Here are some sports news stories of interest from the last few days:
Bellamy plans academy in Africa – West Ham striker Craig Bellamy seems to be losing the bad boy tag and has announced he plans to build a football academy in Sierra Leone to try to help develop the country’s young talent.
Bopara turns down big India offer – England all-rounder Ravi Bopara says he has rejected a lucrative offer to play in the Indian Premier League. This whole issue over centrally contracted England players not being able to play really needs sorting out asap. As Shane Warne said “It’s a bit short-sighted to not let the players play”.
Milan met Pope Benedict XVI this week to celebrate their centenary. Most of the squad must have been praying that they can hold onto their three-point lead over Roma and win the Serie A title. Captain Javier Zanetti presented the Pope with a personalised replica shirt with his name and number on the back.
Liverpool stadium plans approved – Liverpool’s revised plans for its Stanley Park stadium have been approved by the city council, at last. Anfield will now be redeveloped as a car park, sports centre and hotel.
Would a salary cap ease Keegan’s fears? – Keegan thinks the Premier League is getting boring and that it will always be dominated by the big four, and he has a point, pretty much all the top players end up at the big four clubs, e.g. Frank Lampard, Carlos Tevez, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Michael Carrick.