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Villas-Boas exits Porto

Head coach Andre Villas-Boas has resigned from his position with Europa League winners FC Porto and is moving closer to taking charge at Chelsea.

The 33-year-old is looking to activate a release clause worth in the region of £13million to smooth his passage to Stamford Bridge, with the Blues 5/2 with bet365 to win the Premier League title next season and 15/2 to win the Champions League.

Previously, it was thought that Dutchman Guus Hiddink, who spent a spell in west London during 2009, would take charge of the Blues, but it now appears Villas-Boas is on the brink of one of the most attractive jobs in European football.

Villas-Boas led Porto to a domestic double and European success last season, his only campaign in charge at the Estadio do Dragao.

He has previously worked as an assistant to Jose Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan.


Murray comes through in style

Andy Murray lost the first set of his Wimbledon campaign, but bounced back strongly to see off Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver and reach round two.

Murray, 11/2 to win the title with bet365, made a slow start under the closed Centre Court roof, but eventually hit top form to destroy Gimeno-Traver in the final two sets.

He admitted: "I did manage to get myself fired up when I got the break (in the second set) and didn't lose a game from 3-3.

"I did a good job on that and it is something that I need to keep improving on in each match, because it is going to get tougher."

Meanwhile, defending champion Rafael Nadal swept past American Michael Russell in straight sets and he is now 2/1 to complete a hat-trick of Wimbledon triumphs.


Day hails a new dawn

A new crop of young talent is ready to start dominating the world of golf, according to Australia's Jason Day.

Day was talking after finishing as runner-up to Rory McIlroy at the US Open, with the Northern Irishman romping to an eight-shot win at Congressional and dropping to 11/2 with bet365 to win The Open Championship next month.

Aussie Day also finished second to Charl Schwartzel at The Masters earlier this year, with McIlroy blowing a four-shot lead on the final day at Augusta.

"Each country has their own rising star coming up," Day claimed. "This is the start of it and obviously Rory is leading it."

We really are going to start a new generation and it's really fun. I think it's great for golf."


Rugby Union

Waratahs injury crisis worsens

Three more players have been added to the list of absentees for the Waratahs, who are 22/1 with bet365 to win the Grand Final, ahead of their qualifying final against the Blues.

NSW will be forced to call on second-grader Elvis Taione, who works full-time as a security guard, after their injury crisis deepened.

Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau has been ruled out with a knee injury, flyhalf Daniel Halangahu has a hamstring problem and prop Al Baxter cannot be risked against the Blues after suffering concussion.

The Waratahs already had several front-line players out through injury, stretching their squad paper-thin.

Taione, who plays for Manly Marlins as hooker, will act as back-up for former Brumbies player John Ulugia against the Blues.

But coach Chris Hickey says he would not worry about giving Taione a run-out.

He said: “We've had to go to (the club rugby) well a few times this year and every time we've gone there the players that have come in have stepped up and done a tremendous job for us.”


Eade savouring Cooney return

Rodney Eade, coach of the Western Bulldogs, who are 125/1 with bet365 to win the Grand Final, is breathing easier this week after the long-awaited win over Adelaide.

Eade had been under pressure, with the Bulldogs not having won since round eight, but his team responded after going 22 points behind against the Crows.

The Bulldogs went on to win by 30 points, and Eade was delighted not just with the win but the return for Brownlow medallist Adam Cooney.

The champion Bulldog had missed five weeks with a knee injury, and though he struggled at times with the pace of the game against Adelaide, Eade expects him to benefit from the substitute outing.

The coach said: “We thought maybe if coming on as a sub, with hopefully no injuries, that the pace of the game comes off a bit and there is a bit of fatigue in some players and he can attack the game for a quarter and half.”

Cooney is expected to return to the starting line-up this weekend against the Suns.

Eade says the victory over the Crows has boosted morale.

He said: “I think it will add a lot and it will get the confidence to grow a bit, and if you can jag another one, you get a bit of momentum and more belief.”

Rugby League

Thurston fate up in the air

Leading Sydney SC Geoff Bellew has flown back from the USA to Sydney to try and earn a reprieve for Johnathan Thurston of Queensland, who are 4/6 with bet365 to win State of Origin.

Bellew will argue the case over Thurston’s grade two contrary conduct charge.

If the Maroons half-back is found guilty he will miss the Origin decider at Suncorp Stadium.

The Cowboys star was cited over an incident during the victory against the Warriors on Saturday. He ran into the back of referee Matt Cechin, who was unhurt.

Thurston accepts he made contact with the official, but will argue that he did not see him as he was intent on tackling Warriors five-eighth James Maloney.

Bellew told “I've got some further views about it all which I can't pursue publicly at this stage, but will do so at the judiciary.

“There is a lot at stake for this bloke. For someone like him who does this for a living and for whom this is the pinnacle, it's important it's treated that way and it will be.”

Thurston is desperate to be involved in what will be Darren Lockyer’s last Origin game.

He said: “There is no doubt we'd like to send him off on the best note possible. It's going to be a huge challenge and a huge task.”

Under changes to the rules this year, it is a player's responsibility to avoid contact with match officials.


Baseball American League East

Red Sox rout Padres

Josh Beckett of the Red Sox will skip his start in game two of the three-game series as Boston sends Alfredo Aceves to the mound in search of his fourth victory. This follows a one sided shellacking in

the opener that gave Matt Albers an easy win. The Red Soxs are 10/19 in the Money Line, the Padres 7/4.

Baseball American League Central

Hafner homers but Cleveland still lose

Mitch Talbot takes to the hill at Progressive Field in Cleveland this evening as the Indians look to place some distance between themselves and the Detroit Tigers in the division. Cleveland will hope that the return of Travis Hafner and resurgence of Carlos Santana will turn the tide after a tough month of June. The Indians can be backed at 23/20 in the Money Line betting to secure the win against the Rockies (4/5).

Baseball American League West

Rangers stroll to win over Astros

C.J. Wilson and the Texas Rangers (5/12) look for the second victory in the series against the Houston Astros (21/10) as the Battle of Texas continues at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. A 12-hit attack easily disposed of the Astros in the first game of the three-game set.

Baseball National League East

Hudson masterful in Braves win

Top prospect Mike Minor will have to go some way to match Tim Hudson's performance in the opening game of the three-game series as the Atlanta Braves took the first from the Toronto Blue Jays. Zach Stewart is expected to get the start for the Blue Jays in search of his first win. The Braves are 100/119 for the win, the Blue Jays are 109/100.

Baseball National League Central

Brewers fall in Series opener

The Milwaukee Brewers (100/129) will hope to bounce back after being doubled up by the Tampa Bay Rays (119/100) in the first of three. Zack Greinke, who knows the American League style of play from his days in Kansas City, heads to the mound and will face seven game winner Jeremy Hellickson.

Baseball National League West

Giambi goes deep with monster blast

Jhoulys Chacin goes for his ninth victory of the year and will look to support from Jason Giambi who enjoyed his return to an American League ball park in the opener of the series between the Rockies (4/5) and the Indians (23/20).

Thanks - Nigel