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 Masters (golf) to Anthony Joshua’s world title fight (boxing), there is a variety of sport taking place this weekend.

Anthony Joshua v Charles Martin (Saturday 22:30)

The world of boxing will be focused on events in London tomorrow, when Joshua challenges Martin for the IBF world heavyweight title at the O2 Arena.

The British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion is aiming to become a world champion in just his 16th professional fight.

Martin, 29, is making the first defence, after beating Vyacheslav Glazkoz for the vacant belt in January.

Joshua comes into the bout, winning by way of knockout in all of his previous 15 fights whilst his American opponent has 23 wins in his last 24 fights.

Volvo Cars Open (today-Sunday)

World number two Angelique Kerber is still on course to defend her crown in Charleston (South Carolina) after beating Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova 6-2 6-3 in the last 16.

Waiting for her in the quarter-finals is world number 34 Irina-Camelia Begu – these two met at the same stage of the competition last year.

Into the last eight at Charleston for the first time, American Sloane Stephens will need to negotiate 18-year-old Daria Kasatkina if she wants to advance to the semi-finals.

The shock of the tournament came when Venus Williams crashed out to Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva, who is ranked 47 places below her in the world rankings.

The Masters (yesterday-Sunday)

World number two and last year’s champion Jordan Spieth finished top of the leaderboard at the end of the first round, hitting a six-under-par 66.

Ireland’s Shane Lowry and New Zealand’s Danny Lee finished joint second, two shots behind Spieth.

Rory MclIroy, who has won all of the other majors except for The Masters finished joint 9th whilst Australian Jason Day, ranked number one in the world, rounded off a disappointing first round closing on even par.

Whoever is crowned the winner at Augusta (Georgia) on Sunday will receive the iconic green jacket and pocket $1.8m or £1.28m.

Tottenham v Manchester United (Sunday 16:00)

These two will be desperate to claim all three points for different reasons when they meet at White Hart Lane.

Spurs are currently seven points behind league-leaders Leicester City after missing out on the chance to snatch victory at Liverpool last weekend.

Meanwhile, United have the chance to jump above Manchester City into 4th but are only two points ahead of West Ham United, who also have ambitions to secure European football next season.

The last time these two sides met, the Reds started the season on winning terms, Kyle Walker scoring an own goal to hand United a slender 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.

Wasps v Exeter (Saturday 15:15)

These two Aviva Premiership rivals go head-to-head in the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final this weekend at the Ricoh Arena.

Whoever progresses to the next round earns the right to face another Premiership team, playing the winner of Northampton Saints v Saracens.

Wasps crashed out the Champions Cup at this stage last year, losing 32-18 to eventual winners Toulon at the Stade Mayol.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs are into the last eight for the first ever time after finishing top of Pool 2.


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