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Andy Carroll has reacted angrily to growing speculation that Liverpool are not interested in a loan deal for the striker but want a full sale. Carroll’s old club Newcastle are thought to be tabling a bid bu Aston Villa are also though to have made enquiries. Want away Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie (28) has joined Arsenal’s pre-season training camp but his future at the club is still uncertain after he stated he would not sign a new contract. The Gunners must now decide whether to sell him or see him leave as a free agent next season. Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain wants any deal to bring Spurs midfielder to the club wrapped up quickly while Roy Keane has expressed an interest in managing the first English club he played for Nottingham Forest.
The rain is lashing down at Royal Lytham ahead of the Open Championship on Thursday. Former Ryder Cup captain and multiple Tour winner Colin Montgomerie has said that Lee Westwood’s chances of breaking his Major duck this weekend rests on a good opening day. Westwood tees it up at 9.20am on Thursday and then at 2.21pm on Friday afternoon. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy (23) is happy to drift into Europe’s only Major under the radar after all the attention at Sandwich last year while Tiger Woods who apparently started a practice round at 4.30am this morning has rowed back on some of his comments about ‘unplayable’ rough.
Killarney (5.40) Yarmouth (5.50) and Southwell (6.00) head tonight’s racing action from Ireland and the UK.
England take on South Africa at the Oval on Thursday. Former England captain Andrew Flintoff believes England’s second team could beat the Proteas and expects Ravi Bopara and Co. to win handily.