On This Day - Dec 9, 2004: Deal struck to save Silverstone GP

 Silverstone was in danger of losing out until a deal was agreed



Tom Kite (golf) - Former US Open winner and United States captain for 1997 Ryder Cup, born 1949.

Jason Dozzell (soccer) - Former Ipswich and Tottenham player, born 1967.

Bixente Lizarazu (soccer) - Former Bayern Munich and France full-back and member of Les Bleus' World Cup and European Championship-winning teams in 1998 and 2000, born 1969.

Fabrice Santoro (tennis) - Frenchman nicknamed 'The Magician', born 1972.

Gaston Gaudio (tennis) - Retired Argentinian player, winner of the French Open in 2004, born 1978.

Stephen McPhail (soccer) - former Leeds, Cardiff and Republic of Ireland midfielder, born 1979.

Mardy Fish (tennis) - American former player who won the singles silver medal at the 2004 Olympics, born 1981.

Jermaine Beckford (soccer) - Bury and Jamaica striker, born 1983.

Kevin McManamon (Gaelic games) – Dublin footballer who has won five All-Ireland titles, born 1986.


1942: Billy Bremner, an integral part of Leeds' rise to the top of British football in the 1970s, was born. He died in December 1997.

1986: Greyhound Ballyregan Bob was retired by his owner-trainer George Curtis after he won a world record 32 races in a row.

2001: David Beckham won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

2004: Formula One chiefs struck a deal with Silverstone's owners to save the British Grand Prix. A five-year contract ended months of uncertainty and acrimony between the British Racing Drivers' Club and Bernie Ecclestone's F1 organisation.

2005: England drew Paraguay, Sweden and Trinidad and Tobago in the group stage of the 2006 World Cup finals.

2007: Nemo Rangers were crowned Munster champions following a 1-10 to 1-7 win over Ballinacourty.

2008: Former England cricketer Chris Lewis was charged with attempted drug smuggling after four kilos of cocaine was seized at Gatwick Airport. He was jailed for 13 years at Croydon Crown Court in May 2009.

2010: Alan Pardew was confirmed as Newcastle manager on a five-and-a-half-year contract.

2012: Lionel Messi equalled Gerd Muller's record of 85 goals in a calendar year by scoring for Barcelona at Real Betis. He went on to score 91 in total.

2013: England were all out for 312 in Adelaide, suffering a 218-run defeat to Australia as the Ashes deficit grew to 2-0 with three matches to play. England would end up suffering a 5-0 whitewash.

2015: Swansea "very reluctantly" parted company with manager Garry Monk, who had been at the club as a player and coach for 11 years. He was replaced with Francesco Guidolin.


1. Who was the top scorer from play in the 2017 All-Ireland Football Championship?

2. Which county do St Loman’s compete in?

3. In what year did Shaun Murphy win the World Snooker Championship?

4. In what year did world number one Rafael Nadal first top the ATP rankings?

5. Which Scottish club are nicknamed The Loons?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Saturday, December 9)

SOCCER: Premier League, West Ham v Chelsea - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League, 1130; Newcastle v Leicester - BT Sport 1, 1700; Championship, Norwich v Sheffield Wednesday - Sky Sports Main Event, 1715; National League, Macclesfield Town v Wrexham - BT Sport 1, 1200; Ligue 1, Paris St Germain v Lille - eir Sport 1, 1555; Welsh Premier League, Bala Town v The New Saints - S4C, 1700; A-League, Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix - BT Sport 1, 0630; Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC - BT Sport 1, 0845; Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets - BT Sport 2, 1100.

RUGBY UNION: Champions Cup, Scarlets v Benetton Treviso - Sky Sports Action, 1230; Toulon v Bath - Sky Sports Action, 1500; Northampton Saints v Ospreys - Sky Sports Action, 1715; Munster v Leicester - Sky Sports Action, 1915; Challenge Cup, Newcastle Falcons v Bordeaux - BT Sport 2.

CRICKET: Second Test, New Zealand v West Indies, Second Day - Sky Sports Cricket, 2155; Women's Big Bash, Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars - BT Sport 2, 0700; Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat - BT Sport 2, 2330; Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers - BT Sport 2, 0245 (Sun).

GOLF: European Tour, The Joburg Open - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Golf, 1230; Ladies European Tour, Omega Dubai Ladies Classic - Sky Sports Golf, 0930; QBE Shootout - Sky Sports Golf, 1830.

BOXING: IBF Super Middleweight title fight, James DeGale v Caleb Truax - BT Sport 1, 1945; IBF Super Featherweight title fight, Tevin Farmer v Kenichi Ogawa - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action, 0300 (Sun).

SNOOKER: UK Championship - Eurosport 1, 1300 & BBC One, 1315.

ICE HOCKEY: Montreal Canadiens v Edmonton Oilers - eir Sport 1, 0000 (Sun).

SKIING: Alpine World Cup, St Moritz - Eurosport 2, 0815.

Tomorrow (Sunday, December 10)

GAELIC GAMES: Leinster Senior Football Club Championship final, St Loman’s v Moorefield – TG4, 1330.

SOCCER: Premier League, Southampton v Arsenal - BT Sport 1, 1130; Liverpool v Everton - Sky Sports Premier League, 1415; Manchester United v Manchester City - Sky Sports Main Event, 1615; Scottish Premiership, Hibernian v Celtic - Sky Sports Main Event, 1200; Women's Super League, Chelsea Ladies v Manchester City Women - BT Sport 1, 1800; LaLiga, Villarreal v Barcelona - Sky Sports Main Event, 1940; Serie A, Chievo v Roma - BT Sport/ESPN, 1130 & eir Sport 1, 1125; Napoli v Fiorentina - BT Sport 1, 1415 & eir Sport 1, 1355; Sassuolo v Crotone - eur Sport 1, 1655; AC Milan v Bologna - eir Sport 1, 1940; Ligue 1, Nantes v Nice - BT Sport 1, 1600; Marseille v St Etienne - BT Sport 2, 2030.

RUGBY UNION: Champions Cup, La Rochelle v Wasps - BT Sport 2, 1230; Saracens v Clermont Auvergne - BT Sport 2, 1500; Exeter Chiefs v Leinster - BT Sport 2, 1715.

CRICKET: Second Test, New Zealand v West Indies, Third Day - Sky Sports Cricket, 2155; First ODI, India v Sri Lanka - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket, 0550.

GOLF: European Tour, The Joburg Open - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Golf, 0930; QBE Shootout - Sky Sports Golf, 1830.

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

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, TBA v TBA - Sky Sports Action, 1730; TBA v TBA - Sky Sports Action, 2100; Pittsburgh Steelers v Baltimore Ravens - Sky Sports Action, 0120 (Mon).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Detroit Pistons v Boston Celtics - BT Sport 1, 2100.

SKIING: Alpine World Cup, Val d'Isere - Eurosport 2, 0815.

HOCKEY: World League Final, TBA v TBA - BT Sport/ESPN, 1345.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Andy Moran 2.Westmeath 3. 2005 4. 2008 5. Forfar Athletic


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