This Week in Sport: 21st August − 27th August 2023
There are some exciting events taking place this week in the world of sport. On Monday, Crystal Palace host Arsenal in the Premier League, Tuesday will see the World Athletics Championships continue, and on Wednesday Manchester Originals and Southern Brave face-off in The Hundred. The Tour Championship golf begins on Thursday, and Canada take on France in the FIBA Basketball World Cup on Friday.
Heading into the weekend, Oleksandr Usyk will defend his championship titles against Daniel Dubois on Saturday, and Formula 1 action rounds out the week with the Dutch Grand Prix on Sunday.
Premier League: Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Monday 21st August 7:00PM GMT/8:00PM Local Time
Selhurst Park, London
Crystal Palace host Arsenal in the Premier League at Selhurst Park on Monday. Both sides started the new season off with a win, with Palace defeating newly promoted Sheffield United 1-0 and Arsenal beating Nottingham Forest 2-1. Most will see Arsenal as favourites in this one, but Palace are strong at home and will be hoping this will give them an advantage.
World Athletics Championships: World Athletics Championships 2023 Day 4
Tuesday 22nd August 4:40PM GMT/6:40PM Local Time
The World Athletics Championships 2023 head into day 4 on Tuesday, with the event already seeing exciting action over its opening weekend. Tuesday will see Finals in events such as the men’s High Jump, the women’s 1500 Metres, and the women’s Discus Throw. The Championships finish on Sunday 27th August.
The Hundred: Manchester Originals v Southern Brave
Wednesday 23rd August 2:00PM GMT/3:00PM Local Time
Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester
On Wednesday, Manchester Originals take on Southern Brave in The Hundred at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. In the women’s competition, Southern Brave top the table heading into the final match and will be hoping to defeat fifth place Manchester Originals to secure their place directly into the Final. In the men’s competition, Manchester Originals currently sit second and look likely for the knockout stages, but Southern Brave will need a win over them to move into the top three themselves. The Hundred Eliminators, where second and third meet, will take place on Saturday 26th and the Finals on Sunday 27th August.
PGA Tour: Tour Championship
Thursday 24th August 2:40PM GMT/10:40AM Local Time
East Lake Golf Course, Atlanta
The final event of this season’s FedEx Cup begins on Thursday, as the world’s best head to the East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta for the Tour Championship. Heading into the tournament, Scottie Scheffler sits top of the leaderboard for the overall competition, meaning he will start on 10-under par, with Viktor Hovland, Rory McIlroy, and Jon Rahm starting the tournament on 8-, 7-, and 6-under par, respectively.
FIBA Basketball World Cup: Canada v France
Friday 25th August 1:30PM GMT/8:30PM Local Time
Indonesia Arena, Jakarta
The FIBA Basketball World Cup, hosted in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia, gets underway on Friday, and perhaps the pick of the first day of matches is Canada taking on France at the Indonesia Arena in Jakarta. Both sides are amongst the favourites to win the tournament outright and will want to get their campaigns off to the best starts by beating the other. This is sure to be a high-quality matchup.
Boxing Fights: Oleksandr Usyk v Daniel Dubois
Saturday 26th August 7:00PM GMT/9:00PM Local Time
Stadion Wrocław, Wrocław
Oleksandr Usyk will defend his Heavyweight titles this Saturday against Daniel Dubois at the Stadion Wrocław in Poland. This will be the Ukrainians second defence of his belts since winning them from Anthony Joshua in 2021, who he then defended them against in a rematch in 2022. Dubois comes into the fight with a record of 19 wins and one loss, whilst Usyk is currently undefeated.
Formula 1: Dutch Grand Prix
Sunday 27th August 1:00PM GMT/3:00PM Local Time
Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort
Formula 1 action rounds out the week as the drivers head to the Circuit Zandvoort in the Netherlands for the Dutch Grand Prix on Sunday. Red Bull have completely dominated the season up to this point, winning every race so far, with reigning champion Max Verstappen winning 10 of the 12 races this year. After a short break, the other teams will be hoping they can bring updates to their cars to compete with Red Bull for the remainder of the season.