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UK Championship Round-up: Positives and Negatives
by TeddyT on 09 Dec at 17:08
UK Championship Round Up Who Did Not Impress? Mark Selby In some ways Selby did remarkably well to make the final of the UK Championship considering he didn’t play well for most of the week. That may seem an unlikely theory given that he won six matches and made a 147 break but Selby himself admitted as much after losing to Neil Robertson. Selby did quite well with the draw in York, playing three low ranked players and then meeting little resistance from Graeme Dott and Ricky Walden. Barry Hawkins should really have knocked the reigning UK champ out in the quarter-final but Selby managed to win the last three frames of that match to pinch a victory. Selby's victory probably had as much to do with how few matches Hawkins has won recently as it did Selby’s resilience. In my opinion Selby’s confidence is..
World Cup 2014 Draw - Reaction and Betting Odds
by man o bong on 06 Dec at 17:37
The World Cup Finals 2014 draw has taken place at Costa do Sauipe, Brazil on Friday Dec 6 2013 Here I take an immediate look at the draw, the odds and possible bets for the finals. World Cup Finals 2014 Betting Odds Brazil 4.5 Argentina 6.5 Germany 6.5 Spain 7.5 Belgium 17 Holland 21 Italy 23 France 26 Colombia 26 England 26 Uruguay 26 Chile 34 Portugal 34 Russia 81 Bosnia-Herzegovina 151 Ecuador 151 Ivory Coast 151 Switzerland 151 Croatia 151 Ghana 151 Mexico 151 Japan 176 USA 201 Australia 251 South Korea 251 Nigeria 251 Greece 251 Cameroon 301 Iran 751 Algeria 1001 Costa Rica 1001 Honduras 1501 The groups are made up as follows, World Cup Group A Brazil Previous World Cups: 1930, 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010. Key player: Neymar (Barcelona). How they got here: Hosts Where will they finish: I have had Brazil down as winners from a long way out for no other reason than they are a terrific side and have home advantage. The thing that may work against them is actually that home advantage with home support and expectation. If they can overcome that, indeed rise to it, they can get the final Cameroon Previous World Cups: 1982, 1990, 1994,..
by Micko70 on 10 Dec at 23:45
The Australian Open is the first of the 4 grand slam events in Tennis played in a calendar year, the 2014 version gets underway on January 13th and will finish on January 26th. Novak Djokovic is the current reigning mens champion, whilst the reigning womens champion is Victoria Azarenka MEN You have to go way back to 2005 to find an upset in the Men's singles, that was the last year and the first year since 1988 that a homegrown player reached the final. Lleyton Hewitt was beaten in the final by Marat Safin, who was winning the title for the first time after twice being a losing finalist. Since 2005 only 3 players have won the Men's singles, Roger Federer (2006, 2007 & 2010), Rafael Nadal (2009) & Novak Djokovic (2008, 2011, 2012 & 2013) LAST 10 YEARS Below is the table of results from the..
Overseas Football Syndicates
by The Executioner on 08 Dec at 20:04
We seem to be hearing more these days of foreign betting syndicates becoming involved in attempts to bribe professional footballers in to trying to influence the outcome of matches. Players have been recorded on camera by undercover reporters and allegedly telling them how easy it is to make thousands of pounds via contacts attached to these syndicates. I don’t condone any wrong doings and anyone found guilty of such offences should be punished accordingly and in severe cases face the possibility of a lifetime ban from the sport. However if you think about it , is it any great surprise that these attempts on corruption appear to be happening more frequently ( or is it a case that they have been happening for years and we are now only hearing about them more often ) ? Bookmakers can be offering..
December Gold Cup Chase from Cheltenham Preview Live on CH4
by man o bong on 10 Dec at 17:05
It is time for a return to Cheltenham and the International Meeting, one of the highlights of which is the December Gold Cup. I am taking a brief look at each of the races this weekend and start with the December Gold Cup. Other races being shown on CH4 can be found later in the article First run in 1963 there have been some high flying winners of the Cheltenham December Gold Cup and in recent years the likes of Poquelin [2009 & 2010] and Exotic Dancer  have taken the crown. Last season Paul Nichols once again grabbed the headline as his UNIONISTE took the 2013 renewal. Many of these chasers can be seen in years to come contesting the Grand National, or more immediately a return to the course for the Cheltenham Gold Cup at the festival in March. Latest December Gold..
Career defining Test Match coming up for some at The WACA
by Randy Rann on 10 Dec at 22:14
Third Test a must watch........but only from behind the sofa!! Well what can you say, England battered in Brisbane and well and truly addled in Adelaide, with the forthcoming comfort that the WACA at Perth awaits, where England have only ever won ONCE at! 2-0 down with a must not lose Test Match coming up at the Aussie stronghold and with Mitchell Johnson stepping it up a notch on his home patch. A Hat Stand! MONTY PANESAR England won't play two spinners in Perth and may even play without any. However I feel they should, and Monty is my pick. He bowled better than Graeme Swann and I won't forget his gutsy knock at No.11 in the First Innings for many a year. He took his blows and the look in his eyes is comical, but he showed tremendous courage. Don't forget either..
Nelson Mandela Championship Preview
by jimmywomble on 10 Dec at 13:41
A Silva Lining as Golf Pays Its Respects to Madiba Golf will almost take a back seat this week on the European Tour following the passing last week of Nelson Mandela, just a week before the tournament that bears his name, The Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa. Although he has had one last say on the event as it has been moved forward to start on Wednesday 11th December to accommodate for his funeral which will be on the Sunday. This will be the second year of the event and winner last year was Scott Jamieson at the Royal Durban it what was a rain soaked opener to the 2013, where the event was cut to just 36 holes and the course shortened to a mere 5,594 yards. This year we have a new course as they move..
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11 Dec 19:02
Weekend Anytime Goalscorers (14th December)
I have done a couple of anytime goalscorer blogs, which have gone down well so far. Will include the Championship, League One & League Two in this one, with hardly any Skrill Premier this weekend. SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP David Nugent (Leicester) Is having...
MOST DISCUSSEDby botev1921
06 Dec 00:44
Weekly Euro Football Predictor - Week 3
A collective of opinions on the weekends top European league matches. The idea behind the blog is to get differing opinions on the best bets for the best matches in Europe over the weekend from a panel of experts. Each...