Sport on Freeview W/C July 30th 2016

Welcome to the blog – apologies for the lack of updates recently, but things are back to normal now! If you want to know which sport you can see for free, then you’ve come to the right place!  Look out for our updates during the football season – I’ll tell you which Champions/Europa League games (and Aviva Rugby Union games) you can watch LIVE without a subscription on BT Showcase (Freeview Channel 59). 

Saturday 30/07/2016 06:05 – 06:30 Channel 4 General World Sport
  06:30 – 07:00 Channel 4 General Motorsport FIA World Endurance Championship
  07:00 – 07:30 Channel 4 General Swansea Triathlon
  07:25 – 08:25 ITV4 General Motorsport UK
  07:30 – 07:55 Channel 4 General Motorsport – Mini Challenge
  09:00 – 10:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing The Morning Line Racing preview.
  11:00 – 11:30 Channel 4 General The Superhumans Show
  13:30 – 14:00 BBC1 General Inspire – The Olympic Journey With Tom Daley.
  13:30 – 16:15 Channel 4 Horse Racing Channel 4 Racing LIVE Glorious Goodwood and Newmarket.
  14:00 – 16:35 BBC1 Rugby League Challenge Cup Warrington Wolves v Wakefield Wildcats (2nd Semi Final)
  14:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Golf Women’s British Open Live coverage of Day 3
  14:05 – 15:05 ITV4 General British Superbike Championship Highlights
  14:45 – 17:30 BBC Red Button Football World Cup ’66 Live England v West Germany in full!
  16:30 – 21:00 Dave Cricket Caribbean Premier League T20 Cricket St Kitts and Nevis Patriots v Trinbago Knight Riders
  17:45 – 19:30 Channel 4 Formula 1 German Grand Prix Qualifying Highlights
  18:00 – 19:00 Cycling Cycling Ride London Classique UCI Women’s World Tour Race.
  19:00 – 20:00 BBC4 General Roger Bannister – Everest on the Track Documentary
  19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Football The Hand of God – 30 Years On Documentary
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV General Tom Daley – Diving for Gold Documentary
  21:00 – 22:00 ITV Football 1966 – A Nation Remembers Documentary. Repeated 8pm Wednesday on ITV4.
  22:00 – 00:00 Spike Boxing Spike Fight Night PBC Boxing
Sunday 31/07/2016 10:00 – 11:00 BBC2 Cycling Ride London to Surrey Classic LIVE
  10:30 – 18:00 ITV4 General British Touring Car Championship Snetterton – Round Six
  13:00 – 17:00 Dave Cricket Caribbean Premier League T20 Cricket Recent action.
  13:30 – 14:00 BBC2 General Claire Balding Meets Meeting the Great Britain Women’s Hockey Team.
  14:00 – 18:40 BBC2 Golf Women’s British Open Live coverage of Day 4
  15:30 – 18:35 BBC1 Cycling Ride London to Surrey Classic LIVE
  18:00 – 20:00 Channel 4 Formula 1 German Grand Prix Highlights.
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Rugby Union Premiership Rugby 7’s Group Stage Highlights
  21:00 – 23:00 Challenge General TNA Wrestling
  23:00 – 00:00 ITV Rugby Union Premiership Rugby 7’s Group Stage Highlights
  22:00 – 23:30 BBC2 Football Alfie’s Boys World Cup 1966 Documentary
Monday 01/08/2016 13:00 – 17:00 Dave Cricket Caribbean Premier League T20 Cricket Recent action.
  19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 General FIA World Rally Championship Highlights
  23:05 – 23:35 BBC2 Football The Women’s Football Show
Tuesday 02/08/2016 22:40 – 23:40 ITV General Tom Daley – Diving for Gold Documentary
Wednesday 03/08/2016 01:00 – 01:25 Channel 4 Boxing KOTV Boxing Weekly
  06:00 – 06:15 ITV4 Football World Cup Rivalries Brazil v Italy
  19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket England v Pakistan Third test highlights
  22:00 – 00:00 601/608 OIympics Women’s Football LIVE Zimbabwe v Germany
  22:45 – 23:15 BBC1 General A Question of Sport Series Highlights
Thursday 04/08/2016 01:50 – 04:05 601/608 OIympics Women’s Football LIVE France v Colombia
  06:00 – 06:10 ITV4 Football World Cup Top Goalscorers
  13:00 – 17:00 Dave Cricket Caribbean Premier League T20 Cricket First Play-off match.
  19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket England v Pakistan Third test highlights
  21:00 – 22:00 BBC1 General Mo Farah – Race of His Life Documentary
  22:00 – 00:00 601/608 OIympics Men’s Football LIVE Portugal v Argentina
  23:30 – 00:05 BBC1 General Jessica Ennis-Hill: A Coach’s Story Documentary
Friday 05/08/2016 06:00 – 06:15 ITV4 Football Hat Trick Heroes II
  19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket England v Pakistan Third test highlights
  20:30 – 22:00 BBC1 Olympics Countdown to Rio Look ahead to the Olympic Games
  22:00 – 22:30 BBC2 General Claire Balding Meets Chats with Jonnie Peacock.
  23:05 – 23:40 BBC1 General A Question of Sport “Goes Out of Bounds” – Clips deemed unsuitable for family viewing.
  23:40 – 04:05 BBC1 Olympics Olympics 2016 – Opening Ceremony LIVE

Olympics 2016 – How to Watch It!

By Chris Benson

Olympics 2016 Coverage – How to Watch It All!

Of course, the Olympic Games starts this week – and I will try over the next couple of weeks to tell you how to find all of the various sport available. (There’s probably going to be too much to list in the blog below!!!)  Main thing – keep coming back to the blog during the course of the event and more importantly, enjoy all of the Olympic Games whilst you can still watch it for free!

So, if you know anyone who wants to watch the Games – do me a big favour, and send them the link to this guide… it might just help them. I’ve based the coverage on Freeview reception – there’s a note at the end of the article, touching on other TV providers.

The Opening Ceremony is on Friday August 5th, but coverage begins on Wednesday August 3rd – now, did you know that?  Coverage will continue right through until Monday August 22nd, with the Closing Ceremony in the early hours.

Speaking about the Rio Olympics, Kieran Clifton on his BBC blog article, taken from Friday July 22nd, says “…On TV, there will be over 550 hours of coverage from Rio on BBC One and BBC Four.” Add to that the thousands of hours on the interactive streams and there really is something for everyone.  But, from the 2018 Winter Olympics, all that will change, with the majority of coverage being behind a ‘paywall’ after Discovery Communications (owner of Eurosport) acquired the rights last year.

Take the 2020 Olympics for example (in Tokyo from July 24th to August 9th).  Quoting an article from the Guardian in February this year (https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/feb/02/olympics-bbc-discovery-deal )– “…Under current legislation at least 200 hours of the summer Games and 100 hours of the winter Olympics are obliged to be shown on free-to-air TV.” The BBC will still be able to fill up to two channels a day with live coverage and highlights – so compare that to the coverage of Rio below, and it’s going to look totally different in four years’ time, my friends.

Basically, here’s some advice below to start.

Standard Definition TV’s:

  • If you have an SD television (e.g. if you can’t receive BBC One HD on channel 101 then it’s an SD television that you have), you will be able to watch Olympics coverage on BBC1 and BBC4. BBC Four’s broadcasting hours will be extended during the Games – the channel will begin broadcasting at 1pm, right through until 4am from 6th August. This also means those of you who like BBC4’s normal programming (e.g Top of the Pops, the Friday night music documentaries and the Scandinavian dramas) will have a two week wait to see their programmes again! Back in 2012, BBC3’s schedule was replaced with Olympic coverage – BBC3 is now ‘online’ only, so with BBC2 offering some ‘non-Olympic’ coverage in its schedule, BBC4 takes the place of BBC3 as an Olympic broadcaster. BBC2 will have some Olympics coverage in the evenings – for example, when BBC1 is showing the news, or ‘Match of the Day’, the Olympics will move to BBC2. Hope it makes sense so far!
  • As well as the two channels above, you will also receive two part-time Red Button channels on 600 and 601. Channel 600 will broadcast between 7pm and 5:30am, Channel 601 will broadcast from 9pm until 5:30am. (Note: 601 is normally a 24 hour Red Button service, but will NOT be during the Olympics).
  • Summary: From 9pm every night during the games, right through the night, there will be four channels broadcasting Olympic coverage on Standard Definition TV’s. During the daytime coverage up to 7pm, there will be only two channels available.

High Definition TV’s:

  • HD TV’s have come down in price – you may well want to invest in one, in time for the Olympics! You will receive the four channels mentioned above (BBC1, BBC4, 600 and 601).
  • Then, for the next bit, you may need to retune your TV’s or boxes to receive the below channels. If you can receive BBC1 HD on 101, BBC2 HD on 102 etc, then you should receive the channels below. Note – just because you have a ‘HD Ready’ TV, doesn’t mean that you will necessarily be able to receive these extra channels below!
  • Channels 602-608 with have round-the-clock Olympic coverage – 7 channels. Note that 608 is a 24 hour version of Channel 601. So, from 9pm during the Games, this will be the peak in the Olympic coverage – with the four channels above in SD, plus these seven channels, it means there will be 11 channels of different Olympic coverage available right through the night.
  • Channel 114 will be available as ‘BBC Olympic HD’, and is the same schedule as channel 600, with coverage starting at 7pm.

Further Coverage:

  • 24 live HD video streams will be available on the BBC website and BBC Sports App. Various ways to watch these – you could use a Now TV and watch BBC Sport on there… you could watch via Chromecast… on your mobile, tablet… if there is a particular sport you want to watch, then this is the guaranteed way of being able to see it.

For a further explanation on how to receive the channels – check out this BBC Blog entry at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/entries/ae61c0a5-ad0b-4d57-a693-3ef9d90e3403

 

Other TV Providers:

Sky customers will be able to receive 8 BBC Olympic channels (HD versions on 472-479 and SD versions on 480-487).

Freesat viewers will be able to receive 8 BBC Olympic channels (HD versions on 261-268 and SD versions on 271-278).

Virgin Media customers with Tivo boxes should be able to receive all 24 live streams via BBC Connected Red Button.  If you don’t have a Tivo box, you will receive 8 Olympic channels (HD from 561-568 and SD from 571-578).

Any questions, drop me a comment below – and I will come back to you, and try and help you out!

Enjoy,

Chris

Eurosport Week 31 Highlights (30 July – 5 Aug)

Highlights this week include:

Cycling: LIVE Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian

Cycling: LIVE Prudential RideLondon – Surrey Classic

Snooker: LIVE Yushan World Open

Tennis: LIVE ATP Atlanta 

Also on Eurosport: Motorsport: LIVE Suzuka 8 Hours

Cycling: LIVE Dwars door het Hageland Football: LIVE UEFA Women’s Under-19 European Championships

 

30 July: LIVE Cycling – Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian

 

This week, Eurosport will broadcast exclusive LIVE coverage from the Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian race, considered one of the toughest Classics in modern cycling.

The race itself is known for its spectacular views and undulating terrain which tends to favor aggressive climbers amongst the peloton such as Alejandro Valverde and Phillipe Gilbert, who have both won here in the past.

The line-up for this year’s race is expected to be as impressive as ever, with the likes of Valverde, Joaqium Rodriguez and Steven Kruijswijk.

The locals will turn out in their thousands to see their heroes tackle the tough Basque Country route and they will all be hoping to see a Spaniard win the race. Expect to see big crowds on the Alto de Jaizkibel, which is regarded as one of the toughest climbs in world cycling.

Rob Hatch will be joined by former professional cyclist Dan Lloyd in the commentary booth. Saturday 30 July 1430-1630 LIVE on Eurosport 2 2100-2230 Highlights on Eurosport 2
30 & 31 July: LIVE Prudential RideLondon – Surrey Classic

 

This week, the UCI Europe Tour travels to London for the fourth edition of the Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic.

 

Britain’s greatest one-day bike race is back and 2016’s fast and furious showdown will see 150 of the world’s top pro cyclists take on a 200km route through London and Surrey.

 

The startlist for this year’s event includes some of the biggest names in cycling including 10-time Tour de France stage winner Andre Greipel and former world champion Tom Boonen.

 

Eurosport commentator Sean Kelly will take his team AnPost Chain Reaction to London after impressive performances in Ireland.

 

The women’s race at Prudential RideLondon 2016 has been awarded UCI WorldTour status by the world’s governing body for cycling, the UCI. The new Prudential RideLondon Classique replaces the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix, the women’s criterium race that was held for the past three years in and around St James’s Park. Laura Trott won the race back in 2013 Saturday 30 July 1700-1900 LIVE women’s race on Eurosport 2 2230-2335 Women’s race highlights on Eurosport 2 Sunday 31 July 1430-1830 LIVE men’s race on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Men’s race highlights on Eurosport 1

 

 

25 -31 July: LIVE Yushan World Open snooker

 

Eurosport will broadcast coverage of the third world ranking tournament of the season as the World Open takes place in Yushan, China.

 

World Champion Mark Selby, John Higgins, Judd Trump, and China’s top player Ding Junhui are all set to feature. Last year’s UK Championship winner and world number five Neil Robertson won the first ranking event of this season in Latvia. The Australian beat Michael Holt in the final of the Riga Masters to claim maximum ranking points from the opening round.

 

This is the first time the tournament has been held in Yushan. The last time the event was on the calendar it took place in Haikou. Shaun Murphy won that title in 2014 with Mark Allen champion the two previous years.

 

Former world champion Joe Johnson will share commentary duties with Mike Hallett, David Hendon and Philip Studd.

 

Saturday 30 July

0700-1000 LIVE day four on Eurosport 1

1230-1530 LIVE semi-final on Eurosport 1

 

Sunday 31 July

0700-1000 LIVE final on Eurosport 1

1840-2030 Final on Eurosport 1

2130-2330 Highlights on Eurosport 2

 

 

5-7 August: LIVE ATP Atlanta

 

Nick Kyrgios will look to bounce back from a disappointing Wimbledon where he capitulated to Andy Murray in the fourth round by winning this week’s Atlanta Open.

 

Kyrgios certainly divides opinion amongst tennis fans but there can be no denying his entertainment value. The Aussie was criticised in that final match at Wimbledon for rushing points, refusing to sit down at changeovers and basically handing Murray the victory. And while he afterwards proclaimed he ‘doesn’t really love tennis’ he will once again be one of the favourites for this tournament.

 

World number 18 Kyrgios will face competition from the likes of power-servers John Isner and Kevin Anderson as well as Frenchmen Benoit Paire and Jeremy Chardy for the ATP title. Isner is the defending champion of the tournament, which is played on hard courts. Friday 05 August 1900-2300 LIVE quarter-finals on Eurosport 1

 

Also on Eurosport…

 

LIVE Suzuka 8 Hours

Sun 31 July 0330-1145 LIVE on Eurosport 2

The full duration of the Motorcycling FIM Endurance Suzuka 8 Hours race will be LIVE on Eurosport this Sunday morning.

Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden, who returns to the Suzuka 8hours for the first time in 13 years, will ride for MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO. They will hope to claim victory with the same riders from their 2013-2014 winning team with Takumi Takahashi and current World Superbike rider Michael van Der Mark also involved.

 

F.C.C. TSR Honda, runners-up in last year’s Suzuka 8 Hours, have also announced an impressive team for the event. Kazuma Watanabe, who finished 3rd in the Le Mans 24 Hours race, Dominique Aegerter, current Moto2 rider and Patrick Jacobsen, currently competing in the Supersport World Championship, are all set to feature.

 

Jack Burnicle, Clive McNeil and Terry Rymer will be your commentators.

 

 

LIVE Dwars door het Hageland Fri 5 July 1400-1600 LIVE on Eurosport 1

This week, Eurosport will be broadcasting LIVE action from the 11th edition of the Dwars door het Hageland, a one-day race held in Belgium.

After an absence of three years from the European Tour, the Dwars door het Hageland makes a much anticipated return with a new route that finishes in Aarschot. The new course will include dirt roads similar to what we have seen at the Strade Bianche in Italy.

Nine of the 11 editions have been won by Belgian riders, with Timothy Stevens of Team 3m taking last year’s race in dramatic fashion from compatriot Davy Commeyne.

 

 

LIVE UEFA Women’s U19 European Championships

Sun 31 July 1745-2000 LIVE final on Eurosport 2

After losing in three of the last four finals at the Women’s U19 Euros Spain will hope to finally claim victory in this year’s competition.

Sweden triumphed at the 2015 tournament in Israel but failed to qualify this year along with England. Last year’s losing finalists Spain will have to emerge from a group containing four-time champions Germany as well as Austria and Switzerland if they are to win the title.

 

Eurosport July 2016 Highlights

July 2016 Highlights

  • Live Tour de France – One of the strongest fields in recent history sees Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Richie Porte all compete for the yellow jersey
  • Live Davis Cup Quarter-final – Andy Murray’s Great Britain face the biggest obstacle to their title defence yet as they take on Novak Djokovic’s Serbia.
  • Live European Athletics Championships – Dafne Schippers headlines the biggest event before the summer Olympics in Rio.
  • Live World Superbikes – British riders continue to dominate with Jonathan Rea, Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes all vying for victory at round nine from Laguna Seca.      

 

 

LIVE Tour de France

2-24 July on Eurosport 1

 

This month sees the start of the world’s most prestigious cycling race. Eurosport will have live coverage from every stage of the 103rd edition of the Tour de France.

 

Britain’s two-time champion Chris Froome will be one of the favourites heading into the race but comes up against one of the toughest fields in the history of the Tour with two-time winner Alberto Contador, last year’s runner-up Nairo Quintana and Froome’s right-hand man last year Richie Porte, now of BMC racing, all among the peloton. Team Sky will be looking for a strong performance after a disappointing Giro d’Italia which saw Mikel Landa forced to pull out the race after suffering from illness during the first week. Froome will be looking to become the first rider to retain the prestigious Tour de France title since Miguel Indurain in 1995.

 

This year’s route comprises of seven flat stages, six hilly stages, five mountain stages including four summit finishes and two individual time-trials. Sprinters like Marcel Kittel, André Greipel and Peter Sagan will have the yellow jersey in their sights on stage one, but the climbers will come out to play as early as stage five, where the first of the mountains appear. Despite not having a foreign start as it has done for the past two years with Yorkshire and Utrecht, the race will venture out of France on three separate occasions in 2016, to Andorra, Spain and Switzerland.

 

Eurosport’s coverage will include expert analysis from three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond. The recently retired Juan Antonio Flecha will also be part of the Grand Tour coverage following his insightful analysis during this year’s Giro d’Italia. Ashley House will present the daily coverage.

 

Carlton Kirby will take viewers through the action with cycling legend Sean Kelly alongside him.

 

 

Live Davis Cup: Great Britain vs Serbia

15-17 July on Eurosport 2

 

Andy Murray may need to beat world number one Novak Djokovic if Great Britain are to reach the semi-finals of the Davis Cup this month. Eurosport will have LIVE coverage of GB’s quarter-final with Serbia.

 

Murray has already committed to the tie with Djokovic expected to follow suit. The world number one has dominated his rival recently, losing just one of their last 12 meetings, and beat Murray for a fourth time in the Australian Open final in January.

 

Britain are the holders of the Davis Cup but Serbia will provide tough opposition. Along with Djokovic they can boast three other top-100 players as well as leading doubles player Nenad Zimonjic. The teams last met in 2006 where Serbia came out on top, with the winners this time facing either Argentina or Italy in the semi-final.

 

So far this year Great Britain defeated Japan 3-1 which included a Murray victory over world number six, Kei Nishikori. At this stage of last year’s competition Leon Smith’s side beat France to secure a spot in the last-four.

 

 

Live Athletics European Championships

6-10 July on Eurosport 1 & 2

 

The European Athletics Championships will be broadcast live and exclusive on Eurosport from the Olympic stadium in Amsterdam.

 

This is the last major event before the 2016 Rio Olympics and will provide athletes with a chance to fine-tune their performances on one of the biggest stages.

 

With British track athletes possessing automatic qualification for the Olympics not attending these Championships it will be the turn of field event athletes to occupy the spotlight. Katarina Johnson-Thompson was devastated after her disqualification at the World Championships in Beijing last summer but may have a chance to redeem herself by winning gold in the heptathlon in Amsterdam. Shara Proctor won silver in the long jump in Beijing and will hope to emulate that kind of success here.

 

World 200m champion Dafne Schippers is likely to be the poster girl for the championships barring injury. The Dutch star holds the European record of 21.63 seconds in the 200m and is the favourite for the gold medal this summer in Rio.

 

 

Live World Superbikes

9-10 July on Eurosport 2

July hosts round nine of the Superbike World Championship at Laguna Seca in California, USA.

 

The 2016 season began in a similar vein as it ended last year, with a complete British domination at the top of the championship. After six rounds, reigning champion Jonathan Rea tops the overall leader board after winning five of the opening eight races. However, Welshman Chaz Davies has started to show some impressive form, claiming double victories at both Aragon and Imola.

A last year’s round at Laguna Seca, it was Davies who claimed an impressive double victory, with Rea’s team mate Tom Stykes taking second in both races. Former champion Sykes currently sits in third place, 70 points behind Rea.

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.

Our live studio will be hosted by Eurosport’s presenter Matt Roberts with former WSB rider James Haydon providing analysis. James Whitham, who also competed in WSB, will commentate alongside Jack Burnicle.

 

Live MCE British Superbikes

9-10 July LIVE from Snetterton on Eurosport 2

23-24 LIVE from Thruxton on Eurosport 2

 

The fifth and sixth rounds of the MCE British Superbike Championship take place this month at Snetterton and Thruxton respectively.

Having secured a record-breaking fourth BSB title in 2014, Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne is back to win back the crown for Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki, after losing out to Australian Josh Brookes in last year’s championship. Brookes has since moved to the World Superbike Championship.

While Shakey is undoubtedly the favourite once again, the number of different riders to have won races already this season indicates the championship could be more open than ever. Eurosport 2 will show races one and two from each round as well as the majority of the support classes.

Tune in for LIVE and exclusive coverage with the Eurosport team, Matt Roberts, James Haydon, James Whitham and Jack Burnicle.

 

Live UEFA U19 Euro Champs

11–24 July LIVE on Eurosport 1

 

Germany hosts the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship this month, featuring some of the continent’s brightest young prospects.

 

In the past, this competition has marked the first significant successes of a number of future stars, with England’s victorious 1993 team featuring the likes of Gary Neville, Sol Campbell and Paul Scholes, all of whom went on to win well over 50 caps for the senior team.

 

This will be England’s first appearance in the tournament for four years after the under-19s failed to qualify for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 championships. The qualification couldn’t have gone much better for the ‘Young Lions’, knocking out Spain in the final round of qualifying, beating the reigning champions 2-0 in the final game. It was Tottenham Hotspur’s Josh Onomah and Newcastle United’s Adam Armstrong who netted in that game, both are likely to feature in the finals. Onomah, who made 18 senior appearances for Tottenham last year, is tipped as one of the next superstars to emerge out of the North London clubs academy.

 

The 2016 tournament will see one of the strongest line-up’s in the history of the championship, with Germany, Italy, Portugal, France and the Netherlands all featuring alongside England. Three-time semi-finalists Austria and Croatia complete the line-up.

 

England have been grouped alongside two-time winners France, the Netherlands and Croatia in Group B. The French side emerged from qualifying undefeated with Paris Saint-Germain striker Jean-Kevin Augustin impressing with five goals in as many games.

 

 

Prudential RideLondon – Surrey Classic

31 July on Eurosport 1

 

This month, the UCI Europe Tour travels to London for the fourth edition of the Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic.

 

Britain’s greatest one-day bike race is back and 2016’s fast and furious showdown will see 150 of the world’s top pro cyclists take on a 200km route through London and Surrey.

 

The startlist for the race is still TBC, but if the 2015 is anything to go by, we can expect the biggest names in British and world cycling. Last year’s race featured Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins as well as the likes of former world champion Philippe Gilbert and Team Sky’s sprint sensation Elia Viviani.

 

 

 

Live Diamond League Athletics

15 July on Eurosport 2

 

Eurosport will provide live and exclusive coverage of the ninth IAAF Diamond League meeting of the season from Monaco.

 

This event was the highlight of last year’s Diamond League as Genzebe Dibaba smashed the 1500m world record with a stunning performance. Asbel Kiprop also threatened the the men’s 1500m world record with a time 3:26.69.

 

This meeting always attracts an impressive field and with the summer Olympics in Rio fast-approaching this year will be no different. Dibaba joins the line-up as she returns to the Stade Louis II

 

 

Live Tour of Wallonne

23-27 July LIVE on Eurosport 2

 

The Tour of Wallonne is a five-day stage race part of the UCI Europe Tour, passing through the French-speaking part of Belgium.

 

It usually welcomes some of the top riders on the circuit, with multiple stage and classics winner Niki Terpstra topping the podium last year. This year’s race starts with in Charleroi and ends in Dison, near Liège.

Eurosport Week 30 Highlights (up to July 29th)

Highlights this week include: Cycling: LIVE Tour de France

Motorsport: LIVE British Superbikes

Snooker: LIVE World Open from Yushan

Cycling: LIVE National Circuit Championships

 

Also on Eurosport:

Football: LIVE UEFA Under-19 European Championships

Cycling: LIVE Tour de Wallonie

 

 

2-24 July: LIVE Tour de France

 

This week Chris Froome will hope to be crowned the 2016 Tour de France champion, becoming the first rider to retain the title since Miguel Indurain in 1995.  

 

Britain’s two-time champion Froome is one of the favourites but comes up against one of the toughest fields in the history of the Tour. Two-time winner Alberto Contador was expected to be one of his closest competitors but faces an uphill battle in the general classification after crashing several times in the opening stages. Last year’s runner-up Nairo Quintana looks to be Froome’s nearest rival with BMC’s Richie Porte also in contention.
The annual finale into central Paris is where the final battle for the green jersey could be played out. The winner will be a sprinter who has managed to survive the final week’s mountains. Britain’s Mark Cavendish has made a good start to this year’s Tour leaving some work to do for last year’s green jersey winner Peter Sagan. This stage will be preceded on the Champs Elysées circuit by the women’s event La Course, with LIVE coverage on Eurosport.

 

Eurosport’s coverage will include expert analysis from three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond. Former Sky rider Juan Antonio Flecha will also be part of the Grand Tour coverage with Ashley House presenting the daily coverage.

 

Carlton Kirby will take viewers through the action with cycling legend Sean Kelly alongside him.

 

Saturday 23 July 1045-1645 LIVE stage 20 on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage 20 highlights on Eurosport 1 Sunday 24 July 1330-1500 LIVE La Course by Tour de France on Eurosport 1 1500-1900 LIVE stage 21 on Eurosport 1 2140-2310 Stage 21 on Eurosport 1 2310-0000 La Course highlights on Eurosport 1

 

23 & 25 July: LIVE MCE British Superbikes

 

The sixth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship takes place this week at Thruxton circuit in Hampshire.

Having secured a record-breaking fourth BSB title in 2014, Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne aims to win back the crown for Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki, after losing out to Australian Josh Brookes in last year’s championship. Brookes has since moved to the World Superbike Championship.

While Shakey is undoubtedly the favourite once again, the number of different riders to have won races already this season indicates the championship could be more open than ever. Eurosport 2 will show races one and two from each round as well as the majority of the support classes.

Tune in for LIVE and exclusive coverage with the Eurosport team, Matt Roberts, James Haydon, James Whitham and Jack Burnicle. Saturday 23 July 1400-1600 LIVE qualifying on Eurosport 2 1855-2030 Qualifying on Eurosport 2 Sunday 24 July 1230-1800 LIVE raceday on Eurosport 2 1915-2115 Raceday highlights on Eurosport 2

 

25 -31 July: LIVE Yushan World Open snooker

 

Eurosport will broadcast LIVE coverage of the third world ranking tournament of the season as the World Open takes place in Yushan, China.

 

World Champion Mark Selby, John Higgins, Judd Trump, and China’s top player Ding Junhui are all set to feature. Last year’s UK Championship winner and world number five Neil Robertson won the first ranking event of this season in Latvia. The Australian beat Michael Holt in the final of the Riga Masters to claim maximum ranking points from the opening round.

 

This is the first time the tournament has been held in Yushan. The last time the event was on the calendar it took place in Haikou. Shaun Murphy won that title in 2014 with Mark Allen champion the two previous years.

 

Monday 25 July

0700-1000 LIVE day one on Eurosport 1

1230-1530 LIVE day one on Eurosport 1

Tuesday 26 July

0700-1000 LIVE day two on Eurosport 1

1230-1530 LIVE day two on Eurosport 1

 

Wednesday 27 July

0700-1000 LIVE day three on Eurosport 1

1230-1530 LIVE day three on Eurosport 1

 

Thursday 28 July

0700-1000 LIVE day four on Eurosport 1

1230-1530 LIVE day four on Eurosport 1

 

Friday 29 July

0700-1000 LIVE day five on Eurosport 1

1230-1530 LIVE day five on Eurosport 1

 

28 July: LIVE Cycling: National Circuit Race Championships

 

This week the 2016 British Cycling National Circuit Race Championships take place in Birmingham in one of the highlights of Britain’s elite road racing calendar.

 

The championships are always fiercely contested by the country’s top professional riders, who will be battling it out for the honour of wearing the red, white and blue striped jersey of British national champion for the next 12 months. Past winners include Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy, Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead, gold medallists Joanna Rowsell and Dani King as well as former road world champion Mark Cavendish.

 

Ian Bibby of NFTO won the men’s event last year whilst Team Ford Ecoboost’s Nicola Juniper won the women’s race after a successful late attack earned her the national stripes. Thursday 28 July 1730-2130 LIVE on Eurosport 1 Friday 29 July 1000-1130 Highlights on Eurosport 1

 

Also on Eurosport…

 

LIVE UEFA U19 European Championships

Sun 24 July 1905-2140 LIVE final on Eurosport 1

Should Aidy Boothroyd’s England Under-19s progress to this week’s European Championship final it would provide fans with real hope for the future generation of national stars.

The former Watford manager has named his squad for the tournament with the likes of Tottenham’s Josh Onomah and Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke set to feature in Germany. Onomah, who made 18 senior appearances for Tottenham last year, is tipped as one of the next superstars to emerge out of the North London club’s academy. Meanwhile highly rated striker Solanke joins up with the squad after a spell with England U21s.

 

Most of the squad were involved in England’s qualifying campaign for the eight-team finals, which ended in an impressive 2-0 victory over holders Spain that booked their place.

 

In the past, this competition has marked the first significant successes of a number of future stars, with England’s victorious 1993 team featuring the likes of Gary Neville, Sol Campbell and Paul Scholes, all of whom went on to win well over 50 caps for the senior team.

 

LIVE Tour de Wallonie

Mon 25 Jul 1415-1615 LIVE stage three on Eurosport 2

Tuesday 26 July1430-1630 LIVE stage four on Eurosport 2

Wed 27 July 1415-1615 LIVE stage five on Eurosport 2

The final three stages of the Tour de Wallonie will be LIVE on Eurosport this week.

Niki Terpstra won this five-stage race last year and returns again to Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium for the 2016 edition. He will be joined by other riders who have elected not to take part in the Tour de France, including those who have chosen to focus on their preparations for the Rio Olympics.

 

The third stage, finishing in Vielsalm, is the longest stage of the race and the more hilly of the three this week. The fourth and fifth stages will remain predominantly in the province of Liège and will include some of the climbs of Liège-Bastogne-Liège spring classic race.

Eurosport Week 29 Highlights (up to July 22nd)

Highlights this week include: Cycling: LIVE Tour de France

Tennis: LIVE Davis Cup – Great Britain vs Serbia

Football: LIVE UEFA Under-19 European Championships

Motorsport: Speedway European Championships

 

 

2-24 July: LIVE Tour de France

 

This week Eurosport will broadcast extended coverage of two gruelling mountain stages as well as a tricky uphill individual time trial which could prove pivotal in the battle for the Tour de France yellow jersey.  

 

Britain’s two-time champion Chris Froome will be one of the favourites heading into the race but comes up against one of the toughest fields in the history of the Tour with two-time winner Alberto Contador, last year’s runner-up Nairo Quintana and Froome’s right-hand man last year Richie Porte, now of BMC racing, all among the peloton. Team Sky will be looking for a strong performance after a disappointing Giro d’Italia which saw Mikel Landa forced to pull out the race after suffering from illness during the first week. Froome will be looking to become the first rider to retain the prestigious Tour de France title since Miguel Indurain in 1995. The signs are good for him after winning a third Criterium du Dauphine title recently – Froome won the Tour de France after both his previous Dauphine successes.

 

Pressure will be piled on the sprinters in Saturday’s stage 14, which may be the final bunch finish before Paris. There’s an extra two hours of coverage on Sunday building up to the spectacular ascent of the Grand Colombier’s hairpins, a climb that could prove explosive in the general classification. Two stages in Switzerland are separated by a rest day before the uphill individual time trial and Friday’s extended coverage of stage 19, which ends in Le Bettex – the site of Chris Froome’s impressive Dauphine victory in 2015.

 

Eurosport’s coverage will include expert analysis from three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond. Former Sky rider Juan Antonio Flecha will also be part of the Grand Tour coverage following his insightful analysis during this year’s Giro d’Italia. Ashley House will present the daily coverage.

 

Carlton Kirby will take viewers through the action with cycling legend Sean Kelly alongside him.

 

Saturday 16 July 1300-1630 LIVE stage 14 on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage 14 highlights on Eurosport 1 Sunday 17 July 1130-1700 LIVE stage 15 on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage 15 highlights on Eurosport 1 Monday 18 July 1300-1715 LIVE stage 16 on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage 16 on Eurosport 1 Wednesday 20 July 1300-1645 LIVE stage 17 on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage 17 on Eurosport 1

Thursday 21 July 1300-1645 LIVE stage 18 on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage 18 on Eurosport 1 Friday 22 July 1130-1700 LIVE stage 19 on Eurosport 1 2100-2230 Stage 19 on Eurosport 1

 

15-17 July: Live Davis Cup – Great Britain vs Serbia

 

Andy Murray’s fierce rivalry with world number one Novak Djokovic will continue this week when Great Britain play Serbia in the Davis Cup. Eurosport will have LIVE coverage of the quarter-final.

 

Murray has already committed to the tie, with Djokovic expected to follow suit despite suggestions he might prefer to concentrate on the Olympics. The world number one has dominated his rival recently, beating him in both the Australian Open and French Open finals. Serbia’s decision to play the quarter-final on clay, in the capital Belgrade, will boost Murray’s hopes of victory after Djokovic asserted his dominance on that surface in that recent triumph at Roland Garros.

 

Britain are the holders of the Davis Cup but Serbia will provide tough opposition. Along with Djokovic they can boast three other top-100 players as well as leading doubles player Nenad Zimonjic. The teams last met in 2006 where Serbia came out on top, with the winners this time facing either Argentina or Italy in the semi-final.

 

So far this year Great Britain defeated Japan 3-1 which included a Murray victory over world number six, Kei Nishikori. At this stage of last year’s competition Leon Smith’s side beat France to secure a spot in the last-four. Saturday 16 July 1445-1815 LIVE doubles on Eurosport 2 1915-2100 Doubles highlights on Eurosport 2

 

Sunday 17 July 1345-1915 LIVE return singles on Eurosport 2 1915-2100 Return singles on Eurosport 2

 

Monday 18 July

1445-1645 Quarter-final highlights on Eurosport 2

 

11-24 July: LIVE UEFA U19 European Championships

Aidy Boothroyd’s Under-19s side could provide England fans with a glimmer of hope for the next generation after an otherwise disappointing summer.

In the past, this competition has marked the first significant successes of a number of future stars, with England’s victorious 1993 team featuring the likes of Gary Neville, Sol Campbell and Paul Scholes, all of whom went on to win well over 50 caps for the senior team.

 

Qualification couldn’t have gone much better for the ‘Young Lions’, knocking out holders Spain in the final round. It was Tottenham Hotspur’s Josh Onomah and Newcastle United’s Adam Armstrong who netted in that game, both are likely to feature in the finals. Onomah, who made 18 senior appearances for Tottenham last year, is tipped as one of the next superstars to emerge out of the North London club’s academy. Highly rated Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke is also expected to join up with the squad after a spell with England U21s.

 

Sunday 17 July 1815-2030 LIVE Germany vs Austria on Eurosport 1

 

Monday 18 July 1045-1300 LIVE England vs Croatia on Eurosport
Thursday 21 July 1045-1300 LIVE semi-final on Eurosport 2 1545-1800 LIVE playoff on Eurosport 2

1745-2000 LIVE semi-final on Eurosport 1
 

16 July: LIVE Speedway European Championships, round one

Emil Sayfutdinov will begin his campaign to secure a third consecutive European Championship title when this year’s series begins in Güstrow, Germany.

The 2016 season will consist of four rounds once again, meaning that it is crucial Sayfutdinov’s rivals challenge his recent dominance early on with strong performances in this opening round. Nicki Pedersen, Antonio Lindbäck, Janusz Kołodziej and Martin Vaculík secured their participation in all final events through securing a top-five finish in the general classification in 2015.

Three-time speedway world champion Nicki Pedersen is likely to be the Russian’s main contender for the title. The Danish rider will hope he can bridge the three-point gap that separated him from Sayfutdinov at the top of the standings last season. And after winning the opening rounds in both of the last two seasons, including a 2014 victory on this track in Güstrow, Pedersen will go into this week’s opening round with confidence.

Saturday 16 July 1730-2030 LIVE round one on Eurosport 1

2330-0015 Round one on Eurosport 2

ABC – The Lexicon of Love 2 Reviewed!

By Chris Benson

ABC Lexicon of Love II

I love my 80’s music.  I love ABC’s ‘The Lexicon of Love’, which was originally released in 1982 when I was just a little baby.  I discovered the album a few years ago, in a Music Zone shop… a low price CD, and having heard ABC’s Greatest Hits collection I thought I’d expand my ABC portfolio with a full LP… and it didn’t disappoint.  In fact, ‘The Lexicon of Love’ is up there as one of my all-time favourites, along with ‘Heavy Traffic’, ‘Flowers in the Dirt’ and ‘Tango in the Night’ (more on those another time).

How did the idea of Lexicon 2 come about?  Martin Fry says “We played the Royal Albert Hall on the album’s 30th anniversary, with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Anne Dudley – and it really brought home to me that to this day people have a great deal of affection for ‘Poison Arrow’, ‘The Look of Love’, ‘All of My Heart’ and the rest”.

So, I was pretty happy to say the least when I discovered that 34 years later and ABC were to release ‘The Lexicon of Love 2’ – to follow on a project after such a length in time is unthinkable to many, but not to Martin Fry of ABC.  And what a good time to discover ABC – BBC Four has reached 1982 with its Top of the Pops repeats… and ABC were there in the TOTP studio several times that year.

Back to the new album.  From a press release, Martin says “…It really is ‘The Lexicon of Love II, not just a collection of songs shoehorned into that title.  This to me is how ‘The Lexicon of Love’ would have grown up.”

Above you will see the official video to ‘Viva Love’ – brilliant shot and directed by Julian Temple… just as he did for ABC videos back in 1982.  In fact the ‘Viva Love’ promo was shot in the same East London theatre as the promo video for ‘Poison Arrow’ – I kid you not.

Track 1 is The Flames of Desire, which is a brilliant, lively number which sounds like vintage ABC – it has you thinking from the start that this album is going to be good!  For me, it is beaten by Track 2, Viva Love, which I’m pleased to say I’ve heard on quite a few radio stations – good that it’s getting some airplay.

Track 3, Ten Below Zero is a slower number but just as catchy.  Track 4, Confessions of a Fool will be instantly memorable too. I would say that the next track, Singer Not the Song is the most modern sounding song on the album… for me its took a while to decide if i like it, but ive found i do.

Kiss Me Goodbye is another great number, and has references to Poison Arrow too which was a really nice touch (Listen out for the line “I cared enough to know I could never leave you”).

Having said that, it’s taken a couple of full plays of the album to fully appreciate it all, and I’ve read similar reviews on sites such as Amazon where the album has “grown” with the listener after a few plays.  I think the reason for that is because our instant comparison is to say “Is it as good as Poison Arrow and The Look of Love?” Such high standards were set by ABC 34 years ago, and they’re still being compared to those today.

As well as providing the orchestral arrangements with the new album, Anne Dudley has co-written two songs with Martin Fry.  ‘The Love Inside the Love’is one of them, the other is ‘Brighter Than The Sun’. Martin’s vocals are superb throughout the album – Fry genuinely sounds no different than an ABC album you’d have heard thirty plus years ago.  The orchestral compositions are excellent – blend the two together and it’s pure magic.

There’s 11 tracks in total – and the last track is typical ABC… with a mini reprise of Viva Love… following in the style of their previous work. I only hope that we’ll see another new ABC piece soon, this for me is the best new album of the year.

I was at one of the quiz nights I host this week and got talking to some customers about 80’s music and ABC came up – when I told them that there was a new album out they were so excited; how many artists from that time would drive up that excitement?  I think quite a few would disappoint and not live up to expectations.  No danger of that here.

And now, ABC are calling me to their gig at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on October 21st – I wonder if there’s any tickets left?!  I’ve only ever seen them live once before – back in 2001, when they were the warm-up act for Robbie Williams at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.  Sorry Robbie, but I got more excited about seeing Martin and the gang that day.

The Lexicon of Love 2 is available from all good stockists – buy it, download it, stream it – but whatever you do, check it out!

Chris

 

 

Sport on Freeview W/C July 16th 2016

Hello all, welcome to this week’s blog.

Saturday July 16th 2016:

22:00 – 00:00

Bellator Fight Night – Live from the O2 Arena in London

Channel 5

 

Sunday July 17th 2016:

12:00 – 17:00

Cycling – Tour De France Day 15 LIVE

ITV4

 

12:30 – 13:45

Triathlon Highlights from Hamburg

BBC Two

 

13:45 – 17:15

Davis Cup Tennis LIVE – Great Britain v Serbia

BBC One

 

19:00 – 20:00

Cricket – England v Pakistan Highlights

Channel 5

 

19:00 – 20:00

Cycling – Tour De France Day 15 Highlights

ITV4

 

20:00 – 22:00

Golf – The Open Championship Day 4 Highlights

BBC Two

 

21:00 – 23:00

TNA Impact Wrestling

Challenge

 

Monday July 18th 2016:

13:00 – 14:15

Athletics – Diamond League Highlights from Monaco

BBC Two

 

14:00 – 17:00

Cycling – Tour De France Day 16 LIVE

ITV4

 

19:00 – 20:00

Cricket – England v Pakistan Highlights

Channel 5

 

19:00 – 20:00

Cycling – Tour De France Day 16 Highlights

ITV4

 

20:00 – 21:05

Moto GP Highlights – From Germany

ITV4

 

23:15 – 00:00

The Super League Show – Rugby League Highlights

BBC One

 

23:15 – 23:45

The Women’s Football Show

BBC Two

 

Tuesday July 19th 2016:

13:00 – 13:45

The Super League Show

BBC Two

 

19:00 – 20:00

Tour De France Highlights

ITV4

 

Wednesday July 20th 2016:

14:00 – 16:30

Cycling – Tour De France Day 17 LIVE

ITV4

 

19:00 – 20:00

Cycling – Tour De France Day 17 Highlights

ITV4

 

20:00 – 21:00

Southern 100 Road Race Highlights

ITV4

 

22:45 – 23:15

A Question of Sport- with guest Louis Smith

BBC One

 

Thursday July 21st 2016:

14:00 – 17:00

Cycling – Tour De France Day 18 LIVE

ITV4

 

19:00 – 20:00

Cycling – Tour De France Day 18 Highlights

ITV4

 

Friday July 22nd 2016:

12:00 – 16:30

Cycling – Tour De France Day 19 LIVE

ITV4

 

12:55 – 14:40

Formula 1 – Hungarian Grand Prix Practice 2 LIVE

Channel 4

 

19:00 – 20:00

Cricket – England v Pakistan Highlights

Channel 5

 

19:00 – 20:00

Cycling – Tour De France Day 19 Highlights

ITV4

 

20:00 – 22:00
Athletics – London Anniversary Games LIVE

BBC Two

 

 

 

Eurosport Week 28 Highlights

For more information, check out my Eurosport page at the top of the blog.  Chris

 

9-15 July

 

Highlights this week include: Tennis: LIVE Wimbledon Finals

Cycling: LIVE Tour de France

Tennis: LIVE Davis Cup – Great Britain vs Serbia

Motorsport: LIVE World Superbikes

 

Also on Eurosport:

Athletics: LIVE Diamond League

Athletics: LIVE European Championships

Football: LIVE UEFA Under-19 European Championships

 

 

27 June – 10 July: LIVE Wimbledon Championships

 

This year Eurosport is set to serve up LIVE coverage and highlights from the Wimbledon Championships, becoming the only broadcaster to show live coverage of all four Grand Slams in the UK.

 

A 90-minute round up of the best action from SW19 will be shown daily throughout the tournament at 10pm on Eurosport 1 with the men’s and women’s finals LIVE on Eurosport 2. The studio coverage will be presented by Rob Curling with Greg Rusedski, Richard Krajicek, Henri LeConte and Mark Philippoussis featuring as guests throughout the tournament.

 

 

Britain’s Andy Murray will be seeking a third successive Grand Slam final appearance this year as he attempts to recapture the title he won in 2013, while Serena Williams continues her chase for a 22nd Grand Slam title which would see her draw level with Steffi Graf’s Open era record.

 

Eurosport is the Home of Tennis, broadcasting all four Grand Slam tournaments, the Davis Cup and all five British grass court tournaments.

 

Saturday 9 July

1340-1600 LIVE women’s final on Eurosport 2 2200-2330 Women’s final highlights on Eurosport 1 Sunday 10 July 1400-1730 LIVE men’s final on Eurosport 2

2200-2330 Men’s final highlights on Eurosport 1

 

2-24 July: LIVE Tour de France

 

The 2016 Tour de France enters one of the hardest weeks in the history of the race as riders tackle 16 categorised climbs and a mammoth 37km time-trial.

 

Britain’s two-time champion Chris Froome will be one of the favourites heading into the race but comes up against one of the toughest fields in the history of the Tour with two-time winner Alberto Contador, last year’s runner-up Nairo Quintana and Froome’s right-hand man last year Richie Porte, now of BMC racing, all among the peloton. Team Sky will be looking for a strong performance after a disappointing Giro d’Italia which saw Mikel Landa forced to pull out the race after suffering from illness during the first week. Froome will be looking to become the first rider to retain the prestigious Tour de France title since Miguel Indurain in 1995. The signs are good for him after winning a third Criterium du Dauphine title recently – Froome won the Tour de France after both his previous Dauphine successes.

 

Stage eight, on first glance, looks to be the hardest stage of this year’s Tour, with riders having to overcome the Col du Tourmalet as well as two other category one climbs. Stage 12 will undoubtedly be a standout stage this week as the peloton travel 184km from Montpellier to finish at the summit of Mont Ventoux, on Bastille Day. The fans that will line the side of the road will be yearning for a French victory, with Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot both entering the race in good form. The last time the race visited the famous ascent up Ventoux was back in 2013, which saw Chris Froome take victory and stamp his authority on the yellow jersey.

 

Eurosport’s coverage will include expert analysis from three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond. Former Sky rider Juan Antonio Flecha will also be part of the Grand Tour coverage following his insightful analysis during this year’s Giro d’Italia. Ashley House will present the daily coverage.

 

Carlton Kirby will take viewers through the action with cycling legend Sean Kelly alongside him.

 

Saturday 9 July 1300-1645 LIVE stage eight on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage eight highlights on Eurosport 2 Sunday 10 July 1045-1630 LIVE stage nine on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage nine highlights on Eurosport 1 Tuesday 12 July 1245-1645 LIVE stage 10 on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage 10 on Eurosport 1 Wednesday 13 July 1245-1645 LIVE stage 11 on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage 11 on Eurosport 1

Thursday 14 July 1245-1645 LIVE stage 12 on Eurosport 1 2030-2200 Stage 12 on Eurosport 1 Friday 15 July 1245-1645 LIVE stage 13 on Eurosport 1 2100-2230 Stage 13 on Eurosport 1

 

 

15-17 July: Live Davis Cup – Great Britain vs Serbia

 

Andy Murray may need to beat world number one Novak Djokovic if Great Britain are to reach the semi-finals of the Davis Cup this week. Eurosport will have LIVE coverage of GB’s quarter-final with Serbia.

 

Murray has already committed to the tie with Djokovic expected to follow suit. The world number one has dominated his rival recently, losing just one of their last 13 meetings, and beat Murray for a fourth time in the Australian Open final in January and at the French Open final in June.

 

Britain are the holders of the Davis Cup but Serbia will provide tough opposition. Along with Djokovic they can boast three other top-100 players as well as leading doubles player Nenad Zimonjic. The teams last met in 2006 where Serbia came out on top, with the winners this time facing either Argentina or Italy in the semi-final.

 

So far this year Great Britain defeated Japan 3-1 which included a Murray victory over world number six, Kei Nishikori. At this stage of last year’s competition Leon Smith’s side beat France to secure a spot in the last-four. Friday 15 July 1430-2000 LIVE day one on Eurosport 2 2000-2155 Day one on Eurosport 2

 

 

9 & 10 July: Live World Superbikes

This week, the Laguna Seca circuit in California hosts round nine of the Superbike World Championship.

 

After eight rounds, reigning champion Jonathan Rea tops the overall leader board after winning seven of the 16 races so far and failing to miss a single podium.

 

At last year’s round at Laguna Seca, it was Davies who claimed an impressive double victory, with Rea’s team mate Tom Stykes taking second in both races. Former champion Sykes currently sits in second place, 76 points behind Rea, at the time of writing.

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.

Our live studio will be hosted by Matt Roberts with former WSB rider James Haydon providing analysis. James Whitham, who also competed in WSB, will commentate alongside Jack Burnicle. Saturday 9 July 1915-2030 LIVE Superpole on Eurosport 2 2215-2330 LIVE race one on Eurosport 2 Sunday 10 July 2215-2330 LIVE race two on Eurosport 2

 

9 & 10 July: LIVE British Superbikes

The fifth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship takes place this week at Snetterton.

Having secured a record-breaking fourth BSB title in 2014, Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne is back to win back the crown for Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki, after losing out to Australian Josh Brookes in last year’s championship. Brookes has since moved to the World Superbike Championship.

While Shakey is undoubtedly the favourite once again, the number of different riders to have won races already this season indicates the championship could be more open than ever. Eurosport 2 will show races one and two from each round as well as the majority of the support classes.

Tune in for LIVE and exclusive coverage with the Eurosport team, Matt Roberts, James Haydon, James Whitham and Jack Burnicle.

Saturday 9 July 1600-1800 LIVE qualifying on Eurosport 2 Sunday 10 July 1230-1345 LIVE raceday on Eurosport 2 1900-2100 Raceday highlights on Eurosport 2

 

 

Also on Eurosport this week…

LIVE UEFA Under-19 European Championships Mon 11 July 1045-1300 LIVE Germany vs Italy on Eurosport 1

Tue 12 July 1045-1300 LIVE Netherlands vs Croatia on Eurosport 2

Tue 12 July 1815-2030 LIVE England vs France on Eurosport 1

Thurs 14 July 1815-2030 LIVE Germany vs Portugal on Eurosport 1

 

Aidy Boothroyd’s England Under-19s kick off their European Championship campaign this week against France.

 

In the past, this competition has marked the first significant successes of a number of future stars, with England’s victorious 1993 team featuring the likes of Gary Neville, Sol Campbell and Paul Scholes, all of whom went on to win well over 50 caps for the senior team.

 

Qualification couldn’t have gone much better for the ‘Young Lions’, knocking out holders Spain in the final round. It was Tottenham Hotspur’s Josh Onomah and Newcastle United’s Adam Armstrong who netted in that game, both are likely to feature in the finals. Onomah, who made 18 senior appearances for Tottenham last year, is tipped as one of the next superstars to emerge out of the North London club’s academy. Highly rated Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke is also expected to join up with the squad after a spell with England U21s.

 

France emerged from qualifying undefeated with Paris Saint-Germain striker Jean-Kevin Augustin impressing with five goals in as many games. The Netherlands and Croatia are the other teams in Group B.

 

LIVE IAAF Diamond League: Monaco, round nine

Fri 15 July 1900-2100 on Eurosport 1

 

Eurosport will provide live and exclusive coverage of the ninth IAAF Diamond League meeting of the season from Monaco.

 

This event was the highlight of last year’s Diamond League as Genzebe Dibaba smashed the 1500m world record with a stunning performance. Asbel Kiprop also threatened the men’s 1500m world record with a time 3:26.69.

 

This meeting always attracts an impressive field and with the summer Olympics in Rio fast-approaching this year will be no different. World champion Dafne Schippers will feature in the 100m just days after she runs in the same events at the European Championships in Amsterdam.

Sport on Freeview W/C July 9th 2016

Welcome to this week’s listings – please note for the first time, there is no live FREE coverage of the Golf Open Championship, this is exclusive to Sky Sports now. BBC2 will have nightly highlights, but two hours per night is all that you will see on Freeview.

 

Saturday 09/07/2016 08:55 – 09:55 Channel 4 Horse Racing The Morning Line Racing preview.
  09:55 – 11:05 Channel 4 Formula 1 British Grand Prix LIVE Practice 3
  11:00 – 12:30 BBC2 Tennis Wimbledon LIVE Ladies’ Wheelchair Singles Final
  11:05 – 11:35 Channel 4 General The Superhumans Show
  12:00 – 14:30 Channel 4 Formula 1 British Grand Prix LIVE Qualifying
  13:00 – 17:40 BBC1 Tennis Wimbledon LIVE Ladies’ Singles Final
  13:00 – 14:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France Highlights Stage 7 Highlights.
  14:00 – 16:30 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France LIVE Stage 8
  14:30 – 17:30 Channel 4 Horse Racing Channel 4 Racing LIVE From Newmarket, York and Ascot.
  16:00 – 18:00 Quest General British Superbikes LIVE Qualifying session.
  17:40 – 20:00 BBC2 Tennis Wimbledon LIVE More action from the penultimate day.
  20:00 – 21:00 BBC2 Tennis Today at Wimbledon Highlights from today.
  22:00 – 00:00 Spike General Bellator Kickboxing action.
  23:30 – 00:30 BBC2 Golf Scottish Open Day 3 Highlights
Sunday 10/07/2016 08:50 – 09:50 ITV4 General Goodwood Festival of Speed Action from the recent event.
  11:00 – 12:30 BBC2 Tennis Wimbledon LIVE Men’s Wheelchair Final
  12:00 – 16:00 Channel 4 Formula 1 British Grand Prix LIVE
  12:00 – 13:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France Highlights Stage 8 Highlights
  12:30 – 18:00 Quest General British Superbikes LIVE Round 5 of the season.
  13:00 – 17:35 BBC1 Tennis Wimbledon LIVE Men’s Final
  13:00 – 17:00 Dave Cricket Caribbean Premier League (Recorded) Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Kitts and Nevis Patriots from last night.
  13:00 – 17:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France LIVE Stage 9
  17:35 – 20:00 BBC2 Tennis Wimbledon LIVE Mixed Doubles Final
  19:00 – 22:30 BBC1 Football Euro 2016 Final LIVE Portugal v Germany/France
  19:00 – 22:45 ITV Football Euro 2016 Final LIVE Portugal v Germany/France
  19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France Highlights Stage 9 Highlights
  21:00 – 23:00 Challenge General TNA Wrestling
  23:00 – 00:00 ITV General Sports Life Stories
  23:05 – 00:10 Channel 4 Formula 1 British Grand Prix Highlights
  23:50 – 00:50 BBC2 Golf Scottish Open Day 4 Highlights
Monday 11/07/2016 01:30 – 02:20 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France Highlights Stage 9 Highlights
  03:00 – 03:50 ITV General Motorsport UK
  12:50 – 13:50 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France Highlights Stage 9 Highlights
  13:00 – 17:00 Dave Cricket Caribbean Premier League (Recorded) Guyana Amazon Warriors v Trinbago Knight Riders from last night.
  13:10 – 15:10 BBC2 Golf Scottish Open Day 3 and 4 Highlights
  19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France Highlights Latest news
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 General Moto GP Highlights
  22:40 – 23:40 ITV General The Big Fish Off With guest Sally Gunnell
  23:15 – 23:45 BBC2 Football The Women’s Football Show
Tuesday 12/07/2016 01:55 – 02:50 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France Highlights Latest news
  13:00 – 13:45 BBC2 Rugby League The Super League Show Including Hull FC v Leeds
  13:00 – 17:00 Dave Cricket Caribbean Premier League (Recorded) Barbados Tridents v Jamaica Tallawahs from last night.
  13:00 – 14:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France Highlights Latest news
  14:00 – 16:30 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France LIVE Stage 10
  19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France Highlights Stage 10 Highlights
  23:30 – 03:30 Dave Cricket Caribbean Premier League LIVE Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Zouks
Wednesday 13/07/2016 00:05 – 01:00 ITV4 General Motorsport UK
  01:00 – 02:05 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France Highlights Stage 10 Highlights
  13:00 – 17:00 Dave Cricket Caribbean Premier League (Recorded) Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Zouks from last night.
  13:00 – 14:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France Highlights Stage 10 Highlights
  14:00 – 16:30 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France LIVE Stage 11
  19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France Highlights Stage 11 Highlights
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 General British Superbike Championship Highlights from Snetterton
  22:45 – 23:15 BBC1 General A Question of Sport With guest Jason Bell.
Thursday 14/07/2016 01:05 – 02:05 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France Highlights Stage 11 Highlights
  13:00 – 17:00 Dave Cricket Caribbean Premier League (Recorded) Barbados Tridents v St Kitts and Nevis Patriots from last night.
  13:00 – 14:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France Highlights Stage 11 Highlights
  14:00 – 16:30 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France LIVE Stage 12
  19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket England v Pakistan 1st Test Highlights from Lord’s.
  19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France Highlights Stage 12 Highlights
  20:00 – 22:00 BBC2 Golf The Open Championship Day 1 Highlights
  23:30 – 00:30 BBC4 Darts Timeshift – Bullseyes and Beer When Darts Hit Britain – Documentary.
Friday 15/07/2016 01:45 – 02:35 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France Highlights Stage 12 Highlights
  13:00 – 14:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France Highlights Stage 12 Highlights
  14:00 – 17:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France LIVE Stage 13
  14:45 – 19:00 BBC2 Tennis Davis Cup LIVE Serbia v Great Britain
19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 Cricket England v Pakistan 1st Test Highlights from Lord’s.
  19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour De France Highlights Stage 12 Highlights
  19:30 – 20:00 BBC1 General A Question of Sport With guest Jason Bell.
  20:30 – 22:30 BBC2 Golf The Open Championship Day 2 Highlights