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Sofa Supporter: your guide to the sport on TV this Christmas

When you’re not out eating, drinking and generally being merry over the next week, there’ll be plenty of sport to keep you occupied. Here’s what’s on the box.

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Today

Darts: PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace, (Sky Sports 1, 7pm).

Ice Hockey: NHL, New York Rangers v Philadelphia, (Setanta Ireland, midnight, Sat); Vancouver v Calgary, (Setanta Ireland, 3am).

Rugby Union: Top 14, Brive v Clermont (Setanta Ireland, 5.55pm; ESPN, 6pm);  Montpellier v Toulouse (Setanta Ireland, 7.55pm; ESPN, 8pm).

Skiing: World Alpine Rockfest from Andalo, (Eurosport, noon).

Christmas Eve

American Football: NFL, NY Jets v NY Giants, (Sky Sports 1, 5.30pm); Dallas Cowboys v Philadelphia Eagles, (Sky Sports 1, 9pm).

Darts: PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace, (Sky Sports 2, 10am).

Football: Clydesdale Bank Premier League, St Mirren v Rangers, (Sky Sports 1, 12.45pm).

Rugby Union: Aviva Premiership, Northampton v Bath, (Sky Sports 1, 3pm).

Christmas Day

American Football: NFL, Green Bay Packers v Chicago Bears, (Channel 4, 1.10am, Mon).

Basketball: NBA, New York Knicks v Boston, (ESPN, 5pm), Dallas v Miami, (ESPN, 7.30pm), LA Lakers v Chicago, (ESPN, 10pm), Oklahoma v Orlando, (ESPN, 1am, Mon).

Cricket: Test, Australia v India, (Sky Sports 1, 11pm).

St Stephen’s Day

American Football: NFL, New Orleans Saints v Atlanta Falcons (ESPN, 1.30am, Tues).

Cricket: Test, Australia v India, (Sky Sports 1, 6am, 11.25pm); Test, South Africa v Sri Lanka, (Sky Sports 1, 7.55am; Sky Sports 2, 12 noon).

Football: League One, AFC Wimbledon v Oxford United, (Sky Sports 1, 12 noon). NPower Championship, Birmingham v West Ham, (Sky Sports 1, 5pm). Premier League, Stoke City v Aston Villa, (Sky Sports 1, 7.30pm).

GAA: Dublin v Kerry – The Myth and the Magic (RTÉ 2, 7.30pm).

Horse Racing: Racing from Leopardstown (RTÉ 2, 1.10pm).

Ice Hockey: NHL, Dallas at St Louis (Setanta Ireland, 12.30am, Tues).

Rugby Union: Rabodirect Pro12, Leinster v Ulster (RTÉ 2, 5.15pm; BBC 2, 5.25pm); Munster v Connacht (TG4, 7.15pm). Aviva Premiership, Gloucester v London Wasps (ESPN, 2.15pm).

Tuesday 27th

Cricket: Test, Australia v India, (Sky Sports 1, 6am, 11.25pm); Test, South Africa v Sri Lanka, (Sky Sports 1, 7.55am).

Darts: PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace, (Sky Sports 2, 1pm, 7pm).

Football: League One, Sheffield United v Notts County (Sky Sports 1, 2pm). Premier League: Swansea v QPR (Sky Sports 1, 4.30pm); Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur (Sky Sports 1, 7.15pm). Euro 2012 – The Cat is in the Bag (RTÉ 2, 8pm).

Horse Racing: Racing from Leopardstown (RTÉ 2, 1.10pm).

Ice Hockey: NHL, Montreal at Ottawa (Setanta Ireland, 12.30am, Wednesday).

Rugby Union: Aviva Premiership, Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers, (ESPN, 1.15pm); Harlequins v Saracens, (Sky Sports 3, 4pm).

Wednesday 28th

Basketball: NBA, Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder (ESPN, 1am, Thurs).

Cricket: Test, Australia v India, (Sky Sports 1, 6am, 11.25pm); Test, South Africa v Sri Lanka, (Sky Sports 1, 7.55am).

Darts: PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace, (Sky Sports 1, 1pm; Sky Sports 2, 7pm).

Football: Scottish Premier League, Celtic v Rangers, (Sky Sports 1, 7pm).

GAA: Kilkenny v Tipperary – The Trilogy (RTÉ 2, 8pm).

Horse Racing: Racing from Leopardstown (RTÉ 2, 1.15pm).

Ice Hockey: NHL, NY Rangers at Washington (Setanta Ireland, 12.30am, Thurs); Vancouver at San Jose (Setanta Ireland, 3.30am, Thurs).

Thursday 29th

Cricket: Test, Australia v India, (Sky Sports 1, 6am, 11.25pm); Test, South Africa v Sri Lanka, (Sky Sports 1, 7.55am).

Darts: PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace, (Sky Sports 2, 1pm, 7pm).

GAA: Sam’s Town – Stories from the Dublin dressing room (TV3, 2.30pm)

Horse Racing: Racing from Leopardstown (RTÉ 2, 12.45pm).

Ice Hockey: NHL, Philadelphia at Pittsburgh (Setanta Ireland, 12 midnight, Fri).

Other: Sports Review of the Year (RTÉ 2, 8pm).

Skiing: Alpine Skiing World Cup (Eurosport, 9.15am).

Tennis: Mubadala World Tennis Championship, (Sky Sports 2, 11am).

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