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Sport dominates Twitter talk in 2012 with help from dancing Boris Johnson

Sport dominates Twitter talk in 2012 (with a little help from dancing Boris Johnson)

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UPDATED:

16:54 GMT, 11 December 2012

A bumper year for sport has been confirmed by twitter results that show that seven out of the top 10 highest spikes in conversation on the social media website are related to sport.

The results are based on data that measures the number of UK tweets sent per second.

Here are the top 10 according to twitter’s official UK blog: ‘

1. Olympics: David Cameron, Samantha Cameron and Boris Johnson dancing together at the Olympic closing ceremony (Sunday, August 12)

Stop right now: Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Samantha Cameron dance to Spice Girls during the Olympic Closing Ceremony

Stop right now: Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Samantha Cameron dance to Spice Girls during the Olympic Closing Ceremony

2. Euro 2012: England vs Italy, England lose on penalties (Sunday, June 24)

3. X Factor: James Arthur and Ella Henderson in bottom two, Ella voted off (Sunday, November 18)

4. Olympics: Bolt wins the Men’s 100 Metres Olympic final (Sunday August 5)

Bolt saw off competition from compatriot Yohan Blake in London to retain the 100m and 200m Olympic titles he won in Beijing

Bolt saw off competition from compatriot Yohan Blake in London to retain the 100m and 200m Olympic titles he won in Beijing

5. Olympics: Mr Bean’s Chariots of Fire sketch in the Opening Ceremony (Friday, July 27)

6. X Factor: Rylan and Kye deadlock (Sunday, November 4)

7. Euro 2012: England vs Sweden, Theo Walcott’s goal to bring England level at 2-2

Walcott's strike against Sweden helped England top Group D in Euro 2012 but Roy Hodgson's men lost in the quarter finals to Italy on penalties

Walcott's strike against Sweden helped England top Group D in Euro 2012 but Roy Hodgson's men lost in the quarter finals to Italy on penalties

8. X Factor: Gary Barlow storms off X Factor as Carolynne Poole was voted off in favour of Rylan (Sunday October 7)

9. Euro 2012: England vs France, Joleon Lescott’s goal put England up 1-0 (Monday June 11)

10. Champions League: Man City vs Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal put Real 3-2 ahead, ultimately resulting in a victory (Tuesday September 18)

It was a year that saw some extraordinary firsts for twitter. In May, footballer Eden Hazard (@HazardEden10) revealed that he was joining Chelsea exclusively via his twitter feed, writing: ‘I’m signing for the champion’s league winner’.

Hazard signing for Chelsea

Twitter saw more than 700,000 #PrayforMuamba messages in support of footballer Fabrice Muamba (@FMuamba) when he suffered a heart attack on the pitch in March of this year: ‘Pray for fab god willing he will pull through #PrayForMuamba.’

After his Olympic success, Usain Bolt (@usainbolt) said he wanted a trial at Manchester United… And Rio Ferdinand (@RioFerdy5) stepped in to help, only on Twitter.

Usain Bolt and Rio Ferdinand talk about a football trial

Chelsea also announced that they had sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo on twitter, before also confirming Sportsmail on twitter that they were replacing him with Rafa Benitez.

Twitter Chelsea sack Di Matteo and hire Benitez

Tom Youngs: One man inspired England to All Blacks win

Youngs: One man's courage inspired us to historic All Blacks win

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UPDATED:

19:55 GMT, 8 December 2012

Tom Youngs, one of the heroes of
England's stunning 38-21 defeat of the world champion All Blacks at
Twickenham, has admitted that a poignant ceremony on the eve of the
match inspired Stuart Lancaster's team to pull off one of the greatest
wins in English rugby history.

Last week Youngs spoke about how,
with the odds against them, England had drawn inspiration from being
handed their team jerseys by George Hickinson, a former soldier whose
son is fighting in Afghanistan and who is himself battling cancer.

True grit: Tom Youngs on his father's farm

True grit: Tom Youngs on his father's farm

Hickinson is a lifelong friend of head coach Lancaster, and Youngs said: 'It was a massive honour to meet George and to receive the jersey from him.

'He told us he believed we could win, and you could have heard a pin drop. We should have been supporting him but here was a terminally ill man supporting us. It was humbling and inspiring and one of the best aspects of beating New Zealand was seeing a smiling George in the dressing room and at the dinner afterwards.'

Nothing in the build-up to last Saturday had suggested an England win.

But Youngs, winning his fourth cap after switching from centre to hooker just three years ago, insists he always thought an upset was possible.

Focus: Tom Youngs tackles New Zealand's Kevin Mealamu

Focus: Tom Youngs tackles New Zealand's Kevin Mealamu

'I had a funny inkling about it during the week,' said Youngs. 'I told my brother (England scrum-half Ben) and Dan Cole and they felt the same.

'We weren't far off against the Springboks. I know there was much debate about Chris Robshaw's late penalty decision, but we lost because of a freak try in wet conditions and our lack of composure.

'I know it's a big leap from narrowly losing to beating the best in the world, but we'd seen enough in training and in that South Africa game to know we had a performance in us.'

The Leicester hooker says the prospect of finishing the autumn series with just one win – over Fiji – was too much for England to contemplate.

Singled out: But England captain Chris Robshaw (centre) was vindicated

Singled out: But England captain Chris Robshaw (centre) was vindicated

'That would have been awful for the players, the management and the fans,' said Youngs. 'We'd received a lot of flak as a team and Chris Robshaw had been singled out. Chris is a lovely bloke, a top player and a good captain, and what he showed last week was his character.

'I'm not saying we didn't deserve to be criticised. We didn't play well against Australia, and although we performed a lot better against the Springboks, we didn't finish the job.

'I can't blame anyone for thinking we'd end up losing three Tests with the world champions coming to Twickenham, but being written off only served to strengthen our resolve.'

Practice makes perfect: Tom Youngs working on his line-out throws

Practice makes perfect: Tom Youngs working on his line-out throws

A series of videos shown by backs coach Andy Farrell sowed more seeds of belief.

'We watched the World Cup final last year when France should have beaten the All Blacks in Auckland,' said Youngs. 'The French were in New Zealand's faces at every opportunity and we realised that not even the All Blacks can operate if they are under constant pressure. Our job was to hound them to defeat.'

Eight days on and Youngs is back in his beloved Leicester jersey taking on Benetton Treviso this afternoon in the Heineken Cup.

'That's the thing about the Tigers,' he said. 'They don't care how well you do for England, it's all about how well you do for Leicester, and quite right, too.'

Charles Sale: Diamond League meeting could be held at Olympic Stadium

Diamond League can add some sparkle to Stratford before the bulldozers move in

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 6 December 2012

The Olympic Stadium could stage top-class athletics for the first time since the London Games on the anniversary of the spectacular Opening Ceremony.

The evocative opportunity to host London’s Diamond League meeting on July 26 and 27 next year has arisen because the 150million construction work required to transform the arena into a multi-sports venue is not due to start until next autumn.

And Boris Johnson’s London Legacy Development Corporation want to take as much financial advantage as possible in 2013 by putting on concerts as well as athletics events.

Summer sparkle: The Olympic Stadium could hold a Diamond League meeting

Summer sparkle: The Olympic Stadium could hold a Diamond League meeting

Promoters Live Nation are already trying to organise big-name music attractions to come to the Olympic Park before the bulldozers arrive.

The two-day Diamond League meeting is scheduled to be held at Crystal Palace and tickets are already being sold. But UK Athletics are very interested in a possible switch to Stratford, made more likely by both venues being under Johnson’s aegis via the Greater London Authority and the LLDC.

Urgent talks are going to take place between UKA and the legacy company to work out whether a change of venue would be feasible, with sound systems and scoreboards needing to be re-installed in the Olympic Stadium.

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Brazil, OK

FIFA have given the go-ahead for England’s showcase friendly against Brazil on June 2 in Rio de Janeiro to take place at the newly renovated Maracana Stadium — the holy ground, as Roy Hodgson describes it — provided the building work is finished.

Such an iconic setting probably makes it worthwhile for England to travel to South America for one match at the end of a season, although some Premier League managers will disagree.

Life in the fast lane

Suzi Perry is understood to head a list of three candidates to replace the BT Sport-bound Jake Humphrey as BBC’s Formula One presenter.

The other two are Lee McKenzie, who has stood in for Humphrey during the last two F1 seasons, and all-round broadcaster Mark Pougatch.

Middle ground

The Middle East is the one area where the Premier League’s extraordinary global rights tender is proving tricky.

Instead of the multiple price increases quickly agreed almost everywhere else for the next three seasons, negotiations with Al Jazeera, Abu Dhabi Media and agencies have dragged on for months and might not be resolved until the new year.

Ryder stars' no-show

Neither triumphant Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal nor a single member of his 12-strong team was present to receive the Sports Journalists’ Association’s team-of-the- year award at the Tower of London yesterday.

Made the effort: Anna Watkins, Jonny Marray, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jessica Ennis, George O'Grady and Sarah Storey all attended the SJA 2012 British Sports Awards

Made the effort: Anna Watkins, Jonny Marray, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jessica Ennis, George O'Grady and Sarah Storey all attended the SJA 2012 British Sports Awards

The European Tour blamed the absences on tournaments this week and players living abroad.

Sportsman of the Year Bradley Wiggins didn’t show, either, though Jessica Ennis collected her top sportswoman honour.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Michael Vaughan made a fleeting appearance but fox-trotted off before lunch for another engagement. Arsenal’s eloquent 19-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turned up after training to receive his award.

Test of character

Legal letters are being exchanged between the FA and board member Sir Dave Richards over the continuing spat about Richards providing a character reference for John Terry in his racism case brought by the FA.

Premier League chairman Richards is understood to strongly dispute the Wembley view that, as an FA director, he should not have become involved. Yet such is the way the FA operate, the contentious issue wasn’t brought up at last week’s board meeting.

Spend it wisely

The astonishing 6.8million spent on agents by Queens Park Rangers over the last two transfer windows has not prevented them being bottom of the Premier League.

But at least it is recognised as a big enough issue inside the club for a summit to be taking place with the owners to ensure payments to middle men don’t spiral out of control again during the January transfer window.

Jamie O"Hara will close Twitter account

O'Hara closes Twitter account as Wolves midfielder suffers backlash after bemoaning stress of 35k A WEEK salary

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UPDATED:

10:21 GMT, 6 December 2012

Wolves midfielder Jamie O'Hara will close his Twitter account after sparking a social media fury on Wednesday following claims about his hard life as a professional footballer.

The former Spurs player – who is thought to be paid about 35,000 a week – posted a tweet where he appeared to bemoan his life situation, longing for 'easier' days on 100 a week.

O'Hara, 26, who is married to former Miss England Danielle Lloyd, 28, wrote: ‘Things were so much easier when I earned 100pound a week on wts #stress’.

Hard time: Jamie O'Hara, right, enraged his Twitter followers when he posted a tweet about the hard life of a footballer

Hard time: Jamie O'Hara, right, enraged his Twitter followers when he tweeted about the hard life of a footballer

Tough life: Jamie and Danielle O'Hara married in a lavish ceremony in May and she often posts tweets and pictures of their glam life together

Tough life: Jamie and Danielle O'Hara married in a lavish ceremony in May and she often posts tweets and pictures of their glam life together

The tweet referred to his days on the Youth Training Scheme, and it did not take long before he was bombarded with furious responses.

‘Why do people think cos I earn good money I don't have bills to pay we all pay tax an we have mortgages to pay, some people are deluded,’O'Hara continued.

But after hundreds of tweets mocking him, the Wolves star revealed on Thursday that he will close his account.

'Had a good think last night and today is my last day on Twitter,' O'Hara wrote. 'I'll be starting a private Facebook account and anyone who is a genuine fan can send me a friend request.

'Too many trolls on here with nothing nice to say, sorry to people that actually like following me but I'll let you know what my Facebook account is.

'Thanks to my real fans on here. It's a shame that there's too many a******** would love to see some
of them face to face because I'm sure they wouldn't say it to my face, they'd probably ask for a picture sums up society these days.'

Twitter users had accused O'Hara of being out of touch with the lives of ordinary people on Wednesday.

Tough life: The tweet from earlier today which caused a storm as it appeared Mr O'Hara complained about his lifestyle

Easier then: The tweet from earlier today which caused a storm as it appeared Mr O'Hara complained about his lifestyle

Tough life: The tweet from earlier today which caused a storm as it appeared Mr O'Hara complained about his lifestyle

Defence: The torrent of hateful tweets saw Mr O'Hara post further messages defending his original one

Defence: The torrent of hateful tweets saw Mr O'Hara post further messages defending his original one

JOBS WHICH EARN 35K IN A YEAR
Civil engineersArchitects, Town Planners, Surveyors Secondary education teaching professionalsDesign and development engineers Recycling and refuse disposal managersSecurity managers Transport and distribution managers Chartered and certified accountants Quantity surveyors Management accountantsSocial services managers

Christian Wainwright tweeted: 'Feel
sorry for Jamie O'Hara, must be so stressful doing a few training
sessions and playing 2 games a week for 1000s a week. #getagrip.'

Meanwhile
Nick Daniels tweeted: ‘Must be so hard being Jamie O'Hara , great
career, beautiful wife, nice family, rich, Saturdays off and still he is
stressed! #prayforjamie.'

And Graeme Wallace tweeted: ‘Wish I had a hard life like professional footballer Jamie O'Hara.’

But O'Hara, who has two children
Archie, two, and Harry, one, with his wife Danielle hit back with
references to his charity work.

He tweeted: ‘I wonder how many people are
doing hospital visits this Xmas or giving clothing to the homeless this
winter, or setting up a charity to raise money for hospitals Southey
can buy equipment that save people lives, u can talk on here but what
are YOU doing.’

But his tweet further angered Twitter users who called him a spoiled millionaire.

Aaron Ingham tweeted: ‘I see Jamie O'Hara's banging on about how charitable he is….after his disgusting tweet about life being easier when he earned 100 a week.’

Later O'Hara continued his rant,
tweeting: ‘I'm not saying I'm not privileged I'm so lucky to have what
I've got but trust me when I was 17 on wts it was a lot more easier.

‘Many peeps hating about me earning good
money that show how jealous u are, instead of realising the tweet was
about how hard life gets.’

Glam WAG: Mrs O'Hara was pictured Christmas shopping in Liverpool city centre earlier today and was later seen enjoying a pampering session at Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar

Glam WAG: Mrs O'Hara was pictured Christmas shopping in Liverpool city centre earlier today and was later seen enjoying a pampering session at Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar

Mr O'Hara posted that he wished he could reveal to his followers the real reason behind the original tweet but that there were 'too many a******** on twitter' and that 'people should worry about their own lives'.

The midfielder has been injured and unable to play for his team since August but returned to full training yesterday.

In July O'Hara was involved in a Twitter spat with Leon Knight after the ex-Chelsea player called his wife a ‘raging s**t bag’.

His own words: Jamie O'Haras twitter biography where he describes himself as a hard worker who will never 'forget where I've come from'

His own words: Jamie O'Haras twitter biography where he describes himself as a hard worker who will never 'forget where I've come from'

Enraged O'Hara retaliated: ‘If at @leonknight82 has got a problem he should give me a call instead of giving the bigun on twitter to a women with two kids.

‘And follow me and I'll direct message you my number, anytime mate, your a disgrace to your name go and do something with your life.’

Wolves were contacted by MailOnline but declined to comment.

Jamie O"Hara: Anger at Wolves midfilder"s tweet bemoaning stress of his 35,000 A WEEK salary

'Things were so much easier when I earned 100 a week': Anger at Wolves star O'Hara's tweet bemoaning stress of 35K A WEEK salary

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UPDATED:

23:32 GMT, 5 December 2012

Wolves midfielder Jamie O'Hara sparked a Twitter fury on Wednesday after he wrote on the social networking site about his hard life as a professional footballer.

The former Spurs player – who is thought to be paid about 35,000 a week – posted a tweet where he appeared to bemoan his life situation, longing for 'easier' days on 100 a week.

O'Hara, 26, who is married to former Miss England Danielle Lloyd, 28, wrote: ‘Things were so much easier when I earned 100pound a week on wts #stress’.

Hard time: Jamie O'Hara, right, enraged his Twitter followers when he posted a tweet about the hard life of a footballer

Hard time: Jamie O'Hara, right, enraged his Twitter followers when he tweeted about the hard life of a footballer

Tough life: Jamie and Danielle O'Hara married in a lavish ceremony in May and she often posts tweets and pictures of their glam life together

Tough life: Jamie and Danielle O'Hara married in a lavish ceremony in May and she often posts tweets and pictures of their glam life together

The tweet referred to his days on the Youth Training Scheme, and it did not take long before his followers' angry reactions came flooding in.

And after an angry backlash from followers, he caused even more fury by hitting back with: ‘Why do people think cos I earn good money I don't have bills to pay we all pay tax an we have mortgages to pay, some people are deluded.’

Dozens of people bombarded Twitter with mocking tweets, accusing the footballer of being out of touch with the lives of ordinary people.

Christian Wainwright tweeted: 'Feel sorry for Jamie O'Hara, must be so stressful doing a few training sessions and playing 2 games a week for 1000s a week. #getagrip.'

Meanwhile Nick Daniels tweeted: ‘Must be so hard being Jamie O'Hara , great career, beautiful wife, nice family, rich, Saturdays off and still he is stressed! #prayforjamie.'

Tough life: The tweet from earlier today which caused a storm as it appeared Mr O'Hara complained about his lifestyle

Easier then: The tweet from earlier today which caused a storm as it appeared Mr O'Hara complained about his lifestyle

Tough life: The tweet from earlier today which caused a storm as it appeared Mr O'Hara complained about his lifestyle

Defence: The torrent of hateful tweets saw Mr O'Hara post further messages defending his original one

Defence: The torrent of hateful tweets saw Mr O'Hara post further messages defending his original one

JOBS WHICH EARN 35K IN A YEAR
Civil engineersArchitects, Town Planners, Surveyors Secondary education teaching professionalsDesign and development engineers Recycling and refuse disposal managersSecurity managers Transport and distribution managers Chartered and certified accountants Quantity surveyors Management accountantsSocial services managers

And Graeme Wallace tweeted: ‘Wish I had a hard life like professional footballer Jamie O'Hara.’

But O'Hara, who has two children
Archie, two, and Harry, one, with his wife Danielle hit back with
references to his charity work.

He tweeted: ‘I wonder how many people are
doing hospital visits this Xmas or giving clothing to the homeless this
winter, or setting up a charity to raise money for hospitals Southey
can buy equipment that save people lives, u can talk on here but what
are YOU doing.’

But his tweet further angered Twitter users who called him a spoiled millionaire.

Aaron Ingham tweeted: ‘I see Jamie O'Hara's banging on about how charitable he is….after his disgusting tweet about life being easier when he earned 100 a week.’

Later O'Hara continued his rant,
tweeting: ‘I'm not saying I'm not privileged I'm so lucky to have what
I've got but trust me when I was 17 on wts it was a lot more easier.

‘Many peeps hating about me earning good
money that show how jealous u are, instead of realising the tweet was
about how hard life gets.’

Glam WAG: Mrs O'Hara was pictured Christmas shopping in Liverpool city centre earlier today and was later seen enjoying a pampering session at Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar

Glam WAG: Mrs O'Hara was pictured Christmas shopping in Liverpool city centre earlier today and was later seen enjoying a pampering session at Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar

Mr O'Hara posted that he wished he could reveal to his followers the real reason behind the original tweet but that there were 'too many a******** on twitter' and that 'people should worry about their own lives'.

The midfielder has been injured and unable to play for his team since August but returned to full training yesterday.

In July O'Hara was involved in a Twitter spat with Leon Knight after the ex-Chelsea player called his wife a ‘raging s**t bag’.

His own words: Jamie O'Haras twitter biography where he describes himself as a hard worker who will never 'forget where I've come from'

His own words: Jamie O'Haras twitter biography where he describes himself as a hard worker who will never 'forget where I've come from'

Enraged O'Hara retaliated: ‘If at @leonknight82 has got a problem he should give me a call instead of giving the bigun on twitter to a women with two kids.

‘And follow me and I'll direct message you my number, anytime mate, your a disgrace to your name go and do something with your life.’

Wolves were contacted by MailOnline but declined to comment.

It"s West Ham or a white elephant for the Olympic Stadium – Martin Samuel

Get real with the Olympic Stadium… it's West Ham or a white elephant

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UPDATED:

23:40 GMT, 27 November 2012

Something for nothing. That is what it is presumed West Ham United are getting out of the Olympic Stadium deal. A free ride. A gift from a grateful nation.

So consider the alternative. Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, is supposed to make his final announcement about tenancy a week today. If he does not award the Olympic Stadium to West Ham, what are his options Not West Ham, basically. That is what is out there. West Ham or Not West Ham. West Ham or white elephant.

There is no coherent rival plan. The Formula One future envisages a grand prix that does not currently exist and ignores a long-term contract with Silverstone. Leyton Orient’s average league crowd this season is 3,785, which should play well in a 60,000 arena. The University College of Football Business in Burnley would get some nice classrooms out of the executive boxes.
There is only one serious bidder. There has been all along.

Let there be light: the spectacular opening ceremony of the Olympics  but are there dark days ahead

Let there be light: the spectacular opening ceremony of the Olympics but are there dark days ahead

The NFL franchise discussions came to nothing. Tottenham Hotspur just wanted the land. Only a madman would hold pop concerts in a stadium with no protective roof in Britain. While those who masterminded the Olympic process continue their orgy of self-congratulation, the in-built flaws of their mighty stadium are increasingly apparent. This is a structure that has no legacy in its present form. It is not fit for post-Olympic purpose. They can’t say they weren’t warned.

So far from getting something for nothing, West Ham would prevent something becoming nothing. Here’s the reality. A stadium was built for the Olympics. It was paid for because of the Olympics. The Olympics are over. Now what

Grand plans: David Sullivan (left) and David Gold (right) plan to relocate West Ham in the Stratford stadium

Grand plans: David Sullivan (left) and David Gold (right) plan to relocate West Ham in Stratford

Every Olympic stadium without the legacy of a core tenant from a major sport is in financial ruin. The iconic Bird’s Nest in Beijing is currently a Segway race track. You know, those upright motorised scooters You can race them at the Bird’s Nest for 12.50 a pop. Before that, there was a snow park with man-made ski hills. The annual maintenance cost is 6.8million. That’s a lot of Segway action to break even.

Manchester City were considered to have got something for nothing out of the Commonwealth Games stadium, too. Yet consider the venue without its football tenants. What would it be now
The Olympics were never coming to Manchester, the IOC made that clear. After another failed bid, Great Britain’s Olympic Committee were as good as told to come back with a proposal from London and there might be some interest.

So maybe Manchester would have got a World Athletics Championships, or the Europeans. A busy two weeks and then what A large arena in an unfashionable sector of a provincial northern city, gathering dust at huge cost to the public purse.

Manchester City didn’t get something for nothing. As a result of the potential in that facility, they attracted major foreign investment from Abu Dhabi and the new owners continued the development of the east Manchester area with a world-class sports complex.

An 80-acre swathe of industrial wasteland is to become a 100m campus with a 7,000-capacity stadium for youth and reserve football and a first-team training centre. City cleaned polluted land to assemble the plot required. Now that’s legacy. A legacy that is in danger of being lost in east London if the Olympic Stadium is allowed to stay dormant while men in suits squabble.

The problem with London’s stadium is that it was designed for a summer event and is unsuitable for use in an English winter. Money has to be spent. Any tenant with plans to use the venue throughout the year is going to have to extend the roof and any football tenant will require retractable seating over the athletics track.

We cannot keep pretending the future won’t cost. Without a roof, nobody is interested. Without a roof, the legacy is an 80,000-capacity athletics venue sitting empty for years on end incurring enormous maintenance.

Not what the designers had in mind: Beijing's Bird's Nest is now being used as a Segway race track

Not what the designers had in mind: Beijing's Bird's Nest is now being used as a Segway race track

There are some real geniuses out there, though. ‘If the 2012 Games have taught us anything it is that football doesn’t quite matter any more,’ sniffed a writer on the Huffington Post, who really thought handball fever was going to last for ever. So let’s get real. West Ham’s final offer was to pay 15m up front and a further 8m a year to cover the cost of redevelopment. The Government pays for much of this initially and then gets its money back over time.

Anyone who thinks this is unreasonable might wish to consider how many houses are sold without the buyer obtaining a mortgage. In addition, West Ham will pay 2.5m-a-year rent, and allow their landlords to keep the catering revenue and the naming rights, with benefits estimated at a further 6.5m annually.

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Now consider those naming rights. Providing West Ham remain in the Premier League the stadium has a global television audience in the region of nine billion, before the summer athletics programme is taken into consideration. One imagines the reach of the University College of Football Business in Burnley is somewhat smaller.

So when the naming rights come to be sold it rather figures that the Government, and therefore you, will be better off discussing potential exposure to nine billion around the globe, rather than six blokes called Tony who want to be football agents. The same goes for Leyton Orient. The recent deal struck between Arsenal and Emirates Airlines for Ashburton Grove amounted to 150m until 2019: 30m per year. Alternatively, sign the Olympic Stadium over for a one-off annual grand prix event that might never take place and see how far you get.

Some think West Ham and Leyton Orient could be made to share, but there is no tradition of successful joint occupancy in English football, certainly when there is such disparity in size between the partners.

The Olympic Stadium should not be a test case for future projects on Merseyside or in Bristol, and it would be hard to see the partners working harmoniously together when Orient chairman Barry Hearn has been an obstacle to West Ham’s tenancy for so long.

The disaster for the stadium would be if the final decision was overtaken by politics of the kind that booby-trapped the project from the start. Nasty old Premier League football. Why does it always have to be about them Here’s why. As a Premier League football ground, with summer use for athletics and other one-off events thrown in, the stadium will accommodate in the region of 1.2 million visitors per year.

Alternatively, the London International Segway Centre has a nice ring to it. Last one to leave, park up and turn out the lights.

I shall say zees only once

Joey Barton's French accent Wat waz ’e thinkin’ Ooh, mah achin’ sidez.

Ryan’s giant leap too far

Ryan Shawcross had another outstanding game for Stoke City against Fulham on Saturday. His team-mate Charlie Adam immediately used it to endorse his England selection, claiming this happened 18 months too late.

Yet Shawcross’s senior England debut was unimpressive. His brief time on the field came when Sweden and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were rampant. England led 2-1 when he arrived on 75 minutes and trailed 4-2 when the final whistle blew.

Some players are just short. Shawcross is a wonderful central defender for Stoke, but international football, like the Champions League, is a step up again and may be beyond him. Shawcross started out as a Manchester United player and if Sir Alex Ferguson felt him capable of competing with the likes of Ibrahimovic, no doubt he still would be.

Just short: Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross (right) looks a level below an international class defender

Just short: Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross (right) looks a level below an international class defender

DIY lesson for Scottish rugby

Following the resignation of Andy Robinson, the various speculative lists of contenders for the job of Scotland rugby manager did not include a native.

Nick Mallett and Jake White (South Africa), Sean Lineen and Todd Blackadder (New Zealand), Scott Johnson (Australia), Michael Bradley (Ireland), even those working north of the border were not nationals. And right there is the problem.

If the country is not producing the coaches it cannot produce the players, and if it isn’t producing the players, it gets beaten: by Tonga.

Contrast this with the vacant post at the top of Brazilian football. We all know who is free to succeed Mano Menezes as Brazil’s manager, because every elite team in the Premier League is after him.

What could be more perfect An architect of the beautiful game at the home of the beautiful game; the greatest manager with the greatest players, delivering the World Cup to Brazil, in Brazil. Yet Jose Maria Marin, president of the Brazilian federation, ruled out a move for Pep Guardiola on simple grounds of nationality. ‘All five world titles won by Brazil came with Brazilian coaches,’ he said.

Too proud, you see. Do it yourself, or don’t do it at all.

Sexton's blasts could give Fergie a run for his money

Dave Sexton was a great football man. Thoughtful and innovative as a coach, yet never bogged down in mere theory. He was passionate about turning his ideas into wins, never more so than when managing the Under 21s. When England won an end-of-season tournament in Toulon under his stewardship, he could not have been happier. Excusing his young charges for the night, he said: ‘The bus for the airport leaves at 8.30 tomorrow morning. Make sure you’re on it.’ Before play, there had to be work.

Restless natives

Only news of the death of local hero Dave
Sexton placated the Chelsea crowd before Rafa’s first match on Sunday.

Chelsea are at home again tonight. Kerry Dixon and Ray Wilkins may wish
to lie low until this one blows over.

At the same tournament several years later, England’s goalkeeper was Peter Shilton’s doomed protege at Plymouth Argyle, Alan Nicholls. After the first game, there was a raucous gathering in one of the rooms, in which Nicholls demonstrated his party piece: he could smoke 20 cigarettes at once. He would clasp his lips around the top of the pack, pull the box away and then proceed to light, and smoke, the entire contents.

Midway through, there was an urgent knock, which Nicholls assumed to be a team-mate with more beers. A lager in each hand, and 20 lit cigarettes in his mouth, he opened the door to be confronted by an incandescent Sexton. Party over. Whispering Dave, he was called at Manchester United, but that was only one side of him. The public dressing-down by the swimming pool the following day made Fergie’s hair-dryer seem like a gentle breeze.

Forget outrage, let’s end the vile chants

Anything wrong that is not stopped is encouraged, so the outcry over the vile chants heard at White Hart Lane on Sunday, while understandable, is hardly pre-emptive. So, too, the Premier League demand that the Crown Prosecution Service take a stronger line.

‘We have created safe, welcoming, liberal environments where, frankly, people are allowed to behave badly,’ Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore admitted earlier this year, and therein lies the problem.

Credit to West Ham United for banning a supporter for life, following his police caution, but the idea that the club could face severe censure from the Football Association over the behaviour of their supporters at the weekend ignores the fact that equally abhorrent attitudes have been struck for years, as authority figures stood idle.

Action: West Ham have banned a supporter for life over anti-Semitic chants at Tottenham last Sunday

Action: West Ham have banned a supporter for life over anti-Semitic chants at Tottenham last Sunday

No group is innocent: supporters of Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Leeds United, Millwall and the rest have all had their day.

The clubs do what they can — Norwich City banned a season ticket-holder for life during the last campaign, for racist abuse — but are powerless unless the officers on duty, the game and the CPS wish to act.

If a line in the sand is being drawn, that is a good thing, but it cannot be placed retrospectively. Those who impose order on football have been complicit in this deterioration for too long.

They cannot pretend what happened at the weekend was the worst outrage. It was merely the latest. The challenge from here is to make it the last.

World Tenty20 2012: Don"t write England off, says England captain Stuart Broad

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England captain Stuart Broad was a happy man as England kept their ICC World Twenty20 hopes alive with victory over New Zealand.

Luke Wright and Steven Finn starred in a much-improved all-round performance as England won by six wickets to put the defence of their ICC World Twenty20 crown back on track.

After Wright's runs and Finn's wickets at Pallekele, Stuart Broad's team are likely to need another success against hosts Sri Lanka when they return on Monday if they are to book a trip back to Colombo for the semi-finals.

Bowled over: England were impressive in the Super Eight victory over New Zealand

Bowled over: England were impressive in the Super Eight victory over New Zealand

Broad said: 'It was really important to get a win tonight. I thought Steven Finn set the tone fantastically with the new ball and Luke and Eoin (Morgan) batted really well.

'The pitch was a lot drier, we knew that from ball one – and we're obviously delighted to have won. Now we've got a huge game coming up on Monday. We've got a job to do then and hopefully we can build on the positives from tonight.

'We'll have a meeting over the next day or so and come back stronger on Monday.'

Wright, voted man of the match for his 76 from 43 balls, told the post-match presentation ceremony: 'I'm very chuffed as it was a very important win for us. It was disappointing the other day (the defeat against West Indies) so it's nice to come back and get some runs.

Three of the best: Finn was in the wickets as England restricted the Kiwis to 148

Three of the best: Finn was in the wickets as England restricted the Kiwis to 148

Three of the best: Finn was in the wickets as England restricted the Kiwis to 148

'It was all about getting going really. We kept talking about having a batsman in at the end and luckily that was me today.

'There are a lot of positives to come out of the game. Personally I think Steven Finn should be here (receiving the man of the match award) for the way he bowled – he was outstanding.'

New Zealand captain Ross Taylor is relying on Sri Lanka beating West Indies and England to keep alive the Black Caps' hopes of progress.

He said: 'I think 140 was about a par score. It was hard to start on that wicket and James Franklin was outstanding to get us there but the total just wasn't enough.

'The spinners bowled very well – we were probably only five off a par score. We had our moments but weren't able to capitalise when we were on top. Good luck to Sri Lanka in the next two games!'

Wright stuff: A stunning 76 helped England on to victory

Wright stuff: A stunning 76 helped England on to victory

Ryder Cup 2012: Jose Maria Olazabal mixes up pairings in final practice

Will he risk it Olazabal mixes up pairings in final practice ahead of Ryder Cup tee-off

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Jose Maria Olazabal mixed things up on Thursday for Europe's final nine-hole practice session on the eve of the Ryder Cup in Chicago.

World No 1 Rory McIlroy was no longer with regular partner Graeme McDowell, but with Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer instead as Europe's captain rang the changes.

McDowell went out with Ian Poulter, Luke Donald and Francesco Molinari, while the first group was Lee Westwood, Paul Lawrie, Peter Hanson and Belgian newcomer Nicolas Colsaerts.

Mixing it up: Jose Maria Olazabal mixed up his pairings during the final practice

Mixing it up: Jose Maria Olazabal mixed up his pairings during the final practice

Europe's defence of the trophy begins with foursomes on Friday morning and it is widely expected McIlroy and McDowell will be back in the harness and that Donald and Garcia – unbeaten in six games together in that format – will again be partners.

Close friends Rose and Poulter played together in 2008, winning two of their three games, and practised together the first two days at Medinah.

If those three are fixed in Olazabal's head then the biggest decision he has to take for the start of the match is who to put with Westwood, unbeaten in his last 10 foursomes going back to 1999.

In that time Westwood has partnered Darren Clarke, Garcia, Colin Montgomerie, Kaymer and Donald.

Gamble Olazabal is likely to stick with his original combinations

Gamble Olazabal is likely to stick with his original combinations

Of the remaining players Scot Paul Lawrie has the experience of playing an away match, but that was in 1999, while Hanson and Kaymer made their debuts last time.

As the debutant big-hitting Colsaerts is expected to be given the chance to soak up the atmosphere in the foursomes before being introduced for the afternoon fourballs.

The foursomes pairings are announced at the opening ceremony later on Thursday.

To give his side more rest he decided to limit yesterday's practice to the front nine and the final tune-up to Medinah's inward half.

So proud to be a Brit! Sun sets on gold summer and sport is the winner

So proud to be a Brit! Sun sets on gold summer and sport is the winner

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Champion: Sarah Story

Champion: Sarah Story

As you wake up on Monday morning, wondering how life can ever be the same without the Olympic and Paralympic flames burning in a corner of east London, just watch out for shards on the floor.

The Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics promised the Games would smash the glass ceiling regarding people's perceptions of disability sport. Eleven days later, that ceiling lies in pieces.

This was the summer that Britain re-ignited its love affair with sport.

It has not mattered whether it was
Olympic or Paralympic sport as long as it was great sport; sport that
made you scream at your television screen or trek across the country to
sit in a stadium and feel part of it all.

The sold-out stadiums and the hordes of people queuing to watch a
morning session of Paralympic athletics all helped to make the London
Games the best yet, but it was the action going on inside these
amphitheatres that provided the real breakthrough.

'It was absolutely crazy,' said Jonnie Peacock, who heard 80,000 people
chanting his name before he won gold in the T44 100 metres.

'The crowd made it come alive. No athlete comes back thinking, “I didn't enjoy that, it was scary”.

'I was so proud to be British and so proud to have that crowd behind me.'

Just as the Olympic cynics were bowled over by wave after wave of British success a month ago, the achievements of home-grown athletes have played a vital part in the Paralympics' success.

It is why 50million was invested in our Paralympic team over the past four years.

It's all well and good putting on the best party the world has ever seen, but it's no good if someone else turns up and drinks the bar dry.

The atmosphere in the Aquatics Centre reached levels of hysteria we did not see at the Olympics as the hosts won seven gold medals, 16 silvers and 16 bronze.

Sensation: Gold medalist Jonnie Peacock

Sensation: Gold medalist Jonnie Peacock

Every member of the Para-equestrian team won a gold medal, although Lee Pearson could not match the three titles he won at three previous Games, and we had two triple gold medallists – Natasha Baker and Sophie Christiansen.

Athletics went from producing two golds in 2008 to 11 in 2012.

Britain won two medals in sailing for the first time since the sport was introduced to the Paralympics in 2000 and, although they did not match the feats of Beijing, the track cycling team still comfortably topped the medal table.

We didn't have it all our own way, however.

Paralympics GB surpassed their target of 103 medals by winning 120 but won fewer gold medals than four years ago in Beijing: 34 as opposed to 42.

It pushed Great Britain down to third in the medals table, meaning they missed their aim of finishing second because they were overtaken by Russia.

Staggering: Ellie Simmonds

Staggering: Ellie Simmonds

'We are third in the medal table, which does rankle just a tad,' said Penny Briscoe, Paralympics GB's deputy chef de mission.

'But we are ahead of all our closest competitors in terms of total medals won.

'More sports have delivered medals than ever before and we've taken medals in a quarter of all events held.'

Genuine stars such as David Weir and Sarah Storey have broken records for their staggering levels of success, winning four gold medals each, but, perhaps even better, the Games have uncovered a new breed of British talent.

Athletes like Peacock, 19; double Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft, 20 – who dominated in the T34 100m and 200m – and 15-year-old Josef Craig, who broke the world record twice on his way to winning gold in the S7 400m freestyle.

Then there is Ellie Simmonds: still only 17 but already a grand dame of British sport with four golds, a silver and bronze from two Paralympic Games.

These exciting youngsters have excelled performing in front of packed arenas. They will want even more now.

Star: David Weir

Star: David Weir

Whether the public's love affair with Paralympic sport will endure is a question we can answer only in five or 10 years' time, but perhaps there is even better to come from British athletes in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Peter Eriksson, UK Athletics' Paralympics head coach, said: 'I always wanted to stay until 2016 because the first thing I said when I got here, in an interview which I got in trouble for, was the best performance from this team will come then.

'I believe that still about 2016.

'Why move down from the top of the Premier League to the third division It's not fun.'

The Closing Ceremony on Sunday night was a 'festival of flame' and London certainly has had a slightly giddy festival feel over the past six weeks.

That flame has done strange things to people, prompting grown men to dress up in red, white and blue and many of us to consider sport, and particularly Paralympic sport, in a very different way.

'I've been banging on about it for years,' said Weir.

'And it's about time that we get some recognition because we are super-humans and we are phenomenal athletes.

'I'm just honoured to see that Paralympic sport has got recognition like it should do.'

Consider that ceiling smashed.

Barcelona"s Andres Iniesta named UEFA"s best player in Europe

Simply the best! Barcelona's Iniesta pips Ronaldo and Messi to top European gong

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Andres Iniesta was named UEFA's best player in Europe at an awards ceremony in Monaco.

The Barcelona midfielder, who inspired Spain to retain their crown at Euro 2012, won the vote by 53 sports journalists representing each of UEFA's member nations.

He was chosen ahead of Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo.

UEFA created the honor after France Football magazine combined its traditional European award with FIFA's world player prize.

 In a league of his own: Barcelona's Andres Iniesta was named UEFA's best player in Europe

In a league of his own: Barcelona's Andres Iniesta was named UEFA's best player in Europe

Club division: Barcelona's Iniesta and Lionel Messi stand on stage a few feet apart from Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo

Club division: Barcelona's Iniesta and Lionel Messi stand on stage a few feet apart from Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo

Well done: UEFA president Michel Platini congratulates Iniesta as Messi and Ronaldo look on

Well done: UEFA president Michel Platini congratulates Iniesta as Messi and Ronaldo look on

Team solidarity: Iniesta is congratulated by Messi as Ronaldo stands by

Team solidarity: Iniesta is congratulated by Messi as Ronaldo stands by