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Kerri Strug becomes first time mother
Olympic gold medallist Kerri Strug welcomed a son, Tyler William Fischer, on March 1. ANI

Cheryl Cole wanted to start family before solo career
Cheryl Cole has revealed that she would have been a mother by now if she hadn't have released a solo album because at the time she was still married to soccer player Ashley Cole. ANI

Jodie Marsh to star in 2nd body building TV series
Jodie Marsh's tremendous toned physique has landed the former glamour model a second bodybuilding TV series, which will see her compete stateside. ANI

Pak team manager denies claims Afridi barred from speaking to media
Pakistan team manager Naved Cheema has denied that he ever said all rounder Shahid Afridi being kept away from the media to avoid. ANI

London Olympic torchbearers warned over selling their keepsakes
Her Majesty Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued guidance to London Olympic torchbearers, and cautioned them to pay tax if they decide to sell their keepsakes to the highest bidder. ANI

Sri Lanka Cricket to trim staff by 60 percent
Sri Lanka's cricket governing board has decided to reduce its staff by 60 percent to reduce losses and improve management, the Sports Ministry said here on Thursday. ANI

Mertesacker says Germany holds 'key' to 'lock' Ronaldo's lightening runs at Euros
Germany center back Per Mertesacker has taken a dig at Portugal goal machine Cristiano Ronaldo, saying that the Real Madrid start wouldn't be a problem for them when both sides meet in their group's opening match of Euro Cup. ANI

Pak must appoint bowling, batting coaches to help Whatmore: Basit Ali
Former Pakistan batsmen Basit Ali has said that Pakistan must appoint bowling and batting coaches to help head Dav Whatmore. ANI

Foreign mercenaries to fight skint Britain's future wars
UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond is set to administer cuts in army numbers by outlining plans to plug gaps by using paid civilian soldiers. ANI

UK sports fans to spend 'summer on sofa' viewing Olympics on TV
Sports fans in the UK will watch an average of 27 hours of coverage of the Olympic Games on TV this summer, according to a research. ANI

England team's Polish bus conductor hopes his music 'drives' Three Lions to Euros Success
The England football team's bus conductor during the Euro 2012, Zygmunt Kukla, who is also famous as a music maestro in Poland, has expressed hope that he could work as a good talisman for the Three Lions during the tournament. ANI

Fury over 'killer' UK club goalkeeper being freed on victims' death anniversary
Swindon Town goalkeeper Luke McCormick, who was jailed for over seven years for killing two kids four year ago, has been released on the day of deceased victim's death anniversary, which has come as a final insult to the family of the departed kids. ANI

Vodafone plunks Oz cricket and V8 Supercars sponsorship to plough money back into phone network
Vodafone is to end its sponsorship of cricket and V8 Supercars to plough the money instead into its mobile phone network and improve customer service. ANI

Balotelli to be 'punished' if he walks off pitch during Euros following 'racial' barbs
UEFA president Michael Platini has made it clear that no act of indiscipline would be tolerated during the Euros, and added if Italian striker Mario Balotelli, as he claimed, walks off the pitch after getting racially abused, then he would also get a yellow card for it. ANI

Women's football team captain vying for Miss England crown
This star captain of a women's football team is all set to swap her football boots for high heels to compete in the Miss England final. ANI

BBC accused of 'sensationalism' over racism claims in Euro 2012 Panorama documentary
The BBC has been accused of sensationalism over claims in a Panorama documentary that racism and anti-semitism are rampant in Ukraine and Poland, the hosts of the Euro 2012 football tournament, which begins on Friday. ANI

Men cry more at soccer win than during birth of first child
Football crazy men shed more tears of joy over their team's win than on the birth of their first child, a new survey has revealed. ANI

'Surprised' Evra says Hodgson did great favour to France by snubbing Ferdinand
Manchester United left back Patrice Evra has said he was surprised by England manager Roy Hodgson's decision to axe his teammate Rio Ferdinand, and believes the former Liverpool manager has done France a great favour by doing so. ANI

Becks is superdad, says Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg has said that David Beckham is a "passionate father" and always puts his four kids first before everything. ANI

England's 'main men' must help Three Lions break Euros opener jinx, says Sven
Ex-England manager Sven Goran Eriksson has said that Roy Hodgson's main men in the England team are going to serve as the main key to break the jinx of never being able to win an opening match. ANI

Sikh sex offender's invite to Queen's Jubilee pageant raises stink
A Sikh sex offender, who posed as a doctor in the UK to prey on women, had been an invitee to the Jubilee pageant of the Queen on the Royal Barge on Sunday. ANI

UK charity blasts Team GB sponsor Adidas' use of 'sweatshops' for production
UK charity organization War on Want has criticized the sweatshop conditions of supplier factories of official Olympic sportswear sponsor Adidas. ANI

Di Matteo favourite for Chelsea job as Abramovich fails to convince Guardiola
Interim Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is close to nailing down the permanent position at Stamford Bridge following owner Roman Abramovich's futile efforts to convince former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola to end his long sabbatical. ANI

Windies umpire Billy Doctrove announces retirement
The ICC today confirmed that Emirates Elite Panel umpire Billy Doctrove has announced his retirement from umpiring and will not be seeking an extension to his contract which expires at the end of this month. ANI

Swann needs five wickets to equal spin legend Jim Laker's milestone
Graeme Swann needs five wickets in the Investec third Test against the West Indies at Edgbaston to equal off-spin legend Jim Laker's milestone of 193. ANI

Former captain Shearer doesn't believe England can win Euro 2012
Former England captain Alan Shearer doesn't believe the Three Lions can win the Euro Cup this year, and added that it would enter the tournament with the lowest expectation level ever. ANI

'Contented' Murray has no qualms over crashing out of French Open
World number four tennis player Andy Murray has congratulated Spaniard David Ferrer for winning their French Open quarterfinal match, and added that he was satisfied with his performance at Roland Garros. ANI

Pietersen's decision to quit can return to haunt him: Strauss
Backing Kevin Pietersen's decision to quit one-day cricket and Twenty20, England Test skipper Andrew Strauss has warned that if Pietersen is not mentally prepared, his decision could come back to haunt him. ANI

Pak to invite Indian players to Pakistan Premier League
Although the Pakistan Premier League (PPL) looks like a distant possibility, with no fixed dates and plans being kept behind closed doors, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf has confirmed that an invite will be sent out to the Indian players for the event's maiden edition. ANI

Paddy Doherty gives beer guide to Euro 2012s football nations
Booze-loving Paddy Doherty, star of TV's 'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding', has suggested different types of beer to match the 16 teams in Euro 2012. ANI

Lingerie Football League threatens to sue Oz rivals over structure
The US-based Lingerie Football League has threatened to take legal action against the Ladies Football League Australia set up by an Ipswich woman. ANI

Maria Sharapova loves Parisian way of life
Maria Sharapova, who has reached the semi-final of the French open with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kaia Kanepi, has revealed that she loves the way people in Paris go about their lives. ANI

Shell suit voted 'worst fashion item of past 50 years'
The shell suit, which was famously sported by the late Sir Jimmy Savile and was once a wardrobe staple for many Brits, has now been voted the worst fashion item of the past 50 years. ANI

Philander named SA Cricketer of the Year
Proteas seamer Vernon Philander has been named South African Cricketer of the Year following a sensational entry into Test cricket during the 2011-12 season. ANI

Supermodels Moss and Campbell to star in Olympics closing ceremony
Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell are to be joined by younger models, including Transformers star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, to display the best of British fashion, as part of the Olympic closing ceremony. ANI

Flintoff says 'brilliant' all rounder Bresnan 'no replacement for him'
Former England all rounder Andrew Flintoff has said Tim Bresnan shouldn't be compared with him, and added that one should appreciate the fact that he is just Bresnan. ANI

'Optimistic' Rooney says Three Lions squad 'good enough' to reach Euro final
Manchester United star striker Wayne Rooney has said the current England squad is good enough to reach the final of Euro 2012. ANI

Villeneuve says F1's spoilt "Daddy's Boys" treating F 1 races like video games could get them killed
Ex-racing champion Jacques Villeneuve has slammed Formula One drivers as pampered "daddys' boys", arguing that they displayed a dangerous lack of respect for one another on the track by treating F1 races like video games. ANI

Man city boss Mancini emerges as leading candidate to succeed Cesare Prandelli at Italy
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has emerged as the leading candidate to succeed Cesare Prandelli, provided he leaves his post following Euro 2012. ANI

Its official: Beer to flow during 2014 Soccer World Cup in Brazil
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday signed into law a measure approving beer sales during 2014 Soccer World Cup (SWC) matches, after pressure from football's world governing body FIFA. ANI

Abbey Clancy tweets bikini pics on holiday
Abbey Clancy posted some pictures of herself in a lovely bikini on Twitter with the caption, "Fun times." ANI

Lara Bingle flaunts henna tattoo before reality show launch and court appearance
Lara Bingle has been waving around her Mumbai souvenir since returning from India this week - her henna tattoo. ANI

Strauss 'unperturbed' over disharmony fears in team following KP, Anderson incidents
England captain Andrew Strauss has said he is not worried over fears that the harmonious environment in the dressing room might get disturbed following Kevin Pietersen and Jimmy Anderson related incidents. ANI

Gisele Bundchen pregnant with second child
Gisele Bundchen and her New England Patriots quarterback hubby Tom Brady are expecting their second child. ANI

Strauss defends decision to rest 'in form' Anderson for Edgbaston Test
England captain Andrew Strauss has defended the decision to rest in form fast bowler James Anderson for the final Test match against West Indies at Edgbaston, saying it would help his strike bowler in the longer run. ANI

I went to strip club to hide being gay, says ex NFL player Wade Davis
Former NFL player Wade Davis, who has recently came out of the closet, has revealed that he went to a strip club just to make sure that his teammates and friends do not know of his sexual orientation. ANI

Kris Humphries 'dating' Kim Kardashian lookalike since Jan
Kris Humphries reportedly has a new girlfriend since mid-January, and she happens to look a lot like his estranged wife Kim Kardashian. ANI

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