Werdum vs Volkov Live

Mixed martial arts’ premier promotion touches down in London on Saturday night for UFC Fight Night 127, which takes place at The O2 Arena.

Headlining the card is a pivotal heavyweight match-up between the division’s former ruler Fabricio Werdum and Russian Alexander Volkov.

London’s own Jimi Manuwa will be in action in the co-main event of the evening, taking on Poland’s Jan Blachowicz.

Eight other Brits will be action at The O2 and will all be chomping at the bit to come out of their bouts victorious.

The card’s remaining English participants at come in the form of Leon Edwards, Mark Godbeer and Danny Roberts, who take on Peter Sobotta, Dmitriy Sosnovskiy and Oliver Enkamp respectively.

UFC Fight Night 127

The UFC makes its second straight mid-March trip to The O2 Arena in London, England on Saturday. Last year, UFC Fight Night 107 brought more than 15K fans and produced a live gate of over $2 million on the same weekend. This year, Fabricio Werdum and the towering Alexander Volkov headline the event along with the homestanding Jimi Manuwa taking on Jan Blachowicz in the co-main event.

Tom Duquesnoy came into the UFC in 2017 with a lot of hype. The then 23-year-old scored a second-round TKO win over Patrick Williams in his debut, but couldn’t solve another top prospect in Cody Stamann at UFC 216 in October 2017. Duquesnoy is looking to rebound and the oddsmakers clearly like his chances against Terrion Ware.

I have Duquesnoy as the winner, but Ware is a solid stand-up fighter with good quickness in his hands. He could be a tricky opponent for Duquesnoy, but I still see the Frenchman coming out victorious via decision. The fight is too close for me to advise a wager on or to even put Duquesnoy in a DraftKings lineup–especially for $9,300.

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2018 Live

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the blue-riband event of the Cheltenham Festival, which begins on Tuesday.

It features the top National Hunt horses racing over a trip of three miles and two-and-a-half furlongs while tackling 22 fences.

Sizing John won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2017 but will not be back to defend his crown.

The eight-year-old was dramatically ruled out last week after suffering a hairline fracture.

Trainer Jessica Harrington was hoping Sizing John would become the first horse to defend the Cheltenham Gold Cup since Best Mate in 2003.

Sizing John’s jockey Robbie Power said: “We’re all very disappointed but don’t worry, he’ll be back.”

When is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup takes place on Friday, March 16.

It is scheduled to start at 3.30pm GMT.

How can I watch the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

ITV Racing will broadcast live coverage of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival on ITV – channel number 103 on Sky and Virgin Media.

Express Sport will also have the Cheltenham Festival covered, so check back each day for our live blogs.

Which horses are running in the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

American, Anibale Fly, Bachasson, Definitly Red, Djakadam, Double Shuffle, Edwulf, Killultagh Vic, Mala Beach, Might Bite, Minella Rocco, Native River, Our Duke, Outlander, Road To Respect, Saphir Du Rheu, Shantou Flyer, Tea For Two and Total Recall.

The final 48-hour declaration stage is 10.00am GMT on Wednesday, March 14.

Valspar Championship 2018 Live

Tiger Woods will wake up Sunday with a real chance at winning his first PGA Tour event in almost five years. One day after whipping the world into a frenzy by taking a momentary solo lead at the Valspar Championship, Woods went out on Saturday and did more of the same. In fact, he did it better and the frenzy was even more manic.

Tiger posted four birdies in an eight-hole stretch on Saturday that made this often sleepy Valspar Championship feel like moving day at a major. The birdies came in all forms, carded on the back of Tiger pulling off all the shots. Perhaps that’s the most remarkable thing about this comeback, still just in its fourth tournament and 13 rounds old.

There are really no restrictions on what Tiger can do, even at 42-years-old and playing with a fused spine. And there’s really no rust on Tiger then actually executing all those shots. Sure, his driver is still a bit wild. But it’s been wild for years and he’s always figured out how to overcome it. What’s more important is that he’s now hitting the ball right there with and even past the longest hitters on Tour.

March Madness 2018 Live

Where does your college basketball team stand as Selection Sunday draws closer? We’ll break down the winners and losers from all the conference tournament action, with an eye on how the results will affect the NCAA tournament bracket. Check back for updates.  

It’s less than 48 hours before the NCAA tournament selection show. Do you know where your potential bid snatchers are?

Oh, they lurk in unassuming places, exploiting chaos in a conference tournament bracket or pulling a surprise or two to make an unexpected run. All the sudden, a team is a game away from not only snipping the nets while celebrating a league title, but spoiling the season of a team like Baylor or Florida State or Louisville or Syracuse.

So who’s left in play as a bid thief? Let this be your guide for the rest of the night, Saturday and perhaps even part of Sunday.

ACC, Big 12 and Big East: These were all bid snatcher-free by the time Thursday came to an end.

Pac-12: Sixth-seeded Oregon ruined Utah’s at-large hopes. If it can knock off Southern California in Friday’s late semifinal, the Pac-12 title game will have a lot of anxious viewers paying close attention Saturday night.

Mountain West: If anyone other than Nevada wins this league, it will become multi-bid territory. A lot of teams will be fans of the Wolf Pack over the next couple of nights.

SEC: With Georgia and Mississippi State swept off the board, there’s nothing but tournament teams left in the SEC draw. That includes Alabama, which has played its way in with consecutive defeats of Texas A&M and Auburn.

Atlantic 10: Rhode Island and St. Bonaventure are the league’s top two teams — and only at-large hopes — and both made it to the semifinals. It helps to have them on opposite sides of the tournament, at least from the perspective of teams that don’t want to sweat any more than necessary on Sunday.

The remaining bid-snatchers? Fourth-seeded Saint Joseph’s, which will meet Rhode Island in the semifinals; and the Davidson-Saint Louis winner, which will draw St. Bonaventure next.

American: This problem could be solved before Saturday afternoon. The American has three solid NCAA tournament teams, so it was going to feature one spoiler in the semifinals. That would be Memphis (21-12), which has to navigate top-seeded Cincinnati to reach the title game. The only other bid snatcher left is Central Florida, which faced Houston in the last quarterfinal Friday night.

Tennessee vs Arkansas Live

Nineteen years ago. That was the last time Arkansas beat Florida in the SEC Tournament.

Mike Anderson was an assistant coach for those Razorbacks. Like the game Friday night between the two teams, that one was in the quarterfinals. Arkansas would then beat Mississippi State in the semifinals and go on to the SEC title game, where it fell to Kentucky. Coincidentally, that exact path is possible in 2018.

Arkansas could use it. Not only would another appearance in the SEC title game be impressive — third such time in four years for coach Mike Anderson — such a deep run would help the Hogs’ seeding hopes come Sunday when the NCAA Tournament is announced.

No small task beating Florida, though. If the SEC Tournament streak wasn’t enough, Arkansas hasn’t beaten the Gators in any capacity since February 2013. Florida won this year by 15 points in Gainesville.

It’s going to be a late night, but the stakes are high. Consider this an official recommendation.

Alabama vs Kentucky Live

Kentucky is one game away from a berth in the SEC Championship game, but the Alabama Crimson Tide stand in their path.

The Wildcats and the Tide will face off in St. Louis tomorrow at noon, with the winner advancing to the SEC Tournament game.

The Wildcats are fresh off a 62-49 win over the Georgia Bulldogs Friday afternoon, in which Kentucky was able to pull away in the second half on an impressive defensive effort. Alabama may have the most momentum of any team left in the field right now, after a buzzer-beater win over Texas A&M on Thursday and an 81-63 victory over the top-seeded Auburn Tigers on Friday, a game in which the Tide outscored the Tigers 50-22 in the second half after going into the break trailing by 10.

Saturday’s game will be a rematch of the game that took place at Rupp Arena back on Feb. 17 in which Kentucky won 81-71. Kentucky held Alabama star PG Collin Sexton in check during that game, as Sexton was only 4-11 from the field for 12 points and only had 2 assists.

Kentucky will need to have a similar defensive effort against Sexton this time around, but that task seems a lot taller as Sexton has already had 27 points against Texas A&M and then 31 against Auburn and looked nearly unguardable against the Tigers.

If his three-point shots are falling like they were against the Aggies and Tigers (3-6 against A&M, 6-8 against Auburn), Kentucky could be in for a long day.

Virginia vs North Carolina Live

Virginia advanced to the ACC tournament championship game by defeating Clemson 64-58 on Friday night in a semifinal game. The Cavaliers (30-2) advanced to play either North Carolina or Duke at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night for the tournament title.

Virginia, which will try to win its third ACC title, hasn’t had the best of success against Duke and North Carolina in the ACC tournament.

Duke is 15-4 against Virginia, and UNC is 13-3 vs. Virginia in the ACC tournament.

But the Cavaliers’ two ACC titles came by beating the Tar Heels and Blue Devils.

Virginia defeated UNC 67-62 to win the 1976 ACC tournament title. The Cavaliers defeated the Blue Devils 72-63 to win the 2014 title.

The Tar Heels have beaten the Cavaliers in four ACC title games (1977, ’82, ’83, ’94). The Blue Devils are 0-1 vs. the Cavs in the title game. N.C. State beat Virginia 81-78 to win the 1983 tournament.Saturday’s game will be Virginia’s ninth ACC championship game appearance.

Manchester United vs Liverpool Live

Second-place Manchester United hosts third-place Liverpool on Saturday in a crucial late-season Premier League matchup.

United (62 points) has a two-point lead over Liverpool in the table but sits 16 points behind leaders Manchester City with just nine games remaining. With the hope of a Premier League title all but lost, both United and Liverpool will now turn their domestic attention to finishing in the top-four and gaining automatic qualification for next year’s Champions League. United has a nine-point advantage over fifth-place Chelsea while Liverpool is seven points clear.

One advantage for Liverpool coming into Saturday’s match is that the side is already through to the quarterfinal of the Champions League, as the Reds coasted to a 0-0 home draw with Porto after thrashing the Portuguese side 5-0 on the road three weeks ago. United, on the contrary, drew 0-0 at Sevilla and have the second-leg of that tie on Wednesday at Old Trafford.

When these two sides met in a league face-off at Anfield in October, Jose Mourinho’s conservative approach frustrated the hosts in route to a 0-0 tie.

iHeartRadio Music Awards 2018 Live

Taylor Swift has revealed that she will premiere the music video for”Delicate” at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday, March 11.

iHeartRadio Music Awards 2018 Live Free

In contrast to her recent high-octane visuals, Swift made the big announcement in an adorably low-budget Instagram video shared Monday morning. As the reputation track plays in the background, the singer unfolds a piece of paper to display a handwritten message reading: “‘Delicate’ Music Video World Premiere Sunday, March 11. iHeartRadio Music Awards.”

“Delicate” will be the fourth track off of Swift’s latest album to get the music video treatment. The clip for “End Game,” featuring rapper Future and Ed Sheeran (a.k.a., the other half of “Sweeran”), dropped in January, while the videos for “Look What You Made Me Do” and “…Ready for It” came in the fall.

The iHeartRadio Music Awards at 8 p.m. ET on TBS, TNT, and truTV. Hosted by DJ Khaled and Hailey Baldwin, the ceremony will feature performances by Ed Sheeran, Cardi B, Maroon 5, Camila Cabello, Charlie Puth, and the Backstreet Boys.