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Sports News on April 5, 2012

Jermain Defoe treats women like sweets
English footballer Jermain Defoe has admitted that he treats women like his favourite sweets. ANI

Stephanie Rice denies rekindling romance with ex Eamon Sullivan
Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice has refuted reports that suggest she has rekindled romance with her former boyfriend Eamon Sullivan. ANI

Maharashtra Govt. recommends Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar
The Maharashtra Government on Thursday said that it had written to the central government to give the country's top civilian award-the Bharat Ratna-to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. ANI

Lara Bingle snubs 'Logies'
Despite her own reality show scheduled to debut later this month, Lara Bingle has reportedly snubbed the 'Logies'. ANI

'Jailed' O.J. Simpson fuming against daughter for blowing his pension money
O.J. Simpson is said to be furious with his oldest daughter Arnelle for squandering all his pension money and not keeping up the mortgage payments on his South Florida mansion as he sits behind bars. ANI

Bolton manager Coyle describes Muamba's recovery progress as 'remarkable'
Bolton Wanderer's manager Owen Coyle has revealed that he had visited Fabrice Muamba in the hospital, and he is recovering remarkably well. ANI

Ace golfer Mickelson tips McIlroy to become multiple-Masters champion
Ace golfer Phil Mickelson believes Rory McIlroy has the potential to win the Masters for multiple times. ANI

Nicole Scherzinger busts out of clinging leather mini dress in 'MIB 3'
Nicole Scherzinger, who is certainly set to make a big impression in her first blockbuster film role with her low cut leather mini dress, thigh high black boots and oversized gun, is seen getting stuck in to the part of baddie Lily Poison in new stills from 'Men in Black III'. ANI

Ex US champ Leonard fears about boxing's future in country
Former American boxer Sugar Ray Leonard has expressed fears about the future of the sport in the country, where the sweet science is being overshadowed by the rise of mixed martial arts and the lack of genuine stars. ANI

Tennis star's tale of surviving Titanic tragedy released in tell all book
Former tennis champion Dick Williams' story of how he survived the Titanic tragedy in 1912 has been narrated in a new book. ANI

Soccer players have better thinking abilities
Swedish researchers have found that elite soccer players have superior executive functions relative to non-players. ANI

Minka Kelly and Wilmer Valderrama gaze lovingly at each other on romantic stroll
Minka Kelly and Wilmer Valderrama, who've attempted to keep their blossoming relationship on the quiet, were spotted taking a cosy walk together along the waterfront in Balmoral, Sydney, on Tuesday. ANI

Boozy antics get Gavin Henson the boot from lucrative sponsorship deal
Gavin Henson who was sacked by Cardiff Blues for drunken behaviour on a flight has now been booted out of a lucrative sponsorship deal with Lactalis Nestle Chilled Dairy. ANI

Augusta National golf club's female exclusion issue reaches flashpoint ahead of Masters
The row over the lack of female members in the Augusta National Golf Club, escalated as chairman Billy Payne repeatedly refused to answer questions on whether the club would invite chief executive of long-time Masters sponsor IBM, Virginia Rometty, to join its ranks. ANI

Mancini hoping for seven-in-seven score and Man U hiccup to grab Premier League title
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said his team would do everything to win the Premier League title this season, and believes if they win their next seven games then they can become the new English champions. ANI

Ferguson says presence of title-winners makes Man U favourites for Premier League title
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes the presence of so many players with Premier League medals in the squad, have helped them leave their rivals trailing in recent weeks. ANI

Rooney picks striker Welbeck as Man U's player of the season
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has picked strike partner Danny Welbeck as the player of the season for the club, and even backed him for playing an important role in the Euro Cup for the England team. ANI

Mourinho pooh-poohs possibility of Chelsea beating 'super favourites' Barca in CL semis
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho believes Barcelona is the super favorite to advance to this years Champion League final, and there is no real possibility of Chelsea facing them or Bayern Munich in the finals. ANI

Mario Balotelli confesses having sex with Wayne Rooney's hooker
Mario Balotelli has admitted to having twice bedded the hooker who famously had a threesome with Wayne Rooney. ANI

Tiger Woods ignoring calls from ailing half-brother, says his family
Tiger Woods has reportedly been ignoring calls from his half-brother, who has been suffering from multiple sclerosis and is in danger of losing his house. ANI

'Completely vindicated' Cairns ready for cricket comeback after two- year libel trial
Former Kiwi cricketer Chris Cairns has said he feels "complete vindication" and added that he is ready to resume playing cricket and lead a normal life in Canberra, after a two-year battle to clear his reputation of match-fixing accusations. ANI

Usain Bolt can break his own world record effortlessly
A Cambridge Professor has claimed that Usain Bolt can cut his world record from 9.58 seconds to 9.45 with no extra effort on his part or improvement to his fitness. ANI

Cairns 'not surprised' by Modi's decision to appeal against libel verdict
Former Kiwi cricketer Chris Cairns is not surprised over former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi's decision to appeal against the libel case, but he is reserving further comment until more details about the appeal are revealed. ANI

Oz in high spirits after tour win ahead of Barbados Test
Australian players are in a confident mood after their three-day tour win over the West Indies Cricket Board President's eleven.ustralia claimed a comfortable eight-wicket win at the 3Ws Oval, taking just over an hour to score the 56 runs required at the start of Wednesday's play. ANI

Lilly Becker commits fashion faux pas by going bra-less in whites
Lilly Becker, who's rarely a miss on the fashion side of things, made an embarrassing fashion faux pas by going bra-less while sporting a white vest underneath her white V-neck top. ANI

Imogen Thomas has fun on swings with nephew
Imogen Thomas was seen enjoying a day out at a park on Tuesday, with nephew Matti. ANI

Coleen enjoys quiet birthday meal with hubby Wayne
Coleen Rooney, known for throwing wild parties, opted for an intimate dinner with husband Wayne for her 26th birthday. ANI

McIlroy says trying to emulate Woods cost him The Masters last year
World number two golfer Rory McIlroy has revealed that trying to be like his childhood idol Tiger Woods during the Augusta National last year had cost him The Masters, but this time he has vowed to play his own game. ANI

Former F1 champ Hill raises concerns over conducting Bahrain GP
Former Formula One champion Damon Hill has said conducting the Bahrain Grand Prix in volatile conditions could have negative connotations. ANI

Online Olympic security team working hard to safeguard 90 venues
London Olympics is under huge cyber threat and the authorities have already buckled up. An online Olympic security team is working to safeguard 90 venues and enormous amounts of data from invasions by criminals and 'hacktivists'. ANI

Cancer survivor England footballer Thomas offers help to ailing Petrov
Former England footballer Geoff Thomas, who won his battle with cancer, has offered a helping hand to Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov, who was recently diagnosed with acute leukemia. ANI

Leggy Bishoo can be Windies' 'secret weapon' against Oz on sub-continent-like pitches
West Indies leg spinner Devendra Bishoo, who hasn't played against Australia in the series so far, is expected to be their secret weapon to derail any strategy formulated by the tourists in the first Test in Barbados, starting on Saturday. ANI

Wade had to move out of his 'comfort' zone to earn revered Oz baggy green
Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade believes he had to come out of his comfort zone to earn his baggy green, as he prepares to make his Test debut against West Indies in the first Test at Kensington, Oval on Saturday. ANI

Swann blasts 'witch hunt' against 'best captain in world cricket' Strauss
Graeme Swann has backed England's under-fire captain Andrew Strauss, and claimed he is the best leader in world cricket after his team enjoyed their best day of Test cricket this year. ANI

Pak Hockey Federation disappointed over India's refusal to play tournament in country
The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has expressed disappointment after India refused to play a hockey tournament in Pakistan that the former had hoped could revive sporting ties between both sides. ANI

PCB welcomes BCB's efforts to revive international cricket in Pakistan
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has welcomed the efforts of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Mustafa Kamal for trying to convince other nations to play tournaments in Pakistan. ANI

Brit chef Heston Blumenthal set to carry Olympic torch
Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal has been chosen as one of the torchbearers for the London 2012 Olympics. ANI

Lahore hosts cricket match against foreign team for first time since 2009 terror attack
A British University side took on a Pakistan Cricket Board Under-19 XI at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore for the first time since the horrendous terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus, which brought a forced end to international cricket in Pakistan. ANI

'Disgraced' Pak quick Aamer warns against spot fixing in anti corruption video
Shamed Pakistan bowler Mohammed Aamer is now warning cricketers against the repercussions of indulging in any kind of corrupt practices in the sport, as he has appeared in an official video from the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit of the International Cricket Council (ICC). ANI

Four companies reportedly interested in Pakistan Premier League initiative
Four companies have evinced interest in the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) initiative to launch an international Twenty20 league in the country. ANI

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