What sport is on this week? Domestic Cups take centre stage, plus the PGA Tour begins
Our guide to this week’s sporting fixtures
The Premier League takes a brief hiatus as we look to the cups, including the FA Cup third round – where the Premier League elite meet the teams from around the nation who have made it this far.
Elsewhere, we have big events in Golf and Snooker, as the PGA Tour begins for 2021 and Snooker’s biggest names battle it out at the Masters.
Here’s what’s happening…
Tonight sees Southampton face Liverpool in the Premier League before the league pauses and the domestic cups come into focus.
First up we have the Carabao Cup semi-finals. On Tuesday, Tottenham take on Championship side Brentford who ejected Newcastle in the last round to make it this far. Then on Wednesday we have a Manchester Derby as Man United welcome Man City to Old Trafford.
On Friday the third round of the FA Cup begins with two all-Premier League clashes – Aston Villa v Liverpool and Wolves v Crystal Palace. The weekend will see another 30 ties in total, including Crawley Town v Leeds and Tottenham v non-league Marine on Sunday.
While there’s a slight lull in the racing schedule following the festive action, there are still meetings from around the country to enjoy, with action from Kempton, Wincanton and Chepstow among the ITV featured racecourses this weekend.
The 2021 PGA Tour tees off in Hawaii on Thursday with the Sentry Tournament of Champions, with a stacked field of 42 that no longer just includes winners from the previous year.
Because of event cancellations, any player who made it to the 2020 Tour Championship without winning an event last year was extended an invite, although some – notably Rory McIlroy – have chosen not to attend anyway.
The field still includes big names from the tour, including World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, alongside the likes of Bryson DeChambeau, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele.
On Sunday, the Masters begins in Milton Keynes after a move away from its traditional home at Alexandra Palace.
The top 16 players in the world will battle it out in the second of the season’s Triple Crown events, as Stuart Bingham will look to defend his title against the sport’s elite, including Judd Trump, Ronnie O’Sullivan and more.
With the regular season concluded, next we turn to the Wild Card Playoff Round as six teams fight for a place in the divisional play-offs. Cleveland Browns sealed their first play-off place in 18 years with victory over Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Their reward? They face Steelers once more in the playoffs this Sunday.
Other matchups include Bills v Colts and Washington v Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with Tom Brady inspiring the latter side to four successive wins in recent weeks.
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