Morning update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport
Stoke hard-man Robert Huth has been admitted to hospital with what doctors fear is meningitis. The 27-year-old German defender must undergo further tests before the mystery illness is confirmed. Huth, a two-time Premier League winner with Chelsea was set to face Reading in Stoke’s opening game of the Premier League.
Luis Suarez new deal with Liverpool will see the Uruguayan trouser £120k-a-week as the Anfield side look to rebuild under Brendan Rodgers. Suarez has signed a four-year-deal with the Reds as they look to return to hte Premier League’s top four and Champions League football.
Meanwhile, United striker Wayne Rooney is excited by new-boy Shinji Kagawa’s arrival. The England striker feels he will benefit if Kagawa is given a free role between midfield and attack. United take on Everton in just under two weeks time in their opening games of the new season and face Barcelona tonight in a high-profile friendly in Gothenburg.
Mo Farah (29) dominated the 10,000m on Saturday night and looks to double up this morning in the 5,000m heats (10.45am). Farah has already done the ‘distance double’ at the World Championships and is unbeaten in four trials so far this season.
Ireland’s Katie Taylor (26) already assured of a bronze medal faces Mavzuna Chorieva in the lightweight semi-finals at 2pm. Another victory would edge the Bray woman closer to her dream of Olympic Gold. Belfast’s Michael Conlon rowed in last night with another bronze at least to guarantee Ireland three medals in the boxing.
Of Ireland’s 26 Olympic medals 15 have come from the pugilists.
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British cyclist Sir Chris Hoy (36) has retired from Olympic cycling after became Britain’s greatest Olympian after he won his sixth gold meda last night. The victory took him one gold past Sir Steve Redgrave’s five-in-a-row and two past Bradley Wiggins’s four-gold haul.
Jim Bolger is watching the weather forecast for the Curragh ahead of Dawn Approach’s return in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes on Sunday.
The current 8/1 favourite for next year’s 2,000 Guineas in Paddy Power’s online betting is now joint owned by Bolger’s wife Jackie and Godolphin. The unbeaten colt heads 15 acceptors for the weekend feature that Aidan O’Brien has won in 11 of the past 15 runnings.
Today’s racing is from Brighton, Newcastle and Pontefract with Yarmouth, Sligo and Kempton under orders tonight.