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Sports Ministry sanctions central assistance to Odisha under PYKKA
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has sanctioned Rs. 25.75 lakh to the Odisha Government on account of reimbursement of expenditure incurred on conducting sports competition during 2011-12 under the Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA). ANI

Tendulkar as Rajya Sabha MP evokes mixed response from fans
Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar's new innings in Rajya Sabha has evoked mixed response from his fans. ANI

Olympic stars come to rescue of crying little girl scared of deep water
A five-year-old girl who burst into tears at her local pool because of her fear of deep water was comforted by Olympic hopefuls Tom Daley, Tonia Couch and Brooke Graddon. ANI

Jason Alexander apologizes for 'gay'cricket remark
Jason Alexander has issued an apology on Twitter after he joked in a TV interview that he regards cricket as a "gay" sport. ANI

I was never desperate for captaincy: Mohammad Yousuf
Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Yousuf, referring to the Australia tour snub where he was replaced as captain, has said he has never been desperate for the captaincy. ANI

Two men arrested in 'bad boy' Barton punch-up brawl outside Liverpool club
Liverpool police have arrested two persons on suspicion that they were involved in punching Queens Park Rangers (QPR) skipper Joey Barton outside a club in the area. ANI

Massive changes in Pak hockey team expected following Azlan Shah Cup debacle
Ahead of the Olympics, talks about impending changes in the hockey team, including the captain's arm-band, have started to gain momentum after Pakistan hit rock bottom at the Azlan Shah Cup. ANI

Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington outs Twitter abuser
Olympic champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington has outed an Internet troll who sent her an abusive message - days after complaining about being subjected to vile taunts. ANI

Flower 'lays down law' to maintain 'detached' coach-player relationship
England coach Andy Flower has warned his players to respect his decisions, keeping enough of distance between himself and the squad to be able to make the tough calls, and makes no apology for it. ANI

TOWIE's Lauren Goodger kisses footie Jake Livermore during poolside party
Lauren Goodger, who once had a dream of becoming a WAG, seems to be back in the pipeline as she was pictured getting very cozy with Spurs' players Jake Livermore and Aaron Lennon and Stoke City player Jermaine Pennant has they hung out poolside. ANI

Justin Bieber and Becks help boost fragrance sales
Justin Bieber and David Beckham have triggered a boom in the fragrance market. ANI

Ex-England pacer Harmison wants to pay his due to Durham
Having played 63 Tests for England and claimed 226 wickets, former England fast bowler Steve Harmison has said he would like to pay back English County Durham for showing faith in his skills as a player. ANI

Oz swimmers flaunt bodies in San Francisco ahead of 2012 Olympics
The Australian swimmers, who have been training hard for a long time just for this week's Olympic trials, would win every gold medal in the bag had posing been a sport. ANI

Millionaire Jack Ray denies romantic links with Lara Bingle
Millionaire Gold Coast property developer Jack Ray has denied claims of a romantic affair with Lara Bingle, ex-fiancee of Australian Cricket captain Michael Clarke. ANI

Pak likely to tour India for one-off match this year: PCB chief
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf has said there is a great possibility of Pakistan touring India for a one-off match this year in a bid to normalise bilateral cricketing ties between the two countries. ANI

Anderson 'fuming' over being omitted for third and final Test of Windies series
England cricketer James Anderson is fuming over his enforced absence from this week's Edgbaston Test against the West Indies. ANI

20-year-old Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson announces retirement
Shawn Johnson has announced her retirement from gymnastics at the age of 20, but insists that she is excited to see what the future holds. ANI

Ferdinand camp blasts Hodgson over 'fresh' Euro snub
Manchester United striker Rio Ferdinand is reportedly over England manager Roy Hodgson selecting a defender who has played just two minutes of international football ahead of him for Euro 2012. ANI

Woods Memorial win marred by arrest of his manager for drink driving
Tiger Woods' victory in the US PGA Tour's Memorial tournament has been marred by news of the arrest of his manager Mark Steinberg on drink driving charges in suburban New York. ANI

Son of Formula One idol unharmed after crash
Geraldo Piquet, the eldest son of three-time Formula One world champion Nelson Piquet, walked away unharmed after his race truck flipped and exploded into a fireball on Sunday. ANI

Ashley Young's Sports Direct in running to buy football kit maker Umbro
Sports Direct International, UK's leading sports retailer by revenue and operating profit, has emerged as a contender to score a deal for Umbro, the England football kit supplier put up for sale last week by Nike. ANI

Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt signs 3-yr-deal with Turkish giants Fenerbahce
Dutch footballer Dirk Kuyt has signed a three-year deal with Turkish football giants Fenerbahce, to leave Liverpool. ANI

Craig Bellamy breaks Games code of silence to reveal inclusion in Team GB
Craig Bellamy broke an Olympic code of silence to reveal he is in Stuart Pearce's Great Britain squad for London 2012. ANI

Spurs' Jermain Defoe gearing up for 'massive impact' at Euro 2012
Tottenham Spurs striker Jermain Defoe is gearing up to make a massive impact at Euro 2012. ANI

UEFA chief Platini believes Spain, Germany will dominate Euro 2012 championship
Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) President Michel Platini has said that Spain and Germany are likely to compete in the European Championship finals for a second successive time. ANI

England pacers as good as Australia's all-conquering side: Gillespie
The current pace bowling attack of England is just as good as Australia's all-conquering side, according to former pacer Jason Gillespie. ANI

Ex wrestler and self-professed 'demigod' Ricky Martin wins Apprentice 2012
Ricky Martin, who was widely ridiculed about his past as a professional wrestler, his showbiz name and his profession to be the 'reflection of perfection' before this season of The Apprentice had even begun, has turned out be the winner. ANI

Broad set for England chop, following in 'disappointed' Anderson's footsteps
England is planning to rest Stuart Broad at Edgbaston this week after resting a disappointed Jimmy Anderson, who wanted to play in the third Investec Test against West Indies. ANI

Woods ties Nicklaus' career win record with Memorial win
Tiger Woods spectacularly overhauled Spencer Levin and Rory Sabbatini with a few moments of magic to win his 73rd PGA Tour title at the Memorial tournament and match Jack Nicklaus for career PGA Tour wins. ANI

Becks can't dance, says wife Posh
David Beckham might do magic with his feet on the football pitch but not on the dancefloor. ANI

'Incredibly fast' Adidas' Tango12 unveiled as official football of 2012 UEFA European Championship
England goalkeeper Joe Hart has admitted that the official Euro 2012 football, which is the Adidas Tango12, is once again incredibly fast, but he and his team are prepared to play with it. ANI

Liz Hurley's bikini diet secret revealed
Elizabeth Hurley, who is passionate about healthy eating, has revealed that she wants to increase her meal repertoire with cooking lessons. ANI

England WAGS to hire private jet for overnight getaway from Euro'12 over safety fears
Wives and girlfriends of England players plan to hire a private jet to travel for the Euro 2012 tournament amid fears for their safety. ANI

Posh gives her arms well-deserved rest as she pushes Harper in buggy
Victoria Beckham, who is rarely seen without Harper in her arms when she heads out with the tot, got a helping hand from her eldest son Brooklyn with her little girl as she and her family fitted in some retail therapy at The Grove in Los Angeles. ANI

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