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Nottingham Forest have confirmed they’re in talks with the legend himself ‘Big Mick’ McCarthy. The Kuwaiti-based Al-Hasawi family took control of Forest last week and gave Steve Coterill the boot straight away. Big Mick has guided Sunderland and Wolves to the Premier League before and knows how to get a team out of the Championship. He’s now 1/5 to take the job.
Liverpool and Chelsea look set to fight it out for Arsenal winger Theo Walcott. Theo only has a year left on his deal with the Gunners and is reportedly eager to get away from the club is his wages aren’t increased form £100,000-a-week. Arsene Wenger is supposedly keen to keep hold of the 23-year-old but with offers rumoured to be in the region of £15million is it too good to turn down?
Meanwhile it’s reported that once the t’s are crossed and the i’s are dotted Luka Modric will be a Real Madrid player. According to the press Spurs want an extra £5million on the £30m fee but Madrid will only add-on a poxy £3m. Once that cheeky bit of haggling gets sorted out it looks like it is a done deal.
Dimitar Berbatov took to Facebook to announce he wants out of Manchester United. The Bulgarian striker isn’t happy with warming the bench and appears to keen for a move away. According to his post Fergie has only valued him at £5million after he cost the club £30m in 2008.
In worse news for United fans Bebe is back in the squad for the pre-season tours.
Tiger Woods has deemed the conditions at Royal Lytham ‘unplayable’ ahead of the start of the British Open on Thursday. Woods, who is looking for his 15th major title went on to say that he’s never seen rough ‘that high or thick or dense’.
Paul Casey also spent the weekend practicing the course and echoed Tiger’s thoughts branding some areas of the course ‘brutal’.
The classic British summer is set to continue with plenty of wind and rain forecast before Thursday so the rough is likely to get decidedly worse.
Leeds Rhinos sprung an upset in the Challenge Cup semi-final beating old foes Wigan 39-28. It was the Rhino’s best performance of the season as they scored seven tries to defeat the defending champions. It was sweet revenge for Leeds who were humiliated by Wigan 50-8 last month. Now they can aim to lift the cup for the first time since 1999 and are 13/8 to do so.
The favourites for the trophy are the Warrington Wolves at 4/9 with Paddy Power. The Wolves booked their third appearance at Wembley in four years after destroying Huddersfield 33 points to six. Brett Hodgson scored 17 of the points to set up an intriguing clash with the Rhinos in a repeat of the 2010 final.
The Wolves were convincing winners that day and will be looking for their eighth Challenge Cup success on August 25th.
There is racing this afternoon from Ayr and Southwell as well as Dundalk which starts at 1:25pm on the all-weather. This evening there are meetings at Windsor, Wolverhampton and Killarney.
The feature race of the day is a Class 2 handicap at Ayr which runs at 4:05pm. The Ruth Carr trained Dubai Dynamo is the 2/1 favourite after a reasonable effort to finish second at Ripon this month. Oriental Scot will look to run a big race at 8/1 after a recent success at Haydock but won’t want too much rain.