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by Josh Powell | July 16, 2012
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Football

Liverpool are getting ready to dump £35million striker Andy Carroll and he could be heading back to his native Newcastle. Alan Pardew enquired about taking Carroll on a season-long loan but it was flatly rejected by Liverpool. The Toon Army are keen to recruit another front man as they will could lose both Demba Ba and Pappiss Cisse to the African Cup of Nations in January. It’s also rumoured that West Ham, Fulham and AC Milan are all interested in the pony-tailed striker.

Dimitar Berbatov used Facebook to declare his desire to leave Manchester United. The Bulgarian said that he loved the club but was no use to anyone if he wasn’t on the pitch. According to his post Sir Alex Ferguson has valued the striker at as little as £5million.

There is yet another ‘judgement day’ in Scottish football today following the Rangers Newco debacle. Today the Scottish Premier League will be meeting to decide whether Dundee or Dunfermline take the place of Rangers in Scotland’s top division.

Fear not Ireland fans! Yes Euro 2012 was a disaster but the future is bright. That’s because nine-year-old Zak Gilsenan from Castleknock in Dublin has been snapped up by Barcelona at a recent trial match. The Irish Messi knocked in seven goals and wowed Barca officials. Ireland for World Cup 2022?

Golf

Jeev Mikha Singh came from nowhere to stun the golfing world and pick up the Scottish Open. The Indian shot a 67 to set up a play-off with long-time leader and record-setter Francesco Molinari. Singh’s birdie on the first sudden-death hole was enough to give him the cup. Local hero Mark Warren had taken the lead shooting 14 holes under par before blowing his three shot advantage.

With the British Open starting on Thursday in Royal Lytham Tiger Woods has thrown his toys out of the pram calling the rough at the course ‘unplayable’. The 14-time major champ has kicked off royally saying he had never seen rough so ‘high or thick or dense’. He added that ‘you just can’t get out of it’, which should make this week’s Championship very interesting indeed.

Don’t forget Paddy’s paying seven places on the British Open!

Cycling

Luis-Leon Sanchez  of the Rabobank team won yesterday’s stage of the Tour de France. The 14th stage is 38km and normally noted for its brutal climb at the end of the route. However yesterday all the talk was of some pesky punctures as the course was sabotaged by tacks. There were a number of punctures but leader Bradley Wiggins and the rest of his Sky team showed plenty of sportsmanship to slow down the pace and allow those with punctures to catch up. Jolly great show all round really.

Wiggins still holds the yellow jersey, leading the rest of the pack by two minutes and five seconds ahead of today’s stage.

Racing

Brendan Powell Junior has recovered after a horrific fall at Southall. Powell was on board The Lemonpie in a handicap chase when he fell at the third last. The horse rolled over Powell who was instantly knocked-out in a sickening collision. Luckily he regained consciousness on the way to hospital in Nottingham and his dad, Brendan Powell Snr, confirmed everything was well and the trip to hospital was a precaution.

On the track today there’s racing from Ayr and an evening meeting at Windsor. On the all-weather there’s action from Southwell and Wolverhampton and in Ireland there are meetings at Dundalk and Killarney.

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