More injury woe for England ahead of their opening World Cup qualifier against Moldova with Adam Johnson pulling out with a thigh injury he picked up in training. Roy Hodgson is now without nine key players including Andy Carroll, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and Ashley Cole for the game in Chisinau. Despite the injury problems England are still the red-hot favourites and are 3/10 to get the three points.
There are reports in the Sun spectacularly claiming that Ashley Cole may walk out of Chelsea. The left-back is in the final year of his contract and could walk away for free after only being offered a one year deal to stay. Reports suggest that Roman Abramovich has a rule that over-30s can only be offered one-year extensions but that could be a mistake if Cole decides to walk out. There would be a number of clubs such as Real Madrid, PSG and Zenit St Petersburg who would be willing to cough up some handy wages for Cashley.
Cristiano Ronaldo is still sad. This isn’t breaking news by any means but what is interesting is that he is now saying he will not join Manchester City while Alex Ferguson is at rivals Manchester United. When CR7 told the world how sad he was at Real Madrid understandably Man City pricked their ears but Ronny, who considers Ferguson a father figure, said he would not be interested in going there and hurting Fergie’s feelings.
Andy Murray proved to all his critics last night that he does have the bottle to win a major as he came from the brink of being two sets down to beat Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals. Murray, who had lost the opening set, was 1-5 down in the second before stealing it 7-6 and going on to win three sets to one. In even better news for fans of the Scot he faces Tomas Berdych in the semi-final after the number six seed knocked out Wimbledon champion Rodger Federer.
The BMW Championship at Crooked Stick gets underway today with Rory McIlroy the 6/1 favourite to pick up the victory and back-to-back tour wins. He tees off alongside Tiger Woods who is ranked number two in the world and is the closest to his best form he has been since all that naughty business with the ladies.
Tiger is 7/1 for success in Indianapolis. Don’t forget if either McIlroy or Woods win we’ll refund losing outright bets on the golfer that finishes second.
Racing today comes from Salisbury, Haydock, Sedgefield, Clonmel and evening racing from Kempton.
All the action gets underway at 1.40pm with the opening race at Salisbury.
The Sun’s top tipster Templegate is napping Jadanna in the 3.15pm Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes at Salisbury. The two-year-old is currently 5/1 in the betting with Paddy Power this morning.
‘She kicked off her career with wins at Pontefract and Beverley before two cracking efforts in Group 2s at Royal Ascot and Newmarket’, says the tipster. ‘There were excuses for her disappointing effort at Goodwood last time and she has been given a break by trainer James Given since that busy spell’