Leicester City’s Jeffrey Schlupp has put pen to paper on a new contract that will keep him at the club until June 2019. The 22-year-old Ghana international won the club’s Players’ Player and Young Player of the Year awards in 2014/15 after enjoying a superb campaign – scoring four goals in 35 appearances for the Foxes. Schlupp made his debut in a League Cup tie at Rotherham United in August 2011, when he scored a hat-trick, while included in his four goals last term was the equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool. Leicester can be backed at 7/2 with bet365 to be relegated in the 2015/16 season, while they are 1/5 to finish in the bottom half of the Premier League table.
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Soccer – Schlupp commits to Leicester
Chris Froome says his problems in the Tour de France 12 months ago have made him even more determined to win the race this year. Froome was forced to retire in 2014 after suffering several crashes in the first few days of the event. Team Sky have named their riders for this year’s race, which starts in Utrecht on Saturday and concludes in Paris on 26th July. Froome will be part of a team that also includes Richie Porte, Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh, Ian Stannard, Luke Rowe, Nicolas Roche, Leopold Konig and Wout Poels. Froome said: “Last year’s disappointment is this year’s motivation for Team Sky. From the moment I crashed out in 2014 I’ve had the burning desire to get back to this year’s Tour in the best possible shape.” Froome is 7/4 with bet365 to win this year’s race outright, while the 2014 champion Vincenzo Nibali can be backed at 9/2.
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Cycling – Froome has burning desire to win again
It’s the first semi-final of the Copa America tonight and Paul Robinson is expecting plenty of goals when Chile take on Peru.
Against All Odds: Copa America semi to be full of goals
Nacer Chadli has promised to keep improving next season even though he scored 11 goals for Tottenham in 2014/15. The 25-year-old Belgium international only found the net once in the league in his first season at White Hart Lane following a £7million switch from FC Twente two years ago, but was far more prolific last term. He said: “I try to work every day on creating more goals and, next season, I think you’ll see a better Nacer Chadli. “I know what I can do and I want to show it.” Spurs are 9/2 with bet365 to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in their first game of the Premier League season on 8th August and 6/1 to finish in the top four in 2015/16.
Spending over £20m on Arturo Vidal is not where the club should be focussing their efforts
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Andy Murray opens his bid for a second Wimbledon title against Mikhail Kukushkin, while the third seed is in the same half of the draw as Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal. Murray, 5/2 with bet365 to be crowned champion, has met the 58th-ranked Kukushkin on two previous occasions, both of which came in early 2012, when the Scot came out on top at the Brisbane International, before the Kazakh was forced to withdraw from their match at the Australian Open when trailing 6-1 6-1 1-0. Should 2013 Wimbledon champion Murray make it through to the second week at SW19, he could face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last 16, David Ferrer or Nadal in the quarter-finals and Federer in the last four. Defending champion Novak Djokovic and French Open champion Stan Wawrinka headline the other half of the draw, with the former handed a potentially tricky opener against German Philipp Kohlschreiber. The women’s singles draw has placed Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova in the same half, alongside Ana Ivanovic and French Open finalist Lucie Safarova. And defending champion Williams opens her campaign against Russian youngster Margarita Gasparyan, who is currently ranked at number 113 in the world, while Sharapova will take on Briton Johanna Konta in round one.
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Tennis – Kukushkin up first for Murray
The Three Lionesses are the longest odds of all four teams remaining in the Women’s World Cup – but previous results suggest they have a chance against Japan in Thursday’s semi-final…
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has added Maarten Stekelenburg to his squad as cover for injured first-choice goalkeeper Fraser Forster. The 32-year-old Fulham goalkeeper moves to St Mary’s on a season-long loan agreement. Stekelenburg spent last season on loan at Monaco, but only made seven appearances for the Ligue 1 side, who decided not to exercise their option to sign him on a permanent basis. The former Ajax goalkeeper moved to Roma in 2011 before agreeing a four-year deal with Fulham in 2013. He has won 54 caps for his country and was an ever-present in the Netherlands side that reached the World Cup final in 2010, but he has fallen out of favour at Craven Cottage. Southampton can be backed at 2/7 with bet365 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table in the 2015/16 season and are available at 25/1 to win the Europa League outright.
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Soccer – Koeman snaps up Stekelenburg on loan
Michael Lintorn is backing New York City to win and the Portland Timbers to stumble in Sunday’s MLS double header…
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