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Sania Mirza to head Indian Women's Team in Federation Cup
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has approved the participation of the Indian Senior Women Tennis Team to be headed by Sania Mirza in the Federation Cup, Asia-Oceania-Grade-I and II, scheduled to be held at Shenzhen City, China, from January 30 to February 4. ANI

Auckland Aces make it to Champions League
Auckland Aces are heading to the Champions League qualifying tournament after they won the HRV Cup beating Canterbury Wizards in the final by 44 runs in Auckland. ANI

Abidal turns 'idol' for cancer-stricken kid
Eric Abidal who had a cancerous tumour detached from his liver last year, visited a 15-year old cancer-stricken kid along with some other Barcelona players to cheer him up. ANI

Maradona rejects former player Da Silva's 'anti -Brazilian' comments
Al Wasl manager and former Argentine footballer Diego Maradona has rejected former player Pires Da Silva's comments that he is anti-Brazilian. ANI

Prior's BPL move blocked by English management
English wicketkeeper Matt Prior's big money move to play in the newly launched Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) has been blocked by the English Cricket Board. ANI

Real Madrid's Mourinho on verge of losing 'real' support
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is struggling to keep control over the Los Blancos dressing room following a major argument. ANI

Mancini riled at shoddy Man City display despite crucial win
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini reproached his players for giving away a two-goal lead within a spell of few minutes at the Etihad Stadium against Tottenham Spurs last night. ANI

Olympic mascots made in sweatshops causes rage
A well-known chain of up market department stores John Lewis has pointed a finger at the organizers of the London Olympics over the sale of official Games mascots made in a Chinese sweatshop. ANI

WAGs join England cricketers in Dubai to boost morale after defeat
England cricket's WAGs (Wives and Girlfriends) arrived on Sunday to lift the spirits of gloomy cricketers, who faced a massive defeat in the first test match against Pakistan in Dubai. ANI

England 'won't allow Ajmal's action to become an issue' ahead of second Test: Prior
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has said that his side has decided not to discuss the controversy surrounding Pakistan -off spinner Saeed Ajmal's action, and added that the ICC will take a decision on it. ANI

Shortage of sniffer dogs could threaten security at Olympics
A shortage of sniffer dogs can threaten the safety of British security teams during the 2012 London Olympics. ANI

Becks gives in to fast food craving with burger takeaway
David Beckham was seen walking out of the Hollywood branch of In-N-Out Burger on Saturday, carrying a takeaway meal. ANI

Gary Lineker could give up 'Match of the Day' for wife's career
Gary Lineker has said that he would be willing to give up his lucrative role as 'Match of the Day' host and consider moving to America if his wife Danielle's film career takes off. ANI

Ex heavyweight champion Holyfield says Dubai is perfect place for any boxing match (Amended)
Four time undisputed heavyweight champion of the world Evander Holyfield believes that the emirate of Dubai is the perfect place to stage a boxing match. ANI

Balotelli's 'Bentley' bombarded with eggs after stamp row
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli's super car Bentley was bombarded with eggs by angry people after he escaped getting a red card during Manchester City's match against Tottenham Spurs at the Etihad Stadium last night. ANI

Wenger hits out at Arsenal fans and refuses to explain his actions
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit back at Arsenal fans after being jeered by club faithful at the Emirates during their match against Manchester United last night. ANI

Kamran wants Pakistani players to be part of IPL
Cricketer Kamran Akmal has said that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) must sort out its differences with India so that the country's players can take part in the Indian Premier League (IPL). ANI

PCB informs ICC about its intention to host Bangladesh series
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has expressed its intention to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to host Bangladesh for a Test series in April in a bid to revive international cricket at home. ANI

Imogen Thomas gets back to glamorous self for pal's birthday in London
Imogen Thomas, who moaned earlier this week that she had been snapped without make-up, was back to her best as she stepped out in London on Saturday. ANI

Coleen Rooney swaps bikinis for comfy tracksuit back home in Cheshire
Coleen Rooney, who spent a big chunk of January donning bikinis and posing for a glamorous photo shoot in Florida, stepped out in a dull tracksuit as she returned home. ANI

'Out of favour' wicket-keeper Akmal calls on PCB to launch Pakistan Premier League
Out of favour Pakistani wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal has called on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to launch the Pakistan Premier League (PPL) along similar lines as the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and the Big Bash (BBL). ANI

Becks fighting baldness but refuses hair transplant
David Beckham is worried that he is going bald like his dad Ted and is also terrified to see his children turning into adults. ANI

Chelsea fan detained over suspected racist jibes about Anton Ferdinand
Police have detained a man as part of their inquest into Chelsea fans making racist comments about Anton Ferdinand on the train back from Norwich. ANI

Redknapp demands action against Balotelli's stamp on Parker
Tottenham Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has asked the Football Association to take strict action against Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli for his alleged stamp on Scott Parker. ANI

Giggs' dad thanked Stacy for giving him 'such a beautiful grand-daughter'
Ryan Giggs' father, Danny Wilson, is said to have made a 300-mile dash to see his first grandchild. ANI

Someone should have knocked Ryan Giggs' teeth out years ago, says dad
Ryan Giggs' dad has said that had someone knocked the footballer's teeth out a few years ago, he may not have had an eight-year affair with his brother Rhodri's wife Natasha. ANI

Tamara Ecclestone ditches her heels after pal's birthday party
Tamara Ecclestone, who was out partying with her beau after throwing him a surprise party on Friday, shed her heels after celebrating her friend's birthday the next day. ANI

Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard may move to LA after marriage
Christine Bleakley and her fiance Frank Lampard are planning a new life in Los Angeles after their wedding this summer. ANI

'Pride of Punjab Fauja Singh wows fans during Amritsar city's first marathon
Centenarian Fauja Singh, who is widely regarded as the "Pride of Punjab" because of his age-defying marathon stints, wowed school children and senior citizens here on Sunday be taking part in Amritsar City's first ever 'Run for the City' and 'Citizen Walk'. ANI

Kris Humphries splits with PR team after 73 days
Kris Humphries is reportedly severing ties with his high profile publicity team. ANI

Amir Khan's fiancee struggled to understand his Bolton accent
Amir Khan's fiancee Faryal Makhdoom has revealed that their relationship was almost on the ropes when they first met, as she could not understand a word he said. ANI

Shane Warne tries to revoke family ban on his swimming trunks
Shane Warne may have garnered much praise for looking his best since he got engaged to Elizabeth Hurley, but the cricketer still misses his budgie smugglers. ANI

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler expecting first child
Kristin Cavallari is expecting her first child with NFL star fiance Jay Cutler, with whom she had renewed her broken engagement last year. ANI

'Beleaguered' Smith gets Twitter salute after scoring ODI ton against Sri Lanka
Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith was showered with praises on Twitter after he regained form and scored a century against Sri Lanka at the Wanderers. ANI

Clijsters battles injury to win against China's Li Na
Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters battled injury to beat China's Li Na in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday. ANI

Kvitova cruises past Ivanovic in Australian Open
Petra Kvitova outlasted Ana Ivanovic on Monday to sail into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and moved closer to swiping Caroline Wozniacki's top spot. ANI

Murray enters Australian Open quarters
Britain's Andy Murray needed only to appear on court at Rod Laver Arena to make it into his fifth successive grand slam quarter-final on Monday. ANI

Unseeded Russian Makarova ousts Serena Williams from Oz Open
Five-time champion Serena Williams fell in straight sets to unseeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova - 6-2 6-3 in the pre-quarter-final of this year's Australian Open on Monday. ANI

Joey Barton still goes for Alcoholics Anonymous sessions
Joey Barton has revealed that he still attends Alcoholics Anonymous sessions, four years after vowing to go sober. ANI

Starc axed from Australian team for Adelaide Test
Young Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been dropped from the Australian Test team which will play against India in the final Test match in Adelaide. ANI

White dropped while Hogg makes come back in Australian T20 team
The Australian selectors have announced the squad for the two Twenty20 against India in February. ANI

Warnie in Twitter bust up with pseudo Qantas account
Shane Warne has unleashed another Twitter tirade, this time at a fake Qantas account that poked fun at him. ANI

Olympics set to become biggest event with 12-day gig by music legends
Olympic organisers are hoping for a coup of sorts by planning the biggest music event in music history with twelve days of concerts during the games. ANI

England to tackle Ajmal by relying on same tactics used against Muralitharan
England will rely on the same tactics it had used against former Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan to tackle Pakistani spinner Saaed Ajmal in the second Test in the United Arab Emirates. ANI

Kai Rooney spoilt rotten by mum and dad
Wayne Rooney's son Kai is one kid who knows exactly what it's like to live in the lap of luxury. ANI

I'm not renewing my wedding vows with Rhodri, says Natasha Giggs
Natasha Giggs, who appeared to have salvaged her marriage to estranged husband Rhodri despite revealing that she had an illicit affair with his footballer brother Ryan, insists that she is still very much separated from her other half. ANI

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