WEEK­END SPORT

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Cas­san­dra Murnieks

WITH the fas­ci­na­tors and frocks put away for an­other year, cricket is the main sport­ing topic of con­ver­sa­tion at the wa­ter cooler. Sri Lankan opener Mar­van Ata­p­attu’s ‘‘ mup­pet’’ re­marks about his coun­try’s se­lec­tors weren’t enough to fire up his side in the first Test, so they will be look­ing to re­deem them­selves and level the se­ries at Bel­lerive Oval in Ho­bart. Nine will show day two and three from 10am to­day and to­mor­row ( check lo­cal guides). The Soc­ceroos are back to­gether to take on Nige­ria in a friendly soc­cer match at Craven Cot­tage in Lon­don late on Sun­day night. With English Pre­mier League play­ers Tim Cahill and Lu­cas Neill and Celtic star Scott McDon­ald in ex­cep­tional form, the Soc­ceroos should come away with a win. Fox Sports Two will show the game live from 1.30am. With a break in the Pre­mier League, in­ter­est turns to the World Cup 2010 qual­i­fiers, with Venezuela trav­el­ling to Bo­gota to tus­sle with Colom­bia. Cov­er­age be­gins at 8am to­mor­row on Se­tanta Sports. The Euro 2008 qual­i­fiers also de­serve a look in as Is­rael take on a re­vi­talised Rus­sia on their home turf. Se­tanta Sports will show the game live from 5am to­mor­row. In the do­mes­tic A- League, the pick of the games is the clash be­tween third- placed Ade­laide and fourth- placed New­cas­tle, live on FS1 at 7pm to­mor­row.

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