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On this Day - August 16 1992: Donegal beat Mayo in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final

Donegal were featuring in their fifth All-Ireland SFC semi-final on this August afternoon. In a game which was low on quality, Donegal were nevertheless the better team, with Na Rossa man Declan Bonner finishing the game with 0-4, three of which were from frees. They would go on to beat Dublin in the final, and claim the county's first Sam Maguire.  
PA and Sean O'Neill

ON THIS DAY

1930: The first British Empire Games opened in Hamilton, Canada. The Games were renamed the Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1954 and the British Commonwealth Games in 1970.

1948: Hall of Fame baseball player Babe Ruth, who made his name with the New York Yankees, died aged 53.

1992: Donegal beat Mayo in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final. Brian McEniff’s men won the game 0-13 to 0-9.

1998: Vijay Singh claimed his first major title with victory in the US PGA Championship at the Sahalee Country Club near Seattle.

1999: The IAAF refused to accept a UK Athletics decision to clear Scottish sprinter Dougie Walker of doping allegations.

2000: Gary Butcher claimed four wickets in four balls in a spell of five for 18 in 7.3 overs in a County Championship match for Surrey against Derbyshire at the Oval.

2006: Steve McClaren began his England reign in style with a 4-0 win over Greece.

2008: Jamaica's Usain Bolt won the Olympic 100 metres in Beijing in a world record time of 9.69 seconds. Swimmer Michael Phelps won the 100m butterfly to equal Mark Spitz's record of seven golds in one Games, while Great Britain won four golds courtesy of swimmer Rebecca Adlington, cyclists Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins and in the men's fours rowing event.

2009: Bolt shattered his own world record to win World Championships gold in Berlin in 9.58secs, while Great Britain's Jessica Ennis won heptathlon gold.

2013: Mo Farah won the world 5,000m title in Moscow. The victory completed a 'double double', making him world and Olympic champion at 5,000 and 10,000m.

2014: Manchester United lost their opening game on Louis van Gaal's Premier League debut, going down 2-1 at home to Swansea.

BIRTHDAYS

Michael Cleary (GAA) – former Tipperary Hurler and winner of two All-Ireland medals, and recipient of four All-star awards, born 1966.

Barry Venison (soccer) - former Sunderland, Liverpool and Newcastle defender, born 1964.

Stefan Klos (soccer) - former Rangers and Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper, born 1971.

Stan Lazaridis (soccer) - former Birmingham and Australia winger, born 1972.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul (cricket) - West Indian former world number one batsman, born 1974.

Didier Agathe (soccer) - former Celtic and Aston Villa wing-back, born 1975.

Jonatan Johansson (soccer) - former Finland, Rangers, Charlton and Malmo forward, now on the coaching staff at Ibrox, born 1975.

Roque Santa Cruz (soccer) - former Malaga, Manchester City, Blackburn and Paraguay striker, now at Olimpia Asuncion, born 1981.

Joleon Lescott (soccer) - former Wolves, Everton, Manchester City and England defender who most recently played for Sunderland, born 1982.

Moussa Sissoko (soccer) - Tottenham and France midfielder, born 1989.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ ANSWERS

1 In what years did Diarmuid Connolly win All-Ireland senior club titles with St Vincent’s?

2 How many Olympic gold medals has Usain Bolt won?

3 Which South African has now finished second in each of golf's majors?

4 Which two players did Manchester City sign from Monaco this summer?

5 In what years did Paidi O’Se win his first and his last All-Ireland SFC medals with Kerry?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV

Today (Wednesday, August 16)

GAA: GAA Weekly Round-up, highlights of the week’s action from the GAA competitions – Sky Sports Arena HD 2000.

SOCCER: Champions League play-off first-leg, Celtic v Astana - BT Sport 2 1900, Istanbul Basaksehir v Sevilla - BT Sport/ESPN 1930, Napoli v Nice - eir Sport 1 1930.

CRICKET: Kia Super League, Lancashire Thunder v Surrey Stars - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 1400; NatWest T20 Blast, Lancashire Lightning v Worcestershire Rapids - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 1800.

TENNIS: ATP, Western & Southern Open - Sky Sports Action 1600, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action 0000 (Thu); WTA, Western & Southern Open - BT Sport 1 1600.

SNOOKER: China Championship - Eurosport 1 0730 and 1230.

BASEBALL: MLB, New York Mets v New York Yankees - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Thurs), Houston Astros v Arizona Diamondbacks - BT Sport 2 0100 (Thu).

Tomorrow (Thursday, August 17)

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

CRICKET: England v West Indies, First Test - Sky Sports Cricket 1300, Sky Sports Main Event 1330.

RUGBY UNION: Women's Rugby World Cup, Canada v New Zealand - eir Sport 1 1150, England v United States - ITV4 1400 and eir Sport 1 1440, Australia v Japan - eir Sport 1 1630, Wales v Hong Kong - ITV4 1645, France v Ireland - ITV4 1930.

TENNIS: ATP, Western & Southern Open - Sky Sports Action 1600, Sky Sport Main Event 2300; WTA, Western & Southern Open - BT Sport 1 1600.

GOLF: European Tour, Paul Lawrie Match Play - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf 1130, Sky Sports Golf 1500; PGA Tour, Wyndham Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1900; Solheim Cup - Sky Sports Golf 2300.

SNOOKER: China Championship - Eurosport 1 0700 and 1230.

MOTOR RACING: World Rally Championship, Rally Germany - BT Sport 2 1800.

BASEBALL: MLB, Houston Astros v Arizona Diamondbacks - BT Sport 2, 1900.

 

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QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1 2008 and 2014; 2 Eight; 3 Louis Oosthuizen; 4 Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy; 5 1975 and 1986.

 

 

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