Tuesday, 7th July 2020

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The first ever four day Festival when we look forward to hopefully welcoming Best Mate back to bid for an historic fourth consecutive victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.The four days will attract jump racing’s leading contenders from Britain, Ireland and France all competing for the 24 races exceeding £2.5 million in prize money.

Best Mate bids for Cheltenham win.
Trainer Henrietta Knight says that three-time Gold Cup winner Best Mate is over his cough and ready to win his fourth title at Cheltenham.
Knight said after a below-par run in Ireland, antibiotics seem to have done the trick.

FA Cup had to change
Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson insists it was essential to alter next season’s FA Cup competition to give England a chance of success in the World Cup. Fifth and sixth-round replays have been scrapped for clubs in Europe and the Premiership will end early to allow for a four-week break before Germany 2006. Sven Goran Eriksson has spoken of his delight at the FA’s decision to bring the FA Cup final forward a week.
Weather strikes women’s downhill
The schedule for skiing’s World Cup finals in Switzerland have been thrown into chaos by snow in Lenzerheide.
The women’s downhill race on Wednesday was cancelled and has been rescheduled for early on Thursday.
Sevilla boss banned
Sevilla coach Joaquin Caparros has received a one-match touchline ban for straying onto the pitch during his side’s Uefa Cup win over Panathinaikos. The 49-year-old was warned a number of times by the fourth official during the Spanish side’s dramatic 2-0 victory over the Greeks, but could not contain himself and wandered on the pitch.

Inzaghi set for Bench
Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi looks set to be fit to be named on the bench in the club’s midweek UEFA Champions League clash with Manchester United.The Italy international missed the first leg at Old Trafford with a hand injury and had been a major doubt for the return clash. Although it is not expected that Inzaghi would be able to manage a full 90 minutes, it is likely that he will now be named as a substitute.

Tyson announces comeback
Mike Tyson has announced that he will make his comeback to the ring on June 20 in Washington, but is yet to name his opponent.
Tyson’s last outing was a humiliating four-round loss to England’s Danny Williams in July, and the former world heavyweight champion is determined to get his career back on track.

England hand Spain heavy defeat  
Lucilla Wright scored a hat-trick as England’s women wrapped up a 5-1 victory over Spain in Valencia.
England conceded a fifth-minute penalty corner from Esther Termens but fought back with some fast attacking play.


Ponting puts New Zealand to the sword
Australia wrapped up a 5-0 series whitewash after a comprehensive 122-run victory over New Zealand in the fifth one-day international at McLean Park.
Skipper Ricky Ponting’s brilliant 141 not out and 91 off 61 balls by Adam Gilchrist saw them total 347-5.

Reynes wins rain-hit third stage  
Spain’s Vicente Reynes won the weather-affected third stage of the Paris-Nice cycle race on Wednesday. Bad conditions forced the organisers to shorten the stage between Thiers and Craponne-sur-Arzon to 118km and move the finish line because of snow.

Schumacher expected to be slower
Michael Schumacher says   
Ferrari should be encouraged by Rubens Barrichello’s second-place finish in Australia.
Ferrari have started the season with a modified version of their 2004 car and struggled to match the pace of Renault, who finished first and third.


And now for the golf story…

A couple of women were playing golf one sunny Saturday morning. The first of the twosome teed-off and watched in horror as the ball headed directly toward a foursome of men playing the next hole. Indeed, the ball hit one of the men and he immediately clasped his hands together at his crotch, fell to the ground and proceeded to roll around in agony. The woman rushed down to the man and immediately began to apologize. She then explained that she was a physical therapist and offered to help ease his ‘pain’.
“Please allow me to help, I’m a physical therapist and I know I could relieve your pain if you’d just allow me!,” she told him earnestly.
“Oomph, oooh, nnooo, I’ll be all right...I’ll be fine in a few minutes,” he replied as he remained in the fetal position still clasping his hands together at his crotch.
The woman takes it upon herself to begin to ‘ease his pain’. She began to massage his groin.
After a few moments she asked, “Does that feel better?”
The man looked up at her and replied, “Yes, that feels pretty good ... but my thumb still hurts like hell!

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