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– Manchester City have won the Community Shield in a surprisingly feisty game at Villa Park. Chelsea took the lead courtesy of a Fernando Torres goal, but soon after lost Branislav Ivanovic was given his marching orders for trying to remove one of Alexander Korolov’s legs with a mid-shin studs up tackle. Andy Townsend said it was a harsh red card, but I saw some of his hairstyles during the 80s and he’s not a man blessed with impeccable judgement.
Mancini’s men played the better of the football and took the lead thanks to a thumping equaliser from Yaya Toure followed by the cracker from Carlos Tevez and a less of a cracker from Samir Nasri. Ryan Bertrand scored a late consolation for the Pensioners. Obviously this game is relatively unimportant, but it you take solace from stats with no bearing future events, four of the last five Community Shield winners have gone on to win that season’s league title. City are 5/4 to make it five from six.
– Off the pitch, it’s been a good day for City as they confirmed the signing of Jack Rodwell from Everton. The good news for the Toffees is they get £15 million for the player, but the bad news is they’ll probably be seeing a lot more Darron Gibson in their midfield this season. Everton are 7/2 to finish ahead of Liverpool.
– Rory McIlroy shortly begins the final round of the US PGA Championship in a great position after a completing an excellent third round earlier today. With a three shot lead heading into the final round, he’s in control as bids to win his second major, but as we saw at Augusta last year, that isn’t always a guarantee of success. The 8/13 favourite is three shots clear of Carl Pettersson, but a host of top players and former major winners aren’t far behind so he has limited margin for error. Tiger Woods trails McIlroy by five shots, but is the 8/1 second favourite for the title.
– The world of darts is in mourning with the news that legendary commentator, Sid Waddell has died at the age of 72. He had been battling bowel cancer since last September and a statement from his manager revealed Waddell passed away surrounded by his family on Saturday night. Waddell’s Sky Sports colleague, Dave Clark paid a glowing tribute to his friend, saying:
He was the voice of darts. Darts isn’t going to be the same without Sid Waddell. He had a child-like exuberance, he’d be bouncing round like a young puppy in the commentary box, and mix that with the intellect of Einstein. He was a brilliant man, a genius of the microphone – I’m going to miss my old mate, that’s for sure.
It was the final day of the London Olympics, but the hosts’ sadness was lessened with yet more gold for Team GB. Anthony Joshua climbed to the top of the podium for winning the super-heavyweight division thanks to a dramatic victory over Roberto Cammarelle of Italy. It cemented Team GB’s third place on the medals table.
In other news, the Not Quite The Dream Team landed gold in the Men’s Basketball, but the hot favourites were made work for it by Spain. Team USA were matched all the way by la Roja, but kicked clear in the 4th quarter to claim the 14th Olympic tournament for the 14th time. Earlier, Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda won the men’s marathon, only the second gold medal in the African country’s history.
– It’s been a good Sunday for Aidan O’Brien. Not many horses have seen as much of Frankel’s rear-end as Excelebration has, but he got his moment in the limelight by winning the Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville this après-midi for the Ballydoyle team. Closer to home, things got even better soon after as Pedro The Great claimed the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh. The two year old wasn’t the stable’s big hope for the race, but he beat Jim Bolger’s Leitir Mor by a convincing two and three-quarter lengths. He’s rated a 33/1 shot to win next year’s 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.