Wimbledon ends the fortnight by crowning its champions, ultimate fighting has a stellar card and baseball’s best rivalry gets the national spotlight. Here’s what’s happening in sports this weekend.
All four top regional seeds — Kentucky, North Carolina, Syracuse and Michigan State— remain alive as the 2012 NCAA tournament begins the regional semifinal round on Thursday. An NCAA record four schools from Ohio have advanced to the round of 16. Here’s a preview of the next round of NCAA tournament games:
The NFL playoffs enter the divisional round this weekend. Just eight teams remain with a chance of playing in the Super Bowl in Indianapolis on February 5. Green Bay, San Francisco, New England and Baltimore will all host games after enjoying a bye during wild card weekend.
The NFL playoffs start Saturday. Four division champions host first-round games this weekend, while Green Bay, San Francisco, New England and Baltimore enjoy a bye week and wait to begin their Super Bowl quest.
Here’s a preview of this weekend’s games:
Although a late-season loss at Iowa State and a handful of poll votes kept Oklahoma State out of the national championship game, the Cowboys can still make their case for national respect, playing on the biggest stage in school history.
Oregon is no stranger to the BCS, having been to the Rose Bowl and the BCS National Championship in each of the last two years. But the Ducks lost both of those two games and are seeking their first BCS win since the 2002 Fiesta Bowl (38-16 over Colorado).
Bowl season is hitting its high point with the biggest games of the year coming up in the next week. While much of the focus is understandably on the BCS games and the national championship, there are a lot of other good games coming up for your viewing pleasure in the next few days.
It’s the final week of the NFL’s 2011 regular season and only three playoff spots remain: the AFC West and NFC East titles and an AFC wild card berth. The AFC North is Baltimore’s to lose, but both the Ravens and the rival Pittsburgh Steelers have already qualified for the playoffs. Each game this week is a divisional rematch.
Here’s a preview of the week 17 action, with all games slated for Sunda
The Christmas holiday necessitates a schedule tweak for the NFL. Most games will be held on Saturday, with the exception of the Texans-Colts contest on Thursday, the Bears-Packers game on Sunday night and the Falcons and Saints, who will meet on ‘Monday Night Football.’