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The best sport this weekend: 17-19 February 2023

The Six Nations may be taking the weekend off, but there’s still plenty of action for sports fans to enjoy. 

From a star-studded golf field to a huge card of racing at Ascot, here’s our guide to the 5 biggest events going down over the next few days. Grab yourself a drink, sit back and enjoy…

5 of the best sport events to watch this weekend

5 to watch: The best sport this weekend 

Golf: Genesis Invitational

19 of the top 20 ranked players in the world are set to compete at the Genesis Invitational this weekend — one of the strongest fields on the PGA Tour this year. That's partly down to the prize money; the tournament is one of 13 events that have been 'elevated' in response to the riches on offer in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf competition.

The returning Tiger Woods has dominated the headlines ahead of the Rivera Country Club event in California, but it's the prospect of a battle between the world's top three players that's got us most excited. 

America's Scottie Scheffler reclaimed the No 1 spot by defending his Phoenix Open title last Sunday. His recent form has been superb, finishing in the top 11 in his last six tournaments. But Spain's Jon Rahm leads the FedEx Cup standings (the PGA Tour's season-long points competition), and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy went into the Phoenix Open (where he finished in a tie for 32nd) with three wins in his previous seven events, and nothing lower than a fourth in the other four events. 

See the world’s top golfers make history at the151st Open Championships at Royal Liverpool 

Horse Racing: Ascot’s Betfair Chase

It's that time of year when the creme de la creme of jump racing come together to take on the toughest courses and fences in a series of thrilling displays of skill, stamina, and bravery. On Saturday, Fakir D'oudairies, Shishkin and Pic D'orhy look set to battle it out in the Betfair Ascot Chase, which should offer some serious clues as to which of them is best placed to win the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham in a month's time. 

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Tennis: Argentina Open Tennis

Britain's top tennis star Cameron Norrie is in with a shout of securing his first silverware of the season at the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires. The world No 12 produced a remarkable comeback to reach Friday's quarter-final, narrowly avoiding a shock defeat by local hero Facundo Diaz Acosta. After trailing 3-1 and 5-3 in the second set, Norrie broke back to force a decider and eventually won 4-6 7-5 7-6 (8-6). He now faces another Argentine, Tomas Martin Etcheverry. 

Meanwhile, having missed the Australian Open through injury, world No 2 Carlos Alcaraz has also made it through to the last eight with a 6-2 4-6 6-2 victory over Laslo Djere. 

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Cricket: New Zealand v England — First Test

England's Test cricket team has been transformed by 'Bazball', the brainchild of head coach, Brendon "Baz" McCullum. The Kiwi's swashbuckling batting style inspires England to attack their opposition, regardless of the game's context. And his side's aggressive approach has proved effective so far in the first Test against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui, with their early declaration on 325-9 leading to three late wickets and a commanding lead at the end of day one. New Zealand certainly aren’t out of this one though and the remainder of the Test should provide plenty of compelling action.  

Football: Premier League 

With Manchester City taking the initiative in the Premier League title race courtesy of a 3-1 win over Arsenal on Wednesday night, it’ll be interesting to see if the Gunners can bounce back against former manager Unai Emery’s Aston Villa on Saturday. With City expected to take all three points at strugglers Nottingham Forest, nothing but a win will do for Mikel Arteta’s men. 

But arguably the biggest game of the weekend takes place at St James’ Park where high-flying Newcastle take on Liverpool. The sides have provided some top entertainment over the years, including perhaps the best Premier League game ever — Liverpool’s epic 4-3 win at Anfield in 1996. With the Magpies hunting a Champions League spot and Jurgen Klopp’s men looking to follow up their Merseyside derby win over Everton with another positive result, this could be another classic.