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Betting news: Phelps, Carroll and Glorious Goodwood

by Josh Powell | July 31, 2012

RECORD BREAKER: Phelps will become the greatest ever Olympian if he picks up a couple of medals today

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

Olympics

Maybe bronze is the new gold? After Rebecca Adlington’s stunning performance in the pool, Team GB’s men’s gymnastics team took bronze in a thrilling final last night. It looked like silver for a while but Japan’s appeal following a wobbly dismount was accepted and Britain were back in third. It was still a wonderful achievement for the lads who weren’t expected to qualify let alone be in the medal hunt.

Tom Daley’s diving partner Pete Waterfield has apologised after a mistimed dive cost the pair a medal in the 10 metre synchronised event. The pair were leading the competition until a mistimed dive left them in fourth place. Daley responded by saying that they win and lose as a team together and it was a poor dive from both of them. Police have also made an arrest regarding to offensive tweets aimed at Tom Daley after the event. The youngster now has a week to clear his head before the individual competition as he tries to fulfil the dream of capturing an Olympic medal.

Britain’s women’s football team take on Brazil today in an eagerly anticipated clash. Both teams have qualified for the next stage but a win is very important as it would mean they top the group and avoid the champions Japan in the knock-out stage. After the success of Team GB’s men it is now over to the gymnastic women. Led by Beth Tweddle the team will be aiming to be up there come the finish and take gold.

Michael Phelps could become the greatest ever Olympian today. The American swimmer already has 17 medals to his name, 14 of these being gold – and he could add two more to that collection today.  Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina won 17 medals in the 1960’s and it looked like a record that would never be beaten until now. Phelps competes in the 200 metre butterfly and then joins his team-mates for the 4×200 metre relay as he looks to smash all kinds of Olympic records.

Football

Andy Carroll could be making a shocking move to West Ham. Sam Allardyce is well-known for being an advocate of playing ‘tika’taka’ football so it seems strange that he would want to sign a massive centre forward who thrives on long punts from defence. However the Daily Mail are reporting that a £2 million loan fee has been agreed with a view to make it a permanent £17m transfer providing West Ham stay up this year. It is reported that Carroll would prefer to head back to the North East or fight for his place at Liverpool so could well turn down the offer.

The Mail also report that Chelsea are lining up a £7.5million offer for Victor Moses. It is hard to see why the 21-year-old would want to leave Wigan for the European Champions but it is rumoured he is keen to join Di Matteo’s squad. Chelsea have already had two bids turned down as Wigan hold out for £10m but will be keen to add another attacking midfielder to a squad which, on paper, is looking very dangerous.

Clint Dempsey who has been linked to a move to Liverpool in recent weeks could have just dropped the biggest hint yet that he is on his way from Craven Cottage. The Sun reports that Dempsey has skipped Fulham’s pre-season tour of Switzerland as he eyes a move to Anfield. Martin Jol won’t want to lose the team’s top goalscorer last season but would rather take £10million for the American than watch him leave on a free when his contract runs out next year.

Racing

A cracking day of racing today with the second day of Galway and the opening day of Glorious Goodwood.

The ground at Goodwood is officially good and the first race is at 2.oopm. Over the pond at Galway the ground is also good but with showers expected that could easily change. Racing there begins at 4.00pm.

Of the seven races on the Goodwood card Tom Segal has focused on the Gordan Stakes at 2.35pm in this morning’s Racing Post. He fancies the German three-year-old Girolamo to do the business after coming a close third in the German Derby. Peter Schiergen’s trained horse is officially the best horse in the race according to the handicapper and Segal is backing it to prove a point this afternoon.

Elsewhere this afternoon there is racing from Ayr at 1.45pm and Beverley at 2.25pm.

Don’t forget to keep checking the Paddy Power Blog for the latest tips from Champion jockey Ruby Walsh and Channel 4’s racing analyst Tom Lee. 

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