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Why isn’t Sam Warburton playing for Wales against France and how old is Six Nations-winning captain?

SAM WARBURTON will be a regular on your TV screen during the Six Nations… but not as a player.
The former Wales captain will be part of the BBC team as a pundit for the tournament.
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Sam Warburton will play no part for Wales in this Six NationsGetty Images – Getty
Why isn’t Sam Warburton playing for Wales in the Six Nations?
Sam Warburton will not be playing for Wales in the Six Nations as he has retired.
The former captain called officially called it quits in July 2018.
He played his last match for Wales in an agonising 20-18 defeat to France in Paris back in March 2017.

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How old is Sam Warburton and why did he retire?
Sam Warburton is 30 years old and retired at the age of just 29.
The flanker had been plagued by injuries, going over a year without making an appearance before finally announcing his retirement.
Warburton had returned to Cardiff Blues training before retiring but said once the decision was made: “My body is unable to give me back what I had hoped for on my return to training.
“Unfortunately, after a long period of rest and rehabilitation the decision to retire from rugby has been made with my health and wellbeing as a priority.”
In their statement announcing the decision, the Welsh Rugby Union said it had “become clear to Warburton that he wouldn’t be able to return to the high standards he has set throughout his career”.
Warburton also worked as a BBC pundit in the 2018 Six Nations.


FA Cup 5th round TV games: Which matches are on BBC and BT Sport and what time is kick-off?

Category : Explainers , FA Cup , Football

THE FA Cup fifth round TV games have been revealed as Chelsea and Man Utd find out when they will meet.
The draw threw up a fascinating tie between the Blues and Red Devils, which also opened up a path for some of the underdogs to make it to Wembley.
Chelsea face a tough 5th round tie at home to Manchester UnitedReuters
What are the FA Cup 5th round TV games?
Six of eight FA Cup 5th round ties will be on television with only Swansea vs Barnet or Brentford and the giant-killing clash between AFC Wimbledon and Millwall missing out.
Chelsea’s huge game at home to Man United will be a Monday night kick-off live on BBC One.
Which FA Cup 5th round games are on BBC?
The following FA Cup 5th round ties will be live on BBC One:
Sunday, February 17 – Doncaster vs Crystal Palace (4pm)
Monday, February 18 – Chelsea vs Man Utd (7.30pm)

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Which FA Cup 5th round games are on BT Sport?
The following FA Cup 5th round ties will be live on BT Sport 2:
Friday, February 15 – Portsmouth or QPR vs Watford (7.45pm)
Saturday, February 16 – Brighton or West Brom vs Derby (12.30pm)
Saturday, February 16 – Middlesbrough or Newport vs Man City (5.30pm)
Sunday, February 17 – Bristol City vs Shrewsbury or Wolves (1pm)


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What time is Dancing On Ice on TV tonight and who’s in the 2019 line-up?

DANCING On Ice 2019 has arrived – with a new series and new collection of celebs taking to the ice TONIGHT.
In 2019, the show was a big success as Jake Quickenden walked away with the title.
Dancing On Ice begins again for a new series tonightRex Features
When will Dancing On Ice 2019 start?
Dancing On Ice 2019 launched on January 6, 2019 and continues TONIGHT at 6pm on ITV.
Dancing On Ice proved a real hit with viewers since its return following a three-year break, after initially running from 2006 until 2014 and not returning until 2018.
Siobhan Greene, ITV’s Head of Entertainment Commissioning, said “The show’s welcome back has exceeded our expectations and it’s been fantastic to see the audience at home loving it.
“The recommission is a no brainer and it’s brilliant for everyone involved to know it’ll be back next year.”
The first episode airs at the same time as the news on BBC One and The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway on BBC Two.
The show has a line-up bursting with A-listersRex Features
Who will be in the Dancing On Ice 2019 line-up?
The full line-up for the 2019 series has been confirmed:

Wes Nelson
Didi Conn
Saara Aalto
Jane Danson
Mark Little
Melody Thornton
Ryan Sidebottom
Saira Khan
Brian McFadden
James Jordan
Gemma Collins
Richard Blackwood

Who are the hosts and the judges for Dancing On Ice?
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will be returning to host the popular show.
The judging panel is also unchanged with the regular line-up of skating champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean alongside Jason Gardiner and Ashley Banjo.
However there has been a bit of a shake up as Ashley’s brother Jordan Banjo will not be returning to host the backstage segment and pro skaters Ale Izquierdo and Melody Le Moal will be replaced.
Karen Barber has landed the role of head coach and will be reunited with Jason seven years after their heated on-air row.
Who has won Dancing On Ice in previous years?

 
To date, there have been ten celebs that have won the Dancing on Ice crown – but who will win the title this year?
Well, 12 famous faces will be battling it out on the ice to follow in the footsteps of Beth Tweddle, Ray Quinn and Jake Quickenden, however, there can only be one winner.


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Barcelona vs Eibar: Live stream, TV channel, kick off time and teams for La Liga match

BARCELONA welcome Eibar to Camp Nou, looking to further extend their lead at the top of La Liga.
The Catalans’ win over Getafe last weekend saw them go five points ahead of Atletico Madrid – with Deportivo Alaves the only other side in the top seven to win.
Lionel Messi’s strike against Getafe means he has scored in La Liga in each of the last 15 yearsGetty Images – Getty
What time does Barcelona vs Eibar kick off?
This La Liga clash will take place on Sunday, January 13.
It will kick off at 5.30pm.
The match will be held at the Camp Nou.

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What TV channel is it on and can I live stream it?
This game will be shown live on Eleven Sports 1 with coverage underway from 5.25pm.
Eleven Sports is a live streaming service, therefore is only available online.
You can purchase a month’s pass to watch La Liga, Serie A and Eredivisie football for £5.99.
Alternatively, you can keep up-to-date with all the action via our dedicated SunSport LIVE BLOG.
What is the team news?

Barça XI #BarçaEibar #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/BskjWA3b7e
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_cat) January 13, 2019

Hamaikakoa | Alineación#BarcaEibar pic.twitter.com/2PitvslaOt
— SD Eibar (@SDEibar) January 13, 2019


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Man Utd vs Bournemouth: LIVE stream, TV channel, team line ups and kick off time for big Premier League fixture

MANCHESTER UNITED are looking for a third-straight win under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Comfortable victories over Cardiff and Huddersfield have given the Norweigan a perfect start at Old Trafford – and he will be hoping for another against a Bournemouth side who have lost eight of their last ten.
Pogba has been in stunning form under interim boss Ole Gunnar SolskjaerPA:Press Association
Which TV channel is Man Utd vs Bournemouth on and can I live stream it?
YOU can catch this match live on Sky Sports Premier League, Main Event and Ultra HD.
Coverage will begin at 4pm, whilst non-subscribers to Sky Sports can still watch by purchasing a NOW TV pass from £7.99.
Here at SunSport, stick with us for the match as we’ll be running a LIVE BLOG from Manchester.
What time does Man Utd vs Bournemouth kick off?
THIS clash is set for Sunday, December 30.
Kick-off at Old Trafford is 4.30pm.
When the sides met earlier this season Marcus Rashford left it late to secure a stoppage time 2-1 win at Dean Court.

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New Year’s Eve weather forecast – could rain spoil your fireworks and will you need a coat?

Category : Explainers , News , UK News , Weather

BRITAIN is bracing itself for a three-month deep freeze in the New Year as forecasters warn that the Beast from the East is on its way.
But what’s the outlook for New Year’s Eve? Will rain dampen your celebrations? Here’s the latest weather report:
AP:Associated Press Thousands will watch the fireworks in London tomorrow night – but will they need to wrap-up warm?[/caption]
What’s the weather forecast for New Year’s Eve?
Revellers celebrating the turn of the New Year will want to wrap-up warm tomorrow night as parts of Britain could be hit by high winds.
Gusts of of up to 65mph are due in the west Highlands of Scotland, while rain is expected to lash northern England and freezing fog is forecast for the south as we move into the New Year.
However, overall, forecasters say most of the country will continue to enjoy balmy temperatures in double figures for the celebrations.
Those ringing in the New Year in London can expect to bask in 12 C tomorrow.
Met Office Tomorrow will be cloudy but mostly settled[/caption]
According to the Met Office, New Year’s Eve in the capital will be cloudy with patches of rain but brighter spells in the afternoon.
For those heading to the London Eye fireworks, AccuWeather meteorologists Kristina Pydynowski and Eric Leister wrote: “Those lucky enough to obtain a ticket or anyone viewing the display from a distance will not worry about needing an umbrella or heavy jacket.
“High pressure is expected to promote calm, dry weather throughout England on Monday evening. Low-hanging clouds may blanket London, and patchy fog can form if there are any breaks in the clouds earlier in the day or early evening.
“Between any fog and lack of wind to clear smoke, the fireworks display may not be as vibrant as many may hope.”
“Temperatures can be around 7 C (45 F) for the New Year’s Eve celebrations.”
In Newcastle, where hundreds of revellers are set to line the streets for the winter carnival and fireworks, temperatures are also set to be mild tomorrow – despite an increasing breeze. The Met Office said thermometers will reach 11C before freezing fog creeps in on New Year’s Day.
Rex Features People make an early start and enjoy the scenery at Arne in Dorset as much of the country has been experiencing mild weather[/caption]
In Scotland, revellers can expect “settled” weather this Hogmanay as thousands get set to descend on the streets of Edinburgh.
Met Office officials told how revellers may experience slight drizzles of rain but shouldn’t expect much more than breeze and mild temperatures.
Gregory Wolverson, of the Met Office, said: “The weather for this year’s Hogmanay celebrations is expected to be fairly settled; with it remaining mild for the time of year and mostly dry, although breezy at times.
“Tonight looks to be a nice evening for the Torchlight Procession with conditions staying mild, fairly breezy and perhaps just a few spots of drizzle.
“Hogmanay itself is also likely to be mostly dry, with a short period of light rain clearing up later in the evening, and mild for the time of year, but remember to bring some warm layers if you are outside all evening.

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“It will also be quite breezy during the afternoon and evening but the winds are expected to ease towards midnight.”
With fears another “Beast from the East” is on its way next year, Coral make it odds on at 4-5 that winter 2019 goes on to be the coldest on record.
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“Edinburgh and Glasgow look the most likely to be bringing in the New Year with the white stuff but it’s a distinct possibility across England too.”

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Cardiff vs Manchester United: TV channel, live stream, kick-off time and team news for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge

A NEW era dawns for Manchester United as they travel to take on Cardiff.
Jose Mourinho received his marching orders earlier this week after a dreadful start to the season which sees the Red Devils 19 points off the Premier League pace.
Manchester United are reported to have agreed a £7.2m deal with Molde to make Ole Gunnar Solskjaer their permanent manager – if they need toAFP – Getty
Former United star and 1999 Champions League hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been put in charge until the summer – and will begin his tenure against a side he managed four years ago.
Cardiff are scrapping for their lives and have won their last three home games on the spin.
What time does Cardiff vs Manchester United kick off?
THIS Premier League clash is set for Saturday, December 22.
Kick-off in Cardiff is at 5.30pm.
When United last visited this round in 2013, Bo-Kyung Kim and Fraizer Campbell scored in a dramatic 2-2 draw.
Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?
YOU can catch Solskjaer’s first game in charge on BT Sport 1 and 4K UHD.
Coverage begins at 5pm, whilst you can stream the action by downloading the BT Sport app on tablet, mobile or Windows 10.
And here on SunSport we will be running a minute-by-minute LIVE BLOG from the Cardiff City Stadium.

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Real Madrid vs Al Ain: TV channel, live stream, kick-off time and team news for Club World Cup final

REAL MADRID are looking to make history as they face Al Ain in the Club World Cup final.
The Spanish giants are chasing their third-straight title, a feat never before achieved since the first competition back in 2000.
Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick to send Real Madrid into the Club World Cup finalReuters
In their way are United Arab Emirates side Al Ain, who stunned River Plate in the semi-finals to win 5-4 on penalties after an entertaining 2-2 draw.
This is the biggest game in their history and will be buoyed by home advantage at the Zayed Sports City Stadium.
What time is kick-off?
THE 2018 Club World Cup final is all set for Saturday, December 22.
Kick-off is at 4.30pm UK time.
These sides have never met before, but expect goals – Al Ain alone have scored at least three goals in their last SIX games.
Which TV channel and live stream can I watch the Club World Cup final on?
SADLY this game isn’t being broadcast live in the UK.
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MARCO ASENSIO is a doubt for the final after limping off against Kashima Antlers.
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BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2018: What time does the event start tonight and who are the nominees?

Category : Explainers , Sport

BRITISH sporting stars are heading to Birmingham to celebrate anther fantastic year of achievement.
From England’s semi-final run in Russia to Lewis Hamilton’s historic fifth F1 world title, both individuals and teams will be celebrated at the glitzy ceremony.
Geraint Thomas proudly displays the Welsh flag after his historic Tour de France triumphPA:Press Association
When are the BBC SPOTY 2018 nominees revealed?
THIS year, nominees for the award will be revealed on the night itself.
With so many potential winners, the decision has been taken to do this to increase the tension for both the athletes and the watching public.
Director of BBC Sport Barbara Slater said: “Announcing the much-anticipated shortlist at the start of the show will add even another layer of excitement to what is set to be a thrilling night for everyone.”
Tyson Fury has made a remarkable comeback and is now in line to be nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awardReuters
The ceremony is set to be held at Birmingham’s Genting Arena on Sunday, December 16, starting at 7.30pm.
You can watch events unfold on BBC ONE, whilst SunSport will be running a LIVE BLOG to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
As well as the main award, there will be a number of others presented throughout the evening. These include:

Lifetime Achievement
Team of the Year
Coach of the Year
Helen Rollason award
BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award
World Sport Star of the Year
Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year

Who is the favourite to win?
CURRENTLY, World Cup golden boot winner Harry Kane is leading the betting according to sportnation.bet.
But hot on his heels are Geraint Thomas, Lewis Hamilton and Tyson Fury.
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Canelo vs Rocky Fielding ring walk: What time does the fight start tonight?

Category : BOXING , Explainers

ROCKY FIELDING is heading into the biggest bout of his life.
The 31-year-old Liverpudlian has travelled over the pond to New York City, where he faces Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for the WBA crown at Madison Square Gardens.
Canelo is stepping up to super middleweight when he fights Rocky Fielding in New YorkGetty Images – Getty
What time does fight start tonight?
AFTER a week of build-up in the Big Apple, fight night has arrived.
Canelo vs Fielding takes place TONIGHT, with the main event expected around 4am UK time.
There’s a packed undercard from Madison Square Gardens, with action starting at 11.30pm.
How can I watch Canelo vs Fielding?
YOU can catch all the action live on Sky Sports Main Event and Action from 11.30pm.
Coverage of the undercard will continue into the early hours of Sunday morning, culminating with the show-piece event around 4am.
If you’re a Sky subscriber, you can watch proceedings by streaming on your laptop, tablet or mobile via the Sky Go app.
And non-Sky customers can still stream by grabbing a NOW TV pass from just £7.99.
Here on SunSport, we’re running a LIVE BLOG from NYC, which will keep you up to date with every round from every bout this evening.
Canelo has bulked up for the big fightGetty Images – Getty

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From the fighters
Canelo: “This is a new challenge, to be moving up in weight. We’ll see how the weight affects me. He’ll be bigger and maybe even stronger than me. This is a risk that I am taking.
“I’m entering the comfort zone of the champion, but I’ll take this challenge on because that’s what I need to do to make history in my career. I want to be one of the top ten Mexican fighters to become a three-division world champion.”
Fielding: “I went to Germany and fought for the world title. People wrote me off and didn’t give me a chance. But I won the world title and it only took me five rounds.
“I worked my whole life to be on the biggest stages, and now I’m fighting the biggest name in the sport at Madison Square Garden. It is every fighter’s dream.”


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