by Katie Price as glamour model Jemma Henley. ANI

Uncertainty regarding PCB chief to hurt Pak's performance against Lanka: Ehsan Mani
Former International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Ehsan Mani believes that the uncertainty surrounding the appointment of Zaka Ashraf as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief will have an 'adverse effect' on the national team's performance in the series against Sri Lanka. ANI

Afridi withdraws retirement from international cricket
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has withdrawn his decision of retiring from international cricket and said that he is available to play for the country, according to a news report. ANI

Beckham amazed at number of offers to play, eyes Olympic glory
Ace midfielder David Beckham has admitted that he is surprised by the number of offers he has had and believes that he can still play on until he is 40. ANI

Oz teen sensation Cummins ready to handle pressure
Australia's teenage pace sensation Pat Cummins is ready to handle the pressure put upon him to be the future leader of his team's bowling attack. ANI

Spot-fixing case: Salman Butt tells London court about Majeed's 'suspicious' text
Tainted Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt has said that he was "suspicious" and had challenged his former agent, Mazhar Majeed, over involvement in match fixing at the World Twenty20 tournament in 2010. ANI

Pakistan elect to field in opening Test against Sri Lanka in UAE
Pakistan have won the toss and put Sri Lanka into bat in the first Test at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. ANI

Tottenham Hotspur ends 2012 Olympic Stadium legal bid
Tottenham Hotspur has withdrawn its bid for a judicial review into the handing of the Olympic Stadium to West Ham, the British government has said. ANI

Cricket Australia's coach hunt goes global
Cricket Australia has launched a global hunt to find next cricket coach. ANI

Rooney all set to put Man U's Champions League campaign back on track
Ace striker Wayne Rooney is all set to put Manchester United's Champions League campaign back on track, leaving behind the trauma of three-match Euro 2012 ban. ANI

I can quit Arsenal unless results improve: Wenger
Arsene Wenger has said that he could quit Arsenal unless results improve. ANI

Pak head coach hiring process 'halted for time being': Intikhab Alam
The hiring process of a new coach for the Pakistan cricket team has been delayed, Intikhab Alam, head of the coach-finding committee appointed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has said. ANI

Giggs' ex Imogen Thomas flaunts crop top and shorts in icy weather
Imogen Thomas, infamous for bedding footballer Ryan Giggs, was spotted wearing a tiny pair of blue shorts and a revealing pink crop top at 6 degrees C temperature, in London. ANI

Majeed's claim about Oz cricketers being 'biggest' match fixers 'true': Basit Ali
Former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali has backed alleged bookmaker Mazhar Majeed's claims that Australian players were "the biggest" when it came to rigging games. ANI

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