After what has felt like an eternity live sport has slowly begun its comeback and this weekend is the first in a long time to feature multiple attractions.
Bundesliga football returns this weekend, playing behind closed doors in Germany, who have emerged as the European nation to address the global health crisis in the best fashion seemingly.
South Africans will not easily be able to access the German top-flight with neither the SABC nor DSTV’s Supersport holding rights to broadcast. Satellite TV provider StarSat holds the rights to broadcast Bundesliga matches in South Africa.
Bayern Munich lead a tight Bundesliga title race by four points from Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund will need to hit the ground running in their restart encounter against sixth-placed Schalke. Germany’s top five clubs are all still in the title race, and the unpredictable nature of the final nine rounds means that this weekend’s action will have plenty of intrigue.
Bundesliga Fixtures this weekend
Saturday 16 May
15:30 Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke
15:30 RB Leipzig vs Freiburg‚
15:30 Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin
15:30 Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Paderborn
15:30 Augsburg vs Wolfsburg
18:30 Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Monchengladbach
Sunday 17 May
15:30 FC Köln vs Mainz‚
18:30 Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich
UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs Harris
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) rounds off a seven-day festival with a Fight Night event in Jacksonville, Florida headlined by veterans Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris.
SuperSport will broadcast the preliminary card and main event with the action getting underway at 00:00 on Sunday morning (Saturday night local time).
“We’ve been in camp for a few weeks now, and I cannot wait to get back in the Octagon,” said Overeem.
Overeem is still smarting from a KO defeat at the hands of Jairzinho Rozenstruik in December last year, where he feels he was robbed.
“To me, it was a win, because we beat him every round,” Overeem said. “The referee should not have jumped in. I was not KO’d. I stand back up, it was two seconds left, three seconds left, one second left – to me it was a win. And I always fight for myself. Of course, you have fans, it’s great, of course, the money is great, but I fight for me, and I see it as a win.”
Harris missed the scheduled meeting between the two in December after the disappearance and death of his stepdaughter. He says he is trying to stay focused on the fight.
“I’ve been through a lot of things in my life. It’s just part of it, man. I think god does things on his terms, so I don’t get stressed out about things,” said Harris.
“I just try to do my best to stay ready and stay focused and be ready when my number is called. It’s part of the process and my journey to the UFC – ups and downs. It’s nothing new. I stay focused and keep going.”
- – Welterweight: Matt Brown vs Miguel Baeza
- – Middleweight: Anthony Hernandez vs Kevin Holland
- – Featherweight: Mike Davis vs Giga Chikadze
- – Featherweight: Darren Elkins vs Nate Landwehr
- – Women’s Flyweight: Cortney Casey vs Mara Romero Borella
- – Heavyweight: Rodrigo Nascimento vs Dontale Mayes
- – Main event: Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem vs Walt Harris
- – Co-main event: Women’s Strawweight: Claudia Gadelha vs Angela Hill
- – Featherweight: Dan Ige vs Edson Barboza
- – Middleweight: Eryk Anders vs Krzysztof Jotko
- – Featherweight: Song Yadong vs Marlon Vera
TaylorMade Driving Relief
Sunday 17 May from 20:00
The TaylorMade Driving Relief event sees big-time golfers return to our screens in live action. The charity initiative will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 and 6 (Sunday 17 May, 20:00), and is headlined by Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff, who will compete in a team best-ball skins match. The lowest score by each team on the hole wins the skin.
“I hope that we can provide some respite and entertainment for those tuning in across the globe. Dustin and I will have a lot of fun together, and our games will fit well as we push to raise funds and awareness on 17 May,” said world No 1 Rory McIlroy.
PDC Home Tour
17 and 18 May from 20:30 broadcast on Supersport 10 and streaming on pdc.tv.
Two-time World Darts Champion Anderson will enter the event on Saturday 16 May, and competes alongside Belgian duo Dimitri Van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts and Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode.
Sunday’s Group 31 will see world number three Gerwyn Price – the runner-up in Group Two last month – join Joe Cullen, Keegan Brown and Bradley Brooks to compete for a second time.
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NASCAR Cup Series: Darlington Raceway
Sunday 18 May broadcast on SuperSport2A and SuperSport 8 from 21:30
NASCAR returns to the race track for the first time in more than two months, with the sport set to honour frontline healthcare workers in The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday.
The special NASCAR Cup Series race entitlement at Darlington Raceway follows the launch of The Real Heroes Project, a collaborative initiative by 14 sports leagues including NASCAR to recognize and pay tribute to medical professionals serving on the front lines.