On This Day - Sep 5 1987: Dublin defender Philly McMahon is born

Dublin corner-back Philly McMahon was at the centre of the action and controversy against Kerry in last year's All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final at Croke Park in Dublin


1826: John Wisden, the man who first published what is now known as 'The Cricketer's Bible', was born in Brighton. He died on April 5, 1884.

1951: Maureen Connolly won the US Open tennis title at the age of 16 years and 11 months.

1961: Aston Villa beat Rotherham in the second leg of the inaugural League Cup final to win 3-2 on aggregate.

1970: Austrian Formula One motor racing driver Jochen Rindt - who became the sport's only posthumous world champion - was killed when his Lotus swerved and hit a guard rail during practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

1971: Peter Gethin, driving a BRM, took the chequered flag in the closest Formula One world championship race in history, winning by 0.01 seconds from Ronnie Peterson at Monza. Just 0.61secs separated the first five cars to finish.

1998: Tottenham parted company with manager Christian Gross - the man who had announced his arrival by presenting his tube ticket - after 10 turbulent months at White Hart Lane.

2006: Randy Lerner took full control of Aston Villa after taking his shareholding to 85.5 per cent.

2008: Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton was banned for 12 matches - six of which were suspended - and fined £25,000 after pleading guilty to a Football Association charge of violent conduct relating to his attack on former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo.

2012: Australian side Sydney FC confirmed the signing of former Italy and Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero on a two-year-deal.

2015: England qualified for Euro 2016 thanks to a 6-0 victory in San Marino. Wayne Rooney matched Sir Bobby Charlton's tally of 49 goals for England to become the country's joint top-scorer of all time, with Ross Barkley, Theo Walcott and Harry Kane also notching.


Frank Farina (soccer) - former Australia striker and manager, born 1964.

John Bentley (rugby union/league) - former winger who has represented England in both codes, born 1966.

Jane Sixsmith (hockey) - Great Britain's 1992 Olympic bronze-medal winning hockey player, born 1967.

Mark Ramprakash (cricket) - former Surrey and England batsman, now England's batting coach, born 1969.

Adam Hollioake (cricket) - former Surrey captain and England one-day captain, born 1971.

George Boateng (soccer) - former Holland, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough midfielder, born 1975.

John Carew (soccer) - former West Ham, Aston Villa and Norway striker, born 1979.

Pragyan Ojha (cricket) - India spinner, born 1986.

Philly McMahon (gaelic games) The Ballymun Kickhams clubman and All-Ireland SFC winner lines out for the Dublin senior football squad who contest this year's All-Ireland football final, born 1987.

Ben Youngs (rugby union) - Leicester and England scrum-half, born 1989.


1 England football captain Wayne Rooney made his senior international debut in which year?

2 Which three golfers have been named as Europe's wild cards for the 2016 Ryder Cup?



3 The Republic of Ireland soccer side last played Serbia in 2014. Who scored Ireland's only goal?

4 Serena Williams sits level with which tennis player at the top of the Open era list for women's grand slam singles titles?

5 Who won the 2007 All-Ireland GAA Senior Football Championship title?

(See answers at bottom)



SOCCER: World Cup qualifying, Georgia v Austria followed by Wales v Moldova - Sky Sports 1 1700 and 1900, Serbia v Republic of Ireland - Sky Sports 2 1930, Croatia v Turkey - Sky Sports 3 1940, Israel v Italy - Sky Sports 5 1940.

TENNIS: US Open - Eurosport 1 1530 and 0000 (Tue), Eurosport 2 1700 and 0200 (Tue).

GOLF: PGA Tour, The Deutsche Bank Championship - Sky Sports 4 1630.

CYCLING: Vuelta a Espana - Eurosport 2 from 1345; Tour of Britain - ITV4 1300.

BASEBALL: MLB, Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs followed by Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - BT Sport/ESPN 1800 and 2100.

Tomorrow (Tuesday, September 6)

SOCCER: World Cup qualifying, Sweden v Holland - ITV4 1925, Switzerland v Portugal - Sky Sports 1 1940, Belarus v France - Sky Sports 2 1940, Cyprus v Belgium - Sky Sports 3 1940; European Under-21 Championship qualifying, England v Norway - BT Sport 1 1730.

TENNIS: US Open - Eurosport 1 1630 and 0000 (Wed), Eurosport 2 1800.

CRICKET: First International T20, Sri Lanka v Australia - Eurosport 2 1415.

CYCLING: Tour of Britain - ITV4 1300.

BASEBALL: MLB, Cleveland Indians v Houston Astros - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Wed).

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1 2003; 2 Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters; 3 Shane Lond, the Republic lost 1-2; 4 Steffi Graf (22); 5 Goals by Colm Cooper and Kieran Donaghy (2) helped Kerry to a 3-13 to 1-9 win over Cork in the final.


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