Sport

On This Day - Dec 29 2013: Michael Schumacher was left in a critical condition after suffering a head injury in a skiing accident

In a brilliant Formula One career, Michael Schumacher was World Champion seven times, twice with Benetton in 1994 and 1995, and five times consecutively with Ferrari between 2000 and 2004  
PA and Sean O'Neill

ON THIS DAY

1881: Former world heavyweight champion Jess Willard was born in Pottawatomie County, Kansas. He took the world title from Jack Johnson in 1915 and lost it to Jack Dempsey four years later, after only one defence.

1996: Frank Clark was named as Manchester City's fifth manager of the season. Caretaker Phil Neal stood down after defeat at Barnsley, which left his club fourth from bottom of the second tier.

2001: Andy Cole signed for Blackburn from Manchester United for 8million.

2006: Former Rangers defender Steven Pressley joined Celtic from Hearts.

2007: Motherwell captain Phil O'Donnell died at the age of 35 after collapsing on the pitch in a Scottish Premier League match against Dundee United. He also played for Celtic and Sheffield Wednesday and won a single cap for Scotland.

2011: Former Hull rugby league player Martin Gleeson was banned for doping offences.

2012: Former England captain and Channel Nine commentator Tony Greig died at the age of 66 after suffering a heart attack at his Sydney home. He had been battling lung cancer for more than two months. South African-born Greig played 58 Tests for England.

2013: Michael Schumacher was left in a critical condition after suffering a head injury in a skiing accident in the French resort of Meribel. The seven-times Formula One world champion spent over five months in a medically induced coma at a hospital in Grenoble as doctors fought to save his life, before returning to his family home in Gland on the shores of Lake Geneva in September the following year to continue his recovery.

2015: Former Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek died aged 47. He had been in an induced coma for nine days after suffering a cardiac arrest while out jogging.

BIRTHDAYS

Willie Ryan (GAA) - Tipperary hurler and winner of a National Hurling League medal in 2008, born 1984.

Harvey Smith (show jumping) - Yorkshire rider, born 1938.

Syed Kirmani (cricket) - former India Test wicketkeeper, born 1949.

David Boon (cricket) - former Australia and Durham batsman, born 1960.

Martin Offiah (rugby league) - former Wigan, London Broncos, Salford and Great Britain winger, born 1966.

Allan McNish (motor racing) - Scottish three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the American Le Mans Series, and the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship winner who raced in Formula One for Toyota, born 1969.

Kieron Dyer (soccer) - former Ipswich, Newcastle, West Ham and England midfielder, born 1978.

Danny Higginbotham (soccer) - former Southampton and Stoke defender, born 1978.

Kei Nishikori (tennis) - 2014 US Open men's singles finalist, born 1989.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1 Who is the all-time record goalscorer in the Premier League?

2 Which ground in Australia traditionally hosts the cricket team's Boxing Day Test match?

3 Burren played in eight Ulster Club finals in the 1980s but how many Ulster titles did they win?

4 In what year did Phil Taylor last win the PDC World Darts Championship?

5 Who were the first Ulster club to reach an All-Ireland club hurling final?

(See quiz answers at bottom)



SPORT ON TV

Thursday, December 29


SOCCER: Sky Bet Championship, Aston Villa v Leeds - Sky Sports 1 1930.

CRICKET: South Africa v Sri Lanka, first Test - Sky Sports 2 0755; Big Bash League, Melbourne Renegades v Perth Scorchers - BT Sport 2 0800.

TENNIS: Tennis World Championships in Abu Dhabi - Eurosport 2 1300.

DARTS: PDC World Darts Championship - Sky Sports 1 1300 & Sky Sports Darts 1300-1700 & 1900-2300.

SKIING: World Cup meeting in Santa Caterina, Italy - Eurosport 1 0915-1100 & 1245-1400; World Cup meeting in Semmering, Austria - Eurosport 1 1400-1500, 1700-1800.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers - BT Sport 1 0100 (Fri).

ICE HOCKEY: NHL, Florida Panthers v Montreal Canadiens - eir Sport 1 0030 (Fri).

Friday, December 30

SOCCER: Premier League, Hull v Everton - Sky Sports 1 1900; Ladbrokes Premiership, Hearts v Aberdeen - BT Sport 2 1930; A-League, Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar - BT Sport 1 0845.

RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership, Newcastle v Wasps - BT Sport 1 1900; Top 14, Lyon v Bordeaux-Begles - Sky Sports 2 1940.

CRICKET: South Africa v Sri Lanka, first Test - Sky Sports 2 0755; New Zealand v Bangladesh, one-day international - Sky Sports 2 2155; Big Bash League, Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes - BT Sport 2 0800.

TENNIS: Tennis World Championships in Abu Dhabi - Eurosport 2 1030-1230 & 1300-1700.

DARTS: PDC World Darts Championship - Sky Sports 1 1300 & Sky Sports Darts 1300-1700 & 1900-2300.



QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1 Alan Shearer; 2 Melbourne Cricket Ground; 3 Six; 4 2013; 5 Ballycastle McQuillan's (1980).


********************

EVERY weekend on www.irishnews.com/sport

Test your sporting knowledge with the Toals Bookmakers Sports Quiz on www.irishnews.com/sport

Take the quiz and share your results with friends on social media to find out who the real sporting buff is...


********************

Sport

Today's horoscope

Horoscope


See a different horoscope: