On This Day - Nov 23 2008: Ricky Hatton retains his light-welterweight crown with stoppage victory

England's Ricky Hatton celebrates after defeating USA's Paulie Malignaggi in an IBF light-welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, USA


1755: Thomas Lord was born in Thirsk. In 1814 he developed the now world famous Lord's cricket ground that bears his name at St John's Wood, London.

1990: The Football Association fined Aston Villa's Republic of Ireland star Paul McGrath £8,500 for comments he made about Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson in a newspaper article.

2005: Middlesbrough's Portuguese defender Abel Xavier was suspended for 18 months by FIFA after testing positive for methandienone, a performance-enhancing drug. The ban was later reduced to 12 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

2007: Steve Bruce was announced as Wigan's new manager.

2008: Ricky Hatton won his light-welterweight bout with Paulie Malignaggi after the American's corner retired him in the 11th round.

2012: Mark Hughes was sacked as manager of QPR following a run of 12 games without a victory at the start of the Premier League season.

2014: Lewis Hamilton claimed his second Formula One world championship with victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.


Karl Mildenberger (boxing): the Kaiserslautern heavyweight boxer held the European title from 1964 to 1968, retaining it six times.The German southpaw lost to Muhammad Ali for the World title in September 1966, born 1937.

.Frank Worthington (soccer) - Halifax-born, widely travelled former England international forward, born 1948.

Merv Hughes (cricket) - colourful former Australia fast bowler, born 1961.

Kevin Gallacher (soccer) - former Blackburn and Scotland striker, born 1966.

Gary Kirsten (cricket) - ex-South Africa batsman and former India and South Africa coach, born 1967.

Rob Denmark (athletics) - European Cup 3,000 metres gold medal winner in 1993, born 1968.

Anthony Sullivan (rugby league) - former St Helens and Great Britain winger, born 1968.

Alf-Inge Haaland (soccer) - former Manchester City, Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Norway defender, born 1972.

Thomas Gaardsoe (soccer) - former West Brom and Denmark defender, born 1979.

Asafa Powell (athletics) - Jamaican former 100m world-record holder, born 1982.

Brian Graham (soccer) - Hibernian striker, born 1987.


1. Which Champions League-winning football boss began his career in management at MK Dons?

2. Who was the last player to beat Andy Murray?

3. Who were Down’s football All-Stars in 2010?

4. David Rudisha is the world record holder in which athletics track event?

5. Who did Brian Cody succeed as the manager of the Kilkenny senior hurlers?


Today (Wednesday, November 23)

SOCCER: Champions League, Celtic v Barcelona - BT Sport/ESPN 1900, Borussia Monchengladbach v Manchester City - BT Sport 2 1900, Arsenal v Paris St Germain - eir Sport 1 1900, FC Rostov v Bayern Munich - BT Sport 2 1645 and eir Sport 1 1655.

GOLF: World Cup of Golf - Sky Sports 4 0100 (Thurs).

BASKETBALL: NBA, New Orleans Pelicans v Minnesota Timberwolves - BT Sport 1 0230 (Thurs).

CRICKET: Ram Slam T20 Challenge, Cape Cobras v Sunfoil Dolphins - Sky Sports 2 1600.

CURLING: European Championships - Eurosport 1 0830, Eurosport 2 1230.

Tomorrow (Thursday, November 24)

GAA: Off the Ball, an off beat look at recent football developments – eir Sport 1 1900.

SOCCER: Europa League, Zenit St Petersburg v Maccabi Tel Aviv and Dundalk v AZ Alkmaar - eir Sport 1 1555 and 1930, Fenerbahce v Zorya Luhansk and Manchester United v Feyenoord - BT Sport 2 1600 and 1930, FC Zurich v Villarreal - BT Sport/ESPN 1800; A-League, Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory - BT Sport 1 0845.

CRICKET: New Zealand v Pakistan, second Test - Sky Sports 2 2145.

GOLF: World Cup of Golf - Sky Sports 4 0100 (Fri).

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, Detroit Lions v Minnesota Vikings followed by Dallas Cowboys v Washington Redskins and Indianapolis Colts v Pittsburgh Steelers - Sky Sports 1 1700, 2100 and 0100 (Fri).

CURLING: European Championships - Eurosport 1 1930.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1. Roberto Di Matteo 2. Juan Martin del Potro. 3. Brendan McVeigh, Daniel Hughes, Martin Clarke and Benny Coulter 4. 800m 5. Kevin Fennelly


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