Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed his interest in the young Brazilian star Lucas Moura. The 19-year-old has been tipped as the hottest property in Sao Paulo and in a press conference today Fergie confirmed that United were very keen to sign the youngster. The United gaffer was keen to emphasise that no deal has yet been reached but is hopeful of getting his signature in this transfer window. We’ve had a look at some of Moura’s silk skills and have to admit he looks very tasty.
There’s bad news for Arsenal and England fans tonight though amid fears that Jack Wilshire could be out until mid-October. The 20-year-old suffered a stress fracture on his ankle in a pre-season friendly last year and suffered numerous set-backs in his recovery. Wilshire missed the entire 2011/12 campaign, Euro 2012 and the Olympics and now, according to Arsene Wenger could well miss the start of this season as well.
It looks like Luka Modric’s career at Tottenham is well and truly over as the midfielder has gone AWOL. The Croatian failed to report for training last week or today and has also snubbed the squad’s pre-season tour of the US which is a further contravention of his contract. According to reports Spurs have already hit Modric with a tasty fine of two weeks wages which is around £80,000 and threaten that there will be more to come. Luka is busy trying to force through a move to sunny Madrid while AVB and Daniel levy hold out for some big bucks from the Spaniards.
Windsor (6.10) and Beverley (6.30) are under orders tonight in the UK. Ballinrobe (5.50) is the sole meeting in Ireland as the build-up to the Galway Festival next Monday starts in earnest.
The Dave Sweeney trained Jocasta Dawn is the 15/8 favourite with Paddy Power for the Class 4 sprint at 8:10pm at Windsor. The Hughes and Hannon combination might appeal to race-goers though and the 11/2 around for Impel is a cheeky each-way price if you fancy opposing the favourite.
Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor gets his challenge for his fifth consecutive World Matchplay title started against Mervyn King tonight. The Power has won the Matchplay on 12 occasions and will be looking to bounce back from a surprise defeat in the UK Open to Robert Thornton. James Wade, Adrian Lewis and Raymond Van Barneveld have all safely navigated round one, can Taylor do the same?
If the final checkout of any of these World Matchplay matches is 100+, Paddy Power will refund any losing in-running bets!
South Africa wrapped up a first test victory over England by an innings and 12 runs. In a clash to top the rankings South Africa dealt first blood with a very impressive victory at the Oval. Dale Steyn took five wickets for 56 runs in England’s second innings after Hashim Amla’s astonishing triple-century had set up a difficult run chase for the three lions.
England have it all to do now with the second test at Headingley on Thursday August 1st.
Dublin, Kerry and Donegal were all cut for All-Ireland football glory in September after their respective wins over Meath, Tyrone and Down on Saturday. The capital’s 51st Leinster title looked to be a formality with two goals in a minute but Meath fought back to give them a scare in the end. The beaten sides now face Laois, Clare and Tipperary while Kildare take on Sligo.
Hurling takes centre-stage on Sunday with Cork v Waterford at 2pm and Kilkenny taking on Limerick at 4pm.