Feature: Sport Highlights of the Weekend

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

From South Africa v England (cricket) to the Rio Open Final (tennis) there is plenty of action taking place over the weekend.

Chelsea v Manchester City (Sunday 16:00)

Two giants of English football meet in the 5th round of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

John Terry is a doubt for the hosts, whilst the opposition manager, Manuel Pellegrini has suggested that he will play a weakened team due to fixture demands.

Chelsea are still unbeaten in domestic competition since Guus Hiddink took charge, but lost 2-1 to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Manchester City come into this match on the back of two straight losses in the Premier League.

South Africa v England T20 (today 16:00)

After a Test series and one-day internationals, England’s cricket tour of South Africa continues with Twenty20 action.

The first Twenty20 International will be played later today in Cape Town before the second International in Johannesburg on Sunday.

England go into this match as the third best side in the world, according to the ICC T20I leaderboard, three places above South Africa.

However, the hosts will be on a high after winning the last three Tests to claim a 3-2 victory in the one-day series thanks to a century by AB de Villiers in the deciding Test.

Leeds Rhinos v North Queensland Cowboys (Sunday 19:00)

The two champions meet in World Club Challenge match of the 2016 World Club Series to decide the world’s best Rugby League club.

The World Club Series consists of three matches between Super League teams from England and National Rugby League teams from Australia.

Leeds Rhinos qualified for the competition after winning the league as part of their treble with Wigan Warriors and St Helens joining them to represent the Super League.

North Queensland Cowboys claimed their placed after winning the NRL and will be joined by Brisbane Broncos, who they beat in the grand final as well as Sydney Roosters who finished top of the league.

Rio Open Final (Sunday)

The men’s final of the clay court tennis tournament in Brazil will take place on Sunday.

Some of the major shocks so far include Jo-Wilfried Tsonga going out to world No 338 Thiago Monteiro in the Round of 32 whilst 4th seed John Isner also exited the tournament at the same stage.

Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer progressed to the quarter-finals after they came through all-Spanish affairs against Nicolas Almagro and Albert Ramos-Vinolas respectively.

Nadal will be looking to reclaim the title that he won in 2014 which was the first edition of the tournament.

Standing in Nadal’s way of a place in the semi-finals is Ukraine’s Alexander Dolgopolov, who is ranked number 33 in the world whilst Ferrer will face world number 19, Dominic Thiem.

Northern Trust Open (Thursday-Sunday)

Yesterday saw the start of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club in California.

The tournament features some of the world’s best golfers including Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.

James Hahn is the defending champion after his shock win last year but Spieth heads into the tournament in good form after winning the Hyundai Tournament of Champions last month.

They will be competing for a winning share of $1,224,000 and 500 FedExCup points.

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