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On This Day - December 6 2005 : Double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes announced her retirement from athletics

During an illustrious career, Kelly Holmes, a specialist in the 800 and 1500 metres, won a gold medal for both distances at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens  
PA and Sean O'Neill

ON THIS DAY

1930: Just 462 spectators turned out to see Thames play Luton in a Division Three South clash. This stood as the record for the lowest attendance for a Football League match until 1974, when the Rochdale v Cambridge game attracted 12 fewer people.

1999: The Football Association fined Nottingham Forest £325,000 for admitting unauthorised payments to management and playing staff between 1984 and 1993.

2005: Double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes announced her retirement from athletics.

2006: Luton manager Mike Newell was charged with improper conduct for controversial comments he made about assistant referee Amy Rayner after a match against QPR. Newell had said: "This is not park football, so what are women doing here? It is tokenism, for the politically correct idiots." He was later fined £6,500.

2008: Carl Froch won the vacant WBC super-middleweight title with a unanimous points victory over Canadian Jean Pascal in Nottingham.

2009: The Scottish Premier League game between Hamilton and Hearts was marred by a post-match tunnel brawl which resulted in three players and a masseur being shown red cards. Hamilton won 2-1 against a Hearts side who had two players sent off during the game.

2012: Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel was suspended for three games and fined £60,000 by the Football Association after admitting a charge of misconduct for his behaviour upon entering the officials' changing room at the end of a game against Manchester United. Mikel believed Mark Clattenburg had used a racist remark towards him but the referee was later cleared by the FA of using inappropriate language.

2015: Neil Robertson plundered a history-making maximum break on his way to a second Betway UK Championship title in three years as he held off Liang Wenbo in York.

2016: Novak Djokovic and his coach Boris Becker ended their working relationship after three years, during which time the Serb won six grand slam titles.

BIRTHDAYS

Noel Skehan (GAA): former Kilkenny hurler, who, as the holder of nine All-Ireland SHC medals and seven All-star awards is regarded as one of the best hurling goalkeepers of all time, born 1945.

Keke Rosberg (motor racing) - Finn who won the 1982 Formula One world title, born 1948.

Peter Willey (cricket) - former England Test batsman and ex-international umpire, born 1949.

Gerry Francis (soccer) - former Tottenham and QPR manager and England captain, born 1951.

Gordon Durie (soccer) - former Tottenham, Rangers and Scotland striker, born 1965.

Per-Ulrik Johansson (golf) - member of Europe's 1995 Ryder Cup-winning team, born 1966.

Richard Krajicek (tennis) - Holland's 1996 Wimbledon champion, born 1971.

Andrew Flintoff (cricket) - former England captain and Lancashire all-rounder, born 1977.

Tim Cahill (soccer) - former Everton midfielder, now with Melbourne City, born 1979.

Danny McGuire (rugby league) - Former Leeds Rhinos stand-off, now with Hull Kingston Rovers, born 1982.

Alberto Contador (cycling) - Spain's two-time Tour de France winner who was stripped of the 2010 Tour title due to a doping offence, born 1982.

QUICK QUIZ

1. Which team did Antonio Conte manage between 2011 and 2014?

2. Name the Mayo football manager who was forced to resign after the players criticised his methods in 1992?

3. Which clubs did Jonny Wilkinson play for during his 17-year career?

4. How many UK Championship titles has Ronnie O'Sullivan won?

5. Name the former Monaghan footballer who won a Clare county senior football title with Lissycasey in 2007?

(See answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV

Today (Wednesday, December 6)

GAA: Classic GAA, Armagh v Kerry from 2000 - eir Sport 1 2145.

SOCCER: Champions League, Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City - BT Sport/ESPN, 1900; Liverpool v Spartak Moscow - BT Sport 2, 1900; Tottenham v APOEL - eir Sport 1, 1940.

CRICKET: Ashes Second Test, Australia v England, Fifth Day - BT Sport 1, 0300; Third Test, India v Sri Lanka, Fifth Day - Sky Sports Cricket, 0350; Ram Slam T20 Challenge, TBA v TBA - Sky Sports Cricket 1555.

GOLF: Ladies European Tour, Omega Dubai Ladies Classic - Sky Sports Golf, 0930.

SNOOKER: UK Championship - BBC Two & Eurosport 1, 1300.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Los Angeles Clippers v Minnesota Timberwolves - BT Sport 1, 0330 (Thu).

HOCKEY: World League, TBA v TBA - BT Sport 2, 1130; TBA v TBA - BT Sport 2, 1345.

Tomorrow (Thursday, December 7)

SOCCER: Europa League, Apollon Limassol v Everton - BT Sport 2, 1730; Arsenal v BATE Borisov - BT Sport 2, 2000; Austria Vienna v AEK Athens - eir Sport 1, 1755; Slavia Prague v Astana - BT Sport/ESPN, 1800; Zorya Luhansk v Athletic Bilbao - BT Sport/ESPN, 2000; Red Star Belgrade v Cologne - eir Sport 1, 2000.

RUGBY UNION: Varsity Match, Oxford v Cambridge - BBC Two England, 1445.

GOLF: European Tour, The Joburg Open - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Golf, 0830; Ladies European Tour, Omega Dubai Ladies Classic - Sky Sports Golf, 1030.

SNOOKER: UK Championship - BBC Two & Eurosport 1, 1300.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, Atlanta Falcons v New Orleans Saints - Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Action, 0030 (Fri).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Philadelphia 76ers v Los Angeles Lakers - BT Sport 1, 0100 (Fri); Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets - BT Sport 1, 0330.

HOCKEY: World League, TBA v TBA - BT Sport 2, 1130; TBA v TBA - BT Sport 2, 1345.

ICE HOCKEY: NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning v Colorado Avalanche - eir Sport 1, 0030 (Fri).

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