This Week in Sport: 17th January − 23rd January 2022

Tennis player Rafael Nadal celebrates.January’s great month of sport continues this week, with lots for sports fans to look forward to. On Monday, the world’s best tennis players will begin their quests to win the Australian Open. The following day the Boston Bruins take on the Carolina Hurricanes in the NHL and Wednesday sees the start of the ODI series between South Africa and India.

Arsenal play host to Liverpool on Thursday, as both teams vie for a place in the Carabao Cup final. Across the Atlantic and the following day, the Milwaukee Bucks take on the Chicago Bulls, in a hotly anticipated NBA match-up.

The weekend is also an exciting prospect for sports fans. On Saturday, UFC fans will see Francis Ngannou take on Ciryl Gane in UFC 270. Finally, Sunday sees the Kansas City Chiefs play the Buffalo Bills in the NFL.

 

Tennis: Australian Open

Monday 17th January 1AM GMT/10AM Local Time

Melbourne Park, Melbourne

The first Grand Slam of the 2022 season starts on Monday, with the world's top players traveling Down Under. Novak Djokovic is a notable absence from this year’s competition after a visa saga that has dominated the build up to this competition.

Official Site: Australian Open 

News: Tennis Connected 

Podcast: The Tennis Podcast

Blog: Tennis Now

Video: Australian Open TV 

News: The Guardian 

 

NHL: ​​Boston Bruins v Carolina Hurricanes

Tuesday 18th January 1AM (19th) GMT/8PM Local Time

TD Garden, Boston

The Boston Bruins play host to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, as the Bruins look to continue their winning ways having won their last 5 games. However, the Bruins face staunch opposition in the form of the Hurricanes who sit second in the Eastern Conferences' Metropolitan Divison. 

Viewing: NHL Live 

News: NHL 

Fantasy: NHL Fantasy

Merchandise: NHL Shop

Blog: Bruins Nation 

Blog: Canes Country 

 

Cricket: South Africa v India (1st ODI)

Wednesday 19th January 8:30AM GMT/10:30AM Local Time

Boland Park, Paarl

Following India’s defeat in their Test series visit to South Africa, both teams go head-to-head once again in a 3 game ODI series. Can India repeat their strong 2018 ODI performance, where they beat South Africa 5-1 in a 6 game ODI?

News: Cricket Addictor 

Statistics: ESPN Cricinfo 

News: Cricbuzz 

Merchandise: South Africa 

Merchandise: India 

News: ESPN Cricinfo 

 

Carabao Cup: Arsenal v Liverpool

Thursday 20th January 7:45PM GMT/7:45PM Local Time

Emirates Stadium, London

Liverpool will be desperate for a strong performance in the second leg of this match-up, having not capitalised on an early red card for Arsenal in their first meeting. However, Arsenal will look to use their home advantage to propel them into the final of the competition.

Official Site: EFL 

Merchandise: Arsenal 

Merchandise: Liverpool 

News: Talksport

Blog: The Short Fuse 

Blog: Liverpool Offside 

 

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

Friday 21st January 1AM (22nd) GMT/7PM Local Time

Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee

Last year’s NBA Champions, the Milwaukee Bucks, take on this season’s Eastern Conference leaders in a must watch game for NBA fans. Despite topping the table, the Bulls will be keen to end their 3 game losing streak.

Official site: NBA

Merchandise: NBA Store

Viewing: NBA TV

Fantasy: Yahoo NBA Fantasy

Blog: Golden State of Mind 

Blog: Brew Hoop 

 

UFC: UFC 270: Ngannou vs. Gane

Saturday 22nd January 3AM (23rd) GMT/7PM Local Time

Honda Center, Anaheim

UFC 270, taking place in California, will see Francis Ngannou take on Ciryl Gane in a highly anticipated heavyweight title bout. Will Gane’s unbeaten record survive? UFC 270 also sees a flyweight title bout between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo.

Official Site: UFC

Viewing: UFC Fight Pass 

Blog:  MMA Mania

Video:  UFC

News: MMA News 

Merchandise:  UFC Store 

 

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs v Buffalo Bills

Sunday 23rd January 11:30PM GMT/5:30PM Local Time

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City

The Buffalo Bills travel to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday to take on the Chiefs in a divisional playoff clash that fans will not want miss. After confident victories for both teams in their wildcard games, this is shaping up to be an intriguing match-up.

Official site: NFL 

Blog: Arrowhead Pride 

Blog: Buffalo Rumblings 

Fantasy: NFL Fantasy

Viewing: Game Pass 

Merchandise: NFL Shop

 

Photo by: Australian Open

Written and information correct on 16th January 2022 at 10pm GMT

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