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Rio Ferdinand has sparked up the race-row again after comments on Twitter. Police are investigating alleged racist comments made against Ashley Cole on the social networking site. Somebody tweeted Ferdinand calling Cole a ‘choc ice’ to which the Manchester United defender responded ‘I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic hahahahahaha!!’ Ferdinand has tried to laugh it off and Cole has said he doesn’t want to make a complaint but it is believed the initial tweet is being investigated.
Arsene Wenger has gone mad! For a man who does not like spending money he is certainly splashing it around this summer. Having already bought Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud Wenger is now eyeing up two more big names. The Frenchman has made a £9million bid for the Corinthians attacking midfielder Paulinho and he’s also interested in Shalke’s Lewis Holtby. The reports come as Wenger looks set to lose Robin Van Persie and possibly Theo Walcott.
In a huge boost for their title ambitions Manchester United will have Nemanja Vidic and Chris Smalling fit for the start of the season. United fans will be chuffed to see the defence strengthened after looking particularly wobbly towards the end of last year. Smalling missed Euro 2012 with a groin injury and Vidic hasn’t been seen since December after rupturing his cruciate ligaments.
Fans of mid-table clubs beware! Michael Owen says he is close to signing for a club after receiving a number of offers. According to his twitter Owen says he has had plenty of interest and now just needs to pick the right team, adding that he ‘can’t wait to get going again’. I bet he can’t, there’s nothing quite like spending Saturday afternoons getting comfy on the sidelines watching the glorious action of the Premier League.
Luke Donald is trying to break his duck at the British Open this week by tapping into the brain of six-time major winner Nick Faldo. Donald is renowned as the classic ‘nearly-man’ but will be hoping that Faldo’s experience can guide him to the prize at Royal Lytham. It is clear that Donald’s winning problems seem to be mental rather than technical.
Meanwhile Graeme McDowell has tipped a European to lift the Claret Jug. McDowell thinks the combination of the bad weather conditions and the state of the rough will be enough to end the American’s era of dominance. He fancies both Lee Westwood at 15/1 and Padraig Harrington at 18/1 to do well in the tournament starting on Thursday.
There is racing today from Beverley, Ffos Las, Yarmouth, Southwell and Killarney.
One of the feature races of the day is the Watt memorial Handicap at 4:00pm at Beverley. The Tim Easterby trained Mojolika is the 3/1 favourite for the race after winning it last year. Blackstone Vegas beat Mojolika by more than a length in Pontefract last month and is 13/2 to get his nose in front again here.
Bradley Wiggins remains in top spot of the Tour de France after a fairly uneventful stage yesterday. Flanked by Team Sky riding in a massive group at the front of the peloton, they dictated the tempo and controlled the speed for Wiggins. The 158.5km stage was won by French rider Pierrick Fedrigo in a sprint finish but Wiggins continues to don the yellow jersey.
He holds a two minute lead over team-mate Christopher Froome ahead of today’s rest day.