Moon Cricket – 3rd ODI – South Africa v India

MOON CRICKET

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India Tour of South Africa

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3RD ODI AT NEWLANDS, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

India 303-6 (50) (Kohli 160* Dhawan 76)

South Africa 179 (40) (Duminy 51 Yadav 4-23 Chahal 4-46

INDIA WIN BY 124 RUNS

INDIA LEAD THE SERIES 3-0

Virat Kohli played a true captains role in ensuring India now cannot lose their one day series in South Africa as they took a 3-0 lead with three left to play. Kohli scored 160 Not Out including 2 sixes and 12 fours. Shikhar Dhawan backed Kohli up with 76 as India put 303 on the board.

In reply South Africa lost a wicket in the first over and were struggling throughout. Four wickets a piece for Yozvendra Chahal and Koldeep Yadav kept the pressure on. Only Jean-Paul Duminy with 51 offered any real resistance as India comfortably took a 124 run victory. They have total dominance in the series and will look to wrap it up in Game 4. 

Full Scorecard/Commentary (Cricbuzz)

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Virat Kohli (India)

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Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – Super League Round 2

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Super League

Super League Round 2

Champions Leeds Rhinos made it two wins from two as Jimmy Keinhorst grabbed a Hat-Trick of tries in a 20-11 win over Hull Kingston Rovers. 8 points from the boot of Danny Brough aided Huddersfield to their first win of the season with a 20-6 win over Warrington. The Giants scored three tries on the night through Dale Ferguson, Darnell McIntosh and Jordan Turner in a game they dominated throughout.

Wakefield Trinity and ST Helens have both maintained perfect starts. Salford actually outscored Wakefield three tries to two but Liam Finn’s three goals kept Wakefield ahead. Kris Welham scored a Salford try at the death to cut the deficit to 14-12 but as all night, Gareth O’Brien missed the conversion and chance to level the score handing Wakefield the win. ST Helens win over Catalan was more straight forward, tries from Jonny Lomax and Regan Grace gave the Saints a 12-0 lead at halftime which they held eventually running out 21-12 winners with Danny Robertson getting 9 points with the boot.

Wigan Warriors are also off to the perfect start with a 24-10 win over Hull including two tries for Liam Marshall. After a close first half Wigan took control in the second not conceding a point while adding two more tries. The final game between Castleford and Widnes was the closest. Each side scored two tries but a Luke Gale drop goal proved the difference handing the Tigers a 13-12 victory.

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Moon Of Liberty Rugby League Results

Super League – Round 2

Huddersfield Giants 20Warrington Wolves 6

Leeds Rhinos 20Hull Kingston Rovers 11

Wakefield Trinity 14 Salford Red Devils 12

Catalan Dragons 12ST Helens 21

Wigan Warriors 24Hull FC 10

Castleford Tigers 13Widnes Vikngs 12

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Jimmy Kienhorst (Leeds Rhinos)

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Moon Soccer Weekend Round-up – National League & National League North

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Moon Soccer 13 Weekend Round-Up – National League & National League North

National LeagueTranmere Rovers remain fourth as they were held to a draw by Leyton Orient. Rovers took the lead when Ritchie Sutton headed in Josh Ginelly’s cross shortly before half time. Dan Holman reacted first to a rebound to equalise for Orient on 53 minutes. James Norwood could have won it for Rovers late on but was denied as it ended 1-1

Chester remain four points adrift of safety after a 1-0 defeat at Woking. Reece Grego-Cox thought he had put Woking ahead on 23 minutes but the goal was ruled offside. The games only goal came from a corner that hit Josh Staunton and went into the net for a first senior goal that it is unsure how much he actually knew about. It was to be enough for the three points to remain in Surrey with the Seals drawing another blank and time running out to rescue their National League status.

National League NorthSouthport’s improved form continued with an impressive 3-0 win at Gainsborough. Jason Gilchrist was the hero with a superb hat-trick, his second for the Sandgrounders which takes his tally to 21 goals for the season, top of the National League North goal scoring charts. The win takes Southport four points clear of the drop zone in 16th place.

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Moon Of Liberty Soccer Results

ROVERS

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National League

Leyton Orient (0) 1 (Holman)

Tranmere Rovers (1) 1 (Sutton)

AT BRISBANE ROAD, LEYTON, LONDON

Full Report (BBC Sport)

THE SEALS

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National League

Woking (1) 1 (Staunton)

Chester FC (0) 0

AT KINGFIELD STADIUM, WOKING

Full Report (BBC Sport)

THE SANDGROUNDERS

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National League North

Gainsborough Trinity (0) 0

Southport (2) 3 (Gilchrist 3)

AT THE NORTHOLM, GAINSBOROUGH

Full Report (Southportfc.net)

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Jason Gilchrist (Southport)

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Moon Weekend Soccerround – League 1 & 2

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Moon Soccer 13 Weekend Soccerround – League 1 & League 2

League 1Blackpool had to settle for a point in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Bloomfield Road against Walsall. Joe Edwards scored first for the visitors cancelled out by Nathan Delfouneso’s equaliser on 37 minutes. Jon Guthrie put the West Midlands side back ahead poking home at the back post from a cross. Blackpool got their point two minutes from time as Dan Agyel teed up Armand Gnanduillet to level the scores in a draw that was about right on the balance of play.

League 2It was a bad day for both the Moon’s League 2 sides in action. Notts County failed to rebound from their 8-1 thrashing at Swansea in the FA Cup n midweek. A powerful effort from the edge of the box from Alex Nicholls gave Barnet the 1-0 win in injury time as Notts fall to 4th in the table.

Mansfield also lost to the odd goal at Swindon Town. Matt Taylor finished off a fast counter attacking move to give Swindon the three points on 39 minutes. The Stags only managed one shot on target in a poor display in which Swindon perhaps deserved to win by more. Mansfield are down to sixth in the table after the defeat. Momentum seems to be moving away from both Notts and the Stags right now, both need to get back on track quickly.

 

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Moon Of Liberty Soccer Results

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League 1

Blackpool (1) 2 (Delfouneso, Gnanduillet)

Walsall (1) 2 (Edwards, Guthrie)

AT BLOOMFIELD ROAD, BLACKPOOL

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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League 2

Barnet (0) 1 (Nicholls)

Notts County (0) 0

AT THE HIVE STADIUM, HARROW, LONDON

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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League 2

Swindon Town (1) 1 (Taylor)

Mansfield Town (0) 0

AT THE COUNTY GROUND, SWINDON

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Alex Nicholls (Barnet)

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Moon Soccer – Weekend Soccer Round-Up – Premier League & Championship

MOON SOCCER

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Moon Soccer 13

Moon Soccer 13 Weekend Soccerround – Premier League & Championship

Premier League Everton took all three points in an impressive second half display against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park. Three goals after the break from Gylfi Sigurdsson, Ouma Niasse and Tom Davies sealed a 3-1 win. Leicester City were hammered by an even more impressive second half showing by Manchester City. Jamie Vardy had equalised Raheem Sterling’s early goal to go in level at Half Time. However the Foxes were hit by a masterclass from Sergio Aguero scoring 4 second half goals as Leicester were in the end thrashed 5-1 by the league leaders.

On Sunday Liverpool won a comfortable victory against Southampton. Mohammad Salah settled Liverpool with an early goal. Robert Firmino added a second in a game Liverpool totally dominated and could have scored a number more. Liverpool remain third in the table after the win.

ChampionshipDerby County stay second but dropped two valuable points at Pride Park against Norwich. Matej Vydra’s 17 league goal of the season put Derby ahead. Nelson Oliviera had a penalty saved by Rams keeper Scott Carson, however Norwich who had the better of the second half, earned another penalty which this time James Maddison buried to give the Canaries a deserved point.

On the other side of the Eats Midlands Nottingham Forest’s poor run continued with a 2-0 defeat at the City Ground against Hull. A Jon Toral header opened the scoring on 9 minutes and harry Wilson put the Humbersiders 2-0 up before the break. Matty Cash hit the post for Forest in between the goals but the Reds could not muster a shot on target in the second half. The win takes Hull out of the drop zone.

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER RESULTS

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Premier League

Southampton (0) 0

Liverpool (1) 2 (Firmino, Salah)

AT ST MARY’S, SOUTHAMPTON

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Premier League

Everton (0) 3 (Sigurdsson, Niasse, Davies)

Crystal Palace (0) 1 (Milijovejic)

AT GOODISON PARK, LIVERPOOL

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Premier League

Manchester City (1) 5 (Sterling, Aguero 4)

Leicester City (1) 1 (Vardy)

AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM, MANCHESTER

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Championship

Derby County (1) 1 (Vydra)

Norwich City (0) 1 (Maddison)

AT PRIDE PARK, DERBY

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Forest Lose

Championship

Nottingham Forest (0) 0

Hull City (0) 2 (Toral, Wilson)

AT THE CITY GROUND, WEST BRIDGFORD

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

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Moon Boxing – World Championship Boxing

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World Championship Boxing

In Adler, Russia

Murat Gassiev earned the right to take on Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk in the Super Series final after winning a battle of two undefeated fighters against Cuba’s Yunier Dorticus. It was good fight with Dorticus seemingly in control of the first four rounds. Gassiev had the Russian crowd on their feet in the fifth as he got through with his first meaningful shots of the contest.

A back and fourth fight continued with both men landing great shots throughout. Gassiev shook Dorticus in the tenth with an uppercut and from there Gassiev began to take control. The Russian won the eleventh and then finally had Dorticus down in the Final round. Dorticus tried to hang on to the end but Gassiev’s power got through, flooring the Cuban twice more before the fight was called to a halt. As it proved Gassiev was narrowly ahead on all three scorecards so would have got the decision without the stoppage. Gassiev and Usyk will now fight to unify all four titles, something very rarely seen in modern boxing.

In Corpus Christi, Texas

Gilberto Ramirez of Mexico made a successful 4th defence of his Super Middleweight title with an easy night’s work against Habib Ahmed of Ghana in Texas. Ramirez won every round of the fight in what many considered a mismatch. Ahmed was overpowered and a flurry of combinations in Round 6 led the Ahmed corner to stop the fight. Ramirez moves to 37-0 with the win and bigger tests will await.

On the same card rising new Filipino star Jerwin Ancajas retained his Super Flyweight title for the fourth time against Mexican Israel Gonzalez. Ancajas making his debut in the USA started fast with a first round knockdown. Gonzalez gave it a real go in the fifth deciding to try and come forward but by the end of the round Ancajas was still in total control. Ancajas finally finished it off with two knockdowns in Round 10 with the referee calling a halt to the fight. Comparisons are being made with Manny Pacquiao but this does not appear to be bothering Ancajas who is impressing in his own right.

In Okinawa, Japan

Japanese star Diago Higa wasted no time dispatching Mexican Moises Fuentes in Okinawa. The home crowd did not have to wait long to see their man secure victory. Fuentes did actually land a coupe of shots early on but at 2 minutes 32 seconds Higa landed a clean left shot that took Fuentes to the canvas from which he did not recover. Higa moves to a record of 15-0, the only question mark is that all but one of his fights have been in Japan, but Higa is an exciting prospect to keep an eye on as his career continues.

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Moon Of Liberty World Championship Boxing results

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

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IBF/WBA Cruiserweight Title

Murat Gassiev (Russia) Beat Yunier Dorticus (Cuba)

by TKO in Round 12

AT THE BOLSHOY ICE DOME, ADLER, RUSSIA

The Unified IBF/WBA Cruiserweight Champion …

Murat Gassiev (Russia)

Full Report (ESPN)

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WBO Super Middleweight Title

Gilberto Ramirez (Mexico) Beat Habib Ahmed (Ghana)

by TKO in Round 6

AT THE BANK OF AMERICA CENTER, CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS, USA

Still WBO Super Middleweight Champion …

Gilberto Ramirez (Mexico)

Full Report (Bad Left Hook.com)

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IBF Super Flyweightweight Title

Jerwin Ancajas (Philippines) Beat Israel Gonzalez (Mexico)

by TKO in Round 10

AT THE BANK OF AMERICA CENTER, CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS, USA

Still IBF Super Flyweight Champion …

Jerwin Ancajas (Philippines)

Full Report (ESPN)

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WBC Flyweight Title

Diago Higa (Japan) Beat Moises Fuentes (Mexico)

by KO in Round 1

AT THE PREFECTURAL BUDOKAN, NAHA, OKINAWA, JAPAN

Still WBC Flyweight Champion …

Diago Higa (Japan)

Full Report (Boxing scene.com)

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Moon NFL – Superbowl LII

MOON NFL

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Superbowl

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Superbowl LII

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Philadelphia Eagles 41

New England Patriots 33

AT THE US BANK ARENA, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, USA

It was not to be a record sixth Superbowl for Tom Brady as the Philadelphia Eagles defied the odds one more time as they have all season to become the Champions in Minneapolis. Philly dominated most of the first half played at incredible speed. Quarterback Nick Boles time and again converted third downs to keep the ball moving. A Touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffrey and a 21 yard rushing Touchdown from Lagarette Blount put the Eagles ahead. The highlight of the first half was a trick play in which Boles himself became a wide receiver himself to score a Touchdown in a risky call on 4th down that payed off just before half time to put the Eagles 22-12 up at the break.

The machine of Tom Brady got going after half time. Brady drove down the field starting from the Patriots own 25 yards line three times in a row, hitting Ron Gronkowski for two of the Touchdowns and another to Chris Hogan put the Patriots 33-32 up and ahead for the first time in the game. The next drive for Philadelphia would be crucial and they did not panic. They drove 75 yards with an 11 yard pass from Boles to Zach Ertz being deemed legitimate after a long review. They missed the two point conversion however giving Brady the ball with just under 3 minutes to go.

In a game of little defence the biggest defensive play came at this point. Brandon Graham stripped the ball from Brady to force the only fumble of the game and Derek Barnett recovered it for the Eagles. From there one first down would be enough but they did not get it, settling for a field goal giving Brady one last chance needing a Touchdown and Two point conversion with less than a minute n the clock. Brady drove to the half way line having thrown over 500 yards to set up one final Hail Mary. The ball bobbled around in the end zone for what for Eagles fans will have felt like a slow motion eternity, the ball eventually hit the floor and Philadelphia had their first ever Superbowl crown.

Nick Boles threw for 373 yards, 3 Touchdowns and given he only came in late in the season due to an injury to Carson Wentz, has done an incredible job to lead the Eagles to the Championship. Brady threw for 505 yards and again showed his class in a superb effort to try and pull it off again and contributing to a game with over 1100 yards offence, a record in any game not just the Superbowl. But it was not his day, it was Philadelphia’s. The city may celebrate all week and beyond and they deserve to.

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Nick Boles (Philadelphia Eagles)

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