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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sport Saturday: India, Italy, LA

Edinburgh, Paris, and Dublin will hosts action in the final day of this years Six Nations Rugby competitions.  Perennial champ England was able to ensure overall victory in the 123rd edition of the tournament, already, with a win over Scotland last weekend. Today Scotland will take on Italy, Wales will be hosted by France, and Ireland will host England. 

In Italy:  Today the Spring Cycling Season of short stage races and one day classics reaches its apex in Italy, with the running of the storied Milano – Sanremo.  Slovak cyclist Peter Sagan, who last week took a stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico, is clearly favoured to win.  The race today climbs two of the most storied ascents in all of cycling, the Poggio and the Cipressa, mountains near the Tyrrhenian Sea.

In San Diego, California, second round action of the World Baseball Classic wraps up today, with a contest between Venezuela and Puerto Rico, and another between the Dominican Republic and the USA.  The Netherlands, Japan, and Puerto Rico have already qualified for the Championship round, held later this week at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, so the contest between the US and DR will be exciting, live or die contest of the afternoon.

In the United States, the second round of the NCAA Mens Basketball Championship begins today, and by the end of the weekend, the round of 32 teams will be halved again, preparing for the next week’s Sweet Sixteen.  Second Round Play today and tomorrow will be held in the same sites as Thursday and Friday’s first round action.  Chicago’s Northwestern University, debuting in their first ever NCAA basketball tournament, defied the predictions to win over Vanderbilt in the first round.  Should they win in their afternoon contest against number one seed Gonzaga, they might be adopted as this year’s Cinderella team.   Other than that, round one contained no great surprises, but as usual, round two is awaited with great enthusiasm.

In India, Cricket Australia has been much more dominant against hosts India in their current tour and currently holds a mammoth lead in day three of their 3rd test, at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi.  The teams, which are tied 1 to 1 in the series after 2 tests complete, are stirring up some excitement in this current series, as Australia has only bested India twice at home in the last fifty years.  Midst day three of their third test, Australia  leads with 451, over India with 326/5 after 113 overs.  Last live action reports that the teams had paused for Drinks - India trailing by 125 runs with 5 wickets remaining in the 1st innings. The series between the world’s top two sides is tantalisingly poised at 1-1 with India needing at least a draw to have any chance of winning back the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Italian Serie A Soccer promises an exciting game this evening with Torino vs. Inter Milan.  Argentinian Ever Banega is back full strength from recovery, giving Inter a much needed boost in this rivalry game with nearby Torino.  In a recent interview,  Torino winger Iago Falque has said he believes teammate Andrea Belotti is a better player than Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi.  He said Torino would take on Inter with confidence, adding: "We've done great things at home this season, losing only once -- to Juventus -- and even that was only in the final minutes….  I reckon we're going to beat Inter 2-1, but I'm going to score the second goal," he added with confidence. 


Xersex said...

thanks for your the italian tribute!

Alexian Siannobel said...

De très très belles fesses, sport = belles fesses musclées, j'aime à 100 %.