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On This Day - March 15 2013: Bobs Worth, ridden by Barry Geraghty, won the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Barry Geraghty, who misses this year's Cheltenham Festival through injury, rode his first winner at the prestigious event on Moscow Flyer in 2002. The Jessica Harrington trained gelding won that year's Arkle Challenge trophy 
PA and Sean O'Neill

ON THIS DAY

1877: Test cricket was inaugurated when James Lillywhite's touring England team met the Australians at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

1990: Playing for New Zealand against Australia at Wellington, Richard Hadlee took five wickets in an innings for the 100th time in his career.

1991: Ukrainian pole vaulter Sergey Bubka became the first man to clear 20 feet (6.1 metres) indoors.

2001: India won the second Test in Calcutta to end Australia's world-record run of 16 successive Test victories.

2007: Ireland drew their Cricket World Cup group match against Zimbabwe when the Africans were bowled out with the final ball of the innings.

2010: Hull manager Phil Brown was "relieved of his duties" by the club and placed on gardening leave.

2012: Barcelona announced defender Eric Abidal was to undergo a liver transplant a year after he had surgery to remove a tumour.

2013: Bobs Worth, trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Barry Geraghty, won the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

2016: Annie Power, ridden by Ruby Walsh, won the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.

BIRTHDAYS

Peter Acheson (GAA) - Tipperary footballer and All-star nominee in 2016, born 1990.

Cash Asmussen (horse racing) - top American flat jockey, born 1962

Mikael Forssell (soccer) - former Leeds and Chelsea striker, now playing for HJK in Finland, born 1981.

Ben Hilfenhaus (cricket) - former Australia Test bowler, born 1983.

Daryl Murphy (soccer) - Newcastle's former Celtic and Ipswich striker, born 1983.

Curtis Davies (soccer) - Hull captain, born 1985.

Paul Pogba (soccer) - Manchester United and France midfielder, born 1993.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1. Name the three former All-Ireland football winners who sang together for charity in 2007?

2. Which European flat horse race is run annually on the first Sunday in October?

3. Which Manchester United winger became the youngest player in World Cup history in 1982?

4. Name the only Antrim hurler nominated for an All-star in 2002?

5. Who scored England's only try in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final win over Australia?

SPORT ON TV

Today

GAA: Laochra Gael - New series: Profile of Cork hurling goalkeeper Donal Og Cusack, looking back over some of the highs and lows of his career - TG4 2130.

SOCCER: Champions League last 16, Monaco v Manchester City - BT Sport 2 1900, Atletico Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen - eir Sport 1 1930.

RACING: Cheltenham Festival - ITV, STV North and STV Central 1300.

CRICKET: Second Test, New Zealand v South Africa - Sky Sports 3 2150.

TENNIS: ATP, BNP Paribas Open - Sky Sports 1 1800; WTA, BNP Paribas Open - BT Sport 1 2000 and 0200 (Thu).

CYCLING: Nokere Koerse - Eurosport 2 1400.

BASKETBALL: NBA, San Antonio Spurs v Portland Trail Blazers - BT Sport 2 0000 (Thu).

Tomorrow

SOCCER: Europa League, Manchester United v FC Rostov - BT Sport 2 1930, Borussia Monchengladbach v Schalke - BT Sport/ESPN 2000, two matches TBC - eir Sport 1 1730 and 2000.

CRICKET: Third Test, India v Australia - Sky Sports 2 0350; Second Test, New Zealand v South Africa - Sky Sports 5 2150.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Leigh Centurions v Warrington Wolves - Sky Sports 2 1900.

TENNIS: ATP, BNP Paribas Open - Sky Sports 1 1800, 2000 and 0200 (Fri); WTA,

BNP Paribas Open - BT Sport 1 1800 and 0000 (Fri).

RACING: Cheltenham Festival - ITV, STV North and STV Central 1300.

GOLF: PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational - Sky Sports 4 1800.

DARTS: Premier League Darts - Sky Sports 1 1900.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers v Chicago Bulls - BT Sport 2 2300.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1. Jack O'Shea, Barney Rock and David Beggy; 2. The Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe; 3. Norman Whiteside; 4. Brian McFall; 5. Jason Robinson.

 

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