Mowing like the clappers. Over 40 teams of lawn mower racers descended on Billingshurst in West Sussex last week for the annual endurance race called ‘Le Mow’. (Telegraph Images)

It has been only ninety days since the end of last season, but the Premier League returned yesterday afternoon, with Hull City currently sitting proudly at the top of the table. But has anything really changed from last season that we should be aware of? Well, nine managers are taking charge of their sides for the first time in the top flight this weekend, clear proof that football management is the ultimate ‘hire and fire’ profession. Live Premier League matches are to be held on Friday nights for the first time ever as the new £5bn TV deal kicks in. The Premier League is now ‘sponsor-less’; there is a new ground for fans to visit, with the Olympic Stadium becoming the 55th different venue to host a Premier League match; but arguably the most intriguing change is that red cards are to be issued to players who confront match officials and use offensive language or make gestures towards them. Given that not one player has been sent off in the Premier League for insulting or abusive language towards a match official in the last five seasons, the referees could be set for a busy time of it in 2016/2017.
 
Property Week has been running an excellent series assessing the legacy of the Olympics Games on the most recent host cities. If previous Olympics are anything to go by, then the omens do not look particularly great for Rio. The legacy of Sydney 2000 has been mixed, with a very sluggish start. Athens 2004 came to nothing and the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing now lies mostly idle, with an annual $11m (£7.6m) maintenance bill. So what about London? There will always be critics who think it was money wasted or that the money could have been spent better elsewhere, but the Olympics fuelled a major step change in development plans and were instrumental in bringing homes to a part of east London that had previously suffered from a serious lack of investment. A minimum of 24,000 homes are now expected to be built in the Mayoral Development Corporation area by 2031, of which 35% will be affordable. The former Olympic Village has already been remodelled whilst Transport for London and the Financial Conduct Authority have recently signed up to occupy nearly 900,000 sq. ft. of office space at the International Quarter. Although there is still a long way to go, London does appear to be bucking recent trends and building a successful community, cultural and business quarter that Rio could do far worse than copy.
 
The Olympics really is the greatest show on Earth. Otherwise, why are so many of us glued to our TVs in the wee small hours of the mornings watching sports that at any other time of the year we would switch off in favour of the likes of Celebrity Big Brother, Love Island or Dickinson's Real Deal? Whether you are a sport’s fan or not it’s almost impossible not to be enthralled by the daily offerings served up in Brazil. With just over a week of competition now gone, we have seen world records broken, athletes sent home in disgrace, a country win their first ever Olympic medal (Fiji), the diving pool change colour from blue to green, Team GB collect 30 medals (and rising), an Olympian compete who was only born in 2003(!) and Michael Phelps take his tally of medals to 28, including23 gold. You have to go back around 2,160 years to find an athlete who could challenge this phenomenal record. If Phelps was a country, he would sit in 32nd place as the most successful Olympic country ever, ahead of India, which has a population of over 1.2 billion! If anyone deserves a happy retirement, it's the 'Baltimore Bullet', the most decorated Olympian of all time.
 

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