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Andy Murray, 11/4 with bet365 to win the title, believes that he is ready to mount a strong challenge for a first Wimbledon title. The current world number two reached the final 12 months ago before being beaten in four sets by Roger Federer, while in the previous three years he lost in the semi-finals to Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal, twice.However, Murray is now ready to take the next step, having ended his wait for a first Grand Slam title with victory in the final of the US Open last year.He told the Radio Times: "There's a lot riding on Wimbledon, but I'm better equipped to deal with the pressures and understand how I need to play matches when I get to the latter stages of the big events."The US Open win has eased pressure on myself, definitely, because winning a Grand Slam was the aim behind every practice session I have ever put myself through."It's the build-up that's difficult. Once the tournament starts, it's great."
Off-spinner James Tredwell hopes to help England to success in the ICC Champions Trophy, with a semi-final against South Africa next on the agenda. Tredwell, whose side are 10/11 with bet365 to reach the final, is hoping to be given the nod to feature at The Oval on Wednesday, with England a first-ever major trophy success in the 50-over game."We have as a good chance now as any team in the next stage. That's an absolutely massive thing," Tredwell said."We don't want to look too far ahead - to lifting that trophy, we hope - but, equally, it's something that's in the back of your mind."The semi-final is going to be tough, but we're two games away now from winning a major tournament."Tredwell faces an anxious wait to see if he features against the Proteas, with Graeme Swann hoping to shrug off a calf problem to take his place.
Lotus team boss Eric Boullier hopes to see Kimi Raikkonen back among the frontrunners at the British Grand Prix on Sunday 30th June. Raikkonen has slipped off the championship pace in finishing down in tenth place in Monaco and ninth in Canada last time out, with the Finn 7/1 with bet365 to triumph at Silverstone.However, Boullier expects Raikkonen to be boosted by some upgrades for the action a week on Sunday as Lotus aim to get back on track.Boullier told Sky Sports: "We have to work hard to keep the pace because the car is competitive, the team is competitive and there is no reason we cannot be back and fighting for podiums."We didn't have five podiums at the start of the season just by chance, it is because the package is competitive."Raikkonen has a strong record at the British Grand Prix, having finished on the podium on four occasions, as well as taking the chequered flag in 2007.
Jamie Roberts seems certain to miss the first Test between the British & Irish Lions and Australia on Saturday. However, George North still has an outside chance of being fit to face the Wallabies in in Brisbane.The Lions' head medical officer, Dr James Robson, said: "George is an exceptional character and is working very hard. He is back to running and he is doing very, very well."At the moment he has a great chance of being fit for this week. We wouldn't allow him to play if we felt he was at significant risk."Roberts injured his hamstring in the 47-17 victory over the Waratahs on Saturday and Robson said of the Wales international: "Jamie is a grave doubt for this week, there is no doubt about that."The Lions are 15/2 with bet365 to beat the Brumbies on Tuesday by 31 points or more and are 8/15 to win the three-match Test series against Australia.
Maynor Figueroa is looking forward to working with Steve Bruce again after agreeing a two-year contract with Hull City. The 30-year-old left-back, who has won 95 caps for Honduras, was a free agent after his contract with Wigan Athletic came to an end.Tigers boss Bruce signed Figueroa in January 2008 when he was in charge of the Latics.Hull City are 4/6 with bet365 to be relegated from the Premier League in the 2013-14 season while Wigan are 4/1 to secure promotion from the Championship.Figueroa said: "When the team were playing the final few games in the Championship, I paid close attention to the results because I wanted Steve Bruce to achieve promotion. I was happy for him to earn the success. He is a great manager, and I'm looking forward to working with him again."
Bradford City have a mouth-watering West Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield Town to look forward to after being drawn to play the Terriers in the first round of the Capital One Cup. The Bantams were thrashed by Swansea City in the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley less than four months ago but only after they had knocked out Wigan Athletic, Arsenal and Aston Villa.Phil Parkinson's side returned to Wembley in May where they sealed promotion to League One by outclassing Northampton Town in the League Two play-off final.The first round match will be played at Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium during the week commencing 5th August.Manchester United are 7/1 with bet365 to win the 2013-14 Capital One Cup, while Liverpool can be backed at 9/1.