The second semi-final confrontation within the framework of the VTB United League begins. Zenit held a very high quality regular drawing of competitions. He swung for first place, but lost all his advantage right at the finish line. It is for this reason that the team approached the playoff stage as angry as possible, charged to fight. In addition, the removal from the Euroleague could very seriously unload the calendar, retained a large amount of strength and emotion.

Zenit vs UNICS
UNICS this season outplayed almost all the giants, and stumbled in matches with outsiders. Therefore, the third place in the standings was a completely natural result. At the same time, the team performs very well on the road, which can become a trump card in decisive battles. On May 6, the rivals will meet on the floor of the Sibur Arena in St. Petersburg.
Incompatibility in a fight, especially when it is stopped due to accidents, like a poke in the eye, forces fighters to spend time on revenge, even when it would seem that the winner is obvious. In September 2019, Ryan Bader made his first heavyweight title defense, and almost immediately took control of the fight with Cheick Kongo. However, the slightest indiscretion shown in that fight forces him to re-enter the cage with the same opponent.

Ryan Bader vs Cheick Kongo
At the anniversary Bellator 280, which will take place in Cheick's hometown of Paris, Bader will try to save his only belt from the encroachments of a veteran for whom this is certainly the last opportunity in his career to climb Olympus. What will happen on May 7th: will we hear the name of a new champion or will "Darth" remain on the throne? Let's analyze the situation in detail before drawing any conclusions.
The semi-final stage of the VTB United League kicks off, which will delight you with the most interesting confrontations. In the first match between CSKA and Lokomotiv-Kuban. The Moscow "soldiers" won the regular championship, so until the very last moment they will have the advantage of the home court. In the starting round of the playoffs, they literally destroyed Nizhny Novgorod, allowed to impose a fight in only one meeting. The team feels just great, adds and progresses.

CSKA vs Lokomotiv-Kuban
"Railroaders" also received a fairly simple seeding. They ended the series dry with PARMA, leaving no chance for the opponent. It was felt how confidently basketball players control the situation throughout all three fights. On May 5, CSKA and Lokomotiv Kuban will meet in the opening match of the series.
In 2014, two participants in the reality show The Ultimate Fighter, Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza, reached the final, where they were given the opportunity to compete for the place of the first female strawweight champion in UFC history. That evening, the decisive factor in the duel was the struggle of Carla, who submitted the Bandit with a rear naked choke and entered her name in the history of the promotion.

Rose Namajunas vs Carla Esparza
After 7 years, these girls got the opportunity to have a rematch and, looking at the path they went through, there is no doubt that both have grown, both technically and mentally. The audience is waiting for a completely new confrontation, where each participant will have their own trump cards. How will the co-main event of UFC 274 go, and who will feel the weight of the champion belt on their waist on May 8 - we will try to answer this intriguing question in our forecast.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz has long terrified his peers with his "Polish power". However, generations of fighters are changing, and now more and more young talents are entering the top, and Alexander Rakich is definitely one of them. Already on May 15, this guy will have to share the promotion octagon with the most experienced opponent in order to prove his belonging to the division's elite.

Jan Blachowicz vs Aleksander Rakic
The UFC management gave them the honor of heading the ESPN 36 tournament, so there is a lot of responsibility on the athletes. The age-old question, which is better: experience or youth? It will have to be answered not only by the athletes themselves, but also by us, since the meeting promises to be tense, competitive and, without a doubt, one of the brightest at the planned event.

After losing fights with Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje, Michael Chandler was forced to temporarily put his thoughts on the title race and focus his attention on those who are below him in the rankings. The athlete, who went the same way, losing to the champion and current challenger, Tony Ferguson, turned out to be the best solution for him.

Michael Chandler vs Tony Ferguson
El Cucuy has long been short of stars from the sky, and at UFC 274 he will have his last chance to jump into the top five to stay afloat and not become an exile of the best MMA promotion on the planet. The guys are definitely preparing a spectacular battle for us, but who of them has great potential to achieve victory, we will look into our forecast.
The quarter-final stage of the VTB United League is rapidly approaching its logical conclusion. CSKA leads the series with Nizhny Novgorod with a score of 2-0.

Nizhny Novgorod vs CSKA
Nizhny Novgorod got the strongest opponent, so it tries to survive in such conditions. With every match he looks bolder and more interesting, he tries to put spokes into the opponent's wheels. One gets the feeling that the home stands can finally help win back the long-awaited victory. CSKA does not yet look particularly collected, because it allows itself to act relaxed, and in some moments even imposingly. The Army Men feel that they still have a colossal margin of safety. But the team definitely does not want to drag out this series and play additional matches. On April 27, the rivals will meet each other on the floor of the Nagorny stadium in Nizhny Novgorod.
The UFC lightweight division has always been filled with talented athletes, and even after the departure of such stars as Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, although the story is not over with the first, we continue to be intrigued by the most interesting fights. The next champion from Brazil, Charles Oliveira, having come a long way to the top, will make his second title defense against Justin Gaethje on May 8 in the main fight at UFC 274.

Charles Oliveira vs Justin Gaethje
Once again, we will witness a clash of styles, where the crazy “Highlight” will try to disarm the cunning native of Sao Paulo with his pressure. In this fight, the result can be the most unpredictable, despite the quotes and opinions of other fighters, so before drawing any conclusions, you should focus on in-depth analysis and the real balance of power in such a competitive fight.
The fifth game of the final series of the Gagarin Cup between Metallurg and CSKA will again be held in Magnitogorsk. On Tuesday, April 26, the local Metallurgist has a great chance to win the honorary trophy in front of his own fans. The score in the series is 3-1 in favor of Metallurg.

Metallurg vs CSKA
Finally, the VTB United League draw is reaching the finish line, the playoff stage is about to start. CSKA is traditionally considered the main favorite of the competition. The team was not stable during the regular season, but at the end it gained momentum and finished it in the first position in the standings. The Moscow "soldiers" will try to get into the next stage of the tournament without any special problems.

CSKA vs Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny Novgorod misfires under the curtain of the regular season greatly complicate their position. Now you have to fight with the strongest opponent from the very start of the playoffs, which will be a great test of strength and stamina. On April 22, the rivals will clash with each other on the floor of the Megasport Arena in Moscow.
Magnitogorsk "Arena Metallurg" April 20 will be the venue for the second match of the final series of the Gagarin Cup between the local Metallurg and the capital's CSKA. At the moment, the score in the series is 1-0 in favor of CSKA.

Metallurg vs CSKA
In the main event of UFC on ESPN on April 16, UFC fans will get to know potential contender Kamaru Usman. Vicente Luque and Belal Muhammad will face each other to determine who deserves to compete in the race for the title and who should forget about the belt. Belal will look to avenge a long-standing defeat at the hands of the Brazilian, while for Luque, defeating Muhammad will bring him closer to a fight with Usman. We have prepared a forecast for you and have identified a favorite.

Vicente Luque vs Belal Muhammad
The regular draw of the VTB United League is almost over, but some teams remain tournament motivated. Lokomotiv-Kuban gained momentum only towards the end of this stage of the competition, failing its start. But the turning point with the mass departure of legionnaires only had a positive effect on him. The team began to win as stably and confidently as possible, competently spent a long calendar period.

Lokomotiv-Kuban vs Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny Novgorod is trying to get to the playoffs in the best mood and condition. He won two matches in a row and is not going to stop there. The team will definitely try to take the chance to extend the successful streak. On April 12, the rivals will clash with each other in a face-to-face match.
The fourth meeting of the army confrontation at the semifinal stage of the Gagarin Cup will again be held in Moscow. Hockey players of CSKA and SKA will take to the ice of the capital's CSKA Arena on Friday, April 8. At the moment, the score in the series is 2-1 in favor of CSKA.

CSKA vs SKA
In the 31st round of the Premier League, Tottenham will host Newcastle. The meeting will take place on April 3 at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London. Fans are expecting a high end and a large number of goals. The parties are pursuing serious tasks, so they will have to work out to the fullest.

Tottenham vs Newcastle
The next game week in the KHL starts with a match in Balashikha, where Avangard Omsk and Metallurg Magnitogorsk will play their sixth match of the Gagarin Cup quarterfinal series. At the moment, the score in the series is 3-2 in favor of Metallurg.

Avangard vs Metallurg
In March last year, one of the most promising UFC bantamweights from the United States, Aljamain Sterling, was brought into the octagon with the first Russian champion of this category, Petr Yan. The Funk Mastera fight was supposed to be the perfect weapon against the universal from Yekaterinburg, but that fight turned out to be one-sided, and the challenger had no choice but to accept a bitter defeat.

Aljamain Sterling vs Petr Yan
Only now, a mistake on the part of Jan set off such a wave of events that their non-competitive confrontation grew into the most anticipated revenge of 2022. At UFC 273, as the co-main event of the evening, the two will finally decide the fate of the title, which, due to an illegal knee strike, accidentally ended up with an unworthy candidate. Who will lead the division up to 61 kg on April 10? A detailed analysis and clear analytics will help us understand this issue, so let's get started.
The VTB United League has become the main outlet for fans of Russian basketball. After being suspended from the Euroleague, the teams rushed to solve their problems in this tournament. Especially trying CSKA, caught in difficult circumstances. The team was indeed expelled from the main club tournament of the Old World, which was a serious blow to morale. In addition, the legionnaires, who brought great benefits by their actions, left the squad en masse.

CSKA vs Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny Novgorod fell down, which every day hits the team more and more tangibly. She has lost five matches in a row and is in a terrible emotional state. Basketball players literally stopped believing in their own strength. On March 28, the rivals will meet each other on the floor of the Krylatskoye stadium in Moscow.
As the VTB United League approaches the playoffs, teams are pushing their limits as they battle to make it to the next round of the competition. Not the best state of affairs in Astana, which takes only ninth place in the standings. Therefore, she can quickly go on early leave if she does not correct the situation at the finish line of the regular championship. One gets the feeling that the team is fully focused on the championship of Kazakhstan.

Astana vs Zenit
Zenit is fighting for the title, trying to climb higher. He is well aware that in the playoffs, the advantage of the home court can play a decisive role. Therefore, the team will enter the floor at the limit of motivation, will not play with an opponent in a giveaway. On March 27, the teams will meet each other on the floor of the Saryarka Velodrome arena in Nur-Sultan.
The VTB United League continues to throw up fiery confrontations, although the playoff stage has not yet started. Lokomotiv-Kuban is not spending the season in the best way, stumbles too often. But lately he has become very active and won two matches in a row. The club expects to be able to knock out the advantage of the home court at least in the starting round of the playoffs.

Lokomotiv Kuban vs UNICS
But UNICS for a long time went without defeat, but still made an unfortunate misfire. And it can be fatal, because the team missed the first line in the standings. Now he has ceased to depend only on himself, he is forced to hope for a misfire from CSKA. On March 27, the rivals will clash with each other on the floor of the Basket Hall in Krasnodar.
Last September, UFC Featherweight Champion Alex Volkanovski demonstrated that none of the current contenders could compete with him in a fight. That is why, they again decided to bring him together with Max Holloway, who can be called the only equivalent top for the Australian. Only now the circumstances have developed in such a way that a completely different athlete will fight for the title - Chen Sung Jong, who is everyone's favorite, thanks to his crazy fighting style.

Alex Volkanovski vs Chen Sung Jong
Featherweights will headline UFC 273 in Jacksonville, and over the course of five rounds they will determine the strongest representative of their weight class. It is not at all surprising that Volkanovski was singled out as a serious favorite, but a meeting with such an opponent will in any case be a big challenge for him. And whether the champion will justify the hopes placed on him, or will be left with nothing - we will figure it out in our detailed forecast.
After defeating Mirko Filipovic in 2013, Alexey Oleinik received an offer from the UFC and still fights there, averaging 2-3 fights a year. Many have repeatedly written him off, but Uncle Lyosha goes against the opinions of others, and at UFC on ESPN 33, he will reappear in the octagon. There he will fight with Ilir Latifi - a light heavyweight in the past, who decided not to waste his strength on a meaningless weight race.

Alexey Oleinik vs Ilir Latifi
Ilir has also managed to be forgotten, and his faded performances in recent years do not particularly attract an audience spoiled by the spectacle. That is why, to match his aging colleague, this athlete may soon find himself outside the promotion. On March 27, these two will decide their fate in the sports field and, taking into account Oleinik's words about the "extinguished fire", we should expect that this will be his farewell performance.
In 2019, a titled freestyle wrestler from Russia named Askar Askarov was signed to the UFC, almost immediately thrown under the elite of the flyweight division. However, this did not bother him at all, and in just a few performances he was able to break through to the very top of the rating table, forcing all the current stars of this category to retreat. And now, as part of the main card of UFC on ESPN 33, he will have to share the place of the main contender with Kai Cara-France.

Askar Askarov vs Kai Kara-France
The New Zealander is famous for his cannon right, and his track record also consists of significant names, although he was still inferior to some of them. In any case, these guys will be a serious test for each other, and on March 27, the next in line for a fight with Deiveson Figueredo or Brandon Moreno will be determined, depending on which of them will hold the title at that time.
There have been quite a few fighters in the UFC who have been at arm's length several times before the title fight, but each time they stumbled before the very finish line. So Curtis Blaydes, given the situation in his career, can be safely attributed to the same “lucky ones”. However, Razor still occupies a high position, so he has a future in heavyweight.

Curtis Blaydes vs Chris Daukas
At UFC on ESPN 33, he was honored to take on Philadelphia prospect Chris Daukas in the main event of the evening, for whom this is his second chance in a row to make it to the top five. The matchmakers, as often happens, decided to bring the striker to the wrestler, so the fight promises to be intriguing. And who is more likely to come out of it as a winner - let's look at our prediction.
The quarter-final series between Salavat Yulaev and Tractor moves to Ufa. It is there, on the ice of the local Ufa Arena, that the third match of the series between these teams will take place on March 21. The score in the series is 1-1.

Salavat Yulaev vs Tractor
Leipzig will host Eintracht at home on March 20 as part of the 27th round of the Bundesliga. A fundamentally important meeting for both opponents. The hosts continue to fight for participation in the most prestigious European tournament, and the guests are trying to stabilize the game.

RB Leipzig vs Eintracht
The start of the semi-final confrontation of the Eastern Conference between Metallurg and Avangard is scheduled for March 18. The first game of the series will take place in Magnitogorsk, on the ice of the Metallurg Arena.

Metallurg vs Avangard


March 16, within the framework of the first round of the playoffs of the Champions League, at the Allianz Arena (Turin), the teams of Juventus and Villarreal will measure their strength. The result of the first match is 1:1.

Juventus vs Villarreal

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