Eurosport This Week

Eurosport Week 9 Highlights

Thanks to Eurosport as always for sending us their highlights for the week ahead.  Don’t forget you can subscribe to Eurosport Player and watch all of the Eurosport coverage on your tablet, laptop, PC and through Google Chromecast.

27 February – 4 March Highlights this week include: Tennis: LIVE Davis Cup, GB vs Japan

Motorsport: LIVE World Superbikes Cycling: LIVE World Track Championships

Cycling: LIVE Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

 

Also on Eurosport…

Alpine Skiing: LIVE FIS World Cup

Snooker: LIVE Gdynia Open Ski Jumping: LIVE FIS World Cup

Cycling: LIVE Le Samyn

 

 

4 March: LIVE Tennis – Davis Cup, Great Britain vs Japan

Davis Cup champions Great Britain begin their title defence this week with LIVE coverage of their first round tie against Japan on Eurosport HD.

 

After broadcasting LIVE and exclusive coverage of Andy Murray’s journey to the Australian Open final, Eurosport will show Great Britain’s first match since they were crowned champions in Ghent. Murray was Britain’s talisman throughout their 2015 campaign and he will need to be on top form if he is to beat world number six Kei Nishikori in what is expected to be the match of the tie.

 

Murray endured his fifth Australian Open final defeat in January but it was a largely rewarding tournament for the Brits. Jamie Murray won the doubles title with his new partner Bruno Soares and sealed his spot as the second best doubles player in the world. Jamie’s rise means that both he and brother Andy are now ranked world number two in the doubles and singles respectively. They will look to reform the doubles partnership that was so impressive in GB’s title-winning campaign.

Kyle Edmund is now up to 84th in the ATP rankings following his victory on the ATP Challenger Tour in Dallas, where he beat fellow Brit Dan Evans in the final. Evans is now the British number four having climbed above James Ward in the rankings. Britain have never played Japan before in the competition. Should Leon Smith’s side get through they will play either Serbia or Kazakhstan in the second round.

 

Rob Curling will be joined in the studio by former British number ones Greg Rusedski and Annabel Croft as well as Andy Murray’s previous doubles partner Colin Fleming.

 

Thursday 3 March

2110-2140 Preview on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Friday 4 March

1230-1830 LIVE singles on Eurosport 2 HD

 

 

27 & 28 February: LIVE World Superbikes

Eurosport and Dorna WorldSBK Organisation recently announced the early extension of their long-term rights agreement for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons.

World Superbikes is back with a bang this week as the new season kicks off in the searing heat of Phillip Island in Australia. Eurosport HD will broadcast exclusive LIVE coverage from every round of the 2016 championship.

Britain’s Jonathan Rea, the 2015 champion, will aim to dominate the series once again after blowing the field away last year, claiming the title with one round to go. The 28-year-old, who rides for the Kawasaki Racing Team, notched 23 podium finishes on the Factory Kawasaki ZX10, 14 of which were race wins.

There are plenty of other Brits to watch out for, including 2013 British Superbike champion Alex Lowes who rides once again for Crescent Yamaha. The 2011 World Supersport champion Chaz Davies will ride for Ducati, while Leon Camier continues with manufacturer MV Agusta.

Elsewhere on the grid, Yamaha return to the World Superbike Championship with the YZF R1 to challenge the dominant Kawasaki whilst BMW field two teams, one of them featuring reigning British Superbike champion Josh Brookes. Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden will join Michael van der Mark at the Honda World Superbike Team.

A scheduling shake-up for the 2016 season now means there will be a World Superbike Championship race on both Saturday and Sunday over the weekend.

Eurosport will present a live studio for Phillip Island for the second year running, featuring some of the biggest names in Superbike racing. Former World Superbike rider James Whitham will provide analysis in the commentary box alongside Jack Burnicle.

Saturday 27 February 0015-0515 LIVE Superpole and race one on Eurosport HD 0900-1100 Day one highlights on Eurosport 2 HD Sunday 28 February 0200-0515 LIVE race two and support races on Eurosport HD 0900-1100 Day two highlights on Eurosport 2 HD 2100-2300 Extensive highlights on Eurosport 2 HD

 

28 Feb: LIVE Cycling – Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne The giants of one-day racing return to action for the opening classic of the season, the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne which will be exclusively LIVE on Eurosport HD.

This race will provide some of the most competitive racing we’ve seen so far this season. Riders will have to overcome the grueling cobbled streets of Belgium whilst dealing with unpredictable weather conditions, likely to prove troublesome for those riders returning from races in the middle east.

The route favours the punchers and sprinters of the peloton, with the final climb coming 50km before the finish line. Britain’s Mark Cavendish won the race here last year, beating the likes of Elia Viviani, Alexander Kristoff and Tom Boonen in a sprint finish.

Kristoff, who impressed many with his titanic performances in the classics last season, including a convincing victory at the Tour of Flanders, will be one to watch. Four-time Tour de France green jersey winner Peter Sagan has also announced his intentions to ride, where he will don the world champion rainbow jersey. Another one to look out for will be Orica GreenEDGE’s Caleb Ewan, whose unique style of sprinting has lead him to three stage wins already this season.

Former British road race champion Brian Smith will join Eurosport expert Carlton Kirby in the commentary booth. Sunday 28 February 1400-1600 LIVE on Eurosport HD 1700-1800 Highlights on Eurosport 2 HD
 

2-6 March – LIVE UCI Track Cycling World Championships
The Lee Valley Velodrome hosts the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships this month, with Team GB looking to overcome the disappointment of last year’s event.

At the championships, held at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome in France, Great Britain were disappointing. The team that included Laura Trott, Ed Clancy and Jason Kenny only picked up three medals, none of which were gold. Since then, Great Britain have significantly improved, topping the medal table and the 2015 UEC European Track Championships in Switzerland last year with six golds, including dominating performances in both the men’s and women’s team pursuit events. It was Trott who stole the show for Great Britain however, winning three gold medals.

With the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish both looking to secure their spots in Great Britain’s Olympic track team, this year’s competition comes with added significance. Cavendish has moved teams on the road to try and accommodate for his hectic schedule this year and will likely be targeting a medal spot here.

Eurosport expert Carlton Kirby will be joined by Tony Gibb in the commentary booth.

Wednesday 2 March 1900-2100 LIVE day one on Eurosport HD 2300-0030 Day one highlights on Eurosport HD Thursday 3 March 1900-2115 LIVE day two on Eurosport HD 2310-0040 Day two on Eurosport HD Friday 4 March 1900-2140 LIVE day three on Eurosport HD 2320-0100 Day three on Eurosport HD

 

 

Also on Eurosport HD…

 

LIVE Alpine Skiing: FIS World Cup Sat 27 Feb 0915-1045 LIVE women’s SG on Eurosport 1 HD

Sun 28 Feb 0815-0930 LIVE men’s GS first run on Eurosport 1 HD

Sun 28 Feb 1600-1700 Men’s GS highlights on Eurosport 1 HD

 

This week Lindsey Vonn and Marcel Hirscher will attempt to close in on overall World Cup victories as the season enters its final month.

Without his prolific form in the giant slalom this season Hirscher would not be top of the overall standings. With Henrik Kristoffersen dominating the slalom rounds, Hirscher has had to settle for second best in that discipline. And after Aksel Lund Svindal suffered a season-ending inury on Kitzbühel’s treacherous Streif, Kristoffersen is now Hirscher’s closest contender for the overall title. The Norwegian will need to pick up more points in giant slalom rounds if he is to catch the four-time overall champion.

 

Going into round 25 in Garmisch, Lindsey Vonn was poised to become the first woman to win the first four super-G events in a World Cup campaign. However, Lara Gut’s victory meant the American had to settle for second best in that discipline for the first time this season. The result ensures the pair’s battle for the overall title continues with 24-year-old Gut odds-on to better her career-best third-place finish in 2014.

 

Matt Chilton and Nick Fellows are the commentators for these rounds.

 

 

LIVE Ski Jumping: FIS World Cup

Sat 27 Feb 1145-1345 LIVE Almaty men’s individual on Eurosport 1 HD

Sun 28 Feb 1145-1400 LIVE Almaty men’s individual on Eurosport 1 HD

Thur 3 Mar 1645-1800 LIVE Wisla men’s individual qualifying on Eurosport 2 HD

Fri 4 Mar 1930-2115 LIVE Wisla men’s individual on Eurosport 2 HD

 

This week the Ski Jumping World Cup enters its final month of the season with Peter Prevc looking to complete a triple crown of Four Hills, Ski Flying World Championships and World Cup titles.

 

With Four Hills and Ski Flying victories already under his belt and a substantial lead in the overall World Cup standings in his grasp the Slovenian has had a dreamlike season up to now. And after finishing second in 2014 and 2015, it looks as though the 23-year-old will finally claim the crystal globe for the first time.

 

This week Eurosport will bring you action from Almaty and Wisla. Last year’s World Cup round in Wisla belonged to Stefan Kraft. The Austrian’s 129.5m jump saw him prevail over Prevc and Freund who claimed second and third on the podium respectively. But with both Kraft and Freund lagging far behind Prevc in the standings this year, the Slovenian will be confident he can claim yet another victory.

 

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

 

LIVE European Tour Snooker: Gdynia Open

Sat 27 Feb 1100-2200 LIVE day two on Eurosport 2 HD

Sun 28 Feb 1100-1200 Last-16 on Eurosport 2 HD

Sun 28 Feb 1200-1400 LIVE quarter-final on Eurosport 2 HD

Sun 28 Feb 1500-1700 LIVE semi-final on Eurosport 2 HD

Sun 28 Feb 1905-2100 LIVE final on Eurosport 2 HD

 

The concluding event of this season’s European Tour will be broadcast LIVE on Eurosport 2 HD this week from Poland.

 

World champion Stuart Bingham and world number one Mark Selby are still without a win to their name on this year’s European Tour despite playing in all five events so far. This could be the tournament where the big names come to the fore after some surprise wins for players outside of the top-10 like Rory McLeod at the Ruhr Open.

Last year it was Neil Robertson who stole the bragging rights, beating Mark Williams in the final to claim his second Gdynia Open title.

Mike Hallett, David Hendon, Joe Johnson and Phil Yates will provide commentary for this event.

 

LIVE Cycling: Le Samyn Weds 2 Mar 1400-1600 LIVE on Eurosport HD

Eurosport, the home of cycling, continues its action-packed schedule with coverage of Le Grand Prix Samyn this week, a single-day road race in Belgium.

Named after former cyclist Jose Samyn, who died during a race in 1969, this annual event regularly attracts some of the world’s most recognisable riders.

Previous winners include Philippe Gilbert and Eurosport commentator Magnus Backstedt.

 

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

Sport on Freeview Week Commencing Feb 27th 2016

Good morning all – another busy week of Sport on Freeview – with Six Nations Rugby and the League Cup Final.  And just to say a big thank you to all of you for your support – February has been the most successful month yet for the blog!

Football League Cup Final

Highlights of Sunday’s final between Liverpool and Man City will be shown at 8pm on Channel 5, a much more sensible time compared to what time the highlights of the final were shown last year.  Full coverage on Sky Sports.

Sport Relief Battle of the Five a Sides

Extensive coverage on BBC Red Button this week – Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage taking part in a 57 hour marathon!  More details here…  Don’t forget to support Alan and Robbie with this fantastic cause and donate money at http://www.sportrelief.com – good luck to everyone taking part!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e8gv2m

Saturday 27/02/2016 06:40 – 07:55 Channel 4 General Freestyle Snow Sport From France.
  09:00 – 10:00 Channel 4 Racing The Morning Line Racing preview.
  09:00 – 10:00 Challenge General TNA Xplosion
  11:00 – 11:30 Channel 4 General The Superhumans Show Paralympic Magazine show.
  12:10 – 12:50 BBC1 Football Football Focus With Dan Walker.
  12:50 – 13:00 BBC1 General Saturday Sportsday
  13:25 – 16:25 ITV Rugby Union Six Nations LIVE Italy v Scotland
  13:30 – 16:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Racing LIVE From Kempton and Newcastle
  14:30 – 17:30 BBC Red Button Football Final Score
  16:00 – 17:20 BBC1 Football Final Score
  16:25 – 19:00 ITV Rugby Union Six Nations LIVE England v Ireland
  21:00 – 22:00 Channel 5 Football Football League Tonight Championship action
  22:00 – 22:30 Channel 5 Football Goal Rush League One and Two goals.
  22:20 – 23:40 BBC1 Football Match of the Day Including Leicester v Norwich
Sunday 28/02/2016 12:15 – 13:00 BBC2 Football MOTD2 Extra
  19:00 – 20:00 BBC2 Rugby Union Six Nations Highlights
  20:00 – 21:00 Channel 5 Football League Cup Final Highlights of Liverpool v Man City
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Rugby Union Premiership Highlights
  21:00 – 22:00 BBC2 Darts Let’s Play Darts for Sport Relief Episode 2 of 4 – two quarter finals.
  21:00 – 23:00 Challenge General TNA Impact Wrestling
  22:30 – 23:30 BBC1 Football Match of the Day 2
  23:20 – 00:15 ITV Rugby Union Premiership Highlights
Monday 29/02/2016 18:00 – 21:00 BBC Red Button General America’s Cup Highlights Sailing highlights
  23:05 – 00:00 ITV4 Football German Football Highlights show.
  23:45 – 00:30 BBC1 Rugby League The Super League Show Including Hull v Castleford
Tuesday 01/03/2016 06:00 – 06:10 ITV4 Football Goals of the 80’s
  13:00 – 13:45 BBC2 Rugby League The Super League Show Including Hull v Castleford
  19:00 – 22:30 BBC Red Button Football Final Score Football updates.
Wednesday 02/03/2016 19:00 – 22:00 BBC Red Button Cycling World Track Championships LIVE Coverage from Stratford
  22:45 – 00:15 BBC1 Football Match of the Day Premier League highlights including Stoke v Newcastle
Thursday 03/03/2016 06:00 – 06:05 ITV4 Football Football’s Greatest Thierry Henry
  06:00 – 00:15 BBC Red Button Football Sport Relief – Battle of the Five a Sides 57 hour live marathon for Sport Relief
  19:00 – 21:00 BBC2 Cycling World Track Championships LIVE Coverage from Stratford
  23:20 – 00:25 ITV4 Football German Football Highlights show.
Friday 04/03/2016 00:30 – 02:45 BBC1 Football Women’s Football USA v England in the SheBelieves Cup
  00:35 – 06:00 BBC Red Button Football Sport Relief – Battle of the Five a Sides 57 hour live marathon for Sport Relief
  06:00 – 19:00 BBC Red Button Football Sport Relief – Battle of the Five a Sides 57 hour live marathon for Sport Relief
  11:45 – 17:00 ITV4 Darts UK Open LIVE Day 1 from Butlin’s Minehead
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Tennis Davis Cup LIVE Great Britain v Japan
  19:00 – 20:30 BBC2 Cycling Track World Championships Action from the VeloPark in London.
  19:00 – 23:00 ITV4 Darts UK Open LIVE Day 1 from Butlin’s Minehead
  19:30 – 20:00 BBC1 General A Question of Sport With guest Kevin Sinfield.
  22:00 – 06:00 BBC Red Button Football Sport Relief – Battle of the Five a Sides 57 hour live marathon for Sport Relief

Top of the Pops 1981

Aside from compiling listings from Sport on Freeview, one of my other programmes I like watching regularly is the BBC4 Top of the Pops repeats!  They started five years ago, in April 2011 – with episodes from April 1976 onwards.

And now, in 1981, we reach the year I was born!  Last week I said to my Mum whilst watching the April 2nd episode “Just think Mum, this was the week  was conceived – to the likes of Bucks Fizz and Shakin’ Stevens!”.

And there’s some great songs which I’ve discovered whilst watching the TOTP repeats.  Take 1981 for this example – I’ve discovered XTC’s ‘Sgt Rock’ and The Look’s ‘I Am the Beat’ – songs which you don’t tend to hear on the radio anymore, take a look for them on Spotify, great tunes.

If you haven’t discovered them, repeats are now mostly twice weekly on Thursdays and Fridays on BBC4, in a 30 minute slot – these are normally edited, with a late night repeat showing the original uncut episode.  This is the version I normally watch – if you normally see the earlier version, set your recorder, it’s worth seeing what you missed.

Tonight’s episode is from April 9th 1981 hosted by Mike Read – then no episode tomorrow as there’s a live Eurovision show.

Two episodes next week – Thursday’s is from April 16th 1981 – then we go forward a month to May 14th 1981, and a 20 minute episode!  The reason for this is because BBC1 made room in their schedule to show the 1981 FA Cup Final Replay straight after the episode – Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City.

April 23rd and April 30th episodes are presented by Dave Lee Travis and Jimmy Savile – these are being left out of BBC4 repeats. The May 7th edition was hosted by Peter Powell, as was transmitted live – so why is this not being shown?  The BBC confirmed today to me “…unfortunately we don’t have a copy of that episode of a quality we can send out.”  Continuing their response, the BBC said “…The original spool for the 7th May 1981 has sadly been damaged beyond repair, which means we are unable to produce a version for transmission.

Have any more live episodes from 1981, 1982, etc been lost?  The 900th episode was ‘live’ but as Savile hosted, it wouldn’t be shown anyway.  Sept 3rd and Dec 24th were also live episodes, do these still exist in the BBC archive in full?

I’ve asked the BBC – I’ll let you know if they have.  Either way, check out Top of the Pops 1981 – great music and I hope repeats continue into 1982.  P.S  On March 10th, confirmed that the May 28th 1981 episode will be shown, as May 21st was hosted by DLT and is being left out.

Incidentally, the number one when I was born was Human League with ‘Don’t You Want Me’.  The 1st Top of the Pops after my birth was the live Xmas Eve show – which was followed on BBC1 by a Christmas Special of ‘Are You Being Served’ where all of the cast apart from Wendy Richard ended the show by performing in blackface.  Times indeed change…

Chris

Freebird Events – Sign Up Today!

Hi all,

Well, it is the season to get fit and into shape, so maybe you need something to keep yourself motivated.  Well, take a ook at http://www.freebirdevents.co.uk who are organising some great events this year – and best of all, you’ll find me at all of them!  What more could you want?!

So I’ve asked Freebird Events some more information for you – hope this helps…

Chris: So tell us what people can do if they want to join in with any of your events this year?

Freebird: The best way for anyone to sign up for any of our events is via the online entry form on our website www.freebirdevents.co.uk

Chris: Great site! So is there a bit of info on each event?

Freebird: On the site there is a page for each event and here entrants can read about each event and view the route before completing the entry form and paying the entry fee online.

Chris: And what dates are your events for this year?

Freebird: Dates are as follows…

April 17th – Skipton Triathlon

May 22nd – Driffield Triathlon

June 19th – Allerthorpe Sprint Triathlon

July 9th – Ripon Triathlon

August 7th – Allerthorpe Classic Triathlon

September 3rd – Sundowner Sprint Triathlon

Chris: What would you say are special about your events?

Freebird: We always try to promote the fact that our events have a friendly welcoming atmosphere.

Chris: Can anyone take part?

Freebird: There are events for all ages and abilities. Our youngest competitors are aged just 8 (at the Driffield Junior Triathlon) and the oldest competitor we have had was 86 (and he completed the Skipton Triathlon with a big smile on his face). We have all distances from short Super Sprint races that can be completed in 30–40 mins right up to the Middle Distance Sundowner race that takes between 4½-8hrs to complete. Some of the shorter triathlons have the swim taking place in a swimming pool with the longer triathlons having a lake swim. Every year we welcome many first timers to our events and we are always happy to offer free advice to anyone wanting to take up the challenge of triathlon.

So, take a look at the website and if you do sign up for an event, get in touch, and look out for me on the day!

Chris

 

Eurosport Week 8 Highlights

Eurosport Highlights This Week

20-26 February

Highlights this week include: Snooker: LIVE Welsh Open

Alpine Skiing: LIVE FIS World Cup Cycling: Tour of Andalusia

Motorsport: Superbike Classics

 

Also on Eurosport…

Snooker: LIVE Gdynia Open Ski Jumping: LIVE FIS World Cup Biathlon: LIVE European Championships

 

 

20-26 Feb: LIVE Snooker – Welsh Open

Eurosport’s coverage of the Welsh Open continues this week with LIVE coverage of the semi-finals and final.

The Welsh Open is one of the longest running tournaments of the snooker season, second only to the World Championship and UK Championship. Its ranking event status naturally features the top players on the tour.

John Higgins is the reigning champion after a convincing 9-3 win over Ben Woollaston, who was making his first appearance in a ranking event final. Higgins became the only player to win the tournament four times, with Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O’Sullivan each with three titles.

The 2014 tournament was a memorable won with Ronnie O’Sullivan producing a 147 maximum break to clinch the title in the final frame, and to win 9-3 against Ding Junhui

Eurosport’s commentary line-up will include 1986 World Champion Joe Johnson and David Hendon.

Saturday 20 Feb

1300-1600 LIVE semi-final on Eurosport 2

1900-2200 LIVE semi-final on Eurosport 2

 

Sunday 21 Feb

1300-1600 LIVE final on Eurosport 2

1900-2200 LIVE final on Eurosport 2

 

20-21, 23 & 26 February: LIVE Alpine Skiing – FIS World Cup

The world’s best slalom skiers will go head-to-head in a parallel slalom race under floodlights in Stockholm this week.

With the slalom battle between the in-form Henrik Kristoffersen and veteran Marcel Hirscher heating up, this week’s racing could prove decisive. Hirscher is the defending overall champion but Kristoffersen has won six slalom races this season including the last four rounds in that discipline. The parallel event works by starting with 16 heats, with the winners of each heat progressing until two skiers remain and go head-to-head in a single-run final. Frida Hansdotter will be the favourite to claim victory in the women’s competition.

Also this week America’s Lindsey Vonn will look to continue her impressive form this season with yet another victory in la Thuile. Vonn has already claimed eight race wins (at the time of writing) in three different disciplines; downhill, giant slalom and super-G.

Meanwhile on Friday Hirscher will look to extend his lead in the giant slalom standings. The Austrian has won all but one of the rounds in that discipline so far this season and will be confident he can once again claim maximum points to add to his tally in the overall standings.

John Clark and Nick Fellows will commentate the men’s competition with Matt Chilton covering the women’s.

Saturday 20 February 0930-1115 LIVE women’s downhill on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Sunday 21 February 1000-1130 LIVE women’s SG on Eurosport 2 HD

 

Tuesday 23 February 1545-1715 LIVE men and women’s parallel slalom on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Friday 26 February 0815-0930 LIVE men’s GS first leg on Eurosport 1 HD

1400-1445 Men’s GS second leg on Eurosport 1 HD

 

20-21 Feb: Cycling – Tour of Andalusia

The 52nd edition of the Tour of Andalusia draws to a close this week, as Eurosport HD brings you coverage of the final two stages.

The race will play a key part in preparation for the spring classics and with the likes of Chris Froome, Rafal Majka, Tejay van Garderen and Philippe Gilbert expected to feature, competition for both the general classification and sprint classification will be fierce.

The sixth and final stage will see riders travel 170 kilometres, tackling five climbs including the summit finish up the Penas Blancas, a 16 kilometres climb at 6.2% near Estepona.

Reigning Tour de France champion Froome will be looking to retain the title he won in impressive fashion last year, fending off competition from GC rivals Alberto Contador and Romain Bardet.

Saturday 20 Feb

5.15pm-8.00pm Stage four on Eurosport 1

 

Sunday 21 Feb

3.45pm-5.45pm Stage five on Eurosport 2

 

 

22-25 Feb: Motorsport – World Superbikes Classics

As we approach the start of the 2016 FIM World Superbike Championship, Eurosport looks back at some of the best moments from previous years.

The episodes will include Carl Fogarty’s title winning season back in 1999, James Toseland claiming top spot in 2004 and Kawasaki’s two recent dominant wins with Tom Sykes in 2013 and Jonathan Rea last year.

Britain’s Rea will aim to dominate the series once again after blowing the field away last year, claiming the title with a round to spare. The 28-year-old, who rides for the Kawasaki Racing Team, notched 23 podium finishes on the Factory Kawasaki ZX10, 14 of which were race wins.

There are plenty of other Brits to watch out for, including 2013 British Superbike champion Alex Lowes. The 2011 World Supersport champion Chaz Davies will ride for Ducati, while Leon Camier continues with manufacturer MV Agusta.

Elsewhere on the grid, Yamaha return to the World Superbike Championship with the YZF R1 to challenge the dominant Kawasaki whilst BMW field two teams, one of them featuring reigning British Superbike champion Josh Brookes. Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden will join Michael van der Mark at the Honda World Superbike Team.

A scheduling shake-up for the 2016 season now means there will be a World Superbike Championship race on both Saturday and Sunday over the weekend.

 

 

Also on Eurosport HD…

LIVE European Tour Snooker: Gdynia Open

Fri 26 Feb 0830-2200 LIVE day one on Eurosport 2 HD

 

The concluding event of this season’s European Tour will be broadcast LIVE on Eurosport 2 HD this week from Poland.

 

World champion Stuart Bingham and world number one Mark Selby are still without a win to their name on this year’s European Tour despite playing in all five events so far. This could be the tournament where the big names come to the fore after some surprise wins for players outside of the top-10 like Rory McLeod at the Ruhr Open.

Last year it was Neil Robertson who stole the bragging rights, beating Mark Williams in the final to claim his second Gdynia Open title.

Mike Hallett, David Hendon, Joe Johnson and Phil Yates will provide commentary for this event.

LIVE Ski Jumping: FIS World Cup

Sat 20 Feb 1515-1715 LIVE Lahti team on Eurosport 1 HD

Sun 21 Feb 1330-1545 LIVE Lahti men’s individual on Eurosport 1 HD

Tue 23 Feb 1745-1945 LIVE Kuopio men’s individual on Eurosport 1 HD

Fri 26 Feb 1145-1300 LIVE Almaty men’s individual on Eurosport 1 HD

 

Eurosport’s extensive ski Jumping coverage continues this week with rounds 21-23 of the world cup LIVE on Eurosport HD.

Finish resort Lahti will host a team event before staging round 20 of the men’s competition. Lahti is the destination of next year’s World Championships so this will be a good chance for athletes to test out the hill and arena set to be used for that event.

Slovenia’s Peter Prevc still holds an impressive lead at the top of the overall standings and will be confident in his ability to add the title of world cup champion to his victories in the Four Hills tournament and Ski Flying World Championships.

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

LIVE IBU Biathlon European Championships Wed 24 Feb 0945-1100 LIVE single mixed relay on Eurosport 1 HD

Wed 24 Feb 1245-1430 LIVE mixed relay on Eurosport 1 HD

Thur 25 Feb 1000-1115 LIVE women’s sprint on Eurosport 1 HD

Thur 25 Feb 1300-1430 LIVE men’s sprint on Eurosport 1 HD

 

This this week Eurosport HD will broadcast coverage of the Biathlon European Championships from Tyumen, Russia.

France’s Martin Fourcade and the Czech Republic’s Gabriela Soukalová currently lead the way in the World Cup standings and will be hoping to secure medals at this week’s championships.

Biathlon is regarded as one of the toughest winter sport disciplines, with competitors needing technique and stamina in abundance as they tackle long distance cross-country skiing and be able to lower their heart rate enough to hold the gun steady as they aim at a tiny target.

Skiers set off at regular intervals and race against the clock, with races made up of laps. Competitors have to stop at the shooting range on each circuit to fire at a target using a small-bore rifle without magnifying sights, with either time or distance penalties being added for each target missed.

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

Sport on Freeview W/C Feb 20th 2016

Good morning all,

Here’s your Freeview Sport listings for this week… there’s the final to the Snooker Welsh Open tomorrow on BBC Red Button, there’s FA Cup action this weekend on the BBC…  and Champions League action live on BT Showcase this Tuesday.  Full details below.  And, spread the word!  February is the best month I’ve ever had for the blog – it’s getting bigger and better so thank you to ALL for your continued support.

To summarise the Snooker coverage free-to-air this weekend, the 1st Welsh Open Semi Final is not on the BBC Red Button channel on Saturday afternoon – this is available to watch on BBC Wales, and the BBC Sport App and Website.  The 2nd Semi Final and both sessions of the final will be shown on the Red Button channel though (Freeview Channel 601).

I did leave a comment for the Red Button team here

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/entries/e263d38f-d799-4dac-90c5-f7ab578f9426

Suggesting the 1st Semi Final is shown delayed, as there’s 13 hours of looped FA Cup goals, which could easily be reduced!  Leave a comment today – you never know we might get Red Button to add the Semi Final later on!

Chris

Saturday 20/02/2016 06:15 – 07:30 Channel 4 General Freestyle Snow Sport Two shows (06:15 – 07:05 and 07:05 – 07:30).
  07:30 – 08:00 Channel 4 General The Grid Behind the scenes of the 24 Hours of Daytona
  08:35 – 09:10 ITV4 General Formula E – Sound of the Future
  08:45 – 10:45 BBC Red Button General Winter Sports Skeleton action.
  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.
  13:00 – 16:30 BBC1 General Athletics Live coverage of the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix.
  13:30 – 16:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Racing LIVE From Ascot, Haydock and Wincanton.
  14:30 – 16:30 BBC Red Button Football Final Score
  16:30 – 17:15 BBC2 Football Final Score
  16:55 – 19:15 BBC1 Football FA Cup Match of the Day Live coverage of Bournemouth v Everton
  17:00 – 19:00 BBC Red Button General Winter Sports Four Man Bobsleigh at the World Championships.
  19:00 – 22:00 BBC Red Button Snooker Welsh Open Semi Final LIVE BBC Wales coverage.
  21:00 – 22:00 Channel 5 Football The Championship – Football League Tonight Including Cardiff v Brighton.
  22:00 – 22:25 Channel 5 Football Goal Rush – Football League Tonight League One and Two action.
  22:35 – 23:35 BBC1 Football FA Cup Match of the Day Including Arsenal v Hull City.
  23:50 – 02:00 BBC Red Button Football FA Cup Goals 5th Round action.
Sunday 21/02/2016 06:00 – 06:15 ITV4 Football Hat Trick Heroes
  13:00 – 16:30 BBC Red Button Snooker Welsh Open Final LIVE BBC Wales coverage.
  15:30 – 18:00 BBC1 Football FA Cup Match of the Day LIVE Chelsea v Manchester City
  17:15 – 18:00 BBC2 General Ski Sunday Last in the current series.
  18:00 – 18:20 BBC2 Football FA Cup 6th Round Draw
  19:00 – 22:00 BBC Red Button Snooker Welsh Open Final LIVE BBC Wales coverage.
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Rugby Union Premiership Highlights
  21:00 – 22:00 BBC2 Darts Let’s Play Darts for Sport Relief Darts from the Lakeside.
  21:00 – 23:00 Challenge General TNA Impact Wrestling
  22:30 – 23:15 BBC1 Football FA Cup Match of the Day 5th Round highlights.
  23:15 – 00:00 BBC1 Rugby League The Super League Show World Club Series highlights.
  23:15 – 00:15 ITV Rugby Union Premiership Highlights
Monday 22/02/2016 23:00 – 00:00 ITV4 Football German Football Highlights Bundesliga action.
  23:15 – 23:45 BBC1 Football FA Cup Match of the Day Highlights of Shrewsbury Town v Man Utd
  23:45 – 00:30 BBC1 Rugby League The Super League Show World Club Series highlights (shown Sunday)
Tuesday 23/02/2016 13:00 – 13:45 BBC2 Rugby League The Super League Show World Club Series highlights.
  18:30 – 22:30 BBC Red Button Football Final Score Score updates.
  19:00 – 22:30 BT Showcase Football UEFA Champions League LIVE Bayern Munich v Juventus.
Wednesday 24/02/2016 22:45 – 23:15 BBC1 General A Question of Sport With guest Neil Robertson.
  23:05 – 00:05 ITV Football Champions League Highlights from this week’s last 16 matches.
Thursday 25/02/2016 06:00 – 06:05 ITV4 Football Football’s Greatest Eusebio
  19:00 – 21:00 BBC Red Button Rugby Union Pro 12 Rugby LIVE Newport Dragons v Glasgow
  22:00 – 22:30 BBC2 General The Clare Balding Show With guest Sebastian Coe
  22:40 – 23:55 ITV Football Europa League Highlights from the Last 32 ties.
Friday 26/02/2016 19:30 – 22:00 BBC1 Rugby Union Six Nations Rugby LIVE Wales v France
  22:00 – 22:30 BBC Red Button Rugby Union Six Nations Forum Post match analysis.

Snooker – Welsh Open

The Welsh Open starts Monday, and here’s transmission details of the Red Button coverage.

Monday (Feb 15th)

13:05-16:45, Snooker – Welsh Open, BBC Two Wales, BBC Red Button & Online

19:00-20:00, Snooker – Welsh Open, BBC Two Wales, BBC Red Button & Online

00:15-01:15, Snooker – Welsh Open highlights, BBC Two Wales (available on BBC iPlayer after broadcast) – not on BBC Red Button

 

Tuesday (Feb 16th)

13:05-16:45, Snooker – Welsh Open, BBC Two Wales, BBC Red Button & Online

19:00-20:00, Snooker – Welsh Open, BBC Two Wales, BBC Red Button & Online

23:15-00:15, Snooker – Welsh Open highlights, BBC Two Wales (available on BBC iPlayer after broadcast)

 

Wednesday (Feb 17th)

13:05-16:45, Snooker – Welsh Open, BBC Two Wales, BBC Red Button & Online

19:00-20:00, Snooker – Welsh Open, BBC Two Wales, BBC Red Button & Online

23:15-00:15, Snooker – Welsh Open highlights, BBC Two Wales (available on BBC iPlayer after broadcast)

 

Thursday (Feb 18th)

13:05-16:45, Snooker – Welsh Open, BBC Two Wales, BBC Red Button & Online

19:00-20:00, Snooker – Welsh Open, BBC Two Wales, BBC Red Button & Online

23:15-00:15, Snooker – Welsh Open highlights, BBC Two Wales (available on BBC iPlayer after broadcast)

 

Friday (Feb 19th)

13:05-16:45, Snooker – Welsh Open, BBC Two Wales, BBC Red Button & Online

21:30-22:30, Snooker – Welsh Open, BBC Red Button

00:00-00:45, Snooker – Welsh Open highlights, BBC Two Wales (available on BBC iPlayer after broadcast)

 

Saturday (Feb 20th)

13:00-16:30, Snooker – Welsh Open, BBC Two Wales, BBC Sport website & connected TV – not on BBC Red Button

19:00-22:00, Snooker – Welsh Open, BBC Two Wales, BBC Red Button & Online

 

Sunday (Feb 21st)

13:00-16:30, Snooker – Welsh Open, BBC Red Button & Online

19:00-22:00, Snooker – Welsh Open, BBC Red Button & Online

 

For me, the coverage would be better if BBC Red Button could show the evening highlights – after all these highlights feature the conclusion to the games that are shown in their hour at 7pm!  So, in a last minute attempt to try and persuade Red Button to change their mind, leave your comments here on this post and I will pass on to the team on Monday!  You never know, the highlights might get added at the last minute!

 

Freeview – 62 days of live coverage in 2016!

January – Masters live on the BBC until/including 2019  (8 days)

February – Snooker Shoot Out live on ITV4 until 2018 (3 days)

February – The Welsh Open (BBC Red Button) (7 days)

March – World Grand Prix – Live on ITV until 2019 (6 days)

March – Players Championship – Live on ITV4 in 2016 (6 days)

World Snooker Championships on the BBC until 2017 (April/May) (17 days)

November – Champion of Champions live on ITV4 until 2019 (6 days)

Nov/Dec – UK Championships live on the BBC until 2016 (9 days)

 

Chris

 

More Rugby on BT Showcase

Hi quick post to let you know that on Friday 19th Feb, 7pm till 10pm on BT Showcase, there will be free coverage of Harlequins and Leicester Tigers, should be a great game.  Don’t forget as well as this there will be four hours of Europa League coverage on Thursday night on BT Showcase!

Spread the word!

Chris

O’ Sullivan v Trump – Get Your Tickets!

I am so excited about this – this is going to be fantastic!

In Bradford, at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre, September 10th at 7pm, Ronnie O’ Sullivan is taking on Judd Trump in a best of 11 exhibition challenge.

http://mjksportsevents.co.uk/event/ronnie-osullivan-v-judd-trump/

Who will come out on top?

VIP tickets are £75 plus a £3 booking fee – “Includes a meet and greet a glass of bubbly seats on tables next to the action and a picture with Ronnie.”

Tiered seats from £25 upwards – and John Virgo will be on hand to host the event too!

 

End of an Era – No Lakeside Darts on BBC

Confirmed this week that the Lakeside Darts will not be shown on BBC next year… please see link below.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/darts/35532372

So, instead of 9 days of BDO darts action from the Lakeside, we get 2 days of PDC darts action in a brand new tournament.  Some will say having a PDC tournament on the BBC is good news, and of course it is, but as I write, there is no broadcaster for next year’s BDO World Darts Championship.

Will BT Sport pick up full rights for the afternoon and evening sessions?  All hypothetical, but I think they will, with perhaps some of the sessions screened on BT Showcase to keep some of the tournament free?  I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

Chris