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Time Out - January 27: Sporting greats, Dates and a Quick Quiz Blitz to kick-start your day

LUC’S THE PART: Liverpool midfielder Lucas tries to get the ball under control during last night’s goalless draw with Wolves
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BACK IN THE DAY

The Irish News - January 27 2010: Rafa coy on Juventus link

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is remaining tight-lipped over reports linking him with a move to Italian giants Juventus. Following a goalless s Premier League draw at Wolves last night, Benitez refused to comment on speculation suggesting Juve are set to sack coach Ciro Ferrara.

Benitez saw his side miss out on the chance to put pressure on the Barclays Premier League top four after a shot-shy performance in which they failed seriously to test Wolves keeper Marcus Hahnemann.

Benitez, when asked about the Juventus link, said: ‘‘I prefer to talk about the game. Is the speculation a distraction? I was really focused today on trying to do the right things and to try and win this game.''

Benitez accepted a share of the spoils was a fair result, with his side dominating the opening 45 minutes before Wolves came more into the game after the break.

The big plus for Benitez was the return of skipper Steven Gerrard, who completed the 90 minutes after missing two games.

Wolves (0) 0 Liverpool (0) 0

Wolves:Hahnemann, Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Ward, Foley, Henry, Mancienne, Jarvis (Guedioura 88), Milijas (David Jones 73), Doyle

Subs Not Used:Hennessey, Stearman, Vokes, Iwelumo, Mujangi Bia.

Liverpool:Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Insua, Maxi, Mascherano, Lucas, Riera (Ngog 66), Gerrard, Kuyt; Subs Not Used: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Babel, Degen, Darby, Pacheco

Booked:Skrtel. Att: 28,763

Ref:Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

SPORT BIRTHDAYS
  • Hugh Porter

    cycling

    four-time track world champion, born 1940.

  • Mike Newell

    soccer

    former Blackburn striker. Previously manager of Hartlepool, Luton and Grimsby, born 1965.

  • Dean Headley

    cricket

    former England and Kent seam bowler, born 1970.

  • Keith Wood

    rugby union

    former Ireland hooker and captain, born 1972.

  • Nathan Blake

    soccer

    former Wolves, Bolton, Cardiff and Wales striker, born 1972.

  • Chaminda Vaas

    cricket

    former Sri Lanka seam bowler, born 1974.

  • Ole Einar Bjorndalen

    biathlon

    eight-time Winter Olympic champion and 13-time medallist from Norway, born 1974.

  • Daniel Vettori

    cricket

    former New Zealand spinner and captain, born 1979.

  • Marat Safin

    tennis

    Russian winner of the 2000 US Open and 2005 Australian Open, born 1980.

  • Tony Woodcock

    rugby union

    New Zealand's double World Cup-winning prop, born 1981.

  • Jack Stephens

    soccer

    Southampton defender, born 1994.

ON THIS DAY IN SPORT
  • 1913

    American athlete Jim Thorpe was stripped of his pentathlon and decathlon gold medals from the 1912 Stockholm Olympics after it was discovered he had been paid for playing baseball a couple of years earlier.

  • 1991

    In Super Bowl XXV, the New York Giants beat the Buffalo Bills 20-19 to record the only one-point win in the event's history.

  • 1999

    Sunderland offered free admission and attracted 33,517 supporters for a reserve fixture against Liverpool.

  • 2004

    Jose Antonio Reyes joined Arsenal from Sevilla.

  • 2006

    Robbie Fowler rejoined Liverpool from Manchester City on a free transfer.

  • 2010

    Manchester United beat Manchester City 3-1 in their Carling Cup semi-final second leg at Old Trafford for a 4-3 aggregate success.

  • 2011

    Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar announced he would retire at the end of the season.

  • 2013

    Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray 6-7 (2) 7-6 (3) 6-3 6-2 to win the Australian Open.

  • 2017

    Phil Taylor announced his darts career would end after the 2018 World Championship. Taylor eventually finished runner-up at Alexandra Palace.

  • 2018

    Caroline Wozniacki won the Australian Open title, beating Simona Halep 7-6 (2) 3-6 6-4 in the final in Melbourne.

  • 2019

    Novak Djokovic produced one of the great grand slam final performances to swat aside Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-2 6-3 and become the first man to win seven titles at the Australian Open.

QUICK QUIZ
  • In which city was jockey Frankie Dettori born?
  • In which season did Liverpool last win England's top football division?
  • Who is the manager of the Dublin GAA Senior Football side?
  • Kelly Slater is a world champion in which sport?
  • The 2020 Formula One season will begin in what city on March 15?
  • Which football team's ground is closest to the River Mersey?
+ Click Here to See Quiz Answers +
  • Milan
  • 1989-90
  • Dessie Farrell
  • Surfing
  • Melbourne
  • Stockport's Edgeley Park
SPORT ON TV

Monday, January 27

  • CRICKET

    Fourth Test, South Africa v England - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 0730.

  • TENNIS

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

  • SOCCER

    FA Cup, Bournemouth v Arsenal - BT Sport 1 1915.

  • CYCLING

    Six Day Berlin, day five - Eurosport 2 2000.

Tuesday, January 28

  • CRICKET

    Fourth Test, South Africa v England - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 0730.

  • TENNIS

    Australian Open - Eurosport 1 0600, 0800, 2355.

  • SOCCER

    Carabao Cup, Aston Villa v Leicester - Sky Sports Main Event 1900; Coppa Italia, Torino v AC Milan - BT Sport 1 1930.

  • CYCLING

    Six Day Berlin, day six - Eurosport 2 2045.

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