On This Day - September 25 2009: Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni signs new two-year contract

PA and Carl Toner


1962: Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson in the first round of their world heavyweight title fight at Comiskey Park, Chicago. Patterson, conceding almost 12 kilograms in weight to the challenger, was the first man to lose the heavyweight title in the first round.

1969: Former South Africa cricket captain Hansie Cronje was born. Cronje led the Proteas in 53 Tests and 138 one-day internationals, but his career ended in disgrace with a life ban for match-fixing. He died in a plane crash on June 1, 2002.

1983: Nelson Piquet beat Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell to the chequered flag in the first European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, then a new event on the Formula One schedule.

2000: Jonathan Edwards won gold at the Sydney Olympics in the triple jump.

2003: Rangers manager Alex McLeish ended speculation by signing a new four-year contract, tying him to the Ibrox club until 2007. McLeish parted company with the club at the end of the 2005-06 season.

2004: An unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 71 saw West Indies snatch an unlikely victory against England - chasing their first major one-day tournament victory - in the ICC Champions Trophy final at Lord's.

2005: Spain's Fernando Alonso became the youngest Formula One world champion at the age of 24 after finishing third in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

2009: Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni signed a new two-year contract to take him through to 2012.

2011: Britain's Mark Cavendish won the men's road race at the cycling World Championships in Copenhagen.

2013: Snooker player Stephen Lee was banned for 12 years after being found guilty of seven charges of match-fixing; Sir Ben Ainslie helped steer Oracle Team USA to the 34th America's Cup, completing one of the most remarkable sporting comebacks of all time having been 8-1 down to Emirates Team New Zealand at one stage.


Bishen Bedi (cricket) - former India left-arm spinner, born 1946.

Juande Ramos (soccer) - former Tottenham and Real Madrid boss, now in charge of Malaga, born 1954.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (soccer) - West Germany's European Footballer of the Year in 1980 and 1981, now chairman of Bayern Munich, born 1955.

Ronnie Whelan (soccer) - former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland midfielder, born 1961.

Niall Cahalane (gaelic games) - Former inter-county footballer for Cork, the corner-back won two All-Irelands and two All-Stars, born 1963

Olivier Dacourt (soccer) - former Leeds, Everton and France midfielder, born 1974.

Eamonn O'Hara (gaelic games) was until 2013 the longest-serving Gaelic footballer at senior level, Sligo senior footballer, born 1975.

Chauncey Billups (basketball) - the 2004 NBA Finals MVP with the Detroit Pistons, born 1976.

Ricardo Gardner (soccer) - former Bolton and Jamaica midfielder, born 1978.

Jason Koumas (soccer) - former Tranmere, Wigan, West Brom and Wales midfielder, born 1979.

Jamie O'Hara (soccer) - former Tottenham, Wolves, Blackpool and Fulham midfielder, now with Gillingham, born 1986.

Monica Niculescu (tennis) - Romanian world number 55, born 1987.

Samantha Murray (modern pentathlon) - London 2012 OIympic silver medallist, born 1989.


1 How many points was a goal worth prior to being changed to three in 1894?

2 Name the two British athletes who reached the women's 1,500 metres final at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

3 Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has won how many Premier League titles?

4 Who was the last man to captain the United States to Ryder Cup success?

5 Hard Rock Stadium, formerly known as Sun Life Stadium, is home to which NFL team?

(see answers at bottom)


Today (Sunday, September 25)

SOCCER: Premier League, West Ham v Southampton - Sky Sports 1 1530; SPFL, Aberdeen v Rangers - Sky Sports 1 1230; LaLiga, Atletico Madrid v Deportivo La Coruna - Sky Sports 2 1510; Villarreal v Osasuna - Sky Sports 5 1725; Espanyol v Celta Vigo - Sky Sports 1 1940; Serie A, Torino v Roma - BT Sport 1 1130; Fiorentina v AC Milan - BT Sport 2 1930; Bundesliga, Hoffenheim v Schalke - BT Sport 2 1500; Cologne v Leipzig - BT Sport 2 1630; Ligue 1, Marseille v Nantes - BT Sport 1 1930; MLS, Los Angeles Galaxy v Seattle Sounders - Sky Sports 3 2105.

CRICKET: First Test, day three, India v New Zealand - Sky Sports 2 0500; One-day international, South Africa v Ireland - Sky Sports 3 0900.

RUGBY UNION: Premiership, Leicester v Bath - BT Sport 1 1430.

GOLF: European Open - Sky Sports 4 1200; The Tour Championship - Sky Sports 4 1600.

TENNIS: WTA, Toray Pan Pacific Open - BT Sport 1 0400.

CYCLING: Eneco Tour - Eurosport 1 1330.

MOTOR CYCLING: MotoGP Aragon GP - BT Sport 2 1245.

SNOOKER: Shanghai Masters - Eurosport 2 0700.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, New York Giants v Washington Redskins - Sky Sports 2 1730, Philadelphia Eagles v Pittsburgh Steelers - Sky Sports 2 2100, Dallas Cowboys v Chicago Bears - Sky Sports 2 0100 (Mon).

BASEBALL: MLB, Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees - BT Sport/ESPN 1800, San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants - BT Sport/ESPN, 2100, Chicago Cubs v St Louis Cardinals - BT Sport/ESPN 0100 (Mon).

DARTS: PDC Darts Champions League - BBC Two, 1300.

Tomorrow (Monday, September 26)

SOCCER: Premier League, Burnley v Watford - Sky Sports 1 1900; LaLiga, Alaves v Granada - Sky Sports 5 1940; Serie A, Cagliari v Sampdoria - BT Sport 1 1945.

TENNIS: WTA, Wuhan Open - BT Sport 1 0500 and 1200.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, New Orleans Saints v Atlanta Falcons - Sky Sports 1 0130 (Tue).

BASEBALL: MLB, Detroit Tigers v Cleveland Indians - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Tue).

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: Answers: 1 5; 2 Laura Muir and Laura Weightman; 3 Five; 4 Paul Azinger (2008); 5 Miami Dolphins.


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