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Fabian Delph’s first ever goal in the Premier League helped Aston Villa come out on top 3-2 in a thrilling encounter away to Southampton.
The win lifts Villa up to 10th in the Premier League table. They were twice pegged back by the Saints but Delph’s 30-yard strike was enough in the end to separate the teams.
It took 15 minutes for the deadlock to be broken at St Marys when Gabriel Agbonlahor rode the challenge of Dejan Lovren to break into the box where he finished past Paulo Gazzaniga in the hosts’ goal.
After the break it was Southampton who started the brightest. They were back on level terms not long into the second half as Jay Rodriguez headed home Nathaniel Clyne’s cross.
Just when it looked like the home side were getting on top, and looking good to take the lead, Villa scored against the run of play. Libor Kazak was the man boss Paul Lambert had to thank as he was on the end of Karim El Ahmadi delivery from the right.
Dani Osvalod was gifted a chance from close range midway through the second half in which he took to bring the scores level again at 2-2.
Both teams were set to settle for a point each in a very entertaining game, when Delph popped up with a superb strike from 30-yards to win it for his side ten minutes from time.
Bet365 make Aston Villa 50/1 to finish in the top 6 this season, while despite defeat, Southampton are much shorter at 9/1.
The Midlands club are on a good run in the league and have drifted all the way out to 33/1 in the betting to be relegated with bet365.
David Price has given up his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles as he looks to get his career back on track following successive defeats to Tony Thompson.
The Liverpool-born boxer was stopped by the American in the fifth round back in July. That defeat left the 30-year old thinking of leaving the sport.
Fans who bet on boxing expected Price to make amends of his defeat to Thompson in February but instead it was the same result but three more rounds.
The British and Commonwealth champion made the decision to relinquish his titles in order to step away from the domestic scene. He would have been forced to defend those his belts early in 2014 against Dereck Chisora if he had kept hold of them.
‘Del Boy’ has been in good form this year and recently won his fourth straight fight inside the distance of 12 rounds. He is looking for a big domestic fight next against either Price or Tyson Fury.
Price won his two belts following a fourth round knock-out of Sam Sexton in May 2012. He was then able to successfully defend them twice thanks to wins over Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton.
The heavyweight boxer returns to the ring later this month in Germany where he is set to take on Evgeny Orlov. The Brit will start as a warm favourite in the bet365 boxing betting to come away with the win and get his career back on track.
After splitting with long-term coach Franny Smith, the bronze medal winner from the Beijing Olympics has been working with Adam Booth. He is also managed now by Sauerland promotions following Frank Maloney’s decision to retire.
Caleb Porter has been rewarded for a sensational first season in charge of the Portland Timbers by winning the MLS Coach of the Year for 2013. The 38-year old may not have been able to win a trophy in his first season at Portland, but Porter can be delighted with what he has achieved this year with the Timbers.
Porter won the award ahead of New York Red Bulls coach Mike Petke, Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis and Colorado coach Oscar Pareja. While Porter and Petke each received 30.61 percent of the votes by club management, the Timbers head coach received 58.44 percent of media votes and 37.23 percent of player votes.
Taking over a club that was coming off the back of a disappointing 2012 season in which the Timber finished with eight wins, 16 losses and 10 draws, Porter guided the Timbers to the third best record in the MLS this regular season in 2013, finishing top of the Western Conference with 14 wins.
Suffering just five defeat, only one of those coming at home, was the joint-fewest in a 34-game MLS regular season. The 57 points were the most won by a first-year head coach in MLS since the league’s inception in 1996.
The Timbers’ 15-game unbeaten run was the longest by an MLS head coach in his first full season at the helm, giving Portland fans plenty of confidence heading into next season – which they will begin among the favourites with bet365 following their achievements this year.
“It was absolutely remarkable what these players did this year in 10 months”, he said, according to the bet365 website. “This team has set a standard in a short amount of time and it’s only the beginning. Our goal is to raise trophies, first and foremost. This was a great year, but in the end we didn’t raise a trophy. So we’re going to keep pushing for that.
No other jockey in jumps racing history has achieved anything close to the great AP (Tony) McCoy.
The celebrations surrounding his 4000th winner which came on board Mountain Tunes at Towcester recently said it all. The young and hungry Northern Ireland-born rider who partnered his first career success on Legal Steps for Jim Bolger on the Flat in Ireland in 1992, switched codes to the jumps and kicked off with his first win in that sphere on board Chickabiddy at Exeter in 1994.
19 years and a remarkable 18 successive British jump jockeys’ championships later, the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year has won every big race in the sport and seems set to continue in his insatiable quest for more winners. He hasn’t ruled out the possibility of reaching 5000 wins, and on the subject of retirement McCoy says, “I hate the thought of it”.
The 39-year-old enjoyed his best ever season back in 1995/6 when partnering an astonishing 289 winners, a total that is unlikely ever to be surpassed. Probably best remembered for finally breaking his Aintree hoodoo when partnering Don’t Push It to victory in the 2010 John Smith’s Grand National, whenever he does hang up his boots, McCoy will look back with pride at the greatest jumps career of all-time in the saddle.
The Grand National Guide has charted his career in the infographic below:
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has praised his team for having the ability to stick to a game plan and to know their individual roles in the team’s mission.
So often NFL success comes down to the leadership of a team’s quarterback and his ability to marshal the troops around the field but, for Kelly, each individual has a role and successful teams rely on the collective group sticking to the game plan rather than one outstanding individual.
According to the bet365 website, he said: “I don’t think it’s a situation where you have a great team and not a good team, it’s that you’ve got a bunch of guys that understand what the mission is,” he said.
For Kelly, who took over as Head Coach at the Eagles for the start of this season, the mark of a great team is not necessarily one that wins games comfortably but one that thrives in adversity and he is trying to build a squad that is calm under pressure.
“I think they all know what to do and I think that’s a credit to what this team is in terms of us moving forward,” the 50 year old said.
“We’ve got a bunch of guys that understand what we need to do and what we need to get accomplished,” he added confidently.
Sunday’s win against the Arizona Cardinals extended the Eagles winning run to four games and they currently sit in second place, just behind Dallas Cowboys, in the NFC East. The Eagles made the last of their two Superbowl appearances back in 2005 and, if Kelly can continue to motivate his side then they will stand a chance of returning this year.
The Eagles are currently 33/1 with Bet365 to win the Superbowl and although they may be unfancied at the moment, these odds are bound to come in if the winning streak continues.
The United States are going to have to come from 5-0 down after day one of the Mosconi Cup if they are going to beat Europe and win their first trophy in this competition in four years.
They are 12/1 with Bet365 to complete one of biggest turnarounds in the history of the traditional event.
Despite holding home advantage at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the hosts were outplayed and were full of errors in a nervy start.
The 2013 tournament got underway with the traditional team match where all 10 players took part. Europe went 1-0 up through a 6-3 win. The opener has been important in the past as the side which has taken it has gone on to win five of the last seven events.
Earl Strickland was making his return to the United States side in the Mosconi Cup but along with Rodney Morris, tasted defeated to Darren Appleton and Karl Boyes.
The closest game of night was between Mika Immonen and Shane van Boening. The tie went all the way down to the 11th and decisive rack. The European had the advantage of the break though, and made it count by potting the nine ball.
United States were hoping the experience of Johnny Archer and Dennis Hatch was going to get them their first point on the board but they also fell 6-2 to Holland’s Niels Feijen and Ralf Souquet of Germany.
Appleton returned for the visitors to complete the clean sweep when he edged past Morris 6-4.
It was the first time in the history of the tournament that either side had taken all the points on offer on day one.
Bet365 make Europe 1/25 favourites now to win their fourth straight trophy.
Former world number one Rory McIlroy has admitted he is looking forward to a break from golf as he looks ahead to a fresh start next year.
The Northern Irishman’s 2013 campaign won’t exactly live long in the memory of golf fans on bet365.com, as the two-time major has failed to win a tournament so far this season.
There has been plenty of speculation as to why McIlroy has been off the boil this season but the 24-year-old has never blamed his switch to a new golf manufacturer or anything going on off the course.
Like the top golfer he is, McIlroy has admitted it’s simply the mental side of his game that he needs to get right before he can start challenging for tournament and major events.
The Holywood golfer is still fancied to do well in the betting with bet365 and the player believes that a brief break away from the sport in the off-season will do him so good after what has been a difficult year.
He said: “Physically, golf doesn’t take that much out of you but mentally it is quite draining.
“And especially for me this year, not just being frustrated with my game but having to answer all the questions and come up with reasons why I am not playing well and all that stuff.
“But then it’s great to be going into the off-season feeling comfortable with my game and knowing that I am on the right track and knowing that I can start the new season strongly.”
Not forgetting that McIlroy is in his early twenties, the man has already achieved a lot for his age.
If he can get the mental side of his game back to where it was when he won the US Open and the PGA Championship, then he will be a force to be reckoned with in 2014.
San Francisco 49ers snapped their two-game losing streak with a 27-6 win over Washington Redskins, with quarterback Colin Kaepernick producing an impressive performance. Kaepernick had a hand in all three of his team’s touchdowns, finishing with 15-of-24 passes completed for 235 yards and three TDs.
Anquan Boldin was on the receiving end of two of the scoring passes on his way to making 94 yards, starting with a 19-yard pass in the first quarter before collecting a six yard pass in the third quarter to extend the 49ers lead, with Vernon Davis adding another touchdown in the third.
After kicking a 29-yard field goal in the second quarter, Phil Dawson then sealed the win for fans of NFL betting with a 49-yard field goal to put San Francisco back on a winning track. But Kaepernick was the real star of the show, announcing his return to form with a controlled performance for the 49ers.
“We were better in the passing game tonight. We made plays tonight. I think we can surpass (last season’s level) if we keep working and getting our receivers healthy,” said Kaepernick.
The 49ers defence also played a key role in the victory, restricting Pro Bowler Robert Griffen III to just 127 passing yards and 22 rushing yards in a dismal showing, with Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks collecting two sacks apiece and subjecting the Redskins quarterback to a tough day at the office.
While the form of the 49ers defence will be important to the 49ers’ hopes of challenging for honours this season, more crucial to the franchise’s targets for the year will be having Kaepernick fully fit and firing on all cylinders for the rest of the season. If they can do that then this 49ers team are a very decent option in the NFL betting odds to be in contention for this season’s Super Bowl.
South Africa have been hit with the news that both Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis will miss the third and final one-day international against Pakistan on Saturday.
According to the bet365 cricket page, paceman, Steyn, has been released from the squad due to a side strain that he has been struggling with for a while.
The 30-year-old missed his countries opening two Champions Trophy matches during the summer with the problem and has now been given extra time off in a bid to rectify the issue going into the busy winter period.
All-rounder Kallis is still suffering from a finger injury that he picked-up during the opening clash in Cape Town which AB De Villiers’ men lost by 23 runs.
The Proteas’ defeat in Wednesday’s second match in Port Elizabeth meant Pakistan claimed their first ever series win on South African soil and fans who bet with bet365 the sides will only be playing for pride when they meet at the weekend in Gauteng.
However, the injuries will certainly hurt South Africa as they look to win the final clash of the series as despite his setbacks, Steyn still managed to taking a brilliant 6-39 in the second match, figures that followed three wickets in the opening match.
Kallis has also looked sharp, returning to the one-day fold following a self imposed exile which lasted over a year, hitting a half century as he almost saved his nation after his fellow batsman had struggled early on.
With series against both Australia and India to come over the next few months, as well as the Twenty20 World Cup, it may well prove to be a masterstroke to allow the pair a bit of extra time off, while it also gives a couple of others the chance to stake their claim for a place in the side.
WBA super-middleweight champion Andre Ward says he would welcome the opportunity to fight Carl Froch again.
Froch, who stopped George Groves in controversial circumstances on Saturday, was beaten by the 29-year-old American on points in Atlantic City in 2011.
Froch said after seeing off Groves in Manchester that he would welcome the chance for a rematch with the 25-year-old from Hammersmith, but another bout with Ward could prove to be more beneficial to his career and would certainly lead to a large amount of boxing betting on the bet365 website.
“From a legacy standpoint, Froch needs me more than I need him,” said Ward, who has won all 27 of his professional fights and who would inspire many people to bet on boxing. “I can go off and fight other guys and never mention Carl Froch’s name again.
“I’m not concerned about fighting in front of his fans, but it is about not getting a fair shake. I’ve realistic concerns.
“Like I said, it’s my legacy at stake if he didn’t beat me, but if something happens like in the Groves fight then that is tough to live down. It’s a lot of moving pieces.”
Saturday’s success was 36-year-old Froch’s 32nd victory in 34 fights, but it came when his opponent was leading on all three of the judges’ cards.
Ward beat Edwin Rodriguez on points in a non-title super-middleweight fight earlier this month in California.
A shoulder muscle tear and surgery had kept Ward out of the ring for over a year, but he showed no ill-effects as he dominated Rodriguez from the beginning of the bout.
Ward’s previous fight had been a tenth-round stoppage of fellow American Chad Dawson in September 2012.