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Olympic torch to travel across Loch Ness
The Olympic torch will travel 8,000 mile carried by a total of 8,000 people during its 70-day journey to the opening ceremony in London on 27 July. ANI

Boxing champion Chavez Junior escapes jail following plea deal
Boxing champion Julio Cesar Chavez Junior, son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez, has struck a plea deal with the prosecutors, which would see him escape jail. ANI

Schumacher says he would have been fighting for championship had luck favored him
Seven times world champion Michael Schumacher believes he would have been leading the Formula One drivers table had luck been on his end. ANI

Ronaldo denies penalty fears ahead of crucial Germany-Portugal Euro clash
Winger Cristiano Ronaldo has said his confidence in taking penalties is high, and added he is ready to take any penalty that comes Portugal's way during their crucial Group B match against Germany in the ongoing Euro Cup on June 9. ANI

Abramovich puts 'unfinished' London mansion on sale for staggering 70 m pounds
Billionaire Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has put his London mansion on sale for a staggering 70 million pounds, despite it being unfinished. ANI

Rogue Oz swimmers to miss Olympics closing ceremony for posting gun pics
Australian swimmers Nick D'Arcy and Kenrick Monk will be sent home immediately after they finish their events at the London Olympics next month, as punishment for posting online photographs of themselves toting high-powered firearms. ANI

Midfielder Young backs England to swing 'shock' Euro win
Manchester United midfielder Ashley Young echoed his teammate Wayne Rooney's belief that England can produce a stunning Euro 2012 win despite fans' expectations being at an all time low. ANI

Pakistan happy over inclusion of its swimmers in London Olympics
Pakistani sports lovers and officials of the Pakistan Swimming Federation (PSF) were excited after two swimmers of the country were allowed to feature in the upcoming London Olympics. ANI

Pak cricket team unity no more a matter of concern: Cheema
Pakistan cricket manager Naveed Akram Cheema is happy that the team touring Sri Lanka has gelled well, as the area of team unity on foreign tours had always been a matter of concern. ANI

Bayern may table 20million pounds bid for Man City striker Dzeko
German giants Bayern Munich are mulling a 20 million pound bid for Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko. ANI

Man U agrees to œ16m deal with Dortmund hotshot Robert Lewandowski
Manchester United has agreed to a 16 million pound deal to sign Borussia Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski and will complete the deal after Euro 2012. ANI

2 Pak swimmers get wild cards to take part in London Olympics
Two swimmers from Pakistan will participate in the London Olympics this year after the sport's governing body F‚d‚ration Internationale de Natation (FINA) gave Israr Hussain and Anum Bandey wild cards based on their performance at the World Championships in Shanghai last year. ANI

Xavi lifts lid on perpetual Barca-Real rift that plagues Spanish national team
Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has laid bare the ever existing rift between the Catalan and Real Madrid players in Spain's national team by taking a dig at Los Blancos manager Jose Mourinho ahead of their crucial Euro match with Italy on Sunday. ANI

Finn ready to lead next generation of England young guns in Test arena
England pacer Steve Finn is hoping to captalise on his chance at Edgbaston and lead the way for the next generation of young players of the country in the Test arena. ANI

'Poignant' England soccer stars 'humbled' by Auschwitz pain and misery
Seven players from England squad along with manager Roy Hodgson, Football Association chairman David Bernstein, and former Aston Villa manager Avram Grant were left humbled when they visited Auschwitz, and promised to never forget the pain and misery of thousands of innocent people who were brutally slaughtered there by the Nazis. ANI

Ex-PCB chief backs Waqar for Australian bowling coach post
Former chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt has backed Waqar Younis for the post of Australia's bowling coach, terming him the best candidate for the job. ANI

Roberto Mancini flaunts six-pack abs while holidaying in Sardinia beach
Roberto Mancini is still in shape as he showed off his impressive, and extremely youthful body while sunbathing on the beach with his wife Federica in Sardinia. ANI

Humphries 'wants Kim lookalike girlfriend to keep mum about their relationship'
Kris Humphries, who has reportedly been dating a Kim Kardashian lookalike, is now desperately trying to ban the woman from talking about their relationship. ANI

Imogen Thomas looks unusually relaxed without make-up at hair salon
Imogen Thomas, who's usually done up to the nines and is unable to leave the house without primping herself to perfection first, demonstrated an unusually laid-back attitude on Thursday. ANI

Olympic gymnast reveals having secret sister
Olympic gold-medallist Dominique Moceanu has spoken out about the shock that she got on discovering at the age of 26 that she had another sister, who had been given up for adoption at birth. ANI

McLaren's Button hoping for repeat of last year's 'surreal' Canadian GP win
McLaren driver Jensen Button is hoping for a repeat performance of last year's classic Canadian Grand Prix, which he won in the last lap coming from behind, this weekend to give him the much needed points required to stay afloat with his fellow Formula One contenders. ANI

UEFA vows to knock out 'racism' from football following Dutch team incident
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has given its word to tackle any kind of racist incidents blooming during the ongoing Euro 2012 after being made aware that there were some isolated incidents of racist chanting at the open training session of the Dutch team. ANI

Ferdinand fears omission from Euro 2012 squad may spell end of his England career
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand fears his omission from the Euro 2012 squad may mark the end of his England career. ANI

Tamara Ecclestone imitates copy cat Kim Kardashian by wearing same mini dress
Tamara Ecclestone proved on Thursday night that she is a little bit off the pace when it comes to original fashion ideas by attending a fundraiser for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research in a mini dress that has already been worn by many celebrities. ANI

Imogen Thomas says 'some housemates in Big Brother have sex for attention'
Imogen Thomas, who rose to fame after her stint on the seventh series of reality TV show 'Big Brother' has adviced this year's contestants, saying that "someone might have sex in there just for attention." ANI

Pakistan envoy hopeful of reviving bilateral cricket ties
Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Shahid Malik, has expressed hope that the bilateral cricket ties between the two neighbouring nations will resume soon. ANI

Boycott says Pietersen was stripped from captaincy in 2009 by ECB
England Test legend Geoffrey Boycott has added a new twist in the ongoing Kevin Pietersen row by claiming that the dashing batsman was sacked in 2009 as captain over the phone by England managing director Hugh Morris. ANI

Gooch confident of England unearthing new Pietersen soon
England batting coach Graham Gooch has said Kevin Pietersen's decision to retire would provide opportunity to other players to step up and grab his vacant position. ANI

Every day is all about control, says Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight champion, doubts his rage will ever be gone and admits that 'every day is all about control'. ANI

Abbey Clancy 'hots up' WAGs battle
Just as their counter-parts would battle it out at Euro 2012 championship, the WAGs are set to fight their own war of hotness. ANI

Strike threat looms as CA's negotiations with Oz cricketers nears stalemate
With the threat of a players' strike looming, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland has said he is "surprised and a little bit disappointed" over the attitude of the cricketers' union as negotiations over performance-related pay is nearing a crisis point. ANI

Hodgson wary of England squad suffering racist abuse during Euro 2012
England manager Roy Hodgson has expressed fear over his Three Lions team being subjected to racial abuse during Euro 2012. ANI

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