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Monday, 16 October 2017
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Our event of the day...

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is the opening day of the NBA season. Last year’s champions Golden State Warriors host the Houston Rockets at the Oracle Arena in California as they look to begin the defence of their title with a win. The Warriors are tipped for great things again this year and few people would bet against them being involved at the business end of the season having won the championship twice in the last three years and boasting an impressive squad that has retained most of their players from last season. Their first game this season will be a tricky one against a Houston side that finished third in the Western Conference last year – eventually being eliminated in the Conference semi-finals by the San Antonio Spurs. With two of the top teams over the past few years in action, it should be an entertaining beginning to the NBA season. While Golden State Warriors are most people’s picks to top the Western Conference, Houston are being touted as a team that could make some waves this year and potentially challenge the Warriors at the top of the table. Chris Paul is a name to look out for this season and the Rockets look like they’ll have a sturdy defence too. Today’s game is a great matchup between two teams that will be worth watching this year.

Honourable mentions...

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around the globe go to the latest round  of UEFA Champions League fixtures. Real Madrid versus Tottenham at the Santiago Bernabéu is the standout fixture, while free-scoring Manchester City host a talented Napoli side at the Etihad Stadium.

It’s the Round of 32 at the Stockholm Open with Fabio Fognini, Fernando Verdasco and Marcos Baghdatis all in action. The MLB League Championship Series continue as the New York Yankees play the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium while the Los Angeles Dodgers travel to Wrigley Field to take on the Chicago Cubs. There are eleven games from the NHL including the San Jose Sharks against Montreal Canadiens at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.

Whatever you’re watching, enjoy.

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 Our event of the day...

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is the MLB American League Championship Series match between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Astros lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 after two very close 2-1 wins at Minute Maid Park over the last couple of days ago. This means that the Astros are only two wins away from booking their place in this year’s World Series as American League Champions. The Yankees – one of this year’s wildcards – will be desperate to use home advantage to get off the mark in this series. As the World Series gets ever closer each game becomes more crucial and today’s game will go a long way to deciding who will be taking part in this season’s finale.

It should be an entertaining day of baseball. One of the standout performers last time out came from Astros pitcher Justin Verlander after the 34-year-old struck out thirteen Yankees in the 2-1 win. With performances like this, the series lead and having finished the regular season top of the West division, Houston are in a strong position and will be confident of moving the series even further out of the reach of New York. However, at one of the most iconic stadiums in the world, the Yankees will back themselves to claw back some ground in this finely-poised series.

Honourable mentions...

around the globe go to the NFL fixture between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. The Colts have won the last eleven games between the two sides, running out 24-17 winners last November.

Tampa Bay Lightning travel to Detroit to take on the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in the NHL. The Men’s Hockey Asia Cup continues in Dhaka, Bangladesh as Malaysia take on Oman and China face South Korea and in Mexico City the World Archery Championships get underway. Leicester host West Bromwich Albion at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League's evening fixture.

Whatever you’re watching, enjoy!

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

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is the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix at Twin Ring Motegi - around 140km North of Tokyo. Johann Zarco of Monster Yamaha Tech 3 took only his second ever pole in qualifying yesterday, with the Frenchman putting in an impressive performance in tricky conditions that proved tough to handle for some of this season’s leading riders, Danilo Petrucci (OCTO Pramac Racing) claimed second position. Seven-time World Champion Valentino Rossi could only finish in twelfth position after suffering a crash when he gambled by starting the session on slick tyres. With a surprise leader at the start of today’s race, it will be interesting to see who will come out on top.

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Reigning champion and current world standings leader Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda) will be looking to extend his 16 point lead with a win today to match his victory here in 2016. He has qualified in third on the grid after strong times from Zarco and Petrucci, Marquez clocking 0.434 seconds slower than the lap that gave Zarco pole. As the home of some of the biggest manufacturers of the sport in Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki, Japan has always had a special place in the MotoGP calendar. This pedigree and the tricky conditions should make for a thrilling race in the cloudy cauldron of Motegi.

Honourable mentions...

around the globe go to the Premier League  fixture between Brighton and Everton at the Amex Stadium. Both teams are level on points but Everton will be disappointed with their start to the season based on the amount of money spent on new players in the summer.  The European Rugby Champions Cupcontinues as Toulon host Scarlets at Stade Félix Mayol. It’s the conclusion of the US PGA Tour Champions SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club and the PGA European Tour Italian Open in Milan.

It’s the final of the ATP Shanghai Masters as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meet again. In MLB, the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium for the latest instalment of the National League Championship Series. There are twelve games in the NFL including the San Francisco 49ers travelling to FedExField to take on the Washington Redskins. The UCI World Tour Presidential Tour of Turkey reaches its conclusion in Istanbul. There are three games in the NHL with the action beginning at the T-Mobile Arena as the Vegas Golden Knights host the Boston Bruins.

Whatever you’re watching, enjoy!

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Saturday, 14 October 2017
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Our event of the day... 

is Liverpool versus Manchester United in the Premier League. This is arguably one of the biggest fixtures of the season as two heavyweights of English football go head to head at Anfield. While both clubs are huge names in the Premier League, they have contrasting form coming into today’s match. Liverpool have just one win in their last seven games in all competitions while Manchester United are unbeaten in the Premier League this season, winning six and drawing one after finding the net twenty-one times. This fixture has produced sixteen red cards in total, and the game today promises to be a fiery mix of passion and quality.

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An aspect of the game that has received a lot of attention in the build-up is Liverpool’s defence. Having leaked twelve goals in the league already this season (only West Ham and Crystal Palace have conceded more goals) many people expect Manchester United to find a way through. Having a striker like Romelu Lukaku, with seven goals in seven premier league games this season, only makes this more likely. Liverpool should also pose a threat going forward - despite Sadio Mané being side-lined for up to six weeks the likes of Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho provide enough pace and creativity to trouble most defences. With the potential for around nine hundred million people watching this game world-wide, hopefully it will live up to the hype as we anticipate a thrilling match between these two great clubs.

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around the globe go to the European Rugby Champions Cup as three-time winners Leinster host big-spending Montpellier at the RDS Arena in Dublin.

It’s the penultimate days of the US PGA Tour Champions SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club and the PGA European Tour Italian Open at Golf Club Milano in Italy. It’s also semi-finals day of the  ATP Shanghai Masters as Rafael Nadal takes on Marin Čilić while Roger Federer plays Juan Martín del Potro. In boxing, George Groves faces Jamie Cox at the SSE Arena Wembley in a  WBA Super-Middleweight title fight which is also part of the World Boxing Super Series. The MLB Championship Series continue with the Houston Astros playing the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park in the American League while the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium in the National League. There are fourteen NHL fixtures, including the Montreal Canadiens hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs at Centre Bell.

Whatever you’re watching, enjoy!

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Friday, 13 October 2017

Our event of the day... 

is the opening fixture of this year’s European Rugby Champions Cup between Ulster and Wasps at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast, Norther Ireland. The two teams have had contrasting starts to the season with Ulster winning five of their six games in Conference B of the Guinness Pro14 while Wasps have struggled with only two wins from six Aviva Premiership matches. Most of the build-up to this game has been dominated by Wasps' injury crisis and only having five days to recover from their last match against Saracens on Sunday compared to seven days for their opponents. It will be interesting to see if this manifests itself tonight in what should be an entertaining game of rugby.

Wasps travelled to Kingspan Stadium as recently as August when they won a pre-season friendly 26-15, although this game was played out on the backdrop of notable absentees for both sides due to British and Irish Lions call-ups for Rory Best, Iain Henderson and Jared Payne of Ulster and Wasps players Elliot Daly and James Haskell. Tonight we can expect an excellent confrontation, particularly with Wasps welcoming back key players, Joe Launchbury, Nathan Hughes and Jimmy Gopperth.

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around the globe go to the first day of the  US PGA Tour ChampionsSAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, North Carolina. Some timeless names of the game will be taking part, including, Nick Faldo, John Daly, Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer.

At Golf Club Milano in Italy, it’s the second day of the European PGA Tour Italian Open. There are two games in the EFL Championship, with Birmingham City versus Cardiff City at St Andrew’s the standout fixture. India host Australia at Hyderabad in the last T20 match of the series which is currently tied at 1-1. It's the heats of the  2017 World Rowing Coastal Championships. In MLB, it is Game 1 of the best of seven American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Whatever you’re watching, enjoy.

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

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