On This Day - Jan 26, 1973 - Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is born

Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers, was born on this day

1871: The first meeting of the Rugby Football Union at the Pall Mall Restaurant near Trafalgar Square was attended by representatives from 21 clubs and schools.

2004: Wales lodged an appeal with UEFA over Russia midfielder Yegor Titov's failed drugs test, asking for the governing body to award them a 3-0 win in their Euro 2004 play-off second-leg tie - a match they had lost, costing them a place in the Portugal finals. They eventually lost the appeal.

2008: Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist announced his retirement from international cricket.

2009: Andy Murray crashed out of the Australian Open, losing in five sets to Fernando Verdasco of Spain in the fourth round. Verdasco won 2-6, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

2011: Sky Sports football presenter Richard Keys resigned from his position with the broadcaster following his role in the sexism controversy, which began with criticism of assistant referee Sian Massey.

2013: The Football Association charged Chelsea's Eden Hazard with violent conduct following an incident with a Swansea ball boy, saying in a statement that a ''standard punishment that would otherwise apply was clearly insufficient''.

2016: England lost the fourth and final Test against South Africa by 280 runs at Centurion. The tourists finished as 2-1 series winners.


Brendan Rodgers (soccer) – Current Celtic and former Liverpool and Swansea manager from Carnlough, County Antrim, born 1973

Liam Currans (hurling and football) – Midfielder and left wing-back for both Offaly senior teams from 1980 until 1986, born 1961.

Kim Hughes (cricket) - Former Australia captain and batsman, born 1954.

Wayne Gretzky (ice hockey) - Canadian who is the leading point scorer in NHL history, born 1961.

Jose Mourinho (soccer) - Manchester United manager, also ex-boss of Chelsea Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, born 1963.

Gary Hooper (soccer) - Sheffield Wednesday striker, born 1988

.Sergio Perez (motorsport) - Mexican Formula One driver who races for Force India, born 1990.


1. British tennis number one Johanna Konta was born in which Australian city?

2. Which historic GAA venue was sold in September 2014?

3. Who won the 2016 Open at Royal Troon?

4. Current Donegal manager played for Fermanagh and which other county?

5. Which club did Tottenham buy Dele Alli from in 2015?


Today (Thursday, January 26)

FOOTBALL: A-League, Melbourne Victory v Sydney - BT Sport 1 0845; EFL Cup, Hull v Manchester United - Sky Sports 1 1930.

CRICKET: India v England, first international T20 - Sky Sports 2 1030.

TENNIS: Australian Open, day 11 - Eurosport 1 0000.

GOLF: Qatar Masters, day one - Sky Sports 4 0630; Farmers Insurance Open, day one - Sky Sports 4 2000.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Minnesota Timberwolves v Indiana Pacers - BT Sport 1 0100 (Fri).

ICE HOCKEY: NHL, New Jersey Devils v Washington Capitals - eir Sport 1 0000.

Tomorrow (Friday, January 27)

FOOTBALL: A-League, Newcastle Jets v Melbourne City - BT Sport 1 0845; FA Cup, Derby v Leicester - BBC One 1930 & eir Sport 1 1945; Ladbrokes Premiership, Aberdeen v Dundee - BT Sport 1 1930; LaLiga, Osasuna v Malaga - Sky Sports 1 1940.

RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership, Bath v Gloucester - BT Sport 2 1930; HSBC Sevens World Series, day one - Sky Sports 2 2200.

TENNIS: Australian Open, day 12 - Eurosport 1 0400

DARTS: The Masters, day one - ITV4 1900

GOLF: Qatar Masters, day two - Sky Sports 4 0630; Farmers Insurance Open, day two - Sky Sports 4 2000

BASKETBALL: NBA, Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - BT Sport 1 0100 (Sat)

Quick Quiz Blitz Answers: 1. Sydney; 2. Hayes Hotel, Thurles, birthplace of the GAA; 3. Henrik Stenson; 4. Cavan; 5. MK Dons.


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