Sport highlights of the weekend

By Jack Wynne - Sports Editor

Photo by ReflectedSerendipity / CC BY-SA

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

From Royal Ascot (horse racing) to Australia v England (Rugby Union), there is a variety of sport taking place this weekend.

Australia v England (Saturday 11:00)

England head coach Eddie Jones has the chance to clinch a massive series win over the Wallabies when the two sides meet in Melbourne.

Last weekend’s victory in Brisbane was just the 4th in Australia and was seen as an all-round excellent performance from the England side.

Jones has opted to make two changes ahead of the 2nd match in a three-Test series, bringing in George Ford and Jack Nowell.

Meanwhile Australia coach Michael Cheika has made a raft of changes following the defeat in Melbourne, including the replacement of David Pocock by Sean McMahon who will make his first Test start on home soil.

Queen’s Club Championships (Friday-Sunday)

With less than a fortnight until Wimbledon, a whole host of male tennis players are at Queen’s Club in London rounding off their preparation.

Top seed Andy Murray is looking to bounce back after defeat to Novak Djokovic at the French Open.

The world number two faces fellow Briton Kyle Edmund in the quarter-finals after despatching of another Brit in the 2nd round – Murray beat Aljaz Bedene in straight sets 6-3 6-4.

One of the shocks of the tournament saw Spain’s Fernando Verdasco advance to the 2nd round at the expense of Stan Wawrinka, ranked 48 places above him in the world.

US Open (Friday-Sunday)

Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania is the setting this week for the major golf tournament, with the winner set to take home $1.8million whilst the total purse stands at $10million.

Among the players competing at the tournament are former world number one Rory McIlroy, Masters champion Danny Willett and defending champion Jordan Spieth.

American Phil Mickelson is hoping he can upset the odds and complete a career Grand Slam, joining an exclusive club and becoming just the 6th player in the modern era to achieve such a feat.

Play has been suspended after day one because of the threat of lightning at Oakmont with world number 624 Andrew Landry finishing top of the leader board by one shot.

Royal Ascot 2016 (Friday-Sunday)

This weekend will see the conclusion of top class horse racing taking place at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire.

One of the more notable events – the Gold Cup – was won by Order of St George, ridden by Ryan Moore.

The Coronation Stakes is still to come on Friday whilst the Diamond Jubilee Stakes takes place on Saturday.

Frankie Dettori triumphed in the St James’s Palace Stakes, guiding Galileo Gold, who was 6-1, to victory.

Portugal v Austria (Saturday 20:00)

These two sides, who were both considered firm favourites to advance from their group, currently sit 3rd and 4th behind Iceland and Hungary.

Austria suffered a shock 2-0 defeat against neighbouring Hungary whilst Iceland, who are making their first appearance in a major international tournament, put in a valiant display to earn a 1-1 draw against Portugal.

Onto team news and Portugal manager Fernando Santos has a fully-fit squad available, despite Danilo injuring his back during the Iceland game.

Meanwhile, Austria boss Marcel Koller will be without Zlatko Junuzovic, who sustained an ankle injury whilst Aleksandar Dragovic misses out through suspension after being sent off in the defeat against Hungary.

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