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Sports News on October 1, 2011

Button wants F1 boost for Japan recovering from March 11 catastrophe
British Formula One ace Jenson Button hopes that next week's Japan Grand Prix can help the country get back to normal after the March 11 "triple disaster" of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident. ANI

'The X Factor' makes Rio Ferdinand cry like a baby
Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he empties a whole packet of tissues as he gets moved to tears while watching some episodes of 'The X Factor'. ANI

Carol Ann Duffy awaits Beckham's promised boots in return for poem
Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy has said that she has not yet received the pair of boots promised to her by David Beckham in return for a poem dedicated to him. ANI

Becks says daughter Harper is making him go grey
David Beckham has revealed that the arrival of his baby girl Harper Seven has made him go grey. ANI

Ajmal aims to dethrone Swann as World No.1 ODI bowler
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has said that he aiming to snatch England counterpart Graeme Swann's World No.1 ODI bowler ranking. ANI

Tevez refuses to apologise to Man City manager Mancini
Carlos Tevez has said yet again that he will not apologise to Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, and insisted that his team-mates will support his version of events. ANI

Wozniacki aims at keeping World No.1 tag in year-end rankings
Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki hopes that she can keep the World No. 1 ranking at the end of the season for the second consecutive year. ANI

'Injured' Southee to miss Zimbabwe tour unless fully fit
New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee has said that he won't take part in the Black Caps' tour to Zimbabwe until his knee injury is completely healed. ANI

Adebayor eyeing to score big in Premier League clash with Arsenal
Togolese footballer Emmanuel Adebayor, who joined Tottenham Hotspur on loan from Manchester City over the summer, insists that he is now a far more impressive individual than the self-confessed idiot who ran the length of the pitch to goad supporters of his former side, Arsenal, in 2009. ANI

Posh learning to bake cakes and cookies to teach baby daughter in future
English footballer David Beckham's wife Victoria has decided to learn baking, now that she has a baby daughter. ANI

Samoan rugby player slams 'racist' referee
A Samoan rugby player, Eliota Sapolu Fuimaono, who compared the World Cup to "slavery", was at the centre of another row on Saturday when he accused a referee of being racist and biased in an expletive-filled Twitter rant. ANI

I'm the boss, says Man City coach Roberto Mancini
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has warned his superstar rebels, saying that he is the boss after Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko questioned his authority. ANI

'Banned' Malik dropped from Pak Veterans team for Lanka series 'to avoid controversy'
Former Pakistan captain Salim Malik, who was banned for life in 2000 from playing cricket, has been barred from representing the country's veterans team in Sri Lanka at the eleventh hour in order to avoid creating 'unnecessary furore'. ANI

Crouch family enjoys lunch after shift to Stoke City during sunny afternoon
Abbey and peter Crouch were pictured making the most of the northern sun with their daughter Sophia after shifting to Cheshire from London. ANI

Lynx's raunchy 'rugby rules' advert massive hit among male viewers
A top deodorant brand has used oiled-up scantily clad models in its new advert video to "teach" rugby rules and has become an instant hit with 1,5 million views in a single week. ANI

Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas relaxes with motorbike joyrides
Chelsea's intense young manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed how he escapes the pressures of the Premier League title race by turning into an easy rider. ANI

Man U learning to play the Barcelona way: Rooney
Star striker Wayne Rooney has said Manchester United is learning to play the Barcelona way in order to beat them. ANI

Wenger keen to continue for 15 more years
Coach Arsene Wenger celebrated his 15th anniversary at Arsenal by admitting that he has the desire to manage for another 15 years and make it the best club in the world. ANI

Beckham was 'sick and horrified' by Britain's summer riots
English footballer David Beckham has revealed that he was horrified over the summer riots which sparked out all over England, and watching them on TV made him feel "sick". ANI

Rooney wants to be Man U, England's ultimate leader
Star striker Wayne Rooney has set his sights on being captain of both Manchester United and England. ANI

'Retired' Afridi says he'll take 'at least a month' to consider making comeback
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, who retired from international cricket in May in protest against the Pakistan Cricket Board's set-up, has showed reluctance to make a quick comeback. ANI

Blackburn's Indian owners planning senior backup plan for manager
Venky's, the Indian owners of the English Premier League football team - Blackburn Rover's-are considering appointing a director of football to work with beleaguered manager Steve Kean as part of a radical revamp of the club's structure. ANI

Warne finally pops the question to his ladylove Liz Hurley at St Andrews!
Shane Warne has apparently popped the question to girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley and she is said to have accepted it. ANI

"I saw Tendulkar's legs shivering while facing Akhtar's bowling": Afridi
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has supported retired fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's claims that Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was scared of his pace, saying that he was a witness of "Tendulkar's legs shivering" in front of the Rawalpindi Express. ANI

Watson prepared to shift down Oz batting order over demanding all-rounder role
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has said he is prepared to shift down the batting order if his increased bowling demands put a strain on his ability to compile big scores as an opening batsman. ANI

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