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December 9: Time Out: Sporting greats, Dates and a Quick Quiz blitz...

STARS IN HIS EYES: Mick Kinane and Sea The Stars in the winners’ enclosure after The Investec Derby in June 2009. It was Kinane’s third Epsom Derby triumph in a career littered with big-race wins
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BACK IN THE DAY

The Irish News, December 9 2009

HORSERACING

Dermot Weld believes Mick Kinane, who announced his retirement from the saddle yesterday, would have been a success in any profession.

Kinane, who enjoyed six Group One successes with Sea The Stars in his final season, rode a huge amount of winners in his 15 years as stable jockey to the master of Rosewell House at the Curragh.

He then enjoyed other highly-successful spells as number one to two other leading Irish trainers, Aidan O’Brien (1999-2003) and John Oxx (2004-2009).

Weld and Kinane joined forces in late 1983 and shared success all over the world, gaining ground-breaking big-race victories in countries such as Australia, the United States and Hong Kong.

“He was a world-class rider and a wonderful stable jockey in his 15 years with me, but he was much more than that,” said Weld, one of many racing personalities to pay tribute to the 50-year-old Kinane.

GAELIC GAMES

St Patrick’s, Armagh claimed the last of the BT MacRory Cup quarter-final spots with a 6-11 to 0-16 defeat of St Michael’s, Enniskillen yesterday.

St Michael’s contributed to a great exhibition of football, but the point-taking of Johnny Feeley and Eddie Courtney was eclipsed by the power-play of the Armagh school’s twin towers, Paul McGeown and Andrew Murnin.

McGeown (1-1) and Murnin (1-3) provided Armagh’s 2-4 total by the break.

Although another McGeown goal pushed Armagh further ahead, Feeley brought his personal total to nine points and his side to within four points with five minutes to play.

However, Michael Lennon and Paul McElroy twice shot to the net to leave St Patrick’s clear winners.

St Patrick’s, Armagh scorers: Paul McGeown (2-4), Andrew Murnin (1-6), Paul McElroy (2-0), Michael Lennon (1-0), Cormac Gribbin (0-1).

St Michael’s, Enniskillen scorers: Johnny Feely (0-9), Eddie Courtney (0-3), Ciaran McBrien (0-1), Aidan Breen (0-1), JJ Strain (0-1), Paul Mullan (0-1).

BIRTHDAYS

Tom Kite (golf) - Former US Open winner and United States captain for 1997 Ryder Cup, born 1949.

Jason Dozzell (soccer) - Former Ipswich and Tottenham midfielder, born 1967.

Bixente Lizarazu (soccer) - Former Bayern Munich and France full-back and member of Les Bleus' World Cup and European Championship-winning teams in 1998 and 2000, born 1969.

Fabrice Santoro (tennis) - Frenchman nicknamed 'The Magician', born 1972.

Gaston Gaudio (tennis) - Retired Argentinian player, winner of the French Open in 2004, born 1978.

Stephen McPhail (soccer) - Former Leeds, Cardiff and Republic of Ireland midfielder, born 1979.

Mardy Fish (tennis) - American former player who won the singles silver medal at the 2004 Olympics, born 1981.

Jermaine Beckford (soccer) - Former Leeds and Everton striker, born 1983.

QUICK QUIZ

1. For which professional club did late Aston Villa manager Ron Saunders first play?

2. Son Heung-min moved to Tottenham from which Bundesliga club?

3. Which former Antrim hurling star is set to take up the sport of Motocross?

4. Name the Australian cyclist who won bronze at the Track World Cup over the weekend just a month after being treated for thyroid cancer?

5. How many Grand Slam singles titles has Rafael Nadal won?

6. What unexpected item did boxer Andy Ruiz Jr wear during the weigh-in ahead of his bout against Anthony Joshua?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

ON THIS DAY

1942: Billy Bremner, an integral part of Leeds' rise to the top of British football in the 1970s, was born. He died in December 1997.

1986: Greyhound Ballyregan Bob was retired by his owner-trainer George Curtis after he won a world record 32 races in a row.

2001: David Beckham won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

2004: Formula One chiefs struck a deal with Silverstone's owners to save the British Grand Prix. A five-year contract ended months of uncertainty and acrimony between the British Racing Drivers' Club and Bernie Ecclestone's F1 organisation.

2005: England drew Paraguay, Sweden and Trinidad and Tobago in the group stage of the 2006 World Cup finals.

2007: Floyd Mayweather stopped Ricky Hatton in the 10th round of their WBC welterweight title fight in Las Vegas, handing the Mancunian the first defeat of his professional career.

2008: Former England cricketer Chris Lewis was charged with attempted drug smuggling after four kilos of cocaine was seized at Gatwick Airport. He was jailed for 13 years at Croydon Crown Court in May 2009.

2010: Alan Pardew was confirmed as Newcastle manager on a five-and-a-half-year contract.

2012: Lionel Messi equalled Gerd Muller's record of 85 goals in a calendar year by scoring for Barcelona at Real Betis. He went on to net 91 in total.

2013: England were all out for 312 in Adelaide, suffering a 218-run defeat to Australia as the Ashes deficit grew to 2-0 with three matches to play. England would end up suffering a 5-0 whitewash.

2015: Swansea "very reluctantly" parted company with manager Garry Monk, who had been at the club as a player and coach for 11 years. He was replaced with Francesco Guidolin.

2017: James DeGale lost his IBF super-middleweight belt after he was surprisingly beaten by American Caleb Truax on a majority decision.

SPORT ON TV

Today (Monday, December 9)

SOCCER: Premier League, West Ham v Arsenal - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1900.

SNOOKER: Scottish Open - Eurosport 1 1245 and 1845.

GRIDIRON: NFL, Philadelphia Eagles v New York Giants - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0100 (Tues).

Tomorrow (Tuesday, December 10)

SOCCER: Champions League, Napoli v Genk - BT Sport 1 1730, Chelsea v Lille - BT Sport 2 1900, Inter Milan v Barcelona - BT Sport/ESPN 1945; Championship, Preston v Fulham - Sky Sports Main Event 1900.

CRICKET: Mzansi Super League, Durban Heat v Jozi Stars - BT Sport/ESPN 1500.

SNOOKER: Scottish Open - Eurosport 1 1245 and 1845.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Everton; 2. Bayer Leverkusen; 3. Liam Watson 4. Matthew Glaetzer; 5. 19; 6. A sombrero.

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