In Australia, this is the last weekend of the Australian Open of Tennis, which has proven itself, once again, to be one of the most exciting Grand Slam contests year to year. Sometimes stormy Sisters Serena and Venus Williams will play each other in the Australian Open finals today. No wire rackets. Ever. Nadal muscled his way into tomorrow's men's finals with wins while you were sleeping.
Winter Sports continue their big competitions today. In Ostrava, Czech Republic, the European Figure Skating Championships are being held today with the Free Dance Competition. FIS World Cup Skiing men's downhill contests will be broadcast from Garmisch, Germany. In the United States: the Extreme Sports Winter X Games 20 are being held this week at Apsen, Colorado. Day 2 of the action included freestyle skiing (men's Superpipe) and snowboarding (men's Big Air). Day 3 of the action-sports festival will include freestyle skiing (men's slopestyle) and snowmobiling (freestyle).
Golf never seems to be out of season. Third-round play in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Cal. First contested in 1952 as the San Diego Open, this tournament was known as the Buick Invitational from 1992 until 2009. In Qatar: Third-round play in the Qatar Masters in Doha will be held. This is part of the European Golf Tour.
In the United States: In NCAA Basketball, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish travel to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Irish juniors Bonzie Colson and Martinas Geben muscle inside with Tech big man Ben Lammers in ACC play in Atlanta. Last year in South Bend, the Irish lost by eight. DePaul leaves Chicago to travel to Creighton. The Blue Demons got 32 points from guard Eli Cain in their last game, a loss to Butler. 7th ranked Creighton dropped their first game without Mo Watson last Saturday to Marquette 102-94, the first time since a 2OT 2008 game against Peoria's Bradley University when an opponent has gotten 100 points on them. Marquette went on to beat top ranked Villanova on Tuesday, yet remains unranked. In Track and Field: U.S. New Balance Indoor Games in Boston. Entrants include Olympic gold medalists Matthew Centrowitz, Jenn Suhr and Ekaterini Stefanídi.
In horse racing, the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park takes place in Hallandale, Florida. Impressive steeds Arrogate and California Chrome, 1-2 in the 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic, head the expected field in what becomes the world's richest race, surpassing the Dubai World Cup.
In French La Ligue play today, Lyon meets Lille, Angers meets Metz , AS Nancy Lorraine meets Bordeaux, Bastia meets Caen, Lorient meets Dijon FCO, and Stade Rennes meets Nantes. Paris Saint-Germain's ultras have threatened to boycott Sunday's massive Ligue 1 game against AS Monaco because of ongoing problems with access to the Parc des Princes. Many of these superfans are either banned altogether (sacre bleu) or given only restricted access to certain parts of the stadium.