Weekend sport attractions, tv and streaming: 16 and 17 May 2020

Sport's comeback is well and truly gaining steam and here are some of the highlights from the weekend ahead.

Weekend sport attractions, tv and streaming: 16 and 17 May 2020

After what has felt like an eternity live sport has slowly begun its comeback and this weekend is the first in a long time to feature multiple attractions.

Bundesliga football returns this weekend, playing behind closed doors in Germany, who have emerged as the European nation to address the global health crisis in the best fashion seemingly.

Weekend sport

South Africans will not easily be able to access the German top-flight with neither the SABC nor DSTV’s Supersport holding rights to broadcast. Satellite TV provider StarSat holds the rights to broadcast Bundesliga matches in South Africa. 

Bayern Munich lead a tight Bundesliga title race by four points from Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund will need to hit the ground running in their restart encounter against sixth-placed Schalke. Germany’s top five clubs are all still in the title race, and the unpredictable nature of the final nine rounds means that this weekend’s action will have plenty of intrigue.

Bundesliga Fixtures this weekend 

Saturday 16 May 

15:30 Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 

15:30 RB Leipzig vs Freiburg‚ 

15:30 Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin

15:30 Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Paderborn 

15:30 Augsburg vs Wolfsburg

18:30 Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Monchengladbach

Sunday 17 May 

15:30 FC Köln vs Mainz‚ 

18:30 Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich

UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs Harris

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) rounds off a seven-day festival with a Fight Night event in Jacksonville, Florida headlined by veterans Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris.

SuperSport will broadcast the preliminary card and main event with the action getting underway at 00:00 on Sunday morning (Saturday night local time).

“We’ve been in camp for a few weeks now, and I cannot wait to get back in the Octagon,” said Overeem.

Overeem is still smarting from a KO defeat at the hands of Jairzinho Rozenstruik in December last year, where he feels he was robbed.

“To me, it was a win, because we beat him every round,” Overeem said. “The referee should not have jumped in. I was not KO’d. I stand back up, it was two seconds left, three seconds left, one second left – to me it was a win. And I always fight for myself. Of course, you have fans, it’s great, of course, the money is great, but I fight for me, and I see it as a win.”

Harris missed the scheduled meeting between the two in December after the disappearance and death of his stepdaughter. He says he is trying to stay focused on the fight.

“I’ve been through a lot of things in my life. It’s just part of it, man. I think god does things on his terms, so I don’t get stressed out about things,” said Harris. 

“I just try to do my best to stay ready and stay focused and be ready when my number is called. It’s part of the process and my journey to the UFC – ups and downs. It’s nothing new. I stay focused and keep going.”

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • – Welterweight: Matt Brown vs Miguel Baeza
  • – Middleweight: Anthony Hernandez vs Kevin Holland
  • – Featherweight: Mike Davis vs Giga Chikadze
  • – Featherweight: Darren Elkins vs Nate Landwehr
  • – Women’s Flyweight: Cortney Casey vs Mara Romero Borella
  • – Heavyweight: Rodrigo Nascimento vs Dontale Mayes

MAIN CARD

  • – Main event: Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem vs Walt Harris
  • – Co-main event: Women’s Strawweight: Claudia Gadelha vs Angela Hill
  • – Featherweight: Dan Ige vs Edson Barboza
  • – Middleweight: Eryk Anders vs Krzysztof Jotko
  • – Featherweight: Song Yadong vs Marlon Vera

TaylorMade Driving Relief

Sunday 17 May from 20:00

The TaylorMade Driving Relief event sees big-time golfers return to our screens in live action. The charity initiative will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 and 6 (Sunday 17 May, 20:00), and is headlined by Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff, who will compete in a team best-ball skins match. The lowest score by each team on the hole wins the skin.

Weekend sport: Rory McIlroy plays a shot.(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

“I hope that we can provide some respite and entertainment for those tuning in across the globe. Dustin and I will have a lot of fun together, and our games will fit well as we push to raise funds and awareness on 17 May,” said world No 1 Rory McIlroy.

PDC Home Tour

17 and 18 May from 20:30 broadcast on Supersport 10 and streaming on .

Two-time World Darts Champion Anderson will enter the event on Saturday 16 May, and competes alongside Belgian duo Dimitri Van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts and Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode.

PDC Home Tour
Weekend sport: Peter Wright of Scotland throws a dart in his match against Michael Smith of England during Night Six of the Premier League Darts at the M&S Bank Arena on March 12, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Sunday’s Group 31 will see world number three Gerwyn Price – the runner-up in Group Two last month – join Joe Cullen, Keegan Brown and Bradley Brooks to compete for a second time.

Read: Tour Durban goes virtual

NASCAR Cup Series: Darlington Raceway

Sunday 18 May broadcast on SuperSport2A and SuperSport 8 from 21:30

weekend sport
Weekend sport: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, races William Byron, driver of the #24 Hendrick Autoguard/City Chevrolet Throwback Chev, during the NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

NASCAR returns to the race track for the first time in more than two months, with the sport set to honour frontline healthcare workers in The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday.

The special NASCAR Cup Series race entitlement at Darlington Raceway follows the launch of The Real Heroes Project, a collaborative initiative by 14 sports leagues including NASCAR to recognize and pay tribute to medical professionals serving on the front lines.

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Justice minister gives update on COVID-19 parole dispensation

Ronald Lamola is predicting a busy time for parole boards across the country to facilitate the release of 19 000 low-risk offenders.

Justice minister gives update on COVID-19 parole dispensation

As reported by The South African on last Friday 8 May, President Cyril Ramaphosa authorised the parole of almost 19 000 prisoners to combat the spread of the COVID-19 infection rate in South Africa’s overcrowded correctional facilities.

The president’s decision to grant low-risk prisoners parole followed directives issued by the United Nations (UN).

On Friday 15 May, Justice Minister Ronald Lamola said on Ukhozi FM’s current affairs show Ezanamuhla that in excess of 14 300 prisoners who are now set to be released on parole, were due to appear before the parole board in the next three to six months, and that the others were up for appearance between two to five years’ time.   

“We are implementing the president’s announcement and the process is still ongoing,” the minister said.

Only low-risk offenders to be released

“We still stand by the statement issued by the Presidency that prisoners who committed serious crimes, such as murder, attempted murder, gender-based violence, child abuse and sexual offences, will remain in prison.”

In the interview, Lamola added that the decrease in the numbers of inmates will help to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Rapid increase of infections in prisons

“There has been a rapid increase in the number of coronavirus patients in the country’s correctional facilities. There are currently 354 cases nationally with the highest number of positive cases in the Eastern Cape. KwaZulu-Natal and some of the other provinces only have one positive case respectively.

“I commend everyone, especially the frontline workers inside correctional facilities who are dedicated in helping combat the spread of the coronavirus,”

Busy time ahead for parole boards

Lamola also explained that they will not be releasing prisoners who have not appeared before the various parole boards first.

“Due to this emergency, the parole boards will have to operate every day. We need to assess where the prisoners will reside; who they will be residing with and in what type of community; how they will survive and what type of community projects they will take part in. There are a lot of things that the boards will have to check first.”

Every city has their own parole board that will fast-track the process of the prisoners’ release. For example, Durban has the Durban Management Area, Pietermaritzburg has the PMB Management Area and the Western Cape also has a number of parole boards in its many cities.”

The justice minister reiterated that the Western Cape province will not be prioritised despite being the hotspot for criminal activities in the country.

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