Morning update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport
Big Ben has just started to chime to signal that London 2012 is about to start. One billion will watch live on TV with up four billion watching the action at some stage. But no-one knows yet who will light the Olympic flame as it makes the final leg of its 8,000km journey across Britain for tonight’s Opening Ceremony at 20:12. A late gamble on Sir Roger Bannister of four-minute mile fame has Sir Steve Redgrave looking overt his shoulder for the honour of getting the Games underway.
The football’s started early and Team GB are now out to 12/1 to win gold after being held to a 1-1 draw with Senegal last night. Craig Bellamy’s opener was cancelled out late on by Moussa Konate’s equaliser. One of the leading fancies Spain suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Japan. Tournament favourites Brazil beat t Egypt 3-2 while Uruguay saw off the UAE 2-1.
West Ham are reportedly willing to shatter their transfer record and pay £17 million to lure the former Newcastle ace Andy Carroll down South. Regardless of whether he stays or goes Reds captain Steven Gerrard thinks the Anfield side will secure a top-four place in the Premier League.
Ashley Cole’s (32) contract at Chelsea is under the microscope as the England international has just one year left at Stamford Bridge under his current deal. If the Blues can’t tempt Cole doesn’t to pen to paper by January he will be free to leave on a free transfer next summer.
Norwich City have signed Robert Snodgrass from Leeds United in a three-year deal.
Frankel is priced up at 1/10 favourite in Paddy Power’s online betting for next Wednesday’s Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. Anyone thinking of lumping on has a choice of Southwell (2.00) Thirsk (2.10) and Ascot (2.20) to get their stake this afternoon. Friday’s evening meeting are at Newmarket (5.35) Chepstow (5.45) and York (6.00) while Wexford (5.50 ) and Down Royal (5.35) race in Ireland.
Phil Taylor, Andy Hamilton and Ronnie Baxter all progressed to the quarter-finals in Blackpool as did Justin Pipe who bet Wes Newton 13-10. Newton delivered a nine-dart finish and was 10-8 up at one stage but Pipe won five legs on the bounce to go through.