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Betting News: Liverpool, FIFA rankings, Tiger, Awde

by Sean Goff | August 8, 2012
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THE HARD YARDS: The last Major of the season will be played at Kiawah Island (pic: Graphic News)

Football

Craig Bellamy could be on his way back to Cardiff City after Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed the clubs are in discussions  about the Welsh international’s future.

England have climbed to third in the FIFA World rankings despite exiting at Euro 2012 to Italy on penalties. Roy Hodgson’s side now sit behind Spain and Germany as the qualifiers for World Cup 2014 in Brazil get underway next month.

Giovanni Trapattoni’s Ireland side is 26th with Wales at 37, Scotland perched on 46 and Northern Ireland just outside the top 100 at 101.

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has vowed that the Red Devils will be more resilient in the Premier League and Champions League next season.

The United stalwart was speaking before the  high-profile friendly with Barcelona tonight in Gothenburg. Vidic played his first game in eight months at the weekend when United’s new-found resilience was sadly lacking in a 0-0 draw against minnows Valerenga.

Golf

Tiger Woods in 10/1 favourite in Paddy Power’s online betting for the final Major of the season the USPGA Championship at Kiawah Island.

The tournament is Woods’ last chance this season to win his first Major in four years before everyone’s thoughts begin to turn to the Ryder Cup in San Francisco in September and Paddy Power are paying 1/4 the odds the first SIX before the first ball is struck off the tee on Thursday.

Last year’s champion Keegan Bradley, who won his first Major at his first attempt underlined his well-being with a last hole win in the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone  last weekend.

Bradley came from five shots off the pace with three holes to play to deny Jason Dufner in a play-off. Dufner has won twice this year in the Byron Nelson Championship and the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and would be a deserving winner after last year’s meltdown.

Olympics

Daniel Awde has sensationally been ruled out of the decathlon after injuring himself in the long jump. Awde had earlier set a personal best 10.71 in the fourth heat of the 100m to leave him in seventh place overall in the opening event of the decathlon. The Londoner went on to score 774 points at his third attempt in the long jump.  

Mo Farah (29) qualified for the men’s 5,000m final on Saturday when finishing third in the heats this morning but not before giving his supporters a scare. The 10,000m champion was clipped a couple of times on the last lap but steadied himself to make the frame.

Racing

Frankel’s six-length stroll at Glorious Goodwood has put pressure on Derby winner Camelot in te Cartier 2012 Horse of the Year ratings.

Henry Cecil’s colt who connections want to step up to 10 furlongs at York at the end of the month is just 48 points behind the Newmarket 2,000 Guineas and Epsom and Irish Derby winner Camelot(144).  Aidan O’ Brien’s triple Classic winner is looking to make history by winning the St Leger to become the first horse since Nijinsky in 1970 to win the Triple Crown.

 Today’s racing is from Brighton, Newcastle and Pontefract with Yarmouth, Sligo and Kempton under orders tonight.

 

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