Moon Sport Round Up


Moon Sports Round-Up




Rob Cross (England) 7

Phil Taylor (England) 2

At The Alexandra Palace, Harringay, London

There was no fairytale ending for Phil Taylor as he was crushed in his final ever match by Rob Cross, a 27 year old who had only been playing professionally for a year. Cross had beaten Michael Van Gerwin in an epic Semi Final but showed no signs of fatigue taking the first three sets before Taylor got on the board which included checkouts of 167 and 153.

Taylor had a chance to get back to 3-2 but missed a double 12 in the key leg and Cross punished it. Cross then blitzed through another two sets to go one away at 6-1.Taylor won the eighth set 3-0 but there was to be no comeback. Cross claimed the title with a 140 checkout which fittingly personified his entire performance.

Cross averaged over 107 and in some ways had done to Taylor what the Power has done to countless opponents over the years. Can Cross become the new long term face of darts? Who knows, but with young Jamie Lewis also reaching his first World Championship Semi Final along with the emergence of Cross, the long term future of Darts looks in good hands as the old master bows out.

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1ST ODI – Pakistan Tour of New Zealand



New Zealand 315-7 (50) (Williamson 115, Munro 58, Nicholls 50)

Pakistan 166-6 (30.1) (Zaman 82*)


Kane Williamson was the star as his 115 led New Zealand to victory in a rain hit match in Wellington. Colin Munro and Henry Nichols also added half centuries as New Zealand put 315 on the board. Pakistan never got close to their adjusted target after a rain delay. Despite the efforts of Fakhar Zaman with 82 Not Out, the hosts were always in control. Tim Southee took three wickets for New Zealand as they ran out easy winners in the end.



Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

Full Report (Cricbuzz)


Hopman Cup Final


Switzerland 2

Germany 1

At The Perth Arena, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Roger Federer led the way as Switzerland claimed their third Hopman Cup trophy in Perth. Facing Germany in the Final. Federer came from a set down to beat Alexader Zvarev to give Switzerland the lead. Germany leveled through Angelique Kerber beating Belinda Bencic.

This set up a doubles decider with the rules changed as it is four games not six to a set. The Swiss pair took it in straight sets with Federer paying tribute to Martina Hingis, who he said had a huge influence on his own belief that someone from a nation like Switzerland can have a great career in the game.

Full Report (ESPN)





Moon of Liberty Sportsround – 08 August 2017


Sportsround – Sports News Digest on 08 August 2017 at 7.20pm

tvnz – Canterbury Crusaders win the Super Rugby crown defeating the Lions in the final – Alexander Zvarev beats big serving Kevin Anderson to win the Washington Open

BBC Sport – American Torie Bowie takes the women’s 100m, Favourite Elaine Thpmoson fails to medal.

The Elitist – Rugby League round-up from both sides of the World

Cricbuzz – Moeen Ali the hero as England wrap up 3-1 series win over South Africa at Old Trafford – Dave Chisnall wins round 18 of the Players Darts Championship, his first title of 2017. – Austrlaian Kyle Anderson claims maiden title in round 17 of the Players Darts Championship

The Elitist – India put 600 runs on the board again to thrash Sri Lanka and go 2-0 up

New Vision Uganda – Uganda thrash Zimbabwe in the final round of the African Gold Cup Rugby Union tournament

Sports Star Live – Sam Querry claims Los Cabos ATP title in Mexico

BBC Sport – Netherlands claim the Women’s Euro 2017 soccer title beating Denmark 4-2 

BBC Sport – GB’s Callum Hawkins an excellent fourth Kenya’s Geoffrey Karui wins the men’s marathon.

BBC Sport – Arsenal win the Community Shield beating Chelsea on penalties

Running Magazine – Ethiopia’s Almaz Anaya dominates the Women’s 10000m

Eurosport – Luvo Manyonga wins the Long Jump title for South Africa

BBC Sport – Notts beat the T20 Powerplay record

BBC Sport – Justin Gatlin stuns the world to beat Usain Bolt

The Elitists Echo – Saturday Soccer round up of the #MoonSoccer13. Opening day wins for Forest, Southport & Queen of the South

The Sun – Burnley friendly abandoned after crowd trouble

BBC Sport – Mo Farrah wins the first medal of the 2017 World Championships

Nottingham Post – Notts County manager Kevin Noaln calls his team ‘rabbits in headlights’ after opening day loss to Coventry



Moon Of Liberty Tennis – ATP Tour


Tennis – WTA Tour

Sud De France Open – Zvarev v Gasquet


Zvarev upsets the home crowd to end Gasquet’s Montpellier reign

Germany’s Alexander Zvarev upset Richard Gasquet and the crowd hoping to see the Frenchman win in Montpellier for the third straight year. Both men got one break each in the first set but the German held his nerve to take the lead in the tie break. Zvarev then broke again in the eight game of the second set to take a 5-3 lead. Zvarev then served out the final game to take his second ATP title after winning in ST Petersburg in September.

Full Report (Daily Mail)

Sofia Open – Dimitrov v Goffin


Dimitrov continues excellent form

Grigor Dimitrov has continued his excellent start to the season with victory on home soil in Sofia in his native Bulgaria. He broke opponent David Goffin in second game to take an early 3-0 lead. Goffin fought back to break but at 5-6 Goffin made a series of errors on his service game allowing Dimitrov to take the first set with his first set point. The second set followed a similar pattern as Dimitrov raced into a 5-1 lead and had 0-40, Goffin saved all three match points then broke back in the next game. However at 5-4 he could not break again as Dimitrov finished the contest at the second attempt. Dimitrov has two titles this year and a grand slam semi final to his name in what is looking a potentially big year.

Full Report (Sofia Globe)

Ecuador Open – Estrella Burgos v Lorenzi


Three Peat for Burgos in Quito

Victor Estrella Burgos from the Dominican Republic won his third straight title in Ecuador winning a tight contest against Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi. Lorenzi took the first set on a tie break but Burgos hit back to break at the key moment to take the second set 7-5. There were no breaks in the final set went all the way to a tie break which itself went all the way. At 6-6 Burgos got the key mini break and took his match point to continue an extraordinary run of 15 straight wins on the clay courts of Quito. Burgos returns to the top 100 in the World rankings as a result

Full Report (Fox Sports)




Tennis Results

ATP Tour

Sud De France Open FinalAt The Arena Montpellier, Montpellier, France

Alexander Zverev (Germany) Beat Richard Gasquet (France) 2-0 (7-6 6-3)

Sofia Open Final At The Arena Armeec, Sofia, Bulgaria

Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) Beat David Goffin (Belgium)2-0 (7-5 6-4)

Ecuador Open FinalAt The Quito Tennis Center, Quito, Ecuador

Victor Estrella Burgos (Dominican Republic) Beat Paolo Lorenzi (Italy)2-1 (6-7 7-5 7-6)