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Rio Ferdinand stalker's appeal overturned over no show at court hearing
Rio Ferdinand's stalker failed to appear at her court hearing, which has led to the dismissal of her appeal. ANI

Nancy Dell'Olio threatens to sue judge over champagne jibes
Nancy Dell'Olio, the ex-girlfriend of former England football manager Sven Goran Eriksson, is reportedly furious with 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Bruno Tonioli over his remarks accusing her of coming to the show drunk. ANI

Watson rearing to unleash all-round game against Proteas in T20 fixtures
Australian vice captain Shane Watson has confirmed that he would return to bowling in Cape Town for the first of two T20 fixtures against South Africa. ollowing a request from Cricket Australia to rest his body during the recent Champions League, Watson was kept out of the bowling attack entirely. ANI

Ex-FIFA VP Warner filmed urging Caribbean officials to accept cash gifts from Bin Hammam
Video evidence of ex-FIFA vice-president Jack Warner urging Caribbean officials to accept cash gifts from former president of the Asian Football Confederation, Mohamed Bin Hammam, has emerged. ANI

Man City first Premier League club to sign up deal with YouTube
Manchester City is reportedly the first Premier League club to have signed a content deal with video-sharing giant YouTube. ANI

33 pc of all Premier League fans are women
A new survey has found that a third of all Premier League fans are women.t found that they make up almost a quarter of the supporters who actually attend the top-flight matches. ANI

Abramovich is a 'gangster' and 'messenger' for Putin, alleges exiled Russian oligarch
An exiled Russian oligarch, who is suing Roman Abramovich for of billions of pounds, has said during a court hearing that the Chelsea football club owner was a "gangster". ANI

Morkel ready to stand up to Warner in T20s
South African pace spearhead Morne Morkel has lit the fuse for a blazing individual battle with Australian destroyer David Warner in the opening Twenty20 cricket international at Cape Town. ANI

Watson calls Cummins one of decade's most "intelligent and impressive young" players
Australian vice-captain Shane Watson has praised teenage pace sensation Pat Cummins, calling him one of the most "intelligent and impressive young" players he has seen in a decade. ANI

Rafa snubs Queen's Club tournament after accepting 750k pounds payday in Halle
Spanish tennis star and World Number Two Rafael Nadal has decided to skip next year's traditional Wimbledon warm-up at Queen's Club after accepting around 750,000 pounds to play in the Gerry Weber Open at Halle. ANI

Hamilton needs to dig deep to end crisis of confidence: McLaren boss
McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has hinted that 2008 Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton is suffering a crisis of confidence for the first time in his spectacular career, and needs to dig deep to come out of it ANI

Rooney, other Premier League stars pull in 4.7 billion TV viewers
Premier League football attracted a staggering 4.7 billion television viewers last season. ANI

Swann reveals how a sausage saved him on international cricket debut
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has revealed how a sausage saved his international debut. ANI

Meet the marathon runner who caught bus to finish third!
A marathon runner has been stripped of his medal after he admitted catching a bus to clinch third place. ANI

Tevez faces four-week Manchester City ban
Argentine football star Carlos Tevez could find out today that Manchester City want him suspended for another four weeks.ccording to The Sun, City have completed their own investigation into his apparent refusal to come on as a substitute in the Champions League match at Bayern Munich. ANI

Marriage 'not' on cards for Bleakley and Lampard before Euro 2012
'Strictly Come Dancing' contestant Christine Bleakley has reportedly slammed rumours suggesting that she is going to wed football ace Frank Lampard next spring. ANI

Something rotten about sports match fixing: Roebuck
Sport can no longer remain immune from courts. Inescapably it is part of the wider world. Insider trading is to be taken seriously, all the more so when the perpetrators are at the same time representing their countries and conveying unbridled patriotism, claims cricket columnist Peter Roebuck. ANI

'Drunk' Ashley Cole gets into nasty brawl with photogs during night out
Ashley Cole recently made an "undignified" exit from a London nightclub after getting involved in a drunken brawl with photographers. ANI

Cricket Australia, players' union defend their men
Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association have issued separate statements backing their cricketers against "outlandish" claims of them being involved in match fixing with the assistance of cricketer agent Mazhar Majeed. ANI

Waugh asks match fixing accused Oz players to undergo lie-detector tests
Former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh has said players accused of match fixing should voluntarily submit themselves to lie-detector tests to prove their innocence. ANI

Beckham 'would love to go back to Manchester United'
David Beckham has said that he would love to go back to Manchester United in a sporting director's role. ANI

BCCI receptive to having Indo-Pak charity match for Pak flood victims: Butt
Outgoing Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt has said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has agreed on having an Indo-Pak charity match in the near future to raise funds for Pakistan's flood victims. ANI

Saudi Arabia detains Colombian soccer player for revealing Christ tattoo
Saudi Arabia's police has reportedly detained a Colombian soccer player for walking through a mall wearing a sleeveless shirt that revealed his religious tattoos, which included the face of Jesus. ANI

Pak cricketer's body found dumped in sack in Peshawar
A first-class Pakistan cricketer, Numan Habib, has been found dead, dumped in a sack at posh Hayatabad area of Peshawar, three days after he went missing. ANI

Bracken's accuser Mazhar Majeed 'not of good character'
Former Australian fast bowler Nathan Bracken has been given strong support last night by officials from the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit, who privately said he was of "very good character", while describing cricketer agent Mazhar Majeed as being of dubious character. ANI

Ex-pacer Bracken to sue Cricket Australia over knee injury
FormerAustralian left-arm quick Nathan Bracken has launched legal action against Cricket Australia, claiming a knee injury he sustained during his career has robbed him of hundreds of thousands of dollars in earnings. ANI

Watson 'shocked' at match fixing claims against Oz players
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has said that his country's cricketers are shocked and disappointed over the match-fixing allegations against them ANI

ICC set to axe Test Championship
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat has revealed that a proposal to have a World Test Championship, devised to rescue the longest, oldest and best form of the game from oblivion, is in jeopardy. ANI

ICC official dismisses Oz players' involvement in spot-fixing allegations
A senior International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption investigator has dismissed a claim of Australian player involvement in spot-fixing. ANI

Pak team 'clearly told' not to discuss London court 'spot-fixing case' proceedings
As claims continue to surface against former and current Pakistan players during the ongoing spot-fixing case hearing at a court in London, the national team has been told to avoid discussing the issue and instead focus on preparing for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka. ANI

Zaka Ashraf replaces 'controversial' Ijaz Butt as PCB chief
Pakistan cricket followers have finally let out a sigh of relief following the replacement of Ijaz Butt, who completed his three-year tenure as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief, by noted banker Chaudhary Zaka Ashraf. ANI

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