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Malouda says French players' squabble after Sweden loss brought back WC phantom
French midfielder Florent Malouda has accepted that the players were involved in a heated bust-up following their 2-0 defeat to Sweden in their Group D final match in the Euro Cup, and accepted that it brought back memories of their notorious 2010 World Cup walk out. ANI

McLaren accepts messing up Button's car during Canadian GP
McLaren has apologized to their ace driver Jensen Button for making a blunder with his car at the Canadian Grand Prix, which saw him finish without points. ANI

Nicole Scherzinger trips on first day as 'X Factor' judge
Nicole Scherzinger was left red faced on her first day as a permanent judge on Britain's 'The X Factor' after tripping in front of a crowd of 5,000. ANI

Lord Coe defends 'demeaning' auction of torches ahead of Olympic games
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), Lord Sebastian Coe, has rubbished claims that auctioning surplus torches has lowered the importance of the Olympic Games. ANI

Pak batsman Younis Khan's future to be discussed by selectors after SL tour
Pakistan's chief selector Iqbal Qasim has said the selection committee would sit down and discuss beleaguered Younis Khan's future with him after the conclusion of the ongoing Sri Lanka tour. ANI

England's policy of resting big players in dead matches affecting tickets sale negatively
England's decision to rest their three star players in Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad is not going down well with the fans, and Yorkshire's chairman Colin Graves has now slammed the selectors decision to rest local hero Bresnan for the final one-day international against the West Indies at Headingley. ANI

Pak cricketer Sami's career played out like a 'cruel tragedy': Expert
Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Sami has absorbed little, despite having access to some of the greatest fast bowlers that cricket has ever known, including Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, with whom his career overlapped in its initial two years, said expert Dr. Saad Shafqat. ANI

Rooney's 2.65 pounds hair gel turning out to be England's 'lucky charm' in Euros!
It has been revealed that a 2.65 pounds worth a hair gel used by striker Wayne Rooney has turned out to be the lucky charm for England's success in the Euro Cup. ANI

Ex-Pak Test captain Salman Butt released from prison
Disgraced Pakistani former Test captain Salman Butt has been released from a British prison after serving less than a quarter of his sentence for spot fixing, his lawyers have said. ANI

Jermain Defoe pays tribute to late half bro with family tree tattoo
English footie stars are not only known for their stylish dressing sense but also for their ink work done on their body. ANI

Imogen Thomas flaunts tanned cleavage in Twitter pics after Barcelona trip
Imogen Thomas showed off her tanned cleavage in new pictures, which she posted on her Twitter account after holidaying in Spain. ANI

F1 chief Ecclestone denies 28 m pounds 'bribe' allegations by German banker
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has vehemently denied accusations of paying bribes of over 28 million pounds to a German banker for the Formula One sale in 2006. ANI

Van Wyk named as Black Cap's No.1 gloveman
South African-origin Kruger van Wyk has been named as New Zealand Cricket's No1 wicket-keeper. ANI

Gordon Ramsay thanks Posh and Becks for support during 'difficult year'
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has thanked David and Victoria Beckham for standing by him in the worst years of his life. ANI

Frank Lampard smooches fiancee Christine Bleakley at Royal Ascot
Frank Lampard shared a smooch with fiancee Christine Bleakley as they celebrated his 34th birthday at Royal Ascot. ANI

Ferrari believes Alonso and Vettel could 'co-exist' as team-mates
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali believes Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel could co-exist as team-mates without any problems. ANI

'Germany are not unbeatable': Denmark's Agger tells England
Denmark captain Daniel Agger has said that England doesn't need to fear Germany, if they face them in the Euro semi-finals. ANI

Tennis legend McEnroe predicts more Wimbledon misery for Murray
Former tennis world no. 1 John McEnroe believes the Wimbledon 2012 is going to be difficult for Scottish tennis ace Andy Murray. ANI

Chancellor Angela Merkel is German football team's 'lucky charm' at Euros!
Germany is hoping that their "lucky charm", Chancellor Angela Merkel, will inspire them to victory tomorrow against Greece in the quarter-finals of the Euro 2012. ANI

De Rossi gets 'DANGER! Bone-crunching tackle ahead!' tattoo to scare Gerrard and Co ahead of Euro clash
Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has a new tattoo, signifying a hard tackle, to warn England's Steven Gerrad and his team ahead of the weekend Euro clash. ANI

Hodgson preparing England for 'dreaded' penalty-shoot out ahead of Euro QF clash with Ital
England manager Roy Hodgson is preparing his Three Lions team for penalty a shoot-out ahead of quarter-final clash with Italy. ANI

'Army of England fans' head to Ukraine to cheer Three Lions to glory
Thousands of England fans are heading to Ukraine to cheer the Three Lions team to glory in the Euro 2012. ANI

AITA to send two doubles teams to Olympics
The All Indian Tennis Association (AITA) on Thursday announced that it will send two men's doubles teams to the 2012 Olympic Games. It said Leander Paes will partner Vishnu Vardhan, while Mahesh Bhupathi will team up with Rohan Bopanna. ANI

Former England striker Shearer urges Rooney to break his record at Euros
Former England striker Alan Shearer has expressed hope that talismanic forward Wayne Rooney would overcome his tally of 30 goals by the end of the Euro Cup, and also tipped the Three Lions vice captain to become the nation's top scorer in the future. ANI

Walcott claims England 'brimming with confidence' ahead of Euro QF with Italy
Theo Walcott has claimed the England team is overflowing with confidence and is capable of beating any team ahead of their Euro Cup quarterfinal clash with Italy on Sunday. ANI

'Rejuvenated' Bell keen to cement opening partnership with captain Cook
England batsman Ian Bell, who recently made a comeback into the one-day team, has expressed a desire to carry forward his growing partnership with captain Alastair Cook at the top of the order in the shorter version of cricket for England. ANI

Former England boss Capello says 'Rooney didn't understand English'
Former England manager Fabio Capello has added fuel to the existing footballing rivalry between the Three Lions and Italy by having a crack at England's best player Wayne Rooney, claiming that the striker didn't understand English. ANI

Becks draws up top 10 hotspots for tourists to visit during London Olympics
David Beckham, who has donned the role of sporting idol, pin-up, doting dad, Olympics ambassador, has now turned into a tourist guide. ANI

Ukraine NOC sacks Olympic official over 2012 illegal ticket sale offer
A senior Ukrainian Olympic official offering the tickets of London 2012 Olympics in exchange for cash has been expelled by his country's National Olympic Committee. ANI

Djokovic, Sharapova named 'top seeds' for Wimbledon 2012
Tennis star Novak Djokovic has be placed at the top seed in the Wimbledon 2012. ANI

PCB should set up academy for spinners to save the dying art: Qadir
Lauding the Pakistan Cricket Board's decision to harness the experience of some of most well known and knowledgeable cricketers of the country, Spin legend Abdul Qadir has asked the PCB to set up an academy to groom young spinners. ANI

Cowan to be surprise exclusion from Cricket Australia's trimmed contract list
Test opener Ed Cowan will be a surprise exclusion from Cricket Australia's trimmed-down contract list despite the governing body's prime focus on Test cricket. ANI

Becks listed among 'five gentlemen of today'
British magazine Country Life has named footie star David Beckham as one of its "five gentlemen of today" because of his manners. ANI

Brit footie fans 'feel hornier than ever post Euro success'
People from Britain are enjoying red-hot bedroom sessions thanks to England's efforts at the Euro 2012, a relationship counsellor has claimed. ANI

Italy's De Rossi advises Balotelli 'to grow up' ahead of showdown with England
Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has said fellow team-mate Mario Balotelli needs to grow up, referring to the Manchester City forward's knack of attracting controversies through his eccentric behavior. ANI

UEFA chief referee Collina claims 'Ukraine goal against England should have been awarded'
UEFA's Chief Refereeing Officer Pierluigi Collina has claimed that Ukraine's goal England in their final Euro 2012 Group D match should have been given as the ball has crossed the line. ANI

Italy would have been scared only if Capello was England boss, says De Rossi
Italy's star midfielder Daniel De Rossi believes the mere presence of England's former boss Fabio Capello would have scared their Euro Cup rivals. ANI

German banker admits taking 'bribe' from Ecclestone for 2006 sale of F1
A German banker has admitted in court that he took bribes from F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone in exchange for selling the motor racing group to private equity firm CVC in 2006. ANI

'Disgraced' Pak captain Butt to be released soon from UK prison, claims dad
Shamed Pakistan former Test captain Salman Butt would be released soon from prison in Britain, according to his father. ANI

Ex-coach Mohsin blames Whatmore for disturbing Pak team's 'progress and balance'
Former Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan has criticised his current counterpart Dav Whatmore, holding him responsible for "hurting the team's progress and balance" and added that the team would have yielded better results if he was allowed to continue. ANI

Watson ready to resume verbal battle with Anderson
Australia's vice-captain Shane Watson is ready to resume his verbal battle with England pacer James Anderson in the upcoming one-day series. ANI

PCB announces Rs 700 million deficit budget for 2012-13
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has approved a deficit budget of Rs 700 million for the fiscal year 2012-13 in its recent Governing Board (GB) meeting chaired by PCB chief Zaka Ashraf. ANI

Zimbabwe beat South Africa by 29 runs
Zimbabwe has beaten South Africa by 29 runs at the Harare Sports Club in the third game of an unofficial Twenty20 tri-series. ANI

Watson urges Oz batsmen not to be "spooked" by swing-friendly English conditions
Opener Shane Watson has urged Australia's batsmen not to be "spooked" by the swing-friendly conditions in England in the five-match one-day series starting next week. ANI

Hodgson ecstatic with Rooney's England comeback despite 100 pc match fitness
England manager Roy Hodgson has expressed his delight over the return of star striker Wayne Rooney despite the Manchester United talisman lacking 100% match fitness. ANI

Tennis legend Navratilova insists Murray 'not in mix of elite four in tennis'
Legendary tennis player Martina Navratilova doesn't think British number one Andy Murray is good enough to win the Wimbledon this year, and denied the existence of an elite group of four players in world tennis. ANI

'Legless' climber Spencer West conquers Kilimanjaro using only hands
Famous climber Spencer West has reached the top of Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, with just the help of his hands. ANI

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