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Ronaldo voted world's No. 1 footballer by elite panel of 73 judges

London, Dec 25 : Portugal football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted as the number one footballer in the world overtaking Argentina skipper Lionel Messi for the top spot.

Tembva Bavuma set to be Africa's first black specialist batsman for Proteas

London, Dec 25 : Tembva Bavuma will make history as he is set to become the first black African specialist batsman who would play for South Africa in the second Test against West Indies that gets underway at St George's Park on Boxing Day.

'Fit' Harris to replace Starc, 'struggling' Watson to remain at No. 3 for Boxing Day Test

Sydney, Dec 25 : Australia's stand-in captain Steve Smith has revealed that veteran seamer Ryan Harris would replace left-armer Mitchell Starc, while Queensland opener Joe Burns would come in at number six for the hosts in his debut Test on Boxing Day in Melbourne against India.

Hayden tips Oz to win Boxing Day Test within four days

Sydney, Dec 25 : Former Australian Test great Matthew Hayden has tipped Australia to win the Boxing Day Test within four days and has backed Ryan Harris to come into the side for Mitchell Starc and make a huge difference.

Hazlewood claims Oz holds 'psychological' advantage over India in Boxing Day Test

London, Dec 25 : Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has claimed that his team holds the edge in the Boxing Day Test, saying that India's failure to intimidate the hosts has given his team a psychological advantage ahead of the match in Melbourne.

Warner claims will not hold back from 'banter' with opponents

Johannesburg, Dec 25 : Australia's opening batsman David Warner has claimed that he has no plans to hold himself back from the chirpy exchanges with the opponents despite, as he branded his side's mental battles with the opposing team as banter, not sledging.

Nemanja Matic backs Chelsea to win first ever quadruple

London, Dec 25 : Chelsea football team midfielder Nemanja Matic has backed his side to win a record quadruple, although no club has won the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup in the same season.

Brit boxer Amir Khan arrives in Pak to help Peshawar victims fight 'menace of terrorism'

London, Dec 25 : British two-time world champion Amir Khan arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday to fulfill his promise of helping the victims who were attacked by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists in a school in Peshawar.

East Bengal most 'liked' Indian football club on Facebook

Kolkata, Dec 24 : City football giants East Bengal has left behind all other clubs - both in ISL and I-League - in terms of "likes" on its official Facebook page.

HC notice to Boxing India over Sarita Devi's ban

New Delhi, Dec 24 : The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to Boxing India on a PIL seeking directions to file an appeal against the International Boxing Association (AIBA) ban on boxer L. Sarita Devi.

Mohun Bagan sign midfielder Devadas

Kolkata, Dec 24 : City football giants Mohun Bagan Wednesday roped in midfielder Denson Devadas on loan from Indian Super League (ISL) club Chennaiyin FC to boost their supply line ahead of their new season.

Ranji: Mithun fashions Karnataka's victory

New Delhi, Dec 24 : Karnataka pacers Abhimanyu Mithun(5-31) and Vinay Kumar (2-37) shared seven wickets among them to bowl out Railways for a paltry 114 in their 2nd innings to set up a 136-run victory for their team in a Ranji Trophy Group B match here.

PSPBA boys and Karnataka girls win national TT titles

Rajahmundry (Andhra Pradesh), Dec 24 : The Petroleum Sports Promotion Board Academy (PSPBA) boys team retained its sub-junior section title beating Telangana 3-1 in the final of the 76th Cadet and Sub-Junior National Table Tennis Championships at the Cherukuri Convention Centre here Wednesday.

Leander Paes undergoes dope test

Mumbai, Dec 24 : Indian tennis star Leander Paes underwent a routine dope test conducted by National Anti-doping Agency (NADA) officials Wednesday.

Ready to provide land to develop new football stadium in Kolkata: Mamata

Kolkata, Dec 24 : With an eye on developing infrastructure for the 2017 Under-17 World Cup, to be hosted by India, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said her government was willing to give land to build an 'international standard' football stadium.

Chanderpaul backs Windies to rebound despite abject Centurion Test loss against Proteas

Johannesburg, Dec 24 : Veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has extended his support towards his team following their dismal performance against South Africa in the first Test in Centurion last week.

Becks love traditional Christmas celebrations

London, Dec 24 : David Beckham has recently admitted that he loves Christmas and all the rituals attached to the festival.

'Hosting National Games in Kerala a challenge'

By Sanu George, Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 24 : Barely a few weeks before the opening of the 35th National Games early next year in Kerala, Games' chief commissioner Jacob Punnoose has said the "practical difficulties" about the smooth organisation of the event are numerous, but not insurmountable.

Bhaichung Bhutia, DRDO chief get honorary degrees

Kolkata, Dec 24 : Iconic Indian footballer Bhaichung Bhutia and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) director general Avinash Chander were conferred with honorary degrees by Jadavpur University at its 59th Annual convocation here.

Chris Rogers claims playing Boxing Day Test on home turf is something one 'dreams' of

Sydney, Dec 24 : Australian opener Chris Rogers, who would play his second home Test on Boxing Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), has claimed that it is something one dreams of and cannot take away.

Pellegrini claims PL title is not won in December

Johannesburg, Dec 24 : Manchester City football team manager Manuel Pellegrini has claimed that one never wins the title in December, as the Chilean is in a relaxed mood for Christmas with his side trailing current Premier League leaders Chelsea by three points.

Rogers 'deeply affected' post getting hit on back of head at Gabba

Wellington, Dec 24 : Australia Opening batsman Chris Rogers has admitted that he was deeply affected in Brisbane after being struck on the back of the head while fielding at short leg during the second Test against India at the Gabba.

Zimbabwe all-rounder Malcolm Waller suspended from bowling ahead of WC

London, Dec 24 : With just seven weeks left for the Cricket World Cup to start, Zimbabwe all-rounder Malcolm Waller has been suspended from bowling over illegal action.

Imran Tahir earns recall to Proteas' Test squad ahead of second match against Windies

Johannesburg, Dec 24 : Pakistani-origin leg-spinner Imran Tahir has reportedly earned a recall to South Africa's Test squad ahead of the second match against the West Indies following an injury to Robin Peterson.

Suspended Ajmal, Hafeez to undergo unofficial bowling test in India for suspect action

Johannesburg, Dec 24 : Suspended Pakistan off-spinners Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez will come to India later this week to undergo an unofficial test in a bid to rectify their illegal bowling actions.

Armstrong claims will never cheat at golf because of 'code of honour' that cycling never had

Sydney, Dec 24 : Disgraced former US cyclist Lance Armstrong has claimed that he would never cheat at golf because the sport has a code of honour which they never had in cycling.

We have psychological edge over India: Australian pacer Hazlewood

Melbourne, Dec 24 : Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood Wednesday began playing mind games ahead of the crucial third Test beginning Boxing Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground here, saying his team has the psychological edge over India.

Kiwis legend Hadlee feels there is no need for sledging, abuse in modern-day cricket

Wellington, Dec 24 : New Zealand legend Sir Richard Hadlee feels that there is no need for sledging and abuse of players and officials in the modern-day cricket but the solidarity and spirit shown in the wake of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes' tragic demise has heartened him.

Warner urges bouncer hit Watson to 'push on' post MCG incident

Sydney, Dec 24 : Australia batsman David Warner has asked his teammate Shane Watson to push on after being struck on the helmet during a training session for the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Injured Warner declares himself fit to play in Melbourne

Melbourne, Dec 24 : Injured Australian opener David Warner, despite admitting he was yet not entirely pain-free, has declared himself fit for the Boxing Day Test against India.

Relaxed Haddin confident of scoring 'some runs' despite struggle with form

Sydney, Dec 24 : Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin is confident of returning to his run-scoring best at Boxing Day Test despite displaying a lackluster batting performance during the first two Tests.

Shaun Marsh becomes Oz's latest injury scare ahead of Boxing Day Test

Sydney, Dec 24 : Australian batsman Shaun Marsh hit his hand during net-practise for the Boxing Day Test and was led away by the team doctor as the cricketer became the latest injury scare for the hosts.

'Recovering' Clarke's hopes of leading Oz at 2015 WC still alive

Wellington, Dec 24 : Veteran Australian batsman Michael Clarke's hopes of leading his country at next year's World Cup are still alive as the cricketer revealed that his recovery from surgery on his torn hamstring is still progressing as expected.

Clarke hopes out of form veterans Haddin, Watson, Rogers play in 2015 Ashes series

Sydney, Dec 24 : Injured Australia captain Michael Clarke has claimed that he hopes out of form veterans Brad Haddin, Shane Watson and Chris Rogers are on the plane to England for next year's Ashes series.

Mumbai FC rope in midfielders Amoes, Vashum

Mumbai, Dec 24 : I-League football side Mumbai FC Wednesday confirmed the signing of midfielders Amoes and Reisangmei Vashum for the 2014-15 season.

Shaun Marsh in latest injury scare for Australia

Melbourne, Dec 24 : The Australian team received a fresh injury scare when middle-order batsman Shaun Marsh was struck on the hand at a practice session Wednesday.

Hughes' tragic passing still haunts Warner

Melbourne, Dec 24 : Australian opening batsman David Warner says the tragic loss of Phillip Hughes still haunts him every time he sees a batsman struck on the head by a cricket ball.

Injured Michael Clarke to do commentary during third Test

Melbourne, Dec 24 : Australia's injured skipper Michael Clarke will join the Wide World of Sports commentary team for the Boxing Day Test against India starting here Friday.

Shane Watson fit for Boxing Day Test against India

Melbourne, Dec 24 : It was business as usual for Shane Watson at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Wednesday, with the all-rounder showing no ill-effects from Tuesday's scare when he was struck on the helmet by a bouncer from fellow squad member James Pattinson.

Official blasts appointment of Holder as new ODI skipper

Port of Spain (Trinidad), Dec 24 : An executive member of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB), Patrick Rampersad, has blasted the appointment of 23-year-old fast bowler Jason Holder as the new captain of the West Indies ODI side.

Chanderpaul backs Windies to bounce back against Proteas

Port Elizabeth (South Africa), Dec 24 : West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has expressed confidence in his team's ability to bounce back against South Africa in the second Test match at St. George's Park starting here Friday.

Southampton signs Dutch winger Elia on loan

London, Dec 24 : English Premier League club Southampton have agreed to sign Dutch international Eljero Elia from Werder Bremen on loan until the end of the season.

Present Pakistani team can win the World Cup: Moin Khan

Islamabad, Dec 23 : Former Pakistani wicket keeper Moin Khan says that the current Pakistani team has what it takes to be the champions in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup,.

Mohun Bagan gets relief in Diamondstar case

Kolkata, Dec 23 : City football giant Mohun Bagan Tuesday said a city court has stayed an ex parte decision by the FIFA directing the club to pay compensation to its Australian recruit Okwy Okonkwo Diamondstar who had alleged nonpayment of salaries.

Ankita, Prarthana in women's tennis second round

Pune, Dec 23 : Ankita Raina and Prarthana Thombare entered the second round of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) women's $25,000 tennis tournament at the Deccan Gymkhana here Tuesday.

Ranji: Chand fires Delhi on top against Rajasthan

New Delhi, Dec 23 : Unmukt Chand hit his fifth first-class century (146 runs) and half-centuries from Mithun Manhas (53) and Sumit Narwal (59) helped Delhi seize the initiative against Rajasthan on the third and penultimate day of their Ranji encounter at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Tuesday.

Siddle 'bloody' disappointed over prospect of missing Boxing Day Test

Wellington, Dec 23 : Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle has promised that he would do everything he can to help the next generation of pacers reach their potential as he faces the prospect of missing a Boxing Day Test for first time in six years, but has also admitted that he is disappointed.

Steyn set to surpass Ntini to become Proteas' second-highest wicket taker

Johannesburg, Dec 23 : South Africa fast bowling spearhead Dale Steyn, who finished a six wicket haul against the West Indies in the first Test in Centurion on Saturday, is set to overtake Makhaya Ntini as the second-highest wicket-taker in Test for his country.

Shane Watson under observation after getting hit by bouncer

Melbourne, Dec 23 : Shane Watson will be monitored for concussion after selector Mark Waugh has revealed that the allrounder was "off-colour" after he was struck by a bouncer while batting in the nets Tuesday ahead of the third Test against India, which starts here on Boxing Day.

India wins first South Asian Women's Volleyball Championship

Kathmandu, Dec 23 : India clinched the first South Asian Women's Volleyball Championship title here Tuesday.

Indian-origin British citizen on Oz cricket officials' radar for 'live betting' ahead of WC

Wellington, Dec 23 : An Indian-origin British citizen is reportedly on cricket officials radar as the World Cup looms up next year after being evicted from Australia's Big Bash League matches at the Sydney Cricket Ground and ANZ Stadium over the past four days for a doubtful live betting method.

Tiger Woods' skier girlfriend Vonn fails to finish WC Super-G Race post fall

Washington, Dec 23 : American golf superstar Tiger Woods' skier girlfriend Lindsey Vonn suffered a minor elbow injury during her failed run at the World Cup Super-G Race in France on Sunday after falling about 45 seconds into her session.

Williamson, Milne donate thousands of dollars to families of Pak terror attack victims

Wellington, Dec 23 : New Zealand cricketers Kane Williamson and Adam Milne have reportedly donated thousands of dollars in match fees from their recently concluded successful ODI series against Pakistan to the families of the terrorist attack victims in Peshawar.

Mumbai FC sign Chika Wali as third foreigner

Mumbai, Dec 23 : I-League side Mumbai FC Tuesday confirmed the services of Nigerian defender Chika Wali for the 2014-15 season.

Spinner Peterson doubtful for second Test against Windies

Port Elizabeth, Dec 23 : South Africa's left-arm spinner Robin Peterson is doubtful for the Boxing Day Test against the West Indies here after picking up an injury during a fielding session Tuesday, according to media reports.

Watson 'shaken' post bouncer hit at nets

Wellington, Dec. 23 : Australia swashbuckling all-rounder Shane Watson has left the MCG nets after being struck by a bouncer delivery on the helmet during a training session for the upcoming Boxing Day Test against India.

'Out of form' Cook finally scores a ton, but in darts!

London, Dec. 23 : Sacked England ODI captain Alastair Cook has finally hit a century in a darts special challenge match on the oche at Alexandra Palace against teammate Jimmy Anderson.

'Adamant' Warner claims sore thumb will not stop him from playing in Boxing Day Test

Wellington, Dec 23 : An adamant Australia's opening batsman David Warner has claimed that a sore thumb would not keep him out of the squad for the Boxing Day Test against India.

Ex-India bowling coach Dawes warns India to ignore sledging to beat Oz

Sydney, Dec 23 : Former Indian cricket team bowling coach Joe Dawes has warned Mahendra Singh Dhoni's struggling men to ignore sledging if they want to beat Australia, claiming that the tourists have a good, young group of men at the centre of the team.

Michael Phelps' so-called intersex ex to star porn film

Washington, Dec 23 : The formerly intersex woman named Taylor Lianne Chandler, who claims to have dated Olympian Michael Phelps, would soon be starring in her first porn film.

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