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Michael Owen; Retires at end of season

owenBy Sam, BBC School Reporter, Smith’s Wood Sports College

Owen, 33, who scored 40 goals in 89 internationals, played for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United and Manchester United and is now at Stoke.

Michael told the BBC “It is with an immense amount of pride that I am announcing my intention to retire”. He also added “I have been very fortunate in that my career has taken me on a journey I could only dream of”. Michael has played for some of the some of the best clubs in the world such as real Madrid, Liverpool and more. He has also played for the world’s most famous club and successful club Manchester United.

Michael started at Liverpool football club in 1998 at the age of only 18 and played in the English squad in the world cup in 1998. He scored an astonishing hat-trick against Germany with the game finishing 5-1 in Munich in September 2001. In Michael’s club career he scored a total 220 goals in his club career, winning the Premier League, FA cup, League Cup (Three times) and Uefa Cup.

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Beyond 2012

_56099085_bbcschoolreportlogoqr1By Katie, Lauryn, Daniel, Chanelle and Jermain, BBC School Reporters, Smith’s Wood Sports College

The London 2012 Olympics was a magnificent event in which Team GB had a successful time in taking part and taking 3rd place behind USA and The People’s Republic of China. The build-up to this regal event which unites countries from across the globe was one that no-one will forget. However when the events came to a close the interest was lost and most of the areas were to be either reused or parts relocated.

The Olympic Stadium has had a lot of interest for anchors from football teams to formula 1 teams. Who will actually take ownership of this giant stadium is anyone’s guess. No decision has yet been made but many ideas are currently flowing around. Despite there being an end to the Olympic games the legacy and memories lives on.

Exposing Street Dance!

_56099085_bbcschoolreportlogoqr1By Josh Brunger, BBC School Reporter, Smith’s Wood Sports College

Street dance is a form of dance started around the 70’s, ever since then it has evolved because more and more people have wanted to get involved and bring their own flavours to moves. Now, street dance is faced with a problem. Commercialism!

Commercialism by popular dancers and dance groups such as Diversity, Twist and Pulse, and more. These dancers are the only dancers that are shown on the media, because they enter TV shows hoping to win fame rather than dancing respect and recognition. When I say that these people are rubbish at street dance I am faced with disgusted expressions and harsh comments, but this is because they don’t know what street dance is. They are good at what they do but what they do isn’t what they promise it to be. All of these dancers are good at what they do, but what they do isn’t what they say it is!

They promise that the dances they do are street dance, so due to people believing them they get the wrong impression. Street dance is an umbrella term and under that umbrella is a list of styles such as: popping, locking, waving, braking, iso, and crump. Now you know, why not spread the word. Expose the problem and help street dance!

Living in Law

Barrister Nicolas Cobill with Lauren and Charlotte

Barrister Nicolas Cobill with Lauren and Charlotte

By Lauren, Charlotte, Georgia, Demi-Rose and Eleni, BBC School Reporters, Smith’s Wood Sports College

For our school report project, Charlotte and Lauren interviewed a Barrister, Nicolas Cobill. From this experience we have learnt a lot about how the job works and what the barrister’s job involves.

Nicolas Cobill described his occupation as a “walking mouth”, and an important role in court. They deliver the information to the judge (the one who decides the sentence for the criminal) and the jury (the people who decide whether his client is innocent or guilty).

Mr Cobill explained that you have to study for a long time to become a barrister. At University Nicolas told us you do not have to study law, and instead he studied English and Philosophy.

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Will Lambert Struggle?

villaBy Ronan, BBC School Reporter, Smith’s Wood Sports College

Can Paul Lambert’s men stay in the top flight of the English Football League or will they go down for the first time since the Premier League started?

8 more games await Lambert’s men facing opponents such as, Liverpool at home, Manchester United away and Chelsea at home.

Aston Villa’s next game is against Liverpool at Villa Park. Villa may sneak a win against Brendan Roger’s side after beating them at Anfield 3-1 and Liverpool are not looking to good at the minute after losing away to Southampton another struggling side. However main striker Luis Suarez, new winger Daniel Sturridge and Countinho will cause Aston Villa’s defence problems.

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Raging Reds – Fans Fury at Red Card Outrage

_56099085_bbcschoolreportlogoqr1By Samuel, BBC School Reporters, Smith’s Wood Sports College

This controversial Nani red card vs. Real Madrid  tilted the scales of Man Utd’s Round of 16 Champions League tie (on March 5, 2013) in Real Madrid’s favour and saw Los Merengues snatch a come from behind 2-1 win at Old Trafford to progress 3-2 on aggregate.

Nani was dismissed by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir for an aerial challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa in the 56th minute, with United leading 1-0 at that stage.

Commentator and former play Roy Keane stated that the decision made by the referee was completely correct whilst Alex Ferguson raged against this. Roy Keane mentioned that the decision on the red card was fair because the tackle made could have potentially put the safety of another player at risk. He commented “  that by putting his leg so high for the ball, it could have ended another players  Career.

United fans argued against this as the said that as  Nani was facing the other way completely, he had no idea that there was a player behind him . They also said that Nani had to get the ball as it would have went out of play or the other team could have gained possession of the ball, therefore Nani would have got a talking to by Alex Ferguson. Many people believe that Nani should have got the benefit of the day by getting  a yellow card.

Is Money Ruining the Game Industry?

_56099085_bbcschoolreportlogoqr1By Tobias, Co-Editor Jordan, BBC School Reporters, Smith’s Wood Sports College

It has been known now for quite some time that money is a major factor in the gaming industry. But is taking the reality of it more serious than it really looks.

If you’re a hardcore gamer like me, and want the newest and best games out there, getting them could be harder than you think. As new games are coming out more consistently, you may feel your wallet becoming empty very soon into the month. Although there is a solution to this madness. Buying games on the release date is a great feeling and we all love doing it. But it is really not necessary. Trying to keep your pre-orders to a minimum of a favorite game is what many people try to do. This does depend on the money you have at spare though. It might be worth waiting a month or 2 later when the price drops at least £20 cheaper. This does vary with store at hand. I find Amazon do a great deal on games. However it is up to the buyer all-round.

Is This Affecting The Games Altogether Though?

There has been much speculation to whether games are getting better or not. Whether Developers are worrying more about the money that it will produce. A common factor is of games becoming shorter and often are very similar to the games that they produced the year before. I could spend all day picking on those games which constantly do this year round but it is not worth it.

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BBC School Report 2013

Students from Smith’s Wood Sports College will be making the news for real on 21 March 2013 as they take part in BBC News School Report. We aim to publish the news by 1600 GMT on News Day, so please save this page as a favourite and return to it later.