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The A-League season started months ago, so this update is to cover all games. The Phoenix, under their new coach Ufuk Talay, have played brilliantly over the course of the season. Even with many of their best players leaving last year including Sarpreet SIngh and Roy Krishna.

They are 4th in the table, with 7 wins, 3 draws, and 6 losses giving them 24 points. In their 3 last games, they lost to Brisbane Roar 1-0, beat the Newcastle Jets 2-1, and lost to third placed side Perth Glory 4-2.

The Phoenix are also 1 of only 2 teams to take a point or more away for Sydney FC, the leading club. They are the only New Zealand club in the A-League, and I’m sure you will enjoy their matches if you watch them.

Another round of Champions League football has arrived the past few days, but since there were more than 16 games, I will tell you about the best three. In third place, I think the 2-2 draw between Real Madrid and PSG was a great game, with PSG scoring two late goals to level and denying Real the win.

In second place, I liked the 4-2 win for Tottenham over Olympiacos, being Jose Mourinho’s second game in charge and a great win for Tottenham to secure a spot in the knockout stages.

And the best game of all, I loved Bayern’s 6-0 thrashing of Crvena Zvezda, Robert Lewandowski setting a record with his 4 goals in 14 minutes to help Bayern top their group. Did you watch any of these matches? If you did, what did you think about them?

Most kids have heard of the two youtube megastars, KSI, from England, and Logan Paul, from the USA. So you can imagine that a boxing match between them would gain attention from all across the world.

More than 10 million people watched the famous rematch between the two stars, and it didn’t disappoint. Logan was sent to the ground in the third round, but Ksi was dropped to the floor by an uppercut that shocked the crowd.

KSI won the fight after 6 three minute rounds, but only because of 2 illegal punches by Paul in the aftermath of the uppercut. If you watched the fight, who do you think deserved to win? The two stars share 40 million youtube subscribers between them, and you can only expect that to rise.

It was a very exciting weekend of Premier League action, so I will talk about the best games of the week, that had the most goals, most controversy, and most late drama.

In 3rd pace, I think that the match between Everton and Brighton was outstanding, which ended 3-2. Brighton got lucky with a 94th minute Lucas Digne own goal, and they were also down 2-1 with 10 minutes to go.

In 2nd Man City showed their class with a 3-0 win over Burnley, although they were down to 10 men for a few minutes after Fernandinho was red-carded.

My favourite match was the record-equalling 9-0 win that started the weekend. Leicester City annihilated Southampton by 9 goals, after Southampton player Ryan Bertrand was red-carded in the 12th minute.

So overall a fantastic weekend of football, and I hope next week is the same!

Spark Sport has gotten bigger and bigger the past few months. Sky has been the main broadcaster of sports in NZ the past 20 years, but recently new company Spark Sport has bought the rights off Sky for many events, such as the Rugby World Cup, Blackcaps matches, WTA Tennis, NBA, Premier League Football, Hockey, Formula Racing and a few others.

Premier League Football was a big addition to Spark Sport, and the main reason that people have switched to Spark instead of Sky. Just last week Spark secured the rights for the Blackcaps matches in New Zealand, though Sky made a big move by securing the rights to all domestic rugby, such as Super Rugby and the Mitre 10 Cup.

Although Spark is securing the rights to the most favoured sports in NZ, thousands of people were left disappointed after an All Blacks World Cup game had a stream failure and it had to be changed to TVNZ. So, do you think Spark Sport will become the main sport broadcaster in NZ? Or will Sky prove that 20 years of experience can keep them at the top?

The second gameweek of this season’s Champions League started on Wednesday, and the top sides around Europe were competing. The first match was Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk beating Serie A team Atalanta 2-1, with a 95th minute goal to earn 3 points.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool is tackled by Tom Trybull of Norwich City during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Norwich City at Anfield on August 09, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Next was Real Madrid sharing the points against Club Brugge in a 2-2 draw, and Manchester City easing past Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb with a 2-0 win. There were a lot of other matches, but out of them all my two favourites were Bayern Munich’s 7-2 thrashing of Tottenham with Serge Gnabry scoring 4 times, and Liverpool edging Red Bull 4-3 at home.

Barcelona came away with a win, beating Inter Milan 2-1 after a late goal by Luis Suarez got them all three points. This season looks to be very interesting, as many big teams are struggling in their respective leagues, but who will win the biggest league of them all?

In the last 2 weeks there has been 56 Euro 2020 qualifying matches involving 55 nations, so I will talk about the most exciting 6 in order.

In 6th place, I thought that the late goal by Kosovo in the 92nd minute to beat Bulgaria 3-2 was amazing, even though there aren’t any star players in either team.

In 5th place, I loved the stunning match between Denmark and Gibraltar which ended 6-0 after 2 goals by Tottenham star Christian Denmark.

4th place for me was a goal-fest between Germany and the Netherlands, the final score 4-2 in favour of the Dutch.

In 3rd, I think that England’s 4-0 win over Bulgaria was very exciting, with Harry Kane scoring a hat-trick.

My 2nd place was Austria thrashing Latvia 6-0, West Ham star Marko Arnautovic scoring a brace to help his team.

In 1st place, I loved the amazing 4 goals by Cristiano Ronaldo to carry his team, Portugal, to a 5-1 win over Lithuania. Get ready! Because the Premier League is back next week!

What a month! August was packed with sport, with the Ashes, the All Blacks, Premier League, and much much more! The NRL is coming to the end of the season, with the playoffs starting in the next couple of weeks, and the Blackcaps are playing Sri Lanka in a T20 series after a 1-1 draw in the 2 test series.

The All Blacks had a good Rugby Championship coming second, with the World Cup starting on September 20 and the squad being announced last week. The Premier League started, Liverpool at the top of the standings at the moment after 4 wins from 4.

The Ashes are on again, the series tied 1-1 going into the 4th test. The US Open is also live, the tournament starting on the 26th August and ending in 4 days on the 8th of September. What a month of action!

Cricket’s biggest test series happens every two years. Can you guess what it is? The Ashes. This year it is in England.

The five-test series began 3 weeks ago, with the first test being won by Australia with a batting masterclass by Steve Smith. The next test was held to a draw, with only 4 days being played due to bad weather.

The third test was the best one yet, an amazing comeback by England to win with 1 wicket remaining, Ben Stokes scoring 135. Two tests left. Who do you think will win?

2 matchweeks into the Premier League, 36 to go. This week’s matches started with Arsenal beating Burnley 2-1, debutante Dani Ceballos impressing with his 2 assists for Arsenal. Next, was Liverpool edging Southampton 2-1 on away ground.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09

The third match Brighton dominated, but West-Ham held them to a 1-1 draw, and the fourth match was Everton beating Watford 1-0 at home. After that Norwich beat Newcastle 3-1, Teemu Pukki scoring the club’s first hat-trick in the Premier League. Other matches included Aston Villa losing to Bournemouth 2-1, and Tottenham holding Manchester City to a 1-1 draw.

The remaining matches were Sheffield United beating Crystal Palace 1-0 at home, Leicester earning a 1-1 draw against Chelsea with a late equaliser, and Wolves holding on to a 1-1 draw with Manchester United. What team looks the best so far?