Moon of Liberty Boxing – Light Welterweight unification fight – Crawford v Indongo

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World Championship Boxing

WBA, WBC, IBF & WBO Light Welterweight Title in Nebraska, Crawford v Indongo

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Terence Crawford made history in Nebraska on Saturday night as he became the first man to unify all four main titles in a division since Oscar Dela Hoya in 2004. His opponent Julius Indongo from Namibia, himself coming in as a champion, was no match for Crawford as the American dominated from the off.

He dropped Indongo with an overhand right in round 2 and finished the contest with a thudding body shot in round 3 from which there was no coming back. Crawford is unlikely to hold these titles for long as he is intending to move up to Welterweight. Unbeaten in 32 fights, his new division better watch out, it will take some special, and able to take a lot of power to beat him.

Report (The Ring)

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World Championship Boxing results

 (Champ = Red, Challenger = Blue, New Champ = yellow)

WBA, WBC, IBF & WBO Light Welterweight Titles Unification Fight – Champion v Champion

Terence Crawford (USA) Beat Julius Indongo (Namibia) by KO in Round 3

At The Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

AND THE UNDISPUTED WBA, WBC, IBF & WBO Light Welterweight Champion … Terence Crawford (USA)

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Moon of Liberty Darts – PDC Melbourne Open

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PDC World Darts

Melbourne Open Final – Taylor v Wright

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Phil Taylor took another title in Australia winning the Melbourne Open Title by beating Scotsman Peter Wright. After blitzing home favourite Simon Whitlock in the Semi-Final Taylor went in odds on but after five holds of throw to start, it was Wright who struck first, Taylor missed double 19 with Wright on 81 and he took it out to earn the first break of throw and a 4-2 lead.

Taylor then hit back with a series of power legs to take six of the next seven legs and an 8-5 lead. Wright held in the next then hit a double-double finish with two double 18’s to break back and then hold to level at 8-8. Wright would not take another leg though, Taylor broke again then took out a 112 finish in leg 18 to take a 10-8 lead and go one away. 

Wright was beaten at this point and Taylor broke again to take the match 11-8. Taylor has only lost once in Australia in a happy hunting ground. He will try and double up next week and make it an Australian Double as the tour heads out west to Perth.

Report (PDC.tv)

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PDC Darts Results

PDC Melbourne Open Darts Final 

At The Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Phil Taylor (England) 11Peter Wright (Scotland) 8

2017 Melbourne Open Darts ChampionPhil Taylor (England)

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Moon of Liberty Rugby League – NRL Round 24

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Rugby League – NRL

Round 24 Round-Up

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Melbourne Storm reinforced their position at the top with a huge 44-12 thrashing of Newcastle. A Brodie Croft hat-trick was part of the eight try demolition that demonstrates why they are the best side at the moment. It’s tight in behind with five teams within four points. Second place Brisbane won again beating ST George 24-12 with Alex Glenn grabbing two of the Broncos 5 tries. Sydney City also have 34 points in third, with Latrell Mitchell scoring the crucial winning try with eight minutes left in a 22-18 win over Western Suburbs.

Just behind on 32 points are Cronulla and Parramatta who both won this week as well. Paramatta beat Gold Coast 30-8 with a perfect 5 for 5 kicking performance from Mitch Moses in which he controlled the game as the Eels ran in five tries. Meanwhile Cronulla took advantage of an injury hit North Queensland to run in four tries in a 26-16 win.

Penrith helped their play off hopes with a tightly fought 26-22 win at Canberra with aided by 12 points and a try from Nathan Cleary. Canterbury who are already eliminated struck a blow to Manly’s play off hopes with a 30-16 win set up by two early tries from Marcelo Montoya.

Finally an Alex Johnson hat-trick helped South Sydney win 36-18 against the New Zealand Warriors, whose dismal recent form continues. It is their fifth defeat in a row.

More NRL – NRL.com or Fox Australia

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NRL – Round 24 Results

Parramatta Eeels 30Gold Coast Titans 8

South Sydney Rabbitohs 36New Zealand Warriors 18

Brisbane Broncos 24ST George Dragons 12

Newcastle Knights 12Melbourne Storm 44

Sydney City Roosters 22Western Suburbs Tigers 18

North Queensland Cowboys 16Cronulla Sharks 26

Canberra Raiders 22Penrith Panthers 26

Canterbury Bulldogs 30Manly Sea Eagles 16

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANBrodie Croft (Melbourne Storm)

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Moon of Liberty Rugby League – Super League Super 8’s Round-up

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Rugby League – Super League

Super 8’s Round 3

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The Castleford Tigers have secured the League Leaders shield with a thumping win over Wakefield. Luke Webster ran in four of the Tigers eight tries in a dominant display ending in a 45-20 scoreline which ensure they cannot be caught with still four games to go.

Second place Leeds came close to booking their place in the top four after a closely fought 16-14 win against ST Helens.  A Jonny Lomax try helped Saints to an 8-2 half time lead, however Leeds fought back in the second half and Ryan Hall went over for the crucial winning try for the Rhinos to claim a 16-14 win. 

In the other games Hull suffered a shock big defeat against Huddersfield, A hat trick for Lee Gaskell and two tries for winger Darnell McIntosh saw the Giants run out 46-18 winners. Finally Wigan produced their best Super League performance this season to thrash Salford Two tries for Joe Burgess and 14 points including a try for George Williams saw Wigan to a 42-6 win, and are now just one point off a play-off spot.

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Super League – Super 8’s Round 3 Scores

Castleford Tigers 45Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 20

Hull FC 18Huddersfield Giants 46

Leeds Rhinos 16ST Helens 14

Wigan Warriors 42Salford Red Devils 6

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANLuke Webster (Castleford Tigers)

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Moon of Liberty Rugby Union – Rugby Championship Round 1

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Rugby Championship Round 1

Australia v New Zealand In Sydney

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New Zealand started their Rugby Championship campaign by thrashing Australia in Sydney. The All Blacks came out of the blocks fast and delivered a blistering first half. Rieko Ioane and Ryan Crotty scored two tries each as New Zealand raced into a 40-6 lead at half time.

Australia made a game of it with three tries in the second half, but further tires from Damian McKenzie and Ben Smith took New Zealand over 50 points to complete a 54-34 win. The two meet again in New Zealand next week.

Report (BBC Sport)

South Africa v Argentina in Port Elizabeth

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South Africa got their rugby Championship campaign off to a winning start scoring four tries to beat Argentina in Port Elizabeth. It was a tight first half with Argentina taking an early lad through a Martin Landajo try, but two penalties from the boot of Elton Jantjies and a try from Courtnall Skosan gave the Springboks a 13-5 half time lead.

From there they took control of the set piece and dominated the second half. Three more tries from Raymond Rhule, Siya Kolisi and Pieter-Steph du Toit enabled the hosts to run away with it in the second half eventually winning 37-15 and claiming the four try bonus point in the process. A good start for the Springboks who head to Argentina for Round 2 next week.

Report (Daily Telegraph)

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Rugby Championship – Round 1

Australia 34New Zealand 54

At The ANZ Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

South Africa 37Argentina 15

At The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANRieko Ioane (New Zealand)

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Moon Of Liberty Cricket – 1st Test Match Eng v WI

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Test Match Cricket

1st Test at Edgbaston – England v West Indies

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The first ever day-night test in England proved a straight forward affair for the hosts as West Indies totally collapsed as the games was a one sided affair. England put a big total of 514 on the board with Alaistair Cook scoring a brilliant 243 and captain Joe Root piling on the misery with a 136 of his own. Royston Chase took four wickets for the visitors whose problems were only just starting.

England bowled them all out for 168 with Jermaine Blackwood’s 79 Not out the only resistance. England enforced the follow on and the West Indies second innings was even worse as Stuart Broad took three wickets and nobody scored more than 40. The visitors collapsed to 137 all out as England took 19 wickets in a single day. With two more tests a whitewash already looks on the cards in what appears on this evidence a total mismatch.

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Test Match Result

1st Test MatchAt Edgbaston, Birmingham

England v West Indies

England1st Inns – 514/8 Dec – (Cook 243, Root 136, Martin 65, Chase 4-133)

West Indies1st Inns – 168 – (Blackwood 79*, Anderson 3-34)

West Indies 2nd Inns – 137 – (Braithwaite 40, Broad 3-34)

England win by an innings & 209 runs

England Lead the series 1-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN Alaistair Cook (England)

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Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 19th Aug 2017

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#MoonSoccer13 Saturday Soccer Round-Up

Premier League – Liverpool v Crystal Palace

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LIVERPOOL 1 CRYSTAL PALACE 0

Liverpool have their first win of the season with an unconvincing 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield. Christian Benteke, returning to his old club, missed a huge chance for Palace in the first half blazing over from 8 yards out.

Liverpool pushed forward but had trouble breaking a largely defensive Palace down. The goal came on 73 minutes after poor defending allowing Sadio Mane to prod the ball home.

Mohamad Salah and Jordan Henderson had efforts wells aved late on. Palace look a poor side that are heading for a relegation battle. For Liverpool, they will take four points from six after not playing that well so far.

Report (BBC Sport)

Premier League – Leicester City v Brighton & Hove Albion

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FOXES 2 BRIGHTON 0

Leicester got their first win of the Premier League season beating Brighton 2-0 at the King Power Stadium. Shinji Okazaki has the Foxes ahead within a minute from a rebound after Riyad Mahrez effort was spilled by the keeper.

Brighton offered little going forward and Leicester deserved their second through Harry Maguire’s header from a Mahrez cross. It was Maguires first goal for the club and it capped a superb afternoon for Maguire who was instrumental in midfield throughout.

After their unfortunate defeat at Arsenal, the Foxes are off and running for the season ahead.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough

Forest Win

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After defeat they did not deserve Nottingham Forest got back to winning ways at the City Ground. Kiran Dowell’s smart through ball set Barrie McKay away to slot Forest into the lead on 16 minutes.

Britt Assombalonga who left Forest for Middlesbrough in the summer missed two good chances for the visitors and they were punished as Ben Gibson brought down Ben Brereton, allowing Daryl Murphy to make it 2-0 from the penalty spot.

Gibson got one back for Boro late on but it was not enough. Forest get another deserved win and have 9 points out of 12 continuing their fine start to the season and are currently in fourth place in the table.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Bolton Wanderers v Derby County

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BOLTON 1 RAMS 2

Derby County made it two wins in a row with a 2-1 win at Bolton. Derby dominated the first half with Matej Vydra wasting two good chances and defender Andrew Wisdom going close.

Two goals from Kevin Nugent had Derby in a derserved lead at the break, the first a flick after good work from Vydra, the second a header from Johnny Russell’s cross. The second half was quieter with Gary Madine getting a consolation for the hosts in injury time.

The win means Derby move up to seventh in the table after a difficult start, they are now looking in much better shape.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 1 – Doncaster Rovers v Blackpool

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DONCASTER 3 TANGERINES 3

Blackpool earned an excellent point at Doncaster in a ding dong battle. Doncaster struck first as Ryan Allsop put through his own net, Blackpool were level within a minute however as Sean Longstaff struck from range.

Doncaster had the lead at the break after John Marquis was set up by Andy Butler and scored with a cool finish. Blackpool had their long range shooting boots on as Oliver Turton leveled again with another strike from range early in the second half.

Alfie May put Doncaster back ahead but yet again Blackpool were level within a minute through Callum Cooke. May could have won it for Doncaster in stoppage time, but a point each was about a right result.

This is an impressive point away from home for Blackpool which suggests they are getting used to the higher level of football after promotion last season.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Accrington Stanley v Mansfield Town

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ACCRINGTON 2 STAGS 1

Mansfield Town were struck a blow as a last gasp winner for Accrington saw the Stags fall to a 2-1 defeat. Kayden Jackson was a clever turn and shot gave the Lancashire men the lead on 10 minutes.

Mansfield deserved their equaliser as Danny Rose clipped the ball over the keeper allow Lee Angel the easiest of tap ins into an empty net. Mansfield had more possession and will feel they had done enough to get at least a point but it was not to be.

The Stags failed to clear a corner in injury time allowing Billy Kee to stab home the winner. It’s Mansfield’s first league defeat of the season and they will need to react so as not to fall too far behind the early leaders.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Coventry City v Newport County

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COVENTRY 0 EXILES 1

Newport County gained a superb three points at one of the title favourites Coventry as the Exiles ran out 1-0 winners in their first trip to the Ricoh Arena. A long range speculative effort from Reece Cole was spilled by keeper Liam O’Brien giving Newport a surprise lead. 

Tony Andreu and Jodi Jones missed chances for the hosts who have conceded their first goal of the season. On balance though the game was fairly even and Newport were deserving of the win.

The Exiles are in 9th place on five points and may prove to be the surprise package of the season.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Wycombe Wanderers v Notts County

Magpie win

WYCOMBE 2 MAGPIES 4

Notts County held off a second half come back from Wycombe to claim their first away win of the season. Richard Duffy headed the opener from a Daniel Jones cross and a moment later Adam El-Adb put through his own net as the Magpies took a deserved 2-0 half time lead.

Wycombe though hit back in the second half through Nick Freeman and Joe Jacobson to bring the hosts level, were Notts away day problems going to strike again? Not this time. Notts showed real character as Jonathan Forte headed the magpies back ahead with his second goal in a week after scoring in the midweek EFL Cup game.

Lewis Alessandra grabbed his first goal for the club to make it 4-2 and seal the points. After the opening day hammering at Coventry, Notts have looked an increasingly good side since. Certainly a good deal better than last season.

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Chester v Sutton United

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SEALS 2 SUTTON UNITED 3

Chester faced a tough test against second place Sutton United today and so it proved. Before today Chester had drawn all three of their games and it looked like it would be four in a row. Louis John’s rocket strike opened the scoring for Sutton.

Kenny Davis sent Tommy Wright clear to make it 2-0 but Chester gave themselves hope just before the break through Craig Mahon. Chester were level through Lucas Dawson which led to an exciting end to end finish.

In the end it was Sutton however who prevailed as Kieron Cadogan calmly chipped the keeper to win the game for Sutton. With no wins on the board, Chester need to be careful or they could easily fall into a relegation battle.

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Eastleigh v Tranmere Rovers

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EASTLEIGH 2 ROVERS 0

Tranmere Rovers will rue missed chances as they went down to a surprise 2-0 defeat at Eastleigh. Connor Jennings should have had Tranmere ahead in a tight first half heading against the post in the best chance of the opening period.

James Norwood also should have put the Merseyside outfit ahead, within a minute of his missed chance Eastleigh had broken and Ben Williamson finished a smart passing move. Substitute Craig McAllister sealed the win with a header from a Sam Matthews cross.

Eastleigh dominated the latter stages and could have had more. A poor day for Tranmere who who need to end their current poor run quickly if they want to get into the promotion battle.

Report (BBC Sport)

National League North – Alfreton Town v Southport

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ALFRETON 0 SANDGROUNDERS 1

Southport made it four wins out of five with a hard fought victory at Alfreton Town. It was a scrappy first half with Craig Westcarr’s free kick for Alfreton coming the closest to opening the scoring. S

outhport took control in the second half with Ethan Jones being denied on two occasions. The goal came on 69 minutes when Bradley Johnson’s pass teed up Steven Schumacher to fire home from 20 yards.

From then on Alfreton offered little and Southport saw it out for three big away points. The Sandgrounders move up to third with the win. A big week is coming up, first York and then Salford on Bank Holiday Monday, two of the title favourites back to back.

Scottish Championship – Queen Of The South v Dumbarton

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DOONHAMMERS 1 DUMBARTON 0

Queen Of The South defeated Dumbarton 1-0 at Palmerstone park and could have had more in a dominant win. Dumbarton Keeper Scott Gallacher had an excellent first half keeping out Scott Dobbie and Shaun Rooney in the first half.

The goal came just before the break through a Callum Fordyce header, scoring for the second game in a row. Calum Gallacher went close for the visitors with the best chance of the second half, but Dobbie also missed another good chance and Queens totally deserved their win.

The win means the Doonhammers move up to fourth in the table with 6 points from 9.

Report (BBC Sport)

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#MoonSoccer13 Classified Scores

Premier League

Liverpool (0) 1 (Mane) – Crystal Palace (0) 0 – At Anfield, Liverpool

Leicester City (1) 2 (Okazaki, Maguire) – Brighton & Hove Albion (0) 0At The King Power Stadium, Leicester

Championship

Nottingham Forest (1) 2 (McKay, Murphy) – Middlesbrough (0) 1 (Gibson)- At The City Ground, West Bridgford

Bolton Wanderers (0) 1 (Madine) – Derby County (2) 2 (Nugent 2) – At The Macron Stadium, Bolton

League 1

Doncaster Rovers (2) 3 (Allsop {OG}, Marquis, May) – Blackpool (1) 3 (Longstaff, Turton, Cooke) – At The Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster

League 2

Accrington Stanley (1) 2 (Jackson, Kee) – Mansfield Town (1) 1 (Angel) – At The Crown Ground, Accrington

Coventry City (0) 0Newport County (0) 1 (Cole) – At The Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Wycombe Wanderers (0) 2 (Freeman, Jacobson) – Notts County (2) 4 (Duffy, El-Abd {OG}, Forte, Allessandra) – At Adams Park, Wycombe

National League

Chester (1) 2 (Mahon, Dawson) – Sutton United (1) 3 (John, Wright, Cadogan) – At The Diva Stadium, Chester

Eastleigh (0) 2 (Williamson, McAllister) – Tranmere Rovers (0) 0At Ten Acres, Eastleigh

National League North

Alfreton Town (0) 0Southport (0) 1 (Schumacher) – At North Street, Alfreton

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South (1) 1 (Fordyce) – Dumbarton (0) 0 At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries

MOON OF LIBERTY SATURDAY SOCCERROUND STAR AN OF THE WEEKHarry Maguire (Leicester City)

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