On this Day - August 17 1986: Tyrone get past Galway to secure All-Ireland final spot

Eugene McKenna was one of the scorers as Tyrone defeated Galway in 1986


1919: Gertrude Ederle became the youngest world record holder in any sport when, at the age of 12 years and 298 days, she set a new best in the 880 yards freestyle in Indianapolis. Seven years later she was the first woman to swim the English Channel.

1928: England and Gloucestershire cricketer Wally Hammond took 10 catches against Surrey at Cheltenham - setting a record for an outfielder in a first-class match.

1938: Henry Armstrong beat Lou Ambers on points to win the world lightweight title in New York, becoming the first boxer to hold three world titles simultaneously.

1986: Tyrone qualified for the All-Ireland SFC final following a 1-12 to 1-9 win over Galway at Croke Park.

2008: Waterford narrowly won an entertaining All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Tipperary with Eoin Kelly’s 1-10 proving crucial in the 1-20 to 1-18 win.

2010: Nicolas Anelka was suspended for 18 international matches by the French Football Federation in relation to his conduct at the World Cup. Patrice Evra received a five-match ban while Franck Ribery and Jeremy Toulalan were  suspended for three matches and one match respectively.

2012: Arsenal striker Robin van Persie completed his move to Manchester United - whose defender Rio Ferdinand was fined £45,000 by the Football
Association for improper conduct in relation to comments he made on Twitter.

2014: Tipperay qualified for an All-Ireland SHC final with Kilkenny following a 2-18 to 1-11 win over Cork with Seamus Callanan scoring both goals.


Alan Minter (boxing) - Former world middleweight champion, born 1951.

Guillermo Vilas (tennis) - Argentinian who won four grand slam titles, born 1952.

Nelson Piquet (motor racing) - Three-time Formula One world champion, born 1952.

Robin Cousins (ice skating) - 1980 Olympic champion, born 1957.

Ray Silke (Gaelic games) – Former Galway player who captained the Tribesmen to the 1998 All-Ireland SFC title, born 1970.

Thierry Henry (soccer) - Former Arsenal, Barcelona and France striker, now a TV pundit, born 1977.

William Gallas (soccer) - Defender who played for Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, born 1977.

Phil Jagielka (soccer) - Everton and England defender, born 1982.

Marc Wilson (soccer) - Bournemouth's Republic of Ireland defender, formerly with Stoke, born 1987.


Thursday, August 17

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.

Friday, August 18

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

SOCCER: Bundesliga, Bayern Munich v Bayer Leverkusen - BT Sport 2 1915; Ligue 1, Metz v Monaco - eir Sport 1 1930.

TENNIS: ATP, Western & Southern Open - Sky Sports Action 1800 and 0000 (Sat), Sky Sports Main Event 0030 (Sat); WTA, Western & Southern Open - BT Sport 1 1600 and 0000 (Sat).

GOLF: European Tour, Paul Lawrie Match Play - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf 1100;
Solheim Cup - Sky Sports Golf 1400, Sky Sports Main Event 2200.

CYCLING: Tour de l'Avenir - Eurosport 2 1300

DARTS: Melbourne Darts Masters - eir Sport 1 1000.

HOCKEY: Women's EuroHockey Championships, Holland v Spain – BT Sport/ESPN 1845.

SNOOKER: China Championship - Eurosport 1 0700 and 1230.


1. Gylfi Sigurdsson began his professional career with which English club?

2. Maria Sharapova won the US Open in which year?

3. Which two nations played in the first day-night test in 2015?

4. Who managed Waterford in their previous All-Ireland final appearance in 2008?

5. What will be the nickname of the new NHL team which will call Las Vegas home this upcoming season?

Answers: 1. Reading; 2. 2006; 3. Austraia and New Zealand; 4. Davy Fitzgerald; 5. The Golden Knights.

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