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IPL: Gayle helps RCB thrash KKR by nine-wickets
Chris Gayle hit an unbeaten century as Bangalore Royal Challengers (RCB) thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by nine-wickets in their Indian Premier League encounter at Kolkata's Eden Gardens on Friday. ANI

Malinga retires from Test cricket, to play ODIs and Twenty20s
Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga on Friday announced his retirement from Test cricket, saying that it would prolong his ODI and Twenty20 career. ANI

Man-U, Becks top Forbes rich-list
Manchester United and David Beckham have topped the Forbes magazine's rich-list. ANI

Golfer scores two holes-in-one in same round to defy 100mln-to-one odds
A 66-year-old golfer has defied odds of 100 million to one by sinking two holes-in-one in the same round. ANI

Zulqarnain confirms he'll return to Pakistan on Sunday despite getting threats on phone
Runaway former Pakistani wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haidar, who is currently living in the United Kingdom on a temporary visa, has said that he will go ahead with his plan to return to Pakistan despite receiving threatening telephone calls from there. ANI

Coleen fights back over offensive 'Rooney infidelity' Twitter messages
Wayne Rooney's wife, Coleen, has confronted a couple of bullies on microblogging website Twitter after receiving a barrage of offensive messages about the England and Manchester United striker's alleged infidelity. ANI

Chelsea, Man United main UK Premier League title rivals: Cech
Goalkeeper Petr Cech believes Chelsea are now Manchester United's main Premier League title rivals because Arsenal have thrown away too many chances to catch them. ANI

Towcester racecourse to ban jockeys from using whips
Towcester, the small rural racecourse in Northamptonshire, will make racing history in October by becoming the first of Britain's 60 tracks to ban the use of whips by jockeys. ANI

Mancini now targets Champions League spot for Man City
Manchetser City boss Roberto Mancini has set a target of four wins in six games to nab a Champions League football spot. ANI

Haye to practice by hitting out at Klitschko's dummy
WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye, who will take on IBF and WBO title holder Wladimir Klitschko in a unification bout in Hamburg on July 2, plans to practice by hitting out at dummy of his rival. ANI

Dalglish wants summer spending at Liverpool to mount genuine title chase
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has said the club faces its most crucial summer in years, and warned that the emergence of new players cannot be used as an excuse for not splashing out cash. ANI

PHF warns hockey players to leave 'controversial league' WSH or face action
The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has warned all those players who have signed any contract with India's unrecognised World Series of Hockey (WSH), to announce their disassociation from it before the selection of the national squad for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, or face severe punishment. ANI

Hamilton calls Chinese Grand Prix win a 'miracle'
Thanking the McLaren team for "performing a miracle" in giving him a race-winning car at the Chinese Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has said that they need to keep developing rapidly if they are to stay in the Formula One title race. ANI

Zaheer Abbas tips Pakistan to win ODI series against Windies 'emphatically'
Former Test captain Zaheer Abbas has tipped Pakistan to sweep the One-day International (ODI) series against the West Indies, beginning from Saturday (tomorrow) in St Lucia. ANI

PCB launches anti-corruption educational programme post spot-fixing scandal
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has launched a programme to educate cricketers and officials on how to "avoid getting lured into corrupt practices" in the light of last year's spot-fixing scandal that rocked Pakistan cricket. ANI

'Professional' Younus "neither angry nor upset" at ouster from Pak team
Former Pakistan captain Younus Khan has said that he is "neither angry nor upset" at being dropped from the national team for the West Indies tour. ANI

Warne blames 'horror start' by batsmen for loss against Kings XI Punjab
Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne has blamed the 'horror start' by batsmen of his team for the 48-run loss against Adam Gilchrist's ANI

500 m dollars gambled away in Indo-Pak WC semi-final: Speed
The money gambled on cricket now is astronomical, and if former International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Malcolm Speed is to be believed, at least 500 million dollars was gambled away during the recent World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan in Mohali, India. ANI

Pak spot fixing scandal happened due to PCB failure: Sutherland
Cricket Australia's chief executive James Sutherland believes the Pakistan spot-fixing scandal in Britain would not have happened if the Pakistan Cricket Board had implemented the recommendations of the Qayyum report into corruption in the 1990s. ANI

Mistrust a feature of cricket betting industry, especially when it involves Indo-Pak matches: Speed
Former International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Malcolm Speed has said in his book that mistrust is a key feature of the cricket betting industry, particularly when it comes to matches that are played between India and Pakistan. ANI

Windies beat Pak in St. Lucia T20 international
Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo spun the West Indies to victory against Pakistan in the lone Twenty20 international in Saint Lucia on Thursday. ANI

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