The Pro12 becomes Pro14
The league had a lot of the changed in its time. It is a rugby league containing the top Irish, Welsh, Scottish, and Italian teams. It used to be called the Celtic league, only containing teams from Ireland, Scotland and Wales which was formed in 2001. The highest number of teams it had was 16 and the lowest it had was 10 teams when the Italians joined. Now two South African teams have joined, the Cheetas and the Southern Kings.
The teams will be split into two seven-team conferences – two Irish, two Welsh and one each from Scotland, Italy and South Africa. The teams in each conference will play each other home and away. The teams okay the teams from the other conference only once, expect if it is a derby team, they play the derby teams twice, derby meaning from the same country. So, there will be a total of 21 games for each team. Ospreys, Munster, Glasgow, Zebre, Connacht, Cheetahs and Cardiff Blues are in conference A while Edinburgh, Treviso, Southern Kings, Leinster, Dragons, Scarlets, Treviso and Ulster make up conference B. This will change every year according to the standing at the end of the season. There will be a playoff system to determine to winner. The two teams that top the conferences will enter the semi-finals while the last two spots will be determined by the second and third placed teams playing each other. The top 7 non-South African teams will qualify for the Champions Cup while the other 5 European sides will enter the Challenge Cup. Quite a mouthful.
Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor, also known as “The Money Fight” will be the first professional boxing match with two opponents from different sports. Floyd Mayweather is the five-division professional boxing world champion, undefeated in his career, has been retired for 20 years, and is now back to face Conor McGregor, the current UFC Lightweight champion. The fight will be held in Las Vegas on the 26th of August.
Mayweather was immediately made the overwhelming favourite to win the fight by bookmakers across the world. He boasts a flawless professional record of 49-0, while McGregor has never previously been involved in a boxing match. You can see the odds for the match on wincomparator.
Although the Irishman is a two-weight world champion in MMA, he has not boxed since the age of 16. Mayweather is regarded as one of the best defensive boxers to have ever lived. If Mayweather defeats Conor, he will pass Rocky Marciano, who also retired at a 49-0 record. Mayweather has never lost a fight, and has only been knocked to the ground once, in a fight he still won by unanimous decision. Most people will feel Conor has no chance, and they are probably right as this fight will purely be a boxing match with no MMA rules. Who do you think will win?
The Premier League is back
The Premier League is back in action on Friday the 11th of August, and this month we will see three fixtures for each team. We can’t wait to see the team’s new signings play. We start with Leicester taking on Arsenal in the Emirates. This will be held on a Friday evening and this will be a recurring thing this season. Could be interesting to see! We see some exciting fixtures this month like Tottenham v Chelsea at Webley stadium, Manchester City vs Everton, with Everton also playing Chelsea at Stanford bridge and then finishing off the month will be Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield. There will surely be upsets and surprises so study the betting odds and you could win big.
Friday 11 August 1 draw 2
Arsenal – Leicester 1.48 4.80 7.50
Saturday 12 August
Watford – Liverpool 6.50 4.20 1.57
Chelsea – Burnley 1.25 7.00 15.00
Palace – Huddersfield 1.80 3.50 5.00
Everton – Stoke 1.70 3.80 5.50
Southampton -Swansea 1.70 4.0 6.00
West Brom-Bournemouth 2.50 3.25 3.10
Brighton-Manchester City 11.00 5.25 1.36
Sunday 13 August
Newcastle – Tottenham 5.5 3.85 1.91
Manchester United-West Ham 1.30 5.50 13.00
Saturday 19 August
Swansea – Manchester United 7.00 4.00 1.53
Southampton – West Ham 1.80 3.60 4.50
Bournemouth- Watford 2.00 3.35 3.90
Liverpool – Crystal Palace 1.36 4.80 9.50
Leicester – Brighton 1.70 3.65 5.50
Burnley – West Brom 2.40 3.30 2.95
Stoke – Arsenal 4.70 3.75 1.75
Sunday 20 August
Huddersfield – Newcastle 2.80 3.30 2.60
Tottenham – Chelsea 2.65 3.30 2.75
All of the betting odds can be found here.