The Aussies have one last chance to keep one hand on the Ashes this weekend as they take on England at Old Trafford in Manchester. To be fair, the Ashes are just about a lost cause but with three Tests yet to play and another series in Australia later this year the war is far from won. The Aussies need to win the toss and have a good first day by keeping wickets in hand. Cricket tragics love nothing more than when the old enemies stand up and fight it out.
The Bridgestone International is one of the great golf tournaments on the calendar with nearly US$9 million up for grabs this weekend. There is actually more money on offer this weekend than there will be for the PGA Championship the following week. I’m not suggesting for one second that this is more important – it isn’t – but many of the world’s best will be lining up at Firestone to strut their stuff. Only one (Louis Oosthuizen with a neck injury) of the world’s top 50 golfers is missing from this field so make no mistake, there will be plenty of low rounds belted out in Ohio. I have tipped Steve Stricker who has had success here before but beware of the Tiger who holds the 72-hole record here at Firestone and shares the lowest round for 18 holes of 61. It may have happened back in 2000 but the Tiger isn’t done and dusted yet.
There is plenty of sport coming at you from “Down Under” with the highlight being the final of the Super 15 being played between the Chiefs and the Brumbies. I love the Chiefs. There are also full rounds of AFL, NRL and baseball from the US – a veritable bevy of sport to keep you sport nuts well and truly entertained for another weekend.
Good luck and good punting.