NFL Playoffs - Wild Card Weekend

It may be 2013 already, but in the NFL it’s the start of the 2012-season playoffs; don’t forget, it’s win or go home. On Saturday the #6-seed Cincinnati Bengals travel to the #3 Houston Texans, who want a big performance (on top of the win) to regain early-season confidence (2130 – Sky Sports). In the late KO the #3 Green Bay Packers will be looking to avenge their loss to the #6 Minnesota Vikings in a repeat of last week’s game (0100 Sun am – Sky Sports). On Sunday the surging #5 Indianapolis Colts play the off-form #4 Baltimore Ravens (1800 – Sky Sports). Baltimore have some added impetus as legend Ray Lewis has just announced these playoffs are to be his ‘retirement party’ Finally the #5 Seattle Seahawks play at the #4 Washington Redskins (2130 – Sky Sports); will RG3 have enough fitness back to be as much of a threat as he has shown he can be?… (1 hour highlights package late Monday on BBC2 – 0010 Tues am).

Doctor Who - The Snowmen

I try not to add too much to these blurbs over what the BBC tell us, because it's so easy to accidentally spoil things. Here goes: "Christmas Eve, 1892, and the falling snow is the stuff of fairytales. When the fairytale becomes a nightmare and a chilling menace threatens Earth, an unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on the Doctor for help. But the Doctor is in mourning, reclusive and determined not to engage in the problems of the universe. As old friends return, will the Doctor really abandon humankind, or will he fight to save the world and Christmas from the icy clutches of this mysterious menace?"

Crashed Ice, Niagara Falls

It's time for the long-awaited return of Crashed Ice, the crazy high-adrenaline sport that pits four guys down an icy track with nothing but their skates and their wits to help them out. It's an odd season this year, extended to five events, but with one in December and then a big wait until the next in 2013. Let's make the most of this one then as we welcome back familiar names like the Croxall brothers, Marty Neifnecker, Arttu, and many more. It's cold, it's exciting, it's brilliant, this is Crashed Ice!

Red Bull Crashed Ice 2013 preview

This weekend sees the return of the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship, the crackers but crazy-good icecapade that pits four skaters against each other down a demanding and slippery track. It's high speed, high entertainment, and high on our priority list.

Apple iPad Mini event

The press invite declared "we've got a little more to show you" and months of rumour and speculation appears to have been true. There aren't many left that still deny that Apple is very likely to be launching a smaller iPad to the world and in a short while we will find out for sure. Many have wondered whether it'll be called the Mini, Air, Jr or even iPad Touch but my guess is that it'll be differentiated only by it's size, similar to the MacBook Pro and iMac line-ups. Join us for the special event from the California Theatre in San Jose to see what gadgetry goodies will be vying for a place on this year's wish list.

Doctor Who - The Angels take Manhattan

This is what we've been building towards, since this series started and before - the apparent farewell of Amy and Rory. I say apparent because we've been tricked before, but it really is meant to be the end of an era. The official blurb: "The Doctor's heart-breaking farewell to Amy and Rory - a race against time through the streets of Manhattan, as New York's statues come to life around them..." Saying goodbye to "the first face that this face saw" is going to be hard... but hopefully brilliant at the same time.

Doctor Who - The Power of Three

We have seen three fabulous episodes of this short burst of Doctor Who already, and we're moving on to the fourth and penultimate one. This time, it looks like the Doctor is heading back to modern day Earth to team up with the Ponds on their turf to solve an intriguing mystery. The official blurb: "The Doctor and the Ponds puzzle over an unlikely invasion of Earth, as millions of sinister black cubes arrive overnight..." What could it all be? And will, as Lukeh so diligently spotted, there be a mention of Christmas?

Doctor Who - A Town Called Mercy

Mr Moffat's dream of making each episode it's own little film has so far been working out. Today looks suspiciously like Cowboys and Aliens, but here's the BBC's blurb: "The Doctor gets a Stetson (and a gun!), and finds himself the reluctant sheriff of a Western town under siege by a relentless cyborg." Stetsons are cool, I guess! I am a little wary of this episode, but as the middle of only five precious outings for the Doctor, I'm willing to embrace it wholeheartedly!

London 2012 Paralympics

The Olympic Ceremony is complete, the athletes are ready to go and the 2012 Paralympics is about to get underway. With early medals available in swimming, cycling, shooting and powerlifting, we'll start seeing gold handed out almost immediately. Team GB have a lot to live up to after the success of the previous few weeks, but equally the momentum in the team hasn't had time to wane just yet. Good luck one and all!

London 2012, Day 16 and Closing Ceremony

And so, the end is near, but there is still time to squeeze in a few more medal opportunities before the Closing Ceremony hands things over to Rio. Finishing up today: the Men's Marathon, Men's Basketball, lots of Men's Boxing, Men's Cross-Country Mountain Biking, Group All-Around Rhythmic Gymnastics, Men's Handball, Women's Modern Pentathlon, Men's Volleyball, Men's Water Polo and Men's Wrestling. Seems like the men are dominating today but no matter. There's meant to be a smattering of Girl Power in the Closing Ceremony.

London 2012, Day 15

With Tom Daley just scraping through to the semi-finals of the diving, all eyes will be on him as that competition gets going in the morning. However, there is plenty else to watch out for during the day, including medals for: Men's 50km Walk (!?), Javelin, High Jump and a couple more Relays, Women's Basketball, Men's Boxing, Canoe and Kayak sprints, Cross-Country Mountain Biking, All-Around Rhythmic Gymnastics, Women's Handball and Men's Hockey, Taekwondo, Women's Volleyball and Men's Wrestling. Also the Modern Pentathlon takes place today. Exciting stuff!

London 2012, Day 14

To steal a phrase from John Inverdale, we're into the pre-penultimate day of Olympics action. Time has flown, but we still have three glorious days to enjoy so let's not get maudlin yet! Medals up for grabs today include: Relay and longer distance finals in the Athletics, tons of Men's Boxing, BMXing, Men's Football and Women's Hockey, Men's and Women's 470 sailing, the 10k swimming marathon for the men, Synchronised Swimming, Taekwondo, and Men's freestyle wrestling.

London 2012, Day 13

You can gradually sense things beginning to wind up in London, as we head into the last few days of competition. However, that just leaves room for more surprises - like how cool the BMX racing is, and how exciting the relays are going to be in the athletics. Medals up for grabs today include: Men's Beach Volleyball, Women's Boxing, Canoe and Kayak Sprinting, Women's 10m diving, Women's Football, Men's 470 Sailing, Men's and Women's Taekwondo, Women's Water Polo and Women's Wrestling.

London 2012, Day 12

We saw some great hurdling yesterday and there's more on the cards today. The athletics continues this morning and evening, with medals up for grabs towards the end. The Beach Volleyball also comes to a conclusion this evening with the gold medal match deciding the podium order. Also today: Boxing, Canoeing, Women's 10m diving, Individual Showjumping, Sailing, Men's Teams Table Tennis, Taekwondo, and some Women's wrestling. However, I am mostly intrigued by the BMX racing which begins today.

London 2012, Day 11

The pole vault was incredibly captivating yesterday, so I'm intrigued to see whether the high jump can live up to it today. There are also a couple of track finals today too, so the athletics continues unabated. Medals are also available in the velodrome and off the diving board with the Men's 3m Springboard. The Team Dressage awards will be decided, whilst there are also Gymnastics Finals in Men's Parallel and Horizontal Bars, plus Women's Floor and Beam. There's more sailing, some synchronised swimming, the Men's Triathlon and some more epic weightlifting.

London 2012, Day 10

Another exciting day on track yesterday leads us nicely into the second week of Olympic sports. Coming up today Beth Tweddle hopes for an uneven bars medal, there are more medals up for grabs in the velodrome plus the great track action continues. Also today: Team show jumping final, Sailing and Shooting finals, Weightlifting and Greco-Roman wrestling. The synchronised swimming also continues, if that's your thing.

London 2012, Day 9

After what was an incredible and exciting Saturday, it's time for another day of medal possibilities. Coming up today, there is athletics action, particularly the marathon. We have the Men's Omnium in the velodrome, as well as some springboard action at the Acquatic Centre. Other finals include the fencing, individual events at the gymnastics, sailing, shooting, weightlifting, Greco-Roman wrestling, and there are tons of tennis medals up for grabs too!

London 2012, Day 7

Today the big one starts, the athletics gets underway with medals up for grabs straight away in the 10,000m and shot put. The swimming continues to be awesome and there are more medals available this evening. Other finals happening today: Men's Individual Archery, Men's Doubles Badminton, Track Cycling (Pursuit and Keirin), Men's Team Sabre, Men's and Women's Judo, four lots of Rowing, Shooting, Men's Trampoline, and more Men's and Women's Weightlifting.

London 2012, Day 6

Team GB have finally got their hands on a gold medal, so we can all breathe a sigh of relief and look ahead to some more great finals. The track cycling begins, which I'm quite excited about, plus more rowing, more swimming and plenty else! Coming up today: Women's Individual Archery, Men's Canoe and Women's Kayak, Women's Team Foil, Women's Individual All-Around Gymnastics, Men's and Women's Judo, Men's Double Trap Shooting and Men's Singles Table Tennis.

London 2012, Day 5

Team GB picked up at least one medal yesterday, and finished well in some other events - we seem to be coming in not last but not top three either. How are your favourites getting on? Today we have medals to be awarded in the following: Men's Kayak Slalom, Individual Time Trial for both men and women, Men's 3m Synchro Springboard, Individual Epee and Individual Sabre, Men's Gymnastics Individual All-Around, both men's and women's Judo, several different rowing categories, Women's Pistol Shooting, Women's Singles Table Tennis, Weightlifting for both men and women, plus those oh-so-fabulous swimming finals.