On This Day - Feb 2 2009: Liverpool reach agreement on transfer of Robbie Keane back to Tottenham, just six months after signing him in a £20.3million deal

Robbie Keane 


1918: The last bare-knuckle boxing champion, John L Sullivan, died. He lost to James J Corbett in the first officially recognised world heavyweight title bout under Queensbury Rules in 1892, although some boxing historians believe Sullivan's win over Dominick McCaffrey at Cincinnati in 1885 was the first such contest.

2000: Swindon, who were losing £25,000 a week, eight points adrift at the foot of Division One and facing a £500,000 tax bill, went into administration.

2001: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger won his appeal against a 12-match touchline ban imposed by the Football Association for "alleged threatening behaviour and physical intimidation" towards fourth official Paul Taylor after a game against Sunderland. The Frenchman instead received a reprimand, a £10,000 fine and was ordered to pay appeal costs.

2004: West Ham striker Jermain Defoe joined Tottenham for £7million on transfer deadline day, with Bobby Zamora moving the other way as part of the deal.

2004: Rugby director Dean Richards parted company with Zurich Premiership strugglers Leicester.

2006: Newcastle announced that Graeme Souness' contract had been terminated with immediate effect, with Glenn Roeder to take charge of first-team affairs, assisted by Alan Shearer.

2007: The Italian football federation, the FIGC, announced the suspension of all football in Italy following the death of a police officer during trouble at the Sicilian derby between Catania and Palermo.

2009: Liverpool confirmed they had reached agreement for the transfer of Robbie Keane back to Tottenham, just six months after signing the striker from the north London club in a £20.3million deal.

2011: Manchester United defender Gary Neville announced his retirement from the game with immediate effect after making 602 appearances for the Red Devils. He also won 85 England caps.

2013: Liverpool signed Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee.

2014: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Malky Mackay as Cardiff manager. Solskjaer's reign lasted only until September.

2016: Australian Wayne Bennett was appointed as England's new head coach on a two-year contract after the Rugby Football League announced Steve McNamara would leave the role.

2017: England, Chelsea and West Ham midfielder Frank Lampard announced his retirement after a 21-year playing career.


Andy Fordham (darts) - 2004 World Professional Darts champion, born 1962.

James Hickman (swimming) - Five-time world short-course butterfly champion and former world record holder, born 1976.

Barry Ferguson (soccer) - former Rangers and Scotland midfielder, born 1978.

Faye White (soccer) - former Arsenal and England Women's captain, born 1978.

Fani Chalkia (athletics) - Greek 2004 Olympic 400m hurdles champion, born 1979.

Carolina Kluft (athletics) - former Olympic, world and European heptathlon champion, born 1983.

Gerard Pique (soccer) - Spain and Barcelona defender, born 1987.

Jill Scott (soccer) - Manchester City Ladies and England midfielder, born 1987.

Ravel Morrison (soccer) - Lazio midfielder currently on loan at Mexican side Atlas, born 1993.


1. Who was the most expensive signing during the January transfer window at £75million?

2. 40th was Sir Bradley Wiggins' best performance in which cycling Grand Tour?

3. Who are the reigning National GAA Football League Division 3 champions?

4. The US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis will host which major event this weekend?

5. Which Ulster county won the National GAA Football League Division 1B title in 2000?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Friday, February 2)

SOCCER: Bundesliga, Cologne v Borussia Dortmund - BT Sport 2 1915; Ligue 1, Marseille v Metz - eir Sport 1 1930; A-League, Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix - BT Sport/ESPN 0845.

CRICKET: Big Bash League second semi-final, Adelaide Strikers v TBC - BT Sport 2 0830; ICC Under-19s World Cup final, TBC v TBC - Sky Sports Cricket 1255 & 0600 and Sky Sports Main Event 0100 & 0600 (Sat).

RUGBY UNION: Anglo-Welsh Cup, Northampton v Harlequins - BT Sport 1 1915.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, St Helens v Castleford - Sky Sports Main Event 1930.

GOLF: European Tour, Maybank Championship - Sky Sports Golf 0530, 0730 & 0230 (Sat) and Sky Sports Main Event 0730; PGA Tour, Waste Management Phoenix Open - Sky Sports Golf 1415 & 2000 and Sky Sports Main Event 1415 & 2230.

TENNIS: WTA, St Petersburg Ladies' Trophy - BT Sport 1 1000.

CYCLING: Volta a la Comunitat - Eurosport 2 1400; 6 Days of Copenhagen - Eurosport 2 1930.

SNOOKER: German Masters - Eurosport 1 1245 and 1845.

Tomorrow (Saturday, February 3)

SOCCER: Premier League, Burnley v Manchester City - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League 1130, Arsenal v Everton - BT Sport 1 1700; Championship, Wolves v Sheffield United - Sky Sports Main Event 1715; Scottish Premiership, Kilmarnock v Celtic - BT Sport 1 1215; Bundesliga, Borussia Moenchengladbach v RB Leipzig - BT Sport 2 1715; Serie A, Inter Milan v Crotone - BT Sport 2 1930; A-League, Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory - BT Sport 1 0630, Adelaide United v Perth Glory - BT Sport 1 - 0845.

RUGBY UNION: Six Nations, Wales v Scotland - BBC One 1345, France v Ireland - BBC One 1615.

CRICKET: Australia v New Zealand, Trans-Tasman Tri-Series - BT Sport 2 0800.

BOXING: Lawrence Okolie v Isaac Chamberlain, WBA Continental Cruiserweight title bout - Sky Sports Action 1900 and Sky Sports Main Event 1940.

GOLF: European Tour, Maybank Championship - Sky Sports Golf 0230 (Sun); PGA Tour, Waste Management Phoenix Open - Sky Sports Golf 1900.

TENNIS: Davis Cup - BBC Two 1300; WTA, Taiwan Open - BT Sport/ESPN 0700 and 0500 (Sun).

CYCLING: 6 Days of Copenhagen - Eurosport 2 2015.

HORSE RACING: Sandown - ITV4 1330.

SNOOKER: German Masters - Eurosport 1 1245 and 1845.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers v Houston Rockets - BT Sport 1 0130 (Sun).

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton to Liverpool) 2. Giro d'Italia 3. Louth. 4. The Super Bowl 5. Yorkshire.


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