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August 4, 2017

Sport Saturday: Usain Bolt, German Fussball, AFL, India Cricket, NBA and UNICEF

London, Great Britian, United Kingdom:  In Track and Field:   IAAF World Track & Field Championships began yesterday and will be contested through August 13th.   These are held every two years somewhere in the world, and this year that venue is the Olympic Stadium in London, UK.   Day 2 promises many heats, qualifications and preliminaries, as we can expect, this early on in the finals.  A few events will host finals in afternoon action, notably Discus, Long Jump, 100 metres and 10,000 metres.  Heptathlon competition continues throughout the day.   The 100 metre race will feature Usain Bolt of Jamaica, appearing in his last Worlds, and Christian Coleman and Justin Gatlin of the United States.  The 10,000 metre race features Mo Farah of Great Britain, also appearing for the final time in this championship. 

The NBA and UNICEF team up this afternoon from Johannesburg, South Africa, with a game featuring international NBA players.   Team Africa vs. Team World is a showcase of NBA standouts, all as a fundraiser for the international children's charity and other charities.   Luol Deng and Thabo Sefolosha captain Team Africa, while Dirk Nowitzki and Kemba Walker are Team World captains.

In Germany:  Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich will battle it out for their sixth German Super Cup title on Saturday when they clash at Signal Iduna Park, a home game for Borussia Dortmund.  The pair have won the trophy five times apiece, as well as monopolizing German Soccer competition for years, and Saturday's winner will become the most successful team in the competition's history.  Since the competition return in 2010, both sides have won twice.  Prior to 1996, when the competition was furloughed for fourteen years, each team had won three times.  Neither side comes into the clash on the back of a strong pre-season.   The Bavarians have been defeated by Arsenal, as well as both Milan sides, and they were shot down 3-0 at home to Liverpool on Tuesday.  Indeed, while neither side are at their best, there will still be a great deal of talent on show, which could make for an entertaining contest.

In International Test Cricket, India continues its tour of Sri Lanka with the third day of their 2nd test at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo.  India has so far shewed its utter dominance in the series, with Sri Lanka responding admirably, and some great cricket being played.  India, who lead the three-match series 1-0, need a win to clinch the series. The hosts need at least a draw to keep their hopes alive.  Meanwhile, in England, South Africa continues their tour of England with the second day of their 4th Test at Old Trafford, Manchester. 

Australia:  Week 20 of the Australian Rules Football Season:  Greater Western Sydney Giants  vs. Melbourne Demons.  Saturdays top match in the 20th weekend of  Aussie Rules Footy, at least where the standings are concerned, seems to be The greater Melbourne Demons at the Western Sydney Giants. The two will meet in the UNSW Canberra Oval (aka the Manuka Oval) for an exciting match this afternoon.  Currently the Giants are 3rd and the Demons 7th in the standings.   The Giants, who last met the Demons last season,  found a way to get past Fremantle last week for their first win since round 14 and while they weren't exactly convincing, it was a valuable four points. They'll need to find even more momentum to get past Melbourne, a side coming off a disappointing loss to 17th-ranked North Melbourne in Tasmania. The Giants have won seven of the last eight games they have played at the UNSW Oval, and three of their last five games with Melbourne.  The Demons, though, are ahead in their lifetime series five games to four.  Fans are in for a treat, and with so much on the line in terms of ladder positioning, it's one of the most important matches of the season. 

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