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In other words, this is essentially a youth tournament, a youth tournament with Olympic medals, yes, but not the World Cup. The truth is that Pearce's managerial career won't be ruined if the host nation doesn't win this thing.
So spare the moralizing about how Pearce should field only the best and pick solely on merit. He does have some leeway here. Besides, "merit" can have broader meanings than simply how well players kick footballs - which Beckham and Giggs, especially Giggs, still do just fine, by the way. There is merit in sentiment, too.
Beckham has been waving the flag for London 2012 since before its bid beat Paris in an IOC vote in 2005. A cynical view would be that the ex-captain has been waving the flag for himself, too, latching onto the Olympic bandwagon with the same deft sense of timing and opportunity that makes him so good at both football and self-publicity.
Or, more honestly, one can acknowledge <a href="http://www.supraforsale.co.uk/">supra trainers</a> that Beckham has been a genuine, hardworking ambassador for London, lending his global brand to the games, generating buzz and generally being useful. Like on Friday, when he dropped by a London school and played the game he's become as good at as football: delivering feel-good sound bites about the Olympics, Paralympics and, of course, David Beckham.
Steve Spurrier is sticking with his plan to pay players. South Carolina’s outspoken coach, who first floated the idea at the Southeastern Conference’s spring meetings last year, trotted out his stipend plan again this week and said football coaches voted 14-0 to present the proposal to league athletic directors. The ADs will discuss it and decide whether to present it to school presidents and chancellors for an official vote Friday. Spurrier and his SEC colleagues would like to give football and men’s basketball players “approximately $3,500 to $4,000’’ - out of pocket - for the entire year to cover expenses . . . The Big 12 board of directors reaffirmed their support for a 10-team league, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be <a href="http://www.supraforsale.co.uk/">supra shoes sale</a> happy if the right No. 11 came along. Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis, who chairs the board, said he was “flattered’’ that Florida State and other schools have expressed interest in the league, but when the subject of Notre Dame was broached, Hargis had a different response.