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Daley headed the Kournikova way: Coach

Britain's Olympic poster boy Tom Daley is in danger of becoming diving's answer to former glamour girl of women's tennis Anna Kournikova, according to one of the team's top coaches.

The 17-year-old Daley became a household name when he was the youngest member of Britain's team in Beijing four years ago and expectations of a London gold soared when he became 10-metre platform world champion in 2009.

However, there have been suggestions his celebrity status and media activities may damage his hopes of taking on the Chinese favourites in August.

"It reminds me of the situation in Russia with Kournikova, Britain's performance director Alexei Evangulov, told British media.

"She looked pretty and made a promising start to her career but the media exposure meant she never got to be the best. "She is still in the celebrity news but she never achieved her full potential. I am angry because nobody will listen to me." 
Yao Ming to move to movie world

Retired Chinese basketball superstar Yao Ming has been looking for business opportunities in the film industry but has not entered it yet, Yao’s agent has said.

Foreign media reports that Jay Cohen, an American film producer, is setting up a film finance fund with Yao have caught the attention of China’s media and public.

“Yao Ming and our team has not joined or set up any such organisation as the film finance fund,” Yao’s agent Zhang Mingji told Xinhua, adding that they are open to such kind of business, and are looking for good investment opportunities. Yao is currently busy with managing Shanghai Sharks, a Chinese basketball team.
Bulgarian coach chants total football mantra

New Bulgaria coach Luboslav Penev is a big fan of "total football" and wants more movement and aggression from his players on the pitch.

The 45-year-old, who succeeded German Lothar Matthaeus following Bulgaria's dismal Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, has his first game in charge on Wednesday in a friendly international against Hungary.

"I will require players to possess the ball much longer and I want to see us controlling our matches," the former Bulgaria striker said.

"The players should do much more running, they should fight for every single ball and for every inch of the ground and put pressure on the opponent. Every player on the field should be part of a fluid team movement.

"Everyone will attack and everyone will defend. That's my understanding of football - a total football," he said. 
Poland look for loos as Euro 2012 looms 

Most toilets in Polish cities hosting the 2012 European Football Championship are in good condition but too scarce and hard to find.

The organisers of Toilet 2012 campaign revealed that the best toilets can be found in Poznan, followed by Warsaw, Wroclaw and Gdansk.

Toilet 2012 surveyors visited lavatories at rail and air terminals, in parks, bars, fuel stations and sport centres.

“Our aim is to prevent Poles having to feel embarrassed about the standard of lavatories in their country when Poland will be visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists for the football championship,” said Andrzej Smolko, head of the CSW-boco Polska agency which initiated the Toilet 2012 campaign.

Smolko said the biggest problem was the scarcity of public toilets.

Euro 2012, to take place from June 8 to July 1,  will be co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine across eight cities. 
Gebrselassie keen to regain record

Ethiopian great Haile Gebrselassie has set his sights on reclaiming his world marathon record in Tokyo this weekend, five months after losing it to Kenyan Patrick Makau.

"I have come to Tokyo in a good condition," the 38-year-old dubbed the "Emperor" said.

Gebrselassie was scheduled to run in Tokyo last year but suffered a fall in training and pulled out with bruised knees. His luck went from bad to worse when he pulled out of September's Berlin Marathon with asthma as Makau raced away to set a new world best of two hours, three minutes and 38 seconds.

Gebrselassie's previous record stood at 2:03:59. 

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