Weekend sport preview

The US Open Golf tournament, the second major of the year, is underway just outside the mid-west city of Milwaukee on the Erin Hills Course.


The tournament dates back to 1895 and it has built a reputation of making the world’s top players work hard to win the trophy.

Jason Day and Adam Scott headline a five-strong Australian contingent hoping to do just that.

But the former US Masters Champion Scott says it won’t be easy.

“I’d dearly love to get in contention this week and win the US Open. I think what an amazing event to win. It’s just a battle. Everyone who has won a US Open has won this incredible battle not only against the best players in the world but against some of the most incredibly difficult golf course set-ups you’ll ever see. And I’d really love to put my name on that list.”

Yachting’s 35th America’s Cup Final gets underway in the early hours of Sunday morning Australian time with the opening two races of the series in Bermuda.

Team New Zealand is looking to avenge its heartbreaking loss to Team USA of four years ago.

New Zealand beat Sweden to reach the final during the week but the American team, skippered by Australian James Spithill, is ready and waiting.

While their final opponents were battling their way past the Scandinavians, the US team has been busy fine-tuning its preparations for the final.

And Spithill admits his team must improve if it is to retain the trophy.

“We need to be faster if we’re going to win this America’s Cup and for the sailors we need to technique-wise get a little better, a little more consistent. We know we’ve been making a lot of mistakes out there, but we’re a very, very candid team so we’ll go back and we’re going to work really hard.”

The third and fourth races take place in the early hours of Monday morning.

Four years ago, Team New Zealand allowed an 8-1 series lead to slip to lose the trophy 9-8.

The inaugural Super Netball Championship comes to its climax on Saturday night in Brisbane when the Sunshine Coast Lightning takes on the Sydney Giants.

It’s fitting that two new teams created for the tournament have won the right to contest the final which will pit two English captains against each other.

Geva Mentor will lead the Lightning, while good friend and England team mate Jo Harten will lead out the Giants.

But Harten says for the season decider, their friendship will be put on hold.

“I’ve had a few text messages. I texted her last weekend, but you know you keep it all professional. We keep it all cheery and smiley and when you hit the court it’s obviously enemy number one – she’s your English teammate, but at the moment she’s the enemy.”

Cricket’s Champions Trophy will be decided at London’s Oval ground on Sunday evening.

Host England was thrashed by a resurgent Pakistan on Thursday, with Pakistan hoping to get revenge on India in the final.

Pakistan lost to India en-route to the final, but captain Sarfraz Ahmed says that defeat only served to inspire his side.

“I think we just talked after the India match, we just motivated the guys, don’t worry about the India match, this is gone. We have two matches, if we play good cricket definitely we will win this tournament, now we are in the final.”

Next week’s Rugby League State of Origin sees this weekend’s scheduled NRL matches cut to half their usual number.

The Rabbitohs and Titans are in action tonight [Fri] in the first of four matches over the weekend.

In the AFL, the top two on the ladder the Adelaide Crows and Greater Western Sydney Giants have byes.

Richmond welcomes the Sydney Swans to the MCG on Saturday while the reigning Premier Western Bulldogs take on Melbourne on Sunday afternoon in two of the big match-ups.