Sport highlights of the weekend


By Jack Wynne – Sports Editor

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

From the u-19 Cricket World Cup final to Valencia v Espanyol, there is a variety of sport on offer.

West Indies v India (Sunday 03:00)

The Windies will look to defy the odds this weekend as they face three-time winners India in the final of the u-19 World Cup final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur (Bangladesh).

India booked their place in the final, beating Sri Lanka by 97 runs, as Anmolpreet Singh top-scored with 72 from 92 balls.

West Indies just edged through their semi-final against hosts Bangladesh winning by three wickets, Shamar Springer knocking an unbeaten 50.

The competition is held every two years and follows the ODI (One Day International) format.

St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy quarter-finals (today)

Some of the world’s best female tennis players are in Russia this week competing for the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, with the winner set to pocket just over $128,000 in prize money.

The event, formerly known as the Ladies Neva Cup, has been upgraded from an ITF (International Tennis Federation) event to be part of the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) Tour for the first time.

Belinda Bencic, the highest ranked player left in the competition (11), will play Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in her quarter-final whilst Roberta Vinci’s is set to face Timea Babos.

One of the shock exits in the 2nd round saw former world number one, Caroline Wozniacki crash out against Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkhova in straight sets 4-6 5-7.

France v Ireland (Saturday 14:25)

In week two of the Six Nations Championship, France host Ireland, who will be looking to improve on their draw with Wales last week.

Ireland, who are bidding to win a third consecutive Championship Trophy, established a 13-0 lead against Wales but were pegged back and needed a late penalty from Johnny Sexton to salvage a point as the match finished 16-16.

France celebrated a narrow 23-21 victory against Italy last week at the Stade de France, the first sporting event to be staged there since the Paris attacks last year.

Ireland may have been victorious during the past three meetings between these two sides but France have won four out of the last five clashes at the Stade de France.

Valencia v Espanyol (Saturday 19:30)

Valencia manager Gary Neville described this match as a ‘must-win’ game after his side, who were reduced to ten-men, lost 1-0 away to Real Betis last weekend.

Neville is yet to win in the league since he took charge of the club in December last year.

Espanyol, who are one point clear of relegation in 17th, will be desperate to break a run which has seen them lose four of last five league matches.

Daniel Parejo’s 85th-minute strike sealed all three points for Valencia during the last meeting between these two sides at the Power8 Stadium.

Widnes Vikings v Leeds Rhinos (Sunday 15:00)

One of the ties of round two in the Super League sees Leeds Rhinos travel to the Select Security Stadium to face Widnes Vikings this weekend.

The Vikings secured their first points of the new season, winning 24-16 away to Wakefield Wildcats.

Meanwhile, Leeds suffered a shock 10-12 defeat against Warrington Wolves in their first match, Zak Hardaker kicking wide and missing the chance to salvage a late point for the Rhinos.

The last time these two sides met, it was the Vikings who completed an impressive 38-24 victory – Leeds had won seven out of their last ten Super League matches.






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