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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Get set for the return of Premier League Football

Premier League Trophy

The big kick off is just days away!

If you didn’t already know, the football season is literally about to start again with the curtain raising Community Shield between Premier League Champions Manchester City and FA Cup Winners Arsenal taking place this coming Sunday, 10 August at 3pm followed by the much anticipated return of the English Premier League on Saturday, August 16th.

With some new faces entering the managerial fray, not to mention the usual shuffling of players from club-to-club, this season looks set to be just as unpredictable and exciting as the last. As usual, most of the live coverage will be split across the two giants of premium television, BSkyB and BT, with Sky boasting the lions share of the fixtures, with 116 matches confirmed to date, with more to come as the season unfolds.

The first live Sky match hits our screens on Saturday night as Crystal Palace visits the Emirates Stadium to play Arsenal at 5:30pm. Sunday sees the usual double bill Super Sunday with Liverpool hosting Southampton whilst Manchester City travel to Newcastle United. The Monday Night Football game features newly promoted Burnley hosting Chelsea, which could be a really tough opening fixture for the debutantes.

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Wow, F1 suddenly got interesting again!

Who would have thought after after all the rule changes and engine size reductions, that this years Formula One season would be one of the most hotly contested in years? In recent memory, triple World Champion Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull team had dominated to such effect that the season would practically be over already at this mid-season break stage. Not this time.

The teams to watch this year are AMG Mercedes and the newly emerging Williams. The drivers championship looks set to go down to the wire, with teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton fractiously tussling with each other as they both bid to take the drivers title, both racing for the very same team! These two old friends from their karting days have in recent weeks become fierce foes as some questionable manoeuvres and decisions have left both drivers with no doubt that it really is war. It’s made for great viewing and with the young German just ahead of the 2008 World Champion by eleven points at the mid-season break, no one can really predict who will come out on top at the end of the season.

The season gets back on track later this month in Spa, Belgium on 24 August. With a total of 8 races remaining and double points up for grabs in the season finale in Abu Dhabi, can anyone really make any firms predictions of how this one is going to go? Not likely! All we can say is stay tuned to Sky Sports F1 and see how the action unfolds. It’s going to get much, much hotter for sure!

The hard court tennis season is back

Fans of tennis will be pleased to see a return of the big guns to the North American hard court circuit, as the players work their way towards the US Open which starts at the end of this month.

This week is the Rogers Cup in Toronto and all the big name players are present, not to mention the young guns who made a real statement on intent during the summer, showing they mean business and are a true emerging force. Three of the big four of Djokovic, Federer and Murray are all present in Canada, aiming to win the 1000 ATP points up for grabs, whilst the likes of last weeks Washington champion Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and slayer of injured Nadal at Wimbledon Nick Kyrgios all looking to create a few upsets.

The young Aussie Kyrgios, will be facing Britain’s Andy Murray today which could be a potentially tricky encounter. Murray now claiming he can fully train at 100% since last years back surgery is really flagging in the world ranking, having dropped from 4th to 8th this year. Now seeded 8 for the Rogers Cup, he needs to make up for lost ground where others have taken advantage.

It’s a busy schedule leading up to the start of the US Open in Flushing Meadow on August 25, so Murray and the other top players know that this month’s ATP 1000 tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati (next week) offer up a huge opportunity to gain higher seedings leading into this years final Grand Slam tournament.

The entire hard court season is being covered on Sky Sports so fans of tennis will be in for a bumper month with all the top names out there, fighting week in week out leading up to New York. See how it unfolds with us on Sky Sports.