Sport highlights of the weekend

Photo by Antonio Moles / CC BY-SA

By Karan Gadhia – Deputy Sports Editor


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

From the Spanish Grand Prix (F1) to the European Champions Cup final (rugby union), there is a variety of sport taking place this weekend.

Granada v Barcelona (Saturday 16:00)

The visitors lead the La Liga table by one point heading into the final day of the season and must beat Granada to ensure they retain their league title.

Barcelona have headed into the final day of the season leading the La Liga table and needing a win nine times and each of those times they have managed to get the job done.

Meanwhile Granada secured their status in La Liga for another year so could be in holiday mode but in their last game they won 4-1 against Champions League chasing Sevilla.

Real Madrid travel to Deportivo hoping they can win and Barcelona slip up.

European Champions Cup final (Saturday 16:45)

Racing 92 and Saracens face each other in the final of the European Champions Cup in Lyon, France.

Both teams had tough semi-finals with Saracens winning 24-17 against Wasps and Racing 92 beating Leicester Tigers 19-16.

Racing 92 are in their first European final whilst Saracens reached the final of the competition in 2014 under the previous name of the Heineken Cup.

The London side have Owen Farrell, who is the leading points scorer in the tournament so far with 106.

Italian Open (Friday-Sunday)

The ATP World Tour makes it way to Rome for a Masters 1000 event on clay as the build-up to the French Open intensifies.

Dominic Thiem’s rapid rise continued as he knocked out Roger Federer in the third round of the competition which means the 34-year-old slips down to 3rd in the world rankings.

Thiem will face world number six Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals, who despatched of the experienced Richard Gasquet in straight sets 6-1 6-4.

Elsewhere, Rafael Nadal came through his 3rd round encounter with Australia’s Nick Kyrgios whilst Andy Murray will face David Goffin in the quarter-finals after beating Jeremy Chardy, since splitting from coach, Amelie Mauresmo.

Spanish Grand Prix (Sunday 13:00)

Nico Rosberg has taken a commanding lead in the Drivers Championship having won the first four races of the season.

Despite the early setback to the season, his teammate and title rival, Lewis Hamilton is still confident of overcoming his early technical difficulties and reducing the gap between the two by winning the race in Barcelona.

One of the biggest talking points ahead of the race is Red Bull’s decision to swap Max Verstappen and Daniil Kyvat.

Kyvat finished on the podium in China but crashed into Sebastian Vettel twice in two corners in the previous race in Russia which could have impacted the decision.

The Player’s Championship (Friday-Sunday)

The tournament dubbed as golf’s “5th Major” got underway on Tuesday and continues throughout the weekend until Sunday in Florida.

Jordan Spieth returns to action for the first time since his shocking collapse at the Masters last month, joined by some of the world’s best golfers including Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson.

It is one of the most lucrative events of the PGA Tour however the course divides opinion due it’s unpredictability with eight different winners since 2007.

At the end of the opening round, Day sits top of the leader board with a course record-equalling 63, hitting birdie putts at all 18 holes.

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