A British government committee criticised the spiraling costs of the London 2012 Olympics and called for greater transparency from organisers on finances to ensure continued public support. While accepting costs would rise, the report released on Wednesday said it was ''vital that public confidence'' was maintained.
Manchester United's lead in the Premier League was cut to two points on Sunday after they lost to West Ham 1-0 and Chelsea came back to beat Everton 3-2. Nigel Reo-Coker scored the winning goal in the 75th minute at Upton Park, giving Alan Curbishley a winning start as West Ham manager.
Feyenoord and Paris Saint-Germain -- two clubs whose last Uefa Cup matches were marred by violence -- reached the round of 32 in Europe's second-tier competition on Wednesday, and were joined by Ajax, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Celta Vigo and Fenerbahce.
Arsenal beat Tottenham 3-0 in the Premier League on Saturday to maintain a seven-year unbeaten streak against its north London rival. Emmanuel Adebayor opened the scoring and Gilberto Silva scored from two debated penalties in the first north London derby at Emirates Stadium.
Manchester United maintained their three-point lead over Chelsea at the top of the English Premier League on Wednesday with a 3-0 win over Everton. The Blues also won -- beating Bolton 1-0 at the Reebok Stadium. But Arsenal suffered their fourth loss away from home, falling 2-1 to Fulham and finishing with 10 men.
Arsenal jumped to third in the English Premier League and extended Liverpool's poor away form with a 3-0 win on Sunday. Mathieu Flamini, Kolo Toure and William Gallas scored to help Arsenal rise three places. Liverpool's title hopes faded further with the defeat. This was its fifth league loss -- and all have been away from its Anfield home.
Halfway through the group stage, some teams can already start planning their move into the next round of the Champions League. Chelsea are one of five clubs that need only one point to advance to the next phase, but if they are to get there, the English side will have to earn it at defending champions FC Barcelona on Tuesday.
Everton maintained their unbeaten start to the English Premier League season with a 1-1 draw on Sunday at Newcastle. Tim Cahill scored the equaliser in the 40th minute with a header off a cross from Mikel Arteta. ''It was a brilliant game. We worked really hard after going behind to a dubious goal,'' Cahill said. ''Overall, a draw is probably a fair result.''
It's not just a ''Battle of Britain'' when Manchester United host Celtic in the European Champions League on Wednesday. It's also a tussle between Scottish managers with a long personal history. It's the first time Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and Celtic manager Gordon Strachan have faced each other in Europe.
Middlesbrough scored twice in the final 10 minutes and rallied to beat Chelsea 2-1 on Wednesday, leaving Manchester United alone at the top of the English Premier League standings. Two-time defending champions Chelsea led on a 16th-minute goal from Andriy Shevchenko before Emanuel Pogatetz equalised and substitute Mark Viduka scored in injury time to win it for Middlesbrough.
Four-time European champions Ajax were ousted from the European Champions League qualifying on Wednesday, scoring an own-goal in their 2-0 loss at home to FC Copenhagen. Ajax had a 2-1 lead heading into the second leg of their third-round qualifying match at the Amsterdam Arena, but fell behind when Michael Silberbauer scored in the 59th minute.
Another United States National Football League team owner -- and American billionaire -- is set to take over an English soccer club. Randy Lerner, who owns the Cleveland Browns, put in a £62,6-million bid on Monday to buy Aston Villa, one of the oldest clubs in English soccer.