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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sport Saturday

Six Nations Rugby: Italy will take on Ireland at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.  Italy was beat by Wales last week.  Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has challenged Ireland to emerge from any professional-era comfort blanket to set their Six Nations campaign back on track in Italy this weekend.  Head coach Schmidt has laid down the gauntlet to his Ireland squad to react far quicker to unexpected setbacks in Rome on Saturday than in last weekend's 27-22 loss in Scotland. Wales will take on England later this afternoon at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff.  The stadium at the Principality Stadium can be on or off, and England, for some reason, given the decision to make,  were toying with the Welsh, but have finally informed them to take the roof off.   Gamesmanship. 

In international Cricket, this weekend the  ICC Intercontinental Cup will be contested at Mong Kok in Hong Kong.  Hong Kong will take on the Netherlands through Monday. 

In NCAA basketball the number 2 Villanova Wildcats travel to Cincinnati to take on the number 24 Villanova Musketeers, in what promises to be a challenging game.  #3 Kansas Jayhawks travel to Lubbock, Texas, to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders, and are heavily favored.    The Clemson Tigers faced UNC just last night, and this morning will face the Duke Blue Devils in Durham, North Carolina. 

Man City Lounges

Premier League Soccer is reeling after the UK Parliament handed them a Vote of No Confidence on Thursday.  The score is parliament 1- management 0 apparently, as parliament, particularly and passionately negative on Premier League's management, said it must reform itself or face new UK legislation to do so.  (I wonder if the UK Parliament can reform FIFA while they are at it)  No report so far on how the Scots or Northern Irish voted on English  and Welsh soccer.  This weekend, Premier League will host 7 contests on Saturday, 2 on Sunday.  Arsenal and Hall promise an exciting match.  Hull’s improvement under Marco Silva has been astonishing, especially since they sold two of their best players in Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass. They’ll approach this game in the same way as their 0-0 draw at Old Trafford. Eight men behind the ball, a physical striker and quick counter-attacks using their full-backs. Arsenal, however, are in danger of losing their top-four place and need three points badly after two embarrassing losses.

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