On This Day - Jan 22 1987: Which Republic of Ireland soccer star was born on this day?


1927: The BBC broadcast its first ever live commentary of a football match, between Arsenal and Sheffield United at Highbury.

1955: Joe Davis compiled the first official maximum snooker break of 147, playing against Willie Smith in Leicester.

1959: Britain's first world motor racing champion, Mike Hawthorn, was killed when the Jaguar he was driving went out of control on the Guildford bypass.

2003: Former snooker player Bill Werbeniuk died of heart failure in Canada at the age of 56. Werbeniuk was famous for consuming huge quantities of lager during his matches in the 1980s - and claimed smoking and drinking helped steady his nerves at the table.

2006: LA Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. It is the second highest points total in a single game in NBA history, behind only Wilt Chamberlain's haul of 100 in 1962.

2007: Lyon striker John Carew signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Aston Villa, with Czech Republic forward Milan Baros moving in the opposite direction.

2012: Neil Robertson was crowned Masters champion after defeating Shaun Murphy 10-6 in the final at Alexandra Palace.

2013: Bradford became the first fourth-tier club to reach the League Cup final for 51 years after beating Aston Villa 4-3 on aggregate, despite losing 2-1 in the second leg.

2016: UEFA approved the use of goal-line technology at Euro 2016 and in the Champions League from the 2016-17 season.

2018: Jimmy Armfield, the former England captain, died at the age of 82.

2018: Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United from Arsenal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving the other way.


Nigel Benn (boxing) - former world middleweight and super-middleweight champion, born 1964.

Nick Gillingham (swimming) - British former Olympic bronze medallist, born 1967.

Frank Leboeuf (soccer) - former Chelsea and France defender, born 1968.

Stan Collymore (soccer) - former England, Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Aston Villa striker, born 1971.

Paul Gerrard (soccer) - former Everton and Nottingham Forest goalkeeper, born 1973.

Dennis Moran (rugby league) - former Wigan, Widnes and London Broncos half-back, born 1977.

Hidetoshi Nakata (soccer) - former Bolton and Japan midfielder, born 1977.

Jonathan Woodgate (soccer) - former Tottenham, Real Madrid and Middlesbrough defender, born 1980.

Fabricio Coloccini (soccer) - former Newcastle and Argentina defender, now playing for San Lorenzo, born 1982.

Shane Long (soccer) - Southampton and Republic of Ireland striker, born 1987.


1 Where will Euro 2024 be held?

2 Which is the only Super League side to be based outside the UK?

3 Which NFL side based in New Orleans does Drew Brees play for?

4 Who knocked out reigning Australian Open singles champion Caroline Wozniacki in the third round of this year's tournament?

5 Who won the 2019 Ulster Elite light-heavyweight boxing title at the Ulster Hall in Belfast?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (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.

BOWLS: World Championships - BBC Two England 1300.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, January 23)

CRICKET: First Test, West Indies v England - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 1300; First Test, Australia v Sri Lanka - BT Sport 1 0245 (Thu); BBL, Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes - BT Sport 2 0800.

TENNIS: Australian Open - Eurosport 1 0800, Eurosport 1 0000 (Thu) and 0300 (Thu).

SOCCER: Carabao Cup, Burton v Manchester City - Sky Sports Main Event 1930; Scottish Premiership, Kilmarnock v Rangers - BT Sport 1 1915; A-League, Wellington Phoenix v Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners and Perth Glory v Adelaide United - BT Sport 1 0630, 0845 and 1100.

GOLF: European Tour, Omega Dubai Desert Classic - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0400 (Thu).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Philadelphia 76ers v San Antonio Spurs - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports USA 0100 (Thu).

BOWLS: World Championships - BBC Two England 1310, BBC Two Scotland 1530.

QUICK QUIZ answers 1 Germany; 2 Catalans Dragons; 3 Saints; 4 Maria Sharapova; 5 Paul McCullagh

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