Guys, below is today's English language versions of the Betting Editorial:



Villa may have to wait for McLeish

Birmingham City have refused to accept Alex McLeish's resignation and have told Aston Villa they will have to pay them compensation if they want the Scot to be their next manager.

Villa have contacted City's acting chairman Peter Pannu about McLeish's availability. The former Rangers manager is 4/7 with bet365 to be Gerard Houllier's permanent successor at Villa Park.

However, Pannu has turned down the approach and demanded compensation of up to £5.4million from Villa.

McLeish has more than two years remaining on his contract at St Andrew's and could be placed on gardening leave by the Blues.

Villa have endured a difficult fortnight since Houllier left the club on health grounds and have also been linked with Mark Hughes, who is 7/2 to be handed the role, Rafa Benitez (33/1) and Simon Grayson (33/1).


Ronaldo dismisses Eastlands move talk

Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo has no intention of leaving Real Madrid, 5/1 with bet365 to land the Champions League next season, by moving to Manchester City this summer.

Reports suggest City, who are 7/2 to win the 2011/12 Premier League title, are willing to offer Real £150million for the former Manchester United man.

It is also suggested that they will offer him £400,000-a-week to switch to Eastlands but Ronaldo, who still has four years left on his current deal with the Spanish giants, is happy in Madrid.

He said: "I could perhaps double what I have in my bank account elsewhere, but for me happiness is the most important thing."


Dilshan ruled out of final Test

Kumar Sangakkara will captain Sri Lanka in the final Test against England after Tillakaratne Dilshan was ruled out of the match, which the tourists are 11/1 with bet365 to win, with a broken thumb.

Dilshan suffered the injury during the drawn second Test at Lord's and has not recovered in time to feature at the Rose Bowl.

England lead the series 1-0 having won the first Test in Cardiff and are 11/10 to win the third Test which is scheduled to start on Thursday.

Sri Lanka's team manager Anura Tennekoon confirmed: "Had he played and got another blow while fielding on that thumb, he might have been out for the rest of the tour. So as a precautionary measure, we have kept him out."



Webber stunned by Hamilton

Mark Webber, who is 33/1 with bet365 to win the F1 title, said he was surprised to be hit by Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

The Australian driver finished third in Montreal, despite having come into contact with Hamilton.

The 26-year-old McLaren driver, from the UK, made contact with Webber’s Red Bull and caused him to spin out. “It was a racing incident,” Webber

“But when you know you've still got so far to go in a grand prix I was surprised he hit me.

“I opened the wheel for him, gave him the line and then he still made contact.

“I don't think you can ever give someone too much room, but I think he was committed to the move.”

Webber, who put his podium finish down to his early tyre change in Montreal, was happy to have come away from the incident unscathed.

He said: “I was still surprised he hit me, maybe he locked up or he was struggling for more space at that point, but I think it's just so far to go in a grand prix, that's the bit that surprised me.”


Roughead done for the year

Jarryd Roughead’s season looks finished after the star injured his Achilles playing for Hawthorn, who are 6/1 with bet365 to win the AFL Grand Final.

Roughead was stretchered off in the defeat to the Cats after suffering the injury while running towards a boundary throw-in.

Coach Alastair Clarkson says he fears the worst.

“If it's ruptured, which they suspect it is, he will miss the rest of the season,” he told

“It's a disappointing injury for us because he has just been in such good form but we've just got to move on pretty quickly and find a replacement and just keep going.
“We can't sit around and sook for too long.”

Roughead has been outstanding in recent weeks for the Hawks, taking over the bulk of the ruck duties with Max Bailey, David Hale and Brent Renouf all spending time on the sidelines battling injury.

His injury paves the way for a return for Bailey, who was a late withdrawal against the Cats with a corked thigh.

It is just the latest setback for Hawthorn, who already have Ben Stratton and Stephen Gilham out for the season after both sustained serious knee injuries.

Rugby Union

Vickerman ready to make Super return

Lock Dan Vickerman admits he is a long shot to make the World Cup squad for Australia, who are available at 4/1 with bet365.

But the lineout specialist said his chances would be boosted by returning to Super 15 action this weekend.

Vickerman is set to feature for the Waratahs in their must-win clash against the Brumbies.

He has not played for 10 weeks, since turning out for English club Northampton in March.

But Vickerman, who last played for the Waratahs in 2008, feels he can still do a job.
Asked by reporters if he was up to the task, Vickerman said: “I'd like to think so. I believe in myself.”

He says he has remained in touch with Australia coach Robbie Deans, but that his chances of being on the plane to New Zealand for the World Cup were in the balance.

“There's guys who have been playing week in week out and deserve the opportunity they get. I think I'm a way off. I've got challenges ahead of me,” Vickerman said.

“If (World Cup selection) happens, that will be a dream come true.”


Baseball National League

Diamondbacks close in on Giants

The Arizona Diamondbacks (50/59) return to Phoenix to face the San Francisco Giants (27/25) in a crucial divisional battle after winning the final three of their four-game series with the Florida Marlins in Miami. Josh Collmenter will go the mound looking for his fifth win of the year against Matt Cain of the Giants.

Baseball American League

Cleveland Avoids Sweep In The Bronx

Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers (50/91) await the Cleveland Indians (167/100) who will counter with Justin Masterson in search of his sixth victory as the Indians continue their road trip by moving on to Comerica Park in Detroit. Cleveland salvaged something from their four-game set with the Yankees by taking the final game of the series.


Boston force game seven

The Stanley Cup Finals are moving back to Vancouver for a seventh and deciding game after the Boston Bruins defeated the Canucks at the TD Garden in Boston to tie the series at three games apiece. In a tale of two netminders, Tim Thomas stood tall while Roberto Luongo did not. Boston are 29/20 to win the final game with bet365 whilst the Canucks are 20/33.

Thanks - Nigel