On This Day - May 20 1996: over 650 games, 346 goals for Liverpool, Ian Rush leaves on free transfer

 Liverpool legend Ian Rush


1970: Bobby Charlton scored his 49th and last goal for England, against Colombia in Bogota, in a warm-up game for the World Cup in Mexico. His record was broken by Wayne Rooney in 2015.

1984: Down secured an Ulster semi-final with Tyrone following a 3-6 to 0-8 win over Fermanagh in Newry

1990: Seven points from Manus Boyle gave Donegal a 0-13 to 0-9 win over cavan in Ulster, Ray Carolan kicking all but two of the Breffni countys scores.

1992: Barcelona made it third time lucky as they won the European Cup, with Ronald Koeman scoring the only goal against Sampdoria at Wembley. In their previous two appearances in the final, the Catalan side had lost to Benfica in 1961 and Steaua Bucharest in 1986.

1996: After playing in more than 650 games and scoring 346 goals for Liverpool, striker Ian Rush left Anfield on a free transfer to join Leeds.

2001: Tyrone took a significant step towards the Ulster title as an Owen Mulligan goal helped them to a 1-14 to 1-9 win over rivals Armagh.

2002: Scotland suffered their fourth successive defeat under new boss Berti Vogts when they were beaten 2-0 by South Africa in Hong Kong, making the German the first ever Scotland manager to lose his opening four matches in charge of the national side.

2006: Brian Mallons early goal set Armagh on their way to a comfortable Ulster quarter-final replay win over Monaghan in Clones.

2008: Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton was jailed for six months at Liverpool Crown Court after admitting charges of assault and affray in relation to a confrontation outside a McDonald's restaurant in the city in December.

2009: The French courts ruled against Ferrari's bid to acquire an injunction against the FIA and its decision to introduce a budget cap into Formula One next season.

2007: Fermanagh came so close to forcing a replay against Tyrone before Gerard Calvan scored an equaliser for the Red Hands.

2012: Donegal began their 2012 campaign with a comfortable six-point win over Cavan at Kignspan Breffni Park. Colm McFadden scored their only goal from the penalty spot in the 1-16 to 1-10 win.

2013: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez announced coach Jose Mourinho would leave Real Madrid at the end of the season. The Portuguese rejoined former club Chelsea on June 3.


Keith Fletcher (cricket) - former England captain and manager, born 1944.

Iker Casillas (soccer) - Porto and Spain goalkeeper, born 1981.

Petr Cech (soccer) - Arsenal and Czech Republic goalkeeper, born 1982.

Chris Froome (cycling) - British winner of the Tour de France in 2013, 2015 and 2016, born 1985.

Dexter Blackstock (soccer) - Rotherham's former Nottingham Forest, Southampton and QPR striker, born 1986.

Patrick Cronin (gaelic games) - Cork hurler, born 1987.

Tonia Couch (diving) - British Olympic diver and former European 10 metre synchro champion, born 1989.


1. Who were beaten FA Cup finalists in the 1997-98 and 98-99 seasons?

2. When did Mayo last win the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship?

3. Who is the current manager of the Cork hurlers?

4. At which golf course is the BMW PGA Championship played?

5. Which now dissolved French side played in the inaugural Super League season?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Saturday, May 20)

GAA: Ulster SFC, Monaghan v Fermanagh BBC2 NI & RTE2 1900.

SOCCER: League One play-off final, Bradford v Millwall - Sky Sports 1 1400; Serie A, Chievo v Roma - BT Sport 3 1645, Napoli v Fiorentina - BT Sport 2 1930; LaLiga, Sevilla v Osasuna - Sky Sports 5 1915; MLS, Seattle Sounders v Real Salt Lake - Sky Sports 2 2200; Brasileirao, Chapecoense v Palmeiras - BT Sport 2 2300.

RUGBY UNION: Super Rugby, Hurricanes v Cheetahs - Sky Sports 2 0830, Force v Highlanders - Sky Sports 2 1030, Lions v Bulls - Sky Sports 5 1610; HSBC Sevens World Series, London Sevens - Sky Sports 3 0900; Premiership, Exeter v Saracens - BT Sport 1 1415, Wasps v Leicester - BT Sport 1 1700; PRO12, Munster v Ospreys - Sky Sports 1 1800.

TENNIS: WTA, Italian Open semi-finals - BT Sport 1 1100 and BT Sport 2 1530; ATP Masters, Italian Open semi-finals - Sky Sports 5 1330 and Sky Sports 3 1900.

GOLF: European Tour, Rocco Forte Open - Sky Sports 4 1300; PGA Tour, AT&T Byron Nelson - Sky Sports 4 1800; LPGA Tour, Kingsmill Championship - Sky Sports 4 2300.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League Magic Weekend, Widnes v Wakefield - Sky Sports 2 1400, Hull v St Helens - Sky Sports 2 1630, Wigan v Warrington - Sky Sports 2 1845.

BOXING: IBF World Super-Featherweight, Gervonta Davis v Liam Walsh - BT Sport 1 1945.

MOTORSPORT: World Rally Championship, Rally Portugal - BT Sport/ESPN 1500.

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP, France, practice and qualifying - BT Sport 2 0800 and 1100.

CYCLING: Giro d'Italia - Eurosport 1 1215; Tour of California - Eurosport 1 1930.

BASKETBALL: NBA, San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - BT Sport 1 0200 (Sun).

BASEBALL: MLB, St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants - BT Sport/ESPN 0000.

HORSE RACING: Newbury - ITV 1330.

Tomorrow (Sunday, May 21)

GAA: Connacht SFC, Mayo v Sligo RTE 2 1400; Munster SHC, Cork v Tipperary RTE 1600; Ulster SFC (deferred), Donegal v Antrim BBC2 NI 1900.

SOCCER: Premier League, Liverpool v Middlesbrough and Watford v Man City - Sky Sports 1 1400 and Sky Sports 2 1445; Scottish Premiership, Celtic v Hearts - Sky Sports 2 1200; LaLiga, Malaga v Real Madrid - Sky Sports 1 1855, Barcelona v Eibar - Sky Sports Mix 1855; Serie A, Lazio v Inter Milan- BT Sport 1 1945; FA Trophy final, Macclesfield v York - BT Sport 1 1515; FA Vase final, Cleethorpes Town v South Shields - BT Sport 1 1130; MLS, Minnesota United v Los Angeles Galaxy - Sky Sports 2 2230, Orlando City SC v New York City FC - Sky Sports 2 0010 (Mon).

RUGBY UNION: Super Rugby, Waratahs v Rebels - Sky Sports 2 0700, HSBC Sevens World Series, London Sevens - Sky Sports 5 0920, 1430 and 1730.

TENNIS: ATP Masters, Italian Open final - Sky Sports 3 1300.

GOLF: European Tour, Rocco Forte Open - Sky Sports 4 1000; PGA Tour, AT&T Byron Nelson - Sky Sports 4 1930; LPGA Tour, Kingsmill Championship - Sky Sports 4 2300.

CRICKET: One-Day International, Ireland v New Zealand - eir Sport 1 1030; Indian Premier League - Sky Sports 4 1500.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League Magic Weekend, Catalans v Huddersfield -  Sky Sports Mix 1230, Leigh v Salford - Sky Sports Mix 1510, Castleford v Leeds - Sky Sports 2 1700.

MOTORSPORT: British Touring Car Championship, Oulton Park - ITV4 1115; World Rally Championship, Rally Portugal - BT Sport/ESPN 1200.

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP, France - BT Sport 2 0930, 1115 and 1245; Motocross World Championship - Eurosport 2 1600.

CYCLING: Giro d'Italia - Eurosport 1 1215.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics - BT Sport 1 0130 (Mon).


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