Moon Of Liberty Cycling & Formula 1 – Tour De France & Hungarian Grand Prix

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Cycling

Tour De France

Chris Froome has become the first British cyclist to win the Tour De France twice in a row and on three occasions as he crossed the line to complete victory on the Champs Elysee in Paris over four minutes ahead of Romain Bardet in second. Andre Greipel saw off in form Peter Sagan to win the final stage in the traditional sprint finish. Sagan had already secured the sprinters green jersey. Rafel Majka was the winner of the King Of The Mountains.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Formula 1

Hungarian Grand Prix

At the half way point of the season Lewis Hamilton has overtaken Nico Rosberg in the World Title race by winning the Hungarian Grand Prix at Hungaroring. Hamilton got a great start to overtake Rosberg at the first corner and then led the race from start to finish. He moved away from Rosberg at key moments when vital decisions about who would pit stop first were being taken. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo made an early pit stop to try and threaten the two Mercedes but it did not work and he had to settle for third. Hamilton now leads the title race by six points.

Full Report (BBC Sport).

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CYCLING

Tour De France

Overall Top 3

1st WINNER – Chris Froome (GB)

2nd – Romain Bardet (France) +4 mins 05 seconds

3rd -Nairo Quintana (Colombia) + 4 mins 21 seconds

Sprinters Green Jersey Winner – Peter Sagan (Slovakia)

King Of The Mountains winner – Rafel Majka (Poland)

FORMULA 1

Hungarian Grand Prix – At Hungaroring, Mogyorod, Hungary

Podium

1st WINNER – Lewis Hamilton (GB) (Mercedes)

2nd – Nico Rosberg (Germany) (Mercedes)

3rd – Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) (Red Bull)

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Moon Of Liberty Cricket – Ire v Afg ODI Game 3

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ODI Game 3 – Ireland v Afghanistan – Joyce century guides Ireland to victory

IRELAND WIN BY 6 WICKETS – SERIES TIED 1-1

Ed Joyce with 105 not out including 8 fours and a six was key to Ireland’s victory over Afghanistan in Belfast. Kevin O’Brien assisted with 75 as Ireland easily chased down the 237 they were set to win. Mohammad Shahzad continued his good form with the bat for Afghanistan top scoring with 81. O’Brien impressed with the ball as well taking 3-27 but it was Joyce who batted from start to finish of the Irish innings who saw them home to level the 5 match series at 1-1.

Full Report (From ICC.com)

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CRICKET

ODI Game 3 – At the Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Ireland v Afghanistan

Afghanistan – 236/10 in 49.1 Overs – (Shahzad 81, Nabi 40, K O’Brien 3-328)

Ireland – 237/4 in 47.3 Overs – (Joyce 105*, K O’Brien 75)

Ireland win by 6 Wickets

Series tied 1-1

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Ed Joyce (Ireland)

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Moon Boxing – World Championship Boxing

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Boxing

WBC Strawweight World Title

Menayothin wins fourth defence after early scare

Wanheng Menayothin survived a shaky early couple of round before turning matters around in his fourth defence of his title against Japan’s Go Odaira in Thailand.Odaira started the better controlling the first two round with his awkward southpaw stance. He has the champion in trouble in the second rocking Menayothin’s head back concerning the home crowd.

The key came in the third however as the Champion scored a flash knockdown that turned the fight right around. Odaira was caught with a right hand as he was trying to turn off the ropes, having his balance undone and going down to the canvass. After that Menayothin went for the finish and Odaira barely survived the third.

The Champion easily took round 4 and the end came in round five. A left-right uppercut combination sent Odaira down again and the referee Raymond Chang did not even give Odaira a count, after three rounds of being given a beating Change stopped the fight there and then.

This was Odaira’s second failure to take a world title  after failing back in 2014. Menayothin will probably continue to defend the title in Thailand, which makes unification fights unlikely given the spread of nations that have World Champions in this division.

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World Championship Boxing (red=Champ, Blue=Challenger/Contender, Yellow=New Champ)

WBC Strawweight Title – At The City Hall Ground, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

Wanheng Menayothin (Thailand) Beat Go Adairi (Japan) by TKO in round 5

Still WBC Strawweight Champion of the World ….. Wanheng Menayothin (Thailand)

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Moon Boxing – World Championship Boxing

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Boxing

WBA/IBF Super Bantamweight Titles

Frampton too good for Quigg

Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton outclassed Scott Quigg in their much awaited showdown in Manchester. Quigg was tentative from the outset which played into Frampton’s hands. Frampton clocked up the early rounds without a huge amount of effort as Quigg threw very little early on.

The fight livened up in the later rounds as Quigg began to get some success getting in closer. Many thought Quigg had his chance in the 11th round when he rocked Frampton with the best punch of the fight but did not follow it up. Frampton recovered to easily win the final round and staying out of any trouble.

The decision was a split one as one of the judges left most baffled by scoring it for Quigg. The other two agreed on a four point victory to deservedly give it to Frampton. Frampton may look to move up to Featherweight to take on Leo Santa Cruz.

WBA Featherweight Title

Classy Santa Cruz scores comfortable defence

Leo Santa Cruz wasted no time in dominating his Spannish challenger Kiko Martinez. He had the challenger down in 90 seconds of the fight. It did not stop Martinez coming forward and forcing Santa Cruz to counter, but counter well he certainly did.

The fight became more toe to toe in the third with Martinez getting through. There was blood coming from the champions nose at the end of the third. As a result Santa Cruz tried to open a gap and fight from range in the fourth and the tactics worked going into the fifth where he let the fists go getting through with a flurry of punches Martinez had no answer to, causing the referee to stop the fight.

Santa Cruz could now face Frampton, or a rematch with Abner Mares, who he beat by majority decision lat time out.

WBC Super Bantamweight Title

Short but sweet revenge for new Champ Ruiz

On the same card as Santa Cruz, Hugo Ruiz gained revenge on Julio Ceja to become World Champion for the second time. Ceja went went down with practically the first punch of the fight injuring his ankle in the process.

Ceja bravely got up from that but was clearly not going to last much longer. The injury was a shame as this looked a good fight on paper especially as Ceja had won their first fight in August. Ruiz seized his chance and finished the fight in 51 second knocking Ceja down and out again.

With the score 1-1 a third fight is very much possible. However if the Frampton-Santa Cruz fight does not happen, Frampton could well be another possibility.

WBO Light Welterweight Title

Crawford too good for Lundy

Charasmatic US fighter Terence Crawford did as was expected defeated Henry Lundy of Philadelphia in five rounds. Crawford dominated from the off clocking up the early rounds. Lundy tried to come out with a quick pace but didn’t really trouble Crawford at any point.

Crawford scored a knockdown early in the fifth and although Lundy got up, it was merely to take a further beating as Ref Steve Willis had seen enough. Lundy had lost two of his last three fights coming in and Crawford made it look the mismatch it had appeared.

Crawford has spoken about his desire to fight Manny Pacquiao but his probable next opponent is more likely to be Russian Provodnikov.

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World Championship Boxing (red=Champ, Blue=Challenger/Contender, Yellow=New Champ)

WBA/IBF Super Bantamweight Title (Champion v Champion) – At The Manchester Arena, Manchester

Carl Frampton (N Ireland) Beat Scott Quigg (England) by Split Decision (113-115, 116-112, 116-112)

The Unified WBA/IBF Super Bantamweight Champion of the World ….. Carl Frampton (N Ireland)

WBA Featherweight Title – At The Honda Center, Anaheim, California

Leo Santa Cruz (Mexico) Beat Kiko Martinez (Spain) by TKO in Round 5

Still WBA Featherweight Champion of the World ….. Leo Santa Cruz (Mexico)

WBC Super Bantamweight Title – At The Honda Center, Anaheim, California

Hugo Ruiz (Mexico) Beat Julio Ceja (Mexico) by KO in Round 1

AND THE NEW WBA Featherweight Champion of the World ….. Hugo Ruiz (Mexico)

WBO Light Welterweight Title – At Madison Square Garden, New York

Terrence Crawford (USA) Beat Henry Lundy (USA) by TKO in round 5

Still WBO Light Welterweight Champion of the World ….. Terence Crawford (USA)

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Moon Boxing – World Championship Boxing

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Boxing

World WBA Super Middleweight Championship

Felix Sturm wins a fifth world title after tight hometown decision

Germany’s Felix Sturm is a world champion for the fifth time after avenging his defeat to Russian Fedor Chudinov in Nordrhein-Westfalen. The decision could have gone either way with a lot of close rounds. Chudinov provided the better volume of punches mainly concentrating on the body while Strum provided more of the cleaner shots, but less of them.

Where Strum may have got the decision is that his work rate, unlike in the first fight between the two, did not drop in the latter rounds. Nobody could have complained if this had been scored a draw. s it happened Strum got the majority decision with one judge scoring it a draw and two for Strum by two points. Perhaps home advantage swung it, given it is 1-1 and both fights were close affairs, a third fight between the two is surely not out of the question.

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World Championship Boxing (red=Champ, Blue=Challenger/Contender, Yellow=New Champ)

WBA Super Middleweight Title – At The Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhauden, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Felix Sturm (Germany) Beat Fedor Chudinov (Russia) by Majority Decision (115-113, 115-113, 114-114)

AND THE NEW WBA Super Middleweight Champion of the World ….. Felix Sturm (Germany)

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Moon Cricket – SA v Eng, NZ v Aus

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Cricket

ODI Series – South Africa v England (Games 4 & 5)

Game 4

Rabada wickets keeps series alive

SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 1 WICKET – SERIES TIED 2-2

Not completing the 50 overs cost England dear in a tight game Johannesburg. South Africa put England into bat and England started well with Alex Hales hitting 50 and Joe Root got another excellent century with 109. The rest of the middle order collapsed however and only a late partnership between Chris Woakes (33) and Adil Rashid (39) salvaged any kind of score. However England were bowled all out 19 balls short of the 50 overs with Kagiso Rabada taking 4 wickets in an excellent bowling spell.

Although nobody put a big individual score on the board for the Africans in reply, everyone did enough to keep them in command of the run chase. A key 62 from Chris Morris when the game looked on a knife edge helped the South African cause as those extra balls England lost meant they did not have enough to defend. When Morris went with the scores level it was left to the tailenders Kyle Abbott and Imran Tahir to avoid the draw, Tahir did so with a four to level the series and set up a decider.

Game 5

De Villiers the key as South Africa complete series comeback

SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 5 WICKETS – SOUTH AFRICA WIN THE SERIES 3-2

With the momentum of having come back from 2-0 down, South African confidence carried them through to an unlikely series victory against England in Cape Town. England batted poorly for the second game in a row. Despite Alex Hales 112, nobody else got into the thirties. Kagiso Rabada got another 3 wickets helping keep the pressure as England could only score 236 and were all out with 5 overs to spare.

The total was never going to be enough despite the best efforts of Reece Topley who took three wickets. Opener Hashim Amla hit 59 but it was AB De Villiers who broke the game open with 101 not out, hitting the winning runs to boot. He hit 11 fours and a six in his crucial innings supported by David Wiese with 41 not out. The England collapse in this series will be of concern to England who looked to be finding some one day form. By contrast South Africa who were outplayed in the test series, end the one day series back on a high note.

Test Series – New Zealand v Australia (Game 1)

Voges hits double century as Aussies thrash New Zealand

AUSTRALIA WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 52 RUNS – AUSTRALIA LEAD THE SERIES 1-0

After New Zealand taking the one day series Australia hit back in the first of two tests by racking up a huge win in Wellington. Australia were vindicated in their decision to force New Zealand to bat first with a superb bowling display from Mark Hazlewood with four wickets and Peter Siddle with three. New Zealand were rocking on 97-7 when Mark Craig came in and his 41 not out was the only score of note which salvaged something as they ended all out for just 183.

Australia put the game totally beyond their opponents by posting 562. Adam Voges hit 30 fours and three sixes in his mammoth 239 supported by Usman Khawaja with 140 and Steven Smith with 71. Peter Siddle fell just short of a half century with 49 to add to the pain for New Zealand.

New Zealand needed 379 just to make Australia bat again and while they made a better fist of their second innings, they could not get there. Opener Tom Latham top scored with 63 and there were decent knocks from Henry Nicholls (59) and Tim Southee (48) but nobody could make the big score that was required. Nathan Lyon took four second innings wickets as Australia finished the batting line up off for 327 to take an innings win and the lead in the series, which they cannot lose as there is only one more test to come.

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ODI Game 4At The New Wanderers, Johannesburg 

South Africa v England

England262/10 47.5 Overs – (Root 109, Rabada 4-45)

South Africa266/9 47.2 Overs – (Morris 62)

South Africa win by 1 Wicket – Series Tied 2-2

Star Man

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)

ODI Game 5 – At The Newlands, Cape Town 

South Africa v England

England236/10 45 Overs – (Hales 112, Rabada 3-34, Wiese 3-50)

South Africa237/5 44 Overs – (De Villiers 101*, Amla 59, Wiese 41* Topley 3-41)

South Africa win by 5 Wickets – South Africa win the series 3-2

Star Man

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – A B De Villiers (South Africa)

Test Match Game 1 At The Basin Reserve, Wellington

New Zealand v Australia

New Zealand 1st Innings 183/10 – (Craig 41*, Hazlewood 4-43, Siddle 3-37) 

Australia 1st Innings 562/10 – (Voges 239, Khawaja 140, Smith 71 Siddle 49) 

New Zealand2nd Innings 327/10 – (Latham 63, Nicholls 59, Lyon 4-91)

Australia win by 5 Wickets – Australia lead the series 1-0

Star Man

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Adam Voges (Australia)

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Moon Darts – Dutch Masters

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Dutch Masters

Van Gerwen takes first Euro Tour title with a 112 average

Michael Van Gerwen has continued his strong early season for to take the German Darts Masters tournament in Venray. He was facing Northern Ireland’s Darryl Gurney, who earlier had beaten former World Champion Adrian Lewis in the Quarter-Finals on his way to his first PDC Final.

Van Gerwen served notice he meant business taking out a 152 check out in the first leg. Gurney leveled the score with a 116 of his own. Van Gerwen then clicked into gear hitting 13, 11 and 12 dart legs hammering in five 180’s in the process to take a 4-1 lead.

Gurney responded well with a 14 dart leg to get one back but any hope of a comeback was snuffed out as Van Gerwen took the next two, finishing with a 14 dart leg to take the title for a 3rd year in a row, and a mammoth average of over 112. If he continues that form, it will take something special to stop him.

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European Tour – Dutch Darts Masters

At The Evenementenhal, Venray, Holland

Results from the Quarter Finals

Quarter Finals (Best of 11 legs)

Michael Van Gerwen (Holland) 6Dave Chisnall (England) 3

Mervyn King (England) 6Benito Van De Pas (Holland) 5

Simon Whitlock (Australia) 3Mensur Suljovic (Austria) 6

Adrian Lewis (England) 4Darryl Gurney (N Ireland) 6

Semi Finals (Best of 11 legs)

Michael Van Gerwen (Holland) 6 – Mervyn King (England) 2

Darryl Gurney (N Ireland) 6 –  Mensur Suljovic (Austria) 1

FINAL (Best of 11 legs)

Michael Van Gerwen (Holland) 6 – Darryl Gurney (N Ireland) 2

Champion

Michael Van Gerwen (Holland) Wins the 2016 Euro Tour Dutch Masters

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