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Betting news: Jessica Ennis and Santi Cazorla

by Josh Powell | August 3, 2012

LIGHTNING QUICK: Jess Ennis blitzed the field in the 100 metre hurdles

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

Olympics

Jessica Ennis got off to a flyer in the heptathlon this morning smashing records and setting a blistering time of 12.54 seconds in the 100 metre hurdles. The 26-year-old got 1195 points for her run and couldn’t have asked for a better start to the competition. She is a clear favourite to take gold in the heptathlon but could also spring an upset in the individual hurdles event.

Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins won Olympic gold for Team GB in the women’s double scull. The pair destroyed the competition on the water at Eton Dorney and took a commanding lead from the start. It is Team GB’s sixth gold medal of the games and takes their medal haul to a cracking 18.

The aquatics centre is the place to be tonight as Michael Phelps and Rebecca Adlington are in action again. Adlington smashed the 800 metre freestyle world record in 2008 and will be aiming to destroy the competition once again with the home crowd behind her.

Football

Most of the tabloids are reporting that Arsenal are poised to announce the signing of Santi Cazorla from Malaga. The attacking midfielder has joined the Gunners on a four-year contract for £16million. The signing takes Wenger’s spending this summer up around the £40million mark and reports are they also want to loan Real Madrid’s Nuri Sahin.

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.

Elsewhere last night Liverpool got off to a winning start in their Europa League qualifier. Brendan Rodgers team won 1-0 against Gomel in Belarus thanks to a cracking strike from Stewart Downing.

Racing

The stunning action continues at Galway and Glorious Goodwood today with the action in England starting at 2.00pm and in Ireland racing begins at 5.10pm.

The ground at Goodwood is good but it is more of a worry at Galway were it is soft, yielding in places.

Channel 4 analyst Tom Lee had a 2/1 winner and a cracking 8/1 winner yesterday to keep up his cracking form at Glorious Goodwood. In the King George Stakes he fancies Ralph Beckett’s Pabusar to run well at a big price. You can read his tips for today’s racing at Goodwood and Galway here.

There is also racing this afternoon from Thirsk and Bangor-on-Dee.

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