The prospect of cloudy skies, rain and cooler temperatures at the is music to the ears of Spain’s under-21 goalkeeper David De Gea. The Manchester United No. 1 is perhaps more acclimatised to the vagaries of the British weather than many of his teammates, having moved to Old Trafford last year, but will welcome the change from the soaring temperatures of central Spain that have hit 40 degrees centigrade during the last week.
“It is colder, but from my point of view it is better for playing football,” De Gea said. “We just have to get used to it. Obviously I already am, but people quickly adjust.”
The Olympic torch relay began its final stretch in London on Saturday, starting in the capital’s historic district of Greenwich on a journey officials hope will help dispel a cloud of gloom and cynicism hanging over the Games.
Officials were all smiles in Greenwich as a young torch bearer jogged through the maritime district’s Royal Park past the grand colonnades of the old naval college. But many fear the Games will be a costly, rain-soaked logistical fiasco.
Monfils pulls out
Gael Monfils has become the latest player to withdraw from the tennis competition, the ITF said. In a statement the governing body said Monfils had been injured with his place in the singles draw going to Julien Benneteau.
Benneteau, who led Roger Federer by two sets at Wimbledon this year, joins countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon and Richard Gasquet in the men’s singles.