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On This Day - Nov 27 1974: Cycling star Wendy Houvenaghel is born

Britain's Wendy Houvenaghel competes during the Track Cycling Women's Individual Pursuit event at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing Saturday Aug 16 2008. 


1971: Sammy Chapman became the first Nottingham Forest player to be sent off for 32 years. He was dismissed in a match against Leeds.

1989: Following the fight in Arsenal's 4-3 win over Norwich at Highbury, the Football Association punished the Gunners with a £20,000 fine and the Canaries with one of £50,000.

2004: Australia beat Great Britain 44-4 at Elland Road to win rugby league's Gillette Tri-Nations competition.

2007: Christine Ohuruogu won an appeal against her lifetime Olympic ban for missing three out-of-competition drugs tests. She went on to win the 400 metres at the Beijing Olympics.

2008: The final two one-day internationals between England and India were postponed in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. The inaugural T20 Champions League was also postponed.

2009: Tiger Woods was involved in a car accident which eventually prompted revelations about his private life.

2011: The Football Association of Wales announced the death of manager Gary Speed.

2014: The cricket world was left in shock following the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes at the age of 25.

2015: British distance runner Paula Radcliffe was cleared of doping after athletics' world governing body the IAAF announced there were "plausible explanations for the values in her profile" that were "entirely innocent".

2016: Mercedes' Nico Rosberg won the Formula One world championship after finishing second in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Team-mate Lewis Hamilton won the race.


Roland Nilsson (soccer) - former Sweden, Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry defender, born 1963.

Scott Sellars (soccer) - former Leeds, Bolton and Newcastle midfielder, born 1965.

Teemu Tainio (soccer) - retired Finnish midfielder who played for Tottenham and Sunderland, born 1979.

Roberto Mancini (soccer) - Italian football manager, who won the Premier League title with Manchester City, now at Zenit St Petersburg, born 1964.

Wendy Houvenaghel (cycling) - Northern Irish track cyclist who won individual pursuit silver at the Beijing Olympics and was world champion in the team pursuit in 2008, 2009 and 2011, born 1974.

Michael Yardy (cricket) - ex-Sussex cricketer and England one-day international player, born 1980.

Matthew Taylor (soccer) - Swindon's former Portsmouth, Bolton, West Ham and Burnley midfielder, born 1981.

Bruno Alves (soccer) - Rangers defender and former Portugal international, born 1981.

David Bellion (soccer) - former Sunderland and Manchester United forward, born 1982.

Suresh Raina (cricket) - India batsman, born 1986.


1. In Formula One, which Frenchman currently races for team Scuderia Torro Rosso?

2 What is the mythical creature called that features on the Liverpool FC crest?

3 Who won the 2011 Rugby World Cup?

4 What was the name of the horse who won the 2015 Grand National? a) Many Clouds b) Saint Are c) Monbeg Dude

5 Name the current Connacht Senior GAA Football champions.

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Monday, November 27)

SOCCER: Championship, QPR, v Brentford - Sky Sports Main Event 1930; Serie A, Atalanta v Benevento - BT Sport 1 1930.

CRICKET: India v Sri Lanka, second Test - Sky Sports Main Event 0600 and 0445 (Tues), Sky Sports Cricket 0600 and 0350 (Tues).

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, Baltimore Ravens v Houston Texans - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0115 (Tues).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Philadelphia 76ers v Cleveland Cavaliers - BT Sport 1 0000 (Tues).

Tomorrow (Tuesday, November 28)

SOCCER: Premier League, Watford v Manchester United - BT Sport 1 1915; 2019 Women's World Cup qualifier, England v Kazakhstan - BBC Two England 1855, Holland v Ireland - eir Sport 1 1855.

CRICKET: India v Sri Lanka, second Test - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0600.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Utah Jazz v Denver Nuggets - BT Sport 1 0300 (Wed).

ICE HOCKEY: NHL, Calgary Flames v Toronto Maple Leafs - eir Sport 1 0200 (Wed).



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QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Pierre Gasly; 2. Liver bird 3. New Zealand; 4. a) Many Clouds; 5. Roscommon.

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