On This Day - Jan 11 2016: Lionel Messi wins a record fifth Ballon d'Or award

Barcelona wizard Lionel Messi


1857: Champion British jockey Fred Archer was born. He won 2,748 races from 8,084 mounts, including the Derby five times and 21 Classic races. He began his career at the age of 13 and it lasted until 1886. He was champion jockey every year from 1874 until he retired.

1959: Hanif Mohammad scored a then world record 499, playing for Karachi against Bahawlpur. Facing the last ball of the day, Hanif went for a quick single to reach 500 but was run out. He had been at the crease for 10 hours and 35 minutes.

1982: Steve Davis made snooker's first televised 147 maximum break against John Spencer. The honour could have been Spencer's three years earlier during the televised Holsten Lager Tournament at Slough if the Thames TV cameraman had not been at lunch because of a union ruling.

1991: Chelsea were fined a record £105,000 by the Football League for making irregular payments to players.

2008: Nicolas Anelka signed for Chelsea for a fee of £15million.

2015: Scott Mitchell held his nerve to land his first BDO World Championship crown with a nail-biting 7-6 win over Martin Adams.

2016: Lionel Messi was named the best player in the world for the fifth time after winning the Ballon d'Or award ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

2018: Francis Coquelin agreed to join LaLiga side Valencia on a four-and-a-half-year contract following a decade with Arsenal.


Ben Crenshaw (golf) - US Masters winner in 1984 & 1995 and Ryder Cup-winning captain in 1999, born 1952.

Bryan Robson (soccer) - Former Manchester United and England captain, born 1957.

Brian Moore (rugby union) - Former England hooker, born 1962.

Tracy Caulkins (swimming) - America's triple Olympic champion, born 1963.

Rahul Dravid (cricket) - Former India batsman, born 1973.

Dan Luger (rugby union) - Former England wing, born 1975.

Emile Heskey (soccer) - Former Liverpool, Aston Villa and England striker, born 1978.

Jamie Vardy (soccer) - Leicester and England striker, born 1987.

Michael Keane (soccer) - Everton and England defender, born 1993.




1. Manchester United signed Ander Herrera from which Spanish club?

2. Who knocked Armagh out of the 2015 All-Ireland Football Championship?

3. In what year did Justin Rose win the US Open?

4. How many times has Roger Federer won the Australian Open?

5. Who was Kerry manager before Páidí Ó Sé took over in 1995?


Today (Friday, January 11)

SOCCER: Championship, Leeds United v Derby County - Sky Sports Main Event 1900; Ligue 1, Lyon v Reims - BT Sport 1 1945.

CRICKET: International T20, New Zealand v Sri Lanka - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0600; Third Test, South Africa v Pakistan - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0930; One-day international, Australia v India - BT Sport 1 0200 (Sat); BBL, Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars - BT Sport 2 0745.

TENNIS: WTA, Sydney International - BT Sport 1 0800; Hobart International - Eurosport 2 1000; ATP, Sydney International - Eurosport 2 1000.

RUGBY UNION: Champions Cup, Gloucester v Munster - BT Sport 2 1900.

GOLF: PGA Tour, Sony Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0000 (Sat).

DARTS: BDO World Championships - Eurosport 1 1300 and 1900.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports USA 0300 (Sat).

Tomorrow (Saturday, January 12)

SOCCER: Premier League, West Ham United v Arsenal - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1130; Chelsea v Newcastle United - BT Sport 1 1700; Championship, Millwall v Blackburn Rovers - Sky Sports Main Event 1715; Coppa Italia, Sampdoria v AC Milan - BT Sport//ESPN 1715.

CRICKET: Third Test, South Africa v Pakistan - Sky Sports Cricket 0755, Sky Sports Main Event 0800.

TENNIS: WTA, Sydney International - BT Sport 2 0600; ATP, Sydney International - Eurosport 1 0800.

RUGBY UNION: Champions Cup, Leinster v Toulouse - Channel 4, BT Sport 2 1230; Ulster Rugby v Racing 92 - BT Sport 2 1500; RC Toulon v Edinburgh - BT Sport 2 1730; Challenge Cup, Clermont Auvergne v Northampton Saints - BT Sport 2 1945.

GOLF: PGA Tour, Sony Open - Sky Sports Golf 0000 (Sun).

HORSE RACING: ITV Racing, live from Warwick - ITV4 1330.

DARTS: BDO World Championships - Eurosport 1 1430 and 1845.

GRIDIRON: NFL play-off, Kansas City Chiefs v Indianapolis Colts - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports USA 2100; Play-off, Los Angeles Rams v Dallas Cowboys - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports USA 0100 (Sun).

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1 Athletic Bilbao; 2 Galway; 3 2013; 4 Six; 5 Ogie Moran;



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