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Sports News on August 9, 2011

Shaquille O'Neal 'hand in hand' with 'tiny' Nicole despite height difference
Looks like the height difference between Shaquille O'Neal and his girlfriend Nicole 'Hoopz' Alexander is not posing a big threat to their romance. ANI

'My life has changed an awful lot since US Open victory', says McIlroy
Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy has said that his life has changed "an awful lot" since the day he won the US Open in June. ANI

Man U legend Charlton credits Ferguson for club's phenomenal Premier League success
Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has urged manager Sir Alex Ferguson to scotch any thoughts of retirement and drive the club on to more glory. ANI

Opportunity for Sri Lanka to become World No.1 ODI team
Sri Lanka will become the number-one ranked ODI side for the first time if it beats Australia by 4-1 or better in the five-match series, which begins at Kandy from Wednesday. ANI

'Pak will not host 2011 Champions Trophy'
Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) President Qasim Zia has dismissed hopes of Pakistan hosting the Champions Trophy in December, leading to speculations that the event might be held in India. ANI

Pak-born Khawaja claims no India visa holding up Champions League participation
Pakistan-born Australian batsman Usman Khawaja has claimed that India has been holding up his visa to play in next month's Champions League Twenty20 because of his country of birth. ANI

Lampard to miss England's friendly against Holland
England midfielder Frank Lampard has been ruled out of Wednesday's friendly against Holland due to a throat infection. ANI

Joe Hart signs new Manchester City deal
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has signed a new five-year contract, which will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until 2016. ANI

Jermaine Pennant dumps fiancee and baby boy over look-alike model
Soccer star Jermaine Pennant dumped his baby boy and fiancee Lara Murphy over a model, who exactly looks like her. ANI

'Holidaying' Coleen Rooney spends whopping œ216K on 10 trips in a year
Coleen Rooney, the owner of a 12million-pound fortune, has reportedly spent 216,000 pounds travelling 48,630 miles on a total of 10 trips in little more than a year. ANI

Nicklas Bendtner hopes to leave Arsenal soon
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has confirmed that he expects to leave the club this summer for a club where he is "happy and plays every week". ANI

Pint-sized golf prodigy wins second world title
Melbourne golf wunderkind Karl Vilips sank a 10-metre birdie putt at the famous Pinehurst course in North Carolina yesterday to secure a second consecutive US Kids World Championship. ANI

Tevez doubtful for Manchester City's Premier League opener
Argentine footballer Carlos Tevez is back in a Manchester City shirt, but has been warned that he faces a battle to face Swansea City in their Premier League opener on August 15.evez returned to Carrington for the first time since May and had a 30-minute run-out with midfielder Pablo Zabaleta. ANI

Playing spinners well to be key to Oz success on Sri Lanka tour, says Clarke
Australian captain Michael Clarke reckons that his team's ability to blunt the Sri Lankan spin attack will go a long way to determining their success in the five-match ODI series. ANI

PCB slammed for playing with Pak cricketers' careers
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), under its 'misfit' 78 year-old chairman Ijaz Butt, has been slammed for playing with the careers of the national cricketers by omitting three key players from a 28-member list of central contract. ANI

Rooney, Ferdinand beg people to stop 'embarrassing' riots in London
England and Manchester United footballers Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand have appealed to London rioters to stop their violence. ANI

Australia's battle against spin is no secret: White
Australia's Twenty20 captain Cameron White has admitted that players still need to come to terms with how to play spin, and added that performance against spin will go a long way to determining their success levels in Sri Lanka. ANI

Kasprowicz replaces Hayden on CA board
Former Test quick Michael Kasprowicz has taken over Queensland's new Cricket Australia (CA) director. ANI

Hohns back as Queensland selector
Former chairman of selectors for the Australian cricket team, Trevor Hohns, is making a comeback. ANI

'Gutsy' Imogen Thomas challenges 'Giggs slur' WAG rivals to boxing match
Imogen Thomas is reportedly keen to fight it out with her WAG rivals in a charity-boxing match. ANI

Kamran vows comeback after being dropped from contracted players list
Former Pakistan cricket Vice-Captain Kamran Akmal, who has been dropped from the list of contracted players, has said that he would make a comeback. ANI

New-generation Man U side to be the envy of most Premier League teams
During Sunday's Community Shield triumph over Manchester City at Wembley, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson gave a glimpse of the new-generation team ready to take the upcoming Premier League by storm. ANI

England has become ultra-competitive cricket team: Rod Marsh
Former Australian wicketkeeper Rod Marsh believes that the days of unprepared England players are history, and insists that the Andrew Strauss-led team is the best side in the world. ANI

London riots threaten England's football friendly against Holland
The Football Association (FA), the governing body of football in England, will hold talks with London's Metropolitan Police ahead of tomorrow's friendly between England and Holland amid concerns over rioting in the city. ANI

Bopara knows he has only a match to show he is England squad material
Essex middle order batsman Ravi Bopara knows he has only one match to show to make him an England regular. ANI

Liz Hurley's parrot Ping Pong tweets about his 'crush' on sweet Warne
Elizabeth Hurley's parrot Ping Pong seems to be in love with his owner's boyfriend Shane Warne despite the cricketer's bossy nature. ANI

Bopara says fatherhood will help him get England career back on track
England batsman Ravi Bopara reckons that becoming a dad and his new iPad has helped him to be a better cricketer. ANI

Williams was sacked 'face to face' by Tiger Woods, says manager
Tiger Woods' manager has disputed former caddie Steve Williams' version of how he was fired by the American golfer. ANI

BCCI hopeful about Indo-Pak cricket 'bilateral series' following Khar visit
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has termed Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar's recent trip to India as a huge boost for the revival of a bilateral series after over three years. ANI

Indian cricket team trains ahead of Edgbaston Test
After two successive defeats in the Tests against England, the Indian cricket team sweated it out at the nets on Monday ahead of the third Test to be played at Edgbaston in Birmingham from Wednesday. ANI

Young brigade of Indian cricket interact with fans
The young brigade of the Indian cricket comprising of Praveen Kumar, Virat Kohli, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma and Abhinav Mukund on Monday opened their heart out before their fans at Victoria Square in Birmingham. ANI

Becks, GaGa and RiRi team up to promote film about famine-hit East Africa
Sports, music and film celebrities are using their social media power to help with the relief work in drought-stricken East Africa. ANI

Imogen Thomas pokes fun at Giggs in 'Your Boyfriend Says Hi' T-shirt
Just weeks after Imogen Thomas shed tears on national television as she told of her suffering after details of her sordid affair with Ryan Giggs became public, she is ready to show the world that she has moved on from the scandal, to the extent that she is poking fun at it. ANI

Brit female beach volleyball stars selling ads on their bikini butts!
Next year, viewers are going to have a "spectacular experience" while watching the beach volleyball game. ANI

Tiger Woods' sacked caddie admits 'over the top reaction' over first win with Scott
Tiger Woods' former caddie Steve Williams has acknowledged that his reaction to Australian golfer Adam Scott's four-stroke win in the World Golf Championships was "a bit over the top". ANI

England cricket team prepares hard for Edgbaston Test
The England cricket team are preparing hard for the third Test against India beginning in Edgbaston on Wednesday. ANI

Liz Hurley teases beau Warnie's 'Ming the Merciless' eyebrows
Elizabeth Hurley has mocked her boyfriend Shane Warne's preened eyebrows by comparing it to the ones of 'Flash Gordon' villain Ming the Merciless. ANI

Did 'misbehaving' with Butt cost PCB Coordinator Razaullah extension of tenure?
The Pakistan cricket Board (PCB) has refused to extend the tenure of its organizer and administrator Razaullah Khan. ANI

I genuinely don't think I have any hold over 'bunny' Tendulkar: Anderson
England fast bowler James Anderson has rejected suggestions that he has established some sort of control over Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar. ANI

Anderson expects India to bounce back in Edgbaston Test
England fast bowler James Anderson insists that his team will be taking nothing for granted when the third Test against India gets under way on Wednesday at Edgbaston. ANI

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