Weekly Sports Roundup #8 (20/03/23)
Last weeks roundups
- Real Madrid secured their spot in the Quarter Final of the Champions League with a 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield.
- Haaland scored 5 goals during City’s 7-0 win against Leipzig
- This week's Quarter Final draws revealed a potential Milan Derby showdown in the semi-finals
- Bayern Munich vs Manchester City is a must-watch quarterfinal; the victor will likely become the tournament champion.
- Ireland clinched Six Nations, beating 14-man England at Aviva Stadium.
- France finished second in Six Nations, defeating Wales 41-28, while Ireland secured the Grand Slam.
- France and Ireland have consistently shown their superiority in recent years, making it seem as though the team with the home advantage in their match is the favorite to win the championship. This year, Ireland had the advantage and secured the title.
- Scotland managed to secure a 26-14 victory over Italy, preventing Wales from receiving the Wooden Spoon award.
- The unbeaten 4-11 favorite, Constitution Hill, was skillfully ridden by Nico de Boinville under the guidance of trainer Nicky Henderson, resulting in a remarkable victory by nine lengths over State Man, the runner-up.
- Ridden by Rachael Blackmore, Honeysuckle emerged victorious in the Mares' Hurdle in what was a deeply moving and emotional win. This race was particularly significant as it was believed to be the mare's final run, and it took place six months after the tragic passing of the trainer's 13-year-old son Jack, who died in a riding accident.
- Galopin Des Champs gave Willie Mullins a third Gold Cup and 94th Cheltenham Festival victory.
- Willie Mullins had 6 winners at Cheltenham this week making him the leading trainer.
- Perez wins Saudi Arabia Grand Prix in a Red Bull 1 and 2
- Following a review of the incident, the stewards overturned their initial decision to demote Fernando Alonso from his third place finish in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, thereby reinstating him in the podium position.
- After a five-second penalty was imposed on the Aston Martin driver for a technical infringement, his team was found to have worked on the car during the penalty period, resulting in his demotion to fourth place.
- Amid speculation about his future, triggered by comments made by Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff regarding the need for a competitive car, Hamilton stated that leaving the team was not an option he was contemplating during the weekend.
This weeks round ups
- The Miami Open presented by Itau starts on 27th March and ends on the 2nd April
- Despite regaining the top spot in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings on Monday, Carlos Alcaraz will face a daunting challenge as he competes in the upcoming Miami Open presented by Itau, where his position as World No. 1 will be under threat from a host of formidable opponents.
- Alcaraz must defend his Miami title to stay No. 1 ahead of Djokovic on 3 April.
- Emma Radacanu has the toughest of openers in Miami as she faces Bianca Andreescu a former US open winner
Golf: WGC - Dell Technologies Match Play
- The Dell Technologies Match play will be located in Austin Texas and will be played from 22nd to the 26th March.
- As Austin Country Club gears up to host the WGC-Match Play for the seventh consecutive year, preparations may look a bit different for the 2023 edition due to the damage caused by an ice storm in February, which impacted over 1,200 trees on the property.
- Scottie Scheffler, fresh of his win at THE PLAYERS Championship, returns to defend his title from a year ago
- An impressive field featuring eight of the world's top nine players, including Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay, Max Homa, Xander Schauffele, Will Zalatoris, and Viktor Hovland, is set to compete in the upcoming tournament.
Snooker 2023 Tour Championship
- This event will take place from 27th March to 2nd April 2023 at the Bonus Arena in Hull.
- The seven-time World Snooker Championship winner, Ronnie O'Sullivan, has suffered an elbow injury less than a month before the commencement of the tournament.
- After spending a year out, Ashley Carty expressed that it is a "huge relief" to make a comeback on the World Snooker tour. The 27-year-old had previously qualified for four seasons but lost his place in 2022.
- England's Mark King has been suspended from the World Snooker Tour while an investigation is carried out into reports of irregular betting patterns.
This week we will be focusing on the european qualifiers
Italy vs England (Thursday 23rd March)
- England are set to take on Italy in Naples for the first round of the European 2024 Championship Qualifiers
- Following reports of violence in Naples ahead of the upcoming match between Napoli and Frankfurt, a travel operator has cancelled the trip for several England fans. This decision has left many supporters stranded and disappointed.
- Since England's defeat to Italy in the Euro Final, the two teams have faced each other twice in the Nations League, resulting in a draw and another win for Italy.
- The most noticeable absentees from the England squad are Ben White, Raheem Sterling (injured), Fikayo Tamori and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
France vs Netherlands (Friday 24th March)
- France hasn’t played since the finals on December 18. Yet, the players are familiar with one another, with healthy chemistry, looking good in their clubs, so that won’t be a problem for Deschamps.
- Despite their undeniable talent, Mbappe and his teammates have struggled to
- find their form when playing on home soil. Over the course of three UEFA Nations League matches, they have suffered two losses, against Denmark (1-2) and Croatia (0-1), and managed only one victory, a 2-0 win over Austria. Clearly, there is room for improvement in their performances when playing in front of their home fans.
- Following a remarkable start in Qatar, there was growing optimism that Oranje might be in with a real chance of winning the World Cup. The Netherlands (+333) had gone on a remarkable 19-game unbeaten run, showcasing their high-quality play and impressive skills. However, their dreams were dashed when they lost out to Argentina in the quarterfinals. Despite this setback, the Dutch team's performance in the tournament demonstrated that they were a force to be reckoned with, thanks to the exceptional abilities of their talented players.
- The Netherlands national team is known for its flashy, fast-paced, and attacking football, which has been their philosophy since the 1970s. Liverpool’s attacker Cody Gakpo is the focal point of this unit, who organizes more or less everything in their game.