Moon of Liberty Newsround

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MOON OF LIBERTY NEWSROUND DIGEST – 11th JAN 2018

Blasting News UK – Matt Snape on his personal experience of left wing bias in schools and universities

London Evening Standard Comment – The Mayor must do more to stop knife Crime – Kit Malthouse MP

The SpectatorNUS forced to apologise for leaving Judaism off a form asking people for their religion

Order OrderKier Starmer revealed to be the DPP who decided to refuse allow 75 allegations of rape by now released John Warboys to move to prosecution.

Conservative Home Figures reveal Labour MP’s out tweet Tory MP’s by two to one

Daily TelegraphProductivity in the UK jumps to highest level since 2011

The Moon Of Liberty The Benefits of Brexit – Kevin Alcock

Huffington PostEmily Thornberry claims Labour cannot back Iranian protestors as it is unclear which side is in the right.

CNNBlue collar jobs are booming in America

BBC News Plans for a Northern Forest given the go ahead by the UK Government

The Guardian CommentWhy the UK’s economic performance has not led to Brexit buyers remorse – Larry Elliott

Jewish ChronicleSuspended Labour member to picket Labour Antisemitism disciplinary hearings.

Daily TelegraphEmily Thornberry refuses to condemn John McDonnell’s ‘Stain On Humanity’ remark about newly appointed DWP Secretary Esther McVey

GBC NewsGibraltar finance minister to attend Blockchain Conference in Miami

Daily Telegraph New wave of abuse and death threats aimed at Esther McVey

BBC NewsChris Williamson resigns from the Labour front bench after suggesting doubling council tax

ITV News Angela Merkel faces make or break coalition talks in attempt to form a German Government

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Moon Sport Round Up

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Darts

PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

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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.

Full Report (pdc.tv)

Cricket

1ST ODI – Pakistan Tour of New Zealand

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1ST ODI – AT THE BASIN RESERVE, WELLINGTON

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

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

NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 61 RUNS (D/L) AND LEAD THE SERIES 1-0

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.

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Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

Full Report (Cricbuzz)

Tennis

Hopman Cup Final

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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)

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Moon Rugby Union – Six Nations B Round 3 & Americas Rugby Championship Round 5

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Rugby Union Internationals

Six Nations B – Round 3

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Six Nations B – Round 3 Round Up

Georgia were looking at a potential shock defeat as Spain led 10-3 at half time in Medina Del Campo. Tries from Giorgi Tkhilaishvili and test debutante Soso Matiashvili eventually saw the Six nations B Champions home 20-10. Romania comfortably saw off Russia 30-10 with the pick of the tries being Jody Rose’s interception try going 40 yards to complete the score. Belgium found themselves 21-0 down against Germany but threatened an unlikely comeback when Andy Williams went over to close the gap to just 5, however a try from Jaco Otto secured the victory for Germany who have two wins out of three.

Reports (Rugbyworldcup.com)

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 5

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Americas Rugby Championship – Round 5 Round Up

The USA are the Americas Rugby Champions for the first time in a thrilling decider against Argentina. David Tameilau went over from a driving maul to give the USA a surprise 15-3 lead. However two penalty tries brought Argentina back into it and when full back Gabriel Ascarte went over in the corner Argentina had a 12 point lead. Cam Dolan got a try six minutes from time to bring the American back within a score it but they still needed a converted try to level and take the title. Tameilau was the hero breaking a tackle to score from close range for his second try, Ben Cima nailed the conversion for a 27-27 draw and due to previous bonus points it was enough for the USA to win the title for the first time.

In the other final games Freitas Alleges and Leivas Ballestrino got two tires each as Uruguay comfortably thrashed Chile 45-14, Chile finish bottom of the table. Finally Brazil scored an impressive upset win over Canada 24-23 in another tight finish. Winger Ze Tranqez got the winning score in the very last minute to give Brazil victory in Sao Paulo.

Reports – Bra v Can  Uru v Chile Arg v USA (Americas Rugby News)

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Rugby Union Results

Six Nations B – Round 1

Russia 10Romania 30At The Sochi Central Stadium, Sochi, Russia

Germany 34Belgium 29At The Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium, Offenbach, Germany

Spain 10 Georgia 20At The Estadio Municipal, Medina Del Campo, Spain

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANSoso Matiashvili (Georgia) 

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 5

Brazil 24Canada 23At The Pacaembu Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Uruguay 45Chile 14At The Estadio Charrua, Montivideo, Uruguay

Argentina 27USA 27At The Estadio Municipal, Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina

USA Win the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship

 MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANDavid Tameilau (USA)

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Moon Of Liberty Rugby Union – Six Nations B Round 1 & Americas Rugby Championship Round 2

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Rugby Union

Six Nations B – Round 1

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Six Nations B – Round 1 Round Up

*Georgia get defense off to a great start

*Germany score historic win over Romania

*Spain edge past Russia in Madrid

Georgia began the defense of their Six Nations B title with a comfortable 31-6 victory over newly promoted Belgium. Giorgi Tkhilashvili and Giorgi Koshadze went over to give the defending champions a commanding 17-0 lead at half time, two more second half tries saw Georgia easisy home. Germany scored an upset victory over Romania in a thrilling contest. Romania lead 38-27 going into the final 10 minutes but tries from Dash Barber, his second of the game, and Marcel Cotezee six minutes from time completed the comeback for Germany to claim their first win against the Romanians for 70 years. Finally Spain got off to a winning start against Russia. Mathieu Belie got the only try of the game for the Spanish as they won the game 16-6.

Reports – Georgia v Belgium (Agenda.ge)   Germany v Romania (Wide World of sport)

Game breakdown – Spain v Russia (Ultimate Rugby)

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 2

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Americas Rugby Championship – Round 2 Round up

*Argentina in nine try demolition of Uruguay

*USA thrash Brazil

*Paris hat trick sees Canada to victory

Favourites Argentina got their second bonus point victory of the Championshp with an easy 57-12 thrashing of Uruguay. Sebastan Cancellier got a hat trick in a nine try demolition in Bahia Blanca. The USA also made it two out of two with Lock Tony Lamborn going over twice as part of eight tries in a 51-3 thrashing of Brazil. The final game saw Canada get their first win of the championship over Chile. Left winger Taylor Paris got a hat trick of tries to help Canada to a 36-15 victory.

Reports – Argentina v Uruguay (Americas Rugby News)   USA v Brazil (ESPN)   Canada v Chile (Americas Rugby News)

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Rugby Union Results

Six Nations B – Round 1

Germany 41Romania 38At The Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium, Offenbach, Germany

Belgium 6Georgia 31At The King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium

Spain 16Russia 6At The Estadio Nacional Compultense, Madrid, Spain

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN Dash Barber (Germany)

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 2

Argentina 57Uruguay 12At The Estadio Villa Mitre, Bahir Blanca, Argentina

USA 51 Brazil 3At Dell Diamond, Round Rock, Texas, USA

Canada 36Chile 15At Westhills Stadium, Langford, British Colombia, Canada

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANTaylor Paris (Canada)

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Moon Of Liberty Tennis – ATP Tour

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Tennis – WTA Tour

Sud De France Open – Zvarev v Gasquet

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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Moon Of Liberty Snooker – German Masters

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German Masters Snooker

German Masters Final in Berlin – Hamilton v Carter

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Nottingham’s Hamilton takes first ranking title in Germany

Anthony Hamilton came from behind against Ali Carter to win his first ranking title of his 26 year career in Berlin.Carter dominated the early stages after defeating defending champion Martin Gould in the semi-final. Carter came out with that confidence flowing and raced into a 5-2 lead. Key to the comeback was Hamilton winning the final frame of the first session to go it only two down out the break.

He stormed forward at the start second session taking the opening frame and hitting a 118 break to level at 5-5. He then took the next two and took advantage of Carter missing a black off the spot to clear up and make it 8-5. Carter did stop Hamilton’s run of six straight frames by winning the 14th frame, but only one away, Hamilton was able to finish the job in the 15th frame  Hamilton trapped Carter in a tough snooker from which came the mistake allowing Hamilton to make a break of 57, enough to claim the frame and title in his first ranking final for 15 years. A triumph for perseverance.

Full Report (World Snooker.com)

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Snooker Results

German Masters SnookerAt The Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany

Semi Finals (Best Of 11)

Ali Carter (England) 6Martin Gould (England) 2

Anthony Hamilton (England) 6Stuart Bingham (England) 4

FINAL (Best of 17)

Anthony Hamilton (England) 9 – Ali Carter (England) 6

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Moon Of Liberty Darts – European Tour Riesa Open

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European Tour Event – Riesa Darts Open

With many of the big names absent or seeming feeling the jet lag after coming back from the Australian tour, some new faces stepped up at the Riesa Darts Open as part of the European Tour. Austrian Mensur Suljovic defeated England’s James Wilson 6-1 in the semi final to reach his first ranking final. His opponent was Belgian Kim Huybrechts who had got past Dutchman Benito Van de Pas. Huybrechts started the best of 11 final in fine form, a 132 finish but Suljovic hit back to back 13 and 14 dart legs to take a 4-2 lead. Huybrechts struck with another 132 finish and taking three straight legs to move 5-4 up and one away. The Austrian was not finished though taking the 10th leg and the final into a decider. A nervy finish saw both men miss doubles but it was Suljovic who took it to claim his first ranking event victory. The Austrian is up to 14th in the Order of Merit and within touching distance of a Grand Slam of Darts place in November if he can continue top 16 form.

Full Report (PDC.tv)

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DARTS

European Tour – Riesa Darts OpenAt The Sachsen Arena, Reisa, Germany

Semi-Finals

Mensur Suljovic (Austria) 6 James Wilson (England) 1

Kim Huybrechts (Belgium) 6Benito Van De Pas (Holland) 2

FINAL

Mensur Suljovic (Austria) 6Kim Huybrechts (Belgium) 5

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