On This Day - Aug 31 1971: Irish golfing great Padraig Harrington is born

Irish golfing star Padraig Harrington


1968: Sir Garfield Sobers made cricketing history when he hit six sixes in one over for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan off Malcolm Nash at Swansea.

1969: Former world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano died in a plane crash. He would have been 46 a day later.

1991: Former Tottenham defender Cyril Knowles died after a long illness at the age of 47. He played 401 games for his club and won four England caps.

2003: Armagh beat Donegal in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final on a finishing score line of 2-10 to 1-9. Three teams from Ulster made it to the semi-finals, with Tyrone beating Armagh in a landmark final.

2004: Manchester United completed the £27million signing of England striker Wayne Rooney from Everton.

2016: David Luiz rejoined Chelsea from Paris St Germain in a £32million deal on a frantic transfer deadline day.


Clive Lloyd (cricket) - former West Indies captain, born 1944.

Ed Moses (athletics) - America's 1976 and 1984 Olympic 400 metres hurdles champion, born 1955.

Serge Blanco (rugby union) - Frenchman who scored 38 tries and won 93 caps for his country, born 1958.

Padraig Harrington (golf) - Ireland's three-time major winner and Ryder Cup player, born 1971.

Javagal Srinath (cricket) - former India fast bowler, born 1971.

Ian Harte (soccer) - former Republic of Ireland and Leeds defender, born 1977.

Dwayne Peel (rugby union) - former Wales scrum-half, born 1981.

Jose Reina (soccer) - Spanish goalkeeper, currently at Napoli, born 1982.

Larry Fitzgerald (gridiron) - Arizona Cardinals wide receiver, born 1983.

Charl Schwartzel (golf) - South Africa's 2011 Masters champion, born 1984.


1 Who won the Formula One world title in 2005 and 2006?

2 Real Madrid signed defender Raphael Varane from which club?

3 How many Ulster GAA Senior football titles have Derry won?

4 What was the ring name of Belfast fighter and former World Boxing Union champion Eamonn Magee?

5 How many Super Bowls have the Dallas Cowboys won?

(see quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Thursday, August 31)

BASEBALL: MLB, Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers - BT Sport//ESPN 2030.

CRICKET: CPL T20, Barbados Tridents v St Lucia Stars - BT Sport 2 0030 (Fri).

CYCLING: Vuelta a Espana - Eurosport 2 1400.

SOCCER: World Cup Qualifying, Nigeria v Cameroon - BT Sport 1 1700.

GOLF: European Tour, Czech Masters - Sky Sports Golf 1000 & 1400.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League Super 8s, Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC - Sky Sports Main Event 2000.

RUGBY UNION: New Zealand NPC Rugby, Bay of Plenty v Wellington - Sky Sports Action 0830.

TENNIS: US Open - Eurosport 1 1530 & Eurosport 2 1700.

Tomorrow (Friday, September 1)

SOCCER: World Cup Qualifying, Lithuania v Scotland - Sky Sports Main Event 1900; Malta v England - ITV 1915.

ATHLETICS: Diamond League, Memorial Van Damme, Brussels - Eurosport 2 1900.

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves - BT Sport//ESPN 1915; New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox - BT Sport 2 0000 (Sat)

BOXING: Nxtgen Boxing, Team GB's Rio Olympians, Joshua Buatsi, Lawrence Okolie and Joe Cordina are on the card - Sky Sports Action 1945.

CRICKET: Kia Super League, semi-finals - Sky Sports Cricket 1400; CPL T20, Jamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors - BT Sport 1 0130 (Sat).

CYCLING: Vuelta a Espana - Eurosport 2 1400.

GOLF: European Tour, Czech Masters - Sky Sports Golf 1000 & 1400; PGA Tour, Dell Technologies Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1700.

MOTOR SPORT: Formula 1, Opening Italian Grand Prix practice session - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports F1 0845 & eir Sport 1 0855; Second Italian Grand Prix practice session - Sky Sports F1 1245 & eir Sport 1 1255.

RUGBY UNION: New Zealand NPC Rugby, Hawke's Bay v Canterbury - Sky Sports Action 0830; Currie Cup, Blue Bulls v Griquas - Sky Sports Action 1755; Aviva Premiership, Gloucester v Exeter - BT Sport 1 1900; PRO14, Ulster v Cheetahs -

BBC Two Northern Ireland 1915, Cardiff Blues v Edinburgh - BBC Two Wales 1930.

TENNIS: US Open - Eurosport 1 1530 & Eurosport 2 2100.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1 Fernando Alonso; 2 Lens; 3 7; 4 The Terminator; 5 Five.

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