On This Day - Jan 21 1979: Which Irish rugby star was born on this day?


1911: The inaugural Monte Carlo Rally got under way.

1990: John McEnroe defaulted his fourth-round match against Mikael Pernfors at the Australian Open after receiving code violations for glaring at a line judge, smashing a racket and swearing at a tournament official.

2007: Ricky Hatton won his IBF light-welterweight title fight with Colombian Juan Urango on a unanimous points verdict in Las Vegas.

2009: Hamburg midfielder Nigel de Jong signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Manchester City.

2013: Cardiff signed striker Fraizer Campbell from Sunderland on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

2014: Stan Wawrinka ended Novak Djokovic's 25-match winning run at the Australian Open as he got the better of the defending champion in the quarter-finals.


Jack Nicklaus (golf) - winner of a record 18 majors, born 1940.

Phil Thompson (soccer) - former England and Liverpool defender, born 1954.

Alex McLeish (soccer) - Scotland manager, formerly at Rangers and Birmingham, born 1959.

Alan McManus (snooker) - 1994 Masters champion, born 1971.

Nicky Butt (soccer) - former Manchester United and England midfielder, now coaching at United's academy, born 1975.

Phil Neville (soccer) - former Manchester United and Everton player, currently head coach of the England women's team, born 1977.

Brian O'Driscoll (rugby union) - former Ireland centre, born 1979.

Adrian Lewis (darts) - 2011 and 2012 PDC world champion, born 1985.

Ashton Eaton (athletics) - retired Olympic and world decathlon champion and world record holder, born 1988.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (soccer) - Arsenal and Armenia forward, born 1989.

Laura Robson (tennis) - former British number one and former Wimbledon girls' champion, born 1994.


1 Who did South Africa beat in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final?

2 Which football league team play their home games at Highbury?

3 Who won snooker's 2011 UK Championship?

4 Who is ranked world number four by the ATP?

5 Who rode Tiger Roll to victory at the 2018 Grant National?

(SEE quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Monday, January 21)

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

SOCCER: Championship, Bolton v West Brom - Sky Sports Main Event 2000.

CRICKET: BBL, Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes - BT Sport 2 0800.

BASKETBALL: NBA, New York Knicks v Oklahoma City Thunder, Sky Sports USA 1900; Memphis Grizzlies v New Orleans Pelicans - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports USA 2230; Philadelphia 76ers v Houston Rockets - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports USA 0100 (Tue).

Tomorrow (Tuesday, January 22)

TENNIS: Australian Open - Eurosport 1 0730, Eurosport 1 0000 (Wed).

CRICKET: One-day international, South Africa v Pakistan - Sky Sports Cricket 1055, Sky Sports Main Event 1100; New Zealand v India - Sky Sports Cricket 0155 (Wed), Sky Sports Main Event 0200 (Wed); BBL, Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades - BT Sport 2 0800; Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers - BT Sport 2 0330 (Wed).

SOCCER: A-League, Melbourne City v Western Sydney Wanderers - BT Sport 1 0845.

QUICK QUIZ answers 1 New Zealand 2 Fleetwood Town 3 Judd Trump 4 Alexander Zverev 5 Davy Russell

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