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

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BACK IN THE DAY

The Irish News - Friday March 26 2010:

Lennon and Mjallby step in as Celtic start search for a new manager

He may be just a stop-gap option, but interim Celtic manager Neil Lennon has move quickly by appointing former Parkhead favourite John Mjallby as his assistant.

And the Swede has immediately identified the areas he and his former team-mate must focus on in the wake of Tony Mowbray's departure yesterday.

“There are high demands, but you know that when you sign,” said Mjallby.

“For us, it's about getting the pride back and to start winning.

“The players haven't turned bad overnight. The capacity is still there, but now it's up to them to show it.”

Lennon and Mjallby will take control of the first team until the end of season but it remains to be seen who the Celtic board will set their sights on in the long term to follow Mowbray's ill-fated nine-month stint.

Mark Hughes is available and some sources have said he would be keen on the job, although Hughes may decide to wait for the inevitable vacancy to pop up in the English Premiership.

While Lennon will be as unhappy as anyone connected with the Glasgow club at the turn of events which led to his sudden elevation, he will no doubt make the most of his opportunity

** Tommy Bowe was yesterday named as the RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship.

Bowe polled nearly 50 per cent of the votes cast and comfortably beat four of France's Grand Slam-winning team to the award.

French number eight Imanol Harinordoquy was second with 20.9 per cent and scrum-half Morgan Parra third with 11.5 per cent of the vote. Bowe scored three tries in what was an ultimately disappointing campaign for defending champions Ireland.

The shortlist of six nominees also featured France captain Thierry Dusautoir, Les Bleus centre Mathieu Bastareaud and Wales wing Shane Williams

SPORT BIRTHDAYS
  • Marcus Allen

    American football

    Former Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Raiders record-breaking running back, born 1960.

  • Martin Donnelly

    motor sport

    Former F1 driver for Arrows and Lotus, born 1964.

  • Kevin Davies

    soccer

    Former Bolton and Chesterfield striker, capped once by England, born 1977.

  • Nacho Novo

    soccer

    Former Rangers and Dundee striker, born 1979.

  • Mikel Arteta

    soccer

    Former Arsenal, Everton and Rangers midfielder, now manager at the Emirates, born 1982.

  • Prosper Utseya

    cricket

    Zimbabwe spinner, born 1985.

  • Steven Fletcher

    soccer

    Sheffield Wednesday and Scotland striker, born 1987.

  • Von Miller

    American football

    Denver Broncos linebacker and Super Bowl 50 winner, born 1989.

  • Simon Kjaer

    football

    Denmark captain, on loan at AC Milan from Sevilla, born 1989.

  • Stoffel Vandoorne

    motor racing

    former Formula 1 driver for McLaren, now driving in Formula E, born 1992.

ON THIS DAY IN SPORT
  • 1863

    The first steeplechase under National Hunt rules took place at Market Harborough in Leicestershire.

  • 1927

    Ferdinando Minoia and Giuseppe Morandi, driving an OM, won the inaugural Mille Miglia. The race, from Brescia to Rome and back, was the most famous long-distance race of its time.

  • 1959

    Mushtaq Mohammad, aged 15 years and 124 days, made his Test cricket debut for Pakistan against the West Indies at Lahore. He was the youngest person to play Test cricket, a record that stood until 1996.

  • 2002

    Kenneth Wolstenholme's death was announced. The 81-year-old was fondly remembered for his "They think it's all over - it is now" line of commentary in the 1966 World Cup final.

  • 2007

    Then Leeds Rhinos coach Tony Smith was appointed in charge of Great Britain rugby league.

  • 2008

    David Beckham won his 100th England cap in a 1-0 international friendly defeat to France in Paris.

  • 2009

    Former world number one Kim Clijsters announced she would come out of retirement and return to playing on the WTA Tour.

  • 2016

    Kell Brook retained his IBF welterweight title by beating Kevin Bizier inside two rounds at the Sheffield Arena.

  • 2017

    Holland sacked coach Danny Blind a day after losing 2-0 to Bulgaria in their World Cup qualifier in Sofia.

  • 2018

    Steve Smith stood down as captain of the Rajasthan Royals over the ball-tampering row.

  • 2019

    Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor announced his retirement from the sport. He later returned to the octagon.

QUICK QUIZ
  • Who was the last American to be crowned Open champion?
  • Which horse won the Grand National in 1992 with a name apt given the UK was in the middle of a General Election campaign?
  • What was Floyd Mayweather Jr's nickname before 'Money'?
  • Two sides have won the Super Bowl six times. The Pittsburgh Steelers are one, who are the other?
  • Who defeated Dublin to win the 1994 All-Ireland GAA Senior Football Championship final?
  • Which player scored the most runs out of either side in the 2005 Ashes? (a) Kevin Pietersen (b) Ricky Ponting (c) Marcus Trescothick
  • Which Formula 1 driver won the title in 2005, halting Michael Schumacher's dominance of the sport?
  • Who was the last Australian to win the men's singles at Wimbledon?
  • How many gold medals did Team GB win on Super Saturday at the 2012 Olympics?
  • Name one of the three sides who inflicted a league defeat on Manchester United during their 1999 treble winning season.
+ Click Here to See Quiz Answers +
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Party Politics
  • Pretty Boy
  • New England Patriots
  • Down (1-12 to 0-13)
  • (a) Kevin Pietersen
  • Fernando Alonso
  • Lleyton Hewitt
  • Six
  • Arsenal, Middlesbrough or Sheffield Wednesday
QUOTE, UNQUOTE

“Respect social distancing, and try to refrain from hugging or shaking hands. This is not a solo run, we all have a part to play.

“Think of those who are more vulnerable in our society, such as the elderly or those with underlying health conditions.''

 

Tyrone star Niall Morgan speaking on the Coronavirus crisis, asking everybody to observe and follow the advice from the health authorities, north and south.

MAKING THE NEWS HEADLINES
  • A £16 Million grant has been awarded to the University of Ulster to help its planned expansion of its Belfast campus.
  • Employment and learning minister Sir Reg Empey last night announced the support for the £250m development in the cathedral quarter.
  • The University of Ulster (UU) has proposed transferring most courses from Jordanstown to its Belfast ‘art college' campus.
  • The plans would see UU student numbers in the city centre rise from 2,000 to 13,000.
IT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY - MARCH 26
  • 1707: The Acts of Union became law, making England and Scotland one country.
  • 1780: The British Gazette And Sunday Monitor, the first Sunday newspaper in Britain, was published.
  • 1827: Famously deaf composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna, aged 57. His last words were reputedly: "I shall hear in Heaven."
  • 1937: Popeye the sailor-man became the first cartoon character to have his statue erected - by spinach growers in Crystal City, Texas.
  • 1981: The so-called Gang of Four (Roy Jenkins, David Owen, William Rodgers and Shirley Williams) launched the Social Democratic Party.
  • 1992: Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was jailed after being found guilty of one count of rape and two counts of criminal deviate conduct.
  • 1997: The bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult were found after a mass suicide - they believed they would join aliens following the Hale Bopp comet.

BIRTHDAYS: Erica Jong, writer, 78; Bob Woodward, Watergate journalist, 77; Diana Ross, singer, 76; Steve Tyler, rock musician (Aerosmith), 72; Martin Short, actor, 70; Jennifer Grey, actress, 60; William Hague, Conservative politician, 59; Amy Smart, actress, 44; Keira Knightley, actress, 35.

SPORT ON TV

Thursday, March 26

  • FOOTBALL

    Premier League Years 2008-09 - Sky Sports Premier League 0100; EFL Cup Final 2015: Chelsea v Tottenham - Sky Sports Football 0500; Premier League Years 2009-10 - Sky Sports Premier League 1000; Premier League review - BT Sport 1 1200; Premier League Years 2010-11 - Sky Sports Premier League 1300; Euro 2020 Qualifiers Recap: Wales - Sky Sports Football 1300; Euro 2020 Qualifiers Recap: Northern Ireland - Sky Sports Football 1800.

  • CRICKET

    How the 2003 ICC World Cup Was Won - Sky Sports Cricket - 0700 and 2300; Ashes Classics - BT Sport 3 1500.

  • RUGBY UNION

    New Zealand v British & Irish Lions: Third test 2017 - Sky Sports Main Event 0100; European Rugby Top 10 Games of the Season - BT Sport 3 1200.

  • GOLF

    Tour Championship 2018 Final Round - Sky Sports Golf 1030; How the 2002 Ryder Cup Was Won - Sky Sports Golf 2000

  • MOTORSPORT

    F1, 2019 British Grand Prix - Sky Sports F1 - 1905

  • AMERICAN FOOTBALL

    NFL, 2020 Super Bowl Highlights - Sky Sports Main Event 0200.

  • BASKETBALL

    NBA, LA Lakers v Utah Jazz 2016 (Kobe Bryant's final game) - Sky Sports Main Event 0400

  • DARTS

    Premier League, full season so far - Sky Sports Action from 0830

Friday, March 27

  • FOOTBALL

    Premier League Years 2011-12 - Sky Sports Premier League 0100; EFL Cup Final 2008: Chelsea v Tottenham - Sky Sports Football 0500; Premier League Years 2015-16 - Sky Sports Premier League 1000; Premier League Years 2016-17 - Sky Sports Premier League 1300; Euro 2020 Qualifiers Recap: England - Sky Sports Football 1300; Euro 2020 Qualifiers Recap: Wales - Sky Sports Football 1800.

  • CRICKET

    How the 2003 ICC World Cup Was Won - Sky Sports Cricket 0300; How the 2007 ICC World Cup Was Won - Sky Sports Cricket 0700 and 2300.

  • GOLF

    PGA Championship 2019 final round - Sky Sports Golf - 0715; How the 2019 PGA Championship Was Won - Sky Sports Golf 1600 and 1900; How the 2004 Ryder Cup Was Won - Sky Sports Golf 2200.

  • MOTORSPORT

    F1, 2019 German Grand Prix - Sky Sports F1 1935.

  • BOXING

    Anthony Joshua v Dillian Whyte - Sky Sports Action 0930; Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko - Sky Sports Action 1300; Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam - Sky Sports Action 1500; Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker - Sky Sports Action 1700; Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin - Sky Sports Action 1900; Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr - Sky Sports Action 2100; Andy Ruiz Jr v Anthony Joshua 2: The Fight - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 2300

  • BASKETBALL

    NBA 2019-20 Season Throwback - Sky Sports Arena 1700 and 2000

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