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Betting News: Team GB, Thierry Henry, Sandown

by Sean Goff | July 25, 2012

Lunchtime update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport

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Olympics

Team GB’s women footballers kick-off at 4pm against New Zealand in the opening game AND the opening contest of London 2012.  Two days before the are officially due to begin 22 women who actually know how the offside rule works will represent their countries at the Millenium Stadium at 4pm. Good luck to them and the 10 other nations taking part for which the USA Ladies head Paddy Power’s online market at 2/1 favourites.

Football

The (meaningless marketing exercises) crucial pre-season friendlies continue ahead of Premier League kick-off next month with Manchester United taking on Shanghai Shenhua at 1pm.

More bad news for Arsenal as Tomas Rosicky (31) will miss the first two months of the season due to an Achilles operation but Gunners’ legend Thierry Henry (34) has hinted that he might return for another loan spell at the club in the MLS off-season like he did last January.

Arsenal’s all-time record scorer still has 18 month to run on his New York Red Bulls contract.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Andy Carroll (23) is a terrific talent and has received “unfair criticism” in his time at the Reds. The former Newcastle ace’s future at Anfield is uncertain as Rodgers aims to get the club back firing in the upper echelons of the Premier League again.

Racing

Sandown is the first racetrack in Britain to trial ‘metric measurements’  to make the Sport of Kings more accessible to tourists, younger adults and anyone who has been racing since the early 1900’s. So if you see your selection running over 1,000m and carrying 61.7kg, it’s still humping 9st 10lb over 5f. Not easy no matter how you measure it. There will be further trials at Sandown, Epsom and Kempton during the Summer and a wider introduction may be considered in the Autumn.  

Worcester (1.50), Catterick (2.0) and Lingfield (2.10) provide the afternoon’s action on Wednesday with Sandown (5.50), Leicester (6.10) and Naas (5.45) going ahead tonight.

Golf

Play has been suspended at the Lyoness Open but Spain’s Pablo Larrazábal, who started on the 10th, holds an early three-shot lead on six-under-par after 12 at the Diamond Country Club.

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