Moon Soccer – Swansea City v Liverpool

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Premier League

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Swansea City (1) 1 (Mawson)

Liverpool (0) 0

AT THE LIBERTY STADIUM, SWANSEA, WALES

Liverpool suffered a big set back with their first defeat in 19 games at bottom side Swansea. Despite almost total domination of the possession and the chances Liverpool could not find a way through. Sadio Mane and Mohammad Salah both wasted first half chances. The Swansea goal came after the ball fell to Alfie Mawson in a goalmouth scramble in one of Swansea’s few forages forward and Mawson was able to fire into the net.

The second half followed a similar pattern. Danny Ings forced a good save from Lukasz Fabianski, Salah also had the keeper at full stretch but Fabianski managed to keep the ball out. In one final chance at the end Roberto Firmino hit the post and Mawson made a last ditch tackle to block Adam Lallana from equalising right at the death. It was not to be for the Reds who remain fourth in the table. Swansea are still three points from safety but tonight’s win stops them falling further adrift. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Alfie Mawson (Swansea City)

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Moon NFL – AFC & NFC Championship games

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AFC Championship Game

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New England Patriots 24

Jacksonville Jaguars 20

AT THE FOXBOROUGH STADIUM, FOXBOROUGH, MASSACUSSETTES, USA

The comeback kings, or should that be Patriots, did it again as New England head yet again to another Super Bowl. Jacksonville gave a superb performance taking a 14-10 lead at half time. Blake Bortles threw a Touchdown to Tight End Mercedes Lewis and Leonard Fournette scored on the ground. Josh Lambo added 2 second half field goals to put the Jaguars 20-10 up with 7 minutes on the clock.

Enter Tom Brady and the new hero, Wide Receiver Danny Amendola. with 6.44 left Brady hit Amendola for a 9 yard Touchdown. The defence successfully got the ball back giving Brady on last chance to turn it around. A poor punt meant the Patriots only had to go 30 yards to get the Touchdown and get 30 yards they did. The winning score saw Brady hit Amendola again from 4 yards and with very little room at the back of the end zone, Amendola brought the ball and and kept his feet in bounds for the decisive score.

Brady and Head Coach Bill Belichick will head to Minneapolis looking for their sixth Super Bowl ring after another amazing comeback.

Full Report (CBS Sports)

NFC Championship Game

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Philadelphia Eagles 38

Minnesota Vikings 7

AT THE LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia answered the critics who said they did not deserve to be the number 1 seed in the NFC by thrashing Minnesota and flying into the Super Bowl. Minnesota scored their only Touchdown on their first drive as they tried to become the first side to play in a Super Bowl in their own stadium. However, that was as good as it got for the Vikings. It all turned when Patrick Robinson intercepted Vikings Quarterback Case Keenum and took the ball all the way for a Touchdown to level the scores and was a moment from which Minnesota never recovered.

Nick Foles the Eagles Quarterback went on to throw 3 Touchdowns and 352 Yards. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey made 5 catches for 85 yards and 2 Touchdown receptions as the Eagles took total control. The Eagles defence also dominated the Vikings offense with 3 turnovers and restricting Minnesota’s rushing game to just 70 yards. More importantly Minnesota did not score another point after their first drive.

The Eagles will start underdogs against New England. However defying the predictions has been the hallmark of the Eagles season. Can they do it one more time against the ultimate challenge of the Patriots?

Full Report (CBS Sports)

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Danny Amendola (New England Patriots)

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Moon Cricket – Tri-Series Cricket – Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka

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Dhaka Tri-Series Cricket

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DHAKA TRI-SERIES CRICKET GAME 4 AT THE SHERE BANGLA NATIONAL STADIUM, DHAKA, BANGLADESH

Zimbabwe 198 (44) (Taylor 58 T Perera 4-33)

Sri Lanka 202/5 (44.5) (K Parera 49 T Parera 38* Muzarabani 3-53)

SRI LANKA WIN BY 5 WICKETS

Sri Lanka finally got a win on the board in the Dhaka Tri-Series against Zimbabwe. The African side batted first with Brendan Taylor top scoring with 58. He had little support though as Thisara Perera took 4 wickets for Sri Lanka who bowled Zimbabwe out for just 198. It never looked enough. Opener Kusal Perera fell just short of a half century with 49 but his innings put Sri Lanka in control. Fittingly it then fell to Thisara Perera to get Sri lanka home with 39 Not Out including 2 sixes. An excellent all round game from Perera which helps put Sri Lanka back in with a chance of reaching the final and ends a miserable run of defeats at last.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)

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Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka)

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Moon Cricket – Tri-Series Cricket – UAE v Scotland

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Dubai Tri-Series Cricket

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TRI-SERIES CRICKET GAME 5 AT THE ICC ACADEMY, DUBAI, UAE

Scotland 249-8 (50) (Cross 107* Anwar 3-61)

UAE 218 (46.3) (Shabber 90)

SCOTLAND WIN BY 31 RUNS

Matthew Cross was the hero for Scotland as his excellent century set up Scotland’s first win in the Dubai Tri-Series beating the hosts the UAE. Cross hit 2 sixes in his 107 Not Out from 110 balls. His main support came from George Munsey with 45 as Scotland ended with a total of 249. Shaiman Anwar took three of the Scotland wickets with the ball for the home side.

In reply the hopes of a UAE win rested on Wicket Keeper Ghulam Shabber who was keeping the UAE in touch with his batting. When he was run out for 90 the challenge collapsed and Scotland took control. From there wickets begin to fall and the batsmen ran out for the UAE as they were bowled all out for 218 to give Scotland a confidence boost. The two will meet one more time to complete the series that Ireland have already won. One last chance for both of these sides to go into the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers with a victory.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)

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Matthew Cross (Scotland)

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Moon Cricket – 3rd ODI in Sydney – Australia v England

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England Tour of Australia

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3RD ODI AT THE SCG, SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA

England 302/6 (50) (Buttler 100* Woakes 53*)

Australia 286/6 (50) (Finch 62 Stoinis 56 Marsh 55)

ENGLAND WIN BY 16 RUNS

ENGLAND LEAD THE SERIES 3-0

England showed they have batting strength in depth to turn around a poor start to claim a series victory against Australia in Sydney. The visitors were struggling at 189-6 and a competitive total was looking unlikely. However a partnership of 113 between Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes got ensured England got above 300 to post 302. Buttler got his century off the last ball of the innings. His 100 Not Out included four sixes, Woakes ended on 53 Not Out.

With a good total on the board England’s bowlers remained disciplined. Aaron Finch again top scored for Australia but was out for 62 when he was given out leg before wicket to Adil Rashid’s bowling. For Australia to win someone else would need to set up and get a big score. While there were decent contributions from Macus Stoinis (56) and Mitchell Marsh (55) nobody could go on and get a big century. With key wickets falling at important moments Australia fell behind the run rate and in the end they were 16 runs short of the target.

There are two more contests to go but the win means England have already won the series and can now try and pursue a whitewash. What a turnaround from the Test Series where Australia won 4-0 to the one day series with England 3-0 up.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)

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Jos Buttler (England)

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Moon Boxing – World Championship Boxing in New York

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World Championship Boxing

In New York

Errol Spence Jr cemented his place as one of the best pound for pound fighters by dominating Lamont Peterson at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Spence established his jab from the very start and was in total control of the first four rounds. He then put Peterson on the floor in the fifth. Peterson bravely fought on but Spence again had Peterson in trouble in round 7 before the fight was stopped at the start of round 8. It was Spence’s first defence since beating Kell Brook and with some big fights potentially in the coming months available in the Welterweight division, Spence will be right in the mix.

On the same card Robert Easter Jr defended his lightweight title with a controversial split decision point win against Javier Fortuna of the Dominican Republic. Fortuna used a classic counter punch strategy and supporters of Easter Jr accused his opponent of running for the whole fight. This was not helped by the fact Fortuna was docked a point in Round 2 for grabbing at Easter’s neck, a point which proved crucial as the fight would have been scored a draw. The narrow win means Easter Jr is 21-0 and still unbeaten but a re-match with Fortuna must be a possibility.

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Moon Of Liberty World Championship Boxing results

(Colour code – Red=Champion Blue=Challenger Yellow-New Champions)

IBF Welterweight Title

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Errol Spence Jr (USA) Beat Lamont Peterson (USA) by TKO in Round 8

AT THE BARCLAYS CENTER, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, USA

Still IBF Welterweight Champion … Errol Spence Jr (USA)

Full Report (ESPN)

IBF Lightweight Title

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Robert Easter Jr (USA) Beat Javier Fortuna (Dominican Rep) by Split Decision (115-112 114-113 113-114)

AT THE BARCLAYS CENTER, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, USA

Still IBF Lightweight Champion … Robert Easter Jr (USA)

Full Report (Toledo Blade)

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Moon on Sunday – Moon Elections & Polling

MOON POLLING & ELECTIONS

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Local By Elections Round-Up

Overall it was a good round of local by election for the Conservative Party. The big result was the gain in Hulton in Bolton. Hulton sits in South-East Bolton at Westminster level which is a safe Labour seat so this are should not be as favourable to the Conservatives as some other parts of Bolton. However the Conservatives gained the seat from Labour in an excellent result for the Governing party.

The Tories also scored a swing against Labour in Newport Pagnell on Milton Keynes council. At Westminster level this is part of Milton Keynes North, a Tory marginal seat Labour should be advancing if they are serious about winning a General Election. They didn’t meaning another good result for the Conservatives and continuing a pattern where Labour are not doing as well against the Conservatives in wards that sit in Westminster marginal seats.

The night was a tough one for Labour despite their vote share being up in all of the seats they contested. A changing trend as of late. They had a spell in October/November where their vote share was suffering badly but they were still successfully targeting and winning certain key seats. More recently their vote share is holding up better, but the targeting of seats has not been as good. An good example is that Labour’s best result this week was in Bournemouth where their vote was up 14%, a seat they were never going to win. But their vote was only up 3% in Bolton which led to the seat being lost.

The Conservatives did less well in the seat in Rochford in Essex where the Lib Dems were always going to hold the seat but earned a solid 5% swing as well which they will be pleased with. The other result in Bournemouth saw an Independent take the votes of the previous Independent to take the seat. Sometimes when an Independent stands down it can make for an interesting and sometimes wild result as votes from one Independent don’t always transfer to another Independent, not this time.

A trend to note going forward is that in direct Labour v Conservative contests, it appears where there is a UKIP vote to squeeze, more of it is heading n the Tories direction than was the case a few months ago. If this continues it can have consequences for the bigger picture as Labour winning an unexpectedly high number of UKIP votes in last June’s General election was the main reason the Conservatives did not win an overall majority.

The mix of this weeks results mean the projected national shared lead for the Conservatives over Labour is unchanged at 3.4%. The current numbers can be found here. This weeks by elections results in full at the bottom of this page.

Westminster Voting Intention Polls

Two Westminster voting intention polls were released this week. Opinium had the Conservatives and Labour tied at 40% each. While this is within margin of error, Opinium since the June General Election have constantly had a small 1 or 2 percent lead for Labour. Therefore it is psychologically significant for the Conservatives that this pollster does not have Labour ahead for the first time.

YouGov’s poll maintains a 1% Labour lead with both Labour up 1 to 42% and the Tories up 1 to 41%. Their poll sees the Lib Dems, who were up to 9% in the last poll take the hit down to 7% back in line with other polls. Any hope this was the start of a Lib Dem revival has been quickly dashed. 

Overall the two polls show small changes and certainly do not change the stalemate narrative. The changes do see Labour’s average lead over the Conservatives fall from 1.7% to 1.3%. All the latest poll numbers can be found here. This weeks polling numbers can also be found at the bottom of this page.

Lord Ashcroft’s second Referendum Poll & YouGov’s right/wrong question

Lord Ashcroft has released his new polling. It covered a number of issues including if the country was going in the right direction (No had a big lead) and asked the best PM May or Corbyn question which saw May 6% ahead in line with other current polling (YouGov also asked this in their Westminster poll and had May 5% ahead). The main part of the poll was to look at a 2nd EU referendum. Ashcroft asked the question four different ways and none had majority support for a second Referendum.

Of those who answer there was a 39-30 lead for a 2nd Referendum if the alternative to the deal was no deal and leaving on WTO rules, however there were a large number of ‘don’t knows’ for this question. In the end the poll is in line with other polling asking this question that there is no enthusiasm for a second Referendum and opposition to it has the lead whenever the prospect of remaining in the EU is a possibility. Unless there is a big change, it is hard to see how a Second Referendum is credibly on the table, especially as the Conservatives are most against so the Government have the most to lose in offering it.

More good news for those backing leave came with YouGov’s new polling which asked if with hindsight we are right or wrong to leave the EU. ‘Right to leave’ re-took the lead 45-44 for the first time since August. While it is unlikely this question is one that will have a huge impact on the wider debate, the numbers will add to the sense that little has changed and very few people are changing their mind. As long as that remains the case, leaving the EU will be the ultimate outcome.

The full write up of Lode Ashcroft’s poll can be found here

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Moon Of Liberty Election Result & Polling

LOCAL BY ELECTIONS

Downhall & Rawreth (Rochford)LD 794 Con 237LD HoldSwing (May 2016) Con-LD 5.1%

Throop & Muscliff (Bournemouth)Ind (Wilson) 533 Con 511 Lab 402 Ind (Lucas) 117 LD 107 Green 33Ind HoldSwing (May 2016) Ind-Con 2%

Newport Pagnell North & Hanslope (Milton Keynes)Con 1604 Lab 749 LD 672Con HoldSwing (May 2016) Lab-Con 0.6%

Hulton (Bolton)Con 1455 Lab 1179 UKIP 190 LD 67 Green 52CON GAN FROM LABSwing (May 2016) Lab-Con 6.8%

WESTMINSTER VOTING INTENTION

Opinium WM Voting Intention HeadlineCon 40% Lab 40% LD 6% UKIP 5% Green 1%Tied (Lab led by two in Opinium’s last poll)

YouGov WM Voting Intention HeadlineLab 42% Con 41% LD 7% UKIP 3% Green 2%Lab Lead 1% (Lab lead remains at 1% the same as YouGov’s last poll)

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