Today's sport scene sees a little old, a little new in cycling, NCAA Basketball action, Six Nations Rugby, a surge in Test Cricket in India, and a low down dogs contest between two premier league teams facing relegation.
Cycling's Tour of Abu Dhabi continues today with a third stage of exciting action. So far, the tour is a contest between established and well known heros, Marcel Kittel, Mark Cavendish, and Caleb Ewan. Ewan has done so well recently, it seems like he has been around forever, but he is only 22, and has taken the white jersey for best young
rider. After two stages which have catered to the
sprinters, it is time for the climbers to shine on Saturday as the Abu Dhabi
Tour heads into the mountains for the 186km Al Maryah Stage from Al Ain to
Jebel Hafeet. This afternoon marks the
start of the Spring one day cycling classics, which continue for a couple of
months, mostly in Holland, Belgium and
northern France. Today's race is the Het
Nieuwsblad (historically known as Het Volk), which begins and ends in Ghent.
Champion Tom Boonen, who is a one day classics specialist, has announced
he will ride today and this season, retiring definitively after Paris-Roubaix
on April 9th. Go Tom!
|Marcel Kittel and that wonderful hair|
In England Premier (for now) League Soccer, dogfights can be interesting, especially when the game is down to the dogs. One of the most hard fought contests this weekend may not be Sunday's cup championship, but instead the game of two teams fighting relegation. Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough should both put up an exciting effort, as both teams are in real risk of demotion. Palace are desperate for a win and the visit of Middlesborough’s misfiring attack gives them the perfect chance. "We are treating this as a final," Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka said, and they will do well to play their hearts out.
Six Nations Rugby continues with its third weekend of play today, with hard fought contests between Scotland and Wales, and between Ireland and France. Currently England is atop the standings with two wins, Italy at the bottom with no wins. Ireland is in second place, followed by Wales, France and Scotland, all of whom have a single win a piece. Today's play may shake up the competition.