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J-K govt. opens up advanced technology centre to boost production of cricket bats
In a bid to modernise the industry dealing with manufacturing of cricket bats in Jammu and Kashmir, the state government has opened up a six crore rupees Common Facility Centre (CFC), which will reduce the time for drying up wood clefts. ANI

'Tendulkar, Dravid weren't exactly match winners,' says Akhtar
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has said in his autobiography that Indian batting legends Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid are not match winners. ANI

Aussie tennis star Jelena Dokic visits Serbia to reunite with her estranged father
Australian tennis star Jelena Dokic, who had earlier claimed that she would never speak to her father again, has returned to the Serbian home of her volatile father Damir in a reported attempt to heal their rift. ANI

'Former Oz cricketers hijacking global search process promised for coach job'
Victorian Bushrangers coach Greg Shipperd fears that public lobbying by several former cricketers for the Australian coach job could lead to a hijacking of the global search promised by Cricket Australia (CA) after the Argus review. ANI

Clarke confident of 'injury-prone' Harris' return for South Africa tour
Australian captain Michael Clarke is confident that injury-prone fast bowler Ryan Harris will be fit for the South African tour. ANI

Outgoing coach Waqar 'welcome to come back to serve Pak cricket': PCB
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt has said outgoing coach Waqar Younis is welcome to serve Pakistan cricket after recovering from health and personal problems. ANI

Kris Humphries was 'an absolute jerk' as a teen
Kim Kardashian's husband Kris Humphries was an absolute jerk as a teen, a former member of the Kansas basketball team has claimed. ANI

Lara Bingle and Shane Warne 'to go on sale' at charity auction
Buying a date with either Lara Bingle or Shane Warned can now be possible, as the two are going on sale at a charity auction segment, which is being filmed for channel Nine's upcoming 'Celebrity Apprentice'. ANI

Swann backs England's Twenty20 youngsters to be future 'mega stars'
England off-spinner Graeme Swann says the youngsters in the Twenty20 squad for this week's games against West Indies are potential "mega stars" and expects many of them to be pushing for a place in the squad for the 2012 World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka next year. ANI

Oz golf legend Greg Norman 'offers counselling to troubled Tiger Woods'
Aussie legend Greg Norman has revealed that he would love to offer counselling to troubled Tiger Woods, after insisting that he had helped Bill Clinton through his personal problems. ANI

A-Rod 'still has a lot of love for ex Cameron Diaz'
Baseball star Alex Rodriguez has for the first time spoken about his split from Cameron Diaz, insisting they will "always be friends". ANI

Becks' hoax online death reports incur wrath of fans
Football fans were left fuming after an online report claimed that soccer star David Beckham had died in an unfortunate car crash. ANI

Haddin quits T20 internationals, to focus on Tests, ODIs
Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin has bid adieu to Twenty20 cricket to strengthen his grip on his berth in the Test and ODI sides. ANI

McIlroy banking on a million pounds a year TV advert deal
US Open champion Rory McIlroy will wear Santander's logo on his sleeve. ANI

McIlroy claims Tiger Woods aura is diminishing
Irish golfer Rory McIlroy, who recently won the U.S.Open, has claimed that American golfer Tiger Woods would never again rule the sport, as he did nearly a decade ago. ANI

London 2012 Olympics organisers in 'cash for gold medal' boxing fix probe
Olympics boxing organisers have reportedly made a secret deal to fix next year's competition in return for millions of pounds. ANI

'Free spirit' Swann insists captaining England is no laughing matter
Graeme Swann, the great free spirit of the England team has been put in charge, if only for two Twenty20 internationals against West Indies at the Kia Oval, but he admits that the responsibility is no laughing matter. ANI

UK school forces pupils to play with 'sponge' footballs to avoid accidents!
A UK school has banned students from using leather and plastic footballs in their playground in order prevent accidents, and instead asked them to be content with sponge ball replacements. ANI

Rooney credits 'lucky haircuts' for 'magical' goal-scoring success!
Wayne Rooney has credited his recent goal-scoring success to his barber for giving him his lucky haircuts. ANI

Zara Phillips seeks blonde's number from hubby Tindall for 'more answers'
Zara Phillips has demanded from hubby Mike Tindall, the number of the blonde lady with whom he was spotted groping and kissing during a party following a rugby World Cup match. ANI

Man City's Hargreaves lifts lid on injury nightmare at Man U
Manchester City's 30-year-old midfielder Owen Hargreaves has lifted the lid on his injury nightmare and claims that at times he felt like a 'guinea pig' during treatment for knee injuries when he was at Manchester United. ANI

Pakistan probably has more cricketing talent than any other country in the world: Imran Khan
Pakistan probably has more cricketing talent than any other country in the world, former Pakistan cricket captain turned politician Imran Khan has said. ANI

Captain, not coach more important for cricket team: Imran Khan
Former Pakistan cricket captain turned politician Imran Khan has said that a good cricket team should be focused on "good players and a good quality captain," rather than being obsessed with who the coach will be. ANI

Pak cricket is run on ad-hoc basis: Imran Khan
Former Pakistan cricket captain turned politician Imran Khan has said that cricket in Pakistan is run on an ad-hoc basis and the reason behind it is that the Chairman of the Cricket Board is appointed and liked by the President of Pakistan, which according to him is the only qualification of the Chairman. ANI

Imogen Thomas spotted sporting dreaded cellulite on thighs
Imogen Thomas was pictured sporting the most dreaded cellulite on her thighs in London. ANI

Former PCB chief says Pataudi's death 'huge loss for cricket'
Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive Arif Ali Abbasi has said legendary cricketer Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi's death was a huge loss to the sport. ANI

ICC President Pawar pays tribute to Pataudi
International Cricket Council (ICC) President Sharad Pawar has paid tribute to Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, the former India captain, who died aged 70 on Thursday. ANI

Maldives planning $500m floating golf course
Soon golfers from around the globe will delve into the luxury of playing 18 holes on a floating island that overlooks coral reefs and is connected by underwater tunnels. ANI

Becks to gift late Elizabeth Taylor's jewellery to Posh
Soccer superstar David Beckham is reportedly planning to buy late Dame Elizabeth Taylor's jewellery for his wife Victoria Beckham when it goes up for auction at Christie's in December. ANI

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