This Week in Sport: 11th September − 17th September 2023
There are some exciting sporting events taking place this week. On Monday, the New York Jets host the Buffalo Bills in the NFL, Tuesday sees Sri Lanka take on India in the Asia Cup, and stage 17 of the Vuelta a España takes place on Wednesday. More NFL action on Thursday, as the Minnesota Vikings travel to the Philadelphia Eagles, and Melbourne take on Carlton in the AFL playoffs on Friday.
Heading into the weekend, the final Diamond League event of the season starts on Saturday, and Rugby World Cup action rounds out the week, as Australia take on Fiji on Sunday.
NFL: New York Jets v Buffalo Bills
Monday 11th September 12:15AM (12th) GMT/8:15PM Local Time
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
On Monday, the New York Jets will take on the Buffalo Bills at the MetLife Stadium in what is both side’s first game of the season. The Jets started last season strong, but a six-game losing streak saw them finish bottom of the AFC East division, so they will be hoping for a more positive outcome this season. The Bills, on the other hand, finished top of the same division, but lost in the Divisional Playoffs, so will prove a very tough opponent for the Jets this week.
Asia Cup (Cricket): Sri Lanka v India
Tuesday 12th September 9:30AM GMT/3:00PM Local Time
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
The Asia Cup continues this week, with co-hosts Sri Lanka taking on India in the Super 4 stage of the competition. India have currently only finished one game in the competition, so it is difficult to gauge their form, whilst Sri Lanka have looked strong, winning all three of their games so far. The final of the competition will be played on Sunday.
Vuelta a España: Vuelta a España Stage 17
Wednesday 13th September 11:40PM GMT/1:40PM Local Time
Stage 17 of the Vuelta a España takes place on Wednesday, with the riders taking on the penultimate mountain stage of the race, beginning in Ribadesella/Ribeseya and travelling almost 125 kilometres to Alto de L'Angliru. The race concludes on Sunday, with Sepp Kuss currently leading the General Classification, followed by Primož Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard.
NFL: Philadelphia Eagles v Minnesota Vikings
Thursday 14th September 12:15AM (15th) GMT/8:15PM Local Time
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
There is more NFL action on Thursday, as last year’s Super Bowl runners-up, the Philadelphia Eagles, host the Minnesota Vikings. The Eagles will be hoping to go one step further this season, after a late field goal saw them lose to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl. They have started the season well, beating the New England Patriots, whilst the Vikings lost their opening game to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
AFL: Melbourne v Carlton
Friday 15th September 7:50PM GMT/9:50AM Local Time
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
On Friday, Melbourne take on Carlton in the AFL Finals Series first Semi-Final. Melbourne lost their previous match to Collingwood, meaning they missed out on automatic progression to the Preliminary Finals, instead having to face Carlton to get through to the next stage. Carlton themselves beat Sydney Swans to progress to the Semifinals.
Diamond League: Diamond League United States Day 1
Saturday 16th September 12:00PM GMT/7:00PM Local Time
Hayward Field, Eugene
The final event of this season’s Diamond League gets underway on Saturday, with the event being spread over Saturday and Sunday. The event in Eugene will see the world’s best athletes compete in the season Finals in their disciplines to be crowned as Diamond League Champions. Athlete’s to watch out for over the weekend include Sha'Carri Richardson in the women’s 100 metres and Noah Lyles in the men’s 100 metres.
Rugby World Cup: Australia v Fiji
Sunday 17th September 5:45PM GMT/3:45PM Local Time
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne
The Rugby World Cup continues into its second week, with Australia taking on Fiji in Saint-Étienne on Sunday. Australia started off their campaign with a win against Georgia in their first match, whilst Fiji lost their opener to Wales, but will take confidence from their strong attacking play going into this next match. This is sure to be an exciting one.