REVIEW 2012: A Golden Year of Sport

December 31, 2012

Sport On The Box looks back at 2012 – A Golden Year of Sport.

It was the greatest of all years for British sport, with unparalleled success in so many fields and a home Olympics which the rest of the world hailed as one of the best ever.

The images from a memorable 2012 will linger long in the collective consciousness and SOTB reviews a year that was sprinkled gold by so many unforgetable TV moments.

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TENNIS: Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2012 – Live on ESPN

December 26, 2012

The Mubadala World Tennis Championship brings the curtain down on a thrilling year of tennis as six stars from the men’s game compete in the Middle East for the final trophy of 2012, live and exclusive on ESPN.

Set in the heart of Abu Dhabi, the 5,000 seater stadium at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex is the exotic setting for this invitational exhibition event that features six of the top 12 players in the ATP Tour rankings.

The line-up includes US Open champion Andy Murray, who will be looking to regain the title he won in 2009. He will be joined by world number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic.

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CHRISTMAS WATCH: Friday 21st December

December 20, 2012

Sport On The Box’s Christmas Watch series returns for the festive period of 2012 as we guide you through all the must-see live sporting events each day, plus highlighting the best review shows and documentaries as this sensational sporting year draws to a close.

The pick of the live action on Friday sees a double session of live darts as the second round of the 2013 PDC World Championship begins at Alexandra Palace, featuring 15-time world champion Phil Taylor’s against young Dutchman Jerry Hendriks.

Elsewhere the stars of Welsh sport gather to look back on superb 12 months of achievement and accolades in BBC Wales’ Sports Review of the Year.

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XMAS WATCH: Christmas Specials on Sky Sports

December 18, 2012

Sky Sports presents a bumper line-up of programming this festive season with a host of Christmas specials and review shows looking back at the some the memorable moments that have enlightened viewers throughout 2012.

The Gillette Soccer Saturday team return to the pitch for their Christmas special as the show’s pundits pair off to battle it out again for the Soccer Saturday Cup, and stars from the worlds of sport and entertainment are welcomed onto the Soccer AM sofa for a special Christmas Day edition.

There’s also a chance to relive the drama of some of the biggest sporting moments of the year, including Chelsea’s sensational UEFA Champions League triumph in Munich and Europe’s remarkable comeback at the Ryder Cup in Medinah.

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XMAS WATCH: BBC to replay the best sporting moments of 2012

December 17, 2012

The BBC will celebrate this extraordinary year of sport by replaying a selection of the defining sporting moments of 2012 on the Red Button over the festive period.

BBC Sport has captured the majority of the main headlines and compelling stories that have absorbed millions across the nation throughout this vintage year, including the Six Nations, Euro 2012, Wimbledon and Formula 1, with the spectacular London 2012 Olympic Games taking centre stage for 17 glorious days in the summer.

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XMAS WATCH: Sports Documentaries/Reviews on ITV4

December 14, 2012

A host of sports documentaries and review shows are to be broadcast on ITV4 as part of the channel’s Christmas schedules.

The programmes feature all the best moments from some of ITV’s top sporting events from 2012, including Bradley Wiggins’ magnificent Tour de France success, the story of the Euro 2012 and Chelsea’s phenominal UEFA Champions League triumph, as well as reviews of the British Superbikes and the British Touring Car Championship seasons.

There are also repeat showings of some of ITV4’s various motorsport programmes from 2012, including reviews of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival, and the Isle of Man TT.

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SWIMMING: FINA World Short Course Championships 2012 – Live on British Eurosport

December 10, 2012

Following on from the European Championships in France last month, British Eurosport now turns its attention to the world stage with live action from the 11th FINA World Swimming Short Course Championships in Istanbul.

A 19-strong British team will take on some of the world’s top short course swimmers as they descend on the Sinan Erdem Dome in Turkey’s second city for the final major meeting of the calendar year from December 12-16.

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TENNIS: Statoil Masters 2012 – Live on ITV4

December 3, 2012

Statoil Masters Tennis 2012 ITV4

A star-studded line-up of legendary names from the world of tennis will return to London’s Royal Albert Hall for the 2012 Statoil Masters, exclusively live on ITV4.

Now a long-established highlight of the pre-Christmas sporting calendar, the Statoil Masters is the perfect combination of competitive and entertaining tennis in one of the UK’s most iconic venues, with some of the sport’s greatest names from yesteryear in action.

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DARTS: PDC Players Championship 2012 – Live on ITV4

November 26, 2012

A busy couple of months for darts fans begins with the Cash Converters Players Championship at the Skyline Pavillion in Minehead.

With the PDC World Championship on the horizon, the £250,000 tournament is the last chance for the top names on the circuit to lay down their marker ahead of the sport’s showpiece event starting in mid-December.

All three days of the 2012 Players Championship Finals will be screened live and for free on ITV4 and ITV4 HD.

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SWIMMING: European Short Course Championships 2012 – Live on British Eurosport

November 20, 2012

British Eurosport will broadcast extensive coverage of the 2012 LEN European Short Course Championships from Chartres, France.

The meeting is the first international swimming championships since London 2012, effectively marking the start of the new four-year Olympic cycle.

Great Britain will send an 17-strong squad across the channel for the event, which features a mixture of experienced swimmers and talented youngsters making their senior debuts at an international competition.

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TENNIS: Davis Cup Final 2012 – Czech Republic v Spain – Live on British Eurosport

November 13, 2012

Tomas Berdych’s Czech Republic play host David Ferrer’s Spain in the 100th Davis Cup Final this weekend at Prague’s O2 Arena, exclusively live on British Eurosport 2.

After two thrilling semi-finals in September it promises to an exciting climax to the 2012 World Group tournament, with defending champions Spain travelling to Prague to face the Czechs on their home patch.

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TENNIS: ATP World Tour Finals 2012 – Live on Sky Sports & BBC TV

October 29, 2012

A thrilling year of tennis reaches its final set with the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

It’s the fourth staging of the traditional season-finale to the men’s tour at the O2 Arena, where the top-eight singles players and doubles pairings go head-to-head for the chance to claim most prestigious title in the sport outside of the grand slams.

Live coverage of the eight-day tournament begins on Sky Sports and BBC Sport on Monday, November 5.

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