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Anna joins list of IPL detractors
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Monday joined the ranks of detractors of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament, and said that cricketers being an inspiration to the younger generation should strive for setting higher moral standards. ANI

Mumbai rave party raid: IPL stars Sharma and Parnell deny any wrongdoing
Indian Premier League cricketers Rahul Sharma and Wayne Parnell on Monday denied any wrondoing in connection with a police raid on a rave party at a hotel in Mumbai late on Sunday. ANI

Sports Minister Maken in favour of probe into charges of black money in IPL
Sports Minister Ajay Maken told the Lok Sabha on Monday that the Secretary, Minister of Sports, had written a letter last week to the Revenue Secretary seeking an inquiry to be conducted on the circulation of black money in the Indian Premier League (IPL). ANI

Digvijay Singh supports IPL, seeks action against erring players
Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Monday came out in strong support of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) as a cricket format, but stressed on the need of action against players who "sabotage" the reputation of the game.peaking to mediapersons here, Singh said, "If players sabotage the reputation of IPL then they should be questioned and appropriate action should be taken against them ANI

Liz Hurley says she's closer to Hugh Grant than Shane Warne
Liz Hurley has revealed that she is closer to former boyfriend Hugh Grant than she ever will be to her new fiance Shane Warne. ANI

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher prefer doing their own laundry
Carrie Underwood and her hockey player husband Mike Fisher haven't let fame get to their heads. ANI

BCCI should come under RTI's ambit, says Ajay Maken
Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Monday underscored the need to bring the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. ANI

Sri Lanka postpones Asian junior athletics event
The 15th Asian Junior Athletics Championships, which was scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka next month, has been postponed, the Sports Ministry said on Monday. ANI

Boxing legend Bruno pulls exits charity event over mental condition concerns
Ailing boxing legend Frank Bruno pulled out of a charity midnight trek, which ended early, due to concerns over its affecting his mental condition. ANI

Di Matteo's secret video got Chelsea players 'teary-eyed' before CL triumph
Chelsea players were almost in tears before their Champions League conquest against Bayern Munich in Munich on May 19, after watching a secret video complied by interim manager Roberto Di Matteo. ANI

Penalty corner expert Sohail Abbas confident of Pak winning gold medal in Olympics
One of Pakistan's most popular hockey players, penalty corner specialist Sohail Abbas is confident of his team's chances of claiming a gold medal at the London Olympics. ANI

Oz cricketer Pomersbach confesses to his crime: Reports
New Delhi, May 21 Sources in the Delhi Police on Monday said that Australian and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) cricketer Luke Pomersbach, who is currently out on bail in connection with a case of molesting an American woman, has said that he inadvertently touched the victim and was under the influence of alcohol when the incident took place. ANI

Man U striker Berbatov confirms he would leave club due to lack of playing time
Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has said he would certainly be leaving the 19 times English champions due to lack of playing opportunities at the club. ANI

Villas-Boas in no haste to take decision on future
Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has said he is in no hurry to take a decision about his future, as he is set to hold talks with Liverpool officials this week over their vacant managerial position. ANI

City reward Mancini post PL win with 3 yr-15m pounds contract offer
Manchester City have offered Roberto Mancini a new contract for three years, worth 15 million pounds, following the club's historic Premier League title win. ANI

Drogba exits Chelsea post CL win to join Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua
Chelsea striker Dider Drogba after his historic performance in the Champions League penalty shoot-out, is set to leave the club for Chinese football club Shanghai Shenhua. ANI

Bleakley cheers on fiance Lampard and showers him with kisses after Chelsea win
Christine Bleakley, deserves a medal for being a supportive partner, as she was seen cheering, waving a flag and even praying as she joined the other revellers to watch Frank Lampard's team Chelsea play in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich. ANI

Britney Spears 'scares off golfers with her swings'
Britney Spears, who has taken up golf to help her relax, has fellow golfers running for cover, as she struggles to master the game. ANI

Babe Ruth's Yankees jersey sells for record $4.4m
A baseball jersey worn by Babe Ruth has been sold for more than 4.4 million dollars at an auction, which is a record for any item of sports memorabilia. ANI

Chelsea custodian Cech says he was 'certain' of CL triumph after Villas-Boas' sacking
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has revealed former manager Andre Villas-Boas' sacking was the key to their Champions League triumph, as his departure brought luck for them, which they were lacking for the past few years in European competitions. ANI

Torres discontented with playing 'second-fiddle' role at Chelsea despite CL triumph
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has said he is unhappy with playing a second-fiddle role to Didier Drogba at the club, and would consider his future at the club before the start of next season. ANI

Chelsea chairman says Abramovich gunning for more trophies after 'dream' CL win
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has said the team's Champions League triumph might spur the club's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich to go to another level in injecting cash to help the Blues win more trophies. ANI

Gilchrist hints at end of glorious playing career post Kings XI Punjab finale
Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist has said his participation in a Kings XI Punjab versus Delhi Daredevils game at Dharamsala on Saturday was his final cricket match as a player, but added he was keen to carry on with his coaching duties. ANI

PCB pondering UAE as possible venue for Oz series but averse to postponement
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would consider UAE as a possible home venue for their limited over series against Australia, but is opposed to postponing the series, as suggested by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB). ANI

Swann believes England still favourites to win Lord's Test against Windies
England off spinner Graeme Swann has claimed they are still favourites to win the 1st Test match against West Indies at Lord's despite losing two quick wickets during a panic-stricken final half-hour of day four, chasing 191 for victory. ANI

Alexandra Burke 'vows to never date footballers again'
Alexandra Burke is said to be off footballers for life after her bitter split from cheating ex-boyfriend Jermain Defoe. ANI

IPL chief Rajiv Shukla refuses to comment on Mumbai rave party
Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council chairman Rajiv Shukla on Monday refused to comment on the detention of two Indian Premier League (IPL) players for their participation in a rave party in Mumbai on Sunday night, ANI

Eight-month pregnant Chantelle Houghton walks out on Alex Reid
Glamour model Chantelle Houghton has reportedly walked out on her fiance Alex Reid, weeks before the couple's baby is due. ANI

IPL rave party: Kirti Azad says BCCI behaving like Somalian pirates
Commenting on the detention of two Indian Premier League (IPL) players for their participation in a rave party in Mumbai on Sunday night, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker and former cricketer Kirti Azad on Monday said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) were acting like Somalian pirates. ANI

England manager Hodgson warns players to 'behave responsibly' ahead of Euro 2012
England manager Roy Hodgson has warned his players to behave responsibly or their future in the England team could be jeopardised. ANI

Abbey Clancy in love with new bikini
Abbey Clancy, who may not be in Cannes like the rest of the fash pack, hasn't let that or a little thing like bad weather come between her and her holiday style. ANI

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