On This Day - December 8, 2004: Christy Ring and Nicky Rackard Cups launched

 Eight counties have lifted the Christy Ring Cup since its launch


Sir Geoff Hurst (soccer) - England's hat-trick hero in the 1966 World Cup final, born 1941.

Graham Steadman (rugby league) - former Castleford coach and Great Britain international, born 1961.

Steve Elkington (golf) - 1995 US PGA champion, born 1962.

Brian McClair (soccer) - former Manchester United and Scotland forward, born 1963.

Les Ferdinand (soccer) - former QPR, Newcastle, Tottenham and England striker, now director of football at QPR, born 1966.

Sebastien Chabal (rugby union) - former France forward, born 1977.

Amir Khan (boxing) - Olympic silver medallist and former two-time world champion, born 1986.

Raheem Sterling (soccer) - Manchester City and England winger, born 1994.

Jordon Ibe (soccer) Bournemouth winger, born 1995.


1940: The Chicago Bears established an NFL record score by defeating the Washington Redskins 73-0.

1991: Germany captain Lothar Matthaus became the first official World Footballer of the Year following a poll of FIFA coaches.

1998: David Batty completed his £4.4million transfer from Newcastle to Leeds, returning to the club he left five years earlier.

1999: Roy Keane signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United worth around £52,000 a week - and then scored the opening goal in the 3-0 Champions League win over Valencia at Old Trafford.

2004: The GAA launched the Christy Ring and Nicky Rackard Cups with competition to begin in 2005.

2007: Ryan Giggs scored his 100th league goal for Manchester United in a 4-1 victory over Derby at Old Trafford.

2011: India batsman Virender Sehwag hit a then highest score in a one-day international, reaching 219 against West Indies in Indore.

2013: St Vincent’s were crowned Leinster champions after a thrilling 3-12 to 3-9 win over Portlaoise.

2017: Keaton Jennings struck a century on his Test debut as England closed day one of the fourth Test against India in Mumbai on 288 for five.


1. Which Premier League manager nicknamed 'The Klopp of The Alps' took charge at his new club this week?

2. Which Premiership Rugby side play their home games at the AJ Bell Stadium?

3. What kind of fruit features on the lid of the men's singles Wimbledon Championship Trophy?

4. Which soccer team did Jim McGuinness join this week as manager?

5. What was unusual about the swimming events in the inaugural 1896 summer Olympics?


Saturday, December 8

GAELIC GAMES: All-Ireland Ladies Club, Mourneabbey v Foxrock-Cabinteely – TG4 5.15pm; All-Ireland Ladies Club, Emmet Og v Clontarf – TG4 1930.

SOCCER: Premier League, Bournemouth v Liverpool - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League 1130; Chelsea v Manchester City - BT Sport 1 1700; Leicester City v Tottenham - BT Sport 1 1945; Championship, Reading v Sheffield United - Sky Sports Main Event 1715; Vanarama National League, Boreham Wood v Leyton Orient - BT Sport 1 1215; Australian A-League, Melbourne Victory v Adelaide - BT Sport 1 0845; Perth v Melbourne City - BT Sport 1 1100; Women's World Cup Draw - BBC Two 1700.

RUGBY UNION: Champions Cup, Exeter v Gloucester - Channel 4 and BT Sport 2 1230; Bath v Leinster - BT Sport 2 1230; Wasps v Toulouse - BT Sport 2 1715; Sevens World Series, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action 0805-1115, Sky Sports Action 1130-1820.

GOLF: European Tour Golf, BMW South Africa Open, Day Three - Sky Sports Golf 1000; PGA Tour Golf, QBE Shootout - Sky Sports Golf 1830.

SNOOKER: UK Championship - Eurosport 1 1300-1600 1845-2200, BBC One 1315-1630, BBC Two 1630-1700, BBC Two England 1900-2200.

CRICKET: Australia v India, 1st Test, BT Sport 2 2345; Women's Big Bash, Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat - BT Sport 1 0345 (Sun).

HORSE RACING: ITV Racing, Live from Sandown Park, Aintree - ITV4 1315.

HOCKEY: Men's World Cup, Belgium v South Africa - BT Sport ESPN 1300; Canada v India - BT Sport ESPN 1330.

BOXING: Super-welterweight title eliminator, Kell Brook v Michael Zerafa - Sky Sports Action 1900.

SKIING: World Cup - Eurosport 1 0815; World Cup - Eurosport 2 0845.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Dallas Mavericks v Houston Rockets - Sky Sports Main Event 2300.

Sunday, December 9

GAELIC GAMES: Leinster SFC, Kilmacud Croke’s v Mullinalaghta – TG4 1330.

SOCCER: Premier League, Newcastle v Wolves - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League 1530; Scottish Premier League, Dundee v Rangers - Sky Sports Main Event 1300; Bundesliga, Mainz v Hannover - BT Sport 1 1430; Borussia Moenchengladbach v Stuttgart - BT Sport 1 1645; Ligue 1, St Etienne v Marseille - BT Sport 1 1945; Women's Super League, Manchester City v Birmingham City - BT Sport 1 1200; Australian A-League, Newcastle v Brisbane 0600.

RUGBY UNION: Champions Cup, Munster v Castres - BT Sport 2 1230; Racing v Leicester - BT Sport 2 1500; Sevens World Series - Sky Sports Main Event 0825-1135, 1150-1300.

GOLF: European Tour Golf, BMW South Africa Open, Day Four - Sky Sports Golf 0930; PGA Tour Golf, QBE Shootout - Sky Sports Golf 1800.

SNOOKER: UK Championship - Eurosport 1 1245-1600 and 1845-2200, BBC Two England 1300-1715 and 1900-2300.

CRICKET: Australia v India, 1st Test - BT Sport 2 2345.

HOCKEY: Men's World Cup, Malaysia v Germany - BT Sport ESPN 1100; Netherlands v Pakistan - BT Sport ESPN 1330.

EQUESTRIAN: Rolex Grand Slam, Show Jumping - Sky Sports Action 1300.

SKIING: World Cup - Eurosport 1 0915, World Cup - Eurosport 2 0815-0930, 1030-1430, 1615-1715.

GRIDIRON: NFL, Kansas City Chiefs v Baltimore Ravens - Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event 1830; Dallas Cowboys v Philadelphia Eagles - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action 2100; NFL, Chicago Bears v Los Angeles Rams - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action 0110 (Mon)

Answers 1. Ralph Hasenhuttl; 2. Sale Sharks; 3. Pineapple 4. Charlotte Independence 5. They were held in the sea.

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