Quiz time!

 Quiz time!

Have a go at our regular Saturday Quiz where we take a look at sporting events from around the world that all happened during the pat week.

There are 33 points up for grabs – good luck – and the answers are at the foot of the page.

  1. BOXING – Anthony Joshua is involved in the weekend’s world title fight. But who is he taking on, what age is his opponent and what country does he come from. For one other point who did Joshua last fight? FIIVE points – one for his opponent, one for his age, one for where he comes from and one for saying where the fight takes part)

2. FOOTBALL – In midweek Rangers manager Steven Gerrard chalked up his 22nd win in Europe as Rangers manager. Only three other managers of Rangers have won 10 or more European competition matches – can you name them – THREE points – one for naming each of the three.

3. CRICKET – England announced this past week that they will tour where for two Test matches in January and they also announced they will ‘rest’ two players while two others were recalled. Name the country they are touring and the four players involved. FIVE points – one for the country and one each for the four players – twp rested and two recalled.

4. RUGBY – The European Champions Cup resumes this weekend. Exeter Chiefs are the holders and, when they won it earlier this year, they became the 12th team to win it. How many of the other 11 can you name. ELEVEN points – one for naming each of the other 11 clubs to lift the cup.

5. HORSE RACING – Why did Jockey Hollie Doyle make the news in midweek? TWO points for naming why she made headlines.

6. WINTER SPORTS – Can you name the GB Olympic sprinter who has ‘switched sports’ and will make his debut in the discipline this weekend in Austria. FOUR points – one for naming the sprinter, one for naming the only Briton to run the 100m faster than him, one for naming the sport he has switched to and one for saying what the event he is involved in this weekend. 

7. FOOTBALL – Name the Manchester United player named the Premier League Player of the Month for November and, for another point, name the last Manchester United player to win three POTM awards as this player has now done.  TWO points – one for naming each of the players involved.

8. SNOOKER – Where is the Scottish Open currently being played and who did world  number one Judd Trump lose to in the quarter-finals on Friday? THREE points – one for naming where the tournament is being played, one for naming the player who beat Trump and one for saying what country Judd’s victor comes from.

9. RUGBY LEAGUE – Name the rugby league star who completed seven marathons in seven days this past week. Which charity was he raising money for and what’s the name of his former team mate that provided the inspiration for the charity effort. THREE points – one for naming the player who did the marathons, one for naming the charity he ran for and one for naming his former team mate struck down with the illness.


  1. BOXING – Anthony Joshua is fighting Kubrat Pulev who is 39 years old and is from Bulgaria. The pair are meeting at Wembley Stadium and the last time Joshua fought was against Andy Ruiz Jnr in June 2019. FIVE points – one for Pulev, one for 39, one for Bulgaria, one for Wembley and one for saying Andy Ruiz Jr. 

2. FOOTBALL – Apart from the Steven Gerard 22 wins the other managers of Rangers to land 10 or more European wins are: Graham Souness (10), Dick Advocaat (22) and Walter Smith (23) – THREE points one for naming each of the three managers.

3. CRICKET – England will head for Sri Lanka in January 2021 to play two Test matches. They will travel without the ‘rested’ Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer while they have recalled Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow. FIVE points – one for Sri Lanka and one for each of the four players.

4. RUGBY – Exeter became the 12th different winner, the other 11 clubs to lift the European Champions Cup are; Toulouse, Brive and Toulon (all French), Leinster, Ulster and Munster (Ireland), Saracens, Leicester Tigers, Bath, Northampton Saints, London Wasps (all English). ELEVEN points – one for naming each of the 11 clubs.

5. HORSE RACING – Hollie Doyle became the first woman to ride a winner at the International Jockeys’ Championship in Hong Kong. TWO points for saying she was the first woman to wide a winner at the event.

6. WINTER SPORTS – Former GB sprinter James Dasaolu will make his bobsleigh World Cup debut in Austria this weekend. Dasaolu, 33, is the second fastest British sprinter in history, having set a 100m time of 9.91 seconds at the British Championships in 2013. The only person to run the 100m faster than him is Olympic Champion Linford Christie has run 100m faster than Dasaolu, setting a best time of 9.87 seconds at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart. FOUR points – one for naming James Dasaolu, one for saying bobsleigh, one for saying the Bobsleigh World Cup and one for naming Linford Christie as the only man to run the 100m faster than Dasaolu.

7. FOOTBALL – Manchester United player Bruno Fernandes was named Premier League Player of the Month for November, the third time he has won the award and the last Man Unite player to win it three times Cristiano Ronaldo. TWO points – one for naming both players.

8. SNOOKER – World number one Judd Trump was knocked out of the Scottish Open, which is being played in Milton Keynes, losing in the quarter finals to 37th-ranked Li Hang of China who won the match 5-4. THREE points – one for saying the tournament is being played at Milton Keynes, one for saying that Li Hang knocked Trump out and one for saying the winner comes from China.

9 – RUGBY LEAGUE – The fundraising effort of seven marathons in as many days was done by Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield for team-mate Rob Burrow and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. By Friday night the effort had raised over £2m. THREE points – One for naming Kevin Sinfield, one for saying the effort was to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease and one for saying the inspiration for the effort was Rob Burrow.

So, how did you do?

28-33 points and you are a SPORTING ENCYCLOPAEIDA

21-27 OK – not a bad effort

16-26 Average

15 and under – bad luck, try again next week

Stephen Birley

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