11 Aug 2017By johnbk


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SBS World News Radio: The return of the English Premier League will headline another busy weekend of sporting action, which includes the final golf major of the year in the United States and the Women's Rugby World Cup in Ireland.

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Arsenal kicks off the English Premier League in the early hours of Saturday morning when the Gunners take on Leicester City in London.

The entire football world is still coming to terms with the record move of Brazilian forward Neymar from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain.

The $330 million move was underwritten by the Qatar government, which owns PSG.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the deal indicates a trend where countries use sport to exert influence beyond their borders.

"For me, it is the consequence of the ownership that has changed completely in the last 15 years. And once a country owns a club everything is possible and so it becomes very difficult to respect financial fair play because you can have different ways or different interests for a country to have such a big player to represent a country."

SBS's coverage of the English Premier League season kicks off with Liverpool's visit to play Watford tomorrow night.

The live coverage begins at 9pm AEST.

At the World Athletics Championships in London this weekend, Australia's best hope for a gold medal, Sally Pearson, will run in the 100 metres hurdles heats.

Assuming she makes the final, the race is due to be run just after 5 o'clock on Sunday morning.

The final golf major of the year sees the world's top players head to North Carolina for the US PGA championship.

Local hope Jordan Spieth may replace Tiger Woods as the youngest man in golf history to win all four majors at the age of 24.

There are seven Australians hoping to do well at the Quail Hollow course, but most of the lead-up has been focused on Spieth's tilt at history.

The world number two, though, says he's not feeling any extra pressure over his chance to set a new golf record.

"Expectations, I really don't feel any. This is a chance to complete the career Grand Slam, I'm here, so I'm going to go ahead and try. But I believe I'm going to have plenty of chances, and I'm young enough to believe in my abilities that it will happen at some point and do I have to be the youngest? No, I don't feel that kind of pressure."

In Ireland this weekend the Women's Rugby World Cup continues with Australia looking to bounce back after losing its first match against the host nation.

The Wallaroos face France on Monday morning and despite the setback of losing against Ireland the camp is confident it can get a win.

Australia's coach is Paul Verrell.

"I think France now will come hard at us and we've just got to hang in there we know we can compete at this level. (We'll) Look at our video, review everything and tighten up a few areas and I think we're right in the game."

In the NRL this weekend, the Broncos meet the Cronulla Sharks tonight in a landmark match for Cronulla captain Paul Gallen.

It's his 300th game for the club and with the sides level on 30 points each and sitting in third and fourth on the ladder respectively, the result will have a big say in how the final ladder ends up.

And on Saturday the top two, the Melbourne Storm and the Roosters, also face up.

Storm fullback Billy Slater is a huge figure in the sport but at 34 years of age, his playing future has become a big talking point.

In the lead-up to tomorrow's match, Slater admitted he's yet to make up his mind.

A decision will be made in due course. And whether I want to throw myself into another 26 rounds and three Origins, its a big commitment so I just want to make sure that I'm making the right decision."

There are four rounds of the regular season remaining.

And in the AFL the second placed Greater Western Sydney Giants are playing the Western Bulldogs tonight in one of the matches of the round.

The Giants are missing the suspended Shane Mumford, while Toby Greene returns.

The 7th-placed Bulldogs have won four in a row and go into the match knowing two wins in their remaining three regular season matches will be enough to secure a place in the finals.


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