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Former PCB chief says 'Butt, Asif should never be allowed to comeback to Pak cricket'
Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, Lt. Gen (r) Tauqir Zia has said disgraced cricketers Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt should never be allowed to make a return to Pakistan cricket, whereas Mohammad Aamer could be given another chance only due to his young age. ANI

Button admits conquering British GP conundrum would bring tears to eyes
McLaren driver Jensen Button has revealed if he manages to record his first win at Silverstone in 13 attempts, it would be a very emotional moment for him, and could also bring tears in his eyes. ANI

Cheryl gets cosy with ex-Ashley lookalike on 29th b'day bash
Cheryl Cole was spotted getting up close and personal with a new fella, who looks like her former footie husband star Ashley Cole, at her wild 29th birthday party in Las Vegas. ANI

Hamilton 'unfazed' by Maldonado 'revenge attack' threat in quest of winning British GP
McLaren ace driver Lewis has refused to allow the ominous shadow of a revenge attack by Williams' driver Pastor Maldonado affect his focus to win the Britain Grand Prix. ANI

Wenger too busy with Arsenal to succeed Blanc as France boss
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled himself out of the reckoning for the vacant coaching position of France following Laurent Blanc's decision to quit last week after a disappointing Euro Cup campaign for the Les Bleus. ANI

Posh smirks as she cosies up to dolphin in candid Twitter photo
Victoria Beckham, who was slammed for not smiling during her photocall with the Spice Girls last week, has showed she can smile when she wants to, even if it means letting out a subtle grin. ANI

London Olympics title sequence, marketing campaign unveiled
The title sequence and marketing campaign for the London 2012 Olympic Games have been unveiled. ANI

Guinness World Records reveals most bonkers sporting champs
Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievement, has revealed a selection of the wackiest feats ever achieved in the world of alternative sport in a new book. ANI

Swimming champ O'Neill warns Olympic athletes about dangers of using 'switch off' pills
Australian swimming star Susie O'Neill has warned athletes about the dangers of over-using sleeping pill Stilnox who are searching for ways to 'switch off' during the London Olympics. ANI

Andy Murray frets over 'too thin' mum
Andy Murray, who is aiming for Wimbledon glory, has revealed that one of his biggest worries is his mother's weight. ANI

Coleen and Wayne Rooney hit LA clubs for second night in row
Coleen and her footballer husband Wayne Rooney enjoyed another night of partying in Hollywood on Saturday night. ANI

Beckham hit backs at claim weak 'Major League Soccer' reason for Team GB omission
David Beckham has slammed a claim made by critics that America's Major League Soccer (MLS) is a weak league, and a possible reason behind his omission from Team GB. ANI

Murray dumps 'faulty' designer shorts after Wimbledon 'ballgate' debacle
British number one tennis player Andy Murray has snubbed his exclusive designer shorts, which gave him lots of trouble during his third-round match against Marcos Baghdatis, for a 14.99 pound worth shorts. ANI

Federer went into 'trance-like state' to keep 7th Wimbledon title hopes alive
Tennis ace Roger Federer has revealed he went into a trance-like state during his match with Julien Benneteau, as the Swiss came back from two sets down to win the match, and more essentially to keep hopes of winning a record-breaking seventh Wimbledon title alive. ANI

Ivanovic taking inspiration from Sharapova to claw her way back to top
Ana Ivanovic, who won the French Open title in 2008, has revealed that she is taking inspiration from Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova for her rapid rise back up in the rankings. ANI

Zara Phillips leans on Mike Tindall for moral support before Olympic debut
Zara Phillips looked for some support from husband Mike Tindall to relieve the tension ahead of her debut at the London Olympic Games. ANI

Now, math formula to help tennis players hit 'perfect' serves
A maths professor has created an equation that he claims will guarantee the perfect tennis serve, first time and every time. ANI

Ryan Giggs cosies up to wife Stacey at Wimbledon
If their public display of affection is anything to go by, then it seems that Ryan Giggs and wife Stacey have got their marriage back on track. ANI

Coach Del Bosque says Spain's success down to efficient nation's footballing structure
Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has said the major reason behind the team's emphatic success was the efficiency of its clubs' football academies and the excellence of its coaching staff. ANI

Redknapp says Spain deserves to be compared with champion Brazil side of 1970
Former England player Jamie Redknapp has said the current Spanish football team fully deserves to be compared with the brilliant Brazilian team of the 1970s. ANI

Olympic champ Stephanie Rice reveals about her childhood days
Stephanie Rice, who has an impulsive streak but never gets bored following the black line in the pool, has spoken out about her childhood, school days and her friends. ANI

Una Healy serenades hubby Ben Foden at wedding party
Saturdays' singer Una Healy and Ben Foden sang to each other at their wedding in Tipperary, Ireland on Saturday. ANI

Cummins still backs 'outclassed' Australia to win ODI series against England
Australian pacer Pat Cummins, who is returning home after injuring himself midway through the series, has made a public show of faith in his team-mates, backing them to win the one-day series against England. ANI

Bopara stakes claim for inclusion in England Test squad
Indian origin England batsman Ravi Bopara has sent a clear message to the selectors to include in the test squad after claiming to be in the form of his life. ANI

Richard Branson sets new Channel kitesurfing record
Sir Richard Branson has become the oldest person to kitesurf across the English Channel, after a false start. ANI

Clarke asks teammates to lift their game as Oz No.1 ranking under threat
Australia skipper Michael Clarke has called on his under-performing teammates to lift their game as their world No.1 one-day ranking is under threat after being beaten by England at The Oval. ANI

India-Pakistan share Under-19s Asia Cup after final ends in thrilling tie
Pakistan and India played out a tied match in the final of the Under-19s Asia Cup, which meant both neighbouring countries had to share the trophy. ANI

Wayne Rooney lines up with pals for pic with Timbaland in LA
Wayne Rooney and some of his Premiership pals lined up alongside a hip-hop heavyweight Timbaland at an awards ceremony pre-party. ANI

Is Balotelli's ex-girlpal Raffaella pregnant with his child?
Mario Balotelli's ex-girlfriend Raffaella Fico has sparked rumours that she's pregnant with his child after showing off her noticeable baby bump at a charity event in Rome. ANI

Afridi not joining English county side Hampshire following visa problems
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi will not join English county side Hampshire for the Friend Life T20 due to problems in obtaining visa. ANI

England women cricketers Edwards, Taylor receive MCC honour
Two of England's leading women batsmen Charlotte Edwards and Claire Taylor have been awarded honorary life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). ANI

Cook says thoughts of series whitewash over Oz not in mind after winning second ODI
England captain Alastair Cook has said thoughts of completing a series whitewash over old foes Australia are still not on the players minds, following a six-wicket victory in the second one-day at the KIA Oval, which extended their lead to 2-0 in the five-match NatWest Series. ANI

Iniesta says 'people can't ignore how great Spain's magical Euro win is'
Talismanic Spanish midfielder has said their record-breaking Euro Cup win is a magical feat, which cannot be repeated in the future, and people can't ignore how great this win is. ANI

Bikini-clad Flavio Briatore's wife Elisabetta shows off ball skills
Underwear model Elisabetta Gregoraci was spotted showing off her ball skills as she and her tycoon husband, Flavio Briatore, played a game in Sardinia. ANI

CSA to appoint Upton as Proteas Performance Director
Cricket South Africa (CSA) is set to announce a change in the management structure of the national team and is all set to appoint Paddy Upton as Proteas Performance Director. ANI

UK police nab nine illegal Indian immigrants in raids on Olympics torch making firm
UK police and border officers have arrested nine illegal Indian immigrants during a raid on a firm that makes Olympic torches. ANI

Balotelli is world's first 200m pounds footballer, claims his agent
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has been declared the world's first 200 million pound footballer by his own agent. ANI

Naraine leads Windies to 2-0 whitewash over New Zealand
Spinner Sunil Narine bamboozled New Zealand to hand West Indies a 61-run victory, and a clean sweep of their Twenty20 International double-header. ANI

Woods overtakes Nicklaus in all time PGA Tour wins
Tiger Woods overtook Jack Nicklaus in second place on the all-time PGA Tour winners list when he won the AT and T National tournament at the Congressional Country Club. ANI

Yohan Blake defeats Usain Bolt again in Olympic trials
Yohan Blake has again beaten Jamaican speedster Usain Bolt in the 200m final at the Jamaican Olympic trials. ANI

Torres wins Euro 2012 Golden Boot award
Spanish striker Fernando Torres has won the Euro 2012 Golden Boot award after scoring his third goal against Italy in the final. ANI

Rio Ferdinand admits to wearing lipstick for TV show
Former England Captain Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he wears lipstick and has been trained to be a ballet dancer. ANI

Katie Price brands Posh 'Misery Spice'
Katie Price has reignited her war of words with Victoria Beckham and branded her "Misery Spice" after she was photographed looking glum during Spice Girls' recent reunion. ANI

Stolen Wimbledon Hawk Rufus found
Rufus the hawk, who used to scare off pigeons from Wimbledon has been found after it was stolen from its travel box in a car in south-west London, last week. ANI

13 Olympic hopefuls reveal their secrets to success
The lessons, of how stay calm under pressure, push through a workout or fuel up for a long day, learned by an Olympic athlete extends was beyond sports and shows you how to succeed no matter what your goals are. ANI

Posh blocks all hopes of Spice Girls ever performing live together again
Spice Girls, who reunited this week London to launch their musical Viva Forever, have apparently said farewell to any hope of reforming for a performance and will never sing as five-piece again. ANI

Technological interventions improving sprinters' performance
Men's 100 m sprint will be one event not to miss this summer, says Steve Haake, director of the Centre for Sports Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK, who has used Physics to confirm that sprinters are performing better than ever before. ANI

Ukrainian feminists strip in protest against Belarus Prez visit during Euro final
Six members of the Ukrainian feminist group, Femen, held a bare-breasted protest in Kiev on Sunday against the visit by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to watch the Euro 2012 final. ANI

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