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Thursday December 1st 2005

Queensland will be disappointed with their season so far. They know that if they fail to beat bottom placed NZ Knights tonight their season will be all but over. The Roar have a terrible home ground record with only one win which came in the first week of the competition. On the table Adelaide have cemented top position after last weeks good win over a star studded Sydney FC. Punters still feel that Sydney have the goods for the Championship and have backed Sydney well over the course of the season.

Everton beat Newcastle last start and will be looking to take that form into their next game when they travel to Ewood Park to take on Blackburn Rovers. The Rovers have been struggling for form recently, losing to both Charlton and Arsenal in the last week. Newcastle are another team that haven't performed up to standard over the last few weeks. They will need to remedy this when come up against an Aston Villa side that lost to Doncaster in the Carling Cup this week. In the Premier League Villas' form has been much better winning their last two matches. Tottenham Hotspur started the season so well, though over the last month their Premiership form has been forgettable. Last Placed Sunderland will feel they are in with some chance of accounting for the Spurs this weekend, though the Tottenham at home should be too strong.

The Chappell-Hadlee one-day series starts in Auckland on Saturday. New Zealand will be without influential captain Stephen Fleming, who will be out for at least two matches. New Zealand's form of late has been disappointing with a series loss to South Africa. The Kiwis will have to rely on Vettori and Bond to stem the Aussie run rate. The Aussies have overcome their Ashes defeat with a good series win against a weak West Indies. Although worried that the One Day series will affect Test form the Aussies will look for their mid order batsmen to make some good runs.

Thursday December 8th 2005

Tournament host and defending champion Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk head a field of 16 of the greatest players in the world in the seventh annual Target World Challenge presented by Countrywide at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks Target

Liverpool had a strong win against Wigan in last weeks Premiership match. They also had a Champions League draw against Premiership heavy weight Chelsea mid week. They host a mid-table Middlesbrough, who were beaten 1 nil by Chelsea last week. Newcastle drew 1 all with Aston Villa last week. Newcastle will face an entirely different proposition when they face Arsenal this week. The Gunners will be out for revenge after going down to Bolton last weekend. Man U played well for the win against lowly Portsmouth last week. They face a similar match up when they take on Everton at home this week.

Rugby Union
Current Waratah coach Ewen McKenzie is the short price favourite to take over the reins ahead of former Brumbies premiership coach (and good mate of George Gregan) , David Nucifora. Former QLD Reds coach John Connolly is also in the running, although now based in the UK, the ARU may bring him back. John Mitchell was appointed coach of the ARU's new franchise, The Western Force. He formerly coached the All Blacks in the 2003 World Cup campaign, and in two successful Tri Nations Championships. Laurie Fisher, current coach of the Brumbies is the roughie priced at $21 to coach the new look Wallabies side.

Thursday December 15th 2005

The Aussies are strong favourites for the first Test at the WACA against South Africa. The South Africans will most likely be without the services of their best player Kallis, this loss will dent the hopes of the tourists. For the Aussies, Warne is set to make more history, this time for taking the most wickets in a calendar year. The WACA pitch is not known to be spin friendly, though with only two wickets needed he should make them this Test.

Wigan has been having a good season, though over the last couple of weeks have struggled against the big teams, losing to both Chelsea and Man United. Playing Charlton at home will be a welcome reprieve for the Wigan.

Tottenham Hotspurs are also having a great season and are challenging for a spot in Europe next season, they have won their last two games at home and this week play away to Middlesbrough. Mid table Middlesbrough will be glad they are playing the Spurs at home, though will still find the going tough.

Chelsea are 9 points clear at the top of the table and are looking like they will be hard to beat again this season. Arsenal who last season were one of the main challengers are struggling in sixth spot this season. Chelsea is coming of a win against Wigan and Arsenal is coming of a loss to lowly Newcastle.

This is the fight all boxing fans eagerly await. Anthony "The Man" Mundine v Danny Green. Both fighters got through their respective bouts last week when they were on the same card. With a hostile crowd Anthony Mundine did the business and got out of Danny Green's den as quickly as possible, stopping challenger Rico Chong Nee in three rounds. Danny Green took a little longer, winning on points. He won every round on the three judges scorecards in the unanimous ten round points win over Mexican veteran Kirino Garcia.


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