This Week in Sport: 24th January − 30th January 2022

Mikal Bridges scores for the Phoenix SunsThe last full week of January is shaping up to be an exciting 7 days for sports fans around the world. On Monday, the Utah Jazz travel south to take on the Phoenix Suns in the NBA. The following day, on the other side of the Atlantic, Morocco face Malawi in the Africa Cup of Nations. Wednesday sees an early start to the Farmers Insurance Open, where the players will tee it up at the famous Torrey Pines.

The single Test in the Women’s Ashes series starts on Thursday, with England taking on Australia in Canberra. Friday sees the culmination of the Big Bash League, with the final marking the end of the near 2 month tournament.

The weekend is also an exciting sporting prospect with the world’s best tennis players battling it out for Australian Open glory, and the Los Angeles Rams take on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

 

NBA: Phoenix Suns v Utah Jazz

Monday 24th January 2AM (25th) GMT/7PM Local Time

Footprint Center, Phoenix

The Utah Jazz travel south to Phoenix in order to go head-to-head with the Suns on Monday. The Suns will be a very tough team to beat, having won their last 6 games and sat 2 wins clear at the top of the NBA’s Western Conference. Can the Jazz cause an upset?

Official site: NBA

Merchandise: NBA Store

Viewing: NBA TV

Fantasy: Yahoo NBA Fantasy

Blog: Bright Side of the Sun 

Blog: SLC Dunk 

 

Africa Cup of Nations: Morocco v Malawi

Tuesday 25th January 7PM GMT/8PM Local Time

Stade Omnisport Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde

Despite a draw in their last game against Gabon, Morocco are firm favourites to win this round of 16 match-up having won 5 of their last 6 games. Malawi, however, showed promise against Zimbabwe in their group stage game and will be desperate to win this knockout game to keep their title hopes alive.

News: The Guardian 

Statistics: FB Ref 

Blog: Africa Confidential

News: Sports Star 

Merchandise: UK Soccer Shop 

News: Sportskeeda 

 

PGA Tour: Farmers Insurance Open

Wednesday 26th January 8:30AM GMT/4:30PM Local Time

Torrey Pines Golf Course, San Diego

The Farmers Insurance begins a day early this year, so as to avoid conflict with the NFL’s Conference Championship Games. Patrick Reed will be keen to repeat last year’s record breaking victory, but is up against a tough field, especially as Dustin Johnson returns to the course for the first time since the CJ Cup last October.

Official site: PGA Tour 

Merchandise: PGA Tour Fan Shop 

News: PGA Tour 

Fantasy: Fantasy Golf 

Podcast: PGA Tour Podcasts

News: Golf Net News 

 

Women’s Ashes: Australia Women v England Women (Test) Day 1

Thursday 27th January 11PM GMT/10AM Local Time

Manuka Oval, Canberra

The first and only Test of the Women’s Ashes series begins on Thursday in Canberra. So far the series has been heavily affected by weather, after the 2nd and 3rd of the two teams’ T20 games were called off. Can England come back from their loss in the first T20 game or will Australia’s Women repeat the comfortable win secured by the Men’s side a few weeks ago?

News: Cricket.com.au 

Statistics: ESPN Cricinfo 

Blog: Emergency Cricket Blog 

News: Sky Sports 

Merchandise: Australia

Merchandise: England  

 

Big Bash League: Final

Friday 28th January 8:15AM GMT/7:15PM Local Time

Docklands Stadium, Melbourne

The Perth Scorchers have already secured their place in the Big Bash League Final after a win against the Sydney Sixers last weekend. However, who they will face in the league’s finale is yet to be confirmed. If the Scorchers take the title they will go one title clear of the Sixers and be the most successful Big Bash team in history.

Official Site: Cricket Australia

News: Fox Sports 

Merchandise: Big Bash League  

News: News.com.au 

Statistics: ESPN Cricinfo 

Blog: CricBlog

 

Tennis: Australian Open

Saturday 29th January 8:30AM GMT/7:30PM Local Time

Melbourne Park, Melbourne

After 2 weeks of intense on-court battles, the Australian Open reaches its climax this weekend. On Saturday fans will be treated to the Women’s Singles Final, Men’s Doubles Final and Junior’s Singles Final. Can number one seed and home favourite, Ashley Barty, reach the final for the first time and take the win in front of the passionate Australian fans?

Official Site: Australian Open 

News: Tennis Connected 

Podcast: The Tennis Podcast

Blog: Perfect Tennis 

Video: Australian Open TV 

News: The Guardian 

 

NFL: Los Angeles Rams v San Francisco 49ers

Sunday 30th January 11:30PM GMT/3:30PM Local Time

SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles

On Sunday, the Rams play host to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. The Rams will be hoping that the home crowd in SoFi Stadium helps them to forget about their two regular season losses to the 49ers this season. Who will win and make it to Super Bowl LVI?

Official site: NFL 

Blog: Turf Show Times 

Blog: Niners Nation 

Fantasy: NFL Fantasy

Viewing: Game Pass 

Merchandise: NFL Shop

 

Photo by: Phoenix Suns 

Written and information correct on 23rd January 2022 at 10pm GMT

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