January 23rd, 2011

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Abbey Clancy and Peter Crouch have a bb girl

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Abbey Clancy and Peter Crouch welcomed their first child last night.

The Spurs striker was reportedly at his fiancée's side as she gave birth to a baby girl weighing 7lbs, 9oz.


A friend of the couple told the Daily Mail: "Abbey and Peter are over the moon. They haven't picked a name yet, but they are completely in love with her."

A spokesman confirmed that mother and baby are both doing well.

Crouch and Clancy are thought to be planning a summer wedding.

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Congrats to them both :)

David James: "The Olympic stadium needs football after 2012, not athletics"

 

I find it hard to sympathise with all this hand-wringing going on over the issue of the Olympic Stadium. Whoever wins the bid, be it Tottenham or West Ham, British athletics will receive a new – or newly revamped – stadium which, when you consider the venues they have at the moment has to be seen as a big improvement for the sport.

Over the past few days we have heard various figures in athletics talking about a "broken promise", but the "promise" should never have been made in the first place because it was so unrealistic. Who would fill such a stadium? If you have ever seen an athletics crowd at Gateshead you will know what I am talking about. Without a proper plan ever having been secured for the future of the stadium in the first place it is unsurprising that the sport now finds itself in this mess.

If the Olympic Stadium does go to Tottenham, it won't be the first athletics stadium to go to a football club. Eastlands was originally designed for Manchester's failed Olympic bid, it then hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2002 before being taken over by Manchester City. Perhaps that should have issued a warning to the athletics governing body: if there was an athletics crowd to fill Eastlands then it would still host athletics. As harsh as it sounds, British athletics needs to accept that the sport just isn't that big in this country.

Rather than worry about stadiums, the athletics governing body should start worrying about participation. With the Schools Sport Partnership cuts going ahead – reports say 84% of services will have their funding withdrawn – where are we going to find our next generation of athletes? It's all very well having an Olympic stadium for athletes to compete in 20 years down the line, but if we're not producing more Daley Thompsons or Jessica Ennises then what is the point? That is a far more important, and pressing, legacy issue than what happens to an overpriced and rather unattractive pile of bricks and mortar.

Source: www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2011/jan/23/david-james-olympic-stadium-football-athletics

What are your opinions on this? It's all a bit of a mess. I think Spurs should win the bid, personally. Not really convinced that West Ham taking it over would be financially viable.

Also, lol, we don't have a West Ham tag.


This is important.

As you have probably heard, Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys were recorded making disparaging and completely sexist remarks about linesman Sian Massey and her ability to perform her job during yesterday's game between Liverpool and Wolves.

Full quotes here: 
community.livejournal.com/ontd_football/3163588.html 

Although they believed that their microphones were switched off, this is absolutely no excuse. 

Sky Sports is viewed by millions. Those remarks were made by two people who, for better or for worse, are watched and listened to by millions. 

Sexism is already a huge problem in this sport, without Keys' and Gray's pearls of wisdom serving to reinforce tiresome stereotypes about women and football.

This, sadly, hasn't received all that much attention in the media as of yet. I think it's incredibly important that we let Sky know that this is unacceptable.

There are two ways to do that. You can do one of them, or you can do both. Just do something.

Firstly, you can fill in this form: 
www.skysports.com/contactus

Secondly, you can complain to Ofcom: 
stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/tell-us/specific-programme-epg