On This Day - February 20 1986: Former Derry star Mark Lynch was born

Banagher club man Mark Lynch retired from duty with the Oak Leafers last December and was a mainstay with the Derry senior footballers for well over a decade.
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1990: The Shell Trophy cricket match between Wellington and Canterbury at Christchurch produced one of the most bizarre finishes in the game's history. To force a result, Wellington's Bert Vance delivered 17 no-balls in the penultimate over. The umpire miscounted the number of legitimate balls, producing a 22-ball over in which 77 runs were scored, 69 of them by wicketkeeper Lee Germon. A further 17 were scored off the last over, and Canterbury faced the last ball needing one run for victory. The batsman played a defensive stroke, unaware only one was needed, and the match was drawn. Wellington still went on to win the trophy.

1995: Reports emerged that the Premier League Commission had found Arsenal manager George Graham guilty of taking a 'bung' - a cut of the £285,000 transfer of John Jensen. Graham was sacked as Gunners boss the following day and handed a worldwide ban.

2000: Gillingham, playing in the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history, were thrashed 5-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

2002: Former England defender Ray Wilson announced he was selling his 1966 World Cup winner's medal.

2005: Bernard Hopkins retained his WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO middleweight titles with a unanimous points win over Britain's Howard Eastman.

2007: The Premier League confirmed the application by Liverpool to register Javier Mascherano as a player had been accepted. The Argentina midfielder had been at the centre of controversy over the terms of his move to West Ham, along with countryman Carlos Tevez, at the start of the season.

2010: Amy Williams won gold for Great Britain in the women's skeleton at the Winter Olympics.

2013: Manchester United announced chief executive David Gill was to stand down at the end of the season.

2014: Great Britain's women won a curling bronze medal by beating Switzerland 6-5 in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

2015: Jay Beatty, an 11-year-old Celtic fan with Down's Syndrome, won Scottish football's goal of the month award after a landslide online vote.


Jimmy Greaves (soccer) - former Chelsea, AC Milan, Tottenham and England striker with 44 international goals, born 1940.

Eddie Hemmings (cricket) - former England spinner, born 1949.

Phil Neal (soccer) - former Liverpool and England full-back, born 1951.

Charles Barkley (basketball) - American star of 1992 Olympic gold medal-winning 'Dream Team', born 1963.

Ted Hankey (darts) - former two-time BDO world champion, born 1968.

Jari Litmanen (soccer) - former Finland forward who had a short spell with Liverpool, born 1971.

Artur Boruc (soccer) - Bournemouth's former Poland goalkeeper, previously with Celtic and Southampton, born 1980.

Imanol Harinordoquy (rugby union) - former France forward, born 1980.

Tony Hibbert (soccer) - ex-Everton full-back, born 1981.

Ciro Immobile (soccer) - Lazio's Italy striker, born 1990.


1 Name the Monaghan goalkeeper who won an All-Star in 1988?

2 Which Manchester City player was accosted by a fan during a pitch invasion in February 2018?

3 Which British tennis player achieved a Grand Slam doubles title with with Henri Kontinen at Wimbledon in 2016?

4 Name John Mullane's club?

5 Which country was the first in Asia to host a Formula One Grand Prix?

(See answers at bottom)


Today (Wednesday, February 20)

GAA: Classic GAA: Galway v Kilkenny. Another chance to see the memorable match from 2005 - eir Sport 1 0730.

GAA: Allianz Leagues Reloaded: Senan Connell and Anna Geary are joined in studio by a host of guests to look at the week's Allianz Leagues action - eir Sport 1 1900.

GAA: Laochra Gael. New series. A profile of the Irish hurler Jackie Tyrell, looking back at the long period of his life when he was crippled by a lack of confidence, and how he finally overcame it after meeting a man who would change his whole attitude to life and to sport - TG4 2130.

GAA: Allianz Leagues Reloaded: Senan Connell and Anna Geary are joined in studio by a host of guests to look at the week's Allianz Leagues action - eir Sport 1 2230.

SOCCER: Champions League, Schalke v Manchester City - BT Sport 2 1900, Atletico Madrid v Juventus - BT Sport 2000; Europa League, Sevilla v Lazio - BT Sport/ESPN 1700; Ligue 1, Paris St Germain v Montpellier - BT Sport/ESPN 2000.

CRICKET: One-day international, West Indies v England - Sky Sports Main Event 1430, Sky Sports Cricket 1430.

TENNIS: WTA, Dubai Tennis Championships - BT Sport 1 0700, Hungarian Open - BT Sport 3 1000.

Tomorrow (Thursday, February 21)

GAA: Classic GAA. Clare v Kerry from 1992 - eir Sport 1 0730.

GAA: Allianz Leagues Reloaded: Senan Connell and Anna Geary are joined in studio by a host of guests to look at the week's Allianz Leagues action - eir Sport 1 1200.

GAA: Cork v Clare. Action from the National Hurling League Division 1A fixture at Páirc Uí Rinn eir Sport 1 1300.

GAA: Allianz Leagues Reloaded: Senan Connell and Anna Geary are joined in studio by a host of guests to look at the week's Allianz Leagues action - eir Sport 1 2100.

SOCCER: Europa League, Valencia v Celtic - BT Sport/ESPN 1715, Chelsea v Malmo - BT Sport 2 1930, Benfica v Galatasaray - BT Sport/ESPN 2015.

CRICKET: Test, South Africa v Sri Lanka - Sky Sports Cricket 0755, Sky Sports Main Event 0800.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Wakefield v Catalans Dragons - Sky Sports Mix 1900, Sky Sports Arena 1900.

TENNIS: WTA, Dubai Tennis Championships - BT Sport 1 1000 and 1500, Hungarian Open - BT Sport 2 1100, 1530 and 1830.

GOLF: PGA Tour, WGC-Mexico Championship - Sky Sports Main Event 1700 and 2230, Sky Sports Golf 1700 and 1900.

DARTS: Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event 1900, Sky Sports Action 1900.

SNOOKER: Shoot-Out - Eurosport 1 1245 and 1845.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers - Sky Sports Main Event 0330 (Fri).

Quick quiz answers: 1 Paddy Linden, Australia; 2 Sergio Aguero; 3 Heather Watson; 4 De La Salle; 5 Japan

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