The weekend’s sporting action starts here

There’s a helluva lot of sporting action on the tellybox this weekend, so we’re doing the hard work for you and highlighting the events you really shouldn't miss.

Get the chores out of the way early, there’ll be no getting up from that couch once you sit down.

American action of the weekend

The NBA conference finals are underway - Cleveland Cavaliers won their first game against the Atlanta Hawks 97-89. Next game is on later (much later) tonight, but it’s always worth watching the Cavs - in case LeBron James does something like this last-minute buzzer-beater from earlier this month.

Atlanta Hawks v Cleveland Cavaliers BT Sport 1 1.30am. Action continues the following night with Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors also BT Sport 1 2 am

Farewell of the weekend, maybe!

Reports today suggest Saturday could mark legend Paul O’Connell’s final appearance at Thomond Park. It was a day the Munster faithful hoped would never come.

Get yourself ready by watching this tribute to the giant Limerick lock.

Munster v Ospreys Sky Sports 1 2.15pm

Banker of the weekend - Gleneagles

Aidan O’Brien’s Gleneagles is bidding to become just the fourth horse this century to complete the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas double in Saturday’s Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas.

An Irish win would be just the thing to keep the crowds happy at this weekend’s Curragh festival - Gleneagles is the hot favourite after his victory in the English version earlier this month.

The Curragh RTE Two 2pm - The Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas running at 3.20pm

We know you probably have plans for Saturday night, referenda results to celebrate - and that Eurovision won’t watch itself.

But take it easy ok? Pace yourself.

Big day tomorrow.

Spectacle of the weekend

Even non-sports fans will still find plenty to occupy them in the coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix. The most glamourous stage of the Formula 1 calendar, is known as much for beautiful women and expensive yachts as the narrow streets of the circuit itself.

A celeb-spotters dream - the glitziest party in the world this weekend is taking place on the Riviera.

Monaco Grand Prix Sky Sports F1 12.30pm, Setanta Sports Ireland 12.55pm

It’s a case of remote control or second device at the ready for Sunday afternoon, with two riveting fixtures competing for sport lovers’ attention.

How can we be expected to choose?!

Underdog of the weekend - Connacht

Nobody is giving Pat Lam’s side much of a chance on Sunday, with Gloucester expected to cruise past them in the hunt for a Champions Cup place.

But you only had to watch Connacht’s impressive fightback in the second half against Ospreys last weekend to know these lads have been reading another province's playbook and know that “nothing is impossible”.

Gloucester v Connacht BT Sport 2 3pm

Clash of the weekend

The Munster SHC gets underway on Sunday with a mouthwatering semi-final between Clare and Limerick at Semple Stadium.

The Irish Examiner sports team - Michael Moynihan, Larry Ryan, Anthony Daly, Donal O'Grady and Tony Leen - have examined the upcoming game from all angles.

Fancy a trip down memory lane to get you in the mood? Check out highlights of the legendary Munster SHC final between the teams in 1995.

Clare v Limerick on The Sunday Game RTE One 4pm

Record-breakers of the weekend

Guinness World Records has announced that Match of the Day is officially the longest running football television show in history.

On Sunday night, Gary Lineker and company will be bringing you all the action from the final day of the Premier League - with one of Newcastle or Hull set for the drop.

Match of the Day BBC1 10.30pm


By Grainne McGuinness

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