On This Day - Sep 8 2002: Henry Shefflin and DJ Carey fire Kilkenny to All-Ireland hurling crown

Kilkenny legend Henry Shefflin helps to inspire the next generation of hurling greats


1888: The first matches in the newly-formed Football League were played, with Derby producing the best result by defeating Bolton 6-3.

1968: Virginia Wade defeated Billie-Jean King to capture the US Open women's title.

1969: Former Wales international Gary Speed was born. The midfielder won the 1992 league title with Leeds and won 85 caps for his country, who he then managed from December 2010 until his death in November 2011.

1998: St Louis Cardinals baseball player Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris' 37-year-old record of 61 home runs hit in a single season.

2002: Henry Shefflin took to the Croke Park field in his third All-Ireland decider as Kilkenny faced Clare. Shefflin and team-mate DJ Carey combined to score 2-13, as Kilkenny lifted the Liam McCarthy Cup after a 2-20 to 0-19 victory. It was a second All-Ireland medal for the legendary Shefflin.

2008: Andy Murray was beaten 6-2 7-5 6-2 in the final of the US Open by Roger Federer.

2010: John Higgins was banned from snooker for six months and fined £75,000 after he admitted breaching rules around betting. The Scot had been suspended pending an investigation into allegations of frame-throwing. Higgins was cleared of match-fixing allegations.

2013: Serena Williams (below) beat Victoria Azarenka 7-5 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 to successfully defender her US Open women's singles title.

2014: Sepp Blatter confirmed he would stand for a fifth term as FIFA president. The Swiss was duly re-elected in May 2015 but days later he announced his intention to resign due to the corruption scandal which had enveloped the organisation.


Graham Mourie (rugby union) - former New Zealand flanker and captain, born 1952.

Victor Ubogu (rugby union) - former Bath and England prop, born 1964.

Chris Powell (soccer) - Former Charlton and Huddersfield manager, capped five times for England, born 1969.

Markus Babbel (soccer) - former Liverpool defender and Germany international, born 1972.

Os du Randt (rugby union) - former South Africa prop, born 1972.

Chris Latham (rugby union) - former Australia winger, born 1975.

Simon Danielli (rugby union) - former Ulster and Scotland winger, born 1979.

Morten Gamst Pedersen (soccer) - Tromso and Norway midfielder formerly of Blackburn, born 1981.

Peter Whittingham (soccer) - Cardiff midfielder, born 1984.

Vitaly Petrov (motor racing) - Former Caterham and Renault Formula One driver, born 1984.

Joao Moutinho (soccer) - Portugal and Monaco midfielder, born 1986.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (soccer) - Iceland and Swansea midfielder, born 1989.


1. Who (below) was selected as 'Man of the Match' in the 1986 All-Ireland GAA Senior Football Championship final?

Kerry legend who featured in 10 All-Ireland finals.
See question below  

2. Who has captained the England rugby union side most times?

3. In which sport would you come across long leg, square leg and short leg?

4. Name any two of the three horse races that make up the triple crown?

5. Name the former Cavan GAA senior football manager who recently stepped down from the post after over four years in charge?

(See answers at bottom)


Today (Thursday, September 8)

PARALYMPICS: Day one - eir Sport 1 1200, Channel 4 1300 and 2030.

Defending US Open tennis champion Novak Djokovic

TENNIS: US Open - Eurosport 1 1700 and 0000 (Fri).

GOLF: European Tour, KLM Open - Sky Sports 4 0930, 1330 and 2000.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League Super 8s, St Helens v Castleford Tigers - Sky Sports 1 1930.

CYCLING: Vuelta a Espana - Eurosport 2 from 1345; Tour of Britain - ITV4 1300.

BASEBALL: MLB, Cleveland Indians v Houston Astros followed by Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies - BT Sport/ESPN 1700 and 0000 (Fri).

Tomorrow (Friday, September 9)

SOCCER: Championship, Reading v Ipswich - Sky Sports 1 1930; LaLiga, Real Sociedad v Espanyol - Sky Sports 5 1940; Bundesliga, Schalke v Bayern Munich - BT Sport 2 1915.

PARALYMPICS: Day two - eir Sport 1 1300, Channel 4 1300 and 2100.

TENNIS: US Open - Eurosport 1 1700 and 1930.

CRICKET: Second International T20, Sri Lanka v Australia - Eurosport 2 1415.

RUGBY UNION: Premiership, Worcester v Gloucester - BT Sport 1 1900; PRO12, Munster v Cardiff Blues - BBC Two Wales 1930.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League Super 8s, Hull FC v Wigan Warriors - Sky Sports 2 1930.

Alex Noren poses with the trophy after winning the Omega European Masters in Crans-Montana, Switzerland on Sunday. Next up for Noren is this week's KLM Open in the Netherlands.
Picture by AP

GOLF: European Tour, KLM Open - Sky Sports 4 0930, 1330 and 2000.

ATHLETICS: Diamond League, The Memorial Van Damme - Eurosport 2 1900.

CYCLING: Vuelta a Espana - Eurosport 2 from 1345; Tour of Britain - ITV4 1230.

MOTOR CYCLING: MotoGP, San Marino Grand Prix practice - BT Sport 2 0800.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, Denver Broncos v Carolina Panthers - Sky Sports 1 0130.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1. Pat Spillane (Kerry 2-15 Tyrone 1-10);2. Will Carling; 3. cricket; 4. 2000 Guineas, Derby, St Leger; 5. Terry Hyland


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