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!
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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!
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).
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.
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).
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."
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).
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.
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).
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).
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?
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).
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).
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).