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No extra time for Games, Moyes warns players

Any Everton player selected to play for a British team at the London Olympics will get no extra time off afterwards to recover, manager David Moyes said on Thursday.

Moyes told the Premier League club's website (www.evertonfc.com) that several of his squad had been contacted about playing in what will be the first British soccer team at an Olympics in 52 years.

"It would be hard to say to players not to (compete in the Olympics), but in the same breath this (Everton) is their bread and butter and this is where they get paid," said the Scot.

"They do need holidays and they can't then be asking for spare time off that doesn't fit in.

"If they say 'I'm playing in the Olympics then I might need a week off to recover', there can never be anything like that," added the manager.

"We accept international tournaments. What we're willing to do to those boys is give them a bit of extra time off because the players definitely need a holiday," he added.

"But I think the players going to the Olympics will have to consider their own holiday time and it couldn't be eaten into the club's time."

Five thousand toilet brushes on shopping list

As shopping lists go, the one compiled by the London 2012 Olympics organising committee (LOCOG) for the furnishing and stocking of its newly-acquired Olympic Village is a lengthy one.

LOCOG were handed the keys for the 2,800 apartments on Friday and now have six months to fit them out before 16,000 athletes descend on an area of east London that has been transformed from a weed-strewn industrial wilderness into what will become a new trendy suburb of the capital.

In the coming months 16,000 beds will be delivered along with 9,000 wardrobes, 170,000 coat hangers 11,000 sofas and 5,000 toilet brushes.

Each apartment will also be equipped with a television and have wi-fi internet facilities.

Work began on the Village in June 2008 and as well as the residential blocks that will provide home from homes for the world's top sportsmen and women, the site will include a cinema, an Olympic Village Plaza, shops, parks and 24-hour dining facilities serving up 60,000 meals each day of the Games.

London to host cycling festival after Games
A two-day 'festival of cycling' will be the first large scale event to use the Olympic Park when it reopens in 2013 after this year's Games, London mayor and keen pedaller Boris Johnson announced on Thursday.

Johnson said he wanted to create one of the world's leading cycling events in the capital as part of the legacy of the Games.

He pointed also to figures predicting the festival would attract more than 200,000 visitors to the capital and generate tens of millions of pounds in economic benefit.

"This spectacular event will help ensure that the 2012 Games are just the start, not the end of the benefits of hosting the Olympics," Johnson, who faces a re-election battle in May against his old Labour foe Ken Livingstone, said in a statement.


Bayern apologise for ‘spectacular’ PR stunt
Bayern Munich have apologised for a publicity stunt which announced a ‘spectacular transfer’ but turned out to be a club promotion on social medium Facebook that backfired and left many fans angry and disappointed.

"Based on the many comments we received, there are many Facebook fans of Bayern Munich who were not happy with our action," the German club said in a statement on Friday.

"We are sorry. It was not our intention to disappoint with the new FC Bayern app."

Sports director Christian Nerlinger had announced on Thursday that a spectacular transfer would be unveiled at a news conference later that day.

The news conference, streamed exclusively for its Facebook page an hour later, turned out to be a promotion in which Nerlinger said every Bayern fan was the ‘spectacular transfer. Our 12th man’.

Supporters reacted angrily, with hundreds messaging the club and saying that Bayern, whose three-point Bundesliga lead was cut last week by a 3-1 defeat to Borussia Moenchengladbach, would do better to focus on football.

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