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 3rd test between South Africa and England (cricket) to European Champions Cup rugby action there is a variety of sport on offer.

South Africa v England (Thursday-Monday)

This weekend could be a significant moment for England’s cricketers if they can secure victory in Johannesburg.

The tourists have the chance to clinch the series and repeat a feat achieved a decade ago when Matthew Hoggard took 12-wickets to lead England to a 2-1 series win under then captain Michael Vaughan.

England are 1-0 up in the four-match series after winning by 241 runs in Durban before surviving a late scare in Cape Town to draw the 2nd test.

Defeat for the Proteas would seriously endanger their position at the top of the Test rankings – the South Africans are without a Test victory in their last seven matches.

The Masters final (Sunday 13:00)

Alexandra Palace in London will host The Masters snooker final, where the two remaining players will compete for £200,000.

Only the top 16 players are invited to the highly-coveted competition, which is part of the Triple Crown, alongside the World and UK Championships.

Current champion Shaun Murphy was knocked out in the 1st round, losing 6-4 to Northern Irishman Mark Allen.

One player to watch is Ronnie O’Sullivan, who cruised through to the semi-finals after a commanding 6-3 victory over world number one Mark Selby, despite recently taking a six-month break away from the sport.

Liverpool v Manchester United (Sunday 14:05)

One of English football’s oldest rivalries resumes this weekend as United travel to Anfield to take on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the Premier League.

21 minutes was all it took for Anthony Martial to become a hero at Old Trafford, as he scored the third and decisive goal the last time these two sides met, United claiming a 3-1 victory on the day.

The hosts have been fairly inconsistent of late, picking up just two victories in their previous five league matches, including a 1-0 win against Leicester City – The Foxes have lost just two league games all season.

United manager Louis Van Gaal could be without Bastian Schweinsteiger (knee) and Phil Jones (ankle) for the trip to Merseyside whilst Philippe Coutinho, Martin Skrtel and Divock Origi are all unavailable for Liverpool.

David Haye v Mark de Mori (Saturday 22:00)

After three and a half years away, former WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye makes his return to the ring against Australian Mark de Mori, at the O2 Arena in London.

De Mori, who was born in Perth, has won 32 out of his 33 fights, the last defeat coming 12 years ago.

This bout is the start of Haye’s quest to regain the world title he lost to Wladimir Klitschko in 2011.

Another Briton, Tyson Fury, now holds the WBA title as well as the WBO and IBO belts after a famous victory over Klitschko in Dusseldorf last November.

Northampton Saints v Glasgow Warriors (Sunday 17:30)

The penultimate round of fixtures in the European Champions Cup take place this weekend, with both the Saints and the Warriors in contention for the runners-up spot in pool three.

Whoever finishes in 2nd place will join the other two best-placed runners-up as well as the five pool winners in the quarter-finals.

Glasgow go into the match at Franklin’s Gardens, with three wins in their last six whilst Northampton’s last victory was more than a month ago.

Despite the difference in form, Saints are a point ahead of their opponents in the pool and seven behind leaders Racing 92.

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