On This Day - Jan 12 2017 former England, Watford and Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor passes away aged 72.


1944: Former world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, best remembered for fighting Muhammad Ali in 1971's 'Fight of the Century' and 1975's 'Thrilla in Manila', was born.

1959: Heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper won his first British title, beating Brian London over 15 rounds.

1996: Cricket umpire Harold 'Dickie' Bird announced he would retire after the second Test against India at Lord's in June.

2001: Former Great Britain international Bobbie Goulding joined his sixth professional club, agreeing a two-year deal with Salford.

2006: Luton manager Mike Newell claimed that offers of illegal payments were still rife in football. Newell was interviewed by the Football Association and his claims in part led to the Lord Stevens inquiry into transfer payments.

2009: Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo won FIFA's World Player of the Year award.

2010: Liverpool announced that Tom Hicks Jr had resigned as a director of the club and its parent company.

2012: Former Essex player Mervyn Westfield appeared at the Old Bailey to admit a corruption charge linked to a NatWest Pro40 match against Durham. Westfield was sentenced to four months in prison the following month after pleading guilty to one count of accepting or obtaining a corrupt payment to bowl in a way that would allow the scoring of runs.

2012: The International Rugby Board ruled that Steven Shingler, the subject of an eligibility wrangle between the Welsh and Scottish Rugby Unions, was "tied to Wales and ineligible to play for any other union".

2014: Stephen Bunting won the BDO World Darts Championship with a 7-4 victory over Alan Norris in the final.

2017: Former England, Watford and Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor died at the age of 72.


Ottmar Hitzfeld (soccer) - former Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Switzerland coach, born 1949.

Mauro Silva (soccer) - former Brazil midfielder, part of the 1994 World Cup-winning squad, born 1968.

Robert Prosinecki (soccer) - former Croatia, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Portsmouth midfielder who won the 1991 European Cup with Red Star Belgrade, born 1969.

Craig Hignett (soccer) - former Middlesbrough, Barnsley and Leicester midfielder, born 1970.

Grzegorz Rasiak (soccer) - former Poland striker, born 1979.

Paul-Henri Mathieu (tennis) - French winner of four ATP tour titles, born 1982.

Salvatore Sirigu (soccer) - Torino and Italy goalkeeper, born 1987.

Emre Can (soccer) - Juventus and Germany midfielder, born 1994.


1. In which year did Serena Williams win her first Wimbledon title?

2. Manchester City signed Joe Hart from which lower league club?

3. Who won back-to-back Formula One world titles in 1998 and 1999?

4. How many majors has Jordan Spieth won?

5. Which former Manchester Untied FA Cup winning defender also won two All-Ireland Senior Football Championships?


Today (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 - 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, TBC - Channel 4 1230; Leinster v Toulouse - 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).

Tomorrow (Sunday, January 13)

SOCCER: Premier League, Everton v Bournemouth - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1300; Tottenham v Manchester United - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1615; WSL, Arsenal Women v Chelsea Women - BT Sport 1 1215; Ligue 1, TBC - BT Sport//ESPN 1400, 1600 and BT Sport 1 1945; Coppa Italia, Inter Milan v Benevento - BT Sport 1 1645; Napoli v Sassuolo - BT Sport 2 1930.

CRICKET: Third Test, South Africa v Pakistan - Sky Sports Cricket 0755, Sky Sports Main Event 0800; WBBL, Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers - BT Sport 2 0345 (Mon).

TENNIS: ATP/WTA, Australian Open - Eurosport 1 0000, Eurosport 2 0000 (Mon).

RUGBY UNION: Champions Cup, Exeter v Castres - BT Sport 2 1230; Lyon v Saracens - BT Sport 2 1500.

GOLF: PGA Tour, Sony Open - Sky Sports Golf 2300, Sky Sports Main Event 0100 (Mon).

SNOOKER: Masters Snooker, Mark Allen v Luca Brecel - Eurosport 2 1300; John Higgins v Ryan Day - Eurosport 2 1845.

DARTS: BDO World Championships - Eurosport 1 1700.

GRIDIRON: NFL, play-off, New England Patriots v Los Angeles Chargers - Sky Sports USA 1730; Play-off, New Orleans Saints v Philadelphia Eagles - Sky Sports Main Event 1900; Play-off TBC - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports USA 2130.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. 2002; 2. Shrewsbury; 3. Mika Hakkinen; 4. Three; 5. Kevin Moran

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