FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 opening ceremony

The Qatar 2022 World Cup It is not news that Qatar is the third member nation ever of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to host the World Cup. But following the co-hosting of the 2002 FIFA World Cup by South Korea and Japan, Qatar 2022 will be the second AFC World Cup ever.

The opening ceremony:

Since the inception of the World Cup 21 editions ago, the hosts have played the opening match to welcome every participant to their country. Qatar, however, will be breaking this tradition come November 21.

This will make them the second hosts to sit out the opening game of the World Cup after their AFC counterparts South Korea and Japan did it 20 years ago in the 2002 World Cup. In that edition, France and Senegal opened the World Cup, before hosts Japan and South Korea faced their opponents a few days later. This will see Senegal – like they did 20 years ago – open the World Cup with Netherlands, before Qatar face Ecuador in the evening of November 21 when the Emir’s planned ceremony will take place.

However, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim wants to put on a big fireworks display before his country – who are making their World Cup debut – faces Ecuador. An afternoon kick-off would reduce the beauty of the display and as such, FIFA have agreed to push Qatar’s game until the evening of the opening day while the other teams in Group A, Senegal and the Netherlands, face off in the planned afternoon kickoff as the opening match of the 22nd World Cup.

The 2022 Qatar World Cup will now get under way a day earlier than originally scheduled with the host nation facing Ecuador in the opening match on Sunday, November 20. The opening game of the tournament was due to see Senegal face the Netherlands at 1pm (10am GMT) on Monday November 21, but that fixture will now take place at 7pm (4pm GMT) on the same date. The change is in line with the long-standing tradition of opening matches involving hosts or reigning champions.

World Cup 2022:

A FIFA statement released on Thursday included: “The decision followed an assessment of the competition and operational implications, as well as a thorough consultation process and an agreement with key stakeholders and the host country. The release period, as previously decided and as governed by the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, will remain unchanged, beginning on 14 November 2022.

Northern Ireland Claimed Their First-ever Nations League

Northern Ireland claimed their first-ever Nations League victory as late strikes from Josh Magennis and Gavin Whyte completed a dramatic 2-1 comeback win over Kosovo at a rapturous Windsor Park. Ian Baraclough’s side looked set to ensure more heartache in the Nations League when captain Vedat Muriqi fired Kosovo into a lead before the hour, moments after Dion Charles was denied an opener for the hosts. But Northern Ireland rose through the adversity with a spirited late turnaround as the inspirational Whyte equalised before setting up Magennis for his stoppage-time winner nine minutes later. Their First-ever Nations League The long-awaited victory sees Northern Ireland claim three points in the Nations League for the first time at the 15th attempt, moving clear of the immediate threat of relegation to the bottom tier.

Northern Ireland Claimed Their First-ever Nations League

After a miserable run of results in June had left his side in a perilous position, Baraclough had sought to inject optimism this week, talking up the return of key players who missed those summer fixtures. The miserable mood continued as Kosovo, 3-2 winners over Northern Ireland in Pristina earlier this year, threatened early on. Bailey Peacock-Farrell could not hold Florent Muslija’s shot and was grateful to see Milot Rashica scuff the follow-up, before then denying Rashica again and seeing Fidan Aliti hook a shot over.

It took 15 minutes for Northern Ireland to threaten, with Betim Fazliji almost turning the ball into his own net after Magennis sent Paddy McNair’s cross goalwards. There was a better chance shortly before the break as Dion Charles – making his first start as he won a 12th cap – broke clear of Fazliji but then placed his shot too close to goalkeeper Ari Muric – the man who keeps Peacock-Farrell on the bench at Burnley.

Charles had the ball in the net in the 55th minute after Saville played a ball down the middle, but the Bolton striker was denied his first international goal as he was well offside. And it got much worse for Northern Ireland just three minutes later as Kosovo’s record goalscorer Muriqi found the bottom corner with a crisp shot from the edge of the area.

Northern Ireland rallied. Muriqi blocked Jonny Evans’ header on the line, then Muric kept out a looping effort from Magennis. Peacock-Farrell then made a vital save to deny Muriqi what would have been the killer blow, and moments later Northern Ireland were level as Shayne Lavery, just on as a substitute, wriggled free of Fazliji and ran towards goal, finding traffic but squaring the ball for fellow replacement Whyte to fire home. Peacock-Farrell made another save to deny Zymer Bytyqi and Magennis capitalised at the end.

Indeed, that’s now just their second win in their previous 15 home internationals (D6 L7).

Northern Ireland’s Gavin Whyte netted his fifth international goal, and his first at home since doing so on his debut against Israel in September 2018. He’s also the first player for the nation to score and assist as a substitute since Kyle Lafferty against San Marino in October 2016. Northern Ireland’s Josh Magennis netted his 10th international goal, with two goals in his last three appearances for the national team, as many as in his previous 22 appearances.

FIFA World Cup Schedule 2022 Kick Off Times Fixtures

FIFA World cup schedule 2022 kickoff times fixtures on the horizon, and every country is accounted for. The group stage matchups are all set and we can begin to project who might be in best position to advance to the knockouts. England will face USA in Group B, Argentina and Lionel Messi will go up against Mexico in Group C, and it’ll be Luis Suarez and Uruguay looking to spoil a potential final World Cup tournament for Cristiano Ronaldo in Group H.

The tournament kicks off on Sunday, Nov. 20 with an opening ceremony and the inaugural match between Qatar and Ecuador. FIFA World Cup Schedule 2022 It will wrap up in less than a month, with the final due to be played on Sunday, Dec. 18. Brazil enter the tournament as the most successful nation in World Cup history with five titles, and they have a manageable group to navigate, while defending champions France are expected to finish top in their group and have a good chance to build up a head of steam into the knockout rounds profusion.

Which teams could surprise? African champions Senegal are one of the stronger teams in Group A, which also features hosts Qatar. Making a first participation in 37 years, Canada landed in Group F, where a likely battle with Morocco and Croatia looms for second place behind Belgium.

WORLD CUP DRAW BREAKDOWNS:
Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D
Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

World Cup 2022 tournament format

The 2022 World Cup will follow along the lines of recent editions, with a 32-team group stage to whittle the field down to 16 teams — only the top two teams from each of the eight groups survive. Those 16 group-stage teams will advance to the single-game knockout stages — Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, final — where the winner moves on and the loser goes home.

Group stage: Nov. 20-Dec. 2
Round of 16: Dec. 3-6
Quarterfinals: Dec. 9-10
Semifinals: Dec. 13-14
Third-place match: Dec. 17
Final: Dec. 18

When do World Cup matches start in Qatar?

There will be up to four matches daily during the group stage and they will be staggered throughout the day. The only matches that will overlap are the ones played on the final day of the group-stage phase, and that’s purely for competitive integrity. Every time zone in the world will get a chance to watch matches at decent times throughout their day. Here’s a breakdown of how the local kickoff times in Qatar translate across various regions around the world.

World Cup 2022 kickoff times

This will be Ecuador’s fourth FIFA World Cup appearance in its history, with its last appearance coming in 2014. Gustavo Alvaro’s team qualified for the tournament after finishing fourth in the CONMEBOL qualifying tournament. Ecuador will start its World Cup campaign against an Asian team (Qatar) for the first time after beginning its previous three World Cup with matches against European teams 2002 vs Italy (L 2-0), 2006 vs Poland (W 2-0) and 2014 vs Switzerland(L 2-1).

Football Matches Across England this Postponed

British sports paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after her death on Thursday with football’s governing bodies in discussion with the government as to the status of events for this weekend and beyond. Buckingham Palace announced earlier on Thursday that the Queen, Britain’s longest reigning monarch, had passed away peacefully at the age of 96. The country, as well as the other 14 nations of which Elizabeth was sovereign, will now enter a period of mourning.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport will meet with sporting bodies on Friday morning to offer guidance on the status of this weekend’s events, which include a full schedule for English and Scottish football.

Football Matches Across England this postpones fixtures after Queen Elizabeth’s death:

On Thursday, Europa League and Conference League matches involving British sides went ahead following consultation with competition governing body UEFA and the English Football Association (FA), given that news broke only an hour and a half before the later matches kicked off. Safety considerations were paramount in making the decision that the games should go ahead. Arsenal’s match away to FC Zurich had kicked off before confirmation of the Queen’s passing; prior to the game’s resumption for the second half, both sides undertook a minute of silence to pay tribute. Arsenal players wore black armbands.

Manchester United and West Ham United also observed a period of silence with players from the English clubs and their opponents wearing black armbands. Supporters at London Stadium chanted “God save the Queen.”

A statement from the club said: “Manchester United shares the sorrow of the entire nation following the announcement from Buckingham Palace on the passing of Her Majesty, The Queen. The club recognizes her immense contribution to public life, including sport, both here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world. Everyone connected with Manchester United joins the wider football family in sending our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to The Royal Family.”

Government guidance for the death last year of the Queen’s husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, left it up to individual sporting bodies to decide whether to postpone fixtures. When the previous monarch George VI died in 1952 football matches went ahead with hymn “Abide With Me” sung before kickoff.

Those include the PGA Championship event at Wentworth and the second day of the cricket Test match between England and South Africa at The Oval, London. Formula One chief executive Stefano Domenicali said: “Formula One mourns the passing of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II. For more than seven decades she dedicated her life to public service with dignity and devotion and inspired so many around the world.

BMW Championship PGA Tour Golf 2022

The PGA Tour moves onto the second event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs with players making the trip from Memphis, Tennessee, to Wilmington, Delaware, for this week’s BMW Championship. The penultimate tournament since the very beginning of the FedEx Cup existence, the BMW Championship continues to rotate among golf courses in the Midwest and Northeast United States. Wilmington Country Club will take center stage this time around in its PGA Tour debut. Will Zalatoris, fresh off his breakthrough victory at the St. Jude Championship, hopes to keep the momentum rolling on the Robert Trent Jones Sr. design. With a strong finish, he could all but secure the top spot in the FedEx Cup standings ahead of the Tour Championship.

While Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns may have something to say about this, Cameron Smith will not. Citing hip discomfort, the FedEx Cup No. 3 will not participate in the BMW Championship. That, coupled with Tommy Fleetwood staying on the sidelines for personal reasons, leaves the field at 68 players. Just as compelling as the top of the standings is the bottom, with many players vying to compete in their first Tour Championship. The top 30 players will make their way into next week’s tournament, and with it earn exemptions into three major championships. This makes the BMW Championship all the more important when considering Davis Riley (No. 27), Sahith Theegala (No. 28), Maverick McNealy (No. 33) and Denny McCarhty (No. 36) have yet to participate in The Masters.

Event information:

Event: BMW Championship | Dates: Aug. 18-21
Location: Wilmington Country Club – Wilmington, Delaware
Par: 71 | Yardage: 7,534 | Purse: $15,000,000

2022 BMW Championship:

Rory McIlroy (10-1): One of the bigger surprises from the St. Jude Championship was McIlroy’s absence from the weekend. Missing his first cut since the Texas Open the week before the Masters, the Northern Irishman should be in store for a bounce-back performance. His iron play was actually pretty sound at TPC Southwind as he gained nearly two strokes on approach, but off-the-tee woes were his eventual undoing. There is only one annual stop on the PGA Tour which boasts a similar scorecard to Wilmington CC — Quail Hollow Club, where McIlroy has won three times before.

Jon Rahm (12-1): The 2020 BMW Championship winner is slowly but surely rounding into form. Finishing in a tie for fifth at the St. Jude Championship, Rahm put together his best iron performance since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. Combine this uptick in approach play with his off-the-tee presence and improvements in the short-game department, and the Spaniard should be in the mix on Sunday.

Patrick Cantlay (14-1): The defending champion is very close to figuring it all out. Without a solo victory to his name this season — he won the Zurich Classic alongside Xander Schauffele — the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year has notched three runner-up finishes and six additional top-10 finishes. He took a step back at the St. Jude Championship with a T57 finish, but on a course with massive putting surfaces, if able to wield his flat stick in a manner remotely similar to last year at Caves Valley, he will change his fortunes and head into the Tour Championship with a realistic opportunity to claim a second straight FedEx Cup title.

Scottie Scheffler (14-1): For the first time in a long time, Scheffler’s name does not occupy to the top spot in the FedEx Cup standings. Only 124 points behind Zalatoris, the Masters champion will have his chance to reclaim the No. 1 position ahead of the Tour Championship. In order to do so, Scheffler will need to be much better on the greens. Showing frustration at TPC Southwind, the Texan has now lost strokes with the putter in seven of his last nine tournaments, including four straight. The good news for Scheffler is that during this span, the two occasions he was better than the field with the flat stick was his playoff loss at the Charles Schwab Challenge and his runner-up performance at the U.S. Open.

Tony Finau (14-1): Kyle Porter wrote about Finau’s quest for three straight victories and the rare company he would have joined if he pulled it off at TPC Southwind. Ultimately finishing T5, there is not much to dislike when it comes to the four-time PGA Tour winner and his chances this week. Stepping foot onto a long golf course where birdies should be abundant, it is hard to look past his name on the odds board.

Xander Schauffele (18-1): The Olympic gold medalist has three victories to his credit this season, but let’s not forget what Schauffele’s bread and butter used to be: no-cut events. He did not get off to the best of starts with a T57 at the St. Jude Championship, but he still remains sixth in the FedEx Cup standings. With his affinity for East Lake, Schauffele will just need to be within arm’s reach heading into the Tour Championship.

English Premier League EPL 2022-23 Season matches info

Liverpool Premier League 2022-23 season preview bold predictions Jurgen Klopp’s five most intriguing players Premier League 2022-23 The players and teams that will define the season in England’s top flight One of the greatest teams English football has seen in recent years perhaps in much longer return for what will be the fifth season of their recent battle for supremacy. For the most part this squad is a known quantity. We know that Virgil van Dijk will be one of the best defenders in the world, that Mohamed Salah will score goals by the truckload and that Thiago will light up the internet with his impudent passes.

But there are a few other players with some intrigue surrounding them. Here’s five of them. The Premier League is back and with that, it’s a good time to gaze into a crystal ball of what may happen in the league while everyone is still on level footing. Strap in and let’s get to some predictions. Also, for the traditional top four, relegation predictions and the title winner, the CBS Sports staff has you covered.

Best Newcomer: Darwin Nunez, Liverpool

Nunez is quite an addition to the Liverpool attack as Jurgen Klopp refreshes the team to replace Sadio Mane. After scoring 34 goals and assisting four more with Benfica, it’s safe to expect more than 20 goals from Nunez in all competitions as long as he’s on the field consistently. Klopp has already shown that the scouting department is comfortable transitioning players from Portugal with the successful addition of Luis Diaz last season, but Nunez is different from Liverpool’s usual forwards leading the line.

A shoot first, ask questions later forward, Nunez will rely on service from those around him. The good news is that between Mohamed Salah, Thiago, Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Diaz the crosses coming into the box are a forwards dream. Even if he drifts out to the wing, Salah is able to fill the space in the middle, making Liverpool that much more dangerous. The biggest transition will be adjusting to the press, but Liverpool loaded the preseason with friendlies to give the team as much game time together as possible before moving into the grind of the season. The biggest point in Nunez’s favor over the summer’s more heralded move of Erling Haaland to Manchester City is that I see him getting more starts in an attack that can match City step for step.

Golden Boot Winner: Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

The big red machine moves on. Salah will continue to be a key cog in the attack after signing a contract extension. The only players to best him in the past five seasons are Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane. Vardy is struggling with injuries while he ages while Kane is no longer the most feared attacker on Spurs as that title now shifts to Heung-Min Son who tied Salah for the Golden Boot last year. Craving even more coverage of the world’s game? Listen below and follow ¡Qué Golazo! A Daily CBS Soccer Podcast where we take you beyond the pitch and around the globe for commentary, previews, recaps and more.

Most Improved Team: Newcastle United

This is a loaded answer because Newcastle United did well last season but the jump they last year from the bottom half into the top half is a bigger improvement than doing something like avoiding relegation by climbing higher in midtable like Brentford. The Magpies are fringe Europa League contenders with very little business this summer thanks to the strength of their defense. Sven Botman and Nick Pope are significant upgrades while making the addition of Matt Targett permanent is also a solid addition for them. Under Eddie Howe, Newcastle only need one of Manchester United or West Ham United to slip up to crash England’s European party. With Newcastle’s improvement this season, I’d also back Howe for coach of the year if they’re able to make Europe.

Biggest Drop in the Table: Wolverhampton Wanderers

It’s hard to tell what the Wolves front office is doing. The only addition this summer has been Nathan Collins in central defense. He’s a way to get younger in defense after letting Romain Saiss leave this summer but he won’t improve Wolves’ most pressing problems. Morgan Gibbs-White could bring his sharp form back home from his loan spell with Sheffield United, but playing as a ten instead of as a second striker will change how he influences the game. For Wolves to do well, Pedro Neto and Deniel Podence will need to take significant steps forward. It’s certainly possible that they do that but if they don’t, an attack that only scored 38 goals (good for the fourth worst number in the league) last season, will be worse off and sink the team as a result.

Best Promoted Side: Nottingham Forest

The Tricky Trees earn this title tanks to Fulham’s history in the Premier League and Bournemouth’s lack of business. It could be a tough start for Forest and they could finish anywhere from tenth in the league to dead last and it wouldn’t be surprising to me. Opening the season with Newcastle, West Ham, Everton, Tottenham, and Manchester City expectations will be low for points out of the gate, but that will allow the team to gel under pressure before three consecutive games against teams who will be around the relegation zone with them. By the end of September, we should at least have an idea of which way Forest will be heading.

Breakout Performer: Eberechi Eze, Crystal Palace

After missing significant time due to an Achilles injury, he’s back with a full pre-season under his belt and the number ten shirt showing that he has also earned Patrick Vieira’s trust. With Conor Gallagher back at Chelsea, Eze will shoulder the responsibility of being the creative focus of the Palace attack which could see him easily clear double digits in combined goals and assists this season. Vieira is building something special in South London and Eze’s performances will be at the center of making it work this season.

Best Young Player: Bukayo Saka, Arsenal

Saka will be celebrating his 21st birthday one month from now. It’s wild that he’s only 20 years old as the season kicks off despite having three seasons of Premier League soccer under his belt. Saka is basically a seasoned veteran in this exciting Arsenal side. Coming off of a breakout year that saw him score 11 goals and assist seven more in Premier League play, Arsenal have surrounded Saka with more quality so that he can make the attack tick.

With Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard in the final third, Saka could make last season’s counting stats look like nothing but his focus will be on getting Arsenal back into Champions League play after missing out due to a loss to their North London rivals Tottenham right before the final match week of the season. The disappointment will hopefully drive Arsenal to not leave things so late this season.

Most Valuable American Player: Tyler Adams, Leeds United

Adams is replacing Kalvin Phillips who moved on to Manchester City. Adams will be central to that. Leeds have made quite a few signings this summer so a rough start to the season could see doubt begin to creep in but if it goes well, Adams will be in a great spot ahead of the World Cup in November.

Worst Neck Tattoos: Gianluca Scamacca, West Ham United

It seems like a dueling lion and a woman on Scamacca’s neck. While he should score quite a few goals for the Hammers this season, I’d love to know the story that his tattoos have to tell.

Most likely to be in a Head and Shoulders commercial: Marc Cucurella

After an astonishing move to Chelsea in a deal that could be worth up to £62 million, it’s time to up Cucurella’s endorsement game by following in Troy Polamalu’s footsteps.

WWE SummerSlam 2022 Fight Results Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar main event

After what had been a largely uneven SummerSlam undercard in terms of match quality, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns delivered a true spectacle in the main event of the show from Nissan Stadium in Nashville. The main event, contested under Last Man Standing rules for Reigns’ undisputed WWE universal championship, saw everything from wild brawling to Lesnar using a tractor to raise half of the ring off the ground.

In the end, Reigns, with the help of The Usos and Paul Heyman, was able to once again defeat Lesnar to remain undisputed champion. Reigns and Lesnar also had to fight off an attempt by Theory to cash in the Money in the Bank contract midway through the match, adding one more layer of chaos to the proceedings. Despite five titles being on the line in the night, no belt changed hands as all champions were able to score victories. Not every champion was able to retain without controversy, however.

2022 SummerSlam match results:

Raw Women’s Championship – Bianca Belair (c) vs. Becky Lynch: Lynch went after Belair’s arm early, trying to set the champion up for the Dis-arm-her armbar. Belair fought back with her power game before the match spilled to the outside where she nearly regained momentum only for Lynch to send Belair crashing into the ringside barricade. Lynch continued to cut off Belair’s attempts to regain momentum at nearly every turn for a long stretch of the match until Belair was able to hit a counter of her own outside the ring, hitting a facebuster onto the ring apron before managing to suplex Lynch onto the ringside mats.

The damage Lynch had done to Belair’s arm came into play when Belair tried for a press slam only for her arm to give out, allowing Lynch to hit a Diamond Dust for a near fall. Belair fought back before looking for the K.O.D. Lynch reversed, nearly hooking in the armbar only for Belair to carry her through the ropes and hit the K.O.D. on the floor only as Lynch barely beat the referee’s 10-count. As the action returned to the ring, Lynch scored her own near fall with a Manhandle Slam.

Belair was able to reverse a superplex moments later, hitting a Spanish fly before another K.O.D. for the pinfall. Lynch and Belair shared a handshake and a hug after the match. A very good way to kick off the show, with Belair having to battle her way through everything Lynch could throw at her and some solid false finishes throughout. Not as good of a match as the two women are capable of, but still entertaining stuff Bianca Belair def.

Bayley made her return as Belair was celebrating her victory. After Bayley made her way to the ring, Dakota Kai’s music hit and she walked out to join Bayley. Io Shirai’s music then hit and she joined Bayley and Kai. The three women then entered the ring to confront Belair only for Lynch to jump in the ring to stand side-by-side with the champion, leading to Bayley and her group backing down.

Logan Paul vs. The Miz: Miz looked to show off his wrestling dominance early, working over Paul with basic wrestling exchanges before Paul hit a waistlock takedown and a fireman’s carry. Paul then worked a bit of boxing. As Miz retreated to the outside, Paul hit a moonsault from the ring apron to the floor. Miz finally grabbed control of the match with a facebuster onto his knees and a bit of outside interference from Ciampa. As Miz tried to hit Paul from behind, Paul ducked, nearly causing Miz to collide with Maryse. As Miz backed away, he backed right into Paul, who hit a Skull-Crushing Finale to score the pin. Love him or hate him, Paul looked great, showing out in several big high-spot moments. Grading on a curve that takes into account Paul’s inexperience, this was a very big success. Logan Paul def.

United States Championship — Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Theory: Theory attacked Lashley with the Money in the Bank briefcase before the match started. Despite the attack, Lashley told the referee to ring the bell and Theory quickly took advantage, hitting a blockbuster and some strikes before Lashley was able to hit a back elbow and a huge slam to force Theory to bail from the ring. Shortly thereafter, Lashley locked in the Hurt Lock to force Theory to tap out.

The Judgement Day vs. The Mysterios (No Disqualification): The Mysterios got off to a quick start with both Rey and Dominik hitting big early dives before a top-rope crossbody from Dominik on Finn Balor for an early two-count. After some quick tags by the Mysterios, Balor and Damian Priest finally got control on Dominik. Balor and Priest kept Dominik isolated, working over the younger Mysterio until he was finally able to make the hot tag to Rey.

Rey went with the high-speed attack, hitting several lightning-quick moves, including a sliding dive with a chair to the outside on Balor. After Balor got back into the match, he ate a top-rope rana from Rey before Priest broke up the pin. As the Mysterios had the match seemingly in hand, Rhea Ripley interfered to attack Rey and set up Priest to hit South of Heaven. Balor called for a chair, but the lights went out and Edge made his return, storming to the ring and hitting spears on both Balor and Priest to help set up a double 619 on Balor for Rey and Dominik to score the win. The match was nothing special and the ring ropes were extremely loose, causing some issues throughout, but the return of Edge gave it something memorable.

UFC 277: How to watch Pena vs Nunes 2 Fight MMA Full Card Online

UFC 277 – Julianna Pena vs. Amanda Nunes 2: Fight card, odds, date, rumors, location, complete guide On July 30, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Julianna Pena has a chance to prove her shocking win at UFC 269 over Amanda Nunes was not a fluke. The pair will rematch in the main event of UFC 277 from American Airlines Center in Dallas. Nunes came into the first bout on a 12-fight winning streak that included victories over every woman to ever hold either the UFC featherweight or bantamweight title. Pena proved to be much more than just an opponent when she dominated Nunes before scoring a second-round rear-naked choke.

In the co-main event, former flyweight champ Brandon Moreno will face Kai Kara-France for the interim 125-pound championship. Moreno lost the title in January via a close decision to Deiveson Figueiredo in their trilogy bout. Moreno holds a 2019 win over Kara-France that was part of his run to the championship. That and much more are on deck for July 30 in Dallas. Be sure to stay locked to this page for the latest news and updates to the fight card.

Friday night sees one of the biggest fight cards in Bellator history when Bellator 277 lands at SAP Center in San Jose, California. The hype for the event will kick into full gear on Monday afternoon with a press conference featuring many of the top stars set for the card. In the main event, AJ McKee and Patricio Pitbull face off in a rematch for the featherweight championship. McKee took less than two minutes to win the first meeting, winning the championship at Bellator 263 this past July.

UFC 277 fight card:

  • Julianna Pena (c) +240 vs. Amanda Nunes -300, women’s bantamweight championship
  • Brandon Moreno -230 vs. Kai Kara-France +190, interim flyweight championship
  • Derrick Lewis -140 vs. Sergei Pavlovich +120, heavyweight
  • Alexandre Pantoja vs. Alex Perez, flyweight
  • Magomed Ankalaev -410 vs. Anthony Smith +320, light heavyweight
  • Alex Morono vs. Matthew Semelsberger, welterweight
  • Drew Dober -270 vs. Rafael Alves +220, lightweight
  • Don’Tale Mayes -190 vs. Justin Tafa +160, heavyweight
  • Carlos Diego Ferreira -155 vs. Drakkar Klose +130
  • Michael Morales -280 vs. Ramiz Brahimaj +230, welterweight
  • Mariya Agapova -190 vs. Ji Yeon Kim +160, women’s flyweight
  • Ignacio Bahamondes -230 vs. Ľudovít Klein +190, lightweight
  • Ihor Potieria -170 vs. Nicolae Negumereanu +145, light heavyweight

UFC 277 info:

Date: July 30

Location: American Airlines Center — Dallas

Start time: 10 p.m. ET (Main card) sources by

UFC Fight Night London: How to watch Blaydes vs Aspinall Full fight Online

UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Aspinall MMA expert shares surprising London fight card A battle of top-10 heavyweights will anchor the UFC fight card on Saturday at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Aspinall when rising prospect Tom Aspinall faces rugged veteran Curtis Blaydes in London. Their important showdown tops the main UFC London card (2 p.m. ET) from the 02 Arena. He has won all five of his UFC appearances by stoppage and could possibly make a case for a title shot with a win over a proven veteran such as the No. 4-ranked Blaydes.

Aspinall is a -130 favorite (risk $130 to win $100), while Blaydes counters at +110 in the latest UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Aspinall odds from Caesars Sportsbook. In the co-main event, light heavyweight contenders collide when Jack Hermansson (-110) meets Chris Curtis (-110). Before locking in any picks of your own for UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Aspinall, make sure you check out the MMA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine expert Andrew Gombas.

Gombas is a former NCAA wrestler who taps into his experience on the mat to help understand and dissect the X’s and O’s of MMA matchups in a manner that sets him apart from other MMA analysts. He started the MMA handicapping service MMA Knockout Bets in 2018 and has shown a profit every year since. With more than 1,400 selections tracked by the third-party monitoring service Bet MMA, he has shown a 6 percent return on investment for his followers. Over the past two years, his followers have netted a profit of more than $10,000.

Just last month at UFC 275, Gombas swept the board with his main-card picks and the five-fight sweep included encouraging SportsLine members to back Jake Matthews (+125) against Andre Fialho (-145) in a matchup of welterweight prospects. Matthews dominated from the outset and scored a second-round stoppage to give Gombas’ backers another easy winner. Anyone who has followed Gombas already has seen massive returns.

UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Aspinall

Ngannou has already defeated top-ranked contender Ciryl Gane, who was his last opponent, and won a rematch with second-ranked Stipe Miocic. Coincidentally, two of Blaydes’ three UFC losses have come to the champion, though neither has come in a title bout. His only other UFC loss came in an upset against two-time title challenger Derrick Lewis in February of last year.

The 31-year-old Blaydes is a dominant wrestler who also carries power in his hands. He faces a litmus test in the surging Aspinall, who has shown speed, versatility and durability while running through his first five UFC opponents. The 29-year-old English fighter faced a step forward in competition in his last outing against veteran contender Alexander Volkov but finished him with a first-round submission. The dominant showing earned him his third consecutive performance bonus. You can only see who to pick at UFC Fight Night here.

UFC Fight Night predictions:

We’ll share one of Gombas’ UFC Fight Night picks here: He is siding with Nathaniel Wood (-500) to get past Charles Rosa (+400) in a featherweight battle. Wood (17-5) is a versatile prospect who has nine knockouts and five submissions among his 17 professional MMA victories. But the 28-year-old English fighter has dropped two of his past three, including a decision loss to fellow prospect Casey Kenney in his last outing. Rosa (14-7) is an eight-year UFC veteran and submission specialist who has struggled to gain traction against upper-tier competition. The 35-year-old Florida resident is looking to snap a two-fight skid that includes a decision loss to T.J. Brown in January. Rosa is tough, but I’m afraid his best days are behind him,” Gombas told SportsLine. See who else to pick here.

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Gombas also has strong picks for Blaydes vs. Aspinall and other fights on the UFC Fight Night card. He’s also backing a fighter who “has a serious grappling edge” to emerge with a dominant victory. Those UFC Fight Night picks are only available at SportsLine.

UFC Fight Night fight card:

Tom Aspinall (-130) vs. Curtis Blaydes (+110)
Chris Curtis (-110) vs. Jack Hermannson (-110)
Paddy Pimblett (-250) vs. Jordan Leavitt (+210)
Nikita Krylov (-190) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (+170)
Molly McCain (-380) vs. Hannah Goldy (+310)
Volkan Oezdemir (-160) vs. Paul Craig (+140)
Mason Jones (-335) vs. Ludovit Klein (+275)
Marc Diakiese (-340) vs. Damir Hadzovic (+280)
Nathaniel Wood (-500) vs. Charles Rosa (+400)
Jonathan Pearce (-215) vs. Makwan Amirkhani (+185)
Muhammad Mokaev (-500) vs. Charles Johnson (+400)
Jai Herbert (-270) vs. Kyle Nelson (+230)
Mandy Bohm (-130) vs. Victoria Leonardo (+110)
Nicolas Dalby (-250) vs. Claudio Silva (+210) sources by

MLB All Star Game Week 2022

2022 MLB All-Star Game rosters: Shohei Ohtani, Aaron Judge headline; Freddie Freeman picked as replacement MLB All-Star schedule 2022: Times, TV channels for Home Run Derby, futures & celebrity softball games The 2022 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

That means Astros manager Dusty Baker helms the AL while Braves skipper Brian Snitker leads the NL. Here are the full rosters. The American League will be missing a future Hall of Famer for Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Major League Baseball announced Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout will not play in the contest. Trout has recently dealt with back spasms, and he is surely sitting out the exhibition game for precautionary reasons.

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Seattle Mariners first baseman Ty France will replace him on the roster, while Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is now in the starting lineup. The three-time AL MVP is slashing .270/.368/.599 with 24 home runs and 51 RBI in 79 games this season. Unfortunately for the Angels, Trout’s individual success has not translated into the type of season the team was looking for in 2022. Los Angeles is 39-53, in fourth place in the American League West and 21 games behind the Houston Astros in the division race.

It is more of the same for a franchise that has made the playoffs just one time in Trout’s 12 seasons. The American League won’t lose much power with Buxton in the lineup, though, considering the 28-year-old has a .535 slugging percentage with 23 home runs. Minnesota is also in the middle of the playoff race in first place in the AL Central at 50-43.

France’s inclusion is a noteworthy development for a red-hot Mariners team that entered play Sunday with 13 straight wins. The 28-year-old is slashing .306/.376/.461 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI. The American League has won eight straight All-Star Games. MLB’s All-Star weekend is nearly upon us, which means a break from regular-season baseball and a chance to look at the game’s best as they descend upon Los Angeles. It’s going to be a full weekend of festivities, culminating in the Home Run Derby on Monday, July 18 and the All-Star Game itself on Tuesday, July 19.

The MLB All-Star Game will return to Dodger Stadium in July — the first time since 1980. Then the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic shut down baseball for nearly four months and canceled the event for the season. That’s all in the past now. In one month, all of Major League Baseball and its fans will affix their attention to the City of Angels.

The 2022 MLB amateur draft began with the first 80 selections Sunday night. Another 536 picks are on tap Monday and Tuesday. The Orioles had the No. 1 pick for the third time in history and used it on Oklahoma high school shortstop Jackson Holliday. Yes, he is the son of longtime big leaguer Matt Holliday. Here are all this year’s first-round picks. Similar to the baseball season itself, evaluating the MLB draft requires a marathon mentality, not a sprint. Players drafted this weekend will disappear into the minors for a few years before resurfacing, working through growing pains, and then finally establishing themselves as big leaguers.

2022 MLB All-Star Gear now available

The 2022 MLB All-Star festivities are here! You can wear the same gear as your favorite players by buying official hats, shirts, hoodies, and jerseys now. A new clause in the Collective Bargaining Agreement allows commissioner Rob Manfred to select an additional player to each roster in recognition of their career achievements, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. In addition to the 32 players elected and selected to the All-Star Game, the Commissioner may choose to add one player that he selects to each League’s roster, in recognition of each player’s career achievements, the clause states, per Rosenthal. If special circumstances warrant, the Commissioner may select more than one player to each league’s roster.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see Manfred select Pujols to the NL roster as this will be his last season in MLB. He confirmed in March that he would be hanging up the cleats after the 2022 campaign. This is it for me, Pujols said in March, per The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick S. Goold. Pujols agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal to return to the Cardinals for the 2022 campaign. He began his Hall of Fame career in St. Louis in 2001, earning nine All-Star selections, three MVP awards, six Silver Sluggers, two Gold Gloves, one batting title and two World Series titles.

The 42-year-old also slashed .328/.421/.617 with 445 home runs and 1,329 RBI in 1,705 games in his first stint with the Cardinals. Pujols left the Cardinals ahead of the 2012 season, signing a 10-year, $254 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels. He spent nine and a half seasons in Anaheim from 2012-21, slashing .256/.311/.447 with 222 home runs and 783 RBI in 1,181 games. The Angels then traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, and he slashed .254/.299/.460 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 85 games. However, Pujols has struggled at the plate this season in his return to St. Louis, slashing .189/.282/.320 with four home runs and 17 RBI in 43 games.

In addition to Pujols, it’s reasonable to believe Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera would be a candidate to the join the AL roster. He said in August 2021 that he would play two more seasons before calling it quits. My right knee is really bad, Cabrera told ESPN (via Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press). Thank God for giving me this opportunity.

Cabrera began his career in 2003 with the then-Florida Marlins. He spent five seasons with the franchise, earning five All-Star selections and two Sliver slugger awards before signing with the Detroit Tigers ahead of the 2008 campaign. In 15 seasons in the Motor City, Cabrera has earned seven All-Star selections, two MVP awards and five Silver Slugger awards. He’s hitting .309/.386/.523 with 367 home runs and 1,308 RBI in 1,935 games in Detroit.

The Venezuelan is actually also amid a solid 2022 campaign, slashing .300/.338/.364 with three home runs and 27 RBI in 68 games. The 2022 MLB All-Star Weekend runs from July 15-19 and will take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

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