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Chelsea stars declare 'open mutiny' over Villas-Boas' 'incompetence'
Things have gone from bad to worse at Stamford Bridge as reports of an open mutiny over Andre Villas-Boas' way of management. ANI

Spot-fixing scandal tainted Pak cricket's image in 2011: Editorial
The convictions of three Pakistan cricketers- Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir in a spot-fixing case by a United Kingdom court had tainted the image of the country's cricket in 2011, an editorial in a Pakistan daily has said. ANI

Ferguson smokes peace pipe with Rooney following 'hair-dryer' episode
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is considering bringing striker Wayne Rooney back into the squad for the January 4 game at Newcastle after resolving a minor row with the player. ANI

Lyon against marauding Indian batsmen at SCG will be 'interesting', says Arthur
Australian coach Micky Arthur has given his backing to off-spinner Nathan Lyon to perform at the SCG and feels his contest against the famed Indian batting line up is going to be an interesting affair. ANI

Imogen Thomas sees in 2012 dressed as Lady Justice
Imogen Thomas, who may have enjoyed herself recently by downing a bottle of wine at 11am on Christmas Day, welcomed 2012 dressed as Lady Justice. ANI

Rich Premier League footballers' secret perks come under taxman's scanner
Premier League's top football stars have attracted the interest of tax officials over enjoying secret perquisite's and benefits. ANI

Redknapp would like to have Tevez but can't afford astronomical fees
Tottenham Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has said that he would love to have Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez in his team but his club can't afford him. ANI

Green activists cry foul over use of 4000 BMWs for VIPs during London Olympics
The London Olympics have been touted to be the 'greenest' Olympic games to have ever taken place, but the decision to whisk VIPs around London in 4000 BMW's during the Olympic games isn't going doing well with green activists. ANI

Clarke ready to chip in with some spin in Sydney
Australian captain, Michael Clarke is ready to bowl a few overs against India in the Sydney Test, since he is convinced that spin is going to play a major part during the match. ANI

Mario Balotelli loses to Manchester locals at darts
London, Jan 2 : Mario Balotelli, the Italian striker who plays for Manchester City, failed to win at darks when he took on locals at a pub in a Manchester suburb. ANI

Nicole Scherzinger and Lewis Hamilton's family hoping for reconciliation
London, Jan 2 : Nicole Scherzinger and Lewis Hamilton's family are back in touch over Christmas and are hoping that the couple reconcile and give their love another chance. ANI

Misbah says winning 'more important thing' than entertaining crowds at moment
Karachi, Jan 2: Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq has said his side will focus on playing good cricket rather than just entertaining crowds, ahead of the upcoming series against England in the United Arab Emirates. ANI

Wilkinson says sex not key aspect of her marriage
Washington, Jan 2 : Glamour model Kendra Wilkinson says that sex is not the most important thing in her marriage to Hank Baskett. ANI

Una Healy not embarrassed by toilet visits in front of Ben Foden
Washington, Jan 2 : Una Healy insists that she now feels so comfortable with fiance Ben Foden that she is happy to go to the toilet in front of him. ANI

Misbah-ul Haq says putting up big score by Pak 'key' for defeating England
Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq has dubbed the upcoming series against England in the United Arab Emirates as extremely tough for his side and added that a huge score by his team will lay the roadmap for victory. ANI

Murray wants new coach Lendl to teach mental toughness to clinch Grand Slam titles
England tennis ace Andy Murray wants his new coach Ivan Lendl, 51, to give him lessons in mental toughness, which would help him in winning Grand Slam titles. ANI

Chelsea can't win Premier League, admits Villas-Boas
After a disappointing home defeat against Aston Villa, Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that his team lacks the capability to win the Premier League title this year. ANI

Wayne Rooney dropped from match and fined £200k for night out with wife
Wayne Rooney was dropped from a match and fined 200, 000 pounds after he talked about a night out he had with his wife Coleen. ANI

Lyon has no match experience at SCG
Nathan Lyon, the spinner on whom skipper Michael Clarke will rely to contain the prolific Indians in Sydney, has never played a senior match at the historic venue. ANI

Dennis Rodman to coach topless women's team for NYC strip club
Dennis Rodman has decided to bounce back into basketball as a coach for a topless women's team that he is launching for a strip club in New York. ANI

Sachin's son looks ready for life in cricket as bowler!
Sachin Tendulkar's 12-year-old son, Arjun, looks ready for a life in cricket as a bowler and can be seen in Team India's gear at the Sydney Cricket Ground practice nets. ANI

LeBron James engaged to long time girlfriend
Basketball star LeBron James proposed to long time girlfriend Savannah Brinson in Miami, on New Year's Eve. She said yes. ANI

Serena Williams busts out of her top at tournament photo call
She is known for sporting revealing attires on and off the tennis court. ANI

Sindh Sports Minister claims PCB never selects players on merit
Sindh Sports Minister Muhammad Ali Shah has claimed that the players' selection by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has never been made on merit. ANI

Pak cricket team manager vows to ensure 'controversy-free' England series
Pakistan's cricket team manager Naveed Akram Cheema has vowed to maintain a controversy- free environment for the forthcoming series against England in the United Arab Emirates. ANI

Stewart says England has best players to take on Pak in forthcoming Test series
Former England cricket legend Alec Stewart has reckoned that his side has best players to tackle Pakistan in the forthcoming series in the United Arab Emirates. ANI

Christine Bleakley all for cleaning and dusting
Christine Bleakley has said that she loves household chores like cleaning and dusting and will turn into Frank Lampard's slave when they marry. ANI

'Injured' Pak bowler Junaid doubtful for England series
Pakistan cricketer Junaid Khan will only play in the Test series against England if he is found fully fit at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore on January 6. ANI

Victim of umpire's call Hussey supports India's DRS stance
Michael Hussey, who must have missed the decision review system (DRS) in the first innings of the Melbourne Test against India, believes that there are flaws with the technology used by broadcasters. ANI

UK police launch special unit to protect London Olympics from Indian betting syndicates
The UK police will set up a special unit to crack down on betting syndicates, particularly in the Indian sub-continent and in the Far East, planning to influence the outcome of this year's London Olympics. ANI

McGrath predicts Australia will bet India 4-0
Predicting a four-nil Test series whitewash over India, former pacer Glenn McGrath has said that the Australian team is on the rise. ANI

Flintoff reveals his booze and depression hell after 2006-07 Ashes whitewash
Former England skipper Andrew Flintoff has recalled the 2006-07 Ashes series when he broke down after Australia whitewashed his team 5-0, and was contemplating retiring at the subsequent World Cup. ANI

Tendulkar's role in "Monkeygate" scandal still haunts Oz players
The cricket world is abuzz with anticipation that Sachin Tendulkar will score his 100th international century during the second Test in Sydney, but some Australian players are still haunted by the Little Master's role in the Andrew Symonds "Monkeygate" scandal. ANI

Oz team unchanged for Sydney Test against India
Australia has named an unchanged squad for the second Test against India in Sydney, and retained spinner Nathan Lyon rather than paceman Ryan Harris. ANI

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