On This Day - April 3 1993: The Grand National was declared void

The Grand National steeplechase at Aintree was declared void for the one and only time in 1993 after a series of mishaps at the start


1988: David Llewellyn shot a final round of 65 in the AGF Biarritz Open to record a then European Tour record low for 72 holes. His total of 258 beat the previous best of 259, set by Mark McNulty a year earlier.

1993: The Grand National was declared void for the first and only time. After a second false start, the organisers were unable to call the horses back. Several of them completed the course and first over the line in the "Grand National that wasn't" was Esha Ness, ridden by John White and trained by Jenny Pitman.

1999: Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler celebrated scoring a penalty against Everton by appearing to simulate sniffing cocaine along the six-yard line. His action led to a Football Association fine and suspension.

2000: London was confirmed as the host city for the 2005 IAAF World Athletics Championships. However, London was eventually forced to withdraw when the British Government shelved plans to build a new stadium at Pickett's Lock in October 2001. Helsinki in Finland was eventually chosen as the host city.

2009: Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor were banned from ever representing Scotland again by the Scottish Football Association following their involvement in a drinking session. However, following George Burley's departure as manager, his successor Craig Levein said all players will be considered for selection, opening the door once more to Ferguson and McGregor.

2010: Cambridge won the 156th University Boat Race, tasting victory on the Tideway for the first time since 2007.

2010: David Haye retained his WBA world heavyweight title after John Ruiz's corner threw in the towel in the ninth round of their fight in Manchester.

2012: St Helens announced Nathan Brown would become their new coach on a three-year deal at the end of the season when his contract at Huddersfield expired. Brown left the Saints after leading them to a 14-6 2014 Grand Final victory over Wigan and was succeeded by Keiron Cunningham.

2013: Rangers terminated the contract of striker Francisco Sandaza following an investigation into a hoax phone call.

2014: Seven players from Football League clubs in the north west of England were arrested in connection with alleged spot-fixing in matches and another six were rearrested over the claims. The case against the 13 footballers was later dropped due to insufficient evidence.


Peter Haining (rowing) - ex-world lightweight sculls champion, born 1962.

Andy Robinson (rugby union) - former England and Scotland head coach, born 1964.

Danny Sapsford (tennis) - former leading British professional, born 1969.

John Smit (rugby union) - South Africa's 2007 World Cup-winning captain, born 1978.

Tommy Haas (tennis) - former world number two from Germany, born 1978.

Ben Foster (soccer) - West Brom and England goalkeeper, born 1983.

Bernard Brogan (gaelic football) - Dublin forward, born 1984

Tim Krul (soccer) - Newcastle's Holland international goalkeeper, born 1988.

Thisara Perera (cricket) - Sri Lanka all-rounder, born 1989.

Israel Folau (rugby union) - Australia and Waratahs full-back and former Australian Rules player and rugby league international, born 1989.


1. Which of these clubs did Bobby Robson not manage: Roma, PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Porto?

2. In what year did Dublin goalkeeper win his first Allstar?

3. Steffi Graff is married to which fellow ex-tennis player?

4. Who did Ronnie O'Sullivan beat in the final to win his maiden World Championship in 2001?

5. The Sean MacCumhaills club is based in which Donegal town?

(See answers at bottom)



GAA: Allianz League Sunday, Michael Lyster is joined by Jarlath Burns, Joe Brolly, Ken McGrath and Tomas Mulcahy to present highlights and analysis from the weekend's National League matches - RTE 1900; Kerry v Cork (Throw-in 2.00pm). Coverage of the National Football League match from Austin Stack Park, Tralee, plus deferred coverage of Clare v Tipperary in the National Hurling League quarter-finals, from Cusack Park, Ennis- TG4 2pm; Laochra Gaelic - A profile of former hurling and football star John Allen, who went on to achieve great success as a manager - TG4 1730.

SOCCER: Premier League, Leicester v Southampton and Manchester United v Everton - Sky Sports 1 1230 and 1530; Scottish Premiership, Aberdeen v Hamilton - BT Sport 1 1200; Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final, Barnsley v Oxford - Sky Sports 3 1400; Primera Division, Athletic Bilbao v Granada, Malaga v Espanyol, Eibar v Villarreal and Sevilla v Real Sociedad - Sky Sports 5 1055, 1455, 1710 and 1925; Serie A, Inter Milan v Torino - Setanta Sports Ireland 1940; Eredivisie, Ajax v PEC Zwolle - Sky Sports 4 1535; MLS, Orlando City SC v Portland Timbers - Sky Sports 1 0050 (Mon); A-League, Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets - BT Sport 1 0800.

RUGBY UNION: Premiership, Wasps v Northampton Saints - BT Sport 1 1445; Super Rugby, Waratahs v Rebels - Sky Sports 3 0700.

MOTOR RACING: Formula One, Bahrain Grand Prix - Sky Sports F1 1430, Channel 4 1500, Setanta Sports Ireland 1555; World Touring Car Championship - Eurosport 1 1100, Eurosport 2 1600, British Touring Car Championship - ITV4 1015.

MOTOR CYCLING: MotoGP, Argentinian Grand Prix race - BT Sport 2 1945; World Superbikes, Spanish grand prix race two - Eurosport 2 1000.

CRICKET: ICC World T20 Final - Sky Sports 2 1400; Women's ICC World T20 Final - Sky Sports 2 1000.

GOLF: PGA Tour, Houston Open - Sky Sports 4 1800; LPGA Tour, ANA Inspiration - Sky Sports 4 2300.

TENNIS: ATP, Miami Open - Sky Sports 3 1800.

SNOOKER: China Open - Eurosport 1 0730 and Eurosport 2 1315.

CYCLING: The Tour of Flanders - Eurosport 1 1300.

ATHLETICS: Paris Marathon - Eurosport 2 0730.

BASEBALL: MLB, Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays v

Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals v New York Mets - BT Sport/ESPN 1800, 2100 and 0130 (Mon).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - BT Sport 1 2030.


GAA: Action from the latest round of fixtures, including the seventh week of games in the Football League and the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Football Finals from Croke Park - TG4 2030

SOCCER: La Liga, Levante v Sporting Gijon - Sky Sports 3, 1925.

CYCLING: Basque Tour - Eurosport 1, 1430.

TENNIS: WTA, Katowice Open - Eurosport 2, 1200; Volvo Car Open, Charleston - BT Sport 1, 1500.

BASEBALL: MLB, New York Yankees v Houston Astros - BT Sport/ESPN, 1800; Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners - BT Sport/ESPN, 2100; San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers - BT Sport 1, 0000 (Tue); Los Angeles Angels v Chicago Cubs - BT Sport1, 0300 (Tue).

Quick Quiz Blitz answers: 1. Roma 2. 2002 3. Andre Agassi 4. John Higgins 5. Ballybofey



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