Welcome to VTPASS SPORTS CUE – this is a run down of happenings in the world of Sport over the weekend.
MAN CITY CHAMPIONS!!
37 matches in, and guess what?? MAN CITY ARE CHAMPIONS ALREADY. They lead the race with 7 points, which means it would be mathematically impossible for any team to catch up with them. So this means Man city has secured the EPL title 5 times in 6 years. Legendary!!!
With the Champions league and the FA cup finals left to play, Man City has an outstanding chance of securing a treble for the second time in 5 years. Give Guardiola a managerial legend status already.
Andy Murray has pulled out of the French Open to prepare for Wimbledon. He is the latest player to pull out of the competition following Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgois in this step. It was reported that the British tennis player withdrew from the competition to prioritise Wimbledon.
Also notable is the fact that the tennis player prefers the hard court to clay courts. Murray’s decision to exit the competition stems from his lackluster performance on clay courts this season. The Scottish athlete faced disappointing defeats in renowned tournaments such as Rome, Madrid, and Monte Carlo. Most recently, he suffered a loss to Swiss star Stan Wawrinka at the Bordeaux Challenger last Wednesday
So we wish Andy Murray the best in hard (grass) courts this season.
On this episode of sport cue, we look into Simona Halep doping allegations. Simona was charged with a doping allegation in October, 2022 after testing positive for a banned substance at the US open, and has been suspended from the court since then. News sprung up over the weekend that Simona has been charged with a fresh doping allegation which is separate from the one she is currently serving a suspension for.
The ITIA announced on Friday that Halep’s athlete biological passport returned irregularities after an assessment of her profile by an independent panel. Anti-doping bodies use the biological passport system to monitor an athlete’s various blood indicators over a long period of time. This is done in order to identify irregularities that could indicate rule violations.
Halep spoke publicly for the first time about her first doping charge last month, criticising the ITIA for multiple delays that meant she has been unable to present her case to an independent tribunal eight months after receiving notification of the positive test. In her new statement, Halep claimed that the ITIA is motivated to find her guilty. “I feel helpless facing such harassment and motivation on their behalf to prove me guilty of something I never did. Once again, all my life I have been totally against any sort of cheating. It doesn’t align with my values.” she wrote.
We hope Simona will be cleared, and she can return to court soon. Sports cue will provide further reports on this.
WSL DRAGS ON TO FINAL MATCHDAY
And it has come to this. Chelsea Woman will face Reading while Manchester United Women will face Liverpool on the last day of the WSL 2022/23 season. Chelsea lead the way with 2 point ahead of Manchester United going into the final week of the season. A win for Chelsea will ensure they successfully retain the WSL trophy. Nevertheless, the title charge is not over for the Manchester United team who won the Manchester derby yesterday.
It will boiled down to mathematics, prayers and hope going to the last game-week of the season. Man United will be crowned champions if they beat Liverpool by a margin of 5 goals, and Reading defeats Chelsea in their fixture. This could prove to be a monumental challenge because Chelsea has a better head-to-head record than Reading, which has only triumphed once in their 18 meetings.
Sports cue is looking ahead to this final gameweek.
For the second year in a row, Miami Heats are one win away from the NBA finals. Miami Heats head into the fourth match of the best-of-seven series against Boston Celtics with a 3-0 lead. A win in the next match will see Miami Heats advance to the NBA finals. This comes a
The results are somewhat similar in the other playoff fixture between Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets. Denver Nuggets lead the series 3 – 0 and a victory in the next round will guarantee them a place in the finals.
As we say in football, anything is possible. I guess the same can be said in basketball, anything is possible. But we foresee a Denver Nuggets vs Miami Heats final in the NBA.
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