October 23: Time Out: Sporting greats, dates and a quick quiz blitz...

Manager Liam Brady is congratulated by the fans after Antrim beat Cavan in the the Ulster Senior Football Championship semi-final at Clones in 2009. Picture by Colm Lenaghan


The Irish News, October 23 2009: A repeat of this year's Ulster final was probably not what Liam Bradley had been hoping for when he was informed of the Ulster Championship draw.

Yet that’s what last night’s draw on RTE threw up as Antrim were paired against current champions Tyrone.

Bradley didn’t watch the draw live, and was taken aback when he was informed of the Saffrons’ 2010 opponents by The Irish News.

“Ah well, what can you say about that? It’s the luck of the draw, but we will not worry too much about the Championship yet.

“We are looking forward to a two-month break. We will worry about Tyrone in April time – we have the McKenna Cup and league to get through first.”

After guiding Antrim to their first Ulster final since 1970, Bradley will be keen to build on a season in which the Saffrons gained promotion to Division Three and only lost out to ’08 All-Ireland champions Tyrone and eventual winners Kerry.

The Derry man was able to take comfort from the fact that Antrim were first out of the draw and will probably host Tyrone at Casement Park.


Pele (soccer) - Brazilian, widely acknowledged as the greatest player of all time, who was a World Cup winner in 1958, 1962 and 1970, born 1940.

Wayne Rainey (motorcycling) - American who won three successive world 500cc titles between 1990 and 1992, born 1960.

Andoni Zubizarreta (soccer) - former Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper, born 1961.

Chris Horner (cycling) - American who became the oldest grand tour winner with victory in the 2013 Vuelta a Espana, born 1971.

Christian Dailly (soccer) - former Scotland, Rangers and West Ham defender, born 1973.

Sander Westerveld (soccer) - former Holland, Liverpool and Portsmouth goalkeeper, born 1974.

Brad Haddin (cricket) - Former Australian wicketkeeper who earned a World Cup winner's medal in 2015, born 1977.

Jimmy Bullard (soccer) - former Wigan and Fulham midfielder, born 1978.

Steve Harmison (cricket) - former England paceman, born 1978.

Simon Davies (soccer) - former Tottenham, Fulham and Wales midfielder, born 1979.

Keiren Westwood (soccer) - Sheffield Wednesday and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper, formerly of Coventry and Sunderland, born 1984.

Alvaro Morata (soccer) - Spain striker on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea, born 1992.


1900: Douglas Jardine, the England Test cricket captain at the centre of the 'Bodyline' controversy in 1932-33, was born. He died in 1958, aged 57.

1915: WG Grace, one of the greats of cricket who scored more than 54,000 first-class runs, died at the age of 67.

1987: Jockey Lester Piggott was jailed for income tax offences. He was released after serving a third of his three-year sentence.

1988: American Henry Armstrong, the only boxer to hold world titles at three different weights simultaneously, died aged 75.

1999: Kanu hit a hat-trick in the final 15 minutes as Arsenal came from 2-0 down to beat Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge.

2005: David Beckham was sent off in Real Madrid's 2-1 defeat to Valencia for sarcastically applauding the referee after being booked. The decision was later overturned.

2007: Steve Staunton left his job as Republic of Ireland manager by mutual consent.

2009: Jean Todt was elected president of world motor sport's governing body the FIA in succession to Max Mosley.

2011: New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup after beating France 8-7 in the final.

2011: Italian motorcyclist Marco Simoncelli was killed in a crash at the Malaysian MotoGP.

2016: Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea as manager of Manchester United and saw his new team beaten 4-0 by the Blues at Stamford Bridge, prompting chants of "You're not special anymore" from some home fans.

2017: Ronald Koeman was sacked as Everton manager with the Toffees third bottom in the Premier League after winning just two of their opening nine league games.


1. At which ground to Queen's Park Rangers play their home games?

2. Which New Zealand rugby union wing scored 185 points in his 63 appearances for the All Blacks?

3. Which Irish boxer is known as The Jackal?

4. Which Dutchman is currently top of the PDC Order of Merit?

5. Who are the reigning All-Ireland Senior Club Football champions?

(See quiz answers below)


Today (Wednesday, October 23)

SOCCER: Champions League, Ajax v Chelsea - BT Sport 3 1715; Genk v Liverpool - BT Sport 2 1900; Inter Milan v Borussia Dortmund - BT Sport/ESPN 1945; RB Leipzig v Zenit - BT Sport 1 1730; Championship, Huddersfield v Middlesbrough - Sky Sports Main Event 1930.

CRICKET: World T20 qualifiers, Ireland v Canada - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 1100; Hong Kong v Jersey - Sky Sports Cricket 1620 & Sky Sports Main Event 1630.

TENNIS: WTA, Zhuhai - BT Sport 1 0800.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics - Sky Sports Main Event 0100 (Thur).

BASEBALL: World Series, Houston Astros v Washington Nationals - BT Sport 1 0030 (Thur).

Tomorrow (Thursday, October 24)

SOCCER: Europa League, Partizan v Man Utd - BT Sport 2 1730; Arsenal v Vitoria - BT Sport 2 2000; Slovan Bratislava v Wolves - BT Sport/ESPN 1730; Eintracht Frankfurt v Standard Liege - BT Sport/ESPN 2015.

CRICKET: World T20 qualifiers, Scotland v Bermuda - Sky Sports Cricket 1620 & Sky Sports Main Event 1630.

GOLF: European Tour, Portugal Masters - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 1130. PGA Tour, Zozo Championship - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0400.

TENNIS: WTA, Zhuhai - BT Sport 1 0800.

GRIDIRON: NFL, Minnesota Vikings v Washington Redskins - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 1230 (Fri).

DARTS: European Championship - ITV4 1800.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Loftus Road; 2. Jonah Lomu; 3. Carl Frampton; 4. Michael Van Gerwen; 5. Corofin.

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