November 19: Time Out: Sporting greats, Dates and a Quick Quiz blitz...

HELPING HAND: Thierry Henry handles the ball before going on to set up France’s equalising goal in the Stade de France last night
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The Irish News, Thursday November 19 2009: World Cup 2010 Qualifying play-off, second leg:

France 1 Republic of Ireland 1 (after extra time: agg-2-1)

Brilliant Irish are robbed of World Cup finals place by controversial extra-time goal

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni said he was ‘‘angry’’ after a blatant Thierry Henry handball put paid to the Republic of Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup finals last night.

Henry’s assist for William Gallas’ extra-time equaliser meant that Raymond Domenech’s misfiring superstars will be in South Africa next summer despite being outplayed by a gallant Ireland who took the lead 12 minutes from half-time when Damien Duff reached the byline on the left and pulled the ball back for Robbie Keane to sidefoot home superbly.

‘‘I am still angry because it is a bitter evening for me,’’ said Trapattoni.

‘‘We played a very great game, I’m sure all of the European people saw that we deserved to win. I saw the handball – it was clear, too much clear.’’ He added: ‘‘I told the players ‘I am proud of you and you deserve to go to Africa’.


Laurent Blanc (soccer) - former France and Paris St Germain coach who won the World Cup with Les Bleus as a player in 1998, born 1965.

Gail Devers (athletics) - American who won gold in the women's 100 metres at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, born 1966.

Kerri Strug (gymnastics) - American who was part of the 1996 Olympic gold medal-winning team, born 1977.

Mahe Drysdale (rowing) - New Zealand rower who won Olympic gold in the single sculls at London 2012 and Rio 2016, born 1978.

Mark Wallace (cricket) - former Glamorgan wicketkeeper who appeared in 230 consecutive County Championship matches between 2001-2015, born 1981.

Chandra Crawford (skiing) - Canadian cross-country skier who won gold at the 2006 winter Olympics, born 1983.

Chris Eagles (soccer) - former Manchester United, Burnley and Bolton winger, born 1985.

Jessicah Schipper (swimming) - Australian Olympic gold medallist in the 4x100m medley at the 2004 and 2008 Games, born 1986.

Cameron Bancroft (cricket) - Australia Test batsman who was banned for nine months for his role in the ball-tampering scandal, born 1992.


1. Who won the men's 200 metres freestyle swimming gold medal at the Olympics in Athens in 2004?

2. Who did Liverpool beat in the 1992 FA Cup final?

3. Where do Super League club Hull FC play their home games?

4. Who rode Nijinsky to win the English Triple Crown in 1970?

5. San Francisco's Chase Center is the home of which NBA franchise?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


1969: Pele scored his 1,000th goal with a penalty for Santos against Vasco da Gama. The Vasco goalkeeper responded by taking off his jersey to reveal a shirt underneath with a message congratulating Pele on his achievement.

1997: Gerry Francis resigned as Tottenham manager, with chairman Alan Sugar announcing Grasshopper Zurich coach Christian Gross would be taking over at White Hart Lane.

2003: Scotland were thrashed 6-0 by Holland in Amsterdam, the Dutch qualifying for Euro 2004 6-1 on aggregate after the two-legged play-off.

2007: Wigan chairman Dave Whelan announced Steve Bruce as the club's new manager as the Latics agreed to pay £3million in compensation to Birmingham.

2007: Former Great Britain rugby league captain Mike Gregory died aged 43 after a four-year battle with a neurological disease.

2008: John Terry nodded home a late winner as England beat Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Berlin.

2010: Indian poultry firm Venky's completed their buy-out of Blackburn. Within a month the new owners had sacked Sam Allardyce as manager and replaced him with Steve Kean.

2011: South Africa-born former England all-rounder Basil D'Oliveira died at the age of 80 after a long battle against Parkinson's disease. D'Oliveira, of Indian-Portuguese heritage, made headlines in 1968 when he was included in the England squad for the tour of South Africa, which had to be called off as the apartheid-era South African government refused to accept his presence.

2013: Per Mertesacker headed the only goal as England were beaten 1-0 by Germany in a friendly at Wembley.

2015: Batsman Ian Bell was dropped from England's Test squad to tour South Africa, with Gary Ballance and Nick Compton returning to vie for the number three position.

2017: England's Tommy Fleetwood won the European Tour's Race to Dubai.

2018: The English Football League agreed a five-year broadcasting deal with Sky Sports worth £595 million, against the wishes of many Championship clubs.


Today (Tuesday, November 19)

SOCCER: Euro 2020 qualifiers, Wales v Hungary - Sky Sports Main Event 1900 & S4C 1925; Germany v Northern Ireland - Sky Sports Premier League 1940; Under-21s international, England v Holland - BT Sport 1 1715: Under-21s European qualifier, Republic of Ireland v Sweden - eir Sport 1 1930; FA Cup, Bromley v Bristol Rovers - BT Sport 1 1930.

TENNIS: Davis Cup, Argentina v Chile - Eurosport 1 1000, Spain v Russia - Eurosport 1 1700.

GOLF: DP World Tour Hero Challenge - Sky Sports Golf 1530.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, November 20)

CRICKET: New Zealand v England, day one of the first Test - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 2100; Australia v Pakistan, day one of the first Test - BT Sport 2 2345.

TENNIS: Davis Cup, Great Britain v Holland - Eurosport 1 1000, Croatia v Spain - Eurosport 1 1700.

SOCCER: FA Cup, Darlington v Walsall - BT Sport 1 1915.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Dallas Mavericks v Golden State Warriors - Sky Sports Arena 0030 (Thurs).

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Ian Thorpe; 2. Sunderland; 3. KCOM Stadium; 4. Lester Piggott; 5. Golden State Warriors.

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