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Time Out - January 23: Sporting greats, Dates and a Quick Quiz Blitz to kick-start your day

Damian Cassidy was in charge of the Derry footballers for their McKenna Cup campaign in January 2010 Picture by Colm O'Reilly
Padraig O Meiscill
BACK IN THE DAY

The Irish News, January 23 2010: I T'S D-Day in the Barrett Sports Lighting Dr McKenna Cup group qualifiers tomorrow, and Derry's clash against Down at Celtic Park is arguably the most attractive winner-takes-all clash on the cards for football fans.

Derry manager Damian Cassidy admits there will be a bit more edge to the match, just what the players need before the NFL Division One opener against Ulster champions Tyrone on February 6. “Now we have something to aim for,” he said.

A win could take them into Wednesday night's semi-finals, depending on whether Antrim's attack cut loose against Queen's University.

“We would welcome another game. It is much better to play in a competitive situation than to go back to the training pitch,” added Cassidy.

Whileaticket to the semis would be welcomed, he is not supportive of the GAA's latest experimental playing rules, suggesting that, regarding at least one of them, a good ‘fist' hasn't been made of it. Cassidy is not impressed with the tightened rule on what is deemed a legal handpass and what is not. He has not noticed a significant benefit of the fist pass trial and was again dismissive of it after the Queen's game.

He reckoned that it did not “benefit players in tight situations.” In his opinion, it slowed down the play and hindered the continuity of the team game, concluding on the point saying that “it does not improve the game.”

SPORT BIRTHDAYS
  • Petr Korda

    tennis

    Czech who won the Australian Open in 1998, born 1968.

  • Andrei Kanchelskis

    soccer

    former Manchester United, Rangers, Eveton and Russia winger, born 1969.

  • Scott Gibbs

    rugby union/league

    former Wales and Lions centre, who also played rugby league for St Helens, born 1971.

  • Adam Parore

    cricket

    former wicketkeeper who made more than 250 appearances for New Zealand and in 2011 became the first Test cricketer to climb Mount Everest, born 1971.

  • Marcel Wouda

    swimming

    Dutch former world and multi-European champion, born 1972.

  • Glen Chapple

    cricket

    former Lancashire seam bowler who took 985 first-class wickets, born 1974.

  • Arjen Robben

    soccer

    Bayern Munich's former Holland, Real Madrid and Chelsea winger, born 1983.

  • Dong Fangzhuo

    soccer

    former striker who became the first Chinese player to sign for Manchester United when he arrived at Old Trafford in 2004, born 1985.

  • Steven Taylor

    soccer

    former Newcastle defender currently at Wellington Phoenix, born 1986.

  • Jose Enrique

    soccer

    former Newcastle and Liverpool defender, born 1986.

  • Joe Ledley

    soccer

    Derby and Wales midfielder, born 1987.

  • Martyn Waghorn

    soccer

    Derby's former Sunderland, Leicester and Wigan forward, born 1990.

  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    soccer

    Chelsea and England midfielder, born 1996.

ON THIS DAY IN SPORT
  • 1919

    One of the most successful managers in Football League history, Bob Paisley, was born. He joined Liverpool from Bishop Auckland as a player in 1939 and stayed more than 40 years with the club. He took over from Bill Shankly as manager in 1974 and led the club to six league titles, three European Cups, three League Cups and the UEFA and European Super Cups once each. He died in 1996.

  • 2000

    Bradford striker Stan Collymore headed to Spain for talks with Real Oviedo. He was to sign for the club only to walk out several weeks later, stating he had retired.

  • 2004

    Louis Saha signed for Manchester United for £12.83million from Fulham, agreeing a five-and-a-half-year deal.

  • 2006

    The English Football Association confirmed Sven-Goran Eriksson would leave his position as England manager after that summer's World Cup in Germany.

  • 2009

    Hull signed midfielder Jimmy Bullard from Fulham for a then club-record fee of £5million on a four-and-a-half-year contract.

  • 2014

    Sandro Rosell resigned as president of Barcelona.

  • 2016

    West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul announced his international retirement after a career which saw him amass over 20,000 runs across all three formats.

  • 2018

    Phil Neville was named as the new manager of the England Women's team. The former Manchester United and Everton defender immediately faced criticism for some old tweets featuring sexist jokes.

QUICK QUIZ
  • Anfield was originally the home ground of which Premier league side?
  • How many Grand Slam finals did Andy Murray lose before winning his first major title?
  • What is the United States' best ever result at a Fifa World Cup?
  • How many times have Cork won the National Football League Division One title?
  • Donegal will play their hurling in which division of the National League in 2020?
+ Click Here to See Quiz Answers +
  • Everton
  • Four
  • Third (1930)
  • Eight
  • Division 3A
SPORT ON TV

Thursday, January 23

  • SOCCER

    Premier League, Wolves v Liverpool - BT Sport 1 1900.

  • TENNIS

    Australian Open - Eurosport 1 0600, 0815, 2355 and Eurosport 2 0600, 2355.

  • GOLF

    European Tour, The Omega Dubai Desert Classic - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0600, Sky Sports Golf 1130; PGA Tour, Farmers Insurance Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 1615.

  • BASKETBALL

    NBA, Brooklyn Nets v Los Angles Lakers - Sky Sports Main Event 0100 (Fri).

  • SNOOKER

    European Masters - Eurosport 2 1500, 1855.

Friday, January 24

  • CRICKET

    Fourth Test, South Africa v England - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0730; T20 International, New Zealand v India - Sky Sports Cricket 0655.

  • TENNIS

    Australian Open - Eurosport 1 0600, 0815, 2355 and Eurosport 2 0600, 1200, 2355.

  • SOCCER

    League One, Sunderland v Doncaster - Sky Sports Main Event 1900; FA Cup fourth round, Northampton v Derby - BT Sport 1 1930.

  • RUGBY UNION

    Premiership, Northampton v London Irish - BT Sport 2 1900.

  • GOLF

    European Tour, The Omega Dubai Desert Classic - Sky Sports Golf 0730, Sky Sports Main Event 1130; PGA Tour, Farmers Insurance Open - Sky Sports Main Event 1615, 2230, Sky Sports Golf 1615, 2000.

  • SNOOKER

    European Masters - Eurosport 2 1455, 1855.

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