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Thursday February 2nd 2007

Rugby Union
Super 14 Rugby kicks off this week. Western Force is the first Aussie team in action when they host the Otago Highlanders on Friday night. The Force have done a lot of recruiting over the off-season and this will be a big test for the new look team.

The Waratahs will start their season with a three match South African road trip. First up they will take on the newly named Lions.

On Saturday the Waikato Chiefs will host the Brumbies in Hamilton. The Chiefs are highly rated this season and will start as favourites this weekend.

The Reds will travel to Wellington to take on the Hurricanes and with a lack of depth in the squad they will start as the underdogs.

For the English cricket team the upcoming match at the SCG against Australia is a must win if they are to stay in the Tri Series. A win could prove hard to come by as they are struggling to find any form or resistance. The Aussie fans will hope that Captain Ricky Ponting will win this toss, if only to be able to see the Aussie batsmen in full flight.

In the second leg of the A-League finals Sydney FC will travel to Newcastle to play the Jets. After losing 2-1 in the first leg the pressure is now on the Jets to win and keep Sydney scoreless. Sydney have the upper hand this season beating Newcastle twice and drawing twice.

In the other finals match to be played Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory will play their return leg in Melbourne. After a nil all draw in the first match the tie is wide open though Melbourne will head into the match as the favourite.

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.

Thursday February 8th 2007

Rugby Union
The Western Force were the only Australian team to lose last week. The game against the Highlanders was there for the taking but mistakes cost them the match. This week they are in South Africa to take on the Stormers. The Waratahs will play the Sharks this week for what could be their most difficult game on tour - Waratahs will start as the underdog. After a first up win the Reds will now play the reigning champions the Crusaders. This will be a tough challenge for the young Reds team. The Brumbies will host the Blues this week and with both teams in great form it will be hard to pick the winner.

After looking ordinary for most of the summer, the English team have strung two very good wins together. After beating New Zealand during the week they have made the Tri Series finals and have a chance to regain some pride that was lost during the Ashes. Australia has been the form team this summer though England has shown that the Aussies can fail to chase a big total.

After beating Sydney FC at home last week, the Newcastle Jets now head to Adelaide to play for a place in the grand final against Melbourne. Adelaide United had a sniff of beating Melbourne though a great last minute goal by Jason Robinson lost them the game. Newcastle looked very impressive at home and will need to be able to replicate that form on the road to reach the final.

Rugby Union
In Super 14 Rugby this weekend the Reds will take on the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium. The Reds have had a mixed start to the season - having already won at home this game will bring the fans back for more. Despite having been scoring points which will have built good momentum, going into this weekend's match the Brumbies will start as favourites. Over in South Africa the Western Force will play the Bulls in Pretoria while the Waratahs will play the Cheetahs in Kimberly.

The Australian Cricket team head to New Zealand for the annual Chappell-Hadlee Trophy Series minus captain Ricky Ponting and vice-captain Adam Gilchrist. Ponting has been one of the Aussie's form players of the summer and his loss will be felt. Michael Hussey will captain the side on tour. The Kiwis will sense that there is a big chance for an upset as the Aussies attempt to rebuild the momentum heading into the World Cup.

The A-League final will be played between minor premiers Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United. In the qualifying final series it was a tight affair with the Victory scoring a very late goal to win 2-1 on aggregate. Melbourne have been the form team this season scoring 41 goals in the regular season. If they click this weekend Adelaide will be in for a long afternoon.

Thursday February 22nd 2007

Rugby Union
In this weeks Super 14 Rugby action there are three Aussie teams on show. First up, the Hurricanes will host the Brumbies in Wellington. In Auckland the Blues will host the Reds. Over in Perth, the Force will host the Lions, who beat the Crusaders last week.

In Europe, the third round of the Six Nations will be played this weekend. The pick of the round will be the clash between Ireland and England to be played in Ireland.

Tottenham Hotspurs will host Bolton in the EPL this weekend. Bolton are having a great season and are within striking distance of the top four. The Hotspurs have slipped though are still capable of causing an upset at home. Middlesbrough will also be in action when they host Reading. Reading are another team that are having a great season, though away from home will start as the underdogs.

On Sunday night one of the biggest nights in show business will be on, with the running of the 79th Academy Awards. Check out all the markets offered by Sportingbet!

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