Evening update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport
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Andre Villas-Boas has blasted want-away midfielder Luka Modric. The Croatian playmaker has reportedly not travelled to Spurs’ pre-season tour of America in a move that could ‘backfire’ according to AVB.
Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has defended his transfer policy, the Glazer’s management of the club and has had a dig at Manchester City’s refusal to blood young players.
United are on a pre-season tour of South Africa and Portuguese midfielder Anderson (24) has admitted he may have to move on from Old Trafford after a injury-blighted spell there.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso won his third Grand Prix of the season and stretched his lead to 34 points in the F1 driver’s championship with victory earlier in the German Grand Prix. Alonso saw off local hero Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull with McLaren’s Jenson Button in third but Vettel may yet face sanction after overtaking Button on the last lap.
The F1 carnival has a quick turnaround as it rolls on to the Hungarian Grand Prix next Sunday with a buoyed Ferrari and Alonso looking for three wins on the bounce.
Adam Scott looks to have one hand on the Claret Jug as his rivals fall away from the top of the leaderboard.
The Australian is on the brink of his first Major victory as the pressure of having to catch him is proving too much for Messrs Snedeker, McDowell and Woods who have failed to make ground with veteran Ernie Els the leader in the clubhouse on seven-under-par.
Scott has led 16 times on Tour heading into the final day and has held his nerve on 13 occasions to win. If he makes it 14 from 17 he’ll be picking up his first Open Championship and first Major later this evening and will be the third golfer after Woods and Mickelson to win a Major, a WGC event and the Players Championship. If he holds on.
John Gosden’s Great Heavens (5/4f) ran away with the Irish Oaks at the Curragh this afternoon to maintain her unbeaten record this season. Jockey William Buick celebrated his 24th birthday in style as he guided his first Irish Classic winner home by four lengths from Shirocco Star (7/1).
Dermot Weld’s Princess Highway (9/4) was third despite struggling to quicken in the heavy ground. The winner has been introduced at 6/1 for the St Leger at Doncaster where English and Irish Derby winner Camelot will attempt to win the Triple Crown.
Rebel Fitz won the Grimes Hurdle at Tipperary under Davy Russell from Captain Cee Bee and was clipped to 9/1 from 14s by Paddy Power in their online betting for the Galway Hurdle on August 2nd.
Tour De France
Bradley Wiggins (32) became Britain’s first Tour De France winner but team-mate Mark Cavendish was also celebrating as he took the final stage in Paris. Wiggins focus now witches to the Men’s time trial at the London Olympics.