Alabama-Clemson IV, NBA clashes and more to watch this week | Bleacher's report

Alabama and Clemson face off for the national championship for the third time in four seasons.

Alabama and Clemson face off for the national championship for the third time in four seasons.David J. Phillip / Associated Press

Watch for: National University Football Playoff Championship

No. 1 Alabama (14-0) against No. 2 Clemson (14-0): Monday at 8 pm ET, ESPN, from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. It's Alabama-Clemson IV, as the two programs meet in the CFP for the fourth consecutive season and for the third time with the national championship in play. The Crimson Tide (5.5 point favorite) ) and the Tigers split their first two games for the title, and Alabama won the semifinal of Sugar Bowl last season. Both teams have easily won their semi-finals this season to advance. Each team has a dominant defensive line, but the focus will be on quarterbacks. First-year student Trevor Lawrence leads Clemson, while Tua Tagovailoa, who won the national championship in first year last season, title Tide attack.

ESPN will feature a megacast of the game, with each of its channels broadcasting a different show from the game, from the movie theater to private advertisers via skycams. Imagine Dragons and Lil Wayne will perform at halftime.

Complete Guide to the CFP National Championship Game | Play center

Watch this: NBA League Pass on B / R Live

This week offers a nice range of NBA League Pass games, starting with excellent matches tonight. Denver Nuggets lead James Harden and the Houston Rockets (look here), while the Lakers travel to Dallas to take Luka Doncic, Dagger Nowitzki and the nonconformists (look here).

Other NBA League Pass highlights on B / R Live this week include:

Denver chips against Miami Heat (Tuesday, 7:30 pm ET) Watch

Memphis Grizzlies against the San Antonio Spurs (Wednesday, 8 pm) AND) Watch

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets (Thursday, 9pm) AND) Watch. The Nuggets play in Houston, Miami and Denver within four days. They will be tested this week to stay at the top of the Western Conference standings.

Here's how to watch on B / R Live and here is the complete program of the NBA.

3 other things to watch this week

1. The 25 best confrontations in men's basketball

Two clashes on Tuesday mark the first full week of conference in men's basketball.

No. 23 Oklahoma Texas Tech (No. 8) (9 pm ET, ESPNews): The Red Raiders are a perfect 2-0 in the Big 12 and welcome the Sooners, whose only loss this season was against Kansas. Tech is one of the best defensive teams in the country, giving only 52.8 points per game.

No. 12 North Carolina at NC State No. 15 (9:00 pm Eastern Time, ESPN): Both teams played a serious program without a conference. The Tar Heels defeated Gonzaga but lost against Texas, Michigan and Kentucky. The Wolfpack's only loss occurred in Wisconsin, and they also have a big win over Auburn. Both teams won their opening match over the weekend.

2. The best English clubs meet

Tottenham and Chelsea confrontation Tuesday afternoon (15:00, Paris time, ESPN +) in the first semi final leg of the Carabao Cup, a national cup tournament in England.

In the other semifinal, Manchester City welcomes third division club Burton Albion Wednesday afternoon (2:45 pm ET, ESPN +) After the first leg of this week, the two return matches, at Chelsea and Burton, are scheduled for Tuesday, January 22nd.

3. Fire on ice

The middle of the NHL season has arrived and each team is looking up. Tampa Bay Lightning, who have 66 points, 10 more than the next highest in the league. The Lightning have played twice this week and there is a handful of excellent clashes between teams chasing them.

Nashville Predators at the Toronto Maple Leafs (Monday, 7 pm, Paris time, ESPN +)

Columbus Blue Jackets at the Tampa Bay Lightning (Tuesday, 7:30 pm, ET, NHL.TV)

Colorado Avalanche at the Calgary Flames (Wednesday, 9:30 pm Eastern Time, ESPN +)

Washington Capitals at the Boston Bruins (Thursday, 7 pm, ESPN +)

Carolina Hurricanes at the Tampa Bay Lightning (Thursday, 7:30 pm ET, Fox Sports Southeast)

Winnipeg Jets Minnesota Wild (Thursday, 8 pm, NBCSN)

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Quick catch-up


The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Chicago Bears 16-15 Sunday after Bears kicker Cody Parkey An attempt at field placement in the final seconds hit the amount and the crossbar.

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3. Hilton Magic

State of Iowa Kansas, number 5, dominated on Saturday 77-60 in an important preliminary statement of the Cyclones to the rest of Big 12. The magic of the Hilton Coliseum continues.

4. A river runs through Baltimore

MVP Candidate Philip Rivers avenged his team's worst offensive performance of the regular season in the Los Angeles The shippers' victory over Baltimore on Sunday. Next for strategist: Tom Brady and the patriots.