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Sports News on July 8, 2011

Clarke holds players meeting to 'clear air' ahead of Sri Lanka tour
Australia captain Michael Clarke has held a players meeting to clear the air after dumped opening batsman Simon Katich sensationally revealed that there was unease within the Test team about selection decisions. ANI

Imogen Thomas blames hacked phone, emails for Giggs' fling leak out
Imogen Thomas has claimed that her phone and emails were hacked to expose her secret fling with Man United ace Ryan Giggs. ANI

'Canned' Sprint Cup ambassador fights back over nude photo charges
Former Sprint Cup ambassador Paige Duke has admitted that she is desperate to get her job back after her sacking following the exposure of some of her nude pictures. ANI

Manchester City's Bellamy wants permanent move to wealthy club
Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy has said that he will refuse to take a pay-cut to leave the club. ANI

Prosthetic glove may help one-handed boy become golfing star
A 10-year-old schoolboy is tipped to become a future golf champion despite only having one hand. ANI

UK's first lesbian football club, Belfast Braves, is haven for players
UK's first lesbian football club, Belfast Braves, has been hailed as a haven for players. ANI

Afridi "not captaincy material for PCB anymore": Ijaz Butt
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt has blamed former captain Shahid Afridi for losing matches against the West Indies in May and said that the player is no more 'a captaincy material' for the board. ANI

Trescothick faces disciplinary tribunal as ECB looks to amend player's behaviour
Former England opening batsman Marcus Trescothick will face a disciplinary tribunal set up by the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to look into matters of 'bad behaviour' in county cricket. ANI

Misbah backs ICC's 'mandatory Decision Review System' decision
Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq has backed International Cricket Council's decision to make the Decision Review System (DRS) mandatory in both Tests and One Day Internationals(ODIs). ANI

Thigh's the limit as Tamara Ecclestone shows a lot of leg at F1 party
Tamara Ecclestone turned up at a Formula 1 party in a daring split-to-the-thigh gown, it has been reported. ANI

PCB unhappy with some of ICC panel's recommendations to reform Pak cricket
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is unhappy with some of the 63 recommendations put forward by the International Cricket Council' Pakistan Task Team (PTT) for reforming the sport in the country. ANI

Man City's record 100-mn pound deal with Etihad Airways
Manchester City has sold the naming rights of their Eastlands ground to Etihad Airways in a record-breaking 100 million pound deal. ANI

Rod Marsh in talks to be Oz chief selector
Former wicketkeeper Rod Marsh, who was known for his no-nonsense approach to cricket and life, could be in line to take over as the chairman of selectors from Andrew Hilditch. ANI

Passion for golf breaking through India's class system
There's a mix of people training and teeing off at Chandigarh's national golf academy. ANI

25 years on, banned self-correcting golf balls could be in use again
The United States Golf Association is reportedly considering a relaunch of the outlawed the "Polara" self-correcting golf ball after 25 years. ANI

Oz Big Bash: Ponting to play for Hobart Hurricanes
Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has signed for the Hobart Hurricanes for the new Twenty20 Big Bash League, while Tasmania's captain George Bailey will appear for the Melbourne Stars. ANI

Red Bull keen on roping in Jenson Button
Formula One 2009 champion Jenson Button is on Red Bull's wanted list, ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton. ANI

Eriksson wants to Hargreaves to join his Leicester revolution
Sven Goran Eriksson wants Owen Hargreaves to join his Leicester revolution.riksson last night broke the club's 10-year-old transfer record by bringing in Reading centre-back Matt Mills for 5.2 million pounds. ANI

Vieira to snub Gunners coaching role, may head for Man City
Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira is likely to snub Coach Arsene Wenger's offer of a Gunners coaching role.he French midfielder, 35, was reportedly sounded out about a possible return to North London to take up a role within the Emirates backroom staff, but Vieira looks set to head for Manchester City instead, reports the Sun. ANI

Pakistan to submit blueprint on cricket overhaul to ICC
A blueprint to overhaul Pakistan cricket operations, including the resumption of series against India, will be submitted to the International Cricket Council (ICC) within a week. ANI

Cook has proved his critics wrong: Botham
England cricket legend Sir Ian Botham is convinced that ODI skipper Alastair Cook has done enough to prove his critics wrong. ANI

I am happy with my form: Vishwanathan Anand
World chess champion Vishwanathan Anand has said he is happy with his current form. ANI

Imogen Thomas loses 5K pounds in bank account theft
Imogen Thomas has suffered a loss of 5,000 pounds -thanks to the swindlers who pumped out the amount from her bank account. ANI

Afridi, Razzaq join Melbourne Renegades T20 squad
Pakistan's former captain Shahid Afridi and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq have joined the Melbourne Renegades for the first season of the Twenty20 Big Bash League. ANI

Southee can become one of New Zealand's finest bowlers: Martin
Veteran Black Cap pacer Chris Martin has said that youngster Tim Southee has the ability to become one of the finest fast bowlers in the history of New Zealand cricket. ANI

Afridi to wait and watch before responding to PCB boss Butt's fresh accusations
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has refused to be drawn into a new dispute with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt for the moment, but has not ruled out a tit-for-tat response to Butt's accusations. ANI

Becks posts pic of Posh's bare baby bump on Facebook
David Beckham has posted a portrait of his heavily pregnant wife Victoria on his Facebook page, showing her flaunting her baby bump. ANI

Indian women beat New Zealand in third-fourth place playoff
New Zealand has ended the women's one-day cricket quadrangular series on a disappointing loss after 32-run loss to India in the third-fourth playoff at Aston Rowant, England. ANI

Pak batsmen lack 'strategy to tackle situations, play long innings: Ex-batting coach
Pakistani batsmen have less of technique-related problems and more of 'good strategy' deficiency, Ijaz Ahmad, former batting coach of the Pakistan cricket team, has said. ANI

Windies all out for 204, Harbhajan enters record books
Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh has entered record books by taking his 400th wicket after bowling out West Indies batsman Carlton Baugh during the second day of third Test match against West Indies in Dominica. ANI

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