Victoria Azarenka found an alternative to watching the World Ice Skating Championships this weekend. J Pat Carter/AP/Press Association Images
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Don’t touch that dial… here’s the sport on TV this weekend

Don’t laugh, the weather’s due to change over the next few days.
  • One to sit in for: I don’t know about you, but we’ll be downing tools at 6.59pm on Saturday evening and flicking over to RTÉ 2 for Munster v Leinster.
  • One to Sky-plus: It’s Final Four time in the NCAA “March Madness” basketball tournament, but let’s be honest, you’ve probably better things to be doing at 11pm on a Saturday night. At least it should be relatively easy to avoid the scores…
  • One to skip: Now that world number one Mark Selby has withdrawn from the China Open with a neck injury, we won’t be bothering with that any more.

Here’s what we’ve got lined up for this weekend…


Australian Rules: AFL, Hawthorn v Collingwood, (ESPN, 9.30am).

Cricket: Twenty20, South Africa v India (Sky Sports 2, 4.55pm); West Indies v Australia, (Sky Sports 2, 8.30pm).

Golf: The Sicilian Open (Sky Sports, 9.30am, 2.30pm). LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship (Sky Sports 3, 5pm, 11pm); Houston Open (Sky Sports 3, 8pm)

Ice Skating: World Championships, (Eurosport, 7pm).

Motor Cycling: Speedway, Grand Prix of New Zealand, (Sky Sports 1, 4am).

Rugby League: Stobart Super League, Warrington v St Helens, (Sky Sports 1, 7.30pm).

Rugby Union : RaboDirect PRO12, Ulster v Aironi (TG4, BBC NI, 7pm). Aviva Premiership, Leicester v Worcester, (ESPN, 7pm).

Soccer: Airtricity League, Shamrock Rovers v Bohemians, (RTÉ Two, 7.00pm).

Snooker: China Open (Eurosport, 7.30am, 12.30pm).

Table Tennis: World Team Table Tennis Championships, (Eurosport, 10.30am, 3.30pm).

Tennis: Sony Ericsson Open (Sky Sports 2, 8pm, midnight).

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Basketball: NCAA March Madness, TBA, (ESPN America, 11pm). NBA, San Antonio Spurs v Indiana Pacers, (ESPN, 1.30am, Sun).

Boxing : British Light Middleweight, Brian Rose v Max Maxwell, (Sky Sports 1, 8pm).

GAA: All-Ireland Club SFC replay, Garrycastle v Crossmaglen Rangers, (TG4, 4.45pm). Allianz FL, Mayo v Dublin, (Setanta Ireland, 6.30pm).

Golf: European Tour, Sicilian Open, (Sky Sports 3, noon and 2.30pm). PGA Tour, Houston Open, (Sky Sports 3, 6pm); LPGA Tour, Kraft Nabisco Championship, (Sky Sports 3, 11pm).

Horse Racing: Racing, (Channel 4, 1.55pm); Dubai World Cup, (TG4, Sky Sports 4, 2pm).

Ice Skating: World Championships, Nice, (Eurosport, 7.30pm).

Motor Cycling: Speedway, Grand Prix of New Zealand, (Sky Sports 1, 6am).

Motor Sport: Auto GP, Valencia, (Eurosport, noon).

Rugby League: Stobart Super League, London Broncos v Wakefield, (Sky Sports 1, 5.30pm).

Rugby Union: RaboDirect PRO12, Munster v Leinster, (RTÉ Two, 7pm). IRB Sevens, Japan, (Sky Sports 4, 6am). Super 15, Chiefs v Waratahs, (Sky Sports 1, 7.30am); Brumbies v Sharks, (Sky Sports 1, 9.30am); Western Force v Reds, (Sky Sports 1, 11.30am). Top 14, Biarritz v Clermont Auvergne, (Setanta Ireland, noon). Aviva Premiership, Saracens v Harlequins, (Sky Sports 1, 3pm); Bath v Northampton, (ESPN, 4.45pm).

Snooker: China Open, day six, (Eurosport, 7.30am, 1pm).

Soccer: SPL, Motherwell v Rangers, (ESPN, 11.15am). League One, Sheffield Wednesday v Preston North End, (Sky Sports 2, 12.30pm). Barclays Premier League, QPR v Arsenal, (Setanta Ireland, 2.30pm). League Championship, Blackpool v Southampton, (BBC2, 5.10pm). Primera Division, Osasuna v Real Madrid, Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao (Sky Sports 4, 7pm, 9pm). Serie A, Parma v Lazio, (ESPN, 7.45pm). Premier Soccer Saturday, (RTE Two, 9.45pm). Match of the Day, (BBC1 NI, 10.20pm). Football League Show, (BBC1 NI, 11.45pm).

Tennis: WTA Tour, Sony Ericsson Open, (Eurosport, 5pm).


Cycling: Tour of Flanders, (Eurosport, 11.45pm, 2.15pm ).

GAA: TBA, (TG4, 2pm). League Sunday, (RTÉ Two, 8pm).

Golf: European Tour, Sicilian Open, (Sky Sports 2, noon). PGA Tour, Houston Open, (Sky Sports 3, 6pm). LPGA Tour, Kraft Nabisco Championship, (Sky Sports 3, 11pm).

Motor Sport: British Touring Car Championship, Brands Hatch, (ITV4, 11am). World Touring Car Championship, Valencia, (Eurosport, 1.15pm, 4pm). IndyCar Series, (Sky Sports 4, 7.30pm).

Rugby Union: IRB Sevens, Japan, (Sky Sports 4, 6am).

Snooker: China Open, day seven, (Eurosport, 7.30am).

Soccer: Serie A, Roma v Novara, Juventus v Napoli, (ESPN, 11.30am, 7.15pm). SPL, Celtic v St Johnstone, (Sky Sports 4, 12.30pm); Inverness v Hibernian, (ESPN, 2.45pm). Barclays Premier League, Newcastle v Liverpool, (Sky Sports 1, 1pm); Tottenham v Swansea, (Sky Sports 1, 3.30pm); Primera Division, Villarreal v Espanyol, (Sky Sports 1, 9pm).

Tennis: ATP Tour, Sony Ericsson Open, (Sky Sports 2, 6pm).

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