Morning update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport
No medals for Team GB yesterday and plenty of disappointment for Mark Cavendish in the men’s road race. But today is a new day at the games.
Rebecca Adlington will be looking to defend her 400 metre freestyle title in the pool today and Nicole Cooke leads Britain’s chances in the women’s road race in which she won gold in Beijing.
In sad news it looks as though Paula Radcliffe won’t make the marathon after a foot injury flared up again. The 38-year-old world record holder has been struggling to get fit for London 2012 and is expected to withdraw from the competition this week. Radcliffe has won many lucrative marathons over her career but an Olympic medal has always escaped her.
Andre Villas-Boas has hit out at Charlie Adam after a nasty looking tackle on Gareth Bale left the Welsh winger with an injured ankle. The tackle came in a relatively uninspiring 0-0 draw between Liverpool and Spurs last night. Adam and Bale have history after the former Blackpool midfielder put Bale out for three months in May 2011 with a ruptured ankle. AVB deemed the tackle ‘very, very nasty’.
It looks as though Luka Modric is finally off to Real Madrid. The stories been rumbling on for a few weeks now with Modric managing to offend everybody at Spurs while he waited for Madrid to stump up the cash. According to reports the £36million fee has been met and the 26-year-old looks set for sunny Spain.
It’s the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton is on pole! The Englishman is 62 points behind the Championship leader Fernando Alonso but the track is notoriously difficult to overtake on which will play into the Englishman’s hands.
Lotus driver Sebastian Grosjean will be alongside Hamilton at the front of the grid with Sebastian Vettel in third and Jenson Button fourth. Vettel’s team-mate Mark Webber is all the way down in eleventh to top a difficult day for Red Bull who hold a 53-point advantage in the constructor’s championship.
Hamilton was the only driver to clock a time of less than one-minute-and-21-seconds.
Tonight sees James Wade take on Phil Taylor in the final of the World Matchplay. These two have met in the final of this competition on three occasions in 2006, 2008 and 2011 with Taylor winning every time. The Power is aiming for his fifth successive Matchplay and his 13th overall.
The machine won this tournament back in 2007 and brings out his best darts in the Winter Gardens. He’ll need an excellent performance in Blackpool tonight to bring a halt to Taylor’s dominance.