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 Super League (Rugby League) to the world half marathon championships, there is a variety of sport taking place this weekend.

Player’s Championship (today-Sunday)

Some of the world’s best snooker players are in Manchester this weekend to try and win the Player’s Championship.

Joe Perry lifted the title last year, coming from 3-0 down to beat Mark Williams 4-3 in Bangkok (Thailand).

World number four Shaun Murphy is still on course to win his second tournament in as many weeks, after easing past Dominic Dale with a 4-1 win.

Murphy recently secured the World Grand Prix in Llandudno (Wales) edging past current world champion Stuart Bingham 10-9 in the final.

England v Pakistan (Sunday 14:00)

England women’s cricket team can book their place in the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 if they avoid defeat against Pakistan at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai.

England maintained their 100% winning record at the tournament, most recently surviving a late scare to claim a narrow one wicket victory against the West Indies at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.

Pakistan come into the match with just one defeat in the tournament so far, suffering a narrow defeat to the Windies, who won by four runs.

England are bidding to win their 2nd World T20 after beating Australia by seven wickets in Bridgetown (West Indies), to lift the 2010 title.

Warrington Wolves v Widnes Wikings (today 15:00)

Two of Super League’s current frontrunners will go head-to-head at the Halliwell Jones Stadium this afternoon.

The Vikings continued their impressive start to the season, securing a 18-12 victory against Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium – Wigan had won all four of their previous home matches against Widnes.

Warrington are the only team with a 100% winning record still intact, most recently thrashing Castleford Tigers 56-12.

Last year, both sides finished outside the top four, Widnes needing to secure their Super League place via the qualifiers.

World half marathon championships (Saturday)

Some of the world’s best long-distance runners will descend on Cardiff (Wales) this weekend to compete in the world half marathon championships.

Making his debut as part of the Great Britain team, Mo Farah will join Welshman Dewi Griffiths, Scotland’s Callum Hawkins and English pair Mattew Hynes and Ryan McLeod.

Farah, who is preparing to defend his 5,000m and 10,000m titles at the Olympics this summer, will be looking to beat Kenya’s Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor who won the 2014 event with a time of 59:08.

The women representing Britain include 2014 European cross country champion Gemma Steel alongside Alyson Dixon, Rachel Felton, Charlotte Purdue and Jenny Spink.

Sunderland Ladies v Reading Women (Saturday 18:00)

The concluding match of the first round of fixtures from the FA Women’s Super League 1 sees Sunderland take on Reading at the Hetton Centre.

Reading made a disappointing start to life in the WSL 1, losing 3-1 to Arsenal Ladies on Wednesday.

The Royals achieved promotion from WSL 2 on goal difference, after finishing level on points with Doncaster Rovers Belles.

Sunderland will be looking to start their season on winning terms and improve on their 4th place finish during the last campaign.


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