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Betting news: Ennis, Adlington and Aquilani

by Josh Powell | August 3, 2012

OVER THE TOP: Jessica Ennis leads the way over the hurdles

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

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Olympics

Jessica Ennis got off to a flying start in the heptathlon as the 26-year-old aims for gold. Jessica absolutely smashed the 100 metre hurdles, setting a heptathlon record and a British record with a time of 12.54 seconds. In the high jump she managed a solid 1.86 metres to keep her lead at the top with 2249 points. It was a cracking display from Jessica but an even more impressive showing from fellow Brit Katarina Johnson-Thompson who sits in third with 2146 points. Tonight at 7.00pm is the shot put and then at 8.45pm the fourth event is the 200 metres.

Rebecca Adlington is in the pool again tonight after taking bronze in the 400 metre freestyle. She won gold in the 800 metre race in Beijing and broke the world record in the process. She’ll have plenty of support in the aquatics centre tonight as she looks to retain her gold.

Another highlight in the pool tonight will be seeing the greatest Olympian of all time Michael Phelps try to add to his incredible medal haul. Phelps has 20 medals, 16 of them gold, and tonight takes part in the 100 metre butterfly final. The 27-year-old has two golds and two silvers from these games already and it would be no surprise to see him up on the podium again this evening.

The men’s football gets going again tomorrow with the quarter-finals. Team GB take on South Korea and Stuart Pearce’s side have a potential semi-final lined up with hot favourites Brazil.

Football

Alberto Aquilani has left Liverpool for Fiorentina. It ends a nightmare spell on Merseyside for the Italian international who never settled and only scored two goals in 28 appearances. The 28-year-old joined Liverpool for £20million from Roma in 2009 but couldn’t fit in and had loan spells at Juventus and AC Milan.

Wayne Rooney has joined up with his United team-mates ahead of the start of the new season. The England striker had some time off after Euro 2012 but is back training in Manchester with the rest of the squad with a fortnight until their opening Premier League clash with Everton.

Tottenham are getting ready for a couple of huge bids according to reports in The Sun. They are saying that Spurs are interested in young Liverpool star Raheem Sterling. The 17-year-old is believed to be valued at £7million but AVB has been impressed with the midfielder’s performances. It is reported that the youngster is unhappy at Anfield and would welcome a return to London.

AVB is also interested in Malaga striker Salomon Rondon. According to reports Spurs have made a £10million bid for the front man as Malaga look to sell players to fix their financial problems. It would be great news for Spurs who are significantly light-weight up top heading in to the new season.

Racing

Racing tonight from the Galway Festival begins at 5.10pm and the ground is soft to yielding with further showers expected throughout the evening.

One of the feature races is the Guinness Handicap at 6.50pm with Olympiad and Chicago fighting for favouritism with Paddy Power. The Denis Hogan trained Inis Meain came second here yesterday but is in great heart and could go well again this evening at 5/1.

There is also racing from Bath at 5.30pm where the going is good, good to firm in places, Newmarket starting at 5.50pm where the going is good to firm and Musselburgh where the action gets underway at 6.10pm and the going is good.

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