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On This Day - May 22 1946: George Best was born

George Best made his debut for Manchester United at 17-years-old and scored 179 goals in 470 appearances for the old Trafford club
PA and Sean O'Neill


1946: Manchester United great George Best was born in Belfast. Best won the European Cup with United in 1968 and was voted European Footballer of the Year later that same year. He died in 2005 after a long battle with alcohol addiction.

1946: Howard Kendall was born. Kendall managed Everton in three different spells, winning two league championships and an FA Cup. He died in 2015.

1990: Wembley staged its first game since being converted to an all-seater stadium as Uruguay beat England in a friendly.

1996: Juventus beat Ajax on penalties to win the Champions League final in Rome.

1999: Newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester United beat Newcastle 2-0 in the FA Cup final at Wembley. They went on to win the Champions League final against Bayern Munich four days later to complete an unprecedented treble.

2005: Rangers claimed the Scottish Premier League title in the most sensational fashion. The Gers defeated Hibernian at Easter Road but the Ibrox club were helped to the title as Motherwell stunned Celtic with a 2-1 triumph at Fir Park, with Scott McDonald scoring twice in the last two minutes.

2010: Blackpool twice came from behind to beat Cardiff 3-2 in the Coca-Cola Championship play-off final, securing promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

2011: Manager Carlo Ancelotti was sacked by Chelsea shortly after their season-ending 1-0 defeat at Everton.

2013: Sergio Garcia escaped punishment for what could be construed as a racist remark about "serving fried chicken" to Tiger Woods after offering an unreserved apology for his "stupid and out-of-place" comments at the European Tour's annual awards ceremony.


Sean Og O Hailpin (GAA): former Cork dual star, born 1977.

Peter Crowley (GAA): Kerry and Laune Rangers footballer, born 1990.

Danny Tiatto (soccer) - former Manchester City and Australia midfielder, born 1973.Peter Crowley (GAA): Kerry and Laune Rangers footballer, born 1990.

Lee Hughes (soccer) - former West Brom and Coventry striker, currently with Worcester City, born 1976.

Jurgen Melzer (tennis) - Wimbledon and US Open men's doubles winner from Austria, born 1981.

Matt Jarvis (soccer) - Norwich winger, born 1986.

Novak Djokovic (tennis) - Serbia's world number one, born 1987.

Arturo Vidal (soccer) - Bayern Munich and Chile midfielder, born 1987.


1. Name the Cork footballer who played in the 1988 All-Ireland senior final even though he was only a few weeks over-age for minor?

2. Which club did former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson become director of football at in 2009?

3. Who defeated Bryansford in the first ever All-Ireland club final in 1971 ?

4. Omar McLeod is the Olympic champion in which event?

5. Which former England wicketkeeper is captain of Essex?

(See answers at bottom)


Today (Monday, May 22)

GAA: Cuimhni Orga Spoirt, Galway v Tipperary. A look back at the 2017 Allianz Hurling League final from the Gaelic Grounds - TG4 2050.

SOCCER: FIFA Under-20 World Cup, France v Honduras - Eurosport 1 0845, Vietnam v New Zealand - Eurosport 1 1145; Serie A, Pescara v Palermo - BT Sport 1 1930 and eir Sport 1 1940.

TENNIS: French Open, qualifying - Eurosport 2 0900; WTA, Strasbourg - BT Sport 2 1000, 1630.

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

BASEBALL: MLB, New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals - BT Sport//ESPN 0000 (Tue).

Tomorrow, (Tuesday, May 23)

GAA: Off the Ball, an offbeat look at recent football developments - eir Sport 1 1900.

SOCCER: FIFA Under-20 World Cup, England v Guinea - Eurosport 1 0845, Mexico v Germany - Eurosport 2 1145.

TENNIS: French Open, qualifying - Eurosport 2 0900, 1400 and 1630; WTA, Strasbourg - BT Sport 1 1000, 1630; ATP, Geneva Open - Eurosport 2 1700.

CYCLING: Giro d'Italia - Eurosport 1 1200.

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

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants - BT Sport//ESPN 0000 (Wed), Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals - BT Sport//ESPN 0300 (Wed).

Quick Quiz Blitz answers: 1. Stephen O'Brien. 2. Notts County. 3. East Kerry. Data. 4. 110m hurdles. 5. James Foster.


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