Record eight-time champions Al Ahly of Egypt, TP Mazembe of DR Congo, Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and Casablanca clubs Raja and Wydad are potential threats.
The Western Conference heavyweight clash was part of the NBA's five-game Christmas extravaganza, which saw the Philadelphia 76ers make a statement with a 121-109 victory over the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bills drove to the Patriots 8-yard line in the final minutes but New England's defenders made two sacks and forced an incomplete pass, setting up a final desperate toss into the end zone that J.C. Jackson batted away to seal New England's win.
"When you get to these big games, two good football teams, it's always going to go up until the last whistle, and we've had multiple experiences this year like that."
Salford welcome Crewe Alexandra to Moor Lane this year and the fans will hope for a win once the action kicks off. Elsewhere, there is more history being made. Aston Villa host Norwich City on Boxing Day for what will be their 100th fixture played on the Feast of Stephen. Only two teams have played more games on December 26th, local rivals West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Liverpool and the rest of the Premier League games will only be available on Amazon Prime this year but, despite the changes to the English game over the years, there is arguably no date greater and more historic in English football.
It will see 24 nations split into six groups, with eight teams emerging from the round-robin stage to compete in the knockout phase.
However, Wolves were unhappy that another claim for handball against Virgil van Dijk earlier in the move was not checked.
The Australian Open takes place from January 20 to February 2 with the ATP Cup acting as the new men's lead-up tournament in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane for 10 days from Friday.
While Britain has produced more F1 champions than any other country, only triple title holder Jackie Stewart has been knighted - nearly 30 years after retirement. Stirling Moss, the nation's only other racing knight, had to wait until he was 70.
Embiid pulled down 11 rebounds and played a key role in neutralizing Milwaukee's reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was held to 18 points on eight-of-23 shooting.
Hamilton, who won the BBC award in 2014, was European Sportsperson of the Year - beating tennis number one Rafael Nadal and Austrian Alpine skier Marcel Hirscher in a vote of 27 of the continent's news agencies.