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 St Helens v Warrington Wolves (Rugby League) to the British Touring Car Championship, there is a variety of sport taking place this weekend.

British Touring Car Championship (Sunday)

This weekend racers will descend on Oulton Park in Cheshire for round four of the season.

The tournament consists of ten rounds which are staged at various locations around England as well as Knockhill Race Circuit in Fife (Scotland).

One of the competitors taking part this weekend is actor Kelvin Fletcher, who plays Andy Sugden in Emmerdale – he will be driving the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze for Power Maxed Racing.

Currently at the top of the driver’s standings is Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal closely followed by Rob Collard, who races for Team JCT600 with GardX – both are level on 101 points with WIX Racing’s Adam Morgan three points behind in 3rd place.

Lancashire v Warwickshire (Sunday 11:00)

The Royal London One-Day Cup returns this weekend with both Lancashire Lightning and Warwickshire Bears looking to improve on last years’ campaign.

The competition is a fifty-over limited overs cricket competition and is held for the first-class counties of England and Wales.

At the start, two groups of nine teams are randomly assigned – the top four from each group qualify for the quarter-finals before battling it out for a place in the final at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.

Before the Royal London One-Day Cup returns, both sides have matches in the Natwest T20 Blast – Lancashire host Yorkshire whilst Warwickshire play Durham.

Australia v England (Saturday 11:00)

England head coach Eddie Jones returns to his homeland this weekend for the first of three Tests against Australia, the sides meeting at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

Jones is yet to taste defeat since taking charge but the Wallabies present the sternest test yet during his managerial reign.

The last time these two sides met, it was Australia who picked England apart during the 2015 World Cup, recording a comfortable 33-13 victory at Twickenham.

Amongst England’s 32-man squad are four uncapped players including Worcester Warriors’ centre Ben Te’o and Northampton Saints’ back-row forward Teimana Harrison – Leicester Tigers loose-head prop Ellis Genge and Harlequins tight-head prop Kyle Sinckler are also in the side.

St Helens v Warrington Wolves (Friday 20:00)

Warrington will be looking to build on last week’s 52-18 annihilation of Leeds Rhinos and keep the pressure on Hull FC at the top of the First Utility Super League table when they travel to Langtree Park.

Meanwhile Saints will be looking to avoid a 3rd straight defeat after losing to Huddersfield Giants during Magic Weekend before coming up short away to Hull FC last time out.

The hosts will be without Australian stand-off Travis Burns who moved to Championship side Leigh Centurions this week on loan until the end of the season.

Prop Jordan Cox and second-row Joe Philbin come in for the Wolves as Ashton Sims is serving a one-match ban whilst Ben Westwood is out with a calf injury.

French Open (Friday-Sunday)

Despite heavy rain interrupting play at the tennis tournament earlier this week, the Grand Slam will draw to a close over the next few days.

World number two Andy Murray is bidding to become the first British player to reach the men’s single final of Roland Garros for 79 years when he faces current champion Stan Wawrinka.

Serena Williams, who won the women’s singles title last year, almost suffered a shock defeat against world number 60 Yulina Putintseva but scraped through to the last four, winning 5-7 6-4 6-1.

The event comes just a few weeks before Wimbledon, which is arguably the biggest tennis tournament of the calendar.

Brazil v Ecuador (Sunday 03:00)

The Copa America, South America’s biggest football tournament returns this weekend, marking 100 years since the concept was developed.

The pick of the 1st round of group matches sees eight-time winners Brazil take on Ecuador at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.

Brazil rounded off their preparation with a 2-0 win against Panama following a series of World Cup qualifiers whilst Ecuador suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to tournament hosts United States.

Another group stage match which is sure to be an entertaining spectacle is Argentina v last year’s winners Chile.

 

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