What's on: Sporting Life pick out five big sports events for the week ahead

Sporting Life previews the big sporting events coming up over the next seven days

With sport across the globe slowly returning, Sporting Life highlights the main events of the week with key details and odds, so you don't miss a thing.

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Racing – Darley July Cup

Despite some concern that coronavirus might claim the July Course as another of its casualties, for the 2020 season at least, racing does return to this most picturesque of racecourses this week.

As ever the headline act of the July meeting is the Darley July Cup on Saturday and this year's renewal could be a particularly fascinating one as the generations look set to clash for the first time this year.

Commonwealth Cup hero Golden Horde is likely to lead the charge for this season's Classic crop but older sprinter Hello Youmzain was all heart and guts when landing the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot and he promises to be suited by the stiff finish of the July Course.

With the potential for the likes of Art Power and Sceptical to also turn up, this is one not to be missed.


Racing – "Green Room" Meld Stakes

Despite the late resumption, the Irish Flat season is now in full flow and Group Three honours are up for grabs in the "Green Room" Meld Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.

Topping the list of early entries is Joseph O'Brien's improving Buckhurst who looked a horse going places when comfortably holding off Sir Dragonet at the Curragh recently.

Nevertheless, he could have his work cut out here if last year's Epsom Derby runner-up Madhmoon uses this race for his seasonal reappearance.

Other notable entries include the rapidly-improving Ancient Spirit and the Roger Varian-trained Roseman.


Premier League football

Another packed midweek of football sees a full slate of 10 games spread across three days, starting on Tuesday when Chelsea and Leicester look to cement their top four spots with games at Palace and Arsenal respectively – the Gunners haven’t ruled out Europe just yet though. Watford have a great chance to pull clear of relegation as they host bottom side Norwich.

Sheff Utd v Wolves is an interesting one on Wednesday when both Man City and Liverpool are in action in games they’ll both fancy winning comfortably against Newcastle and Brighton. There’s also the clash of the Clarets as West Ham entertain Burnley with both sides offering up a mixed bag of results so far in the restart.

It’s getting close to last-chance saloon for both Bournemouth and Tottenham in their respective ambitions as they meet on Thursday. Defeat for the Cherries could well be curtains for their Premier League stay while Spurs are running out of time to push for European places.

Aston Villa also need points to fend off relegation but that will be tough as they play host to red-hot Manchester United who have been flying of late and banging in goals for fun. Everton also face Southampton.


Golf – Workday Charity Open

The PGA Tour’s fifth event since its resumption marks the beginning of a unique fortnight, with this new Workday Charity Open taking place at Muirfield Country Club where, one week later, the sixth event of the PGA Tour summer will begin.

Muirfield is an established, classic golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, and its pristine conditions – not to mention the milkshakes – make for an ideal layover spot. Still, it’s hard to ignore what this represents: the desperate scramble to put together a schedule which will carry the best players in the world through this global crisis.

Unfortunately, not many of that best-in-the-world club are playing the first event here, with Brooks Koepka the standout name but still no sign of Tiger Woods, who joins Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Webb Simpson in taking a week off.

That might be good news for Patrick Cantlay, who won here last summer, while Matt Fitzpatrick will be among the leading European hopes. Fitzpatrick has veteran caddie Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay on his bag for the next fortnight and the sponsors, whose name appears on his hat, would be delighted to see him in the mix.


Cricket - England v West Indies First Test

Cricket returns this week, but it won’t be quite as we remember.

England begin their three-match Test series against the West Indies at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday before heading to Manchester for the final two behind-closed-doors matches.

For now, the sight of empty stadiums will be the 'new normal' but racing, football and snooker have already shown that it can be done and both sides have enjoyed good preparation following intra-squad warm-up matches in the build up to the First Test.

Despite the absence of skipper Joe Root, England have a strong squad to pick from, particularly in the bowling department, while the West Indies will be hoping for some better weather following the recent wet spell.

England are always hard to beat in home conditions, but the West Indies competed hard when last on these shores and boast some dangerous operators who the hosts will be wary of.


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