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Aussie WAGs could distract our Test players, critics warn  Aussie WAGs could distract our Test players, critics warn
Aussie WAGs could distract our Test players, critics warn AUSTRALIA's cricketers could lose focus by having their families attend the Boxing Day Test, critics have warned. But Cricket Australia plans to make the crucial Ashes clash at the MCG, starting on Boxing Day, a family affair with Aussie WAGs arriving in Melbourne from tomorrow. Cricket chiefs say they would "actively encourage" players' partners and their children to attend the fourth Test, with the series tied at 1-1. "Each player has a small allocation of tickets to each game in which they play and they often also invite parents or siblings," spokesman Peter Young said. "We host them in a private box, and a creche is set up for the young children. It is one of the big family days on our Test cricketers' annual calendars." English skipper Andrew Strauss yesterday denied speculation in Britain that the presence of his team's WAGs had cost England victory in Perth. But legendary Aussie batsman Neil Harvey said loved ones should definitely stay away from the MCG. "They are a distraction there's no doubt about that," he said. "The players should get Christmas Day with them, then send them home. Let them concentrate on the game. "There has been so much focus on the WAGs, especially when they start to bicker or fight. The cricketers don't need that." The Aussies' hectic schedule of events this week includes a public event at Southbank on Thursday where fans can meet players. The team will spend Christmas Day with their families at a private function at Crown casino. Meanwhile, ticket sales for the MCG Test continue to surge. Sportsbet.com.au yesterday installed a record crowd on day one as a short-priced favourite. The Boxing Day crowd record, set in 1961, is 90,800. Punters can get $1.44 that the record will be smashed. Sportsbet's Haydn Lane said: "The Aussies have breathed new life into the series and with great weather expected we think the Boxing Day crowd record will be broken." Police promise a "significant boost" in numbers around the MCG, with booze buses among their weapons.
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(Photo Credit: Getty Images) Date:02/09/2011
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MAKE OR BREAK FOR ENGLANDíS CRICKET WAGS  MAKE OR BREAK FOR ENGLANDíS CRICKET WAGS
MAKE OR BREAK FOR ENGLANDíS CRICKET WAGS The English cricketing WAGS (Wives and Girlfriends) have arrived in Australia in what will become the most defining moment in their sporting history. Much has been written about the affect of WAGS on the average sporting man. Coaches over the years have done everything from including them in team talks to excluding them from the country. At this stage their is no concrete evidence as to what is the correct way to treat this dangerous human subgroup. One thing for sure is that this group of WAGS, know that the future of their kind is on the line and basically it is up to them to make their men succeed. For the last 6 weeks the English team has been a picture of determination, focused ambition and most importantly, victory. They currently lead the Ashes 1-0, have only three games to play and can afford a draw to keep the Ashes trophy. They are in the driving seat, they hold all the cards and the fat lady is about to sing, but that was a WAG free environment. Last week all that changed. Wives arrived, girlfriends started gossiping, children started screaming, aunties started sunbathing and mother in-laws started complaining. How will the English boys cope with such a change in focus? Previously a day was spent at the nets, a swim in the pool followed by a nice little team meeting. Those will be a distant memory for many of the team. For the family men their are nappies to change, hotel rooms to clean, children to look after while the women shop. For those with girlfriends the task is harder, as they have to keep a constant eye on Shane Warne and break up all the cat fights. Statistics show that no English sporting team has won a sporting event when WAGS were allowed to mix and mingle. Their only World Cup Football victory came with all their wives at home looking after their kids. In fact in 1966 most of the wives didnít even know what football was let alone the fact that their husband played. In 2003 for Englandís Rugby World Cup fluke none of the team had WAGS so that wasnít an issue. The reality is that in 2010 the cricketing WAGS really are in a no win situation. If the English continue winning, people wont even think about the WAGS. All the plaudits will be on the players and the 35 managers the team has. But start losing today and suddenly it will be the WAGS fault. The blame will be a lack of focus, a change in team dynamics and the result will be a banning of all WAGS to any future sporting events.
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I sledged only once, and it worked: Tendulkar  I sledged only once, and it worked: Tendulkar
I sledged only once, and it worked: Tendulkar Sachin Tendulkar says he, too, has sledged, but only once, and that as part of team strategy. The batting maestro needled Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath by telling he would go after his bowling and the ploy worked. "I have never sledged per se merely for the sake of sledging. I did that only once as a part of team strategy. This was at the Kenya Champions Trophy. We were playing Australia." Tendulkar recollects in the book 'SACH' penned by Gautam Bhattacharya. Tendulkar describes how he irked McGrath with a cheeky line. "The match was played under overcast conditions. The wicket was also very damp. I had told Sourav before that I would do something to upset McGrath's rhythm. So, in the very first over, I stepped out to him. The first thing I said to him was 'Today I will hit you out of the ground.' He got really angry and started spraying the ball around. This was exactly what we wanted. As on that surface, he may have been very dangerous." "We did win that match ultimately and I felt very happy. My sledging did work for the team."
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Tennis player forced to change dresses because of oversized logo   
Tennis player forced to change dresses because of oversized logo A fourth-round match at the Australian Open was delayed on Monday night when the chair umpire determined that a logo on the front of Ekaterina Makarova's shirt was too large and had to be removed. The 22-year-old Russian was warming up before her match against Kim Clijsters when umpire Mariana Alves noticed one of the logos and made Makarova leave the court to change. When she returned, Makarova had changed into an identical dress that didn't have any attached logos. She began the match without them and then had some attached during changeovers in the first set. The offending logo was eventually moved to her right shoulder. Grand Slam rules dictate that logos on the front of the shirt cannot exceed four square inches. Larger logos are allowed on the sleeves, which is where Makarova's banned logo eventually was placed. At her post-match press conference, Makarova admitted that she was the one who made the initial error. The Russian told reporters that she put the logo on the front of her shirt but that the incident was "nothing important."
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Eye-candy for the ladies!   
Eye-candy for the ladies! For his part, tennis star Rafael apes Megan's pose in Armani denims, stripped of his shirt and showing off his rippling muscles. The shoot is a part of the spring 2011 campaign and will be appearing on billboards from February.
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(Photo Credit:Armani Jeans ad campaign) Date:01/24/2011
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Glamour girl Sophie Reade slams Balotelli on Twitter.  Glamour girl Sophie Reade slams Balotelli on Twitter.
Glamour girl Sophie Reade slams Balotelli on Twitter. For those worried that Mario Balotelli might be having trouble settling in to life as a Premier League footballer, grab a tissue and get ready to wipe away proud, emotional tears, with some moving relationship news from todayís Sun. Word has it that having stolen Big Brother winner Sophie Readeís heart - presumably thanks to ream-upon-ream of erotic Italian poetry and a romantic Christmas steamrollering - Balotelli then immediately broke it by proceeding to smear himself all over Ms Readeís best buddy, another breasty thing called Faye-Evette Betts. Like so many hot glamour models these days, Reade decided to vent her fury online with a series of infuriated Twitter twats, such as: ďWould like to let everyone know @FayeEvette is a s*** and slept with the guy I was seeing! What a friend and welcome 2011.Ē And: ďMario Balotelli is a ****er!!Ē Welcome to English football, Mario. Youíve arrived.
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