FOOTBALL: Barclays Premier League 2012/13 – Final day live on Sky Sports

May 15, 2013

Sky Sports will focus on the race for fourth place on the final day of the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season on Sunday, May 19.

North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur fight for the last remaining qualification spot for next season’s UEFA Champions League as they both face north-east opposition in Newcastle United and Sunderland respectively.

All 10 final day Premier League games kick-off simultaneously at 4.00pm with Sky Sports 1 showing Arsenal’s trip to Newcastle from 3pm while Tottenham’s home clash against Sunderland on Sky Sports 2 from 3.55pm.

Goal flashes, score updates and up-to-the-minute analysis of the final day games will be shown on Gillette Soccer Special (Sky Sports News) and Final Score (BBC Two), while BBC One’s Match of the Day will have comprehensive highlights of all 10 games at 10.25pm.

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BROADCASTING: Tony Gubba – 1943-2013

March 11, 2013

Veteran sports broadcaster Tony Gubba has died aged 69 following a short illness, his family have announced.

A long-serving member of the BBC commentary team, Gubba covered everything from World Cups to Summer and Winter Olympics in a varied and distinguished career that spanned more than five decades.

He was one of the most familiar and versatile personalities of British television sport during his career, fronting iconic BBC shows like Grandstand, Sportsnight and Match of the Day during the 1970s and 80s, and, more recently, was the voice of ITV’s Sunday night celebrity skating show Dancing on Ice.

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SPORTS VIEW: Chappers – From Radio 1 to MOTD2

January 26, 2013

Match of the Day 2 will be given a shake-up from the beginning of the 2013/14 season when Colin Murray hands over the presenting baton to 5 Live colleague Mark Chapman.

‘Chappers’ is regarded by BBC bosses as a more suitable host than Murray, who began anchoring the show in 2010 after Adrian Chiles left for ITV. The Northern Irishman often generates a tidal wave of negative opinion from football fans when the show airs on Sunday nights.

Our new regular columnist Vernon Grant tells us why he thinks the BBC made the right decision in substituting Murray for Chapman, plus how he would solve the current widespread disgruntlement felt by fans with the current MOTD format.

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FOOTBALL: Mark Chapman to replace Colin Murray as Match of the Day 2 presenter

January 22, 2013

Colin Murray has been dropped by the BBC as presenter of Match of the Day 2 after three years in the role.

The Northern Irishman, who took over from Adrian Chiles after his defection to ITV in 2010, is set to be replaced at the end of the current Premier League season by Mark Chapman.

According to the Daily Mail’s Charlie Sale, Chapman is regarded by BBC bosses as a “more suitable host for a programme that increasingly features the most important Premier League matches of the weekend”.

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CHRISTMAS WATCH: Saturday 22nd December

December 22, 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.

It’s a busy day of football as the final round of fixtures before Christmas take place across the country. There will be the usual thrills and spills from the Premier League, including two televised matches on Saturday, plus live action from the npower Championship, Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A.

Elsewhere, the glorious setting of London’s Olympia has been the scene of the 40th staging of the annual International Horse Show, with a fine array of Christmas jumpers from across the glove set to excite the vast crowds for the feature FEI World Cup show jumping qualifier, live on BBC One.

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FOOTBALL: Match of the Day 2 switches to BBC One

July 5, 2012

Match Of The Day 2 will move permanently to BBC One on Sunday nights for the start of the 2012/13 season, switching channels from BBC Two.

With an increased number of Premier League games now played on a Sunday, the BBC has decided to switch its Sunday edition of the popular Premier League highlights show to BBC One in order to ‘bring all of the weekend’s football action to its audiences via the nation’s favourite channel’.

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FOOTBALL: UEFA Euro 2012 Final – Spain v Italy – Live on BBC One & ITV1

June 29, 2012

After 30 matches over three compelling weeks, just Spain and Italy remain in Euro 2012 and they will now play for the right to be crowned European champions.

You will be able to watch every moment of what promises to be an historic night of international football at Kiev’s impressive Olympic Stadium this Sunday (July 1), with live coverage of the UEFA Euro 2012 Final on BBC One and ITV1.

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