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Boxing: Carl Frampton v Jeremy Parodi

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Saturday October 19
Odyssey Arena, Belfast
BoxNation 7pm

Shane McGuigan – son of Barry and trainer of unbeaten super-bantamweight Carl Frampton – on his explosive young fighter’s world title eliminator in Belfast on Saturday…

Tennis: WTA Championships

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Tuesday October 22
Sinan Erdem Dome, Istanbul
British Eurosport 2 3pm

The oldest women’s tennis number one in history is already guaranteed to finish the year in possession of the top spot in the rankings, but Serena Williams is not quite ready to call it Christmas just yet.

MotoGP: Tissot Australian Grand Prix

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Sunday October 20
Philip Island
BBC Two 6am, repeated 12.45pm

An Australian island provides the setting for the next round of a MotoGP championship that’s threatened to go a bit Lord of the Flies at times. Championship leader Marc Marquez picked up a penalty point for pinging into Dani Pedrosa in Aragon; and, last weekend in Malaysia, he made contact with closest rival Jorge Lorenzo in their battle for second.

Horse racing: QIPCO British Champions Day

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Saturday October 19
Ascot
Channel 4 1.30pm

Twelve months ago this weekend, more than 30,000 racegoers congregated at Ascot to bid farewell to the greatest racehorse of our times. On the day, Frankel did not disappoint, holding off the sustained challenge of the admirable Cirrus Des Aigles to win the Champion Stakes and retire undefeated, 14 wins from 14, a legend of the age.

World Cup qualifiers: Europe

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More than 200 countries started the World Cup qualifying process back in June 2011. Nine have made it through to join Brazil at next summer’s tournament, and 50 are still in with a shout for the remaining 22 places this week. Sport picks out some of the key games to watch, starting with Europe…

Europe
11 places left (4 through playoffs)

MotoGP: Malaysian Grand Prix

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Sunday October 13
Sepang Circuit
BBC Two 9am

Four rounds remain of a MotoGP season dominated by its newest Spanish star – and while there seems little doubt that Marc Marquez will be crowned champion at the end of a spectacular debut season, doubts linger over whether he can claim the title while retaining the respect of his countrymen and chief rivals.

NFL: New Orleans Saints @ New England Patriots

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Sunday October 13
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Sky Sports 2 9pm

The New Orleans Saints are one of three teams heading in to week six of the NFL season with a 5-0 win-loss record, and the only unbeaten team in the NFC. Last Sunday’s hard-fought 26-18 victory on the road at the Chicago Bears was possibly their most impressive so far.

Formula 1: Japanese Grand Prix

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Sunday October 13
Suzuka
Sky Sports F1 & BBC One 7am

Even Sebastian Vettel must be getting bored of this. After his win at last weekend's Korean Grand Prix, his fourth in a row, the German told reporters that he “wasn't thinking about the title”. Although he should have added: “Because I've had it sewn up for weeks.”

Premier League: Manchester City v Manchester United

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Sunday September 22
Etihad Stadium
Sky Sports 1 4pm

It feels uncomfortably early in the season for a Manchester derby, but that arguably only makes it all the more interesting.

Super League Preliminary Semi Final: Leeds Rhinos v St Helens

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Friday September 20
Headingley Carnegie Stadium
Sky Sports 1 8pm

Confidence is the key to this intriguing playoff battle between reigning champions Leeds Rhinos and St Helens at Headingley.

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