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Harman: 2012 legacy 'has not materialised'

The promised Olympic "legacy" of increased participation had failed to materialise and fewer people were now active than before the London 2012 Games Shadow culture secretary Harriet Harman said.

The legacy hopes of London 2012 have not materialized according to Labour. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

"We were all proud to host the Olympics and Paralympic Games in London two years ago but instead of seeing increased participation things have got worse, especially amongst young people, as a result of the Government axing school sports partnerships. "Labour wants to help everybody to do more sport and physical activity - from children to the elderly, girls as well as boys, and people from all backgrounds and regions.

Betting firm profits from horseracing are already subject to a levy which raised £82 million for the sport last year and the Premier League has in place a voluntary 5% levy on television revenues for the grassroots game. But Labour is considering extending the betting levy to gambling - including online - on all sports and measures to pressure the country's richest football clubs into properly meeting their promise.


Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson to undergo treatment for prostate cancer

Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman with goalkeeping coach Bob Wilson (right) during a training session in 2002 Credit: Nick Potts/PA

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson is to undergo treatment for prostate cancer.

The 72-year-old was at Wembley for yesterday's FA Cup semi-final between the Gunners and Wigan Athletic. He's cancelled forthcoming work and charity commitments in the near future, but says he's planning to return to public life as soon as possible.

Bob Wilson making a save at Stamford Bridge in a football match against Chelsea in 1970 Credit: PA

Wilson played for Arsenal in the 1960s and 70s. He retired from playing in 1974, and then took up a coaching role with the club for several years.

Wilson, also a BBC and ITV television presenter, said he's very confident that the treatment he's receiving will prove successful.

Fulham continue fight against relegation

Fulham's Scott Parker returns from injury for today's game against Norwich Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Fulham will continue their fight to stay in the Premier League with a home clash against Norwich today.

Manager Felix Magath does have Scott Parker up for selection, after the midfielder was given the green light to play following more than a month out with a knee injury.

Darren Bent, Dan Burn and Giorgos Karagounis have also returned to fitness, although injured striker Kostas Mitroglou is still not in contention.

Fulham are currently eighteenth in the table and remain in the relegation zone, whilst opponents Norwich are one place and five points ahead of them.

Elsewhere, Crystal Palace welcome Aston Villa to Selhurst Park whilst Tottenham travel to the Hawthorns to face West Brom.

West Ham in action against Swansea

West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian Credit: John Walton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

West Ham will welcome Swansea to Upton Park later today as they seek to build on Wednesday's impressive draw against Chelsea.

Sam Allardyce's side could see themselves move out of the relegation zone if they clinch three points with a win.

Allardyce could also hand Italian signings Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello their first full debuts since joining the club.

Newham among most inactive boroughs in capital

Lack of spending by councils to encourage residents to take up physical exercise can lead to premature deaths, according to a new report.

Research indicates that there is a link between premature death rates in boroughs and a lack of investment from councils in promoting physical activity.

Barking and Dagenham was the most inactive borough, followed by Newham, home of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and Greenwich.

Richmond upon Thames, Islington and Kensington and Chelsea were the boroughs with the lowest number of inactive residents, with just 20% of adults in those boroughs deemed to be inactive.


Takeover at Charlton completed

Roland Duchatelet Credit: PA

Staprix NV, owned by Belgian businessman Roland Duchatelet, have successfully completed the takeover of Charlton Football Club.

The company, who own four football clubs including Belgian side Standard Liege, are to acquire 100 per cent of the club's shares.

Richard Murray will become the Addicks' non-executive chairman and he told the club's official website:

"I look forward to using my long experience in English football to continue to represent the club that has been my passion for many years.

"Charlton can benefit from Roland's experience in many different ways."

Chelsea's 2-1 win over Liverpool

Chelsea's John Terry applauds the fans as he celebrates victory Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Despite going behind to an early goal from Martin Skrtel, Chelsea kept up the pressure at the top with a 2-1 win over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. Eden Hazard equalised for the Blues with a well-struck shot from the edge of the area.

Then Samuel Eto'o's goal after 34 minutes gave them the winner. The victory puts Chelsea third in the table.

Arsenal defeats Newcastle 1-0

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny punches the ball to safety Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Arsenal has reclaimed the top spot in the Premier League following a 1-0 win over Newcastle. It was Olivier Giroud's header that secured the match for the Gunners. It was his 11th goal of the season. Arsenal overtook Manchester City at the top of the ladder.

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