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Nadal likely to sack coach Toni following US Open defeat to Djokovic
Spanish tennis Rafael Nadal has hinted that he may call time on his association with his coach and uncle Toni Nadal. ANI

Jeff Thomson backs 'opponent' England to dominate Test cricket
Former Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomson has backed the new world number one-ranked Test team England to dominate cricket. ANI

Venus Williams 'vows to cope with rare Sjogren syndrome'
Tennis superstar Venus Williams has vowed to fight back against Sjogren syndrome, the rare autoimmune disease that sidelined her from US Open tournament. ANI

Meet the baseball manager who wears same underwear during win streak
Baseball team Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland has revealed that he doesn't change underwear or even wash them when his team is on a winning streak. ANI

Australia and Switzerland's Davis Cup promotion hopes hang by a thread
Lleyton Hewitt is hanging on by a thread in his bid to ensure that Australia takes a 3-2 lead over Switzerland in the Davis Cup world group play-off against Switzerland in Sydney. ANI

TV star Vernon Kay set to go sporty in UK 'Super Bowl'
TV star Vernon Kay is all set to put his good looks into the line up of American football when he takes part in the game capping for London Warriors. ANI

Hussey, Marsh prove the virtue of old-school application and diligence: Roebuck
Australian batsmen Michael Hussey and Shaun Marsh have earned their place in the national team by being organized and alert and by combining experience and hunger, noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck has said. ANI

Children at Melbourne school to be turfed off playground during Presidents Cup
Students at a primary school in Melbourne will be turfed out of their own playground following the visit of golf star Tiger Woods and basketball star Michael Jordan for the Presidents Cup in November. ANI

'Rooney, not Messi, is the best player out there,' says Robbie Fowler
Former Manchester City striker Robbie Fowler reckons that Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, not Barcelona ace Lionel Messi, is the best player in the world on the basis of current form. ANI

Greedy players killing football: Steve Bruce
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has said that greedy players are killing football. ANI

McIlroy aims to become golf's top seed
Northern Irish professional golfer Rory McIlroy is aiming to achieve his ultimate goal of becoming golf's top seed in 2012. ANI

Anelka to quit Chelsea by the end of the season
French striker Nicolas Anelka is set to leave his current team Chelsea for the United Arab Emirates for a bigger deal by the end of the season. ANI

Worst Premier League season start in Arsenal history
Arsenal's poor Premier League season start was hit by another blow when they lost 3-4 to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Saturday. ANI

Petra Ecclestone 'has her name emblazoned across new Land Rover'
Petra Ecclestone, daughter of Formula 1 billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, has personalised her new Land Rover with her name 'PETRA' inscribed across the front of the vehicle. ANI

Premier League not a 'two-horse race' between Manchester clubs: Carrick
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has dismissed the notion that this season's Premier League is a two-horse race between the Manchester clubs. ANI

Barton to face FA probe over Twitter attack on McCarthy, Henry
Queens Park Rangers captain Joey Barton could face a disciplinary action from the Football Association (FA) over Twitter attack on Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy and midfielder Karl Henry after a Premier League match. ANI

Ian Thorpe once again finds 'simple pleasure in going to pool each day'
Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe, who is set to make a comeback, has started loving the sport again though he admitted he would probably have to break a world record to win a medal at the 2012 London Olympics. ANI

Tindall under pressure after nightclub bouncer uploaded his pics with blonde in NZ
England rugby captain Mike Tindall came under pressure after a criminal charge was levelled at a nightclub bouncer who uploaded his pictures of an evening out with a mystery blonde in New Zealand. ANI

Calum Best is a bit of a loser, says ex flame Georgia Salpa
Georgia Salpa has revealed that she thinks love cheat Calum Best is a loser and she was too good for him. ANI

Pak cricketer Yasir Arafat to tie the knot at Oval ground today
Pakistani all rounder Yasir Arafat has described this weekend as the biggest of his life, as its first part went well with Surrey's victory over Somerset, and now he is due to get married on Sunday (today). ANI

Chennai Super Kings 'favourites' in Champions League T20 tournament: Richard Pybus
Former Pakistan coach Richard Pybus has said that Chennai Super Kings are favourites to him in the Champions League T20 tournament, "purely because of what they have achieved recently." ANI

Gambhir hopes for strong Team India comeback after disastrous England tour
Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir today admitted that the team did not play to it's full potential during the tour of England, but also stated that one poor tour doesn't make them a bad side. ANI

Team India returns home after England tour
Indian cricketers returned home today after a disastrous tour of England, where they lost the Test and ODI series and the one-off Twenty20 match. ANI

Federer, Djokovic, Ivanovic donate sports gear to raise funds for Pak flood victims
Top international tennis stars, including Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic, have donated their sports gear for generating funds for Pakistan's flood affected people. ANI

Mike Tindall's dad brushes aside son's cheating reports
Mike Tindall's father has downplayed the reports of his son's infidelity, claiming that he'd never cheat on his royal wife Zara Phillips. ANI

Imogen Thomas got presenter job due to Giggs' fling, says Denise Welch
Denise Welch has come out all guns blazing against Ryan Giggs' hooker Imogen Thomas. ANI

Warnie's undies line under fire Down Under!
Shane Warne's range of undies - 'Spinners by Shane Warne' - seems to be under fire after the Australian company that manages the sportsman's line entered into voluntary liquidation. ANI

Mancini turns down 'Aguero heading back to Spain' claims
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has turned down claims that his 38 million pounds striker Sergio Aguero is heading back to Spain at the end of the season. ANI

Ferguson blames media for trying to fail David de Gea in English football
Sir Alex Ferguson has praised David de Gea's early-season form as "outstanding", and slammed the media for allegedly conspiring to see the 18.3 million pounds goalkeeper fail in English football. ANI

Anelka ready to quit Chelsea
French footballer Nicolas Anelka is reportedly all set to quit Chelsea at the end of the season. ANI

Beckham planning Los Angeles Galaxy contract extension
Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has suggested that he may stay with the club beyond his current deal, which expires in November. ANI

MLS expansion plans offer chance to Beckham to own US football club
British football legend David Beckham is being deluged with offers to take up the chance of a lifetime and own a football club in the United States' Major League Soccer (MLS). ANI

Bairstow looks set to bloom under Flower's guidance
England manager Andy Flower has admitted that he had never actually watched batsman Jonny Bairstow play county cricket, but he deserves all the accolades for uncovering the country's next cricket gem. ANI

Amir has done right, brave thing by admitting involvement in spot-fixing scandal: Afridi
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has backed tainted bowler Mohammad Amir's decision to come clean about his involvement in last year's spot-fixing scandal. ANI

I will never close the door on any club: Ronaldo
Real Madrid football star Cristiano Ronaldo has once again said that he is keeping the doors open for a possible move from the club some time in the future. ANI

Bairstow describes stunning ODI debut against India as 'dream come true'
England batsman Jonny Bairstow has described his ODI debut in the fifth and final match against India in Cardiff as a "dream come true". ANI

'Retired' Afridi says he 'wants to play for Pak again' as coach Waqar set to quit
Retired Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has expressed his desire to return to international cricket as Waqar Younis, with whom he had serious differences during his captaincy, is set to quit as head coach. ANI

Sports addiction likely to ruin your relationship if not pacified at right time
A new study has suggested that being a super-crazy fan of a sport or a team might endanger personal relationships and wreak havoc on the life. ANI

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