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 England’s women v Ireland’s women (rugby union) to the Dubai Duty Free Championships (tennis) there is plenty of action taking place over the weekend.

England v Ireland (Saturday 19:15)

England host Ireland tomorrow bidding to continue their winning run which has seen them move into 2nd, only trailing France by a difference of ten match points.

Ireland, who are the defending champions, arrive at Twickenham yet to win at the capital stadium.

Head coach Tom Tierney has made a couple of changes following their defeat against France a fortnight ago, Ciara Griffin replacing Heather O’Brien whilst Fiona Hayes is awarded her first start as Lindsay Peat is omitted from the squad.

Emma Croker, Lydia Thompson and Tamara Taylor all come into the starting line-up for England as head coach Simon Middleton makes a few changes ahead of the defending champions’ arrival.

Dubai Duty Free Championships (today-Sunday)

This weekend see’s the conclusion of the Dubai Duty Free Championships, with the winner set to collect $2,249,215.

In the first of today’s semi-finals, Feliciano Lopez takes on world number 57 Marco Baghdatis, aiming to reach the final for a third time.

The other place in Sunday’s final will be contested by world number four Stan Wawrinka and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, both players having won one each during their previous two meetings.

One of the shocks of the tournament came when top seed Novak Djokovic was forced to retire in his quarter-final against Lopez because of an eye problem.

New Zealand v Australia (Sunday 01:40)

Australia continue their tour of New Zealand with the 1st match of a T20 (Twenty20) series set to take place at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

The Southern Stars go into Sunday’s match off the back of a 2-1 ODI (One Day International) series win, Meg Lanning’s ton helping Australia to a comfortable six-wicket victory at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

New Zealand will be looking to make up ground in the world rankings, with Australia and England occupying the top two places respectively.

The two teams will meet back at The Basin two days later for the second ODI before the concluding match next Friday at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth.

Liverpool v Manchester City (Sunday 16:30)

This weekend, Wembley Stadium will host the Capital One Cup final between Liverpool and Manchester City.

The Reds came through their semi-final against Stoke City, winning 6-5 on penalties after the teams were tied 1-1 on aggregate across the two legs.

Meanwhile, City overcame a 2-1 deficit from the first leg at Goodison Park, progressing to the final after a 3-1 victory at the Etihad.

Liverpool will be looking to win a record ninth League Cup this weekend whilst victory for City would secure a fourth title for them, most recently beating Sunderland in the 2014 final.

Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg (Saturday 22:45)

Manchester Arena will host one of the most hotly-anticipated boxing clashes of the year as IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton and WBA champion Scott Quigg meet in the ring.

Frampton, 29, comes into the fight with a 100% record, winning 21 out 21 fights with 14 of those victories coming by way of knockout.

Quigg, 27, is also undefeated in all 33 of his previous fights, drawing twice since he turned professional just under nine years ago.

This fight has been years in the planning but tomorrow these two rivals will finally go head-to-head to determine who the superior champion is.




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