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Argentine soccer star Messi named ambassador of native town Rosario
Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi has been named "Rosario's ambassador in the world" during a ceremony in his home town, which is about 300 kilometers away from Buenos Aires. ANI

Becks can be Olympic hero by winning gold for GB
David Beckham's LA Galaxy teammate, Landon Donovan, has said that the ace midfielder can become an Olympic hero by winning gold for Great Britain football team. ANI

Sydney Cricket Ground pitch to assist both India, Oz: Curator
Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) curator Tom Parker has said he wants to prepare a pitch that helps both teams rather than assisting the home team for the forthcoming 100th cricket Test at the stadium. ANI

Mancini asks Balotelli to quit smoking
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has urged his striker Mario Balotelli to quit smoking. ANI

Beckham likely to sign new LA Galaxy deal
Ace midfielder doesn't want to uproot his family and is all set to make U-turn on his proposed move to Paris Saint-Germain to stay with LA Galaxy. ANI

Don't expect Henry to play like his olden days: Wenger
Boss Arsene Wenger has warned not to expect Thierry Henry to play like his olden days, as the former Arsenal striker should complete a two-month loan to return to his old club from New York Red Bulls next week. ANI

International Tennis Federation rejects Pak's bid to host Davis Cup over security reasons
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has turned down the Pakistan Tennis Federation's (PTF) request to host the Davis Cup on its soil till the security scenario becomes feasible in the country. ANI

Beckham asks Lampard to join LA Galaxy
Ace midfielder David Beckham has urged Frank Lampard to join LA Galaxy. ANI

Dilshan lauds rookie Chandimal as future of Sri Lankan cricket
Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan has praised debutant wicket-keeper Dinesh Chandimal for scoring a half-century in both innings, taking three catches and a stumping in the second Test against South Africa. ANI

Ryder faces fitness problem
New Zealand coach John Wright has said that Jesse Ryder will have to toil hard to make himself fit to return to international cricket. ANI

Oz pacers have potential to be best in world: Arthur
Coach Mickey Arthur has said that Australia's new pace attack, including James Pattinson, has the potential to be the best in the world. ANI

Alex Gerrard flaunts post-baby figure in super-tight waxed trousers
Alex Gerrard, who gave birth to her daughter Lourdes merely two months back, squeezed back into super-tight trousers to show off her stunning figure in Liverpool on Thursday. ANI

Minka Kelly and Derek Jeter rekindle romance in Paris
Minka Kelly and Derek Jeter, who split in the summer after three years of dating, were spotted together on a romantic break in Paris. ANI

Dravid's wicked off no ball fired up Siddle
Australian pace bowler Peter Siddle has said he became a little more fired-up than usual after bowling Rahul Dravid off a no-ball and having the wicket disallowed during this first Test against India at Melbourne. ANI

Umar says Pak will have to perform above potential to defeat England in upcoming series
Pakistan's opening batsman Taufeeq Umar has predicted his side will have to perform beyond its potential to defeat the current No. 1 Test team England in the forthcoming series in the United Arab Emirates. ANI

Lewis Hamilton spends free time secretly recording R 'n' B album
Lewis Hamilton has secretly rented a top west London studio to record R and B tracks, according to reports. ANI

Abbey Crouch denies plastic surgery rumours
Abbey Crouch, who has denied all rumours of having undergone any plastic surgery, insisted that she is an all-natural babe. ANI

Fletcher under pressure due to India's dismal performance overseas: Ganguly
Former captain Sourav Ganguly has said that coach Duncan Fletcher is under pressure as the Indian team has suffered their fifth loss in their past five overseas Tests. ANI

Proteas skipper Smith denies 'quitting captaincy' rumours
South African skipper Graeme Smith has denied rumours that he was stepping down from the captaincy over his team suffering a 208-run defeat against Sri Lanka at Kingsmead. ANI

Lee asks 'aggressive' Pattinson to use mouth as weapon against India
Brett Lee, who was known for shaking up tailenders with his bouncers in Tests, has asked Australia's latest pace sensation James Pattinson to continue his combative, intimidatory approach and not be deterred from using his mouth as a weapon against India. ANI

Four pacers for Sydney game would be 'brave move': Waugh
Former opener Mark Waugh has said that the fit-again Ryan Harris deserves to be back in the Australian squad, but is unsure whether an all-out pace attack is the ideal approach for the Sydney Test. ANI

Ex Pak skipper Latif predicts Pattinson will be bane of India in Test series
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has predicted that India will have a tough time during the rest of the series against Australia, adding that pacer James Pattinson would be a threat to the opponent side's batting line-up. ANI

Mario Balotelli wraps his œ130k white Maserati GT in matt black
Mario Balotelli, who is much known for being a spendthrift, has given his 130,000-pound white Maserati GT a makeover by wrapping it in matt black. ANI

Mario Balotelli wraps his 130k pounds white Maserati GT in matt black
Mario Balotelli, who is much known for being a spendthrift, has given his 130,000-pound white Maserati GT a makeover by wrapping it in matt black. ANI

Adrian Chiles laments unfair sacking of Christine Bleakley from 'Daybreak'
Almost a month after being sacked from 'Daybreak', Adrian Chiles has broken his silence to reveal why it all went wrong so horribly for him and his "on-screen wife" Christine Bleakley. ANI

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