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The sporting week.

Byline: Adam Hathaway

PICK OF THE WEEKAMERICAN EXPRESS WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

Thursday and Friday, BBC2, 10.50am, 1.10pm and BBC1, 2.40pm. Live coverage from Valderrama in Spain where defending champion Tiger Woods (left) leads a high class field. Woods, who has won nine tournaments this season including three majors, starts the event as overwhelming favourite. Commentary by Peter Alliss.AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Oakland Raiders v Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Sky Sports 3, 9pm, live.

BOXING

Darren Bruce v Sean Sullivan Saturday, Sky Sports 1, 8.30pm.

Big Fight Countdown Wednesday, Sky Sports 1, 9pm. A preview of the Lennox Lewis and David Tua world title bout.

CRICKET

South Africa v New Zealand Saturday, Sky Sports 2, 11am. Action from the sixth one-day international in Cape Town.

FOOTBALL

Leeds United v Liverpool Saturday, Sky Sports 1, 11pm. Both teams are keen to better last year's performances and challenge for the title. Leeds have had a whole team's-worth of injuries but have still managed to turn in some excellent results while continuing their good form in the Champions' League.

Coventry v Man Utd Match Of The Day. Saturday, BBC1, 10.30pm Highlights of three Premiership games. The main match takes place at Highfield Road - a ground where Sir Alex Ferguson's team has won seven times in the last eight years. Coventry took five games to register their first home League win and are missing the goalscoring talent of Robbie Keane whom they sold to Inter Milan. Plus all the other Premiership goals.

Barnsley v Wimbledon Sunday, Sky Sports 2, noon. Live coverage from Oakwell as Dave Bassett's side take on his old club Wimbledon who are trying to bounce back into the Premier League at the first attempt.

Everton v Aston Villa Sunday, Sky Sports 1, 3pm, live. Featuring the skills of Everton's Paul Gascoigne and Villa's David Ginola.

Dundee v Hibernian Sunday, Sky Sports 3, 6pm, live. Dundee manager Ivan Bonetti will be looking to avenge August's 5-1 drubbing at Hibernian. His main hopes rest with Argentinean striker Claudio Caniggia.

Derby County v West Ham United Monday, Sky Sports 1, 7pm. Harry Redknapp is desperate for his team to start climbing the Premiership and a visit to struggling Derby is the ideal way for them to begin their charge up the table.

Slovan Liberec v Liverpool Thursday, C5, 6.45pm. Liverpool take on the unheralded Czech side, who top their domestic league, in the UEFA Cup second round second leg.

Schoolboy international Scotland v England Thursday, Sky Sports 1, 7.30pm. Live.

Preston North End v Crewe Thursday, Sky Sports 2, 7pm. Preston have started the season impressively and recently ended Fulham's unbeaten run. Their rich vein of results should continue in this game.

Hold the Back Page Friday, Sky Sports 3, 10pm. Football chat with Brian Woolnough.

GOLF

Volvo Masters Saturday, Sky Sports 3, noon; and Sunday, Sky Sports 1, noon. Europe's top golfers compete for pounds 2million in prize money at Montecastillo in Spain.

Ford Golf USA Tour Championship Saturday and Sunday, Sky Sports 2, 6pm. Live from the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. American Express World Golf Championship Thursday and Friday, BBC2, 10.50am, 1.10pm and BBC1, 2.40pm, live. See highlight.

The St Leger Tuesday, Sky Sports 1, 8pm. The greyhound stayers final at Wimbledon.

Doncaster and Wincanton Saturday, C4, 2pm. Featuring the November Handicap at 3.35pm, traditionally the last big betting heat of the flat season.

The Breeders Cup Saturday, C4, 12.40am. Many British horses have gone to this meeting at Churchill Downs with high hopes, only to return empty-handed. The combination of dirt tracks, high humidity and a long European season usually makes the riders perform below par. This year Giant's Causeway and Kalanisi will carry the support of British punters but our best chance lies with multiple Group One winning filly Crimplene in the Distaff.

The Melbourne Cup Monday (early hours Tuesday), Sky Sports 2, 4am.

Cheltenham Friday, C4, 1pm The three-day festival begins with the Sporting Index Cross Country Chase, famed for the diversity of its obstacles.

RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP

Ireland v New Zealand Maoris Sunday, BBC2, 1.35pm. Highlights.

Lebanon v Cook Islands Sunday, BBC2, 2.15pm. Highlights.

Wales v New Zealand Sunday, BBC2, 3pm. Wales take on New Zealand in the final match of group two. The Welsh side are led by the inspirational Iestyn Harris who inspired them to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 1995, aged 19. The Kiwis are second favourites for the competition behind Australia and are coached by Wigan boss Frank Endacott. He can call on the talents of Robbie and Henry Paul who have proved to be stars of the Super League over the last couple of seasons.

Scotland v Samoa Sunday, Sky Sports 1, 6.30pm. Warrington Wolves stars Lee Penny and Jason Flowers feature for Scotland while Samoa field the gifted Vila Matautia.

RUGBY UNION

Bath v Gloucester Saturday, Sky Sports 2, 2pm. Live action from the Tetley's Bitter Cup fourth round tie which pits these two West Country rivals against one another.

The Rugby Club Thursday, Sky Sports 2, 6pm. Rugby chat with Mark Durden-Smith, Stuart Barnes and Dewi Morris.
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