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Winter Paralympics 2018 Live

Watch Winter Paralympics 2018 GB have sent a squad of 17 over to South Korea for the Games following their most successful Paralympic Winter Games ever four years ago in Sochi.

The Brits brought home six medals from the last Games and have been set a target of seven by UK Sport ahead of this year’s Paralympics.

The Winter Paralympics will feature over 600 athletes across 80 events, with Skiers Kelly Gallagher, Millie Knight and Menna Fitzpatrick among those hoping to win medals for Britain.

Here’s everything you need to know for the games…

The 2018 Winter Paralympics start on Thursday, March 8 and run until Sunday, March 18.

The majority of events will be held at Alpensia ski resort, in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The opening ceremony will be live on Channel 4 on Friday, March 9 at 10.55am.

How can I watch it on TV?

The Winter Olympics 2018 will be broadcast live on Channel 4, with Clare Balding hosting up to 100 hours of coverage across the 10 days.

How to watch online

Viewers based in the UK will able to watch live coverage online via All 4.

Download the All 4 app to stream live or catch up.

Great Britain’s Paralympic team has been set a target of seven medals at the Winter Olympics.

Should Paralympics GB meet their target, they would bring back one more medal than the six won at the Sochi Games four years ago. It would also be Britain’s best return since the Innsbruck Games in 1984.

Skiing pair Millie Knight and Menna Fitzpatrick are considered strong medal hopes. Knight won four medals at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, including gold in the Downhill event.

Kelly Gallagher (above), who won Great Britain’s first ever Winter Paralympics gold medal in Sochi, will also compete in Pyeongchang.

Para-snowboarders Owen Pick, who lost a leg in Afghanistan, and Ben Moore are both hoping for podium finishes in South Korea after winning medals at the World Championships in early 2017.

Great Britain’s wheelchair curlers, who claimed bronze in Sochi, will be bidding to go two better in Pyeongchang. For of the five curlers from Sochi are again competing, with Hugh Nibloe making his debut.


Winter Olympics 2018 events schedule

Friday, Mar 9
Opening ceremony PyeongChang Olympic Stadium
Saturday, Mar 10
Alpine Skiing Men’s and women’s downhill
Biathlon Women’s 6 km
Biathlon Men’s 7.5 km
Biathlon Standing/Visually Impaired
Ice Hockey Preliminary matches
Wheelchair Curling Round robin
Sunday, Mar 11
Alpine Skiing Men’s and women’s super-G
Cross-Country Skiing Men’s 15 km
Cross-Country Skiing Women’s 12 km
Ice Hockey Preliminary matches
Wheelchair Curling Round robin
Monday, Mar 12
Cross-Country Skiing Men’s 20 km Free
Cross-Country Skiing Women’s 15 km Free
Ice Hockey Preliminary matches
Snowboard Men’s and women’s super-G cross
Wheelchair Curling Round robin
Tuesday, Mar 13
Alpine Skiing Men’s and women’s Super Combined
Biathlon Women’s 10 km
Biathlon Men’s 12.5 km
Biathlon Standing/Visually Impaired
Ice Hockey Preliminary matches
Wheelchair Curling Round robin
Wednesday, Mar 14
Alpine Skiing Men’s slalom
Cross-Country Skiing Men’s and women’s Sprint Classic
Cross-Country Skiing Semifinals & Finals
Ice Hockey Preliminary matches
Wheelchair Curling Round robin
Thursday, Mar 15
Alpine Skiing Women’s slalom
Ice Hockey Play-offs
Wheelchair Curling Round robin
Friday, Mar 16
Biathlon Women’s 12.5 km
Biathlon Men’s 15 km
Biathlon Standing/Visually Impaired
Ice Hockey Play-offs
Snowboard Men’s and women’s Banked Slalom
Wheelchair Curling Tie breakers
Wheelchair Curling Semi-final
Saturday, Mar 17
Alpine Skiing Men’s Giant Slalom
Cross-Country Skiing Men’s 10km classic
Cross-Country Skiing Women’s 7.5 km Classic
Cross-Country Skiing Men’s 7.5 km
Cross-Country Skiing Women’s 5 km Classic
Ice Hockey Bronze medal match
Wheelchair Curling Bronze medal match
Wheelchair Curling Gold medal match
Sunday, Mar 18
Alpine Skiing Women’s Giant Slalom
Cross-Country Skiing 4 x 2.5 km Mixed Relay
Cross-Country Skiing 4 x 2.5 km Open Relay
Ice Hockey Gold medal match
Closing ceremony PyeongChang Olympic Stadium

March Madness 2018 Live

The NCAA Tournament field of 68 to decide the college basketball Division-1 national champion was unveiled Sunday, and Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier earned the four No. 1 seeds for March Madness.

Here is the complete schedule for the First Four games and the entire Round of 64. All television channels, tipoff times and approximated tipoff times are listed below. Times with an asterisk are approximated.

Here’s what fans need to know:


What: Four play-in games to determine the official 64-team bracket for the 2018 NCAA Division-1 Men’s Basketball Tournament, followed by 32 Round of 64 games.

When: Tuesday-Friday, March 13-16, 2018.

TV: CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV (see below).

Live stream: March Madness Live for all games.

all games on TruTV

16-LIU-Brooklyn vs. 16-Radford, 6:40
11-St. Bonaventure vs. 11-UCLA, 9:10*

The NCAA Tournament field of 68 to decide the college basketball Division-1 national champion was unveiled Sunday, and Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier earned the four No. 1 seeds for March Madness.

Here is the complete schedule from the First Four games, to the round of 64, to the round of 32, to the Sweet 16, to the Elite Eight, to the Final Four and to the National Championship game (this post will be updated as brackets are revealed):

March Madness 2018

I always bet (a term I’m undoubtedly using figuratively) on the talent.That’s why I’m rolling with the Wildcats in my 2018 NCAA Tournament bracket. No, not the ones from Kentucky, but the pair that play their home games in Philadelphia and Tuscon, Ariz.

MORE: Printable NCAA Tournament bracket This year, I’m picking No. 1 Villanova and fourth-seeded Arizona to face off in the national championship game April 2. Sure, teamwork makes the dream work and a college basketball team is only as good as the sum of its parts, but I’m banking on Arizona freshman big man Deandre Ayton and Villanova junior point guard Jalen Brunson to brighten the shine of the lesser stars in their constellations all the way to the title game in San Antonio.

Here’s how I see both teams getting there in my bracket: Arizona
vs. No. 13 Buffalo (First round)

After losing an assistant in the preseason and sitting out a late-season game amid the FBI’s investigation into bribery among the recruiting ranks, Arizona coach Sean Miller has had the most tumultuous of his nine campaigns at Arizona. Sure, 43-year-old Buffalo coach Nate Oats is one of the brightest minds in the game and could be in line to take a job at a power conference school, but none of that will matter once the ball goes up in the air in Boise, Idaho. The Wildcats are just too good.

vs. No. 5 Kentucky (Second round)

Maybe the juiciest second-round matchup in the entire tournament, the game between two conference champions could feature two premier coaches in Miller and John Calipari and as many as six future first-round NBA Draft choices in Arizona’s Ayton, Allonzo Trier and Rawle Alkins and Kentucky’s Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Hamidou Diallo. But Cal’s cats are just learning how to play winning basketball. Miller’s won a regular-season league title and has built the type of winning habits throughout the season to advance to the Sweet 16.

vs. No. 1 Virginia (Sweet 16)

Defense wins championships and the Cavaliers are the best in the nation on that end of the floor. However, the last time I checked, the team that scores the most points still wins. Arizona is averaging 80.9 points per game and Virginia is limiting teams to 53.4 a contest. If the Wildcats can crack 70, they should win easily. I’m thinking they’re more than capable of hitting that mark. Virginia eclipsed 70 points just twice in regular-season ACC play.

vs. No. 10 Texas (Elite Eight)

I have Texas in the Elite Eight, but it’s more due to the ease of the Longhorns’ path than my belief in them as a contender. They’ll collect wins against Nevada, Cincinnati and Miami then get embarrassed by Arizona. The Longhorns haven’t won four games in a row since the start of the season, but those came against Northwestern State, New Hampshire, Lipscomb and Butler.

vs. No. 2 Michigan (Final Four)

The Wolverines have won back-to-back Big Ten Tournament titles, but like football games in the trenches, basketball games are often won and lost on the boards. The Wolverines were ranked seventh in defensive rebounds and 11th in offensive rebounds in their league. Arizona led the Pac-12 in defensive rebounding and rebounding margin. The Wildcats are just too rugged for the Wolverines.


vs. No. 16 LIU-Brooklyn (First round)

LIU-Brooklyn’s Joel Hernandez is one of the feel-good stories coming into the NCAA Tournament. The 6-3, 180-pound senior stepped up and showed out to lead his 18-16 team to a surprise victory in the Northeastern Conference tournament. Enjoy him in the play-in game against Radford on Tuesday because it’ll be rough one for him and the rest of his squad when they take on Villanova.

vs. No. 9 Alabama (Second round)

The point guard matchup between Brunson and Alabama freshman Collin Sexton, a likely lottery pick, will be one for the ages. The Crimson Tide’s 91.08 defensive rating will keep them in the game, especially early as Brunson figures out how to maneuver against Alabama’s long, athletic defenders such as Herb Jones and Dazon Ingram. It’ll be the Crimson Tide’s inability to mount a balanced scoring attack that will be their undoing just as it was in the SEC semifinals against Kentucky.

vs. No. 5 West Virginia (Sweet 16)

Brunson won’t go for 20-plus points with the Mountaineers’ Jevon Carter, arguably the best on-the-ball defender in the nation hounding him, but that’s the beauty of the SN Player of the Year’s game. He can be just as effective creating opportunities for others. West Virginia’s patented full-court pressure won’t crack grizzled veterans such as Villanova’s Mikal Bridges and Phil Booth, both of whom will have big games.

vs. No. 3 Texas Tech (Elite Eight)

Will the Red Raiders look like the squad that won seven in a row in what might be the nation’s most competitive conference in the nation, or the team that followed that streak with four straight losses? Unfortunately for Red Raiders supporters, the answer will be both. Expect a gargantuan effort from Texas Tech senior Keenan Evans, but it won’t be enough to unnerve Villanova.

vs. No. 2 Duke (Final Four)

Duke is talented. Duke can rebound. Duke can score. Duke cannot defend on the perimeter and Trevon Duval is simply too shaky as a primary ball-handler, averaging 2.7 turnovers per game (Brunson averages 1.7 per while playing more minutes), and not dependable enough at the free-throw line (57.8 percent) to be depended on late in what will be a close contest.

Arizona vs. Villanova (National championship)

No offense to any of Villanova’s post players, but Ayton’s going to score at will. If that were Villanova’s only issue, concerning the nimble 7-1, 250-pounder, it might have a shot. It’s his defense on the perimeter in pick-and-roll situations that will complicate matters for Brunson as a scorer and a distributor, stifling Villanova’s offense. Arizona’s length, namely Trier and Alkins, both of whom stand 6-5, when it goes with a big backcourt that will give Villanova problems it can’t solve.

Houston vs San Antonio

The Spurs’ last seven losses have come with some pretty epic fourth quarter collapses. Pop probably won’t need to worry all too much about that this go around – his squad is at the end of an incredibly difficult road trip and squaring off against an absolute juggernaut. There is a legitimate case that the Houston Rockets are the title favorite right now – they are 34-2 when Chris Paul, James Harden and Clint Capela play, which would put them on pace for a 77-win season!

It’s no surprise that a Mike D’Antoni-run team is more than capable of scoring. But how crazy is it that it’s a legitimate question to ask if this is

The greatest offense ever?
This isn’t hyperbole by any stretch. Houston currently posts the highest offensive rating ever, despite playing without Chris Paul for more than a quarter of the season. There are several metrics that reflect just how absurd they are. The two craziest are:

1. They shoot more threes than twos.

The 2017-18 Houston Rockets are not only on pace to shatter records for most threes made and taken in NBA history, but also the fewest twos attempted. No team has ever taken more threes than twos. The closest was last year’s Rockets squad, who took 540 more twos than threes. Houston GM Daryl Morey is often dubbed a pioneer of basketball analytics. This stat is something else. This is modern basketball on steroids.

2. They are the highest volume and highest efficiency isolation team in the NBA.

As much as the first stat represents the present and future, this one feels like an antiquity. It has long been established that isolation sets are one of the least efficient offensive options, yet Houston opts for it more than 14% of the time, far more than any other team since this stat has been measured (last year’s Cavs are in second, using it 11.9% of the time). If the Rockets have set the paradigm for modern basketball, why are they running so much iso?

I’d argue that this is the exact definition of modern basketball, which is about taking the most efficient shots based on the composition of your roster. Houston happens to have two of, if not the, best isolation scorers in the game. It makes sense for them to run iso, and the results show it; they score 1.14 points per possession on such plays. That efficiency – especially considering the high frequency with which they run iso – is absolutely unreal. For perspective, transition plays are often considered the most efficient playtype in basketball, but only four teams score at a higher rate in transition than Houston does on isos.

As formidable as the 2016-17 Rockets were, they were handicapped by their below-average defense. This team is a whole lot scarier because

The Rockets had several marquee victories during their 17-game win. The two most impressive were their wins against the Jazz and Bucks. Both of these games were road SEGABABAs, and the revamped defense was able to hold their opponents to 85 and 99 points, respectively. These games showed that Houston doesn’t need to rely on their offense to carry them like they did last season.

Houston’s defense has improved dramatically in two key facets since last season. Offensive rebounds and second chance points hampered an already mediocre defense. A team-wide focus on crashing the boards has moved the Rockets from 21st in the league in defensive rebound percentage last season to 3rd. They also make a more concerted effort to keep their opponent off the foul line, moving up from 10th to 5th.

Overall their defense has performed better, decreasing their defensive rating from an abysmal 109.0 (18th in the league) to 107.0 (9th). If the Rockets sustain this defense, their defensive rating would finish as the best rank a D’Antoni team has ever had.

The addition of pesky defenders in Chris Paul, P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute has launched the Rockets into the top tier of team defenses. Is it enough to beat the Warriors in a 7-game series? Maybe, maybe not, but it is certainly a fair question to ask.

Matchup to watch: Dejounte Murray vs. Chris Paul. The Spurs’ best prospect has looked more and more comfortable at running the offense since usurping the starting job from Tony Parker. Tonight, he’ll be tasked with guarding the Point God, as tough a job as any in the NBA. These two matched up against each other recently, just a week and a half into Murray’s starting role, where he managed just 6 points and 3 assists (but 11 rebounds!). Let’s see if the young guard can muster a bigger performance to propel our ever-injured team to a shocking upset.

Arnold Palmer 2018

Shortly after his par putt dropped on the 72nd hole at the Valspar Championship, Tiger Woods was already looking ahead to next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. Woods finished second to Paul Casey at the Valspar Championship, his best finish on the PGA Tour in almost five years.

He’s bested that a record eight times at Bay Hill, though, site of next week’s event. Woods won events there in 2000-03, 2008-09 and 2012-13. That’s a lot of Ws in one place, and though he “won’t touch a club on Monday,” Woods will be ready to rock again come Round 1 on Thursday.  It will be his first appearance since 2013.

“Get some rest and get ready to head up there,” said Woods. “I’ve got some things to do, but I hadn’t played Arnold’s tournament in a couple years now. Unfortunately, I didn’t play … before his passing. It’s going to be good for me to get back. I’ve had some great memories there. I have won there a few times, but I used to live there, my kids were born there. Great town and atmosphere.”

Woods, who now ranks No. 11 on the PGA Tour in strokes gained (a preposterous number!), will take what appears to be a really solid mid-March game to a place where he has as many victories as Justin Thomas has in his entire career.

I’m really looking forward to next week,” Woods added. “I hadn’t played there in a couple years because of my back, and I wanted to play there a couple years ago. I’m very excited. It’s a golf course I like. I’ve played well there throughout the years and just haven’t been back in a couple years.”

With other big names in the field like Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy, Woods is unlikely to be the favorite … but maybe he should be. He has three top-25 finishes in just four events this season on the PGA Tour, and his body of work thus far looks sustainable.

“I believe my game is progressing,” Woods noted. “As I was telling you guys yesterday, I had really some nice building blocks at Honda and I’ve had a few tweaks for this week and it paid off.”

That could mean win No. 9 at Bay Hill in a week or, gasp, win No. 5 at Augusta National four weeks from Sunday.

Whoa. Of course, a lot has to happen for Woods to match Mickelson’s winning timing, but that is pretty freaking freaky.

Woods’ last PGA Tour victory came at the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but Bay Hill seems like as likely a spot as any for Woods to win again considering his eight victories there. And Woods will be making his fifth official start of this latest comeback, which is picking up steam.

Mickelson ended his long drought with a playoff victory over Justin Thomas at the WGC-Mexico Championship, something Woods said was “very, very cool to watch.” Golf fans can agree that a win by Woods this coming Sunday would also be very, very cool — and very, VERY serendipitous.
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Wales vs Italy

No captain has ever been more justified in instructing his men, “do as I do, not as I say”, because if Wales play as boldly as Taulupe Faletau no doubt will at the Principality Stadium on Sunday, they will have no problems whatsoever in recording a 12th successive victory over Italy.

Mighty in bone but soft in speech, Faletau admits he was “stunned” when Warren Gatland asked him to take the armband in absence of the rested Alun Wyn Jones. He must be the quietest Welshman to assume the role, but he is determined that his natural shyness will not stop him from imparting the message that under no circumstances should Conor O’Shea be allowed to celebrate the end of the Azzurri’s 15-match winless run in the NatWest Six Nations with an historic first victory in Cardiff.

“My actions can do the talking,” Faletau said. “The boys know what is expected of them.”

Faletau may be coy but he is certainly not the type to fret and he is not at all concerned about captaining his country for the first time and, indeed, any side for just the second time in his nine-year, 74-Test career.

The only previous occasion was for the Dragons two years ago. “The only time I’d been captain before that was playing Fifa,” Faletau said. “I just see it is an incredible honour. Being here is a dream in itself and getting a chance to lead the team is a bonus.”

Falateu missed the first three games of the Championship because of knee-ligament damage and his absence was clearly felt in the defeats in Twickenham and Dublin. He commands the respect of the dressing room, as Bradley Davies, the second-rower, explained.

“Without Alun Wyn there, it might be a little stressful for me,” Davies joked. “Look, it’s a chance for another to step up and I’m really looking forward to playing under Toby to be honest. As captain you don’t need to shout and bawl. Believe me, I’ve been involved with some right headers in my Pontypridd and Rhonda days. There are always different types and Toby talks sense. Look at his decision-making. His rugby brain is phenomenal.”

Gatland said he chose Faletau as “part of his development as a leader within the group” and opined that his unassuming persona “is a good thing as it will encourage others around him to be vocal as well”. In truth, having made 10 alterations to the starting XV, there were not that many other options.

Justin Tipuric would have perhaps been the obvious choice, but then he will have his head full playing out of position on the blindside to accommodate James Davies’ debut on the openside.