On this Day - December 5 1975: Ronnie O'Sullivan was born

Ronnie O'Sullivan is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest snooker players of all time, and has won the World Championship five times
PA and Sean O'Neill


1863: The first rules of association football were published in Bell's Life.

1908: Sunderland scored eight goals in the last 28 minutes - five of them in the last eight - to run out 9-1 winners in their First Division north-east derby against Newcastle.

1928: England beat Australia by a record 675 runs in the Brisbane Test. The tourists made 521 all out and 324 for eight declared, and Australia's replies totalled 122 and 66.

1931: There were no corner kicks - and no goals - in Newcastle's First Division match against Portsmouth at St James' Park.

1960: Southampton's Derek Reeves became the first man to score five goals in a League Cup match, against Leeds.

2006: Shane Warne took four wickets for 49 runs as England collapsed to 129 all out and lost the second Test against Australia in Adelaide by six wickets.

2008: Honda announced they would pull out of Formula One unless a buyer was found by the end of the month. A management buy-out eventually led to the formation of the Brawn GP team, which won the constructors' and drivers' championships with Jenson Button in 2009.

2009: Amir Khan retained his WBA light-welterweight title with a first-round victory over Dmitriy Salita.

2012: Frankie Dettori was suspended from riding for six months after being found guilty of taking a prohibited substance.

2012: Chelsea became the first Champions League holders to crash out of the competition before Christmas after failing to reach the last 16 despite a 6-1 win over FC Nordsjaelland. The Blues finished third in Group E, although they would later go on to win the Europa League.

2017: Russia were banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics after a doping investigation. The International Olympic Committee announced Russian athletes proven to be innocent of doping offences would be allowed to compete in a neutral capacity.


Lee Chapman (soccer) - former Stoke, Arsenal, Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday striker, born 1959.

'Eddie the Eagle' Edwards (ski jumping) - British Olympian, born 1963.

Carlton Palmer (soccer) - former Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday and England midfielder, born 1965.

Ronnie O'Sullivan (snooker) - five-time world champion, born 1975.

Gareth McAuley (soccer) - West Brom and Northern Ireland defender, born 1979.

Cooper Cronk (rugby league) - Australia and Sydney Roosters half-back, born 1983.

Joanna Rowsell Shand (cycling) - Retired double Olympic gold medallist in the women's team pursuit, born 1988.

Ross Barkley (soccer) - Chelsea and England midfielder, born 1993.

Anthony Martial (soccer) - Manchester United and France forward, born 1995.


1. Which former Blackpool and England player won the first Ballon d'Or in 1956?

2. Name the Dublin player who missed a penalty against Donegal in the 1992 All-Ireland SFC final?

3. Which country won this year's Davis Cup?

4. Who scored Limerick's goal from a penalty in the 1980 All-Ireland SHC final?

5. From which club did Chelsea sign Cesar Azpilicueta in 2012?

(See answers at bottom)


Today (Wednesday, December 5)

GAA: Classic GAA: Kerry v Tyrone from 1986 - eir Sport 1 0730.

SOCCER: Premier League, Manchester United v Arsenal - BT Sport 1 1900; Scottish Premiership, Motherwell v Celtic - BT Sport 2 1915; Ligue 1, Nantes v Marseille and Strasbourg v Paris St Germain - BT Sport ESPN 1800 and 2000.

SNOOKER: UK Championship - BBC Two 1300-1715, Eurosport 1 1300-2200.

CRICKET: Australia v India, first Test - BT Sport 2 2345.

HOCKEY: Men's World Cup, Germany v Holland and Malaysia v Pakistan - BT Sport 1 1100 and 1330.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Toronto Raptors v Philadelphia 76ers - Sky Sports Main Event 0100 (Thurs).

Tomorrow (Thursday, December 6)

GAA: Classic GAA: Derry v Cork from 1993 - eir Sport 1 0730.

GAA: Peak Performance: GAA. An insight into what it takes to excel in the GAA - eir Sport 1 10.30.

GOLF: European Tour Golf, BMW South Africa Open, Day One - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf 1000.

SNOOKER: UK Championship - BBC Two 1300-1445, Eurosport 1 130-2000.

CRICKET: Australia v India, 1st Test - BT Sport 2 0600-0745, 2345.

HOCKEY: Men's World Cup, Spain v New Zealand - BT Sport 1 1100; Men's World Cup, Argentina v France - BT Sport 1 1330.

RUGBY UNION: Varsity Men's Match, Oxford v Cambridge - BBC Two England 1445.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, Tennessee Titans v Jacksonville Jaguars - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action 0030 (Fri)

Quick Quiz answers: 1. Stanley Matthews; 2. Charlie Redmond; 3. Croatia; 4. Eamonn Cregan; 5. Marseille


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