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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.