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 Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale (boxing) to England v Sri Lanka (cricket), there is a variety of sport taking place this weekend.

England v Sri Lanka (Friday 14:00)

The tourists are still searching for victory against England in this tour after Liam Plunkett struck Nuwan Pradeep’s last ball into the stand to tie the first one-day international at Trent Bridge earlier this week.

Sri Lanka have already been defeated in test cricket by England, losing the three-Test series 2-0.

Angelo Matthews, who is the captain of the away side, could be a doubt for the 2nd ODI at Edgbaston after picking up a hamstring problem in the last match.

Head coach Graham Ford will be hoping it is not too serious – Mathews was their top scorer, striking 73 from 109 balls and also claimed two wickets.

Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale (Saturday 22:00)

IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua defends his title for the 1st time against American Dominic Breazeale at the O2 Arena.

Joshua claimed the belt after stopping former champion Charles Martin inside two rounds back in April.

Breazeale, 30, comes to England with an undefeated record, winning all 17 of his previous fights with 15 of those by knockout.

George Groves and Martin Murray feature on the undercard in an eliminator for the WBA super-middleweight world championship whilst British middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr defends his title against Tom Doran.

Hull FC v Catalans Dragons (Saturday 13:30)

Catalans must defeat Super League leaders Hull FC in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup at the KC Stadium if they are to continue their quest for a 1st ever Challenge Cup.

Hull, who have beaten the French side home and away in the league this season, last won the Challenge Cup 11 years ago, edging Yorkshire rivals Leeds Rhinos 25-24.

The Dragons swept aside Championship side Batley Bulldogs 40-4 in the last round whilst Hull made light work of Super League’s St Helens, running in eight tries on the way to a comprehensive 47-18 victory at Langtree Park.

Catalan head coach Lauren Frayssinous has moved to re-sign forward Ben Garcia from Penrith Panthers, securing the 23-year-old on a two-and-a-half year contract.

Aegon International in Eastbourne (Friday-Sunday)

Some of the world’s best female tennis players are taking part in the Aegon International at Devonshire Park ahead of Wimbledon which starts next week.

Great Britain’s Johanna Konta pulled off a remarkable victory against world number 11 Petra Kvitova, coming from a set behind to win 5-7 6-4 6-0 and advance to the quarter-finals.

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki is out after losing against Monica Puig, the Puerto Rican winning 4-6 6-3 6-4.

Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanksa made light work of Eugenie Bouchard, despatching off the 2014 Wimbledon finalist in straight sets.

Wales v Northern Ireland (Saturday 17:00)

Both sides made history by qualifying for the finals and have achieved a remarkable feat making it to the last 16.

Wales finished top of Group B whilst Northern Ireland made it through Group C as one of the four best-ranked 3rd-placed teams.

Both managers have a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of the battle of Britain – It remains to be seen whether Wales manager Chris Coleman will start Sam Vokes or Hal Robson-Kanu up front.

As well as the two strikers, the Green and White Army will have to contend with the tournament’s joint-top scorer Gareth Bale – the Real Madrid forward has three goals to his name, scoring in all three group games.

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