Sport highlights of the weekend

Photo by Carlos Delgado / CC BY-SA

By Jack Wynne – Sports Editor


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

From the Madrid Open (tennis) to Amir Khan V Saul Alvarez (boxing), there is a variety of sport taking place this weekend.

Chelsea Ladies v Liverpool Ladies (Sunday 14:00)

Liverpool will be looking to avenge the narrow defeat they suffered at the hands of Chelsea just over a week ago.

Goals from Ji So-Yun and Gilly Flaherty wrapped up a third straight win for the Blues at the Select Security Stadium, Caroline Weir grabbing a consolation goal for Liverpool in the 82nd minute.

The Reds go into this match with just one victory in their first four games.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are yet to lose this season and sit 2nd in the Women’s Super League behind Manchester City, but the London club have two games in hand on City.

IAAF Diamond League (today)

The annual series of track and field meetings starts again today, with the first event being held at the Qatar Sports Club, Doha.

The competition is open to both men and women, and includes a variety of events from 100m to the pole vault, as well as the triple jump.

The series which stops off all around the world, includes places like Shanghai, Rome and Eugene.

One of the athletes everyone is looking out for is 22-year-old Omar McLeod in the 110m hurdles, who recently secured the world indoor title.

Amir Khan V Saul Alvarez (Sunday 02:00)

Bolton’s Amir Khan will step into the ring for what many have described as the fight of his life, stepping up two weight divisions to take on Mexico’s Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for the WBC middleweight title.

Khan, 29, will take on Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with the Olympic silver medallist set to earn around £9m for the bout.

Alvarez, who is four years younger than his British challenger, has won 46 out of his last 48 fights, the only defeat coming against Floyd Mayweather.

There is talk of Mayweather returning to the ring for one last fight against the winner of this bout – The 39-year-old has reportedly been offered “nine figures” to come out of retirement.

Mutua Madrid Open (today-Sunday)

World number two Andy Murray is still on course to defend his crown after beating 16th seed Gilles Simon of France in straight sets 6-4 6-2.

Murray, 28, needs to defend his Madrid crown or risk losing his number two spot to Switzerland’s Roger Federer.

The other players left in the competition include Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios.

One of the shocks of the tournament came when world number four Stan Wawrinka crashed out of the competition in the 2nd round, at the hands of Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Huddersfield Giants v Leeds Rhinos (today 20:00)

One of the ties of round six sees a Yorkshire derby between two Super League giants.

Leeds Rhinos travel to the John Smith’s Stadium with just three wins in their last ten matches on the domestic front, sitting bottom of the Super League table.

The Giants, who finished 4th last season, sit just a place above their Yorkshire rivals with exactly the same record.

The last time these two sides met, the Rhinos clinched a narrow 20-16 victory in the Super League near the start of the season.

 

 

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