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The Sporting Year to Come Part 3: Phil your boots on name of royal baby

Will Kate and Wills' baby be named after this grand old chap?

"One to watch may be Phillip - given the Duke of Edinburgh's problematic health of late, if heaven forbid he should pass away, naming the tot after him would be a shoo-in. So if you're out and about and hear the Duke cough, get on fast at 17.016/1."

We're not sure that guessing the name of a royal baby is a sporting event, but hey, we can bet on it so Eliot Pollak is politely excused as he continues his look ahead to 2013 from a betting perspective...

July

With Kate announcing her 10-week pregnancy around the middle of December, elementary maths (and biology) suggest the new nipper should thrust his head out of the royal snatch (not an expression one gets to use that often) sometime in July. And whilst the constitutional and monarchical consequences are fascinating (particularly if it is a little girl), of more interest to us are the punting opportunities on the baby's name.

Little surprise that Diana is the current favourite at 8.07/1 - it will certainly be another boon for Kate & Wills' popularity if they name their future monarch after the most popular royal ever.

But what are the other options? Royal youngsters tend to receive historical names passed down through the monarchy such as James, Edward, Charles, George, Mary and Elizabeth. So it won't be called Zak or Grapefruit.

Probably the trendiest possible Royal name right now is Amelia (George II second daughter). And speaking of George (10.5n/a), that is the most common name for a King, so shouldn't be ruled out if the baby is male and the parents want to play safe. George was also the name of the current Queen's beloved grandpa.

The trendy male option is probably Alfred, with little Alfies popping up all over the place these days, in homage to the great Alfie Moon.

One to watch may be Phillip - given the Duke of Edinburgh's problematic health of late, if heaven forbid he should pass away, naming the tot after him would be a shoo-in. So if you're out and about and hear the Duke cough, get on fast at 17.016/1.


August

Picture the scene - United stroll off in May with title number 20, and Robin van Persie fires Fergie to European Cup number three, overtaking Brian Clough and drawing level with the great Bob Paisley. Sir Alex decides enough is enough and heads off to Scotland to spend his retirement consuming bottles of red (although he is unlikely to overtake Brian Clough in that regard.)

But who will be in the United hotseat by the time the football season begins in August?

Famously, the market on the next Manchester United boss has been Betfair's longest running, during which the likes of Martin O'Neill, Jose Mourinho and Bryan Robson (yes, really) have come and gone as favourite.

It surely must be Mourinho however - available to back at 4.47/2. He will be out of work by then, possibly fired by Madrid, and is the best manager in the world. Neither of the two clubs in world football bigger than United (Barca & Real) will want him. And crucially, he gets on with Fergie.

Ignore the chatter that Jose's brusque nature will tarnish the image of United. Consider instead last week's images of a 71 year-old red-faced Scot barking on the touchlines at Mike Dean. United's reputation for respecting officialdom couldn't get much worse if they appointed John Obi Mikel as boss.


September

London 2012 was amazeballs!!! Rio 2016 will probably produce great images of Brazilian women if nothing else. So where do we go in 2020? On the 7th September, the IOC will choose between Madrid, Tokyo and Istanbul.

The Spanish are skint, (and will be even worse off by Spetember). Turkey is dodgy politically with Islamists on the rise and Syria exploding next door. So get involved in Tokyo holding their first games since 1964 at 1.454/9.


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30 December 2012

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