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Time Out - February 26: Sporting greats, Dates and a Quick Quiz Blitz to kick-start your day

 Ryan Lindberg (Immaculata) and Donegal’s Tyrone McCullagh
BACK IN THE DAY

The Irish News - February 26 2010: Controversy reigned in the finals of the Ulster Elite Championships recently, and nowhere more so than at the end of knife-edge, 56kg battle of wits.

Timekeeping blunders in some bouts marred an exciting finals night at the Andersonstown Leisure Centre, with the 56kg decider ending early – only to be restarted quickly by an embarrassed Ulster top table.

At the final, final bell defending champion Ryan Lindberg (Immaculata) and Donegal’s Tyrone McCullagh were locked at 3-3.

A count-back 7-6 verdict saw Lindberg’s arm raised in victory by referee Gerry Wilson for a fifth Ulster title for the Mac man – his third finals win over McCullagh.

But McCullagh’s Illies Golden Gloves coach Stephen Friel was livid afterwards and scathing of the judges in the contest, who failed to award McCullagh a single point in the last two rounds.

Tonight the Illies man has the chance to exact swift revenge when the pair collide for the second time in three weeks in the semi-finals of the Irish Elite Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin.

SPORT BIRTHDAYS
  • Everton Weekes

    cricket

    former West Indies batsman, born 1925.

  • Colin Bell

    soccer

    former Manchester City and England midfielder, born 1946.

  • Paul Ackford

    rugby union

    former England and British & Irish Lions second row, born 1958.

  • Jenny Thompson

    swimming

    American who won 12 medals - including eight golds - at the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. Also claimed 14 world championship medals, born 1973.

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

    soccer

    Manchester United manager and former Red Devils and Norway striker, born 1973.

  • Sebastien Loeb

    motor sport

    winner of a record nine consecutive World Rally Championships, born 1974.

  • Shane Williams

    rugby union

    former Wales wing and their record try-scorer, born 1977.

  • Li Na

    tennis

    2011 French Open winner and 2014 Australian Open champion, born 1982.

  • Matt Prior

    cricket

    former England and Sussex wicketkeeper, born 1982.

  • Pepe

    soccer

    Porto and Portugal defender formerly with Real Madrid, born 1983.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor

    soccer

    former Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Crystal Palace and Togo striker, currently playing for Paraguayan side Olimpia, born 1984.

  • Fernando Llorente

    soccer

    Napoli and Spain striker formerly with Tottenham, born 1985.

  • Gabriel Obertan

    soccer

    Erzurumspor winger, formerly of Manchester United and Newcastle, born 1989.

ON THIS DAY IN SPORT
  • 1839

    The Grand National was run at Aintree for the first time. The race, which was then known as the Grand Liverpool Steeplechase, was won by Lottery, ridden by Jem Mason. There had been three previous runnings of the race at nearby Maghull. It was renamed the Grand National Steeplechase in 1847.

  • 1983

    Arsenal goalkeeper Pat Jennings made his 1,000th appearance in first-class football. He marked the occasion by keeping a clean sheet in a goalless draw at West Brom.

  • 1993

    Australia captain Allan Border became the most prolific scorer in Test cricket when he surpassed Sunil Gavaskar's record of 10,122 runs. Border's mark, achieved in a match against New Zealand at Christchurch, was passed by Brian Lara in 2005.

  • 2006

    Manchester United won the Carling Cup, beating Wigan 4-0 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

  • 2009

    England prop Matt Stevens received a two-year ban for failing a drugs test.

  • 2010

    Portsmouth became the first Premier League club to go into administration.

  • 2011

    The bragging rights belonged to Down as Dan Gordon’s brilliant defensive display helped them to a 0-12 to 0-11 Division One win over Armagh.

  • 2012

    Shane McNaughton, Karl Stewart and Kevin Sheeran all raised green flags as Antrim defeated Wexford 3-18 to 2-15 at Casement Park.

  • 2016

    Gianni Infantino was elected FIFA president at the world governing body's extraordinary congress in Zurich. After the presidential election entered a second round of voting for the first time in 42 years, Infantino secured 115 votes to pre-vote favourite Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa's 88 to become the second successive Swiss president after Sepp Blatter.

  • 2017

    Jack McCarron and Gavin Doogan struck goals as Monaghan recorded a one-point win over Kerry in Killarney.

QUICK QUIZ
  • Who is the only German footballer to have made more than 300 Premier League appearances?
  • When did Jacques Villeneuve win the Formula One world title?
  • Who is the only player in NBA history to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game in a season?
  • Who scored Fermanagh’s goal in their 1-11 to 2-11 loss to Cavan last Saturday?
  • West Indies fast bowler Joel Garner played for which English county?
+ Click Here to See Quiz Answers +
  • Robert Huth
  • 1997
  • Wilt Chamberlain
  • Ultan Kelm
  • Somerset
SPORT ON TV

Wednesday, February 26

  • SOCCER

    Champions League, Real Madrid v Man City - BT Sport 2 1900; Championship, Millwall v Birmingham - Sky Sports Main Event 1930; Middlesbrough v Leeds - Sky Sports Action 1940.

  • CRICKET

    Women's ICC World T20, England v Thailand - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0600; West Indies v Pakistan - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0730; India v New Zealand - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0330 (Thur); International T20, South Africa v Australia - Sky Sports Cricket 1555, Sky Sports Main Event - 1600.

  • MOTOR RACING

    Formula One, day four of testing - Sky Sports F1 0800, 1300.

  • CYCLING

    Tour of UAE - Eurosport 1 1045; Track World Championships - Eurosport 1 1730.

  • SNOOKER

    Players Championship - ITV4 1245, 1845.

Thursday, February 27

  • SOCCER

    Europa League, Espanyol v Wolves - BT Sport 1 1715; Celtic v Copenhagen - BT Sport//ESPN 1930; Man Utd v Club Brugge - BT Sport 2 1930.

  • CRICKET

    Women's ICC World T20, India v New Zealand - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0600; Australia v Bangladesh - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0730; South Africa v Thailand - Sky Sports Cricket 0330 (Fri).

  • MOTOR RACING

    Formula One, day five of testing - Sky Sports F1 0800, 1300.

  • RUGBY LEAGUE

    Super League, Hull KR v Castleford - Sky Sports Main Event 1900.

  • GOLF

    European Tour, The Oman Open - Sky Sports Golf 0630, 1030, Sky Sports Main Event 1130; PGA Tour, The Honda Classic - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 1330, Sky Sports Golf 1900.

  • CYCLING

    Tour of UAE - Eurosport 1 1045; Track World Championships - Eurosport 1 1730.

  • BASKETBALL

    NBA, Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers - Sky Sports Main Event 0330 (Fri).

  • DARTS

    Premier League Darts, Dublin - Sky Sports Action 1900.

  • SNOOKER

    Players Championship - ITV4 1245, 1845.

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