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Betting news on Edinson Cavani, Rory McIlroy and Wiggins

by Josh Powell | July 17, 2012

BLUE IS THE COLOUR: Cavani, in action for Uruguay, could be playing in the blue of Chelsea next season

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Football

It appears Andy Carroll has announced his desire to return back to Newcastle. Whether it was the appeal of the North-East parmo, the infamous night-life or the chance to play alongside Ba and Cisse we’re not sure but it seems he wants out of Liverpool. 18 months after buying the striker for £35million it would seem the Anfield club are holding out for a bid of at least £20m for the pony-tailed one. Alan Shearer has whipped out his big wooden spoon and is stirring things up in today’s Sun.

Roman Abramovich is willing to get his wallet out to try to retain the Champions League this year. Chelsea are preparing a massive double swoop for Napoli hitman Edinson Cavani and Internacional’s tricky playmaker Oscar which will set the London club back more than £60million.

Dimitar Berbatov announced his desire to leave Manchester United and now West Ham look to be giving the want-away striker the perfect opportunity. After having their offer for Andy Carroll rejected the Hammers have turned their attention to the 31-year-old Bulgarian. West Ham would want a loan deal whereas United look to be holding out for a permanent offer around £5million.

UEFA have announced their 32-man shortlist for the Best Player in Europe award and it includes Welsh semi-pro Leslie Davies who plies his trade with Bangor City. The striker bagged 16 goals in 31 games last season and joins stars like Messi, Xavi and Ronaldo on the list. It appears a cheeky Welsh journalist used their UEFA vote to push Davies through in a bid to take Messi’s title.

Golf

Tiger Woods was left roaring about the state of the rough at Royal Lytham ahead of the British Open yesterday and now Rory McIlroy has joined in. The Ulster man called it ‘brutal’ and said ‘it was more like a jungle out there’. McIlroy went on to explain that he missed one on the 14th and it was a lost ball.

Peter Dawson, the R&A Chief Executive has responded though by saying the rough is only so dense because of the shocking weather we’ve had. He also said that there shouldn’t be a problem because the course has generous width. In other words Rory, hit the ball straight and you won’t lose it.

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

Cycling

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.

Racing

There are two race meetings this afternoon with Beverley’s card starting at 2:00pm and Ffos Las beginning at 2:15pm.

This evening there are meetings at Southwell and Yarmouth as well as across the pond in Killarney.

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