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Nancy Dell'Olio defends masseur accused of sexual assault
Nancy Dell'Olio has come out in support of the masseur, who has been accused of sexually assaulting his clients, claiming that he was a victim of "female hysteria." ANI

'Disqualified' Nalbandian slams ATP for making players play in tough conditions
David Nalbandian has slammed the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) for making players play in tough conditions after being disqualified from the AEGON Championships final. ANI

Speculation over Diego Maradona's future at Al Wasl remains
Confusion remains over the future of Al Wash coach Diego Maradona. ANI

Spurs face player revolt if Villas-Boas appointed new manager
English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspurs could face a possible mutiny from players if the club goes ahead with plans to appoint former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas as their new manager in place of Harry Redknapp. ANI

Ukrainian racist goons threaten England Asian and black fans ahead of Euro clash
Ukraine's notorious racist goons have warned England fans ahead of both team's crucial group D match on June 19, by posting stickers in Donetsk, which claim they are ready to fight. ANI

Croatia manager Bilic calls for stern action against own 'racist' supporters
Croatia manager Slaven Bilic has asked authorities to take strict action against their own fans who were caught indulging in racist chants against Italian striker Mario Balotelli during their Group C match. ANI

UEFA investigating 'inappropriate pitch invasion bid' by England fans in Sweden game
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has started disciplinary proceedings against the Football Association (FA) over the inappropriate conduct of England fans during their team's dramatic 3-2 win over Sweden in Kiev. ANI

Wayne Rooney enjoys family time with Coleen and son Kai
Wayne Rooney, who has a big match against Ukraine on Tuesday, took a break from football to enjoy some Father's Day bonding time with son Kai. ANI

Tamara Ecclestone sparks engagement rumours with sparkler
Tamara Ecclestone, who has been vocal about her wish to marry boyfriend of two years Omar Khyami, sparked engagement rumours after she stepped out with a large diamond ring, on Sunday night. ANI

Sex Pistols in leaked Olympics opener playlist
Sex Pistols' anti-monarchist punk song 'God Save the Queen' is on a list of music proposed for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. ANI

Wasim Akram unaware of PCB's 'mentoring young players' offer
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which recently announced the appointment of Wasim Akram as a mentor to emerging players during a camp scheduled to start this week, is yet to contact the former captain to seek his availability for the event. ANI

Modric's former Croatian teammate reveals Spurs' star on verge of joining Real Madrid
Luka Modric's former Croatian teammate and good friend Mate Bilic has revealed that the Tottenham Hotspurs' star midfielder is on the brink of joining Spanish champions Real Madrid. ANI

Alex Reid and Chantelle Houghton welcome baby girl
Chantelle Houghton and Alex Reid celebrated Father's Day with the arrival of a beautiful baby daughter on Sunday morning. ANI

Warnie slams ex-wife over 'name calling' of Hurley's 'Mummy 2' nickname
Shane Warne has blasted his former wife Simone Callahan for demanding their children to stop calling Elizabeth Hurley "Mummy Two". ANI

Misbah calls for 'responsible' show after 'shocker of loss' against Lanka
Stunned after a defeat to Sri Lanka in the fourth One-Day International (ODI), Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, whose wicket was the first to fall after he had contributed a half-century, said his team needed to show more responsibility. ANI

DA case: BCCI Chief N Srinivasan appears before CBI
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president and India Cements Managing Director N Srinivasan appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) here in connection with a disproportionate assets case against YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy, on Monday. ANI

Lily Collins approached Shaun White after CFDA Fashion Awards
Olympic snowboarding champion Shaun White, who is rumoured to be dating Bar Rafaeli since the pair got cosy at SoHo lounge Sway, did not approach actress Lily Collins at Catch after the recent CFDA Fashion Awards, it has been revealed. ANI

Abbey Crouch supports bro in concert with hubby Peter
Abbey Crouch showed up with her husband Peter Crouch up to watch her younger brother John perform with his band The Razz, who were supporting The View at the O2 Academy in Liverpool Saturday. ANI

'Sanguine" Proteas gunning for T20 World Cup glory
South Africa's Twenty20 captain Hashim Amla, who is leading the team in the absence of AB De Villiers, has said he is confident of his team performing well in the tri-series featuring Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, and added that the series provides a good opportunity for the selectors to pick the right team for the Twenty20 World Cup that is to be held in Sri Lanka in September. ANI

'Returning' Rooney believes England 'good enough' to claim Euro glory
England striker Wayne Rooney, who is returning to the national squad after a two-match suspension, has said it is good enough to win the ongoing Euro Cup. ANI

Kris Humphries's ex threatens to expose details of relationship
Kris Humphries' former girlfriend Myla Sinanaj has threatened to release more sordid details about her relationship with the basketball star. ANI

'Out of favor' Akmal fancying another chance to represent Pakistan
Out of favour Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, who hasn't been a part of the national team since their heart-wrenching defeat against India in Mohali during last year's World Cup semifinal, is hopeful of making a comeback in the team. ANI

Rooney eager to get his Euro 2012 campaign up and running
Rooney can't wait to get his Euro 2012 campaign up and running ANI

British Telecom hoping ex-England star L:ineker will be their new football host
Former England football star Gary Lineker is being tipped to front British Telecom's coverage of live Premier League football. ANI

Ex-England coach Capello interested in managing Premier League side
Former England football coach Fabio Capello has confirmed his interest in managing in a Premier League football squad. ANI

London Olympics chief denies role in Games tickets scam
London Olympics chief Lord Sebastian Coe has denied any link to an alleged black marketing of 2012 tickets. ANI

England to rely on 'specialists' in ODIs following Bell's century against Windies
England, who are aiming to become the best limited overs team in the world after conquering the Test front, would continue to play specialist players in their one-day team following Ian Bell's spectacular century against the West Indies in the first of the three one-day matches between them. ANI

Ruud Gullit dumped by wife for 'repeated cheating'
Ruud Gullit's wife Estelle has left him for a younger man as she's sick of his philandering ways. ANI

Webb Simpson claims US Open by one shot
American Webb Simpson has won the 112th US Open golf championship, firing a final-round 68 for a one-stroke victory in the second major of the year. ANI

PCB appoints 'shrink' to counsel 'troubled' cricketers
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed sports psychologist Magbool Babri to counsel players, including banned pace bowler Mohammad Amir. ANI

'Glaring' mistakes in PCB contract list lands Intikhab Alam in hot water
Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) director of International Cricket Affairs Intikhab Alam's future role in the board has become uncertain after he committed some glaring errors while finalising the list of players who were awarded central contracts and retainers. ANI

Afridi says immediate announcement of T20 World Cup squad 'critical for success'
Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi wants the national selectors to announce the squad for the ICC World Twenty20 as soon as possible, as he believes any delay will be detrimental to the team's chances at the mega-event. ANI

Specialist bowlers key to England winning ODi series against Windies: Cook
England one-day skipper Alastair Cook believes that packing his side with five specialist bowlers is the correct game plan to deal with the West Indies. ANI

Euro 2012: Italy praying history does not repeat itself in Spain Vs Croatia tie
Italy will be praying history does not repeat itself this evening when Spain and Croatia line up in their final Group C game knowing a 2-2 draw would see them both go through and the Azzurri heading home. ANI

Outrage over banned substance in Jodie Marsh's protein shake
One of Jodie Marsh's new range of bodybuilding products contains a performance-boosting substance that has been banned for pro athletes. ANI

Warnie `really, really happy for the first time in life` with Liz Hurley
Shane Warne, who is living together with fiance Elizabeth Hurley and their children on a 400-acre property in rural Gloucestershire, England, has revealed that he has never been so happy before. ANI

Loved up Frank Lampard not missing Euro 2012
Frank Lampard, whose wedding to Christine Bleakley is said to be on hold, made the most of missing out on Euro 2012 by soaking up the sun with his fiancee. ANI

Nancy Dell'Olio angry with ex Sven-Goran Eriksson over flat fight
Nancy Dell'Olio is furious at former boyfriend Sven-Goran Eriksson's court bid to evict her from his 2.7-million-pound flat. ANI

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