On This Day - December 18 2011: Garrycastle became the first Westmeath team to win the Leinster Club SFC

Garrycastle's Conor Cosgrove prepares to kick the winning point in the 2011 Leinster Club Senior Football Championship final. The Westmeath side beat St Brigid's of Dublin 1-8 to 0-10. Having trailed at one stage by eight points, the Dublin champions drew level with their opponents in the 59th minute, before Cosgrove stroked over the winner with the last kick of the game
PA and Sean O'Neill


1810: Championship belts were introduced in boxing when bare-knuckle fighter Tom Cribb was given one after beating Tom Molineaux at Copthall Common. King George III presented the belt.

1971: Stan Mellor became the first National Hunt jockey to ride 1,000 winners when he partnered Ouzo to victory at Nottingham.

2005: Liverpool were beaten 1-0 by Sao Paulo in the final of the Club World Championship in Yokohama.

2005: Ding Junhui won snooker's UK Championship with a 10-6 victory over Steve Davis.

2006: England surrendered the Ashes after losing the third Test in Perth by 206 runs to hand Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

2007: Scotland rugby union head coach Frank Hadden signed a new rolling contract. He left the job on April 2, 2009.

2008: The Indian government confirmed India's cricket tour of Pakistan, scheduled for January and February 2009, had been called off as relations between the neighbouring countries continued to deteriorate following the Mumbai terror attacks.

2012: Lionel Messi agreed a new contract with Barcelona running until 2018.

2014: Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was banned for one match, fined £25,000 and ordered to attend an education course after making racist and anti-Semitic comments on social media.


Declan O'Sullivan (GAA) - former Kerry footballer and holder of five All-Ireland SFC medals, born 1983. 

Gianluca Pagliuca (soccer) - former Inter Milan and Italy goalkeeper, born 1966.

Santiago Canizares (soccer) - former Valencia and Spain goalkeeper, born 1969.

Justin Edinburgh (soccer) - former Tottenham and Portsmouth defender, now manager of Leyton Orient, born 1969.

Keith Piper (cricket) - former Warwickshire wicketkeeper, born 1969.

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (tennis) - three-time French Open winner and twice runner-up at Wimbledon, born 1971.

Jim Culloty (horse racing) - former jockey best known for riding Best Mate, born 1973.

Mamady Sidibe (soccer) - former Stoke striker, born 1979.

Usman Khawaja (cricket) - Pakistan-born Australia batsman, born 1986.

Lizzie Deignan (cycling) - London 2012 Olympic road race silver medallist, born 1988.


1 In which year did Maurice Fitzgerald play in his last Munster SFC final for Kerry?

2 Which horse and jockey won the St Leger in 2016?

3 The longest field goal in NFL history is 64 yards, but who set the record?

4 In how many All-Ireland club finals did Joe Kavanagh play with Nemo Rangers?

5 Who won the 2015 US Open at Pinehurst?

(See answers at bottom)


Today (Monday, December 18)

GAA: Off the Ball, an offbeat look at recent football developments - eir Sport 1 1900.

GAA: Laochra Gael, A profile of athletic midfielder Juliet Murphy, who helped Cork win their first three All-Ireland titles in the 2000s and was a consistent leader of one of the greatest female football teams of the modern era. Features interviews with Rena Buckley, Eamonn Ryan and Claire Egan – TG4 1930.

SOCCER: Premier League, Everton v Swansea - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1900; 2. Bundesliga, St Pauli v Bochum - BT Sport 1 1930.

DARTS: World Darts Championship - Sky Sports Main Event 2200.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Atlanta Falcons - Sky Sports Main Event 0115 (Tue), Sky Sports Action 0415 (Tue).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Minnesota Timberwolves v Portland Trail Blazers - BT Sport 1 0100 (Tue).

Tomorrow (Tuesday, December 19)

GAA: Off the Ball, an offbeat look at recent football developments - eir Sport 1 1900

GAA: Classic GAA, Cork v Kerry from 2008 - eir Sport 1 2130.

SOCCER: Carabao Cup quarter-final, Leicester v Manchester City - Sky Sports Main Event 1930; DFB-Pokal, Nurnberg v Wolfsburg - BT Sport 1 1930.

CRICKET: First one-day international from Whangarei, New Zealand v West Indies - Sky Sports Cricket 2155, Sky Sports Main Event 2300.

DARTS: World Darts Championship - Sky Sports Main Event 2200.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Milwaukee Bucks v Cleveland Cavaliers - BT Sport 1 0100 (Wed).


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