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Fans flock to see MLB at the London Stadium this weekend

Fans flock to see MLB at the London Stadium this weekend

  • MLB saw continued success among British baseball fans at the London Stadium
  • Ashes stars did not share drinks together following the first Test at Edgbaston
  • Ex-Blue Peter presenter Simon Thomas is in contention to replace Jeff Stelling 

More than 100,00 fans packed into a transformed London Stadium this weekend to watch the Chicago Cubs play the St Louis Cardinals, as Major League Baseball took another big step forward in establishing itself with British fans.

The burgeoning audience watched the Cardinals fight back to beat the Cubs and draw this summer’s London Series.

MLB has already announced that the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies will return to London next year. 

And despite reports of some spectators paying over £900 for premium seats, data from Viagogo shows there are more affordable options. 

Appealing to a broad range of fans will be key if MLB is to keep its momentum in the UK.

Fans packed into the London Stadium as MLB’s momentum in the UK continues to grow

 

Trouble brewing as teams drink alone after test

They were quick to congratulate their opponents on the field, but it was interesting that England did not head into Australia’s dressing room to share a beer after the first Test at Edgbaston.

In previous series, both sides have spent time together at the conclusion of matches before resuming hostilities days later.

However, this time each group did their own thing in Birmingham.

In 2015, the Aussies came under fire when James Anderson revealed they had not come in for a drink after their opening Test defeat at Cardiff.

England did not share customary drinks with Australia after their defeat in the first Test

 

Everton eye a role for former Arsenal man Sanllehi 

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Raul Sanllehi, the former Arsenal head of football and Barcelona director of football is being looked at over a potential role at Everton. 

Sanelhi spent close to three years at the Emirates as part of the attempt to rebuild post-Arsene Wenger. 

The Spaniard is currently at Real Zaragoza as director general. Sanelhi, who was born in Barcelona, has admirers on Merseyside – but it remains to be seen if he would make the switch if asked. 

Former Arsenal chief Raul Sanllehi may be offered a return to the Premier League at Everton

 

Racegoers given a shock at Ascot 

Bubbly-sipping punters were given a shock at Ascot when they asked for a glass of Moet.

The price was not listed on the menus (while jugs of Pimms at £37.50 were), but those who went for a glass of champagne in the Royal Enclosure were left stunned when they were told that the tiny tipple would set them back no less than £24.

 

Levy joins wealthy sports fanatics on the F1 circuit 

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has been a regular on the Formula One circuit this season, with the Spurs supremo attending a number of races. 

Those in the industry say there are few better environments to meet potential investors than the world of F1, which is awash with wealthy people with a passion for sport. 

Daniel Levy is just the latest wealthy sports fan to be spotted attending Formula One

 

Thomas in the running to succeed Stelling at Sky 

Simon Thomas is among the names being considered as a successor for Jeff Stelling on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday show. 

The former Blue Peter presenter, whose wife died in 2017, is in the picture, although Sky bosses insist no decision has yet been made.

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IOC all but confirm boxing’s place in the 2028 games 

As predicted by Agenda, the IOC have announced that boxing’s place at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics is all but guaranteed.

But they now face a race against time to encourage national boxing federations to join a breakaway world governing body in time for the Games.

This has been made somewhat easier by the outrageous behaviour of the Russian president of the banished International Boxing Association.

Umar Kremlev has lashed out at a range of people, calling for a former president to be shot and issuing veiled threats to the IOC and its staff.

However, Kremlev is a hero in Russia and the IBA will be free to re-sign Gazprom as a lucrative sponsor which, in a sport where cash is king, could slow down the exit rate of some national federations.

The IOC have all but confirmed that boxing will feature in the 2028 games, despite splitting with Umar Kremlev’s IBA

 

Referees draw back the curtain on VAR

Referees’ body the PGMOL continue to front up under Howard Webb and their new leadership team.

Engagement is improving across football, with VAR coach Phil Bentham part of a panel discussion on the system at the Football Supporters’ Association’s European Fans Congress on Friday.

Bentham fielded questions from the floor on VAR, which the PGMOL are keen to keep drawing the curtain back on. The public airing of VAR audio at the end of last season via Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show went down well with viewers and fans.

 

Bettinelli plans for home improvements 

Chelsea goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli has kicked off plans to extend his £1.5million Surrey home, complete with a home cinema and games room.

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The 6ft 4in stopper made his Blues debut in the 5-1 FA Cup win over Chesterfield in January and in March was handed a long-term contract to 2026.

Now he has launched plans for a Grand Designs-style makeover of his four-bedroom pad near Chelsea’s Cobham training ground.

Bettinelli, 31, has applied to the local council for planning permission to demolish an existing porch and build front and rear extensions.

If the plans are approved, his new-look home will boast a ground floor cinema, playroom and boot room.

Chelsea keeper Marcus Bettinelli has applied for planning permission to renovate his house
  • June 25, 2023