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)
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)
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.