#EVENING ROUND UP
By Aidan Elder | Chief Sports Writer
John Terry walked away from Westminster Magistrates Court an innocent if somewhat grumpy-looking man yesterday, but the fallout from his exchange with Anton Ferdinand continues. Terry (31) was found not guilty of racially abusing Ferdinand (27) in a Premier League match last October, but the FA may now take action against both players.
The prosecution failed to prove that Terry’s uttering of ‘F**king black c***’ was an insult and not a repetition of an allegation aimed at Terry, but as the FA make up their own rules, they still have the option to punish both players, The FA issued a statement declaring they note “the decision in the John Terry case and will now seek to conclude its own enquiries” which could mean anything – either no further action or suspensions and fines for the two players. Having to do without the totemic Terry for a sustained length of time would be a serious blow to Roberto Di Matteo’s revolution at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are 5/1 to win the Premier League next season.
There was plenty of pre-race talk of the July Cup being ‘a lottery’ due to the soft ground at Newmarket and the assessment proved to be correct as 20/1 shot Mayson made all to win the Group 1 contest. Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan were the trainer and jockey with the winning ticket, with the 4 year old notching up a convincing victory.
Favourite, Society Rock could only manage third place with fellow outsider, The Cheka, being the closest challenger to the winner. Fahey identified the Nunthorpe Stakes as the likely target for his charge, but was far from certain owing to the horse not enjoying his previous visit to the Capital of the North.
Earlier, 33/1 outsider, King’s Warrior won the John Smith’s Cup, the valuable handicap at York for trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam, giving punters a further large hoof in the groin.
Tour De France
British cycling was thrown into crisis as a British rider DIDN’T win today’s stage of the Tour De France. It was still a good day for Bradley Wiggins as he made the final attack of the day in an attempt to set up team-mate, Edvald Boassen-Hagen for a stage win. In the end, Andre Greipel pounced to take the honours with half a wheel to spare.
Wiggins remains two minutes and five seconds clear of fellow Team Sky-er, Chris Froome in the general classification as the tour heads into the Pyrenees for a make or break few days in the mountains. It’s looking very much more like ‘make’ for Wiggins who is 1/8 to win the race with a week to go.
It was another superb day for Phil Mickelson at the Scottish Open as the American continued his good form in the Highlands. Lefty added a 65 to yesterday’s round of 64, meaning he has played his last 36 holes in 15 under par. Overall, it leaves him on -14, a tantalising handful of shots behind of the leader Francesco Molinari heading into Sunday’s final round.
It was a surprisingly calm day on the North Sea coast leading to some low scoring. Soren Kjeldsen and local boys Marc Warren and Martin Laird all bettered Lefty’s round by carding rounds of 64. Alexander Noren started the day as joint leader, but a triple bogey on the Par 5 12th put a serious dent in his challenge.
Andrei Arshavin seems to have appointed himself Director of Communications at the Russian FA and taken it upon himself to announce that Fabio Capello is the new manager of Russia. Dick Advocaat stepped down after making Russia look like potential Euro 2012 winners in their opening game of the tournament only for the Sbornaya to crash out thanks to defeat to Greece.
Arshavin (31) announced the appointment on his personal website, a must read for anyone who likes the random musings of Russian footballers. Russia are in with, amongst others, Northern Ireland, Portugal and Israel in their World Cup 2014 qualifying group. They’re 7/4 to qualify in some style by winning the group. Odds on going to Brazil with high expectations only to put in a series of dire performances are yet to be announced.