New Adidas ball will fly faster than Jabulani

»A new Adidas ball, to be used at the Euro 2012 finals, will fly faster than its predecessor and will be just as unpredictable for goalkeepers, the chief executive of the German sporting goods company said on Monday.

"We will certainly make the ball (fly) faster and hopefully, we'll see a lot of goals being scored at next year's tournament in Poland and Ukraine," Herbert Hainer said.

The new Euro 2012 ball will undergo a "revolutionary development" compared to the famous Jabulani ball, which gave goalkeepers so much trouble at last year's World Cup. "As for Jabulani, we certainly underestimated high altitude, at which the tournament in South Africa was played," Hainer said.

Grenada to have Kirani James Boulevard
»There will be a Kirani James Boulevard named after the 400 metres world champion athlete in Grenada soon, Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has announced.

A highway leading south out of the capital in an area now referred to as Lagoon Road will be renamed, Thomas said.

“Our international athletes have demonstrated great prowess on the world track and field circuit, bringing a sense of immeasurable pride and joy to all Grenadians, as well as the wider Caribbean,” the leader stated. James won Grenada’s first ever World Championship medal last August in Daegu, South Korea when he captured the 400M just a month after he turned professional.

Transport issues could   stall equestrian fans
»Fans could miss out on one of the main equestrian events at the 2012 Olympics because of fears the transport system cannot cope with any more people, London's transport commissioner has warned.

"We have raised the question about whether or not they should release any more tickets for the equestrian event and that depends on how they organise the event," Peter Hendy said, adding that the Greenwich Park venue is served by a limited number of stations.

"What we don't want is to have huge queues of people for unacceptable periods of time," Hendy added as he appeared before the London Assembly Transport Committee.

Ambush marketing at Olympics will draw fines
»Publicity seekers who turn their bodies into billboards to advertise brands during the Olympic Games in London next year face heavy fines under laws to protect official sponsors.

Restrictions on so-called ambush marketing will also extend beyond the main Olympic sites to landmark buildings including clock tower Big Ben, parliament and nearby Westminster Abbey, according to rules set to be passed by legislators.

The Olympics has a core group of sponsors with long-term contracts, while other companies sign up for individual Games. London is aiming to raise around 700 million pounds from domestic sponsors for 2012. Breaking the rules could result in a fine of up to 20,000 pounds.

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