Sport highlights of the weekend

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By Jack Wynne –  Sports Editor

Coming up we take a look at another weekend packed full of sporting action.

From the Cleveland Cavaliers v San Antonio Spurs (basketball) to Oxford United v Blackburn Rovers there is a variety of sport on offer.

Cleveland Cavaliers v San Antonio Spurs (Sunday 01:30)

This encounter pits two teams at the top of their separate divisions; the Cavs are leading the way in the Eastern Conference Central division whilst the Spurs are currently 1st in the Southwest division over in the Western Conference.

San Antonio travel to the Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland) with just one loss in their last 15 matches.

Cleveland have won seven out of their last ten, the most recent victory coming at home against Pheonix Suns.

There was nothing to choose between the sides just over a fortnight ago, the Cavs clinching a narrow four point victory.

George Groves v Andrea Di Luisa (Saturday 22:00)

Despite failing to secure a world title at the third time of asking, George Groves plans to mount another challenge, starting with a fight against Italy’s Andrea Di Luisa at the Copper Box Arena in London on Saturday.

Di Luisa comes into the fight with 18 wins out of his last 21 bouts, 14 of them coming by way of knockout.

Groves has lost three out of this last 24 bouts, winning by way of knockout on 16 occasions.

The 27-year-old has since split with trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick after losing to WBC (World Boxing Council) world super-middleweight champion Badou Jack on a split decision.

Australia v India (Sunday 08:00)

India continue their tour of Australia, with the third and final T20 (Twenty20) match set to take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

The away side are 1-0 up in the three-match series, winning by 37 runs at the Adelaide Oval.

Virat Kohli scored 99 from 55 balls helping India to 188-3 before Australia were bowled out for 151 in 19.3 overs.

Australia have already claimed a 4-1 ODI (One Day International) series victory over India.

Connacht v Scarlets (Saturday 15:00)

Connacht will be bidding to close the gap on Scarlets, who currently sit top of the Guiness Pro12 rugby union league with 40 points, when the two sides meet at the Sportsground.

There are just five points separating the two teams and victory for Connacht this weekend could see them move to within just one point of the league leaders.

Scarlets come into the match with three wins out of their last five league matches, whilst Connacht have won just once in their previous five league matches.

Just under three weeks ago, it was Scarlets who emerged with all four points when these sides last met in the Guiness Pro12, Steven Shingler kicking a last-minute penalty to secure a narrow 21-19 victory after coming from 10-0 down.

Oxford United v Blackburn Rovers (Saturday 15:00)

The FA Cup returns this weekend, as Blackburn Rovers travel to Oxford United in the 4th round.

There might be a couple of divisions separating the two sides but with both sides in contrasting form of late, it should be a fascinating encounter.

Rovers of the Championship have won just once in their last five matches while The U’s have won four of their last five in all competitions, including a 3-2 victory over Premier League Swansea City in the previous round.

Blackburn booked their place in the 4th round with victory over another League Two side, winning 2-1 at Newport County.





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