Saturday 20th November sees the beginning of the MLS Cup playoffs. The playoffs are a culmination of the MLS regular season and the start of the journey to the Cup final in December. The seven highest placed teams from both the Eastern and Western conference qualify, and with New England and Seattle being the only clubs to have so far secured their places, it is still all to play for in the remaining regular season matches.
The oldest and most famous team tennis competition, the Davis Cup, returns for the finals across Madrid, Innsbruck and Turin from 25th November. Some of the world’s best are headlining the team nominations, including world No. 1 Djokovic and No. 2 Medvedev, with fellow Top 10 players Berrettini and Rublev also making an appearance. Reigning champions, Spain, may have lost Nadal from their team due to injury, but have still named a formidable five to defend their title. The rivalry and intensity of the team tennis competition always brings huge levels of excitement and this year looks to be no different.
The DP World Tour Championship takes place on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates from 18th – 21st November. The fourth Rolex series event of the 2021 season brings a close to the coveted Race to Dubai competition. Matt Fitzpatrick took the trophy in last year’s tournament and after his success at the Andalucía Masters last month, will be hoping he can once again secure the win. However, he faces strong competition with Collin Morikawa and Billy Horschel currently sitting at the top of the Race to Dubai standings with less than a month to go.
UFC 268 features two title fights on November 6th, headlined by the rematch between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington. After what was one of the most gripping and exciting title fights of all time when they met in 2019, with Usman taking the title with a fifthround technical knockout, Covington will be looking to set the record straight when they meet again, and their highly heated history will make this an event not to be missed.
The EuroLeague, Europe’s premier basketball property has been back with a bang since its return at the end of September. The appearance of the league's famous fans has added another layer of excitement to the league so far. AX Armani Exchange and FC Barcelona remain undefeated in the first month of the season, whilst FC Bayern Munich and reigning champions, Anadolu Efes Istanbul, have had unusually slow starts, reaching Round 5 before they took their first wins. The season continues this month with Round 8 kicking off on November 4th.
The increasingly popular Abu Dhabi T10 returns for its fifth season on 19th November. This season differs from previous years, lasting 15 days instead of the usual 10, giving room for cricket’s fastest format to feature even more 90-minute matches. From what started four years ago with only four teams, the tournament is now an important part of the world’s cricket calendar and features some of the top cricketers including Liam Livingstone, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russel and Jason Roy.
The 2021 Cazoo UK Championship returns from November 23rd to December 5th. The second biggest ranking event after the World Championships, making up one third of the Triple Crown, the event has previously been won by most of snookers biggest names. Neil Robertson was the latest name to take the title, beating Judd Trump 10-9 in an incredibly exciting, seven hour long final in 2020. His win last year saw him become one of only five players to have won the championship on three or more occasions; can he make it a fourth this year?
The finale of the NASCAR Cup Series takes place this month. Kyle Larson easily secured his place in the championship four after his three consecutive playoff victory last month. This was the second time this season he has won three races in a row, and the first time since 1987 this had been achieved. The final three spots for the championship were then all left to be determined by the final race in the Round of 8 at Martinsville Speedway, but after such a successful season, Kyle Larson looks to be in pole position to take the championship title.