Sport calendar 2017: Major events of the year

England Ashes team 2015
England travel to Australia to defend the Ashes in November and December

BBC Sport picks out the key sporting events of 2017.

* The list will be updated with further fixtures and events as they are confirmed; dates and venues are subject to change

September

17-24: Cycling - Road World Championships, Norway

21, 24, 27, 29: Cricket - England v West Indies, ODIs

23-30: Multi-sports - Invictus Games, Toronto

24: American football - NFL in London, Wembley Stadium

24 Sep- 1 Oct: Rowing - World Championships - Sarasota, Florida

27 Sep- 9 Oct: Gymnastics - World Artistic Championships, Montreal

Rugby League World Cup
England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland will send teams to the Rugby League World Cup at the end of October

October

1: Formula 1 - Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang

1: American football - NFL in London, Wembley Stadium

5: Football - 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Northern Ireland v Germany (Group C); England v Slovenia, Scotland v Slovakia (Group F)

6: Football - 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Georgia v Wales, Republic of Ireland v Moldova (Group D)

7: Rugby league - Super League Grand Final, Old Trafford

8: Football - 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Norway v Northern Ireland (Group C); Lithuania v England, Slovenia v Scotland (Group F)

8: Formula 1 - Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka

9: Football - 2018 World Cup qualifier: Wales v Republic of Ireland (Group D)

14: Triathlon - World Ironman Championship, Hawaii

21: Horse racing - British Champions Day, Ascot (including Champion Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes)

22: American football - NFL in London, Twickenham

22: Formula 1 - United States Grand Prix, Austin

23-29: Tennis - WTA Finals, Singapore

27 Oct-2 Dec: Rugby league - World Cup, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea

27-30: Motorsport - Wales Rally GB

29: American football - NFL in London, Twickenham

29: Formula 1 - Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
The sun sets on another Formula 1 world championship with the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on 26 November

November

11: Rugby union - England v Argentina, Twickenham

12: Formula 1 - Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paulo

12-19: Tennis - ATP World Tour Finals, London

12, 18, 25: Rugby union-Ireland autumn internationals

16 Nov-2 Dec: Rugby league - Women's World Cup, Australia

18: Rugby union - England v Australia, Twickenham

23-27: Cricket - Australia v England, first Ashes Test, Brisbane

24-26: Tennis - Davis Cup final

25: Rugby union - England v Samoa, Twickenham

26: Formula 1 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (final race of the season)

December

2-6: Cricket - Australia v England, second Ashes Test, Adelaide (d/n)

9-17: Squash - World Championships, Manchester

14-18: Cricket - Australia v England, third Ashes Test, Perth

26-30: Cricket - Australia v England, fourth Ashes Test, Melbourne

26: Horse racing - King George VI Chase, Kempton

January 2018

4-8: Cricket - Australia v England, fifth Ashes Test, Sydney

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