Quiz time – sporting current affairs

 Quiz time – sporting current affairs

This weekend’s quiz  covers seven different sports and offers up a  total of 40 points – how much notice have you taken of the sports news this past week?

Here we go:

  1. FOOTBALL – Liverpool had their long unbeaten run ended on Thursday night by Burnley. Who were the last team to beat Liverpool at home before that Burnley defeat. How many games unbeaten were Liverpool in the run. Who holds the record for the longest unbeaten home run in Premier League history, how many games is that run and name the three managers that were in charge during the unbeaten run. (SEVEN points, one for naming who previously beat Liverpool prior to the start of the run ended by Burnley, one for saying how many games the Liverpool unbeaten run was, one for saying who holds the longest unbeaten run record, one for saying how many games they were unbeaten at home for and one each (three in total) for naming the three managers to be in charge of that team).

2, GOLF -Name the top five in terms of the World Golf Rankings as per the latest rankings that were published in January 17. (FIVE points, one for each correct name)

3. CRICKET – England cricket captain Joe Root is unbeaten at the close of play on day two of the second Test in Sri Lanka. Root is now up to sixth in England’s all-time Test run scoring list.  Name the only five players ahead of him. (FIVE points, one for naming each of the five)

4. FOOTBALL – Mick McCarthy was appointed as the new manager of Cardiff City this week. How old will he be on February 7, 2021 and can you name the four English football league clubs he has managed. (FIVE points, one for his age and one for naming each of the four teams he has managed)

5. HORSE RACING – Name the Grand National-winning jockey who this week announced his retirement from the saddle aged 24. He won the big race in 2016, but what was the name of the horse he rode to victory at Aintree that year. (THREE points – one for his first name, one for his surname and one for naming the horse he rode to victory in 2016).

6. BOWLS – The world indoor bowls are currently being held at Norfolk. Name the Englishman who is world number one for indoor bowling, and can you say why he is not able to play in this years World Championship. (TWO points – one for naming the Indoor Bowling World Number One and one more for saying why he cannot take part in these latest World Championships).

7. CRICKET –  James Anderson claimed six wickets in the first innings of the 2nd Test in Sri Lanka. Which Lancashire Club side did he play cricket for; how old is he; name the three players to have taken MORE test wickets than him. (FIVE points, one for his first club team, one for his age and one each for the three bowlers to take more Test wickets than him to date)

8. AMERICAN FOOTBALL – Name the last four teams standing in terms of the 2021 Super Bowl and, for another point name the team who won the 2020 Super Bowl. (FIVE points, one for naming each of the four teams left in the 2021 Super Bowl and one more for naming the 2020 Super Bowl winners)

9. SAILING – Name the British yacht involved in the 2021 Americas Cup challenge currently in action in New Zealand. Name the Olympic champion who leads the British team and name the Budleigh Salterton sailor  who is involved with the team. (THREE points, one for the correct team name, one for the Olympian who leads the team and one for the Budleigh sailor involved with the team).

THE ANSWERS

  1. FOOTBALL – Liverpool had last lost at home in April 2017, beaten 1-0 by Crystal Palace. The run, ended on Thursday night by Burnley, was of 68 unbeaten home games.  Chelsea hold the record for the longest unbeaten run in the Premier League and it is of 86 games between 21 February 2004 and 26 October 2008. In that 86 game run Chelsea were managed by Claudio Ranieri, then Jose Mourinho and also by Luiz Felipe Scolari. SEVEN points, one for saying Crystal Palace, one for 68 games, one for saying Chelsea hold the ‘longest unbeaten record, one for saying that run is of 86 games and one each for Ranieri, Mourinho and Scolari.

2. GOLF – The most recent World Rankings list (published on Janaury 17) lists the World top five golfers as: (1) Dustin Johnson; (2) Jon Rahm; (3) Justin Thomas; (4) Collin Morikawa and (5) Xander Schauffele. FIVE points, one for each correct name in the top five.

3. CRICKET- The five players to score more runs for England than Joe Root are: Kevin Pieterson, David Gower, Alec Stewart and Sir Alistair Cook. FIVE points, one for naming each player to score more Test runs for England than Joe Root.

4. FOOTBALL – Mick McCarthy will be 62 on February 7, 2021, he has managed Ireland twice, but the four English league clubs he has managed are: Millwall, Sunderland, Wolves and Ipswich Town. FIVE points; one for his age next birthday and one for each of the four teams he has managed.

5. HORSE RACING – Grand National-winning jockey David Mullins has announced his retirement from the saddle aged 24. Mullins, son of trainer Tom and nephew of Irish champion trainer Willie, won the big race at Aintree on Rule The World in 2016.  THREE points – one for David, one for Mullins and one for Rule The World.

6. BOWLS – The Indoor Bowling world number one is Nick Brett from Peterborough, but he has  not been able to add to his collection of six world titles this year after breaking his arm in a golf accident.  TWO points – one for naming the world number one (Nick Brett) and one for saying he missed the World Championship after breaking his arm playing golf.

7. CRICKET – James Anderson played his club cricket initially at Burnley CC. He is 38 years old and the only three players to take more Test wickets than him are Anil Kumble (619); Shane Warne (708) and Muttiah Muralitharan (800). FIVE points, one for Burnley, one for 38 years old and one for each of the three bowlers to claim more Test wickets.

8. AMERICAN FOOTBALL – The four teams left in the race to reach the final of the 2021 Super Bowl are Buffalo Bills, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers. FIVE points – one for naming each of the four teams left in this years competition and one more for naming who won the 2020 Super Bowl.

9. SAILING – The team name is Ineos Team UK, the local sailor in the Ineos crew  is Ben Cornish and the leader of the Ineos Team UK is Olympian Sir Ben Ainslie. THREE points, one for Ineos Team UK, one for Ben Cornish and one for correctly saying Sir Ben Ainslie.

So how did you do? 35 – 40 points – Wow! You are a genius; 31-35 Hm, Impressive, that’s a right good effort; 26-30 Good show; 16-25 Middle-of-the-road; 11-15 OK so you need to spend more time following sport; 10 and below – Hmmmmmmmm – better luck next time.

Stephen Birley

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