So much sport, so little time

Okay, there are only 48 hours in the weekend to squeeze in as much sports viewing as possible, so we’re doing the hard work for you and highlighting the events you really shouldn't miss.

So much sport, so little time

Snacks and refreshments at the ready? Here goes...

Irish competitors of the week

For the truly committed Ireland sports fan, this weekend is going to start very, very early.

Bryan Keane, Aileen Reid and Russell White are flying the tricolour in Japan, as the World Triathlon Series hits Yokohama.

So much sport, so little time

Bryan Keane finished fifth last weekend in Chengdu.

Corkman Keane finished fifth last weekend and is targeting another big result, while Derry’s Reid also has aspirations of a top ten finish.

Watch the women’s race live via the BBC Red Button or on from 2am Saturday morning and the men’s race from 5am.

If getting up in the middle of the night is a step too far, you can catch highlights of the event from 4:30pm, Sunday on BBC Two.

Derby of the weekend

At lunchtime on Saturday Norwich face Ipswich in what promises to be the most intense East Anglian derby ever.

The two sides are playing for a place at the Championship play-off final and possible promotion to the Premier League - a prize valued somewhere between £50m-£150m.

Check out the highlights of the first leg which ended 1-1.

Don’t believe how big a deal this is for the clubs? Read this story of one fan’s response to the Ipswich goal, and how the scorer got involved.

Championship play-off semi-final second leg - Norwich v Ipswich - Sky Sports 1 12pm

Clashes of the weekend

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The PRO12 table going into the final round.

It doesn’t get any closer than this. The six games in the final round of the PRO12 all kick-off at 3pm on Saturday, with a single point separating the top four.

With Munster third and Ulster fourth, there is plenty to keep Irish fans glued to the action.

The permutations of various results are head-melting, check out what's at stake on the final day of the Pro12 to get up to speed.

All matches kick-off at 3pm - matches on TG4, S4C, BBC Alba and Sky Sports

Farewell of the weekend

No sooner will the PRO12 semi-final places be decided, than attention moves to football, and the last home game of an icon.

Love or hate Liverpool, most fans will admit to a lot of respect for captain Steven Gerrard, the most famous footballer in England of his generation never to lift the Premier League trophy.

There won’t be a dry eye in Anfield, and Gerrard has admitted there’s a good chance he will shed a few tears himself.

The Kop will be incredible, why not prepare yourself for the emotion by watching his finest hour.

Liverpool v Crystal Palace - Sky Sports 1 - 5pm

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Try and get an early night, there’s a lot more sport coming on Sunday.

Comeback of the weekend

After the phony war of the League, the real GAA action starts now. And sorry League Sunday, you're a grand programme and you kept us amused for a few months, but we all know which show is the GAA fans’ true love.

At 3.15pm, The Sunday Game returns. Joe Brolly, Pat Spillane and Colm O'Rourke, welcome back lads.

The Sunday Game on RTE2 at 9.30pm

Most to lose

It may seem crazy to say before their first Championship game of the season, but Sunday’s opener against Donegal is already a cannot-lose game for Tyrone.

After a disappointing League campaign saw them relegated to Division Two, Mickey Harte needs his side to dig deep for a victory in Ballybofey.

Defeat spells a long and winding road back through the qualifiers, and the whispers about it being time for Harte to go could turn to shouts.

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The good news for Tyrone is that captain Sean Cavanagh is fit in time to start.

Peter Canavan may have insisted in the Irish Examiner earlier this week that defeat wouldn’t be the end of Harte, but a win would give him much-needed breathing space.

And last year’s beaten finalists, playing their first championship match since the departure of the Messianic Jim McGuinness, won’t be interested in making it easy for them.

What a cracker to open the Ulster Senior Football Championship. Throw-in is at 4pm.

The Sunday Game Live on RTE2 3.15pm

Most to win

If emotional goodbyes aren’t your thing, the Premier League highlight of the weekend is the Sunday afternoon meeting of the third and fourth placed sides at Old Trafford.

An OG and Wayne Rooney gave United the win when they visited the Emirates earlier in the season - Arsenal would dearly like an away win to cancel that result out.

And with Wenger’s side only three points behind Man City with a game in hand, there is a lot more than pride at stake.

A second-place finish, and potentially an FA Cup, would make for a very successful Arsenal season, and make the pressure on Wenger earlier in the campaign look faintly ridiculous.

There would be no shouting at train stations then.

Manchester United v Arsenal - Sky Sports 1 3.30pm

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