On This Day - Dec 1 2002: Peter Canavan hit four frees as Errigal Caran lifted the Seamus McFerran Cup

Errigal Ciaran's Peter Canavan tries to get past Ballinderry's Paul Wilson during the Ulster Club Championship match at Casement Park, Belfast on November 26 2006. Picture by Jonathan Porter 


1940: Former England captain Mike Denness was born. He was the fifth player to represent England to be born in Scotland but remains the only Scottish-born England captain. Denness played 28 Tests from 1969 to 1975, making four hundreds and seven half-centuries. He died on April 19, 2013.

1973: Jack Nicklaus became the first golfer to win two million US dollars in prize money on the US PGA Tour. Nicklaus later became the first player to win three, four and five million.

1985: The Medway Bears beat the Richmond Raiders 48-1, a record score in the British Ice Hockey League. Canadian Ken McNaught scored a record 25 points in the Second Division match.

1991: The French Davis Cup team, captained by Yannick Noah, beat the USA 3-1 to win the final in Lyon and lift the cup for the first time since 1932. The achievement was marked by a reception in their honour hosted by President Francois Mitterand at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

1999: Darlington, losers in the second round of the FA Cup, were allowed a wild card entry into the third round because of Manchester United's withdrawal to play in the World Club Championships, but they went out to Aston Villa in January.

2002: Peter Canavan hit four frees as Errigal Caran defeated Enniskillen Gaels 0-8 to 1-3 to lift the Seamus McFerran Cup.

2012: England clinched a sensational 38-21 victory over world champions New Zealand, who suffered their first defeat in 21 matches, at Twickenham.

2013: Ballinderry claimed the Ulster title with a 1-13 to 2-6 win over Glenswilly.


Lee Trevino (golf) - Won the Open in 1971 and 1972 as well as the US Open twice, born 1939.

Brian McEniff (Gaelic games) – former Donegal, Ulster and Irish manager, born 1942.

Sarfraz Nawaz (cricket) - Former Pakistan and Northamptonshire paceman, born 1948.

Neil Warnock (soccer) - Former Sheffield United, Leeds and Crystal Palace manager, currently at Cardiff, born 1948.

Kenny Milne (rugby union) - Former Scotland hooker, born 1961.

Arjuna Ranatunga (cricket) - Captain of Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup-winning team, born 1963

Salvatore 'Toto' Schillaci (football) - Former Italy striker who won the 1990 World Cup Golden Boot, born 1964.

Costinha (football) - Champions League winner with Porto, born 1974.

Mohammad Kaif (cricket) - Former India middle-order batsman, born 1980.

James Wilson (soccer) - Manchester United forward currently on loan at Aberdeen, born 1995.


1 Who won the first Premier League title?

2 Scotstown manager Kieran Donnelly comes from which county?

3. Red Rum won the Grand National three times - in 1973, 1974 and which other year?

4 Name the last Donegal side to lift the Ulster Senior Football Club title.

5. Who produced a course-record round of 61 to claim victory in the 2017 Hero World Challenge?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Saturday, December 1)

SOCCER: Premier League, Southampton v Manchester United - BT Sport 1 1700; Bundesliga, Hoffenheim v Schalke 04 - BT Sport 2 1715; Championship, Sheffield United v Leeds United - Sky Sports Main Event 1200; Middlesbrough v Aston Villa - Sky Sports Main Event 1715; FA Cup, FC Halifax v AFC Wimbledon - BT Sports 1 1215; Wrexham v Newport - BT Sport 1 1945.

RUGBY UNION: Premiership, Saracens v Wasps - BT Sport 2 1430; PRO14, Cheetahs v Connacht - eir Sport 1 1430; Dragons v Leinster - eir Sport 1 1715; Glasgow v Scarlets - S4C 1700; Barbarians v Argentina - BBC Two 1400; HSBC Sevens World Series, Dubai Sevens - Sky Sports Main Event 0600 and 1500.

GOLF: AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open - Sky Sports Golf 0730; PGA Tour, Hero World Challenge - Sky Sports Golf 1700 and Sky Sport Main Event 2000.

SNOOKER: UK Championship, day four - Eurosport 1 1300, BBC One 1315 and BBC Two 1630.

HORSE RACING: Live from Newbury - ITV 1330.

BASKETBALL: NBA, New York Knicks v Milwaukee Bucks - Sky Sports Main Event 2200.

MARTIAL ARTS: UFC - BT Sport 2 0600.

Tomorrow (Sunday, December 2)

GAELIC GAMES: Ulster Club SFC final, Gaoth Dobhair v Scotstown – TG4, 1330 & Leinster Club SHC final, Ballyhale v Ballyboden – TG4 1530 (deferred).

SOCCER: Premier League, Chelsea v Fulham - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League 1100; Arsenal v Tottenham - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League 1400; Liverpool v Everton - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League 1600; Betfred Cup final, Celtic v Aberdeen - BT Sports 1 1400; SPFL, Hearts v Rangers - BT Sport 1 1130; Ligue 1, Toulouse v Dijon - BT Sport and ESPN 1400; Marseille v Reims - BT Sport/ESPN 1600; Bordeaux v Paris St Germain - BT Sport 1 1945.

RUGBY UNION: Premiership, Bath v Sale - BT Sports 2 1430.

GOLF: European Tour, AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf 0730; PGA Tour, Hero World Challenge - Sky Sports Golf 1600.

SNOOKER: UK Championship, day five - Eurosport 1 1200 and BBC Two 1300.

GRIDIRON: NFL, Houston Texans v Cleveland Browns - Sky Sports Action 1700 and Main Event 1900; New England Patriots v Minnesota Vikings - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action 2100.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Manchester United; 2. Fermanagh; 3. 1977; 4. St Joseph’s (1975); 5. Rickie Fowler.



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