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On This Day - Dec 19 1982: Derry GAA goalkeeper John Deighan is born

Derry goalkeeper John Deighan prepares to face a penalty against Donegal in an Ulster Senior Football Championship clash at Ballybofey on July 22 2008. Picture by Seamus Loughran

ON THIS DAY 

1951: The Football Association recognised white as the official colour for footballs because of the increased use of floodlights at matches.

2003: Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand was banned for eight months and fined £350,000 for missing a drugs test.

2005: Formula One champion Fernando Alonso announced he would be joining McLaren in 2007.

2007: England rugby union head coach Brian Ashton was reappointed following an in-depth review into the state of the national team. He later lost the job in April 2008, with former captain Martin Johnson taking charge of the team.

2009: Mark Hughes was sacked as manager of Manchester City. He was replaced by Roberto Mancini.

2010: Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar became the first man to reach 50 Test centuries, achieving the feat against South Africa at Centurion.

2010: Grand National winner Tony McCoy was voted the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year.

2012: A new police investigation into the Hillsborough disaster was announced by the Home Secretary.

2013: Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was banned for two games by the Football Association after admitting a misconduct charge over an offensive hand gesture made towards Manchester City fans.

2014: England goalkeeper Joe Hart signed a new contract with Manchester City, tying him to the club until 2019.

2015: Chelsea appointed Guus Hiddink as their new manager until the end of the season, following the departure of Jose Mourinho.

BIRTHDAYS

Brian McGilligan (gaelic games): former dual GAA player, he was a central part of Derry's 1993 All-Ireland Championship-winning side. The St Canice's, Dungiven star also won two Ulster Championship titles and two All-Star awards, born 1963.

Karen Pickering (swimming) - British freestyle specialist who won 35 major championship medals, born 1971.

Ricky Ponting (cricket) - former Australia captain, born 1974.

John Deighan (above) (gaelic games): played as goalkeeper for Derry GAA senior footballers, winning a National League Division One title in 2008. He played his club football for Limavady Wolfhounds GAC, and is now an SDLP councillor, born 1982.

Gary Cahill (soccer) - Chelsea and England defender, born 1985.

Ryan Babel (soccer) - former Liverpool forward, now with Deportivo La Coruna, born 1986.

Zuzana Hejnova (athletics) - Czech Republic's 400m hurdles world champion, born 1986.

Karim Benzema (soccer) - Real Madrid and France striker, born 1987.

Alexis Sanchez (soccer) - Arsenal and Chile forward, born 1988.

Alberto Tomba (skiing) - Italian slalom and giant slalom great, who won three Olympic golds, born 1966.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1. Name the stadium and city where the Ireland rugby union team achieved their first ever victory over New Zealand last month?

2. Name the Bury-born goalkeeper who played international football and cricket for Scotland?

3. Who in 1980 captained an England team and also played Third Division football?

4. How many consecutive shots does it take to score a 147 break in snooker?

5, Pat Spillane was only held scoreless in seven of his 56 championship games with Kerry. Name the player who kept him scoreless in three of those seven matches.

(See answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV 

Today (Monday, December 19)

SOCCER: Premier League, Everton v Liverpool - Sky Sports 1 1900; LaLiga, Athletic Bilbao v Celta Vigo - Sky Sports 2 1940; 2. Bundesliga, Nurnberg v Kaiserslautern - BT Sport 1 1915.

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

DARTS: PDC World Championship - Sky Sports Darts 1900.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, Washington Redskins v Carolina Panthers - Sky Sports 1 0115 (Tue).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Chicago Bulls v Detroit Pistons - BT Sport 1 0100 (Tue).

Tomorrow (Tuesday, December 20)

CRICKET: India v England, fifth Test - Sky Sports 2 0600; Big Bash League, Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers - BT Sport 2 0830.

DARTS: PDC World Darts Championship - Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports Darts 1900.

SOCCER: FA Cup second-round replay, Peterborough v Notts County - BT Sport 1 1930; Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund v Augsburg - BT Sport 2 1845; Serie A, Atalanta v Empoli - eir Sport 1 1940.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Houston Rockets v San Antonio Spurs - BT Sport 1 0100 (Wed).

ICE HOCKEY: NHL, Florida Panthers v Buffalo Sabres - eir Sport 1 0030 (Wed).

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1. Soldier Field, Chicago; 2. Andy Goram; 3. Ian Botham; 4. 36; 5. Niall Cahalane (Cork)

 

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