The Premier League returned this weekend after the International break. Arsenal moved into 2nd after thrashing Liverpool 4-1. Liverpool is now 7 points outside the top 4 with Manchester City playing Crystal Palace tomorrow night. Manchester United put more pressure on Aston Villa with a 3-1 win.
Chelsea leads the league by 7 points after a 2-1 win over Stoke. The highlight of that game was a wonder strike from inside his own half by Charlie Adam.
These results leave Manchester City in 4th and a loss tomorrow night will heap more pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini.
At the bottom there were important wins for QPR, Leicester and Sunderland. Burnley managed a draw against Spurs today.
Leicester still sit bottom, with QPR 3 points above them. Burnley make up the bottom 3 with Hull and Villa only 2 points outside the drop zone.
Thursday night in Manchester saw MVG beat James 7-4. Stephen Bunting drew 6-6 with Kim Huybrechts. Gary Anderson and Barney also played out a 6-6 draw. Dave Chisnall beat Phil Taylor 7-4, and Adrian Lewis beat Peter Wright 7-4. Peter Wright and Kim Huybrechts have now been eliminated from the tournament.
2) Dave Chisnall
3) Gary Anderson
4) James Wade
5) Phil Taylor
6) Stephen Bunting
7) Adrian Lewis
9) Peter Wright
10) Kim Huybrechts
Anthony Joshua returned to the ring last night and beat American Jason Gavern with a 3rd round knockout. For someone so polite and well-spoken outside of the ring he has a nasty side in it.
On the undercard Jon-Lewis Dickinson stopped Stephen Simmons in 8 rounds.
Anthony Nelson beat Jamie Wilson after Wilson’s corner pulled him out after 6 rounds.
Stephen Smith won a 6 rounder to keep himself ticking over in the hope of getting a bigger fight possibly a world title one later in the year.
Over in Canada Adonis Stevenson easily beat Sakio Bika to retain his World titles and possibly set up a unification clash against Sergey Kovalev.
Amir Khan has named Chris Algieri as his next opponent and scuppered any plans Kell Brook had of an all British fight in the summer. Algieri has 1 loss on his record and that was against his last opponent Manny Pacquiao.
Khan still hopes to fight the winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao and will be hoping this fight will but him at the front of the queue.
Khan has been quite disrespectful of Brook and last weekend’s win. Brook does not decide who his mandatory challenger is, that is the governing body. All Brook can do is beat who is put in front of him. Brook along with Mayweather and Pacquiao are the only champions in that weight division.
Thursday night’s action saw wins for Widnes, Catalans and Hull KR. Friday saw wins for Leeds, Wigan and Salford.
With it being the Easter period each team plays 2 games over a short period, the only time in the season they do.
Warrington Wolves v Castleford Tigers
Hull KR v Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos v Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils v Wigan Warriors
St. Helens v Hull FC
Catalans Dragons v Widnes Vikings
Andy Murray at the time of publication is playing his nemesis Novak Djokovic. Djokovic won the first set 7-6. Murray won the 2nd 6-4.
Across the pond
NBA and in the Eastern conference Toronto lead the Atlantic division, Cleveland the central and Atlanta the South East. Washington is the form team in the East with 3 wins on the bounce. The Knicks losing run has hit a 9 games..
The conference seeding’s are as follows:
- Atlanta (x)
- Cleveland (x)
- Chicago (x)
- Toronto (x)
- Washington (x)
The Western conference see’s Portland lead the Northwest, Golden State the Pacific and Houston the Southwest. Golden State is the form team as they sit atop the conference with a 12 game winning streak. Minnesota is on a 6 game losing streak as they prop up the conference.
The conference seeding’s are as follows.
- Golden State (x)
- Houston (x)
- Memphis (x)
- Portland (x)
- LA Clippers (x)
- San Antonio (x)
NHL and on the East side Montreal lead the Atlantic division whilst NY Rangers lead the Metropolitan division.
The West see’s Nashville on top of the Central and Anaheim on top of the Pacific.
The hottest team in the East is Columbus on a 9 game winning streak and in the West Chicago is on a 4 game winning streak.
The teams on the slide are Montreal and Pittsburgh in the East on 3 game losing streaks. Nashville and Edmonton are the out of form teams in the west on 3 game losing streaks.
East Play-off berths:
West Play-off berths.
MLB and Oakland were top of the Cactus league with a 22-11 record. Texas Rangers propped up the league with a 9-19 record.
NY Mets were top of the Grapefruit league on a 19-12 record. Detroit propped it up with a 12-20 record.
Opening day tonight sees Chicago Cubs host the St. Louis Cardinals.
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Andrew Huddlestone