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Brazilian footballer Ronaldo pulls curtain on glittering international career
Brazil's two-time World Cup winning striker Ronaldo has retired from international football citing injury and fitness concerns. ANI

Now, Ferguson embroiled in sexism row over 1994 letter to female physio
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has become embroiled in a new sexism row over a letter he wrote to a female physiotherapist in 1994. ANI

Oz swimmer Klim comes out of retirement, eying Olympics comeback
Retired Australian swimmer Michael Klim will return to competitive swimming with a view to competing at the London 2012 Olympics. ANI

England cricketers may be re-interviewed over Pak tainted trio case
England's Test cricketers may be re-interviewed by London's Metropolitan Police Service as the Crown Prosecution Services prepares its case against former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir over corruption charges. ANI

No 'favourites' for Sourav Ganguly in World Cup
Just five days before the World Cup, former Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly has said he doesn't believe in "favourites" ANI

Crowd gives sexism-row referee Massey unwelcoming chants on return to Premier League
Assistant referee Sian Massey, who became a subject of a sexism scandal over Sky News presenters' comments during a game between Wolverhampton and Liverpool last month, has reportedly faced unwelcoming chants for the first time after her return to the Premier League. ANI

2011 World Cup: Master blaster Tendulkar's farewell Cup stage
The 10th World Cup begins on Saturday in Dhaka when Bangladesh takes on India. It should be a cracker, with a full house guaranteed as the underdogs nurture hopes of achieving a second shocking World Cup victory against "Big Brother", as they did in 2007 in the Caribbean. ANI

Oz batting collapse shows team still searching for 'Rock' Hussey's replacement
Australia must find a middle-order batsman to replace Michael Hussey, with the impact of his absence more than evident during the Australian team's dramatic batting collapse in their practice match against India. ANI

White loses faith in his spin bowling after having torrid time against India
After having tough time against India-five wickets at an average of 68.40 - Cameron White has confirmed he has lost faith in his leg spin bowling and has no immediate ambition to regain it. ANI

Being vice-captain does not guarantee Taylor future New Zealand captaincy: Vaughan
New Zealand vice-captain Ross Taylor, long considered the heir apparent to Daniel Vettori who will stand down from the captaincy after the World Cup, is not "guaranteed" the job, according to New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Chief Executive Justin Vaughan. ANI

Pakistan can win World Cup despite 'worst' possible preparation: Imran
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan feels that the current national team has had the 'worst' possible preparation for the upcoming World Cup, but are still capable of lifting the trophy. ANI

Doull backs New Zealand to reach World Cup quarterfinals
Former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doull has said that the Black Caps should at least make the quarterfinals at the upcoming World Cup, but anything better than that would be a massive surprise. ANI

Dave Currie's New Zealand team manager position to be reviewed
New Zealand team manager Dave Currie's position will reportedly be reviewed by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) after the upcoming World Cup in the Indian sub-continent. ANI

Pakistan has the firepower to win World Cup: Shoaib Akhtar
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has said that the bans on two of his bowling partners would not affect the national team, and predicted that they still have enough variety to succeed in the World Cup. ANI

PCB dismisses reports of filing appeal against Amir's ICC ban
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has dismissed reports that it has filed an appeal on behalf of banned fast bowler Mohammad Amir with the International Cricket Council (ICC). ANI

Warne, Hurley fight rumours of spinner's two-timing romp with p*rn star
Liz Hurley and Shane Warne are fighting off rumours that the spin king was two-timing Hurley with a p*rn star. ANI

Now, ex-footie commentator Keys facing racism charge for labelling black player 'choco'
Former Sky Sports football commentator Richard Keys has attracted more controversy by allegedly calling a black footballer 'choco' eleven years ago ANI

England keen to forget dismal 2007 WC campaign: Strauss
Skipper Andrew Strauss believes that England has learnt its lessons from their dismal 2007 World Cup campaign, and will be looking forward to the two warm-up games with Canada and Pakistan this week. ANI

Bale may take on A C Milan in crunch game for Tottenham: Redknapp
Having been off the football field for the past three weeks with an injured back, Welsh ace Gareth Bale is expected to make a shock return for Tottenham's Champions League crunch against Italian club A C Milan. ANI

Gunners need to fire against Barca without fear: Fabregas
Arsenal must show that it does not habour any fears while facing Barcelona in Wednesday's Champions League showdown, said skipper Cesc Fabregas. ANI

Roo says his career best goal is for his fans
England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has said that his career "best" goal, an overhead kick in the traditional derby against Manchester City on Saturday, is for his fans as he feels he has let them down in the recent past. ANI

Torres says will reward Abramovich with goals for Chelsea selection
Spanish and ex-Liverpool football star Fernando Torres has said that he will repay Roman Abramovich with goals for sealing his 50-million-pound "beautiful" move to Chelsea. ANI

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