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Sports News on April 24, 2012

McLaren ace Button riled at car's failing after another disappointment at Bahrain GP
McLaren driver Jensen Button is incensed over yet another failing by his car during the Bahrain Grand Prix, which cost him and his team valuable championship points. ANI

Champions League glory could get Di Matteo Chelsea job permanently
Interim Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has emerged as a strong contender for the manager's post at the club, following a series of impressive results, and winning the Champions League with the Blues would almost ensure he is the club's next manager. ANI

Abramovich readies 10 million pound gift for Chelsea players if they win CL
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has prepared a massive 10 million pound bonus pot for his players and staff at the club if they win the Champions League this season. ANI

Scottish Football Association bans Glasgow Rangers' owner Craig Whyte for life
The Scottish Football Association (SFA) has banned Glasgow Rangers' owner Craig Whyte for life from any kind of involvement in Scottish football. ANI

Kelly Brook gives up on acting career
Kelly Brook has given up her dream of conquering Hollywood after refusing to relocate to the United States. ANI

Una Healy flaunts post-baby figure in fitted summer dress
Una Healy, who gave birth to daughter Aoife Belle just over a month ago, showed off her post-baby figure as she headed home from a TV appearance in London recently. ANI

Love-cheat Balotelli's girlfriend 'performs raunchy dance with mystery hunks'
Raffaella Fico, who has stood by her beau Mario Balotelli even after a string of cheating allegations, put on a sexy performance with hunky male dancers on Italian TV. ANI

At least 4000 people to participate in 2012 Olympic test exercise
At least four thousand people will participate in the biggest exercise to test plans for the London 2012 Olympic Games. ANI

Posh mastered the art of looking identical in all poses
Do you wonder why Victoria Beckham, who is plagued by thousands of flashbulbs trained upon her every time she steps out in public, looks picture perfect every time. ANI

Fabrice Muamba's collapse witnessed by son on TV
Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba's three-year-old son cried out when he saw him collapse on TV during a football match as he suffered a cardiac arrest. ANI

Mario Balotelli and Raffaella Fico to tie knot 'soon'
Mario Balotelli's girlfriend, Raffaella Fico, has revealed that the couple are getting married. ANI

Man U winger Nani admits players livid at giving City lifeline in PL title race
Manchester United winger Luis Nani has admitted players at the club are angry after giving title rivals Manchester City a lifeline in the Premier League title race, following their incredible 4-4 draw against Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday. ANI

Former Man U star Ronaldo admits he misses life at Old Trafford
Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he misses life at Old Trafford, and claimed that he is still in touch with many players and officials at the club. ANI

'Satisfied' Man City owner Sheikh Mansour says Mancini's job is safe
Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour has stated he is happy with his team's performance this year even if they come short of winning the Premier League title this season. ANI

'Anxious' Guardiola admits helplessness in lifting Barca supporters
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has accepted he was powerless to lift club supporters and the fans on the back of the double defeats in the Champions League to Chelsea and in the La Liga to Real Madrid. ANI

PCB seeks information on appeal filed against petition on cancelled Bangladesh's tour
The Pakistan Cricket Board has issued an official press release in which it said that it has asked the Bangladesh Cricket Board to keep it updated and share details of any appeal filed against a High Court writ petition. ANI

Barca defender Pique believes in Drogba's integrity
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique doesn't believe Chelsea striker Didier Drogba had 'cheated' during last week's first leg clash of their Champions League semi-final. ANI

Warner slams pitch as Shillingford rips through top order on day one of Dominica Test
Australian opener David Warner has said he was frustrated with the pitch conditions in Dominica after West Indies spinner Shane Shillingford ripped through the top order to finish day one of the third Test with four wickets. ANI

Younus wants to lead Pak cricket team again
Former captain, Younus Khan, has expressed a desire to lead the Pakistan cricket team again, as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has started its search for a player to replace Misbah-Ul Haq. ANI

Posh slammed for posing in crew-only seat on Hong Kong flight
Victoria Beckham has landed herself in a controversy after she posed for a picture in a crew-only seat on a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong. ANI

Malinga rejects claims of refusing to sign this year's contract with Sri Lankan Cricket
Sri Lankan pace bowler Lasith Malinga has rejected claims that he had declined to sign this year's contract with Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) and stressed he will be available for all national commitments. ANI

Former Chinese soccer chief charged with taking 1.72 million in bribes
Former Chinese Football Association (CFA) chief Xie Yalong has been charged with taking 1.7 million Yuan (about 273,000 U.S. dollars) bribes as a northeastern Chinese court opened the second round of trials on soccer corruption on Tuesday morning. ANI

Pak-Bangladesh ties hit by latter's postponement of cricket tour, football tournament withdrawal
Sporting ties between Pakistan and Bangladesh have been hit after the latter postponed a much-anticipated cricket tour and its football club pulled out of the Asian Confederation Cup. ANI

Wagner likely to be included in Kiwi squad for Windies series
Neil Wagner may be the only new face in the New Zealand squad due to be named shortly for the upcoming tour of the West Indies. ANI

Whatmore focussed on training players for Sri Lankan series
The Pakistan cricket team's head coach, Dav Whatmore, has decided to shift focus to training players for the tour of Sri Lanka after the disappointment of Bangladesh postponing its tour of Pakistan. ANI

Didn't face security problems in Pakistan: Dav Whatmore
Pakistan cricket team coach Dav Whatmore, while expressing disappointment over the Bangladesh cricket team's decision to cancel its tour of Pakistan over security issues, said he did not face any problems in terms of security for the two months that he had spent in Lahore. ANI

PCB doubting BCB role in cancellation of Bangladesh cricket tour of country
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has expressed disappointment at the postponement of the Bangladesh cricket tour to the country, but has not ruled out the possibility of half-hearted efforts from its counterparts that led to the cancellation of the two-match series. ANI

R and A chief Dawson slams Woods' behavior at Augusta National
Peter Dawson, Chief Executive, Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, has blasted ace golfer Tiger Woods for his disgraceful antics at Augusta National earlier this month. ANI

Ferguson takes jibe at Man City for trying to buy success
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has taunted title rivals Manchester City for trying to buy success, and believes their huge financial backing doesn't really affect anything. ANI

Guardiola says Barca not permitted to lose
Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola is convinced his side would beat Chelsea in the second leg of the Champions League semi final to reach the final, scheduled to take place in Munich. ANI

Pakistan cricketers still awaiting new central contracts
The announcement of this year's central contracts for Pakistan cricketers has been further delayed after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) formed a new committee to recommend the pay hike and players who would be included in the list. ANI

Rooney's father cleared of betting scam allegations
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's father has been cleared of allegations that he was involved in a betting scam. ANI

Murray says Nadal 'best ever on clay' after eighth Monte Carlo title win
Andy Murray has lauded Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal after the latter routed World No 1 Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-1 to win the an eighth straight Monte Carlo title. ANI

Pakistan players yet to receive Bangladesh Premier League payments
Pakistan cricketers, who took part in the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), are still waiting for their dues to be cleared by the Twenty20 tournament's organizers. ANI

Jailed footballer Evans' girlfriend supports him despite being convicted of raping teen
Sheffield United striker Ched Evans, who was given a five-year jail sentence for raping a 19-year old teenage girl, has received full support from his girlfriend Natasha Massey. ANI

'Frustrated' McLaren driver Hamilton calls for probe following Bahrain blunders
McLaren ace driver Lewis Hamilton has demanded an investigation following the blunders during the Bahrain Grand Prix, and believes his team has to go back to the drawing board to re-ignite their championship credentials this season. ANI

Man City midfielder Toure says grabbing second opportunity in PL title race pivotal
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has said his team has been given a second chance in the Premier League title race by old foes and table toppers Manchester United, and it is important for them to grab this opportunity with open hands. ANI

'Special One' Mourinho wishes Chelsea well against Barca
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has sent text messages to his former players, wishing them well in the second leg of the Champions League semi final against Barcelona at Nou Camp on Tuesday. ANI

Lyon to be Oz key bowler to help team fight back in third Test against Windies
Australian spinner Nathan Lyon will be the key bowler to help his team fight their way back into the third Test after their batsmen struggled to tackle the West Indies' spinners. ANI

Ponting overtakes Dravid to become second highest Test run scorer
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting overtook India's Rahul Dravid to become the second highest Test run scorer during the opening day of the third Test against the West Indies. ANI

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