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Sports to watch this week

The NBA and WNBA titles have been won, the NHL Stanley Cup won and the Roland Garros champions crowned – all in the past three weeks. But there is still a lot to look forward to for sports fans. Here are some of the biggest events of the next week.

In Week 6 of the NFL season, the Cleveland Browns test their fierce rivalry with the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, October 18 on CBS; they are followed by Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers to Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 4:25 pm on Fox; and the NFC West showdown between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers at 8:20 p.m. on NBC. On Monday, reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs will face the Buffalo Bills at 5 p.m. on Fox and the NFL Network. Both teams have just suffered their first losses of the season.

After a lot of back and forth, the Power Five conferences – Big Ten, Pac-12, Southeastern, Atlantic Coast and Big 12 – have decided to bring college football back this fall (other sports, not so much). But recent epidemics have postponed several games, including the state of Louisiana in Florida, the state of Oklahoma in Baylor and Vanderbilt in Missouri.

One of the biggest games will see coach Nick Saban’s Alabama team take on Tennessee at 3:30 p.m. on CBS on Saturday, while Notre Dame takes on Pitt on ABC at the same time. Auburn faces Mississippi on the SEC network at noon, while Syracuse faces Clemson on ESPN also at noon.

The World Series kicks off Tuesday, October 20 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, time to be determined. A limited number of fans will be allowed to attend, rather than the cardboard cutouts the league has typically used throughout the pandemic.

And for fans who have hung on to South Korean baseball while MLB teams were taken down, the Korea Baseball Organization’s regular season ends on October 30, after which the playoffs begin. Watch on ESPN2 at 5:30 a.m. weekdays.

Major League Soccer is now in its regular season. On Monday, the New England Revolution will play against the Philadelphia Union at 7:30 p.m. Nashville and FC Dallas meet Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. and the Seattle Sounders face the Portland Timbers at 10:30 p.m. Thursday. All games are on MLS Live on ESPN +.

Abroad, the English Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga all have matchdays. Leeds United face Wolverhampton Wolves at 3 p.m. on Monday. Most Premier League matches are on fuboTV or NBC and NBC Sports Network; fuboTV also broadcasts La Liga. The Bundesliga and Serie A are on ESPN +.

After an exciting women’s and men’s tennis tournament, eyes turn to the Ostrava Open in the Czech Republic from Monday. The qualifying lists are still being decided, but Elina Svitolina, ranked fifth, is aiming to win after being beaten in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. Stream it on DAZN, once finalized.

Matteo Berrettini, eighth overall, will fight for first place at the European Open in Antwerp, Belgium, after retiring from Roland Garros in the third round. The tournament kicks off Sunday October 18 and continues until the 25th. Watch it on the official event website.

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