RUGBY UNION: BBC to screen England’s two summer tests against Argentina

May 29, 2013

The BBC has secured the rights to broadcast England’s two Tests against Argentina in June.

Stuart Lancaster’s team travel to South America, minus their British & Irish Lions contingent, for what will be their first two-match series against the Pumas in Argentina since 1997.

BBC commentator Brian Moore, who is covering the forthcoming Lions Tour with talkSPORT, confirmed that the corporation had picked up the rights to screen the tw0-test series from the Argentine rugby board UAR.

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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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TENNIS: Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Djokovic v Murray – Live on BBC One & Eurosport

January 25, 2013

BBC Sport and British Eurosport will have live coverage of both the men’s and women’s singles finals at the Australian Open this weekend as the first Grand Slam titles of the year are decided.

On Saturday, Victoria Azarenka aims to successfully defend her title against 2011 French Open champion Li Na, while Sunday’s final showdown in the men’s draw sees Britain’s Andy Murray face three-time Australian Open winner and reigning champion Novak Djokovic.

With Murray’s progressing to his third Melbourne final in four years the BBC has confirmed that it will switch its live free-to-air coverage the men’s final to BBC One and BBC One HD.

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RUGBY UNION: RBS 6 Nations 2013 – Exclusively live on BBC Sport

January 23, 2013

BBC Sport will have extensive coverage of the 2013 RBS 6 Nations during February and March 2013 with all 15 games exclusively live on BBC TV.

The 2013 tournament concludes in grand style with the title decider in Cardiff between old foes Wales and England in front of a raucous Millenniums Stadium crowd, with the visitors looking to secure their first Grand Slam in a decade.

Wales faltered after winning the Grand Slam in 2012 with a string of defeats, but their confidence has slowly been rebuilt during this year’s Championship after three successive away victories over France, Italy and Scotland.

England travel to the Millennium Stadium aiming to secure the title against the reigning champions, with the prospect of a first Grand Slam since 2003 also on the cards.

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ATHLETICS: Channel 4 hands 2013 World Championships rights to the BBC

December 13, 2012

Channel 4 have offloaded the live rights to the 2013 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow to the BBC.

Both broadcasters reached a “commercial agreement” which will see the transfer of the broadcast rights to next year’s showpiece athletics event pass to the corporation.

The last World Championships in Daegu in 2011 were covered by Channel 4, but the broadcaster has decided to pull the plug on their agreement with the IAAF a year early after losing out to the BBC for the next term.

The corporation were due to take back the showcase track and field contract from Channel 4 in 2014 on a four-year deal that includes the World Championships coming to London in 2017.

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AWARDS: BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012 – Live on BBC One

December 9, 2012

After one of the greatest years in British sporting history, Sue Barker, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding host the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, live from London’s ExCeL on BBC One and BBC One HD.

In front of a crowd of over 15,000 people, the star-studded event will feature some of the greatest names in world sport, with the evening culminating in the presentation of one of the most coveted awards in sport, which is chosen by viewers live on the night.

There are 12 contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award this year to reflect such an extraordinary year, and with so much to look back on from the last 12 months, the show has been extended by an extra half-an-hour.

The 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year will bring down the curtain on a historic 12 months of sport and you can enjoy the entire ceremony live on BBC One from 7.30pm on Sunday, December 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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RUGBY UNION: Autumn Internationals 2012 – Live on BBC, Sky Sports & ESPN

November 5, 2012

The giants of Southern Hemisphere rugby make the long trip north to face the best that Europe has to offer over four weeks of compelling Autumn Internationals.

Sky Sports has exclusive live coverage of all England home tests at Twickenham, while BBC TV has live coverage of Wales, Scotland and Ireland’s tests, plus highlights of England’s games on BBC Three.

All four home nations will be hoping to showcase their progress ahead of the Six Nations next spring and improve their ranking ahead of the draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup this December.

In addition, ESPN will screen live coverage of France’s home test match against Australia, as well as Italy’s home fixtures against Tonga, Australia and New Zealand.

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GOLF: Ryder Cup 2012 on Sky Sports & BBC TV

September 17, 2012

The finest golfers from the United States and Europe go head-to-head for glory as one of sport’s greatest rivalries is rekindled in the 39th edition of the Ryder Cup.

With Europe aiming to retain the trophy against a resurgent US team in front of a patriotic and partisan American crowd at the Medinah Country Club, the tournament promises to be yet another highlight of an extraordinary year of sport.

Sky Sports will have exclusive live coverage of all the drama and excitement across all three days in Illinois, with free-to-air highlights on BBC TV at the end of each day’s play.

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LONDON 2012: Olympics Watch – Sat 11th August

August 10, 2012

A week on from Great Britain’s golden hour on ‘Super Saturday’, Mo Farah returns to the scene of his greatest triumph in a bid to become a double Olympic champion.

He has already played his part in one of the greatest nights in British sporting history and he goes for a second Olympic gold medal in the 5,000m final at 7.30pm.

Great Britain also have strong medal hopes in the diving pool and in the boxing ring.

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LONDON 2012: Olympics Watch – Friday 10th August

August 9, 2012

Is day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games redemption day for Britain’s BMX rider Shanaze Reade, four years after her disaster in Bejing?

Reade crashed out of the 2008 Olympic final, which she started as the hot favourite. A world champion since then, she now takes to her home course on the Olympic Park looking to make up for that lost time.

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LONDON 2012: Olympics Watch – Thurs 9th August

August 8, 2012

Thursday promises great action across a broad range of events, starting in Hyde Park’s Serpentine lake at midday when Great Britain’s Keri-Anne Payne takes on the marathon swim.

Each entrant will swim six laps of the course as they aim to win the Olympic title, with Payne among the favourites to claim gold, having finished second four years ago in Beijing, where the event made its debut in the Games.

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