On This Day - Mar 31 1985: Eamonn McEneaney and Monaghan through to NFL GAA final

Former Monaghan manager Eamon McEneaney and officials leave the pitch after the National Football League clash against Derry in March 2012 at Celtic Park


1878: Jack Johnson, the first black man to win the world heavyweight boxing title, was born. Because of discrimination in the United States, he had to travel to Australia for his successful title challenge against Tommy Burns.

1889: The world featherweight title fight between Ike Weir and Frank Murphy was stopped by police after 80 rounds. It is the longest world title contest under Queensberry Rules.

1928: Scotland's 'Wembley Wizards' inflicted a 5-1 defeat on England. Alex Jackson scored a hat-trick.

1980: The legendary Jesse Owens, the athlete who once set four world records in one day and won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, died.

1985: Monaghan advanced to the final of the GAA National Football League defeating Tyrone on a 1-8 to 0-8 replay scoreline. Monaghan went on to win the NFL title, getting the better of pre-match favourites Armagh a week later, 1-11 to 0-9, future county manager Eamonn McEneaney netting the Monaghan goal from a penalty in the first half.

1995: Sunderland escaped a points deduction when they were fined £2,500 by the Football League for playing unregistered player Dominic Matteo in a First Division match at Barnsley.

2001: Former Arsenal and England midfielder David Rocastle died at the age of 33 from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

2003: Peter Ridsdale resigned as chairman of debt-ridden Leeds United PLC after five years and was succeeded by Professor John McKenzie.

2010: Arsenal came from two goals down to claim a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners went on to lose the second leg 4-1, with Lionel Messi scoring all four of Barca's goals.

2011: Sale prop Karena Wihongi was handed a four-month ban after testing positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

2013: Paolo Di Canio was appointed Sunderland head coach on a two-and-a-half-year deal. He was later sacked after just 13 games in charge.

2014: England lost to Holland by 45 runs in their final World Twenty20 match in Chittagong.




Paddy 'Rocky' Dwyer (boxing): Irish amateur boxer who made it through to the semi-finals of the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, A native of Thurles in county Tipperary, Dwyer boxed for the Irish Army. born 1894.

Karl-Heinz Schnellinger (soccer) - a former German footballer, strong big defender in the 1966 World Cup final against England, which Germany lost 3-2 in extra time. Schnellinger was nicknamed the "Volkswagen" for his continuity of performance, both in quantity and in quality, born 1939

Roger Black (athletics) - former 400 metres star and Olympic silver medallist, born 1966.

Martin Atkinson (soccer) - professional referee, member of the Select Group since 2005, FIFA listed since 2006, born 1971.

Paul Grayson (cricket) - former Essex head coach who played two one-day internationals for England, born 1971.

Stephen Clemence (soccer) - former Tottenham, Birmingham and Leicester midfielder, son of former England goalkeeper Ray, born 1978.

Tal Ben Haim (soccer) - Israel and Maccabi Tel Aviv defender, formerly with Chelsea, Manchester City, Portsmouth and Charlton, born 1982.

Hashim Amla (cricket) - South Africa's prolific batsman, born 1983.

Paddy McCarthy (soccer) - Crystal Palace defender, born 1983.

Eddie Johnson (soccer) - retired United States and DC United striker, formerly with Fulham, born 1984.


1.Who did Antrim senior footballers face in the 2016 National League Division 4 final and what was the final score?

2. Rugby Park hosts which sport?

3. Los Angeles has two Major League baseball teams - what are their names?

4. Which horse won the Gold Cup at Cheltenham recently?

5. Lleyton Hewitt is coaching which fellow Australian tennis player?


Today (Friday, March 31)

SOCCER: A-League, Adelaide United v Perth Glory - BT Sport 1 0945; EFL, Derby v QPR - Sky Sports 1900; Bundesliga, Hertha Berlin v Hoffenheim - BT Sport 2 1915; Ladbrokes Premiership, Dundee v Aberdeen - BT Sport 1 1930; MLS, Toronto FC v Sporting Kansas City - Sky Sports 2 0030 (Sat).

TENNIS: ATP Masters, Miami Open - Sky Sports 5 1800, Sky Sports 1 0000 (Sat).

RUGBY LEAGUE: Betfred Super League, Leeds v Wigan - Sky Sports 2 1930.

RUGBY UNION: Super Rugby, Highlanders v Rebels - Sky Sports 2 0730; European Challenge Cup, Edinburgh v La Rochelle - Sky Sports 3 1930.

GOLF: LPGA Tour, ANA Inspiration - Sky Sports 4 1700 and 0000 (Sat); PGA Tour, Houston Open - Sky Sports 4 2100.

SNOOKER: China Open - Eurosport 1 0700 and 1230.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - BT Sport 1 0330 (Sat).

Tomorrow (Saturday, April 1)

SOCCER: A-League, Newcastle Jets v Western Sydney Wanderers - BT Sport 2 0730, Sydney FC v Melbourne City - BT Sport 2 0945; Vanarama National League, Wrexham v Tranmere - BT Sport 1 1145; Premier League, Liverpool v Everton - Sky Sports 1 1230, Southampton v Bournemouth - BT Sport 1 1700; Serie A, Sassuolo v Lazio - eir Sport 1 1655, Roma v Empoli - BT Sport//ESPN 1945; Sky Bet Championship, Reading v Leeds - Sky Sports 1 1715; LaLiga, Real Sociedad v Leganes - Sky Sports 5 1730, Malaga v Atletico Madrid - Sky Sports 5 1930, MLS, New York City v San Jose Earthquakes - Sky Sports 3 2100, Columbus Crew v Orlando City SC - Sky Sports 3 2100.

RUGBY UNION: Super Rugby, Blues v Western Force - Sky Sports 2 0510, Chiefs v Bulls - Sky Sports 2 0720, Reds v Hurricanes - Sky Sports 2 0930, Stormers v Cheetahs - Sky Sports 3 1400, Lions v Sharks - Sky Sports 4 1610; European Challenge Cup, Bath v Brive - BT Sport 2 1200, Gloucester v Cardiff - Sky Sports 2 2000; European Champions Cup, Leinster v Wasps - BT Sport 2 1500, Munster v Toulouse - Sky Sports 2 1715.

TENNIS: WTA, Miami Open - BT Sport 2 1800; ATP Masters, Miami Open - Sky Sports 3 0000 (Sun).

RUGBY LEAGUE: Betfred Super League, Catalans Dragons v Wakefield - Sky Sports 3 1655.

GOLF: PGA Tour, Houston Open - Sky Sports 4 1800; LPGA Tour, ANA Inspiration - Sky Sports 4 2300.

MOTOR CYCLING: World Superbikes from Spain - Eurosport 2 0915; British Superbikes from Donington Park - Eurosport 2 1600.

SNOOKER: China Open - Eurosport 1 0700 and 1230.

RACING: From Doncaster and Kempton Park - ITV4 1330.


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