Feature: Sport Highlights of the Weekend

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

From the Australian Open (tennis) to the Conference Championships (American Football) there is a variety of sport on offer.

Arsenal v Chelsea (Sunday 16:00)

Arsenal will be looking to avenge the defeat to the Blues earlier in the season, a game in which Santi Cazorla and defender Gabriel were sent off for the Gunners.

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink returns to the Emirates Stadium for the first time since he masterminded Arsenal’s heaviest Premier League back in May 2009.

In meetings gone by, Chelsea have the upper hand with five wins and three draws during the previous eight matches.

However, Arsenal are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League matches at home and currently sit top of the table.

Australian Open Third Round (Friday-Saturday)

This past week has seen the start of the Australian Open which has already produced some great matches of tennis.

Home favourite Lleyton Hewitt said farewell to the sport, losing to David Ferrer in the last singles match of his career, in what will be arguably the most significant moment of this Grand Slam.

Looking forward, Andy Murray will face Joao Sousa in the third round, whilst fellow Briton, Johanna Konta will also be in action as she plays Denisa Allertova.

Players who have already exited the competition after shock defeats in the opening rounds include Rafael Nadal, Venus Williams and Petra Kvitova.

Australia v India (Saturday)

India’s cricket tour of Australia continues with the fifth one-day international.

The home side go into the match having already sealed the five-match series and will be looking to complete a whitewash in the final match.

Australia won the first three tests by five, seven and three wickets respectively.

In the 4th test Australia sealed victory by 25 runs but the outcome was far from certain for the home side.

India looked like they were heading towards victory after both Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli made hundreds but the visitors collapsed soon after, losing nine wickets for 46 runs.

Conference Championships (Sunday)

The race to the Super Bowl heats up this weekend with the Conference Championships which are the NFL (National Football League) equivalent of the semi-finals.

First up, the New England Patriots will face off against the Denver Broncos whilst the St. Louis Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers will battle it out for the other place in next week’s showpiece event.

The two winners will meet at Super Bowl 50 on the 7th of February at the Levi’s Stadium in California.

The Patriots and Broncos go into their match with the same record of 12-4-0.

Meanwhile, the Panthers’ record of 15-1-0 is superior to their rivals, the Cardinals who have a record of 13-3-0.

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship (Friday-Sunday)

Yesterday saw a shock leader emerge after day one, American amateur Bryson DeChambeau finishing on eight under.

Bidding to knock him off top spot and stay there, fellow countryman Jordan Spieth arrived in the Middle East off the back of winning the Hyundai Tournament of Champions earlier this month.

The world number one finished on four under whilst Rory Mcllroy, who was in the same group as Spieth, finished on six-under-par.

Mcllroy is competing in his first event since November when he claimed the DP World Tour Championship.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Williams says:

    Thanks for the info! Looking forward to Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship !


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