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Pak hockey players won't be allowed to take part in Indian WSH
Despite the International Hockey Federation (FIH) no longer having any problem with the Indian Hockey Federation-organised World Series Hockey (WSH), the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has said it will not allow its players to be a part of the league, unless it has also been recognised by Hockey India. ANI

Liverpool star Reina defends under-fire Man U goalie De Gea
Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina has defended Manchester United's new goalkeeper David De Gea despite his howler against West Bromwich Albion in Sunday's Premier League clash. ANI

Ferdinand calls on Man U youngsters to step up due to injuries
After seven of Manchester United's aspiring young players got a chance to play in the Premier League opener against West Bromwich Albion, defender Rio Ferdinand has said that they must embrace the club's winning culture. ANI

Rooney hooker treats herself to hair extensions after pub attack
The prostitute who claims to have had a threesome with Wayne Rooney while his wife was pregnant was recently spotted looking thrilled as she left a salon where she treated herself to hair extensions. ANI

Nicole Scherzinger looks glum after lunch date with beau Lewis Hamilton
Nicole Scherzinger seemed unhappy after a lunch date with boyfriend Lewis Hamilton as she hardly raised a smile when the F1 champ drove her away from E Baldi, a posh restaurant in Beverly Hills. ANI

Barcelona defender Pique accuses Mourinho of 'destroying Spanish football'
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has accused Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho of "destroying Spanish football" after an ill-tempered Supercopa final. ANI

Inter Milan rule out sale of 'untouchable' Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder's bid to push through a move to Manchester United has suffered another setback after he was described as "untouchable" by Inter Milan. ANI

Chelsea eyeing 25 million pound bid for Valencia star Mata
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is reportedly preparing a 25 million pound offer for Valencia winger Juan Mata. ANI

Arsenal manager Wenger facing early injury crisis
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is facing one of the biggest selection crises of his reign, as the club prepare for a vital eight-day gauntlet against Liverpool, Udinese and Manchester United. ANI

Brit boxer Amir Khan likely to face Floyd Mayweather
British boxing ace Amir Khan is on a collision course with legendary unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather jnr next May. ANI

ODIs can set tone for Tests: Bollinger
Australian left-arm fast bowler Doug Bollinger is hoping he and his one-day team-mates can set the tone for their Test counterparts by winning the one-day series against Sri Lanka. ANI

Australia to trial twilight Sheffield Shield cricket
Cricket Australia has decided to conduct a trial experiment of playing its domestic Sheffield Shield games at twilight. ANI

Oz cricketers views to feature prominently in Argus review recommendations
Australian cricketers are unlikely to take a backseat, and their views will feature in the summary of recommendations made by the Don Argus-led review panel to the Cricket Australia board. ANI

No need to press panic buttons on Indian cricket: Dhoni
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has cautioned his country's selectors and the cricket board not go for "panic" measures in the wake of the sides three nil Test series loss to England. ANI

Chelsea should resolve Modric saga now: Redknapp
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has told Chelsea to forget about a deadline-day move for Luka Modric, and resolve the transfer saga as soon as possible. ANI

Tharanga making most of return to Lanka squad
Sri Lankan opener Upul Tharanga is trying to make the most of his comeback into the national squad after being suspended for several months for using a banned substance. ANI

England confident about Anderson playing in Oval Test
England captain Andrew Strauss has expressed optimism that his lead strike bowler James Anderson will be fit for the fourth and final Test against India at the Oval. ANI

India missing Zaheer Khan for final Test against England: Dhoni
Indian cricket team is missing its injured premier pace bowler Zaheer Khan for the fourth and final Test against England at the Oval Cricket Ground, beginning today, admitted captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. ANI

Fabregas returns to Barcelona with a bang
Cesc Fabregas made a stunning debut for Barcelona, playing a part in the build-up to Lionel Messi's winning goal two minutes from time in a Spanish Super Cup final. ANI

Man City to sign Nasri in next 24 hours
Manchester City have moved closer to signing Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri and are reportedly trying to finalize the deal in the next 24 hours. ANI

Wenger may face more 'action' for violating touchline ban
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may face further serious action for breaking his UEFA touchline ban. ANI

Coach not sure changes needed for 4th Oz-Lanka ODI
Australian cricket team coach Tim Nielsen has said that he is not sure about making changes to the one-day cricket side for Saturday's fourth match against Sri Lanka to be played here. ANI

Warnie does a Ken doll with 'polished matching outfit' for golfing
Since he met and started dating British actress Elizabeth Hurley, former Aussie cricketer Shane Warne seems to be styling himself. ANI

Champions League return is Liverpool's primary target, says goalkeeper Reina
Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina has said that the club's primary target is to secure a Premier League top-four finish to make a Champions League return next season. ANI

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