#EVENING NEWS ROUND UP
By Aidan Elder | Chief Sports Writer
After a few days of largely calm conditions, the wind picked up and Castle Stuart course finally showed it’s teeth and gave the players the type of experience they’ll actually find useful in next week’s Open Championship.Jeev Milka Singh won the Scottish Open thanks to victory over Francesco Molinari in a play-off. He was a 100/1 shot to win the event before it began and incredibly, still available at 50/1 at points during the final round.
But as ever, it’s the players lurching in the long grass that people will have an eye on. Luke Donald (16/1), Phil Mickelson (28/1) and Padraig Harrington (16/1) can be pretty happy with their preparation ahead of the four days at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club.
It was a stage of high drama in the Tour De France today. A spate of punctures near the end of the route from Limoux to Foix was later reported to be the result of an act sabotage from unknown individuals who left thumbtacks on the road. Luis Leon Sanchez was the man who best negotiated the rogue stationery to claim the stage. He broke away from the breakaway towards the end of the stage.
Defending champion, Cadel Evans had a nightmare day. He suffered a puncture at the top of the Mur du Peguere, but with no team car in support he had to wait for a replacement wheel to arrive. Fate then kicked him when he was down by also puncturing his front tyre, requiring another stop. A final tally of 28 punctures was given for the stage, way above the average on a typical day in the Tour.
It all worked out quite nicely for Yellow Jersey wearer, Bradley Wiggins who declined the chance to capitlise on his rival’s misfortune, but maintained his two minutes and five seconds advantage over team-mate, Chris Froome. He remains three minutes and 19 seconds clear of Evans in fourth and is 1/8 to win the Tour.
We have categorical proof that Robin van Persie is leaving Arsenal! Possibly.
Either that or he’s getting into property speculation. Or he just likes having lots and lots of houses. The Daily Star are reporting that the Dutchman was spotted house-hunting in Chesire, a piece of dubiously sourced material which they’ve used as evidence that the Arsenal striker is set to sign for Manchester City. Either that or he’s the new, more feminine version of Kirsty on Location, Location, Location.
After his shock defeat to Danny Garcia, some leading names in boxing have rallied around Amir Khan in support. Kind of. Carl Froch says that the 25 year old Khan should consider retirement. The Nottingham based super-middleweight told BBC Five Live “It’s a write-off for him. Khan’s been knocked out by someone who is not touted for the top level.”
Khan’s trainer Freddie Roach admitted that he was on the verge of pulling the plug on the fight at the end of the third round following three knockdowns for the Bolton fighter. “When he came back to the corner he wasn’t responding really well in that minute break. I said I”m going to stop the fight but he said ‘no, I’m ok’,” Roach revealed.
In a hat-trick of indignities, the Garcia camp quickly ruled out the possibility of a rematch with Khan via the medium of incomprehensible metaphor. In response to questions about a possible rematch, Garcia’s father said
He [Khan] took Danny as a pushover. He ain’t getting no rematch. It’s like wearing old shoes. Why would you go back to wearing old shoes you threw up on the cord? You threw, you hang them up on the cord – what are you going to do? Climb back up there and go get them? No you let them hang there for years and years and years until they fall down and then throw another pair up there.
Thanks Mr. Garcia, that’s much clearer now.