Bethel-Thompson will be a story for the English media again. Last month, he was popular there because his maternal grandfather, Wilbur “Moose” Thompson won the gold medal in the 1948 Olympics in the shot put at Wembley Stadium. “I got some interviews for sure,” Bethel-Thompson said of his September visit to Wembley. “They love their Olympics over there.” His grandfather is 93 and living in Southern California. He will not attend the game, nor did he when Bethel-Thompson was wearing purple. He does have a cousin teaching in Austria and she went to the Vikings-Steelers game. “She’s hit me up for tickets again,” he said with a laugh. Bethel-Thompson realized he’ll be heading back to London shortly after he was claimed by the 49ers on Oct. 9. “It was cool to be a part of that, the whole process of being in the same stadium as my grandfather,” Bethel-Thompson said. “The second thing, it was just a very cool environment. Talk about 98,000 people and they’re good fans.” “It’s a very different vibe than American stadiums. They’re very into it, with flags all over the place. It’s a very cool place to play.” The 49ers are staying and practicing at the same place the Vikings did.
They have a nice facility. The first day that they offered me, they had my attention, Freeland said. College is on my mind. But my main goal is to accomplish what I have to accomplish in high school to get to that next stage of college. NUMBER CRUNCH: 9 The number of wins the undefeated Crossland boys soccer team has this fall, after winning 9-0 over Surrattsville on Wednesday. The Cavaliers have posted six consecutive shutouts, and have outscored opponents 53-3 this season. BREAKFAST LINKS Alex and Rachel Andrejev use their relationship to thrive on the volleyball court, and that was on full display Wednesday night as No. 7 Langley upset No. 2 Madison. Plenty of players took punishment in a physical girls soccer showdown between Arundel and Broadneck Wednesday, which ended in 1-1 draw after a 100 minute marathon. St. James forward Therence Mayimba became the second area high school basketball player to commit to George Mason this week. Heres a look at area high school football players to earn invites to the Army all-American Bowl and the Under Armour all-America Bowl. Former Princeton Day guard Aquille Carr, who spent the past summer playing in China on the Legends Tour, signed a contract with the NBA Development League earlier this week and will be eligible for the draft next month. GAME OF THE WEEK WHAT TO WATCH Volleyball: Damascus at No.
London shares close higher as BSkyB surges
View gallery A man walks past the London Stock Exchange, in central London, on September 22, 2011 (AFP Photo/Facundo Arrizabalaga) London (AFP) – London shares edged higher on Thursday as BSkyB surged after the satellite television broadcaster’s results for its latest quarter. The benchmark FTSE 100 index added 4.57 points or 0.07 percent to close at 6,576.16 points. “Global markets were lifeless today as the much expected agreement between officials in the US to avoid a default failed to ignite much optimism in equities,” said Shavaz Dhalla, a financial trader at Spreadex.” “Furthermore, since most investors were expecting a deal to be reached, albeit earlier then yesterday, then there really isnat much of an excuse to be diving back into equities,” Dhalla said. However, BSkyB shares soared 7.06 percent to 940 pence as the company 39-percent owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp announced higher revenues and expressed confidence about the rest of the year. Profits after taxation fell almost 12 percent to A193 million, hit by heavy investment in new services and a more expensive broadcasting deal to screen English Premier League football matches. But revenues grew 7 percent to A1.843 billion in its first quarter to end-September, aided by swelling subscriber numbers. “While the consumer environment remains challenging, we are well placed as we execute a strong set of plans for the rest of the year,” said chief executive Jeremy Darroch. Terrestrial broadcaster ITV benefitted from BSkyB’s positive comments, putting on 2.63 percent to 195.10 pence. Brewer SABMiller climbed 4.18 percent to 3,167 pence and budget airline easyJet gained 3.83 percent to 1,328 pence. Engineering group Weir led the fallers, dropping 2.99 percent to 2,268 pence, while building supplies distributor CRH shed 2.59 percent to 1,539 pence and inspection and verification specialist Intertek lost 2.55 percent to 3,210 pence. On the currency markets, the pound strengthened to $1.6156 at 5:26 pm from $1.5900 on Wednesday evening and to 1.1825 euros from 1.1794 euros the night before. Investment & Company Information