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On This Day – Sept 19, 1994: Waterford hurler Tadhg de Búrca was born

Waterford hurler Tadhg de Búrca turns 25 today. Picture by John McIlwaine

BIRTHDAYS

David Seaman (soccer) - Former England, Arsenal and Manchester City goalkeeper, born 1963.

Cristiano Da Matta (motor racing) - Former Toyota Formula One driver, born 1973.

Tasha Danvers (athletics) - British 400m hurdler who won Olympic bronze in Beijing, born 1977.

Dimitri Yachvili (rugby union) - Former Biarritz and France scrum-half, born 1980.

Eduardo (soccer) - Portugal and SC Braga's former Chelsea goalkeeper, born 1982.

Alun Wyn Jones (rugby union) - Ospreys and Wales lock, born 1985.

Kieran Trippier (soccer) - England and Atletico Madrid's former Tottenham full-back, born 1990.

Tadhg de Búrca (GAA) – Waterford hurler, born 1994

ON THIS DAY IN SPORT

1922: Czechoslovakian athlete Emil Zatopek was born. An outstanding distance runner, he won the 10,000 metres at the 1948 Olympic Games in London and at Helsinki four years later took gold in the 5,000m, 10,000m and marathon. At his peak, he won 69 consecutive events at all distances and set 18 world records from 5,000m to 25km. He died in November 2000 at Prague Military Hospital after a long illness.

1999: Alan Shearer scored five goals in Newcastle's 8-0 Premier League rout of Sheffield Wednesday.

2000: Britain's three-day event team of Jeanette Brakewell on Over To You, Leslie Law on Shear H20, Pippa Funnell on Supreme Rock and Ian Stark on Jaybee won silver at the Olympic Games in Sydney, while cyclists Bradley Wiggins, Chris Newton, Bryan Steel and Paul Manning took bronze in the 4,000m team pursuit.

2004: Steve Harmison became the first England player to pull out of the controversial winter tour to Zimbabwe.

2006: Randy Lerner completed his takeover of Aston Villa, succeeding Doug Ellis as chairman after acquiring nearly 90 per cent of the club.

2015: Japan pulled off the biggest shock in Rugby World Cup history with a stunning 34-32 win over South Africa at the Amex Stadium in Brighton.

2015: Gloucestershire held their nerve to pull off an unlikely six-run victory over Surrey in the Royal London One-Day Cup final at Lord's.

2018: Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for the first time in the Champions League in his 154th match but Juventus still ran out 2-0 winners at Valencia thanks to two penalties from Miralem Pjanic.

Which Premier League team did Cristiano Ronaldo say he nearly signed with instead of Manchester United?

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1. Which Premier League team did Cristiano Ronaldo say he nearly signed with instead of Manchester United?

2. In which league has Tottenham and France goalkeeper Hugo Loris indicated he wishes to finish his career?

3. What position did Wales assistant coach Rob Howley play during his rugby career?

4. What bathroom product have Scotland been soaking their rugby balls in ahead of the World Cup?

5. What disease has put New York Jets starting quarterback Sam Darnold on the injured list?

TODAY’S TV

SOCCER: Europa League, Eintracht Frankfurt v Arsenal - BT Sport 2 1730; Wolves v SC Braga - BT Sport/ESPN 1945; Manchester United v Astana - BT Sport 2 2000.

MOTOR RACING: F1, Singapore Grand Prix drivers press conference - Sky Sports F1 1100.

GOLF: European Tour, BMW PGA Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1000, Sky Sports Main Event 1030; PGA Tour, Sanderson Farms Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1800.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Warrington v Castleford - Sky Sports Main Event 1900.

TENNIS: WTA, Pan Pacific Open - BT Sport 1 0400 (Fri).

BOXING: IBF international super-welterweight, Orlando Fiordigiglio v Sam Eggington - Sky Sports Action 2000.

CYCLING: Coppa Sabatini - Eurosport 1 1330.

GRIDIRON: NFL, Jacksonville Jaguars v Tennessee Titans - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0030 (Fri).

BASEBALL: MLB, Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies - BT Sport 1 1700; San Diego Padres v Milwaukee Brewers - BT Sport 1 2100.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ ANSWERS

1. Arsenal; 2. MLS; 3. Scrum-half; 4. Shampoo; 5. Mononucleosis.

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