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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Bradley Wiggins of Britain celebrates his overall victory on the podium after the final 20th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Rambouillet and Paris, July 22, 2012. (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS)
Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Bradley Wiggins of Britain celebrates his overall victory on the podium after the final 20th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Rambouillet and Paris, July 22, 2012. (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS)

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GOOD

David Cameron

There was no sinking of the Belgrano this time, but 30 years after Margaret Thatcher’s heavy-handed response to a threat to British pride, the latest Conservative prime minister opted for verbal torpedoes instead. With U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney doubting London’s ability to successfully play host to the Olympics, Cameron shot down the man who headed up the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. “We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world,” Cameron said. “Of course, it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.” As the Sun tabloid might say: Gotcha!

Bradley Wiggins

Most Englishmen have to wait 100 years for a letter from Her Majesty, but becoming the first Brit to win the Tour de France allows you to be picky. “The wife was getting ecstatic The Queen had sent us a letter and I kept saying: ‘[Expletive] the Queen, Johnny Marr has sent me a message on Twitter,’” Wiggins explained, barely disguising his admiration for The Smiths’ lead guitarist. While the English band may be off the mark in claiming The Queen is Dead, her cachet is apparently on the wane.

BAD

Ryan Kalil

Psssst! Want a hot betting tip heading into the 2012 NFL season? How about the Carolina Panthers? Forget the 8-24 record over the last two seasons and a playoff-win drought that stretches back to 2005, these Panthers are legit, and they’re going to win the Super Bowl. How do we know? Well, the Pro Bowl centre took out a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer to announce the fact, and let’s face it: If it’s in the newspaper, you know it must be true.

Joe Allen

With Britain already in North Korea’s crosshairs after mistakenly displaying the South Korean flag ahead of a women’s soccer team matchup with Colombia on Wednesday, London Olympic organizers showed they curry no favour for their own either, listing the Britain team midfielder as English rather than Welsh in the match-day program on Thursday. It’s tough to get the staff these days.

Adam Scott

If anyone was as downcast as the Aussie golfer Sunday night, it was those who had money riding on him to win the British Open. With a four-stroke lead with just four holes to go, Scott proceeded to toss the Claret Jug into the Irish Sea with an epic implosion. However, for those who bet on him with SportsBettingOnline – at 45 to 1 before the championship started – there was a silver lining Monday morning, when the bookie decided to return stakes to anyone who put money on Scott.

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