CRICKET: ICC Champions Trophy 2013 – Exclusively live on Sky Sports

June 1, 2013

The eight best teams in international one-day cricket compete for the last-ever ICC Champions Trophy this summer with all the action only on Sky Sports.

Ahead of their Ashes visit later this summer, Australia will be aiming to claim their third consecutive Champions Trophy title in a row having won the competition in convincing fashion four years ago in South Africa and in India back in 2006.

They will face fierce competition from India, the number one ranked side in the world and current World Cup holders, hosts England, led by captain Alastair Cook, and a strong South African side.

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FOOTBALL: UEFA Under-21 Championship 2013 – Live on Sky Sports

June 1, 2013

England’s Under 21s launch their bid to become European champions this summer with Sky Sports again providing extensive live coverage of the UEFA U-21 Championship in Israel.

The biennal eight-team tournament gets underway on Wednesday, June 5, with the final taking place just under three weeks later in Jerusalem, on Tuesday, June 18.

Stuart Pearce’s in-form England side are in Group A along with the host nation, as well as Norway and Italy, while a heavyweight Group B contains holders Spain along with Russia, Netherlands and Germany.

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FOOTBALL: Championship Play-Off Final 2013 – Crystal Palace v Watford – Live on Sky Sports

May 24, 2013

The final lucrative place in the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season will be claimed at Wembley Stadium as Crystal Palace take on Watford on Monday afternoon.

Ian Holloway’s Palace side eased past Brighton 2-0 over two legs in their semi-final and while Gianfranco Zola’s Watford reached Wembley through a thrilling 3-2 aggregate win over Leicester City.

Sky Sports will screen the match, worth a reported £120m to the winner, exclusively live on Monday, May 27, with free-to-air highlights in the evening on BBC One.

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TENNIS: French Open 2013 – Men’s & Women’s Finals live on ITV & Eurosport

May 20, 2013

Roland Garros provides the grand stage for the greatest test of clay court tennis and second Grand Slam tournament of 2013 – the French Open.

Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova return to defend the singles crowns they won last year, while a host of big names will doing their best to claim clay-court tennis’ ultimate prize on the famous, dusty red courts of Paris.

Follow every serve, shot and slide on the famous clay courts of Roland Garros with live free-to-air coverage on ITV and ITV4, plus extensive daily output on British Eurosport.

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RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership Final 2013 – Leicester v Northampton – Live on ESPN

May 20, 2013

After nine months of compelling drama just two sides remain in the hunt to be crowned champions of England in the 2013 Aviva Premiership Final at Twickenham.

Leicester Tigers, finalists in each of the last nine years, take on Northampton Saints who will be making their debut in English rugby union’s showpiece occasion.

ESPN will broadcast its last Aviva Premiership Final exclusively live from Twickenham on Saturday, May 25, with extended highlights on ITV and Sky Sports.

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RUGBY UNION: RaboDirect Pro12 Final 2013 – Ulster v Leinster – Live on BBC Two Wales & NI

May 20, 2013

After 22 rounds and two play-off games, the 2012/13 RaboDirect Pro12 season wraps up with the final at the RDS appropriately between respective first and second seeds and provincial rivals – Ulster and Leinster.

The all-Irish affair will be Ulster’s only chance of securing silverware this season while Leinster will be keen to claim the trophy for coach Joe Schmidt in his last game in charge.

BBC Wales, BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Alba will all have live coverage of the final on Saturday, May 25.

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RUGBY UNION: Heineken Cup Final 2013 – Clermont Auvergne v Toulon – Live on Sky Sports & Sky 3D

May 13, 2013

The 2013 Heineken Cup Final is an all French affair as Clermont Auvernge take on Toulon in Dublin, and with neither team having won it before, a new name will be enscribed onto the famous trophy.

In the eyes of many experts and fans, Clermont are the team to beat, but at their best the star-studded Toulon side, led by 2003 England World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson, are a match for any team in the competition.

Sky Sports will have exclusive live coverage of the showpiece final at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday, May 18, which will also be broadcast on Sky 3D and terrestrial highlights will be shown on S4C.

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