2 struggling teams in the Premier League have new managers. Chris Ramsey is the new manager of QPR and Tim Sherwood is the new manager of Aston Villa,
FA cup action this weekend with West Brom, Liverpool, Blackburn, Reading, Bradford, Villa and Arsenal all booking a last 8 place. The final place will be decided tomorrow evening when Preston host Manchester United.
Bournemouth was host to the second round of the Premier League. Gary Anderson continued his fine form beating Peter Wright 7-1. Phil Taylor got his first win with a 7-2 hammering of former apprentice Adrian Lewis. MVG beat Stephen Bunting 7-3, James Wade beat Kim Huybrechts, whilst Dave Chisnall beat Raymond van Barneveld 7-5.
Blackpool hosted the latest edition of Prizefighter. This time it was the middleweights. The final saw big hitting Cello Renda take on Tom Doran. After sharing the 1st 2 rounds the final round saw Renda walk on to a left hook from which he failed to beat the count.
The main event of the evening was a 12 round lich middleweight matchup between local lad Brian Rose and Carson Jones. Rose for the most of the round showed his excellent accuracy with his jab and rocked Jones a few times. However with less than a minute to go Jones connect with an overhand right, which connect with the ear area of Roses head. Rose wobbled and took a few more rights and lefts in the process. After seeing Rose stumble the referee called a halt to the fight in the first round. It was seen as controversial as Rose wasn’t knocked down and maybe could have covered up. But the referee’s job is to ensure the safety of the fighter and this has to be done in a split second. Maybe he should have given him a standing 8 count first then made the decision. Rose has been in trouble in previous fights and come through, he even got off the floor numerous times in a failed world title bid so maybe he should have been given a bit more time.
Ideally a rematch would be the best way to move forward due to how the fight was ended.
I personally would never say a fight is stopped controversially as the boxers lives are in the hands of the referee, and 1 more punch could spell disaster. Referee’s sometimes can win, they either stop it too early or sometimes let it go on too long.
Terry Flanagan has earned a world title fight after beating Stephen Ormand in a final eliminator. The win game via disqualification due to headbutting.
The rumour mill is now stating that Mayweather vs Pacquiaohas been signed and worth in the region of £162million. An announcement may come during the NBA All-Star game.
Andy Murray lost in the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam open to Frenchman Gilles Simon.
The ICC World Cup is well underway. New Zealand opened up with a good win over Sri Lanka, whilst England again lost to Australia who seem to have a bit of a spell over us at the moment. South Africa beat Zimbabwe whilst India beat Pakistan.
Thursday night saw St. Helens score 10 tries against Salford. Friday saw wins for Wigan, Leeds and Warrington. Catalans edged out Castleford on Saturday. Today Wakefield made it 2 out of 2 with a win against Hull KR.
England and Ireland are both on 2 wins after seeing off Italy and France respectively. Wales survived a fight back by Scotland to win their first game.
Usain Bolt has stated that he will retire from Athletics after the 2017 World Championships in London. It makes you wonder will we ever see anything like him again.
Across the pond
Quite week in the NBA as the All-Star break is upon us. Atlanta leads the Eastern conference, whilst Golden state leads the Western conference.
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Andrew Huddlestone