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Sports News on December 16, 2011

Wayne Rooney named his pet rabbit after his football hero Gary Speed
Wayne Rooney has revealed that when he was growing up he idolised tragic football legend Gary Speed. ANI

David Beckham's mum is the biggest fan of Cliff Richard
Sir Cliff Richard has revealed that his number one fan is David Beckham's mother Sandra. ANI

Imogen Thomas celebrates after Ryan Giggs withdraws blackmail claim
Imogen Thomas headed over to Harrods for champagne after Ryan Giggs accepted in court that she did not try to blackmail him. ANI

Javed Akhtar in favour of Bharat Ratna for Sachin
With Sachin Tendulkar now becoming eligible to receive the Bharat Ratna, renowned lyricist and Rajya Sabha lawmaker Javed Akhtar on Friday encouraged the government's move to amend the eligibility criteria for the country's highest civilian award, and said that the master blaster is worthy of the honour. ANI

Maken lauds Govt. move to modify eligibility criteria for Bharat Ratna
Lauding the government's decision to make amendments in the eligibility criteria for Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award, Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Friday said that it would provide a impetus to sports in the country. ANI

Warne 'certain starter' for Big Bash League's opening match: Melbourne Stars coach
Melbourne Stars coach Greg Shipperd has described veteran bowler Shane Warne as a certain starter for the opening match of the Big Bash League. ANI

Lampard likely to follow Drogba in quitting Chelsea
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is likely to follow his team-mate Didier Drogba in quitting the club. ANI

Robbie Keane's wife shows off her curves in new lingerie ad
Claudine Keane, wife of soccer star Robbie, flaunted her perfect curves as she modelled the latest lingerie collection for Ultimo. ANI

Man U will bounce back: Rooney
Star striker Wayne Rooney insists Manchester United will try to make amends for their failure in the Champions League. ANI

Brit boxer Amir Khan appeals after losing WBA, IBF titles
British boxer Amir Khan has filed an appeal against the split decision defeat to American counterpart Lamont Peterson in the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) tournaments. ANI

Indian kid wins scrabble championship despite rival's 'triple-triple' score
Indian origin boy, Anand Bharadwaj has been crowned as the World Youth Scrabble Champion, after he successfully managed to recover from a triple-triple. ANI

Villas-Boas says Torres not for sale at any price
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has said that striker Fernando Torres is not for sale, as reports appeared that he was available for a cut-price of 20 million pounds in the January transfer window. ANI

Spanish star Arteta eyes Euro glory for Arsenal
Spanish football star Mikel Arteta has targeted the Champions League as the competition to cheer Arsenal's disappointed and trophy-hungry fans. ANI

Sachin Tendulkar is already a 'Bharat Ratna', says Trivedi (Amended)
With the government making amendments in the eligibility criteria for Bharat Ratna which includes sports persons, Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi describing Sachin Tendulkar to be an inspiration for the whole world on Friday said awarding the master blaster with the country's highest civilian award would be a mere formality. ANI

Roo named pet rabbit after tragic football idol Gary Speed
As a young lad in Liverpool, Wayne Rooney, the future Manchester United striker hero-worshipped Welsh midfielder Gary Speed that he named his pet rabbit Speedo after the Toffees' star player. ANI

Christine Bleakley struggles to park her new Range Rover
Christine Bleakley, who had recently upgraded from an Audi to a Range Rover, found herself in a tight spot as she tried to parallel park her brand new Evoque. ANI

Australia's Big Bash League to stay, says Haddin
Australian Test wicket-keeper Brad Haddin has reckoned that he is excited to be a part of the Big Bash League, which, he feels, would retain its popularity. ANI

Lee says he's primed to bowl fast for Sydney Sixers'
Veteran Australian fast bowler Brett Lee believes he still retains the ability to give Brisbane Heat some hurry-up in the season-opening T20 Big Bash League clash with the Sydney Sixers at the SCG. ANI

Liz Hurley to flip coin for Warne's Melbourne Stars'
Elizabeth Hurley is all set to toss the coin for fiance Shane Warne's Melbourne Stars' opening Big Bash game against Sydney Thunder on Saturday night. ANI

Batting mentor helps Hughes overcome form slump
Opener Phillip Hughes' batting mentor Neil D'Costa is helping him rebuild from his poor performance during the New Zealand series by holding a secret two-hour session. ANI

Sachin Tendulkar is already a 'Bharat Ratna', says Swamy
With the government making amendments in the eligibility criteria for Bharat Ratna which includes sports persons, Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy describing Sachin Tendulkar to be an inspiration for the whole world on Friday said awarding the master blaster with the country's highest civilian award would be a mere formality. ANI

Coach Arthur and Coach Fletcher are friends, but have had moments of disagreement
Coaching adversaries Mickey Arthur and Duncan Fletcher are friends, but have had their moments in the past when they have not seen eye to eye. ANI

Aussie crowds still keen to see Warne perform his spin tricks
Leg spinner Shane Warne seems bigger than ever, as can be gauged by the 40,000, 50,000 or more crowd expected at the MCG tomorrow night, to see a 42-year-old play in the new Big Bash competition. ANI

Victoria Beckham, 37, makes it onto list of style icons for women over 50
Victoria Beckham has entered the list of style icons for the women over 50, despite being 37-year-old herself. ANI

Injured Pattinson, Siddle to be nursed through to India showdown
Fast bowlers James Pattinson and Peter Siddle both have minor injuries and will have to be nursed through to the Boxing Day Test. ANI

At least 13,500 troops to secure 2012 London Olympics
Upto 13,500 security personnel, which is twice of the expected figure, will be deployed in 150 venues and training sites across the United Kingdom for the 2012 London Olympics. ANI

If called, Katich ready to play in Boxing Day Test
Former Australian opening batsman Simon Katich has said that he is ready to play if recalled for the Boxing Day Test match against India. ANI

Will ask organisers to drop Dow from sponsorship list, says IOA acting president Malhotra
Acting President of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Vijay Kumar Malhotra has said it would soon register a strong complaint with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over the controversial sponsorship of Dow Chemical for 2012 London Olympics. ANI

Tendulkar shouldn't have brought 100 milestone baggage to Australia: Manjrekar
Former batsman and teammate of Sachin Tendulkar, Sanjay Manjrekar, believes the master blaster should have used India's recent one-day international series against the West Indies to complete his hundredth international century rather than bring that "baggage" with him to Australia. ANI

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