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 FA Cup final to the Great Manchester Run, there is a variety of sport taking place this weekend.

European Aquatic Championships (Friday-Sunday)

A host of competitors from a variety of nations will be taking part in the final few events at the tournament which are being hosted at the London Aquatics Centre.

The individual events are split into three main categories: swimming, diving and synchronized swimming which involves swimmers performing a series of movements requiring artistry and technical skill.

Swimmers taking part in this event have the advantage of being able to compete in a high quality competition ahead of the Olympic Games this summer.

The Great Britain team, which includes world champions Adam peaty and James Guy, currently sit joint 1st in the medals table with Hungary.

Great Manchester Run (Sunday)

Around 40,000 runners will take to the streets of Manchester to compete in a 10k race.

The event is open to male and female runners of all abilities as well as wheelchair competitors.

A number of celebrities also take part in the event, with past participants including boxer Anthony Crolla and soap stars Jack P Shepherd and Tina O’Brien.

Kenya’s Stephen Sambu will look to defend his crown in the men’s elite race whilst three-time Olympic gold medallist Tirunesh Dihaba is favourite in the women’s elite race.

FA Cup final (Saturday 17:30)

It’s an all Premier League clash in this year’s final as Manchester United face Crystal Palace.

There are no fresh injury concerns for United manager Louis Van Gaal after the rearranged fixture against Bournemouth.

Palace go into the match with a number of injured personnel, including the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Connor Wickham and Wilfried Zaha.

The Red Devils have won the competition 11 times whilst Palace manager Alan Pardew is looking to secure the club’s first-ever FA Cup this weekend.

Aviva Premiership rugby semi-finals (Saturday)

Four teams will go head-to-head for a place in next weekend’s final at Twickenham Stadium.

The first match of the afternoon sees European Champions Cup winners Saracens host Leicester Tigers before Wasps travel to Exeter Chiefs in the later game.

The Tigers travel to the Allianz Park as the most decorated club in Aviva Premiership history with 10 titles to their name but Saracens are the current champions.

Meanwhile, Exeter Chiefs, who are yet to win their first Aviva Premiership, will be looking to cause an upset against Wasps.

Lancashire v Derbyshire (Saturday 14:30)

This weekend sees the start of the NatWest t20 Blast competition (cricket) as Lancashire Lightning look to defend their crown, after beating Northants by 13 runs to lift their first ever T20 title.

All 18 first class counties are split into two leagues consisting of teams from the North and teams from the South.

Each side will play six opponents both home and away including one fixture against the remaining two teams – the top four in each league qualify for the Quarter-Finals where they battle it out for a place in the Finals Day.

Red Rose are currently 3rd in Division One of the Specsavers County Championship, after two wins out of four since earning promotion last season.




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