All the sporting action on the box this weekend
There’s a lot going on this weekend, we suggest getting the chores out of the way early.
One good burst of virtuous activity on Saturday morning should leave you clear to enjoy the feast of televised sport on our screens.
And what a feast it is. From possible European gold medals to deciding who will face Kilkenny in this year’s All-Ireland SHC final - hopes are high for some gripping encounters.
Sitting comfortably? Let’s begin.
Medal chances of the weekend
Olympic medallist Michael Conlan will fight tomorrow for the bantamweight gold medal at the European Boxing Championships in Bulgaria. Dean Walsh has already taken bronze in light welterweight and Joe Ward fights tonight in the light heavyweight division semi-final.
From left, Dean Walsh, light welterweight, Joe Ward, light heavyweight, and Michael Conlan, bantamweight, ahead of their semi-final bouts. EUBC Elite European Boxing Championships, Samokov, Bulgaria. Picture: Pat Murphy/SPORTSFILE
As always Ireland’s boxers are doing us proud, best of luck Michael and Joe!
Boxing: European Championship Live on RTE2 from 6pm tonight and Saturday.
International of the weekend
It may be only a warm-up game, but for the team Joe Schmidt has chosen to face Scotland in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday this is the opportunity to stake a claim for a World Cup spot.
Chris Henry, Gordon D’Arcy and Isaac Boss will all be hoping for big games to put them uppermost in the Kiwi’s thoughts come selection time.
Breakingnews.ie head sports reporter Shaun Cronin talks to Irish Examiner journalist Brendan O’Brien about the team selection.
Ireland v Scotland - kick-off 5pm Sky Sports 1
Final major of the year
Plenty of Irish interest in the USPGA Championship at Whistling Straits this year. It’s Rory McIlroy’s first tournament back in action since damaging ankle ligaments in July and Shane Lowry has moved to 19th in the world following his win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Here’s hoping the Irish contingent are still in contention come Sunday night.
Infographic by Michelle O’Keeffe
USPGA Championship Sky Sports 4 all weekend
GAA highlight of the weekend
Galway and Tipperary do battle on Sunday afternoon for the right to face Kilkenny in the All-Ireland SHC final next month.
Tipperary will look to Seamus Callanan and others to earn them a repeat of last year’s epic battles, while Galway would dearly love to cause an upset.
Our analysts have their say ahead of the game.
Sunday Game Live RTE2 - Tipperary v Galway throw-in 3.30pm
Premier League game of the weekend
The two most recent Premier League title-winners face off in the season’s first Super Sunday.
Chelsea got their campaign off to an underwhelming start with a home draw against Swansea - can they claim a win at the Etihad to get them back on track?
Jose Mourinho will be hoping they can - if only to take attention away from the controversy surrounding his treatment of Chelsea’s medical team.
Live Ford Super Sunday Sky Sports 1 Manchester City v Chelsea kick-off 4pm