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

Down hurling star Paul Braniff 
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BACK IN THE DAY

The Irish News - Saturday March 27 2010

There was a time in the early 1990s when Down would easily see off Laois with the minimum of fuss, securing four wins on the trot at the start of that decade.

The Ardsmen, however, have only won once out of the last seven matches since that four-game winning streak, but will be keen to improve that tally tomorrow.

Down recorded their first win of their NHL Division Two campaign against Kildare last weekend, when Paul Braniff scored 1-9.

A look at the Division Two table shows Down on two points with the Leinster side on six. That would suggest business as usual, but Carlow's three-point victory over Wexford last week, their first ever League success over the Model county, will inspire the lesser lights in the division.

The balance of power between the two sides is still a long way off returning to the Ulster side, but it is in tests likes these they have to show some mettle to indicate that the gap is closing.

SPORT BIRTHDAYS
  • Ellery Hanley

    rugby league

    former Great Britain and Wigan star, born 1961.

  • David Coulthard

    motor racing

    Scottish former Formula One driver, now a pundit, born 1971.

  • Ignacio Garrido

    golf

    Spanish European Tour player who was on the triumphant 1997 Ryder Cup team, born 1972.

  • Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

    soccer

    former Holland, Leeds and Chelsea striker, who had a spell as manager of Northampton, born 1972.

  • Ade Adepitan

    wheelchair basketball

    bronze medallist at 2004 Paralympics, now a broadcaster, born 1973.

  • Gaizka Mendieta

    soccer

    former Spain, Valencia and Middlesbrough midfielder, born 1974.

  • Adam Ashley-Cooper

    rugby union

    Australia back, born 1984.

  • Manuel Neuer

    soccer

    Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper, born 1986.

  • Joselu

    soccer

    Germany-born Spanish striker formerly at Newcastle and now at Alaves, born 1990.

ON THIS DAY IN SPORT
  • 1859

    George Giffen, former South Australia all-rounder, described as Australia's WG Grace, was born.

  • 1871

    The first international rugby match took place at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, between England and Scotland, with the latter winning.

  • 1988

    After more than 1,000 matches in all competitions, former England, Liverpool and Tottenham goalkeeper Ray Clemence announced he would retire at the end of the season at the age of 39.

  • 1989

    Referee Kelvin Morton awarded a record five penalties in the Second Division match between Crystal Palace and Brighton. Only two were converted, one by each side, as Palace won 2-1.

  • 2004

    France's 24-21 victory over England gave them a Grand Slam in the RBS 6 Nations.

  • 2007

    Tom Hicks and George Gillett's takeover of Liverpool was completed, after shareholders agreed to sell the American tycoons 98.6 per cent of the club's shares.

  • 2007

    Arsenal and Chelsea were each fined £100,000 and reprimanded by the Football Association for the involvement of their players and officials in the mass confrontation towards the end of the League Cup final.

  • 2012

    England hooker Dylan Hartley was suspended for eight weeks for biting an opponent.

  • 2014

    Alex Hales hit an unbeaten century to lead England to a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka and reignite the side's World Twenty20 campaign.

  • 2015

    Tottenham striker Harry Kane scored 80 seconds into his England debut as Roy Hodgson's side beat Lithuania 4-0 at Wembley.

  • 2018

    Australia captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were sent home from South Africa after Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said the trio were the only members of the set-up aware of the attempts to tamper with the ball during the third Test in Cape Town.

  • 2019

    Gordon Taylor announced he will end a 38-year stint as chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association after an independent review of the union's work and governance has been completed.

QUICK QUIZ
  • How many players have won the Rugby Union World Cup twice? a) 14 b) 21 c) 28
  • And which countries have won the Webb Ellis Cup multiple times?
  • Which Australian golfer blew a six-shot lead in the final round of the 1996 Masters?
  • Which side is higher in the football pyramid: Oxford United or Cambridge United?
  • What was notable about Lella Lombardi's sixth-placed finish in the 1975 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix?
  • Who is the reigning Olympic men's golf champion?
  • In which year did Kilkenny last win the All-Ireland GAA Senior Hurling Championship title?
  • By which scoreline did Wales beat Belgium in Euro 2016?
  • Who is current manager of the Derry GAA Senior Football team?
  • What is the radius of the three-point line in the National Basketball Association?
    (a) 23 ft 9 in (b) 24 ft 9 in (c) 25 ft 9 in
+ Click Here to See Quiz Answers +
  • b
  • Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
  • Greg Norman
  • Oxford
  • She was the first woman to score Championship points in F1
  • Justin Rose
  • 2014
  • 3-1
  • Rory Gallagher
  • (a) 23 ft 9 in
SPORT ON TV

Friday, March 27

  • FOOTBALL

    EFL Cup Final 2008: Chelsea v Tottenham - Sky Sports Football 0500; Championship play-off final 2012, Blackpool v West Ham - Sky Sports Football 0930; 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

  • BASEBALL

    MLB London: New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox - BT Sport/ESPN 0645 and 0845.

Saturday, March 28

  • FOOTBALL

    Premier League Years 2014-15 - Sky Sports Premier League 0700

  • CRICKET

    How the 2011 ICC World Cup Was Won - Sky Sports Cricket 0800

  • GOLF

    2016 Open Championship Final Day - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf 0600; How the 2006 Ryder Cup Was Won - Sky Sports Golf 2100

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