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Betting News: Liverpool, Bolt, Taylor, McIlroy

by Sean Goff | August 10, 2012

Morning update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport

Football

Liverpool will know their Europa League opponents at around lunchtime today when the draw is made for the competition proper.

The Reds overcame Gomel 3-0 last night with goals from new signing Fabio Borini, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnston to run out 4-0 winners on aggregate. Manager Brendan Rodgers expects Swansea’s Joe Allen to sign on the dotted line for the club in the next 24 hours.

Celtic face another Champions League qualifier before they know if they’ll be joining the Reds after accounting for HJK Helsinki 2-0 last night and 4-1 on aggregate.

John Terry won’t be in the England line-up for the friendly against Italy next Wednesday despite being set to lead Chelsea against Manchester City in the Community Shield at Villa Park on Sunday. Club-mate Gary Cahill is set to take his place as Roy Hodgson opts for a different back four that was dismissed by the Azzuri at Euro 2012.

Olympics

A modest Usain Bolt has called himself the greatest athlete ever after winning the men’s 200m gold to add to his 100m title at the weekend. Kenya’s David Rudisha set a new world record in the 800m when claiming gold last night.

Ireland’s Katie Taylor has hinted she may turn professional after claiming gold in the women’s lightweight boxing after Britain’s Nicola Adams became the first-ever women’s boxing gold.

In the men’s division Paddy Barnes (1.30pm), John Joe Nevin (2pm), and Michael Conlan (8.45pm) try to upgrade to silver from bronze  in their semi-final clashes later.

Golf

Sweden’s Carl Pettersson (who recently took up American citizenship) tops the leaderboard after the opening day of the US PGA Championship at a calm and sunny Kiawah Island. Pettersson leads on six-under-par after a 66 one shot ahead of Gary Woodland, Rory McIlroy, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Alexander Noren.

Tiger Woods is tied for 14th a couple of shots back on three-under-par. 

Racing 

Dermot Weld’s Galileo’s Choice has booked his place in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh in a month’s time after victory in the Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown last night. The 9/4f shot is quoted at 25/1 for the Melbourne Cup in Paddy Power’s online betting after taking the Group Three contest.

Racing today comes from Musselburgh (2pm), Brighton (2.10pm) and Lingfield (2.20pm) with action tonight at Tipperary (17.30), Newmarket (17.40) and Haydock (17.50).

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