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On This Day - Jan 8, 2012: Paul Scholes comes out of retirement to play an FA Cup game for Manchester United

Paul Scholes came out of retirement to play for Manchester United in an FA Cup clash on Jan 8, 2012 


1984: The Los Angeles Raiders won their first American Football Conference Championship by beating Seattle 30-14.

1990: Thieves broke into Cardiff's Ninian Park and stole the £50,000 takings the club amassed from an FA Cup tie with QPR.

1997: Kevin Keegan resigned as Newcastle manager. David Jeffrey was appointed as Linfield boss.

2007: The Scottish Football Association rejected Scotland manager Walter Smith's request to be relieved of his duties. Smith eventually joined Rangers, with Alex McLeish succeeding him as national team boss.

2010: Togo's team bus was attacked by gunmen as they headed to their African Nations Cup base in Angola. Three people died in the incident - the bus driver, an assistant coach and a press officer.

2012: Paul Scholes came out of retirement for Manchester United ahead of their FA Cup clash with Manchester City.

2014: FIFA's secretary general Jerome Valcke stated that the 2022 World Cup would not take place in June or July amid concern about staging the tournament in the fierce heat of the summer in Qatar. The world governing body later set up a taskforce to discuss the possibility of holding the tournament between November and January.

2014: Former Aston Villa, West Ham and Germany international midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger announced he was gay in an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit.


Calvin Smith (athletics) - American former 100 metres world record-holder, born 1961.

Shoaib Mohammad (cricket) - former Pakistan international cricketer, born 1961.

Marco Fu (snooker) - Hong Kong's 2006 World Championship semi-finalist, born 1978.

Seol Ki-hyeon (soccer) - Former South Korea and Wolves midfielder, born 1979.

Adrian Mutu (soccer) - former Chelsea and Romania striker, born 1979.

John Utaka (soccer) - former Portsmouth and Nigeria forward, born 1982.

David Silva (soccer) - Spain and Manchester City midfielder, born 1986.

Michael Mancienne (soccer) - former Chelsea and England Under-21 defender, now at Nottingham Forest, born 1988.

Aaron Cruden (rugby union) - All Blacks and Chiefs fly-half, born 1989.

Manchester City star David Silva was born on this day, 1986 


1 Former Tottenham and Wolves midfielder Jamie O'Hara is currently appearing on which reality TV series?

2 Bournemouth were knocked out of the FA Cup yesterday by which team?

3 Which NFL franchise has won the most Superbowl titles?

4 How many McKenna Cup titles have Tyrone won in succession?

5 Who was Carl Froch's last fight against before retirement?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Sunday, January 8)

SOCCER: FA Cup, Cardiff v Fulham - BBC One Wales 1120, Liverpool v Plymouth - BT Sport 2 1300, Tottenham v Aston Villa - BBC One 1535 & eir Sport 1 1550; LaLiga, Athletic Club v Alaves - Sky Sports 3 1055, Real Betis v Leganes - Sky Sports 2 1500, Las Palmas v Sporting Gijon - Sky Sports 2 1715, Villarreal v Barcelona - Sky Sports 2 1930; Serie A, Udinese v Inter Milan - eir Sport 1 1125, Juventus v Bologna - eir Sport 1 1940.

RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership, Wasps v Leicester - BT Sport 1 1430; Top 14, Clermont Auvergne v Toulon - Sky Sports 5 1955.

DARTS: BDO Lakeside World Professional Championships - Channel 4 1230 & BT Sport 1 1845.

TENNIS: ATP, Sydney International - Eurosport 2 0700, Brisbane International - Eurosport 2 0900; WTA, Hobart International - BT Sport 2 0000 (Mon), Sydney International - BT Sport 1 0100 (Mon).

GOLF: PGA Tour, Tournament of Champions - Sky Sports 4 2300.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers v Miami Dolphins - Sky Sports 1 1730, Green Bay Packers v New York Giants - Sky Sports 1 2130.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat - BT Sport 2 2030.

CRICKET: Big Bash League, Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder - Channel 5 0745 & BT Sport 2 0800.

SKIING: Alpine Skiing, World Cup meeting in Maribor - Eurosport 1 0800 & 1100, World Cup meeting in Adelboden - Eurosport 1 0915 & 1215; Cross-Country Skiing, Tour de Ski meeting from Val di Fiemme - Eurosport 1 1030 & 1415; Biathlon, World Cup season in Oberhof - Eurosport 1 1115 & 1330.

Tomorrow (Monday, January 9)

SOCCER: FA Cup, Cambridge United v Leeds United - BT Sport 2 1900; LaLiga, Osasuna v Valencia - Sky Sports 1 1940

CRICKET: Big Bash League, Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades - BT Sport 2 0830

TENNIS: ATP, The Sydney International - Eurosport 1 0700; WTA, Sydney - BT Sport 1 0100

BASKETBALL: NBA, Chicago Bulls v Oklahoma City Thunder - BT Sport 2 0100 (Tues)

DARTS: BDO Lakeside World Professional Championship - Channel 4 1235; BT Sport 1 1845

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1 Celebrity Big Brother; 2 Millwall; 3 The Pittsburgh Steelers (six); 4 Five; 5 George Groves.


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