On This Day - Dec 23 1997: Cork hurling Allstar Mark Coleman is born

Cork's Mark Coleman. Picture by Seamus Loughran. 


1909: One of the finest welterweight champions, Barney Ross (real name Beryl David Rosofsky), was born. He took up boxing as a means of supporting his family after his father was killed by a gunman. He won the world lightweight and junior welterweight crowns in 1933.

1956: Michele Alboreto, a winner of five Formula One grands prix for the likes of Ferrari and Tyrrell, was born. He died testing a sports car at Lausitzring in April 2001.

2005: Wales fly-half Gavin Henson was banned for 10 weeks and two days after being found guilty of foul play having aimed a kick at Alex Moreno during Ospreys' stormy Heineken Cup encounter with Leicester. The ban was later reduced to seven weeks and two days, ruling him out of the first two matches of Wales' RBS 6 Nations campaign.

2006: Australia bowler Glenn McGrath announced his intention to retire from international cricket after the 2007 World Cup.

2009: Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher came out of retirement to sign a one-year contract with Mercedes.

2010: Inter Milan reached an agreement with coach Rafael Benitez over the termination of his contract with immediate effect.

2012: India batsman Sachin Tendulkar retired from one-day international cricket.

2013: Tim Sherwood was appointed head coach of Tottenham on a contract until the end of the 2014-15 season, though he would leave his role in May 2014.

2015: Former England international and coach Don Howe died at the age of 80.


Jean Gachassin (rugby union) - former France back, now president of the French tennis federation, born 1941.

Vicente del Bosque (soccer) - former Spain coach who led them to World Cup and European Championship triumphs in 2010 and 2012, born 1950.

Kenny Miller (soccer) - former Scotland forward, now with Rangers, born 1979.

Michael Chopra (soccer) - former Newcastle and Cardiff striker, born 1983.

TJ Oshie (ice hockey) - Washington Capitals and United States forward who shot to prominence by scoring four times in a Winter Olympic shoot-out against Russia in Sochi, born 1986.

Owen Franks (rugby union) - Crusaders' World Cup-winning New Zealand prop, born 1987.

Jeff Schlupp (soccer) - Crystal Palace and Ghana international, born 1992.

Mark Coleman (Gaelic games) – Cork hurler who won his first AllStar earlier this season, born 1997.


1. In which year did Jim Hines break the 10-second barrier for the 100m sprint? a) 1968 b) 1972 c) 1978.

2. Three players have received a record eight red cards in the Premier League - name two.

3. Who is the manager of the Westmeath footballers?

4. Which team won the FA Cup in 2013?

5. Which country topped the medal table at the last Winter Olympics in Sochi?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Saturday, December 23)

SOCCER: Premier League, Everton v Chelsea - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1130, Burnley v Tottenham - BT Sport 1 1700, Leicester v Manchester United - Sky Sports Premier League 1900, Sky Sports Main Event 1930; Championship, Aston Villa v Shefffield United - Sky Sports Main Event 1715; Scottish Premiership, Kilmarnock  v Rangers - BT Sport 1 1200; Serie A, Lazio v Crotone and Napoli v Sampdoria - eir Sport 1 1125 and 1355, AC Milan v Atalanta and Juventus v Roma - eir Sport 1 1655 and 1940, BT Sport 2 1715 and 1930; A-League, Wellington Phoenix v Sydney FC and Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory - BT Sport 1 0630 and 0845.

RUGBY UNION: Premiership, Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs - BT Sport 2 1430; PRO14, Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors - Sky Sports Action 1700, Connacht v Ulster - BBC Two Northern Ireland 1930; Top 14, Agen v Brive and Bordeaux Begles v La Rochelle - Sky Sports Action 1255 and 1455.

DARTS: World Darts Championship - Sky Sports Main Event 1430 and 2200.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, Baltimore Ravens v Indianapolis Colts - Sky Sports Action 2100, Sky Sports Main Event 2300, Green Bay Packers v Minnesota Vikings - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0100 (Sun).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Utah Jazz v Oklahoma City Thunder - BT Sport 1 0100 (Sun).

ICE HOCKEY: NHL, New York Rangers v Toronto Maple Leafs - eir Sport 1 0000 (Sun).

RACING: ITV Racing from Ascot - ITV4 1330.

Tomorrow (Sunday, December 24)

RUGBY UNION: Premiership, Leicester Tigers v Saracens - BT Sport 1 1430.

CRICKET: India v Sri Lanka, Twenty20 international - Sky Sports
Cricket 1320, Sky Sports Main Event 1330.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. a 1968; 2. Richard Dunne, Duncan Ferguson, Patrick Vieira; 3. Colin Kelly; 4. Wigan; 5. Norway

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