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NextGen Series: Arsenal and Chelsea on course to meet in semi-finals, while Aston Villa play Sporting Lisbon

Arsenal and Chelsea on collision course in NextGen semi-finals as Villa face Sporting

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Adam Shergold

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16:06 GMT, 21 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:06 GMT, 21 March 2013

Arsenal and Chelsea are on a collision course in the semi-finals of the NextGen Series.

If the young Gunners side can beat CSKA Moscow at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, they will face their London rivals in the last four.

Aston Villa, who beat Olympiakos 1-0 last night to progress, will play Sporting Lisbon, who beat Tottenham 5-3, in the other semi-final.

London Derby: Chelsea, who beat Juventus 4-1 in the quarter-finals, could face Arsenal in the last four of the NextGen Series

London Derby: Chelsea, who beat Juventus 4-1 in the quarter-finals, could face Arsenal in the last four of the NextGen Series

NextGen Series

QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS

(click for match report)

Chelsea 4 Juventus 1
Aston Villa 1 Olympiakos 0
Tottenham Hotspur 3 Sporting Lisbon 5 (aet)

REMAINING QUARTER-FINAL
Arsenal v CSKA Moscow – Monday March 25, 7pm (Emirates Stadium)

SEMI-FINAL DRAW
Chelsea v Arsenal/CSKA Moscow – Friday March 29, 3pm local time

Aston Villa v Sporting Lisbon – Friday March 29, 8pm local time

Both at Stadio G. Sinigaglia, Como, Italy

Both semis, as well as the final and third place play-off, will be played at Como FC in Italy over the Easter weekend.

Chelsea booked their place in the last four with a 4-1 win over Juventus last Sunday, thanks to goals from Lewis Baker, Alex Kiwomya and Islam Feruz.

Villa got through last night thanks to a first half strike from Graham Burke.

Sporting beat Spurs in a rollercoaster
match played at Leyton Orient – trailing 3-1 with minutes to spare,
they forced extra time thanks to a Laste Dombaxe penalty and Roman
Michael-Percil's last gasp equaliser.

However,
the Portuguese side proved stronger in extra time, with further strikes
from Alexandre Guedes and a 45-yard volley by defender Atud Fokobo
ending hopes of an all-English final four.

Arsenal will hope to join Chelsea and Villa when they host CSKA on Monday evening.

Winner: Graham Burke (centre) scored the winner as Aston Villa beat Olympiakos 1-0

Winner: Graham Burke (centre) scored the winner as Aston Villa beat Olympiakos 1-0

Dramatic game: Sporting's Ruben Semedo celebrates the penalty that restored his team's lead in extra time against Tottenham

Dramatic game: Sporting's Ruben Semedo celebrates the penalty that restored his team's lead in extra time against Tottenham

League One round-up: Sheffield United stay top

League One round-up: Blades stay top with routine victory

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19:34 GMT, 26 December 2012

Sheffield United retained their place at the summit of npower League One with a 3-0 victory over relegation-haunted Scunthorpe.

Shaun Miller and Dave Kitson were on target while Nick Blackman struck a penalty to secure a routine win for the Blades.

Max Power and Adam McGurk were on the scoresheet as second-placed Tranmere came from behind to end a six-match winless league run with a 2-1 victory against Crewe.

Top of the table: Sheffield United's Shaun Miller (right) celebrates scoring the opening goal against Scunthorpe

Top of the table: Sheffield United's Shaun Miller (right) celebrates scoring the opening goal against Scunthorpe

Brentford continued their quest for automatic promotion with an impressive 3-1 victory over Colchester.

The Bees were two goals ahead inside 12 minutes as Marcello Trotta broke the deadlock and, after Josh Thompson was dismissed for a professional foul, Adam Forshaw smashed in the free-kick from 18 yards.

RESULTS:

Bournemouth 3 Yeovil 0

Carlisle 3 Hartlepool 0

Colchester 1 Brentford 3

Leyton Orient P – P Swindon

MK Dons 2 Walsall 4

Oldham 1 Doncaster 2

Portsmouth 1 Crawley 2

Preston 0 Bury 0

Sheff Utd 3 Scunthorpe 0

Shrewsbury 2 Notts County 2

Stevenage 1 Coventry 3

Tranmere 2 Crewe Alexandria 1

Drey Wright halved the deficit and although Tom Adeyemi was sent off for two bookings, Brentford secured the win thanks to Harlee Dean's 85th-minute strike.
Will Grigg scored twice as Walsall completed a league double over high-flying MK Dons with a 4-2 win.

Grigg's brace plus goals from Febian Brandy and Jamie Paterson handed the Saddlers a second successive win, while Ryan Lowe and Dean Bowditch were both on target for the below-par Dons.

Crawley came from behind to triumph 2-1 at Portsmouth and extend the Blues' winless run to 11 matches.

Pompey took the lead at Fratton Park when Paul Benson converted Scott Allan's cross after 10 minutes only for strikes from Mat Sadler and Billy Clarke to wrestle back the initiative.

Shrewsbury rescued a useful point with a late equaliser to frustrate promotion hopefuls Notts County in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Greenhous Meadow.

The lively Jon Taylor's 81st-minute cross from the right took a deflection and goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski was left red faced as he fumbled the ball into his own net.

Harlee Dean (right) celebrates scoring the thrid goal for Brentford, his team are now two points off the top with a game in hand

Harlee Dean (right) celebrates scoring the thrid goal for Brentford, his team are now two points off the top with a game in hand

The Shrews had gone in front in the 19th minute with a neatly-taken goal from County old boy Luke Rodgers. Lee Hughes equalised before County moved ahead on the stroke of half time through Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

Lewis Grabban scored his seventh goal in as many games as play-off chasing Bournemouth thumped Yeovil 3-0 at Dean Court.

A goal in each half by Grabban and Harry Arter, prior to Brett Pitman's late penalty, earned the Cherries a 12th win in a remarkable run of 14 unbeaten matches.
David McGoldrick completed the fightback after Coventry came from a goal down to beat Stevenage 3-1.

Lucas Akins gave the home side the lead from the penalty spot, but goals from Richard Wood, Carl Baker and McGoldrick secured the points.

In the hunt: Coventry's Carl Baker (centre) scores past to move his side just five points off the playoffs

In the hunt: Coventry's Carl Baker (centre) scores past to move his side just five points off the playoffs

Preston's winless league run at Deepdale dating back to September 29 continued after the Lilywhites drew a blank in a goalless draw at home to north west rivals Bury.

David Syers scored a last-minute winner as Doncaster prevailed 2-1 at Oldham.

Rovers took an early lead through Rob Jones after Billy Paynter's flick from a Cotterill free-kick had come back off the post before Youssouff M'Changama levelled.

Sam Collins, Matt Robson and Lee Miller fired Carlisle to a 3-0 victory over Hartlepool.

Leyton Orient first match called off as weather wreaks havoc with sport

More frustration for Orient as they're first to fall foul off the wet weather across England

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19:07 GMT, 25 December 2012

Leyton Orient led the way with the first weather postponement of the Boxing Day fixture programme as the forecast of more heavy rain threatened further disruption.

The League One side called off their home clash with Swindon at lunchtime on Christmas Day after downpours in London overnight.

Raining on our parade: The sports calendar has been affected by the weather

Raining on our parade: The sports calendar has been affected by the weather

It has been a frustrating week for Orient boss Russell Slade, who took his team to Notts County last weekend only to have the game controversially called off, even though both managers and the players felt the pitch was playable.

That match was one of 13 League fixtures which fell foul of heavy rain and clubs will be hoping there is no repeat at a time of the year which is traditionally lucrative in terms of attracting fans.

There was also a major casualty in racing, with Thursday's Welsh Grand National at Chepstow succumbing after six inches of rain fell in the area.

The race, which was due to be the BBC’s farewell, has been re-arranged for January 5 and will be screened by Channel 4.

Dave Sexton ex Chelsea manager, has died

Sexton, the coach for all seasons: Former Chelsea boss, who led club to Cup Winners' Cup, dies aged 82

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22:13 GMT, 25 November 2012

If ever a man could embody the new Chelsea, it was Dave Sexton, who passed away on Sunday aged 82.

Good timing. He left us on the day his beloved Chelsea were locked in combat with Manchester City. Perhaps he would have given that touch of irony, one of his rather straight-laced smiles.

Sexton, whose father, Archie, was a very useful light-middleweight boxer, went to Stamford Bridge as coach to Tommy Docherty in the revolution that swept through Stamford Bridge in the mid-1960s.

Legend: Dave Sexton has died at the age of 82

Legend: Dave Sexton has died at the age of 82

Perfect pro for club and country

As a player, Dave Sexton notched up more than 180 appearances in the 1950s in spells at Luton, West Ham, Leyton Orient, Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace.

He made his name as a manager at Chelsea, leading them to FA Cup glory in 1970 as well as the European Cup-winners' Cup in 1971.

Sexton also managed QPR, Manchester United and Coventry before winning Under 21 European Championships with England in 1982 and 1984.

He was serious, focused and so in
love with football – the straight man to a boss who always tried to see
the light side of life.

The Doc picked the team, Sexton
coached them. And what talent he had at his disposal – Terry Venables,
John Hollins, Peter Osgood, Ron Harris, Peter Bonetti, George Graham.

All worshipped the ground Sexton
walked on, if not always embracing his serious outlook on life and
football. He could never understand why someone as gifted as Ossie would
want to enjoy himself in pubs and bars.

They would often clash – on one
occasion, they squared up to one another in mid-flight to a European tie
when neither would back down after a bitter row.

Respect: Chelsea players observe a minute's applause for former manager Dave Sexton

Respect: Chelsea players observe a minute's applause for former manager Dave Sexton

Remembered: Chelsea pay their respects to former manager Sexton who has passed away

Remembered: Chelsea pay their respects to former manager Sexton who has passed away

Docherty and Sexton laid the
foundations of what Chelsea would become, inventing a club in the image
of the King's Road. Except Sexton abhorred it.

He once ran 200 yards when I went to
watch training to tell me I was not welcome. My offence Being close
enough to Ossie to know the workings of the team and the ways of Dave
Sexton.

Football was his life. It must not
be forgotten that he managed Manchester United and lost his job only
because he was not charismatic enough. He was all about getting it
right.

Standing tall: Sexton (right) with Chelsea at the 1970 FA Cup final replay

Standing tall: Sexton (right) with Chelsea at the 1970 FA Cup final replay

Red rule: Sexton (far right) spent four years at Old Trafford

Red rule: Sexton (far right) spent four years at Old Trafford

His knowledge of the game and his
tactical brilliance impressed Venables, Graham and Hollins, all future
managers. I was in Germany as the England Under 21s won the 1982
European Championship.

Sexton was manager, Venables coach.
At the victory dinner, Sexton spoke of how Venables was the greatest
thing to happen to English football since Sir Alf Ramsey.

Modest as always, he took no credit for his teachings, just grateful someone he had faith in would carry the torch.

Success: Sexton (right, standing) led Chelsea to the FA Cup in 1970

Success: Sexton (right, standing) led Chelsea to the FA Cup in 1970

International man: Sexton was also involved with the England set up

International man: Sexton was also involved with the England set up

When Venables became England manager,
he put Sexton on his backroom staff. The FA said: 'But he is so old'
Venables replied: 'I don't want him to play, just be a part of the
staff.'

In 1996, England reached the European
Championship semi-finals. Venables had laid down a game plan based on
Sexton's input. England have never been so close to glory since.

It was a sickening failure by the
FA not to acknowledge the role that Venables and Sexton, his right-hand
man, had played in giving England back their pride.

High praise: Chelsea fans praise Sexton (above) as he poses with chairman Charles Pratt (below)

High praise: Chelsea fans praise Sexton (above) as he poses with chairman Charles Pratt (below)

New Chelsea manager Dave Sexton stands on the Stamford Bridge terraces with Chairman Charles Pratt

Sexton knew the game. He loved
tactics. He worshipped players who shared his excitement for the
training ground. That clashed with players' love of a night out, secrets
shared with others. That tore at Sexton like a knife.

It was the one fault line in his
personality that stopped him being a true great. Sometimes I would ring
him at home and, when I identified myself, he would pretend he was the
painter or odd job man. He couldn't talk privately.

Dave Sexton got his delights by
preparing teams, coaching them, communicating, making good players
better. That was his life – the rest of us didn't really matter.

West Ham move to Olympic Park will create 1,000 jobs, says vice-chairman Karen Brady

West Ham move to Olympic Park will create 1,000 jobs, says vice-chairman Brady

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07:11 GMT, 7 November 2012

Vice-chairman Karren Brady is still
hopeful of West Ham moving to the new Olympic Stadium and says the club
can create 1,000 jobs if they do so.

The Premier League club are still waiting to hear if they can move into stadium two years after they were given the go-ahead.

Up in the air: The future of the Olympic Stadium remains unclear

Up in the air: The future of the Olympic Stadium remains unclear

A legal challenge from Premier League rivals Tottenham scuppered their bid to become 'anchor tenants'.

And now they face competition from
Formula One, an American football franchise, West Ham, Leyton Orient and
the East London University.

Martin Samuel writes..

Bidding process What bidding
process West Ham United must surely be regretting the decision to
compete for London’s Olympic Stadium in a respectful and structured way.

Their formality has cost in the region of 1m so far in lawyers, surveyors, architects and sundry fees.

Meanwhile,
Boris Johnson, London Mayor, seems to open talks with anybody he meets.
Latest to negotiate are executives from America’s NFL, flushed with
success from their annual visit to Wembley.

As West Ham stew, new bids arrive out of thin air. If we all have a whip-round, maybe we could have a go.

Click here to read his latest column

But Brady hopes their plan to provide
1,000 jobs with its plans for the stadium and hundreds more via the
redevelopment of its existing stadium, in nearby Upton Park, which would
become homes and shops could tip the balance.

She believes that the club could attract 1 million visitors a year to watch football.

The project would underpin her plan
to transform West Ham's image into a pillar of the community, together
with an aim to back a local Academy school.

'It would be nice to think we
changed the culture and created something very special about that
football club,' she told the Guardian.

'We know it's a big commitment to
convert the venue into a truly world class multi-use stadium. We have to
invest money that could probably build three brand new Olympic
stadiums.'

Brady suggests that Virgin's success
in persuading the government to repeal its decision on awarding the
west coast mainline contract to First Group after errors were made in
considering the bids, means other significant infrastructure deals,
including the stadium contract, are now being handled with even more
care.

'These decisions are very important
to the local community and to us and the processes have to be right
otherwise there's a challenge and it delays it even longer,' she says.

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Close call: Upton Park is in the same borough as the Olympic Stadium but the NFL franchises are more than a short hop away

The Treasury's refusal to hand over the 337
million Olympic-contingency underspend to help install retractable
seating is hampering West Ham's bid.

The
retractable seating is expected to cost in the region of 200 million
and the Mayor will be expecting any anchor tenant to make a significant
contribution.

It is
understood West Ham are willing to offer more than 8million a year in
rent and related payments in addition to a reported multi-million lump
sum

A decision on the future of the stadium was expected to be announced by the end of October but negotiations are ongoing.

FA Cup shocks continue as Dorchester beat Plymouth

FA Cup shocks continue as Dorchester beat Plymouth and Altrincham hold Burton

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19:44 GMT, 4 November 2012

Jake Gosling's second-half strike helped non-league Dorchester produce another FA Cup upset this weekend as they reached the second round with a 1-0 win over npower League Two side Plymouth.

The Pilgrims got off to the worst possible start when Conor Hourihane picked up two yellow cards inside the opening 10 minutes.

Exeter loanee Gosling, released by Plymouth aged 16, converted from close range after a left-wing cross had been flicked on by long-serving defender Mark Jermyn to book the Blue Square Bet South side a second round clash at fellow non-league outfits Luton or Nuneaton.

Happy days: Dorchester Town celebrate their shock win over Plymouth

Happy days: Dorchester Town celebrate their shock win over Plymouth

Only a late strike from Calvin Zola prevented another surprise result as Burton snatched a 3-3 draw at home to Blue Square Bet North side Altrincham.

Albion are play-off contenders in League Two and although Altrincham striker Damian Reeves saw his fourth-minute spot-kick saved, they still took a 2-0 half-time lead thanks to Carl Rodgers' strike and Nathan Stanton's own goal.

Zander Diamond halved the deficit and Robbie Weir missed a penalty before Jacques Maghoma levelled proceedings.

Lucky escape: Zander Diamond scores Burton's second goal against Altrincham

Lucky escape: Zander Diamond scores Burton's second goal against Altrincham

Burton still looked to be heading out when defender Damien McCrory put through his own net in the 86th minute but Zola spared their blushes to ensure a replay, with Crewe awaiting the winners.

Gloucester City and Leyton Orient's clash as well as Braintree's encounter with League One leaders Tranmere both fell foul of the weather, with Alfreton and Chesterfield awaiting the respective winners.

New dates for the rearranged games are yet to be announced.

FA Cup Second Round draw: AFC Wimbledon could meet MK Dons

Battle of the Dons: FA Cup draw throws together possible clash between AFC and MK

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20:29 GMT, 4 November 2012

AFC Wimbledon and MK Dons are in line to meet each other for the first time in the second round of the FA Cup – so long as they both win their replays.

AFC Wimbledon have climbed the football pyramid up to League Two since they were formed 10 years ago after the original Wimbledon were essentially franchised to the town of Milton Keynes in 2004.

Neal Ardley's men will travel to the League One side should they beat York City in their first round replay after the two sides drew 1-1.

Possible clash: Karl Robinson's MK Dons could host AFC Wimbledon who are managed by former Dons player Neal Ardley (below)

Possible clash: Karl Robinson's MK Dons could host AFC Wimbledon who are managed by former Dons player Neal Ardley (below)

Here again: Ardley was unveiled as the new AFC Wimbledon manager on Wednesday

While Karl Robinson's Dons need to overcome Cambridge City in their replay too, if they are to host a club set up in protest at the decision to disband Wimbledon and move them 60 miles north of London.

Meanwhile, angry Tranmere fans were charged 5 to park even though their tie against Braintree was postponed. Council staff only offered a 50 per cent refund to supporters who had made the 250-mile journey.

Elsewhere in the draw, non-league Chelmsford have been rewarded for their victory over Colchester with a trip to the Us' npower League One rivals Crawley.

FA CUP SECOND ROUND DRAW

Preston v Gillingham

Bury v Southend

Sheffield Utd v Port Vale

Carlisle v Bournemouth

Crewe v Burton/Altrincham

Northampton/Bradford v Brentford

Luton/Nuneaton v Dorchester

Alfreton v Gloucester/Leyton Orient

Oldham v Doncaster

Braintree/Tranmere v Chesterfield

Rotherham v Notts County

Cheltenham v Hereford

Guiseley/Barrow v Macclesfield

Accrington v Oxford Utd

Lincoln/Walsall v Mansfield/Slough

Harrogate Town v Hastings Utd

Coventry v Morecambe/Rochdale

Cambridge City/MK Dons v York/AFC Wimbledon

Crawley v Chelmsford

Fleetwood Town v Aldershot

Ties to be played on the weekend of the 1/2 of December

Goals from Anthony Cook, Donovan Simmonds and Jamie Slabber helped the Blue Square Bet South outfit to a 3-1 victory On Saturday and they will travel to Broadfield Stadium with a third-round place at stake.

Hereford upset Shrewsbury on Saturday and will next travel to Cheltenham, currently third in League Two, with the clashes set to be played on the weekend of December 1 and 2.

Macclesfield were shock winners over Swindon and they have been drawn to face either Guiseley or Barrow, while Blue Square North team Harrogate upset League Two Torquay and will relish the chance to play the Isthmian Premier Division side Hastings United.

Slough Town, the lowest-ranked side left in the competition, must beat Mansfield in their replay to set up an away clash with Lincoln or Walsall.

Former Sheffield United boss Micky Adams will take his Port Vale side to Bramall Lane in one of the more intriguing ties, League Two leaders Gillingham travel to Preston and Bury welcome Southend.

Carlisle host Bournemouth and Oldham entertain Doncaster in the two League One ties, Crewe await the winner of Burton and Altrincham and Notts County visit Rotherham.

Northampton will welcome Bradford or Brentford, Oxford must travel to Accrington and Fleetwood host Aldershot.

Gloucester City and Leyton Orient's clash as well as Braintree's encounter with League One leaders Tranmere were both postponed and Alfreton and Chesterfield await the respective winners.

Coventry will wait for Morecambe or Rochdale and Dorchester Town will travel to Luton Town or Nuneaton Town.

West Ham will share Olympic Stadium with NFL Americans

EXCLUSIVE: West Ham willing to share Olympic Stadium with NFL teams, rather than allow the venue to fall into American hands

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11:02 GMT, 1 November 2012

West Ham would be willing to share the Olympic stadium with American football, MailOnline has learned.

NFL franchises have held 'encouraging' talks with Mayor Boris Johnson to become the 'anchor tenants', a move that was believed would potentially scupper West Ham's ambitions.

The Olympic Stadium is in the same borough as West Ham's Upton Park and they have been the favourites during a long and grueling process to find new tenants.


Up in the air: The future of the Olympic Stadium remains unclear

Up in the air: The future of the Olympic Stadium remains unclear

But the surprising move from the NFL franchises put those chances at risk.

However, with the NFL planning a maximum of ten games at the stadium, West Ham are said to be keen to explore the prospect of working together.

It may cause alarm by fans who will question the damage done to the playing surface but West Ham are confident they can make it work.

Sources close to West Ham said yesterday: 'The club is open to all considerations. They remain positive and confident that a stadium built in East London should be used by a football club in East London.

'After the brilliance of the summer and the joy and success of hosting a domestic Olympics, West Ham remain confident in the process.'

There are four confirmed bidders; West Ham, Leyton Orient, the East London University and Formula One. It is believed the deadline for bids has passed, but the Mayor's encouraging noises to the NFL appear to have opened the door to them.

'Sunday's
game at Wembley, in front of more than 80,000 fans, further cements
London's reputation as the natural home of American football outside of
the US,' the mayor's spokesman said.

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Close call: Upton Park is in the same borough as the Olympic Stadium but the NFL franchises are more than a short hop away

Mayor Boris Johnson is heckled by protestors as he visits Bristol yesterday. West Ham fans may feel the same way about him.

Mayor Boris Johnson is heckled by protestors as he visits Bristol yesterday. West Ham fans may feel the same way about him.

Johnson – the chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation who operate the stadium – opened talks last weekend when four NFL teams were in London playing regular-season games at Wembley.

A spokesman for Johnson added: 'Given the ever-growing popularity of gridiron this side of the Atlantic the mayor and his team have held a number of meetings with senior executives in the last few days to explore further opportunities for NFL in London.

'The talks were exploratory and we are at an early stage but the signs are encouraging.'

West Ham are also looking to take over the anchor tenancy but the Treasury's refusal to hand over the 337 million Olympic-contingency underspend to help install retractable seating is hampering their bid.

The retractable seating is expected to cost in the region of 200 million and the Mayor will be expecting any anchor tenant to make a significant contribution.

It is understood West Ham are willing to offer more than 8million a year in rent and related payments in addition to a reported multi-million lump sum.

The club are unable to reveal the true nature of their financial package due to confidentiality issues.

Touchdown: The NFL arrived in London last weekend

Touchdown: The NFL arrived in London last weekend

West Ham also believe that as several other events will be taking place at the Olympic Stadium throughout the next few years – such as the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the 2017 World Athletics Championships – they should not be the sole party asked to foot the bill.

A decision on the future of the stadium was expected to be announced by the end of October but negotiations are ongoing. Other contenders for the stadium tenancy are Leyton Orient, a football business college and a group wanting to host a Formula One race at the Olympic Park.

The NFL proposition is an attractive one as the stadium would only be required up to 10 times per year – compared to up to 25 times a year for football. This would free up time for other events. But if West Ham and the NFL could agree on dates to share the venue, that would help the financial strain on the redevelopment package of the Stratford venue.

Boris takes to the microphone with opera singer Katherine Jenkins at Wembley on Sunday

Boris takes to the microphone with opera singer Katherine Jenkins at Wembley on Sunday

Boris meets the officials before kick-off between the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams in London on Sunday

Boris meets the officials before kick-off between the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams in London on Sunday

Bringing in other sports such as gridiron to the capital on a more regular basis is something that the Mayor's office are keen on exploring.

'Only last week the mayor, in conjunction with the NFL, announced an expansion from one to two regular-season matches in London from 2013. That means in total an additional 44 million in revenue for the capital from next year,' the Mayor's spokesman added.

Jason Brown abused on Twitter, police launch investigation

Police launch race probe after Wales goalkeeper Brown is abused on Twitter

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13:15 GMT, 15 October 2012

Investigation: Brown has called police in over Twitter abuse

Investigation: Brown has called police in over Twitter abuse

Police are hunting a racist who directed vile abuse at Aberdeen goalkeeper Jason Brown on Twitter.

The Wales international was on the bench during the 2-1 victory over Scotland in Cardiff and took the micro blogging site to express his delight at the result.

He said: 'What a game. Both sets of fans were brilliant. The Tartan Army was strong.'

However, one reply caused Brown – who
joined the Dons on a free this summer – enough distress to warrant
asking the police to investigate the matter.

The reply said: 'F*** off you d***** c***!!! Hope you get lynched.'

The 30-year-old, who has had spells
at Charlton, Blackburn, Leeds and Leyton Orient, contacted police who
have since confirmed they are taking the incident further.

'We have received a report from a
footballer of an offensive racist comment sent to him over a social
networking site. The matter is being investigated,' said Grampian
Police.

Leyton Orient could change name to London Orient says Barry Hearn

Are you ready for London Orient Hearn to change Leyton's name if ground-share with West Ham is accepted

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06:44 GMT, 5 October 2012

Leyton Orient owner Barry Hearn has revealed that he will change the club’s name to London Orient if their bid to ground-share the Olympic Stadium with West Ham is accepted.

Hearn believes sharing the Olympic Park with the Hammers would be an ideal scenario, and previously said of the proposed ground-share: 'I had a Martin Luther King moment – I had a dream.

'I looked at the Olympic Stadium and said 'why not' [share with West Ham]

Name change: Barry Hearn (left) is considering changing the name of Leyton Orient

Name change: Barry Hearn (left) is considering changing the name of Leyton Orient

If the name change were to go ahead, Orient would not be the only team to have gone for a new-look after moving stadium.

In similar circumstances, when Wimbledon relocated to Milton Keynes in 2003 the team became the MK Dons nine months later – to the disdain of many of their fans.

In 1982, Oxford United were saved from closure when Robert Maxwell bought the club.

The following year Maxwell proposed merging United with their rivals Reading. They were to be named the Thames Valley Royals.

The merger was called off due to outcry from fans of both clubs.

Proposal: West Ham could be set to share the Olympic Stadium with Orient

Proposal: West Ham could be set to share the Olympic Stadium with Orient