World Cup 2018 opening ceremony

World Cup 2018, Russia vs Saudi Arabia: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction

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Both the World Cup opening ceremony and the first game of the tournament will be shown live on ITV 1.

ITV begin their build up to the first match from 2:30pm.

See what channel every World Cup game will be on here.
What will the opening ceremony involve?

Around 500 dancers, gymnasts and trampolinists will be performing in an opening extravaganza that will pay homage to all things Russian. The ceremony will close with a firework display.

After Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull combined in an eye-raising duet for the opening ceremony in Brazil, former Take That star Robbie Williams will be performing alongside young Russian artist, Aida Garifullina.

I’m so happy and excited to be going back to Russia for such a unique performance. I’ve done a lot in my career, and opening the FIFA World Cup to 80,000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream,” said Williams.

“We’d like to invite football and music fans to party with us in Russia, in the stadium, or to tune in their TVs a little earlier for an unforgettable show,” he added.

Opera singer Placido Domingo – who famously soundtracked Italia ’90 as one of the Three Tenors alongside Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras – will be performing. Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez will join him.

Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal).

Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal).

Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad)

Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli)

Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge), Andrei Lunyov (Zenit St. Petersburg).

Defenders: Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Fyodor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semyonov (Akhmat Grozny), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg).

Midfielders: Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yuri Gazinsky (FC Krasnodar), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit St. Petersburg), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Yerokhin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow).

Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Alexei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fyodor Smolov (FC Krasnodar).

Saudi Arabia stepped up their World Cup preparations in an international friendly with Italy.

Yahya Al Shehri scored Saudi Arabia’s only goal in a 2-1 defeat to the Azzurri, who will not be represented at this year’s World Cup.

Former Manchester City and Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli scored in his first international start for four years in Roberto Mancini’s first game in charge since become Italy’s new head coach.

Preparations for Russia have been far from ideal since qualifying for a fifth World Cup, with two coaches fired. Edgardo Bauza was dismissed nine days before the draw after only five friendlies in charge.

The team lost to Portugal and Bulgaria last month. Bauza had been appointed in September to replace Bert van Marwijk, who was fired despite leading the team to their first World Cup since 2006.

Juan Antonio Pizzi, who was only named on Tuesday as the new coach, will be tasked with improving on Saudi Arabia’s best-ever performance at World Cup – the second-round exit to Sweden at the 1994 tournament in the United States.

Russia

When the Russians launched their bid to host the World Cup for the first time, they were on a high after reaching the semi-finals at the 2008 European Championship. Times have changed.

Russia go into the draw as the lowest-ranked of the 32 teams, having failed to advance past the group stage of any tournament since 2008. Ambitious talk of reaching the quarter-finals or even semi-finals has faded.

After bypassing the qualification process as tournament hosts, Russia have endured a torrid run of results that has seen them plummet to number 66 in the Fifa rankings.

Their last victory came against South Korea in October 2017 and since then they have gone five games without victory.

US Open Golf Live

U.S. Open 2018 Live Stream: TV Info, Tee times and Odds

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The second major of the golfing season gets underway on June 14, as the U.S. Open returns to one of its iconic venues and Tiger Woods makes his first appearance at the tournament since 2015.

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s tournament.
When is it?

The U.S. Open begins on Thursday, June 14 and will finish on Sunday, June 17.
Where is it?

The Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Long Island, New York, will host the 118th U.S. Open. This year’s tournament will be the fifth U.S. Open held on the iconic course and the first since 2004, when Retief Goosen claimed his second major as he finished at four under par, two strokes ahead of Phil Mickelson

The course is a par-70 and this year measures 7,445 yards, the longest it has ever been for a U.S. Open at the venue.
Where can I watch it live?

This year will be the fourth U.S. Open broadcast by FOX Sports and the network plans to air 45 hours of live golf. For all four rounds, the broadcast will start in the morning and run late into the afternoon, while live streaming for featured groups and featured holes will be available via FOX Sports’ digital platforms, usopen.com and the U.S. Open app.

Here’s the schedule for tournament coverage (EDT):

See all of the best photos of the week in these slideshows

Round 1, Thursday, June 14: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on FOX Sports 1; 4:30-7:30 p.m. FOX

Round 2, Friday, June 15: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on FOX Sports 1; 4:30-7:30 p.m. FOX

Round 3, Saturday, June 16: 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. FOX; 4-7:30 p.m. FOX Deportes

Round 4, Sunday, June 17: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. FOX; 4-7 p.m. FOX Deportes
Which groups should I keep an eye out for?

Look no further than the one containing Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods. In other words, the world’s number one and two going head-to-head with a 14-time major winner, who makes his first U.S. Open appearance since 2015. Tiger has returned to form this season and looks to have put a nightmare couple of years behind him, but has not yet managed to put together four great rounds. Thomas won his first major last year and has already won two tournaments this season, as has Johnson.

The group tees off at 1:47 p.m. from the first hole in round 1 and at 8:02 a.m. from the 10th tee in round 2.

The group containing Rory McIllroy, Jordan Spieth and Mickelson is also worth keeping an eye on, as the former is looking for his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, while Mickelson could clinch a career grand slam at Shinnecock–where he finished second in 2004.

Spieth, meanwhile, has not won a tournament this year but he thrives in majors. The trio tee off at 8:02 a.m. from the 10th tee in round 1 and from the first tee at 1:47 p.m. in round 2.
Who is the favorite?

Predicting the winner of a major is a difficult business and this year’s U.S. Open is no different. According to Odds Shark, Dustin Johnson is the favorite at 11/1, followed by Rory McIllroy at 12/1. Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas and Justin Rose are all at 14/1, while Tiger Woods is 20/1.

Brooks Koepka, who won the U.S. Open at Erin Hills last year, is at 25/1, while odds on this year’s Masters Tournament champion Patrick Reed stand at 40/1.

Tee times

Here’s a selection of the tee times for some of the main groups.

Thursday, No. 1 tee / Friday, No. 10 tee

7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – Louis Oosthuizen, Jimmy Walker, Justin Rose

7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Tyrrell Hatton Danny Willett, Ian Poulter

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Bryson DeChambeau, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Matt Kuchar

1:14 p.m. – 7:29 a.m. – Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm, Rafa Cabrera Bello

1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari, Alexander Noren

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods

Thursday, No. 10 tee / Friday, No. 1 tee

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Zach Johnson, Charl Schwartzel, Patrick Reed

8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Rickie Fowler

1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer

2018 US open

U.S. Open 2018: Tee times, TV channels and how to watch live stream

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U.S. Open 2018: Tee times, TV schedule, how to watch live at Shinnecock Hills

On June 14, athletes from all around the world will congregate in one location to take part in a famous summer competition that fans always look forward to. That’s right — golf’s U.S. Open.

The season’s second major, which the United States Golf Association (USGA) describes as “golf’s ultimate test,” will take place at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y., for the fifth time.

MORE: U.S. Open odds

Last year’s U.S. Open ended in memorable fashion when Brooks Koepka matched the lowest score ever at the tournament — a record set by Rory McIlroy in 2011 — at 16 under par.

Koepka and McIlroy are in the 2018 U.S. Open field, along with past winners Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson. Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia will also compete at Shinnecock.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2018 U.S. Open, including tee times, pairings and how to watch live.
U.S. Open live TV schedule

Here’s the live TV broadcast schedule for the U.S. Open (all times Eastern):
Round 1: Thursday, June 14
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on FS1
4:30-7:30 p.m. on Fox
Round 2: Friday, June 15
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on FS1
4:30-7:30 p.m. on Fox
Round 3: Saturday, June 16
11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Fox
Round 4: Sunday, June 17
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fox
U.S. Open live streaming

Cable subscribers can live-stream the U.S. Open online at FoxSportsGo.com or via the Fox Sports Go app.

You can also live-stream the entire U.S. Open free via a seven-day trial with fuboTV.

Also, check out the featured groups and holes available for live-streaming via U.S. Open stream in Rounds 1 and 2:
Round 1: Thursday, June 14
7:40 a.m.: Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka
8:02 a.m.: Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson
1:14 p.m.: Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm, Rafael Cabrera Bell
1:47 p.m.: Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods
8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Featured holes Nos. 7, 9, 11
Round 2: Friday, June 15
7:29 a.m.: Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm, Rafael Cabrera Bell
8:02 a.m.: Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods
1:25 p.m.: Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka
1:47 p.m.: Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson
8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Featured holes Nos. 7, 9, 11
U.S. Open tee times

Round 1: Thursday, June 14
Hole Time Golfers
1 6:45 a.m. Harold Varner, Scott Piercy, Matthieu Pavon
10 6:45 a.m. Scott Stallings, Sebastian Munoz, Matthew Southgate
1 6:56 a.m. Michael Putnam, Scott Gregory, Will Zalatoris
10 6:56 a.m. Trey Mullinax, Matt Parziale (a), Jason Scrivene
1 7:07 a.m. Brendan Steele, Chesson Hadley, Harry Ellis (a)
10 7:07 a.m. David Bransdon, Eric Axley, Tyler Duncan
1 7:18 a.m. Jhonattan Vegas, Dylan Frittelli, Doug Ghim (a)
10 7:18 a.m. Garrett Rank (a), Mackenzie Hughes, Aaron Baddeley
1 7:29 a.m. Louis Oosthuizen, Jimmy Walker, Justin Rose
10 7:29 a.m. Alexander Levy, Brian Harman, Patrick Cantlay
1 7:40 a.m. Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka
10 7:40 a.m. Paul Casey, Satoshi Kodaira, Branden Grace
1 7:51 a.m. Tyrrell Hatton, Danny Willett, Ian Poulter
10 7:51 a.m. Zach Johnson, Charl Schwartzel, Patrick Reed
1 8:02 a.m. Kevin Chappell, Andrew Johnston, Daniel Berger
10 8:02 a.m. Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson
1 8:13 a.m. Bryson DeChambeau, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Matt Kuchar
10 8:13 a.m. Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Rickie Fowler
1 8:24 a.m. Thorbjorn Olesen, Shubhankar Sharma, Patrick Rodgers
10 8:24 a.m. Charles Howell, Bill Haas, Charley Hoffman
1 8:35 a.m. Lanto Griffin, Tom Lewis, Jacob Bergeron(a)
10 8:35 a.m. Sungjae Im, Russell Knox, Matthew Wallace
1 8:46 a.m. Kristoffer Reitan(a), Luis Gagne (a), Cole Miller
10 8:46 a.m. Shintaro Ban (a), Sung Joon Park, Timothy Wilkinson
1 8:57 a.m. Mickey DeMorat, Tyler Strafaci (a), Calum Hill
10 8:57 a.m. Dylan Meyer, Sulman Raza, Chris Naegel
1 12:30 p.m. Sam Burns, Brian Gay, Dean Burmester
10 12:30 p.m. Mickey DeMorat, Tyler Strafaci (a), Calum Hill
1 12:41 p.m. Ryan Evans, Chun An Yu (a), Wenchong Liang
10 12:41 p.m. Paul Waring, Theo Humphrey(a), Ted Potter Jr.
1 12:52 p.m. Russell Henley, Aaron Wise, Peter Uihlein
10 12:52 p.m. Richy Werenski, Roberto Castro, Ollie Schniederjans
1 1:03 p.m. Tony Finau, Luke List, Gary Woodland
10 1:03 p.m. Noah Goodwin (a), Richie Ramsay, Kenny Perry
1 1:14 p.m. Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm, Rafa Cabrera Bello
10 1:14 p.m. Keegan Bradley, Emiliano Grillo, Xander Schauffele
1 1:25 p.m. Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari, Alexander Noren
10 1:25 p.m. Lucas Glover, Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell
1 1:36 p.m. Cameron Smith, Kyle Stanley, Pat Perez
10 1:36 p.m. Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk
1 1:47 p.m. Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods
10 1:47 p.m. Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer
1 1:58 p.m. Haotong Li, Si Woo Kim, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
10 1:58 p.m. Kevin Kisner, Ross Fisher, Adam Hadwin
1 2:09 p.m. Jason Dufner, Braden Thornberry (a), Brandt Snedeker
10 2:09 p.m. Shane Lowry, Byeong Hun An, Chez Reavie
1 2:20 p.m. Rikuya Hoshino, Ryan Lumsden (a), James Morrison
10 2:20 p.m. Lucas Herbert, Brian Stuard, Stewart Hagestad(a)
1 2:31 p.m. Cameron Wilson, Will Grimmer (a), Philip Barbaree(a)
10 2:31 p.m. Franklin Huang (a), Sebastian Vazquez, Michael Miller
1 2:42 p.m. Rhett Rasmussen(a), Michael Hebert, Michael Block
10 2:42 p.m. Christopher Babcock, Timothy Wiseman(a), David Gazzolo

Round 2: Friday, June 15
Hole Time Golfers
1 6:45 a.m. Matthew Jones, Ryan Fox, Shota Akiyoshi
10 6:45 a.m. Sam Burns, Brian Gay, Dean Burmester
1 6:56 a.m. Paul Waring, Theo Humphrey(a)
10 6:56 a.m. Chun An Yu (a), Wenchong Liang
1 7:07 a.m. Richy Werenski, Roberto Castro, Ollie Schniederjans
10 7:07 a.m. Russell Henley, Aaron Wise, Peter Uihlein
1 7:18 a.m. Noah Goodwin (a), Richie Ramsay, Kenny Perry
10 7:18 a.m. Tony Finau, Luke List, Gary Woodland
1 7:29 a.m. Keegan Bradley, Xander Schauffele
10 7:29 a.m. Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm, Rafa Cabrera Bello
1 7:40 a.m. Lucas Glover, Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell
10 7:40 a.m. Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari, Alexander Noren
1 7:51 a.m. Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk
10 7:51 a.m. Cameron Smith, Kyle Stanley, Pat Perez
1 8:02 a.m. Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer
10 8:02 a.m. Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods
1 8:13 a.m. Kevin Kisner, Ross Fisher, Adam Hadwin
10 8:13 a.m. Haotong Li, Si Woo Kim, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
1 8:24 a.m. Shane Lowry, Chez Reavie
10 8:24 a.m. Jason Dufner, Braden Thornberry (a), Brandt Snedeker
1 8:35 a.m. Lucas Herbert, Brian Stuard, Stewart Hagestad(a)
10 8:35 a.m. Ryan Lumsden (a), James Morrison
1 8:46 a.m. Franklin Huang (a), Sebastian Vazquez, Michael Miller
10 8:46 a.m. Cameron Wilson, Will Grimmer (a), Philip Barbaree(a)
1 8:57 a.m. Christopher Babcock, Timothy Wiseman(a), David Gazzolo
10 8:57 a.m. Rhett Rasmussen(a), Michael Hebert, Michael Block
1 12:30 p.m. Scott Stallings, Sebastian Munoz, Matthew Southgate
10 12:30 p.m. Harold Varner, Matthieu Pavon
1 12:41 p.m. Trey Mullinax, Matt Parziale (a), Jason Scrivener
10 12:41 p.m. Michael Putnam, Scott Gregory, Will Zalatoris
1 12:52 p.m. David Bransdon, Eric Axley, Tyler Duncan
10 12:52 p.m. Brendan Steele, Chesson Hadley, Harry Ellis (a)
1 1:03 p.m. Garrett Rank (a), Mackenzie Hughes, Aaron Baddeley
10 1:03 p.m. Jhonattan Vegas, Dylan Frittelli, Doug Ghim (a)
1 1:14 p.m. Alexander Levy, Brian Harman, Patrick Cantlay
10 1:14 p.m. Louis Oosthuizen, Jimmy Walker, Justin Rose
1 1:25 p.m. Paul Casey, Satoshi Kodaira, Branden Grace
10 1:25 p.m. Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka
1 1:36 p.m. Zach Johnson, Charl Schwartzel, Patrick Reed
10 1:36 p.m. Tyrrell Hatton, Danny Willett, Ian Poulter
1 1:47 p.m. Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson
10 1:47 p.m. Kevin Chappell, Andrew Johnston, Daniel Berger
1 1:58 p.m. Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Rickie Fowler
10 1:58 p.m. Bryson DeChambeau, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Matt Kuchar
1 2:09 p.m. Charles Howell, Bill Haas, Charley Hoffman
10 2:09 p.m. Thorbjorn Olesen, Shubhankar Sharma, Patrick Rodgers
1 2:20 p.m. Sungjae Im, Russell Knox, Matthew Wallace
10 2:20 p.m. Lanto Griffin, Tom Lewis, Jacob Bergeron(a)
1 2:31 p.m. Shintaro Ban (a), Sung Joon Park, Timothy Wilkinson
10 2:31 p.m. Kristoffer Reitan(a), Luis Gagne (a), Cole Miller
1 2:42 p.m. Dylan Meyer, Sulman Raza, Chris Naegel
10 2:42 p.m. Mickey DeMorat, Tyler Strafaci (a), Calum Hill

U.S Open Golf 2018

US Open Golf 2018: Tee Times, Live-Stream and TV Schedule Listing

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The U.S. Open men’s golf tournament returns to Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York, for the first time since 2004, when Retief Goosen’s dominant putting performance led to a four-under 276 and a two-stroke win over Phil Mickelson.

Shinnecock was notoriously difficult that year, as it was in 1995 and 1986, when Corey Pavin (even-par 280) and Raymond Floyd (one-under 279) took home U.S. Open trophies, respectively.

It should be no different this year, with the first groups teeing off Thursday at 6:45 a.m. ET. According to Sean Martin of PGATour.com, Shinnecock is 7,445 yards this week, which is 459 yards longer than the 2004 tournament.

Couple that with what looks to be a punishing rough (as noted by Brian Wacker of Golf Digest), and we could have another tournament where the winner struggles to beat even par:

Here’s a look at the television and live-stream schedules for this week as well as the first- and second-round tee times. Analysis for two contenders and a sleeper follows.

Television Broadcast Schedule

All times ET

Thursday

FS1: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fox: 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Friday

FS1: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fox: 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday

Fox: 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sunday

Fox: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Live-Stream Schedule

Thursday

7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Friday

8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Saturday

11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Sunday

11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Live streaming will be available via USOpen.com.

First- and Second-Round Tee Times

All times ET

Thursday: Hole No. 1 / Friday: Hole No. 10

6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m.: Harold Varner, Scott Piercy, Matthieu Pavon

6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m.: Michael Putnam, Scott Gregory, Will Zalatoris

7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m.: Brendan Steele, Chesson Hadley, Harry Ellis (amateur)

7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m.: Jhonattan Vegas, Dylan Frittelli, Doug Ghim (amateur)

7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m.: Louis Oosthuizen, Jimmy Walker, Justin Rose

7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m.: Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m.: Tyrrell Hatton, Danny Willett, Ian Poulter

8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m.: Kevin Chappell, Andrew Johnston, Daniel Berger

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m.: Bryson DeChambeau, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Matt Kuchar

8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m.: Thorbjorn Olesen, Shubhankar Sharma, Patrick Rodgers

8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m.: Lanto Griffin, Tom Lewis, Jacob Bergeron (amateur)

8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m.: Kristoffer Reitan, Luis Gagne, Cole Miller

8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m.: Mickey DeMorat, Tyler Strafaci (amateur), Calum Hill

Thursday: Hole No. 10 / Friday: Hole No. 1

6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m.: Scott Stallings, Sebastian Munoz, Matthew Southgate

6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m.: Trey Mullinax, Matt Parziale (amateur), Jason Scrivener

7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m.: David Bransdon, Eric Axley, Tyler Duncan

7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m.: Garrett Rank (amateur), Mackenzie Hughes, Aaron Baddeley

7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m.: Alexander Levy, Brian Harman, Patrick Cantlay

7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m.: Paul Casey, Satoshi Kodaira, Branden Grace

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m.: Zach Johnson, Charl Schwartzel, Patrick Reed

8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m.: Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m.: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Rickie Fowler

8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m.: Charles Howell, Bill Haas, Charley Hoffman

8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m.: Sungjae Im, Russell Knox, Matthew Wallace

8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m.: Shintaro Ban (amateur), Sung Joon Park, Timothy Wilkinson

8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m.: Dylan Meyer, Sulman Raza, Chris Naegel

Thursday: Hole No. 1 / Friday: Hole No. 10

12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m.: Sam Burns, Brian Gay, Dean Burmester

12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m.: Ryan Evans, Chun An Yu (amateur), Wenchong Liang

12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m.: Russell Henley, Aaron Wise, Peter Uihlein

1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m.: Tony Finau, Luke List, Gary Woodland

1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m.: Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm, Rafa Cabrera Bello

1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m.: Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari, Alexander Noren

1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m.: Cameron Smith, Kyle Stanley, Pat Perez

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m.: Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods

1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m.: Haotong Li, Si Woo Kim, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m.: Jason Dufner, Braden Thornberry (amateur), Brandt Snedeker

2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m.: Rikuya Hoshino; Ryan Lumsden (amateur), James Morrison

2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m.: Cameron Wilson, Will Grimmer (amateur), Philip Barbaree

2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m.: Rhett Rasmussen (amateur), Michael Hebert, Michael Block

Thursday: Hole No. 10 / Friday: Hole No. 1

12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m.: Matthew Jones, Ryan Fox, Shota Akiyoshi

12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m.: Paul Waring, Theo Humphrey (amateur), Ted Potter

12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m.: Richy Werenski, Roberto Castro, Ollie Schniederjans

1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m.: Noah Goodwin (amateur), Richie Ramsay, Kenny Perry

1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m.: Keegan Bradley, Emiliano Grillo, Xander Schauffele

1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m.: Lucas Glover, Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell

1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m.: Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m.: Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer

1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m.: Kevin Kisner, Ross Fisher, Adam Hadwin

2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m.: Shane Lowry, Byeong Hun An, Chez Reavie

2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m.: Lucas Herbert, Brian Stuard, Stewart Hagestad (amateur)

2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m.: Franklin Huang (amateur), Sebastian Vazquez, Michael Miller

2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m.: Christopher Babcock, Timothy Wiseman (amateur), David Gazzolo

Two Contenders

Dustin Johnson

According to OddsShark, Dustin Johnson is the clear favorite to win the U.S. Open at 8-1. In fact, he’s the only golfer in the field with odds listed better than 14-1.

He’s coming into this tournament hot after winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic with a 19-under 261, which beat second-place finisher Andrew Putnam by six strokes and third-place finisher J.B. Holmes by 10.

Shinnecock seems to fit Johnson well. Players will have to gain strokes off the tee on this lengthened course, and no one does that better than Johnson, who is first in the PGA Tour in that category. He’s also been excellent on his approaches, ranking 12th on tour.

Given how much variance there is in golf, it wouldn’t be too surprising if Johnson is out of contention Sunday, especially if his some of his drives (148th in accuracy) land in that brutal rough.

But on paper, Johnson looks to be the No. 1 contender for the title this year thanks to his length off the tee, approaches and recent form.

Jon Rahm

According to Future of Fantasy’s Josh Culp, Jon Rahm is seventh in total strokes gained in the wind since 2014. Knowing how to play in the wind will be crucial: According to Windfinder, the wind will be steady from 15 to 17 mph Thursday, with gusts up to 23 mph.

There’s a bit of a reprieve Friday afternoon when the wind dies down, but other than that, it looks as though players will be contending with the wind all week.

Of course, conditions can change between now and when the tournament gets underway, but players who can hit it long and play in the wind have an advantage.

Back to Rahm, he’s second only to Johnson in strokes gained off the tee, thanks in part to his driving length (307.2 yards). Rahm is also 12th in greens-in-regulation percentage.

The only concern is that he’s been a bit off with his irons this year (114th in strokes gained on approaches), but if he shores that up this week, then Rahm will be in clear contention for his first major win.

One Sleeper

Gary Woodland

Admittedly, it would have been hard to back Gary Woodland if not for his solid performance at the Memorial two weeks ago, when he shot a nine-under 279 and finished 23rd. If you take away his one blemish on the scorecard (a three-over 75 on Saturday), Woodland was actually 12 under through the other three rounds.

Woodland had missed five straight cuts at stroke-play events prior to the Memorial, though, and he also failed to reach the knockout round of the WGC-Dell Match Play.

That being said, Shinnecock looks like a course where Woodland can turn some heads. He’s third on the PGA Tour in strokes gained off the tee and fifth in greens in regulation. He’s also fared well in approaches and putting, ranking 53rd and 70th, respectively.

The problems occur if Woodland doesn’t hit the green in regulation. In particular, he’s 192nd in sand-save percentage and 187th in strokes gained around the green. If he can’t hit the greens consistently this weekend, Woodland might be in a lot of trouble.

But if he can avoid the Shinnecock bunkers much more often than not, then Woodland could be a sneaky contender Sunday.

Russia vs Saudi Arabia

Russia vs Saudi Arabia: TV channel, live stream, squad news & match preview

Goal brings you all the details and information you need to know ahead of the opening World Cup game between Russia and Saudi Arabia

This year’s World Cup finals will open with a Group A fixture between host nation Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, kicking off the beginning of the group stages.

Thursday’s match will be the only one held on that day to coincide with the opening ceremony, with three group stage fixtures taking place each day until June 28.

Russia are first-time hosts of the tournament and qualified automatically, and will be making their fourth appearance at the finals since 1990.

Asian qualifiers Saudi Arabia’s best result at a World Cup was finishing in the last 16 in 1994, and will be hoping for a better finish this tournament.

Goal brings you all you need to know ahead of the clash between the two sides that follows the opening ceremony.

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Russia don’t boast a roster of standout players, so will be having to rely on the emerging talents of Aleksandr Golovin, who is their most dangerous attacking player and aged just 22. Aleksandr Kokorin misses out on the tournament due to an injury, and it is a blow for Russia as he would have been the first-choice striker.

Ex-Chelsea full-back Zhirkov is nearing the end of his international career, and playing the finals in his home country would be the perfect send-off.

Potential Russia XI: Akinfeev; Zhirkov, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Fernandes; Golovin, Anton Miranchuk, Zobnin, Samedov; Dzagoev, Smolov

Saudi Arabia’s three key men lie in Al-Abed, Al-Muwall and Al-Shehri. Al-Abed netted five times in the qualification stages and remains to be Saudi Arabia’s top-scorer en route to the finals, while Al-Mulwall netted the goal that secured his nation’s participation in Russia.

Al-Shehri provides the most experience for his team, having been in the side since 2009 and is only 27 years of age.

Potential Saudi Arabia XI: Al-Muaiouf, Al-Burayk, Al-Boleahi, Hawsawi, Al-Harbi, Al-Faraj, Ali-Khaibari, Kanno, Al-Jassim, Al-Shehri, Al-Sahlawi

The two teams are not seen as favourites to progress through to the last 16 as the two other Group A teams are Uruguay and Egypt – who possess both individual and collective talent – but, as ever, surprises are expected to be in store.

Russia will be looking to impress their fans on home turf when they open the tournament proper, having underperformed in Brazil in 2014 after crashing out in the group stages following a loss to Belgium and failure to register victory against South Korea and Algeria.

Their form at Euro 2016 wasn’t great either, picking up just one point in the group stages against England, and will be given the opportunity to redeem themselves when they host the finals in familiar territory.

“We can’t really influence people’s opinions, we can only see what kind of a group we have,” said head coach Stanislav Cherchesov. “We have been studying our opponents from day one.
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“There are no weak teams in any of the groups. The first game is important so it will set the tone to a certain extent. We are trying to iron out any kinks we have.

Russia, however, have never made it out of the group stages in the World Cup since the breaking up of the USSR and will be anxious to announce themselves to not only their own fans, but to the football world.

Saudi Arabia’s run-up to the finals were a difficult endeavour, having qualified for second place above Australia on only goal difference (+2). They were the only nation, along with England, whose players all play for their respective domestic league – until May, when Al-Muwallad featured for Levante in May at the end of the La Liga season.

Cruz vs Mares Live

Santa Cruz vs Mares II: Live streaming results and round by round coverage

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At long, long last, we can stop talking about Tyson Fury the man and start talking about Tyson Fury the boxer. Of course, such a charismatic character can never be ignored but it will be good to have him back doing what he does best: boxing.

The fight itself is a mismatch with 66lbs of weight and nearly a foot of height separating the two men, but after 1,000 days out of the ring, Fury wouldn’t want to go near anyone remotely dangerous.

The intrigue is not solely confined to the “main event” though. The hard-working Terry Flanagan, 33 fights unbeaten in his professional career, will take on Maurice Hooker for the vacant WBO super-lightweight world title.

And fans of the heavyweight division will also get to see Ricky Hatton’s young charge Nathan Gorman look to extend his unbeaten record.

FOLLOW TYSON FURY VS SEFER SEFERI LIVE

TV channel and live stream: BT Sport and BT Sport player; Showtime Facebook and YouTube (US stream only)

Fight time (approx): 10.15pm

Odds (Betfair): Fury 1/500, Seferi 25/1, draw 50/1

Express Sport predicts: Fury third-round stoppage

Undercard highlights: Terry Flanagan vs Maurice Hooker (vacant WBO super-lightweight world title); Nathan Gorman vs Sean Turner; Jack McGann professional debut (former MMA fighter)

Terence Crawford vs Jeff Horn (WBO welterweight title)

If you are a British fight fan, you will be forgiven by this parish for not noticing – or at least forgetting about until now – Las Vegas’ big show tonight.

Jeff Horn might be one of the more underrated fighters in the world, having beaten Manny Pacquiao in a fight that some commentators thought he was lucky to win and then successfully defended against Gary Corcoran, who was a long way from home.

However, he has taken his title to Las Vegas and is ready to defend it against one of the world’s very best pound-for-pound fighters.

Crawford has made a career of facing and beating all-comers and is favourite to do so again – but there are plenty of boxing insiders who fancy Horn for what would be a famous away win tonight.

TV channel and live stream: BoxNation; BoxNation.com or the BT Sport player

Fight time (approx): 3.30am UK time

Odds (Betfair): Crawford 1/6, Horn 9/2, draw 33/1

Express Sport predicts: Hate to bet against Crawford but a Horn late stoppage

Undercard highlights: Jose Pedraza vs Antonio Moran; Maxim Dadadshev vs Darleys Pere

Leo Santa Cruz vs Abner Mares

Breakdown: Showtime Boxing Santa Cruz vs. Mares II fight previews

 

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This Saturday night means a night of choices for combat sports fans. UFC 225 dominates the MMA world, but boxing also has a full day, featuring Tyson Fury, Terence Crawford, and a double-header on Showtime. Here, we break down the Showtime card featuring Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares II and Jermell Charlo vs. Austin Trout. The Showtime card airs live at 10:00 p.m. ET.

LEO SANTA CRUZ (34-1-1; 19 KOs) vs. ABNER MARES (31-2-1; 15 KOs)
The main event is a big fight in the Featherweight (126 lbs.) division, with Santa Cruz defending his WBA title against the man he won it against in 2015, Abner Mares. At the time of their first fight, Santa Cruz was undefeated, highly regarded, but seen as needing a top shelf opponent. Mares was 3 fights removed from a massive upset flash KO loss, but was re-establishing himself as one of the division’s best. Santa Cruz took the win there in a hard fought majority decision. Since then, Santa Cruz is 3-1, with his biggest fights being his 1-1 series with Carl Frampton. Mares is 2-0 since including a very good win over Jesus Cuellar. It’s hard to argue that Santa Cruz is not the division’s top dog, but it’s also hard to argue Mares is not just a few spots outside of that top spot. Momentum favors the high-volume, but deceptively technical Santa Cruz, though you can never rule Mares out. Santa Cruz is favored at -500 and he should be – look for him to win a hard fought match-up here, again showing his dominance, and potentially setting up a rubber match with Frampton.

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JERMELL CHARLO (30-0; 15 KOs) vs. AUSTIN TROUT (31-4; 17 KOs)
The 154 pound Light Middleweight division in an interesting one right now with all kinds of intriguing match-ups featuring Charlo, Trout, Jarrett Hurd, and Erislandy Lara among others. Right now, Hurd stands at the top of that mountain thanks to back to back wins over Trout and Lara, but Charlo is not to be ruled out. WBC champion Charlo has been on a strong run as of late, picking up wins over solid names. The 28 year old currently sits at #2 in the division behind Hurd, looks to be in his prime, and is in a perfect position to take that top spot. To get there, he needs to defeat the smart and highly tested Trout. Trout had a huge signature win in 2012 when he upset Miguel Cotto in Madison Square Garden. Since then, his career has been frustrating. He’s gone 5-4, consistently losing when faced with higher level opposition (which includes Jermell’s brother Jermall Charlo), but also consistently having a decent case for why he should have won on the scorecards. But things just haven’t fallen his way. Trout remains a tough opponent, and if Charlo isn’t careful, Trout can spoil his rise, but a Trout win here would be his biggest since the Cotto fight. Most betting sites have Charlo up at about a -1000 favorite. On the one hand that seems high, but on the other, I certainly wouldn’t put money on Trout here. Cross your fingers for a Charlo vs. Hurd fight next – that should be interesting.

Showtime Championship Boxing Santa Cruz vs. Mares II airs live this Saturday, June 9 with a fight time of 10:01 p.m. ET. Yes, 10:01. Join us here for discussion.

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UFC 225 start time, TV schedule, who is fighting tonight at ‘Whittaker vs Romero 2

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the hurt business tonight (Sat., June 9, 2018) to stage UFC 225 from inside United Center in Chicago, Ill., on pay-per-view (PPV). The event will be headlined by a five-round, non-title fight between Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero. In the co-main event, Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington will collide for the interim Welterweight strap.

UFC 225 CHEAT SHEET

What UFC event is on tonight? UFC 225: “Whittaker vs Romero 2”
Who is fighting tonight at UFC 225? Robert Whittaker vs Yoel Romero Middleweight fight is the main event.
When does UFC 225 start? Today (Sat., June 9, 2018), beginning at 6:15 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass.
Where will UFC 225 take place? United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
How can I watch UFC 225? UFC Fight Pass “Prelims” start time at 6:15 p.m. ET. “Prelims” undercard on FOX Sports 1 starting at 8 p.m ET and the pay-per-view (PPV) main card kicks off at 10 p.m. ET.
Where can I get UFC 225 updates and results? Get full play-by-play updates and live coverage here!

What’s Hot:

Since 2014, Whittaker has been on an absolute tear, climbing his way up the 185-pound ladder to the tune of eight-straight victories, defeating the likes of Derek Brunson, Ronaldo Souza and then Yoel Romero to claim the interim division title. Now, the undisputed champion, “Reaper” had the chance to defend his belt for the first time against Romero, but “Soldier of God” failed to make weight for the title fight.

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It will have been nearly one year since Whittaker last competed because of several injuries, but he seems primed and ready to prove he is beyond a shadow of a doubt the best fighter in the 185-pound weight class. Romero, meanwhile, has also been kicking ass and taking names, winning eight of nine since 2013 with his lone loss coming to Whittaker, And he’s been terrorizing his opponents, knocking out Luke Rockhold, Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida and Tim Kennedy on his way to the top of the mountain. Now that he has a chance to get one back against “Bobby Knuckles” he will do so without the possibility of winning the strap. Both men have only gotten better, so this fight should still be one of the best of the year. But you’re lying if you say the non-title aspect of it doesn’t take a bit away from it.

Colby Covington, for better or worse, has talked his way into a title fight, albeit an interim one, as he will face former Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in the co-main event of the evening. While his gimmick has been wearing thin on just about everybody, “Chaos” has been putting in work inside the Octagon, winning five straight and eight of nine overall.

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Taking out dos Anjos, however, will be a tall order as the Brazilian bomber is as tough as they come, defeating Robbie Lawler in his previous bout. Since moving up to 170, “RDA” has been perfect, winning his first three fights in the division. His win over “Ruthless,” though, was highly-impressive given the fact that he went toe-to-toe with one of the hardest hitters in the game and beat him at his own specialty. He has a chance to make history by becoming only the fifth fighter to win two titles in as many divisions. In the process, he can score a huge victory for his native country after Covington bashed Brazil on multiple occasions.

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Holly Holm seems to be a fighter without a home. Better yet, she’s a fighter with two homes, as the former women’s Bantamweight champion has been moving up and down from the 135-pound weight class up to Featherweight with results that haven’t exactly been in her favor. After coughing up her bantamweight strap to Miesha Tate in 2016, Holm went on to lose to Valentina Shevchenko in her following bout. In a move that baffled many, “The Preacher’s Daughter” then fought for the inaugural women’s 145-pound title, despite the fact she was coming off two defeats. But hey, if UFC gives you the opportunities, you’d be a fool not to take them. Still, Holly came up short against Germaine de Randamie and suffered her third-straight defeat.

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After that, she went back down to 135 pounds to school Bethe Correia. Six months later, Holm found herself in yet another title fight, this time moving back up to 145 pounds to challenge the most dominate female fighter in the history of MMA, Cris Cyborg. After five rounds of fighting, Holm once again came up short in her bid to win her second title in as many weight classes. Now, she will face Megan Anderson, the former Invicta FC featherweight champ in hopes of getting back to the big dance. And since the 145-pound weight class, or 135, doesn’t have a legit contender to either champion, the former boxing champion could find herself in a title fight sooner, rather than later. Of course, Anderson is looking to squash all of that as she is determined to start her UFC career of with a bang. Winner of four straight, Anderson has the size to give Holm fits and send her to her fifth loss in six outings. This one will be interesting.

What’s Not:

Even the biggest critic out there can’t complain about this card.

Original Card vs Actual Card:

Surprisingly, all of the major bouts stayed intact, with only Chris de la Rocha stepping in to face Rashad Coulter after Allen Crowder was forced out of the event for undisclosed reasons. That said, Bobby Green — who hasn’t had the best of luck in UFC — was forced out of his bout against Clay Guida for undisclosed reasons and was ultimately replaced by Charles Oliveira.

Injuries:

The injury bug, thankfully, stayed away from this event. Though the fact that Romero and Whittaker won’t be a title fight is a bummer.

New Blood:

Megan Anderson will finally maker her long-awaited Octagon debut against former women’s bantamweight title holder Holly Holm in main card action. The former Invicta FC featherweight title holder was rumored to face Cris Cyborg on a few occasions in her first-ever UFC fight, but for one reason or another that bout never came to be. Now, Anderson will look to earn herself a shot at Cyborg’s strap by taking out the former boxing champion of the world. For a more detailed look at Megan’s journey to the Octagon, take a look at our very own Patrick Stumberg’s detailed piece on Anderson right here.

How The Prelims Look:

You know, last week I was pretty harsh on UFC Utica, as that event simply did nothing for me. But I felt I was warranted, as the card didn’t really have much to offer on paper. While the bouts were entertaining, I was still baffled by the lineup and the Friday booking.

When we take a look at UFC 225’s underbelly, you wonder why the promotion feels the need to over-stack one event and leave another hanging dry. I get it, on PPV events you want the free portion of it to be exciting to drum up interest to purchase the PPV card.

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But when I look at the prelims for UFC 225, that could easily have been UFC Fight Night 131 in Utica. The main event of the Fox Sports 1 prelims will see Alistair Overeem take on surging heavyweight Curtis Blaydes in what is sure-to-be a hard-hitting contest. Then we have an intriguing women’s’ strawweight bout between former division champion Carla Esparza taking on Claudia Gadelha, a former title challenger. In men’s featherweight action, Ricardo Lamas takes on Mirsad Bektic. Bektic got back on the winning track against Godofredo Pepey after having his “0” taken by Darren Elkins. Now, the hard-hitting 145-pounder looks to start another winning streak against longtime veteran Lamas. This is a fight I’m really looking forward to.

And we’re not done.

The Fight Pass portion of the event is very good, as well, as it will feature former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans face off against Anthony Smith. It’s a big fight for Evans, as he looks to avoid losing his fifth in a row against Smith. Furthermore, former two-time UFC title challenger Joseph Benavidez will make his long-awaited return to action to face off against Sergio Pettis. And if that weren’t enough, the always-entertaining Clay Guida will face Charles Oliveira after a late switch. Seriously, you take this undercard and it could easily be a UFC fight card on big FOX.

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Who Needs A Win Badly:

It’s been a tough fall for Rasahd Evans, the former 205-pound kingpin who seemed poised to make a long run as champion and have a long and prosperous career inside the Octagon. While it started off great, the last five years have been anything but, as “Suga” has dropped his last four outings dating back to 2013.

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While losing to Glover Teixeira and Chael Sonnen is nothing to hang your head low over, when you lose to Dan Kelly and Sam alvey after taking on and defeating the best in the world, people start wondering what’s going on. And no disrespect to either of those two guys, but Evans has defeated the best-of-the best. Now, Evans will look to prove he still has some fight left in him as he attempts to break his losing streak against Anthony Smith. Should he drop his fifth straight, there is no telling where he goes from here.

Interest Level: 10/10

I mean, this card is stacked from top to bottom, literally. Sure, we will no longer get to see Romero try to become champion, but the fights are still incredible and I feel like they will all deliver is some fashion. Plus, CM Punk returns after a two-year break to show the world that it wasn’t a mistake for UFC to give him a shot, let alone two, when he takes on Mike Jackson. Mike has wanted this fight for a while, and now that he’s got it he has a chance to make some money and perhaps put an end to the CM Punk experiment.

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Also, Tai Taiuvusa will look to continue his ascension up the Heavyweight ladder when he faces off against longtime veteran Andrei Arlovski. Winner of two in a row, “Pitbull” looks to show the upcoming, undefeated fighter that he isn’t ready to give up his spot in the big man landscape, especially on his home turf.

We are in for a fun night of fights, folks.

Fight Card:

UFC 225 PPV Main Event:

185.2 lbs.: UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero

UFC 225 PPV Main Card (10 p.m. ET):

170 lbs.: Colby Covington vs. Rafael dos Anjos for interim Welterweight title
145 lbs.: Megan Anderson vs. Holly Holm
265 lbs.: Andrei Arlovski vs. Tai Tuivasa
170 lbs.: C.M. Punk vs. Mike Jackson

UFC 225 Prelims On FOX Sports 1 (8 p.m. ET):

265 lbs.: Curtis Blaydes vs. Alistair Overeem
115 lbs.: Carla Esparza vs. Claudia Gadelha
145 lbs.: Mirsad Bektic vs. Ricardo Lamas
265 lbs.: Rashad Coulter vs. Chris De La Rocha

UFC 225 Prelims On Fight Pass (6:15 p.m. ET):

205 lbs.: Rashad Evans vs. Anthony Smith
125 lbs.: Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis
155 lbs.: Clay Guida vs. Charles Oliveira
145 lbs.: Dan Ige vs. Mike Santiago

UFC 225 Live

Watch UFC 225: Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero 2 live stream online, fight time, TV schedule

UFC 225 is live tonight and it features what was supposed to be a title fight and what is almost a title fight. Aside from that weirdness, there is a slew of intriguing match-ups including legends of the sports and hot prospects. The event goes down at the United Center in Chicago, IL.

Headlining the PPV is Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero in a non-title fight, thanks to Romero’s failure on the scales. The fight is a rematch from UFC 213, where Whittaker bested Romero over five rounds to lift the interim belt. Can the Aussie/Kiwi repeat that feat and continue to prove he’s the best in the division or will the Cuban Olympian win and cause all kinds of headaches?

In the co-main event there is another title on the line, though it’s a little less shiny. With UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley inactive, former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos meets the unpopular Colby Covington for an interim 170 lb title.

The remainder of the PPV sees Holly Holm take on newcomer Megan Anderson in the women’s featherweight division, Andrei Arlovski looking to halt the heavyweight hype train behind Tai Tuivasa, and former WWE star CM Punk look for his first win versus Mike Jackson at welterweight.

The FS1 prelims begin at 8:00PM ET and that’s headlined by another clash that pits a heavyweight legend against a rising star. In this case it’s Alistair Overeem taking on Curtis Blaydes. Also on the prelims there’s Claudia Gadelha against Carla Esparza at strawweight, Ricardo Lamas versus Mirsad Bektic at featherweight, and Rashad Coulter opposite Chris de la Rocha at heavyweight.

The UFC Fight Pass Prelims, which start at 6:15PM ET, have managed to retain their four scheduled fights. The featured early prelim sees former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans take on Anthony Smith. Before that there’s a flyweight fight with title implications, with Joseph Benavidez facing Sergio Pettis. Rounding out the event is Clay Guida vs. Charles Oliveira (lightweight) and Mike Santiago vs. Dan Ige (featherweight).

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Online

The UFC 225 pay-per-view card can be purchased online through UFC.tv. It begins at 10:00PM ET/7:00PM PT. The PPV can also be purchased through UFC Fight Pass.
Amazon Prime is offering live streaming of a UFC event. That is available here.
The pay-per-view is also available for purchase on the UFC’s official YouTube channel.
The FS1 prelim portion of the card is also available on the FOX Sports GO digital streaming service.
The UFC Fight Pass Early Prelim card begins at 6:15PM ET/3:15PM PT and is available on Fight Pass.

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Television

The prelims will air on FS1 in the US, beginning at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.
Almost every major cable or satellite provider offers the PPV in either standard or high definitions. A list of US carriers is available here.
TV streaming services Apple TV, LG Smart Apps, Amazon FireTV, and Samsung Apps offer the UFC.TV app, will give you access to UFC.TV where you can order the PPV.
The PPV is also available for purchase using UFC.TV via Xbox Live and PlayStation Events (through their dedicated gaming consoles).

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Those with Android or Apple devices can watch the UFC 225 PPV on apps available at the Google Play and iTunes stores.

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Wallabies vs Ireland

Wallabies beat Ireland 18-9 as Australia wins series opener in Brisbane: all the stats as they unfolded

David Pocock has shown his immense worth to Australian rugby with a heroic Wallabies return at Lang Park to help end a 15-month Irish unbeaten streak.

Influential in attack and defence, Pocock was the undoubted star for the Australians who upset the Six Nations champions 18-9 on Saturday night in front of 46,273 fans.

The Wallabies were outstanding in defence, as the Irish dominated possession and territory, but could not cross the line to boost their string of 12-straight wins.

Australia scored the only two tries of what was tough and torrid first Test, but should have had a third when cruelly denied amid huge controversy.

Down 9-8 in the 60th minute, the Brisbane crowd were in raptures when Israel Folau finished a scintillating movement started by a rib-rattling Samu Kerevi hit that forced a midfield turnover.

But their celebrations were short-lived as South African referee Marius van der Westhuizen overturned the try due to a meaningless back-play incident in which lock Adam Coleman tackled decoy James Ryan, who was Ireland’s best on the night.

Fans from both nations were bewildered by the decision and former Wallabies captain and commentator Phil Kearns voiced the opinion of many by exclaiming “this referee has lost the plot”.

But the Wallabies were able to maintain their composure, and their scrum — led by the front-row reserves — forced a key penalty near the line for Bernard Foley to kick Australia to an 11-9 lead.

With Folau leaping high and Will Genia kicking truly in two big plays that forced another penalty, Pocock barged over to reward the call for a quick tap with eight minutes left.

The flanker, who last played Test rugby 18 months ago before enjoying a sabbatical, consistently relieved pressure for the home side with turnovers and ruck penalties as the Irish racked up countless phases.

The first half was littered by an array of bone-rattling hits on the tourists, particularly halfback Conor Murray who battled throughout after he was ironed out early by Marika Koroibete and Kurtley Beale.

Coleman was immense in the collision zone while Beale looked dangerous in attack, although he and his teammates too often kicked it away.