It’s only three days until the world’s eyes will be focused on the capital with the start of London 2012. The hype-machine is in overdrive as the country prepares to host the games and the highlight of these athlete’s careers. Stars will be made and records will be broken. Jessica Ennis has become Britain’s poster girl in the charge for success and hunt for gold. You can read about her chances at the games and Team GB’s other major medal chances here.
There are evening meetings tonight at Ballinrobe (5.55, heavy) Ffos Las (6.05, good to soft) and Bangor (6.15, good/good to firm) to feed the urges of the racing fans.
One of the feature races is the 8:05pm at Bangor which is the Kaleidoscope Handicap Chase. Taffy Thomas and Court in Session are currently fighting for favouritism but The Disengager has won over this course and distance and is a cheeky each-way price at 4/1.
It’s another exciting night at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool with the final lot of matches in round one of the World Matchplay. Wes Newton has been tipped to do big things this year and should easily navigate his way past the young hot-shot James Hubbard. Gary Anderson might not have it all his own way though against Dean Whinstanley and in the final game of the night Dave Chisnall takes on the local lad Ronnie Baxter.
It’s a thrilling night of darts action and tungsten chucking as the players aim to join the likes of Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade and Adrian Lewis in round two of this prestigious tournament.
Arsenal’s Emmanuel Frimpong has found himself in a spot of bother after being charged by the FA for an offensive tweet. Frimpong called a supporter a ‘scum Y**’ after the rival fan had tweeted the midfielder saying he ‘I prayed you’d break your arms and legs’. The tweet was quickly removed but Frimpong has still been charged and has until 4:00pm on Friday to respond.
There are plenty of pre-season games to get stuck in to tonight to feed your hunger for footy before the Premier League starts. The pick of the bunch is a clash between soon-to-be-crowned Scottish champions Celtic and Norwich which kicks off at 7:45pm. You can follow all the action and stream most of the other friendlies live on Paddy Power TV
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