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 London Marathon to the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (tennis), there is a variety of sport taking place this weekend.

Birmingham City Ladies v Manchester City Women (Sunday 14:00)

Manchester City will be looking to maintain their 100% winning record with victory over Birmingham at Damson Park this weekend.

Birmingham will be looking to improve on last season’s 6th place finish and also bounce back after a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Liverpool Ladies in their previous match.

The Citizens came marginally close to winning their 1st Women’s Super League title, finishing runners-up to Chelsea Ladies, who sealed the crown by two points.

The last time these two sides met, England striker Toni Duggan scored the decisive goal to secure all three points for City at the Academy Stadium.

Widnes Vikings v Warrington Wolves (today 20:00)

The last time these two sides played each other, it was the Wolves who were victorious, coming from behind to inflict a first defeat of the season for Widnes head coach Denis Betts.

Tonight’s match will provide the Vikings with a chance to end a run of four consecutive Super League defeats.

Widnes welcome back Rhys Hansbury, Aaron Heremaia, Joe Mellor, Eamon O’Carroll, Charly Runciman, Chris Houston and Setaimata after their demolition of League One Rochdale Hornets in the Challenge Cup.

Warrington, who are currently top of the First Utility Super League table, have named a largely unchanged side from the one which lost to Huddersfield Giants, Jordan Cox replacing Jordan Philbin.

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (today-Sunday)

Angelique Kerber will be looking to defend her crown on home soil in the conclusion of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart (Germany) this weekend.

Kerber, who is number three in the world, is into the quarter-finals after coming from behind to beat fellow German Annika Beck 4-6 6-3 6-1.

Also through to the next round are 2015 Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza, Italy’s Roberta Vinci and Petra Kvitova.

The shock of the tournament came when world number six, Simona Halep was knocked out by qualifier Laura Siegemund in straight-sets.

Ice hockey World Championship (today-tomorrow)

Great Britain play Romania and Ukraine in the final matches, hoping to win promotion from Division 1B at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Zagreb (Croatia).

Pete Russell, who is in charge of Britain, needs victories in both matches to see his side secure a place in world ice hockey’s 2nd tier.

So far, they have beaten Croatia and Estonia before easing to an emphatic 8-0 victory over Lithuania.

The last time Britain earned promotion was 23 years ago.

London Marathon (Sunday)

This weekend, around 38,000 runners will descend on the capital to take part in the 36th London Marathon, which is 26.2 miles long.

Kenya took all three top spots in the men’s race last year, Eliud Kipchoge finishing 1st, crossing the line in two hours four minutes and 42 seconds.

Ethiopia’s Tigist Tufa is back to defend her title in the women’s race after becoming just the second female from the Eastern African nation to win in London.

There are also wheelchair races, a host of celebrities taking part and a number of Guinness World record attempts – one man is aiming to run the fastest London marathon with a tumble-dryer on his back.

 

 

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