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Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr added to Grammy Awards performers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will each perform at the Grammy Awards this month where the pair will accept a lifetime achievement award on behalf of the Fab Four, organizers said on Tuesday. McCartney, 71, and Starr, 73, will be joined by R&B singer John Legend, hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as well as country singers Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves and Keith Urban as performers during the 56th Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy said.

Cricket: England look to salvage some pride in one-dayers

England go into the opening one-day international in Melbourne on Sunday desperate to salvage some pride, but face a torrid task with a fired-up Australia vowing no let-up after dominating the Ashes. The first of five matches, a day-nighter, is the first opportunity to see how the shell-shocked tourists progress from their nightmare Test series, with captain Alastair Cook demanding an improvement, and quickly. "I am desperate to try and turn it around," he said after the 5-0 Ashes whitewash.

Cricket: New Pietersen row reveals old tensions

Controversy has been as much a part of Kevin Pietersen's career as linseed oil in an old bat, so the fact several British newspapers carried reports Wednesday of England coach Andy Flower issuing a 'he goes or I go' ultimatum came as no surprise. Both the 33-year-old Pietersen, who finished as the tourists' top scorer in the series despite managing just 294 runs at a rate of 29.40, and Flower did their best to rubbish the reports in bland public statements.

Cricket: Flower slams 'ultimatum' talk over Pietersen

Coach Andy Flower on Wednesday dismissed reports that he issued an ultimatum to England cricket chiefs over misfiring star batsman Kevin Pietersen as "totally inaccurate". English media said Flower was ready to quit unless he was given guarantees that the polarising batsman would not be selected to play under him in the fallout following the 5-0 Ashes humiliation in Australia. It follows rumours of a long-standing rift between South African-born Pietersen and Flower.

Cricket: Flower slams 'ultimatum' talk over Pietersen

Coach Andy Flower on Wednesday dismissed reports that he issued an ultimatum to England cricket chiefs over misfiring star batsman Kevin Pietersen as "totally inaccurate". English media said Flower was ready to quit unless he was given guarantees that the polarising batsman would not be selected to play under him in the fallout following the 5-0 Ashes series humiliation at the hands of Australia.

Cricket: Pietersen eager to regain Ashes

Kevin Pietersen has insisted he has no intention of retiring and is determined to help England regain the Ashes next year. Pietersen's future has been under the spotlight during England's recent 5-0 Ashes series thrashing in Australia, with the 33-year-old star batsman managing a total of only 294 runs in the five tests at an average of under 30.

Cricket: Pietersen eager to regain Ashes

Kevin Pietersen has insisted he has no intention of retiring and is determined to help England regain the Ashes next year. Pietersen's future has been under the spotlight during England's recent 5-0 Ashes series thrashing in Australia, with the 33-year-old star batsman managing a total of only 294 runs in the five tests at an average of under 30.

Cricket: More pain to come for shattered England, says Flower

Coach Andy Flower warned Monday there was more pain to come in the wake of England's Ashes series meltdown in Australia. Australia completed a 5-0 clean sweep on Sunday, routing the hapless tourists for 166 off just 31.4 overs to carry off a 281-run victory in three days in the Sydney Test. Such was the magnitude of the series defeat that major ramifications are expected for English cricket, just months after they beat Australia 3-0 in England.

Cricket: Cook 'right man' to rebuild shattered England

Captain Alastair Cook said Sunday he knows what it takes to rebuild shattered England from the rubble of their 5-0 Ashes series humiliation against Australia. The abject tourists collapsed all out for 166 off just 31.4 overs and in 147 minutes to go down by a whopping 281 runs to the dominant Australians in the final Sydney Test. The crushing defeat -- with more than two days to spare after winning the toss and sending Australia in to bat -- is expected to have major ramifications for English cricket just months after they beat Australia 3-0 in England.

Cricket: ECB chief backs Flower, Cook amid Ashes gloom

The England and Wales Cricket Board's chief executive, David Collier, has backed England team director Andy Flower and captain Alastair Cook despite the looming prospect of an Ashes whitewash. England were left on the brink of a humiliating 5-0 series defeat on Saturday after Australia dominated the second day of the final Test in Sydney to establish a 311-run lead. Flower has come under scrutiny in the British media during the series, but Collier believes that he remains the best man to lead England forward.
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