On This Day - Dec 4, 1959 - Republic of Ireland defender, Paul McGrath, is born

Paul McGrath meets the late Muhammad Ali at an Alltech fundraising dinner in 2009 

On This Day

1948: Denis Compton hit 300 in 181 minutes for England's MCC tourists against Northern Transvaal to set a new record for the fastest triple-century in first-class cricket.

2003: Leeds announced ''the first stage of a financial restructuring programme'' and avoided becoming the first Premier League club to go into administration.

2005: Real Madrid sacked coach Wanderley Luxemburgo after 11 months at the Bernabeu. Reserve team coach Juan Ramon Lopez Caro was placed in charge provisionally, becoming the sixth coach in as many years.

2007: The Football Association said England would play a friendly against Switzerland at Wembley on February 6, 2008. The game would turn out to be Fabio Capello's first as England manager.

2011: Spain won the Davis Cup after Rafael Nadal beat Juan Martin del Potro to hand them an unassailable 3-1 lead over Argentina in the final.


Costantino Rocca (golf) - Italian who played in three Ryder Cups, born 1956.

Paul McGrath (soccer) - former Manchester United, Aston Villa and Republic of Ireland defender, born 1959.

Sergey Bubka (athletics) - Ukrainian pole vault great, born 1963.

Scott Hastings (rugby union) - former Scotland and British and Irish Lions outside centre, born 1964.

Shannon Briggs (boxing) - former WBO heavyweight champion, born 1971.

Michael Ricketts (soccer) - former Bolton and Middlesbrough striker who won one England cap, born 1978.

Jay DeMerit (soccer) - former Watford and United States defender, born 1979.

Quick Quiz Blitz

1. Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero were team-mates at which club?

2. Usain Bolt has been named IAAF male athlete of the year yet again. How many times has he won the award?

3. Nico Rosberg began his Formula One career with which team?

4. Who scored for Manchester City in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat by Chelsea?

5. Who scored the winner for Celtic against Motherwell on Saturday?

Sport on Television

Today (Sunday, December 4)

SOCCER: Premier League, Bournemouth v Liverpool and Everton v Manchester United - Sky Sports 1 1230 and 1530; FA Cup, Curzon Ashton v AFC Wimbledon - BT Sport 1 1130; LaLiga, Real Betis v Celta Vigo, Athletic Bilbao v Eibar and Alaves v La Palmas - Sky Sports 3 1055, 1510 and 1725, Valencia v Malaga - Sky Sports 1 1940; Serie A, AC Milan v Crotone, Lazio v Roma and Fiorentina v Palermo - BT Sport 2 1130, 1345 and 1930, eir Sport 1 1130, 1355 and 1940; Bundesliga, Augsburg v Eintracht Frankfurt - BT Sport 2 1630; Ligue 1, Marseille v Nancy - BT Sport/ESPN 1600, match TBC - eir Sport 1 1600, Nice v Toulouse - BT Sport 1 1730; Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC followed by Adelaide United v Wellington Phoenix - BT Sport/ESPN 0600 and 0800; Welsh Cup, Ton Pentre v Bangor City - S4C 1445.

RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership, Worcester v Wasps - BT Sport 1 1430; Top 14, Toulon v Bordeaux - Sky Sports 5 1515.

SNOOKER: UK Championship - Eurosport 2 1245 and 1845, BBC Two England 1300 and 1900.

GOLF: European Tour, Alfred Dunhill Championship - Sky Sports 4 1000; PGA Tour, Hero World Challenge - Sky Sports 4 1600.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, Atlanta Hawks v Kansas City, Pittsburgh v New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks v Carolina Panthers - Sky Sports 2 1730, 2100 and 0100 (Mon).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Detroit Pistons v Orlando Magic - BT Sport 1 2300

CRICKET: Ram Slam T20 Challenge, Highveld Lions v Warriors and Sunfoil Dolphins v Cape Cobras - Sky Sports 2 0800 and 1230.

Monday, December 5

SOCCER: Premier League, Middlesbrough v Hull - Sky Sports 1 1900; FA Cup, Lincoln v Oldham - BT Sport 1 1900; LaLiga, Deportivo La Coruna v Real Sociedad - Sky Sports 2 1940.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, New York Jets v Indianapolis Colts - Sky Sports 1 0115 (Tues).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers - BT Sport 1 0030 (Tues).


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