On This Day - June 16 2004: Liverpool appointed Rafael Benitez as their new manager

Rafael Benitez pictured at Anfield after being appointed manager of the Merseyside giants. He led the Reds to the Champions League title in 2005 


1927: Former England batsman Tom Graveney was born. He made 79 Test appearances, making 11 hundreds and 20 half-centuries and averaging 44.38 with a top score of 258. He died in 2015, the week after his brother Ken.

1929: The first four places in the Le Mans 24-hour race were occupied by British-made Bentley cars. The pairing of Woolf Barnato and Sir Henry Birkin took first place, their car averaging 73.63 miles per hour.

1932: Yorkshire's first-wicket partnership of Herbert Sutcliffe and Percy Holmes established a new first-class record stand of 555 during the match against Essex at Leyton. Yorkshire declared when Sutcliffe was dismissed and won by an innings and 313 runs after bowling their opponents out for 78 and 164 in reply.

1982: England midfielder Bryan Robson scored after just 27 seconds against France in Bilbao. The goal was the quickest in World Cup history at the time. England went on to win 3-1.

2004: Liverpool appointed Rafael Benitez as their new manager. The former Valencia boss went on to guide the Anfield club to Champions League success in his first season in charge.

2008: Tiger Woods won the US Open after 19 holes of a play-off against Rocco Mediate at the Torrey Pines course in southern California.

2012: The International Olympic Committee opened an investigation into allegations made in the Sunday Times newspaper that Olympic officials and agents from a number of countries breached regulations over the sale of tickets for London 2012.

2014: Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher left the hospital in Grenoble where he had been receiving treatment after being involved in a skiing accident.


Declan Browne (GAA) – former Tipperary footballer who represented Ireland against Australia in the International Rules series in 2003 and 2004, born 1978. 

Anthony Cunningham (GAA) - former manager of the Galway senior hurlers, born 1965. 

Giacomo Agostini (motorcycling) - Italian who became the world's most successful rider, winning 15 world titles and 122 grands prix, born 1942.

Roberto Duran (boxing) - Panamanian who won world titles at four different weights, born 1951.

Jan Zelezny (athletics) - Czech javelin world record holder and former Olympic gold medallist, born 1966.

Jurgen Klopp (soccer) - Liverpool manager, born 1967.

Mark Crossley (soccer) - former Wales goalkeeper who played for Middlesbrough, Fulham, Nottingham Forest and others, now coaching at Notts County, born 1969.

Cobi Jones (soccer) - former United States and Coventry midfielder, born 1970.

Phil Mickelson (golf) - five-time major winner, born 1970.

Simon Khan (golf) - winner of the 2010 BMW PGA Championship, born 1972.

Steven Whittaker (soccer) - Hibernian and Scotland defender, born 1984.


1. Which Italy footballer missed the team's final spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out at the 1994 World Cup final, handing Brazil the title?

2. Name the veteran golfer who put his success down to "good food, good wine, good cigars and some exercise" after winning the 2014 Open de Espana title.

3. Which two players won five successive hurling All-Stars between 1971-75?

4. His name was later given to the home of the tennis French Open, but how did Roland Garros first become a celebrated figure?

5. Name the hurling goalkeeper who won three All-Ireland Poc Fada titles in four years between 2004 and 2007?

(See answers at bottom)


Today (Saturday, June 16)

SOCCER: World Cup 2018, France v Australia - BBC One 1030; Argentina v Iceland - ITV 1330; Peru v Denmark - BBC One 1630; Croatia v Nigeria - ITV 1930.

CRICKET: Second one-day international, England v Australia - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 1030; Second Test, West Indies v Sri Lanka - Sky Sports Cricket 1900.

GOLF: US Open - Sky Sports Golf 1630 and Sky Sports Main Event 1800.

RUGBY UNION: New Zealand v France - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action 0800; Australia v Ireland - Sky Sports Action 1045; South Africa v England - Sky Sports Action 1500, Sky Sports Main Event 1600; Argentina v Wales - Channel 4 2020; USA v Scotland - BBC One Scotland 0145 (Sun).

TENNIS: WTA, Nature Valley Open - Eurosport 2 1600; WTA, Libema Open - BT Sport 1 1000.

MOTOR RACING: Le Mans 24 Hours, warm-up session - Eurosport 1 0800; Race - Eurosport 1 1345.

MOTOR CYCLING: MotoGP, Grand Prix of Catalunya third free practice session - BT Sport 2 0800; Grand Prix of Catalunya qualifying - BT Sport 2 1100; British Superbikes, Snetterton - Eurosport 2 1330.

BOXING: British lightweight title, Lewis Ritson v Paul Hyland - Sky Sports Action 1900.

HORSE RACING: Live from York - ITV4 1330.

BASEBALL: MLB, Milwaukee Brewers v Philadelphia Phillies - BT Sport 2 2100; Seattle Mariners v Boston Red Sox, BT Sport 1 0100.

Tomorrow (Sunday, June 17)

GAA: The Sunday Game, Des Cahill is joined by Anthony Daly, Eddie Brennan, Marty Clarke and Tomas O Se to present highlights and analysis of the weekend's Championship action. Matches include Clare v Limerick and Waterford v Cork in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship, plus Roscommon v Galway in the Connacnt Senior Football Championship final – RTE 2 2130. 

SOCCER: World Cup 2018, Costa Rica v Serbia - ITV 1230; Germany v Mexico - BBC One 1530; Brazil v Switzerland - ITV 1830.

CRICKET: Royal London One-Day Cup, semi-final - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket 1030; Second Test, West Indies v Sri Lanka - Sky Sports Cricket 1900.

GOLF: US Open - Sky Sports Golf 1630 and Sky Sports Main Event 1830.

TENNIS: WTA, Nature Valley Open - Eurosport 1 1500; WTA, Libema Open - BT Sport 1 1100.

MOTOR RACING: Le Mans 24 Hours - Eurosport 1 0805.

MOTOR CYCLING: MotoGP, Grand Prix of Catalunya warm-ups - BT Sport 2 0730; Grand Prix of Catalunya race - BT Sport 2 1230; British Superbikes, Snetterton - Eurosport 2 1300.

BASEBALL: MLB, St Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs - BT Sport 2 0100 (Mon).

Quick Quiz answers: 1. Roberto Baggio; 2. Miguel Angel Jimenez; 3. Pat Harhgan (Limerick) and Eddie Keher (Kilkenny) 4. Aviator and First World War fighter pilot; 5. Brendan Cummins.


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