Sex scandals, overpaid footballers + other bits
US FOOTBALL COACH SHAMED FOR CHILD ABUSE COVER UP
An airplane tows a banner that reads "Take the statue down or we will" as it flies over the Penn State campus in State College, Pennsylvania. The banner is believed to refer to the Joe Paterno statue outside Beaver stadium which has become a point of controversy. This was after a blistering report accused Paterno of covering up the child sex abuse of assistant coach Jerry Sandusky to shield Penn State's reputation. The statue was removed soon after.
FRENCH GOVT THINKS IBRAHIMOVIC IS TOO EXPENSIVE
France's Socialist government denounced the size of football pay as the big-spending club Paris Saint Germain celebrated the arrival of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The French club didn't go public with the financial terms of the deal that lured Ibrahimovic from AC Milan, but media put the annual pay at €14m (RM51.3mil) net of tax, in a country where incomes upwards of €1m are soon set to be hit by a new supertax of 75 percent.
LEWIS HAMILTON: MY TEAM IS FAMILY
Lewis Hamilton hinted he wants to stay with the team that has been his second home nearly all his motor racing career. Hamilton said he would feel "abnormal" to race for any other team in Formula One. Speaking on the eve of opening practice for this weekend's German GP, he said, "I have a lot of faith in this team, we're like a family." Hamilton told reporters in the Hockenheim paddock, "Anything different would feel very abnormal."
ONLY MACDONALDS AND ADIDAS CAN PROFIT FROM OLYMPICS
In the shadow of London’s gleaming Olympic venues, a quiet battle is under way over who gets to cash in on the Games. Olympic organisers have enforced strict rules to protect official trademarks, deploying about 250 uniformed "brand police" on the streets of the capital to ensure businesses do not piggyback off the world's biggest sporting event.The rules are simple: no one outside a small band of official sponsors such as McDonalds or Adidas is allowed to make a profit by creating an association with the Games.
FAME WILL CHANGE TOUR DE FORCE WINNER'S LIFE
Bradley Wiggins should be prepared for his life to be turned upside down after becoming the first British winner of the Tour de France, said four-time Olympic gold medallist Chris Hoy. Hoy knows how cycling success can bring overnight celebrity and warned his British Olympic team mate to expect drastic changes now he had ended the country's hoodoo in the event's 99th edition.
Published: 25th July 2012