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Glad that IPL shut the door on me, says Alex Hales

Having received his maiden call-upin the England ODI squad, hard-hitting batsman Alex Hales feels that the IPL snub he got during last edition, helped him turn into a better player.

Coach underplays India's dependence on Sunil Chhetri

India's preparations for the Incheon Asian Games has been on now for over a month, and in this duration they have played four competitive matches. There's generally been only one name on the scoreboard - Sunil Chhetri.

Djokovic the top seed for US Open, Federer second

Reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has been seeded number one for the US Open with five times winner Roger Federer seeded second, the United States Tennis Association announced on Tuesday.

Sporting Lisbon to sell Marcos Rojo to Manchester United

Sporting Lisbon say they have reached a deal to sell defender Marcos Rojo to Manchester United, with Nani going the other way on loan.

Neymar, Messi on target as Suarez makes Barcelona debut

Luis Suarez made his first appearance for Barcelona after his move from Liverpool for a reported 95 million euros (75 million pounds, $127 million) as the Catalans hammered Mexican side Club Leon 6-0 in a friendly.

Terry eyes EPL title as Chelsea make flying start

Chelsea captain John Terry set his sights on winning the Premier League after his side's 3-1 victory in their season opener at Burnley.

Will never bite again, pledges Barcelona's Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez is ready to put his biting days behind him. The Barcelona striker was officially presented to fans on Tuesday at an event delayed for more than five weeks because of his suspension for biting an opponent at the World Cup.

Real Madrid even better than last season, insists Ancelotti

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti believes his side will be even stronger this campaign than the one which won the Champions League and Copa del Rey last season.

Fit-again Neymar set to feature in Suarez's Barcelona debut

Brazilian striker Neymar has been given the all clear to play his first game since suffering a broken vertebra in his back during the World Cup when Barcelona play Mexican side Club Leon on Monday.

Ian Botham caught out by nude Twitter picture

Former England all-rounder Ian Botham was embarrassed on Monday when a photograph of a naked man appeared on his Twitter page.

Federer downs Ferrer to capture sixth Cincinnati title

Roger Federer's hopes of adding to his record grand slam haul got a boost as he beat Spain's David Ferrer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to win the Western and Southern Open title in Cincinnati in the last key US Open tune-up event.

Emotional Mahela Jayawardene ends Test career on a high

An emotional Mahela Jayawardene ended his glittering, 17-year Test career on a high on Monday as Sri Lanka won the second and final Test against Pakistan by 105 runs to sweep the series 2-0.

Mahela Jayawardene rules out politics and coaching

Mahela Jayawardene, who retired from Test cricket on Monday after a glorious Test career, ruled himself out from entering politics or seeking a coaching position with the national team.

Nadal will not be able to defend his US Open title due to wrist injury

Rafael Nadal will not defend his title at the US Open because of an injured right wrist. Nadal and the tournament announced his withdrawal a week before the year's last Grand Slam tournament begins.

McGrath blames 'horrendous' fielding, batting for India's failure

Aussie legend McGrath blamed 'horrendous' fielding and batting for India's 3-1 defeat during their England tour and said 'a lot has to change' between now and when India visit Australia for them to stand a chance.
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