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Sir Paul McCartney paid £1 for Olympic opening ceremony

Bono passed Paul McCartney as the world's wealthiest rock star this year, thanks to having a 2.3 percent share of Facebook. That's a cool £1 billion for the U2 frontman, leaving the former lead singer of Wings in second place with a fortune estimated at slightly over $1 billion.
So Paul McCartney needs the money, obviously. Yet his biggest gig of the year — the featured performer at the London Olympic Opening Ceremony — earned him … £1. From The Guardian: Mike Oldfield, Dizzee Rascal and Emeli Sande are also among the stars who are thought to have been paid the token figure. The big names had originally agreed to play the show in the Olympic Stadium for free, but the inclusion of the £1 figure was to make the contract binding. It means the star names were paid less than 1/20th of the cost of the cheapest ticket for the ceremony. Seats ranged up to £2,012 for the best available. A spokesman for the Games organizer Locog confirmed the £1 fee, which had been necessary for contract…

IOC orders Segun Toriola and other defeated athletes to leave Olympic city in 48 hours

The International Olympics Committee (IOC) has issued a 48-hour deadline to athletes who were eliminated to quit London. IOC’s communications director Mark Adams said the move is necessary to allow for effective monitoring of the remaining participants and ensure security for the on-going global sporting showpiece. This development means team Nigeria’s table tennis quartet of Segun Toriola, Aruna Quadri, Funke Oshinaike and Offiong Edem would leave the games after they exited their events. Also team Nigeria’s boxing duo of Muyideen Akanji and Lukman Lawal are also affected by the order after they suffered shock ousters from the games. Medals table Meanwhile, China is gradually pulling away at the top of the medals table with a total of 17 medals comprising 9 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals. The United States is trailing with 5 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze medals a total of 17 medals. France has overtaken Italy to third on the table with 3 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze; a total of 7 medals. An…