Author: Simon Mulligan

Warrington 6-28 St Helens: Super Saints Into Last 4

Play-off specialists St Helens put themselves 80 minutes away from a seventh successive Grand Final appearance with an impressive 28-6 victory over Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Saints, who finished 3rd after the weekly rounds, started with Gary Wheeler in the centre to replace the absent Michael Shenton but welcomed back Sia Soliola into the squad, who went on to have a massive impact when he came off the bench. The Wolves were missing Dream Team second-row, Ben Westwood along with fellow forward Ben Harrison but were still able to field a fomidable looking line-up for their opening  play-off tie...

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Wigan 46-6 Catalans: Leaders Breeze Into Semi-Finals

Wigan Warriors eased through to the last 4 of the Super League play-offs with a methodical 46-6 thrashing of the Catalans Dragons with George Carmont becoming the third Wigan player to score a hat-trick in play-off history. The Dragons’ 2011 season was ended with a 44-0 thrashing at the DW Stadium in last season’s play-offs, but many expected tonight’s encounter to be much closer, especially with the absence of Wigan first-choice hooker Michael McIlorum through suspension. Many expected coach Shaun Wane to slot in Thomas Leuluai at 9 but the Kiwi partnered Brett Finch in the halves once again with...

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Super League XVII Play-Offs: Race to Old Trafford Begins In Earnest

 With less than 4 weeks to Grand Final night, the Super League season gets serious as the race to be champions of 2012 heats up. With the all-important play-offs set to kick off this weekend, I will consider all 8 remaining club’s credentials, looking at the favourites, dark horses and outsiders to make it to next month’s showpiece in Manchester.   The Favourites: 1st: Wigan Warriors After already winning the League Leaders Shield in his first season, Shaun Wane looks to repeat Wigan’s achievement of 2010 under predecessor Michael Maguire and convert the league leadership into a title win....

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Andy Murray Wins First Grand Slam in 5-Set Thriller

Andy Murray sealed his first Grand Slam title in dramatic fashion winning 7-6 (12-10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2 against Novak Djokovic in a five-set thriller in the U.S. Open final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium last night. The match lasted almost 5 hours, just one minute short of a record for a U.S. Open final and was made into a classic by the shifts in momentum which saw both players looking the most likely to pick up the trophy at different stages throughout the epic final. The match saw nervy start with both players failing to win a point on serve in both their opening service games with the reigning champion...

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Serena Williams Wins U.S. Open after Epic Win Over Azarenka

Serena Williams won her 4th U.S. Open and 15th Grand Slam title yesterday, beating Belarusian Victoria Azarenka 6-2 2-6 7-5 in an enthralling womens’ final at Ashe Stadium yesterday. It was the first ever U.S. Open womens’ singles final to go to 3 sets in history at the Ashe Stadium venue, which has been the venue for the final since 1997. Williams powered her way to the first set 6-2 threatening to produce a comfortable straight set win over the world number-one. However Azarenka, who came back from 1-0 in her semi-final over Maria Sharapova, showed resolve again to break Williams’ twice to...

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