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On This Day - Apr 15 1964: soccer superstar George Best's debut for Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland legend George Best (right) moves into tackle England's World Cup winner George Cohen. 

ON THIS DAY

1901: Snooker great Joe Davis was born. He went on to win 15 world titles, starting with the inaugural competition in 1927, up to his retirement from the championship in 1946. He also won the world professional billiards title four times. He died in 1978.

1964: George Best made his debut for Northern Ireland, helping them to a 3-2 win over Wales in Swansea. He went on to represent his country 37 times and scored nine goals.

1972: Famed boxer Arturo Gatti was born. The Italy-born brawler was involved in four 'fight of the year' scraps, two of which were against his rival and great friend Mickey Ward. Gatti died in July 2009 in mysterious circumstances.

1985: Undisputed world middleweight champion Marvin Hagler destroyed Thomas Hearns in arguably the most explosive fight in the history of boxing, stopping the 'Motor City Cobra' in the third round in Las Vegas.

1986: Viv Richards hit a Test century off only 56 balls against England on his home ground of St John's, Antigua.

1989: The FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest turned into the worst tragedy in British sporting history, with 96 fans losing their lives in the Hillsborough disaster.

2005: Former Scotland coach Ian McGeechan announced he was quitting as the Scottish Rugby Union's director of rugby to take up a similar post at Wasps.

2009: The England and Wales Cricket Board announced that former Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower had been appointed England team director.

2012: Chelsea hammered Tottenham 5-1 in the FA Cup semi-finals. They went on to beat Liverpool in the final.

2014: Aston Villa suspended assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa "pending an internal investigation". Both men were later sacked.

BIRTHDAYS

John O'Keefe (gaelic football) - former Kerry footballer, seven-time All-Ireland winner and five-time All-star recipient born 1951.

Pedro Delgado (cycling) - Former Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana winner, born 1960.

Manoj Prabhakar (cricket) - Former Test player for India, born 1963.

Ben Clarke (rugby union) - Former England and Bath back row, born 1968.

Steve Williams (rowing) - Double Olympic champion in the coxless fours, born 1976.

James Foster (cricket) - Essex wicketkeeper, born 1980.

Willie Mason (rugby league) - Catalans Dragons' Australian prop

Frank Schleck (cycling) - Two-time Tour de France stage winner, born 1980.

Tom Heaton (soccer) - Former Manchester United goalkeeper, now at Burnley, born 1986.

Sylvain Marveaux (soccer) - Newcastle's French midfielder, born 1986.

John Guidetti (soccer) - Celta Vigo's former Manchester City and Celtic striker, born 1992.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1 Who scored Real Madrid's equaliser in the 2014 Champions League final against Atletico Madrid?

2 Who has won more tennis majors - Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic?

3 In what year was legendary Down footballer Sean O'Neill named `Texaco Footballer of the Year'?

4 Who is the current MotoGP world ?

5 Who was man of the match in the 1989 All-Ireland hurling final?

(See answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV

Today

GAA: Seo Spoirt, Dara O Cinneide presents the analysis show, featuring the views of guests on the GAA and the week's other news, including a preview of the National Hurling League semi-finals - TG4 2145

SOCCER: Championship, Hull v Wolves - Sky Sports 1 1900; Primera Division, Levante v Espanyol - Sky Sports 3 1925; Ligue 1, Lyon v Nice - BT Sport 2 1930.

CRICKET: IPL, Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab - Sky Sports 2 1500.

MOTOR RACING: F1, Chinese Grand Prix first practice - Sky Sports F1 0245 & Setanta Sports Ireland 0255. Second practice - Sky Sports F1 0645 & Setanta Sports Ireland 0655.

GOLF: European Tour, Open de Espana - Sky Sports 4 1130 & 1530; PGA, RBC Heritage - Sky Sports 4 2000.

TENNIS: ATP, Monte Carlo Masters - Sky Sports 1 0930.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Leeds v Hull - Sky Sports 2 1930.

RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership, Gloucester v Exeter - BT Sport 1 1900; PRO12, Ospreys v Treviso - BBC Two Wales 1930.

BASEBALL; MLB, Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves - BT Sport 1 0000 (Sat).

Tomorrow

SOCCER: Premier League, Norwich v Sunderland - BT Sport 1, 1245; Chelsea v Manchester City - Sky Sports 1, 1700; Scottish Cup, Hibernian v Dundee United - Sky Sports 1, 1200 & BBC One Scotland, 1210; Championship, Bolton v Middlesbrough - Sky Sports 1, 1200; Primera Division, Eibar v Real Sociedad - Sky Sports 3, 1930; Serie A, Carpi v Genoa - Setanta Sports Ireland, 1700 & BT Sport 2, 1715; MLS, DC United v Toronto - Sky Sports 5, 2155; Columbus Crew v New York City - Sky Sports 3, 0025 (Sun).

CRICKET: IPL, Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kolkata Knight Riders - Sky Sports 5 1100; Mumbai Indians v Gujarat Lions - Sky Sports 2, 1500.

MOTOR RACING: F1, Chinese Grand Prix third practice - Sky Sports F1, 0445 & Setanta Sports Ireland, 0455; Qualifying - Sky Sports F1, 0700 & Setanta Sports Ireland, 0755.

SNOOKER: World Championship - BBC Two, 1000, 1630 & 1900, BBC One, 1300, Eurosport 1, 1000, 1430 & 1830, Eurosport 2, 1430 & 1900.

GOLF: European Tour, Open de Espana - Sky Sports 4, 1300; PGA, RBC Heritage - Sky Sports 4, 1800.

TENNIS: ATP, Monte Carlo Masters - Sky Sports 3, 1200.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Challenge Cup, Batley Bulldogs v Featherstone Rams - Sky Sports 3, 1655.

RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership, Saracens v Harlequins - BT Sport 1, 1500; Northampton v Leicester - BT Sport 1, 1715; PRO12, Scarlets v Glasgow Warriors - Sky Sports 1, 1500; Zebre v Ulster - BBC Two Northern Ireland, 1600, Connacht v Munster - Sky Sports 5, 1915; Super Rugby, Blues v Sharks - Sky Sports 2, 0830; Blues v Reds - Sky Sports 5, 1600; Lions v Stormers - Sky Sports 5, 1810.

MOTORCYCLING: World Superbikes - Eurosport 2, 0915.

BOXING: Josh Warrington v Hisashi Amagasa - Sky Sports 1, 2000; Jose Pedraza v Stephen Smith - Sky Sports 1, 0300 (Sun).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Indiana Pacers v Toronto Raptors & Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - BT Sport 1, 2030 & 0000 (Sun).

BASEBALL: MLB, New York Yankees v Seattle Mariners - BT Sport/ESPN, 1815; Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays - BT Sport/ESPN, 2100.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1 Sergio Ramos; 2 Rafael Nadal (14); 3 1968; 4 Jorge; 5 Nicky English

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