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Ticket requests for Oly 100M cross a million

Over one million ticket applications have been received for the men's 100 metres final at next year's London Olympics, organisers said on Friday.

While the London Organising Committee (LOCOG) are not giving a detailed breakdown of how many applications they have received for individual sessions at the two-week Games, a spokesman confirmed the 100M final had topped the million mark.

However, with around 50 percent of seats in the 80,000-seater stadium being taken up by sponsors, VIPs and media most people will be disappointed.

The initial application process for the 6.6 million tickets available for the Games has now closed. LOCOG said they received 20 million applications from 1.8 million individuals, an average of 12 ticket requests per applicant.

Money is already being taken from bank accounts although exactly what tickets people have secured will not be known until June 24 -- a system that has attracted some criticism and was labelled "peculiar" by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Olympic torch to have tight protection

A team of 28 police officers will provide round-the-clock protection for the Olympic flame and its torchbearers from potential protests or dissident groups as the relay makes its way around the country, police said .

London has chosen a lower profile torch relay after the ambitious and expensive international route for the Beijing Olympics which became a magnet for demonstrators, but potential security headaches remain.

National Olympic Security Co-ordinator, Assistant Commissioner Chris Allison, told reporters there was no intelligence of any specific threat to the relay and he did not think the same political demonstrations, protesting against China's human rights issues, would be repeated.

The torch will start its journey at Land's End in the West Country on May 19 and end at the main stadium in east London on July 27.

Giggs and Scholes are living legends: Iniesta

Manchester United's Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are "living legends", Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta told his club's television channel.

The Spanish international, who scored the winner in last year's World Cup final, was speaking about his rivals ahead of the Champions League final at Wembley on May 28.

"(Scholes and Giggs) are living legends," Iniesta said. "They have played a great number of games, have broken records, have won titles and furthermore they prove they in every game they are great professionals."

"They are examples for us and for youngsters who dream of triumphing some day. They are references you can learn a lot from," Iniesta said.

Real kick in the head for midfielder Mehdi

Standard Liege midfielder Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez will need surgery to reconstruct his face after being kicked in the head and knocked out during the Belgian title decider at Racing Genk.

Daniel Nardella, a consultant surgeon at Liege's University Hospital, said Carcela had suffered multiple fractures of his cheek, nose and right eye socket, although he appeared to be recovering well from concussion.

Carcela, who is due to have reconstructive surgery next Wednesday, was running down the right wing midway through the first half when Genk defender Chris Mavinga swung his boot and shin which hit the side of the midfielder's head. Frenchman Mavinga received a yellow card for the foul.

Swap tweets for books, says Ferguson

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson told his players to stop wasting so much time on Twitter and pick up a book instead after striker Wayne Rooney became involved in an online spat with a follower.

"I don't understand it, to be honest with you ... there are a million things you can do with your life other than that," Ferguson told a news conference when asked about the social networking site where some of his players are prolific tweeters.

"Get yourself down to the library and read a book. It's a waste of time."

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