On This Day - March 29 2015: Derry were booed off Croke Park by Dublin fans after an AFL tussle ended 0-8 to 0-4 in favour of the Metropolitans

Former Derry manager Brian McIver defended his team's tactics in what was a tense game in Croke Park, and one which Derry had to win to have any chance at survival in Division One. McIver pointed out that Dublin had set up in the same fashion as the Oak Leafers. In the previous year's league final, Dublin had beaten Derry 3-19 to 1-10  


1912: Both boats in the annual University Boat Race capsized on the River Thames. Oxford won the re-run race but their boat sank again on the same day in 1925.

1955: In cricket, New Zealand were dismissed by England for just 26 runs in Auckland. The innings, New Zealand's second, lasted 27 overs and stands as the lowest completed in Test cricket.

1998: A Fulham fan was killed in a disturbance outside Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium after his team were beaten 2-0.

2000: The Football Association fined seven Leicester players and officials £75,500 plus £17,500 costs for "breathtaking carelessness" in distributing League Cup final tickets. Andy Impey received the biggest fine, in excess of £20,000.

2004: Sven-Goran Eriksson agreed a two-year extension to his England contract, taking him to 2008. He eventually left his post after the 2006 World Cup.

2007: Steve McClaren stormed out of a post-match press conference only two questions in after his England side struggled to defeat part-timers Andorra in a Euro 2008 qualifier in Barcelona.

2008: It emerged that sprinter Dwain Chambers planned to visit Super League club Castleford for talks about a possible career in rugby league. He later returned to full-time athletics.

2009: David Beckham came on as a second-half substitute for England in their friendly against Slovakia at Wembley, earning his 109th cap and surpassing Bobby Moore's record for an outfield player.

2013: England were reported to FIFA by anti-racism body FARE after fans sang abusive songs about Rio and Anton Ferdinand during the match against San Marino.

2015: Australia captain Michael Clarke announced he was retiring from one-day internationals after the following day's World Cup final against New Zealand. He went on to top score with 74 as Australia won the match by seven wickets.


Joseph Cooney (GAA) - Galway hurler, and winner of an All-Ireland medal in 2017, born 1991.

Conor McKenna (GAA) - former Tyrone footballer and current AFL player with Essendon, born 1996.

Steve Baddeley (badminton) - former European and Commonwealth champion, born 1961.

Philip Walton (golf) - Irishman whose singles win secured Europe's 1995 Ryder Cup victory at Oak Hill in America, born 1962.

Steve Bull (soccer) - former Wolves and England striker, born 1965.

Nasser Hussain (cricket) - former England captain, born 1968.

Christopher Samba (soccer) - former Blackburn and QPR defender, now with Aston Villa, born 1984.

Stan Wawrinka (tennis) - three-time grand slam winner from Switzerland, born 1985.

Lukas Jutkiewicz (soccer) - Birmingham striker, born 1989.

Ekaterina Bobrova (ice skating) - 2014 Olympic champion figure skater from Russia, born 1990.


1 How many All-Ireland SFC titles have Louth won?

2 Which Tyrone club plays at O’Neill Park?

3 How many Welsh football teams play in the English football league system?

4 In which year was rugby sevens introduced into the Olympics?

5 Which side holds the record for most points in a Premier League season?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Wednesday, March 28)

GAA: Laochra Gael, profile of Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte, who has three All-Ireland titles and six Ulster championship titles to his credit – TG4 2130.

TENNIS: WTA Tour, Miami Open - BT Sport 1 1800 and 0000 (Thu); ATP Tour, Miami Open - Sky Sports Main Event 2000 and 0200 (Thu).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Utah Jazz v Boston Celtics - BT Sport 2 0230.

Tomorrow (Thursday, March 29)

GAA: Classic GAA, action from Cork v Kilkenny in 1983 – eir Sport 1 2100.

SOCCER: Sky Bet League One, Blackburn v Bradford - Sky Sports Main Event 1930.

CRICKET: Second Test, New Zealand v England - Sky Sports Main Event 2300.

GOLF: PGA Tour, Houston Open - Sky Sports Main Event 1330, Sky Sports Golf 1330 and 2100; LPGA Tour, ANA Inspiration - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 1700 and 0000 (Fri).

TENNIS: WTA Tour, Miami Open - BT Sport 1 1800 and 0200 (Fri); ATP Tour, Miami Open - Sky Sports Action 0000 (Fri).

DARTS: Premier League from Belfast - Sky Sports Action 1900, Sky Sports Main Event 2145.

BASEBALL: MLB, Miami Marlins v Chicago Cubs - BT Sport/ESPN 1730, Texas Rangers v Houston Astros - BT Sport/ESPN 2030.

BASKETBALL: NBA, San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - BT Sport 2 0100 (Fri); Golden State Warriors v Milwaukee Bucks - BT Sport 2 0330 (Fri).


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