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 Wladimir Klitschko’s boxing match against Tyson Fury to the European Curling Championships women’s final between Scotland and Russia, there is a variety of sport on offer.

Davis Cup (tennis) final (Friday-Sunday)

Great Britain take on Belgium in Ghent, bidding to lift the trophy for the first time in 79 years.

Whilst Britain has won nine Davis Cups, the Belgians have yet to win the iconic tournament since it was founded 115 years ago.

The tie consists of five rubbers (individual matches); on the first day there are two singles rubbers.

Then a doubles rubber is played the day after and to conclude the tournament there are two more singles rubbers, the difference from the first day being, the opponents are usually swapped around.

Britain’s team consists of world number two, Andy Murray and his brother Jamie as well as Kyle Edmund and James Ward.

Meanwhile, David Goffin, who is ranked number 16 in the world, Ruben Bemelmans, Kimmer Coppejans and Steve Darcis make up the Belgium squad.

Klitschko v Fury (Saturday)

Vladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury will go toe-to-toe in this heavyweight clash as the Ukrainian aims to defend his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The Eastern European fighter will be stepping into the ring for his 28th heavyweight title match in what will be his 19th defence, during his second reign as world champion.

Out of 67 fights, Klitschko has lost just three – the most recent of those defeats was 11 years ago against American Lamon Brewster.

In comparison, Fury has fought just a quarter of the fights compared to his opponent, winning all 24 of his bouts.

Whilst the British heavyweight may not be as experienced, he does have a height advantage over his opponent, standing at 6 feet 9 inches tall; three inches taller than Klitschko.

Tottenham v Chelsea (Sunday, 12:00)

The Blues travel to White Hart Lane looking to record back-to-back victories for the first time in 16 Premier League matches.

Spurs have yet to taste defeat in their previous 12 league matches and have only lost once during their last nine home league encounters with Chelsea.

A win on Saturday would mean Tottenham keep up the pace with the likes of Manchester City and Leicester City, as well as their fierce North London rivals Arsenal at the top of the table.

It would normally be a similar case for Chelsea, who were crowned Premier League champions last season but seven defeats in their opening 13 matches has left them five points above the relegation places in 15th.

Spurs will take on Chelsea just a few days after their Europa League match against Qarabag (Azerbaijan), which involved a journey of almost 6000 miles.

One man who isn’t fazed by the hectic schedule is Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who scored the winning goal against Qarabag last night – the England international has now scored nine goals in his last five matches, in all competitions.

UK Championship 2nd round (Saturday-Sunday)

The 2015 UK Championship (snooker) started on Tuesday and runs through to Sunday 6th December, taking place at the Barbican Centre in York.

This weekend will see the second round of matches, in which the winner is decided across 11 frames.

The first half of next week will comprise of the third round encounters, followed by the last 16 and quarter-finals on Thursday and Friday respectively.

Next Saturday will see the last four players go head-to-head before the show piece event the day after, where the remaining two will play a best of 19 frames final, the winner receiving just under £750,000.

Some of the matches to look out for the in the second round, include three-time UK Championship winner John Higgins against China’s Tian Pengfei, who is ranked number 59 in the world.

Judd Trump, who is being tipped as the favourite to win the event, faces Stuart Carrington after a comfortable 6-1 win over Hammad Miah, despite feeling ill.

European Curling Championships – women’s final (Sunday)

Scotland’s women will play Russia in the gold medal match, in Esbjerg, Denmark, after coming from 5-0 down to pull off a 9-7 victory against Finland in the semi-final.

Eve Muirhead, who rounded off the victory, will collect a sixth consecutive European medal, after picking up bronze last year.

The Russians came through a close semi-final against Denmark, walking out 6-5 victors.

If Scotland win the gold medal, it will be their third in total, the last coming four years ago.

Russia also have two gold medals, after wins in 2012 and 2006.

What sporting events will you be watching over the weekend? Let us know in the comments!

1 Comment on Sport highlights of the weekend

  1. Glad to see the curling on here, however I was disappointed that the fabulous achievement by England’s ladies to finish fourth in the B group was not mentioned. (Not to belittle the fantastic achievement by team Muirhead,) England’s ladies are improving every year, keep a lookout for them in the future.

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