Sky Sports will be launching a pop-up channel dedicated to rugby league ahead of the start of the 2021 Betfred Super League season. Ahead of the new campaign getting underway next month, Sky Sports Arena, the channel which typically shows Super League as well as a number of other sports, will show non-stop rugby league action from Monday, March 22 to Friday, March 26 - the day of the season's start. Across the week leading up to the opening games of the 2021 season, Sky Sports will be showing 40 classic rugby league games in full to get viewers up to speed for the season ahead. Featuring games from 1992 right up until last season's Super League Grand Final, there is plenty to whet the appetite ahead of a new season. Matches included St Helens versus Bradford Bulls from 2000, featuring the iconic 'Wide to West' moment, as well as the 1994 Premiership Final between Castleford and Wigan, along with some World Club Challenge games and crunching derby fixtures from years … [Read more...] about Super League: Sky Sports to launch pop-up rugby league channel ahead of 2021 season
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England produced a stirring fightback with the ball on day two of the fourth Test in Ahmedabad before their stretched attack tired significantly late on in the face of some destructive batting from Rishabh Pant, who brought up a 115-ball ton with a six. Pant's scintillating century came as part of a crucial 113-run partnership with Washington Sundar (60no) which helped lift India to 294-7 by stumps, and a lead of 89. The home side had earlier been reduced to 146-6 midway through the afternoon session, a Herculean effort with the ball from Ben Stokes (2-73), in particular, giving hope to England perhaps even earning a slender first-innings lead. Fourth Test scorecard: India vs England Day Two in Ahmedabad - as it happened Stokes found some steep bounce to dismiss Virat Kohli for a duck in the morning and later returned to trap Rohit Sharma (49) lbw with a sharp inswinging delivery - just rewards for a tireless, back-breaking effort in which the all-rounder got … [Read more...] about India vs England: Rishabh Pant’s sparkling century answers Ben Stokes-led fightback from visitors
The LTA has appointed seven new members to its council as part of its drive to make tennis a more diverse and accessible sport. In an open letter last June, LTA chief executive Scott Lloyd said he wanted tennis "to be open to anyone" as he acknowledged "we haven't done enough" to make the sport inclusive. The LTA board-nominated councillors will each serve for a minimum of three and a maximum of nine years, tasked with helping to grow the sport, including coach development and support, volunteer engagement alongside inclusion and diversity. Of the new appointees, four are men and three are women, four are of colour, two have declared they are part of an underrepresented group, while three are of a significantly younger age. Joining the LTA Council , which consists of 54 volunteer councillors, are: Lottie Birdsall-Strong - Ex-women's football player with Arsenal; recently appointed to the ECB Yasmin Clarke - Former professional player; coach to brother Jay, world No … [Read more...] about LTA appoints seven new members to its council in drive towards inclusion and diversity in tennis
Josh Warrington will be sporting Rob Burrow's name and number on his shorts when the Leeds featherweight returns to the boxing ring on Saturday evening. Featherweight Warrington, who vacated his IBF world title last month, takes on Mexico's Mauricio Lara at London's SSE Arena live on Sky Sports Arena and will be honouring the Leeds Rhinos great to show support for Burrow in his ongoing campaign to raise awareness for motor neurone disease. It is not the first time another sporting icon associated with his home city has been honoured by the 30-year-old for one of his fights, with Leeds United stars Pablo Hernandez and Liam Cooper, and former player Lucas Radebe having previously joined him for his ring walk. There was only ever going to be one man to share the ring walk with me if restrictions would have allowed. I am honoured and extremely privileged to wear the Inspired by 7 logo on my shorts. @Rob7Burrow @leedsrhinos @mndassoc pic.twitter.com/47svlMNrBb — … [Read more...] about Josh Warrington to wear Rob Burrow’s name and number on his shorts in ring return against Mauricio Lara
And if you take it in an individual context too, the Kohli vs Anderson contest offered restricted view in this four-match series. Until India's first innings in the fourth Test, Kohli has faced 52 balls from Anderson and scored 11 runs without getting dismissed and in that 37 balls were bowled to him in the first Test at Chennai. Kohli has faced fewer deliveries from Anderson only in that traumatic 2014 away series - 50 balls for 19 runs and was jettisoned 4 times. Against Anderson in 2012, Kohli negated 81 balls (made 23 runs), 112 balls in 2016 (home, made 69 runs) and 270 balls (and made 114 runs) in 2018 (away). The difference in 2021 is that Kohli never lasted long enough to have a duel with Anderson apart from those two innings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium and it is not entirely Anderson's doing either. The series offered a microcosm of the travails of Kohli since that double hundred against Bangladesh in late 2019. The Indian captain has not scored an international hundred … [Read more...] about India vs England: Can Virat Kohli duck under the lean patch soon?