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On this Day, March 14 1996: Imperial Call, ridden by Conor O'Dwyer, won the Cheltenham Gold Cup for Ireland

Conor O'Dwyer (above) rode Imperial Call to Gold Cup victory in March 1996  

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ON THIS DAY

1981: Surrey batsman Ken Barrington, who was capped 82 times and scored 6,806 runs at international level, collapsed and died of a heart attack while touring as assistant manager of the England team in the West Indies.

1976: Armagh beat Clare after a replay to win the National Football League Division Three title. 

1996: Imperial Call, ridden by Conor O'Dwyer, won the Cheltenham Gold Cup for Ireland in a year when 10 horses died at the festival.

2000: Former Liverpool, Rangers and Southampton manager Graeme Souness became the new boss of Blackburn, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract.

2004: Steve Harmison took seven wickets for 12 runs at Sabina Park as England bowled out West Indies for 47 on their way to a 10-wicket victory in the first Test of their series.

2007: Uefa suspended Valencia's David Navarro for seven months for his role in the on-pitch brawl that marred a Champions League game against Inter Milan.

2010: David Beckham tore his Achilles while playing for AC Milan, ending his hopes of playing in the World Cup.

2012: Chelsea overturned a 3-1 first leg deficit with a 4-1 home win over Napoli to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time goal sealed a 5-4 aggregate win as the eventual European champions just scraped through.

2017: Leicester reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League as goals from Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton earned the Foxes a 2-0 win (3-2 on aggregate) against Sevilla in Craig Shakespeare's first game in full-time charge.

 

BIRTHDAYS

Bob Charles (golf) - New Zealander acclaimed as his sport's greatest left-hander, born 1936.

Tessa Sanderson (athletics) - first Briton to win an Olympic throwing title when taking javelin gold in 1984, born 1956.

Steve Harper (soccer) - former goalkeeper who spent 20 years at Newcastle, born 1975.

Pieter van den Hoogenband (swimming) - Dutch triple Olympic champion, born 1978.

Nicolas Anelka (soccer) - much-travelled former Chelsea striker, born 1979.

Elton Chigumbura (cricket) - former Zimbabwe captain, born 1986.

Joe Allen (soccer) - Stoke and Wales midfielder, born 1990.

 

QUICK QUIZ

1. Which car manufacturer sponsored the National Hurling League between 1985 and 1987?

2. Who were the top three scorers in last season's Premier League?

3. Who scored a brace as Germany beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in the Euro 1996 final?

4. Who won last season's Australian Grand Prix?

5. In what year did Tyrone win their first Ulster Senior Football Championship title? 
Answers below

 

SPORT ON TV

Today (Wednesday, March 14)

SOCCER:Champions League, Besiktas v Bayern Munich - eir Sport 1 1655, Barcelona v Chelsea - BT Sport 2 1900; Ligue 1, Paris St Germain v Angers - BT Sport 1 1600.

WINTER PARALYMPICS: Winter Paralympics, day six - Channel 4 0015 (Thur).

TENNIS: WTA Tour, BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells - BT Sport 1 2000 & 0200 (Thur); ATP Tour, BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells - Sky Sports Main Event 1800.

HORSE RACING: Second day of the Cheltenham Festival - ITV 1300.

CYCLING: Nokere Koerse - Eurosport 1 1400.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Boston Celtics v Washington Wizards - BT Sport 2 0000 (Wed); Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers - BT Sport 2 0230 (Wed).

Tomorrow (Thursday, March 15)

SOCCER: Europa League, Lokomotiv Moscow v Atletico Madrid - eir Sport 1 1555 & BT Sport 2 1600, Dynamo Kiev v Lazio - eir Sport 1 1755, Zenit St Petersburg v RB Leipzig - BT Sport/ESPN 1800, Arsenal v AC Milan - BT Sport 2 1930, FC Salzburg v Dortmund - eir Sport 1 2000.

CRICKET: ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier - Sky Sports Cricket 0725 & Sky Sports Main Event 0730.

WINTER PARALYMPICS: Winter Paralympics, day seven - Channel 4 0015 (Fri).

TENNIS: WTA Tour, BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells - BT Sport 1 1800 & 0000 (Fri); ATP Tour, BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells - Sky Sports Main Event 0200 (Fri).

GOLF: PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational - Sky Sports Golf 1130 & Sky Sports Main Event 1530.

HORSE RACING: Third day of the Cheltenham Festival - ITV 1300.

DARTS: Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action 1900.

BASKETBALL: NBA, New York Knicks v Philadelphia 76ers - BT Sport 2 2330; Portland Trail Blazers v Cleveland Cavaliers - BT Sport 2 0200 (Fri).

 

 

QUIZ ANSWERS

1.Ford; 2. Harry Kane (29), Romelu Lukaku (25), Alexis Sanchez (24); 3. Oliver Bierhoff; 4. Sebastian Vettel; 5. 1956

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