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On This Day 24 April 1981 - Veteran Slaughtneil defender Francis McEldowney is born

Slaughtneil's Francis McEldowney celebrates with son Barry after the 2017 Derry SFC final. The moves by Derry CCC this week have been a dramatic step in redressing the club-county balance. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin.

BIRTHDAYS

Tommy Docherty (soccer) - Former Manchester United manager, born 1928.

Stuart Pearce (soccer) - Former Nottingham Forest and England defender, who also managed Forest and England Under-21s, born 1962.

Damien Fleming (cricket) - Former Australia pace bowler, born 1970.

Kumar Dharmasena (cricket) - Former Sri Lanka spinner who umpired the 2015 Cricket World Cup final, born 1971.

Lee Westwood (golf) - European Ryder Cup player, born 1973.

Sachin Tendulkar (cricket) - Record-breaking India batsman and former captain, born 1973.

Keith Senior (rugby league) - Former Leeds and Great Britain centre, born 1976.

Steve Finnan (soccer) - Former Fulham, Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender, born 1976.

Francis McEldowney (GAA) - Slaughtneil hurler and footballer and former Derry player, born 1981.

Jan Vertonghen (soccer) - Tottenham and Belgium defender, born 1987.

Laura Kenny (cycling) - Double Olympic champion, born 1992.

Ben Davies (soccer) - Tottenham and Wales defender, born 1993.

ON THIS DAY

1741: George Stevenson became the first fighter to lose his life as a direct result of a prize fight. He died after a bout with Jack Broughton at Taylor's Booth, Tottenham Court Road, London.

1897: Batley beat St Helens 10-3 in front of 13,492 fans at Headingley to win the first Northern Union Cup (now the Challenge Cup).

1992: Tottenham's Gary Lineker received the Football Writers' Player of the Year award for the second time. He first won it in 1986, while at Everton.

2013: Liverpool forward Luis Suarez was given a 10-game ban by the Football Association after biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.

2016: Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge won the men's London Marathon in a course record time (two hours three minutes, five seconds), while Jemima Sumgong of Kenya won the women's race (2hrs 22mins, 58secs).

2017: Newcastle were promoted to the Premier League after a 4-1 win against Preston.

SPORT ON TV

Today (Tuesday, April 24)

SOCCER: Champions League, Liverpool v Roma - BT Sport 2 1830.

CYCLING: Tour of Romandy - Eurosport 2 1500.

SNOOKER: The World Championship - BBC Two 1000, 1300 and Eurosport 1 1000, 1430, 1830.

TENNIS: ATP Tour, the Barcelona Open - Sky Sports Main Event 1000; WTA Tour, Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart - BT Sport 1 1030, 1730.

BASEBALL: MLB, Houston Astros v Los Angeles Angels - BT Sport/ESPN 0100 (Wed).

BASKETBALL: NBA, play-offs Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers - BT Sport 1 0100 (Wed).

Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 25)

SOCCER: Champions League, Bayern Munich v Real Madrid - BT Sport 2 1900.

SNOOKER: The World Championship - BBC Two 1000, 1300 and Eurosport 1 1000, 1430, 1830.

GOLF: European Tour, China Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0330 (Thurs).

TENNIS: ATP Tour, the Barcelona Open - Sky Sports Main Event 1000; WTA Tour, Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart - BT Sport 1 1030, 1730.

CYCLING: Tour of Romandy - Eurosport 2 1500.

BASEBALL: MLB, Houston Astros v Los Angeles Angels - BT Sport/ESPN 1900; Cleveland Indians v Chicago Cubs - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Thu).

BASKETBALL: NBA, playoffs TBC - BT Sport 1 0100 (Thu).

QUICK QUIZ

1. John Barnes managed two British clubs - Celtic and which other team?

2. MLB team the Mariners are based in which city?

3. Who did Carl Frampton defeat at the SSE Arena in Belfast on Saturday April 21 2018?

4. Which player won the women's singles title at the 1976 French Open?

5. Who do Donegal face in the opening round of the Ulster GAA Senior Football Championship in May 2018? 

(See quiz answers at bottom)

Answers: 1 Tranmere; 2 Seattle; 3 Nonito Donaire; 4 Sue Barker; 5 Cavan

 

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