Showing 7 July, 7pm: Live Essex v Surrey Cricket

Former England all-rounder Flintoff will commentate on at least eight Blast games for Sky Sports this summer, with his first match Saturday’s Midlands derby between Birmingham Bears and Nottinghamshire Outlaws. Essex and Surrey kick us off 24 hours earlier, though, with a host of international stars set to be on show.

Essex’s Pakistan seamer Mohammad Amir will aim to keep the likes of returning Australian Aaron Finch and England one-day star Jason Roy – the only man to hit two Blast centuries last year – in check.

Surrey’s Curran brothers, Tom and Sam, will also look to impress, although Essex spinner Simon Harmer is the most in-form bowler, having taken 28 wickets across his last two Specsavers County Championship matches


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Showing 5 July, from 4pm: Day 3 Live Coverage from Wimbledon

Both of Britain’s No.1s are in action on the third day of action at the All England Club

Wimbledon’s defending champion Andy Murray headlines action on Centre Court on the third day of action at the All England Club.

Britain’s No.1 women Jo Konta will be first though on the main stage, followed by her compatriot and former champion Rafael Nadal.

These blockbuster matches follow a day which saw the other two biggest men’s stars get walkovers as their opponents couldn’t last the distance.

Let’s hope for a bit more action today.


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Showing 4 July, 9pm: MLB Philadelphia Phillies v Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Pirates have allowed 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost five straight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Josh Harrison leads the Pirates with 82 hits and 27 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Jordy Mercer have combined for 156 hits and 78 RBI. Jameson Taillon gets the ball, and he is 4-2 with a 2.97 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. This will be Taillon’s second career game against the Phillies.
The Philadelphia Phillies look for another win after splitting their last 12 games. The Phillies have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs i five of their last six games. The Philadelphia Phillies have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Odubel Herrera leads the Phillies with 77 hits and 28 RBI while Freddy Galvis and Aaron Altherr have combined for 145 hits and 74 RBI. Mark Leiter Jr. gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 4.20 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. This will be Leiter’s second career game against the Pirates


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Showing 29 June, 7pm: FIFA Confederations Cup, Semi Final

Germany boss Joachim Low has been delighted with his young team as they bid to beat Mexico and reach the Confederations Cup final.

The world champions – who are unbeaten in 13 games – left a lot of key players at home, naming a youthful squad for the tournament in Russia.

They finished top of a group containing Chile, who await the winners in Sunday’s final in St Petersburg.

“I’m really happy to be in the semi-final with this side,” Low said.

“Our main aim is always to be one of the last four teams in any competition. And you couldn’t necessarily expect that from this team.

“It’s nice that the team is bonding, because the players are spending time with each other off the pitch too.

“They’re incredibly happy to be here. Not a single player is seeking to be in the spotlight – instead they all want to succeed as a team.”

Source: BBC Sport

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Showing 27 June from 7pm: UEFA U21’s and Champions League

Hibernians have been battling for supremacy in a very competitive Maltese Premier League with the likes of Balzan, Birkirkara and Valletta over the last few years, although it was the Peacocks who got their hands on the trophy for the 12th time in their history in the 2016/2017 season, finishing seven points clear to secure not only the trophy but their return to European football.

Despite playing in Europe several times since the 1960s, Hibs haven’t actually managed to progress in a European tie since 2002 when they overcame Irish outfit Shelbourne. They will feel however, with the home advantage in the first leg, that a win this match on Tuesday night at odds of 11/10 with Sky Bet will put them in a very strong position to qualify for the next round.

FCI Tallinn have had to wait some time to make their Champions League debut after finally securing their first ever title in Estonia’s Meistrilliga last year. The club were formed only 15 years ago and have risen to the top of the tree in Estonia, although they’ll be hoping for more success in this year’s Champions League than they enjoyed in the Europa League last term.


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Showing 21 June, 4pm: Russia v Portugal

The European champions are looking for their first victory in the competition and we are backing them to win a high-scoring game against the hosts

After the first round of matches in Group A, it is Russia who lead the table following their 2-0 victory over New Zealand. The hosts were comfortably the better team against the weakest nation in the competition, yet they will be in for an infinitely more competitive game against Portugal on Wednesday.

The European champions conceded an injury-time equaliser to draw 2-2 with Mexico in what was a highly entertaining finish to a good game in their tournament opener. Cristiano Ronaldo was named man of the match and while the Real Madrid forward did not score himself, he did provide a brilliant assist for his side’s first goal.


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We’re showing every Lions tour match played on a Saturday

The British and Irish Lions gameplan is still “in its infancy”, according to attack coach Rob Howley, as the tourists prepare for Wednesday’s game against the Blues (08:35 BST).

After a scrappy win over the Provincial Barbarians, the Lions play the first of five matches versus high-quality Super Rugby opposition.

“Clearly our game isn’t fully in place yet, as you saw by the performance at the weekend, said Howley.

“We know we need to improve.”

Head coach Warren Gatland has been in bullish mood this week, defending himself against criticism of his supposedly direct ‘Warrenball’ tactics.

And Howley said the Lions training had been focusing on bringing “southern hemisphere-style rugby chaos” to their game.

“That’s how the majority of international sides play now, from chaos,” Howley said.

“The players are enjoying the speed and intensity in training. We have to adapt and play what we see. The one thing the players have really enjoyed is rugby chaos, it’s very unstructured.”

Following the Auckland clash, the Lions face a Crusaders side – unbeaten in 2017 – in Christchurch on Saturday (08:35 BST).

Source: BBC Sport

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Playing Friday 26 May, 7.30pm: Northampton Saints vs Stade Francais, ERC Cup play-off final

Playing Thursday 25 May, 7pm: St Helens take on Wigan Warriors

St Helens’ new head coach Justin Holbrook takes charge of his side for the first time in the home derby match against Wigan Warriors.

The Australian has retained the same squad squad that thrashed Hull FC 45-0 at Magic Weekend.

Champions Wigan have Thomas Leuluai back from a broken jaw and Sam Powell after an ankle problem.

The Warriors won 29-18 in the reverse fixture on Good Friday when Saints prop Kyle Amor was sent off early on.

Source: BBC Sport

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Showing Wednesday 24 May, 7.45pm: Ajax v Manchester United, Europa League final

Manchester United can secure a place in next season’s Champions League and add the only major trophy they have never won by beating Dutch side Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm.

Jose Mourinho’s side finished sixth in the Premier League but will join Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City in the group stage if they win.

The match comes two days after a suicide bombing in Manchester that killed 22 people. United will wear black armbands. A minute’s silence will also be held before the match.

Liverpool have also qualified for the Champions League after finishing fourth in the Premier League, but must win a two-legged play-off to reach the groups.

Ajax have not played in a European final since 1996, while defeat for United would cost the club £50m in missed revenue.

Source: BBC Sport

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