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Whitmarsh claims McLaren treating Hamilton and Button equally
Team boss Martin Whitmarsh has said McLaren treats both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button equally. ANI

Azarenka thrashes Sharapova to lift 2012 Oz Open women's title
Belarussian Victoria Azarenka lifted the Australian Open women's crown by thrashing Russian Maria Sharapova in straight sets 6-3 6-0 at the Melbourne Park here on Saturday ANI

Paes creates history by becoming first Indian to win Oz Open men's doubles title
Tennis star Leander Paes created history on Saturday by becoming the first Indian to win the Australian Open men's doubles title. ANI

Spinners help Pakistan to win second Dubai Test, England bundled out for 72
Pakistan spinners Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal spun a web around England's batters on Saturday to dismiss them for a paltry 72 in the second innings of the second Test being played here. ANI

Shakespeare to inspire London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony
The Board of Avon, William Shakespeare, will be the inspiration for the opening ceremony of the London Olympics this year. ANI

Petra Ecclestone infuriates Chelsea neighbours over renovation plans
Petra Ecclestone, who was forced to drop plans to demolish a 200-year-old lodge after outraged neighbours accused her of being responsible for "Botox" architecture, has upset the Chelsea crowd with her renovations. ANI

Injured Oz wicketkeeper Paine determined to 'play cricket again' despite team's sidelining claims
Injured Australian wicketkeeper Tim Paine has strongly denied claims he will not play cricket again, insisting that his finger is healing fast and that he is confident he would deliver his best once he is back on track. ANI

Liverpool is Man U's main rivals: Ferguson
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Liverpool is still their main rival despite Manchester City's growth in recent years. ANI

Australia, Kiwi PMs ready for 2015 cricket world cup
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her New Zealand counterpart John Key on Saturday said that they were on the same platform in promoting the International Cricket Council (ICC) 2015 Cricket World Cup that is to be held in their countries. ANI

AC Milan end their bid for Tevez after coming 'ever so close' to sign him
AC Milan has ended their bid to sign Manchester City outcast Carlos Tevez during this transfer season, with managing director Adriano Galliani claiming they came 'ever so close' to agreeing to a deal for the 27-year-old striker. ANI

Australians can relate to Team India's current agony: Clarke
Skipper Michael Clarke has said that the Australians involved in last summer's failed Ashes campaign could relate to India's current agony. ANI

Kiwis complete record Test victory against Zimbabwe in Napier
New Zealand on Saturday completed a remarkable day with a record test victory over Zimbabwe, by an innings and 301 runs at Napier's McLean Park. ANI

Torrie Wilson more muscular than beau Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez's former WWE wrestler girlfriend Torrie Wilson seems to have surpassed him in the muscles department. ANI

George Clooney wants to attend London Olympics
George Clooney has just been nominated for an Oscar but what the veteran actor really looks forward to at the time is something entirely different - the 2012 London Olympics. ANI says Cheryl Cole will not go back to judge 'X Factor'
Cheryl Cole's BFF has revealed that the 28-year-old singer would not return to judge 'X Factor'. ANI

Team India official denies reports on Dravid's retirement
Indian cricket team's media manager GS Walia has said at Adelaide Oval that no senior player within the squad will be retiring in the wake of the 4-0 whitewash against Australia in the just-completed Test series. ANI

Oscar De La Hoya pushes for dismissal of sex suit
Oscar De La Hoya, who has been accused of assaulting 25-year-old model Angelica Marie Cecora, has pushed for dismissal of the case over her comments that she wanted to continue working with the boxing champ after their alleged drug-fueled sex romp. ANI

Murray on path to elusive first major title: Becker
Though Andy Murray once again failed to convert a good performance at the Australian Open into a grand slam title, former Grand Slam winner Boris Becker believes he has come of age. ANI

Spurs coach Redknapp says he would rather give 100,000 pounds than nick a few quid
Tottenham Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has told police during his tax-dodging trial that he would rather give them a hundred grand than nick a few quid off them. ANI

Nadal says entering Australian Open finals injury-free 'dream come true' for him
Former World No 1 Rafael Nadal, who has coped with a painful knee injury to storm into the Australian Open finals, is relieved to have entered the final stage of the Grand Slam tournament 'injury-free'. ANI

jokovic banking on 'mental edge' to beat Nadal to win Australian Open
World No.1 Novak Djokovic has said he has the mental edge over Rafael Nadal to carry him to the Australian Open crown. ANI

Australia warns cricket superpowers after 4-0 Test series demolition of India
Australian captain Michael Clarke today said that his team has sent out a message to the superpowers of world cricket with their 4-0 Test series demolition of India. ANI

Team India's 'horror-show' sends Oz cricket state associations' losses 'spiralling'
Australian state cricket associations have incurred nearly 150,000 dollars in losses due to the spate of early Test finishes following Team India's 'horror-show' Down Under. ANI

Pamela Anderson seen arm in arm with towering NFL star Mitch Berger
Pamela Anderson was spotted arm in arm with former NFL star Mitch Berger, during an outing in Vancouver, Canada. ANI

Nicole Scherzinger cuddles up with her choreographer at LA airport
Nicole Scherzinger, who split from Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton couple of months ago, seems to have found a new love in her choreographer JaQuel Knight. ANI

Sharapova eyes Australian Open, not ranking
Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova feels she is motivated by the prospect of winning her fourth grand slam title on Saturday at the Australian Open final. ANI

It's not that bad, don't feel too sorry for me: Federer
Tennis ace Roger Federer believes his eighth loss to World number two Rafael Nadal in ten grand slam encounters isn't that bad and people shouldn't feel sorry for him. ANI

Howard says 'form', not 'age' behind selecting squad for T20 series against India
Australia's team performance manager Pat Howard has dismissed the notion that players' age was taken into consideration in selecting the squad for the upcoming Twenty 20 matches against India. ANI

Vaughan says even England's second-string pace attack more potent than Australia's
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has backed his side's pace attack rather than that of Australia, despite the Aussies' awesome display with the ball, in their 4-0 whitewash of India. ANI

Australia joins S. Africa in ICC Test ratings, but still ranked 4
After securing a series whitewash against India, Australia has joined South Africa on 111 ICC rating points, but is ranked number four. ANI

WAG Irina Shayk protects modesty with leather mitts for Replay campaign
Irina Shayk posed topless with heavily-tattooed male model Vinnie Woolston for the latest Replay campaign. ANI

PCB chief hopes UAE series will end Pak home series "at off-shore venues" predicament
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf is hoping that the current Test series against England at Abu Dhabi would be their last home series "at an off-shore venue". ANI

Afridi planning organizing 'international' double-wicket tournament in Pakistan
Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi is reportedly thinking of organising a double-wicket competition, involving players from different countries, in the country. ANI

Australian cricketers believe spot-fixing exists only in other countries
The first players' poll in February's edition of Inside Cricket magazine has revealed that almost every Australian cricketer believes spot-fixing is not present in domestic cricket. ANI

First racially abused and now Anton Ferdinand receives 'bullet' in post
Queensland Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand has received a bullet in a post less than 24 hours before his team's match against Chelsea where he would face John Terry, whom he had accused of racially abusing him. ANI

Marsh must tighten defence to be Australia's 'best batsman, says Dean Jones
Former Australian batsman Dean Jones has said that out of form Shaun Marsh needs to tighten his defence to be regarded as Australia's best batsman. ANI

Becks' black Rolls-Royce up for grabs on ebay for 250k pounds
David Beckham has put up his limited edition black Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe for sale on eBay.he LA Galaxy star bought the stylish car in 2008 for 350,000 pounds and spent thousands more having it customised. ANI

Christine Bleakley calls meeting Dolly Parton 'defining moment'
Christine Bleakley has revealed the height of her excitement when she played host to Dolly Parton on 'The One Show'. ANI

Australia crush India by 298 runs in Adelaide Test, complete 4-0 whitewash
India on Saturday slumped to their second successive overseas series whitewash after losing the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval here by a humiliating 298 runs. ANI

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