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After years of not being able to play two games in-a-row or even take part in training sessions due to his dodgy knees and still being the best defender at the club, Tottenham Hotspur’s Ledley King has announced his retirement.
King made 313 appearances for Spurs, scoring 15 goals, over the course of his 14 year stint at White Hart Lane. Spurs are the only club he has ever played for.
It’s always a sad day to see a professional footballer having to quit for any reason beyond old age and general crapness. Had his body not betrayed him King would have played three times as many games, he’d still be captaining England and maybe Harry Redknapp would still be in a job.
Ledley Kind we salute….but not your knees. Damn them to hell.
‘Sadly my injuries and inability to train have now finally brought an end to my career.
I have been here since I was a boy, I have always considered it my club and have always found it hard to imagine wearing the shirt of another team.
I know that being a one-club man is a rarity these days, but I have always enjoyed being part of the set-up here and the challenge of putting this club up with the elite where it should be’.
Australian Adam Scott has made a blinding start to the Open Championship and holds a one shot lead.
American Zach Johnson is on six under with Tiger Woods, Paul Lawrie and Graeme McDowell amongst others close in behind.
England won the toss and chose to open the batting against South Africa in the first test at The Oval. It wasn’t a great start for England who lost a wicket on the fourth ball. Skipper Strauss got done LBW by Morne Morkel and although the umpire was unmoved, a review went in South Africa’s favour.
Racing this afternoon comes from Hamilton, Brighton and Killarney. This evening there are meetings at Bath, Doncaster, Epsom and Leopardstown.
The Leicester meeting was abandoned due to a waterlogged course.
One of the feature races of the day is the Glasgow Stakes at Hamilton at 4:00pm. Paul Hanagan is on board the favourite Sparkling Portrait who is 11/8 with Paddy Power. The Sir Mark Prescott trained Albamara is likely to put up the strongest challenge and is currently 10/3 in the betting.