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Sunday 20 April 2014

2014: key dates in a sporting year

American Football

February 2: Super Bowl, New Jersey

August 30: The Croke Park Classic, University of Central Florida v Penn State

Athletics

January 26: AA1 Junior and U23 Indoor Championships, Athlone

February 2: AAI Open Games, Athlone

Mar 7-9: IAAF World Indoor Championships, Poland

May 25: AAI Games, Santry

May 31: Irish Schools Track and Field Championships, Tullamore

June 21: Tailteann Games, Santry

June 21-22: European Team Championships, Estonia

July 8: Cork City Sports, Cork

July 11: Morton Games, Santry

July 22-27: IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon

July 26-Aug 2: Commonwealth Games, Scotland

August 12-17: European Championships, Zurich

August 16-28: Youth Olympic Games, China

October 27: Dublin Marathon

December 14: European Cross Country Championships, Bulgaria

Basketball

January 24-26: National Cup finals

Boxing

February 14-15, 21-22 & 28: National Elite Championships

Cricket

January 31: Nagico Super 50, Ireland v Guyana, Trinidad

February 3: Nagico Super 50, Ireland v Windward Islands, Trinidad

February 8: Nagico Super 50, Ireland v Jamaica, Trinidad

February 19: T20 Internationals, Ireland v West Indies, Jamaica

February 21: T20 Internationals, Ireland v West Indies, Jamaica

February 23: One Day International, Ireland v West Indies, Jamaica

March 17: ICC World Twenty20 Round 1, Ireland v Zimbabwe, Sylhet

March 19: ICC World Twenty20 Round 1, Ireland v UAE, Sylhet

March 21: ICC World Twenty20 Round 1, Ireland v Netherlands, Sylhet

May 6: ODI, Ireland v Sri Lanka, Clontarf

May 8: ODI, Ireland v Sri Lanka, Clontarf

Cycling

February 26-March 2: World Track Cycling, Colombia

May 9-June 1: Giro d'Italia

July 5-27: Tour de France

August 23-September 14: La Vuelta a Espana

September 21-28: Cycling Road, World Championships, Spain

Darts

January 4-12: BDO World Professional Championships, Lakeside

December 13-Jan 1: World Darts Championships, Alexandra Palace

Equestrian

August 6-10: Dublin Horse Show, RDS

Formula One

March 16: Australian GP

March 30: Malaysian GP

April 6: Bahrain GP

April 20: Chinese GP

May 11: Spanish GP

May 25: Monaco GP

June 8: Canadian GP

June 22: Austrian GP

July 6: British GP

July 20: German GP

July 27: Hungarian GP

August 24: Belgian GP

September 7: Italian GP

September 21: Singapore GP

October 5: Japanese GP

October 12: Russian GP

November 2: US GP

November 9: Brazilian GP

November 23: Abu Dhabi GP

Golf

February 19-23: WGC- Accenture Match Play Championship, Arizona

March 20-23: Arnold Palmer invitational, Bay Hill Club, Orlando

April 10-13: The Masters

May 8-11: The Players Championship, Sawgrass

June 12-15: US Open, Pinehurst

June 16-21: British Amateur Championships, Royal Portrush/Portstewart.

June 19-22: Irish Open, Fota Island, Cork

July 17-20: The Open, Royal Liverpool

August 7-10: PGA Championship, Valhalla, Louisville

September 26-28: Ryder Cup, Gleneagles

Racing

March 11-14: Cheltenham Festival

April 5: Aintree Grand National Festival

April 20-21: Fairyhouse Easter Festival

April 29-May 3: Punchestown National Hunt Festival

May 3: 2000 Guineas

May 4: 1000 Guineas

May 24: Irish 2000 Guineas

May 25: Irish 1000 Guineas

June 7: The Derby, Epsom

June 17-21: Royal Ascot

June 27-29: Curragh Derby Festival

July 14-17: Killarney Festival

July 28-Aug 3: Galway Festival

July 29-Aug 2: Glorious Goodwood

August 20-23: Killarney Festival

September 13: St Leger, Doncaster

September 14-20: Listowel Festival

October 5: Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

October 18: Champions Day, Ascot

October 31-November 1: Down Royal

November 4: Melbourne Cup

November 29-30: Fairyhouse Winter Festival

December 26-29: Leopardstown Festival, Limerick Festival

Rugby

Six Nations

February 1: Wales v Italy; France v England

February 2: Ireland v Scotland

February 8: Ireland v Wales; Scotland v England

February 9: France v Italy

February 21: Wales v France

February 22: Italy v Scotland; England v Ireland

March 8: Ireland v Italy; Scotland v France

March 9: England v Wales

March 15: Italy v England; Wales v Scotland; France v Ireland

April 4-6: Heineken Cup quarter-finals

April 25-27: Heineken Cup semi-finals

May 23: Amlin Cup Final, Millennium Stadium

May 24: Heineken Cup Final, Millennium Stadium

May 31: RaboDirect Pro 12 final

August 1-17: Women's Rugby World Cup, France

November 8: Ireland v South Africa

November 15: Ireland v Tier 2 Nation (Georgia TBC)

November 22: Ireland v Australia

Snooker

January 12-19: The Masters, Alexandra Palace

April 19- May 5: World Snooker Championships, Sheffield

Soccer

March 2: Capital One Cup Final, Wembley

March 5: Ireland v Serbia, Dublin, friendly

May 14: Europa League Final, Turin

May 17: FA Cup Final, Wembley

May 17: Scottish Cup Final, Hampden Park

May 24: Champions League Final, Lisbon

June 12- July 13: FIFA World Cup, Brazil [see separate panel]

Tennis

January 13-26: Australian Open

May 25-June 8: French Open

June 23- July 6: Wimbledon

August 25-September 8: US Open

Winter Olympics

February 7-23: Sochi

Paralympics

March 7-16: Sochi

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