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Pawar terms Kambli's 1996 WC semi-final match fixing charges as irresponsible
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Sharad Pawar has termed former player Vinod Kambli's statement that the 1996 World Cup semi-final tie between India-Sri Lanka was fixed, as irresponsible. ANI

Tremayne Smartt found guilty of breaching ICC Anti-Doping Code
West Indies women's international cricketer Tremayne Smartt has been found guilty of committing an anti-doping rule violation under Article 2.1 of the ICC Anti-Doping Code and has been suspended from all cricket and cricket-related activities for a period of five months. ANI

Nadal rates Djokovic, Federer, Murray as O2 favourites
Spanish tennis player and World No 2 Rafael Nadal has reckoned that Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray have better chances of winning the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title at O2 Arena in London. ANI

Tamara Ecclestone sets the record straight on being 'spoilt' billion $$ girl
Bernie Ecclestone's daughter Tamara Ecclestone who is often tagged spoiled and vacuous by people, admits that she is an emotional person and cries all the time. ANI

'Obama Classic' to feature NBA stars
With extra time on their hands because of pro basketball's lockout, super hoopsters Kevin Durant, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin will be among a few dozen current and former NBA players who have committed to hit the hardwood for the first "Obama Classic" on December 12. ANI

Beckham says lifting MLS Cup will be as big as winning Euro Cup
Former England football star David Beckham has said lifting the Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup will be as big as winning Euro Cup. ANI

Chelsea boss Villas-Boas ready to pay 50m pounds for Torres
Chelsea football coach Andre Villas-Boas has said that he would pay 50 million pounds to sign Spanish football star Fernando Torres, if necessary. ANI

Ecclestone may face Serious Fraud Office probe for paying $27m 'bribe'
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone could be face a Serious Fraud Office(SFO) probe after admitting that he paid 27 million dollars to a banker to stay silent on his financial affairs. ANI

Beckham refuses to give up his dream of playing for England again
David Beckham is refusing to give up his England dream despite being ruled out of Euro 2012 by national team coach Fabio Capello. ANI

Racism must be punished, says Arsenal coach Wenger
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has condemned FIFA boss Sepp Blatter for his recent comment that any act of racism in the game can be sorted out with a handshake. ANI

When David Beckham met actor Jack Nicholson in the toilet
Former England football star David Beckham is clearly living the American dream, and speaking on the eve of an MLS final, he revealed that he may hang up his football boots this year ANI

A-Rod enjoys day out at Miami beach home with well-toned bikini beauties
Alex Rodriguez got entertained by a host of muscular cartwheeling bikini beauties at his Miami Beach home in Florida. ANI

Livid Ferguson accuses Liverpool of leaking information on Evra-Suarez racism row
Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson has accused rivals Liverpool of leaking information in the Patrice Evra-Luis Suarez race row. ANI

Shayk, Ronaldo forget sext scandal and get cozy at style awards in Madrid
Irina Shayk seems to have forgiven beau Cristiano Ronaldo for sending X-rated texts from a fan to everyone in his address book, as the two indulged in public show of affection at the style awards. ANI

Boxer David Haye considering a shock comeback
Boxer David Haye is considering a ring comeback, just 37 days after announcing his retirement. ANI

Murray can end 2011 on high with ATP World Tour final win: Rusedski
Former British tennis star Greg Rusedski believes current champion Andy Murray can end his year on a high with victory in next week's ATP World Tour Finals. ANI

Hamilton vows to end roller-coaster season with "triumph" in Brazil
British Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton has vowed to end his roller-coaster season with a "triumph" in Brazil. ANI

SA-born England cricketer Basil d'Oliveira dies at 80
South Africa-born former England cricketer Basil d'Oliveira has died at the age of 80. ANI

Dance show judge says comments for Dell'Olio were not personal
Alesha Dixon, who has recently courted trouble for her comments about Nancy Dell'Olio's performance on 'Strictly Come Dancing' has said that whatever she says is never personal and is never meant to cause offence. ANI

Dell'Olio does dirty dancing with topless man at sex festival Erotica
Nancy Dell'Olio, who had been chosen for opening the adult Erotica 2011 festival, dressed very appropriately for the occasion as she danced in a skin-tight PVC frock with a topless man at the event. ANI

Johannesburg Test: Australia can chase down any total, says Hughes
Opener Phil Hughes has said that Australia is capable of chasing down any total put up by the South Africans in the second Test against South Africa, despite the fact their 30-run lead should have been more. ANI

Ex-Proteas pacer Pollock surprised Arthur is frontrunner for Oz coaching job
Former South African captain Shaun Pollock says he's surprised to hear countryman Mickey Arthur is a favourite for the Australian coaching position. ANI

Rotation plan needed for quicks, says ex-Oz pacer Nathan Bracken
Former Australian fast bowler Nathan Bracken , who is suing Cricket Australia over a career-ending injury, believes Australia must consider adopting a rotation policy to get the best out of Ryan Harris, tyro tearaway Pat Cummins and other pacers. ANI

Shaquille O'Neal reveals his infidelities that led to marriage breakdown
Shaquille O'Neal has opened up about the failure of his first marriage in his new memoir 'Shaq Uncut: My Story'. ANI

Team mates, opponents don't think so, but Ponting's Test career almost over
Though teammates and opponents are adamant that the aura is still there, but reputation alone might not be enough to keep Ricky Ponting in the Australian Test team beyond this tour. ANI

New Cricket Australia chairman backs reform of the game
Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards marked his first public speech by saying that he was all for reforming the existing cricket system in Australia, and added that he would be happy to step aside if a better system came along. ANI

Steyn lauds Proteas fight back in Johannesburg Test
Proteas fast-bowler Dale Steyn, who claimed four wickets for 64 runs against Australia on Friday, has attributed his team's comeback to some fine bowling that led to the visitors being dismissed for 296 in reply to South Africa's first innings score of 266 in the second Test being played here. ANI

Blatter apologizes but refuses to quit over 'handshake resolving racism' remark
Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA ) President Sepp Blatter has apologized for his earlier remark that racism in football can be resolved through a handshake, but refused to resign, and insisted that he is committed to reforming the organization. ANI

Imogen defies winter chill in tight vest and shorts for outdoor gym session
Imogen Thomas, who is infamous for bedding footballer Ryan Giggs was spotted getting ready for an outdoor workout session in the park completely oblivious of the fact that the paparazzi were watching. ANI

Kournikova sparks pregnancy rumours after beau Iglesias kisses her belly
Enrique Iglesias, who has always remained quiet about his love life with Anna Kournikova, seemed to find it difficult to keep his hands off her while on their love boat recently, and the singer was pictured kissing her belly at one point of time. ANI

Spot fixing convicts Butt, Amir appeal hearings against penalty to begin next week
former Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir are to begin their appeal hearings against their sentences in connection with the spot -fixing scam from next week. ANI

Manchester City racing against time to fulfil Uefa guidelines amid 195m pounds annual loss
Manchester City faces a race against time to comply with the Union of Football Associations' (Uefa) Financial Fair Play regulations after posting record-breaking losses of 194.9 pounds million. ANI

Christine Bleakley replacing Holly Willoughby as 'Dancing on Ice' co-host
Frank Lampard's fiance Christine Bleakley is set to replace Holly Willoughby as co-host of ITV's celebrity skating show 'Dancing on Ice'.he 32-year-old TV star said that said she was a total addict of the reality show. ANI

Canadian school bans footballs and baseballs from playground
A school in Toronto, Canada has banned soccer balls, baseballs, footballs, tennis balls and volleyballs from the school grounds. ANI

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