The weekend is here and with it comes El American’s sports agenda with an undoubted highlight: the Super Bowl.
The Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams will play the most important game in American football this Sunday, February 13 at SoFi Stadium in California at 18:30 ET (all times in this schedule are Eastern Time).
The Bengals are coming off a historic win over Patrick Mahomes II’s Kansas City Chiefs. The game was decided in overtime, with a final score of 27-24. The Rams, meanwhile, defeated the San Francisco 49ers by 20-17, sealing a ten-point comeback in the last period. Their matchup on Sunday is not to be missed, so start making your plans now.
In addition to the Super Bowl, both the NBA and European soccer bring great games to enjoy over the weekend.
On Saturday, Serie A gives us Inter Milan vs. Napoli — the first and second place teams in Italian soccer. You can enjoy this match on CBS Sports, either its television channel (CBS Sports Network) or the Paramount + streaming platform, at 12:00 p.m.
Earlier on Saturday, Manchester United hosts Southampton in the Premier League at 7:30. Later in the day, at 12:30, English league leaders Manchester City visits Norwich.
In Spain, Real Madrid will visit Villareal at El Madrigal at 10:15 — a key match for Carlo Ancelotti’s team, which in less than a week will play Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 of the Champions League.
NBA as a prelude to the Super Bowl
The best basketball in the world will also see action this weekend with several attractive games.
The Golden State Warriors, who are coming off two heavy losses to the Utah Jazz (111-85) and the New York Knicks (116-114), will try to get back to winning at the Chase Center on Saturday. They’ll take on the Los Angeles Lakers led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis, who have also gone two games without a win. The game starts at 20:30.
Earlier at 20:00, the leader of the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat, will be looking for their fifth win in a row against Kevin Durant’s New Jersey Nets, who not only have 10 consecutive losses, but are rapidly slipping away from having a spot in the playoffs and have just traded the disgruntled James Harden.
Also on Saturday, the surprising Toronto Raptors, who are on an eight-game winning streak, will face Nikola Jokic’s Denver Nuggets. The game starts at 19:30.
Will Robert Whittaker dethrone Israel Adesanya in the UFC?
Israel Adesanya became one of the UFC’s biggest stars when he dethroned Robert Whittaker at middleweight in 2019. Since then, Izzy has been one of the most dominant fighters in the UFC: he beat Yoel Romero without breaking a sweat, gave an offensive lecture by knocking out Paulo Costa, and earned an effortless victory against Marvin Vettori. For now, it looks like the only one who could be a worthy challenger to Adesanya is Bobby Knuckles, who after losing the title is coming off a great run of three convincing victories.
To liven up the evening, Derrick Lewis and Tai Tuivasa also face off in the heavyweight division. Lewis is the best knockout artist in the history of the division (and probably of the sport) and Tuivasa is showing himself to be one of the future faces of a division full of great finishers. At the same time, Derek Brunson and Jared Cannonier face off to, quite possibly, define who will be the next contender for the middleweight title.
Bonus track: look out for next week
On Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, it is worth keeping an eye on European soccer, as the Champions League returns with great matches in the round of 16.
On Tuesday, at 15:00, PSG will host Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes. At the same time, Manchester City visits Sporting Lisbon.
On Wednesday, also at 15:00, Italian champions Inter Milan will host Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at the San Siro, in one of the best matches that European soccer has to offer. At the same time, Bayern Munich will take on RB Salzburg in what’s sure to be yet another great match.
It will be a very entertaining and footballing week ahead.