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Dublin: 10 °C Thursday 18 December, 2014

Don’t touch that dial… here’s the sport on TV this weekend

Leave off the heavy lifting and bagsie the good spot on the couch. There’s plenty of sport to keep us occupied this weekend.

Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie
  • One to watch: What better way to start your weekend than by watching Ireland win in Stockholm? Seriously. What’s everyone laughing at?
  • One to Sky+: 7am is a bit early on a Sunday morning, even if the Malaysian GP looks daycent.
  • One to skip: There’s a time and a place for curling and this isn’t it, Eurosport bosses.

Today

SOCCER: World Cup Qualifier, Sweden v Ireland, (RTÉ 2, 7pm); San Marino v England, (ITV, 7.30pm); Scotland v Wales, (Sky Sports 2, 7.30pm); Northern Ireland v Russia, (Sky Sports 3, 7.30pm); Spain v Finland, (ESPN, 7.45pm).

CRICKET: Third Test, second day, New Zealand v England, (Sky Sports 1, 9pm). Fourth Test, first day, India v Australia, (Sky Sports 2, 3.55am). Second Test, third day, West Indies v Zimbabwe, (Sky Sports 1, 1.55pm).

RUGBY UNION: IRB Rugby Sevens, The Hong Kong Sevens, (Sky Sports 3, 7.55am).

MOTOR SPORT: Formula One, Malaysian GP, first practice, (Sky Sports F1, 1.45am); second practice, (Sky Sports F1, 5,45am).

CYCLING: Tour of Catalunya, Stage Five, (Eurosport, 2.30pm).

GOLF: European Tour, Malaysian Open, (Sky Sports 1, 6am). PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational (Sky Sports 3, 7pm).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Los Angeles Lakers v Washington Wizards, (ESPN, 2.30am Sat).

BOXING: IBF Intercontinental Heavyweight title fight, Odlanier Solis v Leif Larsen, (Eurosport, 8pm).

Tomorrow

SOCCER: League One, Sheffield United v Brentford, (Sky Sports 2, 12.30pm); Scottish Third Division, Rangers v Stirling, (ESPN, 11.30am).

CRICKET: Third Test, third day, New Zealand v England, (Sky Sports 1, 9pm). Fourth Test, second day, India v Australia (Sky Sports 3, 3.55am). Second Test, Fourth day, West Indies v Zimbabwe, (Sky Sports 1, 1.55pm).

HORSE RACING: Racing from Doncaster and Newbury, (Channel 4, 1.45pm)

RUGBY UNION: Pro12, Munster v Connacht, (TG4, 5.15pm); Leinster v Glasgow Warriors, (RTÉ 2, 7.30pm). Premiership, London Wasps v Northampton Saints, (Sky Sports 2, 3pm); Exeter Chiefs v Leicester Tigers, (ESPN, 4.30pm). Super Rugby, Crusaders v Kings, (Sky Sports 1, 6.30am); Reds v Bulls, (Sky Sports 1, 8.30am); Force v Cheetahs (Sky Sports 1, 10.30am). IRB Rugby Sevens, The Hong Kong Sevens, (Sky Sports 4, 7am).

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Wigan Warriors v Widnes Kings, (Sky Sports 2, 5.30pm).

MOTOR SPORT: Formula One, Malaysian GP, Qualifying (Sky Sports F1, 7am; BBC1, 1pm).

GOLF: European Tour, Malaysian Open, (Sky Sports 2, 6am); PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational, (Sky Sports 3, 4.30pm).

TENNIS: The Sony Open (Sky Sports 4, 3pm).

CYCLING: Tour of Catalunya, Stage Six, (Eurosport, 2.30pm).

CURLING: Women’s World Championship semi-finals, (Eurosport, 5.45pm).

Sunday

GAA: Allianz National Football/Hurling Leagues, TBC, (TG4, 1.30pm)

SOCCER: Airtricity League, Shelbourne v Shamrock Rovers, (RTÉ 2, 3.50pm). League One, Tranmere Rovers v Stevenage, (Sky Sports 1, 3.30pm).

CRICKET: Third Test, fourth day, New Zealand v England, (Sky Sports 1, 9pm); Fourth Test, third day, India v Australia, (Sky Sports 2, 6am); Fourth day, (Sky Sports 2, 3.55am Mon). Second Test, Fifth day, West Indies v Zimbabwe, (Sky Sports 2, 2pm). Fifth ODI, South Africa v Pakistan, (Sky Sports 3, 7.55am).

RUGBY UNION: Premiership, Saracens v Harlequins (ESPN, 1.30pm); IRB Rugby Sevens, The Hong Kong Sevens, (Sky Sports 4, 6am).

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Hull Kingston Rovers v Castleford Tigers, (Sky Sports 1, 6pm).

MOTOR SPORT: Formula One, Malaysian GP, (Sky Sports F1, 7am; BBC 1, 2.30pm). World Touring Car Championship, Monza, (Eurosport, 4pm); IndyCar Series, St Petersburg (ESPN, 4.15pm).

GOLF: European Tour, Malaysian Open, (Sky Sports 3, 6am); PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational, (Sky Sports 3, 5pm).

ATHLETICS: IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Double European Cross Country Champion Fionnuala Britton and Mary Cullen lead the Irish challenge in Bydgoszcz, Poland. (BBC2 and RTÉ 2, 12 noon).

TENNIS: The Sony Open, (Sky Sports 4, 3pm).

CYCLING: Tour of Catalunya, Stage Six, (Eurosport, 2.30pm).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Houston Rockets v San Antonio Spurs, (Sky Sports 2, 11pm).

What have we missed?

Caption Time: What is James McClean up to?

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