Sporting Calendar for 2011



January


1-3 DARTS PDC World Championship (Alexandra Palace)


1-9 DARTS BDO World Championship (Lakeside)

2-6 CRICKET Fifth Test: Australia v England (Sydney)

5 CRICKET First Women's One-Day International: Australia v England (Perth)

7 CRICKET Second Women's ODI: Australia v England (Perth)

7-29 FOOTBALL Asian Cup (Qatar)

8 ATHLETICS Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross-Country (Holyrood Park)

8–11 FOOTBALL FA Cup third round

9 CRICKET Third Women's ODI: Australia v England (Perth)

9-16 SNOOKER The Masters (Wembley)

10 CRICKET Tour match: Prime Minister's XI v England (Canberra)

11-12 FOOTBALL Carling Cup semi-finals, first legs

12 CRICKET First Twenty20: Australia v England (Adelaide); First Women's T20 (Adelaide)

14 CRICKET Second T20: Australia v England (Melbourne); Second Women's T20 (Melbourne)

15 RACING King George VI Chase (Kempton Park)

16 CRICKET First ODI: Australia v England (Melbourne); Third Women's T20: Australia v England (Canberra)

BASKETBALL BBL Cup Final (Birmingham)

17 CRICKET Fourth Women's T20: Australia v England (Canberra)

17-30 TENNIS Australian Open (Melbourne)

18 CRICKET Fifth Women's T20: Australia v England (Canberra)

20-23 GOLF Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

21 CRICKET Second ODI: Australia v England (Hobart)

22-25 CRICKET Women's Ashes Test: Australia v England (Sydney)

23 CRICKET Third ODI: Australia v England (Sydney)

25-26 FOOTBALL Carling Cup semi-finals second legs

26 CRICKET Fourth ODI: Australia v England (Adelaide)

28-30 SNOOKER Snooker Shoot-Out (Blackpool)

29 ATHLETICS Aviva Indoor International Match (Kelvin Hall, Glasgow)

29-30 FOOTBALL FA Cup fourth round; CIS Insurance Cup semi-finals

30 CRICKET Fifth ODI: Australia v England (Brisbane)

February

2 CRICKET Sixth ODI: Australia v England (Sydney)

4 RUGBY UNION Six Nations: Wales v England

4-25 FOOTBALL African Nations Championship (Sudan)

5-6 FOOTBALL Scottish Cup fifth round RUGBY UNION Six Nations: France v Scotland, Italy v Ireland

6 AMERICAN FOOTBALL Super Bowl XLV (Arlington, Texas)

CRICKET Seventh ODI: Australia v England (Perth)

8 FOOTBALL Nations Cup: Rep of Ire v Wales (Dublin)

9 FOOTBALL Nations Cup: Northern Ireland v Scotland (Dublin); Friendly: Denmark v England (Copenhagen)

10-13 GOLF Desert Classic (Dubai)

12 RUGBY LEAGUE Super League XIII begins (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)

RUGBY UNION Six Nations: England v Italy, Scotland v Wales

12-13 ATHLETICS Aviva European Trials and UK Championships (Sheffield)

13 RUGBY UNION Six Nations: Ireland v France

15 & 17 FOOTBALL Europa League round of 32, first legs

15-16 & 22-23 FOOTBALL Champions League round of 16, first legs

16-18 CRICKET World Cup warm-up matches (Dhaka)

19 ATHLETICS Aviva British indoor Grand Prix (Birmingham)

19-20 FOOTBALL FA Cup fifth round

20 BASKETBALL NBA All Star Game (Los Angeles, US)

19–2 Apr CRICKET Men's World Cup [see graphic]

22 & 24 FOOTBALL Europa League round of 32, second legs

23-27 GOLF WGC World Match Play Championship (Arizona, US)

26 RUGBY UNION Six Nations: Italy v Wales, England v France

27 FOOTBALL Carling Cup final (Wembley)

RUGBY LEAGUE World Club Challenge: Wigan v St George Illawarra

RUGBY UNION Six Nations: Scotland v Ireland

March

4-5 BASKETBALL NBA: Toronto Raptors v New Jersey Nets (O2 Arena, London)

4-6 ATHLETICS European Indoor Championships (Paris)

TENNIS Davis Cup first round: Great Britain v Tunisia (Bolton)

7-20 TENNIS Paribas Open (Indian Wells, California)

8-9 & 15-16 FOOTBALL Champions League round of 16, second legs

10 FOOTBALL Europa League round of 16, first legs

10 RUGBY LEAGUE Championship starts

10-13 GOLF WGC Cadillac Championship (Miami, Florida)

11-13 RUGBY UNION LV= Cup semi finals

12 FOOTBALL FA Cup sixth round; Scottish Cup quarter finals

RUGBY UNION Six Nations: Italy v France, Wales v Ireland

13 RUGBY UNION Six Nations: England v Scotland

13 MOTOR RACING Formula One Bahrain GP (Sakhir)

15-18 RACING Cheltenham Festival

17 FOOTBALL Europa League round of 16, second legs

19 RUGBY UNION Six Nations: France v Wales, Ireland v England, Scotland v Italy

20 ATHLETICS World Cross-Country Championship (Panta Umbria, Spain)

FOOTBALL CIS Insurance Cup Final

MOTORCYCLING Qatar MotoGP (Losail)

21-3 Apr TENNIS Sony Ericsson Open (Miami, US)

23–27 CYCLING UCI Track Cycling World Championships (Apeldoorn, Netherlands)

25 FOOTBALL Euro 2012 qualifier: Serbia v Northern Ireland

26 FOOTBALL Euro 2012 qualifiers: Rep of Ire v Macedonia, Wales v England

ROWING The Boat Race: Oxford v Cambridge (Putney)

27 MOTOR RACING Formula One Australian GP (Melbourne)

27-30 CRICKET MCC v Nottinghamshire (Abu Dhabi)

30-3 Apr GOLF Houston Open (Texas); Kraft Nabisco Women's Championship (Rancho Mirage, California)

April

2 CRICKET Men's World Cup final (Mumbai)

2-4 CRICKET University matches

3 CYCLING Tour of Flanders (Belgium)

MOTORCYCLING Spain MotoGP (Jerez)

FOOTBALL Johnstone's Paint Trophy final (Wembley)

5-6 FOOTBALL Champions League quarter finals, first legs

7 CRICKET Indian Premier League begins

FOOTBALL Europa League quarter-finals, first legs

7-10 GOLF The Masters (Augusta, Georgia)

8-11 CRICKET First round of County Championship season

8-10 RUGBY UNION Heineken Cup quarter-finals; Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals

9 RACING Grand National (Aintree)

10 ATHLETICS Paris Marathon

MOTOR RACING Formula One Malaysian GP (Kuala Lumpur)

11-17 TENNIS Rolex Masters (Monte Carlo)

12-13 FOOTBALL Champions League quarter-finals, second legs

14 FOOTBALL Europa League quarter-finals second legs

16-17 FOOTBALL FA Cup semi-finals (Wembley); Scottish Cup semi-finals

16-2 May SNOOKER World Champion-ship (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield)

17 ATHLETICS London Marathon

MOTOR RACING Formula One Chinese GP (Shanghai)

18 ATHLETICS Boston Marathon

21-25 EQUESTRIAN Badminton Horse Trials (Chipping Sudbury)

24 CRICKET First round of Clydesdale Bank 40 matches

MOTORCYCLING Japan MotoGP (Motegi)

26-27 FOOTBALL Champions League semi-finals, first legs

28 FOOTBALL Europa League Semi-finals, first legs

30-1 May RUGBY UNION Heineken Cup semi-finals; Amlin Challenge Cup semi-finals

29-8 May TENNIS Madrid Open

30 BASKETBALL British Basketball Championship play-off final (Birmingham)

30-1 May RACING BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES Guineas meeting (Newmarket)

May

1 MOTORCYCLING Portugal MotoGP (Estoril)

3-4 FOOTBALL Champions League semi-finals, second legs

5 FOOTBALL Europa League semi-finals, second legs

6 ATHLETICS IAAF Diamond League meeting (Doha)

6-8 RUGBY LEAGUE Challenge Cup fourth round

7 FOOTBALL Final weekend of League One and Two season

RUGBY UNION Final round of Aviva Premiership fixtures

7-29 CYCLING Tour of Italy

7-15 TENNIS Rome Masters (Rome)

8 FOOTBALL Final weekend of Championship season

MOTOR RACING Formula One Turkish GP (Istanbul)

11-15 EQUESTRIAN Royal Windsor Horse Show (Windsor Castle)

12-15 GOLF The Players Championship (Sawgrass, Florida)

14 FOOTBALL FA Cup final (Wembley)

14-16 RUGBY UNION Aviva Premiership semi-finals; Magners League semi-finals

15 ATHLETICS Great Manchester Run; IAAF Diamond League meeting (Shanghai)

MOTORCYCLING France MotoGP (Le Mans)

18 FOOTBALL Europa League final (Dublin Arena, Ireland)

19-22 GOLF Volvo World Match Play Championship (Finca Cortesin, Spain)

20 RUGBY UNION Amlin Cup final (Cardiff City Stadium)

21 FOOTBALL Scottish Cup final (Hampden Park); FA Women's Cup final (Ricoh Arena)

RUGBY UNION Heineken Cup final (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)

22 FOOTBALL Final day of Premier League season

MOTOR RACING Formula One Spanish GP (Catalunya)

22-5 June TENNIS French Open (Roland Garros, Paris)

23 FOOTBALL Nations Cup: Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland (Dublin)

25 FOOTBALL Nations Cup: Wales v Scotland (Dublin)

26 ATHLETICS IAAF Diamond League meeting (Rome)

26-29 GOLF PGA Championship (Wentworth)

26-30 CRICKET First Test: England v Sri Lanka (Cardiff)

27 FOOTBALL Nations Cup: Wales v Northern Ireland (Dublin)

28 FOOTBALL Champions League final (Wembley); League Two play-off final

RUGBY UNION Aviva Premiership final (Twickenham)

28/29/30 RUGBY UNION Magners League final

28-29 ATHLETICS Hypo multi events meeting (Gotzis, Austria)

29 FOOTBALL League One play-off final; Nations Cup: Republic of Ireland v Scotland (Dublin)

29 MOTOR RACING Formula One Monaco GP (Monte Carlo)

30 FOOTBALL Championship play-off final

31-14 June BASKETBALL NBA Finals

June

1 CRICKET Group matches of Friends Provident Twenty20 begin

2-5 GOLF Wales Open (Celtic Manor)

3-4 RACING Derby meeting (Epsom)

3-7 CRICKET Second Test: England v Sri Lanka (Lord's)

4 ATHLETICS IAAF Diamond League meeting (Eugene, Oregon)

FOOTBALL Euro 2012 qualifiers: England v Switzerland, Macedonia v Rep of Ire

5 MOTORCYCLING Catalan MotoGP (Catalunya)

6-12 TENNIS Aegon Championships (Queen's Club); Aegon Classic (Edgbaston)

9 ATHLETICS IAAF Diamond League meeting (Oslo)

9-12 GOLF St Jude Classic (Memphis)

11 ATHLETICS IAAF Diamond League meeting (New York)

11-25 FOOTBALL European Under-21 Championship (Denmark)

12 MOTORCYCLING British MotoGP (Silverstone)

MOTOR RACING Formula One Canadian GP (Montreal)

13-18 GOLF The Amateur Championship (Hillside)

TENNIS Aegon International (Eastbourne)

14-18 RACING Royal Ascot

16-19 GOLF US Open (Maryland)

16-20 CRICKET Third Test: England v Sri Lanka (Rose Bowl)

18-19 ATHLETICS European Team Championships (Stockholm)

20-3 July TENNIS Wimbledon Championships (All England club)

23-26 GOLF LPGA Women's Championship (Rochester, New York)

25 CRICKET T20 international: England v Sri Lanka (Bristol)

MOTORCYCLING Dutch MotoGP (Assen)

26 MOTOR RACING Formula One European GP (Valencia)

26-17 July FOOTBALL Women's World Cup (Germany)

28 CRICKET First ODI: England v Sri Lanka (The Oval)

29-3 July SAILING Henley Royal Regatta (Henley-on-Thames)

30-3 July GOLF French Open (Paris)

30 ATHLETICS IAAF Diamond League meeting (Lausanne)

July

1 CRICKET Second ODI: England v Sri Lanka (Headingley)

1-24 FOOTBALL Copa America (Argentina)

2-24 CYCLING Tour de France

3 CRICKET Third ODI: England v Sri Lanka (Lord's)

MOTORCYCLING Italian MotoGP (Mugello)

6 CRICKET Fourth ODI: England v Sri Lanka (Trent Bridge)

7-10 GOLF Scottish Open (Loch Lomond)

8 ATHLETICS IAAF Diamond League meeting (Paris)

8-10 TENNIS Davis Cup second round; World Group Quarter-finals

9 CRICKET Fifth ODI: England v Sri Lanka (Old Trafford)

10 ATHLETICS IAAF Diamond League meeting/Aviva British GP (Birmingham)

MOTOR RACING Formula One British GP (Silverstone)

14-17 GOLF The Open Championship (Royal St George's)

16-31 SWIMMING FINA World Championships (Shanghai)

17 MOTORCYCLING German MotoGP (Sachsenring)

RUGBY LEAGUE Northern Rail Cup final

21-25 CRICKET First Test: England v India (Lord's)

22 ATHLETICS IAAF Diamond League meeting (Monaco)

23 RACING King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Ascot)

24 MOTORCYCLING United States MotoGP (Laguna Seca)

MOTOR RACING Formula One German GP (Nurburgring)

26-30 RACING Glorious Goodwood

28-31 GOLF Women's Open (Carnoustie)

29 ATHLETICS IAAF Diamond League meeting (Stockholm)

29-31 ATHLETICS Aviva UK Trials and Championships (Birmingham)

29-2 Aug CRICKET Second Test: England v India (Trent Bridge)

31 FOOTBALL World Cup qualifying draw (Brazil)

MOTOR RACING Formula One Hungarian GP (Budapest)

August

4-7 GOLF WGC Bridgestone Invitational (Akron, Ohio)

5-6 ATHLETICS IAAF Diamond League meeting/Aviva London Grand Prix (Crystal Palace)

6 FOOTBALL Start of League season

RUGBY UNION: England v Wales

6-7 RUGBY LEAGUE Challenge Cup semi-finals

TRIATHLON World Championship Series (Hyde Park)

7 FOOTBALL FA Community Shield (Wembley)

8-14 TENNIS Toronto Masters (Montreal)

8-10 FOOTBALL Carling Cup first round

10-14 CRICKET Third Test: England v India (Edgbaston)

10 FOOTBALL European Championship qualifier: Northern Ireland v Faroe Islands; Friendly: England v Netherlands

11-14 GOLF USPGA Championship (Atlanta Athletic Club, Georgia)

13 RUGBY UNION Wales v England

14 MOTORCYCLING Czech Republic Moto GP (Brno)

15-21 TENNIS Cincinnati Open

17-20 RACING Ebor meeting (York)

18-22 CRICKET Fourth Test: England v India (The Oval)

20–11 Sept CYCLING Tour of Spain

25 CRICKET ODI: Ireland v England (Dublin)

25-28 GOLF Johnnie Walker Championship (Gleneagles)

27 CRICKET Friends Provident Twenty20 finals day (Edgbaston)

RUGBY LEAGUE Challenge Cup Final (Wembley)

27-4 Sept ATHLETICS IAAF World Championship (Daegu, South Korea)

27 RUGBY UNION Ireland v England

28 MOTORCYCLING Indianapolis MotoGP

MOTOR RACING Formula One Belgian GP (Spa-Francorchamps)

28-4 Sept ROWING World Rowing Championships (Bled, Slovenia)

29 CRICKET T20: Leicestershire v India

29-11 Sept TENNIS US Open (Flushing Meadows, New York)

31 CRICKET T20: England v India (Old Trafford)

September

2 FOOTBALL Euro 2012 qualifiers: Bulgaria v England, Rep of Ireland v Slovakia, Wales v Montenegro

3 CRICKET First ODI: England v India (Durham)

FOOTBALL Euro 2012 qualifier: Scotland v Czech Rep (Hampden Park)

4 CRICKET Clydesdale Bank 40 semi-finals

MOTORCYCLING San Marino MotoGP (Misano)

6 CRICKET Second ODI: England v India (Rose Bowl)

FOOTBALL Euro 2012 qualifiers: England v Wales, Russia v Republic of Ireland, Scotland v Lithuania

8 ATHLETICS IAAF Diamond League meeting (Zurich)

9 CRICKET Third ODI: England v India (The Oval)

9-23 Oct RUGBY UNION World Cup [see graphic]

10-11 GOLF The Walker Cup - GB & Ireland v US (Royal Aberdeen)

11 CRICKET Fourth ODI: England v India (Lord's)

MOTOR RACING Formula One Italian GP (Monza)

12-15 CRICKET Final round of County Championship season

15-18 GOLF The Vivendi Trophy: GB and Ireland v Europe (Versailles)

16 ATHLETICS IAAF Diamond League meeting (Brussels)

CRICKET Fifth ODI: England v India (Cardiff)

RUGBY LEAGUE Start of Super League play-offs

17 CRICKET Clydesdale Bank 40 final (Lord's)

18 ATHLETICS Bupa Great North Run, (Newcastle-South Shields)

MOTORCYCLING Aragon MotoGP (Motorland Aragon)

19-25 CYCLING UCI World Road Championships (Denmark)

23-25 GOLF The Solheim Cup: Europe v US (Killiney Castle, County Dublin)

25 ATHLETICS Berlin Marathon

MOTOR RACING Formula One Singapore GP (Marina Bay)

29-2 Oct GOLF Dunhill Links (St Andrews; Carnoustie; Kingsbarns)

October

2 RACING Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Longchamp)

RUGBY LEAGUE Co-operative Championship Grand Final

7 FOOTBALL Euro 2012 qualifiers: Andorra v Rep of Ireland, Montenegro v England, Wales v Switzerland

8 FOOTBALL Euro 2012 qualifier: Liechtenstein v Scotland

RUGBY LEAGUE Super League Grand Final (Old Trafford)

9 ATHLETICS Chicago Marathon

MOTOR RACING Formula One Japanese GP (Suzuka)

10-16 TENNIS Shanghai Masters

11 FOOTBALL Euro 2012 qualifiers: Bulgaria v Wales, Italy v N Ireland, Rep of Ire v Armenia, Spain v Scotland

15 CYCLING Tour of Lombardy

RACING BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES British Champions’ Day (Ascot)

16 MOTORCYCLING Australian MotoGP (Phillip Island)

MOTOR RACING Korean GP (Yeongam)

23 MOTORCYCLING Malaysian Moto GP (Sepang)

RUGBY UNION World Cup final (Auckland, New Zealand)

24-30 TENNIS WTA Championships (Istanbul, Turkey)

30 MOTOR RACING Indian GP (Delhi)

November

3-6 GOLF WGC HSBC Champions (Shanghai)

4-5 RACING Breeders' Cup (Churchill Downs, Kentucky, US)

5-6 TENNIS Fed Cup Final

6 ATHLETICS New York City Marathon

MOTORCYCLING Valencia MotoGP

7-13 TENNIS Paris Masters

11/12 FOOTBALL Euro 2012 play-offs first legs

13 MOTOR RACING Abu Dhabi GP (Yas Marina Circuit)

15 FOOTBALL Euro 2012 play-offs second legs

20-27 TENNIS ATP World Tour Finals (02 Arena, London)

24-27 GOLF World Cup (Mission Hills, Hong Kong)

27 MOTOR RACING Brazilian GP (Sao Paulo)

30-5 Dec TENNIS Aegon Masters (Albert Hall, London)

December

2-4 TENNIS Davis Cup Final

3-18 SAILING ISAF World Championships (Perth, Australia)

8-11 GOLF Dubai World Championship

8-18 FOOTBALL Club World Cup (Japan)

11 ATHLETICS European Cross-Country Championship (Velenje, Slovenia)

26 RACING King George VI Chase (Kempton Park)

All information correct at time of going to press.

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