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London 2012 Olympics: Kobe Bryant reveals love for Harry Potter

Kobe's Potty about Harry! US basketball star reveals love for all things Rowling

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23:52 GMT, 17 July 2012

US basketball superstar Kobe Bryant has revealed he has just one priority in London – to meet Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

The LA Lakers shooting guard is in England to defend his gold medal and said: 'I'm a huge Harry Potter fan and a huge JK Rowling fan.

'I'm a fan of everything she does and I've read all the books.'

Potty! Kobe has revealed his love for Rowling's book on the young wizard

Potty! Kobe has revealed his love for Rowling's book on the young wizard

Potty! Kobe has revealed his love for Rowling's books on the young wizard

Jonas Olsson on guitars, golf and cuba – It"s top secret

It's top secret: West Brom's Jonas Olsson on his love of guitars, golf and Cuba

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21:30 GMT, 6 April 2012

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson gets the Sportsmail interrogation treatment and reveals his musical side to the world.

Who is your sporting hero
Carl Lewis, he was a pure athlete.

What would you be if you weren’t a sportsman
If I hadn’t been a footballer, it was set up for me to study economics or law at university.

Chords: Jonas Olsson loves his guitar

Chords: Jonas Olsson loves his guitar

Which other sportsman would you like to be
I’m a keen golfer, so Miguel Angel Jimenez. He’s different. Talented, grumpy, laid-back. He seems to play off the cuff and his attitude to life – the glass of rioja and his line in cigars – appeals to me.

Career highlight
Debuts are special. My first international for Sweden against Belarus in Minsk and in the Premier League for West Brom against West Ham.

And the worst moment
Being relegated from the Premier League with West Brom.

If your house was burning down, what one possession would you save
My electric guitar. I bought a Fender Stratocaster on the advice of team-mate Bjorn van der Doelen when I was with NEC Nijmegen.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given
‘Let it go,’ from my father. I did tend to dwell on things, but I’m better at accepting what has happened these days.

Favourite karaoke song
The first song I learnt on the guitar. Have You Ever Seen the Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Three most-listened to songs on your iPod
Girl from the North Country by Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix’s Hey Joe and Oasis’s The Masterplan.

Most listened to: A Bob Dylan song is on one of Olsson's top three

Most listened to: A Bob Dylan song is on one of Olsson's top three

Last film you saw
A Canadian movie with Swedish sub-titles on DVD – Incendies. I’d recommend it.

Last book you read
A biography of Napoleon by a Swedish author. Our line of Swedish kings was started by one of Napoleon’s field marshals, so it has relevance today.

Favourite pre-match meal
Chicken and pasta.

Can you cook Best dish
I’m decent. Lasagne, probably.

Your favourite holiday destination
Havana, Cuba. I went there last year. I always wanted to go there. It was like stepping back in time. We stayed in the old town, did the Hemingway stuff.

Favourite: Sean Penn is the actor Olsson likes most

Favourite: Sean Penn is the actor Olsson likes most

In a film of your life, who would you like to play you
Sean Penn, because he’s my favourite actor, not because he looks like me!

What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought
Probably the guitar, it’s worth a few thousand pounds.

Tell us a secret…
I have the lyrics of a Nirvana track, Lake of Fire, tattooed on the inside of my right arm. Music has always been very important to me and the words struck a particular resonance.

Jonas Olsson was speaking on behalf of the Albion Foundation, delivering educational and sporting opportunities in Sandwell and surrounding boroughs.

Aston Villa lead tributes to founding father of the Football League William McGregor

Villa lead tributes to founding father of the Football League

Respects: Chairman of the Football League, Lord Mawhinney

Respects: Chairman of the Football League, Lord Mawhinney

Aston Villa will pay fitting tribute to the founder of the Football League this week after supporters and officials of the Birmingham club combined to mark the centenary of the passing of William McGregor.

The club has commissioned the restoration of McGregor”s grave and are planning a commemorative servicewith several influential figures from the world of football this Tuesday.

Proceedings will commence at 2pm at St Mary”s Church, Handsworth, with officials from the 12 founding clubs due to attend.

Current Football League chairman and current Everton president, Sir Philip Carter, will be among the guests at the open service.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham is also likely to be present. Reflecting the fact that McGregor was a devout member of the Congregational Church, Rev Dr Kirsty Thorpe, leader of theUnited Reformed Church, will be among several clergy who will help conduct the service.

Lord Brian Mawhinney, president of the Football League, will pay tribute to his organisation”s founder and a further address will be given by Peter Lupson, co-author of a recently published biography.

At the end of the service the Bishop of Aston will lead the congregation to McGregor”s graveside for prayers, after which Aston Villa will host a VIP reception at Villa Park.