Chelsea set to pay Bale's 75 mln-pound release clause to Real: Reports

Chelsea set to pay Bale's 75 mln-pound release clause to Real: Reports

London, Mar 30 : In order to finally sign Welsh wizard Gareth Bale this summer, Chelsea is reportedly set to pay the forward's 75 million pounds release clause to Real Madrid.

Chelsea have been strongly linked with Bale in the last few weeks, amid talks that the Welshman is set to quit Madrid, Metro. co. uk reported.

And now reports have revealed that Jose Mourinho's club is ready to pay Bale's 75 million-pound release clause in order to get the forward signed up, although the Welsh man still maintains that he is happy in Madrid and expects to stay.

Hamilton blames Merc's 'poor tyre strategy, confusing radio communication' for Malaysian GP loss

Hamilton blames Merc's 'poor tyre strategy, confusing radio communication' for M

London, Mar 30 : Formula One defending champion Lewis Hamilton has put the blame on Mercedes' poor tyre strategy and confusing radio communication for his failure to beat Sebastian Vettel and win the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Hamilton had to settle for second place behind Ferrari's Vettel after winning the season opener in Australia.

Hamilton claimed that it felt like the race was lost at the first stop, insisting that they were a little bit quicker than Ferrari through some stints but claimed that it was too big a gap to close up, the BBC reported.

Rooney claims England no longer 'pushovers' on back of winning spree post WC debacle

Wayne Rooney

London, Mar 30 - England captain Wayne Rooney believes that his team has developed significantly since their disastrous World Cup campaign last year, indicating that they can no longer be considered as pushovers in view of their seven successive wins since the pinnacle tournament in Brazil.

England were eliminated from the World Cup in the group stages and will next face Italy on Tuesday looking for an eighth straight win since.

Man City leading chase to bag Real's star midfielder Luka Modric

Man City leading chase to bag Real's star midfielder Luka Modric

London, Mar 30 : With Real Madrid's Luka Modric likely to be made available for other clubs come June, top Premier League clubs are fighting for the star midfielder with Manchester City leading the chase for him this summer.

The Spanish giants, as ever, are reportedly planning another Galactico signing in the close season, with Juventus' French midfielder Paul Pogba top of their shopping list.

ICC announces team of 2015 WC with Brendon McCullum as skipper

ICC announces team of 2015 WC with Brendon McCullum as skipper

Dubai, Mar 30 : Following the conclusion of the World Cup, which ended with Australia winning the coveted trophy for the fifth time, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the team of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 on Monday with Brendon McCullum as its captain.

McCullum was chosen as the captain following his aggressive, innovative and inspirational leadership during the 44-day tournament that was the cornerstone of his New Zealand squad's progression to the final where they lost to Australia by seven wickets.

McCullum downplays 'graceless' sledging by Oz in WC final

McCullum downplays 'graceless' sledging by Oz in WC final

Sydney, Mar 30 : New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has played down the sledging leveled against his teammates by Australia during the just-concluded World Cup final in Melbourne.

Australia lifted their fifth World Cup title following their seven-wicket win over New Zealand on Sunday, however, the sledging left a blemish in their celebrations.

Sledger-in-chief Haddin was seen giving a few words to Martin Guptill after Glenn Maxwell dismissed the New Zealand opener for 15.

Oz squad drench MCG turf with booze as they partied till sunrise post winning WC

Oz squad drench MCG turf with booze as they partied till sunrise post winning WC

Sydney, Mar 30 : The Australian team sure knows how to party and they left the Melbourne Cricket Ground turf drowned in champagne and beer on Monday morning after celebrating their World Cup triumph with booze and wicketkeeper batsman Brad Haddin painted a picture of how the squad enjoyed.

'Sledger' Brad Haddin slammed on social media for disgraceful send off of Kiwis' batsmen

Brad Haddin

Sydney, Mar 30 - Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin has been slammed on social media for sledging a couple of New Zealand batsmen while sending them back to the pavilion during their World Cup win over Brendon McCullum's men on Sunday.

Sledger-in-chief Haddin was seen giving a few words to Martin Guptill after Glenn Maxwell dismissed the New Zealand opener for 15, News. com. au reported.

Haddin was again caught engaging in a verbal exchange after Grant Elliot, the top scorer for New Zealand, was dismissed for 83.

'Party-freak' Warne urged Oz to 'celebrate properly' with booze post winning 2015 WC

Shane Warne

Sydney, Mar 30 - Australian spin legend Shane Warne undoubtedly knows how to party after winning a major tournament and urged the current squad to do the same, asking them to 'celebrate properly' and enjoy a booze filled night or two after the team won their fifth World Cup.

Australia defeated New Zealand in Sunday's final at Melbourne to grab their fifth World Cup trophy and Warne advised Michael Clarke and his men on how to party properly.

'Drunk' Haddin says 'nice' Kiwis 'deserved' sledging in WC final

Brad Haddin

Sydney, Mar 30 - Under the influence Australian wicketkeeper batsman Brad Haddin has shot back at his critics and claimed that the New Zealanders deserved the rebukes he gave them in the Cricket World Cup final.

Addressing questions over his controversial sending off of New Zealand batsmen Martin Guptill and Grant Elliott in Sunday's one-sided decider, the Australian wicketkeeper insisted that Brendon McCullum's men deserved it.

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