On This Day - Jan 19 1949: Dennis Taylor, 1985 World snooker champion, is born

Alex Higgins and Dennis Taylor (right) ahead of the Strongbow Irish Professional Snooker Championship final at Maysfield leisure centre, Belfast in May 1986. Taylor won 10-7. Picture by Pacemaker 


1903: Details of the first Tour de France were announced by Henri Desgrange in L'Auto newspaper.

1996: Manchester City signed former England midfielder Nigel Clough from Liverpool in a £1.5million deal.

2003: Michael Owen, then with Liverpool, admitted running up gambling losses of between £30,000 and £40,000.

2006: Rangers striker Kenny Miller signed a pre-contract agreement with Celtic. The player spent one season at Parkhead before moving to Derby and returned to Rangers in June 2008. The Scotland forward rejoined Rangers for a third time in 2014.

2009: Manchester City announced they had terminated discussions with AC Milan over the proposed transfer of former world footballer of the year Kaka.

2010: David Sullivan and David Gold completed their takeover of West Ham, having previously owned a controlling stake in Birmingham.

2010: Stade Francais prop David Attoub was banned for 70 weeks for making contact with the eye of Ulster's Stephen Ferris.

2012: Chris Coleman was appointed as the new Wales manager, succeeding his friend, the late Gary Speed.

2016: Rafael Nadal was knocked out of the Australian Open in the first round by Fernando Verdasco, who won 7-6 (8/6) 4-6 3-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-2.

2018: Juan Martin Del Potro ended Roger Federer's perfect record in 2018 and clinched his first ATP Masters title at Indian Wells.


Dennis Taylor (snooker) - Northern Irishman who won a memorable 1985 World Championship final 18-17 against Steve Davis, born 1949.

Stefan Edberg (tennis) - Swede who won singles titles at Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the US Open, born 1966.

Steve Staunton (soccer) - former Republic of Ireland manager and defender, born 1969.

Jenson Button (motor racing) - former Formula One driver who won the drivers' championship with Brawn in 2009, born 1980.

Asier Del Horno (soccer) - former Chelsea and Spain full-back, born 1981.

Claudio Marchisio (soccer) - Zenit St Petersburg and Italy midfielder, born 1986.


1. Marco Silva, Mike Phelan and Steve Bruce have all managed which club?

2. Which Antrim club do An Spideal (Galway) play in the 2018 All-Ireland GAA Club Intermediate Football Championship semi-finals?

3. In what year did Mark Brooks win the US PGA Championship?

4. Ronnie O'Sullivan won the Masters for a record seventh time in January 2017. Who did he beat in the final?

5. Who did Sampdoria striker Manolo Gabbiadini play for before joining Southampton in 2017?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Saturday, January 19)

SOCCER: Premier League, Wolves v Leicester - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1130; Arsenal v Chelsea - BT Sport 1 1700; Vanarama National League, Harrogate v Hartlepool - BT Sport 1 1215; Championship, Swansea v Sheffield United - Sky Sports Main Event 1715; Bundesliga, RB Leipzig v Borussia Dortmund - BT Sport//ESPN 1715.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Philadelphia 76ers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports USA 2030.

CRICKET: One-day international, South Africa v Pakistan - Sky Sports Cricket, 1055, Sky Sports Main Event 1515; BBL, Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars - BT Sport 2 0730.

RUGBY UNION: Champions Cup, Saracens v Glasgow - BT Sport 2 1230; Leicester v Ulster - BT Sport 2 1500; Munster v Exeter - Channel 4 1705 & BT Sport 2 1715.

GOLF: European Tour, The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0700; PGA Tour, The Desert Classic - Sky Sports Golf 2000, Sky Sports Main Event 2300.

TENNIS: Australian Open - Eurosport 2 0600, 0000 (Sun), Eurosport 1 0745, 0000 (Sun).

HORSE RACING: Live from Ascot - ITV4 1330.

SNOOKER: The Masters, first semi-final - Eurosport 2 1300 & 1845, BBC One 1315, BBC Two England 1630 & 1900.

BOXING: Big Fight Live, Manny Pacquiao v Adrien Broner - ITV4 0200 (Sun).

UFC: Henry Cejudo v TJ Dillashaw - BT Sport 2 0300 (Sun).

Tomorrow (Sunday, January 20)

SOCCER: Premier League, Huddersfield v Manchester City - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1230; Fulham v Tottenham - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1530; Ligue 1, Rennes v Montpellier - BT Sport//ESPN 1400; Caen v Marseille - BT Sport//ESPN 1600; St Etienne v Lyon - BT Sport 1 1945; Bundesliga, Nurnberg v Hertha Berlin - BT Sport 1 1415; Schalke v Wolfsburg - BT Sport 1 1645.

CRICKET: BBL, Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat - BT Sport 2 0800.

RUGBY UNION: Champions Cup, Toulouse v Bath - BT Sport 2 1445.

GOLF: PGA Tour, The Desert Classic - Sky Sports Golf 2000.

SNOOKER: The Masters, final - BBC Two England 1300 & 1900, Eurosport 2 1300 & 1845.

GRIDIRON: NFL, AFC Conference Championship - New Orleans Saints v Los Angeles Rams - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports USA 1900; NFC Conference Championship - Kansas City Chiefs v New England Patriots - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports USA 2300.

TENNIS: Australian Open - Eurosport 2 0600, 0000 (Mon), Eurosport 1 0745, 0000 (Mon).

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Hull; 2. Naomh Eanna; 3. 1996; 4. Joe Perry; 5. Napoli.

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