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How the mighty have fallen. A verdict is expected about 2pm today in the John Terry trial. The Chelsea defender will hope that Friday 13th doesn’t prove his downfall as his trial concludes in London. Glasgow Rangers too will learn today whether they’ll play in the First or Third division next season as punishment for going into administration. AC Milan are reportedly preparing a bid for Carlos Tevez while Craig Bellamy looks set to be reunited with Welsh counterpart Mark Hughes for the third timed in his career with a move to QPR. Wonder if they golf together? This could signal a move to Championship club Blackburn for the suspended Joey Barton who’ll miss the first 12 games of the new Premier League season.
Heavyweights, and we use the term in its broadest sense, David Haye and Derek Chisora go toe-to-toe at Upton Park on Saturday night and there’s bad blood between the pair. There was a bit of previous at Chisora’s post-match press conference after he lost to Vitali Klitschko last February. Expect fireworks. Meanwhile in Las Vegas a few hours later Amir Khan takes on Danny Garcia in trying to win his third title in the 10-stone division. Khan needs to be careful about going toe-to-toe with the Garcia because he’s got SIX of them on his right foot. He’s also the light welterweight champion.
If either of these fights finishes within the first three rounds Paddy Power has an amazing Money-back special on offer.
Newmarket gets star billing on Friday with the Group One Falmouth Stakes the feature. Andre Fabre’s Golden Lilac sets the standard in Paddy Power’s online betting. Chester (6.00), Newbury (1.40) and York (2.05) play supporting roles with Downpatrick (2.30) and Cork (5.35) under orders in Ireland. Chepstown and Hamilton have been abandoned.
Tour de France
Pierre Rolland won the 11th stage of the Tour on Thursday as Bradley Wiggins extended his overall lead to 2.05 from team-mate Chris Froome ahead of Stage 12 today from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - Annonay Davezieux.
Francesco Molinari shot a course record 62 in the opening round at the Scottish Open yesterday. He leads by two from Spain’s Alejandro Canizares who in turn is a shot ahead of Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen and Raphael Jacquelin from France ahead of today’s second round. Troy Matterson carded a 61 to lead the John Deere Classic in the US on 10-under-par. Reigning three-time winner Steve Stricker in three shots back in joint third.