Sports Quiz of the Year 2009

Record breakers

1 Who ended a 75-year wait for victory over the old enemy at headquarters?

2 Who created history with a Wembley goal after 25 seconds?

3 What started on 6 May – the earliest start in the history of an English summer?

4 Where did a match end at 10.38pm, making it the latest finish in the tournament’s 132-year history?

5 Who won rugby union’s first penalty shoot-out after a 26-26 draw?

6 What landmark did John Higgins reach to put himself alongside Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O’Sullivan?

7 How did Venetia Williams follow Jenny Pitman into the record books?

8 Who matched a feat last achieved by Evonne Goolagong at Wimbledon in 1980?

9 Who, at 38, became the youngest coach to conquer Europe?

10 Which former Test player displaced Sir Donald Bradman as Australia’s highest run-scorer in first-class cricket?

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Money matters

1 Who paid $1.55m (£1.1m) for Andrew Flintoff?

2 Which 29-year-old striker, who has scored 40 goals in 89 appearances for his country, took a substantial pay cut when he moved clubs on a free transfer?

3 Who replaced the golfer Annika Sorenstam as the biggest prize-money winner in women’s sport?

4 Who earned an estimated £10m despite losing in less than six minutes in Las Vegas?

5 Who moved to Spain to sign a six-year contract under which he will be paid the equivalent of £106m?

6 Who retired, with no fitness problems, only 14 months after his debut and after eight victories from nine starts that earned a total of £4.4m?

7 Who paid £70.7m to agents in the 2008-09 season?

8 Who took his career prize-money beyond $50m by winning his first-round match in New York?

9 Who won $2.75m (about £1.67m) over four days in Dubai?

10 Which football club’s accounts revealed debts of £699m?

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Numbers game

1 At which world championships were 43 world records broken, largely because of what the competitors were wearing?

2 Which player scored in the Premier League for the 18th season in succession?

3 Who held serve 37 times in a row but let the greatest prize slip from his grasp when he was broken at the 38th time of asking?

4 Who made history with 60, 60, 60, 60, 60, 60, 60, 57 and 24?

5 Which Irishman took his number of career victories to more than 3,000, by some margin the record for his sport?

6 Who was in charge on the South Coast for just 103 days and was sacked after only four wins in 22 matches?

7 Which England captain resigned after only five months and 12 matches in charge?

8 In what event, launched 30 years ago, did Pascal Terry, a French motor cyclist, become the 51st person to die?

9 Which tennis player hit an Open era record 55 aces in a match at the French Open but still lost?

10 Which Irishman dominated in the Cotswolds, with seven winners over four days?

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Retiring types

They retired in 2009. Who are they?

1 This Mancunian initially made his name on the other side of the Pennines. He went on to play for and captain his country, his finest hour coming with victory over Australia.

2 An opponent once called her “half a man”. Her greatest triumphs came in Melbourne and London, on both occasions at the expense of a Belgian.

3 He was nicknamed “Big Race King” after winning more than 100 top events around the world during his 34 years in competition. He retired at 50 after an “incredible season” in partnership with one of his sport’s all-time greats.

4 He was born in New Zealand and modelled his action on Richard Hadlee, but went on to represent England in 62 Test matches and 54 one-day internationals.

5 This Welshman was the longest reigning world champion in his sport’s history, having held one title for nearly 11 years. He was unbeaten in 18 years as both an amateur and a professional.

6 He started out as a mechanic and went on to become one of his sport’s most prominent figures. Having guided one of his protégés to the world title last year, he handed over the team reins at the age of 61.

7 This former England captain made his debut for his club in 1997 and won 64 caps for his country. A veteran of two Lions tours, he stepped down from international rugby in the wake of the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

8 Signed for £7.25m from Norwich City, he never recovered after suffering an ankle injury on England duty three years ago.

9 A prolific scorer who averaged more than 50 on national duty, he made his international debut in 1994. He went on to make 103 appearances for his country in the traditional form of the game. He retired just months before his country made an unsuccessful attempt to avenge their defeat in England four years earlier.

10 He held world titles in six different weight classes and won 30 of his 45 fights with knockouts.

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Around the world

1 Which 59-year-old American returned to the scene of his 1977 triumph in Scotland and very nearly repeated it?

2 In what competition did England, the home team, play their first match in Wales?

3 Which Swede went from Mexico to Nottingham?

4 Which former world champion and sporting icon returned to his roots in Ireland, his great- grandfather having grown up in Ennis, County Clare, before emigrating in 1860 to America, where he married an emancipated slave?

5 Which Spaniard lost to a Swede in Paris, having won all 31 of his previous matches there?

6 Who beat New Zealand in Sydney to win the World Cup for the third time?

7 Who replaced Barry Hoban in the Tour de France record books?

8 Which Englishman beat a Dutchman 7-1 at the palace to claim his 14th world title?

9 Who made his debut for England against Australia, having previously represented South Africa at Under-15 and Under-19 level?

10 In what competition did Rio de Janeiro beat Madrid and finish well ahead of Chicago?

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So farewell

They died in 2009. Who are they?

1 He was born in Co Durham and returned to the region 66 years later to manage the club he had supported as a boy. He also worked in the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.

2 He trained three consecutive Grand National winners and three consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cup winners. He also won the Derby six times.

3 He played for Gloucestershire for 14 years but became better known as an umpire. He officiated in three World Cup finals.

4 This former Buckinghamshire bricklayer won a boxing gold medal at Mexico in 1968, when he beat the Soviet Union’s Aleksei Kiselyov. As a professional he won British, Commonwealth and European light-heavyweight titles, but the world title always eluded him.

5 An international goalkeeper, he fought depression for six years before committing suicide. He played for clubs in Germany, Spain, Portugal and Turkey.

6 Regarded as one of British showjumping’s greatest post-war figures, he set up the Hickstead competition arena.

7 He captained Queen’s Park Rangers to the 1967 League Cup when they were a Third Division club, beating West Bromwich Albion in the final. He also played for Luton and Watford and managed Watford, Northampton and Wycombe.

8 The son of a former Formula One world champion, he died following an accident in a Formula Two race at Brands Hatch.

9 A former amateur boxer, he became a journalist after losing a leg when he stepped on a mine in Normandy during the Second World War. He later became ITV’s voice of boxing and also worked for Sky.

10 “The Bearded Wonder” became a national institution despite having what many would consider one of the most mundane jobs in sport.

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Walk on the weird side

1 Who was refused permission to fly home from an England tour for 48 hours in order to watch his wife perform in Dancing on Ice?

2 Which goalkeeper put his match-winning performance down to watching the opposition take penalties on an iPod just before the deciding shoot-out?

3 Who turned up in Eastbourne to partner Owen Hadden, a 33-year-old from Perth who works in finance, in the North of Scotland team at the County Week amateur tennis tournament?

4 At which Test match did sand stop play?

5 Who said he would never play for his club again after his manager mispronounced his name?

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Quote unquote

Who said the following?

1 “It’s quite sad in some ways. I feel I’m getting better as a bowler, so it’s unfortunate that my body isn’t standing up.”

2 “The hardest part of this whole break-up for me is not waking up with my kids every day. It breaks my heart. Do you think I’m happy? You don’t know anything about me. I find it insulting that you are insinuating that I am weak and scum. You’re saying: ‘Any man that lets his kids live in inferior circumstances to him is weak and scum’. You’re insinuating that about me.”

3 “This is a fantastic opportunity for me and one that I relish. I know the club inside out. It has always had a special place in mine and my family’s heart and I know that this is one of the most exciting jobs in football.”

4 “I can honestly say sometimes skin colour makes a difference. I know if I maybe was a white fighter, maybe I would have been a superstar in Britain, or even in the world.”

5 “An apology from me? How many people yell at linespeople? Players, athletes get frustrated. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen that happen. All year I’ve never been foot-faulted and then suddenly in this tournament they keep calling foot faults.”

6 “It is not a pitch. When you build a stadium like this it is still not a pitch. It is laughable. The quality of the pitch is disastrous.”

7 “If you’re going to win games in the boardroom or in front of television cameras, then, look, do we really respect the game we know or should we go to the ballet shop for some nice tutus and get a great dancing show going? And then there will be no gouging, no tackling, no nothing. In our game there will be collisions and the guy who wins the collisions, he’s the hardest and this is the guy we will always select.”

8 “We divide the teams into two camps, which are the moderates who want to talk and want a settlement, and what we call the ‘loonies’ who appear not to want a settlement. It’s more of a jokey reference than anything else. I don’t think they are literally loonies, but I think they are a little bit immoderate in their approach.”

9 “I am here for eight games and eight games only. What part Joe has to play for next season or the season after that you will have to speak to the necessary people.”

10 “I’m only going from what other people have said and it was a pretty poor drop. It was one of his mistakes. I didn’t make him do that mistake. It was his mistake. And it will probably live with him for the rest of his life. It’ll be cropping up. I can’t do anything against that.”

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Family affairs

1 Who apologised for “behaviour which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgement” after he was photographed with a glass cannabis pipe at a party at the University of South Carolina?

2 Whose admission that he had deliberately crashed his car brought down one of his sport’s most famous figures?

3 Whose father was sentenced to 15 months in prison after he threatened to blow up an Australian ambassador’s car if she did not stop the publication of negative articles about him in Australia?

4 Who failed a drugs test after kissing a woman called Pamela in a nightclub?

5 Which England footballer was arrested by police on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly after leaving a London nightclub and was given a fixed-penalty notice of £80?

6 Why was the ruler of Dubai banned for six months?

7 Which high earner shocked American sport when he admitted to testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003?

8 Which footballer was the subject of racist and homophobic chanting that led to the police taking action against several individuals?

9 Who turned up in Australia in January sporting two black eyes but proclaiming: “I won the fight. I’m good. I’m OK. I got in trouble in Moscow but it’s OK. I can survive, It’s just a small problem. I wasn’t in the right place at the right time.”

10 Which Premier League footballer was jailed for 18 months for assaulting a 20-year-old woman in a nightclub?

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Fifteen minutes of fame

How did the following earn a brief spell under the spotlight?

1 Gaël Kakuta

2 Lucas Glover

3 Shahar Peer

4 Rory Fallon

5 Caster Semenya

6 Tom Henning Ovrebo

7 Morne Steyn

8 Heather Watson

9 Mark Allen

10 Matt Langridge, Alex Gregory, Ric Egington and Alex Partridge

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