Sport highlights of the weekend

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By Karan Gadhia – Deputy Sports Editor


Coming up, we take a look at another weekend packed full of sporting action.

From Manchester United v Leicester City to the Russian Grand Prix (F1), there is a variety of sport taking place this weekend.

Manchester United v Leicester City (Sunday 14:05)

Leicester City can lift the Premier League trophy at Old Trafford with a win after leading the title race by seven points with just three games to go.

It would be the most unlikely title win in years with the Foxes rated as 5000/1 to lift the trophy by bookmakers which at the time was less likely than Piers Morgan being the next Arsenal manager at 2500/1.

They would also become the first team outside the ‘big four’ to win the title since Blackburn Rovers in the 1994/95 season.

However, the hosts have ambitions of their own, looking to sneak into the top four with Manchester City and Arsenal four points ahead having played a game more than the Red Devils.

Russian Grand Prix (Sunday 12:55)

Lewis Hamilton desperately needs to win the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi to kick-start his title defence – Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg has won the 1st three races of the season.

After finishing 2nd, 3rd and 7th in the races so far, Hamilton currently trails his title rival by 36 points but can be boosted by the fact that he won the race in Russia last year.

However, he also needs to look below him as Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo is only three points behind him.

Ferrari will also be looking to challenge the Mercedes duopoly after a poor start to the season.

Snooker World Championships (today-Monday)

We are approaching the business end of the Snooker World Championships with the semi-finals of the competition underway.

Mark Selby faces Marco Fu with Ding Junhui and Alan McManus making up the other semi-final at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

With pre-tournament favourite Ronnie O’Sullivan knocked out, the competition is there for the taking.

Junhui has already taken a commanding lead over McManus in the opening session by leading 6-2.

In the other semi-final, Selby has built up a 5-3 lead ahead of the 2nd session.

Exeter v Wasps (Sunday 13:00)

It’s a battle between 2nd and 3rd in the Aviva Premiership this weekend when Wasps travel to Sandy Park to play Exeter.

After losing 17-24 to Saracens in the semi-finals of the European Champions Cup, Wasps’ director of rugby Dai Young is still hopeful winning the league.

The two sides last faced each other earlier this month in the quarter-finals of the European Cup with Wasps winning 25-24 thanks to Jimmy Gopperth’s last-gasp kick.

The visitors could be without prop forward Simon McIntyre after he was sin-binned for kicking out at Maro Itoje.

QIPCO Guineas Festival (Saturday-Sunday)

The QIPCO Guineas Festival is a horse racing event taking place across the weekend at Newmarket, marking the start of the flat racing season with the first two Classic races of 2016, the QIPCO 2000 & 1000 Guineas.

During the weekend, many races will take place including the Group 1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas which is one of only two Classics dedicated to fillies (young female horse) throughout the year.

The bookmaker’s favourites for the 2000 Guineas race is Air Force Blue at 15-8.

Also the weekend will commerate the 350th anniversary of the Newmarket Racecourse with some celebrations planned for the occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

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