On This Day, Nov 1 1997: Graeme Souness was appointed manager of Portuguese giants Benfica

Graeme Souness became manager of Benfica in November 1997  


1894: Airdrieonians beat Dundee Wanderers 15-1 in a Scottish Second Division game to record the biggest win in British league football.

1987: New Zealand established what was then a world record score for a rugby union international when they won 106-4 against Japan in Tokyo.

1997: Former Rangers and Liverpool boss Graeme Souness was appointed manager of Portuguese giants Benfica. He stayed at the club for less than two years.

2000: Alec Stewart was one of nine former Test captains named in a match-fixing report published by India's Central Bureau of Investigation. Former England skipper Stewart was later cleared of all allegations by the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit.

2004: Berti Vogts resigned as Scotland manager after a disappointing two and a half years in charge.

2006: Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar was banned for two years by a doping tribunal after testing positive for nandrolone during the ICC Champions Trophy. Team-mate Mohammad Asif was banned for one year for testing positive for nandrolone. Both were later cleared on appeal.

2007: Former champion Martina Hingis revealed she tested positive for cocaine at Wimbledon earlier in the year. She denied taking the drug and announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis. In January 2008 she was handed a two-year ban. She returned as a doubles specialist in 2013 and retired again in October 2017.

2011: Former Pakistan Test cricket captain Salman Butt was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court of conspiring to fix parts of the 2010 Lord's Test against England. Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif was also found guilty of conspiring to accept corrupt payments. Butt was later jailed for 30 months and Asif for 12 months.

2011: The Metropolitan Police launched a formal investigation into allegations that Chelsea captain John Terry racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during a Barclays Premier League match between the sides. Terry was later cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

2012: South Africa Test cricket captain Graeme Smith signed a three-year deal with Surrey.

2016: Manchester City came from behind to beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium in the Champions League, with Ilkay Gundogan scoring twice.



Gary Player (golf) - South African winner of nine majors, born 1935.

Alfio Basile (soccer) - former Argentina manager, born 1943.

Sharron Davies (swimming) - Olympic 400 metres silver medallist at the Moscow Games in 1980 and now TV commentator, born 1962.

Mark Hughes (soccer) - Stoke manager and former Manchester United and Wales striker, born 1963.

Matt Elliott (soccer) - former Leicester and Scotland defender, born 1968.

Paul Dickov (soccer) - former Manchester City striker, born 1972.

Geoff Horsfield (soccer) - former Birmingham and West Brom striker, born 1973.

VVS Laxman (cricket) - former India batsman, born 1974.

Jon Wilkin (rugby league) - St Helens second row, born 1983.

Jiang Yuyuan (gymnastics) - Chinese retired Olympic gold medallist caught up in the Beijing 2008 age controversy, born 1991.



1. Who is the number one player in the ATP men's tennis singles rankings?

2. Which football team plays in the Stadio San Paolo?

3. How many Premier League goals has Harry Kane scored for Tottenham this season?

4. How long is a period in the National Hockey League?

5. Who scored 28 points for Australia in their win over England at the 2015 Rugby World Cup?
Answers below



Today (Wednesday November 1)

SOCCER: Champions League, Besiktas v Monaco - BT Sport 2 1645, Liverpool v Maribor - BT Sport/ESPN 1900, Tottenham v Real Madrid - BT Sport 2 1900, Napoli v Manchester City - BT Sport 3 1900 & eir Sport 1 1900; Championship, Preston v Aston Villa - Sky Sports Main Event 1930.

TENNIS: ATP, Paris Masters - Sky Sports Main Event 1700.

CRICKET: Twenty20 International, India v New Zealand - Sky Sports Cricket 1320, Sky Sports Main Event 1400.

GOLF: Ladies European Tour, Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0900.

BASEBALL: MLB World Series game seven (if required), Los Angeles Dodgers v Houston Astros - BT Sport 1 0000 (Thurs).

BASKETBALL: NBA, New York Knicks v Houston Rockets - BT Sport 2 0000 (Thurs).

SNOOKER: International Championship - Eurosport 1 0630 and 1130.

CYCLING: Tour of Hainan - Eurosport 2 0545 (Thurs).

Tomorrow (Thursday November 2)

SOCCER: Europa League, Lyon v Everton and Arsenal v Red Star Belgrade - BT Sport 2 1730 and 2000, Apollon Limassol v Atalanta and Cologne v BATE Borisov - BT Sport/ESPN 1800 and 2000, Slavia Prague v Villarreal and Lazio v Nice - eir Sport 1 from 1800.

TENNIS: ATP, Paris Masters - Sky Sports Main Event 1400.

GOLF: European Tour, Turkish Airlines Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0900; PGA Tour, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open - Sky Sports Golf 2030, Sky Sports Main Event 2130.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, New York Jets v Buffalo Bills - Sky Sports Action 2330, Sky Sports Main Event 0030 (Fri).

BASKETBALL: NBA, San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - BT Sport 2 0000 (Fri).

SNOOKER: International Championship - Eurosport 1 0630 and 1130.

ICE HOCKEY: NHL, Anaheim Ducks v Nashville Predators - eir Sport 1 0200 (Fri).

CYCLING: Tour of Hainan - Eurosport 2 0530 (Fri).




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