On this Day, January 22 1987: Ireland striker Shane Long is born

Southampton striker Shane Long is 31 today  


1927: The BBC broadcast its first ever live commentary of a football match, between Arsenal and Sheffield United at Highbury.

1955: Joe Davis compiled the first official maximum snooker break of 147, playing against Willie Smith in Leicester.

1959: Britain's first world motor racing champion, Mike Hawthorn, was killed when the Jaguar he was driving went out of control on the Guildford bypass.

2003: Former snooker player Bill Werbeniuk died of heart failure in Canada at the age of 56. Werbeniuk was famous for consuming huge quantities of lager during his matches in the 1980s - and claimed smoking and drinking helped steady his nerves at the table.

2006: LA Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. It is the second highest points total in a single game in NBA history, behind only Wilt Chamberlain's haul of 100 in 1962.

2007: Lyon striker John Carew signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Aston Villa, with Czech Republic forward Milan Baros moving in the opposite direction.

2011: Debutant Darren Bent scored the only goal as Aston Villa beat Manchester City 1-0 in the Barclays Premier League, just days after the England striker completed an £18million transfer from Sunderland.

2012: Neil Robertson was crowned Masters champion after defeating Shaun Murphy 10-6 in the final at Alexandra Palace.

2013: Bradford became the first fourth-tier club to reach the League Cup final for 51 years after beating Aston Villa 4-3 on aggregate, despite losing 2-1 in the second leg.

2016: UEFA approved the use of goal-line technology at Euro 2016 and in the Champions League from the 2016-17 season.

2017: Derry and Tyrone recorded narrow wins over Monaghan and Fermanagh to set up a derby encounter in the Dr McKenna Cup final. 



Nigel Benn (boxing) - former world middleweight and super-middleweight champion, born 1964.

Nick Gillingham (swimming) - British former Olympic bronze medallist, born 1967.

Frank Leboeuf (soccer) - former Chelsea and France defender, born 1968.

Stan Collymore (soccer) - former England, Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Aston Villa striker, born 1971.

Paul Gerrard (soccer) - former Everton and Nottingham Forest goalkeeper, born 1973.

Dennis Moran (rugby league) - former Wigan, Widnes and London Broncos half-back, born 1977.

Hidetoshi Nakata (soccer) - former Bolton and Japan midfielder, born 1977.

Jonathan Woodgate (soccer) - former Tottenham, Real Madrid and Middlesbrough defender, born 1980.

Ibrahima Sonko (soccer) - former Reading and Stoke defender, born 1981.

Fabricio Coloccini (soccer) - former Newcastle and Argentina defender, now playing for San Lorenzo, born 1982.

Mohamed Sissoko (soccer) - Malian midfielder formerly with Liverpool and Juventus, now at Atletico San Luis, born 1985.

Shane Long (soccer) - Southampton and Republic of Ireland striker, born 1987.



1. Who top-scored for Cork as they finally beat Wexford in the second replay to win the 1993 National Hurling League title? 

2. Which tennis players sparred off in the Battle of the Sexes - a game which was the basis of a 2017 film?

3. Who is the top points scorer in the history of the Six Nations?

4. Which football league club are nicknamed the Imps?

5. Which two clubs play in the Derby d'Italia?
Answers below



Today (Monday, January 22)

SOCCER: Premier League, Swansea v Liverpool - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League 1900; Serie A, Juventus v Genoa - BT Sport 1 1930.

TENNIS: Australian Open - Eurosport 2 0600 and Eurosport 1 0745.

CRICKET: International T20, New Zealand v Pakistan - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0600; Big Bash League, Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers - BT Sport 2 0830; ICC Under-19s World Cup -

Sky Sports Cricket 2125 and Sky Sports Main Event 2300.

RUGBY UNION: Top 14, Toulon v Bordeaux - Sky Sports Action 1340; Castres v Racing 92 - Sky Sports Action 1940; HSBC Women's World Rugby Sevens - Sky Sports Main Event 0700, 0000 (Sun), 0325 (Sun) and Sky Sports Action 0700, 2150, 0325 (Sun).

ICE HOCKEY: NHL, Chicago Blackhawks v Tampa Bay Lightning - eir Sport 1 0130 (Tue).

BOWLS: World Indoor Championships - BBC Two 1300.

Tomorrow (Tuesday, January 23)

SOCCER: Carabao Cup, Bristol City v Manchester City - Sky Sports Main Event 1930; Scottish Premiership, Partick Thistle v Celtic - BT Sport 1 1915.

TENNIS: Australian Open - Eurosport 1 0000, 0200 & 0800.

CRICKET: Big Bash League, Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars - BT Sport 2 0830; ICC Under-19s World Cup - Sky Sports Cricket 2125 and Sky Sports Main Event 2300.

BASKETBALL: NBA, San Antonio Spurs v Cleveland Cavaliers - BT Sport 1 0100 (Wed); Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics - BT Sport 1 0330 (Wed).

ICE HOCKEY: NHL, Nashville Predators v Tampa Bay Lightning - eir Sport 1 0100.

BOWLS: World Indoor Championships - BBC Two 1300.



1 Barry Egan; 2 Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs; 3 Ronan O'Gara; 4 Lincoln City; 5 Inter Milan and Juventus.


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