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McIlroy told to reconsider approach

Ian Woosnam has led the calls urging Rory McIlroy to review his attitude towards the Open Championship if he hopes to win the famous Claret Jug.

The Northern Irishman can be backed at 8/1 with bet365 to win the Open in 2012 while current champion Darren Clarke is at 66/1.

McIlroy impressed everyone with the manner of his eight-shot victory at last month's US Open, but the 22-year-old wasn’t impressed by the wet and windy links conditions at the final two rounds of the Open at Royal St George's and was quick to voice his disapproval.

He insisted afterwards that he does not intend to change his approach on the course just for one tournament but Woosnam believes that would be a mistake and urged him to think again.

The former US Masters champion said: "He's only a young kid. He's going to say the wrong thing again and again. He's probably thinking: 'What the hell have I said?'

"But if he wants to win the Open he's going to have to adapt. Tiger's adapted. Nicklaus adapted. Palmer, they all adapted. It's not changing your game. It's changing the way you think."


Redknapp urges Modric patience

Harry Redknapp has pleaded with Luka Modric to keep faith with Spurs as speculation continues to rage over the future of the Croatian.

The midfielder has attracted bids from Chelsea, with title rivals Manchester City and Manchester United also believed to be interested, but Tottenham, who are 3/1 with bet365 to finish in the top four of the Premier League next season, have so far resisted all approaches for their star man.

And Redknapp, who admits he understands how Modric must be feeling, wants Spurs to prove they can match his ambition.

"Luka wants the chance to win things and he is ambitious," said the Spurs boss.

"All I'll say is that we are too at Tottenham.

"It's early days in the transfer market and no-one is more ambitious than our chairman Daniel Levy.

"Luka wants to know that we'll be right up there challenging next season and we are working hard to bring in a couple of big signings that may convince him to stick with us. I hope so."

Formula 1

Hamilton unsure of weekend prospects

Lewis Hamilton admits he is well aware of the difficulties posed by the Nurburgring track ahead of the German Grand Prix on Sunday.

The former world champion, who is 11/10 with bet365 to record a podium finish at the weekend, has endured some trying times on the track.

Hamilton finished ninth in 2007 after coming off the track following a huge downpour and came in last two years ago after suffering a puncture. Nurburgring alternates with Hockenheim, which has been kinder to the 26-year-old, and he has revealed he has no idea where he will finish on Sunday.

"The lesson to draw from all my experience is never to make predictions when you come to the Nurburgring," said the 26-year-old.

"The current circuit may be less epic than the original 14-mile layout, and certainly a lot safer, but it can still bite you."


Rugby Union

O’Connor working on his game ahead of South Africa

Australia, who are 3/10 with bet365 to beat South Africa on 23rd July, are confident of having star outside back James O’Connor available.

The 21-year old sat out the 32-23 loss to Samoa last weekend with a strained hamstring, but coach Robbie Deans believes he will be fit in time.

Deans told the Sydney Morning Herald, "He didn't pull up too sore, it was just he tweaked it during a drill. I wouldn't think it would be a significant amount of damage. Hopefully he'll be available."

O'Connor says he knows that he needs to work on defending and playmaking should teammates Quade Cooper or Matt Giteau get injured or lose their form.

"I love being in the line of fire, being the ball-player or second ball-player. And if Gits or Quade go down, then I've got the ability to slot straight in there if it needed to happen. I just like playing rugby," he said.


Essendon hope to keep ball rolling against Carlton

Essendon, who are 40/1 with bet365 to win the Grand Final, hope their victory over the Crows last round means they have turned a corner this season.

The Bombers came from 36 points down at the major break to win by 11 points at AAMI Stadium, picking up the four points on the ground for the first time in four years.

Midfielder Brent Stanton was delighted by the way the Bombers kicked nine out of the last 10 goals to come out on top.

He told, "It's one of the best wins I've been involved in. We haven't had the best record over here. The way that the guys fought out the game in that second half was fantastic."

Stanton, who has taken some stick this season, put in a strong performance against the Crows with a club-high seven clearances.

The Bombers aim to keep their momentum going when they face Carlton at the MCG on 23rd July.


Glass confident Mackenzie will rebound

Skipper Darren Glass has backed under-fire teammate Eric Mackenzie to put in a strong showing against the Dockers this round for the West Coast Eagles, who are 10/21 outright with bet365.

Mackenzie had a bad last quarter against St Kilda last weekend, making two costly mistakes which led to a pair of goals in the 21-point defeat.

Glass said Mackenzie will learn from his mistakes and move on. He told, "Eric's a terrific player. You have to move on pretty quick and he's probably got another big challenge this week."

West Coast is hoping to have 28-year-old Daniel Kerr back in the line-up after the midfielder sat out the last game with a hip problem.

West Coast is just a game and percentage up on the sixth-place Dockers heading into the derby.


Baseball American League East

Red Sox maintain lead with shut out of Orioles

The Boston Red Sox – 20/21 to win the American League - won their fifth series in a row, taking two out of three from the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, as Andrew Miller continues to pitch well as the fifth starter for the team. The Red Sox now return home for a seven game home stand and will send John Lackey to the hill to face the Seattle Mariners in the first of those games.

Baseball American League Central

Twins now five games back after series split

After losing the first two games of the series on a double header sweep, the Minnesota Twins rallied back to win the final two games for a four-game split as Nick Blackburn struck out seven and pitched an effective six innings before the bullpen picked up the win. The Twins (137/100 – Thursday lines) finish up their 12-game homestead by welcoming the Detroit Tigers (25/3 for four games.

Baseball American League West

Angels stop Rangers’ winning streak

Howie Kendrick had three hits and drove in four as the Los Angeles Angels (100/121 – Thursday lines) snapped the winning streak of the Texas Rangers (111/100) at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. The Halos will now look to win the finale against the Rangers, sending 12-game winner Jered Weaver to the mound before setting off on a 10-game road trip to Baltimore, Cleveland and Detroit to face the Orioles, Indians and Tigers.

Baseball National League East

Worley impresses once again

Vance Worley has effectively replaced the injured Roy Oswalt in the Philadelphia Phillies – 10/13f to win the National League - starting rotation, picking up his sixth win of the year with another strong performance to lead the club to victory over the Chicago Cubs and secure the series win. Cole Hamels will look for his 12th win of the season when the team returns home to Citizens Bank Park for the first of four against the visiting San Diego Padres.

Baseball National League Central

Brewers rally to stun Diamondbacks

Ryan Braun was 3-for-5 and hit his 18th home run of the year as the Brewers (101/100 – Thursday lines) took game three of their four game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks (100/111) at Chase Field in Phoenix, but suffered the loss of outfielder Carlos Gomez for at least six to eight weeks with a broken clavicle. Nyjer Morgan is expected to pick up playing time, starting with the finale of their four-game series.

Baseball National League West

Dodgers take finale to avoid sweep

The Los Angeles Dodgers could only manage a single run on five hits, but that proved to be enough as they nipped the Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco as Clayton Kershaw and Javy Guerra completed a three-hit shut out. After losing four of six on the road to start the second half of the season, the Dodgers will return home for a nine-game homestead that features the Washington Nationals, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Giants are 1/7 to win National League West.

Thanks, Nigel