This Week in Sport: 26th December 2022 − 1st January 2023

Nick Kyrgios playing a backhand

The last week of 2022 is sure to provide some excellent sporting entertainment. On Monday, Australia and South Africa start their second Test match in the famous Boxing Day Test, Tuesday sees the Memphis Grizzlies host the Phoenix Suns and Wednesday has some excellent Premier League action with Leeds playing Man City. Thursday is the start of the United Cup in Australia and Friday has a Premiership Rugby match between Sale Sharks and Leicester Tigers. As we head into the weekend, New Year's Eve hosts a great game between Georgia and Ohio, and on New Year's Day the Minnesota Vikings head to Green Bay to face the Packers in the NFL.

Cricket in Australia: Australia v South Africa (2nd Test) Day 1

Monday 26th December 11:30PM (25th) GMT/10:30AM Local Time

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 

Boxing Day sees the start of the second Test between South Africa and Australia. Australia are leading the series 1-0 with an exciting win in the first Test, so the South African batters will need to step up to keep the Proteas hopes alive.

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

Tuesday 27th December 1:00AM (28th) GMT/7:00PM Local Time

FedExForum, Memphis 

In this Western Conference clash, both teams are close to the top of the standings. The Grizzlies beat the Suns by 25 points last weekend, so will be keen for a repeat performance and the Suns will want to see a strong reaction to that defeat.

Premier League: Leeds United v Manchester City

Wednesday 28th December 8:00PM GMT/8:00PM Local Time

Elland Road, Leeds 

In an exciting mid-week clash, Leeds host Man City. Man City star striker, Erling Haaland, born in Leeds, will hope to get back to scoring ways as the Premier League restarts. 

ATP and WTA Tour: United Cup Day 1

Thursday 29th December 1:00AM GMT/ 12:00PM Local Time

Sydney, Sydney 

Perth, Brisbane and Sydney host the first rounds of matches for the first edition of the United Cup. Eighteen countries are confirmed to take part in this mixed team event.

Premiership Rugby: Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers

Friday 30th December 7:45PM GMT/7:45PM Local Time

AJ Bell Stadium, Manchester

The Sharks and the Tigers are both relatively close to the top of the table as it stands. This Premiership Rugby match will be important for both teams to try to inch closer to the top, with Leicester having more to prove after they lost the previous game against Sale.

NCAA College Football: Georgia v Ohio State

Saturday 31st December 1:00AM (1st) GMT/8:00PM Local Time

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta 

In this Peach Bowl game, the Georgia Bulldogs welcome the Ohio State Buckeyes to Atlanta. This game should be a great one for fans and neutrals alike.

NFL: Green Bay Packers v Minnesota Vikings

Sunday 1st January 9:25PM GMT/3:25PM Local Time

Lambeau Field, Green Bay 

Having clinched the NFC North division, the Minnesota Vikings, will have confidence after a convincing win against the Green Bay Packers in their last match-up. But after their latest win against the Los Angeles Rams, the Packers will be wanting to keep their slim chance of reaching the playoffs alive. 

Photo by:  Nick Kyrgios

Written and information correct on 24th December 2022 at 10pm GMT.

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