On This Day - Nov 25 2005: Manchester United legend George Best passes away, aged 59

The Belfast Boy: Northern Ireland soccer legend George Best 


1953: England lost to continental opposition at Wembley for the first time, beaten 6-3 by Hungary.

1970: Peter Shilton made his debut as England goalkeeper in a 3-1 win over East Germany at Wembley. He won his 125th and final cap in 1990.

1990: Australia beat England by 10 wickets in the first Test at Brisbane, their first win over England inside three days since 1938.

2004: England's one-day international against Zimbabwe in Harare was cancelled in the wake of the row which saw 13 British journalists banned from entering the country.

2005: Manchester United great George Best died, aged 59.

2009: Leicester Tigers coach Richard Cockerill was suspended for four weeks after admitting to offences of match official abuse.

2010: The Scottish Football Association announced all Clydesdale Bank Premier League fixtures for the coming weekend would go ahead despite a strike by Scottish referees. Officials from Luxembourg and Israel were involved in ensuring the games went ahead.

2012: Ricky Hatton announced his retirement from boxing for a second time after losing his comeback fight against Vyacheslav Senchenko in Manchester.

2013: England team director Andy Flower said David Warner got it "horribly wrong" when he publicly criticised England batsman Jonathan Trott, who left the Ashes tour with a stress-related illness.

2014: Australia batsman Phil Hughes was left fighting for his life after being struck on the head by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match. He died two days later


Brian Little (soccer) - former Aston Villa player and manager, born 1953.

Xabi Alonso (soccer) - Bayern Munich and Spain midfielder, born 1981.

Peter Siddle (cricket) - Australia fast bowler, born 1984.

Craig Gardner (soccer) - West Brom midfielder, born 1986.

Jay Spearing (soccer) - Bolton midfielder, born 1988.


1. Who is the top ranked American men's tennis player?

2. Wimbledon won the FA Cup in which year?

3. Which American city hosts the Raiders and Athletics?

4. Richard Kettlebrough is a top official in which sport?

5. Who won Team GB's first gold medal of the 2016 Rio Olympics?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Friday, November 25)

CRICKET: Third Test, India v England - Sky Sports 2 0330 (Sat); Third Test, Australia v South Africa - BT Sport 3 0300 (Sat); Second Test, New Zealand v Pakistan - Sky Sports 3 2155; Ram Slam T20 Challenge, Warriors v Highveld Lions - Sky Sports 3 1600.

MOTOR SPORT: Formula One, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice - Sky Sports 1 and F1 0845 and 1245, Channel 4 0855 and 1255 and eir Sport 1 0855; World Touring Cars, Qatar - Eurosport 1 from 1130.

SOCCER: Championship, Barnsley v Nottingham Forest - Sky Sports 1 1900; LaLiga, Eibar v Real Betis - Sky Sports 5 1940; A-League, Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar - BT Sport 1 0845.

RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership, Northampton v Newcastle - BT Sport 1 1900; Guinness PRO12, Ulster v Zebre - BBC Two Northern Ireland 1930, Scarlets v Leinster - BBC Two Wales 1930, Glasgow v Ospreys - Sky Sports 2 1930.

TENNIS: Davis Cup final, Croatia v Argentina - Eurosport 2 1300.

GOLF: World Cup of Golf - Sky Sports 4 0100; Ladies European Tour, Qatar Ladies Open - Sky Sports 4 0800.

DARTS: The Players Championship - eir Sport 1 and ITV4 1245 and 1900.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Boston Celtics v San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers v Dallas Mavericks - BT Sport 2 1800 and BT Sport 1 0030 (Sat).

Tomorrow (Saturday, November 26)

SOCCER: Premier League, Burnley v Manchester City and Chelsea v Tottenham - BT Sport 1 1200 and 1700; Championship, Rotherham v Leeds - Sky Sports 1 1715; Ladbrokes Premiership, Partick Thistle v Rangers - Sky Sports 1 and 5 1200; Bundesliga, Bayern Munich v Bayer Leverkusen - BT Sport 2 1715; LaLiga, Malaga v Deportivo La Coruna - Sky Sports 3 1155, Sevilla v Valencia - Sky Sports 4 1940; Serie A, Empoli v AC Milan - BT Sport 2 1930; Eredivisie, PSV Eindhoven v ADO Den Haag - Sky Sports 5 1835; A-League, Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets followed by Live Sydney FC v Adelaide United - BT Sport 2 0630 and 0845.

CRICKET: India v England, third Test - Sky Sports 2 0600 and 0345 (Sun); Australia v South Africa - BT Sport 3 0300 (Sun); New Zealand v Pakistan, second Test - Sky Sports 3 2155.

MOTOR SPORT: Formula One, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice and qualifying - Sky Sports F1 from 0945, Channel 4 and eir Sport 1 from 0955.

RUGBY UNION: Autumn Test, England v Argentina followed by Ireland v Australia - Sky Sports 2 1330 and 1700, Italy v Tonga - BT Sport 2 1345, Scotland v Georgia - BBC One 1400, Wales v South Africa - BBC Two England and S4C 1700; Women's autumn international, England v Canada - Sky Sports 3 1700.

SNOOKER: UK Championship - Eurosport 1 1300 and 1845, BBC One 1315 and BBC Two England 1400.

TENNIS: Davis Cup final, Croatia v Argentina - Eurosport 2 1400.

GOLF: World Cup of Golf - Sky Sports 4 0100 (Sun); Ladies European Tour, Qatar Ladies Open - Sky Sports 4 0800.

DARTS: The Players Championship - ITV4 1245 and 1900, eir Sport 1 1425 and 1900.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Charlotte Hornets v New York Knicks - BT Sport 1 0000 (Sun).

BOXING: Lightweight division, Katie Taylor v Karina Kopinska - Sky Sports 2 2000.

CYCLING: Revolution Series - Eurosport 2 0630.

CURLING: European Championships - Eurosport 2 1030.

HORSE RACING: Channel 4 Racing - Channel 4 1430.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: UFC - BT Sport from 0100 (Sun).

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1. John Isner. 2. 1988 3. Oakland 4. Cricket 5. Adam Peaty


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