Names In The News
ManU player RIO FERDINAND has offered to help Gold Medalist sprinter USAIN BOLT's "dream of playing for his beloved Manchester United come true." The Jamaican 100m Olympic champion is a "die-hard Manchester United fan and would jump at the chance of a trial." Ferdinand tweeted Bolt: "If you want that trial at Man Utd shout me, I'll speak to the boss!! Well done in 100m." Bolt replied: "After the Olympics we work on that...lol..thanks man" (PA, 8/7). ... Great Britain's JESSICA ENNIS and BRADLEY WIGGINS were "among the fans at a secret Stone Roses gig" in London at the Village Underground in Hoxton. Band member IAN BROWN told the crowd, "We've got the Queen of England in here tonight: Jessica Ennis -- and the King: Bradley Wiggins." Joining them were rower PETE REED, Led Zeppelin's JIMMY PAGE, The Clash's MICK JONES, Primal Scream's BOBBY GILLESPIE and English songwriter BOY GEORGE (London GUARDIAN, 8/7). ... Oriental Rongotai rugby club "stalwart MA'A NONU gifted 17 of his most-prized jerseys to the club that his family has played for and belonged to all his life." Nonu said, "Deep down this club means a lot to me. I was pretty much born and bred here." Ma'a and all three of his brothers -- SAMSON, PALEPOI and TAULIMA -- have worn the Ories colors, and his sisters are now on the women's team (DOMINION POST, 8/6). ... Five time Gold Medalist STEVE REDGRAVE has criticized "Top Gear" presenter JEREMY CLARKSON's earnings. Clarkson is the top earner at the BBC and makes more than £3M ($4.7M). That sum comes "mostly from the commercial exploitation of "Top Gear" rather than from the licence fee." Redgrave, who is a BBC commentator during the Olympics, spoke to the Radio Times about Clarkson's earnings and said: "It frustrates me more than Premier League footballers' wages. But I'm not going to get drawn into that" (London INDEPENDENT, 8/7).