Armchair supporter

PICK OF THE DAY

Northampton Saints v Bath (Sky Sports 1, 3pm).

This afternoon’s sell-out Aviva Premiership clash at Franklin’s Gardens gives the visitors an opportunity to put the record Heineken Cup defeat by Leinster behind them. Both sides remain in the shake-up for semi-final places.

LIVE ACTION

FOOTBALL: St Mirren v Rangers (Sky Sports 1, 12.30pm).

NFL: New York Giants v New York Jets (Sky Sports 1, 5.30pm); Philadelphia Eagles v Dallas Cowboys (Sky Sports 1, 9pm).

NHL: Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks (Setanta Sports 1, 3am Sun).

BIG FEATURE

Pat Falvey — My Personal Everest (Setanta Ireland, 8.30pm)

Another chance to see the documentary about adventurer Pat Falvey and his extraordinary catalogue of expeditions and endeavours.

STOCKING-FILLER

Road to Wembley (Sky Sports 2, 9pm)

How the Champions League final was won. A look at Barcelona’s passage to the first Wembley decider since the Catalans also defeated Sampdoria in 1992.

LOOKING BACK

Football Year in Review 2011 (Setanta Ireland, 2pm)

Paul Dempsey invites Brian Kerr, Gary Breen and Brian Little to chew over 12 months of club and international football.

NIGHT OWLS

Football’s Greatest (Sky Sports 4, 2.30am Sun)

A look at the career of Marco van Basten, arguably the most complete striker to have played the game.

PICK OF THE DAY

Soccer Special (Sky Sports 1, 10am)

The Gillette Soccer Saturday gang gather for the now-traditional Christmas Day reprise of the show’s finest moments this year, which invariably feature gaffes from Paul Merson and Chris Kamara.

LIVE ACTION

CRICKET: Australia v India Day One, First Test (Sky Sports 1, 11pm).

NFL: Green Bay Packers v Chicago Bears, (Channel 4, 1.05am Mon).

BASKETBALL: New York Knicks v Boston Celtics (ESPN, 5pm), Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat (ESPN, 7.30pm), Los Angeles Lakers v Chicago Bulls (ESPN, 10pm), Oklahoma City Thunder v Orlando Magic (ESPN, 1am Mon).

NHL: Philadelphia v NY Rangers (Setanta Ireland, 11.30pm).

BIG FEATURE

Kabul Girls Club (ESPN, 11.30am)

Documentary about Awista Ayub, the Afghan-American who played a huge role in organising women’s soccer in Afghanistan, despite the inherent dangers.

STOCKING-FILLER

Netcrackers (Sky Sports 1, 11.30am)

A run through the best goals, gaffes and bloopers from the Football League in 2011.

LOOKING BACK

Cúil na Bliana (TG4, 6.10pm)

The best goals from the hurling and football year, as selected by TG4 viewers.

NIGHT OWLS

Ironman 70.3 Ireland (Setanta Sports 1, 4.30am Mon)

Gruelling action from the September event in Galway — a 1.2 mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run.

PICK OF THE DAY

Match of the Day (BBC1, 10.45)

One of the traditional delights of the festive sports schedule. Standout clashes from a busy Premier League programme include Chelsea v Fulham at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers at Anfield and leaders Manchester City’s trip to West Brom.

LIVE ACTION

FOOTBALL: Stoke City v Aston Villa (Sky Sports 1, 7.30pm).

RUGBY: Munster v Connacht (TG4, 7.15pm); Leinster v Ulster (RTÉ Two, 5.15pm & BBC2, 5.25pm).

CRICKET: Australia v India Day Two, First Test (Sky Sports 2, 11.25pm).

NFL: New Orleans Saints v Atlanta Falcons (ESPN, 1.30am Tues).

NHL: St Louis Blues v Dallas Stars (Setanta Ireland, 12.30am Tues).

HORSE RACING: Christmas Festival at Leopardstown (RTÉ Two, 1.10pm) Kempton Park and Wetherby (Channel 4, 1.15pm).

BIG FEATURE

The Myth and the Magic (RTÉ Two, 7.30pm)

This year’s All-Ireland football final between Dublin and Kerry recalled, a match that returned the game’s oldest rivalry to the biggest stage for the first time in 26 years.

STOCKING-FILLER

Tales From A Neutral Corner (Setanta Ireland, 7.30)

Another chance to see this study of Irish amateur boxing history. Narrated by actor and former Ulster amateur senior champion Liam Neeson.

LOOKING BACK

Friday Night Fights (ESPN, 10.30pm)

A punchy trawl through the best boxing contests of 2011.

NIGHT OWLS

Sky Sports Classics (Sky Sports 3, 4.15am)

Highlights of the most dramatic Champions League final of all — Liverpool’s 2005 comeback against AC Milan in Istanbul.

PICK OF THE DAY

Norwich v Tottenham (Sky Sports X, 7.15pm)

The Londoners bounced back quickly against Sunderland after the controversial defeat at Stoke shook their title pretentions. Norwich’s first season back in the big time has been steadily successful so far. Another point would satisfy them here.

LIVE ACTION

CRICKET: Australia v India Day Three, First Test (Sky Sports 2, 11.25pm). South Africa v Sri Lanka Day 2, Second Test (Sky Sports 1, 7.55am).

HORSE RACING: Leopardstown (RTE Two, 1.10pm)

RUGBY: Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers (ESPN, 1pm)

DARTS: PDC World Championship (Sky Sports 2, 1pm)

BIG FEATURE

2012: The Cat is in the Bag (RTÉ Two, 8pm)

Documentary following Ireland’s long and winding qualification route to Poland and Ukraine next summer — all the way to last month’s glorious night at the Aviva Stadium, when Giovanni Trapattoni finally bagged the cat.

STOCKING-FILLER

Volvo Ocean Race (TG4, 7.30pm)

Highlights from the second leg between Cape Town and Abu Dhabi.

LOOKING BACK

Rugby year in review 2011 (Setanta Ireland, 5pm)

Matt Williams and guests consider a mixed World Cup for Ireland and a glorious Heineken Cup campaign for Leinster.

NIGHT OWLS

Louisville v North Carolina State (ESPN, 3am)

College Football Belk Bowl game in Charlotte.

PICK OF THE DAY

Celtic v Rangers (Sky Sports 1, 7pm)

The second meeting of the Old Firm this season. Neil Lennon’s side will be anxious to avenge the 4-2 defeat at Ibrox in September and narrow the gap at the top of the SPL.

LIVE ACTION

CRICKET: Australia v India Day Four, First Test (Sky Sports 1, 11.25pm). South Africa v Sri Lanka Day Three, Second Test (Sky Sports 1, 7.55am).

HORSE RACING: Leopardstown (RTE Two, 1.10pm).

DARTS: PDC World Championship (Sky Sports 1, 1pm)

ALPINE SKIING: Women’s World Cup (Eurosport, 12.30pm).

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder (ESPN, 1am Thurs).

NHL: Nashville Predators v Minnesota Wild (Setanta Sports 1, 1am Thurs); San Jose Sharks v Vancouver Canucks (Setanta Ireland, 3.30am Thurs).

BIG FEATURE

Kilkenny v Tipperary — The Triology (RTE Two, 8pm)

Key players from both counties discuss the pivotal moments in the three epic All-Ireland finals between the fierce rivals.

STOCKING-FILLER

Special Report (Sky Sports 1, 10pm)

Dry those tears, Gooners, a catch-up on how things have been going for Cesc Fabregas since he finally made the move to Barcelona.

LOOKING BACK

Solheim Cup Golf (Sky Sports 2, 6pm)

A review of Europe’s thrilling victory at Killeen Castle in the 12th staging of the biennial faceoff between the cream of European and American ladies golf.

NIGHT OWLS

Snooker — The World Seniors Championship (Sky Sports 4, 1am)

Highlights of a tournament that featured a host of legends of the baize such as Cliff Thorburn, Jimmy White and Steve Davis.

PICK OF THE DAY

Sports Review of the Year (RTÉ Two, 8pm)

Darren Frehill revisits a host of international triumphs for Irish sportspeople and teams in 2011 and also remembers the standout moments back home.

LIVE ACTION

CRICKET: Australia v India Day Five, First Test (Sky Sports 1, 11.25pm). South Africa v Sri Lanka Day Four, Second Test (Sky Sports 1, 7.55am).

RACING: Leopardstown (RTÉ Two, 12.45pm).

DARTS: PDC World Championship (Sky Sports 1, 1pm).

TENNIS: Mubadala World Tennis Championship (Sky Sports 2, 11am).

ALPINE SKIING: Women’s World Cup (Eurosport, 9.15am); Men’s World Cup (Eurosport, 10.45am);

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins v Philadelphia Flyers (Setanta Ireland, 12am Fri); Anaheim Ducks v Vancouver Canucks (Setanta Ireland, 3am Fri).

BIG FEATURE

Frank O’Farrell: The Shadow of Busby (RTE One, 10.35pm)

Often overlooked in the Old Trafford annals, the Cork man who became United’s only Irish manager had the impossible task of filling Busby’s boots.

STOCKING-FILLER

Football’s Greatest Managers (Sky Sports 1, 5pm)

A profile of Mario Zagallo, who won the World Cup as a player in 1958 and 1962, as a manager in 1970 and as an assistant coach in 1994.

LOOKING BACK

Sam’s Town, Stories from the Dublin dressing room (TV3, 2.15pm)

Some of the key men from Pat Gilroy’s winning panel reflect on the pivotal moments of a glorious year and remember some of the lean years since Dublin’s last All-Ireland win in 1995.

NIGHT OWLS

Serie A Show (Setanta Sports 1, 3.30am)

What better time to catch up on the latest round of games from the Italian league? Careful though, these days Serie A doesn’t put you to sleep any more.

PICK OF THE DAY

Ulster v Munster (RTÉ Two, 6.45pm)

Ravenhill is a sell-out for the RaboDirect PRO12 visit of a Munster side buoyed by fine Heineken Cup form. Daire O’Brien is joined in studio by Donal Lenihan and Frankie Sheahan.

LIVE ACTION

FOOTBALL: Liverpool v Newcastle (Sky Sports 1, 7pm)

CRICKET: South Africa v Sri Lanka Day Five, Second Test (Sky Sports 1, 7.55am).

DARTS: PDC World Championship (Sky Sports 1, 1pm)

TENNIS: Mubadala World Tennis Championship (Sky Sports 2, 11am).

BIG FEATURE

Yes I Can (Setanta Sports 1, 6pm).

Documentary series where four people with disabilities get to test their limits by trying out an extreme sport for a day.

STOCKING-FILLER

WWA Wake Park World Championship (Setanta Ireland, 4pm).

Highlights of the 2011 championships in Abu Dhabi, with 150 wakeboarders from all over the world competing in 17 different divisions.

LOOKING BACK

Serie A: The Season So Far (ESPN, 11am).

A look at how a topsy-turvy Scudetto race made it to the winter break, with champions Milan and Juventus setting the pace, just ahead of Udinese.

NIGHT OWLS

UFC Unleashed (ESPN, 1am).

A showcase of some of the greatest fights and fighters in UFC history.

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