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January 4th 2007
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.
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.
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.
January 11th 2007
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.
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.
Queensland Roar will have a hard match against Melbourne
and may have to rely on Perth beating Newcastle to
keep their season alive.
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
January 18th 2007
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.
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.
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.
January 25th 2007
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.
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.
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.
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
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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