Afternoon update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport
Team GB have a gold medal! It took until day five of the games but Britain has finally tasted gold and in emphatic fashion. Heather Stanning and Helen Glover destroyed the opposition to win the women’s pair, becoming the first British women ever to get gold in rowing. They were clear favourites going into the race after smashing the Olympic record earlier this week and left the reigning world champions New Zealand and twice-defending Olympic champions Romania far behind.
Bradley Wiggins is hoping to make it a double success for Team GB later on this afternoon as the Tour de France hero competes in the time trial. The British cyclists were left disappointed on the opening day of London 2012 as Mark Cavendish and the rest of the team were unable to get amongst the medals in the men’s road race. But Wiggins told The Sun newspaper that he is in the nest shape physically and mentally going into today’s contest.
Stuart Pearce’s team go into the game with Uruguay today knowing a draw will be enough to see them through to the knock-out stages. Team GB have performed under-par until this point but are still unbeaten after a draw with Senegal and a 3-1 win over UAE. Psycho knows that Uruguay have to win to progress and isn’t going to underestimate the Copa-America champions.
Last night Michael Phelps became the greatest Olympian of all time, taking his total medal haul to an astonishing 19. You can read all about his incredible success in the pool here.
Arsene Wenger has had a cheeky dig at Manchester City and Chelsea. Not one to moan (ahem) Wenger has had a swipe at the two Premier League rivals because of their big-money spending. According to the Sun, Arsenal are on the verge of completing the £16million singing of Malaga’s Santi Cazorla which will take the Gunner’s spending for this window up to £39m. Wenger said ‘Overall we are not mega-rich because we do not have unlimited resources.A club can buy players like PSG has done or Manchester City or Chelsea, with unlimited resources, but overall football suffers’.
Not to back Mr Wenger’s point up in any way, according to the Daily Mail, Man City have made a £35million move for Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain. Mancini is believed to prefer Van Persie, but the Dutch striker is understood to be reluctant to join a host of former Gunners at The Etihad and has other options in Manchester United and Juventus.
West Ham have completed the signing of James Collins from Aston Villa three-years after he left Upton Park. The 28-year-old defender has signed a four year deal for an undisclosed fee.
A thrilling day on the track this afternoon with racing at Glorious Goodwood starting at 2.00pm and action across the pond at the Galway Festival beginning at 3.00pm
The big race of the day in the Emerald Isle is the Galway Plate at 5.25pm. Out Now is the current 5/1 favourite with Paddy Power for the Grade A Handicap Chase with Ruby Walsh’s mount Blackstairmountain receiving plenty of support as well.
At Goodwood everyone is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the world’s greatest horse Frankel. Sir Henry Cecil’s super-horse should make it 12 from 12 quite easily against three other horses in the field and is expected to romp home in spectacular fashion.
Elsewhere this afternoon racing at Redcar starts at 2.15pm.