Mosconi Cup 2013: USA v Europe live on Sky Sports

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The Mosconi Cup heads for the bright lights of Las Vegas once again and the Sky Sports cameras will be there to capture all the action from the event’s 20th edition.

It’s the pinnacle tournament of the nine-ball pool year as five-man teams from Europe and the United States battle for the trophy, with the Europeans looking to record a fourth consecutive victory.

Last year’s competition saw the Europeans edge an 11-9 success in front of the home fans of Bethnal Green, London, which was their fifth win in six years.

The Americans will be determined not to disappoint their home support this time around in Las Vegas as this year’s Mosconi Cup takes place at the Mirage Hotel and Casino.

As in 2012, the event will be staged in a weekday slot from Monday to Thursday (December 2-5), giving sports fans a greater chance to see the sport’s showpiece event, away from the usual busy weekend schedules.

Few pool fans will have forgotten the animosity between the teams in Vegas two years ago, when home player Rodney Morris lost his composure and made threats towards the opposition.

Although it is unlikely tensions will return to that level, the occasion is rarely short of spice and competitiveness between its players.

A look back over the history of the competition throws up memories of colourful and brilliant players such as Earl ‘The Pearl’ Strickland.

The biggest story in the pool world this year has been the recall of Strickland to the American side.

Without doubt the most controversial and according to the stats, greatest player in the 20 year history of the event, Strickland last appeared in action in Malta in 2008 when the USA suffered their heaviest-ever defeat, as they went down 11-5 to a rampant European side.

It will be Strickland’s 14th appearance in the transatlantic team tussle and with a 65% win rate (41 points from 63 matches) he is the most successful player in the history of the event.

Meanwhile, the Europeans have several Aces up their sleeve, none more important than last year’s Most Valuable Player Chris Melling, the man they call ‘The Magician.’

It promises to be a thrilling event as the best of the best go head to head and you won’t miss a pot with Sky Sports’ live coverage from Las Vegas.

Jim Wych presents the action across all four days alongside fellow commentators Jerry Forsyth, Jay Helfert and Ted Lerner.

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Monday 2nd December

DAY 1: UNITED STATES v EUROPE

LIVE: 7.00pm-12.00am  Sky Sports 2

 

Tuesday 3rd December

DAY 2: UNITED STATES v EUROPE

LIVE: 7.00pm-12.00am  Sky Sports 2

 

Wednesday 4th December

DAY 3: UNITED STATES v EUROPE

LIVE: 7.00pm-12.00am  Sky Sports 4

 

Thursday 5th December

DAY 4: UNITED STATES v EUROPE

LIVE: 7.00pm-12.00am  Sky Sports 4

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