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Starc backs Australia to win World T20 title despite early Pakistan loss

Mitchell StarcSydney, Mar 28 : Australian pacer Mitchell Starc believes that they can still win the tournament despite their early World Twenty20 loss to Pakistan.  Read more »

Oz's Meg Lanning smashes T20 records in women cricket's history in `record` win against Ireland

Oz cricketSydney, Mar 28  : Australian opener Meg Lanning has etched her name in the Twenty20 history of women's cricket by smashing the highest individual score in the format in her team's record-breaking 78-run win over Ireland in the women's World T20.  Read more »

Ashwell Prince announces retirement from professional cricket

Ashwell PrinceSydney, Mar 27 - Former South African batsman Ashwell Prince has reportedly announced that he will retire from professional cricket later this year.  Read more »

Ex-BCCI chief calls for IPL 2014 to be scrapped over corruption allegations

Shashank ManoharSydney, Mar 27 - A former chief of the powerful Indian cricket board has called for this year's Indian Premier League to be scrapped given the numerous match-fixing allegations surrounding the million-dollar tournament.  Read more »

Finch planning to replicate T20 form in first-class cricket to stake Test claim for Oz

Aaron-FinchSydney, Mar 26 : Australian batsman Aaron Finch is reportedly planning to replicate his devastating Twenty20 form in the first-class format to stake a claim for a Test spot in the future.  Read more »

Johnson secures bumper CA pay-rise close to 1 mln dollars

Mitchell-JohnsonSydney, Mar 26 : Australian pace sensation Mitchell Johnson has reportedly secured a bumper increase in pay close to one million dollars.  Read more »

Guptill says Kiwis need to improve batting, bowling 'at death' to save World T20 campaign

Martin-GuptillSydney, Mar 26 : New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has said that his team must improve both its batting and bowling at the death in order to reach the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 tournament.  Read more »

Ellyse Perry backs Oz to 'kick-start' women's World T20 defence on back of Proteas win

Ellyse-PerrySydney, Mar 26 : Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry has said that her team can kick-start their women's Twenty20 World Cup title defence on the back of Tuesday's six-wicket win over South Africa.  Read more »

Lehmann says Oz to reprise 'brutal' fast bowling plan against Test 'tailenders'

Darren LehmannSydney, Mar 26 - Australian head coach Darren Lehmann has warned that his team will reprise their brutal fast bowling plan used during the winter Ashes against every tailender in Test cricket.  Read more »

Warne tipped as top favourite to be granted 're-introduced' Oz knighthood

Shane WarneSydney, Mar 26 - Australian spin legend Shane Warne has reportedly been tipped as a top favourite to be granted a knighthood after Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that the country could reintroduce knights and dames to the Order of Australia.  Read more »

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Man City planning record 250 mln-pound swoop to bag Barca star Messi

Man City planning record 250 mln-pound swoop to bag Barca star MessiLondon, Apr 19 : Manchester City are reportedly speculated to be working on a 250 million-pound deal to add Lionel Messi to Manuel Pellegrini's squad this summer.  Read more »

Three top Liverpool footballers nominated for Association Player of the Year award

Liverpool footballersJohannesburg, Apr 19  : Three of Liverpool's top players have reportedly been nominated for England's Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award.  Read more »

Hafeez imparting young cricketers in native city with 'Skills to Shine'

Hafeez imparting young cricketers in native city with 'Skills to Shine'Karachi, Apr 19 : Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, who recently resigned from the Twenty20 captainship post, is reportedly mentoring upcoming cricketers  Read more »

Eoin Morgan credits IPL 'pressure' for helping 'long-term' cricket career

Eoin MorganLondon, Apr 19  : England batsman Eoin Morgan has said that playing in front of 80,000 people during past Indian Premier League (IPL) seasons has helped his long-term cricket career.  Read more »

Rosberg plans on discussing concerns on 'over the line' Bahrain GP with Hamilton

Nico RosbergLondon, Apr 18  : Mercedes racer Nico Rosberg is reportedly planning to discuss concers regarding their fight for victory in Bahrain, which went 'over the line', with his teammate Lewis Hamilton.  Read more »

FIA uphold decision to disqualify Ricciardo

Daniel-RicciardoParis, April 15 : International automobile federation (FIA) announced Tuesday that it will uphold the decision on Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from last month's Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.  Read more »