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Bebeto"s son gets first Brazil under 20 call-up

Bebeto's boy still rocks! Mattheus a step closer to emulating legend father with Brazil Under 20 call-up

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UPDATED:

10:54 GMT, 14 November 2012

It was an iconic moment in World Cup history, since replicated by goalscorers on park pitches the world over.

Bebeto had just fired Brazil two-up in their USA '94 quarter-final against Holland and celebrated with a carefully-choreographed cradle-rocking routine with teammates Romario and Mazinho in honour of his new-born son Mattheus.

Now, 18 years later and all grown up, that baby is a step closer to emulating the achievements of his legendary father after receiving his first Brazil Under 20 call-up.

Iconic moment: Mazinho, Bebeto and Romario rock the cradle in celebration after Bebeto's goal against Holland in the 1994 World Cup quarter-final

Iconic moment: Mazinho, Bebeto and Romario rock the cradle in celebration after Bebeto's goal against Holland in the 1994 World Cup quarter-final

Quick strides: Mattheus (right) has already played for his father's club Flamengo and is now being recognised at international level

Quick strides: Mattheus (right) has already played for his father's club Flamengo and is now being recognised at international level

Mattheus, by all accounts a prolific scorer, has worked his way through the youth ranks at Bebeto's old club Flamengo and now looks set for international recognition too.

The youngster made his debut for the Rio club in February this year in a 0-0 draw with Olaria, as his proud father watched on from the stands.

Bebeto, 47, is now a politician, having been voted onto the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro as a Democratic Labour candidate at the 2010 elections.

Nice moves: And on the evidence of this celebration, he has great celebration routines like his dad

Nice moves: And on the evidence of this celebration, he has great celebration routines like his dad

Mattheus said at the time of his club debut: 'I talk to my father all the time, because he had a great career and is an ideal example for me to follow.

'He has helped give me peace of mind by telling me not worry about expectations and just to concentrate on doing my best.'

And with this latest milestone, it seems he's a step closer to meeting those expectations.

VIDEO: Bebeto's iconic cradle celebration

Record ticket sales and bumper sponsorship deals help London 2012 hit 2.4bn target

Record ticket sales and bumper sponsorship deals help London hit 2.4bn target

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UPDATED:

13:00 GMT, 13 November 2012

Sponsorship deals and record revenues from the sale of almost 11 million tickets helped London organisers to hit their target of raising 2.4billion to stage the Olympics and Paralympics.

The income covered the core costs of putting on the world's largest sporting event, said Paul Deighton, the former Goldman Sachs banker who served as chief executive of the London Organising Committee (LOCOG) for the Games in July and August.

Revenue from ticket sales also topped forecasts at a record 659 million

Revenue from ticket sales also topped forecasts at a record 659 million

The British government separately provided almost 9bn of public money to build and provide security for the venues in east London for the Games.

'Throughout this period we have made clear our aim for LOCOG to break even, and we remain confident that our revenues will meet our costs,' Deighton said in a written submission to the London Assembly released on Tuesday.

The success of the London Games has earned Deighton a position with the finance ministry overseeing delivery of infrastructure projects. He will take up the role at the start of next year.

London organisers raised almost 750m through domestic sponsorship deals with more than 40 businesses including oil company BP, British Airways and telecoms company BT.

Controversy: Soldiers and students were given tickets to fill stadiums

Controversy: Soldiers and students were given tickets to fill stadiums

That was almost on a par with the sum reported by Beijing after it hosted the Games in 2008 and almost four times what Athens generated in 2004, the last time the summer Games were in Europe.

Revenue from ticket sales also topped forecasts at a record 659m after near sell-outs crowds for both the Olympics and Paralympics.

The fact that any tickets were left over will irk some British fans who were unable to get in to see live action after missing out in an initial ballot for seats.

The majority of more than 300,000 unsold tickets were for early rounds of Olympic soccer, LOCOG said.

It also said it had made thousands of free tickets available to students, soldiers and volunteers after embarrassing gaps appeared in the areas reserved for media, athletes and officials early in the Olympics.

The previous highest figure raised from ticket sales was 361m generated by Sydney in 2000.

London Olympic Stadium shut for years

Legacy What legacy 2012 Olympic Stadium in danger of being shut for years

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UPDATED:

23:28 GMT, 7 November 2012

London's Olympic Stadium may not even be open to the public by the time the next Games begin in Rio in 2016, it has emerged.

The mothballing of a venue that cost taxpayers 486million comes despite promises made by Olympic organisers, led by Lord Coe, to bequeath a sporting legacy to the country as a top priority.

Arena: The heart of this summer's Olympic Games could be shut for years

Arena: The heart of this summer's Olympic Games could be shut for years

News of the delay came from Dennis Hone, chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, who said the stadium would not be handed over to new tenants until 'August 2015 at the absolute earliest and possibly August 2016'.

West Ham remain favourites finally to become the stadium's main tenants. But if the process drags on even longer than Hone suggested, the venue's readiness to host the athletics World Championships in 2017 would also be in doubt.

Coe, who was elected as chairman of the British Olympic Association on Wednesday, said: 'Speaking as vice-president of the IAAF (athletics' governing body), I am a client so I will be watching the situation closely.'

Close eye on proceedings: Coe promised to bequeath a sporting legacy

Close eye on proceedings: Coe promised to bequeath a sporting legacy

The previous Government and London Mayor Boris Johnson originally intended that a tenant would be in place for the start of the 2013-14 season, before that deadline was pushed back a year.

But Hone believes the substantial conversion needed to accommodate athletics and football makes that goal unobtainable.

The work, which could start next summer,
would include installing retractable seats and a cantilevered roof to
cover the new seating.

Concern: Lord Coe at a press conference on Wednesday

Concern: Lord Coe at a press conference on Wednesday

Speaking to the London Assembly committee, Hone said: '2014 is completely out. For football, it's about seating positions for the pitch, roof coverage, hospitality requirements and things like that.

'They change from bidder to bidder.
Depending on the option they will have a different construction period.
We have to procure them in a competitive manner and complete the
construction.'

The delays
risk diminishing the public enthusiasm generated by the Olympics as
well as antagonising West Ham, who won the initial bidding process
before legal problems intervened.

The
club are reluctant to bankroll the conversion, pointing to how they
would instead pay their way by bringing in hundreds of extra jobs to the
park and raising its commercial attractiveness.

The other bids come from proponents of a Formula One grand prix, League One football club Leyton Orient and a Burnley-based football business college.

Hone dismissed speculation that an American football franchise were also in the running, saying: 'We've got four bidders and we've had no bids outside that competition.'

The LLDA are also looking for a stadium operator, such as AEG or Live Nation. They would manage the principal occupants – West Ham or one of the three rival bids – and their relationships with the other tenants, namely UK Athletics, who will host 20 days of track and field a year plus the 2017 World Championships, and Newham Council, who will put the stadium to community use. A decision is not expected before December.

Charles Sale: Great Britain warned after Butland Twitter blunder

GB warned after Butland blunder

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23:03 GMT, 31 July 2012

Both Team GB football squads were
reminded by officials about the Olympic regulations around commercial
promotion on Twitter following goalkeeper Jack Butland breaching the
rules.

The 19-year-old posted, 'Love my GB
Beats by Dre', having been given the headphones like some other Team GB
athletes as part of an ambush marketing campaign by the company owned by
American rapper Dr Dre.

Warning: GB keeper Jack Butland

Warning: GB keeper Jack Butland

The Sports Agenda story about the headphones being worn by competitors across some GB sports resulted in investigations by the BOA and the IOC, who zealously protect Rule 40 of the Olympic charter forbidding athletes to endorse commercial backers during the Games.

The IOC left it to the BOA to make the first move and they have contacted all the team leaders of their sports to stress the importance of protecting the official sponsors.

A Team GB football spokesman described Butland's tweet, which has been deleted, as an 'innocent mistake which will not be repeated'.

Coe's inside story
Inside story: Lord Coe

Inside story: Lord Coe

The most definitive inside account of the London Olympics will not be available until November 8, when Hodder & Stoughton publish Lord Coe's official autobiography, Running My Life. A number of chapters are reserved for the London 2012 chairman to write about the events of this fortnight. It won't be until the autumn either before London 2012 disclose detailed information about their ticketing distribution, which has been one of the most sensitive subjects of the Games. LOCOG have promised to give the London Assembly a breakdown of the percentages of tickets sold to every sector for every sport.

Hunt delivers

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt's knowledge of sport doesn't extend much past the referee training he did to find out more about football. Yet Hunt has taken to giving regular updates of Team GB's medal chances whenever a media opportunity presents itself. A DCMS spokeswoman said: 'Jeremy is a cheerleader for the team and is being asked a range of questions about a Games he has Government responsibility for delivering.'

Paula still a poster girl
Britain's Paula Radcliffe

Nike have reacted to their long-time client Paula Radcliffe (above) pulling out
of the Olympic marathon through injury by running a digital billboard
poster campaign – which wouldn't have been allowed if she had remained
in Team GB. However, the message – 'Legends run forever' – would work a
lot better if Radcliffe was competing.

Written off

It isn't the best of timing for the Australian Olympic team – with their head-to-head clashes against Team GB set to be a feature of the upcoming cycling and rowing finals – to be written off by their own ANZ bank. The bank research analysis claims the strength of the Aussie dollar against the pound will lead to the Australians being less focused on training and more likely to go shopping in Oxford Street. The report read: 'Athletes might be expected to forgo training in the lead-up to their events in favour of using the powerful Australian dollar to enjoy the fruits of overseas travel.'

Best laid plans

Many believe architect Rod Sheard should have designed an Olympic Stadium with ownership by a Premier League football club in mind from the start. Yet Sheard, who says, 'Let's work out the legacy first and then adjust it', won't be complaining. His firm Populous have been appointed by the London Legacy Development Corporation to handle the Olympic Stadium transition design in any case.

Carry on tweeting

With the focus on whether Team GB athletes should be on Twitter during the Games in the fall-out from the vile message sent to Tom Daley and Butland's error, it's ironic BOA chef de mission Andy Hunt is such a prolific tweeter. But Hunt, whose postings have caused plenty of amusement, believes social media is a vital resource for promoting the BOA and will carry on tweeting, saying: 'I try to be very careful.' The BOA leave it to each sport to decide on their social media policy, with the water polo girls deciding to come off Twitter and the hockey squads only tweeting at designated times.

David Haye mocks Dereck Chisora

You haven't got a clue! Haye mocks Chisora as Upton Park date edges closer

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09:50 GMT, 6 June 2012

David Haye has reopened his war of words with Dereck Chisora by claiming that his opponent at Upton Park on July 14 knows nothing about boxing.

The pair exchanged insults over a wire fence during a press conference to promote the fight in east London last month and it is clear there is no love lost between them.

And as their “Licensed to Thrill” heavyweight showdown edges closer, former WBA champion Haye claimed that he has developed a 'new Hayemaker' while mocking his opponent.

Mocking: Haye claimed Chisora doesn't understand boxing

Mocking: Haye claimed Chisora doesn't understand boxing

Haye said of his fellow Brit: 'Dereck talks a lot but I’m not sure he actually understands boxing.

'He’s got a good chin but I certainly don’t think he has enough to beat me.

'I believe Chisora is going to come out slinging bombs and that will suit me perfectly.

'It’s going to be entertaining. You’ll see some stuff from me that you haven’t seen for a while. A new improved Hayemaker.'

Chisora, who beat Danny Williams at Upton Park two years ago, is looking forward to proving Haye wrong.

He said: 'David and I have some unfinished business but after July 14 it will be done and I will be the happy one.

'This is the second time I’ve fought here I’m looking forward to this one. It has a great atmosphere. I really like it.

'I’m ready for it and I can’t wait to get in that ring.'

Second coming: Chisora has fought at Upton Park previously

Second coming: Chisora has fought at Upton Park previously

The controversial bout will definitely go ahead, according to organisers, after the Luxembourg Boxing Federation reiterated its support for the fight despite a threat of expulsion from the European Boxing Union.

The grudge match has had to be sanctioned by the LBF as both fighters do not hold a British licence.

Last weekend the EBU general assembly passed a motion that decreed the LBF would be thrown out of the European organisation if they continued to back the fight.

But despite this threat, the LBF on Tuesday night voted in favour of backing the bout by eight votes to four at a special general meeting in Luxembourg.

A statement released by Frank Warren Promotions read: 'Therefore the LBF is backing the show along with the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) and the World Boxing Association (WBA), whose’ International and Intercontinental titles will be contested, and the promotion will definitely go ahead.'

Green light: Warren confirmed the fight will definitely go ahead

Green light: Warren confirmed the fight will definitely go ahead

The events are the latest instalment in what has been a controversial build-up to the fight between the two Londoners, who caused outrage in February when they brawled at a press conference that followed Chisora’s defeat to Vitali Klitschko.

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) threatened to expel all those involved in the July 14 fight without a hearing, although they softened their stance last weekend by claiming anyone charged would be able to answer their case.

Warren, who manages Chisora, has said he intends to issue legal proceedings against the BBBofC.

WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko branded the bout a 'freak show', but Warren insists the fight is legal and is adamant that Chisora should be allowed to take on Haye as he has not been able to box since February.

Haye has not fought since an embarrassing defeat to the younger Klitschko brother last summer – a loss he partly blamed on a broken little toe.

Chisora goaded his 31-year-old opponent last Sunday when he wore a t-shirt that had the words 'Ain’t toe stopping us now' emblazoned across the middle of it during a public workout in London.

Anonymous plot Canada Grand Prix disruption

Cyber hacker anarchists Anonymous warn Canada Grand Prix fans of fresh plot

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12:22 GMT, 30 May 2012

Cyber-anarchist group Anonymous are threatening another attack on Formula One during the Canadian Grand Prix on June 10 in support of protesting Quebec students.

They have warned potential attendees to the event that they might be able to access their credit card information via the F1 servers.

The internet hacking organisation successfully managed to disrupt the official Formula One website throughout last month's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Trouble brewing: Mark Webber won the last race, but the next one could be disrupted

Trouble brewing: Mark Webber won the last race, but the next one could be disrupted

The attack, under the title of
'Operation Bahrain', was carried out on the basis of what they perceived
as 'the incredible human rights abuses of the Bahrain regime'.

On this occasion Anonymous are firmly behind the students across Quebec voicing their anger against their government's proposed hike in tuition fees, with protests now into their 107th day.

Notably, Anonymous are against perceived human rights injustices following an emergency law introduced on May 18 known as Bill 78 that 'restricts freedom of assembly, protest, or picketing on or near university grounds and anywhere in Quebec without prior police approval'.

Anonymous have already claimed responsibility for shutting down Quebec government and police websites since the introduction of Bill 78 that has allowed police to act, sending arrests soaring to over 2,500.

In their latest statement, Anonymous feel disrupting the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, one of the most popular events on the F1 calendar, will send out another firm message to Quebec premier Jean Charest.

The statement read: 'As we did in Bahrain, Anonymous intends to wreck Mr Ecclestone's little party.

Plan: Anonymous are planning a cyber attack

Plan: Anonymous are planning a cyber attack

'Beginning on June 7 and running through race day on June 10, Anonymous will take down all the F1 websites, dump the servers and databases and wreck anything else F1-related we can find on the internet.

'We would like to remind anyone considering attending this abominable race that last time Anonymous found all the spectators' personal data, including credit card numbers unencrypted on F1 servers.

'Anonymous will be among many protesters targeting the Grand Prix.

'A number of students are also set to protest, something that the F1's organisers will be wary of, considering the race could bring around 100million Canadian dollars (62million) to the area.

'We highly suggest you join the boycott of the F1 in Montreal and we certainly recommend you not purchase any tickets or F1 merchandise online.

'You have been warned.'

August international friendlies set to be removed from FIFA calendar

Clubs 1 Countries 0: Unpopular August friendlies set to be scrapped by FIFA

Premier League bosses were rejoicing across the country on Tuesday morning after it emerged that FIFA are set to AXE international friendlies played in August.

The detested window has long riled managers who have lost players from their plans just days before or after the start of the new season – particularly with the added anxiety of injuries.

Club before country: August friendlies are set to be removed from the international calendar

Club before country: August friendlies are set to be removed from the international calendar

But Europe's major clubs and governing body UEFA have agreed to drop the games from the international calendar, European Clubs Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed on Tuesday.

Rummenigge, in an address to the ECA's general assembly in Warsaw, said an agreement had been reached with UEFA over the removal of the date, although FIFA have yet to sanction it.

The deal would see an average of nine international matches played a year rather than 12.

The agreement would see nine double-headers over a two-year period with no one-off friendlies such as England's match against Holland on Wednesday night.

Lat year, clubs demanded the number of internationals be halved to six a year.

Announcement: Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed the plans in Warsaw on Tuesday morning

Announcement: Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed the plans in Warsaw on Tuesday morning

UEFA also agreed to take out insurance to cover the wages of all players injured on international duty, starting at Euro 2012, and to increase the amount of money paid to clubs for their players taking part in the tournament. The amount was 55 million euros for the last tournament and the new figure – a 'substantial increase' according to the ECA – will be announced next month.

ECA chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed however that the clubs' boycott on talks with FIFA still stands.

Support: UEFA president Michel Platini has endorsed the plans but it is yet to be ratified by FIFA

Support: UEFA president Michel Platini has endorsed the plans but it is yet to be ratified by FIFA

Rummenigge said: 'The agreement with
UEFA is a major breakthrough for European club football. With this
agreement, UEFA clearly recognises the importance of clubs and the
significant contribution they make to the success of national team
football.

'The negotiations have not always proved easy, but were always conducted in a fair and respectful manner. I sincerely thank UEFA, in particular UEFA president Michel Platini, on behalf of all European clubs and look forward to our continued cooperation.

Delight: Club bosses will welcome the news that August friendlies will be scrapped

Delight: Club bosses will welcome the news that August friendlies will be scrapped

'This is once more a proof that in the European football family solutions can be found in a co-operative and fair way.'

He added: 'While an agreement has been reached with UEFA, the situation remains unsatisfactory in relation to FIFA. Unfortunately, discussions with the FIFA president have failed to lead to a satisfactory outcome which takes account of the clubs' demands.'

Royal Portrush to stage Irish Open

Major boost for Royal Portrush as Irish Open heads for Causeway coast

Northern Ireland is set to stage a professional golf tournament once again following the phenomenal success of the region's golfers.

Royal Portrush Golf Club on the scenic Causeway coast will be unveiled on Friday as the new home of the Irish Open.

The decision to move the European Tour event northward from Killarney, Co Kerry, in the Irish Republic comes on the back of the achievements of Northern Ireland's three major winners in the last two years.

What a setting: Royal Portrush will host the Irish Open

What a setting: Royal Portrush will host the Irish Open

Darren Clarke's emotional victory in the Open Championship at Sandwich in Kent last summer followed the successive US Open victories of Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy.

All three players – McDowell and Clarke have homes in Portrush – backed the bid to bring the Irish Open to the town's famous links course.

Local heroes: Rory McIlroy (left) and Darren Clarke won majors in 2011

Local heroes: Rory McIlroy (left) and Darren Clarke won majors in 2011

It is hoped that a successful staging of the Irish Open this June will add further momentum to the campaign to bring the Open Championship itself back to Northern Ireland.

The Open has only been staged in the region once before, at Royal Portrush in 1951. But the three major wins by local golfers prompted a clamour for a return and heaped pressure on governing body the Royal and Ancient (R&A) to bring the tournament across the Irish Sea.

After Clarke's win last year, R&A chief executive Peter Dawson pledged to look again at the issue.

East Londonderry Assembly member John Dallat said securing the Irish Open could open the way for a major return.

Blazing a trail: Graeme McDowell won the US Open 12 months before McIlroy

Blazing a trail: Graeme McDowell won the US Open 12 months before McIlroy

'Anything is now possible,' he said. 'Confidence at that level has now been bestowed on the club, so why not'

Clarke and McDowell both welcomed the return of the Irish Open to Portrush.

'Fantastic news on the Irish Open 2012 coming to Royal Portrush,' McDowell told his Twitter followers.

'Always been a dream of mine to play a top event in my home town.'

Clarke urged golf fans to pack the fairways come June.

'Royal Portrush will be awesome for the Irish Open this year… it's as good a test as we play anywhere!' he tweeted. 'Brilliant news. Big crowds please!!!'