Some of the biggest sporting events of the Australian summer are drawing to a close, which means there is plenty of action to get around this weekend. Here are a few big ones to look out for.
Novak on track for eighth Australian Open crown
Only a few players remain in the hunt for singles crowns at the 2020 Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic’s straight-sets defeat of Roger Federer means the Serb will face either Dominic Thiem or Alexander Zverev in the men’s final on Sunday.
If Djokovic salutes at Rod Laver Arena, he will become the first person of either gender to win eight Australian Open singles titles in the open era.
In the women’s draw, Sofia Kenin’s upset win over Ash Barty on Thursday sees the young American take on Garbine Muguruza in the decider on Saturday.
Big Bash League Finals underway
The schedule for the BBL Finals has been altered slightly this season to include a fifth team instead of just the top four.
The Sydney Thunder took full advantage of that change on Thursday night when they knocked out the fourth-placed Hobart Hurricanes.
The Thunder now go on to face the Adelaide Strikers, with the winner to take on the loser of the Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers clash.
The last two teams standing will square off in the final on Saturday, February 8.
Top-of-the-table clash headlines NBL Round 18
The Perth Wildcats and Sydney Kings will face off this week in a match that could serve as a preview for the NBL Grand Final Series.
Sitting second and first on the ladder respectively with only two wins dividing them, the Wildcats and Kings have been the best teams all season, but only one can win this week’s match.
The squeeze for the finals is also something you should keep an eye out for, as teams like the Brisbane Bullets, Melbourne United, New Zealand Breakers and Adelaide 36ers are all a chance to qualify.
We like the odds for the Perth Wildcats to beat the Sydney Kings this weekend, as they are paying $1.71 with Sportsbet.com.au.
Chiefs and 49ers to light up Miami in Super Bowl LIV
It will be another long weekend for many Australian sports fans as the Kansas City Chiefs play the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV on Monday.
The Chiefs are $1.80 favourites at BetOnline thanks to a stellar offence, but the 49ers ($2.05) and their disciplined defence have stood strong in the playoffs.
Aussie fans can get behind Mitch Wishnowsky, the San Francisco punter who will become only the second Australian-born player to feature in the Super Bowl after Ben Graham in 2009.
The Super Bowl is easily accessible in Australia this year as it is available on Channel Seven, ESPN and Kayo.