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'Pak female swimmers branded 'characterless' just for sin of wearing swimsuits'
Fifteen-year-old Pakistani swimmer Wardah Fatima, who bagged gold medals in all nine events in the recently concluded Islamabad Women Swimming Associated (IWSA), has said her character has been questioned because she wears a swimsuit. ANI

Spain not making any 'special' plans to stop Portugal's 'danger man' Ronaldo ahead of Euro SF clash
Spainish striker Alvaro Negredo has said Spain is are not making any special plans to counter Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo in their Euro Cup semi final clash on Wednesday. ANI

Margaret Court claims 'early slotting' of junior players reason behind 'demise' of sport in Oz
Veteran tennis star Margaret Court has accused Tennis Australia of ripping talent away from junior coaches. ANI

Steven Gerrard enjoys quiet day out with family after Euro defeat
Steven Gerrard took his wife Alex and their daughters out for a bite near their Merseyside home in Formby following England's Euro 2012 disappointment. ANI

Becks wants kids to have normal life in US
David Beckham has revealed that he wants his kids to stay in America because celebrity spotlight is too intense back home in England. ANI

Lara Bingle's 'in love' with New Zealand's scenic beauty
Lara Bingle, who is in Auckland to film her reality show, has said that she has fallen in love with New Zealand and wants to return to the country. ANI

Brit man crowned champion in Russian Egg Roulette 'sport'
Although England was crashed out of Euro 2012 at the quarter final stages after losing on penalties to Italy, the nation celebrated becoming world champions in a completely different sport in a small field in Lincolnshire. ANI

Serena vows to fight for 'family glory' following big sis Venus' exit from Wimbledon
Tennis star Serena Williams has promised big sister Venus Willaims that she'll fight for family glory after avoiding another Court Two disaster during Wimbledon 2012. ANI

England rises to fourth in FIFA rankings despite Euro failure
England has gone past the Netherlands and Brazil to reach its best ever position of fourth in the FIFA world rankings, despite bowing out of the ongoing Euro Cup in the quarterfinal stage. ANI

Ancelotti says England 'did nothing' during Euro QF defeat against Italy
Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has criticized England's performance during their penalty shootout loss to Italy in the Euro 2012 quarterfinal, saying that the Three Lions did nothing throughout the match. ANI

'Magical' Iniesta is world's best player, not Ronaldo or Messi: Spanish star Silva
Spanish midfielder David Silva has said his teammate Andres Iniesta is world's best player ahead of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo or Argentina's Lionel Messi. ANI

Klose says 'mentally tough' Germans prepared to change history against Italy in Euro SF
Germany striker Miroslav Klose has denied existence of any kind of mental block when playing against Italy in major tournaments, and believes the players are ready to change their pathetic history against the Azzurris during their Euro Cup semifinal match on Wednesday. ANI

Kimi Raikkonen rubs sun lotion on male pals aboard luxury yacht in Ibiza
Kimi Raikkonen turned to be a very caring friend, as he took the initiative of rubbing the backs of his male companions with lotion so that they did not suffer from sun burn. ANI

Cristiano Ronaldo 'will conquer all female fans of Ukraine'
Cristiano Ronaldo has been tipped to win over all of his female fans during the semi final against Spain in Donetsk, on Wednesday. ANI

ICC asks Bangladesh, Sri Lanka to implement anti-corruption code
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to have an anti-corruption code in place after media reports emerged of corruption in domestic cricket. ANI

Balotelli's 'King Kong' cartoon in Italian paper sparks racist furore
Italy striker Mario Balotelli has landed in another race row after an Italian newspaper depicted him as King Kong in a deeply offensive cartoon in a photo-illustration. ANI

Pacer Tanvir Ahmed disconcerted by PCB's unfair treatment despite performing well
Kuwait-born pace bowler Tanvir Ahmed has expressed disappointment and aggravation over his omission from the list of 42 players awarded central contracts by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last month, despite having a batting average of 29 and a bowling average of 24.56 in his first four Tests. ANI

Capello says Rooney only understands Scottish as he just performs under Ferguson
Former England manager Fabio Capello has given a scornful verdict on striker Wayne Rooney's performance for the Three Lions during the Euro Cup, claiming that the Manchester United talisman only understands Scottish as just performs for his club under his Scot manager Sir Alex Ferguson. ANI

Force India driver Di Resta upbeat ahead of British GP
Force India driver Paul Di Resta has expressed hope of performing well at his home Grand Prix at Silverstone following promising performances in his last two races. ANI

Italian trio of De Rossi, Abate and Chiellini uncertain for Euro SF clash with Germany
Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi and defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Ignazio Abate are doubtful for the Euro Cup semifinal clash with Germany as they are undergoing treatment for injuries. ANI

Sharapova-style 'lion-roar' shrieks may soon be history in tennis
The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) is set to crackdown on players who shriek, shout and grunt as they hit the ball. ANI

Imogen Thomas urges fans not to fall for retouched images
Imogen Thomas chose one of the most eye-catching outfits in her wardrobe for a visit to Abbey Road studios. ANI

MCC members protest against 'repulsive' visitors at Lord's pavilion
Various members of the Middlesex County Cricket Club (MCC) have expressed displeasure over the presence of unwanted and repulsive guests in the pavilion of the Lord's cricket ground. ANI

Villas-Boas set to pip France manager Blanc for Spurs job
Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is on brink of pipping France boss Laurent Blanc to land the vacant managerial post at Tottenham Hotspurs. ANI

Mum urges tennis ace son to stave off 'Murray mania' for success at pinnacle of sport
Tennis star Andy Murray's mother Judy has warned her son not to get carried away by 'Murray mania'. ANI

JK Rowling joins royals at Wimbledon's centre court
'Harry Potter' author JK Rowling joined A-listers in the Royal Box at Wimbledon's centre court. ANI

Kris Humphries denies giving details of Kim divorce to 'friend' Myla
Kris Humphries, who swore under oath during his deposition Monday, said that Myla Sinanaj was just a friend, who was mighty curious about his estranged wife Kim Kardashian. ANI

Top Pak cricketers warned about giving incorrect tax returns
Pakistan's Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has warned Pakistani top cricket stars not to submit tardy tax returns. ANI

Cricket Wellington code of conduct hearing to decide Ryder's fate
New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder fate will be decided by the end of this week after his Cricket Wellington code of conduct hearing was finally convened last night, three months after an ugly clash between Ryder and Firebirds teammate Harry Boam. ANI

Oram says three month lay off no excuse for Kiwis non-performance
New Zealand allrounder Jacob Oram has said the three month lay off is no excuse for the Black Caps not performing in their two Twenty20 matches against the West Indies in Florida. ANI

Swann warns Oz of England's 'world class' players ahead of ODI series
Graeme Swann has said England's fast bowlers and batsmen are of world class quality, and are capable enough beating any side in the world. ANI

Cummins' fiery spell in warm-up should send shudders through England: Hussey
Australia batsman David Hussey is hoping young fast bowler Patrick Cummins' devastating spell of 3 for 26 in the final warm-up match before Friday's one-day series opener at Lord's, would send shudders through the England camp. ANI

'On fire' Lochte threatens 'golden boy' Phelps' Olympic dreams
American star swimmer Ryan Lochte scored another win over Michael Phelps in the semi-finals of the 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. ANI

Warne criticises ECB 'egoistic' treatment of match winner Pietersen
Defending his former Hampshire teammate over a retirement row, spin legend Shane Warne has criticized the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) over their treatment of Kevin Pietersen. ANI

India sacrificing spirit of cricket for money and T20: Greig
Former England captain Tony Greig has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to abandon self interest and embrace the spirit of cricket and govern in the best interests of world cricket, not just for India and its business partners. ANI

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