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Sports quiz of the week: Ryder Cup, Jimmy Greaves and Joshua v Usyk

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The Guardian
 29 days ago
    PGA: Ryder Cup Practice Rounds<br>Sep 22, 2021; Haven, Wisconsin, USA; Team Europe player Rory McIlroy wears a cheesehead on the first hole during practice rounds for the 43rd Ryder Cup golf competition at Whistling Straits. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports Photograph: Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports

    Anthony Joshua is fighting Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. What do the two fighters have in common?

    1. They are both undefeated as professionals

    2. They were born on the same day

    3. They both won gold medals at the London Olympics in 2012

    4. They have identical professional records: fought 18, won 17, lost one

  2. Joshua and Usyk are not the only boxers preparing for a title fight. Canelo Álvarez and Caleb Plant are putting their super middleweight belts on the line when they meet in November. Although, Plant picked up an injury this week. How?

    1. He tripped over his cat and broke his foot (the cat was fine)

    2. He put his back out while sneezing

    3. He hit his head on a ‘mind your head’ sign at his gym

    4. He was punched in the face by Canelo at a press conference to promote the fight

  3. Derby County have played eight games in the Championship this season. How many points do they have?

    1. 24

    2. 8

    3. 0

    4. -2

  4. The great Jimmy Greaves died this week. Greaves had his best ever season, in terms of goalscoring at least, in 1960-61, when he set a post-war record by scoring 41 league goals for Chelsea. Where did the club finish in the table?

    1. They won the title for the first time in their history

    2. They were third, behind local rivals Fulham and Brentford

    3. They finished 12th

    4. They finished 18th and were relegated

  5. The Ryder Cup is taking place in Wisconsin this weekend. The competition is named after Samuel Ryder. Who was he?

    1. The man who invented the first golf ball with dimples, in 1908

    2. An English businessman who made a fortune selling bags of seeds in the post and used some of the proceeds to sponsor the inaugural event

    3. An American golf commentator who died during the first event in 1927, which was known at the time as the Anglo-American Cup

    4. A golf club designer who established the company Ryder and Taylor, which would later become known as TaylorMade

  6. There are no Scottish players in the Europe team this year, but what connection does Whistling Straits – the golf course that is hosting the competition – have with Scotland?

    1. The course was designed by a Scot and is an (almost) exact replica of the Old Course at St Andrews

    2. There is a statue of Sean Connery outside the clubhouse as he filmed a Bond scene on the course and was a member at Whistling Straits

    3. The great Scottish economist Adam Smith wrote his book The Wealth of Nations while staying at the Whistling Straits clubhouse

    4. The course is home to a flock of sheep imported from Scotland

  7. USA won the Ryder Cup the last time they had home advantage, in 2016, but when did they last win the competition on European soil?

    1. The 2010s

    2. The 2000s

    3. The 1990s

    4. The 1980s

  8. Sarina Wiegman began her reign as the new England women’s football team manager this week with two World Cup qualifiers. What was the combined score in the two matches?

    1. 0-0

    2. 8-0

    3. 13-0

    4. 18-0

  9. Aaron Hickey scored for Bologna against Genoa this week, making him the first Scottish footballer to score in Serie A since …

    1. John Collins

    2. Graeme Souness

    3. Denis Law

    4. Paul Lambert

  10. Norwich have lost their last 15 games in the Premier League: their first five games this season and their last 10 games of the 2019-20 season. Which club lost 20 Premier League games in a row?

    1. Derby County

    2. Sunderland

    3. Swindon Town

    4. Huddersfield Town


1:C - Usyk won gold in the heavyweight division, while Joshua won gold as a super heavyweight. Usyk is undefeated as a professional whereas Joshua was knocked out by Andy Ruiz., 2:D - Plant swung for Canelo, missed the target and took a fist to the face in response. , 3:D - Wayne Rooney’s team picked up 10 points from their first eight games but they were deducted 12 points this week for going into administration. They are now six points behind second-bottom Nottingham Forest., 4:C - Chelsea conceded more goals than they scored that season., 5:B - Ryder’s great innovation was to sell the bags for one penny, which undercut his competitors and helped him dominate the market., 6:D - The sheep were imported to the US from the Scottish Highlands in the 1970s and now call Whistling Straits their home., 7:C - USA have not won in Europe since 1993, when they beat Europe 15-13 at the Belfry in England. Europe have a better away record, having won four of the last eight events held in the United States., 8:D - England beat North Macedonia 8-0 and Luxembourg 10-0., 9:B - Only Scottish players have scored in Serie A: Joe Jordan, Denis Law, Graeme Souness and Aaron Hickey. , 10:B - They lost their last 15 games of the 2002-03 season and their first five games of the 2005-06 season. Unsurprisingly, they finished bottom of the table in both campaigns.


  1. 1 and above.

    Ah well. Better luck next week

  2. 2 and above.

    Ah well. Better luck next week

  3. 3 and above.

    Ah well. Better luck next week

  4. 4 and above.

    Not bad. Not bad at all. Have a good weekend

  5. 5 and above.

    Not bad. Not bad at all. Have a good weekend

  6. 6 and above.

    A solid score. Have a good weekend

  7. 7 and above.

    A solid score. Nice one. Have a good weekend

  8. 8 and above.

    A fine score. Well played. Have a great weekend

  9. 9 and above.

    A fine score. Well played. Have a great weekend

  10. 0 and above.

    Ah well. Better luck next week

  11. 10 and above.

    Wow. You nailed it. Well played. Have a great weekend

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