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On This Day - Mar 16 1977: Cork goalkeeping legend Donal Óg Cusack is born

ON THIS DAY 

1872: The first FA Cup final was contested by the Wanderers and the Royal Engineers. A crowd of 2,000 at the Kennington Oval saw Wanderers striker Morton Betts score the only goal of the game.

1991: Simon Hodgkinson kicked five goals for England against France, taking his tally to a Five Nations championship record of 60 points for the season.

2001: George Graham was dismissed as Tottenham manager following a meeting with new executive vice-chairman David Buchler. He had been in charge at White Hart Lane for two and a half years.

2004: Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan took his 500th Test wicket, bowling Australian tail-ender Michael Kasprowicz in the second Test in Kandy.

2008: Lewis Hamilton won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. He would go on to become world champion.

2009: West Ham and Sheffield United announced they had agreed an out-of-court settlement following their dispute over the Carlos Tevez affair.

2011: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was fined £30,000 and given a five-match touchline ban by the Football Association for comments he made about referee Martin Atkinson in the aftermath of the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.

2012: India batsman Sachin Tendulkar scored his record 100th international century, reaching the milestone in the Asia Cup match against Bangladesh in Mirpur.

2013: Wales retained the RBS 6 Nations title with a 30-3 defeat of England at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

2014: Nico Rosberg won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after team-mate Lewis Hamilton retired, while home favourite Daniel Ricciardo finished second but was then disqualified for a technical fuel infringement.

2016: Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League - despite a first goal for the club from Mohamed Elneny - after losing 3-1 at Barcelona for a 5-1 aggregate defeat.

BIRTHDAYS

Carlos Bilardo (soccer) - former Argentina coach who won the 1986 World Cup, born 1939.

Cliff Lazarenko (darts) - British four-time World Championship semi-finalist, born 1952.

Heath Streak (cricket) - former Zimbabwe and Warwickshire captain, born 1974.

Donal Óg Cusack (gaelic games) - one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation, Cusack starred for the Cork senior hurling team, born 1977

Joe Denly (cricket) - Kent's former England limited-overs batsman, born 1986.

Theo Walcott (soccer) - Everton and England forward, born 1989.

QUICK QUIZ

1. Which rugby league side have won the most Challenge Cup titles?

2. Who scored the fastest ever Premier League goal when he found the net for Tottenham against Bradford in December 2000 after 10 seconds?

3. Which goalkeeper has the most Premier League clean sheets?

4. Who won the 2017 Premier League of Darts?

5. Which two British boxers will square off in the Super middleweight World Boxing Super Series final?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV 

Today (Friday, March 16)

SOCCER: A-League, Adelaide United v Melbourne City - BT Sport 1 0845; Bundesliga, Freiburg v Stuttgart - BT Sport 2 1915; Scottish Premiership, St Johnstone v Hibernian - BT Sport 1 1930.

CRICKET: ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier - Sky Sports Cricket 0725 & Sky Sports Main Event 1045.

WINTER PARALYMPICS: Winter Paralympics, day eight - Channel 4 0015 (Sat).

RUGBY UNION: Super Rugby, Chiefs v Bulls - Sky Sports Action 0630.

RUGBY LEAGUE: NRL, Sydney Roosters v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs - Sky Sports Main Event 0630, Brisbane Broncos v North Queensland Cowboys - Sky Sports Main Event 0845; Super League, St Helens v Leeds Rhinos - Sky Sports Main Event 1930.

TENNIS: WTA Tour, BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells - BT Sport 1 0200 (Sat).

GOLF: PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational - Sky Sports Golf 1130.

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

MOTOR CYCLING: MotoGP Qatar: FP1 - BT Sport 2 0945.

CYCLING: Handzame Classic - Eurosport 2 1430.

Tomorrow (Saturday, March 17)

SOCCER: A-League, Wellington Phoenix v Newcastle Jets - BT Sport 1 0630, Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar - BT Sport 1 0845; FA Cup, Swansea v Tottenham - BT Sport 1 1145, A quarter-final clash - eir Sport 1 1450, Manchester United v Brighton - BT Sport 1 1930; Championship, Fulham v QPR - Sky Sports Main Event 1200, Bolton v Aston Villa - Sky Sports Main Event 1715; Premier League, Liverpool v Watford - BT Sport 1 1700; LaLiga, Real Betis v Espanyol - Sky Sports Main Event 1940.

WINTER PARALYMPICS: Winter Paralympics, day nine - Channel 4 0015 (Sun).

RUGBY UNION: Super Rugby, Highlanders v Crusaders - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action 0630, Brumbies v Sharks - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action 0840, Stormers v Blues - Sky Sports Action 1300; Lions v Sunwolves - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action 1510, Jaguares v Reds - Sky Sports Action 2135, Waratahs v Rebels - Sky Sports Action 0500 (Sun); Six Nations, Italy v Scotland - ITV 1200; England v Ireland - ITV 1425; Wales v France - BBC One 1630.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Catalan Dragons v Warrington - Sky Sports Action 1710.

GOLF: PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational - Sky Sports Golf 1630 & Sky Sports Main Event 2200.

BOXING: Matt Askin v Stephen Simmons and Joe Joyce v Donnie Palmer - Channel 5 2230.

MOTOR CYCLING: MotoGP Qatar: FP3 - BT Sport 2 1000, MotoGP Qatar: Qualifying - BT Sport 2 1300.

CYCLING: Milan-San Remo - Eurosport 1 1330.

BASKETBALL: NBA, San Antonio Spurs v Minnesota Timberwolves - BT Sport 1 0030 (Sun).

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Wigan (19); 2. Ledley King; 3. Petr Cech (158); 4. Michael van Gerwen; 5. George Groves and Callum Smith.

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