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Time Out - January 13 - Sporting greats, Dates and a Quick Quiz Blitz to kick-start your day

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni
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BACK IN THE DAY

The Irish News - January 13 2010: Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has dismissed reports he will be appointed as Turkey's new coach later this week.

Claims circulating for several days have suggested the 70-year-old Italian (pictured) will be unveiled on Friday.

However, the man who guided Ireland to within touching distance of this summer's World Cup finals in South Africa before a controversial play-off defeat by France, has reaffirmed his commitment to the Republic.

Trapattoni said: “It's rubbish, there is nothing in it. It is just agents talking. I am totally committed to Ireland.”

Trapattoni took over as Ireland boss in May 2008 and signed a new two-year contract in September last year after a hugely encouraging start to his reign.

Under his leadership, the Irish finished second in World Cup qualifying Group Eight behind reigning champions Italy and took France to extra-time in the second leg of the play-off clash in Paris before William Gallas' goal, courtesy of a handball by Thierry Henry which was not spotted by Swedish referee Martin Hansson, put the home side through.

SPORT BIRTHDAYS
  • Tord Grip

    soccer

    Former England and Manchester City assistant coach under Sven-Goran Eriksson, born 1938.

  • Mark O'Meara

    golf

    American former Ryder Cup player and two-time major winner, born 1957.

  • Ronan Rafferty

    golf

    Northern Irish former Ryder Cup player, born 1964.

  • Mike Whitlow

    soccer

    Former Bolton and Sheffield United defender, born 1968.

  • Stephen Hendry

    snooker

    Seven-time world champion, now retired, born 1969.

  • Mark Bosnich

    soccer

    Former Australia and Aston Villa goalkeeper, born 1972.

  • Guillermo Coria

    tennis

    Argentinian runner-up at 2004 French Open, born 1982.

  • Kamran Akmal

    cricket

    former Pakistan wicketkeeper, born 1982.

  • Max Whitlock

    gymnastics

    Britain's first Olympic gold medallist in artistic gymnastics, winning the men's floor and pommel horse exercises at Rio 2016, born 1993.

ON THIS DAY IN SPORT
  • 1832

    Thomas Lord, the founder of Lord's Cricket Ground, died at the age of 76.

  • 1974

    The Miami Dolphins beat the Minnesota Vikings 24-7 at Houston to win their second consecutive Super Bowl.

  • 1990

    Brothers Alan and Gary Kelly lined up as opposing goalkeepers for Preston and Bury in the Football League. Their father, Alan, was also once Preston goalkeeper.

  • 2002

    Australian haemophiliac Tony David became one of darts' more unlikely heroes when he captured the Embassy World Championship title with a 6-4 victory over Mervyn King at Frimley Green.

  • 2004

    Arsenal and England goalkeeper David Seaman announced his retirement from football.

  • 2006

    Steve Staunton was appointed manager of the Republic of Ireland.

  • 2007

    Angered by David Beckham's decision to sign a pre-contract agreement with the Los Angeles Galaxy, then Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello said the former England captain would not play again for the Spanish club. Capello later recalled Beckham to the Real squad.

  • 2009

    Australia opener Matthew Hayden announced his retirement from Test cricket at the age of 37. He played in 103 Tests, made 30 centuries and finished with an average of 50.73.

  • 2014

    Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or ahead of Barcelona's Lionel Messi - winner of the previous four awards - and Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich.

  • 2018

    Harry Kane's brace in a 4-0 win over Everton saw him become Tottenham's top scorer of the Premier League era.

QUICK QUIZ
  • Where will next month's Women's T20 World Cup take place?
  • Which men's singles tennis player won the inaugural US Open in 1968?
  • Which former Premier League and now League One side plays its home games at Bloomfield Road?
  • Which country does former golf world number one Vijay Singh?
  • Who was the last manager, other than Jim Gavin, to win the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship title?
+ Click Here to See Quiz Answers +
  • Australia
  • Arthur Ashe
  • Blackpool
  • Fiji
  • Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Kerry)
SPORT ON TV

Monday, January 13

  • CRICKET

    Big Bash League, Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers - BT Sport 1 0800, Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers - BT Sport 2 0430.

  • SNOOKER

    The Masters - BBC Two & Eurosport 2 1300.

  • TENNIS

    ATP, Adelaide International - Eurosport 1 0800.

Tuesday, January 14

  • SOCCER

    FA Cup third-round replay, Tottenham v Middlesbrough - BBC One 2000; Coppa Italia, Napoli v Perugia - BT Sport 1 1400, Lazio v Cremonese - BT Sport 1 1700, Inter Milan v Cagliari - BT Sport 1 1945.

  • SNOOKER

    The Masters - BBC Two 1300, Eurosport 2 1300 & 1845.

  • GOLF

    Abu Dhabi Hero Challenge - Sky Sports Golf 1430.

  • TENNIS

    ATP, Adelaide International - Eurosport 1 0600.

  • WINTER SPORTS

    Alpine Skiing, World Cup - Eurosport 1 1630; Snowboarding, World Cup - Eurosport 1 1745.

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