Hammers up for good?

When West Ham United were relegated after a 3-2 defeat to Wigan at the end of the 2010/2011 season the Premier League lost one of England’s most famous clubs.

But a victory for the Hammers in last season’s Championship Play-off final secured their immediate return to the top flight, where many people feel they belong. But with some of their key players leaving in the summer transfer window, are they strong enough stay there?

ANDY MURRAY SCORES

British star Andy Murray got on the scoresheet as the stars of men's tennis united for a charity football match to raise funds for earthquake-devastated Japan.

World top two Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, the latter of whom captained the ATP World Tour Allstars, were among 15 top tennis players to swap the little yellow balls for a bigger white one while in Miami for the Sony Ericsson Open.

FRIENDS PLAY TO HELP

FRIENDS of a seriously-ill mum-of-four have organised a charity football match tonight to raise funds to send her on a family holiday.

Sonia Buck won't be able to attend the series of matches today featuring one of her sons who plays for the Bristol Rovers Academy – but organiser Cathy Fry hopes the money raised will help speed her recovery.

Mrs Buck, 44, from St Anne's is nearing the end of heavy chemotherapy treatment which has seen a reduction in the cancer from which she is suffering and will then face a nervous wait to see if it returns.

HOLLYOAKS STARS TURN OUT

Members of the hit television series Hollyoaks will be strutting their stuff on the pitch in Nailsworth on Saturday 2 April 2011, taking on a Gloucestershire team including Martin Kemp and Steve Norman from Spandau Ballet, as well as several staff members from BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

The charity event will be raising funds for the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA), and will take place at The New Lawn, home of Forest Green Rovers Football Club.

ESSIEN ORGANISES FRIENDLY

Ghana footballer Michael Essien, an Africa Union Peace Ambassador, is organising an Africa XI versus World XI charity match in Accra.

The match, to help promote peach in Africa, is set for 25 May and will feature former stars of the continent such as Cameroon legend Roger Milla, Abedi Pele and George Weah.

Chelsea midfielder Essien will captain the Africa XI and teammates Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba have also announced they will play.

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