Morning update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport
It was a good day for Team GB yesterday as London 2012 kicked into life for Britain’s athletes. Lizzie Armistead won silver in the women’s road race before Becky Adlington shocked everybody by performing brilliantly in the pool to pick up a bronze.
Stuart Pearce’s Team GB football team got a good result against UAE winning 3-1 at Wembley. Ryan Giggs opened the scoring before UAE equalised just after the hour mark. Super-subs Scott Sinclair and Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to save Psycho’s blushes and the result means Team GB only need a draw against Uruguay on Wednesday to progress. Ryan Giggs has also urged Welsh fans not to boo the national anthem. Giggs and several other Welsh athletes have refused to sing God Save the Queen for personal reasons but have encouraged the fans to get behind the team.
A busy day today features Tom Daley in the synchronised 10 metre platform dive and aiming to be amongst the medals. Britain’s gymnastics team is in action on the floor, the men’s hockey team takes on Argentina and Zoe Smith who won Commonwealth bronze in 2010 is competing in the weightlifting.
The agro between Gareth Bale and Charlie Adam continues with Bale branding the Liverpool midfielder a ‘coward’. The Welsh winger has said he hasn’t received an apology but will refuse it if one comes his way. The Spurs player will have a scan on his ankle in New York today to assess the damage amid fears he will miss the opening game of the season. Team-mate Kyle Walker has also crashed in saying that Adam is ‘jealous’ because Bale is such a skilled player.
Roberto Mancini has revealed it will be very difficult for Manchester City to lure Robin Van Persie to the Etihad Stadium. City face competition from Juventus and neighbours United for RVP’s signature after Arsenal said they would be willing to let the Dutchman go for £20million. Mancini says that City will need three or four players to defend their Premier League title and win the Champions League this year.
Sir Alex Ferguson has come out and said that there will be no way that United flop again in the Champions League. The Red Devils failed to qualify from the group stages last year, costing the club more than £13million. Fergie has said it was a blip that would not happen again and he will make sure United make the latter stages.
The Galway Festival gets under way today with the opening race of the meeting at 4.00pm.
The biggest race of the day is the Carlton Hotel Galway City handicap at 5.35pm. 23 runners will take on the two-mile trip fighting for the €42,000 prize including last year’s winner Fosters Cross who is 11/1. Nina Carberry has every chance on Buy Back Bob at 11/1 but Caim Hill looks like the best value after scoring twice on the flat and over fences recently. You can back him at 7/1 with Paddy Power.
Elsewhere today there are meetings at Ayr, Lingfield and Yarmouth before this evenings fixtures at Uttoxeter and Wolverhampton.