On This Day - Jan 26 2008: Danny Hughes scored 0-4 as Down beat Derry in the Dr McKenna Cup final

Down emphatically beat Derry, on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-6, to claim their 11th, and most recent, Dr McKenna Cup success on January 26, 11 years ago. The four points Danny Hughes scored, all from play, earned him the man-of-the-match accolade
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1871: The first meeting of the Rugby Football Union at the Pall Mall Restaurant near Trafalgar Square was attended by representatives from 21 clubs and schools.

1907: Golfer Henry Cotton, who was the last Briton before Nick Faldo to win the Open Championship three times, was born. Cotton was awarded a knighthood a few days before he died in 1987.

2008: Danny Hughes scored 0-4 as Down beat Derry 1-12 to 1-6 in the McKenna Cup final at Casement Park.

2004: Wales lodged an appeal with UEFA over Russia midfielder Yegor Titov's failed drugs test, asking for the governing body to award them a 3-0 win in their Euro 2004 play-off second-leg tie - a match they had lost, costing them a place in the Portugal finals. They eventually lost the appeal.

2008: Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist announced his retirement from international cricket.

2009: Andy Murray crashed out of the Australian Open, losing in five sets to Fernando Verdasco of Spain in the fourth round. Verdasco won 2-6 6-1 1-6 6-3 6-4.

2010: Portsmouth had their transfer embargo, which had been in place since October, lifted by the Premier League. The embargo had been handed down due to the south coast outfit owing money to other clubs.

2011: Sky Sports football presenter Richard Keys resigned from his position with the broadcaster following his role in the sexism controversy which began with criticism of assistant referee Sian Massey.

2013: The Football Association charged Chelsea's Eden Hazard with violent conduct following an incident with a Swansea ball boy, saying in a statement that a "standard punishment that would otherwise apply was clearly insufficient".

2014: Manchester United completed the club record £37.1million capture of Juan Mata.

2016: England lost the fourth and final Test against South Africa by 280 runs at Centurion. The tourists finished as 2-1 series winners.


Michael Quinn (GAA) – Longford footballer, and former player with Essendon in the AFL, born 1990.

Kim Hughes (cricket) - Former Australia captain and batsman, born 1954.

Wayne Gretzky (ice hockey) - Canadian who is the leading point scorer in NHL history, born 1961.

Oscar Ruggeri (soccer) - Former Argentina defender who played in three World Cups, born 1962.

Jose Mourinho (soccer) - Former manager of Manchester United, Chelsea, Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, born 1963.

Heather Stanning (rowing) - Current world record holder and the reigning Olympic, World and World Cup champion in the women's coxless pairs, born 1985.

Gary Hooper (soccer) - Sheffield Wednesday striker, born 1988.

Sergio Perez (motorsport) - Mexican Formula One driver who races for Racing Point F1, born 1990.

Peter Sagan (cycling) - Professional road racer for Bora-Hansgrohe, six-time winner of the Tour de France points classification, born 1990.


1 Which Italian cyclist had the nickname the Pirate and won the 1998 Giro d'Italia and Tour de France?

2 What is the final event in the decathlon?

3 Name the Cork goalkeeper who saved a penalty in the 1999 All-Ireland SFC final?

4 Joey Barton is the manager of which League One club?

5 In what year was the new Sam Maguire Cup presented to the winners of the All-Ireland SFC?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Saturday, January 26)

GAA: The Geansaí, An Corn a Ghlacadh. Some of the most iconic scenes in Irish sport have been witnessed in Croke Park in the moments after the referee blows his full-time whistle to end the All-Ireland Final. The outpouring of joy, relief and ecstasy from players and fans alike is followed by the sight of the winning captain lifting the coveted Sam Maguire or Liam McCarthy cups. However, the celebration is never complete until the captain takes a few moments to speak to the faithful. This final episode relives those iconic moments when the winning captain made his speech. Last in the series – TG4 1035.

GAA: Classic GAA: Action from Cork v Kilkenny in 1983 – eir Sport 1 0730.

GAA: Allianz Leagues Preview Show. A look ahead to the 2019 season – eir Sport 1 1730.

GAA : Live GAA, Tipperary v Clare (Throw-in 7.00pm). Coverage of the match – eir Sport 1 1830.

GAA: Live GAA, Mayo v Roscommon (Throw-in 7.00pm). Coverage of the National Football League Division One clash at Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar – eir Sport 2 1830.

TENNIS: Australian Open, women's singles and men's doubles finals - Eurosport 1 0800.

CRICKET: First Test, West Indies v England - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 1330; First Test, Australia v Sri Lanka - BT Sport 1 0245 (Sun).

SOCCER: FA Cup fourth round, Accrington v Derby - BT Sport 2 1200; Millwall v Everton - BBC One 1720; AFC Wimbledon v West Ham - BT Sport 2 1900; Bundesliga, Werder Bremen v Eintracht Frankfurt - BT Sport 1 1715; Welsh Cup, Bangor City v Caernarfon Town - S4C 1920; A-League, Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC - BT Sport/ESPN 0630 and 0845.

GOLF: European Tour, Omega Dubai Desert Classic - Sky Sports Golf 0830, Sky Sports Main Event 1000; PGA Tour, Farmers Insurance Open - Sky Sports Golf 1800.

RUGBY UNION: Premiership Rugby Cup, Bristol v Exeter - BT Sport 1 1445; PRO14, Cheetahs v Zebre and Dragons v Munster - eir Sport 1 1230 and 1500; Cardiff Blues v Connacht - S4C 1700; Sevens World Series, New Zealand - Sky Sports Main Event 0130 and 0455 (Sun).

MOTOR SPORT: World Rally Championship, Rallye Monte Carlo - BT Sport 1 1300; Formula E, Santiago ePrix - Eurosport 1 1830.

BASKETBALL: NBA, New Orleans Pelicans v San Antonio Spurs - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports USA 2300.

BOWLS: World Championships - BBC Two England 1430.

CYCLING: Six Day Berlin - Eurosport 2 2015.

RACING: From Cheltenham - ITV 1330.

Tomorrow (Sunday, January 27)

GAA: Allianz League Sunday. Joanne Cantwell presents GAA action, including Mayo v Roscommon, Monaghan v Dublin, Kerry v Tyrone and Galway v Cavan in the National Football League and Tipperary v Clare, Kilkenny v Cork, Wexford v Limerick, Galway v Laois and Dublin v Carlow in the National Hurling League – RTE2 2130.

GAA: GAA Beo. Monaghan v Dublin (Kick-off 2.00pm). Micheál Ó Domhnaill presents coverage of the National Football League Division One encounter at Clones. Plus, deferred coverage of Wexford v Limerick in the National Hurling League at Wexford Park, and highlights of last night's fixtures – TG4 1300.

TENNIS: Australian Open, men's singles final - Eurosport 1 0800.

CRICKET: First Test, West Indies v England - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 1330; First Test, Australia v Sri Lanka - BT Sport 1 0245 (Mon); One-day international, South Africa v Pakistan - Sky Sports Cricket

0755; New Zealand v India - Sky Sports Cricket 0155 (Mon), Sky Sports Main Event 0330 (Mon); BBL, Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat - BT Sport 2 0830.

SOCCER: FA Cup, Crystal Palace v Tottenham - BT Sport 2 1530; Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday - BBC One 1745; Bundesliga, Bayern Munich v Stuttgart and Fortuna Dusseldorf v RB Leipzig - BT Sport 1 1415 and 1645.

GOLF: European Tour, Omega Dubai Desert Classic - Sky Sports Golf, Sky Sports Main Event 0830; PGA Tour, Farmers Insurance Open - Sky Sports Golf 1800.

RUGBY UNION: Sevens World Series, New Zealand - Sky Sports Main Event 0600.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers - Sky Sports USA 2030.

BOWLS: World Championships - BBC Two England 1430.

CYCLING: Vuelta a San Juan - Eurosport 2 2130.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1 Marco Pantani; 2 1500m; 3 Kevin O'Dwyer; 4 Fleetwood; 5 1988.


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