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HORSE RAC­ING Good­ness, is it that time of year al­ready? Yes, it is, and you’d prob­a­bly bet­ter start think­ing about that early Christ­mas shop­ping you al­ways prom­ise your­self you’ll do this year. The Mel­bourne Cup is live on Tues­day ( Prime 4.30pm), with the big race start­ing at 5.00pm.

RUGBY The All Blacks take on Ja­pan’s Brave Blos­soms ( Sky Sport 1, Satur­day, 6.00pm) and there’s yet more rugby-on-the-road on Sun­day, with a triple-header live from Sol­dier Field in Chicago. The Black Ferns, play­ing on Amer­i­can soil for the first time, take on the USA women’s team at 5.30am on Sky Sport 1. Then it’s Ire­land ver­sus Italy (8.30am) and fi­nally the Māori All Blacks play the USA Ea­gles at 11.30am. For the Māori, it’s the first of three matches on a ground-break­ing tour that sees them head next to Brazil and Chile to take on the na­tional teams of those coun­tries.

Rugby fans may also wish to make time for The 1014 Rugby Show (Sky Sport 1, 8.30pm Mon­day and 9.00pm Tues­day). Gareth Din­neen and Steven Prescott’s rugby-for-nerds show has been a stand­out since it ex­panded from the in­ter­net onto the Sky sched­ule and they’ll have the deep anal­y­sis on what the All Blacks face next up in Europe.

FOOT­BALL

Mean­while, there are 14 UEFA Cham­pi­ons League matches spread across mul­ti­ple Sky chan­nels on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day morn­ings. Of note: Spurs take on PSV (Sky Sport 2, Wed­nes­day, 8.55am) and Ju­ven­tus play Manch­ester United at home (Sky Sport 2, Thurs­day, 8.55am).

Mel­bourne Cup

Linda Itunu

David de Gea

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