In the USA: NCAA Football Bowl season kicked off with a slew of Bowl games from throughout the US.
The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. This was a great start to bowl season, with two relatively little know teams who had great seasons: North Carolina Central (9-2) vs. Grambling State (11-1) This is a clash of the MEAC and SWAC champs pitting versatile QBs Malcolm Bell and DeVante Kincade against each other. These FCS teams' only losses this season came against FBS opponents. The winner will be the 2016 black college national champion.
Elsewhere, the New Mexico Bowl pitted Texas (San Antonio) against New Mexico. The Las Vegas Bowl pitted Houston against San Diego State. The Camellia Bowl featured Appalachian State vs. Toledo in Montgomery, Alabama. The New Orleans Bowl featureed an exciting battle between Southern Mississippi and Louisiana (Lafayette).
In NCAA Basketball, Georgetown traveled to Syracuse, Ohio State to UCLA, and Kentucky to North Carolina.
UK: Premier League Soccer featured bouts between Middlesbrough vs. Swansea, Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea, Stoke City vs. Leicester, and West Brom vs. Manchester United.
Italy: Serie A Soccer featured an epic battle between Roma and Iuventus at Iuventus Stadium. Perennial winners Juventus were under pressure against the best Roma team in recent memory. This had been dubbed the match of the season. Iuve, although winning, had been accused of playing poorly all season, and Roma was on the rise.
Only four points separated the two teams in the standings. It seems to many that only Roma could challenge Iuventus for the season title. This game would determine a lot. A win against the Champions of Italy would not only confirm American owned Roma's rising status but it would send a clear signal of intent that they could win the title.
This was the fourth round of the European Rugby Champions Cup. Toulouse vs. Zebre Rugby was only one of the exciting games which will be contested.
In Cricket rankings, India, England and Australia lead the Test rankings. ODI rankings placed Australia, then South Africa and India. The top three in Twenty20 were New Zealand, India, and South Africa.