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Thursday January 4th 2007

Cricket
Australia was 4-188 at stumps after another rain-interrupted day, in reply to England's 291. Danger looms for the Englishmen unless they can get some quick wickets this morning. Harmison will need to continue his form from yesterday if they want salvage something from this final Test.

Gridiron Superbowl XLI
It is the Wildcard weekend and although no wildcard team has ever gone on to win the big one who knows this year? Kansas City Chiefs take on the Colts; The Jets travel to New England where they have already beaten the Patriots. The Giants play in Philadelphia where they put up 30 points on the board in an overtime win over the Birds and Dallas may be the best of the four wild-card teams on any given Sunday.

Basketball
Live on ESPN today, New York take on Portland. The struggling Knicks look to snap a six-game skid away from home Wednesday as they continue a five-game road trip against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Soccer
Sydney FC is showing some great form in the lead up to the finals, unbeaten in its last nine. Sydney put in a fine performance in beating Newcastle last week and will be hoping to roll the Kiwis on Sunday. Ladder leaders, Melbourne take on Perth, Adelaide take on Queensland and in what seems to be the closest match up of the round and Newcastle meet the Central Coast.


Thursday January 11th 2007

Cricket
Put mildly, the English have struggled so far on their Australian tour. They have yet to win a match and that trend is likely to continue when they meet Australia in the first One Day match at the MCG tomorrow. England will be thankful that Michael Vaughan is back, though it is the English bowling attack that will worry their fans most. The Australian batsmen will be hard to contain with strong batting all down the order.

Soccer
In the A-League there are plenty of opportunities for five teams to make up the remaining places in the finals. Sydney will be disappointed with their loss to the NZ Knights last week as a win would have all but assured them a spot in the finals. Now they will have to win against third placed Adelaide to stay in the finals race.

The Queensland Roar will have a hard match against Melbourne and may have to rely on Perth beating Newcastle to keep their season alive.

Gridiron Football
The NFL season is reaching its climax with the Divisional Play-offs starting this weekend. After starting the season with a record breaking winning streak, the Colts have dropped off the pace and will start as the underdog against the Ravens. The New Orleans Saints have had a great season and will host the Eagles this weekend. The Sea Eagles are another team that is out of form and will need to be at their best to beat the Bears. The Patriots again have looked strong this season though the Rams will prove hard to beat at home.


Thursday January 18th 2007

Cricket
England achieved their first win on their Australian tour with a stuttering three wicket win over the Kiwis during the week. They will now face the Australians again this Friday night at the Gabba. The Australians will rest Captain Ricky Ponting, but they have a very capable replacement in Brad Hodge. The Australians will also have pacemen Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee returning to the team to terrorise the English batters. The English will struggle, especially without injured skipper Michael Vaughan, who is out with a thigh strain.

Soccer
In English Premier League action this weekend there will be two blockbuster games with Liverpool hosting Chelsea at Anfield and Arsenal hosting Manchester United at Emirates Stadium. With the top four teams in action against each other, this could be a chance for the chasers to catch up - Bolton are especially well placed. Chelsea will need to keep winning games if they are to close in on Man United at the top of the table. Liverpool will be tough for Chelsea to beat at home.

NFL
The NFL Conference Championships are on this weekend. The Colts have been very impressive in the post season rolling both Kansas City and Baltimore. They will take on the New England Patriots who scored 11 late points against the Chargers last week to make it to this game. The young New Orleans team has turned around last season's poor result to make the Conference Championship for the first time. They will take on the Chicago Bears who beat Seattle in an overtime win last week.


Thursday January 25th 2007

Tennis
The Australian Open is down to the business end. Roger Federer will continue his title defence tonight against American Andy Roddick. Federer is again in dominating form though Roddick will have some confidence from the fact that he beat Federer in a lead up tournament.

In the other semi Fernando Gonzalez will take on Tommy Haas. Gonzalez has been the find of the tournament, first beating Lleyton Hewitt and then last night beating world number two Rafael Nadal.

Cricket
England's summer to forget continues when they play Australia in Adelaide on Friday. The English sunk to a new low when they were bowled out for 120 by New Zealand during the week. England have struggled with the bat all summer and the Aussie attack won't be letting up on them in this match.

Soccer
In the first leg of the A-League finals series Sydney FC will host the Newcastle Jets. Despite their recent lack of form Sydney will head into Fridays match as slight favourites. In the other match to be played on Sunday Adelaide United will host the minor premiers Melbourne Victory. The Victory are a team that is not playing the best at the moment and Adelaide will make sure they play a big game in front of their home crowd.

NFL
Superbowl XLI will be played between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears. Both these team raced away at the beginning of the season winning nine matches and seven matches in a row respectively. The Colts have one of the best attacks in the NFL while the Bears have one of the best defences, so this will be an epic encounter.

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