A is for Athletics and although Addidas have pulled their huge sponsorship of the IAAF after the recent drug controversies the same German sportswear behemoth have stayed with the equally corrupt FIFA and Cycling world body over the years. The Russians have been running a state doping program and Kenya, Turkey and Jamaica doing pretty much the same thing with their deliberate ignorance over drug testing. Team Russia was being run like the mob with athletes forced to dope and then hand over money from their winnings to buy the drugs and feed the corrupt lab officials. Lord Coe, as number two at the IAAF, sat back and allowed the number one, Pappa Massata Diack, your typically corrupt black African sports administrator (presumably why he got the job), do his thing and then make his move to be number one, just like Coe used to press the gas on theb last curve in his glorious running career. Coe outing Diack from number two early would have ended his push for the top job and so you can’t blame him for using his running tactics. Seb will try to clean the sport up, doping wise, but he does have a problem over Nike, who he was paid $100 grand a year as a consultant for three decades, and seem to smooth the way for the World Athletics championship to be held in Oregon, Nikes headquarters. One more negative story and he will have to resign.
There is a feeling Adidas want to dump the sport on NIKE as there is a lot more to come out and Nike could be seriously hurt by it as their big names all over world sport are exposed by a whistleblower. NIKE stuck with Tiger Woods and stuck with other troubled sports and athletes and always a feeling of ‘street’ about them as if their rebel side helps to shift kit to urban boys and girls. It’s certainly the case in America on the East and West coast that they tailor trainers for gangs to buy with the colors of the Cripps and the Bloods as part of the design.
B is for Ben Stokes smashing a Test WR 258* at number 6 all around Cape Town in a likewise sixth-wicket record stand of 399 with Johnny Bairstow (150). That particular partnership record had been beaten three times in the last three years as huge bats and Twenty20 style hitting arrives in tests. It was the fastest 300 partnership ever in tests. He plundered 130 in the morning, the most by any Test batsman in a pre-lunch session, moving from 150 to his double century in just 28 deliveries, before beating Virender Sehwag's landmark for the fastest Test 250. It was quite astonishing hitting. Only Stokes fellow New Zealander Nathan Astle has reached a Test double hundred quicker than the Durham ginger (who was born in NZ), off 153 balls against England in 2002. Again most of the quickest doubles are recent feats. Attempting a third successive six to equal Wasim Akram's record of 12 for the highest number of maximums in a Test innings, Stokes lofted to AB de Villiers at mid-on, who fumbled the catch but ran out the left-hander with a direct hit to close the innings. It’s still the most sixes by an England batsman (11) in an innings, surpassing Wally Hammond in 1933.
C is for Chelsea and the mysterious collapse. My sources say it’s centered on the sacked sexy Dr Eva Caniero, who, some say, had been getting ‘too close’ to players in the treatment room and upsetting the team dynamic, the departing John Terry number one suspect. Others say she is there for another reason and she gathered blood data after the bust up as her bargaining chip to get a huge payoff from Chelsea to further her ‘celebrity’ career. It is odd Chelsea were so poor this year. If I was her I would have taken mobster Abramovich’s cheque and ‘legged it’ as not a guy to mess with.
D is for that unexpected but amazing Davis Cup Final win. Andy Murray cleared enough of his calendar to be able to win 18 DC matches all by himself, including the doubles with brother Jamie, culminating in that heroic Final victory in Belgium. It was the Murray family show and they won 90% of the points in the 18 games played over 6 matches.
E is for England’s impressive 100% qualifying record in the European championship games, 10 matches and 10 wins. Prepare for disappointment in France though. N. Ireland and Wales joined England in what will be a thrilling event.
F is Fury, Tyson becoming Britain’s unexpected heavyweight world champion and number one uncouth sports star, homophobic, racist and God knows what. He is our first gypsy heavyweight champion and one of three British travelers who hold world title belts. But call him a gypsy and he will punch you in the face. It was a great win over ten year unbeaten Vladimir Klitschko and opens up the division to some thrilling fights to come, David Haye coming out of retirement to join Anthony Joshua to have a crack at the gypsy king.
G is for Golf and young Jordan Speith and just as Rory Mac thought he was going to rule the world along came the supercool America. Like Rory he is not box office as far as the looks department goes but boy can he play golf! He matched Tiger Woods US Masters winning total of -15 in winning the title in 2015, his first major, and then followed it by being the youngest ever winner of the US Open since Bobby Jones in 1923 at 21-years-young. It was nearly the ultimate season when he tied 2nd in the PGA and 4th in The Open in the same year.
H is for Hamilton, Lewis winning his third world championship and the first Brit to back to back titles since John Surtess, the second behind Jacky Stewart to win three. Lewis close to being our greatest driver ever. Being ‘black and bling’ has put a few establishment noses out of place in the sport and all the more fun for it. He remains a guarded chap in fear of being misquoted by the media but well done all the same for beating the racist odds in that sport. Asians love to buy Mercedes cars and now Lewis is shifting them in all minority groups, making him one of the worlds most powerful black Brits.
Hamilton, Senna, Lauda, Brabham, Piquet, Stewart 3….
I is for India, the world number one test side after they, and England, beat a demoted South Africa last year, which is an odd raking as India are pretty poor these days and more interested in IPL and one-day. But their surprise win in Sri Lanka, their first test series victory for 22-years there, suggest they can compete now the bent arm spinners have been forced out of the Sri Lankan team.
The feeling is test cricket is on the decline worldwide and only England keeping big crowds. Australia are so worried about it they used a pink ball in a day/night test at Adelaide to get them in and, although it worked, their opposition were rubbish and battered NZ and a shockingly poor West Indies side and with only Afghanistan coming up the ranks there seems to be no momentum for tests anymore. I would go to 4 day tests from Thursday to Sunday so you have two work days to entice corporate and ‘sickies’ and two days to pack in a weekend crowd with a result likely. The 5th day on Monday has never made sense.
J is for Japan and their amazing win over South Africa in the World Cup. It was not expected as the Asian warriors became the first team to win three group matches and not qualify for the next round. They were brilliant and the highlight of the event as England bowed out early and the home nations conceded an all Southern Hemisphere semi-finals.
K is for Kaylan, India, a suburb of Mumbai that houses a small cricket ground that became very famous last November. A 15-year schoolboy cricketer called Pranav Dhanawade smashed the first ever innings of over 1000 runs. His 327 ball innings included 129 fours and 59 sixes and lasted just under 6 hours. He was 652* overnight facing bowlers as young as 11 on a small ground but they were using a proper cricket ball and kit and so his score was allowed in the record books. At lunch he had 921 and his team declared soon after at 1465-3! The opposition were bowled out for a pathetic 56 in the second innings to give the home side 1382 home victory, also the highest in history.
L is Leicester City and their surprise lead in the Premier League at Christmas. They have to standout players in the brilliant Mahrez and the tenacious Vardy. Mahrez is the sort of twinkle toes trickster the top Spanish sides would buy and Vardy pushing 30 will be looking to cash in from his 19 goals scored so far this season to a big contract to set him up for life. Leicester City can’t so that and both he and Mahrez will go elsewhere for the money in the summer. It didn’t happen in the current window though and if these two stay fit then who knows how close they will be to the top come April/May? They will come under pressure in the Spring and those two will want to stay fit to secure their summer move and so I don’t think Leicester City can get a top four finish.
M is Manchester United’s continuing decline. The Glazers pull out profit every year but since Ferguson has gone the team are nowhere near winning the league. Manchester City have simply replaced them as Manchester’s number one team. Fans blame LVGs tactics yet I have yet to see any tactics from Van Gaal and I think he only took the job for one last big pay day, signing players that produced ‘bonuses’ for him and his agent, rather than United. £67 million for Di Maria? If he is still manager next season I will be shocked. I think modern Premier League managers are there to do what they are told and to produce revenue for the owners rather than a legacy.
N is for Northampton Town FC and what a year my home team have had. After finishing mid table under new manager Chris Wilder in May they were hit hard by the news that the owners had somehow managed to pilfer a £10 million pound council loan given to build a new stand, which meant they had knocked down the old stand and half built a new one by the start of this season, restricting the ground to a 5000 capacity from its original 7500 and planned 9000 capacity. Kelvin Thomas came in and saved the club at the last moment and from that point on the Cobblers have soared to new heights to lead Division Two last week by two points with two games in hand. They say adversity (and unpaid wages) brings out the best in you and that was certainly the case for ‘Teyn’, 12 wins in 14 now.
O is for the oval ball and the World Cup Rugby disaster, England bounced out in the group stages, just like the football and cricket teams in their prospective World Cups. When the draw was made in 2014 it looked like it would be tough and it proved so, the England captains crazy decisions not to kick for goal at the death to try and tie the game proving fatal. England now have a new coach and a new captain, both hot heads, Northampton’s UFA Cage fighter Dylan Hartley the new capitano. This months Six Nations will be interesting under the new attacking Aussie coach.
P is for Payton Manning, who has reached his fourth Superbowl and his second with the Denver Broncos, the two others with the Colts. He has only won one so far. He is one of the greats, though, with lots of all time NFL records. He has the most career wins as starting quarter back: 186 (shared with Brett Favre) and the most touchdown passes in a season, season: 55 (2013). The Most seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards: 14 (1999–2004, 2006–2010, 2012–2014)[ and the most passing yards in a season: 5,477 (2013). Manning overtook Favre as the all-time passing yardage leader in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs this season. But in 2011 he had a bad neck injury and was released by the Colts, missing out on a $90 million dollar deal. But a year later he was fit and ready to go and the Broncos took a risk and signed him. But controversy has arisen with claims he took illegal growth hormone to get past that injury. is well known in sport that certain steroids can accelerate injury recovery , why thye are banned. Its long be suspected sports stars go to clinics aboard outside of their sports jurisdiction and have these treatments. But the blood passport system detects these treatments and now they can’t do it, why so many sports stars are out for injuries for much longer. You can se it with Nadal and you can see it in the Premier League. American sport is rife with steroids.
Q is for Queens Park Rangers who made £70 million pounds by finishing bottom of the Premier League last year. They will receive a further 55% of that this season as a parachute payment and then 50% and then 45% for the next two years respectively, a total pushing £200 million. The new £5.1 billion deal will see Aston Villa get £100 million for finishing rock bottom this May and then a quarter of a billion parachute payments for Randy Learner. An owner can now make a huge profit by buying a premier league club, not spending much on players, getting them relegated and walking away a season or two later. It appears to be Learner’s tactics as he plans his exit as they made no purchases in the transfer window.
R is for Ronaldo v Messi and the pair clicked up 1000 career goals between them this week. Messi has 444 goals in 544 matches with over 400 for Barcelona. Ronaldo has 463 in 650 matches, more impressively 340 goals for Madrid in 327 games. Ron is the only player to score in every minute of a match and one record Messsi doesn’t have in La Liga. Controversy wise Messi faces a court trial for tax evasion and Ronaldo has been flying multiple times in is private jet to see a male Moroccan kickboxer Badr Hari in secret getaways for ‘cuddles’. Rihanna, recently, when asked about her friendship with CR7 said she ‘had a lot of gay friends and supports diversity’. Both stories would seriously damage the image of schoolboy Messi and primadona Ronaldo. Wish their PRs luck.
S is for Snooker and new world champion Stuart ‘The Bullring’ Bingham. He wasn’t born in the Birmingham shopping center, hence the nickname, but he did beat everyone to be the best player in the world last year, highlighting a problem for Barry Hearn, his push for young and glamorous players in the game not working. 5 years into his snooker revolution the older players are still dominating and only Judd Trump breaking the old guard, just 3 of the 16 players in the Masters last month under 26.
T is for Tyrone Curtis "Muggsy" Bogues, the NBA;s smallest ever player. As bizarre as it seems this little guy is a big star in the National Basketball Association and more astonishingly, can slam dunk the ball, the ring a regulation 10ft up in the air. For guy who s only 2.5 inches taller than Ronnie Corbett’s a sight to see.
U is for Usain Bolt and his impressive and sports saving comeback win in the World Athletics Championship. The 100m was exciting as three times drug cheat Justin Gatlin was back on the start line threatening to win gold. It was a great race and Bolt
V is for victory and 18 straight finals for Novak Djokovic of which he won three of the four slams in a calendar year in that amazing run. Coming up short in the French to desert rat Warinka was the biggest blip. At this months victorious Aussie Open he has been haunted by match fixing allegations in the sport and his earlier career, but pinged the accusations back down the tramlines when probed by journo’s. He nearly lost his Aussie Q/F because of. This story has more to come. Its highly likely players that prefer different services dump out early in tournaments and make a few quid on the side for the people who helped those players to where they are in the world. 15 players that have been in the top 50 in the last ten years are believed to be regular spot fixes. Having to play meaningless ATP events all year for ranking points and sponsors it’s no surprise.
W is for Wayne Rooney, now England’s all time top goal scorer with 51 international goals in 109 matches, scoring half of those in the last 4 years of his 13 years with England. He isn’t getting any better though rather than the people around him are not scoring any goals. In his club career he is as equally regular, scoring 260 goals in 584 matches, 4 short of Sir Bobby Charlton’s all time Manchester United record. But his time is up at the top level and will be moved on in the summer.
X is for the XX Games, one of the world’s fastest growing sports. It’s basically competitive video gaming and not just huge in Asia. Thousands of people pack into stadiums to watch the young stars go through level after level of these games and rack up the points. The stars are making big money and the kids are paying to see it all. The geeks are having their day.
Y is for 37-year-old Younis Khan, who became the top test run scorer for Pakistan last year with 8322 runs, breaking Javid Miandad’s 22-year-old record. He then retired after a dubious second test against England suggest Pak were up to the old habits of rigging a test.
Z is for Zimbabwe and their shock defeat to Afghanistan in an ODI. It was the first time an associate side had defeated a full test playing nation in a bilateral ODI series; consider that Afghanistan is a war-torn country playing against a full member team its quite a feat.
As a curling fan I have to first of all thank Eurosport for the coverage we receive throughout the year of the Worlds and European championships.
However, the person responsible for the scheduling should be taken outside and shot. How can it be having watched nearly all the qualifying games I get up at 7.30am on a Sturday morning to watch the ladies final only to find that we are joing the game in the 5th end. The same thing happened with the mens final later in the day. As it turned out these were the most important parts of both games. Please Eurosport, can we just have the games in full, even it means sacrifycing live coverage in favour of a delayed broadcast in full.
Another suggestion would be during the qualifying stages we actually were able to watch the crunch games as opposed to Germany versus anybody. I no that Germany probably has the largest vewing figures, but come on.
Anyway, thanks again Eurosport for your continuing coverage of minority sports, but please sort out your scheduling
This is one channel I enjoy watching on tv for free sport on ntl. It shows differnt sporting catagorues throughout the day. So if you have a passion for Fight club you will enjoy the coverage. If you enjoy strongman which always use to be on our bbc one channel at christmas you will love it. There is also tour de france covarege and live international football events, plus some rubgy covrage for the mad rugby players.
* For 2002 Eurosport has decided to totally axe live coverage of the CART series, opting to give viewers a highlights programme a week after the event when results are known and the race is 'old news'. To many this is a ludicrous decision as it now means fans, particulary in the UK, will have little hope of following the excellent championship. This could have a direct effect on the spectator numbers at the UK CART event at Rockingham in September. How do you expect to fill a stadium when the public have no idea whats going on, as they have not been able to build up an interest over the season through TV coverage?. Eurosports decision to axe CART has the cynics amongst believing that its Eurosports way of down playing the series and passing it off as a wholly US based Championship of little relevance to European viewers, (which is far from the truth on both points), lord knows their coverage of the sport has been somewhat appalling over the last 2 years, with no reason given in response to countless enquiries from incensed viewers. This is the second year of the series racing in Europe, there will be at least 4 European drivers competing in the fabulously competitive Championship. Eurosport has let millions of fans down, big time. Fans need to contact them to lodge complaints.
This channel rocks with probably one of the best mixes of sporting action from around the world! This channel is available to all cable or digital subscribers and usually at no extra cost! If you like some extreme sports, this channel has it with coverage of last years X-games, it has its fair share of football and rugby as well as the usual sports found on channels like those as Sky Sports. But, there is one thing that really make this channel which really stand out from the crowd - the motogp and superbikes coverage! You get live qualifying and full race coverage of every race in great detail including all engine sizes, the 125cc, the 250cc and the outstanding 500cc. Also the unbeliveable superbikes action. Not only is the coverage pretty great. The commentary is world class, they make you laugh, they make you cry, these men are the 'bees-knees' of the commentary world. In fact it would be worth tuning in just listen to these great guys! No doubt, along with their fantastic 'round-the-clock' coverage of the olympics, Sydney 2000, there will be more fantastic coverage and action available to the obsesses viewers of real sport. One great channel for one great world!
Eurosport is an excellent channel for all types of sports. I particularly enjoy adrenaline sports which are shown from time to time. These include inline skating, skateboarding, snowboarding,and wakeboarding. Snowboarding tends to be on quite a lot over the winter months when the season is in full swing. Also there tends to be alot of inline skating from the USA in October / November time. What i think it lacks enough of however, is skateboarding. Overall though, Eurosport is a great channel.
EuroSport is a channel that is provided within my basic satellite package. I am not a sports fan so only tune in when something special is happening. The coverage of the Olympics was unbeatable, my love of gymnastics was indulged in a way the BBC could not hope to come anyway near. I saw hours & hours of the sport I wanted to watch. The last winter Olympics was covered in the same way with more detail than the BBC had time for. I must admit the adverts do get on my nerves, but we all need time to make that cuppa don't we!
If you have Sky or Cable you are sure to have Eurosport. This channel usually shows sport action from sports that do not get any airing on the main ITV or BBC channels. So an alternative sports channel. I have to say it deserves a gold medal for it's coverage of the Olympic Games in Sydney. While there has been no coverage on ITV, the BBC have tended to stick to 'live' showing very late at night going into the early hours of morning. This is good and I have nothing against the way they are showing their coverage. It meant that people that worked the night shift and had access to a TV set could watch it, as could people that do not have jobs to get up for, so they could sleep all day, and of course those of you that need very little sleep! Eurosport however, also had 'live' screening late at night but they also had regular updates throughout the day and evening. This meant I could tune in to Eurosport at any time and could expect to find out who had won what whilst I slept and also see the event. They also covered events that the BBC would only cover if a medal was won by the British or a Britain was in contention for a medal. I had huge helpings of the Diving, Canoeing, Cycling, other sports that I did not even know existed in the Olympics as well as the regular track and field events. If you have read any of my other opinions on the Olympics you will know how much I hate it when the commentators hang medals around the athletes necks before an event has even taken place. I did not find this the case with Eurosport but there was one commentator that did get up my nose. His name was Brian Phelps, he commentated on the Diving events and he was a past Olympic British diver himself. He was so rude and arrogant in his commentary towards the divers, saying that some were too heavy and overweight and that some of the judges needed glasses etc.. There was no need for his
rudeness, the divers did their best and if any were overweight at least they qualified for the Olympics. Apart from that, Eurosport had the best coverage by far! Now let's all stand for the National Anthem.
Well done to Eurosport for their coverage of this years olympics. 24 hour olympics is fantastic. The main event is being shown live and those events which are not are then shown later in full. The coverage and commentary is the best. Its great being able to switch on anytime of the day to get a full update of all the latest events. Eurosport has to be the best at their wide coverage of sports normally without the olympics. I rate Eurosport as top sports channel especially as they show equestrian sports!!!
Several weeks ago I had been watching athletics on BBC on a Sunday afternoon. Typically, they had to cross over to show horse racing for a short time so I decided to swtich to Eurosport as they were also showing the same athletics 'live' - or so they claimed. In actual fact the race that was showing 'live' was one that I had already watched. I knew straight away that it was one that I had seen earlier in the afternoon on BBC because there was a Zimabwean athlete competing who I know only competes in the one event. Never mind I thought, I'm sure they're just showing this race again as a highlight, but how wrong I was. They then continued in with exactly the same races, in exactly the same order, that the BBC really had shown live. I don't know if they do this very often, as we now have Sky Sports and watch that more often, but I sincerely hope that on the whole Eurosport really mean 'live' when they show it on the screen. On the positive side Eurosport does show a large variety of sports to suit all tastes, from soccer to wwf and in this respect is quite a good channel.
This is a free channel, for any sky subscribers, and it has allot of good sports coverage for a free channel. During the pre-season, it showed friendly football matches and luckily they involved the team I support so that was very good viewing. It also shows other sports, which I like, such as tennis matches, although unfortunately they have been limited to what they can show due to other channels winning the rights, but it is better than nothing, as they do bring allot of tournaments that other channels consider not worth broadcasting. It also good on covering cycling, and recently covered the cycling championships that were being held in Manchester and, which I think is really good because if you like Cycling, or any other sport, it is difficult to watch coverage on the television because there isn't any. The recent coverage of the Olympics was excellent by Eurosport, they virtually covered it twenty-four hour a day, showing highlights every day of the best bits in case you missed anything. However there are places where the channel I think can improve for instance they do not have the rights to the top matches in Europe in England, but then again their resources must be limited and it is difficult for a channel like them to compete with the likes of Sky. An excellent channel with a wide variety if you are interested in sports other than the norm!
Well I have to admit that I really think Eurosport has kinda gone down hill from a few years ago. I think it was 1996 they used to show Formula 1 live on Eurosport with all practice sessions, warm up etc and through the week they would have F1 shows. It then stopped I think in 97 and now I can't get any of that inless I watch German TV but when you have cable that is kinda hard. There motorsport has also got weaker and they show more cycling than anything else. I admit they haven't dropped things like Tour De France and everything but motorsport they are now lacking in what they used to and it would be so good if they bought back Formula 1. Would also be nice to see some live touring cars again.
I like to watch British sports but have been very disappointed withBritish Eurosport. They do not cover sports from Britain! Considering that they call themselves BRITISH Eurosport then you would think that they covered Britain a bit more. The British athletics trials were held over the weekend and there was no coverage on Eurosport. Today they are showing the best of the AMERICAN trials and correct me if I'm wrong but America is not even european! There is no coverage of british ice hockey, gymnastics, trampolining etc. Yes lots and lots of cycling and tennis but how about a bit of variety? If you are someone who likes to watch sport then maybe you would be better paying the extortionate rates that Sky charge because at least they show different things. I am very disappointed with British Eurosport
Eurosport offers a very wide range of sporting programmes to suit all tastes. For a satellite station the choice and quality of programming is very impressive. This channel is very important inthat they offer a real alternative to the pay stations of Sky Sports. Eurosport is a pan European station and has a wide range of sporting choices. For motorsport fans ths is one of the best stations. They cover the usual rallying,F1, touring cars, bikes as well as a number of general motorsport programmes. A good selection of well produced programmes and it's non subscription, makes Sky Sport seem very expensive.
This is one channel that I was praying that would come to Sky Digital and my prayers were answered. This channel shows a wide range of sports and some sport not well known. I love the Hill climbs provides a good laugh I also watch all motor racing on this channel and have already emailed my complaint about the coverage of Indy Cars on eurosport. My opinion is that they have completely killed this off not showing it live instead highlights usually late on a night, this is not on especially when its just crap tennis showing. The commentary can sometimes be a little hard to understand and I can’t fault the picture quality. The football on this channel is good you see a lot of European matches Overall and outstanding channel for sport especially when its free cant do better than that.