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Brazilian star Kaka should make summer move to United States, says his brother

Brazilian star Kaka dreaming of summer move to United States, says his brother

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20:13 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

20:43 GMT, 28 February 2013

Real Madrid outcast Kaka has set his sights on a move to America, according to his brother Digao.

The former AC Milan playmaker has
been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu in the summer after the
Rossoneri failed to re-sign him in the January transfer window due to
financial reasons.

American dream: Real Madrid's Kaka could be on his way to MLS

American dream: Real Madrid's Kaka could be on his way to MLS

Kaka has expressed interest in moving to the MLS and younger brother Digao, a defender with the New York Red Bulls, has been taking steps to persuade him to join him.

'It's hard to say. Football changes very rapidly. It is a dream that he has, to come and play in the USA, and hopefully it will come true soon,' Digao told Goal.com.

'I think he's been very curious about football in the United States and New York and about my experience living here.

'I've been relaying good things to him. He's expressed his interest in one day playing in the United States.'

FA Cup: Team news ahead of the weekend"s fixtures from the firth round and fourth round replay

FA Cup: The guide to all this weekend's fixtures from the fifth round and fourth round replay

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09:43 GMT, 15 February 2013

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UPDATED:

10:06 GMT, 15 February 2013

The FA Cup returns to action this weekend as fourteen teams battle for a place in the quarter-finals while Chelsea host Brentford in a fourth round replay.

Here Sportsmail has teamed up with statistic giants Opta to bring you all the latest facts and team news ahead of ALL this weekend's fixtures, so keep checking this page throughout the day to see how your team will line up.

Dream ticket: Fourteen sides are battling for a quarter-final place this weekend

Dream ticket: Fourteen sides are battling for a quarter-final place this weekend

Fourth round replay

Chelsea v Brentford
David Luiz, Demba Ba, Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel are available for Chelsea's FA Cup fourth round replay with Brentford on Sunday after missing the Europa League win at Sparta Prague.

Luiz was suspended, Ba ineligible and Moses and Mikel rested, after winning the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria, while John Terry and Ashley Cole were unused substitutes.

Cole had a cold and Terry was not risked after a setback in his recovery from a knee injury, but the captain is in line to return in defence against the Bees. Oriol Romeu (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Up for the cup: Chelsea's John Terry could feature having been rested for Thursday's win at Sparta Prague

Up for the cup: Chelsea's John Terry could feature having been rested for Thursday's win at Sparta Prague

Only
once in the last 14 years have Chelsea failed to reach the fifth round
of the FA Cup. The Blues are unbeaten in four matches (all competitions)
against Brentford (W3 D1).

Before last month’s clash, their only
previous FA Cup meeting came in 1950. Chelsea won 1-0. Brentford have
won just one of their last six (D3 L2).

Chelsea have lost only two of their
last 18 replays in the FA Cup; winning 13. Of the three that went to
penalties, they have twice been eliminated on spot-kicks.

Fernando Torres’ only goal in his last 12 appearances for Chelsea came against Brentford in the original clash.

Marcello Trotta, on loan from Fulham, has scored three in four for Brentford (all comps).

In just nine FA Cup games for Chelsea, Juan Mata has played a part in 10 goals (scored four and assisted six).

Frank Lampard has been involved in 23 goals (scored 14 or assisted nine) in his last 24 appearances in the FA Cup.

Provisional Chelsea squad: Cech, Turnbull,
Hilario, Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Ramires, Lampard, Torres, Mata, Oscar,
Mikel, Hazard, Ba, Ferreira, Marin, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta,
Benayoun, Bertrand, Ake, Moses.

Fifth round

Luton v Millwall
Millwall have won four of the five previous meetings between these two sides in the FA Cup; losing the other.

The Lions have won five and lost just one of their last eight clashes with Luton in all competitions.

In the last round, Luton became the first non-league side to win away at a top-flight team in the FA Cup since 1986 (Altrincham beating Birmingham City 2-1).

Luton are competing in fifth round for the first time since 1994.
The Hatters have progressed on five of their last six FA Cup fifth round ties; but never (from four meetings) when facing a team from a higher division.

Millwall have reached the FA Cup fifth round for the second time since they reached the final in 2004 (as well as last season).

Millwall have won 13 and lost none of their last 17 matches in the FA Cup against sides from lower divisions (excluding qualifiers).

Luton Town have won seven and lost none of their last eight games at home in all competitions.

The Blue Square Premier side have conceded just three goals in their last six at home; keeping three clean sheets in that run.
Millwall have won none of their last six on the road (in all competitions); losing four.

Arsenal v Blackburn Rovers
This is the seventh time that Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers have been drawn together in the FA Cup.

Arsenal have progressed on four occasions; although Blackburn were victorious in their last meeting (2007 Fifth Round) winning the replay 1-0 (after the initial match ended 0-0).

Arsenal are unbeaten in 34 games against lower ranked sides in the FA Cup (W27 D7).

The Gunners are also unbeaten in 34 FA Cup ties at home (W25 D9).
This will be Arsenal’s sixth appearance in the fifth round since winning the trophy in 2005. They have failed to progress on three of the previous five occasions.

Olivier Giroud bagged a brace in the fourth round for Arsenal and has scored five in his last five appearances for the London club.

Jordan Rhodes has bagged nine goals in his last 10 appearances for Blackburn in all competitions.

Rovers have won six and lost just one of their last 10 in all competitions.
Arsenal have won five of their last seven in all competitions at the Emirates (D1 L1).

Blackburn have lost three of their last four visits to the Emirates by at least four goals on each occasion (D1; all competitions).

The two games between Arsenal and Blackburn in the Premier League last season produced 15 goals.

MK Dons v Barnsley
This will be the first meeting between MK Dons and Barnsley in the FA Cup.

Three of the previous five meetings between the two clubs in all competitions have ended in draws.

This is the first time MK Dons have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Karl Robinson’s side have won four and lost none of their last six home matches in the FA Cup.

Since beating QPR 4-2 in the fourth round, MK Dons have lost three of four matches (D1), scoring only two goals.

Barnsley have won six and lost none of their last seven in all competitions.
Jason Scotland has scored three goals in just 75 minutes of action for Barnsley this season (three sub appearances).

Izale McLeod, who returned to MK Dons in the January transfer window, scored for the Dons in the first ever clash between these two sides back in August 2004.

Oldham Athletic v Everton
Oldham are unbeaten in five matches against Everton in the FA Cup (W3 D2).

The last time the sides met, Oldham left Goodison Park with 1-0 win in the FA Cup third round in 2008.

Everton have won just one of their last five visits to Oldham in all competitions (D2 L2). Everton are unbeaten in their last seven away games in the FA Cup (W5 D2).

The Toffees have won four of their last six on the road (D1 L1); with their only loss in that run coming at Old Trafford last weekend.

The Latics have won just three of their last 12 (in all competitions). However, two of those wins have come in the last three.

Forward Lee Barnard has scored in each of his two appearances for Oldham signing joining on loan from Southampton.

Left-back Leighton Baines has scored four times in his last eight appearances for Everton in all competitions.

Manchester City v Leeds United
This will mark the sixth occasion that Manchester City and Leeds United have clashed in the FA Cup. Leeds lead the head-to-head with three wins to two.

The two teams met in the fifth round back in 1977. Leeds won 1-0 at Elland Road.

None of the last four matches between the two sides in all competitions have ended in an away win (three home wins and a draw).

The Premier League Champions have won six of their last nine in all competitions but are without a win in three (D2 L1)

Neil Warnock’s side have lost five of their last seven on the road (W1 D1; all comps).

The Whites have not kept a clean sheet away from home this season.
Ross McCormack has scored four goals in his last six for Leeds.

Manchester City have conceded just two goals in their last five home games in all competitions; keeping four clean sheets.

The last time the two teams met in March 2004, James Milner started in midfield for Leeds.

Huddersfield Town v Wigan Athletic
The only previous meeting between the two teams in the FA Cup was back 1977. Huddersfield won 2-0 at home.

Wigan have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time since 1987.

The Latics have won six of their last 10 away FA Cup matches against sides from lower divisions.

Roberto Martinez’s side have kept only two clean sheets in their last nine in all comps. Both were in the FA Cup.

Huddersfield have lost 11 of their last 15 FA Cup matches against top flight opposition (W1 D3). The victory (over Birmingham City) came in their last home match against Premier League opposition.

Town have lost two of their last eight (W3 D2), after going on a ten-match run without a victory (D5 L5).

The Terriers’ last seven goals in all competitions have been netted by different scorers.

Jordi Gomez has scored twice in Wigan’s three FA Cup matches this season. Shaun Maloney has netted in his last two games for Wigan.

Manchester United v Reading
The last two times Man Utd have beaten Fulham at Old Trafford in the FA Cup (as they did in the last round), they have gone on to win it (2004, 1999).

Manchester United are unbeaten in 12 matches in all competitions against Reading (W8 D4). The last time they lost to Reading was in the FA Cup in January 1927.

The Red Devils have won 15 of their last 19 home ties in the FA Cup (D2 L2). Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have conceded just one goal in their last five FA Cup matches at Old Trafford.

This is the third time in the last four years that Reading have reached the FA Cup fifth round; and only the eighth time in their history. On each of the last two appearances, they have progressed to the last eight.

Only once in the last 12 occasions that Reading have drawn against opponents from the same division in the FA Cup have they progressed to the next round.

Wayne Rooney has scored three goals in his last two starts against Reading.

Adam Le Fondre has scored seven goals in his last seven appearances for Reading in all competitions. He also scored against Manchester United earlier this season.

The clash between the two teams earlier in the season (in the Premier League) saw seven goals scored in the opening 35 minutes.

Darts: Scott Waites and Tony O"Shea reach world final

Ruthless Waites thrashes George to reach world final as O'Shea battles to beat Harms

By
Nick Metcalfe

PUBLISHED:

16:31 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

01:28 GMT, 13 January 2013

Richie George saw his World Championship dream torn apart by Scott Waites on Saturday.

Waites completely dominated their semi-final clash at the Lakeside in Frimley Green, winning 6-1 to reach his first final

Richie is the son of the popular Bobby, a former world finalist and now BBC pundit.

In Sunday's final Waites will meet Tony O'Shea, who battled to a 6-4 win over Wesley Harms.

Pure delight: Scott Waites celebrates his victory over George

Pure delight: Scott Waites celebrates his victory over George

WOMEN'S FINAL

Russia's Anastasia Dobromyslova won her third women's world title, beating England's Lisa Ashton 2-1 in the final.

Third seed Waites won the first 12
legs of the match to open up a 4-0 lead, with George missing a host of
doubles. When Waites won the fifth set as well, a humiliating whitewash
looked on the cards for George.

The youngster held his nerve to pull
one set back however, before Waites duly completed his win in front of
another full house in Surrey.

Not this time: Richie George throws during his semi-final match

Not this time: Richie George throws during his semi-final match

'You have to bully your opponent and that's exactly what I did,' said Waites afterwards.

'I was happy with the way the game went. I hit doubles early on – that put pressure on Richie.'

George said: 'I couldn't be happier. I had my chances and didn't take them, but Scott played brilliantly. It wasn't meant to be for me.'

Silver service: Tony O'Shea is into the final

Silver service: Tony O'Shea is into the final

Darts: Scott Waites thrashes Richie George to reach world final

Ruthless Waites thrashes George to reach world final

By
Nick Metcalfe

PUBLISHED:

16:31 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:46 GMT, 12 January 2013

Richie George saw his World Championship dream torn apart by Scott Waites on Saturday.

Waites completely dominated their semi-final clash at the Lakeside in Frimley Green, winning 6-1 to reach his first final

Richie is the son of the popular Bobby, a former world finalist and now BBC pundit.

Pure delight: Scott Waites celebrates his victory over George

Pure delight: Scott Waites celebrates his victory over George

Third seed Waites won the first 12
legs of the match to open up a 4-0 lead, with George missing a host of
doubles. When Waites won the fifth set as well, a humiliating whitewash
looked on the cards for George.

The youngster held his nerve to pull
one set back however, before Waites duly completed his win in front of
another full house in Surrey.

'You have to bully your opponent and that's exactly what I did,' said Waites afterwards.

'I was happy with the way the game went. I hit doubles early on – that put pressure on Richie.'

Not this time: Richie George throws during his semi-final match

Not this time: Richie George throws during his semi-final match

George said: 'I couldn't be happier. I had my chances and didn't take them, but Scott played brilliantly. It wasn't meant to be for me.'

Waites will now try to go one step further and win the famous old trophy in Sunday's final.

Sir Alex Ferguson to rotate striker for Manchester United"s festive programme

Fergie ready to rotate up front for busy festive programme

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22:59 GMT, 22 December 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to break up his dream team pairing of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney over Christmas, despite their goals firing Manchester United to top spot and heading towards a Premier League scoring record.

Ferguson, who has avoided rotating his 50million strikers so far, feels he has to change his policy to cope with a run of four games in 10 days, starting against Swansea City on Sunday afternoon.

Fringe players including Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones and Ryan Giggs can be expected to play a part in fixtures against Swansea, Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion and Wigan, with Ferguson confident that a maximum 12 points over the holiday period will lead to them reclaiming the title from Manchester City.

Quite an understanding: Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney may be split up over Christmas

Quite an understanding: Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney may be split up over Christmas

‘December has already been a hectic month and now we have this run of four games in 10 days — and then the FA Cup begins. That’s quite a programme,’ said Ferguson. ‘Using our pool of players will be important for us.

‘It will be a different team every game, absolutely no doubt about that. All the players will be involved, I will definitely be making changes.’

Any rotation would carry some risk. Van Persie and Rooney have blossomed as a partnership by playing regularly together and have netted 19 of United’s 43 league goals this season.

Van Persie has scored in each of United’s last four games — all of which have been won — and Rooney has also netted five times in the same period.

With the league campaign approaching halfway, the scoring spurt of 11 goals in four games — including a famous 3-2 derby triumph against City — has given Ferguson’s men a chance to eclipse the Premier League scoring record of 103 set by Chelsea in 1999-2000.

Ready for a game, lads Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck are likely to feature for United over the festive season

Ready for a game, lads Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck are likely to feature for United over the festive season

United’s best in the modern era is 97 goals in 1999/2000, when they had their great strike quartet of Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham.

It is unlikely Ferguson will start with his star men against Swansea and then Newcastle at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, which will give Hernandez a chance to shine after falling out of favour this season.

However, Ferguson admits United will have to be on guard at the other end, with Swansea’s 2million surprise package Michu starting the weekend as the joint-top scorer in the league alongside Van Persie.

‘It was first-class business by Swansea to cherry-pick Michu. I’d never even heard of him — I think I should have a word with my scouting department,’ joked the United boss.

‘He can play up front or drop into the middle, so it could give us a problem. We need to be aware. He’s shown he is a good finisher, his goals against Arsenal were composed even when he went through on the keeper.’

United captain Nemanja Vidic is likely to be held back following his recovery from knee surgery until Boxing Day’s game against Newcastle.

Oscar Pistorius beats Arabian horse Maserati in race in Doha

Oscar 1 Horse 0: Pistorius races against Arabian stud Maserati in Doha… and WINS

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23:04 GMT, 12 December 2012

Oscar Pistorius has never baulked at a challenge. The sprinter was a star of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer, but his latest feat is little more on the obscure side.

The South African athlete raced against an Arabian horse named Maserati in Doha… and won!

Pistorius, who is nicknamed the “Blade
Runner” because of his carbon fibre running blades, outran the Arabian stud over 115metres in the
‘Run Like The Wind’ challenge at the Aspire Zone outdoor circuit.

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Miles ahead: The crowds cheered Oscar Pistorius as he bounds way ahead of the horse

Miles ahead: The crowds cheered Oscar Pistorius as he bounds way ahead of the horse

And the winner is...: Oscar Pistorius capitalised on a 15metre start over the horse in Doha

And the winner is…: Oscar Pistorius capitalised on a 15metre start over the horse in Doha

In the shadows: Maserati (right) was unable to catch up to the Olympian and Paralympian sprinter

In the shadows: Maserati (right) was unable to catch up to the Olympian and Paralympian sprinter

The athlete, who reached the 400m semi-finals in London and also ran in the 4x400m relay final to realise his boyhood dream of competing at the able-bodied Games, took full advantage of starting 15 metres in front of Maserati, who made a sluggish start to the race.

The sprinter, who was born without
the fibula bones in both legs, was taking part in the Definitely Able
campaign to highlight how Paralympians have contributed in sport.

After the race, Pistorius said: 'It wasnt about who won today, it was about just coming out here and showing people that those with disabilities are not to be stereotyped against.

'Thanks to everybody who came out here, we had a good night and hopefully that will do a lot to change perceptions of people with disabilities in this region.'

The Qatar Olympic committee tweeted:
‘Never mind run @OscarPistorius flew past #Arabian stud at
the#RunLikeTheWind #DefinitelyAble campaign.’

In his wake: Pistorius was grinning after the race

In his wake: Pistorius was grinning after the race

Earlier this week at Doha Goals, a
gathering of the leaders of sport in Abu Dhabi, said: ‘Arabian horses
[are] an iconic thing of the region. It is just a very special kind of
thing to do.

'I think it is going to be an amazing spectacle.’

Another victory: Oscar Pistorius beat the horse over 115m

Another victory: Oscar Pistorius beat the horse over 115m

Another victory: Oscar Pistorius beat the horse over 115m

The 26-year-old lit up the Olympic
Park stadium in this summer's Olympics, and won two gold medals and a
silver in the Paralympic Games.

The race was not the first time athletes have competed against horses with some of the most notable champions such as 1936 Olympics hero Jesse Owens and 1992 Olympic 100m gold medallist Linford Christie also going up against their four-legged friends, who generally out-paced their human rivals.

Pistorius is not even the first South African to run against an animal. Rugby player Bryan Habana ran against a cheetah in 2007.

Fair fight Pistorius' fellow South African Bryan Habana raced a cheetah in 2007

Fair fight Pistorius' fellow South African Bryan Habana raced a cheetah in 2007

Champion: Olympic legend Jesse Owens also raced against a horse

Champion: Olympic legend Jesse Owens also raced against a horse

VIDEO: Watch Oscar take on the horse Maserati in Doha

LA Galaxy Frank Lampard move in doubt as club target Kaka

EXCLUSIVE: Lampard move to LA Galaxy on the rocks as US glamour club target Kaka

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23:03 GMT, 30 November 2012

Frank Lampard’s hopes of following David Beckham to the MLS could be dashed after it emerged LA Galaxy want to sign the Brazilian Kaka from Real Madrid.

Beckham plays his final game for Galaxy tomorrow when his team take on Houston in the MLS Cup Final here in Los Angeles.

The Galaxy have been exploring ways of bringing Chelsea midfielder Lampard to the club to fill the slot vacated by Beckham and revealed today that they have had talks with the 35-year-old, who is out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

Limbo: Lampard has fallen out of favour at Chelsea this season

Limbo: Lampard has fallen out of favour at Chelsea this season

But today the man who persuaded Beckham to come to the States at the young age of 31 six years ago suggested that his preference was Kaka largely because he would give the club a profile among the Hispanic community in Los Angeles.

American dream: Kaka wants to play in the United States

American dream: Kaka wants to play in the United States

Tim Leiweke – the President of AEG, the company that owns the Galaxy, – told the Sports Illustrated website: 'I’m very proud of the fact we have a lot of people that are interested in the Galaxy.

'I’m a huge Frank Lampard fan, and I personally have great respect for him.

'Ive gotten to spend some time with him, and he’s an unbelievably good guy. But is he the right fit for our team now for what we need

'Coach Bruce Arena and I happen to be on the same page about where we need to go next.

'This next person has to be able to not only fit what Bruce needs on the pitch, but more importantly, we’re an ever-changing demographic in this marketplace, and we have to pay attention to that.

'It’s critical that we do the one thing we have never been able to do yet with the Galaxy, although we’ve tried. There is a Hispanic Latino population base we have to go conquer, and we haven’t.

'We’re well aware of Kak’s interest in MLS, and we in turn have made it very clear to him that he’s aware of our interest in him.

'We have a great relationship with Real Madrid, and just as we worked through a player with them six years ago [Beckham], I’m absolutely convinced we could find the right deal this time, too.'

Carmelo Anthony relishes London return with New York Knicks against Detroit Pistons

EXCLUSIVE: Yanks for the memories, London… now I can't wait to get back, says Knicks superstar Anthony

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UPDATED:

13:23 GMT, 26 November 2012

It was the scene of his greatest triumph to date and, naturally, Carmelo Anthony can't wait to get back to London in the New Year.

The 28-year-old was one of the star members in the USA's all-conquering Dream Team alongside the likes of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, winning gold in the men's basketball at the 2012 Olympics.

With the regular NBA season back in full flow the New York Knicks forward has continued to shine, scoring over 20 points in 11 of the 12 games he has played in since the new 82-game campaign began at the beginning of the month.

On the ball: Anthony can't wait to get back to London in the New Year

On the ball: Anthony can't wait to get back to London in the New Year

While the Knicks have famously not won a world championship since 1973, coach Mike Woodson's Anthony-inspired side are currently enjoying the franchise's best ever start to a season with nine wins and three defeats.

Indeed, there's no doubt in the mind of veteran team-mate Marcus Camby that Anthony's achievements earlier this summer have acted as the catalyst to the Knicks' stunning start so far, which has suddenly offered the usually pessimistic natives a newfound cause for optimism.

'I think that whole Olympics experience has elevated his game,' said Camby. 'Melo came back with a lot more confidence and as you have seen this year, he is playing lights out basketball for us.'

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Flying high: The Knicks star scored 29 points in his side's win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday

Tyson Chandler, another stand-out Knicks performer and who was also part of the USA's gold medal-winning team, is in agreement with Camby and added: 'He [Anthony] has been so consistent throughout the year of getting us going early. His being physical gets us into the bonus, which really help out.'

And after almost single-handedly crushing the Detroit Pistons in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden on Sunday (scoring 29 points in the 121-100 victory), there's little wonder why Anthony is so enthused about the thought of returning to the capital on January 17 when the Knicks next meet the Pistons at the O2 Arena.

'Man that's far,' joked Anthony, who was speaking to Sportsmail in New York. 'But I can't wait to get back over there in London.'

On target: Anthony celebrates with team-mate J.R. Smith during their game against the Detroit Pistons

On target: Anthony celebrates with team-mate J.R. Smith during their game against the Detroit Pistons

A smile as big as the Brooklyn Bridge covers the easy-going superstar's face and his eyes illuminate like the bright lights on Times Square as he reflects on his 'unforgettable' experience at the Games.

'It was probably one of the best experiences I've ever had just being over there, being in London [at the Olympics], both on the court and off the court,' he said.

'You know, I've got some good stories of my time at the Olympics Village but I'll keep most of those to myself. I'll keep them locked up in my vault!

'The Village was great and we hung out with whoever was there to be honest. For most of the time, there were a lot of other matches going on so we would just be there, eat at the cafeteria and hang out.

'We also had the chance to go and eat at some other spots and do some sightseeing. You know, it was great. We went to see the [London] Eye, man. And we went to the [Buckingham] Palace.

'You know, over in the UK there's definitely a lot of fashion with the clothes and, of course, there's a lot of history too when it comes to the buildings and all that.

'The fans were great to us too. They were very knowledgable of the game and basketball is definitely growing over there in London.

'The whole thing really was just one of a kind.'

With Anthony at the peak of his powers, London will undoubtedly welcome him back with open arms.

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Lord knows when England will host World Cup, jokes Sepp Blatter

Only the Lord can bring the World Cup back to England now, jokes Blatter

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UPDATED:

12:56 GMT, 20 November 2012

Sepp Blatter has told England they need to start praying if they are ever to host the World Cup again.

The FA bitterly lost out in the race to host the 2018 tournament, with the game’s elite voting for it to go to Russia instead.

England cannot bid to host the finals until after the 2026 edition – and FIFA president Blatter has suggested only the Lord can save their dream.

Lord knows: Sepp Blatter has joked about England's hopes of hosting the World Cup finals

Lord knows: Sepp Blatter has joked about England's hopes of hosting the World Cup finals

He told the London Evening Standard: ‘One of the gods up there, the god of football perhaps, knows. I will ask Joseph Ratzinger [the Pope]. You know who Joseph Ratzinger is

‘I will ask him. Every morning he is speaking with the Lord, so he will tell me.’

In a more serious moment, Blatter has told England to get over their defeat and accept that others have the right to host the World Cup.

He added: ‘In our game, you have also to accept defeat. England has given us, not only this beautiful game of football, but also the term fair play. And fair play means accepting defeat.

Defeat: England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup spectacularly failed

Defeat: England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup spectacularly failed

‘England should accept they got only two votes [one of them from the Englishman on the executive, Geoff Thompson]. If they had 11 [out of the 24] votes, they could be disappointed.

‘They could say who did it It was not one person, it was the general movement that did not want England. So who is responsible for the defeat’

Rolling back the years: England last hosted a major tournament in 1996 for the European Championship

Rolling back the years: England last hosted a major tournament in 1996 for the European Championship

Jenson Button"s F1 car on sale on e-Bay for 25,000

Fancy yourself as the next Jenson Button Well, splash out on his old F1 car… if you've got a spare 25,000!

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14:37 GMT, 13 November 2012

For all last-minute shoppers out there – here's one way to avoid a Christmas Eve pit-stop on the bustling High Street.

Jenson Button's Honda Racing show car from the 2003 season is on sale on e-Bay and can be yours for 'only' 25,000.

Dream machine: Jenson's Button 2003 F1 show car is up for grabs

Dream machine: Jenson's Button 2003 F1 show car is up for grabs

Dream machine: Jenson's Button 2003 F1 show car is up for grabs

Dream machine: Jenson's Button 2003 F1 show car is up for grabs

Stop start: The car doesn't have engine or control pedals

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One (not so) careful owner: Button finished ninth in the drivers' championship in 2003…

One (not so careful) owner: Button is rescued by medical staff after crashing in 2003

… despite crashing in Monaco (but don't worry it's not the car on e-Bay)

'Opportunities to purchase recent f1 show cars are few and far between. The scope of use for this car is endless and can cover everything from commercial display to personal.

'Ornament and the ultimate seat for playstation racing games.

'Surely the perfect present for all jenson button fans.

'The car can be viewed in wolverhampton at the wolverhampton mazda, ssangyong, subaru garage! Telephone: 01902 351 153'

The sale will end on Friday.