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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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 World Championship Boxing from Bangkok & New York

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World Championship Boxing

Vacant WBC Flyweight Title – Kaikanha v Navarette

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Naverette silences the home crowd in three

Mexico’s Juan Hernandez Naverette went into the lions den in Thailand and beat home favourite Nawaphon Kaikanha. The Thai appeared comfortable in the first two round and there was nothing to suggest what was to happen in the third. Naverette caught Kaikanha with a clean left up. The Thai boxer got up at eight but sensing the finish the Mexican then launched a blitz of hard shots leaving the ref no option than to step in and stop the fight. It the Kaikanha first defeat and an impressive display from Navarette who went into the fight the underdog but came out the Champion.

Report (Boxing Scene)

Unification WBC & WBA Welterweight Title – Thurman v Garcia

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Thurman gets split decision in fight that fails to deliver the hype

A battle of two unbeaten fighter in New York, most were expecting an explosive contest between WBC Champion Danny Garcia and WBA Champion Keith Thurman. In the end it delivered a fairly cagey affair. Despite a quick start from Thurman he then backed off into jab and move mode keeping at at range. The fight was tough to score as Garcia was coming forward most of the time but Thurman was delivering the higher quality shots on the counter. In a contest that could have gone either way, the scores were as close as it looked with Thurman getting a split decision by four and two points on two card with Garcia getting the other by two points. There is scope for a rematch, although the stunted nature of much of the contest could mean the demand is not there.

Report (The Ring)

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World Championship Boxing Results

(Champ = Red, Challenger = Blue, New Champ = yellow)

Vacant WBC Flyweight TitleAt The National Stadium Gymnausium, Bangkok, Thailand

Juan Hernandez Navarette (Mexico) Beat Nawaphon Kaikanha (Thailand) by TKO in Round 3

AND THE NEW WBC Flyweight Champion … Juan Hernandez Navarette (Mexico)

Unification WBC & WBA Welterweight Title At The Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Keith Thurman (USA) Beat Danny Garcia (USA) by Split Decision (116-112 115-113 113-115)

AND THE NEW UNIFIED WBC & WBA Welterweight ChampionKeith Thurman (USA)

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Moon Of Liberty Tennis – ATP Tour Update

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Tennis – ATP Tour

Rio Open Final – Thiem v Carreno Busta

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Another South American win for Austrian Thiem

Austrian Dominic Thiem has won again on South American soil. Having won in Argentina and Mexico in 2016, he claimed the Rio Open beating Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets. The Spaniard took a 3-2 lead in the first set but Thiem, ranked 8th in the World, fought back to break twice taking the first set 7-5. He broke twice again in the second set and serving eight aces in the match to take it 6-4 and win his eighth ATP title.

Report (ATP World Tour)

Open 13 Final in Marseille – Tsonga v Pouille

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Two in a row for Tsonga

Jo Wilfried Tsonga won his second straight ATP title adding the Open 13 in Marseille to his Rotterdam Open title last week. He defeated fellow Frenchman Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-4 braking once in each set. The match lasted 69 minutes. It is the 14th title of Tsonga’s career and his third win in Marseille. He will hope to continue this fine form heading towards the French Open.

Report (Sky Sports)

Delray Beach Open Final in Florida – Sock v Raonic

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Second Title for Sock

Jack Sock has his second ATP title this year after winning his final by default. Top seeded Canadian Milos Raonic had to with draw due to a hamstring injury. As a result Sock is the Champion in Delray Beach, adding to his victory in Auckland in January continuing a fine start to the season for the American.

Report (Tennis World USA)

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Tennis Results

ATP Tour

Rio Open FinalAt The Jockey Club Brasileiro, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Dominic Thiem (Austria) Beat Pablo Carreno Busta (Spain)2-0 (7-5 6-4)

Open 13 FinalAt The Palais Des Sports, Marseille, France

Jo Wilfried Tsonga (France) Beat Lucas Pouille (France) 2-0 (6-4 6-4)

Delray Beach Open Final At Delray Beach, Florida, USA

Jack Sock (USA) Beat Milos Raonic (Canada) by Default

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Moon Of Liberty World Championship Boxing – From Hull & Alabama

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World Championship Boxing

Vacant WBC Super Bantamweight Title – McDonnell v Vargas

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Vargas too good for brave McDonnell

Rey Vargas claimed the WBC Super Bantamweight title in Hull getting off to a fast start against Gavin McDonnell. Vargas dominated the first four rounds getting through with a series of heavy shots. McDonnell had a better round five and did improve but it took him too long to get to the speed required. McDonnell had a good final three rounds but was by then too far behind, Vargas deservedly being given a majority decision. McDonnell may well get another chance down the line, as for Vargas, he will be a difficult champion to dislodge.

Report (The Ring)

WBC Heavyweight Title – Wilder v Washington

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Wilder far too good for Washington

Deontay Wilder easily defended his WBC Heavyweight title against outclassed Gerald Washington. Wilder was in control from the start and opened up in round 5 when a heavy shot put Washington down. The challenger did get up only to be met by a barrage of additional punches as Wilder smelt the finish and delivered as the referee stepped in to stop the fight. For Wilder a contest with Anthony Joshua or Vladimir Klitschko must be on the cards to unify the titles before too long.

Report (The Ring)

Vacant IBF Super Welterweight Title – Hurd v Harrison

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Hurd turns it around after torrid six rounds

Jarrett Hurd had to endure a difficult six rounds against Tony Harrison before finally claiming the Vacant IBF Super Welterweight Title. Harrison came forward and controlled the fight for long periods in the early stages before Hurd began to take control from round 7 and began to wear Harrison down. A right hand late in the ninth put Harrison down and although he beat the count the referee deemed him unable to continue. Hurd remain unbeaten at 20-0 as a result and claims his first World Title in the process.

Report (The Ring)

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World Championship Boxing Results

 (Champ = Red, Challenger = Blue, New Champ = yellow)

Vacant WBC Super Bantamweight TitleAt The Ice Arena, Kingston Upon Hull

Rey Vargas (Mexico) Beat Gavin McDonell (England) by Majority Decision (117-111 116-112 114-114)

AND THE NEW WBC Super Bantamweight ChampionRey Vargas (Mexico)

WBC Heavyweight Title – At The Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Deontay Wilder (USA) Beat Gerald Washington (USA) by TKO in Round 5

Still WBC Heavyweight Champion … Deontay Wilder (USA)

Vacant IBF Super Welterweight TitleAt The Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Jarrett Hurd (USA) Beat Tony Harrison (USA) by TKO in Round 9

AND THE NEW IBF Super Welterweight ChampionJarrett Hurd (USA)

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Moon Of Liberty World Championship Boxing – WBA Welterweight title – Avanesyan v Peterson

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World Championship Boxing

WBA Welterweight Title – Avanesyan v Peterson

Stamina down the stretch sees Peterson take the title

Lamont Peterson became a two weight world champion getting the better of Champion Russian David Avanesyan in Ohio. The contest was a cagey tight affair for the first five rounds but in the middle of the fight the two stood toe to toe exchanging blows in a tit for tat affair in which neither established control. As it went on the Russian tired the faster and the body punching of Peterson began to tell it’s toll. Peterson was much more on the front foot landing telling blows which saw him sweep the final three rounds on all three judges scorecards that in the end was the difference. He was given the decision unanimously to claim his the title in his first fight since October 2015. His stamina was hugely impressive given how long he has been out of the ring.

Report (The Ring)

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BOXING RESULTS

(Champ = Red, Challenger = Blue, New Champ = yellow)

WBA Welterweight TitleAt The Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Lamont Peterson (USA) Beat David Avanesyan (Russia) by Unanimous Decision (116-112 116-112 115-113)

AND THE NEW WBA Welterweight Champion … Lamont Peterson (USA)

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

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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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