Phuket Sports: A look ahead to this weekend’s action

PHUKET: Three-time Olympic track champion Bradley Wiggins is looking to become the first British man to win the Tour de France. He is currently in first place after he and his Sky Team held off numerous attempts by other riders on stage 11 to unsettle him.

Fellow Brit and Sky team member Chris Froome is in second place on the tour, just over two minutes behind Wiggins. Fabian Cancellara, who was winning the tour until stage 7, has dropped out of the race to be with his pregnant wife.

Football

The John Terry racism trial is expected to conclude today. Terry is accused of using “straightforward racist abuse” towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match last October.

Terry, 31, denies a racially-aggravated public order offence over the alleged incident. If found guilty of racism, the maximum sentence the Chelsea defender and ex England captain will receive is a £2,500 fine, approximately 75,000 baht.

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi claims he has sold Zlatan Ibrahomivic and Thiago Silva to Paris St-Germain for a combined fee of £49 million (2.4 billion baht).

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure is in talks about a move to Turkish side Bursaspor and new Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted the club may lose Luka Modric over the summer.

Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher is struggling to save his career after he was diagnosed last season with a chronic bowel complaint and a court investigation into bribery claims FIFA president Sepp Blatter knew senior officials were paid millions of dollars.

Boxing

David Haye wants to ‘punish’ Dereck Chisora in what is turning out to be the pantomime event of the year. The long running feud will finally be decided tomorrow. David Haye weighed in 37 pounds lighter than Chisora. Haye, after he was asked what he thought of Dereck Chisora ahead of the fight replied, “He’s not a nice man; he’s a horrible, spiteful man and a bully. The law hasn’t punished him, so it’s left to me to punish him.”

Amir Khan was reinstated as WBA light welterweight champion. He lost the belt to Lamont Peterson in December. Peterson failed a drugs test before their scheduled rematch, forcing the WBA to strip him of his belt.

Khan fights again tomorrow, putting his WBA belt on the line against WBC champion Danny Garcia.

Golf

The Scottish Open is underway and Italian Franceso Molinari shot a 10-under par course record, 62, to take an early lead on the first day. Alejandro Canizares is in second on 8-under par. World number 1 Luke Donald shot a 67.

Next weekend the British Open gets underway at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club.

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