NFL Week 10 - It’s the final time the NFL will grace our shores this season as London game number 3 is upon us. This week began with the Cleveland Browns handing it to the Cincinnati Bengals, their contemporaries in the AFC North. First up on the hallowed Wembley turf, the Dallas Cowboys take on the ‘home’ team, Jacksonville Jaguars (18:00 Sun – C4 / Sky Sports) – Tony Romo’s back may still cause him problems so if he plays watch for the Jags’ D-Line targeting him. Next the New York Giants play the Seattle Seahawks (21:25 Sun – Sky Sports) – the Hawks will have a chip on their shoulder after a couple of weeks of below par performances, although they are now without much of a passing game. The late kickoff pits the Chicago Bears against the Green Bay Packers (01:30 Mon – C4) – the Bears need a win to stay in the playoff race, but it’s the Pack who are the in-form side coming into this matchup.
NFL Week 9 - We’re at week 9 which means we’ve reached the halfway point in the regular season. Thursday Night Football presented us with an NFC South matchup in which the New Orleans Saints dispatched the Carolina Panthers. Sunday night begins with two 6-win teams as the in-form Arizona Cardinals travel to the Dallas Cowboys (18:00 Sun – Sky Sports). The fitness of Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo has been marginal all week; if he does play his back may well cause him problems down the stretch. Up next it’s Manning-Brady 16 when the New England Patriots host the Denver Broncos (21:25 Sun – Sky Sports). Last up the Baltimore Ravens play the Pittsburgh Steelers (01:30 Mon – C4) in what might not shape up as an AFC North ground-and-pound slobber-knocker, but this season it could well be a display of aerial prowess.
NFL Week 8 - Week 8 presents us with a quadruple-header of NFL action. The TNF game saw the Broncos powering through to beat the Chargers. In the early slot the Detroit Lions are playing the Falcons from Wembley (13:30 Sun – C4). This will kick off at 0930 of the East Coast of the States, and 0630 on the West – one for the die-hards on that side of the pond. Next an AFC North divisional matchup when the Baltimore Ravens play at the Cincinnati Bengals (17:00 Sun – Sky Sports). After that we have a battle of the 5-1 birdies; the Philadelphia Eagles play the Arizona Cardinals (20:25 Sun – Sky Sports) – a win will keep that team atop of the NFC. The late night offering pitches the Green Bay Packers against the New Orleans Saints (00:30 Mon – C4). The Saints have been slumping despite the talent on their roster, whereas the Packers are getting stronger with every game – likely ‘shootout o’clock’! Beware the time changes and the early start… lunchtime NFL everybody!!
NFL Week 7 - Week 7 started on TNF with the New England Patriots overcoming the strong challenge put up by the New York Jets - the Pats have wrestled their season back on track and have control of their division once again. SNF kicks off with the Cincinnati Bengals playing the Indianapolis Colts (18:00 Sun - Sky Sports) - the Bengals will look to regain some ground and some pride after their tie last week. Up next the inconsistent New York Giants travel to big D to take on the Cowboys (21:25 Sun - Sky Sports). The late night game pits 2 powerhouses from their respective West divisions when the San Francisco 49ers take a trip up to Mile High to face the Denver Broncos (01:30 Mon - C4). Peyton Manning is very close to breaking the all time touchdown record, as he is currently 2 back from equalling Brett Favre's high watermark, so is just 3 short of taking it all for himself.
Once more around the block - The invite cryptically tells us "It's been way too long" but it seems like just weeks ago we gathered to watch Apple announce new shiny things to the world. Join us once again as we anticipate refreshed iPads, the imminent release of the new OS X Yosemite and a promise of things to come. The curtain opens at 6pm (BST) and we hope the live streaming is more successful this time round. What are you hoping to see?
NFL Week 6 - Surely it can’t be week 6 already!? Finally we’ve been treated to a competitive Thursday Night Football game, which the Indianapolis Colts came through to beat the Houston Texans. On to today, and we have an all-NFC slate ahead of us: Up first the Detroit Lions play in-division at the Minnesota Vikings (18:00 Sun – Sky Sports) – I’ve got no read on this one; it could be a high scoring spectacular, a defensive grind or a blow-out either way. Next up the Dallas Cowboys travel to the team with the Seattle Seahawks (21:25 Sun – Sky Sports). Last up on Sunday Night Football the strengthening New York Giants play their division rival Philadelphia Eagles (01:30 Mon – C4). Phily are currently sat jointly atop the NFL, but their offence is faltering in comparison to last year, so could well be ripe for the picking.
NFL Week 5 - By the end of the weekend all teams will have passed the quarter-mark of the regular season. Thursday night saw another blow out, this time it was the Packers who dispatched the Vikings with ease. Today we start in Carolina where the Chicago Bears are hosted by the Panthers (18:00 Sun – Sky Sports) – these two teams are looking to distinguish themselves in their respective tight divisions. Up next the struggling New York Jets when they travel to play the on form San Diego Chargers (21:25 Sun – Sky Sports) – Chargers’ QB Phil Rivers is widely thought of as the league MVP through 4 weeks, so we can expect another master-class against a poor Jets pass defence. Up last the unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals take on the faltering New England Patriots (01:30 Mon – C4) – a tough matchup could be just what the Tom Brady’s Pats need to kick start their season!
NFL Week 4 - Welcome to the first International Series game of the year! Thursday Night Football saw the NY Giants take down Washington, but enough of that, back to the main event. Live from Wembley the Miami Dolphins will take on the Oakland Raiders (18:00 Sun – C4 / Sky Sports). The Fins are coming off a week with uncertainty surrounding Ryan Tannehill and his ability to fill the role of a franchise QB, which might just be the key that the Raiders will use to unlock their first victory of the season. Later the Philadelphia Eagles travel to the West Coast to play the San Francisco 49ers (21:25 Sun – Sky Sports) – the faltering ‘9ers need to get their season back on track but will find it hard against the undefeated Eagles. Last on the slate the New Orleans Saints are hosted by the Dallas Cowboys (01:30 Mon – C4) – should be an offensive showdown in big-D and the Saints should be strong enough to come away with the W... ‘should’.
NFL Week 3 - The NFL has a stellar line up of games across the board for us in week 3. The Sunday matchups come off the back of TNF where the Atlanta Falcons taking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the cleaners, and then some! First up we’ve got an all NFC North affair as the Green Bay Packers play the Detroit Lions (18:00 Sun – Sky Sports) in what should be a high scoring encounter. Up next we have the Super Bowl rematch: Denver Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks (21:25 Sun – Sky Sports) – Peyton will look to exact his revenge after having it handed to him back in February. Lastly the Pittsburgh Steelers are hosted by the Carolina Panthers (01:30 Mon – C4). Before the season it looked unlikely that going into week 3 the Panthers would be 2-0 and favourites to win this one, but that’s where we are. We’ll find out whether they can prove their doubters wrong and remain undefeated!
NFL Week 2 - There were a lot of surprise results in week 1 as teams find their feet and battle to set the form guide in their favour, and we can expect more of the same in week 2. The Ravens blew past the Steelers on TNF, which although the result wasn’t a surprise, the 26-6 scoreline sure was! First up the Atlanta Falcons are hosted by the Cincinnati Bengals (18:00 Sun – Sky Sports) – both teams have stacked offences, but it’s the Bengals’ D that might be the difference maker. Next the Kansas City Chiefs travel to the Denver Broncos (21:25 Sun – Sky Sports) – speaking frankly, there shouldn’t be much in Peyton’s way in this one. Last up the San Francisco 49ers play the Chicago Bears (01:30 Mon – C4) – the Bears could well be without their top 2 Wide Receivers, so is game is shaping up to be the ‘9ers to lose!
We’re gonna need a bigger screen protector - 'Wish we could say more' said the invite as months of speculation builds to a peak. The expected launch of the new iPhone is almost upon us as we prepare for Tim Cook and his pals to unveil this year's new shiny. A larger than usual location and the diverse invite list fuel the rumours that this will be more than just a phone. Join us in the comments as we watch the live stream on apple.com. Let us know your wish list, predictions or just guess Criag Federighi's new nickname.
NFL Week 1 - It's back! There were over 200 days between the Super Bowl and Thursday night's kick-off spectacular, and the Seattle Seahawks started the season as they'd finished the previous one as they took care of the Green Bay Packers. Tonight our games kick off with a pair of AFC East rivals; perennial contenders the New England Patriots travel down the coast to the Miami Dolphins (18:00 Sun - Sky Sports) - the Pats are favourites but this matchup does have a strong sense of an upset about it. Up next, the San Francisco 49ers, with their depleted defence, are hosted by the Dallas Cowboys, who may just have the worst defence in the NFL this season (21:25 Sun - Sky Sports) - this one screams shootout! The late game pitches the Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning against his former team the Indianapolis Colts (01:30 Mon - C4) which could also be a high scoring track meet!
Doctor Who - Series 8 - Revel in the joy of a brand new Doctor, as Peter Capaldi joins the team alongside Jenna Coleman. The new reincarnation of the Doctor promises a more experienced view of things (code for slightly older), whilst also bringing something of a darker tone to the upcoming episodes. Here, we'll enjoy each and every episode of the eighth season of New Doctor Who, in one lovely long block with no interruptions. Herald the return of the Doctor, Clara, the TARDIS, the screwdriver and everything else, as well as a heap of new guest starts. It's time!
The Great British Bake Off - The Bake Off is back! Brush off your spatulas and mixing machines as it is time to get inspired for a whole new batch of sweet treats and savoury delights. This first week is all about cake, a simple concept as we get to meet the new batch of bakers - 12 fresh faces all ready to face the terrifying prospect of Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. It's always hectic in the first week, trying to get to know everyone, but it's also a lot of fun. On your marks, get set... bake!
Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 - If you're missing the track and field events from the Olympics, then look no further, the Commonwealth Games have arrived. Their tagline: "17 sports. 11 days. 1 place to be." With similar events such as gymnastics, cycling and badminton, the games provide for all kinds of tastes, although there are fewer than in London and other Olympic schedules. Glasgow presents a great opportunity for smaller nations to have their chance in the spotlight, including the dissolution of Team GB into England, Scotland and Wales. If you're looking for a place to hang out during the week and a bit of Commonwealth action, then you've found the spot!
World Cup knockout stages - We are down to the last 16 in what has been a fairly fantastic World Cup so far with plenty of shocks, surprises, upsets and even a little nibble along the way. It was an underwhelming tournament from reigning champions Spain, going out before they even got going, and of course we all saw the likes of England, Portugal and other big names were eliminated whereas the likes of Costa Rica and Algeria impressively qualified for the final 16. It's going to be a fantastic bracket of matches with many big names still going towards the final - will Messi push Argentina to the top with a continuation of his impressive goals so far? Can the USA keep up an impressive run of form? And will Uruguay be able to react to the loss of star man Suarez? Let's hope they don't get caught snacking...
Glastonbury Festival 2014 - It's that time of the year again to get out the wellies for the summer and to slide in muddy fields of good music as Glastonbury comes around for the biggest festival of the year. Glasto provides several days of music excellence from everyone you could possibly imagine and this weekend provides no lack of quality with three massive headliners. On the Friday night, Canada's finest in Arcade Fire make their Glastonbury headlining debut in what (from first hand experience) I can promise will be a memorable set. On the Saturday are British rockers Kasabian, following after the recent release of their newest album 48:13. Finally the weekend ends with the surprising headline debut for Metallica despite their 33 years in the heavy metal spotlight. Put these massive headliners along the likes of Dolly Parton, Elbow, Royal Blood, The Pixies, The Black Keys, Metronomy, Lily Allen... there really is something for everyone and that's only naming a tiny amount! The BBC will be providing coverage all weekend on BBC 2, 3, 4 and online too for those in the UK. I know I'm excited - make sure you join us for the TV coverage over the weekend and join in the music greatness!
Wimbledon 2014 - It's not been long since the French Open but it's time for a complete change of pace now. Players have had a couple of weeks to get practice on the grass courts before the main event - the Wimbledon Championship 2014. Defending champion Andy Murray comes in with all the pressure on his shoulders, but faces some stiff competition. Last year's winner Marion Bartoli has retired from the sport, leaving the women's side of the draw wide open. Smart money would be on Serena Williams for victory but it's not all been going her way of late. Sit back, dish out those strawberries and settle in for two weeks of British summertime tennis.
World Cup group stages - After much waiting, it's finally here. The FIFA World Cup 2014, held all across Brazil, begins with the eight groups of four teams that have qualified across the globe over the last few years. Of course the first match of the tournament involves the hosts Brazil going up against Croatia but this is only the start - the group stages go on for two weeks with the top two teams of each group qualifying for the knock out stages over two or three matches being played every day one after the other. With the altitude and temperature of South America to deal with just as much as the squads' talents, we could be in for some upsets and surprises as teams from all over are welcomed by the football-mad country of Brazil. Will they and their youthful squad succeed as hosts? Can Spain breeze through a potentially awkward group on their way to retaining the World Cup? Will England be as dismal as everyone seems to expect? To quote Alan Partridge; the proof is in the pudding, and the pudding, in this case, is football.
Roland Garros 2014 - The clay court season has seen some surprises and some not-so-surprises, with Serena Williams playing very well, and Rafael Nadal holding his own. We've got a fortnight of tennis ahead of us, where the best of the best descend upon Roland Garros to battle it out for supremacy on the orange courts. Expect a lot of umpires getting up and down off their chairs, plenty of tennis racquets hitting trainers to dislodge any errant clay, and plenty of bright and colourful outfits. It's the French Open!
Crashed Ice, Round 4 - Quebec City - The final round of the 2014 ice cross championship returns to its spiritual home in Canada, with the season finale in Quebec. There are always a bumper crop of Canadian racers hoping to participate in their home race, get to attempt the finals, and of course win the event. The 2014 World Championship is also at stake as this final round gets underway at the longest track on this year's Crashed Ice calendar - it's bound to be a breathtaking ride from start to finish!
Crashed Ice, Round 3 - Moscow - The Crashed Ice championship returns to the wintry climes of Russia, as Moscow prepares to host the third round of the 2014 season. Having not been to the country since 2011, there are plenty of those new to the city, and to the track situated on the banks of the Moskva river. Apparently, the last visit to Russia was the coldest in ice cross downhill history, "with temperatures plunging as low as a bone-chilling minus 30 degrees celsius." I don't envy the skaters or anyone in the crowds!
Crashed Ice, Round 2 - Saint Paul - The second round of 2014's epic Crashed Ice season takes place at the popular Saint Paul downhill track, where champion Derek Wedge will continue to try and defend his title. More than 100,000 spectators are anticipated to brave the freezing temperatures to watch the brilliant high-speed heats and cheer on the daring racers as they hit the jumps and avoid the obstacles to win the race, and attempt to take victory in the event as a whole. With only four rounds this year, every single race counts.
Sochi 2014 - It's been two years since we were last gripped by Olympic fever, and now it is time for the winter sports to get their moment in the spotlight. From the joys of snowboarding and skiing, to ice hockey, curling and figure skating, there's something out there for everyone. It may be icy and cold to view, but from the comfort of your own toasty living room, you can enjoy the brilliance of another fortnight of the hectic hunt for medals.
Super Bowl XLVIII - Super Bowl Baby, yeah! And it’s New York’s Giants & Jets and New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium's chance to host. I don’t know whether you’ve heard, it’s going to be cold, maybe even experiencing snow. The Seattle Seahawks vs Denver Broncos (UK 23:30 – C4 + Sky Sports / US 18:30 – Fox) is only the second time since 1993 that the top seed from each Conference have played each other in the Super Bowl, and the first time since 2003 that the top ranked offence is playing the top ranked defence. None of the Seattle players have got this far before, compared to only four of the Broncos. A Denver win and Peyton Manning will bring him level with Eli’s two rings, a Seahawks victory and Richard Sherman will never shut up about it. And if the football is not enough, Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers team up for the Halftime Show. Line up your drinks, open up some snacks, sit back (in a comfortable chair) and enjoy.
Crashed Ice, Round 1 - Helsinki - Finland plays host to the first round of the epic Crashed Ice tournament, a hectic fast-paced downhill race where four skaters battle to make it through to the next round. Over bumps, round corners, up and over jumps all the while going as fast as possible and avoiding contact with a fellow racer, Crashed Ice is exhilarating and exciting from start to finish. The Serena Ski Resort's permanent ice cross track is our destination as the brand new World Championship gets underway.
NFL Playoffs - Conference Championships - The last stop before the big finale; we’re about to find out the best team in each conference. Majority consensus tells us that we’ve matchups between the top four teams in the League. Two of the NFL’s old guard of QBs face off again; it’s Brady-verses-Manning XV. The New England Patriots’ Tom Brady has now been to two thirds of the AFC Championship games that he has had available to him, and a win means similarly he’d have visited half of the Super Bowls (20:00 Sun – SkySports). Whereas the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning commands an offensive juggernaut that recently claimed the majority of the NFL’s passing and scoring records. The second of the two games pits two teams from the NFC West against each other, and with it two of the new school of QBs; Russell Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks host Colin Kaepernick’s San Francisco 49ers (23:30 Sun – Sky Sports). It’s not just an on-field rivalry field; Head Coaches Pete Carroll and John Harbaugh despise each other. Expect fireworks!
Australian Open 2014 - The first Grand Slam of 2014 gets underway in Melbourne, with the Australian Open starting the season with a bang. Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka both attempt to defend their titles, whilst Rafael Nadal returns having withdrawn from last year's tournament due to illness. Home favourites Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt are both on top form, but there are plenty of top names and faces hoping to stop them in their tracks. Bring on the top tennis action!
NFL Playoffs - Divisional round - With 4 excellent games over 2 days, this is possibly the best NFL-weekend of the year (excluding the Super Bowl of course). First the Seattle Seahawks play host to the New Orleans Saints – Seattle are many peoples’ tip for the title, and expect a closely fought battle (21:35 Sat – Sky Sports). Later the “come-back king” Andrew Luck will hope to lead his Indianapolis Colts to another victory against the favoured New England Patriots (01:15 Sun – Sky Sports). Sunday, two ‘mirror images’ face off; the San Francisco 49ers play at the Carolina Panthers. Both have a strong ground attack, young fleet of foot QBs, hard hitting defences, the difference being that the ‘9ers have an edge in offensive weapons (18:05 Sun – Sky Sports). Final game of the weekend is an all AFC West showdown when the Chargers are hosted by the Broncos in Mile High Stadium. San Diego’s QB Phil Rivers has had Denver’s Peyton Manning’s number over the years, so the result is not cut-and-dry (21:40 Sun – Sky Sports).
NFL Playoffs - Wild card weekend - With the regular season over, let the playoffs begin; we’re now on the final stretch of the road to Super Bowl XLVIII. This weekend the third and forth seeds in each conference host the sixth and fifth, respectively. On Saturday the Kansas City Chiefs (last season’s worst team) are at the Indianapolis Colts, lead by last season’s #1 Draft pick QB Andrew Luck (21:35 Sat – Sky Sports). Later the wildcard New Orleans Saints play the strengthening Philadelphia Eagles (01:10 Sun – Sky Sports). On Sunday the San Diego Chargers face the Cincinnati Bengals (18:05 Sun – SkySports). These two have already faced each other this season; the Bengals were narrow victors first time around. Finally, last year’s Super Bowl losers, the San Francisco 49ers are at the Green Bay Packers, who are getting healthy on offence at just the right time (21:40 Sun – Sky Sports). Winners in the AFC will face the Broncos or Patriots, and in the NFC, next up are the Seahawks or the Panthers.
NFL Week 17 - If last week was the penultimate, then this is the ultimate weekend of regular season football, and what a Sunday of games we have. Thirteen out of sixteen games have playoff implications and in the NFC no division is decided, yet. First up the Green Bay Packers are hosted at the Chicago Bears (18:00 Sun – Sky Sports). The Pack have their superstar QB Aaron Rodgers back after an injury in this winner-takes-all NFC North matchup. Next the Baltimore Ravens need a W to keep playoff chances alive, and the Cincinnati Bengals have the chance to move up to the #2 seed when these two face off in this all AFC North affair (21:25 Sun – Sky Sports). And finally, it’s win-and-in in the NFC East when the Philadelphia Eagles travel to the Dallas Cowboys, who will in all likelihood be without their starting QB, Tony Romo (01:30 Mon – C4).
Doctor Who - The Time of the Doctor - It's time for the festive edition of our favourite sci-fi show, and this time, we're waving goodbye to Matt Smith. After an incredible stint at the controls of the TARDIS, it's time to bid farewell to Smith, and welcome in Peter Capaldi. This Christmas special should be emotional, but here's the official blurb: "Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe's deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them, the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe."
NFL Week 16 - The penultimate weekend of regular season football – the playoffs are within touching distance for some, while slipping out of reach for others. With no TNF game this week our first action comes on Sunday when the New Orleans Saints play the Carolina Panthers (18:00 Sun – Sky Sports) – they are currently tied for first in the NFC South and this matchup will likely decide the division, with the loser picking up a wildcard spot. Baltimore need to win to put themselves in the driving seat for a wildcard berth when they take on New England – who are still in the #2 seed (just); the Patriots are at the Ravens (21:25 Sun – Sky Sports). Two teams at 8-6, both atop their respective divisions need a result here to avoid being caught by the swarming masses behind them – the Chicago Bears are hosted by the Philadelphia Eagles (01:30 Mon – C4). Finally on MNF the Atlanta Falcons, who are without playoff ambitions, travel across the country to the currently playoff bound San Francisco 49ers (01:40Tues – Eurosport).
NFL Week 15 - The final TNF game of the season features the San Diego Chargers, who must win to keep any playoff hopes alive, against their divisional foe the Denver Broncos – expect a shootout in the West (01:25 Fri – Sky Sports). Win and the New England Patriots clinch their division, although they are now without another key player. They travel south to fellow AFC East-ers, the Miami Dolphins, who are still in the playoff mix (18:00 Sun – Sky Sports). Next up are two teams vying for a wildcard spot (or possible division title) in the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys are hosting the Green Bay Packers (21:25 Sun – Sky Sports). The Cincinnati Bengals look to extend their lead in the AFC North when they play the Pittsburgh Steelers (01:30 Mon – C4). Another pair of possible post-season contenders face off on Monday night – the Baltimore Ravens are at the Detroit Lions (01:40 Tues – Eurosport). Some great games, but I somehow doubt there will quite as much weather-related carnage as last week.
NFL Week 14 - As we enter the final quarter of the season playoff scenarios are starting to evolve. There’s a game on TNF (01:25 Fri – Sky Sports), but the less said about that the better. SNF begins with the 7-5 Detroit Lions playing the 7-5 Philadelphia Eagles(18:00 Sun – Sky Sports). Nick Foles, Eagles’ 2nd year QB, has played so well recently that if his next 50 passes were intercepted he’d still have a better rating than the Jet’s hapless rookie QB Geno Smith. Next up the Seahawks are aiming to sweep the 49ers and fully claim bragging rights in the NFC North – Seattle are playing in San Francisco (21:25 Sun – Sky Sports). If the Panthers beat the Saints they will join them atop the NFC South, and overtake them in the race for the #2 seed – Carolina are at New Orleans (01:30 Mon – C4). This week’s MNF game is make or break for both teams, the Dallas Cowboys travel to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears (01:40 Tues – Eurosport).
NFL Week 13 - Thanksgiving doesn’t just mean excesses of food; there is also a veritable glut of NFL fixtures as an accompaniment – 7 in total. First up the injury ravaged Green Bay Packers take on their division rival Detroit Lions (17:30 Thu – Sky Sports). Next the Oakland Raiders play at the Cowboys (21:30 Thu – Sky Sports). The late TNF game will likely see the AFC’s eventual 6th seed – the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Baltimore Ravens (01:30 Fri – Sky Sports). On SNF the Broncos and Chiefs do battle again, likely for the #1 seed in the AFC (18:00 Sun – Sky Sports). Later the Arizona Cardinals play the Philadelphia Eagles, in another battle of the birds (21:25 Sun – SkySports). It’s an all NFC East affair when the New York Giants are hosted by the Washington Redskins (01:30 Mon – C4). The final game of the weekend is for the top spot in the NFC – the New Orleans Saints travel to take on the Seattle Seahawks, andtheir Twelfth Man (01:40 Tues – Eurosport).
Doctor Who - The Day of the Doctor - It's been a long time coming, but this year's special anniversary episode has finally arrived! With the promise of multiple Doctors and even more companions, plus a handful of special guests, the episode looks set to deliver all sorts of fun and witty banter. Steven Moffat also reckons the action will change the series going forward - hesitating to use the word 'gamechanger' but that kind of deal. What on earth is going to happen to the Doctor and just how brilliant are the Smith/Tennant scenes going to be?
NFL Week 12 - This week sees the last of the byes, so it’s the only remaining week without a full 16-game schedule. On TNF two teams from the NFC South on opposite trajectories, the 8-2 New Orleans Saints are hosted by the 2-8 Atlanta Falcons (01:25 Fri – Sky Sports). The New Jets and the Baltimore Ravens are both in the mix for the AFC’s 6th playoff spot – they face off first on SNF (18:00 Sun – Sky Sports). After an appalling start to the season, the next game could see the Giants pull themselves into playoff contention in the NFC when they play the, division rival, Dallas Cowboys (21:25 Sun– Sky Sports). The late game is crucial in the race for a bye-week in the AFC – the Denver Broncos play that the New England Patriots (01:30 Mon – C4). On MNF thesurprisingly average San Francisco 49ers are taking on the surprisingly languishing Washington Redskins (01:40 Tues – Eurosport).
NFL Week 11 - Jumping straight into the action this week, the Colts are at the Titans on TNF (01:25 Fri – Sky Sports). Indianapolis are without their top WR Reggie Wayne with season ending injury and similarly the Tennessee have just lost their starting QB Jake Locker. First up on SNF, for all those not watching the F1, an all AFC North affair, as the Cleveland Browns play the Cincinnati Bengals (18:00 Sun – Sky Sports). Next up two teams firmly in the NFC playoff picture, the San Francisco 49ers play the New Orleans Saints (21:25 Sun – Sky Sports). In the first flexed game of the season Andy Ried’s still undefeated Kansas City Chiefs travel to Mile High to face off against a tough division rival Denver Broncos (01:30 Mon – C4). Finally for the week, on MNF, the New England Patriots are hosted by the Carolina Panthers (01:40 Tues – Eurosport). Both teams are rediscovering their stride which makes this one to stay up for (or watch the highlights at least).
NFL Week 10 - We’re now entering the “down the stretch” portion of the season. On TNF the Washington Redskins are playing at the Minnesota Vikings (01:25 Fri – Sky Sports). Sunday sports 3 brilliant matchups; first up, two of the three teams tied for first in the NFC North – the Detroit Lions are at the Chicago Bears (18:00 Sun – Sky Sports). Sparks will fly when this season’s offensive juggernauts, the Denver Broncos, take on the San Diego Super Chargers, in this all AFC West matchup (21:25 Sun – Sky Sports). In the late game the Dallas Cowboys are hosted by the New Orleans Saints (01:30 Mon – C4) – the Saints will be a tough opponent after a bad loss to the Jets last week. Florida is currently the home of 3 of the NFL’s most disasterous franchises, and two play each other on MNF. The Miami Dolphins will hope to ignore their off-the-field issues and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to get past their on-the-field issues (01:40 Tues – Eurosport).
NFL Week 9 - We’re passing the halfway post and soon enough playoff ambitions will be realised or those dreams will be shattered. This week’s action begins with the Bengals, class of a mediocre AFC North, taking on the middle-of-the-road Dolphins on TNF – Cincinnati play Miami (01:25 Fri – Sky Sports). On Sunday the Saints who are second across the NFC travel up to the New York Jets (18:00 Sun – Sky Sports). Next up the Philadelphia Eagles take their QB issues way out West to take on one of next year’s home teams at Wembley, the Oakland Raiders (21:25 Sun – Sky Sports). Then the Indianapolis Colts will try to put distance between them and the rest of the AFC Southwhen they play the ailing Houston Texans (01:30 Mon – C4). Then on Monday Night, some say that this is the oldest rivalry in the NFL; the Chicago Bears are at the Green Bay Packers (01:40 Tues – Eurosport). NB: we’re back to regular times this week, folks.
NFL Week 8 - It’s Wembley week part 2, featuring the San Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars (17:00 Sun – Sky Sports). After a tough start, the 49ers are on a 4-game winning streak, where as the Jags have conceded 222 points on their way being 0-7. This should be a ‘9ers win, but then you never know what can happen on any given Sunday. In the other games: on TNF the 3-3 Carolina Panthers at the 0-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (01:25 Fri – Sky Sports); in an NFC South divisional matchup. Also on Sunday night the 6-1 Denver Broncos play host to the 2-4 Washington Redskins (20:25 Sun – Sky Sports). Later on in the NFC North the 4-2 Green Bay Packers are at the 1-5 Minnesota Vikings (00:30 Mon – C4). On MNF there is an all-NFC Westaffair when the 6-1 Seattle Seahawks take on the 3-4 St. Louis Rams (00:40 Tues – Eurosport). Most importantly note the change to kickoff times, for UK viewers at least.
The Great British Bake Off - Final - Last week's semi-final was a tense and emotional ride, as four fantastic amateur bakers were whittled down to three. We didn't really want to say goodbye to anyone, but for the final we have Frances, Ruby and Kimberley - three very different bakers with plenty to bring to the competition. As it is the grand final, expect the challenges to be harder than ever, and probably more unpronounceable than ever as well. Here's to a fantastic final, and a worthy winner!
Retirement of the big cats - In what may be a regular pattern, it's time again for another Apple event in quick succession after the annual iPhone refresh. The Yerba Buena venue makes it more likely we'll get a live streamed keynote but all will be revealed as we near the start time of 18:00 (GMT+1). Expected today are refreshed iPads and release dates for the pre-announced Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks. Join us to speculate, discuss and prepare to flex the plastic as we prepare for Tim Cook to take the stage.
NFL Week 7 - The NFL has given us a schedule of brilliant ‘rivalries’ this week. First up, on TNF, we have a battle of the birds: The Seattle Seahawks make the short flight to the Arizona Cardinals in this all NFC West matchup (01:25 Fri – Sky Sports). On Sunday evening the battle of the big cats sees the Cincinnati Bengals hosted by the Detroit Lions (18:00 Sun – Sky Sports). Next the freefalling Houston Texans tackle the Kansas City Chiefs (21:25 Sun – Sky Sports). The Chiefs are undefeated and sit atop of the standings totem pole. The last game on SNF is not just a battle of the horses, but its Peyton Manning’s return to his old team – the Denver Broncos play the Indianapolis Colts (01:30 Mon – C4). Finally, on MNF, Giants face off against Vikings when New York hosts Minnesotta (01:40 Tues – Eurosport). The Purples and the Big Blue are a combined 1-10 to start their season – ouch! That’s not comfortable reading for either set of fans.
The Great British Bake Off - Semi-Final - With the news that the baking spectacular will be moving to BBC One in the future, our intrepid amateur bakers are fighting for a place in the final. It was a really tense and close competition in the quarter-finals, and there's no reason to expect any less this week. The challenges this week are all French themed, so expect choux pastry, canapés and no doubt a whole heap of baking puns. This is what Tuesdays were made for!
NFL Week 6 - Some great match-ups on the slate for week 6, beginning on Thursday Night with the so far winless New York Giants hosted by the Chicago Bears (01:25 Fri – Sky Sports); unfortunately this doesn’t look like it’s the week the Giant’s luck will change, by the end of this one they’ll most likely be 0-6. SNF kicks off with many people’s pick for 2013 NFC Champions, the Green Bay Packers, taking on last year’s Superbowl Champions, the Baltimore Ravens (18:00 Sun – Sky Sports). Next up the undefeated New Orleans Saints travel to the New England Patriots, who themselves will want to come back strongly after a tough, low scoring loss last weekend (21:25 Sun – Sky Sports). The late slot plays host to the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys; both in NFC East, both with 3 losses, both in the hunt of a playoff place (01:30 Mon – C4). On Monday Night Football the formidable Indianapolis Colts play out on the West Coast at the San Diego Chargers (01:40 Tues – Eurosport).
The Great British Bake Off - Quarter-Final - I was slightly confused why this week's episode didn't have the usual naming convention - pastry, sweet dough, cake, etc. Turns out, we're at the quarter final stage already! And the BBC explain what our bakers will be facing in the Bake Off tent this time: "This week's challenges test them on how they cope working with unconventional flours and unusual desserts which push their creativity to the max."
NFL Week 5 - Kicking off week 5 are the Cleveland Browns; one of this season’s big surprises, as they look like legitimate contenders in the AFC North, well, for the moment at least; they host the Buffalo Bills. This promises to be a close game (01:25 Fri – Sky Sports). Sunday Night Football begins with the Baltimore Ravens, hoping they can jump start their anaemic-looking offence, taking on the big-spending Miami Dolphins (18:00 Sun – Sky Sports). Up second are the seemingly unstoppable Denver Broncos playing at the Dallas Cowboys (21:25 Sun – Sky Sports). Later the Houston Texans travel to the San Francisco 49ers (01:30 Mon – C4), where the winners are most likely to be whichever team’s QB steps up to the challenge. The final game of the weekend sees the New York Jets at the Atlanta Falcons (01:40 Tues – Eurosport) – the Falcons are desperate to make up for a slow 1-3 start, whereas some might say that the Jets are punching above their weight at 2-2.
The Great British Bake Off - Pastry - Somehow, there are only six bakers left in the competition, and this time they're facing the challenges that pastry brings. A glimpse at the TV guides suggest our intrepid kitchen adventurers will have to make suet pudding, choux buns and some puffy-puff-puff pastry. In fact, the BBC say: "As they reach the end of their pastry marathon, the bakers reach the showstopper and must make three different types of perfectly puffed pastries. One type must be filled, another must be iced and the third is up to them. From palmiers to cream horns, they have just four hours to impress the judges." Mmm, cream horns.
NFL Week 4 - It’s Wembley-week, or at least the first of this season’s two, featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the Minnesotta Vikings (18:00 Sun – C4 / Sky Sports). Both teams are winless and will hope that the trip across the Atlantic will play its part in turning their fortunes around. Watch out for the Vikes’ RB Adrian Peterson making plays with his legs, and Big Ben (no not that one) making plays with his arm for the Steelers. Before all that, on Thursday night the San Francisco 49ers are hosted by the St Louis Rams (01:25 Fri – Sky Sports). Also on the slate for Sunday we have the Dallas Cowboys taking on the San Diego Chargers (21:25 Sun – Sky Sports) and the New England Patriots playing the Atlanta Falcons (01:30 Mon – C4).The Monday Night Football matchup is between two 3-0 teams as the Miami Dolphins play the New Orleans Saints (01:40 Tues – Eurosport).
The Great British Bake Off - Sweet dough - This week it's all about sweet, sticky buns and fruit loafs and delicious sweet breads. Already I am drooling just thinking about it. The BBC claim they have Paul Hollywood's most twisted technical challenge yet which worries me. The challenges this year have so far numbered more things that I haven't heard of than vice versa. Regardless of how far away from amateur status the show is going, it's still brilliant fun and a delicious watch. Do join in!
NFL Week 3 - Week 3 is when the 2013-form guide starts to take shape. The TNF game sees the return to Philadelphia of long-time Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid, as he brings his Kansas City Chiefs to face off against Chip Kelly and that up-tempo offence of his (01:25 Fri – Sky Sports). Sunday night begins with the aerial prowess of the Detroit Lions taking on the Washington Redskins, who are so far stuttering on both sides of the ball (18:00 Sun – Sky Sports). Next up the Indianapolis Colts travel to the San Francisco 49ers, where both teams are looking to come back after painful losses last week (21:25 Sun – Sky Sports). In the late game the disappointing 0-2 Pittsburgh Steelers are hosted by the in-form 2-0 Chicago Bears (01:30 Mon – C4). MNF features a candidate for the 1st pick in next year’s draft, the Oakland Raiders, who are hosted by divisional heavyweights the Denver Broncos (01:40 Tues – Eurosport).
The Great British Bake Off - Biscuits and traybakes - We're rocketing through the series, almost halfway through already! This fifth episode takes us into the world of biscuits, so make sure you stock up on snacks so you don't get hungry halfway through. I don't want to spoil any of the challenges coming up, but a quick read of the BBC suggests the Showstopper is a really tricky one! They seem to be getting harder and harder, but that's just whittling down our bakers until we get to the ultimate star baker for 2013. Yum!
NFL Week 2 - Divisional rivalries are out in force for week two, with matchups from the AFC East, NFC North, NFC West and AFC North. The TNF game pits New York Jets’ rookie QB Geno Smith against New England Patriots’ sure-fire HoF QB Tom Brady (0125 Fri – Sky Sports). On SNF, the smash-mouth Minnesota Vikings take on the multi faceted Chicago Bears (1800 Sun – Sky Sports). Next up our only non-divisional game, but that doesn’t make it any less special; it’s the Manning-bowl. Peyton’s fast starting Denver Broncos are hosted by brother Eli’s New York Giants (2125 Sun – Sky Sports). The late game sees favourites to become Champions, when the San Francisco 49ers face the Seattle Seahawks (01:30 Mon – Channel 4). The Monday night game is a hard fought rivalry, as the aging and regressing Pittsburgh Steelers play the young and talented Cincinnati Bengals (12:10 Tues – Eurosport). Difficult to say which game is more of a must-watch than any of the others... so just watch them all!
The Great British Bake Off - Pies and tarts - Personally, I'm having a terrible evening in the kitchen, involving an exploding microwave and some burnt potatoes, but hopefully our bakers will be faring a little better. This week is all about pies and tarts, which builds on the droolworthiness of the trifles and desserts of last week! There were two shock exits last week, so all the bakers are starting to realise they could go at any time, and as they always say, they're not ready for the journey to end just yet!
Apple iPhone and iOS keynote - The rumour mill has been burning the candle at both ends, Jonny Ive has been trimming his stubble to the exact length and the Craig Federighi nickname wheel has been spun. Yes, it's time for another Apple Keynote. Expected today are the details of a new iPhone, probably two. The successor to the iPhone 5 and a lower cost, colourful model that most are calling the 5C. Also, iOS 7 should be released to the public which has polarised opinion with it's fresh look. Join us in the run up to Tim Cook taking the stage at 6pm [BST] and share your expectations, wish lists, live blog links and more
AIHL Goodall Cup Grand Final - Ice hockey? In Australia? Yes! Believe it or not the Goodall Cup is one of the oldest Ice Hockey trophies around, having first been awarded in 1909. The Australian Ice Hockey League Commission originally decided not to live-stream the finals but changed their mind after a larger than expected backlash from their fans, so we’re watching the live stream to say thanks for listening, AIHL! My favourite team (and what should be your favourite team) the Melbourne Mustangs came in fifth this season and just missed out on making it to the finals but it’s OK because we’re bound to see some great hockey anyway. Without knowing the results of the two semi-finals, I’m going to take a guess and say we’ll be watching the Sydney Ice Dogs vs. the Newcastle North Stars (but we could be watching the Melbourne Ice or the Perth Thunder too).
NFL Week 1 - It’s back! The season kicks off on Thursday Night Football with the Denver Broncos hosting the reigning Superbowl Champion Baltimore Ravens (01:30 Fri - Sky Sports). On Sunday an NFC South divisional game sees the Atlanta Falcons, with their high-powered offence, face off against the New Orleans Saints, led by sure-fire Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees (18:00 - Sky Sports). Later, perennial contender Green Bay Packers host February’s runners-up San Francisco 49ers (21:25 - Sky Sports). The late game features an all-NFC East matchup as the New York Giants play ‘America’s team’, the Dallas Cowboys (01:30 - C4). Monday Night Football sees Chip Kelly’s up-tempo Philadelphia Eagles play the Washington Redskins, now with a healthy RG3 back under centre (12:10 Tues - channel TBC). Finally the ever-competitive Houston Texans travel to the San Diego Chargers, who hope their fortunes are revitalised under new management (03:20 Tues TBC).
The Great British Bake Off - Desserts - We're into the third week of baking already, and down two bakers from our original thirteen. This week, it's all about indulging the sweet tooth with desserts being the focus of the Bake Off tent. I know there will be trifle, but what else? Here's the BBC's blurb: "Mary and Paul are upping the ante. Having survived cake and bread, this is the first week we see the bakers having to multi-task across several different baking skills at the same time."
US Open Tennis 2013 - Tennis is back! It’s the final Grand Slam of the year, and this time we find ourselves heading to Flushing Meadows in New York for the US Open. We’ve had lots of great matches this year, and the US Open never disappoints. Serena Williams and Andy Murray look to defend their Championships from 2012, but there are plenty of great players that stand in their way. It’s set to be a fabulous fortnight of tennis, with lots of great matches lined up!
The Great British Bake Off - Bread - Fresh from the introduction of our baker's dozen of candidates last week, we're moving on to a new week of challenges. This time it's all about bread - Paul Hollywood's speciality. Twelve contestants remain in the competition, and hopefully they can get through this session of baking without too much in the way of injury - last week was all about those sticky blue plasters. So, get those aprons on (or perhaps not if you're just watching from the sofa), it's time to bake!
The Great British Bake Off - Cakes - It's that time again, time for the marquee to go up, the ovens to go on and the delicious looking bakes to take shape! The Great British Bake Off (#gbbo) has captured the hearts and minds of the country and beyond, with amateur bakers creating ever-more incredible feats of ingredient engineering to wow the judges - stern but honest Paul Hollywood and strict but lovely Mary Berry. We're at the start of a brand new series, and it looks like there are cakes on the menu.
Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor - I'm still torn over whether this TV show should even exist, but as it does and as I can't wait to find out who will be Doc 12, I'm inviting you all to join as BBC One host the big reveal. This is a half hour show presented by Zoe Ball, with interviews from the Doctor Who greats and the announcement of the next Doctor. We know that Clara will continue after Matt Smith's tenure ends, but who will be the name in the frame to make the next great partnership?
Wimbledon, Week 2 - It's been a week of shocks at SW19, with plenty of big names dropping out - either due to poor performance, injury, or a little bit of both. The ladies' draw has a path mostly open for Serena Williams to take another trophy, whilst the men's looks set for a highlight match between Djokovic and Murray, as the other top seeds keep falling by the way side. For British fans, we have two players into the second week, with stat-fans pointing out it's the first time since 1998.
Wimbledon, Week 1 - It's time for the highlight of the grass season in tennis, with the historic and memorable Wimbledon tournament set for another two week run. With the British weather continuing its crazy patterns this year, we may see a lot of roof action allowing play on Centre Court to go on unhindered. Roger Federer and Serena Williams will be out on court trying to defend their championships, whilst Maria Sharapova hopes to end her rival's successful run, and Andy Murray hopes to take some plaudits in the much-cherished UK tournament. This first week is all about shock results, easy paths through the order, and lots and lots of matches. Enjoy!
WWDC 2013: What's New Pussy Cat? - Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference is here once again. Join us as we await details of the next mobile operating system, iOS 7 and a sneak preview of Apple's next big cat, the successor to Mountain Lion, OS X 10.9. Expect less skeuomorphic leather and felt and a more flatter design under the management of Jonny Ive. The event starts at 18:00 BST but you can let us know what's on your wish list while we wait for Tim Cook and co to take the stage.
Roland Garros 2013 - The clay court competition heats up this week as the great and good of the tennis world descend upon Roland Garros to fight it out for supremacy on the orange surface. This is the second Grand Slam of 2013, and it's all to play for. Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova are the defending champions from 2012, but there are plenty who could challenge them for the trophy. We've got two weeks of this terrific tennis tournament awaiting us, and it should be great!
Doctor Who - The Name of the Doctor - And so it all comes down to this. The final episode of Series Seven, the one that has to tide us over until the 50th anniversary celebrations later in the year. This is the one where we are supposed to learn of the mystery of Clara, and, perhaps, the Doctor's name? As ever, here's the official BBC blurb: "The Doctor has a secret he will take to his grave. And it is discovered..."
Doctor Who - Nightmare in Silver - The Cybermen are back! Those terrifying, soul-destroying silver machines are returning to our screens, and if the title is anything to go by, they're not here to make any friends. The official BBC blurb says: "Hedgewick's World of Wonders: the perfect theme park day out. And ground zero for a deadly silver resurrection." Can't wait to see the futuristic theme park, should be fascinating!
Doctor Who - The Crimson Horror - The BBC blurb for this episode reads: "Something ghastly is afoot in Victorian Yorkshire, as bodies are found with their skin a waxy, glowing red." Sounds terrifying, but I am more intrigued by the vision of Clara in Victorian garb again. Will the mystery of Clara take any steps forward this week? Plus, this episode we get to see the brilliant Strax again, with his disdain for humans and lack of social etiquette. It should be a good one.
Doctor Who - Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS - We've had ghost hunting, submarine warfare, and trips to the depths of outer space, but now things are turning in on themselves, as the TARDIS takes centre stage. Not since we saw the heart of the police box personified has the TARDIS played such a central role, but here's the BBC's official blurb: "The TARDIS has crashed, Clara is lost inside, and the Doctor has 30 minutes before his ship explodes!" Sounds exciting!
Doctor Who - Hide - We've had spiritual and we've had political, now it seems the Doctor is heading straight into the spooky, as he and Clara look for ghosts. There's a guest star or two in this one, with the marvellously smooth Dougray Scott and fresh from midwifery Jessica Raine. Neil Cross brought us the Rings of Akhaten and he's back already for another bite of the Doctor Who cherry. The BBC's official blurb: "Something terrifying is hiding in Caliburn House, and the Doctor finds himself part of the ghost hunt."
Doctor Who - Cold War - There's a bit of hype surrounding this episode as it sees the return of the Ice Warriers, one of writer Mark Gatiss' favourite Doctor Who villains. I'll be honest, I haven't seen them in action, but I was excited to see the submarine regardless. The pressure underwater is ramped up, so throw in a manic Doctor and who knows what will happen! The official BBC blurb says: "On a Russian submarine in 1983, a frozen alien warrior is waking up, just as the TARDIS materialises." Excellent timing, Doctor.
Doctor Who - The Rings of Akhaten - We were granted a brief preview glimpse of this episode and it looked very different to the earth-bound fun and games we've had of late. Rather than set in London/Cardiff, the action moves to... well, outer space! Beautiful colours and a heck of a lot of computer-generated imagery. The BBC's explanation informs: "The Doctor takes Clara to the Festival of Offerings, but the Old God is waking and demands sacrifice!"
The Boat Race - It's Easter and that can mean only one thing - the traditional battle for supremacy on the River Thames between Oxford and Cambridge. Witness the incredible rowing skills of these top but amateur athletes as they put their heart and soul into one emotional day each year. There's no second place, it is winning or losing, and both teams want to be victorious more than anything. The race itself is just fifteen or so minutes, but what an exciting quarter of an hour!
Doctor Who - The Bells of Saint John - It's time for the second half of this series of Doctor Who to begin, and our first visit to the world of the Doctor since Christmas. New companion Clara is bringing her own mystery, and plenty of attitude, as she joins everyone's favourite time-universe-and-globe-trotter in his adventures. The BBC blurb simply says: "The search for Clara brings the Doctor to London, 2013, where something deadly is waiting in the Wi-Fi." The Doctor, a new companion and a bit of internet talk too!
Crashed Ice, Quebec - It all comes down to this, the big one, the final. The track designers have done some epic work, creating a challenging course that includes the sport's first ever corkscrew - dropping ten metres and turning 360 degrees. It's crazy. With Kyle Croxall taking an early lead in the standings but recent stumbles allowing American Cameron Naasz to take over the top spot, there is everything to skate for in this final of five fantastic events this year.
Crashed Ice, Lausanne - The last Crashed Event was different - an indoor track, supremely short and fast - and we saw a lot of the top names going out early, allowing some new faces through to the fore. In Lausanne, it looks like we are back to the norm, a longer track that looks like one of the hardest we have seen so far. The Croxall brothers are likely to be back on form, whilst keep an eye on the motivated Derek Wedge as he tries to repeat his victory.
Crashed Ice, Landgraaf - The Crashed Ice phenomenon is back on our screens in super quick time and with a unique challenge in store. For the first time, the event heads indoors to the SnowWorld course in the Netherlands. Already it has thrown up some surprises in terms of who has made it through to the finals and who has not. The different style of course has been hard for some to adapt to, so this should be one not to miss!
NFL Super Bowl XLVII - It’s here! We’ve invested 5 months in the regular season, all building up to tonight, and it’s the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans playing host to the greatest show on turf, the Super Bowl!! The Baltimore Ravens are facing off against the San Francisco 49ers (2330 – Sky Sports / BBC2, 1830 – CBS in the US). All the pertinent info about the teams, their seasons and the matchups can be found in the preview posts, but this sporting-showcase isn’t just about the football; it’s a whole bigger spectacle than that. Before the big game the American National Anthem will be sung by Alicia Keys and this year’s Halftime Show will be a performance by Beyonce – so there’ll be something to watch for those not-quite-so obsessed with the game itself. If you are going to watch only one game of NFL per season, the Super Bowl should be that game. Line up some drinks, open up some snacks, sit back (in a comfortable chair) and enjoy.
NFL - Pro Bowl - This weekend Hawaii plays host to the annual all-star-game, where the best players (expect those who are Super Bowl bound) from each conference face off (2330 – Sky Sports). The AFC have Peyton Manning starting at QB (with Andrew Luck and Matt Schaub waiting in the wings); on the ground, Arian Foster, Jamaal Charles and C.J. Spiller; through the air, A.J. Green, Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne and Demaryius Thomas. On defence J.J. Watt and Elvis Dumervil will be vital in the pass-rush; Champ Bailey and Antonio Cromartie will be in coverage on the outside. Looking at how much talent the NFC possess, it’s hard to not favour them slightly, they have Drew Brees, Eli Manning, and Russell Wilson to choose from at quarterback. At running back, Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin; at receiver, some of the best in the business, Julio Jones, Victor Cruz, Larry Fitzgerald and Vincent Jackson. On defence Jason Pierre-Paul and Julius Peppers will be propping up the ends of the line of scrimmage.
Crashed Ice, Saint Paul - Crashed Ice is back for the second of five outings in this 2012/13 championship. We're not hugely confident on the start time, but when it does get going, it's going to be some fast and furious downhill ice action, with the names we are growing to love once more battling it out for supremacy on skates. Kyle Croxall, defending Crashed Ice champion, was victorious at the last round at Niagara Falls, with Cameron Naasz and Kilian Braun following him to the top of the standings. Everything can change at the drop of a skate, though, so stay tuned to find out what happens this evening!
NFL Playoffs - Conference Championships - After an epic 4 games last weekend we are left with 2 huge games on Championship Sunday. Now that the Matt Ryan has overcome his playoff-jinx, Atlanta look like they could be the real deal. However, they will only want to replicate their first half performance against Seattle, or risk being bowled over by the O/D phases of ‘9er-football. San Francisco’s defence is solid and we’ve now all seen how truly lethal the offense is when being run by Colin Kaepernick – watch out, he’s dangerous! NFC: 49ers @ Falcons (2000 – Sky Sports). Just as New England’s luck all but gifted them the bye-week, the Broncos loss means they’ve lucked-into hosting the Championship Game as well. Unfortunately for the Pats (& Gronk), they are only adding to their list injuries to key players, but even this is unlikely to harm the Pats’ offense. Their weakness lies in their defence, especially against a Baltimore offense with a now elite-looking Joe Flacco at the helm. AFC: Ravens @ Pats (2330 – Sky Sports).
NFL Playoffs - Divisional round - On the road the Super Bowl XLVII; the next step is the Divisional Round. Many say this is the best weekend for American Football: 2 days of double-headers involving the best 8 teams in the league. First up we have many people’s pick for the title, Peyton Manning’s Broncos hosting the Joe Flacco’s Ravens (2130 – Sky Sports). In the late-night KO, the Packers will pit the experience of Aaron Rodgers and the strength of his passing-game, against the 49ers’ fast-footedness and ball-on-a-rope skills of Colin Kaepernick (0100 Sun am – Sky Sports). First on Sunday a game that some a dubbing ‘the battle of the birds’ as the high-flying Seahawks take on the top-billed Falcons (1800 – Sky Sports). If the Patriots beat the Texans, in the final game of the weekend (2130 – Sky Sports), then Tom Brady will become the sole owner of record for most postseason victories for a QB. My recommendation, watch as many as you can – I can’t even begin to decide which match-up will be the best!
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).
NFL Week 17 - The end of the regular season is here, and the NFC is still alive with playoff scenarios, with 5 teams in the mix for the 2 remaining unconfirmed berths. The first game features the Chicago Bears taking on the now 4-11 Detroit Lions (1800 – Sky Sports). The Bears need a win as well as a loss for the Vikings if they are to keep their post-season ambitions alive. Next, the Green Bay Packers, who have already qualified, can clinch a first-round bye with a win against the Minnesota Vikings (2115 – Sky Sports); who themselves will be sure of a spot if they were to win. And finally a game that the NFL have flexed to the late-slot so that it’s primetime for US TV-audiences; the Dallas Cowboys play at the Washington Redskins (0120 – C4). The Cowboys will win the NFC East with a victory, and the same it true for the Redskins, who can, with a loss, still make it in if the Bears and Vikings both lose. All in all, complicated? Not half.
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?"
NFL Week 16 - With the festive season well and truly upon us, it’s out with Thursday & Monday Night Football, and in with a late-Saturday game. The Atlanta Falcons are the current NFC #1 seed, and can secure home-field advantage for the playoffs with a win against the 4-10 Detroit Lions (0130 Sun am – BBC). The Pittsburgh Steelers are still alive in the race for the playoffs, but it will only stay that way if they beat the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday (1800 – Sky Sports). A Bengals win will give them the final AFC spot, a Steelers win gives them the upper hand going into the final week. The defending Superbowl Champs the NY Giants are in a tough spot, tied at 8-6 with 4 other teams, so desperately need a win against the out-of-form Baltimore Ravens (2125 – Sky Sports). Finally we’ve the San Diego Chargers playing at the NY Jets (0120 – C4); these two teams have nothing left to play for this season, and will be already looking to 2013.
NFL Week 15 - One step closer to the end of the season means teams are one step closer to having their playoff futures finalised. The Green Bay Packers will win the NFC North if they beat the Chicago Bears, who will (at best) have a less-than-100% Jay Cutler, on Sunday evening (1800 – Sky Sports). Next up are 2 teams, both at 7-6, scrabbling around trying to secure one of the 2 wild-card spots in their respective conferences, as the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Dallas Cowboys (2125 – Sky Sports). With the New England Patriots having already won their division, the San Francisco 49ers will be eying a win to secure themselves a berth, and with a Seahawks loss, their division as well (0120 Mon am – C4) – could this be a Superbowl preview? The NY Jets have managed to claw themselves to 6-7, and with one of the easiest run-ins, are lining themselves up to sneak a wild-card spot; they take on the Tennessee Titans on Monday night (0130 Tues am – BBC).
NFL Week 14 - As you might be aware from Steven Roy’s post, this week is Sky Sports’ rookie-week; so if you’ve not got into NFL, either so far this season or not at all, then this is as good a time and an even better place to start. The Sky show should explain a lot of different aspects of the game and the rules, but anything they don’t quite cover can be posed to our ‘NFL-regulars’. The games they have chosen for this showcase are the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Washington Redskins (1800 – Sky Sports) and the New Orleans Saints playing at the NY Giants (2125 – Sky Sports). The late KO will see the Detroit Lions, who are currently on a 4-game losing streak taking on the somewhat resurgent Green Bay Packers (0130 Mon am – C4). Monday night plays host to a huge matchup between the current top two AFC seeds when the Houston Texans play in New England against the Patriots (0120 Tues am – BBC); a Houston win all-but assures them the #1 spot.
NFL Week 13 - We’ve now reached the sharp end of the season – where certain key results will start to seal teams’ playoff places. The Chicago Bears are looking for a healthy again Jay Cutler to keep them in pole-position in their division as they travel to the Seattle Seahawks (1800 – Sky Sports). A win for the Baltimore Ravens and they will clinch a playoff berth (together with a loss for the Bengals and they’ll take the AFC North title); they are hosted by the Pittsburgh Steelers (2125 – Sky Sports). The final 2 matches of come straight out of the NFC East: Late on Sunday, the slumping Philadelphia Eagles will give recovering Mike Vick 2 flack-jackets so that he can try to play at the Dallas Cowboys (0120 Mon am – C4). On Monday night the New York Giants, who have recently been mediocre by their standards, take on the Washington Redskins, who are starting to make their own late bid for the post-season (0130 Tues am – BBC).
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!
NFL Week 12 - It’s Thanksgiving! And the NFL holiday-schedule means we get 2 big bites at the week-11 cherry, resulting in a veritable glut of games. We have 3 games on Thursday: Houston Texans at Detroit Lions (1730 – Sky Sports); an iconic game for Thanksgiving, Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (2115 – Sky Sports); and an AFC East rivalry for the ages, New England Patriots at New York Jets (0120 Fri am – Sky Sports). Then on Sunday watch out for RB Adrian Peterson busting through the Chicago Bears’ D as they play the Minnesota Vikings (1800 – Sky Sports). Up second, will new ‘superstar’ QB Kaepernick get a bigger role (if not the starting gig) for the 49ers when they travel to play the New Orleans Saints (2125 – Sky Sports)? The late-KO sees two teams both top of their respective NFC divisions, New York Giants host the Green Bay Packers (0120 Mon am – C4). Finally on Monday night expect a tight game when the Carolina Panthers play the Philadelphia Eagles (0130 Tues am – BBC).
NFL Week 11 - With the F1 circus rolling into town, the first round of this weekend’s fixtures will have the USGP competing for our attention – the Green Bay Packers play the Detroit Lions (1800 – Sky Sports). The must-watch (if F1 permits) game of the week is the Indianapolis Colts facing the New England Patriots (2125 – Sky Sports). The last 2 games should come under the heading of QB-Injury-Report: Ben Roethlisberger (out), as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens (0120 Mon am – C4); Big-Ben has a dislocated rib, and his replacement (Byron Leftwich) will be in for a fight against a toughening Ravens team. Then on Monday, with Jay Cutler (out) & Alex Smith (out), the Chicago Bears take on the San Francisco 49ers (0130 Tues am – BBC; now with added studio!!). These two high-flying NFC teams will be without their starting QBs, so expect a tough, ground-and-pound game, in the ‘battle of the back-ups’ – Campbell vs Kaepernick.
NFL Week 10 - After (me) getting confused by two lots of changing time-zones over the last two weeks, hopefully everything’s correct this time... The still unbeaten Atlanta Falcons are hosted by divisional rivals New Orleans Saints in our first match on Sunday (1800 – Sky Sports) – what makes this game even more of a must-watch; it’s a must-win for the Saints. Next up two teams who are having a tough time of it (QBs especially) as the Philadelphia Eagles play the Dallas Cowboys (2125 – Sky Sports). Finally on Sunday, two teams with 7-1 records do battle when the Houston Texans take on the Chicago Bears (0120 Mon am – C4) – expect strong offensive and defensive performances from both sides. On Monday night, a fast rising team host another who are at the forefront of the race for the First Pick in the 2013 Draft; the Kansas City Chiefs play at the Pittsburgh Steelers (0130 Tues am – BBC).
NFL Week 9 - After this weekend, every team will be at least halfway through their schedules, and situations are starting to get serious. The first game is the Carolina Panthers taking on the Washington Redskins (1700 – Sky Sports) – last year’s all-action multiple-threat rookie QB Cam Newton faces off against this year’s (possibly better version) in RGIII. Another top-level QB-battle is on the cards when the Pittsburgh Steelers play the NY Giants (2015 – Sky Sports) – both have also have strong defences meaning this game will be a top-level matchup all round. The late-night game sees ‘America’s Team’ the Dallas Cowboys travel to the still undefeated Atlanta Falcons (0020 Mon am – C4) – will this be the weekend that the Falcons meet their match? Our Monday game is the New Orleans Saints hosting the Philly Eagles (0030 Tues am – BBC) – Eagles’ QB Mick Vick is close to losing his starting job, so will be looking to play up against a tough Saints’ D.
NFL Week 8 - This season’s Wembley-Game has arrived, and it promises to be a corker! The New England Patriots are being hosted by the St Louis Rams (1800 – Sky Sports). Ok, so St Louis isn’t hosting the match in its truest sense, but they are the ‘home team’. The Rams are coming off a tough game against the Packers – their defence took a pounding, and the challenge this week will be similar. The Patriots have had by their standards a bumpy start to the season – on the way to being 4-&-3 they dipped below .500 for the first time in a regular season since 2002. London games always have a great atmosphere – ohh, and next year there are 2! Also this weekend: Giants @ Cowboys (2115 – Sky Sports), Saints @ Broncos (0120 Mon am – C4), and 49ers @ Cardinals (0130 Tues am – BBC).
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.
NFL Week 7 - Even though a chunk of decent teams are on a Bye, it doesn’t mean that quality of this weekend’s match-ups are diminished in the slightest. The first match sees 2 teams that are streaking away from the rest of the AFC as the Baltimore Ravens play at the Houston Texans (1800 – Sky Sports) – the injury-plagued Ravens might just be the underdogs this time. The must-not-miss game this weeks is where the NY Jets take the short trip to the New England Patriots (2115 – Sky Sports) – the Pats should beat a freewheeling Jets team, but stranger things have happened. Another interdivisional game finds the AFC North’s Cincinnati Bengals hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers (0120 Mon am – C4). Our Monday night game is an encounter that any zoo would draw huge crowds for as the Lions take on the Bears (0130 Tues am – BBC) – Grrrrrrrr!!
NFL Week 6 - This is the week where teams start to pull away and seasons start to be defined. The ‘early’ game features the Detroit Lions, who need to start playing to their potential, at the Philadelphia Eagles, with their ‘fumble-y QB’ Mike Vick (1800 – Sky Sports). Up second are 2 NFC-Championship contenders when then New York Giants play the San Francisco 49ers (2115 – Sky Sports). The late-ko has the Houston Texans hosting the Green Bay Packers (0120 Mon am – C4); where Aaron Rogers will probably be looking to abandon the run in an attempt to overturn the yet-undefeated Texans. Monday night sees an all-AFC West showdown with the San Diego Chargers travelling to the Denver Broncos (0130 Tues am – BBC), and should be an offensive slug-fest, regardless of the strengths of either defence.
NFL Week 5 - With the first quarter of the regular season in the books, teams should be all-warmed-up by now. First up on Sunday, the Battle of Pennsylvania enters another chapter, with the Philadelphia Eagles playing at the Pittsburgh Steelers (ko 1800 – Sky Sports); watch out for the Steelers, they should be fresh after their bye-week. Next is a quarterback-battle for the ages; Tom Brady faces his old nemesis Peyton Manning as the Denver Broncos travel to the New England Patriots (2125 – Sky Sports). The late kick-off sees the New Orleans Saints host the San Diego Chargers (0120 Mon am – C4); finally, with the Bolts on TV, I won’t be watching a different game to everyone else! Our late game on Monday has the Houston Texans at the NY Jets (0130 Tues am – BBC); key injuries to the Jet’s defence, and the standard of their QB play, suggests they are in for a hiding.
NFL Week 4 - First up on the NFL-Sunday we have the New England Patriots travelling the short distance to play the Buffalo Bills (1800 – Sky Sports). Pats will want a win – this is the first time in years they’ve had more losses that wins – currently at 1-2. The second kickoff will see Drew Brees try to prevent his New Orleans Saints going 0-4 when playing at the Green Bay Packers (2115 – Sky Sports). Sunday’s late kickoff sees the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the New York Giants (0055 Monday am – C4)– where Eagles QB Vick has something to prove. The ‘Monday night’ game has the Chicago Bears at the Dallas Cowboys (0130 Tuesday am – BBC) – should be a matchup worth ruining your Tuesday for.
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.
NFL Week 3 - Another NFL-weekend is upon us – one that should be full of action. First up on Sunday we have the New York Jets at the Miami Dolphins (1800 – Sky Sports). Next the Houston Texans travel to play the Denver Broncos in the thin air at Mile-High (2115 – Sky Sports). Peyton Manning will need to start the game better, rather than gifting turnovers in the first quarter, if he wants a win. Later still we have the Baltimore Ravens hosting the New England Patriots (0120 – C4). Our last matchup of the weekend is on Monday night (Tuesday morning); the Green Bay Packers play at the Seattle Seahawks (0130 – BBC red button / online) – which could look ‘easy’ for the Packers, but as one NFL-pundit put it, is a ‘tough game in disguise’.
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?
NFL Week 2 - After an action-packed first weekend, we should expect nothing less from the second. First up we see the Carolina Panthers hosting the New Orleans Saints (1800 – Sky Sports) – can the interim to the interim head-coach of the Saints get a handle on nuances of running an offence? Then (2105 – Sky Sports) Washington Redskins at the St Louis Rams – will rookie QB RG3 start 2-0? Finally for the Sunday, we have the San Francisco 49ers playing the Detroit Lions (0120 – C4) – can Calvin Johnson overcome the ‘Madden-Curse’? Our last game of the weekend is on Monday night / Tuesday morning, and sees Atlanta Falcons against the Denver Broncos (0130 BBC (red-button / online) – if you want to watch Peyton Manning to turn gridiron into a game of chess, then this is the game for you.
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!
Apple iPhone Keynote - The invite proclaims: "It's almost here" and depicts a shadow of the number 5 that many assume will be for the announcement of the iPhone 5. But the next iPhone, which is almost certain to be revealed today, will actually be the sixth generation of the ubiquitous thumb magnet. It's Apple Keynote time! What do you think we'll see? 4G support, a taller screen, a 30 pin dock connector and iOS 6? Join us in the comments to tell us of the craziest speculation you've seen or which blog you're following.
NFL Week 1 - Monday night / Tuesday morning sees the final two matches of the opening weekend of the 2012 NFL season. Both matches of this double-header are big inter-divisional rivalries in the AFC. First up is a matchup from the AFC North: Baltimore Ravens host the Cincinnati Bengals. The Ravens will want to make up for not making the Superbowl last season, after missing out so cruelly in the AFC Championship game last season. Our second matchup sees the AFC West’s San Diego Chargers travelling up the west coast of California to face the Oakland Raiders. The scheduling has picked us two great games for the first Monday Night Football, and the BBC are kindly showing them for us online / on the red-button.
Indianapolis Colts at the Chicago Bears - This is the first Sunday of the new NFL season and our first chance to judge which teams will contest Superbowl 47 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans in February. The Colts started last season as one of the top teams but an injury to star quarterback Peyton Manning turned their season into a disaster. The one benefit of this is that they got first pick in the NFL draft of new players and chose Andrew Luck who is a young QB with a big reputation and becomes Manning's replacement. The Bears have not made the playoffs in the last two seasons and have shuffled some of their management and signed Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall from the Miami Dolphins. It will be interesting to see if either of these teams are serious contenders or face a longer recovery process.
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 8 - Right, I know it’s going to be hard to grab your attention away from a finely poised Test match between England and South Africa, but there are medals still to be won as the Olympics enter week two. Today will be the last day to see rowing at Eton Dorney and swimming at the Aquatics Center, with a total of 4 gold medals up in each. The athletics kicks up a few gears with the heptathlon, women’s 100m and men’s 10,000m. Away from Olympic Park, Maria Sharapova takes on Serena Williams in the tennis, and Team GB will be hoping to avenge the women’s death by beating South Korea, before their inevitable defeat to the mighty Brazil in the semi finals. There’s also medals to be won in badminton, fencing, shooting, weightlifting and the torturous triathlon, so if you still fancy watching England get bowled out for 238, it’s on you.
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.
London 2012, Day 4 - If you're looking for gold medals today, then you've come to the right place. Up for grabs on this fine Tuesday we have the Men's Canoe Single and the Women's Synchronised 10m diving. There's also some horsey type things with individual and team jumping finals in the eventing. The men's individual foil will be decided, whilst it is also the women's team final in artistic gymnastics. There's a final in the men's skeet shooting, which sounds odd, and there's some men's and women's judo and weightlifting to behold as well. What more could you want?
London 2012, Day 3 - Team GB have managed to get a couple of medals but we are way down the table as the ceremonies begin to take place. The action continues today, with Tom Daley in the final of the 10m synchronised diving, and the men's team final in gymnastics. There are also medals up for grabs in the fencing, both men's and women's judo, men's air rifle shooting, men's and women's weightlifting, plus some fantastic opportunities in the pool. The swimming so far has been fantastic to watch, so hopefully that will continue today.
London 2012, Day 2 - With gold medals already being won (although not by Britain), the 2012 Olympics are under way very nicely. This second day of sporting action is just as packed as the first with the addition of a few things we haven't seen yet - diving, hockey, canoe slalom, shooting, sailing and water polo. The swimming yesterday was great fun, it looks like there is a little more of that to come today, but not quite as much. There's also plenty more tennis, lots of beach volleyball and some weightlifting as well. Plenty to peruse as the second day gets underway.
London 2012, Day 1 - With a stunning Opening Ceremony complete, it's time for the Olympic action to begin proper. There are a lot of sports on the schedule for this first official day of action, as plenty of the athletes get their first attempts to show what they can do. A brief overview - Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling, Dressage, Fencing, Football, Artistic Gymnastics, Handball, Judo, Rowing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting. Take your pick - what will you be watching first?
London 2012, Opening Ceremony - The buildup to this Olympics Games has seemed endless, but it has finally arrived, and with it comes the Opening Ceremony. Film director Danny Boyle has been overseeing the spectacle about to unfold before us and although I've personally tried to avoid spoilers, I do know there has been talk of sheep and rain clouds. There will be the lighting of the flame, no doubt plenty of dancing and perhaps even an athlete or two. Grab your snacks and settle in as the world tunes in to the opening of the 2012 Summer Games.
Day 13 at Wimbledon - So, it comes to this. The final day of Wimbledon 2012 and the men's singles final. We enjoyed a longer game than expected for the women's final yesterday, although it was not a surprise to see Serena Williams take home the championship - she has been on good form all fortnight and was more than a match for Radwanska. Today, Andy Murray will take on the might of Roger Federer in his first Wimbledon final, and whilst I have an inkling I know which way the match will go, I just hope it's a good one.
Day 12 at Wimbledon - Yesterday saw some spectacular semi-final matches, allowing the two players for the men's final to be decided - Roger Federer against Andy Murray. That's going to be an interesting one. (Or it's going to be over very quickly, one or the other.) However, today is all about the women again, with the Ladies final between Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska. Ordinarily you would put money on Williams in this battle, and if you add in the fact that Radwanska is suffering a respiratory illness, it may not be the match that we're hoping for.
Day 11 at Wimbledon - The men take centre stage today (and Centre Court!) as Roger Federer prepares to face Novak Djokovic in the first semi-final, before Andy Murray arrives to play Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. As discussed in the comments so far, whatever happens it's going to make a fascinating final. Of all four players, I can't decide who to cheer for! Meanwhile, there are some ladies doubles on Court 1, with the Williams sisters playing in the semi-final. Serena Williams needs to save her strength for tomorrow's final, though, as she'll play Agnieszka Radwanska.
Day 10 at Wimbledon - It's time for the semi-finals, and first up today we have Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska. The seeding would favour Radwanska, but Kerber has shown she's made of strong stuff - particularly against the long ol' match against Lisicki. Following them on Centre Court will be Serena Williams against Victoria Azarenka. This should also be a good match, as Azarenka has been on good form so far, and Williams is showing her return to form once more. Can she make it through to another Wimbledon final?
Day 9 at Wimbledon - These evenings at Wimbledon have been turning into late ones, as the roof now allows players to keep on keeping on until the very last minute. Still, that has allowed the organiser to catch up a little after all the rain delays, and that means we've got more good matches in store today. Federer and Murray should both make an appearance on Centre Court (not against each other), whilst Tsonga and Djokovic will be on Court 1 (again, not against each other). Elsewhere, there's an awful lot of doubles going on - they aren't really my thing, but do keep lots of players off the streets!
Day 8 at Wimbledon - The order of play for today's action isn't available as I type this and that's probably because they had a bit of a mixed up day yesterday. Andy Murray only got halfway through his match with Cilic, whilst only three men managed to book their place in the next round. On the women's side, all eight matches were completed with surprises from Sabine Lisicki (knocking out Sharapova) and Angelique Kerber (knocking out Kim Clijsters. I'm also very intrigued by the quarter final match up of Serena Williams and defending champion Petra Kvitova.
Day 7 at Wimbledon - This is widely regarded as one of the best days of the Wimbledon tournament as we get to see lots of fabulous quarter final matches from some real contenders. Today we'll see one of my favourites Lisicki take on title favourite Sharapova, Serena Williams will face golden set producer Shevdova, and Murray plays Cilic. There'll be action from Federer and Djokovic, crowd pleaser Tsonga, and defending champion Kvitova. It really will be a packed day, with girls and boys and doubles matches filling any gaps in the schedule.
Spain vs Italy (Final) - Kiev plays host to the final match of this year's tournament, with the expected Spain facing off the unexpected Italy. The latter beat Germany in an impressive turn of events, but will have their work cut out for them this evening. In head to head facts, the BBC report: "Seven of the last 10 matches between Spain and Italy have been 0-0 at half-time." Look out for top strikers Cesc Fabregas and Mario Balotelli, with Super Mario on top form after two goals in the semi final. Whoever wins today takes top honours, and it really is all to play for.
Day 6 at Wimbledon - It's the final day of June, and the final day of the first week at Wimbledon. So far, we've seen it all - close run matches and complete walkovers, top seeds pushing onwards and others falling at the early stages. We've had sun and rain, highs and lows and there are bound to be more of both as Saturday at Wimbledon gets underway. On Centre Court today, Serena Williams and the Andys Roddick and Murray, whilst on Court 1 we have defending champion Kvitova, along with Del Potro and crowd favourite Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.
Day 5 at Wimbledon - I'm writing this still reeling from the fact that Rafael Nadal was knocked out of the second round of Wimbledon - the first time he's been out at this stage in major tournament for seven years. It doesn't throw the tournament wide open, Federer is playing up a storm so far, but it's certainly thrown a spanner in the works. Meanwhile, we have third round matches to enjoy today, including the aforementioned Federer, Clijsters and Sharapova plus Sabine Lisicki. Here's to more good weather and/or the roof!
Germany vs Italy (Semi-final) - The second semi-final kicks off at a quarter to eight this evening, with the Germans taking on Italy - the team that knocked England out of the tournament. Last night's semi between Portugal and Spain ended in penalties, after both sides failed to find the goal in 120 minutes. It was Spain that eventually went through, meaning whoever wins this match will face them in the final on Sunday. So far, all the predictions about a Germany vs Spain final are working out, but can Italy put a stop to that today?
Day 4 at Wimbledon - Surprises galore at Wimbledon yesterday, as Caroline Wozniacki went crashing out and British youngster Heather Watson went sailing through (they were not playing each other, mind you). we're expecting more from Andy Murray today, and hopefully the weather will be a little better than it was today. The covers came across the outside courts and the roof across Centre, leaving us with little choice of action. But hey, at least there is something to watch, even when it's raining!
Portugal vs Spain (Semi-final) - Donetsk plays host to the first semi-final of this 2012 tournament with Portugal set to take on tournament-favourites Spain. Portugal won their quarter-final against the Czech Republic by just the single goal, whilst Spain made it through with a 2-0 victory over France. The winner will go on to play either Germany or Italy in the final. The stakes are high. I think the only head to head stat we need today is that Spain have only beaten Portgual twice in the last 54 years. Could that all be about to change?
Day 3 at Wimbledon - I wrote yesterday's thread too early to have the order of play, but I have sussed it out now! Roger Federer will be first on Centre Court, with Clijsters and Djokovic following closely behind. Sharapova will make an appearance on Court 1 playing Pironkova, whilst Heather Watson will be up first on Court 2 for her second round match. Also in action today: Sabine Lisicki, Li Na (Na Li? Never quite figured that out), Kimiko Date-Krumm (who I remember for an awesome match against a Williams), and Sam Stosur. Another great day ahead.
Day 2 at Wimbledon - This year's championships are just a day old and are already providing some fabulous tennis. We've seen Djokovic and Federer go through in relatively straight forward fashion, with Sharapova following them after just a slightly hesitant second set. Venus Williams was sadly knocked out in the first round, although given the illness and injury she has been battling recently, it won't have come as a complete surprise. Sam Stosur, Li Na and Sabine Lisicki have all made it safely through to the second round. Today, many more hopefuls will attempt to join them.
Day 1 at Wimbledon - The fabulous Wimbledon tournament kicks off today with the ladies and gentlemen, all dressed in white, participating in their inaugural matches to try and make it through to the second round. Coming up on court today, we'll see Maria Sharapova in action, along with Kim Clijsters in a tough first match against Jankovic. We've also got Roger Federer on Court 1, whilst Djokovic kicks things off on Centre Court at 1pm.
England vs Italy (Quarter-final) - The last quarter-final match has arrived, with England taking on Italy in a bid to be the team to face Germany in the semi-finals. England (somehow) managed to win two of their group stage matches, with a draw making up the third, whilst Italy had one convincing win and two draws to their name. However, Italy have been known to make life hard for themselves in the group stages, only to improve exponentially when it comes to the one-on-ones. In the fabulous BBC head to head stats, we have this nugget: "The 22 previous meetings have produced nine wins for Italy, seven for England and six draws."
Spain vs France (Quarter-final) - Spain won two of their group rounds with a pretty impressive number of goals. All predictions have them facing Germany in the final. First, though, they face France. A couple of the French squad opted to miss training to look after small injuries, like a blister, but are expected to be fully fit for the match this evening. The team won a group match, lost a group match, and drew a group match, so your money would have to be on Spain to go through. The winner will face Portugal in the next round.
Germany vs Greece (Quarter-final) - Winners of Group B, Germany, now face the challenge from the runner up of Group A, Greece - with Germany riding high on three successive victories so far. Greece also have the small problem of their captain facing a one match ban after picking up a yellow card in the game against Russia. There are political tensions surrounding the match but it will come down to the players to get their team through to the semi-finals. Whoever wins will take on the victor of the England/Italy match.
Czech Republic vs Portugal (Quarter-final) - The first of the quarter final events gets underway today, with the winners of Group A taking on the runners up of Group B. Portugal have so far used the same starting line up in each of their three matches, presumably believing it a winning formula. Captain of the Czech side, Tomas Rosicky, is suffering from an Achilles injury that he sustained during their match against Greece. He's not likely to start the match but might be available as a substitute. Whoever wins this will go on to play the winner of Spain against France.
England vs Ukraine and Sweden vs France (Group D) - England scraped through a win against Sweden in the last match, but it was by no means easy. Now they take on Ukraine, who will have the advantage of the home crowd cheering them on. Roy Hodgson knows this, though, saying: "All hosts are tough nuts to crack." France and England sit top of the table for now, both with four points after a draw and a win each. Ukraine are third, with everything to play for. Sweden take on group leaders France, having lost both their previous matches by a single goal each time.
Croatia vs Spain and Italy vs Republic of Ireland (Group C) - The Group C table going into these final matches favours Spain and Croatia who have both one win and one draw to their credit. Italy have to beat the Republic of Ireland to stand a chance of going forward, and given Ireland's performance in the last match against Spain, that doesn't seem to be too much to ask. All eyes on Spain, who, along with Germany, are one of the favourites to reach the final. They scored four goals against Ireland which gives them the momentum to keep their hold at the top of the table.
Portugal vs Netherlands and Denmark vs Germany (Group B) - Germany are one of the favourites for this competition, and have won both their two group matches so far. They haven't played against Denmark in the Euros since 1992, when the Danes took victory in the final. Germany have the odds against them to go through to the next round, but the same cannot be said for Netherlands. They need to win by two goals to Portugal, and have Germany beat Denmark as well. Portugal have a fully fit squad of 23 players for the coach to choose from, after defender Miguel Lopes has recovered from man-flu.
Czech Republic vs Poland and Greece vs Russia (Group A) - The group stages head into their final round as we head back to Group A to watch all four teams battle it out to decide who gets to move forward. Poland need to beat the Czech Republic to go through to the next round, but they've only managed to secure two 1-all draws so far in the competition. Czech Republic could scrape through with a draw, but will be looking for a win to make it through. The real trouble is for Greece who sit bottom of the table and must win against Russia to stand any chance of moving forward. Russia have been unbeatable for their last 16 matches, however.
Sweden vs England (Group D) - The England team are back on the pitch tonight, hoping to fare a little better than their 1-all draw over France in the first game. They've had haircuts and everything, so they're bound to be a lot better this time. However, the stats are against them. England haven't beaten Sweden for the previous seven meetings, and they've also found the 15th June unlucky - they've lost on this day on two separate Euro championship occasions. Meanwhile, Sweden will put most of their hopes on super striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has scored in the last four matches for his country.
Ukraine vs France (Group D) - If omens are your thing, Ukraine captain Andriy Shevchenko getting hit by a car after their win against Sweden must signal something. He was not badly injured, and is likely to be part of their lineup this evening. Their 2-1 win over Sweden was slightly better than France's 1-all draw over England, but France have the advantage in the head-to-head. Their last meetup saw the French team beat Ukraine 4-1, with the final three goals coming in the very late stages of the match.
Spain vs Republic of Ireland (Group C) - The remaining two teams of Group C get together to play each other for the first time of the tournament. Ireland will be recovering from a bashing by Croatia, whilst Spain drew their first match against Italy. Spain may be slightly on the back foot after star player Cesc Fabregas has picked up a thigh injury and may not be fit to play. For fact fans, Ireland have never won their second group match of any major competition. They'll be hoping to change that statistic today.
Italy vs Croatia (Group C) - Italy managed to secure an unexpected draw in their first match against Spain, but now face the challenge of Croatia. The latter managed a 3-1 win over Ireland, so they're not shy of scoring a few goals. Apparently, the Italian team are collectively the shortest of the tournament, with a 5ft 5 player the actual smallest. He is called the "Atomic Ant" in Italy, but hey, perhaps being a short team will just make them nimble. However, Croatia have won all five of the countries head-to-head matches.
Netherlands vs Germany (Group B) - Here we have what the BBC are calling a "tantalising Group B clash", which could be because these were the top two goal-scoring nations of the qualifiers. What kind of crazy score might we see this evening? Our highest goal tally so far is 4, I'm sure we can do more. Germany and the Netherlands have met each other a whopping 38 times, with Germany winning 14 of those clashes and the Netherlands 10. It's also interesting to note that Germany's team that beat Portugal last match was the youngest the country has fielded.
Denmark vs Portugal (Group B) - The second set of matches for Group B get underway this evening, with Denmark (winners of their opening match against Netherlands) and Portugal (losers of their opening match against Germany) set to play each other at the Lviv Arena. My limited knowledge would have put Portugal as the favourites for this, but apparently they finished behind Denmark in qualifying for the Euros, and, of course, in the last World Cup. However, Portugal have never failed to make it out of the group stages of the Euros - since group stages were put in place.
Poland vs Russia (Group A) - The remaining two participants in Group A get together to fight for points as joint-hosts Poland take on group leaders Russia. Their last game saw Russia score just the four goals, whilst Poland secured a one goal apiece draw. Poland have the added issue of their favoured goalkeeper being banned, so a deputy will have to stand in. The pair have met in three friendlies in recent years, and taken one win each. I assume the other one was a draw. However, Russia are unbeaten in their last 15 matches. And did I mention they won the last one 4-1? A tough opponent.
Greece vs Czech Republic (Group A) - The early stages of the championship return to Group A, as everyone has now had a turn out on the pitch and gets a second chance at success. First up, Greece take on the Czech Republic. Greeze faced off Poland in their first game and managed to take the hosts to a 1-all draw. The Czech Republic were not so fortunate, losing 4-1 in their first match to Russia. They're sitting bottom of the Group A table with a lot of work to do, but notably, Greece have only lost one of their last 20+ matches.
Ukraine vs Sweden (Group D) - The second match of England's group plays with the joint hosts Ukraine taking on Sweden. The Ukraine team are recovering from a significant bout of food poisoning last week, so they may be on the back foot as they take part in their first match of the competition. It's also their debut in a European Championship, so the pressure is on. Meanwhile, Sweden have a young team, focused around their captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic. You'd side with Sweden on this one, but home advantage can never be underestimated.
WWDC 2012 keynote - Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference begins today and as is customary, all eyes are on the keynote presentation. Tim Cook will take the stage and give us a hint of what's in store over the next few months. Anticipated mentions are iOS 6 and a closer look at Mountain Lion. Speculation is bigger than ever on expected announcements. They include; an SDK for the Apple TV - to allow devs to write 3rd party apps, Facebook integration in iOS, non-Google sourced 3D maps, Siri for iPad and a remote chance of a retina display return of the MacBook line, slimmed down and minus an optical drive. Video coverage is rare but there are enough tech sites with live updates. Share your favourites, join in on the anticipation and give us your thoughts on what's about to be revealed.
France vs England (Group D) - The Euro 2012 championship began a few days ago, and it is now England's turn to take to the pitch for the first time. There's been plenty of discussion about the squad lineup, decided by new manager Roy Hodgson. No matter who should be there, who isn't and who could be, the 11 players have their first opportunity to show what they're made of. My past few year's experience of watching England play at football would suggest France will win, but that's what the next ninety minutes will decide.
Roland Garros Week 2 - The first week of this year's French Open has been a battle for many of the top names. Both Williams sisters went out in the first round, whilst Federer, Murray and Djokovic have been losing sets all over the place. Azarenka also lost her match today, crashing out of the tournament. This second week looks set to provide plenty more entertainment as the field narrows and the matches get tougher. Keep an eye open for any surprises!
Roland Garros Week 1 - The French Open gets underway today, with the glorious orange clay courts ready to see some action. Rafael Nadal - clay court supremo - is set to defend his title on the men's side, whilst Li Na (seeded seventh) comes back to try and win the trophy for the second year in a row. Top seed Djokovic will be on the lookout to try and stop Nadal, as will Roger Federer and Andy Murray. Li Na will have to be wary of Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, and Sam Stosur - who kicks things off on Day 1 playing Great Britain's Elena Baltacha.
London Marathon - It's that time of year again, when top notch athletes, people raising money for charity, and generally plenty of crazy types head to England's capital city to attempt to run 26 miles. I just managed 5 a week or so ago, and that was hard enough. This year there is more pressure on British athletes who are hoping to gain a spot in the Olympics squad for later this year. Sit down, tune in, and watch the inspirational people running so you don't have to!
New York Yankees visit Boston Red Sox - Our first baseball game of the season sees the New York Yankees visit Fenway Park to take on the Boston Red Sox. The season is only two weeks old and the teams have only played around a dozen of the 162 games that make up the regular season. So we don't have any clear idea yet of the kind of season the teams will have. This is the biggest rivalry in baseball so you can guarantee that both teams will be determined to get the upper hand. Like most sports it is easy to grasp the basics of baseball but the subtleties can take a lifetime to understand. If you are new to the game we will do our best to keep you right.
Crashed Ice live from Quebec - Quebec is the big one, the race that everyone waits for, the downhill event that is the culmination of several months hard skating. The city plays host to the final of the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship, or as we know it, Crashed Ice. Kyle Croxall is in the lead at the moment, but there are still five other skaters with the potential to win, and as we know from previous experience - anything can happen when the skates are on.
Apple's iPad event in San Francisco - Touchscreens at the ready, it's time for a new Apple product launch! The banners are up at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for the expected launch of an updated iPad. Rumours and supposed leaks have been big on this one, almost everybody is expecting a higher resolution screen to give Retina Display qualities to the best selling tablet on the market.
Six Nations - England vs Wales - Twickenham plays host to the England and Wales rugby players, as they face off against each other in the latest bout of the Six Nations Cup. Both are on equal footing when it comes to the form guide, but Wales have always struggled for luck at the Twickenham Stadium. The game will be live on BBC One, following coverage of the Ireland versus Italy game. Who will you be cheering on?
Crashed Ice live from Are - Crashed Ice heads to its third destination of four, with a trip to the Swedish ski resort of Are. Sweden played host to the first ever Red Bull Crashed Ice event, so the extreme sport is returning to its excellent roots. With fast and furious heats, anything can happen in each and every race, and it always does. The course is challenging, the atmosphere cold but electric, and the championship is still up for grabs. Tune in as the action gets underway in this penultimate round of the 2012 Crashed Ice World Championship.
Six Nations - France vs Ireland - This is the second weekend of the tournament which pitches England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy against each other. The atmosphere in the Stade de France always looks and sounds amazing for these games in Paris and an evening match should be no worse off for it. Ireland lost to Wales last week and will be out to prove themselves; France are usually the stronger side but last week although they won they seemed slow at first against an Italian team which is often the weakest of the six - have the Italians got better or did the French have a bad day?
Super Bowl XLVI - 70,000 people will pack into Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, while more than 160 million are expected to watch online or on television. This Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday, when the biggest sporting event in America, if not the world, pits the New York Giants against the New England Patriots in the 46th annual Super Bowl. Madonna will provide half-time entertainment and watch out for those once-in-a-lifetime, $4 million a head, commercials. Bring.it.on.
Crashed Ice live from Valkenburg - Crashed Ice enters its second weekend, pitting top athletes against a challenging and dangerous downhill course, armed with just some skates and a heck of a lot of courage. This sport is fast, furious, changeable and exhilarating, and that's why we keep on coming back for more. From the chilly course in Saint Paul, we move to the freezing ice of Valkenburg, with defending champion Arttu Pihlainen sandwiched between the Croxall brothers in the Crashed Ice standings.
Baltimore Ravens at the New England Patriots - This is the playoff game to establish the best team in the American Conference (AFC) with that team playing the winner of the National Conference (NFC) in the Superbowl. Both teams had excellent regular seasons winning 12 and 13 out of 16 games respectively. In the last round of playoffs, the Ravens beat the Houston Texans 20-13 while the Patriots destroyed the Denver Broncos ubiquitous Tim Tebow by 35 points.
New York Giants at the Green Bay Packers - Tonight's game is a divisional playoff with the winners taking on the San Francisco 49ers for the championship of the National Football Conference. The winner of that match, plays the winner of the American Football Conference in the Superbowl. The Giants scraped through to the playoffs by beating the Dallas Cowboys in a winner takes all final game of the regular season. Green Bay on the other hand won 15 of 16 games and had clearly the best record in the NFC.
Crashed Ice live from Saint Paul - Take a dash of ice, a gruelling downhill course, and throw in a handful of extreme skaters and you come up with the delightfully crazy world of Crashed Ice. There are four events in the 2012 season, and this is the first. Every single heat is fast, unpredictable, fabulous and exhilarating. Join us to welcome in the new season of Crashed Ice.
Doctor Who - The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe - This time last year we live commented the rather fabulous tale of Doctor Who taking on A Christmas Carol. This year, it appears that Matt Smith will be taking on the world of Narnia - with a wintry world available through a piece of household furniture. At first glance, it looks odd, but that is always the way with Doctor Who and we must put our trust in Moffatt and co!
Sidepodspace - Soyuz TMA-03M launch - On Wednesday December 21st at 8:16am Eastern / 13:16pm a Soyuz will blast of from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on route to the International Space Station. Naturally sidepodcast will live comment the event. It seems like a long time since we watched a launch. That is partly due to the Soyuz fleet being grounded after problems with an unmanned flight and partly because I totally screwed up the launch date for the first launch after the vehicle was declared safe.
NHL - New York Rangers at Phoenix Coyotes - Hello to you all, Adie here. You might know me from such things as Twitter and I can’t believe that in the 3 years I’ve been commenting on SPC this is my first guest post. Feel a bit bad really as Christine wrote some great pieces for my old blog(s) F1TailPipe and the well intentioned, but critically time consuming ezine F1Weekender.
NFL - Pittsburgh Steelers at the Kansas City Chiefs - After having last week off, the well-rested Steelers have one question to answer - is Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger going to play?
NFL - Minnesota Vikings at the Chicago Bears - Both of these teams play in the NFC North division and both of them are struggling. Chicago have won 2 and lost 3 games this season and the Vikings are doing even worse having only won one of five. However that does not mean the match has nothing to recommend it.
Rangers at the Rays - ALDS game 4 - The Sidepodcast community will live comment its first baseball match at 19:00 (GMT +1), 14:00 (EST) today. Other than to enjoy the game the reason for this live session is to allow Mr C to get a grasp of the game and decide whether he should buy the app, subscribe to the TV station and see if he can figure out the on screen graphics and potential to create graphs from all the stats.
Apple iPhone event - Let's talk, indeed! - Boy, has this been a long wait. Apple skipped the expected June announcement for the latest iPhone and then skipped the September event expected for the refresh of the iPod line. Today, the Apple consumers await the announcement of shiny products with much anticipation.
NFL - New York Jets vs Baltimore Ravens - Sunday night means NFL football. The kind where feet only occasionally touch the ball. The American kind. Join us for live commenting of this game between the New York Jets and the Baltimore Ravens being played in Baltimore, Maryland.
Doctor Who - The Wedding of River Song - Way back in April, we started an epic journey with the Doctor, Amy Pond and Rory Williams, that involved an impossible astronaut, a lake, and the death of the man we all love so much. Now, several months, lots of exciting adventures, and a series break later, we have come full circle. We know the identity of River Song and how she fits into the world, but we don't know about her wedding!
Reading Festival 2011 - We may be approaching the end of the summer and most festivals may be out of the way but there's always time to sit down, kick back and enjoy some good music at the Reading Festival. I'm sure you will soon understand why we have this live thread from myself - you see, headlining on the night of the 28th is a certain band called Muse! Hurrah!
STS135 - It’s the final countdown - Sadly after 30 years and 135 missions the final space shuttle launches on Friday.
Wimbledon 2011: Day 13 - Today, it's time to crown the Men's Champion, as current World Number 1 Rafael Nadal takes on the soon-to-be Number 1 Novak Djokovic. It's hard to know which way this match will go - both players have stormed their way through the field so far, but both have little niggles they'll have to deal with too.
Wimbledon 2011: Day 12 - Two weeks of build-up leads directly to this weekend's action - two massive finals, and today it's the turn of the women. Maria Sharapova takes on Petra Kvitova. The form that Sharapova has been on makes the outcome seem inevitable, but you never know at Wimbledon. Stranger things have happened.
Wimbledon 2011: Day 11 - Yesterday saw a pretty good day of tennis, although neither of the players that I finally decided I liked made it through, which is disappointing. Today we have more great stuff in store with the Men's Semi-Finals.
Wimbledon 2011: Day 10 - We're now rolling towards the end of Wimbledon, with each day bringing closer and closer matches, and more and more excitement. Yesterday saw the surprising defeat of Roger Federer, who took it very gracefully, as he always does.
Wimbledon 2011: Day 9 - Yesterday was Women’s quarter- finals day, sadly I didn’t get to watch much of the tennis, but I hear weather caused a number of frustrations with cancelled/ postponed/ delayed play everywhere at SW19. Notable performances include Sabine Lisicki, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Petra Kvitova all defeating their opponents to make it into the Ladies’ Semi Finals day on Thursday.
Wimbledon 2011: Day 8 - How can you follow up a day like that at Wimbledon? Well, I have an idea - how about more awesome tennis to behold and enjoy? Yes, whilst yesterday was an absolute mammoth of a day with big names falling out and some huge matches being played today is no different and there's plenty to look forward to down on the hallowed greens of SW19.
Wimbledon 2011: Day 7 - Wimbledon took a day off yesterday, allowing F1 the centre stage. It was a cunning strategy by the All England Club - some might point out that it's a traditional break, but I scoff at that - as a Sunday afternoon spent being bored to tears by a procession in Valencia has whetted my appetite all the more for what looks like being a classic day at SW19.
Wimbledon 2011: Day 6 - It’s day 6 at Wimbledon already! Hasn’t it been a great tournament already? There’s been some upsets for both the men and the women, which is always nice to see as long as it’s not one of your favourites.
Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Since the 1970's Worthy Farm in Somerset has played host to some of the biggest names in contemporary music. This weekend it will do it all over again as Glastonbury Festival kicks off the UK festival season in style. Beyonce, Coldplay and U2 are this year's headliners, all set to play in front of a sell out 137,000 fans.
Wimbledon 2011: Day 5 - Despite the rain we had another fabulous day of tennis yesterday! Join us today for more lovely tennis action.
Wimbledon 2011: Day 4 - Another fantastic day at Wimbledon yesterday saw some great tennis that kept us glued to the streams the entire day. From the first efforts of Venus Williams to overcome Date-Krumm, to the somewhat easy victory of Andy Murray, seeing him through to the third round, there was something on offer for everyone.
Wimbledon 2011: Day 3 - It was a big day all round yesterday, with Roger Federer easing through to the second round, the big battle between Isner and Mahut over in straight sets, and Sharapova also making a great start to her Wimbledon campaign. That was yesterday, though, and today there are even greater things in store (potentially). The schedule shapes up something like this:
Wimbledon 2011: Day 2 - As Noddy Holder once famously sang, 'So here it is Merry Wimbledon, Everybody's having fun, Look to the future now, It's only just begun'. I believe that's what he really meant anyways as we're into Day 2 of the 2 week Wimbledon fun times!
Wimbledon 2011: Day 1 - Hello everyone, Lou here bringing you day 1 of everybody’s favourite grass court grand slam! It may be the only slam played on grass, but it’s certainly many people’s (especially the players!) tournament of the year.
French Open 2011 - Men's Final - Yesterday, we watched Li Na take victory over defending champion Francesca Schiavone, in two hard fought but relatively easy sets. Today, Roger Federer will be hoping to do the same to Rafael Nadal, the 2010 French Open champion. It's the men's final, the culmination of two weeks excellent tennis on the clay courts.
French Open 2011 - Women's Final - The second Grand Slam event of the year has been in progress for the past couple of weeks, with the great and the good of the tennis world playing their hearts out at Roland Garros. The French Open has seen plenty of surprises this year, particularly on the women's side of the draw, and it has all been building up to today, the women's final.
Doctor Who - The Curse of the Black Spot - It looks as though things may go back to normal in Doctor Who land, as we have a regular one-episode story with less of the Doctor dying and more of the swashbuckling pirates. Considering all the questions that were raised over the last two episodes, we're unlikely to get too many answers today, but it could be a more enjoyable episode because of it.
Doctor Who - Day of the Moon - After the series opener last week, we're heading into the second episode of this Doctor Who two-part story. We were thrown right into the heart of the action last time out, with scenes played out with a Doctor from 200 years in the future, the gang finding their way into the Oval Office, and Amy revealing a big secret.
Space Shuttle Launch STS-134 - Today should have been the launch of the last shuttle mission ever but NASA knew that sidepodcast would miss it too much so we have one last bonus mission after this.Today however is the last mission for the shuttle Endeavour. Rather than waffle on at length I will just give few relevant facts.
The Royal Wedding 2011 - Love them or hate them, the Royals are adding to their rich history today, as Prince William - second in line to the throne - marries his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton. Since the couple announced their engagement towards the end of last year, the spotlight has inched ever closer to them, until this week when things ramped up royally (pardon the pun).
Doctor Who - The Impossible Astronaut - I'm over 900 years old, I really like Fez's, I've had more makeovers than a house in an episode of DIY SOS and I can be found eating fish fingers and custard - 'Who' am I? Oh hoh, that's a clever one that. It's time for some Doctor Who!
The 2011 Boat Race - It's time, once again, for the Oxford and Cambridge rowing clubs to put out their finest students for a little boat race down the River Thames. Lasting just about twenty minutes, the race is both exhilarating and thrilling to watch as the crews battle it out for supremacy. There is no middle ground - someone will win and someone will lose and to cross the finish line first means everything for those involved.
Crashed Ice, Round 4 - Québec, Canada - After three amazing initial rounds, Crashed Ice reaches the final, the pinnacle of the calendar in Québec, Canada. In 2010, Martin Neifnecker was crowned champion here, but he's already out of the running, allowing new challengers to compete. It's fast and furious, and soon to be over, so make the most of the final Crashed Ice of the 2011 season.
Space Shuttle Discovery landing - STS-133 mission - The Space Shuttle Discovery is due to come in to land today, just before 5pm GMT. We watched the shuttle go up successfully almost two weeks ago. Since then, there's been all manner of space walks and scientific experiments, but now it's time for Discovery to come back down to earth for the final time.
Apple iPad 2 Keynote - Today, Apple are holding an event where we are expecting confirmation about the second generation of iPad. The Apple store has gone down, the crowds are assembling, the livebloggers are preparing. Soon we will find out what's next for the tablet world. The tagline of this keynote reads: "Come see what 2011 will be the year of."
Crashed Ice, Round 3 - Moscow, Russia - Crashed Ice heads to Moscow for the third and penultimate round of the 2011 World Championship. We've already seen two epic battles take place in Germany and the Netherlands, and things are getting close at the top.
Space Shuttle Discovery launch - STS-133 mission - The Space Shuttle Discovery is due to launch this evening just before 10pm GMT. We've long been interested in the science behind space travel, and have perused a few launches before. For the first time in Sidepodhistory, we've got a live thread for the launch, as well as what I'm hoping will be quite awesome Factbyte Factbox coverage.
Superbowl XLV - Well we have finally arrived at the climax to the NFL season and the big talking point is the weather. We have two teams who are used to playing in freezing conditions and while we expected to be discussing how they would adapt to the heat of Dallas instead Dallas has snow. I wonder what the odds were of two teams from the frozen north meeting in the Superbowl in Dallas while Dallas was snowbound. Anyone betting on that at the start of the season would have made enough money to get a black market ticket to the game.
Crashed Ice, Round 2 - Valkenburg, Netherlands - It's time for the second round of that super speedy sport Crashed Ice, where very brave (and foolish) chaps on skates race down a course to try and be the first to get to the bottom unharmed. We watched, live commented, and thoroughly enjoyed the first round in Munich, and now the action moves on to the Netherlands.
Live NFL - Not quite the Superbowl - Tonight we have the conference championship games which are effectively the semi-finals of the superbowl. The NFL is made up of two conferences; American and National and the winners of those conferences meet at the superbowl which this year takes place at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium in Texas on February 6th starting at 11pm UK time which is 5pm local(Central) time.
Crashed Ice, Round 1 - Munich, Germany - Last year, we really enjoyed watching the Crashed Ice final, taking place in Quebec. We liked it so much that we live commented the whole thing. At the time, we barely had any idea what was going on, and didn't realise that we had missed some earlier rounds until at least partway through. This year, although we're still not a lot wiser in terms of who is taking part (although I will always remember the name Niefnecker), we've managed to catch the event from it's very beginning.
Jools' Annual Hootenanny 2010/11 - It's New Year's Eve and that can only mean one thing. Jools is back to guide us through the great and the good of music whilst simultaneously counting down to midnight. New Year's would be nothing without a good Hootenanny.
Doctor Who - A Christmas Carol - I'm not sure I can link this to Formula 1 at all. Erm, except that this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special has Michael Gambon in it, and he has a corner named after him on the Top Gear track, which Formula 1 people have also driven around. Ha. I did it. Katherine Jenkins is also in it, but she doesn't have a corner named after her. She was on this year's Sports Personality event, though, and Frank Williams appeared on stage. Double bonus!
Back to the cat - It's that time to think about loading your comments in the wonderful creation that is Dashboard. Yes, it's Apple event time again folks.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 25. The final - One month ago, the hosts South Africa played Mexico in the opening game at Soccer City. The game featured a memorable strike from Siphiwe Tshabalala and their Macarena-esque celebration. Now, on the 11th July, the Netherlands and Spain go head to head to win the World Cup for the very first time.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 24 - There are just two matches left in the World Cup, and because they've been dragging it out for days and days now, I'm only mildly interested in the results. Not only that, but today's meet between Uruguay and Germany is completely pointless. They're battling for third place, something neither of them will be particularly bothered about, I'm sure. Who sits down and remembers the team that came third in the 2010 World Cup?
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 23 - Today sees the second semifinal of the 2010 World Cup, and isn't it a cracker: Germany versus Spain. Just 4 years ago, we saw Schumacher vs Alonso for the F1 crown. This time, we see their respective football teams take to the pitch for the chance to face the Netherlands in Johannesburg.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 22 - Hello one and all to one of the Semi Finals of the World Cup! Tonight we find out which of the four teams currently left in the World Cup (Germany, Uruguay, Holland or Spain) will become the world champions within football. Can the resilient Germans go all the way? Will it be the unexpected surprise of Uruguay who keep up their fine run of form? Can the bright Dutch bring back a touch of total football to international football? Or can the Spanish Spanish who show why Spanish football may be helping the success of the Spanish team? It all sounds Spanish to me, but tonight's game will surely bring us a step closer to understanding who, as Tina Turner so evidently put it, is Simply The Best. Of course, none of these teams are because they didn't get a chance to beat/play Wales in the World Cup, so at least they will be second best.
Wimbledon 2010: Day 13 - Welcome to the final day of Wimbledon 2010 - it is men's final day, and there's a reason they leave this one till last. We were all (except Amy) kinda hoping that Andy Murray would make it through to the final, but the power of Nadal was just too much and it's only right that the 2008 championship comes back to have another chance for the title.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 21 - Hi everyone, the football writing duties have fallen to me today. That’s right, I take no interest in the sport at all, but I made a deal with Mr C, so here I am. Look out for Mr C’s Wimbledon post by the way. I’ll ask that you take into consideration my lack of football knowledge throughout this post, but we’ve all got to start learning sometimes I suppose.
Wimbledon 2010: Day 12 - Whilst in something of a grumpy mood yesterday, I hit upon the idea of Speed Sporting. In short, it's a means to make sport entertaining for people with busy lives. Admittedly, not many people approved of the idea of shortening an F1 race to two laps, or a football match to just penalties, but I shall not be deterred.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 20 - Is this competition still going? After a two day break from football, I'd given up and moved on with my life. Much like a 19 race Grand Prix calendar, this World Cup is beginning to outstay its welcome by an event or three.
Wimbledon 2010: Day 11 - It is Men's Semi-Finals day, and it's shaping up to be a good one! That is, if the weather holds out. We've experienced a good ten days of beautiful sunshine (and rather a lot of humidity too) but it looks as though the rain is making a breakthrough. Centre Court has it's roof, of course, but it's not quite the same atmosphere under there as it is when they get to play in the golden light of British summertime.
Wimbledon 2010: Day 10 - If we thought Tuesday was full of surprises, then Wednesday at Wimbledon offered up the biggest shock so far. Roger Federer has only gone and been knocked out of the tournament! I don't think anyone would have predicted that, even though he has appeared to struggle a couple of times so far.
Wimbledon 2010: Day 9 - It was a rather confusing day of tennis yesterday, as the women took to the courts to try and sort out who would be going through to the semi finals. Very few of the names we expected to go through managed to achieve it though! I don't know about anyone else, but I was absolutely expecting to see another "Williams/Williams" final at Wimbledon this year. Now we know that at least half of that is not going to happen.
Wimbledon 2010: Day 8 - Somehow Lou volunteered me to write a post on tennis despite me not knowing a lot about it. I know the basic rules etc but I am not up to date on the players or who is still in the tournament and who has lost already. When I look at something I am not familiar with I try to look it in terms I do understand.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 19 - It's another day of world cup action, and my time for writing one more football related post has arrived earlier than expected. It cannot be that fans interest has waned since England were dumped out of the competition can it? Still, less of England means we'll see a better class of football, but before we talk about that, let us discuss typography.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 18 - It is my Inaugural turn to write the post for Day 18 of the World Cup. Now I know nothing about Football, and by the looks of it, neither do the England team, but I don't think it's time to give my national team a hard time, like the rest of the armchair enthusiasts will be doing.
Wimbledon 2010: Day 7 - Hello everyone, it’s a brand new week down at SW19 and after a very special opening week let’s hope we can expect more of the same brilliant tennis matches over the next 7 days. After the traditional ‘Middle Sunday’ day off, let’s quickly look back to what happened on Saturday to refresh our memories.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 17 - England meet their age old foes in the second round of the 2010 World Cup after both having some dodgy games in the group stages. England remain unbeaten so far in the competition, whereas Germany lost to group losers Serbia in the opening matches. Germany finished top of their group with 6 points but England struggled into second spot after a 0-1 win over Slovenia on Wednesday.
Wimbledon 2010: Day 6 - Hello everyone, I think it falls to me to cover the fabulous tennis today and this could be a problem as I have only managed to catch a couple of hours over the last couple of days. I have seen all the important bits though, so bear with me. The bad news is that this is the final day of the first week, as Wimbledon takes a break tomorrow for "Middle Sunday".
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 16 - For many people the real world cup starts here. There can be no more teams trying to avoid losing by too many goals to guarantee a qualifying slot or teams playing meaningless matches. Now it is win or go home.
Wimbledon 2010: Day 5 - The smell of crisp green grass, the feel of tension rising, the sound of thousands gathering to watch a match. Yes, it is the world cup Wimbledon. With the queen in attendance, the higher-ranked males did not dare to disappoint, and marked yesterday as the first day when all seeded players in the gentlemen's singles won their matches. The ladies failed to rise to the challenge however, as Daniela Hantuchova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Aravane Rezai and Jie Zheng failed to make it to the next round.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 15 - Yesterday, reigning World Cup champions Italy, were unceremoniously dumped out of this year's competition. Defeated 3-2 by Slovakia, in what must be considered the match of the tournament thus far. There were tears and everything.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 14 - Wasn't yesterday tense? It was for me, I was following the earlier games in the office via the comments and live blogs. Not a lot of work got done! No doubt the same pattern will be repeated in offices elsewhere in the world today among those who couldn't get time off, or simply didn't plan ahead and ask (oops).
Wimbledon 2010: Day 4 - This should be interesting. See, if you've been around the past few days I have admitted as much as I love Wimbledon I am not very good with remembering how tennis works. Because of this, I am going to apologise in advance if today's Wimbledon thread seems extremely bizarre. Nevertheless, Day 4 have arrived and what a day tennis fans were treated too yesterday as well as some of the tricks up their very short sleeves today! Well in their pockets really because that's where they seem to store their spare tennis balls they quite blatently stole from the Pringles-esque tubes in JJB Sports. But yes, tennis tennis tennis!
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 13 - 13 Days. Never has so much expectation been placed on England before, a result is required, a win against the Slovenians. Its not all about England, Germany could be out if they aren't too careful. USA need to perform and Australia, ideally need to try and keep all 11 men on the pitch. World Cup Day 13, my word, we should be in for a treat and a half.
Wimbledon 2010: Day 3 - Today marks the third day of the tennis championships at Wimbledon, and so far it’s been brilliant! Yesterday three high seeders found themselves packing up their racquets and waving goodbye to the grandstands for the last time this year as the smiley Marcos Baghdatis , Juan Carlos Ferrero , and most shockingly of all Fernando Verdasco  were all defeated.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 12 - Somehow, I didn't manage to watch any football yesterday. I blame Wimbledon. I want to make up for it today, and goodness me, I have four matches to choose from! Four! They're on in two lots of two, so four teams playing all at the same time. I need more eyes, I really do. Or that TV screen from Back to the Future II. If someone could go ahead and invent that, I think we'd all be very grateful.
Wimbledon 2010: Day 2 - Welcome to the second day of the championships at SW19. It was an epic first day yesterday, with loads of the seeds struggling with their form. Roger Federer went down two sets to Falla, before gradually snatching back a victory against all the odds. Hewitt needed four sets, whilst Djokovic was also making life hard for himself.
Wimbledon 2010: Day 1 - Hello. Amy here. As the self elected official unofficial bringer of Sidepodcast tennis news, I bring you Wimbledon: Day 1. Wimbledon is the third slam of the year and the only one played on tennis' original surface of grass. They don't call it Lawn Tennis for nothing. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have one slam a piece in 2010, and they are once again the two favourites to lift this title. Some say 2010 could bring an upset though, as in the all too short grass season coming into this tournament Roger lost to Hewitt for the first time in 16 matches in the final at Halle and Rafa was taken out early in Queens.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 11 - The world cup has come alive! Or not. Controversy reigned for the whole of the past week and, frankly, I am not sure if it is really that good for football's reputation. Here's a look back at the good, the bad and the ugly for those of you who have missed it all (and shame on you).
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 10 - Good Morning People – It’s Day 10 of the World Cup. Wasn’t yesterday’s action brilliant? I may be slightly biased however, because we went to watch the Danish game at an outdoor stadium – where the atmosphere was brilliant! So many people went to see it, all dressed in red and white with flags, horns, beach balls and LOADS OF NOISE!!!
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 9 - The World Cup has thus far treated fans to a fantastic spectacle, with great drama, breathtaking goals, beautiful typography and some unexpected results. Wait a second, beautiful typography? Why yes indeed.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 8 - We enter our eighth day of football, and I'm sulking. I was behind France, having drawn them in the sweepstake, and they failed miserably last night. Apparently they're not out of it yet but the chances of them scraping through are, as Jeremy would put it, Buckleys.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 7 - Oh my goodness. I finally have the opportunity to do a post for the World Cup posts within Sidepodcast – awesome! I myself am a football fan but the great thing about the World Cup is that you learn so much you didn’t know before, like this stat – did you know that the Jinglgjonljelly ball being used for the World Cup is round? It’s causing many arguments because it’s a ball doing ball-esque things. Fabio Capello called it the ‘worst ball he has ever seen’ – take that Jellybanana Ball! He hasn’t played with my old year 10 team I did in school, clearly. I for one am outraged it is a ball being a ball. Rugby never has this problem. Anyways, I digress, there is another big World Cup day to concentrate on.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 6 - The World Cup entered new waters yesterday, by providing us with a cracker of a game. Originally seen as a walkover for the Brazilians, North Korea battled hard against them in a tight 2-1 contest. Oh yes, only the second time more than two goals have been scored in a game so far this tournament.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 5 - Finally, it falls to me to write a World Cup post. I thought I was doing quite well, avoiding it for five days to give me a chance to swot up on this football lark. Now's my chance to display how very knowledgable I am about it all now.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 4 - This world cup is well and truly alight after Germany's comprehensive trashing of Australia. Too bad for me that the same did not occur on the Montreal track. In any case, those who wrote Die Mannschaft off can bite their tongues, while those betting on Australia making the knockout rounds will be slightly more than apprehensive.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 3 - Hi this is World Cup Day 3 and this is Alex Andronov. I am writing this from my holiday in France where the world cup also takes place, it being the cup of the entire world. During the England vs USA match this is how the situation looked here.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 2 - As the 2010 World Cup enters its second day of exciting pitch action, we're busy swatting up on the rules and regulations surrounding that mysterious game, known simply as football.
2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 1 - Here we are. Four years of talk since the infamous 2006 World Cup in Germany, four years after the Zidane headbutt, the fourteen cards between Portugal and the Netherlands and yet another England defeat on penalites. The world is invited to South Africa, 32 nations are taking part in the biggest sporting event on the planet.
Following the WWDC 2010 keynote live - Today is the start of WWDC 2010. No, not an F1 Working Group on the merits of David Coulthard's white trousers but Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference. There's a fair amount of love for the fruitily named shiny products of 'i' around here but we understand that not everyone is particularly bothered about Steve Jobs' black turtleneck attire today. So here's a breakout thread for discussing all things Apple.
Keep on running - Hello, Pat here from toomuchracing.com. If you follow my blog, tweets or my comments here at Sidepodcast, you'll know I am interested in all manner of different forms of motorsport in addition to Formula 1. Not all of it matches up to F1's standards, yet much of it is still enjoyable and I'm convinced fans of one form of racing will like some other forms of racing.
Doctor Who - The Eleventh Hour - Well, yes, I know what you're thinking. You couldn't really get further from Formula One if you tried. There must be some kind of tenuous link regarding top notch technology, and... no, I really can't do it.
Red Bull Crashed Ice final - We've discovered something new today from Red Bull. They haven't gone and invented another form of carbonated beverage, but instead they appear to have created a brand new sport. It looks like a cross between ice hockey and ski cross and involves skaters hurling themselves down a rather scary looking course.
Apple to unveil new product today, we'll take three please - Late on Wednesday, the entire of the technology world will be looking in the direction of San Francisco, where Apple are holding a media event to launch a new product. The sensible money says it will be a tablet shaped product.