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NFL Honors, basketball, golf fill Super Bowl weekend sports schedule

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is expected to be named NFL MVP on Saturday night at the NFL Honors award ceremony. File Photo by Mark Black/UPI
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is expected to be named NFL MVP on Saturday night at the NFL Honors award ceremony. File Photo by Mark Black/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Super Bowl LV might be focus of the weekend, but plenty of other sporting events fill the calendar from Friday through Sunday. Dozens of basketball games, a golf tournament and the NFL Honors also pack the schedule.

The weekend represents the final weekend of the NFL's 2020-21 season. The league uses the weekend annually to complete the Super Bowl, host an award ceremony for its best players and coaches and to announce the inductees for the Hall of Fame class.

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The latter two events take place at the NFL Honors, which will be held Saturday at the Straz Center in Tampa, Fla.

NFL Honors

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The 2021 NFL Honors ceremony will air at 9 p.m. EST Saturday on CBS. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the favorite to win the 2020-21 MVP award. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen also are contenders for the league's top honor.

Bills coach Sean McDermott, Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores, Washington Football Team Ron Rivera and Cleveland Browns coach Kevin stefanski are the top contenders for Coach of the Year.

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The league also will announce the Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive Rookie of the Year, Defensive Rookie of the Year, Fantasy Player of the Year, Moment of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

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The league also will announce the inductees for the 2021 Hall of Fame class from a list of 15 finalists during the NFL Honors ceremony. Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson and Calvin Johnson are among the finalists. Those elected by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will be enshrined on Aug. 8 in Canton, Ohio.

Super Bowl LV then kicks off at 6:30 p.m. EST Sunday on CBS.

Basketball

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Dozens of basketball games -- NBA and college -- will take place from Friday through Sunday. The NBA schedule features several great matchups.

The Brooklyn Nets host the Toronto Raptors at 7:30 p.m. EST Friday on ESPN. ESPN also will host a nightcap between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers at 10 p.m. EST Friday.

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Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors then face Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks at 8:30 p.m. EST Saturday on ABC.

One of college basketball's best rivalries also takes place on Saturday when Duke hosts North Carolina at 6 p.m. EST on ESPN. Top 10 team's Baylor, Villanova, Houston, Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma and Alabama also are in action this weekend.

Golf

Many of the world's best golfers are in action this weekend at the 2021 Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Ariz. The four-day PGA Tour event teed off on Thursday and ends Sunday.

Webb Simpson, the defending champion and No. 9 golfer in the world, is in the 132-player field. World No. 2 Jon Rahm, No. 3 Justin Thomas, No. 4 Xander Schauffele and No. 6 Rory McIlroy also are in the field.

Second-round play airs from 3 to 7 p.m. EST Friday on Golf Channel. Third- and fourth-round play airs from 3 to 6 p.m. EST Saturday and Sunday on NBC.

Rahm and Thomas are the betting favorites to win the tournament. McIlroy, Schauffele and Simpson are among the other top contenders.

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Friday

Golf

Waste Management Phoenix Open: Second round from 3 to 7 p.m. EST on Golf Channel

NBA

Raptors at Nets at 7:30 p.m. EST on ESPN

Celtics at Clippers at 10 p.m. EST on ESPN

Saturday

College basketball

Iowa State at Oklahoma at noon EST on ESPN2

Alabama at Missouri at noon EST on ESPN

Virginia Tech at Miami at noon EST on ACC Network Alternate

Seton Hall at UConn at noon EST on Fox

Kansas at West Virginia at 2 p.m. EST on CBS

Florida at LSU at 2 p.m. EST on ESPN

St. John's at Providence at 2 p.m. EST on FS1

Texas at Oklahoma State at 3 p.m. EST on ABC

TCU at Baylor at 4 p.m. EST on Big 12 Network

Texas Tech at Kansas State at 4 p.m. EST on Big 12 Network

Pittsburgh at Virginia at 4 p.m. EST on ESPN

Washington at Oregon at 4 p.m. EST on CBS

Ole Miss at Auburn at 4 p.m. EST on ESPN2

North Carolina at Duke at 6 p.m. EST on ESPN

Tennessee at Kentucky at 8 p.m. EST on ESPN

Soccer

Premier League: Fulham vs. West Ham at 12:30 p.m. EST on NBC

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Golf

Waste Management Phoenix Open: Third round from 3 to 6 p.m. EST on NBC

NBA

Warriors at Mavericks at 8:30 p.m. EST on ABC

NFL

NFL Honors at 9 p.m. EST on CBS

Sunday

Soccer

Premier League: Liverpool vs. Manchester City at 11:30 a.m. EST on NBCSN

College basketball

Iowa at Indiana at noon EST on Fox

Boise State at Nevada at 4 p.m. EST on FS1

California at Stanford at 10 p.m. EST on FS1

NHL

Flyers at Capitals at noon EST on NBC

Golf

Waste Management Phoenix Open: Final round from 3 to 6 p.m. EST on NBC

NFL

Super Bowl LV at 6:30 p.m. EST on CBS

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