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On This Day - Aug 18 1968: Down beat Galway to reach the All-Ireland SFC final

Down legend Sean O'Neill, who was named Texaco Footballer of the Year in 1968, scored 1-3 against Galway in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final 
PA and Sean O'Neill

ON THIS DAY

1920: One of England's best-known wicketkeepers, Godfrey Evans, was born. The Kent gloveman dismissed 219 batsmen in 91 Test matches and was the first to claim 200 Test victims. He died on May 3, 1999.

1948: Lester Piggott won his first horse race aged 12, riding The Chase to victory in the Wigan Lane Selling Handicap at Haydock.

1968: Down advanced to the All-Ireland SFC final after beating Galway 2-10 to 2-8. 

The Down footballers went on to beat Kerry in the 1968 All-Ireland final, and thus claim their third title of the decade, a feat matched by Galway. Sean O'Neill, who was named Texaco Footballer of the Year in 1968, scored 1-3 against Galway, and is regarded as one of the greatest ever players to grace the game. The Newry Mitchels clubman was named on the GAA's Football Team of the Century in 1984, and again on the Gaelic Football Team of the Millennium in 2000. 

1990: New Zealand's All Blacks suffered their first defeat for nearly four years, losing 21-9 to Australia in Wellington to end a run of 23 consecutive wins.

2008: Great Britain's cycling quartet of Paul Manning, Bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy and Geraint Thomas won an Olympic gold medal in the men's team pursuit in a world record time of three minutes 53.314 seconds in Beijing.

2011: UK Athletics confirmed it would bid to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London. The city was chosen as host ahead of Doha in November 2011.

2013: Europe won the Solheim Cup on American soil for the first time with an 18-10 win over the United States.

BIRTHDAYS

Ricky Villa (soccer) - former Tottenham and Argentina midfielder, born 1952.

Esteban Cambiasso (soccer) - former Inter Milan and Leicester midfielder who played for Argentina at the 2006 World Cup, now with Olympiacos, born 1980.

Cesar Delgado (soccer) - former Argentina winger, born 1981.

Kris Boyd (soccer) - Kilmarnock and Scotland striker, born 1983.

Cameron White (cricket) - former Australia Twenty20 captain, born 1983.

Robert Huth (soccer) - Leicester's German defender, born 1984.

Bryan Ruiz (soccer) - Costa Rica's former Fulham forward, now at Sporting, born 1985.

Ross McCormack (soccer) - Aston Villa and Scotland striker, born 1986.

Jack Hobbs (soccer) - Nottingham Forest defender, born 1988.

Renato Sanches (soccer) - Bayern Munich and Portugal midfielder, born 1997.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1. How old is Real Madrid's emerging star Marco Asensio?

2. Who beat Tyrone in the 1973 All-Ireland SFC semi-final?

3. Who won the 2016 Vuelta a Espana?

4. Liverpool signed Philippe Coutinho from which club?

5. Who beat Donegal in the 1983 All-Ireland SFC semi-final?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV

Friday, August 18

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, 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.

Saturday, August 19

CRICKET: England v West Indies, First Test - Sky Sports Cricket 1300, Sky Sports Main Event 1940.

SOCCER: Premier League, Swansea v Manchester United - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1130, Stoke v Arsenal - BT Sport 1 1700; Championship, Sunderland v Leeds - Sky Sports Main Event 1715; Serie A, Juventus v Cagliari - eir Sport 1 1655; 2. Bundesliga, Fortuna Dusseldorf v Kaiserslautern - BT Sport 1 1200; Welsh Premier League, The New Saints v Bala Town - S4C 1700

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League Qualifiers, Warrington Wolves v Halifax RLFC - Sky Sports Main Event 1515.

RUGBY UNION: Rugby Championship, Australia v New Zealand and South Africa v Argentina - Sky Sports Action 1030 and 1530; Currie Cup, Blue Bulls v Free State Cheetahs - Sky Sports Action 1300.

TENNIS: ATP, Western & Southern Open - Sky Sports Action 1900 and 0000 (Sun), Sky Sports Main Event 0030 (Sun); WTA, Western & Southern Open - BT Sport 2 1700, BT Sport 1 2100.

GOLF: European Tour, Paul Lawrie Match Play - Sky Sports Golf 1000; Solheim Cup - Sky Sports Golf 1400, Sky Sports Main Event 2200.

CYCLING: Vuelta a Espana - Eurosport 1 1615.

MOTOR RACING: World Rally Championship, Rally Germany - BT Sport 2 1100.

MOTORCYCLING: World Superbikes - Eurosport 2 0815; British Superbikes - Eurosport 2 1545.

DARTS: Melbourne Darts Masters - eir Sport 1 1000.

BOXING: WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO World Super Lightweight title fight, Terence Crawford v Julius Indongo - Sky Sports Main Event 0200 (Sun).

SNOOKER: China Championship - Eurosport 1 0700 and 1230.

HORSE RACING: Newbury - ITV 1330.

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QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. 21; 2. Cork, on a 5-10 to 2-4 scoreline; 3. Nairo Quintana; 4. Inter Milan; 5. Galway, on a 1-12 to 1-11 scoreline.

 

 

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