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BBC Sport brings live coverage of the British Grand Prix (BBC One, Sunday 26 July, 3.00pm) from Donington Park for the final time before MotoGP moves to Silverstone in 2010.

Suzi Perry hosts and is joined by pit-lane reporter Matt Roberts.

Expert commentary will be provided by Charlie Cox and former racer Steve Parrish.

In addition to the main race, the team will cover the pre-race build-up, bringing viewers interviews with the riders and their teams, and all the latest news and updates.

This season, for the first time on the BBC, live qualifying coverage (Saturday 25 July, 1.00pm) plus the 125cc and 250cc races (Sunday 26 July, 12.20pm) are all available on the BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website at bbc.co.uk/motorbikes (UK users only).

BBC Red Button viewers will also be able to watch MotoGP Extra after the race (Sunday, 4.30pm).

The BBC Sport website will also provide news and reports, as well as live video coverage and highlights.

Any viewers who miss the race will be able to watch it again on BBC iPlayer for seven days after the race.

Over on BBC Radio 5 Live, Eleanor Oldroyd presents 5 Live Sport live from Donington Park from 1.00pm on Sunday 26 July with all the build-up to the British Moto GP. There is live commentary of the race from 3.30pm.

And 5 Live Sport broadcasts a special preview show, 5 Live Bikes Night, on Tuesday 21 July from 8.00pm. Eleanor Oldroyd is joined by James Toseland and a host of guests to preview the weekend’s race.

All MotoGP races are live on BBC Sport and the remaining MotoGP 2009 live TV schedule is:

16 August: Brno, Czech Republic. BBC Two, 12.30-2.00pm
30 August: Indianapolis, USA. BBC Three, 7.50-9.00pm
6 September: Misano, San Marino. BBC Two, 12.30-2.00pm
4 October: Estoril, Portugal. BBC Two, 12.30-2.00pm
18 October: Philip Island, Australia. BBC One, 5.45-7.00am
25 October: Sepang, Malaysia. BBC One, 6.45-8.00am
8 November: Valencia, Spain. BBC Two, 12.30-2.00pm

Wednesday 6th May 7.15pm

A thrilling new season of cricket begins on Five with highlights of the first Test between England and the West Indies at Lord’s. Following a disappointing Test series defeat in the Caribbean, England will be looking for a confidence-boosting victory on home soil. The action is presented by Mark Nicholas with commentary and analysis from Geoffrey Boycott, Simon Hughes and Ian Bishop.

England aim to put a winter of upheaval behind them as they begin a make-or-break summer season this week. The side’s torrid winter began with a dismal showing in the controversial Stanford Twenty-20 event, before the Test series in India was almost derailed by the Mumbai terror attacks.

A 1-0 series loss in India proved to be the last stand for captain Kevin Pietersen and coach Peter Moores. Rumours of a rift between the two men came to a head in January when Pietersen resigned and Moores was sacked by the ECB. Pietersen left the captaincy after just three games in charge, with a record of one win, one draw and one loss. As captain of the one-day international team, he suffered a painful 5-0 series defeat in India.

A question mark persists over Pietersen’s role in the team and his relationship with the other players. However, there is little doubt that new skipper Andrew Strauss will want England’s star batsman in the squad against the West Indies and playing at full strength.

Strauss’s task is to restore the team to winning ways ahead of the all-important Ashes, which begin in July. England prepare to face Australia with two Test matches against the West Indies, who were drafted in after the planned series with Zimbabwe was cancelled. England line up against the Windies for the second time this year, having survived a bruising tour of the Caribbean which saw them sink to another 1-0 Test series loss.

The Caribbean tour, Strauss’s first as captain, began with a disastrous innings and 23-run defeat for the visiting side, followed by three straight draws. After the second Test was abandoned, the Windies’ resilience shone through in the third Test when they hit 370-9 in the fourth innings to claim a superb draw. The fourth Test likewise ended in a tie after the home team’s stunning knock of 749-9 dec, while England fell just short of clinching a series-levelling victory in the final match, with Strauss once again facing flak for not declaring early enough.

The West Indies thus enter this tour of England with the confidence brought by winning a major series for the first time in five years. England, meanwhile, have fallen to sixth in the world Test rankings and face multiple headaches in terms of team selection. The only bright spot in a dark winter was an unexpected 3-2 victory in the one-day series against the Windies.

That series win has at least paved the way for the ECB to solve one of England’s problems by appointing Andy Flower as team director on a permanent basis. Flower, a former world number- one batsman for Zimbabwe, served as Peter Moores’s assistant and was interim coach on the Caribbean tour. It is hoped that he and Strauss can forge a profitable alliance this summer.

Meanwhile, the squad for the first Test remains a matter of much debate, with the number-three spot proving particularly worrisome. Ian Bell and Owais Shah struggled in the Caribbean and Strauss is thought to be keen to bring Michael Vaughan back into the fold – although the former captain failed to impress in his first county game of the season. However, as the last man to win the Ashes for England, back in 2005, Vaughan’s claims on the side may be too strong to ignore. An appearance against the West Indies will give the selectors a chance to see if he can still cut the mustard at the highest level.

Thursday, 30 April 2009, 7:00PM – 10:00PM

Matt Smith presents live coverage of a UEFA Cup semi-final game, first leg.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009, 7:30PM – 10:00PM

Steve Rider presents live coverage of the UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg game between Barcelona and Chelsea from the Nou Camp.

2006 champions Barcelona have been installed as favourites for the title and beat Bayern Munich 4-0 at their home ground in the quarter-final. Chelsea will have to be wary of the likes of Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto’o, who have scored over 80 goals between them this season.

Guus Hiddink’s men will be relying on their captain John Terry, who returns from suspension, to keep out Catalans, as well as perennial scorers Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard to get them a vital away goal.

On Sunday 26 April BBC Sport will provide comprehensive live coverage of the 29th London Marathon.

The coverage will start on BBC One at 8.30am and then switch to BBC Two from noon to 2.00pm.

Red Button viewers will be able to watch the live coverage all day from 8.30am to 4.00pm. And BBC Two will show an evening highlights programme from 6.00 to 7.00pm.

Sue Barker hosts BBC Sport’s coverage and will be joined by Steve Cram, Brendan Foster, Paul Dickenson and Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Jonathan Edwards will report on the action alongside Phil Jones, Rob Walker, Matt Baker, Richard Nerurkar and Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes. Jonathan will also host the early evening highlights show.

On BBC Radio 5 Live, John Inverdale presents comprehensive coverage throughout the race.

Former 5000m World Champion and London competitor Sonia O’Sullivan joins the commentary team alongside former London winner Charlie Spedding.

A team of reporters will be positioned all over the course, capturing the atmosphere of this great occasion.

Marathon fans who visit bbc.co.uk/sport will have access to live streaming of the race as well as text reports, video interviews and reaction plus an interactive map of the course.

The women’s elite start begins at 9.00am, followed by the wheelchair start for men and women at 9.20am. The men’s elite and mass start begin at 9.45am.

BBC Sport will provide live coverage of Wimbledon’s Centre Court Celebration which will launch the new Centre Court roof, on BBC Two, Sunday 17 May, from 3.30pm to 5.00pm.

Tennis stars Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Kim Clijsters and Tim Henman will play a combination of men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed doubles for an increased capacity crowd under the new Centre Court roof.

Sue Barker will present live from Wimbledon with Andrew Castle and John Lloyd providing expert commentary on the matches.

Extended live coverage of the matches, as well as live music from Katherine Jenkins, Faryl Smith and Blake, will be available on the BBC Red Button and BBC Online at bbc.co.uk/tennis between 2.30pm and 6.00pm.

The BBC winter ski season brings sports fans the best of both worlds this January with the return of Ski Sunday and a brand new, all action winter sports show, called High Altitude.

Presented by former GB Olympic skier, Graham Bell, and snowboard expert, Ed Leigh, High Altitude begins an eight week run on Sunday 25 January 2009 at 10.00pm on BBC Two and will see Graham and Ed explore and witness the most beautiful, awe inspiring and challenging environments on Planet Earth.

Their adventures traverse the mountains and ski slopes across the globe from the Andes to the Alps, with each episode focusing on a particular theme or aspect of mountain adventure including survival, endurance, cold and altitude.

Joining Ed and Graham as they explore some of the most stunning locations in the world, taking in the history, geology and wildlife along the way, will be some familiar and admired celebrity figures: former model, Jodie Kidd; Royle Family actor, Ralf Little; ex-England rugby aces, Jeremy Guscott and Brian Moore; 2006 Winter Olympic skeleton silver medallist, Shelley Rudman; violinist, Vanessa Mae; and impressionist and comedian, Rory Bremner.

But it will be no walk in the park for their guests as they experience the spectacular and unpredictable mountain terrain, for Ed and Graham will be out to test them to the limit and push them way beyond their comfort zones.

Highlights of Graham and Ed’s adventures include our intrepid, daring duo attempting a Tyrolean Traverse – a 100m crossing between two mountain peaks – on a single piece of rope; Graham aiming to reach 200kph speed skiing on a world championship course; and Ed and Graham attempting to climb a 125ft glacier wall using just ice picks and crampons.

Ski Sunday returns for its 32nd season to BBC Two on Sunday 18 January with a half-hour programme back in its traditional Sunday teatime slot.

Over eight weeks the team will bring viewers highlights from the resorts hosting the Skiing World Cup and the Skiing World Championships.

Five’s season of live football continues with coverage of this UEFA Cup Group F clash between Slavia Prague and Aston Villa. Colin Murray presents with commentary from Tony Jones. Kick-off is at 19.45.

Aston Villa have made a good start to the Premier League this year, earning a creditable 13 points from seven games to reach the lofty heights of fifth place. Highlights have included an impressive 4-2 victory over Manchester City on the opening day of the season and a 2-1 away win at Spurs. Leading goalscorer Gabriel Agbonlahor has netted five times so far this term, while star man Gareth Barry appears to have put his abortive move to Liverpool behind him with a series of solid performances for club and country.

Villa qualified for the UEFA Cup via the Intertoto Cup and have ground out victories over Odense BK, FH Hafnarfjordur and Litex Lovech on their way to the group stage. Group F promises to be one of the toughest in the competition, with Ajax, Hamburg, Slavia Prague and MSK Zilina making up the numbers alongside the Birmingham club. Martin O’Neill’s men travel to the 21,000-capacity Stadion Eden in the beautiful city of Prague for this week’s game. Slavia Prague are currently riding high at the top of the Czech League, having grabbed 22 points from nine games.

The 2007-8 domestic league winners, Slavia endured mixed fortunes in Europe last season. They qualified for the group stage of the Champion’s League for the first time in their history, but were roundly trounced by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, losing 7-0. The club managed a face-saving draw against the Gunners in the second leg, but were eventually dumped from the competition into the UEFA Cup, where they lost 3-2 on aggregate to Tottenham in the Round of 32.

The plucky Prague side and their manager Karel Jarolím – himself a former Czechoslovakia international – will be keen to put their rocky recent history with English clubs behind them by securing all three points against Villa.

Five’s season of live football continues this week with coverage of three clashes from round one of the 2008 UEFA Cup. Colin Murray presents all the action as Tottenham Hotspur head to Poland to take on Wisla Kraków, Belgian side Standard Liège host Everton and Portsmouth visit Portugal’s Vitória de Guimarães.

In the first of the featured games, Tottenham face a difficult away leg in Poland against Wisla Kraków. Spurs have made a lousy start in the Premiership this season, sitting second from bottom with one point in three games.

Tottenham were the subject of much highprofile transfer activity during the summer – but it was all in the wrong direction from the point of view of ambitious Spurs fans. The side has clearly yet to settle following the departure of star forwards Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov. To make up for their striker deficit, the club has signed Man Utd’s Fraizer Campbell on loan while Roman Pavlyuchenko has arrived from Spartak Moscow for a cool £14million.

Tottenham’s destination for this friendly is the 20,000-capacity Wisla Stadium in beautiful Kraków. Wisla Kraków have a proud history in the Polish top flight, having won the first division 11 times. They have developed something of a stranglehold on the league, winning it six times in the last ten years – most recently in 2008. With the team currently riding high at the top of the Polish league once again, Juande Ramos’s side will be hoping that they have done enough at White Hart Lane in the first leg to make this rematch a less nerve-racking affair.

The second game sees Everton travel to play Standard Liège at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne in Belgium. Everton have fared only a little better than Spurs in the Premier League so far this term, chalking up just one win in three games.

The Toffees’ biggest signing of the summer was 20-year-old midfielder Marouane Fellaini, bought from Standard Liège for a club record fee of £15million. Other new arrivals include Luis Saha from Manchester United and Ecuadorian midfielder Segundo Castillo on a year-long loan from Red Star Belgrade.

Fellaini will enjoy a sooner-than-expected return to his old club as Everton navigate this tricky away leg. Standard Liège are one of the most successful clubs in Belgium and are the current domestic champions. They narrowly missed out on entry to the Champions League this season after tangling with Everton’s biggest rivals, Liverpool, in two hard-fought qualifiers in August. Liverpool eventually scraped through 1-0 on aggregate thanks to a 118th-minute goal from Dirk Kuyt in the second leg. Liège’s energetic performances against the Premier League giants should provide plenty of food for thought for David Moyes and his players.

Also this week, Portsmouth play their second leg against Vitória de Guimarães at the Estádio D Afonso Henriques in Portugal. Like Everton, Portsmouth have bagged just three points in three games this term. Their most notable new recruit is Peter Crouch, signed for £11million from Liverpool. The gangly forward returns to his former club after six years away. Other new faces include defender Younes Kaboul from Tottenham and striker Ben Sahar on loan from Chelsea.

Vitória finished third in the Portugese Superliga at the last time of asking. The side have bounced in and out of the top flight in the last few years, having endured a spell in the second division in 2006-7. The club made their debut in the Champions League this season, losing 2-1 on aggregate against the Swiss champions Basel in the first qualifying round. Vitória will certainly be keen for a second shot at European glory by progressing into the next round of the UEFA Cup at Portsmouth’s expense.

Mark Nicholas presents highlights from England’s one-day international series against South Africa, with commentary from Geoffrey Boycott, Simon Hughes and Barry Richards. This week, the teams meet for the fourth and fifth ODIs – from Lord’s and Cardiff respectively.

To say the last two weeks of English cricket have been dramatic would be something of an understatement. After losing the third Test against the Proteas and with it the series, Michael Vaughan stood down as Test captain and Paul Collingwood resigned as ODI skipper. England’s star batsman Kevin Pietersen was then announced as the successor to both men and promptly went on to lead his side to a convincing win in the fourth Test.

Though the victory came too late to save the series, the result has a great deal of significance for English cricket. The appointment of the South African-born Pietersen came as a surprise to many owing to his lack of experience and his occasional recklessness at the crease. But his first-innings century proved to his doubters that the extra pressure of captaincy would not affect his batting.

More important than Pietersen’s ton, however, was his decision to recall Steve Harmison to the team after a year away from international cricket. The Durham paceman claimed two for 49 on day one at the Oval – including wickets with successive balls – prompting a South African collapse.

Buoyed by his 100 per cent Test record, Pietersen now has his sights set on next summer’s Ashes series. However, in order to defeat the Aussies, the new skipper will need to establish the structure of his side and develop a more consistent level of performance. One thing that is likely to stay is the five-man bowling attack that proved so successful at the Oval.

South Africa, meanwhile, will be keen to continue their Test success by showing the English crowds what they can do in the one-day form of the game. Where the English have looked unsettled in the past, South Africa look solid, experienced and organised.

Highlights of the fifth and final ODI will be shown at midnight on Wednesday.

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