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Vijay Kumar Malhotra describes tennis crisis as unfortunate
Asserting that the prerogative to select a team is of the All India Tennis Association (AITA) and its selection committee, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Acting President Vijay Kumar Malhotra on Tuesday described as unfortunate the latest developments over Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna refusing to partner with Leander Paes for next month's London Olympics. ANI

All India Tennis Association backs Leander Paes
The All India Tennis Association (AITA) on Tuesday backed Leander Paes, saying it would be meaningless to team the veteran players with a junior player. ANI

Chantelle Houghton gushes about 'beautiful' daughter
Chantelle Houghton has spoken for the first time about her baby daughter, saying "she's so beautiful!" ANI

Kris Humphries' ex 'hooked up with several other stars'
Kris Humphries' former flame Fatmire "Myla" Sinanaj reportedly hooked up with celebrity guests who stayed at the five star New York City hotel she currently works at. ANI

Olympics commentary differs based on gender, race and nationality
An examination of past Olympic Games television coverage has found notable differences in the way sports commentators talk about athletes, depending upon the athletes' races, gender and nationalities. ANI

Top sportmen's unique brain characteristics make them true champions
Some people excel - whether as world-class athletes, virtuoso musicians, or top CEOs. ANI

Ex Kiwi batsman Vincent says Pietersen's choice to quit ODIs, T20s should be respected
Former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent has said England's star batsman Kevin Pietersen's decision to quit the limited over formats to concentrate on Test cricket should be respected by everyone, as no one knows the exact reason behind his decision. ANI

Chelsea hit by 'blues' after Stamford Bridge staff smash up 'hard-earned' CL trophy
Chelsea was left in a spot of bother when three employees at Stamford Bridge were suspended for damaging the club's first ever Champions League trophy. ANI

Wimbledon set to change century old tradition with three-week gap from French Open
For the first time in more than 100 years, the All England Club's leadership is planning to push for a longer break to generate a three-week gap between the Wimbledon and the French Open, which would give players more time to adjust from clay to grass and would avoid clashes with other major sports events. ANI

England fans protest against Sol Campbell with 'coffin' during Euros
England fans who are supporting their country in Ukraine during the Euro Cup have protested against former Three Lions star Sol Campbell with a coffin demo over his alleged comments on racist violence in the country. ANI

Man U earmarks FC Porto's James Rodriguez as replacement if Nani leaves Old Trafford
Manchester United have marked down FC Porto winger James Rodriguez as the perfect replacement for Luis Nani, if the Portugal international doesn't commit his future at Old Trafford. ANI

UEFA president Platini eulogizes Poland, Ukraine for being excellent Euro hosts
Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) president Michael Platini has said Ukraine and Poland have already won the Euro Championship for the brilliant work they have put up as host countries for this year's Euro Cup. ANI

Former Kiwi batsman Vincent desperate to interview cricket legend Tendulkar
Former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent, who is working on his website, has expressed the hope of interviewing Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, and also have a sing along with the master blaster some time. ANI

Ex-Pak cricketer Abdul Qadir urges progress on India-Pak cricketing ties
Legendary Pakistan leg spinner Abdul Qadir has urged the PCB, BCCI and the ICC to provide support for the resumption of cricketing ties for the benefit of both nations. ANI

Arthur may unleash 'inexperienced' duo of Cummins, Pattinson in England ODI series
Australia coach Mickey Arthur won't have any problems in playing exciting young fast bowling duo of Patrick Cummins and James Pattinson together for the first time during their upcoming one-day series against England. ANI

Rooney's tattoo reveals his 'sensitive and vulnerable side'
When it comes to tattoos, English footie stars are top of the group. ANI

Consecutive wins have boosted my aspiration to win Olympic medal: Nehwal
Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Tuesday said that her back-to-back title wins at the Thailand and Indonesia Opens had given her confidence to win a medal at the upcoming London Olympics. ANI

Ex-Pak cricketer Qadir says imperative to revive Pak-India series for betterment of sport
Former Pakistan Test cricketer Abdul Qadir has stressed the need to revive the stalled Pak-India cricket series stating that it is imperative to hold the matches on a regular basis. ANI

Becks removes shirt to flaunt toned and tattooed body on field
David Beckham, showed off his fit physique, when he took off his shirt on the pitch on Sunday, following LA Galaxy's win against the Portland Timbers. ANI

Mike Tyson's 'Undisputed Truth' set to make Broadway debut
Hollywood director Spike Lee has collaborated with Mike Tyson to debut the former champ's one-man show 'Mike Tyson-Undisputed Truth' on Broadway. ANI

Heavier I am happier I look, says Kelly Brooks
Kelly Brooks, who recently won the poll for best beach body, has revealed that she loves her figure, but would be happier if she put on more weight. ANI

Hilary Duff sued over 2010 car crash
Hilary Duff has been dragged into a nasty legal spat by a motorist, whom she allegedly left injured following a car accident in 2010. ANI

Politics within Pak team threatening Misbah's authority as captain
The Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) decision to appoint two captains has put Misbah-ul-Haq's authority in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) under threat. ANI

Olympic torchbearer proposes to girlfriend during relay
An Olympic torchbearer used his moment in the spotlight to get down on one knee and propose to his girlfriend of 2 years. ANI

Flavio Briatore cuddles up to bikini-clad wife Elisabetta on Italy beach
Flavio Briatore's model wife Elisabetta Gregoraci showed off her sensational bikini body this weekend on the beach in Forte dei Marmi, Italy. ANI

Peter Crouch sizzles on stage at bro-in-law's gig despite Euro snub
Peter Crouch, who has been dropped by the England squad for Euro 2012, showed off his vocal skills as he larked about on stage with wife Abbey's brother's band The Razz. ANI

John Lloyd believes Nalbandian may have 'bumpy ride' at Wimbledon following Queen's shame
Former Davis Cup skipper John Lloyd believes Argentinean tennis player David Nalbandian can expect a rough ride at this year's Wimbledon following his Queen's shame. ANI

Coach insists France prefer 'going down in blaze of glory' than survive with 'boring' British brand of soccer
Coach Laurent Blanc has insisted that his players would prefer to go down in a blaze of glory rather than whimper out of the Euro 2012. ANI

Impasse between CA and Oz cricketers over new pay deal set to end soon
Cricket Australia (CA) and its players are likely to break their deadlock over a new pay deal, with both parties set to announce a new pact. ANI

Arthur asks young Oz players to 'stand up and take responsibility' in absence of seniors
Australia coach Mickey Arthur has asked his young players to step up to the plate and make most of the five-match one-day series against England in absence of senior players like Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey. ANI

Clarke tells team to forget Ashes and focus on ODI series against England
Australia captain Michael Clarke has urged his young team to stop thinking about next year's Ashes and concentrate on their five-match one-day series against England, starting on June 29. ANI

Hodgson wants to turn 'reverie into reality' by priding nation with quarterfinal slot in Euros 2012
England manager Roy Hodgson wants to give the nation "something to dream about" and giving them pride in those who wear the Three Lions shirt, by securing a place in the quarter-finals of the Euro 2012. ANI

Clarke says 'inconsistent' Oz will have to be 'at their best' to beat England in ODI series
Australia captain Michael Clarke has said his team hasn't been winning on a consistent basis in the limited over format, and would require to be at their best to beat England on their home turf in the five-match one-day series, starting on June 29. ANI

Shane Warne and Liz Hurley attend charity cricket match
Shane Warne was accompanied by fiance Elizabeth Hurley, as he played in a charity cricket match in Oxfordshire on Sunday afternoon, in aid of Wellbeing of Women. ANI

Jailed boxer Floyd Mayweather 'world's highest paid athlete' in Forbes' 2012 money list
Jailed boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has topped Forbes' 2012 money list as the world's highest paid athlete. ANI

UK's IPCC may investigate 'tube rail' death of Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard
UK's Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) may investigate the death of Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard. ANI

Jenny McCarthy accidentally sent 'nude pic' to dentist
Former Playboy model Jenny McCarthy has revealed that she accidentally sent a n*ked shot of herself to her dentist, instead of sending the photo of her son's mouth. ANI

Arthur warns England of 'firepower' in Oz pace attack ahead of one-day series
Australia coach Mickey Arthur has warned the England team of his team's pace armory, and is expecting an interesting one-day series against their old foes. ANI

Croatia coach says Spain no longer possess aura of unbeatable world champions
Croatian coach Slaven Bilic has claimed that reigning world and European champions Spain are no longer unbeatable, and added that he didn't see them as big favourites at the ongoing Euro Cup. ANI

Nehwal returns to India after winning Indonesian Open
Ace badminton star Saina Nehwal returned to Hyderabad on Tuesday, days after winning her third Indonesian Open Super Series title. ANI

I'm actually going to spend less time with Lewis, says Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole Scherzinger has said that she will see less of British boyfriend Lewis Hamilton when she would move to Blighty to judge the UK version of the 'X Factor'. ANI

Adidas pulls 'shackled slavery shoes' following online outrage
German sportswear and equipment maker Adidas has announced that it is pulling a shoe design, which critics claimed evoked slavery. ANI

'Shamed' Pak bowler Aamer eyeing swift return to cricket, says shrink
Disgraced Pakistan fast bowler Mohammed Aamer is keen to make a swift return to international cricket, according to the psychologist who is helping him in his rehabilitation work. ANI

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