Sport on the Sofa: US Open, NFL, Glasgow City and Billy Gilmour - don't sleep in

Sport on the Sofa’s viewing suggestions quickly became watching competition under covers last week with Andy Murray's exploits at Flushing Meadows keeping us all awake.

The NFL is back on British screens this week (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
The NFL is back on British screens this week (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Well, maybe Andy was only half to blame given the length of Stefanos Tsitsipas’ toilet breaks which were opportune moments for a quick cat-nap before the return of serve.

The United States was a fitting description for those of us on the morning after the night before after staying up on a school-night to watch until the angry end. And beware, more bleary eyes – and transatlantic tournaments – are on the way this week.

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Emma Raducanu is still in it to win it and back on court this Monday night. But it’s pretty likely if you’re tuning in to Amazon Prime on Sunday you’ll be seeing Novak Djokovic, again. It’s a £7.99 monthly subscription and there’s plenty other sports options if the tennis isn’t your bag – or just too late – though matches can be watched on demand too.

Novak Djokovic celebrates a point against Kei Nishikori during his Men's Singles third round match in Flushing Meadows, New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Also on Prime is the All or Nothing documentary series focusing on NFL franchises. The cameras will already be rolling and preview coverage is reaching a crescendo right about now. Sky Sports, who have the UK rights to the NFL, have rebranded one of their channels dedicated to America’s game this month and they’ll be showing the first matches.

Be warned. Tuning in live is another late one too.

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The first game of the American football season starts at 1.20am on Friday morning when Dallas Cowboys travel to Superbowl winners Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sky Sports NFL. Then it’s Sunday for Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns v Kansas City Chiefs.

Now speaking of football (real football!), it’ll be back to domestics for the mens’ game after the internationals finish up this week.

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Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during warm ups before playing the Houston Texans in a NFL preseason game at NRG Stadium on August 28, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Scotland face Austria in Vienna on Tuesday live, as usual, on Sky Sports and Kris Boyd, James McFadden and Eilidh Barbour are afforded longer build-up from 7pm until kick-off at 7.45pm – a much more suitable time for Harvey Gilmour to make school in the morning after watching big brother Billy boss it.

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England will also be on terrestrial against Poland with ITV showing their qualifier 24 hours later. Northern Ireland and Wales are on Sky.

A free-to-air alternative on Wednesday comes on BBC Alba when Glasgow City face Servette at Broadwood in the women’s Champions League, second round second leg. Never mind staying up late, you might need to stop work early because it’s a 3.10pm kick off.

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The women’s game has been given a broadcasting jump-start this se