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Rugby stars pictured at the launch of the RaboDirect Pro12 earlier this week.
Rugby stars pictured at the launch of the RaboDirect Pro12 earlier this week.
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Don't touch that dial... here’s the sport on TV this weekend

We’re not hoping for rain this weekend, but if it does, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. Here’s what’s on the tellybox.
Aug 24th 2012, 9:45 AM 738 2
  • One to sit in for: It’s getting to the time of summer when every GAA game is a doozy and Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC semi between Donegal and Cork is no exception. Cancel whatever else was planned and push Sunday dinner back by a few hours. You’ll thank us.
  • One to Sky-plus: Of course, if you’re watching the GAA on Sunday afternoon, you’ll miss most of Liverpool’s meeting with Premier League champion Manchester City. Check, double-check and triple-check that the Sky box is recording correctly.
  • One to skip: Sailing is great and all, but there’s just no time for America’s Cup on our sporting schedule this weekend. Apologies.

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


AUSTRALIAN RULES: Richmond v Essendon (ESPN, 10.30am).

CRICKET: Test, India v New Zealand (Sky Sports 3, 4.55am); ODI, England v South Africa, (Sky Sports 1, 10am).

CYCLING: Vuelta á Espana (Eurosport, 3pm).

GOLF: European Tour, Johnnie Walker Championship (Sky Sports 1, 10.30am, 3.30pm); PGA Tour, The Barclays (Sky Sports 3, 8pm).

HORSE RACING: York, (Channel 4, 1.40pm).

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP, Brno, (Setanta Ireland, 9.05am, 12.10pm).

SAILING: America’s Cup World Series, (Sky Sports 4, 10pm).

SNOOKER: Paul Hunter Classic, (Eurosport, 11.30am, 4.45pm).

SOCCER: FAI Cup, Shamrock Rovers v Cork City (RTÉ 2, 7pm); npower Championship, Bolton Wanderers v Nottingham Forest, (Sky Sports 1, 7.30pm); Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund v Werder Bremen, (ESPN, 7.15pm); MLS, Philadelphia Union v Real Salt Lake, (12.30am, Saturday).

TENNIS: The New Haven Open (Eurosport, 10.55pm).


CRICKET: Test, India v New Zealand, (Sky Sports 3, 4.55am); T20 semi-finals, Sussex v Yorkshire & Hampshire v Somerset, plus T20 final, (Sky Sports 1 from 10.30am).

CYCLING: Vuelta á Espana, (Eurosport, 3pm).

GAA: All-Ireland U21HC semi-finals, Clare v Antrim & Galway v Kilkenny (TG4, 3.50pm).

GOLF: European Tour, Johnnie Walker Championship, (Sky Sports 3, 1pm); PGA Tour, The Barclays, (Sky Sports 3, 9pm).

HORSE RACING: York, (Channel 4, 1.55pm).

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP, Brno, (Setanta Ireland, 9.05am, 11.55am).

RUGBY LEAGUE: Challenge Cup Final, Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves, (BBC1, 2pm).

RUGBY UNION: Rugby Championship, New Zealand v Australia, (Sky Sports 1, 8am), Argentina v South Africa, (Sky Sports 4, 8pm); ITM Cup, Otago v Northland, (Sky Sports 1, 5.30am); Currie Cup, Golden Lions v Western Province & Blue Bulls v Sharks, (Sky Sports 4, 4pm).

SOCCER: Barclays Premier League, Swansea v West Ham, (Sky Sports 2, 12.30pm), Chelsea v Newcastle, (ESPN, 4.30pm), Premier Soccer Saturday, (RTÉ Two, 8pm), Match of the Day (BBC 1, 10.30pm); Clydesdale Bank Premier League, Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Celtic, (Sky Sports 4, 12.30pm); npower Championship, Watford v Birmingham, (Sky Sports 2, 5pm); Serie A, Fiorentina v Udinese, Juventus v Parma, (Setanta Ireland, 4.55pm), Juventus v Parma, (ESPN, 7.45pm); La Liga, Malaga v Real Mallorca, (Sky Sports 4, 9.55pm).

SNOOKER: Paul Hunter Classic, (Eurosport, 8.30am, 4.45pm).

TENNIS: WTA, New Haven Open, (Eurosport, 8.30pm).


ATHLETICS: Diamond League from Birmingham, (BBC2, 2pm).

CYCLING: Vuelta á Espana, (Eurosport, 3.15pm).

CRICKET: Test, India v New Zealand, (Sky Sports 3, 4.55am).

GAA: All-Ireland MFC semi-final, Meath v Mayo, (RTÉ Two, 1.30pm); All-Ireland SFC semi-final, Cork v Donegal, (RTÉ Two, 3.30pm); The Sunday Game, (RTÉ Two, 9.30pm).

GOLF: European Tour, Johnnie Walker Championship, (Sky Sports 2, noon); PGA Tour, The Barclays, (Sky Sports 2 5pm).

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP, Brno, (Eurosport, 9.45am, Setanta Ireland, 9.55am, BBC2, 12.30pm).

SAILING: America’s Cup World Series, (Sky Sports 4, 7.30pm).

SNOOKER: Paul Hunter Classic, (Eurosport, 7pm).

SOCCER: Barclays Premier League, Stoke v Arsenal & Liverpool v Manchester City, (Sky Sports 1, 1pm); Irn-Bru Third Division, Berwick Rangers v Rangers, (ESPN, 11.15am); Bundesliga, Stuttgart v Wolfsburg, (ESPN, 2.15pm); La Liga, Osasuna v Barcelona, Getafe v Real Madrid, (Sky Sports 1, 7pm); Serie A, AC Milan v Sampdoria, (ESPN, 4.45pm, Setanta Ireland, 4.55pm), Atalanta v Lazio, (Setanta Ireland 7.45pm); Ligue 1, Paris St Germain v Bordeaux, (ESPN, 7.30pm); MLS, Los Angeles Galaxy v FC Dallas, Sporting Kansas City v New York Red Bulls, (ESPN from midnight).

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