On This Day- Mar 26 1986: Irish rugby legend Rob Kearney is born

Ireland's Rob Kearney celebrates winning the Grand Slam after the NatWest 6 Nations match against England at Twickenham Stadium, London on St Patrick's Day, March 17 2018


1863: The first steeplechase under National Hunt rules took place at Market Harborough in Leicestershire.

1927: Ferdinando Minoia and Giuseppe Morandi, driving an OM, won the inaugural Mille Miglia. The race, from Brescia to Rome and back, was the most famous long-distance race of its time.

1959: Mushtaq Mohammad, aged 15 years and 124 days, made his Test cricket debut for Pakistan against the West Indies at Lahore. He was the youngest person to play Test cricket, a record that stood until 1996.

2002: Kenneth Wolstenholme's death was announced. The 81-year-old was fondly remembered for his "They think it's all over - it is now" line of commentary in the 1966 World Cup final.

2007: Then Leeds Rhinos coach Tony Smith was appointed in charge of Great Britain rugby league.

2008: David Beckham won his 100th England cap in a 1-0 international friendly defeat to France in Paris.

2009: Former world number one Kim Clijsters announced she would come out of retirement and return to playing on the WTA Tour.

2016: Kell Brook retained his IBF welterweight title by beating Kevin Bizier inside two rounds at the Sheffield Arena.

2017: Holland sacked coach Danny Blind a day after losing 2-0 to Bulgaria in their World Cup qualifier in Sofia.


Marcus Allen (American football) - Former Kansas City and Los Angeles Raiders record-breaking running back, born 1960.

Martin Donnelly (motor sport) - Former F1 driver for Arrows and Lotus, born 1964.

Kevin Davies (soccer) - Former Bolton and Chesterfield striker, capped once by England, born 1977.

Nacho Novo (soccer) - Former Rangers and Dundee striker, born 1979.

Mikel Arteta (soccer) - Former Arsenal, Everton and Rangers midfielder, now a coach with Manchester City, born 1982.

Prosper Utseya (cricket) - Zimbabwe spinner, born 1985.

Rob Kearney (rugby union) - central to Ireland's Grand Slam triumph in the 2018 Six Nations rugby championship, he currently plays for UCD, Leinster and Ireland. As a teenager he also played rugby union for Clongowes Wood College and gaelic football for Louth in the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship, born 1986.

Steven Fletcher (soccer) - Sheffield Wednesday and Scotland striker, born 1987.

Von Miller (American football) - Denver Broncos linebacker and Super Bowl 50 winner, born 1989.


1. How many caps did Steven Gerrard win in his England career?

2. What nationality is Red Bull Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo?

3. Who did Dublin defeat in the GAA National Football League final in 2013?

4. What is the name of Washington's NHL franchise?

5. Andy Murray suffered a shock defeat against which player in the fourth round of the 2017 Australian Open?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Monday, March 26)

CRICKET: Fifth Test, New Zealand v England - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0600; Third Test, South Africa v Australia - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0930.

TENNIS: WTA Tour, Miami Open - BT Sport 1 1600 and 0200 (Tue); ATP Tour, Miami Open - Sky Sports Main Event 1630.

Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 27)

SOCCER: European Under-21 Championship qualifier, England v Ukraine - BT Sport 1 1745; Friendly, Hungary v Scotland - BBC One Scotland 1855, England v Italy - ITV 1930, Germany v Brazil - BT Sport 2 1930, Spain v Argentina - Sky Sports Main Event 2025.

TENNIS: ATP Tour, Miami Open - Sky Sports Main Event 1600 and 0200 (Wed); WTA Tour, Miami Open - BT Sport 1 0030 (Wed).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers - BT Sport 2 0100 (Wed).

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1 114; 2 Australian; 3 Tyrone (0-18 to (0-17); 4 Capitals; 5 Mischa Zverev.

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