Moon Of Liberty Tennis – ATP Tour Update

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Tennis – ATP Tour

Dubai Tennis Championship Final – Murray v Verdasco

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Murray returns to form in Dubai

After a slow start in which he dropped his first two service games Andy Murray recovered to defeat Fernando Verdasco. He broke bac on both occasions and then a third time to eventually take the first set 6-3. He then took total control breaking twice more and finding his service rhythm to easily take the second set 6-2. It is Murrays’s first tournament win of 2017 and the 45th ATP title of his career, expect more to come.

Report (BBC Sport)

Mexican Open Final – Querry v Nadal

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Querry shocks Nadal in Acapulco

America’s Sam Querry scored a surprise victory defeating Rafael Nadal. Querry got off to a quick start and took the first set in just 29 minutes. Nadal repsonded in the second and had five break point chances in the eighth game. However Querry held him off to level at 4-4 with the set eventually going all the way to a tie break. Nadal made key baseline errors allowing Querry to take it 7-3 and claim his first title of 2017 having served 19 aces in a very impressive display.

 Report (Sky Sports)

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Tennis Results

ATP Tour

Dubai Tennis Championship FinalAt The Aviation Tennis Center, Dubai, UAE

Andy Murray (GB) Beat Fernando Verdasco (Spain)2-0 (6-3 6-2)

Mexican Open Final – At The Princess Mundo Imperial, Apapulco, Mexico

Sam Querry (USA) Beat Rafael Nadal (Spain) 2-0 (6-3 7-6)

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Rugby League Super League – World Club Challenge

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World Club Challenge – Wigan v Cronulla

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Wigan Champions of the World

Wigan Warriors are the Champions of the Rugby League World after defeating NRL Champions Cronulla in the World Club Championship match. Joe Burgess got the first try within three minutes and added a second half way through the first half. Some excellent defense helped the shut out Cronulla in the first half to take a 10-0 lead into half time. It was fitting the Oliver Gildart, whose father was in the Wigan team that won this trophy against Manly in 1987, was to score the first try of the second half. Jesse Ramien’s try finally got Cronulla on the board but they could not build on it as Burgess completed his hat trick at the end to secure a deserved 22-6 win for Wigan, who claim their fourth World title.

Report (Rugby-League.com)

Runners Up Challenge – Warrington v Brisbane

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Ball Control the key for Warrington in historic win

A superb first half with no handling errors was the key to Warrington getting their first ever win against top NRL opposition with a 27-18 victory over Brisbane. Kevin Brown, Ryan Atkins, Matty Russell and Tom Lineham all scored tries in a blistering first half showing leaving them 24-6 ahead at the break. Tries from James Roberts and David Mead hinted at a comeback from the Broncos in a much better second half showing. The boot of Declan Patton with a penalty and drop goals kept Warrington’s lead sufficiently strong to ensure the victory. This with Wigan’s victory mean Super League have won the World Club Challenge series for the first time since it was expanded beyond just a meeting of the Champions, a great weekend for British Rugby League.

Report (Rugby-League.com)

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Rugby League Results

World Club Challenge Match

Wigan Warriors 22Cronulla Sharks 6At The DW Stadium Wigan

World Club Challenge Series Match

Warrington Wolves 28Brisbane Broncos 17At The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington

Wigan Warriors Are the World Club Champions

World Club Challenge SeriesSuper League 2 NRL 0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANJoe Burgess (Wigan Warriors)

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Moon Of Liberty 2015 Random Awards

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MOON OF LIBERTY RANDOM AWARDS

Man of the year – Lynton Crosby – The brilliant Australian mastermind behind the Conservatives unlikely election victory, for me, he totally deserves his knighthood.

Woman of the year – Jessica Ennis-Hill – Wins the World Heptathlon title 18 months after having a baby. Now I’ve never had a baby, but I doubt it does much for your fitness. Incredible.

Team of the year – Helen Glover and Heather Stanning – The rowing duo win another world title and another full year unbeaten. These two just march on and on, hopefully to a second consecutive Gold in Rio.

Inspirational figure of the year – Laura Bassett – The lady whose cruel luck saw her desperate attempt to block Japan’s counter attack in the last minute of the Women’s World Cup Semi-Final loop off her foot and from 25 yards hit the bar and bounce over the line. She came back three days later to put in an outstanding performance in the third place match to aid a clean sheet and a win over European Champions Germany.

Moment of the year – 12.23 am on Friday 8th May when the pro Tory swing figures in Swindon came through on ITV, and that along with other information I had at the time via Twitter, was the moment I knew the Conservatives had won the General Election

Film of the Year – The Theory of Everything – The brilliant story of Stephen Hawking’s early life with superb performances from Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Stunning.

Achievement of the year – Great Britain winning the Davis Cup – Some would say Andy Murray winning the Davis Cup, although one or two other players did contribute. Victory in the World Cup of Tennis for the first time since the 1920’s, an outstanding achievement.

Upset of the year – Jeremy Corbyn becoming Labour leader, neither Tyson Fury winning the World Heaveyweight Title, nor Holly Holm’s win over Ronda Rousey in the UFC, both stunning upsets in their own way, come close to Mr Corbyn.

See-Saw of the year – Jose Mourinho – He won the league, and got sacked, quite a years work for the ‘Special One’

Interview of the year – Jose Mourinho – Him again and his hilariously famous ‘Nothing to say’ interview after defeat to Liverpool.

TV Comedy of the year – Car Share – Peter Kay’s brilliant comedy about two people sat in a car. Who would have thought it would work.

TV Newcomer of the year – Sian Gibson in Car Share, an old friend of Peter Kay’s who had worked with him in the background for years, becoming the star, a fantastic story.

Robbery of the year – Kellie Bright – Was easily the best dancer by the end of Strictly Come Dancing, this usually wins you the title, this year, it didn’t.

Turnaround of the year – Vicky Pattison – I knew nothing about her when she arrived in the jungle, but apparently her reputation was pretty dreadful due to her stint on Geordie Shore. By the end, Britian loved her and made her Queen of the Jungle.

TV Moment of the year – Ferne McCann – She ate a spider, enough said.

Worst Quiz answer of the year – Gemma – We don’t know her surname, but she stated that the person assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald was JR on Pointless. Classic.

Sportsround – Rowing, Formula 1 & Boxing

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ROWING

Great Britain are in great shape going into Rio after topping the medal table at the Rowing World Championships in France. The Men’s eight saw off a strong German crew to take gold in what may be their last big match up before the Olympics. Olympic Champions Helen Glover & Helen Stanning added World Championship gold to the collection and extended their winning run to 28 races unbeaten in the Women’s Pair. Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell and Matthew Tarrent could be new names to watch as they took gold in the coxed pair, the first time Britain has had a strong crew in that event since the famous win for the Searle Brothers in Sydney. Two further golds were won in mixed boat races that are not events at the Olympics, but this shows the strength in depth Team GB have, along with nine silver medals which show several other British crews are knocking on the door.New Zealand also won five golds but Britain with more medals overall, finish top of the table. All results can be found here

FORMULA 1

Lewis Hamilton took a big step towards another World Title winning the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. His main rival Nico Rosberg did not finish due to an engine problem. Hamilton had to wait for confirmation of the winner after a dispute about whether the car had breached tire pressure regulations but eventually the win was confirmed to give him a 53 point lead over Rosberg. Sebastian Vettle was 2nd in front of thousands of delighted Ferrari fans. Williams were third and fourth with Felipe Massa and Valterri Bottas.

Boxing

In Germany home favourite and defending champion Juergen Braehmer retained his WBA light-heaveyweight title with a comfortable victory over Montenegran Konni Konrad. Konrad was having trouble with his eye early on and Braehmer made that the target as he dominated the fight. Braehmer scored a knockdown in the 6th round before further damage to Knorad’s eye meant he pulled out at the end of the 7th round to allow Braehmer to win by TKO, the 37th stoppage of his impressive career.

Meanwhile in Texas there was an impressive defence of his WBA Bantamweight title by Doncaster fighter Jamie McDonnell. After a decent start by Japanese challenger Tomoki Kemeda, McDonnell started to take control of the fight from the third round and won virtually every round from that point. He put Jameda down in the final round but could not get the stoppage, being declared a comfortable winner on a unanimous points decision.

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Rowing World Championships at Lake Aiguebelette

TEAM GB MEDALS

Golds (5) –Sam Scrimgeour & Joel Cassells (Men’s Lightweight Pair) Grace Clough, Daniel Brown, Pamela Relph, James Fox & James Oliver (Cox) (LTA Mixed Cox Four) Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell, Matthew Tarrent & Henry Fieldman (Cox) (Men’s Coxed Pair) Matthew Gotrel, Constantine Louloudis, Peter Reed, Paul Bennett, Mohamed Sbihi, Alex Gregory, George Nash, William Stach & Phelan Hill (Cox) (Men’s eight) Helen Glover & Heather Stanning (Women’s Pair)

Silver (9) – Tom Aggar (Men’s Single Sculls) William Fletcher & Richard Chambers (Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls) James Foad & Matt Langridge (Men’s Pair) Lawrence Whitley & Lauren Rowles (TA Mixed Double Sculls) Rachel Morris (AS Women’s Single Sculls) Imogen Walsh (Lightweight Women’s Single Sculls) Charlotte Taylor & Kat Copeland (Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls) Briana Stubbs, Ruth Walczak, Emily Craig & Elanor Piggott (Women’s Lightweight Quad Sculls) Rebecca Chin, Karen Bennett, Lucinder Gooderham & Holly Norton (Women’s Four)

Bronze (1) – Scott Durant, Alan Sinclair, Tom Ransley & Stewart Innes (Men’s Four)

FORMULA 1

Italian Gand Prix at Monza

Race Result (Top 6)

1st Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes

2nd Sebastian Vettle (Germany) Ferrari

3rd Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams

4th Valterri Bottas (Finland) Williams

5th Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari

6th Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India

Standings (Top 6)

1st Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes 252 Points

2nd Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 199 Points

3rd Sebastian Vettle (Germany) Ferarri 179 Points

4th Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 97 Points

5th Kimi Reikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 92 Points

6th Valterri Bottas (Finland) Williams 91 Points

BOXING

WBA Light-Heaveyweight Championship at The Energie Verbund Arena, Dresden, Germany

Juergen Braehmer (Germany) (c) Beat Konni Konrad (Montenegro) by TKO in Round 7

STILL WBA Light Heaveyweight Champion… Juergen Braehmer

WBA Bantamweight Championship at  The American Bank Center, Corpus Christie, Texas

Jamie McDonnell (England) (c) beat Tomiki Kemeda (Japan) by Unanimous Decision (116-111, 115-112, 117-110)

STILL WBA Bantamweight Champions… Jamie McDonnell