On This Day - Dec 8 1999: Roy Keane signs new contract with Manchester United worth around £52,000 a week

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane 


1940: The Chicago Bears established an NFL record score by defeating the Washington Redskins 73-0.

1991: Germany captain Lothar Matthaus became the first official World Footballer of the Year following a poll of FIFA coaches.

1998: David Batty completed his £4.4million transfer from Newcastle to Leeds, returning to the club he left five years earlier.

1999: Roy Keane signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United worth around £52,000 a week - and then scored the opening goal in the 3-0 Champions League win over Valencia at Old Trafford.

2004: Harry Redknapp was appointed manager of Southampton, two weeks after leaving his job at Portsmouth.

2007: Ryan Giggs scored his 100th league goal for Manchester United in a 4-1 victory over Derby at Old Trafford.

2011: India batsman Virender Sehwag hit a then highest score in a one-day international, reaching 219 against West Indies in Indore.

2015: Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League following a 3-2 defeat at Wolfsburg. Louis van Gaal's side went into the Europa League but were knocked out by Liverpool.


Sir Geoff Hurst (soccer) - England's hat-trick hero in the 1966 World Cup final, born 1941.

Graham Steadman (rugby league) - former Castleford coach and Great Britain international, born 1961.

Steve Elkington (golf) - 1995 USPGA champion, born 1962.

Brian McClair (soccer) - former Manchester United and Scotland forward, born 1963.

Les Ferdinand (soccer) - former QPR, Newcastle, Tottenham and England striker, now head of football operations at QPR, born 1966.

Sebastien Chabal (rugby union) - Former France forward, born 1977.

Amir Khan (boxing) - Olympic silver medallist and former two-time world champion, born 1986.

Raheem Sterling (soccer) - Manchester City and England winger, born 1994.

Jordon Ibe (soccer) Bournemouth and England Under-21 winger, born 1995.


1. Tennis star Ana Ivanovic, a former world number one, is married to which Manchester United footballer?

2. Tiger Woods made his long-awaited comeback from injury at the Hero World Challenge last week, but who won the tournament?

3. The Glovers are playing the Exiles. Which two English Football League teams are you watching?

4. Where did Brian Lara score both 375 and 400 against England?

5. In which year did Frank Bruno become the world heavyweight champion with victory over Oliver McCall?


Today (Thursday, December 8)

SOCCER: Europa League, Villarreal v Steaua Bucharest - BT Sport//ESPN 1600, Qarabag v Fiorentina - BT Sport 2 1600, Maccabi Tel-Aviv v Dundalk - eir Sport 1 1700 & BT Sport//ESPN 1800, Zorya Luhansk v Man Utd - BT Sport 3 1730, Southampton v Hapoel Be'er Sheva - BT Sport 2 1945 & eir Sport 1 2000, Standard Liege v Ajax - BT Sport//ESPN 2000.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, Kansas City Chiefs v Oakland Raiders - Sky Sports 1 0030 (Fri).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Chicago Bulls v San Antonio Spurs - BT Sport 1 0230 (Fri).

CRICKET: Fourth Test, India v England - Sky Sports 2 0345.

CYCLING: 6 Days of Amsterdam - Eurosport 1 1930.

GOLF: European Tour, Hong Kong Open - Sky Sports 4 0600; Ladies European Tour, Dubai Ladies Masters - Sky Sports 4 0900.

RUGBY UNION: European Rugby Challenge Cup, Gloucester v La Rochelle - Sky Sports 1 1930.

TENNIS: International Premier Tennis League, Singapore - Sky Sports 1 0900.

Tomorrow (Friday, December 9)

SOCCER: A-League, Sydney FC v Melbourne City - BT Sport 1 0845; Championship, Brighton v Leeds - Sky Sports 1 1900; Scottish Premiership, Partick v Celtic 1915 - BT Sport 1; Ligue 1, Dijon v Marseille - eir Sport 1 1930 & BT Sport//ESPN 1945; LaLiga, Malaga v Granada - Sky Sports 5 1940.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers v Miami Heat - BT Sport 1 0030 (Sat).

CRICKET: Fourth Test, India v England - Sky Sports 2 345; Ram Slam T20 Challenge, TBC v TBC - Sky Sports 5 1545; Women's Big Bash, Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades - BT Sport 2 0230 (Sat).

CYCLING: 6 Days of Amsterdam - Eurosport 1 1930.

GOLF: European Tour, Hong Kong Open - Sky Sports 4 0430; Ladies European Tour, Dubai Ladies Masters - Sky Sports 4 0900.

HORSE RACING: Channel 4 Racing - Channel 4 1240; eir Sport Race Day Live - eir Sport 1 1400.

RUGBY UNION: European Rugby Champions Cup, Northampton v Leinster - BT Sport 2 1900.

SKIING: World Cup Biathlon, men's sprint - Eurosport 1 1015; Freestyle Skiing - Eurosport 2 1200.

TENNIS: International Premier Tennis League, Hyderabad - Sky Sports 1 1030.

WINTER SPORTS: World Cup, Ski Jumping - Eurosport 1 1430.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1. Bastian Schweinsteiger. 2. Hideki Matsuyama 3. Yeovil and Newport. 4. Antigua. 5.1995.


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