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Sports News on June 16, 2012

'Dare devil' Grylls 'flies' Olympic flame on zip wire across river Tyne
TV presenter Bear Grylls once again managed to captivate the audience with yet another breath taking stunt as he jumped off the bridge carrying the Olympic flame and landed safely in the parade ground of HMS Calliope. ANI

UK markets flooded with fake Olympics paraphernalia
Britain's markets are overflowing with fake Olympics gear and have become a soft target for fraudsters trying to take full advantage of the Games, according to trading standards watchdogs. ANI

Stoke City favorites to sign 'out of favor' striker Owen
Premier League club Stoke City is leading among a host of clubs interested in signing out of favor striker Michael Owen, who was released by Manchester United at the end of the last season. ANI

US high school golf coach faces charges for buying team beer following loss
A high school assistant golf coach in Minnesota has been charged for allegedly purchasing alcohol for three underage members of the team following a championship loss. ANI

'Back in form' Mohammad Yousuf eyeing international comeback
Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf, who returned from England after a successful brief stint with Lashings World XI Cricket Club, is now eyeing the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) as he strives to make his international comeback. ANI

'Invigorated' Torres admits 'falling out of love with football' after being dropped
Spanish striker Fernando Torres has admitted he felt out of love with football after he was dropped from the national team by coach Vincent Del Bosque for a friendly match against Venezuela. ANI

'Injury plagued' Hargreaves contemplating retirement from football
Former Manchester United player Owen Hargreaves has said that if he cannot get back to the level he used to play at, then he doesn't wish to play any further, but added he is currently fit to play for a top flight club. ANI

Federer taking inspiration from 'evergreen' Agassi to play on till 2016 Olympics
Ace tennis player Roger Federer has no plans to retire soon, and believes he could play up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio Di Janeiro. ANI

CSA formalizes process aimed at restructuring South African cricket
Cricket South Africa (CSA) is set to implement the recommendations of the Nicholson inquiry after it signed an agreement with the government. ANI

Misbah warns 'lacklustre' team 'no room for fielding errors'
Pakistan's Test and One-day skipper Misbah ul Haq is disappointed with his team's fielding performance in the on-going tour of Sri Lanka and wants his teammates to leave no room for error in the last two matches of the series. ANI

Pakistan to play 3 ODIs, 3 T20s against Australia
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to play a series of three one-day internationals and an equal number of Twenty20 matches against Australia in August-September, but the venues for the matches will be decided in the next few days, a senior PCB official has said. ANI

Memorial lunch in honour of Pataudi held in London
A memorial lunch, hosted by the Indian Journalists' Association (IJA) in honour of the late Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, one of India's most charismatic cricket captains, was held here. ANI

Dalai Lama rubbishes China's 'routine' threat to pull out Olympic team from Leeds training camp over his visit
The Dalai Lama has dismissed a threat by China to pull its Olympics team out of a training camp in Leeds as "almost routine" in response to his recent visit to the West Yorkshire city. ANI

'Optimistic' Schumacher puts 'F1 woes' behind ahead of European Grand Prix in Valencia
German Formula One star Micheal Schumacher is determined to put his F1 race woes behind him, ahead of the next weekend's European Grand Prix in Valencia. ANI

Abbey Crouch flashes 'side b*ob' at men's fashion party
In an attempt to take Peter Crouch's mind off Friday night's England V Denmark Euro 2012 game, his wife Abbey sported a daring play suit which showed her side b*ob as the couple had a rare night out together at the Esquire and Mr Porter London Collections, Men's Party. ANI

UEFA fines Croatian FA for crowd nuisance during Euros amid racism reports from fans
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has fined the Croatian Football Association 25,000 euros for the crowd trouble during their opening match against Republic of Ireland at Euro 2012, amidst reports suggesting racist behaviour from Croatian fans. ANI

Thomas Vermaelen dating Brit TV presenter Polly Parsons
British television presenter Polly Parsons has scored with Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, after splitting from her fiance Sid Owen earlier this year. ANI

PCB not to issue show cause notice to Shoaib for playing club match in India
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will not issue any show cause notice to former skipper Shoaib Malik for appearing in a club level match in New Delhi recently. ANI

Rana Naved launches cricket academy for poor to promote local talent
To promote homegrown talent suffering from financial constraints, Pakistani pacer Rana Naved ul Hasan has launched a cricket academy in his home city of Sheikhupura to realise his dream of many years. ANI

Kai Rooney flaunts gymnastics skills on day out in Krakow
Kai Rooney enjoyed a fun day out in the Polish city with his mother Coleen and Uncle Anthony, on Friday. ANI

Coleen Rooney celebrates England win with son Kai
Coleen Rooney and son Kai celebrated England's win over Sweden at the Euro 2012 group matches from the comfort of their hotel bar. ANI

UEFA charges Danish striker Bendtner with misconduct following underpants goof up
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has charged Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner with improper conduct after the forward revealed the name of an unofficial sponsor's name on his underpants while celebrating his goals during their Euro Cup encounter against Portugal. ANI

Kirsten says 'lack of preparation' no excuse for Proteas failure on England tour
South African coach Gary Kirsten has said the lack of preparation cannot be blamed if the team doesn't perform well during their England tour. ANI

Nadal headed for Mallorca for much needed rest before Wimbledon
French Open winner Rafael Nadal, who lost in straight sets in the Gerry Weber Open quarter-finals to Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, is heading home to Mallorca to rest ahead of Wimbledon, which starts on 25 June. ANI

Posh tweets pic to flaunt jet-flying skills on flight to Vancouver
Victoria Beckham, who has already tried singing, acting, writing and designing to varying degrees of success, decided to have a bit of fun as she posed in the cockpit of a private jet from the U.S. to Vancouver. ANI

'Hero' Welbeck credits England's 'team-spirit' for dramatic win against Sweden in Euros
England striker Danny Welbeck has credited the team-spirit and togetherness in the dressing room for his team's dramatic 3-2 win over Sweden in a Group D match at the Euro Cup. ANI

Shoaib Akhtar planning comeback to cricketing world
The world's fastest bowler in his heyday, Shoaib Akhtar, is planning a major comeback to the international cricketing world, sources have confirmed. ANI

England ready to match Gayle-led explosive Windies' firepower in ODIs: Cook
England skipper Alastair Cook has said that his team had the firepower to match the heavy hitting West Indies' batsmen in the upcoming ODIs. ANI

3 'topless' Femen activists 'kidnapped' in Ukraine ahead of Euro protest
Topless feminist activist group Femen has claimed that three of their members have been abducted since arriving in Donetsk, ahead of a planned protest at the Euro 2012. ANI

Cook says England 'ready to move on as a team' following Pietersen's abrupt ODI exit
Miffed over Kevin Pietersen's abrupt exit from all forms of one-day international cricket, England's ODI skipper Alastair Cook has said that even though the world class batsman will be missed, the side will move on as a team. ANI

Tony Parker hurt in Chris Brown, Drake club brawl
NBA player Tony Parker has revealed that he suffered a scratched retina in one of his eyes in a nasty bar brawl that involved singer Chris Brown and Drake over Rihanna at a New York club. ANI

Acrobat Nik Wallenda completes tightrope walk over Niagara Falls
Daredevil Nik Wallenda has become the first person to walk on a tightrope 1800 feet (548 metres) across the Niagara Falls. ANI

Kim Kardashian's '72-day marriage led her to life changing epiphany'
Kim Kardashian opened up to Oprah Winfrey about her short-lived marriage to Kris Humphries, saying that the union led her to a life changing epiphany. ANI

Will Smith topples Becks in fittest dad poll
Will Smith has been named the fittest dad in a Facebook poll conducted by Gold's Gym in honour of Father's Day. ANI

Kelly Brook voted top beach body role model
Kelly Brook has been voted as the curvy glamour star having the shape most girls want for their summer holidays. ANI

Sponsors stay firmly behind Armstrong in wake of fresh doping allegations
The sponsors of cycling champion Lance Armstrong have vowed to stand behind the seven-time Tour de France winner, even as Armstrong's lawyers have started to challenge the new doping charges against him. ANI

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