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Whatmore identifies Mohammad Irfan as potential Pak pacer
Pakistan cricket team coach Dav Whatmore has told upcoming fast bowler Mohammad Irfan to use his height to extract more pace and bounce. ANI

Posh serves coffee in Starbucks
Victoria Beckham apparently took up a new job as a waitress in Starbucks' Beijing branch as she surprised customers by getting behind the counter to serve at the coffee shop. ANI

Jodie Marsh 'loves being n*ked'
Glamour model Jodie Marsh has claimed that she cannot get enough of stripping off. ANI

Robbie Savage's hip-thrusting dance given all-clear by watchdog
Robbie Savage's pelvic thrusts on 'Strictly Come Dancing' did not breach guidelines, according to the BBC Trust. ANI

1,000 wrestlers to vie for 50 Olympic spots in China
About 1,000 wrestlers from over 80 countries and regions will be competing at the Olympic qualification tournament which starts here on Friday, with a total of 50 spots up for grabs. ANI

Alex Burke and Jermain Defoe display 'couple' body language in public
Jermain Defoe and Alexandra Burke, who tried to convince everyone for a while that they were "just good friends", have been pictured touching each other in public for the first time. ANI

Mourinho says there is no reason to leave Real Madrid
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has put end to question marks about his future at Santiago Bernabeu, saying there is no reason why he should leave the club. ANI

FA to appoint England manager before season end
The Football Association (FA) expects to name the new England manager before this ongoing season culminates to avoid them from embarrassment of at the Euros. ANI

Barca coach Guardiola offers crumb of comfort after Champions League exit
FC Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola offered his side's supporters a consolation after Barca's painful exit from the Champions League on Tuesday night. ANI

Ferrari boss admits team not being able to keep pace with F1's 'relentless development drive'
Ferrari head Stefano Domenicali has admitted that his team is not able to keep pace with Formula One's relentless development drive, and is now aiming at overhauling its cars. ANI

Athletic Bilbao eyes first European final since 1977
Athletic Club Bilbao will look to their fans to help cheer the club into its first European final since 1977 when they entertain Sporting Club de Portugal in the San Mames Stadium on Thursday night. ANI

Wimbledon losers to get larger share of prize money
Wimbledon first round losers will get a 21 percent pay hike, according to the new pay deal agreed by world's top tennis stars like Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. ANI

Mancini says Manchester derby with Man U not 'title deciding'
Manchester City manager Roberto has tried to downplay the importance of next weekend's highly awaited Manchester derby that could possibly decide the fate of the Premier League. ANI

Lampard hails Chelsea's 'unbelievable' spirit after beating Barca to reach CL final
Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard has hailed his team's unbelievable spirit against Barcelona during the second leg of the Champions Leg semifinal at Nou Camp, which saw the Blues proceed to the final in Munich with a 2-2 draw on the night and an aggregate win of 3-2. ANI

Andy Murray resisting girlfriend's pleas to get married
Andy Murray has revealed he is not yet ready to tie the knot and insisted that he will not be proposing to his girlfriend Kim Sears "no matter how much she is pushing" for him to get down on one knee. ANI

Pearce to observe David Beckham before slotting him for Team GB of London Olympics
Team Great Britain's coach Stuart Pearce has said that he will watch David Beckham play for the LA Galaxy before deciding on whether to select him in the final 18-man squad for the London 2012 Olympics. ANI

Al Wasl coach Maradona hints at resigning if transfer of funds doesn't go his way
Al Wasl coach Diego Maradona has said that he might soon leave the UAE Pro League club if an imminent board meeting to discuss extra transfer funds doesn't go his way. ANI

Ronaldo says Real Madrid 'white hot' favourites against Bayern despite losing first leg
Even though Bayern beat Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of the Champion's League semi finals, Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo said that they were 'white hot' and all set to face the German club in the decider. ANI

Bernie 'happy and willing' to bring back F1 to Bahrain again
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that he would be 'happy' to come back to Bahrain with the F1 again next year. ANI

'Miracles are in Chelsea's DNA': Roberto Di Matteo hails his heroes
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has hailed his players after their remarkable victory over Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals on Thursday. ANI

Sheffield United player Connor Brown suspended for insulting rape victim on Twitter
Football club Sheffield United has suspended reserve player Connor Brown after he posted an insulting comment about a rape victim on Twitter. ANI

'Pakistan should continue making efforts to revive international cricket at home'
Former PCB CEO Arif Ali Khan Abbasi has said that Pakistan should continue to make efforts to revive international cricket at home after Bangladesh suspended its proposed brief cricket visit to the country. ANI

Ex-soccer chief Nan Yong charged with taking 1.48 million yuan bribes
The former Chinese soccer chief credited with leading China into their only World Cup finals has been charged with 17 counts of taking bribes worth 1.48 million yuan (about 235,000 U.S. dollars). ANI

Whatmore's special emphasis on fitness of Pak cricketers
Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore's special emphasis is on the fitness of cricketers, as selectors are all set to name separate teams for Tests, ODIs and T20. ANI

Cricket Australia to overhaul financial model, take control of venue arrangements
Cricket Australia (CA) has revealed it is set to overhaul its financial model and take control of venue arrangements for international matches. ANI

Twenty20 specialist Warner turns over to new 'patient' leaf
Former Twenty20 specialist and batting tyro David Warner is patiently evolving his game away from the glare of Australia. ANI

Arsenal's Robin van Persie named Footballer of the Year
Arsenal captain Robin van Persie has been the football writers' overwhelming choice for Player of the Year. ANI

Yousuf undergoes fitness test while eyeing return to international cricket
Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf has undergone a fitness test in a bid to make an international comeback, insisting that he can still compete at the highest level. ANI

'Centurion' Wade oblivious to Clarke's backing of first keeper Haddin
Australian wicketkeeper Mathew Wade is not bothered by Australian captain Michael Clarke's firm support for Brad Haddin. ANI

Wade, Lyon put Oz in commanding position against Windies in Dominica Test
Australia's rising stars Mathew Wade and Nathan Lyon performed brilliantly on day two of the final Test match against the West Indies at Dominica, to leave the visitors in driver's seat to claim the Frank Worrell Trophy. ANI

Torres finally justifies his £50 million tag with 'priceless' goal against Barca
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres took his team to victory after scoring a 'priceless' goal against Barcelona in a Champion's League semi-final on Thursday. ANI

Surgery forces Sania to give up singles for doubles
Tennis star Sani Mirza admitted that she has given up playing singles following her third surgery in the last five years. ANI

Sania rules out pairing with Pak tennis ace Aisam for doubles
Tennis doubles World No. 8 Sania Mirza has said that she is happy playing with Mahesh Bhupathi and refused to take the court with Pakistan's Aisamul Haq Qureshi. ANI

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