The US Open is tennis’ last Grand Slam of the year. It goes for the next two weeks and culminates with the men’s final on September 11. 128 men and women will each contest the singles competition. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are the top three men’s seeds. Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva and Maria Sharapova are the top three women’s seeds. Tennis betting fans can expect to find Djokovic as the top men’s favourite with Wozniacki the most favoured female, and should keep a lookout for the incredible special bets available at Titan Bet throughout the tournament. Read More »
Archive for August, 2011
The Final of the Challenge Cup sees the Wigan Warriors take on the Leeds Rhinos. Despite Wigan being the most successful side in the Challenge Cup with 17 wins they haven’t actually tasted cup glory since 2002. Leeds have won it 11 times with the last victory coming in 1999.
Led by Kevin Sinfeld and Jamie Peacock, the Rhinos have a talented side. As do Wigan who boast the likes of Sean O’Loughin, Pat Richards, Ryan Hoffman and Brett Finch.
Wigan are currently top of the Super League ladder and are having a great year. Their path to the final began with a 52-0 thumping of Barrow Raiders. They followed this up with a narrow 26-22 win over the Bradford Bulls. They smashed Warrington in the quarter finals before sneaking past St Helens in the semi’s.
Leeds began with a win over the Crusaders and then took out Harlequins and Hull. In the semi-finals they were really put to the test and required extra time to overcome Castleford. Leeds are in 7th place on the Super League ladder and would love nothing more than to avenge the back to back Challenge Cup final losses they suffered at the hands of Wigan in the early 1990s. They lost the final last year to Warrington and a win here would be the perfect tonic.
Not that many goals in the opening week of the Premier League with just 18 from nine games. There were only four wins – with Bolton, Wolves and both Manchester sides claiming maximum points and, if they didn’t know before, QPR and Swansea now know just how much of a fight they’re going to have to give if they are to avoid immediate relegation after both were humbled 4-0 on initiation day.
Chelsea were well held by Stoke, whilst Liverpool could only get a point against Sunderland despite dominating for long periods in a match where Suarez missed a penalty and Seb Larsson scored a cracker. Arsenal played Newcastle in what was a fiery game and, in what has become almost customary during the Arsene Wenger era, new signing Gervinho was sent off after a scuffle with Joey Barton.
There was pressure on Manchester City to start well against newcomers Swansea and this increased when it was still 0-0 at half-time. They responded well, however, with four second half goals courtesy of a Sergio Aguero debut brace and one each for David Silva and Edin Dzeko.
United were below par against WBA, but did enough to win. There were some worrying signs from new goalkeeper David de Gea and injuries to Rio Ferdinard, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Rafael meaning the defence is already stretched in terms of cover.
Looking ahead to next week, the biggest games see Arsenal host Liverpool while Tottenham begin their season, albeit a week late, at Old Trafford.
Down 2-0 with two Tests to play, how will India respond? They came to England as the number one Test side in the world but haven’t played like it and now run the risk of the English capturing that title.
Injuries haven’t helped their cause and they have lost Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh for the remainder of the series.
Virender Sehwag missed the first two tests but should return as will Gautam Gambhir.
Rahul Dravid has been playing a lone hand for India and has 262 runs from the two Tests. VVS Laxman is the next best Indian with 124, but as a wholem the team just haven’t coped well with the conditions or the spicy English bowing; even Sachin Tendulkar is struggling. In Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Ian Bell there are three Englishmen whot have over 200 runs whilst Stuart Broad has an impressive 182.
Broad is having a fantastic series and hit a series high of 15 wickets including a hat-trick. Praveen Kumar has bowed well and is the next best with 13.
Simply put, India have been outplayed in every department of the game. They won both tosses but chose to field first both times which backfired. The third Test at Edgbaston will indicate if they are going to be able to mount a serious comeback or whether they have no fight left to give – watch this space and enjoy!
The Premier League is known as the home of the best players in the world and it’s clear that such a trend is set to continue with Manchester City’s acquisition of Sergio Agüero from Primera Liga outfit Atletico Madrid. The cross-town rivals of champions Manchester United are showing that they intend to remain a ‘top four’ club and compete for the very highest honours – including the Champions League – and this £38 million capture of a top young international with tons of experience is a clear sign of it.
Agüero may only be 23 but already he has enjoyed a glittering career; He is the youngest player to play in the Argentine first division and he won the U20 World Cup in both 2005 and 2007. He won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics and also happens to be Maradona’s son….in- law! In other words, he is footballing royalty and commands a great deal of respect.
He began his career at Independiente before moving to Atletico Madird where he played for five years.
He was a consistent goal scorer there, scoring 74 times and providing countless assists. Wearing the Number 16 shirt he will team up with the likes of David Silva, Emmanuel Adebayor, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli, as part of a strike force that could trouble even the greatest defenders in the game. This is indeed a talented squad and, if Mancini can get them to properly gel, one which should challenge in all competitions.
First up is the Community Shield and a date with reigning champions and arch rivals Manchester United, after which we should have a fair idea of just how much of a threat the Blues might be.