Morning update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport
The world has been reacting to Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony and the feeling is very good! Britain has done itself proud with a performance that included the Queen jumping out of a helicopter, Mr Bean playing Chariots of Fire and David Beckham driving a speedboat. Ok it cost £27million but that is less than Andy Carroll don’t forget.
Anyway now the dancing is over the games can really begin! Today Michael Phelps is back in the water after dominating Beijing and winning eight golds. From a Brit perspective Mark Cavendish is aiming for gold in the men’s road race and the current Commonwealth and European champion Hannah Miley is in tonight’s 400m medley. Andy Murray is in action on the Wimbledon turf again as he tries to exorcise his SW19 demons.
If that’s not enough Olympic action for you 29-year-old Malaysian athlete Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi is competing in the 10m air rifle shooting. Incredibly she’s eight months pregnant.
Arsene Wenger lost his cool yesterday after fuming that nobody has made a bid for want-away striker Robin Van Persie. Sources had said that both Manchester clubs and Juventus had had bids turned down but Wenger snapped at reporters that nobody has stepped up with an offer.
Brendan Rodgers has a document that he started 15 years ago that will lead Liverpool to glory. The 39-year-old presented the 180 page dossier to owner John W Henry to show him how he wanted Liverpool to play. It’s this astonishing attention to detail that has made Rodgers one of the League’s most sought after managers and why many people, including Jose Mourinho, believe he will be one of the most successful managers in recent memory.
John Terry has said he will fight to clear his name again after the FA charged him using alleged racist language towards Anton Ferdinand. Terry was acquitted in court of the same offence and the Chelsea skipper says he will continue to clear his name. The FA said the charge could carry a three-game ban and have given Terry until August the 3rd to respond.
Andre Villas-Boas has had a sly dig at Chelsea saying that the Spurs players are better to work with. AVB only lasted eight months in charge at Stanford Bridge and has said after taking over at Tottenham, ‘We have seen the spirit of this group and it is different from what I had last year.’ Cheap shot to be honest Andre.
There’s a whole heap of racing action to get stuck into today. Racing comes from York, Ascot, Newmarket, Newcastle and Wexford. This evening there are meetings from Lingfield and Salisbury.
One of the best races of the day is at York at 3:10pm. The Sky Bet York Stakes should be a close fought thing with the Irish horse Planteur and Kieran Fallon’s mount Afsare fighting for favouritism with Paddy Power. Henry Cecil and Tom Quelly combined to win this race last year with Twice Over and their entry Jet Away might be worth a punt at 6/1.
It’s semi-final day in the World Matchplay! Phil Taylor has switched back to his old darts after putting in some pretty un-Power-like performances and he faces a difficult test against the local Blackpool lad Ronnie Baxter. The Rocket over-came a solid performance from Justin Pipe to bag his spot in tonight’s semi-final showdown.
In the other match James Wade faces Terry Jenkins in what could be a classic. Wadey beat 9-dart hero Mighty Mike yesterday and started to show some of the form we know he can produce. Terry Jenkins has had the hardest route to this point beating Raymond van Barneveld, Adrian Lewis and Kim Huybrechts on the way to his clash with the Machine.