Sports Roundup

    By Sonia RANDEV

    Football:

    FA Cup Fourth Round

    Liverpool 2 West Brom 3

    A first half full of plenty of action which most won’t forget in a hurry. Roberto Firmino missed a penalty for the reds and due to VAR there was a delay in awarding the Baggies a third goal. Concerns were raised with the new technology splitting the opinions of football fans across the country.

    West Brom Manager Alan Pardew spoke to BBC Sport regarding the issue:

    "In the stadium, it was bizarre, because we got no evidence of what happened.”

    Liverpool crashed out of the FA Cup and West Brom is through to the fifth round.

    Chelsea 3 Newcastle 0

    The Blues ease through to the fifth round after defeating Newcastle at Stamford Bridge earlier today

    Cardiff City 0 Man city 2

    Man City has now booked a place in the fifth round.

    Women’s Football:

    Reading Women hold Arsenal Women to a goalless draw in their FA WSL 1 clash today at Adams Park.

    Man City Women maintained their two point lead at the top of the table by beating Sunderland away.

    Chelsea Ladies beat Everton Ladies to keep the pressure on Man City Women.

    Birmingham City Ladies moved into the top half of the league by seeing of Yeovil Town at home, scoring three goals.

    Liverpool Ladies get two pass Bristol City with newly appointed England Women’s head coach Phil Neville watching from the stands.

    Cricket:

    Delhi Senior Women’s Cricket team win T20 elite super league

    Delhi emerged as winners of the tournament with a nine wicket win over Goa who failed to win a single game in the four team super league.

    India Cricket Team retain ICC Test Mace

    Captain Virat Kohli will be presented with the the mace, which is a symbol of excellence and a recognition of a side’s outstanding performance in the Test format. Source and photo credit: BCCI

    Boxing:

    Saturday 3rd October will see the highly anticipated domestic bout between Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Chamberlain. North London and South London will collide as the two cruiserweights will battle it out in a sold out O2 arena. The fight is co promoted by Matchroom boxing and Anthony Joshua who manages the former Olympian Okolie.

    Frank warren made an announcement last week stating that the 10th February boxing event at the Copper Box arena has been cancelled due to injuries.
    The show was to feature up and coming talent from across the UK with British Asian welterweight boxer Hamzah Sheeraz set to fight in his second professional bout since turning pro last year.
    The show has now been moved to the 24th February at the iconic York Hall where Sheeraz is likely to feature on the card.

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    Sports Roundup Highlights

    By Sonia RANDEV

    U-19 India Cricket team storm into semi-final showdown against Pakistan

    India made a statement by beating Bangladesh by 131 runs to land a tantalising semi-final against arch enemies Pakistan.
    The three times Under-19 World Cup champions put on a fine display with Captain Prithvi Shaw winning the toss and opting to bat first. Vice-captain Shubnam Gill was once again in the thick of the runs scoring his third consecutive fifty.
    Bangladesh put on a brave fight with Qazi Onik eventually taking Gill out. As they took to the batting field it was only Pinak Ghosh who top scored with 43 for Bangladesh.
    As one of the tournament favourites, India just proved too much and will now face Pakistan on Tuesday in Christchurch.

    England lose by three wickets to Australia bringing their lead in the ODI series to 3-1

    FA Cup Fourth Round: Friday

    Sheffield Wednesday 3 Reading 1

    Yeovil Town faced Manchester United last night with Alexis Sanchez putting on a fine display in his debut for the Reds. The score ended 4-0 to Manchester United.

    FA Cup Fourth Round Results:Today

    Leicester 5 Peterborough 1

    Southampton 1 Watford 0

    Coventry 1 MK dons 0

    Hull City 2 Nottm Forest 1

    Millwall 2 Rochdale 2

    Sheff United 1 Preston 0

    Middlesbrough 0 Brighton 1

    Huddersfield 1 Birmingham 1

    Notts County 1 Swansea 1

    Wigan Athletic 2 West Ham 0

    Newport County 1 Tottenham 1

    Liverpool v West Brom kick off at 19.45pm tonight

    Main Photo Credit: BBC Sport

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    Sanchez set to make debut against Yeovil Town

    By Sonia RANDEV

    Monday saw the announcement of Alexis Sanchez signing for Manchester United in true spectacular fashion as he was unveiled as the new No 7 playing the piano. Clearly a man full of many talents and if football doesn’t work out well then a career in classical musical awaits him.
    After much speculation of who the former Arsenal forward would sign to with Manchester City hot on the Chilean’s heels, it was announced that Sanchez had decided to join City’s arch enemies Manchester United.

    Speaking to MUTV exclusively on his new club:

    “Since a young boy I have always said that it was my dream to play for Manchester United and I'm not just saying that because I’m here now and today it’s come true. I always said as a kid that I’d like to play for United, and I once spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson about it. We chatted for around 20 minutes and I told him that my dream was to come here to Manchester United. It really is a massive club, very powerful and so now when I got the opportunity to come here I looked at the badge and my hairs just stood up on end because it’s a powerful club and the biggest in England.”

    The 29 year olds move was dependent on whether Henrikh Mkhitaryan agreed on a swap move which saw the Armenian commit and make a move in the opposite direction to the Emirates.

    Jose Mourinho spoke to MUTV on his new No 7:

    “Alexis is one of the best attacking players in the world and he completes our very talented group of forwards.”

    Friday’s match against Yeovil Town in the 4th round of the Emirates FA Cup will see Mourinho hit a milestone.100 games in charge of Manchester United and the manager also celebrates his 55th Birthday.
    It has been said that Sanchez could very well make his debut on Friday night. Alexis Sanchez is a versatile player. He often played on both the left and right wing at Arsenal and Barcelona. He can also play as a lone striker and just behind the front man which opens more doors for how United want to play out their attacking options.

    With images surfacing across social media last weekend of Sanchez emblazoned across the back of the No 7 Manchester United shirts, it was only a matter of time that a public statement would be made.
    Over 7 million views on the official unveiling of the player signing; this is great in terms of commercial opportunities for the club with shirts selling fast off the shelves already.

    One particular player that will benefit hugely from the signing of Sanchez is Romelu Lukaku who has featured in 94% of united games this season.
    Mourinho has spoken of his desire to rest Romelu with his form at times suffering due to fatigue. With Sanchez this makes it more possible.

    “He will bring his ambition, drive and personality – qualities that make a Manchester United player and a player that makes the team stronger and the supporters proud of their club dimension and prestige. Alexis is a player that becomes more than a player because of his multi-functionality. I say he can play in four different positions in attack.”

    From today’s press conference at 1.30pm, Jose Mourinho confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will be part of the squad travelling to Yeovil for Friday night’s Emirates cup clash.

    Catch Yeovil Town v Manchester United live on BBC One from 19.55pm

    Photo Credit: Manchester United and MUTV

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    Sports Roundup - Basketball

    NBA fever hits London town

    By Sonia RANDEV

    This month saw the NBA hit the O2 arena in spectacular fashion as the Boston Celtics faced the Philadelphia 76ers in front of a packed out venue attracting a host of celebrities and sports stars from around the globe.

    An annual event that sits as a firm favorite with fans and now in its eighth NBA season in London did not fail to disappoint.

    The 76ers were ahead with a points lead of 49-27, prompting Celtics to come back fighting. Jaylen Brown hit 21 points, Marcus Morris with 19 and former NBA Rookie of the year and NBA Champion with the Cavaliers Kyrie Irving added 20 to the tally.

    Australian born Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and JJ Redick all added to the 76ers score card but as the game heated up going into the final quarter the Celtics emerged victorious ending the game with a final score of 114-103.

    Photo Credit:NBA UK and Getty Images

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    Joshua out to make a statement

    By Sonia RANDEV

    This week Matchroom boxing announced the highly anticipated world title unification bout between WBO world heavy weight champion Joseph Parker and WBA, IBF and IBO world heavy weight champion Anthony Joshua.
    The fight is set to take place on March 31st at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff where the two men will battle it out, putting all belts on the line.

    At a press conference earlier this week, Anthony Joshua expressed his desire to a packed media room that adding the WBO title to his collection will pave the way for a showdown with WBC World Heavy Weight Champion Deontay Wilder.

    “It’s good to be back, doing what I enjoy. Last time I was out was in Cardiff. It was a great night. I took my time cause I knew I really wanted to set up for a big 2018.I didn’t do nothing spectacular but I made sure I got the win and that was the most important thing. Now we are here and as I said it’s kind of about making history now and we’ve always been moving in that direction so it’s an honour to be up here with another World Champ.”

    With Joseph Parker's Promoter causing a stir in the build up to securing this fight, his comments were not taken too lightly by Anthony Joshua’s Promoter Eddie Hearn who questioned David Higgins remarks:

    “You can’t say what you’ve been saying and then when you are five feet away from him, let your bum deceive you. You just said that he might have some mental weaknesses but you actually said he is mentally weaker. You don’t do what he has been doing if you are mentally weak. You don’t walk out in front of your home city and win gold at the Olympics. You don’t walk out in front of 80’000, empty your tank, get up of the floor and stop Wladimir Klitschko if you are mentally weak. You also said he has a glass chin, we are going to break his glass chin, don’t tell me, tell him, he’s sat right here.”

    Joseph Parker last fought on UK soil in Manchester, defending his belt against Hughie Fury whom many thought had done enough to beat the man from New Zealand.
    Speaking to the press,Parker said he is going to train extremely hard for this fight as he has a big challenge in front of him:

    “This is going to be the hardest in terms of training and putting the most work in as I have a big challenge in front of me.Joshua, i’ve watched him for a long time and he’s watched me. I know his strengths, mind and weaknesses. Hopefully I’ll catch him on the chin and knock him out.”

    Anthony Joshua believes this fight will bring fireworks and be a great fight for the spectators.

    “We’ll bring fireworks. It’s going to be good. It will take more than a human to stop me from where I’m destined to be.”

    Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker live on Sky Sports Box Office, March 31st at the Principality Stadium – Cardiff.
    Expect a big drama show and quite possibly one of Joshua’s hardest battles to overcome on his journey to world heavy weight domination.

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