This Week in Sport: 14th March − 20th March 2022
The next 7 days are an exciting prospect for sports fans across the world. Monday will see the culmination of a weather affected PLAYERS Championship. The following day, Manchester United host Atlético Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League tie. On Wednesday, Melbourne take on the Western Bulldogs in the first game of this year’s AFL season.
The next day, players will battle it out in the BNP Paribas Quarter Finals, taking place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Across the other side of the Atlantic, and on Friday, fans will eagerly anticipate the Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup.
The weekend is also packed full of exciting sport. On Saturday, France go up against England in the hope of securing the grand slam. The final day of the week marks the start of the F1 season, as teams head to Bahrain each hoping they have designed the fastest car for the upcoming 23 race season.
PGA Tour: THE PLAYERS Championship
Monday 14th March 1PM GMT/8AM Local Time
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach
Hampered by weather that has hit Florida this week, this year’s PLAYERS Championship did not finish on Sunday. Instead players will finish their final rounds on Monday. With the current leaderboard full of less familiar names, it is anyone's guess as to who will take home the title.
Official site: PGA Tour
Merchandise: PGA Tour Fan Shop
News: Sky Sports
Fantasy: Fantasy Golf
Podcast: PGA Tour Podcasts
News: The Guardian
UEFA Champions League: Manchester United v Atlético Madrid
Tuesday 15th March 8PM GMT/8PM Local Time
Old Trafford, Manchester
After a tight 1-1 draw in the first leg this game will surely go down to the wire. Manchester United will hope that playing at home can give them the edge over their Spanish opponents. The Manchester based outfit may also be helped by Atlético Madrid's injury crisis, as the Spaniards may have to deal with the loss of up to 8 players.
Official site: UEFA
News: The Guardian
AFL: Melbourne v Western Bulldogs
Wednesday 16th March 8:10AM GMT/7:10PM Local Time
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
The AFL season begins with a repeat of last year’s season final between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs. In that match Melbourne took the win with a margin of 74 points. The Western Bulldogs will be hoping they can forget that loss and get their season off to a strong start.
Official Site: AFL
News: The Age
Fantasy: Fantasy AFL
Merchandise: The AFL Store
News: The Roar
Tennis: BNP Paribas Open
Thursday 17th March 5PM GMT/10AM Local Time
Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Indian Wells
After more than a week of play at the familiar Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Thursday will see the world’s best players go up against one another in both the Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals. With a purse of over $17 million players will be desperate to take the win and reach the next stage of the competition.
Merchandise: BNP Paribas Open Shop
News: Tennis Now
Official Site: BNP Paribas Open
Blog: Tennis Up To Date
News: Tennis Connected
Podcast: The Tennis Podcast
Cheltenham Festival: Gold Cup
Friday 18th March 3:30PM GMT/3:30PM Local Time
Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham
The Gold Cup, Cheltenham Festival’s most prestigious race, takes place on the 4th and final day of the event. Horses and jockeys will have to negotiate over 3 miles of ground and 22 jumps if they want to take the win at the most valuable non-handicap chase in the UK.
News: Sky Sports
Merchandise: Cheltenham Racing Store
News: Racing Post
Videos: Racing TV
Podcast: The Final Furlong
Six Nations: France v England
Saturday 19th March 8PM GMT/9PM Local Time
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
France have looked like the strongest team throughout this year’s Six Nations Championship and if they take the win against England will win the Grand Slam. Ireland, however, will be hoping for some luck and a French loss to keep their Championship hopes alive.
Official Site: Six Nations
Fantasy: Six Nations
Podcast: Brian Moore’s Full Contact Rugby
News: National World
Blog: Total Flanker
Formula 1: Bahrain Grand Prix
Sunday 20th March 3PM GMT/6PM Local Time
Bahrain International Circuit, Southern Governorate
Once again, a war of words between Mercedes and Red Bull has dominated the build up to the new season’s first race in Bahrain. Fans, teams and drivers alike will be itching to find out whether Mercedes’ radical design is as quick as many are predicting, as the cars hit the track for the first time in full race trim on Sunday.
Viewing: Formula 1 TV
News: Planet F1
Merchandise: Formula 1 Store
Statistics: Stats F1
Fantasy: F1 Fantasy
Blog: Scuderia Fans
Photo by: Melbourne Football Club
Written and information correct on 13th March 2022 at 10pm GMT
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