Sport on Freeview Week Commencing January 30th 2016

Hello all -welcome to this week’s blog… LET’S PLAY DARTS!

The PDC Unibet Masters take place THIS WEEKEND and it’s live and exclusive on ITV4.  The full draw/order of play is shown below.

Schedule of Play
Saturday January 30
Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)
First Round x4
Robert Thornton v Dave Chisnall
James Wade v Terry Jenkins
Peter Wright v Ian White
Michael Smith v Raymond van Barneveld

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
First Round x4
Adrian Lewis v Kim Huybrechts
Phil Taylor v Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson v Vincent van der Voort
Michael van Gerwen v Stephen Bunting

Sunday January 31
Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

Quarter-Finals
Lewis/Huybrechts v Wade/Jenkins
Anderson/van der Voort v Thornton/Chisnall
Taylor/Klaasen v Wright/White
van Gerwen/Bunting v Smith/van Barneveld

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Semi-Finals
Final

Phil Taylor v Jelle Klassen should be a cracker tonight, and the potential of Van Gerwen/Barneveld playing each other on Sunday afternoon too!  So, keep it ITV4 this weekend!

 

FA Cup This Weekend

16 Round 4 games this weekend… As well as two live games on BBC this weekend (first was Derby/Man U last night), you can see all the goals on BBC Red Button (Freeview Channel 601) from 6pm onwards on Saturday.  As the goals come in… they will be here on a loop!

 

Freeview Listings for Sport This Week:

Saturday 30/01/2016 06:00 – 06:10 ITV4 Football Goals of the 80’s
  06:30 – 07:20 BBC2 General Race to Superbowl 50 American Football action.
  07:05 – 08:00 Channel 4 General Snowdon Marathon
  09:00 – 10:00 Channel 4 Racing The Morning Line Racing preview.
  09:00 – 10:00 Challenge General TNA Xplosion
12:10 – 13:00 BBC1 Football Football Focus With Dan Walker.
  12:45 – 17:00 ITV4 General Darts – Masters Day 1 from Milton Keynes
13:00 – 14:30 BBC1 Tennis Australian Open Highlights from Day 6.
13:00 – 14:30 BBC Red Button Football People’s Cup Highlights from Round 1
13:30 – 16:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Racing LIVE From Cheltenham and Doncaster.
16:00 – 17:10 BBC1 Football Final Score Football updates.
  19:00 – 23:00 ITV4 General Darts – Masters More action from Day 1 LIVE
21:00 – 21:30 Channel 5 Football The Championship: Football League Tonight
21:30 – 22:00 Channel 5 Football Goal Rush: Football League Tonight
22:30 – 23:50 BBC1 Football FA Cup Match of the Day Including Arsenal v Burnley.
Sunday 31/01/2016 06:00 – 06:15 ITV4 Football Football’s Greatest George Best
  12:45 – 17:00 ITV4 General Darts – Masters Day 2 from Milton Keynes
14:05 – 15:35 BBC2 Tennis Australian Open Men’s Singles Final Highlights
15:35 – 18:30 BBC1 Football FA Cup Match of the Day LIVE MK Dons v Chelsea from Round 4
17:15 – 18:00 BBC2 General Ski Sunday
  19:00 – 23:00 ITV4 General Darts – Masters Featuring the Semi Finals and Final.
  21:00 – 23:00 Challenge General TNA Impact Wrestling
  22:30 – 23:00 BBC1 Football FA Cup Match of the Day 4th Round action.
  23:15 – 00:15 ITV Rugby Union Aviva Premiership Highlights
Monday 01/02/2016 18:30 – 23:50 BBC Red Button Football Football Focus Transfer Deadline Day Special
  23:00 – 00:00 ITV4 Football German Football Highlights Bundesliga action.
  23:15 – 23:50 BBC1 Football Football Focus Transfer Deadline Day Special
Tuesday 02/02/2016 06:00 – 06:05 ITV4 Football Football’s Greatest Eusebio
19:00 – 22:30 BBC Red Button Football 5 Live Final Score Football updates.
  22:45 – 00:15 BBC1 Football Match of the Day Including Arsenal v Southampton
Wednesday 03/02/2016 19:00 – 22:30 BBC Red Button Football 5 Live Final Score Football updates.
Thursday 04/02/2016 22:00 – 22:30 BBC2 General The Clare Balding Show With guest Jimmy White.
Friday 05/02/2016 14:00 – 15:00 BBC2 Tennis Australian Open Semi Final Highlights
  19:25 – 21:30 BBC Red Button Rugby Union Under 20’s International Ireland v Wales LIVE
  19:30 – 20:00 BBC1 General A Question of Sport With guest Lee Westwood.

 

Eurosport Highlights For This Week…

30 January – 5 February Highlights this week include: Tennis: LIVE & Exclusive Australian Open Cycling: LIVE Dubai Tour

BBC may have highlights of Murray in the final at the Australian Open, but Eurosport has exclusive LIVE coverage!  Check out Eurosport Player, if you want to watch the final tomorrow.

Snooker: LIVE German Masters

Alpine Skiing: LIVE FIS World Cup

 

Also on Eurosport…

Figure Skating: LIVE European Championships Ski Jumping: LIVE FIS World Cup Athletics: LIVE Indoor Athletics

30 & 31 Jan: LIVE Australian Open

This week the 2016 Australian Open draws to a conclusion with LIVE and exclusive coverage of the men’s and women’s finals only on Eurosport.

The final weekend of the tournament always promises fireworks, the 2015 edition saw Murray produce demanding performances against Nick Kyrgios and Thomas Berdych before losing in four sets to Novak Djokovic in the final. It was Murray’s fourth defeat in final of the Australian Open, more than any other player. Murray will be hoping to go one step further and add the title to his Grand Slam wins at the US Open and Wimbledon.

Serena Williams clinched last year’s title in what started a dominant year for the American as she went on to win the French Open and Wimbledon titles, notching a total of 21 Grand Slam titles.

Eurosport’s studio will be presented by Rob Curling with Greg Rusedksi, Virginia Wade and Miles Maclagan among the expert pundits. Simon Reed, Chris Bradnam and Jo Durie are among the commentary line-up.

Up to 16 live courts will also be available via the Eurosport Player at eurosportplayer.com.

Saturday 30 January 0800-1040 LIVE women’s final on Eurosport HD 1040-1300 LIVE men’s doubles final on Eurosport HD 1315-1445 Women’s final highlights on Eurosport HD Sunday 31 January 0500-0700 LIVE mixed doubles on Eurosport HD 0800-1200 LIVE men’s final on Eurosport HD 1445-1645 Men’s final on Eurosport HD

 

3-6 February: LIVE Cycling – Dubai Tour

Eurosport’s cycling season gets underway this week with coverage of the third edition of the Dubai Tour

The tour will explore famous Dubai landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa and the Burj al Arab, while also taking riders around Dubai’s more rural areas, such as the Hatta mountain range in the north-east of the Emirate.

With names such as last year’s winner Mark Cavendish, former world champion Philippe Gilbert and Tony Martin expected to feature, the third edition of the Tour of Dubai will be the perfect race to kick off Eurosport’s comprehensive 2016 cycling season. Wednesday 3 February 0900-1100 LIVE stage one on Eurosport HD Thursday 4 February 0900-1100 LIVE stage two on Eurosport HD Friday 5 February 0900-1100 LIVE stage three on Eurosport HD

 

3-7 February: LIVE Snooker – German Masters

 

Jimmy White and Neil Foulds front Eurosport’s exclusive live on-site coverage of the German Masters this week, the fifth ranking tournament of the season.

Last year’s tournament saw world number one Mark Selby claim the fifth ranking tournament victory of his career when he defeated Shaun Murphy 9-7 in the final. On his way to victory, Ding saw off competition from former world champion Peter Ebdon and Judd Trump.

The 2,500 capacity Tempodrom is one of the biggest and most popular snooker venues on the calendar, attracting the world’s top players ever year since its inaugural edition in 2011.

All matches are the best of nine frames with the semi-finals best of eleven and the final, the best of 17.

The Eurosport commentary team includes Mike Hallett, David Hendon and former world champion Joe Johnson.

Wednesday 3 February 1245-1615 LIVE day one on Eurosport 2 HD 1845-2200 LIVE day one on Eurosport 2 HD Thursday 4 February 1345-1715 LIVE day two on Eurosport 2 HD 1845-2200 LIVE day two on Eurosport 2 HD Friday 5 February 1245-1615 LIVE day three on Eurosport 2 HD 1845-2200 LIVE quarter-finals on Eurosport 2 HD

 

30 & 31 January: LIVE Alpine Skiing – FIS World Cup

After racing down the treacherous Kitzbuhel Streif course last week, now the men’s downhill specialists will have a chance to impress on Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s Kandahar run.

The Kandahar is one of the most demanding races in the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup. Since Garmisch hosted the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in 2011 this run has been modified to be a bit shorter but more challenging, including four jumps. The new middle section uses the mountain’s naturally steep and curving terrain and leads into the final third of the course: the steepest section “Free Fall” can now be seen from the finish grandstand. Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal will be one of the favourites for this race as well as the super-G race due to take place on Sunday.

 

This week the women’s World Cup travels to Maribor for the Golden Fox Competition. The Golden Fox is an annual event, comprised of two world cup rounds – slalom and giant slalom. Around 20,000 spectators come to cheer on their favourites at the finish line of Snow Stadium below Mariborsko Pohorje, producing an incredible atmosphere. America’s Mikaela Shiffrin will be looking to repeat her victory in the slalom last year.

 

Matt Chilton will be providing commentary for these rounds.

 

Saturday 30 January

0915-1000 LIVE women’s giant slalom first run on Eurosport 2 HD

1000-1200 LIVE men’s downhill on Eurosport 2 HD

1200-1300 LIVE women’s giant slalom second run on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Sunday 31 January

0830-0930 LIVE women’s slalom first run on Eurosport 2 HD

0930-1030 LIVE men’s giant slalom first run on Eurosport 2 HD

1130-1230 LIVE women’s slalom second run on Eurosport 2 HD

1230-1330 LIVE men’s giant slalom second run on Eurosport 2 HD

 

 

Also on Eurosport….

 

LIVE Figure Skating: European Championships

Sat 30 Jan 1400-1500 Free pairs on Eurosport 2 HD

Sat 30 Jan 1500-1700 LIVE dance free on Eurosport 2 HD

Sun 31 Jan 1545-1800 Exhibition on Eurosport 2 HD

 

This weekend Eurosport broadcasts coverage of the final competitions at the 2016 European Figure Skating Championships at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

 

Saturday sees the conclusion of the pairs and dance competitions with the exhibition to come on Sunday British pair Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland are entering this year’s competition and will be targeting a medal after some promising performances this year. The duo endured a nightmare championship last year, scoring low in the short dance and eventually withdrawing from the free dance. Their main rivals will be reigning 2013 world and European champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy and reigning champions Gabrilla Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France.

 

Chris Howarth and Nicky Slater are in the commentary booth this week.

 

LIVE Ski Jumping: FIS World Cup

Sat 30 Jan 0715-0915 LIVE Sapporo men’s individual on Eurosport 2 HD

Sun31 Jan 0000-0245 LIVE Sapporo men’s individual on Eurosport 1 HD

Fri 5 Feb 1615-1730 LIVE Oslo men’s qualifying on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Four Hills winner Peter Prevc will look to emulate his performance on the Ōkurayama hill in 2015 when he returns to Sapporo for rounds 14 and 15 of the Ski Jumping World Cup this week.

Prevc finished first and third in the jumps in Sapporo last season. The Slovenian has been in fine form recently and travels to the Japanese resort in a better position than last year – leading the overall standings by a considerable margin.

After Sapporo the World Cup moves on to Holmenkollbakken, a large ski jumping hill located at Holmenkollen in Oslo, Norway. It has a hill size of HS134, a construction point of K-120, and a capacity for 70,000 spectators.

David Goldstrom provides commentary for Eurosport’s FIS Ski Jumping World Cup coverage.

 

 

LIVE Athletics – PSD Bank Meeting Weds 3 Feb 1800-2000 LIVE on Eurosport HD

 

The European Indoor Athletics season gets under way this week with LIVE coverage on Eurosport 1 HD.

The PSD Bank Meeting in Dusseldorf is not part of the IAAF Tour but can boast a line-up of three world champions contesting the pole vault. Current world champion Shawn Barber of Canada, current world indoor champion Kostadinos Filippidis of Greece and 2013 world champion Raphael Holzdeppe of Germany have confirmed they will be attending.

Australian Open Highlights on BBC – Update

With British success at the time of writing, BBC will continue to show highlights of the Australian Open at the times below, spread the word!

Wednesday 27 January

Highlights expected of quarter finals – broadcast details tbc

Thursday 28 January

Highlights of first men’s semi-final from 14:00-15:00, BBC Two

Friday 29 January

Highlights of the men’s second semi-final from 14:00-15:00, BBC Two

Saturday 30 January

Highlights of the women’s final from 13:00-14:30, BBC One

Sunday 31 January

Highlights of the men’s final from 14:00-15:30, BBC Two

Snooker Stays on The BBC!

Looks like Snooker will stay on the BBC until 2019!

Various sources reporting this, including this link here

http://www.tvbeurope.com/bbc-extends-snooker-rights/

This means the World Snooker Championships, the Masters and the UK Championships will remain free-to-air.  ITV4 have rights to the Snooker Shoot Out, the Champion of Champions and the World Grand Prix.

What is uncertain, is the future of BBC Red Button.  If the Red Button closes, then a lot of fans will miss out on evening sessions from the BBC tournaments, which will be available online only via the BBC Sport Website or App.

Either way, Snooker stays free!

Chris

Sport on Freeview Week Commencing Jan 23rd 2016

Hello, welcome to this week’s blog.

There’s the Freeview Sport listings as always, on this main page, but may I draw your attention to my other pages (links at the top of the site), which will also be updated every Friday as well going forward:

Vinyl Revival – Each week, I’ll be reviewing an LP I’ve bought to play on my new record player.  Some old, some new, Herb Alpert, Tony Christie and Ken Dodd the first records I’ve reviewed!

Sports TV Rights – This will build up over time, a guide to where you can watch all of your favourite Sports.  If you think I’ve got something incorrect on this page, please do contact me.

MC/Compere Work – On here, you’ll find a list of the events you can see me at during 2016 and also my work to date.  Again, please feel free to contact me for more information.

BT Showcase – if it’s been on BT Showcase, or it’s going to be on BT Showcase (Freeview Channel 59), I will list it here – bookmark it, and keep checking for updates!

Chris’s Diaries – For a bit of fun, I’ve added a page, where I’ll post some of my diaries and memoirs from over the years.  Please let me know what you think!

As I say, sport listings will carry on – but just thought I’d add a couple of side pages to keep me busy.

BBC Snooker Collection

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/group/p03f5l3j

Some great stuff on there now – including an episode of ‘Pot Black ’83’ between Alex Higgins and Jimmy White!

Bradford Sports Awards

Bradford is my home town, so proud to provide details of Bradford’s first ever Sports Awards.  Should be a great event – see below on how you can buy tickets…

Active Bradford are proud to present the inaugural Bradford Sports Awards. The Awards, sponsored by Provident, will take place at The Bradford Hotel on Thursday 25th February 2016. Eighteen awards across five categories will recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals, teams and volunteers at every level of sport in Bradford. The event will be a ticketed Dinner hosted by BBC Sports Presenter Tanya Arnold.

Tickets are priced at just £35 +VAT whilst VIP tickets are also available for £45 +VAT. Tables seating ten people can also be purchased. All tickets include a three course dinner and access to the event. Please follow the below links to book your place;

TICKETS: http://wysport.sportsuite.co.uk/courses/2016/02/bradford-sports-awards—podium-ticket

VIP TICKETS: http://wysport.sportsuite.co.uk/courses/2016/02/bradford-sports-awards—gold-ticket

More information on the Bradford Sports Awards can be found here http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/sport/13893770.Newly_launched_Bradford_Sports_Awards_need_YOUR_help/ and here www.activebradford.com/bsa.

 

Eurosport – This Week Highlights (23-29 January)

 

Highlights this week include:

Tennis: LIVE Australian Open

Cycling: Revolution Series

Figure Skating: ISU European Championships

Alpine Skiing: FIS World Cup from Kitzbuhel

 

23-31 Jan: LIVE Australian Open

This week the 2016 Australian Open continues with LIVE and exclusive coverage only on Eurosport.

The last-16 gets underway with many of the title contenders expected to be fighting for tournament glory. The second week in the 2015 edition saw Murray produce demanding performances against Nick Kyrgios and Thomas Berdych before losing in four sets to Novak Djokovic in the final. It was Murray’s fourth defeat in final of the Australian Open, more than any other player. Murray will be hoping to go one step further and add the title to his Grand Slam wins at the US Open and Wimbledon.

Serena Williams clinched last year’s title in what started a dominant year for the American as she went on to win the French Open and Wimbledon titles, notching a total of 21 Grand Slam titles.

Eurosport’s studio will be presented by Rob Curling with Greg Rusedksi, Virginia Wade and Miles Maclagan among the expert pundits. Simon Reed, Chris Bradnam and Jo Durie are among the commentary line-up.

Up to 16 live courts will also be available via the Eurosport Player at eurosportplayer.com.

 

Saturday 23 January

12.00am-9.15am Day six on Eurosport 2 HD

12.00am-1.45pm Day six on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Sunday 24 January

12.00am-9.30am Day seven on Eurosport 2 HD

12.00am-1.45pm Day seven on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Monday 25 January

12.00am-1.45am Day eight on Eurosport 1 HD

12.00am-6.00pm Day eight on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Tuesday 26 January

12.00am-6.15am Quarter-finals on Eurosport 1 HD

08.00am-12.30pm Quarter-finals on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Wednesday 27 January

12.00am-6.15 Quarter-finals on Eurosport 1 HD

8.00am-11.30pm Quarter-finals on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Thursday 28 January

2.30am-6.30am Women’s semi-finals on Eurosport 1 HD

8.00am-11.30am Men’s semi-finals on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Friday 29 January

5.00am-7.00am Women’s doubles final on Eurosport 1 HD

6.00-11.30am Men’s semi-finals on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Saturday 30 January

8.00am-10.45am Women’s final on Eurosport 1 HD

10.45am-01.00pm Men’s doubles final on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Sunday 31 January

5.00am-07.00am Mixed doubles final on Eurosport 1 HD

8.00-12.00pm Men’s final on Eurosport 1 HD

 

23 January: LIVE Revolution Track Series from Manchester

The final round of the 2015-16 season takes place at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester where the Elite Championship and HOY Future Stars will be decided.

Team Wiggins took the lead in round five, but with Team Pedalsure and Maloja Pushbikers close behind, the scene is set for some excellent racing in the season finale.

The previous round featured a special GB vs Team Wiggins teams pursuit, which the latter won and put them in top of the standings in the Elite Championship. The quartet from Team Wiggins, Steven Burke, Owain Doull, Jon Dibben and Andy Tennant beat the GB team made up of Christ Latham, Ollie Wood, Kian Emadi and Mark Cavendish.

 

Tune into Eurosport 2 HD and enjoy LIVE coverage from the final round of the season.

Saturday 23 January

8.00pm-10.00pm Round six on Eurosport 2 HD

 

23-24 January: LIVE FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Kitzbuhel

 

This week’s action comes from Kitzbuhel, one of the most prestigious and challenging events on the Alpine Skiing World Cup calendar. It features the men’s combined, slalom and downhill events.

 

Eurosport expert Didier Cuche has been the master of the Kitzbuhel downhill in recent years, winning the event on four occasions in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. This, along with his win back in 1998, makes him the most successful skier on the famous ‘Streif’ circuit.

Marcel Hirscher is the defending men’s overall champion; his overall title in 2014-15 ensured he became the first ever male skier to win four consecutive overall titles.

Defending giant slalom and overall champion Anna Fenninger will miss the entirety of the season due to a knee injury sustained in her pre-season. This opens the door for American duo Mikaela Schiffrin and Lindsey Vonn, who entered the year as favourites. Switzerland’s Lara Gut and Austria’s Eva-Maria will also be ones to watch in Kitzbuhel.

Competitors attempt to achieve the best time in four disciplines: slalom, giant slalom, super-G, and downhill. The fifth event, the combined, employs the downhill and slalom.

Saturday 23 January

10.45am-12.15pm Men’s downhill on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Sunday 24 January

09.30am-10.30am Men’s slalom first run on Eurosport 2 HD

12.30pm-01.30pm Men’s slalom second run on Eurosport 2 HD

 

 

25-31 January: LIVE ISU European Figure Skating Championships

 

The 2016 European Figure Skating Championships will be held at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia. Medals will be awarded in the disciplines of men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pairs, and ice dancing.

British pair Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland will enter the competition targeting a medal after some promising performances this year. The duo endured a nightmare championship last year, scoring low in the short dance and eventually withdrawing from the free dance. Their main rivals will be reigning 2013 world and European champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy and reigning champions Gabrilla Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France.

Javier Fernández of Spain will be looking to retain his title in the men’s singles event. Fernandez was the first Spanish skater to have ever won a medal at a major figure skating event. In the women’s singles event, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva will be the one to watch.

Wednesday 27 January

11.30am-2.30pm Ladies’ short programme on Eurosport 2 HD

7.30pm-9.30pm Men’s short programme on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Thursday 28 January

1.30pm-4.00pm Short dance on Eurosport 2 HD

7.00pm-9.00pm Men’s free on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Friday 29 January

2.00pm-4.00pm Pairs’ short programme on Eurosport 2 HD

7.00pm-9.00pm Women’s free on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Saturday 30 January

3.00pm-5.00pm Dance free on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Sunday 31 January

3.45pm-6.00pm Highlights of gala exhibition on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 are available on BT TV, Sky, Virgin Media and Virgin Media Ireland, and online via Eurosport Player.

 

Motors TV

4. Motors TV 23-29 Jan

Full listings for the week ahead on Motors TV, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on Freeview Channel 71.

 

Saturday 23/01/2016 06:00 – 06:15 ITV4 Football Football’s Greatest David Beckham
  06:05 – 06:55 BBC2 General Race to Superbowl 50 American Football action.
  07:05 – 08:00 Channel 4 General International Snowdon Race
  09:00 – 10:00 Channel 4 Racing The Morning Line Racing preview.
  09:00 – 10:00 Challenge General TNA Xplosion
10:30 – 12:00 BBC Red Button General Bowls LIVE Semi Final from the World Indoor Championships
12:00 – 14:30 BBC Red Button General Snowboarding Men’s Slopestyle from Switzerland
12:10 – 12:50 BBC1 Football Football Focus With Dan Walker.
12:50 – 13:00 BBC1 General Saturday Sportsday
13:00 – 14:00 BBC1 Tennis Australian Open Highlights from Day 6.
13:30 – 16:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Racing LIVE From Ascot and Haydock Park.
14:00 – 16:30 BBC1 General Bowls LIVE Semi Final from the World Indoor Championships
14:30 – 17:30 BBC Red Button Football Final Score Football updates.
16:30 – 17:10 BBC1 Football Final Score Football updates.
17:30 – 19:30 BBC Red Button General Ski Sunday Extra Replay of the Women’s Downhill from Italy.
21:00 – 22:00 Channel 5 Football The Championship: Football League Tonight Including QPR v Wolves
22:00 – 22:30 Channel 5 Football Goal Rush: Football League Tonight Including Bristol Rovers v Plymouth Argyle.
22:25 – 23:55 BBC1 Football Match of the Day Including West Ham v Man City.
  23:35 – 00:35 BBC2 General Bowls Semi Final highlights.
Sunday 24/01/2016 09:30 – 11:30 BBC Red Button General Ski Sunday Extra Men’s Slalom from Kitzbuhel
  12:15 – 13:00 BBC2 Football MOTD2 Extra With Mark Chapman
12:30 – 14:30 BBC Red Button General Ski Sunday Extra Men’s Slalom from Kitzbuhel
13:00 – 14:00 BBC2 Tennis Australian Open Highlights from Day 7.
14:00 – 17:15 BBC2 General Bowls LIVE Final of the World Indoor Championships
17:15 – 18:00 BBC2 General Ski Sunday
  19:00 – 20:00 Quest General Dakar Rally Highlights
  21:00 – 23:00 Challenge General TNA Impact Wrestling
  22:30 – 23:30 BBC1 Football Match of the Day 2 Including Arsenal v Chelsea.
Monday 25/01/2016 06:00 – 06:05 ITV4 Football Football’s Greatest Bobby Moore
  19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 General World Rally Championship Highlights from the Rallye Monte Carlo.
  23:00 – 00:00 ITV4 Football German Football Highlights Bundesliga action.
Tuesday 26/01/2016 16:45 – 18:45 BBC Red Button General Ski Sunday Extra Men’s Slalom with Austria
19:45 – 21:45 BBC Red Button General Ski Sunday Extra Men’s Slalom with Austria
23:15 – 00:05 BBC2 General Race to Super Bowl 50 Play Off Highlights
Wednesday 27/01/2016 23:05 – 00:05 Channel 5 Football League Cup Highlights Semi Final Second leg action
Thursday 28/01/2016 14:00 – 15:00 BBC2 Tennis Australian Open Semi Final Highlights
  19:30 – 20:30 BBC Red Button Football The Beautiful Gamer Dan Walker presents a 5 live Sport special from the National Football Museum in Manchester looking at the growth of football gaming on computers and games consoles over the last four decades.
  22:00 – 22:30 BBC2 General The Clare Balding Show With Felipe Massa
Friday 29/01/2016 14:00 – 15:00 BBC2 Tennis Australian Open Semi Final Highlights
  19:00 – 21:00 BBC Red Button Rugby Union Pro 12 Live Newport Dragons v Leinster
  19:30 – 22:00 BBC1 Football FA Cup Match of the Day Live Derby County v Man United 4th Round

Eurosport – Australian Open

Hello all, just a quick post, with a video… showcasing Eurosport’s Australian Tennis coverage which started today.  I will be doing further videos and reviews of Eurosport’s coverage during 2016, and each week in our main listings… you will see Weekly Highlights for Eurosport (see last week’s blog entry for more details).  The BBC do not have live coverage of the finals this year, so if you want to see Murray, etc in action – subscribe now!

Eurosport Player is brilliant value from just £4.99 a month (based on 12 months minimum subscription) and is available from a variety of devices, including Google Chromecast, Android, Laptops…

As well as access to Eurosport’s two main TV channels, there’s also extra live sport available and also hours of sport on demand, which you may have missed.  Click on the link below to subscribe!

http://www.eurosportplayer.co.uk/promo/home.shtml?ns_campaign=player-france-prospect-generic&ns_mchannel=sem&ns_source=google&ns_linkname=fr_(AdsitesLinks1)&ns_fee=0.50&gclid=CjwKEAiAt_K0BRCzjtv92_HGoR0SJAA9QNn_X7zCePBrSWGyUDbd097kHYt0qqoaFAA8UQppqrBBBRoCyybw_wcB

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Live FA Cup Football Tonight! (Mon)

Hello all

Just letting you know Newport County v Blackburn (which was postponed a week or so ago) is live on S4C tonight, with kick off at 7:15pm.

Welsh commentary, but for English commentary – do what I’m doing – I’m watching S4c and listening to BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra… sorted!

S4c is available via BBC Iplayer – simply go to ‘Channels’, S4C, will appear, and you can ‘Watch Live’… to access the football.

Chris

Sport on Freeview Week Commencing January 16th

Hello all, welcome to this week’s blog…  on Sunday we have the Snooker Masters Final.. there’s Bowls on BBC from Monday…

Saturday is Haye Day!

UKTV has landed the exclusive UK rights for former boxing world champion David Haye’s long-awaited comeback fight. The match will be shown on UKTV’s flagship free-to-air entertainment channel, Dave, live from the O2 on Saturday 16 January at 9pm.

 

David Haye, the former world champion in two different weight categories, is returning to professional boxing with a heavyweight bout against Australia’s Mark De Mori. Haye’s comeback fight will be his first since defeating Dereck Chisora at Upton Park over three years ago and sees Haye take on a top 10 WBA ranked heavyweight in De Mori, who boasts a record of 30 wins (26 KOs), and only one defeat, since turning pro in 2004. De Mori is undefeated since September 2004 and most recently claimed a first round knock-out of Germany’s Marcel Zeller in October.

Live Boxing: David Haye v Mark De Mori will be shown live from the O2 and has been ordered by UKTV director of commissioning Richard Watsham and Dave general manager Steve North. The two-hour special (9pm – 11pm) will include highlights from the day’s boxing at the O2, live music performances and live studio discussions plus all the action from the ringside.

 

Richard Watsham said, “We are quickly establishing UKTV as a network able to handle attention grabbing live events, from the Python’s last ever performance – Monty Python Live (Mostly) for Gold through Really’s Halloween spectacular Most Haunted Live to Dave’s ratings success, the Red Bull Soapbox Race. Our ambition continues to grow in terms of the variety and quality of our programming and appointment to view TV remains at the top of our wish list.”

 

Steve North added, “We are increasingly stretching our offering to Dave viewers, bringing them programmes which tap into the news agenda, such as last year’s election special The Pub Landlord vs Nigel Farage. I’m thrilled to be giving our viewers a ringside seat to this hotly-anticipated boxing match and, with Dave’s own spin on the event, helping to show the sport in a brand new light.”

 

The Hayemaker, who is widely recognised as one of the best British boxers of all time, was the first British boxer to become a unified cruiserweight champion in 2008, winning three out of the four major world titles, as well as The Ring magazine title. Haye then moved up to heavyweight and won the WBA title in 2009 after defeating Russian giant Nikolai Valuev and in the process became only the second boxer in history to have unified the cruiserweight titles and won a heavyweight world championship.

 

Commenting on his return, Haye said: “I’m so happy to be stepping back into the ring with my hometown crowd behind me. It’s been a long time out, with many ups and downs, but ‘The Hayemaker’ is finally back, and ready to do what I do best. I’m a young 35, in boxing terms, and still have my explosive speed and punching power. I’m looking forward to putting on a great show for the fans on ‘Haye Day’ at The O2 on January 16 and I’m delighted that my first fight in three and a half years is going to be available free to air on Dave giving as many people as possible the chance to watch my comeback. I was determined to make this comeback fight free to everybody and fans should sit back and get ready for another fun-fuelled ride as I look to regain the heavyweight championship of the world.”

 

Eurosport Week 3 Highlights

The BBC did have coverage of Australian Open Tennis (including the finals), but if you want to watch it this year, then Eurosport is the exclusive home for the event.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/australianopen/12042972/BBC-drops-live-coverage-of-Australian-Open.html

16-22 January

Highlights this week include: Tennis: LIVE & Exclusive Australian Open

Snooker: LIVE Masters

Alpine Skiing: LIVE FIS World Cup

 

Also on Eurosport…

Tennis: LIVE ATP Sydney

Tennis: LIVE WTA Hobart Motorsport: Dakar Rally

Biathlon: LIVE IBU World Cup

 

17-31 Jan: LIVE Australian Open

Eurosport HD will broadcast exclusively LIVE coverage of the 2016 Australian Open including every Andy Murray match.

Last year was one to savour for Britain’s number one as he almost single-handedly inspired GB’s first Davis Cup title in 79 years. However, if Murray was to pinpoint one disappointment in his otherwise illustrious career it would probably be his failure to claim the Australian Open title.

The Scot has finished runner-up four times including a devastating defeat in 2015 to world number one Novak Djokovic. The outcome of that match reflects a tale of contrasting fortunes for the two players – Djokovic has won the Australian Open more times than any other professional while Murray has lost more finals at the tournament than anyone else. After defeating David Goffin in the Davis Cup final he told Eurosport:

“The Australian Open is next and I’ve lost in the final there four times. I need to learn a few things from this weekend and how I’ve handled everything. In my attitude towards every single point I made it difficult for David and I’ll try to do that at the beginning of the year in Australia.”

 

In the women’s draw, British hopes have been rejuvenated by the unexpected rise of Johanna Konta. While an overall victory in Melbourne is unlikely, Konta will hope to string together the type of run that saw her reach the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows, becoming the first British woman since Eurosport commentator Jo Durie to reach that stage of a grand slam. Serena Williams, a six-time winner in Melbourne, will be the favourite to take the title as she looks to bounce back from that agonising semi-final defeat at the US Open which denied her a memorable calendar grand slam.

 

Former British number one Greg Rusedski and three-time grand slam winner Virginia Wade will join Rob Curling in the studio for the tournament. Both Annabel Croft and Marion Bartoli will be on-site in Melbourne while Miles Maclagan and The Tennis Podcast’s Catherine Whitaker join the Eurosport team for the tournament. Eurosport Player subscribers can also access up to 16 main courts LIVE via the website and apps (www.eurosportplayer.com)

Monday 18 January

0000-1345 LIVE day one on Eurosport 1 HD

0000-1030 LIVE day one on Eurosport 2 HD

1345-1415 Game, Set and Mats on Eurosport 1 HD

1800-1900 Day one round-up on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Tuesday 19 January

0000-1345 LIVE day two on Eurosport 1 HD

0000-1030 LIVE day two on Eurosport 2 HD

1345-1415 Game, Set and Mats on Eurosport 1 HD

1800-1900 Day two round-up on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Wednesday 20 January

0000-1345 LIVE day three on Eurosport 1 HD

0000-1030 LIVE day three on Eurosport 2 HD

1345-1415 Game, Set and Mats on Eurosport 1 HD

1800-1900 Day three round-up on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Thursday 21 January

0000-1345 LIVE day four on Eurosport 1 HD

0000-1030 LIVE day four on Eurosport 2 HD

1345-1415 Game, Set and Mats on Eurosport 1 HD

1800-1900 Day four round-up on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Friday 22 January

0000-1345 LIVE day five on Eurosport 1 HD

0000-1030 LIVE day five on Eurosport 2 HD

1345-1415 Game, Set and Mats on Eurosport 1 HD

1800-1900 Day five round-up on Eurosport 1 HD

 

 

10-17 Jan: LIVE Snooker – The Masters

Eurosport studio analyst Ronnie O’Sullivan is due to play his first televised match of the season at the Masters with LIVE coverage from Alexandra Palace on Eurosport HD.

 

The five-time world champion recently made a return to competitive snooker after an eight-month absence. Unfortunately, it was a disappointing comeback for O’Sullivan, losing to world number 62 Stuart Carrington in the second round of the German Masters. Now he will attempt to win a sixth Masters crown with Mark Williams, world champion in both 2000 and 2003, O’Sullivan’s first round opponent in the 16-man invitational event at Alexandra Palace.

 

Ahead of the tournament O’Sullivan told Eurosport: “I have to say this is probably one of my favourite events. It’s pure snooker, three short matches in one day, and just what I need at the moment.”

 

Shaun Murphy is defending his 2015 Masters title which he won against Neil Robertson last season. But Robertson will be eager to claim more major glory having won his second UK Championship title in December.

 

Saturday 16 January

1300-1600 LIVE semi-final on Eurosport 2 HD

1900-2200 LIVE semi-final on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Sunday 17 January

1300-1600 LIVE final on Eurosport 2 HD

1900-2200 LIVE final on Eurosport 2 HD

 

 

16-17 & 27 February: LIVE FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup

This week is the most eagerly anticipated round of the season as racers take on the notorious slopes of Kitzbuhel, Austria.

Kitzbuhel’s Hahnenkamm mountain provides the toughest, most exhilarating racecourses of the season. It is a weekend that attracts an international roster of top athletes and produces an incredible program of racing each year.

Aksel Lund Svindal has been the outstanding racer of the men’s season so far, picking up, at the time of writing, a clean sweep of victories in every downhill race as well as super-G wins in the Lake Louise and Val Gardena. Of course there can be no discounting four-time overall champion Marcel Hirscher who leads the overall standings yet again despite winning less races than Svindal. Keep an eye out for Britain’s Dave Ryding who achieved his best-ever finish in the slalom in Val-d’Isère, securing 12th place.

On Friday 27th Eurosport will broadcast LIVE coverage of the combined event from Kitzbuhel, featuring super-G and slalom races. However, before the men’s world cup travels to Kitzbuhel racers will prepare for its famous ‘Streif’ downhill circuit in the Swiss resort of Wengen.

Meanwhile in the women’s competition racers will take on the giant slalom and slalom in Ofterschwang. Defending giant slalom and overall champion Anna Fenninger misses the entirety of the season due to a knee injury sustained in her pre-season. This opens the door for American duo Mikaela Schiffrin and Lindsey Vonn, who entered the year as favourites. Switzerland’s Lara Gut and Austria’s Eva Brem will also be ones to watch.

 

Saturday 16 January

0915-1030 LIVE women’s giant slalom on Eurosport 1 HD

1130-1300 LIVE Wengen men’s downhill on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Sunday 17 January

0815-0930 LIVE women’s slalom 1st leg on Eurosport 1 HD

0930-1030 LIVE Wengen men’s slalom 1st leg on Eurosport 2 HD

1130-1230 LIVE women’s slalom 2nd leg on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Friday 22 January

1030-1200 LIVE Kitzbuhel super combined super-G on Eurosport 2 HD

1500-1530 Kitzbuhel super combined super-G on Eurosport 2 HD

1530-1645 LIVE Kitzbuhel super combined slalom on Eurosport 2 HD

 

 

Also on Eurosport….

 

LIVE Tennis: ATP Sydney Final

Sat 16 Jan 0830-1030 LIVE on Eurosport 2 HD

 

As the Australian Open draws ever closer, the ATP Tour stops off in Sydney, providing players with one last opportunity to find their feet ahead of the first grand slam of the year.

 

Power-server Viktor Troicki will defend his title after defeating Mikhail Kukushkin, 6–2, 6–3 in last year’s final. But home favourite Bernard Tomic goes into the tournament as top seed with Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov also due to compete.

Dimitrov, in particular, will be looking to make a strong start to 2016 after dropping out of the top 20 last year. It was a difficult year for the 24-year-old, who split with coach Roger Rasheed after losing in the third round of Wimbledon.

 

Tennis: WTA Hobart Final

Sat 16 Jan 1030-1200 on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Great Britain’s Heather Watson will hope to defend her title at WTA Hobart this week.

Watson became the first British woman in 30 years to win a second WTA title with a 6-3 6-4 victory over qualifier Madison Brengle in the 2015 final. The 23-year-old won the tournament without dropping a set. But after an impressive performance at Wimbledon, Watson struggled for form towards the end of the year and slipped to British number two after Johanna Konta’s undefeated run of matches.

Another player who is confirmed for the 2016 Hobart International is former world No.5 Eugenie Bouchard, who will attempt to bounce back from a disastrous 2015 when she competes at the tournament for the first time.

 

Motorsport: Dakar Rally Sat 16 Jan 2230-2300 – Stage 13 on Eurosport 1

Sun 17 Jan 2200-2230 – Stage 14 on Eurosport 1

This week, Eurosport HD will bring you coverage from the final stage of the 2016 Dakar Rally as the most gruelling race in motorsport draws to a close.

The most successful driver in World Rally Championship history Sébastien Loeb will make his debut in this year’s race. Loeb won the world championship a record nine times in a row before retiring in 2012. Now he has set his sights set on cross-country racing and will be joined by long-time co-driver Daniel Elena in their PEUGEOT 2008DKR. The race gets underway in Buenos Aires before travelling on a 10,000km route through Argentina and Bolivia.

Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel are the reigning Dakar champions and also won this season’s FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup. The pair return in the X-raid MINI they used to win the 2015 Dakar confident in their chance of claiming back-to-back titles.

 

Live Biathlon: IBU World Cup

Sat 16 Jan 1030-1130 women’s mass start on Eurosport 1 HD

Sat 16 Jan 1445-1600 men’s mass start on Eurosport 1 HD

Thurs 21 Jan 1330-1445 women’s sprint on Eurosport 2 HD

Fri 22 Jan 1330-1500 men’t sprint on Eurosport 2 HD

 

This week sees the next two rounds on the IBU World Cup calendar as biathletes travel to the relocated Ruhpolding slopes in Germany followed by Antholz in Italy.

The men’s and women’s mass start competitions will feature in Ruhpolding where France’s Jean Guillaume Beatrix leads the way in the men’s competition. In the last round in Poklijuka he claimed top spot with a narrow win over Norwegian Emil Hegle Svendsen. He currently leads the standings by six points and will be looking to extend his lead further when they travel to Germany.

In the women’s competition it’s Kaisa Makarainen of Finland that has dominated so far. In the previous round she clinched a convincing win over Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic by almost 12 seconds. Soukalova only sits six points back in second place in the overall standings and will be aiming to go one better in the next round.

The round in Anthloz sees action from the men’s and women’s sprint competition. Despite trailing in the mass start competition, Soukalova leads the way in the overall sprint standings. She could only manage a fifth place finish in the previous round in Poklijuka but was enough to give her a two point lead at the top. Biathlon legend Martin Fourcade continues to occupy top spot in the men’s sprint, pursuit and overall World Cup standings.

 

 

Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 are available on BT TV, Sky, Virgin Media and Virgin Media Ireland:

Eurosport 1                                                                                                       Eurosport 2

BT TV 513 | 521 (HD)                                                                       BT TV 514 | 522 (HD)

Sky 410 (HD)                                                                                      Sky 411 (HD)

Virgin Media 521 | 522 (HD)                                                       Virgin Media 525 | 526 (HD)

Virgin Media Ireland 423 | 424 (HD)                                                  Virgin Media Ireland 425 | 426 (HD)

 

Eurosport channels also available online and on mobile via Eurosport Player: www.eurosportplayer.com

 

Eurosport TV Guide can be found here; http://tv.eurosport.co.uk/

 

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Sport on Freeview This Week

 

Saturday 16/01/2016 06:00 – 06:20 ITV4 Football Football’s Greatest Cristiano Ronaldo
  06:05 – 06:55 BBC2 General Race to Superbowl 50 American Football action.
  07:30 – 08:00 Channel 4 General Triathlon Ironman Switzerland highlights.
  07:55 – 08:25 ITV4 General Formula E: Sound of the Future
  09:00 – 10:00 Channel 4 Racing The Morning Line Racing preview.
  09:00 – 10:00 Challenge General TNA Xplosion
09:15 – 10:55 BBC Red Button General Ski Sunday Extra Women’s Giant Slalom from Germany
12:10 – 12:50 BBC1 Football Football Focus With Dan Walker.
12:15 – 13:25 BBC Red Button General Ski Sunday Extra Women’s Giant Slalom from Germany
12:50 – 13:00 BBC1 General Saturday Sportsday
13:00 – 16:30 BBC1 Snooker Snooker Masters LIVE 1st Semi Final
13:30 – 16:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Racing LIVE From Warwick, Wetherby and Chelmsford City.
14:30 – 17:30 BBC Red Button Football Final Score Football updates.
16:30 – 17:10 BBC1 Football Final Score Football updates.
16:30 – 17:30 BBC2 Snooker Snooker Masters LIVE 1st Semi Final
17:30 – 18:00 Dave Boxing Haye v De Mori – The Countdown
19:00 – 22:30 BBC2 Snooker Snooker Masters LIVE 2nd Semi Final
21:00 – 22:00 Channel 5 Football The Championship: Football League Tonight Including Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United
21:00 – 23:00 Dave Boxing Haye v De Mori LIVE Haye’s Comeback Fight live on Dave
22:00 – 22:30 Channel 5 Football Goal Rush: Football League Tonight Including Bradford City v Oldham Athletic.
22:00 – 00:00 Spike Boxing Spike Fight Night Rances Barthelemy v Denis Shafikov.
22:25 – 23:50 BBC1 Football Match of the Day Including Man City v Crystal Palace.
  23:50 – 01:50 BBC1 Snooker Snooker Extra Masters Semi Final Action.
Sunday 17/01/2016 06:00 – 06:10 ITV4 Football Football’s Greatest Diego Maradona.
12:15 – 13:00 BBC2 Football MOTD2 Extra With Mark Chapman
13:00 – 17:15 BBC2 Snooker Masters Snooker Final LIVE 1st session
17:15 – 18:00 BBC2 General Ski Sunday Highlights from the Men’s World Cup
19:00 – 23:00 BBC2 Snooker Masters Snooker Final LIVE Final session.
  21:00 – 23:00 Challenge General TNA Impact Wrestling
  22:30 – 23:30 BBC1 Football Match of the Day 2 Including Liverpool v Man Utd
Monday 18/01/2016 10:00 – 12:00 BBC Red Button General Bowls World Indoor Championships LIVE
  13:00 – 17:15 BBC2 General Bowls World Indoor Championships LIVE
Tuesday 19/01/2016 00:15 – 01:15 BBC2 General Bowls World Indoor Championships Highlights
10:00 – 12:00 BBC Red Button General Bowls World Indoor Championships LIVE
13:00 – 17:15 BBC2 General Bowls World Indoor Championships LIVE
19:00 – 22:30 BBC Red Button Football 5 Live Final Score
20:00 – 21:00 BBC4 Snooker Alex Higgins – The People’s Champion Documentary
23:15 – 00:05 BBC2 General Race to Super Bowl 50 Play Off Highlights
23:20 – 09:00 BBC Red Button Football FA Cup Goals Goals from tonight’s 3rd round replays.
Wednesday 20/01/2016 00:05 – 01:05 BBC2 General Bowls World Indoor Championships Highlights
01:00 – 01:30 Channel 4 Boxing KOTV Boxing Weekly
01:30 – 01:55 Channel 4 General World Sport
  10:00 – 12:00 BBC Red Button General Bowls World Indoor Championships LIVE
  13:00 – 17:15 BBC2 General Bowls World Indoor Championships LIVE
  19:00 – 22:30 BBC Red Button Football 5 Live Final Score
  19:30 – 22:00 BBC1 Football FA Cup Match of the Day Live 3rd Round Replay – Leicester v Tottenham.
  22:30 – 09:00 BBC Red Button Football FA Cup Goals Goals from tonight’s 3rd round replays.
Thursday 21/01/2016 00:15 – 01:15 BBC2 General Bowls World Indoor Championships Highlights
  10:00 – 12:00 BBC Red Button General Bowls World Indoor Championships LIVE
  13:00 – 17:15 BBC2 General Bowls World Indoor Championships LIVE
Friday 22/01/2016 00:15 – 01:15 BBC2 General Bowls World Indoor Championships Highlights
  10:00 – 12:00 BBC Red Button General Bowls World Indoor Championships LIVE
  12:00 – 14:45 BBC Red Button General Snowboarding European Open from Laax LIVE
  13:00 – 17:15 BBC2 General Bowls World Indoor Championships LIVE
  19:30 – 20:00 BBC1 General A Question of Sport
Saturday 23/01/2016 00:05 – 01:05 BBC2 General Bowls World Indoor Championships Highlights

 

Sport on Freeview – Week Commencing Sat Jan 9th 2016

Hello all, welcome to a jam-packed blog this week, plenty to read – let me know what you think, keep the comments coming!

Motors TV Listings Up to January 22nd

Motors TV Dec 20 – Jan 22

Many thanks to Motors TV for providing these as always.  Don’t forget Motors TV is on Freeview Channel 71!

BT Showcase This Week

Live Aviva Premiership Rugby this Saturday and NBA Basketball from London on Thursday!  Full times in listings below.  Please take a look at the top of my blog, where there now a permanent page featuring the sport/shows which have been on BT Showcase so far.

Snooker Masters BBC and Eurosport Coverage This Week

The 2016 Masters takes place from 10-17 January and BBC Sport will have live television coverage of every match.

Englishman Shaun Murphy begins his title defence on the opening day at Alexandra Palace in London against Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen, with BBC Two picking up the match from 13:00 GMT.

Other highlights from the first round include the return of five-time winner Ronnie O’Sullivan – who sat out the UK Championships – against double champion Mark Williams on Tuesday, 12 January, and an in-form Neil Robertson against Marco Fu the following day.

All the action is available across BBC One, BBC Two and the BBC Red Button, with highlights and a Snooker Extra programme each night. Viewers can watch every game uninterrupted online via the BBC Sport website and connected TV.

Sunday, 10 January

First round (best of 11 frames)

Shaun Murphy (Eng) v Mark Allen (NI) – 13:00

BBC Two, 13:00-17:00 (14:00-17:00, BBC Two Wales)

BBC Red Button, 17:00-18:00, uninterrupted online from 12:50-18:00

Stuart Bingham (Eng) v Ding Junhui (Chn) – 19:00

BBC Red Button & Online, 19:00-23:00

Highlights on BBC Two at 23:00 (23:45 in Wales; 23:25 in NI) and Snooker Extra at 01:05 on Monday (02:10 in Scotland)

Monday, 11 January

First round (best of 11 frames)

Judd Trump (Eng) v Stephen Maguire (Sco) – 13:00

BBC Two, 13:00-18:00

Barry Hawkins (Eng) v Joe Perry (Eng) – 19:00

BBC Red Button & Online, 19:00-23:00

Highlights on BBC Two at 23:15 (23:45 in Scotland) and Snooker Extra at 00:30 on Tuesday

Tuesday, 12 January

First round (best of 11 frames)

Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng) v Mark Williams (Wal) – 13:00

BBC Two, 13:00-18:00 (viewers in Wales will experience a break from 13:45-14:35 but can continue watching on BBC Red Button)

Mark Selby (Eng) v Ricky Walden (Eng) – 19:00

BBC Red Button & Online, 19:00-23:00

Highlights on BBC Two at 00:05 on Wednesday (00:35 in Scotland and NI), and Snooker Extra at 01:35 (00:40 in Scotland)

Wednesday, 13 January

First round (best of 11 frames)

John Higgins (Sco) v Liang Wenbo (Chn) – 13:00

BBC Two, 13:00-18:00 (viewers in Scotland will experience a break from 14:30-15:30 but can continue watching on BBC Red Button)

Neil Robertson (Aus) v Marco Fu (HK) – 19:00

BBC Red Button & Online, 19:00-23:00

Highlights on BBC Two at 23:15 (23:45 in Scotland) and Snooker Extra at 00:15 on Thursday (00:45 in Wales and NI; 01:40 in Scotland)

Thursday, 14 January

Quarter-final (best of 11 frames)

Selby/Walden v O’Sullivan/Williams – 13:00

BBC Two, 13:00-18:00

Murphy/Allen v Hawkins/Perry – 19:00

BBC Two, 19:00-20:00

BBC Red Button & Online, 19:55-23:00 (Uninterrupted online from 19:00-23:00)

Highlights on BBC Two at 23:15 (23:45 in Scotland and NI) and Snooker Extra at 00:30 on Friday (01:10 in NI, 01:25 in Scotland)

Friday, 15 January

Quarter-final (best of 11 frames)

Trump/Maguire v Robertson/Fu – 13:00

BBC Two, 13:00-18:00

Higgins/Liang v Bingham/Ding – 19:00

BBC Two, 19:00-20:00

BBC Red Button & Online, 19:55-23:00 (Uninterrupted online from 19:00-23:00)

Highlights on BBC Two at 23:05 and Snooker Extra at 01:45 (Saturday morning)

Dave To Broadcast David Haye Comeback Fight Live

Chris:  Great news this for boxing fans – I honestly expected the Haye fight to be on Sky Sports or Pay Per View.  Good on Dave!  So, spread the word, you’ll be able to watch it for free!  See more details from the press release below.

UKTV has landed the exclusive UK rights for former boxing world champion David Haye’s long-awaited comeback fight. The match will be shown on UKTV’s flagship free-to-air entertainment channel, Dave, live from the O2 on Saturday 16 January at 9pm.

David Haye, the former world champion in two different weight categories, is returning to professional boxing with a heavyweight bout against Australia’s Mark De Mori. Haye’s comeback fight will be his first since defeating Dereck Chisora at Upton Park over three years ago and sees Haye take on a top 10 WBA ranked heavyweight in De Mori, who boasts a record of 30 wins (26 KOs), and only one defeat, since turning pro in 2004. De Mori is undefeated since September 2004 and most recently claimed a first round knock-out of Germany’s Marcel Zeller in October.

In addition to the live match, Dave is also showing a special half-hour preview show Haye v De Mori: The Countdown, the night before, on Friday 15th January at 8pm featuring the build up to the fight, the story of the preparation and the reason why David wants to stage a comeback.

Live Boxing: David Haye v Mark De Mori will be shown live from the O2 and has been ordered by UKTV director of commissioning Richard Watsham and Dave general manager Steve North. The two-hour special (9pm – 11pm) will include highlights from the day’s boxing at the O2, live music performances and live studio discussions plus all the action from the ringside.

Richard Watsham said, “We are quickly establishing UKTV as a network able to handle attention grabbing live events, from the Python’s last ever performance – Monty Python Live (Mostly) for Gold through Really’s Halloween spectacular Most Haunted Live to Dave’s ratings success, the Red Bull Soapbox Race. Our ambition continues to grow in terms of the variety and quality of our programming and appointment to view TV remains at the top of our wish list.”

Steve North added, “We are increasingly stretching our offering to Dave viewers, bringing them programmes which tap into the news agenda, such as last year’s election special The Pub Landlord vs Nigel Farage. I’m thrilled to be giving our viewers a ringside seat to this hotly-anticipated boxing match and, with Dave’s own spin on the event, helping to show the sport in a brand new light.”

The Hayemaker, who is widely recognised as one of the best British boxers of all time, was the first British boxer to become a unified cruiserweight champion in 2008, winning three out of the four major world titles, as well as The Ring magazine title. Haye then moved up to heavyweight and won the WBA title in 2009 after defeating Russian giant Nikolai Valuev and in the process became only the second boxer in history to have unified the cruiserweight titles and won a heavyweight world championship.

Commenting on his return, Haye said: “I’m so happy to be stepping back into the ring with my hometown crowd behind me. It’s been a long time out, with many ups and downs, but ‘The Hayemaker’ is finally back, and ready to do what I do best. I’m a young 35, in boxing terms, and still have my explosive speed and punching power. I’m looking forward to putting on a great show for the fans on ‘Haye Day’ at The O2 on January 16 and I’m delighted that my first fight in three and a half years is going to be available free to air on Dave giving as many people as possible the chance to watch my comeback. I was determined to make this comeback fight free to everybody and fans should sit back and get ready for another fun-fuelled ride as I look to regain the heavyweight championship of the world.”

‘Haye Day’ will be promoted by David’s own promotional company Hayemaker Boxing Ltd, together with entertainment, media and marketing organisation, Salter Brothers Entertainment, Goodwin Productions and support from The O2.  Live Boxing: David Haye v Mark De Mori is produced by David Green at Giant Film & TV and Salter Brothers Entertainment for UKTV and is executive produced by UKTV’s Helen Nightingale.

Securing the rights to the fight is a strong start to 2016 for Dave, UKTV’s flagship free-to-air entertainment channel, which last year retained its place as the number one non-PSB channel in the UK and grew for the fourth consecutive year.  Brand new comedy gameshow Taskmaster, fronted by comedians Greg Davies and Alex Horne, proved a hit, attracting 539k viewers to its highest rating episode. The show’s mix of banter and outlandish tasks quickly propelled it to cult status and two further series are in the works for later this year. Fast-paced auction show Storage Hunters UK, also performed well with 688k viewers (728k individuals) and a further 849k (904k individuals) viewers for the Christmas Celebrity Special, placing it narrowly ahead of Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish (739k viewers, 752k individuals). Another original show, Red Bull Soap Box Live drew in 640k viewers (724k individuals). Emmy award-nominated The Last Man on Earth was the highest rating acquisition on Dave, with its best rating episode attracting 596k adults.

David Haye takes on Mark de Mori at The O2 on January 16.  For tickets to #HayeDay visit axs.com or watch the fight exclusively live on Dave from 9pm. The preview show, Haye v De Mori: The Countdown will air on Friday 15th January at 8pm on Dave.  #HayemakerIsBack

Sport on Freeview Listings for this Week:

Saturday 09/01/2016 00:00 – 08:30 BBC Red Button Football FA Cup Third round action from Friday evening.
  06:10 – 07:00 BBC2 General Race to Superbowl 50 American Football action.
  07:30 – 08:00 Channel 4 General Triathlon Action from Ironman France
  08:00 – 09:00 Channel 4 Racing The Morning Line Racing preview.
  08:30 – 10:15 BBC Red Button General Ski Sunday Extra Women’s Downhill from Austria.
  09:00 – 10:00 Challenge General TNA Xplosion
10:30 – 12:30 BBC Red Button General Ski Sunday Extra Women’s Downhill from Austria.
12:10 – 13:00 BBC1 Football Football Focus With Dan Walker.
12:15 – 13:40 BBC Red Button Football FA Cup Third round action from Friday evening.
12:50 – 13:00 BBC1 General Saturday Sportsday
13:00 – 14:30 BBC1 Athletics Edinburgh Great Cross Country LIVE
13:25 – 16:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Racing LIVE From Kempton Park and Wincanton.
13:40 – 14:30 BBC Red Button Darts BDO World Darts Championship Highlights from Friday.
14:30 – 16:30 BBC1 Darts BDO World Darts Championship LIVE Semi Final action from the Lakeside.
14:30 – 17:20 BBC Red Button Football Final Score Football updates.
14:30 – 17:30 BT Showcase Rugby Union Leicester Tigers v Northampton
16:30 – 17:20 BBC1 Football Final Score Football updates.
16:30 – 18:00 BBC2 Darts BDO World Darts Championship LIVE Coverage of the Women’s Final.
17:15 – 19:30 BBC Sport App/Website Football Hearts v Aberdeen Live Scottish Cup.
17:20 – 21:00 BBC Red Button Football FA Cup Third round action from Friday and Saturday.
22:25 – 00:00 BBC1 Football FA Cup Match of the Day Including Eastleigh v Bolton.
  23:50 – 13:00 (Sun) BBC Red Button Football FA Cup Third round action from Friday and Saturday.
Sunday 10/01/2016 00:00 – 00:50 BBC2 Darts BDO World Darts Championship Semi Final action.
  06:00 – 06:15 ITV4 Football Hat Trick Heroes
11:45 – 14:00 BBC Sport App/Website Football Oxford United v Swansea City BBC Wales LIVE coverage of this FA Cup tie.
13:00 – 17:00 BBC2 Snooker Snooker LIVE Shaun Murphy v Mark Allen.
15:35 – 18:05 BBC1 Football FA Cup Match of The Day Tottenham v Leicester City.
17:00 – 17:45 BBC2 General Ski Sunday Action from the recent World Cup meetings.
17:35 – 20:00 S4C (via BBC Iplayer or S4C website) Football Cardiff City v Shrewsbury Town S4C LIVE coverage of this FA Cup tie (in Welsh).
17:45 – 20:00 BBC2 Darts BDO World Darts Championship LIVE The Final from the Lakeside.
  19:00 – 23:00 BBC Red Button Snooker Snooker LIVE First round action.
20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Rugby Union Premiership highlights. Repeat on ITV at 11:15pm.
  21:00 – 23:00 Challenge General TNA Impact Wrestling
  22:30 – 23:25 BBC1 Football FA Cup Match of the Day Including Oxford United v Swansea.
  23:00 – 23:50 BBC2 Snooker Snooker Highlights First round action from the Masters.
  23:00 – 02:35 BBC Red Button Football FA Cup Third round action.
Monday 11/01/2016 01:05 – 03:05 BBC1 Snooker Snooker Extra First round action from the Masters.
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker Snooker LIVE Judd Trump v Stephen Maguire.
  13:00 – 19:00 BBC Red Button Football FA Cup Third round action.
  19:00 – 23:00 BBC Red Button Snooker Snooker LIVE Barry Hawkins v Joe Perry.
23:15 – 00:05 BBC2 Snooker Snooker Highlights First round action from the Masters.
Tuesday 12/01/2016 00:30 – 02:30 BBC1 Snooker Snooker Extra First round action from the Masters.
13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker Snooker LIVE First Round action from the Masters.
19:00 – 23:00 BBC Red Button Snooker Snooker LIVE First Round action from the Masters.
23:15 – 00:05 BBC2 General Race to Super Bowl 50 American Football action.
Wednesday 13/01/2016 00:05 – 00:55 BBC2 Snooker Snooker Highlights First round action from the Masters.
  01:40 – 03:40 BBC1 Snooker Snooker Extra First round action from the Masters.
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker Snooker LIVE First Round action from the Masters.
  19:00 – 23:00 BBC Red Button Snooker Snooker LIVE First Round action from the Masters.
  22:00 – 01:30 Challenge General TNA Pay Per View Event
  22:45 – 00:15 BBC1 Football Match of the Day Including Liverpool v Arsenal
  23:15 – 00:05 BBC2 Snooker Snooker Highlights First round action from the Masters.
Thursday 14/01/2016 00:15 – 02:15 BBC1 Snooker Snooker Extra First round action from the Masters.
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker Snooker LIVE Quarter Final action from the Masters.
  19:00 – 20:00 BBC2 Snooker Snooker LIVE Quarter Final action from the Masters.
  19:45 – 22:45 BT Showcase General NBA Live From London – Orlando Magic v Toronto Raptors
  22:00 – 22:30 BBC2 General The Clare Balding Show With David Haye.
  23:15 – 00:05 BBC2 Snooker Snooker Highlights Quarter Final action from the Masters.
Friday 15/01/2016 00:30 – 02:30 BBC1 Snooker Snooker Extra Quarter Final action from the Masters.
  06:00 – 06:10 ITV4 Football Football’s Greatest Profile of Paul Gascoigne
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker Snooker LIVE Quarter Final action from the Masters.
19:00 – 20:00 BBC2 Snooker Snooker LIVE Quarter Final action from the Masters.
23:05 – 23:55 BBC2 Snooker Snooker Highlights Quarter Final action from the Masters.
Saturday 16/01/2016 01:45 – 03:45 BBC1 Snooker Snooker Extra Quarter Final action from the Masters.

 

Eurosport – Coming Up Next Week

Week 3 Highlights

16-22 January

Highlights this week include: Tennis: LIVE & Exclusive Australian Open

Snooker: LIVE Masters

Alpine Skiing: LIVE FIS World Cup

 

Also on Eurosport…

Tennis: LIVE ATP Sydney

Tennis: LIVE WTA Hobart Motorsport: Dakar Rally

Biathlon: LIVE IBU World Cup

 

17-31 Jan: LIVE Australian Open

Eurosport HD will broadcast exclusively LIVE coverage of the 2016 Australian Open including every Andy Murray match.

Last year was one to savour for Britain’s number one as he almost single-handedly inspired GB’s first Davis Cup title in 79 years. However, if Murray was to pinpoint one disappointment in his otherwise illustrious career it would probably be his failure to claim the Australian Open title.

The Scot has finished runner-up four times including a devastating defeat in 2015 to world number one Novak Djokovic. The outcome of that match reflects a tale of contrasting fortunes for the two players – Djokovic has won the Australian Open more times than any other professional while Murray has lost more finals at the tournament than anyone else. After defeating David Goffin in the Davis Cup final he told Eurosport:

“The Australian Open is next and I’ve lost in the final there four times. I need to learn a few things from this weekend and how I’ve handled everything. In my attitude towards every single point I made it difficult for David and I’ll try to do that at the beginning of the year in Australia.”

 

In the women’s draw, British hopes have been rejuvenated by the unexpected rise of Johanna Konta. While an overall victory in Melbourne is unlikely, Konta will hope to string together the type of run that saw her reach the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows, becoming the first British woman since Eurosport commentator Jo Durie to reach that stage of a grand slam. Serena Williams, a six-time winner in Melbourne, will be the favourite to take the title as she looks to bounce back from that agonising semi-final defeat at the US Open which denied her a memorable calendar grand slam.

 

Former British number one Greg Rusedski and three-time grand slam winner Virginia Wade will join Rob Curling in the studio for the tournament. Both Annabel Croft and Marion Bartoli will be on-site in Melbourne while Miles Maclagan and The Tennis Podcast’s Catherine Whitaker join the Eurosport team for the tournament. Eurosport Player subscribers can also access up to 16 main courts LIVE via the website and apps (www.eurosportplayer.com)

Monday 18 January

0000-1345 LIVE day one on Eurosport 1 HD

0000-1030 LIVE day one on Eurosport 2 HD

1345-1415 Game, Set and Mats on Eurosport 1 HD

1800-1900 Day one round-up on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Tuesday 19 January

0000-1345 LIVE day two on Eurosport 1 HD

0000-1030 LIVE day two on Eurosport 2 HD

1345-1415 Game, Set and Mats on Eurosport 1 HD

1800-1900 Day two round-up on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Wednesday 20 January

0000-1345 LIVE day three on Eurosport 1 HD

0000-1030 LIVE day three on Eurosport 2 HD

1345-1415 Game, Set and Mats on Eurosport 1 HD

1800-1900 Day three round-up on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Thursday 21 January

0000-1345 LIVE day four on Eurosport 1 HD

0000-1030 LIVE day four on Eurosport 2 HD

1345-1415 Game, Set and Mats on Eurosport 1 HD

1800-1900 Day four round-up on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Friday 22 January

0000-1345 LIVE day five on Eurosport 1 HD

0000-1030 LIVE day five on Eurosport 2 HD

1345-1415 Game, Set and Mats on Eurosport 1 HD

1800-1900 Day five round-up on Eurosport 1 HD

 

 

10-17 Jan: LIVE Snooker – The Masters

Eurosport studio analyst Ronnie O’Sullivan is due to play his first televised match of the season at the Masters with LIVE coverage from Alexandra Palace on Eurosport HD.

 

The five-time world champion recently made a return to competitive snooker after an eight-month absence. Unfortunately, it was a disappointing comeback for O’Sullivan, losing to world number 62 Stuart Carrington in the second round of the German Masters. Now he will attempt to win a sixth Masters crown with Mark Williams, world champion in both 2000 and 2003, O’Sullivan’s first round opponent in the 16-man invitational event at Alexandra Palace.

 

Ahead of the tournament O’Sullivan told Eurosport: “I have to say this is probably one of my favourite events. It’s pure snooker, three short matches in one day, and just what I need at the moment.”

 

Shaun Murphy is defending his 2015 Masters title which he won against Neil Robertson last season. But Robertson will be eager to claim more major glory having won his second UK Championship title in December.

 

Saturday 16 January

1300-1600 LIVE semi-final on Eurosport 2 HD

1900-2200 LIVE semi-final on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Sunday 17 January

1300-1600 LIVE final on Eurosport 2 HD

1900-2200 LIVE final on Eurosport 2 HD

 

 

16-17 & 27 February: LIVE FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup

This week is the most eagerly anticipated round of the season as racers take on the notorious slopes of Kitzbuhel, Austria.

Kitzbuhel’s Hahnenkamm mountain provides the toughest, most exhilarating racecourses of the season. It is a weekend that attracts an international roster of top athletes and produces an incredible program of racing each year.

Aksel Lund Svindal has been the outstanding racer of the men’s season so far, picking up, at the time of writing, a clean sweep of victories in every downhill race as well as super-G wins in the Lake Louise and Val Gardena. Of course there can be no discounting four-time overall champion Marcel Hirscher who leads the overall standings yet again despite winning less races than Svindal. Keep an eye out for Britain’s Dave Ryding who achieved his best-ever finish in the slalom in Val-d’Isère, securing 12th place.

On Friday 27th Eurosport will broadcast LIVE coverage of the combined event from Kitzbuhel, featuring super-G and slalom races. However, before the men’s world cup travels to Kitzbuhel racers will prepare for its famous ‘Streif’ downhill circuit in the Swiss resort of Wengen.

Meanwhile in the women’s competition racers will take on the giant slalom and slalom in Ofterschwang. Defending giant slalom and overall champion Anna Fenninger misses the entirety of the season due to a knee injury sustained in her pre-season. This opens the door for American duo Mikaela Schiffrin and Lindsey Vonn, who entered the year as favourites. Switzerland’s Lara Gut and Austria’s Eva Brem will also be ones to watch.

 

Saturday 16 January

0915-1030 LIVE women’s giant slalom on Eurosport 1 HD

1130-1300 LIVE Wengen men’s downhill on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Sunday 17 January

0815-0930 LIVE women’s slalom 1st leg on Eurosport 1 HD

0930-1030 LIVE Wengen men’s slalom 1st leg on Eurosport 2 HD

1130-1230 LIVE women’s slalom 2nd leg on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Friday 22 January

1030-1200 LIVE Kitzbuhel super combined super-G on Eurosport 2 HD

1500-1530 Kitzbuhel super combined super-G on Eurosport 2 HD

1530-1645 LIVE Kitzbuhel super combined slalom on Eurosport 2 HD

 

 

Also on Eurosport….

 

LIVE Tennis: ATP Sydney Final

Sat 16 Jan 0830-1030 LIVE on Eurosport 2 HD

 

As the Australian Open draws ever closer, the ATP Tour stops off in Sydney, providing players with one last opportunity to find their feet ahead of the first grand slam of the year.

 

Power-server Viktor Troicki will defend his title after defeating Mikhail Kukushkin, 6–2, 6–3 in last year’s final. But home favourite Bernard Tomic goes into the tournament as top seed with Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov also due to compete.

Dimitrov, in particular, will be looking to make a strong start to 2016 after dropping out of the top 20 last year. It was a difficult year for the 24-year-old, who split with coach Roger Rasheed after losing in the third round of Wimbledon.

 

Tennis: WTA Hobart Final

Sat 16 Jan 1030-1200 on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Great Britain’s Heather Watson will hope to defend her title at WTA Hobart this week.

Watson became the first British woman in 30 years to win a second WTA title with a 6-3 6-4 victory over qualifier Madison Brengle in the 2015 final. The 23-year-old won the tournament without dropping a set. But after an impressive performance at Wimbledon, Watson struggled for form towards the end of the year and slipped to British number two after Johanna Konta’s undefeated run of matches.

Another player who is confirmed for the 2016 Hobart International is former world No.5 Eugenie Bouchard, who will attempt to bounce back from a disastrous 2015 when she competes at the tournament for the first time.

 

Motorsport: Dakar Rally Sat 16 Jan 2230-2300 – Stage 13 on Eurosport 1

Sun 17 Jan 2200-2230 – Stage 14 on Eurosport 1

This week, Eurosport HD will bring you coverage from the final stage of the 2016 Dakar Rally as the most gruelling race in motorsport draws to a close.

The most successful driver in World Rally Championship history Sébastien Loeb will make his debut in this year’s race. Loeb won the world championship a record nine times in a row before retiring in 2012. Now he has set his sights set on cross-country racing and will be joined by long-time co-driver Daniel Elena in their PEUGEOT 2008DKR. The race gets underway in Buenos Aires before travelling on a 10,000km route through Argentina and Bolivia.

Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel are the reigning Dakar champions and also won this season’s FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup. The pair return in the X-raid MINI they used to win the 2015 Dakar confident in their chance of claiming back-to-back titles.

 

Live Biathlon: IBU World Cup

Sat 16 Jan 1030-1130 women’s mass start on Eurosport 1 HD

Sat 16 Jan 1445-1600 men’s mass start on Eurosport 1 HD

Thurs 21 Jan 1330-1445 women’s sprint on Eurosport 2 HD

Fri 22 Jan 1330-1500 men’t sprint on Eurosport 2 HD

 

This week sees the next two rounds on the IBU World Cup calendar as biathletes travel to the relocated Ruhpolding slopes in Germany followed by Antholz in Italy.

The men’s and women’s mass start competitions will feature in Ruhpolding where France’s Jean Guillaume Beatrix leads the way in the men’s competition. In the last round in Poklijuka he claimed top spot with a narrow win over Norwegian Emil Hegle Svendsen. He currently leads the standings by six points and will be looking to extend his lead further when they travel to Germany.

In the women’s competition it’s Kaisa Makarainen of Finland that has dominated so far. In the previous round she clinched a convincing win over Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic by almost 12 seconds. Soukalova only sits six points back in second place in the overall standings and will be aiming to go one better in the next round.

The round in Anthloz sees action from the men’s and women’s sprint competition. Despite trailing in the mass start competition, Soukalova leads the way in the overall sprint standings. She could only manage a fifth place finish in the previous round in Poklijuka but was enough to give her a two point lead at the top. Biathlon legend Martin Fourcade continues to occupy top spot in the men’s sprint, pursuit and overall World Cup standings.

 

 

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Midweek Sport on Freeview Update

Hello all,

Just a couple of things to update you on…

Now TV

Don’t forget to have a look at Now TV, great entertainment on there.  For more info, visit https://nowtv.mention-me.com/m/ol/dtm-christopher-benson-5

BT Showcase

Tonight (Tue) between 8pm and 11pm there will be some programming on BT Showcase Channel 59.

8pm – BT Sport Films: Profiling the Brownlee Brothers

9pm – Manhattan.  1st episode of new AMC series, the remainder of the series will be exclusive to BT customers, but a good taster here for free.

10:15pm – BT Sport Films – Profiling the BT Supporters Club

10:45pm – Football Tonight

On Saturday 9th January, BT Showcase will be on air again with live coverage from the Aviva Premiership from 2:30pm.  Leicester Tigers v Northampton, the 5th game BT Showcase will have shown live this season.

Eurosport Week 2 Highlights

Many thanks to Eurosport for sending highlights for this week on their channels – don’t forget I’ll be reviewing Eurosport Player over the course of 2016, and telling you which programmes/events to look out for.

2-8 January

Highlights this week include: Tennis: LIVE Road to the Australian Open

Cycling: Revolution Series

Ski Jumping: LIVE FIS World Cup – Four Hills

 

Also on Eurosport…

Skiing: LIVE FIS World Cup

Biathlon: LIVE IBU World Cup

Cross-Country Skiing: LIVE FIS World Cup

 

The Road to the Australian Open

Andy Murray’s preparations for the Australian Open kick into first gear this week with Eurosport broadcasting LIVE tennis action from across the world.

Murray is bidding to become the first ever British champion Down Under later this month as the first grand slam of 2016 gets underway in Melbourne. The Scot has played and lost four Australian Open finals including a devastating defeat earlier this year to Novak Djokovic. Murray heads to the tournament as the world number two after overtaking Roger Federer in the rankings at the end of 2015. The British number one will team up with Heather Watson at the Hopman Cup while others attempt to find form at tournaments in Abu Dhabi, Doha and Brisbane.

3-8 January: LIVE Hopman Cup

Great Britain, spearheaded by Andy Murray and Heather Watson, will compete in the prestigious Hopman Cup in Perth this week.

This will be the pair’s second consecutive appearance at the annual tournament which features mixed teams playing in a nation versus nation basis after they played at the 2015 tournament. Teams are divided into two groups with group winners meeting in the final.

Last year Murray and Watson played in a group with Australia, France and Poland but were defeated by both European sides. It was Poland who claimed the title with Agnieszka Radwańska and Jerzy Janowicz defeating the United States team of Serena Williams and John Isner 2–1. They will not return to defend their title in 2016.

Group A includes Australia Green (Nick Kyrgios & TBC), Great Britain (Heather Watson & Andy Murray), German (Sabine Lisicki & Alexander Zverev) and France (Caroline Garcia & Gaël Monfils).

Group B features Australia Gold                (Casey Dellacqua & Lleyton Hewitt), Czech Republic (Lucie ŠafářováJiří Veselý), United States (Serena Williams & Jack Sock) and Ukraine (Elina Svitolina & Alexandr Dolgopolov).

Sunday 3 January

1600-2000 Day one on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Monday 4 January

0930-1400 LIVE Great Britain vs France on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Tuesday 5 January

2030-2230 Day three on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Wednesday 6 January

0930-1400 LIVE Australia vs Great Britain on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Thursday 7 January

2030-2230 Day five on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Friday 8 January

1000-1330 LIVE Great Britain vs Germany on Eurosport 2 HD

1730-2000 Quarter-finals on Eurosport 2 HD

 

2 January: LIVE Tennis World Championships

Eurosport’s blockbuster month of tennis starts with LIVE coverage of the Mubadala Tennis World Championships from Abu Dhabi.

 

Andy Murray won the tournament last season after world number one Novak Djokovic withdrew from the final due to illness. But while the Scot was denied a chance to play in the final he had already wowed crowds with a 6-2, 6-0 thrashing of Rafa Nadal in the semi-finals. Djokovic beat Stanislas Wawrinka in the last four before coming down with a fever.

Jeremy Bates, Simon Reed, Andrew Castle and Guy McCrea will be in the commentary booth for the tournament.

Saturday 2 January

1300-1500 LIVE third place playoff on Eurosport 2 HD

1500-1700 LIVE final on Eurosport 2 HD

 

4-8 January: LIVE ATP Doha

World number one Novak Djokovic headlines a star-studded line-up for this week’s 2016 Qatar Open from Doha.

Djokovic will defend his Australian Open title later this month and will have a chance to test himself against the likes of Rafa Nadal, Tomáš Berdych and David Ferrer at this ATP Tour event. Those aforementioned players all participated in the 2015 tournament where Ferrer ran out as the eventual winner, beating Berdych 6-4, 7-5 in the final.

Monday 4 January

1230-2030 LIVE day one on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Tuesday 5 January

1230-2030 LIVE day two on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Wednesday 6 January

1400-2030 LIVE day three on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Thursday 7 January

1330-2030 LIVE quarter-finals on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Friday 8 January

1330-1530 LIVE semi-finals on Eurosport 2 HD

 

8 January: LIVE ATP Brisbane

Defending champion Roger Federer will feature once again at this week’s Brisbane International in Queensland.

The Swiss player will be eager to find form ahead of the Australian Open after losing in the third round of last year’s grand slam to Andreas Seppi. Other top seeds already confirmed for the line-up in Brisbane are Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori.

Friday 8 January

1730-2000 Quarter-finals on Eurosport 2 HD

 

2 Jan: LIVE Cycling – Revolution Series

Olympic champion Peter Kennaugh and 26-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish will race at this month’s Revolution series round at the Manchester Velodrome.

The announcement that Cavendish will compete in round five of the Revolution is a clear indication that the Manxman is preparing himself for the track at the Olympics in Rio later in the year. He has been hoping to begin his preparations earlier in the year but a shoulder injury suffered at the Tour of Britain restricted him to just a couple of appearances, one being at the opening Revolution round in Derby.

 

Back-to-back British road champion Peter Kennaugh will also be in attendance alongside Team Sky team mate Ben Swift. Kennaugh was part of the GB team pursuit quartet that won 2012 World Championship gold, setting a new world record in the process, before also claiming gold alongside Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Steven Burke in the event at London 2012.

 

Five-time Paralympic gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey will also feature at the Manchester Velodrome.

 

Saturday 2 January 2000-2215 LIVE on Eurosport 1 HD

 

 

2-6 January: LIVE Ski Jumping – Four Hills Tournament

Eurosport will broadcast coverage from the final two rounds of the prestigious Four Hills tournament in Innsbruck and Bischofshofen this week.

Austria’s Stefan Kraft is the defending champion, winning the famous Four Hills title last season beating the likes of double-Olympic medallist Petr Prevc and compatriot Michael Haybock. Another athlete to look out for is German Olympic gold medallist Severin Freund, who won the overall world cup title last year.

Austrian jumpers have dominated the tournament in recent years, claiming eight consecutive victories including back-to-back wins for Gregor Schlierenzauer in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.

Commentary for the event comes in the form of Eurosport expert David Goldstrom

Saturday 2 January 1245-1415 LIVE men’s qualifying from Innsbruck on Eurosport 1 HD Sunday 3 January 1245-1500 LIVE men’s individual from Innsbruck on Eurosport 1 HD Tuesday 5 January 1545-1715 LIVE men’s qualifying from Bischofshofen on Eurosport 1 HD Wednesday 6 January 1530-1800 LIVE men’s individual from Bischofshofen on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Also on Eurosport….

LIVE Alpine Skiing: FIS World Cup

Sun 3 Jan 0845-1000 LIVE women’s slalom (1st run) on Eurosport 1 HD Sun 3 Jan 1130-1245 LIVE women’s slalom (2nd run) on Eurosport 1 HD Weds 6 Jan 1415-1530 LIVE men’s slalom (1st run) on Eurosport 1 HD Weds 6 Jan 1800-1900 LIVE men’s slalom (2nd run) on Eurosport 1 HD

 

The Alpine Ski World Cup continues this week as Eurosport HD brings you LIVE action from the men’s and women’s slalom in Zagreb.

 

Last year, Austria’s Marcel Hirscher dominated proceedings in the slalom competition, topping the overall leaderboard ahead of Germany’s Felix Neureuther and Russia’s Aleksandr Khoroshilov. Hirscher is looking to become the first person in history to win five consecutive overall titles in the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup. The home crowd will be looking forward to welcoming Alpine Skiing legend Ivica Kostelic, who became a fan-favourite after winning the overall title in 2011.

 

In the women’s competition, Michaela Schiffrin continues the defence of her slalom title on a course that has been favourable to her in the past. The American won here last year in dominant fashion, beating Kathrin Zettel of Austria and Nina Leseth of Norway into second and third place respectively.

 

LIVE Biathlon: IBU World Cup

Fri 7 Jan 1315-1500 LIVE men’s sprint on Eurosport 1 HD Sat 8 Jan 1330-1500 LIVE women’s sprint on Eurosport 1 HD

 

The IBU Biathlon World Cup continues this week with action from the fourth round in Oberhof, Germany.

Four-time World Cup overall winner Martin Fourcade showed his class at this round last year, winning both the 10km sprint event and the 15km mass-start event. However, his French team could do little about Russia’s performance in the 4×7.5km relay, where they went head-to-head with favourites Norway and beat them by just over two seconds, with France finishing in the bronze medal position nearly two and a half minutes down on the leaders.

Triple Olympic gold medallist Darya Domracheva was last season’s overall women’s champion and won the 12.5km mass-start event here in 2014. However, she is missing the season through illness and Finland’s Kaisa Mäkäräinen is one of the favourites to regain the title she won back in the 2013-14 season.

Mike Dixon and Patrick Winterton are Eurosport’s biathlon commentators for these rounds.

 

LIVE FIS Cross Country World Cup

Tues 1300-1415 LIVE Oberstdorf women’s skiathlon on Eurosport 1 HD

Tues 1415-1545 LIVE Oberstdorf men’s skiathlon on Eurosport 1 HD

Weds 1145-1215 LIVE Oberstdorf tour de ski on Eurosport 1 HD

Weds 1215-1415 LIVE Oberstdorf sprint c men and women on Eurosport 1 HD

Fri 1015-1130 LIVE Toblach men’s 10km F on Eurosport 1 HD

Fri 1200-1330 LIVE Toblach women’s 5km sprint F on Eurosport 1 HD

The 2015-16 FIS Cross-Country World Cup heads to German resort Oberstdorf and returns to Italian resort Toblach for rounds 12-14 of the season.

 

Marit Bjørgen was undefeated at these locations last year here as she triumphed in all three disciplines she attempted. The Norwegian was in a class of her own last season, winning over 50% of the races.

Martin Johnsrud Sundby was forced to settle for third place in the 10km C in Toblach last season but went on to claim his second consecutive overall title, impressing in long distance racing despite missing out on the distance title to Dario Cologna of Switzerland.

Mike Dixon is the commentator for these races.

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Sky 410 (HD)                                                                                      Sky 411 (HD)

Virgin Media 521 | 522 (HD)                                                       Virgin Media 525 | 526 (HD)

Virgin Media Ireland 423 | 424 (HD)                                                  Virgin Media Ireland 425 | 426 (HD)

 

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