On This Day - Jan 27: Teak-tough Keith Wood landed on Irish soil... thank God...

Legendary Ireland rugby captain Keith Wood swerves past Aussie skipper George Gregan during their final Rugby World Cup pool game in Melbourne, Australia Saturday Nov. 1 2003. Australia defeated Ireland by a single point, 17-16, to win their Pool


1913: American athlete Jim Thorpe was stripped of his pentathlon and decathlon gold medals from the 1912 Stockholm Olympics after it was discovered he had been paid for playing baseball a couple of years earlier.

1991: In Super Bowl XXV, the New York Giants beat the Buffalo Bills 20-19 to record the closest win in the event's history.

1998: Bradford confirmed caretaker-boss Paul Jewell as their new manager. He guided the Bantams to promotion to the top flight and kept them up the following season before quitting for Sheffield Wednesday.

1999: Sunderland offered free admission and attracted 33,517 supporters for a reserve fixture against Liverpool.

2004: Sevilla forward Jose Antonio Reyes signed for Arsenal.

2006: Robbie Fowler rejoined Liverpool from Manchester City on a free transfer.

2010: Manchester United beat Manchester City 3-1 in their Carling Cup semi-final second leg at Old Trafford for a 4-3 aggregate success.

2011: Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar announced he would retire at the end of the season.

2013: Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2 to win the Australian Open.


Hugh Porter (cycling) - four-time track world champion, born 1940.

Mike Newell (soccer) - former Blackburn striker. Previously manager of Hartlepool, Luton and Grimsby, born 1965.

Dean Headley (cricket) - former England and Kent seam bowler, born 1970.

Keith Wood (rugby union) - former Ireland hooker and captain, born 1972.

Nathan Blake (soccer) - former Wolves, Bolton, Cardiff and Wales striker, born 1972.

Chaminda Vaas (cricket) - former Sri Lanka seam bowler, born 1974.

Daniel Vettori (cricket) - former New Zealand spinner and captain, born 1979.

Marat Safin (tennis) - Russian winner of the 2000 US Open and 2005 Australian Open, born 1980.

Tony Woodcock (rugby union) - New Zealand World Cup-winning prop, born 1981.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel (soccer) - Norwich and Holland striker, currently on loan at Real Betis, born 1989.


GAA: Allianz League Preview: David Moran Special - Setanta ireland 2100
SOCCER: Sporting Legends: Denis irwin- Setanta Ireland 2230: Capital One Cup semi-final second leg, Manchester City v Everton - Sky Sports 1 1900; Coppa Italia semi-final first leg, Juventus v Inter Milan - Sky Sports 2 1930; Eredivisie, Excelsior v PSV Eindhoven - Sky Sports 4 1935.
CRICKET: One-day international, New Zealand v Pakistan - Sky Sports 2 0100 (Thursday).
TENNIS: Australian Open - Eurosport 1 0800 (Wednesday) & 0230 (Thursday).
GOLF: European Tour, Qatar Masters - Sky Sports 4 0630 & 1100.
BASKETBALL: NBA, San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets - BT Sport 1 0100 (Thursday).

BASKETBALL:We Got Game- Irish Basketball - Setanta Ireland 1500
SOCCER: Eredivisie, Feyenoord v Heerenveen - Sky Sports 1 1935.
CRICKET: One-day international, New Zealand v Pakistan - Sky Sports 2 0600.
TENNIS: Australian Open - Eurosport 1 0800 (Thursday) & 0500 (Friday).
GOLF: European Tour, Qatar Masters - Sky Sports 4 0630 & 1100; PGA Tour, Farmers Insurance Open - Sky Sports 4 2100.



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