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Greatest Ever Sport Saturday!

SATURDAY 16TH APRIL

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6am - F1's CHINESE GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING SESSION, BBC One
Kick off the weekend with the Formula 1 qualifying session for the Chinese Grand Prix from Shanghai. Set the alarm, make yourself a cuppa, then settle down to watch the top racing drivers in the world do their best
to nab pole position for tomorrow’s starting grid.

 

 

john higgins10am - WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP, Full coverage of the World Snooker Championship from The Crucible, Sheffield, with a choice of tables on the BBC Red Button

'I plan to make history' - Reigning champ Neil Robertson talks to ZOO
'Mark Williams and John Higgins are on top form coming into the Championship and Higgins is the tournament favourite – and rightly so. But it’s an open field this year and a number of players could win it. However, I’m the reigning champ and I plan to do what no one in the history of the sport has done before and retain the title.'

For tickets, visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk or phone 0844 6565 147

2.30pm - RUGBY UNION LEICESTER TIGERS vs GLOUCESTER, Sky Sports 2/HD/3D

gloucester leicester tigersThe Aviva Premiership title-chasers meet at Welford Road at the business end of the season. Richard Cockerill’s Tigers are currently leading the rest of the pack, but Gloucester will still be in with a shout of glory if they can beat them today. However, should Leicester walk away with victory, it’ll almost be time for them to order the suits and make travel plans for Twickers…




4.40pm - FA CUP SEMI-FINAL MAN CITY vs MAN UNITED, ITV1, kick-off 5.15pm

Is this the biggest game of the season? 

Manchester City’s Joleon Lescott and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney think so…

joleon lescottJoleon Lescott 'This match is vital for our season. Obviously there is going to be pressure going into a game like this, but we don’t feel it. We’ve got a lot of experience, we’re confident in our ability and I’m sure we can cope. We know that to win cups you have to beat the likes of United. Recent games against them haven’t gone too well, but a cup game is different. It is a one-off, winner-takes-all kind of match. Being a derby, it’ll be tense, especially as the winner goes through to the Final. But I think it’s our turn and we want to get one over on our neighbours.”

 

wayne rooney

Wayne Rooney
'Any game against our rivals is big, but as this is a semi-final, it makes it a massive game. I’ve already lost two FA Cup Finals in the past, so it would be great to finally win the competition this year. It’s something that I really want to do. The FA Cup is still a massive competition with a great history. I am very confident United can beat City at Wembley and reach the Final in May. We know that we have a fantastic chance of going all the way this year and I would absolutely love to lift the FA Cup.'

8pm - AMIR KHAN vs PAUL McCLOSKEY, Sky Box Office/HD

amir khanAmir Khan

Looking forward to fighting in Manchester, Amir?
Yeah, it’s always good to come home and fight in front of the British fans.

Why take the McCloskey fight?
Boxing is all about timing. Yes, I want to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr, but you have to work towards those fights. McCloskey is known in the UK, so it makes sense to fight him here.

Can he live with you in the ring?

Well, McCloskey’s an unbeaten fighter and he really thinks he can beat me, so bring it on! He’s the No2 light-welterweight in Britain and I’m No1. Not many fighters would give someone like him this opportunity, but I like beating undefeated fighters, so let’s do it!

Have you gained a celebrity entourage since moving to LA?

Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Robert Duvall have all come to the gym to see me train. I’ve also bumped into Russell Brand and we follow each other on Twitter. There’s always people around the Wild Card gym when it’s fight time, but I just focus on training.

What are your predictions for the fight?

I’m going to beat McCloskey in style and send a statement across the world!

paul mccloskeyPaul McCloskey

Paul, how surprised were you to get a world title shot?
Actually, this is perfect timing! I’ve been a pro for six years and, having won the British and European straps, this title shot is bang on, on the progress ladder. I plan to take it with both hands.


What type of fighter are you?
I’m slick and elusive. My motto is to hit and not get hit. I’m a fan of Floyd Mayweather Jr. He’s very hard to hit.

Is Khan taking you lightly?
Definitely – but if he thinks it’s just a matter of turning up, he’ll be in for a shock.

Whose fans will make the most noise?

There’ll be a lot of Irishmen in the arena. The response in Ireland has been amazing and we’ll drown out the English noise!

What will happen on the night?
My preparation is for 12 hard rounds, so if I can get him out of there earlier, it’ll be a bonus. But when I do a job on Khan, there’ll be a massive party back home!

8.30pm - EL CLASICO REAL MADRID vs BARCELONA,  Sky Sports 1/HD

balagueSky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague tells ZOO how Real can win El Clasico
'With Barcelona so far ahead in La Liga, this El Clasico is different to others. But, what with the Cup Final on 20 April and the probable Champions League semi-final match between the two, this match could be the first of four El Clasicos – and neither team will want to start off with a loss. There’s been talk of Real resting some of their first 11, so they’re ready for the Cup Final, but that is rubbish – Real will not want to lose this game.

'The key battles will be in the last third. Real will drop deeper than last time, so it will be about how many one-on-ones Lionel Messi can get, how much time and space on the ball Andres Iniesta is given and whether there is space behind the centre-backs for David Villa to take advantage. When Real have the ball, they’ll hit it long to Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, as they try to catch Barça on the break. Long ball is the way to hurt Barcelona and Jose Mourinho will approach it that way. This is the game we're going to see, as Real must limit a team who are playing revolutionary football.'

Follow Guillem on Twitter @GuillemBalague

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