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St Louis Rams cheerleaders visit Abbey Road

Abbey days as NFL cheerleaders Come Together to visit famous Beatles landmark

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UPDATED:

14:07 GMT, 24 October 2012

Anyone walking down the world-famous Abbey Road on Wednesday morning would have been left in no doubt that the NFL is back in town.

The glamorous St Louis Rams cheerleaders were spotted, like many a good tourist before them, walking in the footsteps of The Beatles across that iconic zebra crossing.

The Rams and the Patriots will go head to head at Wembley on Sunday in a regular-season game – the fifth time two American Football sides have crossed the Atlantic to do battle in London.

Look familiar The St Louis Rams mascot and cheerleaders cross Abbey Road on Wednesday

Look familiar The St Louis Rams mascot and cheerleaders cross Abbey Road on Wednesday

World famous: The iconic album cover for the Beatles' 1969 album, Abbey Road

World famous: The iconic album cover for the Beatles' 1969 album, Abbey Road

To celebrate their arrival on these
shores the Rams' cheerleaders were pictured aping the front cover of one
of the most celebrated albums of all time.

It was a fine way to Come Together
with their British cousins but were the girls heard exclaiming 'Here
Comes the Sun' In these grey October skies there's as much chance of
that as spotting an octopus in a garden.

Mystery tour: The St Louis Rams cheerleaders follow in the Beatles' footsteps

Mystery tour: The St Louis Rams cheerleaders follow in the Beatles' footsteps

Look familiar The St Louis Rams mascot and cheerleaders cross Abbey Road on Wednesday

Meanwhile, the Rams' players were
spotted further north stepping up their preparations for the big game at
Arsenal's London Colney training base.

And they had one particularly
interested spectator overlooking their training in the form of Arsenal
and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Football, but not as they know it: The Rams prepare for the game at Arsenal's training ground, London Colney

Football, but not as they know it: The Rams prepare for the game at Arsenal's training ground, London Colney

Football, but not as they know it: The Rams prepare for the game at Arsenal's training ground, London Colney

Football, but not as they know it: The Rams prepare for the game at Arsenal's training ground, London Colney

Since 2007, nine teams have played in London since the first annual game between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants.

And if the early signs are anything to go
by, London's NFL fans are guaranteed to enjoy a Fab Four quarters' worth
of rough and tumble, American style, on Sunday.

Star man: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (second right) talks tactics with his team-mates

Star man: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (second right) talks tactics with his team-mates

Catch it if you can: Running back Terrance Ganaway in action during training at London Colney

Catch it if you can: Running back Terrance Ganaway in action during training at London Colney

Interested observer: Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right) watches the NFL stars train

Interested observer: Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right) watches the NFL stars train

Crystal Palace cheerleaders sing Carly Rae Jepsen"s "Call Me Maybe"

I'll take two! Crystal Palace call in cheerleaders in attempt to boost season ticket sales

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UPDATED:

11:41 GMT, 23 July 2012

For some clubs in the age of austerity, trying to sell season tickets for next season has proved to be easier said than done.

For Crystal Palace, promotion to the Premier League looks unlikely next term so trying to sell a 23-game entry to Selhurst Park is going to need an attractive offer to entice fans back to the stands.

And that’s just what the marketing division has attempted at the south London side, who have come up with a concept that might even have fans from other clubs filling some empty seats next season.

Drafted in to help out with season ticket sales are the Crystal Palace cheerleaders, who have produced a video based on Carly Rae Jepsen’s song ‘Call Me Maybe’ titled ‘Call Me Crystals.’

The video features the cheerleaders singing and dancing along to the song around Selhurst Park, which has proved a hit on Youtube with over one million views.

For fans at least, a cold mid-week February fixture against Bristol City suddenly has more appeal to it.

Bradford 44 London 12: Bulls brush aside Broncos

Bradford 44 London 12: Bulls brush aside Broncos in eight-try battering

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UPDATED:

16:08 GMT, 8 July 2012

Bradford again made light of the turmoil afflicting the club to cruise to their second biggest win of the season and ensure London Broncos stay rooted to the foot of the Stobart Super League.

Full-back Brett Kearney grabbed four of his side's eight tries and former London half-back Luke Gale also played a starring role as the Bulls ended a traumatic week on a high with a third straight win.

Going over: Elliott Whitehead scores despite the attention of Broncos' Michael Robertson

Going over: Elliott Whitehead scores despite the attention of Broncos' Michael Robertson

Bradford, who lost two training sessions at the height of the crisis in the week, followed up their stunning victory at Wigan with another impressive win to maintain their play-off hopes ahead of an inevitable points deduction for going into administration.

The Bulls will now be hoping for another positive result before Tuesday's deadline set by administrator Brendan Guilfoyle to find a buyer.

The game went ahead with the help of staff sacked at the start of the week, including head coach Mick Potter and his assistants, while the return of the cheerleaders who withdrew their services at the previous home game presented an air of normality.

Gale warning: Luke Gale scores for Bradford

Gale warning: Luke Gale scores for Bradford

On the pitch it was routine for the Bulls against a Broncos side forced to play without their captain Craig Gower for the first time, after he pulled out through injury in the warm-up.

The visitors were also without prop Antonio Kaufusi, who was hurt in the Exiles' win over England in midweek, and they looked well down in confidence after winning just once in their previous 10 league matches.

Bradford dominated from the start and ought to have made more of clean breaks from Kearney and Michael Platt long before prop Manase Manuokafoa took Heath L'Estrange's short pass to crash over for his second try for the club on 11 minutes.

Taking control: Brett Kearney;s first-half try padded Bradford's lead

Taking control: Brett Kearney;s first-half try padded Bradford's lead

Kearney jinked his way over on 14 minutes and Gale was gifted his first try for the club three minutes later after London winger Kieran Dixon had lost the ball in a tackle 10 metres out from his own line.

Gale, who joined the Bulls from the Broncos at the start of the season, added all three conversions to put his side into an 18-0 lead.

Dixon pulled a try back midway through the first half but twice more illustrated his defensive weaknesses as Bradford increased their lead to 26-4 by half-time.

All smiles: Manase Manuokafoa celebrates scoring the opening try with captain Heath L'Estrange

All smiles: Manase Manuokafoa celebrates scoring the opening try with captain Heath L'Estrange

First he fumbled Gale's kick to allow his opposite number Shaun Ainsough to get second rower Elliott Whitehead over for a try and was then out-jumped by Ainscough as he collected Ben Jeffries' kick and put the supporting Platt over.

There was little respite for the Londoners after the break as Gale and Jeffries combined to get Kearney over for his second try within two minutes of the re-start and the Australian full-back took Platt's pass on 57 minutes to complete his hat-trick.

Brett set: Kearney goes over for the Bulls

Brett set: Kearney goes over for the Bulls

Loose forward Jamie Langley then burst clear to get Kearney over for his fourth and Gale kicked a sixth goal to take his personal haul to 16 points.

The Broncos finished a well-beaten side but they gained some consolation when centre Will Lovell scored his first Super League try.

London 2012 Olympics: IOC president Jacques Rogge criticises athletes who change nationality for money

Plastic Brits rile IOC boss Rogge… but he admits it can't be stopped

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UPDATED:

21:52 GMT, 14 March 2012

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has entered the argument over ‘Plastic Brits’, criticising athletes who change nationality for money.

The debate reached the most powerful man in Olympic sport after Sportsmail shone a light on the influx of foreign-born athletes coming into the British team ahead of London 2012.

In comments that will deflate UK Athletics’ cheerleaders, Rogge said: ‘I understand the fully legitimate reasons like study, work, marriage or family reasons.

Not a fan: President of the IOC Jacques Rogge is against athletes swapping nationalities

Not a fan: President of the IOC Jacques Rogge is against athletes swapping nationalities

‘The issue of the athletes of the poor countries who get absolutely no support you can understand. Maybe you don’t love it but you can understand it.

Then you have athletes where there is support for them but they go to another country because there is a bigger gain to be made. We cannot oppose it because it is a matter of sovereignty but let me tell you frankly we do not love it.’

Rogge’s remarks could be applied to American-born Tiffany Porter, who was appointed British captain for last weekend’s World Indoor Championships.

Flying the flag: American born Tiffany Porter is expected to compete at the Olympics for Great Britain

Flying the flag: American born Tiffany Porter is expected to compete at the Olympics for Great Britain

The 24-year-old has spent her entire life in the United States but changed allegiance on the grounds her mother is British.

Seeking an Olympic place she was unlikely to gain in the US, she first competed for Britain last year and now receives Lottery funding worth up to 70,000 in cash and benefits.

Rogge declined to criticise Porter directly.

Porter is one of about 50 of Team GB’s likely 550 members who have jumped countries since London was chosen as Olympic host city.