2013-03-22 08:01 AM
These are among the top sports events of the week. Coverage of most of these events will move on this circuit:
FRIDAY, March 22
Various sites _ football, World Cup qualifying: EUROPE: Israel vs. Portugal, Croatia vs. Serbia, Bulgaria vs. Malta, Slovenia vs. Iceland, Norway vs. Albania, Andorra vs. Turkey, Liechtenstein vs. Latvia, Northern Ireland vs. Russia, Scotland vs. Wales, Slovakia vs. Lithuania, Luxembourg vs. Azerbaijan, Czech Republic vs. Denmark, Austria vs. Faroe Islands, Netherlands vs. Estonia, Hungary vs. Romania, Macedonia vs. Belgium, Poland vs. Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Greece, Spain vs. Finland, Sweden vs. Ireland, San Marino vs. England, France vs. Georgia, Moldova vs. Montenegro. SOUTH AMERICA: Colombia vs. Bolivia, Uruguay vs. Paraguay, Argentina vs. Venezuela, Peru vs. Chile. CONCACAF: Honduras vs. Mexico, US vs. Costa Rica, Jamaica vs. Panama. OCEANIA: New Zealand vs. New Caledonia, Tahiti vs. Solomon Islands. Friendlies: Japan vs. Canada, South Korea vs. Syria, Dominican Republic vs. Haiti, Egypt vs. Swaziland. Asian Cup qualifying: China vs, Iraq, UAE vs. Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan vs. Cambodia, Lebanon vs. Thailand, Bahrain vs. Qatar, Philippines vs. Brunei, Hong Kong vs. Vietnam, Malaysia vs. Yemen.
thru 24, Orlando, Florida _ golf, US PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational.
thru 31, Key Biscayne, Florida _ tennis, ATP-WTA, Sony Open.
thru 26, Auckland, New Zealand _ cricket, New Zealand vs. England, 3rd test.
thru 24, Roseau, Dominica _ cricket, West Indies vs. Zimbabwe, 2nd test.
thru 24, Carlsbad, California _ golf, US LPGA Tour, Kia Classic.
Hamilton, New Zealand _ rugby, Super 15: Chiefs vs. Highlanders.
thru 24, Spain _ cycling, Tour of Catalunya.
thru 24, Sydney _ rowing, World Cup.
thru 27, Sierra Nevada, Spain _ snowboard, World Cup finals.
thru 24, Falun, Sweden _ skiing, cross country World Cup finals.
thru 24, Planica, Slovenia _ ski jump World Cup finals.
thru 25, Sierra Nevada, Spain _ skiing, freestyle World Cup.
thru 24, Saucier, Mississippi _ golf, Champions Tour, Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
SATURDAY, March 23
Various sites _ football, World Cup qualifying: EUROPE: Kazakhstan vs. Germany, Cyprus vs. Switzerland. AFRICA: Cameroon vs. Togo, Republic of Congo v Gabon, Nigeria vs. Kenya, Ivory Coast vs. Gambia, Senegal vs. Angola, Namibia vs. Malawi, Burkina Faso vs Niger, Tunisia vs. Sierra Leone, South Africa vs. Central African Republic. Asian Cup qualifying: Indonesia vs. Saudi Arabia.
Various sites _ rugby, Super 15: Crusaders vs. Southern Kings, Queensland vs. Bulls, Western Force vs. Cheetahs, Sharks vs. Melbourne, Stormers vs. ACT.
Hambantota, Sri Lanka _ cricket, Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh, 1st ODI.
SUNDAY, March 24
Various sites _ football, World Cup qualifying: AFRICA: Tanzania vs. Morocco, Lesotho vs. Zambia, Mozambique vs. Guinea, Congo vs. Libya, Rwanda vs. Mali, Ghana vs. Sudan, Ethiopia vs. Botswana, Liberia vs. Uganda, Equatorial Guinea vs. Cape Verde Islands. Asian Cup qualifying: Brunei vs. Turkmenistan, Philippines vs. Cambodia.
St. Petersburg, Florida _ auto racing, IndyCar, St. Petersburg GP.
Benoni, South Africa _ cricket, South Africa vs. Pakistan, 5th ODI.
Sydney _ rugby, Super 15: NSW vs. Blues.
Bydgoszcz, Poland _ athletics, world cross-country championships.
Ghent, Belgium _ cycling, Ghent-Wevelgem.
Fontana, California _ auto racing, NASCAR, Auto Club 400.
thru 27, Istanbul _ Olympics, IOC 2020 evaluation visit.
MONDAY, March 25
Hambantota, Sri Lanka _ cricket, Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh, 2nd ODI.
London _ football, friendly, Brazil vs. Russia.
TUESDAY, March 26
Various sites _ football, World Cup qualifying: EUROPE: Estonia vs. Andorra, Wales vs. Croatia, Northern Ireland vs. Israel, Ireland vs. Austria, Armenia vs. Czech Republic, Denmark vs. Bulgaria, Serbia vs. Scotland, Turkey vs. Hungary, Netherlands vs. Romania, Belgium vs. Macedonia, Malta vs. Italy, Poland vs. San Marino, Germany vs. Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan vs. Portugal, Montenegro vs. England, Ukraine vs. Moldova, France vs. Spain. SOUTH AMERICA: Ecuador vs. Paraguay, Bolivia vs. Argentina, Venezuela vs. Colombia, Chile vs. Uruguay. ASIA: Jordan vs. Japan, Uzbekistan vs. Lebanon, Australia vs. Oman, South Korea vs. Qatar. AFRICA: Egypt vs. Zimbabwe, Algeria vs. Benin. CONCACAF: Costa Rica vs. Jamaica, Mexico vs. United States, Panama vs. Honduras. OCEANIA: Solomon Islands vs. New Zealand, New Caledonia vs. Tahiti. Asian Cup qualifying: Philippines vs. Turkmenistan, Kuwait vs. Iran. FRIENDLIES: Slovakia vs. Sweden, Luxembourg vs. Finland, Albania vs. Lithuania, Peru vs. Trinidad and Tobago, Malaysia vs. Palestine, Iraq vs. Syria.
WEDNESDAY, March 27
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic _ boxing, Javier Fortuna, vs. Miguel Zamudio for Fortuna's interim WBA featherweight title.
THURSDAY, March 28
thru 31, Houston _ golf, US PGA Tour, Houston Open.
thru 31, Agadir, Morocco _ golf, European Tour, Trophee Hassan II.
Pallekele, Sri Lanka _ cricket, Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh, 3rd ODI.
FRIDAY, March 29
Dunedin, New Zealand _ rugby, Super 15: Highlanders vs. Queensland.
SATURDAY, March 30
Various sites _ rugby, Super 15: Hurricanes vs. Southern Kings, Chiefs vs. Blues, ACT vs. Bulls, Cheetahs vs. Melbourne, Stormers vs. Crusaders.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates _ horse racing, Dubai World Cup.
thru 31, Tokyo _ rugby, IRB world series, Tokyo Sevens.
Monaco _ boxing, Gennady Golovkin vs. Nobuhiro Ishida for Golovkin's WBA and IBO middleweight titles.
Las Vegas _ boxing, Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado for vacant WBO interim junior werlterweight title; Khabib Allakhverdiev vs. Breidis Prescott for Allakhverdiev's WBA junior welterweight title.
Guasave, Mexico _ boxing, Mario Rodriguez vs. Katsunari Takayama for Rodriguez's IBF minimumweight title.
SUNDAY, March 31
Belgium _ cycling, Tour of Flanders.
Pallekele, Sri Lanka _ cricket, Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh, T20.
Sydney _ rugby, Super 15: NSW vs. Western Force.
U.S. _ baseball, MLB season begins.