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Sports News on December 25, 2011

Blackburn boss Kean confident of receiving support from Indian owners Venky's
Under fire Blackburn manager Steve Kean is confident of receiving backing from the club's Indian owners Venky's during the January transfer window. ANI

Ecclestone admits to paying 27m pounds to German banker Gribkowsky
Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has admitted paying 27 million pounds to German investment banker Gerhard Gribkowsky, but rebuffed reports that it was a bribe. ANI

Legendary boxer Henry Cooper leaves 750,000 pounds for two sons
Former boxing champion Sir Henry Cooper, who died in May, has left a fortune of 747,098 pounds in his will to his two sons, Henry and John. ANI

Britons without parking permit to face œ200 fine during London Olympics
People living in Britain will face fines of up to 200 pounds a day during 2012 Olympics if they do not have permits to park their vehicles. ANI

Spurs boss Redknapp vows to get team back into Champions League
Former English footballer and Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has vowed to get his team back into the Champions League amid talks of him taking over as the next England boss. ANI

India, Oz aiming for good start in Test series
Both India and Australia are looking forward to a series win and will aim to gain a good start in the Boxing Day Test. ANI

Haddin enjoying Christmas training with son ahead of India-Oz Boxing Day clash
Australian cricketer Brad Haddin took his three-year-old son Zac to the training session on Christmas, ahead of the Boxing Day clash with India. ANI

England cannot afford complacency to remain No. 1 Test side: Flower
England cricket coach Andy Flower has reckoned that his team cannot afford complacency in 2012 if it is to remain the No.1 Test side. ANI

Tamara Ecclestone says dad wants her to enjoy money
Tamara Ecclestone, who is one of the wealthiest people on the planet, has admitted that her father wants her to enjoy her money. ANI

Gunners can still win Premier League title: Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his team can still win the 2011-12 Premier League Title, but has demanded his team to gain maximum points during the festive period. ANI

We are prepared for Boxing Day Test match, claims Brad Haddin
Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin believes his team is fully prepared for Boxing Day Test match against India and has left their humbling defeat to New Zealand at Hobart behind them. ANI

6 Brit athletes pose as angels for sports mag
Six British Olympic hopefuls posed as angels for a sports magazine photoshoot for Christmas and as a build up to 2012 London Olympics. ANI

Wayne Bridge and popstar girlfriend celebrate one-year anniversary
Wayne Bridge and his popstar girlfriend Frankie Sandford, who dated just before Christmas last year, have completed one year now. ANI

David Beckham goes last minute 'man-dash' for Christmas gifts
David Beckham was spotted doing last minute shopping for some presents in East London on Christmas Eve. ANI

Sergio Aguero can score thirty goal in his debut season; Roberto Mancini
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes that Sergio Aguero can score around thirty goal during this season. ANI

Sri Lanka, South Africa aiming to end poor records in Boxing Day Test
South Africa and Sri Lanka will aim to end their dubious records during their second Test clash at Kingsmead in Durban, which begins from December 26 onwards. ANI

Brazilian striker Adriano inadvertently shoots woman with his bodyguard's gun
Brazilian front man Adriano has accidentally hit a twenty-year old woman with his bodyguard's gun in Barra da Tijuca district of Rio de Janeiro. ANI

Proteas eager to make amends in Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka
South Africa will likely amends to overcome their past three defeats at Kingsmead during the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka. ANI

Sri Lanka will 'definitely fight back' in Boxing Day Test: De Villiers
South Africa should not take Sri Lanka lightly during the Kingsmead Test, Proteas batsman AB de Villiers has said. ANI

Proteas bowler Philander hurts knee but likely to play second Test against Lanka
South African right arm fast bowler Vernonhilander has injured his knee at a practice session on Saturdayorning, but is likely be fit to play in the second Test against Srianka, which starts from Monday. ANI

Boris Becker's wife rushes in one shoe to pick stepson for festive outing
Boris Becker's wife Sharlily 'Lilly' Kerssenberg was spotted with only one shoe as she rushed to pick her stepson Elias from a friend's house for a festive outing. ANI

Rory McIlroy's ex forbids pals from talking about him during Xmas
Rory McIlroy's ex-girlfriend Holly Sweeney has banned her friends from mentioning the golf star over Christmas. ANI

Kobe Bryant hoping to get back with ex wife for kids' sake
Kobe Bryant is said to be keen on a reunion with his estranged wife Vanessa 'for the sake of their children'. ANI

NFL tops eBay's list of most shopped items for 2011
The National Football League has topped the list of the third annual eBay "Top Shopped Report" for 2011. ANI

PCB official confirms Whatmore front runner for cricket coach post
Former Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore is the front runner for the cricket coach post, a senior Pakistan Cricket Board official has said. ANI

Pak cricket team needs 'planner' rather than coach: Miandad
Pakistan's former captain Javed Miandad has said the country's cricket team needs a "planner" rather than a coach. ANI

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