Hello all, welcome to this week’s blog… it’s the start of the Six Nations this weekend, don’t forget this year sees BBC and ITV share the live coverage (ITV’s first live game is Sunday). If you want to know which channel is showing which game, then bookmark http://www.sportonfreeviewuk.wordpress.com and everything you need to know is here.
Live Sports FM
Have to give my friend’s site a big plug as I think it’s great. Check out http://www.livesportsfm.co.uk – on there you can listen live to FA Youth Cup games, FA Vase games… all without commercials and with excellent commentators travelling around the country. If you check out their ‘Listen Again’ section, you’ll see their coverage dates back to November 2014, but more and more games are coming to the service. Follow them on Twitter @LiveSportsFM and contact them if you’d like to be a commentator – tell them Chris sent you!
Snooker Shoot Out
The Coral Shoot-Out is snooker’s fast and furious one-frame knock-out event, featuring 64 of the world’s top players. Each match last a maximum of ten minutes and features a shot clock of 15 seconds for the first five minutes and 10 seconds for the last five. Drama and excitement are guaranteed, with many matches going down to the last few seconds. The tournament generates an electric atmosphere and is great fun for fans. The event will be televised by ITV4 from 2016 for three years.
Matches on February 12th (6:30pm on ITV4)
Michael White v Mark King
Mark Davis v Gary Wilson
Zhou Yuelong v Aditya Mehta
Ken Doherty v Tom Ford
Ali Carter v Liam Highfield
Graeme Dott v Ben Woollaston
Cao Yupeng v Joe Perry
Mark Joyce v David Gilbert
David Grace v Jimmy Robertson
Mark Allen v Yu Delu
David Morris v Alan McManus
Stuart Bingham v Ricky Walden
Mike Dunn v Luca Brecel
Michael Holt v Ryan Day
Sam Baird v Jack Lisowski
Dominic Dale v Shaun Murphy
Eurosport This Week
Week 7 Highlights
5-12 February Highlights this week include: Alpine Skiing: LIVE FIS World Cup Snooker: LIVE Welsh Open Cycling: LIVE Tour of Andalusia
Also on Eurosport… Ski Jumping: LIVE FIS World Cup Biathlon: LIVE IBU World Cup
13-14 & 19 February: LIVE FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup
For the first time in 10 years Japan hosts the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup this week with LIVE coverage on Eurosport.
The battle between defending overall champion Marcel Hirscher and current in-form slalom skier Henrik Kristoffersen continues this week with rounds 29 and 30 from Naeba, Japan. Hirscher leads the giant slalom standings but Kristoffersen has stolen all the plaudits in the slalom this season, winning six races already at the time of writing.
Next up in the men’s World Cup is Chamonix, a resort renowned for the legendary Kandahar descent. Along with Wengen and Kitzbuhel the Kandahar forms part of the trio of great World Cup ski descents, with the weekend’s racing in Chamonix one of the highlights of the season.
America’s Lindsey Vonn will look to continue her impressive form this season with yet another victory this week in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Vonn has already claimed eight race wins (at the time of writing) in three different disciplines; downhill, giant slalom and super-G.
John Clark and Nick Fellows will commentate the men’s competition with Matt Chilton covering the women’s.
Saturday 13 February 0045-0200 LIVE men’s giant slalom first run on Eurosport 1 HD
0345-0500 LIVE men’s giant slalom second run on Eurosport 1 HD
0915-1100 LIVE women’s downhill on Eurosport 1 HD
Sunday 14 February 0045-0200 LIVE men’s slalom first run on Eurosport 1 HD
0345-0500 LIVE men’s slalom second run on Eurosport 1 HD
0915-1100 LIVE women’s downhill combined on Eurosport 1 HD
1215-1330 LIVE women’s slalom combined on Eurosport 1 HD
Friday 19 February 0915-1030 LIVE men’s downhill combined on Eurosport 1 HD
1245-1400 LIVE men’s slalom combined on Eurosport 2 HD
15-21 Feb: LIVE Snooker Welsh Open
Eurosport’s extensive snooker coverage continues this week by broadcasting LIVE coverage of the sixth ranking event of the season.
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, David Hendon, Mike Hallett and Phillip Studd.
Monday 15 Feb
10.00am-5.00pm LIVE day one on Eurosport 1
7.00-9.25pm LIVE day one on Eurosport 1
Tuesday 16 Feb
10.00am-5.00pm LIVE day two on Eurosport 1
7.00pm-10.00pm LIVE day one on Eurosport 1
Wednesday 17 Feb
12.00pm-5.00pm LIVE day three on Eurosport 1
7.00pm-10.00pm LIVE day three on Eurosport 1
Thursday 18 Feb
12.00pm-5.00pm LIVE day four on Eurosport 1
7.00pm-10.00pm LIVE day four on Eurosport 1
Friday 19 Feb
12.00pm-3.00pm LIVE day five on Eurosport 1
7.00pm-10.00pm LIVE day five on Eurosport 1
Saturday 20 Feb
1.00pm-4.00pm LIVE semi-finals on Eurosport 2
7.00pm-10.00pm LIVE semi-finals on Eurosport 2
Sunday 21 Feb
1.00pm-4.00pm LIVE final on Eurosport 2
7.00pm-10.00pm LIVE final on Eurosport 2
17-21 Feb: LIVE Cycling: Tour of Andalusia
Eurosport HD will broadcast exclusive daily coverage from the 62nd edition of the Tour of Andalusia. Eurosport is the home of cycling broadcasting over 40 events a season including all three Grand Tours and all major UCI World Tour one-day races.
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.
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.
Wednesday 17 Feb
2.30pm-4.30pm LIVE stage one on Eurosport 2
Thursday 18 Feb
2.30pm-4.30pm LIVE stage two on Eurosport 2
Friday 19 Feb
2.45pm-4.30pm LIVE stage three on Eurosport 2
Saturday 20 Feb
5.15pm-8.00pm Stage four on Eurosport 1
Sunday 21 Feb
3.45pm-5.45pm Stage five on Eurosport 2
Also on Eurosport HD…
LIVE Ski Jumping: FIS World Cup
Sat 13 Feb 1445-1645 LIVE Vikersund men’s individual on Eurosport 1 HD
Sun 14 Feb 1430-1645 LIVE Vikersund men’s individual on Eurosport 1 HD
Fri 19 Feb 1545-1745 LIVE Lahti men’s individual on Eurosport 1 HD
The Ski Jumping World Cup is in Scandinavia this week for rounds 18-20 with LIVE coverage on Eurosport HD.
Round 13 in Zakopane was the first time Peter Prevc failed to finish in first place in 2016. With both Four Hills and Ski Flying World Championship titles under his belt the Slovenian has looked almost unstoppable but Stefan Craft’s victory proves the overall title is not wrapped up yet.
Last year in Vikersund Prevc became the first man to jump 250m on skis last year, only for his world record to be usurped by Anders Fannemel the next day. This week we have two rounds from Norway before moving on to Lahti in Finland.
David Goldstrom provides commentary for Eurosport’s FIS Ski Jumping World Cup coverage.
LIVE IBU Biathlon World Cup Sat 13 Feb 1915-2100 LIVE men’s relay on Eurosport HD Sun 14 Feb 1745-1830 LIVE women’s relay on Eurosport HD
This IBU Biathlon World Cup continues this week with a new event in Presque Isle, USA. Eurosport will provide LIVE coverage from each of the five days of competition as well as comprehensive coverage throughout the season.
France’s Martin Fourcade is the defending overall men’s champion ahead of Norway’s Emil Hegle Svendsen.
Reigning champion Darya Domracheva will be absent for the entirety of the 2015-16 season due to injury, leaving the door open for 2013-14 Kaisa Makarainen of Finland.
The World Cup is made up of nine rounds taking places across Europe and North America from December to March, with athletes competing in individual, sprint, pursuit, mass start and relay events.
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)
Sport on Freeview This Week
|Saturday 06/02/2016||09:00 – 10:00||Channel 4||Racing||The Morning Line||Racing preview.|
|09:00 – 10:00||Challenge||General||TNA Xplosion|
|10:10 – 10:45||ITV4||Rugby Union||World Rugby 7’s Series Highlights|
|10:25 – 12:30||BBC Red Button||General||Ski Sunday Extra||Women’s downhill from Germany.|
|12:10 – 12:50||BBC1||Football||Football Focus||With Dan Walker.|
|12:50 – 13:00||BBC1||General||Saturday Sportsday|
|13:30 – 18:55||BBC1||Rugby Union||Six Nations Rugby LIVE||Double Bill. France v Italy and Scotland v England.|
|13:30 – 16:00||Channel 4||Horse Racing||Racing LIVE||From Sandown, Wetherby and Ffos Las|
|14:30 – 17:25||BBC Red Button||Football||Final Score||Football Updates.|
|16:30 – 17:25||BBC2||Football||Final Score|
|18:00 – 20:30||ITV4||General||Formula E LIVE||Buenos Aires E Prix in Argentina.|
|18:50 – 19:30||BBC Red Button||Rugby Union||Six Nations Forum||Post match analysis.|
|21:00 – 22:00||Channel 5||Football||The Championship: Football League Tonight|
|22:00 – 22:30||Channel 5||Football||Goal Rush: Football League Tonight|
|22:30 – 23:55||BBC1||Football||Match of the Day||Including Man City v Leicester City.|
|23:55 – 00:25||BBC1||General||Race to Super Bowl 50||Superbowl Preview.|
|Sunday 07/02/2016||06:00 – 06:10||ITV4||Football||Goals of the 70’s|
|12:15 – 13:00||BBC2||Football||MOTD2 Extra||With Will Perry|
|14:00 – 17:15||ITV||Rugby Union||Six Nations LIVE||Ireland v Wales – first ever game on ITV.|
|18:15 – 19:00||BBC2||General||Ski Sunday|
|19:00 – 20:00||BBC2||Rugby Union||Six Nations Rugby Highlights|
|20:00 – 21:00||ITV4||Rugby Union||Premiership Highlights||Repeated at 23:15 on ITV.|
|21:00 – 23:00||Challenge||General||TNA Impact Wrestling|
|22:50 – 23:55||BBC1||Football||Match Of The Day||Including Chelsea v Man Utd|
|22:50 – 03:30||BBC2||General||Super Bowl 50 (Coverage with 5 Live Commentary on BBC Red Button)||American Football LIVE – Denver Broncos v Carolina Panthers|
|Monday 08/02/2016||23:00 – 00:00||ITV4||Football||German Football Highlights||Bundesliga action.|
|23:25 – 00:10||BBC1||Rugby League||The Super League Show||Including Hull FC v Salford|
|23:15 – 23:50||BBC1||Football||Football Focus||Transfer Deadline Day Special|
|Tuesday 09/02/2016||13:15 – 14:00||BBC2||Rugby League||The Super League Show||Including Hull FC v Salford|
|19:00 – 22:30||BBC Red Button||Football||5 Live Final Score||Football updates.|
|23:20 – 06:00||BBC Red Button||Football||FA Cup Replay Goals||West Ham v Liverpool only Replay tonight.|
|Wednesday 10/02/2016||06:00 – 06:05||ITV4||Football||Football’s Greatest||Thierry Henry.|
|19:30 – 22:00||BBC1||Football||FA Cup Match of the Day (5 Live Commentary on BBC Red Button)||Peterborough United v West Brom|
|22:45 – 23:15||BBC1||General||A Question of Sport||With guest Jason Roberts.|
|Thursday 11/02/2016||06:00 – 06:05||ITV4||Football||Football’s Greatest||Ronaldo.|
|22:00 – 22:30||BBC2||General||The Clare Balding Show||With guest Kevin Sinfield.|
|Friday 12/02/2016||18:30 – 23:15||ITV4||Snooker||Shoot Out LIVE||Day 1 from Reading.|
|19:30 – 20:00||BBC1||General||A Question of Sport||With guest Jason Roberts.|