With Rafael Nadal at home nursing an injured knee and Wimbledon champ Rodger Federer already knocked out Andy Murray fans know with little doubt that this is the Scot’s best chance of a Grand Slam. Britain’s number one faces Tomas Berdych in the semi-final and is a red-hot 4/9 favourite to make the US Open final for the second time in his career.
The one man who might stand in his way is Novak Djokovic who beat Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets. The reigning champ hasn’t dropped a set at Flushing Meadows this year and faces David Ferrer in the last four. The Serb is odds-on at 4/9 to retain his crown over the weekend.
After the opening round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Rory McIlroy holds a share of the lead after a good first knock in Indianapolis. McIlroy is eight under par along with Webb Simpson, Bo Van Pelt and Graham DeLaet. Just one shot behind on seven under is a resurgent Tiger Woods and the evergreen Vijay Singh.
England captain Steven Gerrard appears to be refreshingly realistic about the Three Lion’s chances of winning the World Cup in 2014 by saying that they’ll ‘need a miracle’. Gerrard admitted that realistically England aren’t one of the favourites but are looking to work hard and improve. Roy Hodgson’s men are 1/3 to get their qualification campaign off to a winning start against Moldova who are a massive 10/1.
The Dallas Cowboys got the new season underway with a bang when beating reigning Super Bowl champions the New York Giants 24-17 on Wednesday night. Tony Romo threw three touchdowns to let the rest of the NFL know the Cowboys means business this year.
The season proper starts on Sunday night and Sky Sports have signed up – better late than never – with a new three-year deal on all the latest bone-crunching grid-iron action.
There are 15 matches this weekend with Sky showing the Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears at 5.30pm on Sky Sports 2HD followed by the San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers at 9.15pm Sky Sports 2HD.
If any of the opening game goes to overtime, Paddy Power will refund all losing match handicap bets on that match.
Racing today comes from Haydock, Brighton, Chepstow, Kempton and Kilbeggan.
The opening race is at 2.00pm and it’s a handicap from Haydock.
One of the feature races of the day is the 4.45pm from Haydock which is a Class three handicap over one-mile-and-a-quarter. Mark Johnston’s three-year-old Prussian is the 9/4 favourite after running very well into second in a valuable handicap last week at Sandown and is the one to beat on that form. Boogie Shoes who came third at Ascot is a massive 7/1 and back over his best trip is another to consider.