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Live action returns in style on SuperSports

DStv and GOtv subscribers can look forward to the return of live sport this week, including action from the ongoing La Liga, the Charles Schwab Challenge, and RBC Heritage tournament from golf’s PGA Tour, New Zealand’s Aotearoa rugby competition, UFC Fight Night and WWE ‘Backlash’.

These events will be broadcast from 12-18 June on various SuperSport channels exclusive to DStv and GOtv subscribers.

 Football fans will be delighted to see La Liga back in full force, with the resumption of the title race between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Also, African football fans will be able to watch some of the continent’s best exports in the top-flight Spanish league such as Thomas Partey, Aissa Mandi and Samuel Chukwueze return to action.

The pick of games on offer this week is the meeting between Real Madrid and Valencia at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on 18 June. The match will kick-off at 9pm on SuperSport 7 to DStv subscribers and SuperSport Select 4 to GOtv subscribers. In action for will be Geoffrey Kondogbia, the Central African Republic midfielder, who will be looking to thwart the Los Blancos stars in the ‘engine room’

Professional rugby returns with two matches from New Zealand’s Aotearoa: Highlanders versus Chiefs on 13 June and Blues versus Hurricanes on 14 June. The matches will be broadcast at 6am on Saturday and 4am on Sunday respectively on SuperSport 1.

epa08274026 Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs is tackled during a round six Super Rugby match between the New South Wales Waratahs of Australia and the Waikato Chiefs of New Zealand at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, 06 March 2020. EPA/MARK NOLAN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY
epa08290673 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits from a sand trap by the seventh green during the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA, 12 March 2020. The PGA Tour has announced that the championship will continue without fans in attendance due to the coronavirus threat. EPA/TANNEN MAURY

 The rugby matches will see the introduction of several new innovations, including golden point and the ability to replace players following a red card. Existing laws at the breakdown will be applied more strictly to create faster-attacking game and a fairer contest.

 The first PGA Tour event to return to the golf calendar is the Charles Schwab Challenge, with days 2, 3 and 5 live on SuperSport from 12 to 14 June. Broadcast of day 1 begins at 9pm on 12 June on SuperSport 1 and 5, day 3 action begins at 6pm on 13 June on SuperSport 1 and 5, while day 4 action starts at 6pm on 14 June on SuperSport 1.

 Also, the RBC Heritage tournament from South Carolina begins on 18 June, with live coverage commencing at 8pm on SuperSport 1 and 5.

 The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was one of the first sports event to return after the effects of world events. The APEX facility in Las Vegas will host the UFC Fight Night on 14 June. The event will start at 2am live on SuperSport 11.

 The main bout is a women’s flyweight match between Jessica Eye and Cynthia Calvillo. The mixed martial fight event will also feature a co-main event between middleweights Karl Roberson and Marvin Vettori. The pair have major bad blood between them after two previous cancellations.

 The WWE, which also resumed earlier, will hold another special event tagged: ‘Backlash’, on 15 June. The fights will be broadcast from 12 midnight on SuperSport 1,4 and 9 to DStv subscribers and SuperSport Select 5 to GOtv subscribers.

 The event will be headlined by a match for the WWE Championship bout between titleholder, Drew McIntyre, and Bobby Lashley. McIntyre has been the champion since WrestleMania when he defeated Brock Lesnar in impressive style. But Lashley – with his incredible power and athleticism – represents a genuine threat to the Scotsman’s reign.

For more details on these events and other sporting activities, visit www.dstv.com and www.gotvafrica.com or download MyDStvApp and MyGOtvApp to subscribe or upgrade, and join in on the excitement. And while you’re on the move, you can stream matches on DStv Now.

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