Despite being ‘injured’ and having to pull out of team GB for the Olympic games, Gareth Bale not only played for Spurs against LA Galaxy last night but scored as well! The Welsh winger received plenty of criticism on Twitter and was condemned by Robbie Savage and Gary Linekar. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has waded in on the argument as well and added his two-pennies-worth by saying that if the FA made a formal complaint Bale could be banned from playing for Tottenham during the duration of the games. At the moment it’s understood that Stuart Pearce will not make that complaint.
On the other side of the world Shinji Kagawa opened his United account as the Red Devils beat Shanghai Shenhua 1-0. The Japanese star who joined United from Borussia Dortmund scored the only goal of the game after a cut-back from Bebe.
In other good news for United fans it would appear that Lucas Moura could still be at Old Trafford this season. According to his agent negotiations are still taking place even after the deal seemed dead because United wouldn’t stump up the £30million fee.
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We’re only a couple of days away and the hype-machine is officially in overdrive!
A Greek athlete has been excluded from competing for her country after posting a tweet about African immigrants. Triple jumper Paraskevi Papachristou won’t be taking part in London 2012 after her comments were deemed to go against the values and ideals of Olympism. Papachristou has issued an apology via her Facebook but won’t be chasing gold at the games.
One of the leading contenders for the women’s 1500metres will miss out as well. Moroccan runner Mariem Alaoui Selsouli tested positive for a banned diuretic. She already served a two-year ban for a doping offense between 2009-2011 and could now get a lifetime ban.
In better news for Olympic fans look no further than Anuradha Cooray. The Sri Lankan marathon runner works in Greggs in Buckinghamshire but will be competing in the Olympics. He runs 17 miles to and from work every day and then tucks into a few delicious chicken curry pasties. He finished 22nd in the London marathon and will be hoping that his diet of Gregg’s pasties will see him pick up a medal at London 2012!
There are evening meetings tonight from Sandown (5.50pm, Good/Good to firm in places), Leicester (6.10pm, Good to soft/Good in places) and Naas (5.45pm, yielding).
The feature race at Sandown is the seven furlong Class 3 Handicap at 7:30pm. The Richard Hannon trained Usain Colt is the 3/1 favourite for the race, closely followed by Dutch Supreme at 7/2. I’d be tempted to look at Johnno who has won over course and distance and is tempting at 5/1 or Andrew Balding’s Stirring Ballad at 6/1.
There’s round two action from the World Matchplay at the Winter gardens tonight and things are hotting up. We’ve seen some phenomenal darts over the last few days and there’s every chance we’ll see some more moments of magic tonight.
Michael Van Gerwen is in action after stunning Simon Whitlock in round one and there is every chance he could overcome the Bronze Adonis Steve Beaton. Also in action are leading contenders James Wade, Adrian Lewis and five-time Champion of the world Raymond Van Barneveld.
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