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Weekly roundup

 

Football

Monday’s fixture

Hull 1 v 3 Arsenal

With a comfortable win over Hull Arsenal moved level on points with Manchester City but sit 3rd on goal difference. They do however have a game in hand over Manchester City

Champions League semi-final fixtures and results. (1st leg)

Tuesday:

Juventus 2 v 1 Real Madrid

Wednesday

Barcelona v Bayern Munich

Premier League fixtures

Saturday’s fixtures

Aston Villa v West Ham

Crystal Palace v Manchester United

Everton v Sunderland

Hull v Burnley

Leicester v Southampton

Newcastle v West Brom

Stoke v Tottenham

Sunday’s fixtures

Chelsea v Liverpool

Manchester City v QPR

Monday’s fixture

Arsenal v Swansea

Friday will see the start of the Championship play-off first legs with Brentford hosting Middlesbrough. Saturday Ipswich host Norwich.

 

Cricket

England v West Indies 3rd test.

England won the toss and chose to bat.

1st Innings

England 257 all out (Alastair Cook 105) (Jerome Taylor 3/36)

West Indies 189 all out (Jermaine Blackwood 85) (James Anderson 6/42)

2nd innings

123 all out (Joss Butler 35 not out) (Jason Holder 3/15)

West Indies 194/5 (Darren Bravo 82)

West Indies won by 5 wickets.

After the hard work of the 1st 2 test matches England failed to win the series after losing this final match. Questions will be asked about why Trott was allowed to open the batting then announce his retirement. Also why no front line spinner was picked. They only have a few weeks to lick their wounds as they play New Zealand at home before the Ashes. This series would have been ideal to check out what Rashid and Adam Lyth could do as both may now be thrown straight into the firing line.

 

County Championship fixtures.

Saturday start

Middlesex v Durham (Durham won the toss and decided to field)

1st innings

Middlesex 463 all out (Sam Robson 178) (John Hastings 4/87)

Durham 294 all out (Keaton Jennings 98) (James Harris 4/69)

2nd innings

Middlesex 89 all out (Tim Murtagh 22) (John Hastings 5/24)

Durham 71 all out (Scott Borthwick 14) (James Harris 9/34)

Middlesex won by 187 runs

Sunday start

Worcestershire v Somerset (Worcestershire won the toss and decided to field)

1st innings

Somerset 250 all out (James Hildreth 41) (Charles Morris 5/71)

Worcestershire 402 all out (Oliver Cox 109) (Alfonso Thomas 4/81)

2nd innings

Somerset 90 all out (James Hildreth 35) (Jack Shantry 4/15)

Worcestershire won by an innings and 62 runs

England will play Ireland in a 1 day match in Dublin on Friday.

County Championship fixtures:

Saturday start:

Warwickshire v Worcestershire

Sunday start:

Durham v Nottinghamshire

Sussex v Middlesex

Yorkshire v Hampshire

 

The IPL (Indian Premier League) standings are as follows:

  1. Chennai Super Kings
  2. Rajasthan Royals
  3. Royal Challengers Bangalore
  4. Kolkata Knight Riders
  5. Mumbai Indians
  6. Delhi Daredevils
  7. Sunrisers Hyderabad
  8. Kings XI Punjab

Rugby League

Thursday’s fixture:

Hull KR v Wakefield Wildcats

Friday’s fixtures:

Salford Red Devils v Huddersfield Giants

Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers

Saturday’s fixtures:

Catalans Dragons v St. Helens

Sunday’s fixtures

Warrington Wolves v Hull FC

Widnes Vikings v Leeds Rhinos

 

Boxing

The repercussions of the Mayweather v Pacquiao are still on going with Pacquiao supposedly filling in a form saying he was not injured which could lead to a ban and possibly a lawsuit after 2 fans have filed one after he did not disclose his shoulder injury prior to the fight . However he is supposed to be having surgery so could be out for a year.

Mayweather has supposedly stated he would fight him again after his surgery. I am sure this story will continue for a while yet.

Saturday will see big time boxing return to Birmingham for a big show put on by Matchroom.

Anthony Joshua will take on Raphael Zumbano in a warm up fight before the big one against Kevin Johnson on the 30th May.

Sam Eggington v Joseph Lamptey is for the commonwealth welterweight title. Local lads Matthew Macklin, Kal Yafai and Gamal Yafai are also on the bill.

Callum Smith is back in action against Olegs Fedetovs, and Luke Campbell will have his 11th pro fight as he builds up to a summer clash with Tommy Coyle.

Across the pond Ricky Burns takes on unbeaten Omar Figueroa. A win for Ricky would get his career back on track; a loss could end it after his career seems to have stalled after losing his world title.

 

Darts

Premier League action comes from Newcastle this week.

Fixtures:

Dave Chisnall v Stephen Bunting

Adrian Lewis v MVG

James Wade v Barney

Phil Taylor v Gary Anderson

 

Snooker

Monday night saw the crowing of a new world champion in Stuart Bingham as he overcame Shaun Murphy 18-15 to lift the title at the age of 38. This made him the oldest champion since 1978 when Ray Reardon won it at the age of 45.

 

Golf

The WGC hosted in San Fransico saw Rory McIlroy beat Gary Woodland 4 and 2 to win the 5 day tournament. Danny Willett continued his fine run of form with a 3rd place finish after beating Jim Furyk 3 and 2.

Thursday will see the start of the unofficial 5th major as the Players Championship starts at TPC Sawgrass. Martin Kaymer will be hoping to defend his title.

 

Tennis

Andy Murray won his first ever clay court title in the Munich Open. Murray beat Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final, 7-6 (7-4) 5-7, 7-6 (7-4)

Bad news for Laura Robson as she has postponed her return again after a wrist injury and will not be playing at the French Open. Robson last played at the Australian Open in 2014.

 

F1

F1 returns this week and it is the first race of the European season. The race will take place in Spain at Circuit de Catalunya.

 

Across the pond

NBA.

Semi-finals (best of 7)

Washington v Atlanta

(Series tied 1-1)

Memphis v Golden State

(Series tied 1-1)

Chicago v Cleveland

(Chicago leads 1-0)

LA Clippers v Houston

(LA Clippers leads 1-0)

 

NHL play-off matches round 2 (best of 7)

Washington v NY Rangers

(Washington leads series tied 2-1)

Anaheim v Calgary

(Anaheim leads series 2-1)

Minnesota v Chicago

(Chicago leads series 3-0)

Tampa Bay v Montreal

(Tampa Bay leads series 2-0)

 

MLB standings are as follows:

American League

East: Yankees 17-10

Central: Kansas City 17-9

West: Houston 18-9

National League

East: New York Mets 17-10

Central: St. Louis 20-6

West: LA Dodgers 17-9

 

NFL and a report has claimed that the Patriots more than likely had someone deflate the balls in the AFC Championship game against the Colts. What will happen to them will be down to the NFL and how hard they want to come down on the defending champions.

 

 

@ahuddlestone77


Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Andrew Huddlestone

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