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"It's kind of kicking off," said Radio 1's Matt Edmondson, half an hour into his preamble to the annual Teen Awards that had already seemed to last for three days. "This is amazing, there are pop stars literally everywhere," panted his co-presenter Jameela Jamil, as if she had just clapped eyes on the Virgin Mary and not Jade from Little Mix.

Filthy, rich, going to pieces: Much to the surprise of their detractors, Robert Newman and David Baddiel have become the hottest property in British comedy. Unfortunately, they seem to have fallen out in the process

ON FRIDAY, Rob Newman and David Baddiel will become the first comedy act to play Wembley Arena, a 12,000-capacity venue normally associated with rock concerts and the Horse of the Year Show. Laughs don't come any louder than this; but, unfortunately, right now neither Newman nor Baddiel seems to be seeing the funny side.

Basketball: O'Neal glitter spices slice of Americana: Basketball's big guns open fire in London in battle to sell the game. Ian Ridley reports

THE lights dimmed and through the dry ice he emerged, this bald entertainer in a starry suit and black boots. Gary Glitter, wig and all, then went through a cameo rock 'n' roll routine before leaving the court to Shaquille O'Neal.

GOING OUT / Beware: exploding emotions ahead

THEY EAT Pearl Jam for breakfast. Their current album, Geta Grip, has a picture of a cow with a pierced udder on its cover. They've got more funk in their little fingers than the Red Hot Chilli Peppers have in their entire family trees. Who else could this be but Bostonian metal deities Aerosmith (above), corruptors of America's youth for almost a quarter of a century? 'It's about emotion and just . . . exploding,' says guitarist Joe Perry of their music, an unusually supple hard rock hybrid, which has kept remarkably true to its R'n'B roots. Singer Steve Tyler (he whose lascivious lips made Mick Jagger look like Hilda Ogden) and the sure-fingered Perry might have cleaned up the appallingly self-destructive lifestyle that won them the nickname 'The Toxic Twins', but their music is as low-down and dirty as it ever was. And if it hadn't been for those years of insanity, Perry explains: 'We all might weigh a hundred pounds more and live in country homes and not make music any more, and I wouldn't like that at all.' Does he think they were lucky to get out alive? 'I know we were, man.' Aerosmith share their good fortune at Sheffield Arena, 0742 565656, Thur; Birmingham NEC, 021-780 4133, Sat & Sun; Glasgow SECC, 041-248 3000, 29 Oct; and Wembley Arena, 081-900 1234, 7 & 8 Dec. (Photograph omitted)

Equestrianism: Whitaker makes mark with safety play: Rising to the challenge without rearing up proves difficult for man and mount

JOHN WHITAKER produced his own brand of daring to win last night's Woodhouse Leading Jumper of the Year on Everest Grannusch. It was his second successive victory in this contest at The Horse of the Year Show - which he won with Gammmon last October - and he achieved it by playing safe at the double.

Equestrianism: Whitakers in family dispute

MICHAEL WHITAKER, the new leader in the world jumping rankings, was quick to reaffirm his superiority when winning yesterday's two international contests at the Horse of the Year Show. He defeated his elder brother, John, when winning the Whitbread International Cup on Everest My Mesieur and then completed the double by taking the Coomes Bookmaker Stakes on Monsanta.

Badminton: Wembley woes: All England venue row

THE All England Championships, the pre-eminent annual tournament and the oldest and most traditional event on the circuit, is to take an unexpected gamble with its future and image by leaving London for the first time in a history going back to the last century.

Equestrianism: Riders rise to the relay challenge

Eglinton Pony Club's competitors race to defend the Prince Philip Cup in the first of its 12 events, a relay involving weaving between poles and baton changing - all part of the proceedings on the first day of the Horse of the Year Show at Wembley Arena yesterday.

Basketball: Irish rises to occasion

TWO free-throws from Steve Nelson, 33 seconds from time, and the left hand of Colin Irish gave Worthing Bears the Carlsberg Championship play-off title with a 75-74 win over Thames Valley Tigers at Wembley Arena yesterday, writes Duncan Hooper.

Basketball: Byrd on song after Brown ban

ALTON BYRD'S connection with the play-off finals goes back to 1980, but he probably owes his place in this weekend's Carlsberg Championships at Wembley Arena to the big mouth of his Guildford Kings team-mate, Karl Brown, writes Duncan Hooper.

Sports Listings: This Weekend / Basketball - Carlsberg Championships, Wembley Arena

The highlight of the season, the Carlsberg Championships offer a feast of finals with the top 10 teams in England appearing at Wembley Arena. Competition for the men's title starts tomorrow with the semi-finals. The first, between London Towers and Thames Valley Tigers, starts at 7.15pm, followed by the pick of the night, Worthing Bears, the Carlsberg League winners, versus Guildford Kings, the holders. On Sunday, the women's First Division final is between Sheffield Hatters, the League winners, and Northampton 76ers, runners-up in the League.

Basketball: Mintoft adopts an unofficial line

PETER MINTOFT, of the Birmingham Bullets, respected as one of the quietest and most studious coaches in the Carlsberg League, has uncharacteristically increased the war of nerves on the officials before tonight's decisive play-off quarter-final against Guildford Kings at the Spectrum Arena, writes Duncan Hooper.

Basketball: London outdo Samuels

KURT SAMUELS, of Derby, harried London Towers at Moor Lane on Saturday night, but could not prevent a 95-93 defeat in the first of their best of three series in the play-off quarter-finals, writes Duncan Hooper.

REVIEW / Only the one and onlys: Giants of the seventies - Wembley Arena

The ticket suggested this was to be an evening with 'the giants of Seventies soul'. Which invited the question, if Heatwave were the giants of seventies Soul, what physical proportion would a promoter use to describe Stevie Wonder? None the less, 12,000 people surfed to Wembley this week on a wave of nostalgia, ready to relive the days when they popped their handbags on the dance-floor rather than strapping them across their chests like shoulder holsters.

Ice Skating: Witt in the Wembley limelight

Katarina Witt preparing at Wembley Arena yesterday for her first appearance in Britain in a professional ice show. 'Banjos and Balalaikas' opened at Wembley last night and will run until 28 February. Witt, who won two Olympic skating gold medals for East Germany, will learn next week if she will be allowed to reclaim her amateur status and try for a third gold at Lillehammer in 1994.

ROCK / Hello? Is anybody out there?: Chris Rea: Wembley Arena

AS CHRIS REA struck up the opening bars of 'Shine Your Light On Me' halfway through his concert at Wembley, you might have thought this was a cue for someone - anyone - to, well, shine their light on him. Unfortunately, Rea's lighting man appeared to have left his bulbs at home; bright lights remained, as they did throughout the performance, unemployed. Never in the field of paparazzi battle have photographers had to train their lenses through such a murk to get their snaps as they did here. Dressed in a black boiler suit, the great Geordie guitarist melted into a gloaming, thickened by a fog of dry ice, of a kind normally encountered on a mucky January night on the M11.
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