On This Day - Jan 28 1981 - John Mullane, Waterford hurling star, is born

 Waterford's John Mullane


1911: Henri Rougier won the first Monte Carlo Rally, driving a Turcat-Mery.

1990: In one of the most one-sided - and, at the time, record-scoring - of Super Bowls, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Denver Broncos 55-10 in New Orleans. 49ers quarterback Joe Montana was named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player for a record third time.

2002: The Prost Formula One team, owned by former world champion Alain Prost, were put into liquidation by a French court.

2004: Manager Sir Alex Ferguson signed a one-year rolling contract with Manchester United, to commence in July 2005. He remained in his post until the end of the 2012-13 season.

2005: Newcastle agreed a fee of £6million with Birmingham for striker Craig Bellamy. However, rather than move to Birmingham, Bellamy left Newcastle to join Celtic on loan three days later.

2007: Roger Federer won his third Australian Open men's singles title by beating Chilean Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 6-4.

2009: Colin Montgomerie was appointed captain of the European team for the 2010 Ryder Cup.

2011: Liverpool agreed a fee with Ajax for Uruguay striker Luis Suarez.

2012: The Football Association cancelled the traditional pre-match handshakes between Chelsea and QPR in light of the racism row surrounding John Terry and Anton Ferdinand.

2016: Greg Dyke announced he would step down as Football Association chairman in July after admitting he faced a fight to force through reforms for the governing body.

2017: Serena Williams won the Australian Open women's singles title with a 6-4 6-4 victory over her sister Venus in the final for her 23rd grand slam title, an Open era record, beating Steffi Graf's mark of 22.


Nick Price (golf) - Zimbabwean who won both the Open and USPGA Championship in 1994, born 1957.

David Lawrence (cricket) - former England fast bowler whose career was ended prematurely by injury, born 1964.

Dave McPherson (soccer) - former Hearts and Scotland defender, born 1964.

Mark Regan (rugby union) - former England and British and Irish Lions hooker, part of the 2003 World Cup-winning squad, born 1972.

Takuma Sato (motor racing) - former Formula One driver from Japan, now driving in the IndyCar series, born 1977.

Gianluigi Buffon (soccer) - World Cup-winning Italy and Paris St Germain goalkeeper, born 1978.

Jamie Carragher (soccer) - former Liverpool and England defender, born 1978.

Papa Bouba Diop (soccer) - former Fulham, Portsmouth, West Ham and Senegal midfielder, born 1978.

John Mullane (gaelic games): Waterford senior hurling star, the De La Salle clubman played for the county at right corner-forward, born 1981

Jessica Ennis-Hill (athletics) - London 2012 Olympic heptathlon champion, born 1986.

Asad Shafiq (cricket) - Pakistan batsman and Test vice captain, born 1986.


1 Which Premier League club have an American bald eagle as their mascot?

2 What piece of apparatus was invented in 1934 and became an Olympic sport in its own right in 2000?

3 David Moyes managed which club between 1998 and 2002?

4 Who beat Armagh in the 1985 GAA National League final?

5 The Panthers are which UK city's ice hockey team?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Monday, January 28)

SOCCER: FA Cup fourth round, Barnet v Brentford - BT Sport 2 1900.

CRICKET: One-day international, New Zealand v India - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0600; BBL, Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades - BT Sport 2 1000; Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat - BT Sport 2 0445 (Tue).

TENNIS: WTA, Thailand Open - BT Sport//ESPN 0800.

Tomorrow (Tuesday, January 29)

SOCCER: Premier League, Newcastle v Manchester City - BT Sport 1 1930; Coppa Italia quarter-final, AC Milan v Napoli - BT Sport 2 1930; Coupe de la Ligue semi-final, Guingamp v Monaco - BT Sport//ESPN 2000.

CRICKET: BBL, Sydney Sixers v Adelaide Strikers - BT Sport 2 0800.

TENNIS: WTA, Thailand Open - BT Sport 1 0800.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1 Crystal Palace; 2 Trampoline; 3 Preston; 4 Monaghan; 5 Nottingham.

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