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Welcome to the 2-UpTop Tipsters Duel at The Bookies. Here's how it all works and the points awarded for the relevant odds given for any particular bet................ 0 - 1.49 = 1 point / 1.50 - 1.99 = 3 points / 2 - 4.99 = 5 points / 5 - 9.99 = 10 points / 10 - 14.99 = 15 points / 15 - 19.99 = 20 points / 20 + = 25 points............... ....................................................................................................................................................... WEEK 53: In football, Brazil beat Great Britain 2-0 at Middlebrough's Riverside in their Olympic warm-up game, while elsewhere in other friendlies there were 1-1 draws in the Ajax Cape Town vs Man Utd, Toronto FC vs Liverpool, Newcastle vs Fenebache, and Chelsea vs PSG games, with Chelsea grabbing a last-minute equalizer. ................................................................................ In boxing, Adrien Broner scored a TKO against Vicente Escobedo on Saturday, but he lost in every other way. He lost his junior lightweight belt (on the scales, when he twice failed to make agreed-upon weights), money (at least $60,000) and the respect of many fans. Broner showed his superior skill and speed in what was being billed as his last fight at super featherweight against Vicente Escobedo. Broner's speed was apparent from the very beginning. He scored flashy jabs and some very powerful hooks up top and to the body. Though Escobedo managed to get a few right jabs through, Broner's Philly shell, emulating Floyd Mayweather (43-0 26 KO), made any offense virtually null and void. In Round 5, a powerful flurry against the ropes hurt a bewildered Escobedo badly as he bled profusely from his nose. While Escobedo was covering up in a failed attempt to defend against the Broner onslaught, his trainer Joel Diaz threw in the towel to stop the fight. Broner caused a bit of pre-fight controversy by not making the 130 lb weight limit. Escobedo's side threatened to back out of the fight until a financial agreement could be met. Broner was fined, and Escobedo received an additional $120,000 to his purse. After the fight, Broner reiterated that he had outgrown the division and called out the likes of WBC lightweight (135 lbs) king Antonio DeMarco (27-2-1, 20 KO). ................................................................................ A slimmed-down Danny Green bid farewell to his Perth fans in grand style, defeating Mexican Danny Santiago by technical knockout in five rounds in Wednesday night's light-heavyweight clash at Challenge Stadium. Green dominated the catchweight (84.9kg) bout, sending Santiago to the canvas on three occasions before unleashing a series of left hooks and jabs to end the bout with just seconds remaining in the fifth round. The West Australian entered the bout on the back of losses to WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and American Antonio Tarver. The 39-year-old weighed around 90kg for those two fights, but looked far more comfortable at 84.4kg against Santiago, who couldn't handle Green's deadly combination of speed and power. Green promoted the fight as his final bout in Perth, and was giving little away about what the future holds for him after the win. "I'm just going to relax," Green said after the win, before praising the parochial home crowd. "I've worked my ass off and persevered and hung in there, and I've done it for you guys." Green also praised Santiago, who kept attacking and throwing punches despite copping a battering. "I've knocked some people out, you should have been asleep with some of the shots you took tonight," Green said. "You're one tough hombre." ................................................................................ In tennis, Argentine Juan Monaco defeated home hope Tommy Haas 7-5 6-4 to claim his third title of the season in the ATP clay-court event in Hamburg. The 28-year-old Monaco, ranked 14th in the world and seeded third here, added to his titles from Vina del Mar in Chile and Houston, Texas on clay this year to bring his career tally to six. Former world number two Haas, 34, was playing his second final of the season, after beating Wimbledon champion Roger Federer on grass to lift the Halle title last month. "He played some fantastic tennis but I am happy and proud to have played another final here on home soil in front of my family," said Haas, who has mounted a resurgence in the world rankings this year after falling outside the top 200 following hip and shoulder injuries. "That gives me motivation for the future." It was his fourth consecutive defeat at the hands of Monaco, who will break into the world top 10 when the latest rankings are announced on Monday. ................................................................................ Slovenia's Polona Hercog rallied from a disastrous opening set to defeat Mathilde Johansson and successfully defend her Swedish Open title in Bastad. Sweden-born Johansson had been hoping to lift her first title in the country of her birth, but despite a bright start, she fell 0-6 6-4 7-5 to 21-year-old Hercog, ranked three places below her at world number 86. Hercog overcame early nerves to win the first four games of the second set and held on for a second career title after winning on her debut here last year. Johansson lacked consistency, twice losing games where she lead 0-40 in the second and third sets, and gifted Hercog a 4-1 lead in the final set by double-faulting. The French player fought back to make it 5-5 but then immediately dropped her serve, and the accumulation of unforced errors was ultimately to cost her a maiden title. ................................................................................ In cricket, Middlesex beat Essex by 9 wickets in the Clydesdale Bank 40. Middlesex replied with 148-1 after 22.3 overs, after Essex had posted 146-7. ................................................................................ Dale Steyn took five wickets as South Africa swept to an innings-and-12-run win in the first Test at The Kia Oval. The pace bowler claimed 5-56 and Imran Tahir 3-63 to bowl England out for 240 shortly before tea on the final day. Ian Bell's defiant 55 from 220 balls and Matt Prior's 40 failed to prevent England slipping to a first Test defeat at home since 2010. Once they fell within six overs of each other, England were quickly finished off by a ruthless South Africa side. Victory for South Africa - the last side to inflict an innings defeat on England, in early 2010 - capped a remarkable turnaround in fortunes after the hosts closed the first day on 267-3. And then of course England were swept away by incredible knocks by Graeme Smith 131 , Jacques Kallis 182 and of course Hashim Amla's 311 not out. ................................................................................ In the Stobart Super League, Leeds beat Bradford 34-16, while Warrington won 40-26 at Castleford, Wakefield won 35-14 at Huddersfield (which was the only result which shafted Razor's accumulator!), Widnes won 46-8 at Salford, Wigan won 44-6 at the London Broncos, and St Helens won 20-15 at the Catalans Dragons. Elsewhere in the NRL, Canberra won 36-4 at Cronulla. ................................................................................ In golf, Ernie Els won his second Open Championship by a shot after Adam Scott made bogey at the last four holes at Royal Lytham. Els came home in four-under 32, rolling in a 12-foot birdie putt at the last to card a closing 68. Scott was four shots clear of the field after 14 holes - the same margin he enjoyed overnight - but suddenly lost his way. He had an eight-foot par putt at 18 to earn a play-off but trailed the putt out to the left. Scott had looked in firm control of his emotions and his golf ball as he stood on the 15th tee with a four-shot lead, but he imploded after Els piled on the pressure with a stunning back-nine. And that proved enough for the South African to be crowned champion golfer of the year for the first time since 2002, when Scott tugged his final tee shot into a deep fairway bunker and was unable to salvage par. He did well to give himself a chance to force a play-off after knocking his third to eight feet, but he mis-read the putt to return a 75 and leave Els celebrating a fourth major title at the age of 42. Scott, four ahead overnight, atoned for an opening bogey with a birdie at the second before he dropped further shots at three and six to slip to nine under. However, he reeled off seven straight pars and appeared to have sealed his first major title when he rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt at 14, but he had reckoned without Els producing possibly the best nine holes of his career. There was little indication of the drama to come when Els made his second bogey of the day to turn in 36, but as the challenges of Tiger Woods and Graeme McDowell faltered, the 2002 champion carded three birdies in a blistering five-hole burst. He still trailed by two coming up the 18th, but he followed a perfect drive with a controlled wedge to 12 feet and confidently rapped the putt into the middle of the cup before watching the travails of Scott from the safety of the practice green. The challenge of Woods effectively ended at the sixth, where he took two swipes to escape a greenside bunker and then three-putted to run up and ugly triple-bogey seven. Birdies at 10 and 12 briefly got him back into the hunt, but Woods bogeyed the next three and a closing birdie was scant consolation as he posted a 73 to finish four behind Els. McDowell had started the day with high hopes of retaining the Claret Jug for Northern Ireland, but he also struggled in the first blustery conditions of the week. The 2010 US Open champion slipped out of contention with three straight bogeys around the turn, a duck-hook from the middle of the 11th fairway scattering the galleries and resulting in a lost ball. McDowell eventually limped in with a 75 to finish on two under alongside world No.1 Luke Donald, who closed with a solid three-birdie 69 to earn only his second top-10 finish at the Open. Halfway leader Brandt Snedeker double-bogeyed both the seventh and eighth but managed to salvage a 74 to finish tied for third with playing-partner Woods. And Nicolas Colsaerts boosted his Ryder Cup hopes as a sparkling 65, his second of the week, propelled him into a tie for seventh on one under. ................................................................................ Scott Stallings fired a four-under-par round of 68 on Sunday to claim a two-shot victory at the True South Classic. The Massachusetts-born 27-year-old had entered the final round with a one-stroke advantage after completing a weather-delayed third round of 64 earlier in the day in Madison, Mississippi. And he held his nerve in the fourth round with another solid display, picking up five shots - including late birdies on 16 and 17 to pull away - and only blotting his copybook with a bogey five at the 14th. That gave Stallings a 24-under-par total of 264 - a tournament record at Annandale Golf Club - and a second PGA Tour triumph. Jason Bohn carded a five-under 67 to stay in contention, but had to settle for second place. Billy Horschel (71) was four shots off the pace in third, with Bud Cauley (66) a further stroke adrift in fourth. ................................................................................ In Formula 1, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso beat Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and McLaren's Jenson Button in a close fight to win the German Grand Prix. The Spaniard became the only man to win three times so far this season. He drove a controlled race and stayed just far enough ahead of his pursuers to maintain the lead. Button climbed up from sixth on the grid to pass Vettel at the second pit stops but was re-passed with two laps to go. However, the Englishman was promoted to second place after race stewards gave Vettel a 20-second penalty for his overtake of Button on the penultimate lap. Lewis Hamilton retired with gearbox damage after running well down the field following an early puncture. But he will not incur any penalty for a gearbox change because of his retirement. The result extends Alonso's championship lead to 34 points ahead of Red Bull's Mark Webber who had a low-key race to eighth place, never showing any real pace. Alonso said: "It was tough, not an easy race. Maybe we were not the quickest in dry conditions but we were competitive and it was enough to maintain the lead. "Great strategy calls from the team to keep me ahead through the pit stops. I knew it would be a long race to the end, with Jenson putting pressure. "But the car was feeling good on top speed and traction and that was enough to keep the lead into Turn 6, and after that overtaking is not so easy." The only consolation for Hamilton on the occasion of his 100th grand prix was that the McLaren showed encouraging pace following a major performance upgrade. At one stage, Hamilton unlapped himself on Vettel - although not Alonso - as he attempted vainly to recover from his early set-back. A move which angered the double world champion. Alonso was never very far in front but was always able to stay just far enough ahead of first Vettel and then Button to ensure they could not use their DRS overtaking aids to pass him into the hairpin at Turn 6. It led to a tense grand prix in which the identity of the winner was always in doubt until Alonso took the chequered flag. The Ferrari made a lightning start from pole position and although Vettel quickly closed up the initial gap Alonso had built on the first lap, the Spaniard was able to pull clear before their first pit stops to ensure he held the lead into the second stint. Meanwhile, Button was fighting past Hulkenberg and then Schumacher, to move quietly into third place. Vettel emerged from his first pit stop five seconds ahead of Button but the McLaren closed remorselessly on the Red Bull and passed the German by making his second stop a lap earlier. Vettel emerged from the pits to find Button on his outside on the run to Turn 2, and the McLaren easily took the position. Button was rarely more than a second behind Alonso from then until the end of the race but the Ferrari driver was always in control and in the closing laps he stretched away as Button began to lose grip in his rear tyres. Rather than try to take the lead, Button had to spend the closing laps fighting off a late challenge from Vettel, who passed him at the Turn 6 hairpin on the penultimate lap. Vettel said: "The pace was there but it was extremely difficult when I was close to Fernando and Jenson we seemed to lose a lot and not be able to stay close enough to try to something under braking. "I am not entirely happy, it could have been a bit better if it was clean air most of the race but that was not the case. Second place was the best we could get today and I am happy with that." Button said: "It was a close race and I couldn't quite get Fernando at the end. "When you are in the middle of three you really have to fight and I was pushing a little bit more in the early part of the stint, whereas when you're in front you can coast a bit in the bits where you don't need to push. "It was close but Fernando knows as we all do where to use Kers to keep someone behind you. I ran out of steam at the end of the straight and the gap was a little bit too big to get back. "But it was a fun race and it's nice to be on the podium again. I've had my feeling back the last two races but the pace hasn't been there [in the car], but today it was. We're there or thereabouts at the front, still a little way to go." Raikkonen provided some exciting racing as he moved up from 10th on the grid. On the way, Raikkonen engaged in top-class racing with Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher and the Force Indias of Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta. Schumacher finished seventh behind Sauber drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez. Hulkenberg and Di Resta took the final points positions in ninth and 10th. ................................................................................ In horse racing, defending champion Nathaniel was denied victory by a nose as Danedream won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in dramatic fashion. The 9-1 shot, ridden by Andrasch Starke and trained by Peter Schiergen, pipped Nathaniel in the final stride. It was a return to form for last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner, who became the first German horse to triumph at the Group One feature. Aidan O'Brien's St Nicholas Abbey finished well to claim third, with Reliable Man in fourth, while Imperial Monarch was a non-runner. Nathaniel, who won the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown just two weeks ago, had looked set for victory when quickening into the lead in the home straight but Danedream had sufficient momentum to snatch victory on the line. She became the first filly to win the race since Time Charter struck as a four-year-old in 1983. Starke told BBC Sport: "It was close - it was very tight - but I had a good feeling. She fought hard and it's definitely the biggest moment in my life." ................................................................................ In snooker's Players Tour Championship Event One in Gloucester, Scotland's Stephen Maguire defeated Jack Lisowski 4-3, who had earlier beaten Mark Williams in the semis.


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