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What to observe this weekend in sports activities

That is an excerpt from The Buzzer, which is CBC Sports activities’ every day e mail e-newsletter. Keep on top of things on what’s taking place in sports activities by subscribing right here.

There’s so much occurring, so let’s get proper into it:

NFL playoffs

It appears that evidently true winter climate is arriving simply in time to doubtlessly wreak havoc on the opening spherical. Saturday evening’s high-wattage matchup between Miami and defending Tremendous Bowl champion Kansas Metropolis will probably be performed in a barbaric minus-30 C windchill in Okay.C., whereas Pittsburgh and Buffalo might face the total Western New York trifecta of chilly, wind and snow on Sunday afternoon.

Mercifully, Saturday afternoon’s matchup between Cleveland and Houston and Sunday’s Inexperienced Bay-Dallas and Rams-Detroit contests will probably be performed in domes. However there’s an opportunity of rain for the Monday nighter between Philadelphia and Tampa Bay down in Florida.

Prime seeds Baltimore and San Francisco get to maintain their powder dry as they take pleasure in first-round byes. The Ravens’ greatest threats for the AFC title are No. 2 seed Buffalo, whose risk-taking celebrity quarterback Josh Allen at all times offers his group an opportunity to win — or lose; and No. 3 seed Kansas Metropolis, which has an ace within the gap with Patrick Mahomes however hasn’t regarded the identical this 12 months amid Travis Kelce’s swift decline. Within the NFC, the 49ers ought to be most frightened about No. 2 Dallas, the highest-scoring group within the league.

Hockey

With all 32 NHL groups set to play on Saturday, a pair of Canadian groups sit atop the league. Winnipeg stayed in first place total final evening by beating Chicago 2-1 for its eighth consecutive win and thirty first straight recreation permitting three or fewer targets. Vancouver held onto second with an time beyond regulation win at Pittsburgh, its fourth victory in a row.

Edmonton remained one of many hottest groups within the league, beating Detroit in OT final evening for its ninth consecutive victory — matching Florida for the longest energetic streak within the NHL. The Oilers will put it on the road Saturday evening at Montreal.

The Skilled Ladies’s Hockey League’s second weekend contains a Saturday doubleheader with Ottawa vs. Toronto at 1 p.m. ET and Montreal’s house opener vs. Boston at 3:30 p.m. ET. Watch each video games reside on the CBC TV community, CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports activities app and CBC Gem. Compensate for the PWHL’s greatest moments of the week, together with Marie-Philip Poulin’s hat trick and No. 1 draft decide Taylor Heise’s highlight-reel targets, in this story by the CBC’s Karissa Donkin.

Tennis

The primary main of the 12 months arrives Saturday in Canadian time zones with the opening spherical of the Australian Open. Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime was seeded sixth within the males’s match final 12 months however is now all the way down to twenty seventh after a disappointing season. The one different Canadian singles participant ranked within the prime 100 is Leylah Fernandez, seeded thirty second within the girls’s draw.

Rounding out the group of 5 Canadians in the primary singles brackets are Denis Shapovalov (ranked 116th after lacking the second half of final season because of damage), Milos Raonic (317th after returning final June from an damage absence of almost two years) and 182nd-ranked Rebecca Marino, who superior to the primary draw by defeating fellow Canadian Katherine Sebov within the ultimate spherical of qualifying. Rob Shaw is the lone Canadian within the wheelchair divisions.

Canada’s greatest probability for a title is within the girls’s doubles occasion, the place seventh-ranked Gabriela Dabrowski enters her first full season with Erin Routliffe, an Ontario-raised participant who represents New Zealand (her nation of beginning) internationally. They received the U.S. Open in September in simply their fourth match collectively. Learn extra in regards to the Canadians within the Aussie Open right here.

Basketball

Coming off Thursday evening’s 62-point win over Portland (the fifth-largest rout in NBA historical past), Canadian MVP contender Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder host the improved Orlando Magic on Saturday evening. SGA ranks third within the NBA in scoring with 31.4 factors per recreation whereas OKC (26-11) is tied for first within the Western Convention with Minnesota.

The Toronto Raptors (15-23) wrap up their six-game highway journey tonight in Utah after back-to-back losses to the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers. Coach Darko Rajakovic was fined $25K by the NBA for his offended rant towards the referees following the Lakers defeat.

Summer season Olympic sports activities

The primary vital swimming meet of the Olympic 12 months is going down on the College of Tennessee campus, which is internet hosting the 2024 Professional Swim Sequence opener. Canadian sensation Summer season McIntosh received the ladies’s 200-metre butterfly final evening and can go for one more gold tonight within the 200m freestyle. McIntosh can also be anticipated to sq. off with American rivals Kate Douglass and Alex Walsh in Saturday’s 200m particular person medley.

Different prime Canadians competing in Knoxville embody Olympic champion Maggie Mac Neil, who’s within the girls’s 100m butterfly ultimate tonight, and Taylor Ruck, who’s again after breaking her hand final spring. Penny Oleksiak was slated to compete for the primary time since final Might however was scratched from her occasions, fuelling worries in regards to the seven-time Olympic medallist’s readiness for this summer season’s Video games in Paris.

Canada’s males’s and ladies’s area hockey groups will attempt to earn Olympic berths at their last-chance qualifying tournaments, which start this weekend. Canadian girls’s marathon report holder Natasha Wodak is amongst these making an attempt to attain the Olympic qualifying time Sunday in Houston.

Winter Olympic sports activities

The principle occasions on the Canadian determine skating championships acquired underway at present in Calgary with the ladies’s brief program. Madeline Schizas took the lead as she pursues her third straight nationwide title. The dance, pairs and males’s brief packages are subsequent, adopted by the decisive free skates on Saturday. The outcomes will assist resolve who represents Canada on the world championships in Montreal in March.

The boys’s alpine snowboarding World Cup tour is in Wengen, Switzerland for one more downhill on the traditional Lauberhorn piste on Saturday. On Thursday, World Cup total chief Marco Odermatt claimed his first-ever downhill win on tour. Cyprien Sarrazin received at present’s super-G after fellow Frenchman (and new dad) Alexis Pinturault was airlifted to a hospital after a crash. Toronto’s Jack Crawford was the highest Canadian, ending thirteenth.

The ladies’s alpine circuit is in Austria for a downhill Saturday and a super-G Sunday. Canada’s Val Grenier positioned eleventh in at present’s super-G.

Watch this weekend’s alpine snowboarding and determine skating motion, plus bobsleigh and luge World Cup races, reside on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports activities app and CBC Gem. Here is the schedule.

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