WEEKEND WATCH: Sport On The Box – May 25-26

Sport On The Box presents a comprehensive guide to when and where to watch your favourite events this weekend.

With so many great sporting events taking place over one bumper weekend – from Froch v Kessler II to the UEFA Champions League Final, Monaco Grand Prix to French Open tennis and the Aviva Premiership Final to Wentworth’s BMW PGA Championship, it is all set to be a unmissable 48 hours for armchair fans.

It’s hard to pick one outstanding event amongst so many, but the super-fight at London’s O2 Arena looks set to top the bill.

Carl Froch is looking to defend his world title and exact revenge on Mikkel Kessler in a mouth-watering clash in London and Sky Sports Box Office has all the action via pay-per-view for £14.95.

The two last met in the latter’s homeland back in 2010 – a fight that will go down as one of the great fights – with Kessler awarded a narrow and controversial points victory at the end of 12 brutal rounds.

These two genuine warriors are already promising more of the same, and any repeat of that toe-to-toe slugfest in Herning would see them etch their names in boxing history as one of ‘the’ great rivalries.

The football season draws to a conclusion with the UEFA Champions League final, as German rivals Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich meet at Wembley, live on both ITV and Sky Sports 1.

There is also the Scottish Cup final on Sunday with Celtic playing Hibernian, while the FA Women’s Cup final returns to terrestrial television for the first time since 2009 as Arsenal take on Bristol Academy for the most prestigious trophy in English women’s football.

Formula 1 roars back into action this week with the staging of the most famous race on the calendar around the tight and twisting streets of Monte-Carlo.

Sebastian Vettel holds a four-point advantage over Kimi Raikkonen in the standings as Red Bull aim for their fourth consecutive Monaco Grand Prix victory, exclusively live on Sky Sports F1 and tea-time highlights on BBC One.

European Tour golf’s flagship event reaches its conclusion as all of Europe’s winning team from the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ vie for the BMW PGA Championship trophy at Wentworth, with live coverage on Sky Sports and highlights on BBC Two.

Also this weekend the domestic rugby union season concludes with both the Aviva Premiership and RaboDirect Pro12 finals, England play New Zealand in the second Test at Headingley, the Indian Premier League reaches its conclusion, two-weeks of clay court drama commences at Roland Garros and Super League’s Magic Weekend returns to the Etihad Stadium.

Not to mention a brilliant weekend of top class international athletics in Manchester, the climax to cycling’s Giro d’Italia, netball’s Superleague Grand Final, World Superbikes at Donington and the famous Indianapolis 500 race, it all adds up to a manic weekend of TV sport.

Full TV guide below:

Carl Froch v Mikkel Kessler II – Sky Box Office

UEFA Champions League Final – ITV / Sky Sports 1

2nd Test: England v New Zealand, Day 2 – Sky Sports 1

Aviva Premiership Final – ESPN

RaboDirect Pro12 Final – BBC Two Wales/NI, BBC Alba

Great Manchester CityGames – BBC One

Super League Magic Weekend Sky Sports 3

Netball Superleague Grand Final Sky Sports 4

F1: Monaco Grand Prix – Sky Sports F1

Roland Garros 2013 – ITV / ITV4 / British Eurosport

PGA Championship: Final Round – Sky Sports 2

Scottish Cup Final – BBC One Scotland / Sky Sports 3

FA Women’s Cup Final – BBC Two

Giro d’Italia – Final Stage British Eurosport

World Superbikes: Donington Park – British Eurosport 2

Indianapolis 500 – ESPN


Saturday 25th May
Great Manchester CityGames
LIVE: 1.00pm-2.30pm – BBC One
Diamond League: New York
LIVE: 6.00pm-8.30pm – BBC Red Button
Sunday 26th May
Great Manchester Run
LIVE: 10.00am-12.35pm – BBC Two
Sunday 26th May
Miami Heat @ Indiana Pacers
NBA Eastern Conference Finals – Game 3
LIVE: 1.30am-4.00am (Mon) – Sky Sports 1
Saturday 25th May
Froch v Kessler II: Live from The O2
LIVE: 8.00pm-1.30am – Sky Sports Box Office (PPV)
Saturday 25th May
2nd Test: England v New Zealand – Day 2
LIVE: 10.30pm-6.00pm – Sky Sports 1
LIVE: 6.00pm-7.00pm – Sky Sports 2
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm – Channel 5
Sunday 26th May
2nd Test: England v New Zealand – Day 3
LIVE: 10.30pm-6.55pm – Sky Sports 1
Highlights: 7.00pm-8.00pm – Channel 5
Indian Premier League Final
LIVE: 2.45pm-8.00pm – ITV4
Saturday 25th May
Giro d’Italia – Stage 20
LIVE: 11.30am-4.30pm – British Eurosport
Tour of Belgium – Stage 4
LIVE: 1.00pm-2.30pm – British Eurosport 2
Sunday 26th May
Giro d’Italia – Stage 21
LIVE: 2.00-4.30pm – British Eurosport
Saturday 25th May
Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich
UEFA Champions League Final | Kick-off 19:45
LIVE: 7.00pm-10.15pm – ITV
LIVE: 6.00pm-10.30pm – Sky Sports 1 / Sky 3D
Manchester City v Chelsea
Friendly | Kick-off: 22:30
LIVE: 11.00pm-1.00am – ESPN
20 Years of Champions League
3.40pm-5.40pm – ITV4 (rpt)
5.40pm-6.45pm – ITV4 (rpt)
Sunday 26th May
Eredivise Playoff: Utrecht v Twente
LIVE: 11.30am-1.30pm – ESPN
Scottish Cup Final: Hibernian v Celtic
LIVE: 1.05pm-5.20pm – BBC One Scotland
LIVE: 2.30pm-5.30pm – Sky Sports 3
Highlights: 10.25pm-11.25pm – BBC One Scotland
FA Women’s Cup Final: Arsenal v Bristol Academy
LIVE: 2.25pm-5.15pm – BBC Two
La Liga: Real Sociedad v Real Madrid
LIVE: 6.55pm-9.15pm – Sky Sports 1
Italian Cup Final: Roma v Lazio
Delayed: 8.30pm-10.15pm – ESPN
Saturday 25th May
BMW PGA Championship – Day 3
LIVE: 12.30pm-5.30pm – Sky Sports 2
Highlights: 6.00pm-7.00pm – BBC Two (8.20pm in Wales, NI)
Crowne Plaza Invitaional – Day 3
LIVE: 7.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 2
Sunday 26th May
BMW PGA Championship – Day 4
LIVE: 12.30pm-6.00pm – Sky Sports 2
Highlights: 6.00pm-7.00pm – BBC Two
Crowne Plaza Invitaional – Day 4
LIVE: 6.00pm-11.00pm – Sky Sports 2
Saturday 25th May
Formula 1: Monaco Grand Prix – Qualifying
LIVE: 12.00pm-3.05pm – Sky Sports F1
Highlights: 5.35pm-6.50pm – BBC One
Formula 1: Monaco Grand Prix – Practice 3
LIVE: 9.45am-11.10am – Sky Sports F1
GP2 Series: Monaco – Race 2
LIVE: 3.05pm-4.10pm – Sky Sports F1
World Superbikes: Donington Park – Superpole
LIVE: 3.00pm-4.10pm – British Eurosport
NASCAR Nationwide Series: History 300
LIVE: 7.30pm-10.35pm – Motors TV
DTM: German Touring Cars – Round 2/10, Brands Hatch
Highlights: 11.10am-11.40am – ITV4
BRDC Formula 4: Round 2, Brands Hatch
Highlights: 11.40am-12.40pm – ITV4
Sunday 26th May
Formula 1: Monaco Grand Prix – Race
LIVE: 11.30am-4.00pm – Sky Sports F1
Highlights: 5.35pm-7.05pm – BBC One
IndyCar: Indianapolis 500
LIVE: 4.00pm-8.30pm – ESPN
World Superbikes: Donington Park – Race Day
LIVE: 11.30am-4.30pm – British Eurosport 2
Porsche Supercup: Monaco
LIVE: 8.45am-9.30am – British Eurosport
British F3: Silverstone
Race 2 – LIVE: 11.55am-12.45pm – Motors TV
Race 3 – LIVE: 4.45pm-5.30pm – Motors TV
British GT: Silverstone
LIVE: 12.45pm-4.10pm – Motors TV
VW Racing Cup: Silverstone
LIVE: 4.10pm-4.45pm – Motors TV
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Charlotte
LIVE: 10.30pm-4.00am – Premier Sports
Legends of F1: Gerhard Berger
4.00pm-5.00pm – Sky Sports F1
Saturday 25th May
Superleague Grand Final: Team Bath v Celtic Dragons
LIVE: 6.30pm-9.00pm – Sky Sports 4
Saturday 25th May
The Morning Line
8.00am-9.00am – Channel 4
Channel 4 Racing: Haydock, Goodwood & York
LIVE: 1.40pm-4.10pm – Channel 4
Haydock, Goodwood, York, Chester
LIVE: 12.30pm-5.30pm – Racing UK
Ffos Las & Curragh
LIVE: 1.15pm-8.30pm – At The Races
Evening Racing: Cartmel
LIVE: 5.30pm-9.30pm – Racing UK
Sunday 26th May
Fontwell, Uttoxeter & Curragh
LIVE: 1.15pm-5.45pm – At The Races
Kelso & Longchamp
LIVE: 1.30pm-5.30pm – Racing UK
Saturday 25th May
Aviva Premiership Final: Leicester v Northampton
LIVE: 2.00pm-5.30pm – ESPN
Highlights: 11.00pm-12.00am – ITV4
Highlights: 10.30pm-12am – Sky Sports 3
Top 14 Semi Final: Clermont Auvergne v Castres
LIVE: 3.25pm-5.30pm – Premier Sports
RaboDirect Pro12 Final: Ulster v Leinster
LIVE: 4.30pm-7.00pm – BBC Two Wales / BBC Two NI
LIVE: 4.40pm-6.35pm – BBC Alba
Super Rugby
Blues v Brumbies – 8.30am
Western Force v Highlanders – 10.30am
Southern Kings v Cheetahs – 2pm
Stormers v Reds – 4pm
LIVE: Sky Sports 4
Sunday 26th May
England v Barbarians – International
LIVE: 12.30pm-2.55pm – Sky Sports 4
Aviva Premiership Final: Leicester v Northampton
Highlights: 11.45pm-12.45am – ITV
Super League Magic Weekend
Saturday 25th May
Dragons v Panthers – NRL
LIVE: 8.30am-10.30am – Premier Sports
Roosters v Storm – NRL
LIVE: 10.30am-12.30pm – Premier Sports
Catalans Dragons v London Broncos
LIVE: 11.55am-2.00pm – Sky Sports 3
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Wildcats
LIVE: 2.00pm-4.15pm – Sky Sports 3
Hull FC v Hull KR
LIVE: 4.15pm-6.30pm – Sky Sports 3
St Helens v Warrington Wolves
LIVE: 6.30pm-9.00pm – Sky Sports 3
Sunday 26th May
Warriors v Knights – NRL
LIVE: 5.00am-7.00am – Premier Sports
Salford City Reds v Widnes Vikings
LIVE: 2.55pm-5.00pm – Sky Sports 4
Bradford Bulls v Huddersfield Giants
LIVE: 5.00pm-7.15pm – Sky Sports 4
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors
LIVE: 7.15pm-9.30pm – Sky Sports 4
Saturday 25th May
ATP Power Horse Cup Final: Monaco v Nieminen
LIVE: 11.00am-1.00pm – British Eurosport 2
ATP Open de Nice Final: Montanes v Monfils
Delayed: 6.00pm-8.00pm – ESPN
WTA Brussels Open Final: Kanepi v Hampton
Delayed: 7.00pm-9.00pm – British Eurosport
WTA Strasbourg Int’l Final: Cornet v Hradecka
Delayed: 8.00pm-10.00pm – ESPN
Sunday 26th May
LIVE: 9.25am-2.45pm – ITV4 / 11.30am-6.30pm – ITV
LIVE: 9.30am-2.00pm & 4.30pm-8.30pm – British Eurosport
LIVE: 4.30pm-8.00pm – British Eurosport 2
Highlights: 11.00pm-12.00am – ITV4
Saturday 25th May
UFC 160: Velasquez v Bigfoot II
LIVE: 1.00am-6.00am (Sun) – ESPN
Saturday 25th May
St Kilda v Western Bulldogs
LIVE: 7.30am-10.30am – ESPN
Brisbane Lions v Carlton Blues
LIVE: 10.30am-1.30pm – ESPN
Sunday 26th May
North Melbourne Kangaroos v Adelaide Crows
LIVE: 6.00am-9.00am – ESPN

FOOTBALL – International FriendliesITV / Sky / Various

RACING – Investec Derby FestivalChannel 4

RUGBY UNION – Lions Tour of AustraliaSky Sports

TENNIS – French Open – ITV / ITV4 / British Eurosport

CRICKET – 2nd Test: England v New Zealand – Sky Sports


CYCLING – Criterium du DauphineBritish Eurosport


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