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On This Day - Jan 4 1937: Kerry gaelic great Mick O'Connell is born

Kerry GAA legend Mick O'Connell pictured at a Down anniversary function in Stormont in June 2010


1936: Alexander Obolensky, son of a Russian prince, scored two tries for England at Twickenham in a 13-0 defeat of the All Blacks.

1967: Donald Campbell, son of Sir Malcolm Campbell, died while attempting to break the world water speed record in his Bluebird craft on Coniston Water in the Lake District.

1991: Twelve-year-old Fu Mingxia won the women's world platform diving title to give China the youngest world champion in any sport.

2004: Phil Taylor beat Kevin Painter 7-6 to win the PDC Ladbrokes.com World Championship final in Purfleet, his 11th world title.

2005: James Beattie completed a £6million move from Southampton to Everton.

2007: Rangers manager Paul Le Guen left the club by mutual agreement after a turbulent spell in charge at Ibrox.

2008: The Dakar Rally was cancelled due to security threats to competitors.

2012: Harlequins and England scrum-half Danny Care was excluded from England's Six Nations squad after his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. Care was later banned from driving for 16 months after a court appearance.

2016: Real Madrid announced manager Rafael Benitez had left the club, with Zinedine Zidane taking charge of the team.


Mick O’Connell (gaelic games) – Former Kerry footballer, regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game, and winner of four All-Ireland medals, born 1937.

Susan Devoy (squash) - New Zealander who was world champion five times, born 1964.

Guy Forget (tennis) - Former world number four and ex-France Davis Cup captain, born 1965.


Johnny Nelson (boxing) - Former WBO cruiserweight champion, born 1967.

David Toms (golf) - American former Ryder Cup player and 2001 US PGA champion, born 1967.

David Millar (cycling) - Former world silver medallist and Commonwealth champion, born 1977.

Dan Shanahan (gaelic games) – Former Waterford hurler, and three time All-star recipient, born 1977.

James Milner (soccer) - England and Liverpool midfielder, born 1986.

Younes Kaboul (soccer) - Watford defender, born 1986.

Russell Martin (soccer) - Norwich and Scotland defender, born 1986.

Toni Kroos (soccer) - Real Madrid and Germany midfielder, born 1990.


1. Who was the top scorer in last season’s hurling championship?

2. Who was the manager when Nottingham Forest were relegated from the Premier League in 1998-99?

3. Which country will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

4. Jenson Button made his F1 debut with which team?

5. What was the biggest winning margin in last year’s hurling championship?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Wednesday, January 4)

GAA: Off the Ball, an off beat look at recent football developments – eir Sport 1 1900.

GAA: eir Sport Book of the Year, Joe Molloy chats with Kerry footballer Kieran Donaghy about his career and life of the pitch – eir Sport 1 2130.

SOCCER: Premier League, Tottenham v Chelsea - Sky Sports 1 1930.

CRICKET: Second Test, South Africa v Sri Lanka - Sky Sports 2 0755; Big Bash League, Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars - BT Sport 2 0800.

TENNIS: WTA, Shenzhen Open - 0600 BT Sport & 0400 (Thurs) BT Sport/ESPN, Brisbane International - 1030 & 0100 (Thurs) BT Sport 1; Hopman Cup - 0930 Eurosport 2; ATP, Qatar Open - 1230 Eurosport 2, Brisbane International - Eurosport 1 0500.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers v Chicago Bulls - BT Sport 2 0100 (Thurs); Golden State Warriors v Portland Trail Blazers - BT Sport 2 0330 (Thurs).

SKIING: Cross-Country Skiing, Tour de Ski event from Oberstdorf - Eurosport 1 1015 & 1130.

WINTER SPORTS: Ski Jumping, men's individual event from Innsbruck - Eurosport 1 1245.

Tomorrow (Thursday, January 5)

GAA: Off the Ball, an off beat look at recent football developments – eir Sport 1 1900.

GAA: Peak Performance GAA: An insight into what it takes to excel in the GAA – eir Sport 1 2000.

SOCCER: League Two, Doncaster v Portsmouth - Sky Sports 1 1930.

CRICKET: Second Test, South Africa v Sri Lanka - Sky Sports 2 0755; International T20, New Zealand v Bangladesh - Sky Sports 1 0155 (Fri); Big Bash League, Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat - BT Sport 2 0800.

TENNIS: WTA, Shenzhen Open - BT Sport 0600 & BT Sport/ESPN 0400 (Fri), Brisbane International - BT Sport 1 0630 & BT Sport 1 0500 (Fri); Hopman Cup - Eurosport 2 0930; ATP, Qatar Open - Eurosport 2 1230, Brisbane International - Eurosport 2 0100 (Fri).

GOLF: PGA Tour, Tournament of Champions - Sky Sports 4 2300.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - BT Sport 1 0100 (Fri).

SKIING: Biathlon, World Cup - Eurosport 1 1300; Alpine Skiing, World Cup - Eurosport 1 1700.

WINTER SPORTS: Luge, World Cup in Koenigssee - Eurosport 1 1045, 1200 & 1445; Ski Jumping - Eurosport 1 1530.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1: Shane Dooley of Offaly (4-46). 2: Ron Atkinson. 3: Japan. 4: Williams. 5: 35 points, when Clare beat Laois in the qualifiers by 5-32 to 0-12.



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