You know that old saying in football that the ‘league table never lies’? Well, the truth is that it kinda does.…

It’s the fourth and final golf major of the calendar year, and the last chance for the sport’s finest operators to create their own slice of history. For Jordan Spieth, the chance to complete the career Grand Slam of US Open, British Open, Masters and PGA Championship wins is available – not bad for a somebody who has just turned 24. But a lack of history at the host venue, Quail Hollow, may just hold him back.…

After three months of anticipation and fraught betting on the Icelandic Second Division, the Premier League returns this weekend and we couldn’t be any more excited. After a summer of frenzied transfer activity all 20 teams are in place and raring to go. But as ever, while some will prosper more will undoubtedly fail to achieve their pre-season ambitions, and so the journey to success for punters is, as ever, littered with obstacles.…

League 2 is a strange division in many ways. It seems like half of the teams in it are fighting to avoid the dreaded drop to the non-professional ranks of the National League, while the other half rabidly duke it out for one of the three automatic promotion places and four play-off spots.…

The Sky Bet League 1 is a strange old division: it’s like a petrol station on a highway separating heaven from hell. It plays host to fallen giants (Blackburn Rovers, Portsmouth, Charlton), progressive outfits with lofty ambitions (Fleetwood, MK Dons, AFC Wimbledon) and sides who seem to have bene knocking around the lower reaches of English football for an eternity (Oldham, Gillingham, Walsall).…

The Championship might be one of the most unforgiving divisions around for those involved, but for punters there is a reassuring predictability to proceedings. Most would have included Newcastle and Brighton on a list of sides expected to do well last term, while conversely Rotherham and Wigan always looked likely to struggle. And so it proved for all those four outfits.…

An outstanding day of racing at Ascot on Saturday is headlined by the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, surely the UK’S most prestigious open-age race. We say open-age, but in truth it is anything but with 11 of the last 13 editions all won by four-year-olds.Is there anything in that? Possibly, but with slower conditions expected tomorrow if the forecast rain comes, perhaps the older horses will still have their say.…

For most of us, the dream – if it really is one - of being a professional football manager never extends beyond a few games of the cleverly-titled Football Manager video game series, and the occasional barked order from the sofa when watching a televised match of a weekend. But if, in some bizarre parallel dimension, you woke up to find yourself appointed as the new boss of a top flight side, you, I and everybody else would presumably use the summer transfer window as a way of improving the team’s weaknesses by recruiting sensibly.…

As far as dazzling summer sporting spectacles are concerned, you might not immediately think of the World Matchplay Darts when conjuring up iconic images in your mind’s eye. But you will struggle to find many venues as gloriously well put-together as Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, and as ever this tournament offers punters plenty of money-making opportunities as we all await the new football season with bated breath.…

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few months, the furore surrounding the upcoming boxing bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor cannot have escaped you.…