|XXIII Olympic Winter Games|
|Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February|
|Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage times|
Great Britain’s men beat Switzerland before losing to defending champions Canada as they kicked off their curling campaign in Pyeongchang.
A tight match against the Swiss saw the score tied at 5-5 in the 10th end before skip Kyle Smith secured a 6-5 win with a simple shot.
They trailed Canada 4-1, but fought back to 5-4 before Canada sealed a 6-4 win following a tactical 10th end.
Great Britain’s women beat Olympic Athletes from Russia 10-3.
Smith told BBC Sport: “It was a shame because we had quite a slow start. We played a lot of good curling once we got into it. It’s a pity we didn’t start with that form.
“It’s good to get the first win under our belt this morning. We played two very difficult games but there’s a lot to take from tonight’s game so we will take that into tomorrow.”
Great Britain’s women‘s team – consisting of Eve Muirhead (skip), Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Lauren Gray, along with alternate Kelly Schafter – were in control of their opener against Olympic Athletes from Russia from the first end.
They established a 3-0 lead at the first opportunity before running away to 10-3 victory. They take on the United States on Thursday.
The top four teams from the round-robin stage will progress to the semi-finals.
Great Britain’s men earned silver four years ago, losing to Canada in the final in Sochi.
Muirhead, Sloan, Adams and Gray were all part of the team who won bronze in 2014.
Bad conditions force Britons to wait
Elsewhere, high winds once again forced postponements of events.
Coventry-born Amanda Lightfoot was supposed to compete in the women‘s biathlon, but that has been rescheduled for Thursday. And Scottish duo Alex Tilley and Charlie Guest were set for the women’s slalom, but that will now be run on Friday.
The winds caused damage at Gangneung Olympic Park, where stands were damaged and staff struggled to hold down metal-detecting security scanners.
The four gold medals on day five
- American Shaun White becomes the first snowboarder to win three Olympic titles
- Germany’s Eric Frenzel defends his nordic combined title
- Dutch speed skater Jorien ter Mors sets an Olympic record to win the women’s 1,000m
- German duo Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt defend their doubles luge title
Other news lines on day four
- Rivals question the suits worn by Great Britain’s skeleton sliders. The British team say the suits have been approved.
- A-Team and Rocky III actor Mr T’s love for curling goes viral
- Canadian short-track skater Kim Boutin is a target of online abuse after winning bronze
- American skaters enjoy Valentine’s Day on ice
The action on BBC TV
09:15-13:00, BBC One and online
12:05-14:30, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra (Ice hockey – Slovakia v Olympic Athletes from Russia in the men’s preliminary round)
The Games Today
19:00-20:00, BBC Two and online
14:00-00:00, BBC Red Button (replays) and online
20:00-21:00, BBC Four and online
Stay in touch with the latest from Pyeongchang
Published at Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:25:58 +0000
The 2023 Ashes Tests have been awarded to the same five grounds as the 2019 edition, the England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed.
Edgbaston, Headingley, The Oval, Lord’s and Old Trafford will all host England v Australia matches in both series.
The ECB also announced the cities that will host the new eight-team Twenty20 tournament in 2020.
Southampton, Birmingham, Leeds, London, Manchester, Cardiff and Nottingham have been selected for the competition.
Both Lord’s and The Oval will host newly created teams in the competition with the Ageas Bowl, Edgbaston, Headingley, Old Trafford, the Swalec Stadium and Trent Bridge the other grounds chosen.
The BBC will broadcast live TV coverage of the new men’s domestic T20 tournament each summer from 2020 to 2024.
The final of the 50-over One-Day Cup has also been moved from Lord’s to Trent Bridge for the five-year period.
- Where will major matches be played from 2020?
- BBC to broadcast live TV coverage of English international and domestic cricket
Ashes Test would have been ‘icing on the cake’
The ECB announced on Wednesday its venues for major domestic and international matches from 2020 to 2024, including the 2023 Ashes Tests.
There had been reports Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl was set to host its first Ashes Test match in the 2023 series having missed out in 2019.
But it, Glamorgan’s Swalec Stadium and Trent Bridge all failed in their bids to host the Ashes, although the Nottingham ground will host four Test matches in the five-year period until 2024.
“As the world’s third oldest Test match venue, it’s incredibly important to us that we continue to stage a significant amount of Test cricket,” said Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club chief executive Lisa Pursehouse.
“Of course, we would have very much liked to have staged an Ashes Test. Having hosted terrific matches here in 2013 and 2015, it would have been the icing on the cake.”
Gloucestershire, Durham, Glamorgan and Hampshire will all host England one-day internationals at their grounds throughout the five-year period, with the latter two also set to stage T20 internationals.
Cities announced for new T20 competition
The ECB has also named the eight venues that will host its new city-based Twenty20 competition, which it believes can make the sport “relevant to a whole new audience”.
The as yet unnamed tournament will run for an initial five years from 2020 and be played alongside the existing T20 Blast.
The eight venues announced on Wednesday will all have new teams created around them, with two in London.
“We are hugely excited by the prospect of hosting one of the teams in the new Twenty20 competition which starts in 2020,” said Ageas Bowl chief executive officer David Mann.
“It is set to transform domestic cricket in England and Wales, and we also relish the opportunity to present regular international and first-class cricket options to all our communities across the South of England.”
In a five-year deal struck with the ECB, more than 100 hours of cricket will be broadcast each summer on the BBC.
The contract includes live TV coverage of England men and women’s Twenty20 internationals, the ECB’s new men’s domestic T20 tournament and TV highlights of England men’s home Tests, one-day internationals and T20s will also be shown.
How will the competition work?
- Eight new teams playing 36 games over a 38-day summer window with four home games per team
- All games televised, with significant free-to-air exposure
- No scheduling overlap with the existing T20 Blast competition
- An Indian Premier League-style play-off system to give more incentive for finishing higher up the league
- A players’ draft, with squads of 15 including three overseas players
- Counties guaranteed at least £1.3m each per year
What will be played where?
|Tests: Edgbaston, The Oval, Lord’s (two matches), Old Trafford, Trent Bridge|
|ODIs: The Brightside Ground, Edgbaston, The Oval, Lord’s, Riverside, Trent Bridge|
|T20s: Ageas Bowl (two matches), Headingley, Old Trafford, Swalec Stadium|
|Tests: Headingley, The Oval, Lord’s (two matches), Old Trafford, Trent Bridge|
|ODIs: The Brightside Ground, Edgbaston, The Oval, Lord’s, Riverside, Swalec Stadium|
|T20s: Ageas Bowl, Edgbaston, Headingley, Old Trafford, Swalec Stadium, Trent Bridge|
|Tests: Edgbaston, Headingley, The Oval, Lord’s (two matches), Trent Bridge|
|ODIs: The Brightside Ground, Edgbaston, The Oval, Lord’s, Old Trafford, Riverside|
|T20s: Ageas Bowl (two matches), Headingley, Old Trafford, Swalec Stadium, Trent Bridge|
|Tests: Edgbaston, Headingley, The Oval, Lord’s (two matches), Old Trafford|
|ODIs: Ageas Bowl, The Brightside Ground, Lord’s, Riverside, Swalec Stadium, Trent Bridge|
|T20s: Edgbaston, Headingley, The Oval, Old Trafford, Swalec Stadium, Trent Bridge|
|Tests: Edgbaston, The Oval, Lord’s (two matches), Old Trafford, Trent Bridge|
|ODIs: The Brightside Ground, Headingley, Lord’s, Riverside, Swalec Stadium, Trent Bridge|
|T20s: Ageas Bowl, Edgbaston, Headingley, The Oval, Old Trafford, Swalec Stadium|
Published at Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:21:37 +0000