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.

 

 

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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