Sports quiz of the week: England, the Ashes, Ralf Rangnick, F1 and chess

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  • Magnus Carlsen
    Magnus Carlsen
    Norwegian chess player, grandmaster and chess champion from the 2013 to present
  1. The Ashes begins on Wednesday, when Australia will be hosting England in the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane. When did England last win a Test match on the ground?

    1. The 1980s

    2. The 1990s

    3. The 2000s

    4. The 2010s

  2. Who won the last Ashes series in 2019?

    1. England

    2. Australia

    3. Neither team

  3. Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi are currently battling it out in the World Chess Championship in Dubai. They are five games into the best-of-14 series. What has been the common theme in the five games so far?

    1. Carlsen has won them all on the clock

    2. They have all been draws

    3. All five games have been won by the player with the white pieces

    4. Both players have adopted the Bongcloud Opening when starting their games

  4. Max Verstappen could win the Formula One world title this weekend if results go his way at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Who was the last driver other than Lewis Hamilton to win a world championship?

    1. Sebastian Vettel

    2. Nico Rosberg

    3. Kimi Räikkönen

    4. Jenson Button

  5. How many of the 20 teams in the Premier League have a positive goal difference this season?

    1. Four

    2. Eight

    3. Fourteen

    4. Eighteen

  6. England played Latvia in a Women’s World Cup qualifier this week. How many England players scored in the match?

    1. Six

    2. Eight

    3. Ten

    4. Twelve

  7. England won that match 20-0, a new record for the women’s team. What is the men’s team’s biggest ever win?

    1. England 13-0 Ireland

    2. England 9-1 San Marino

    3. England 10-0 USA

    4. England 8-0 Scotland

  8. FILE PHOTO: Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club<br>FILE PHOTO: Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 28/6/16 Great Britain's Johanna Konta celebrates winning the  first set against Puerto Rico's Monica Puig REUTERS/Paul Childs/File Photo
    FILE PHOTO: Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
    FILE PHOTO: Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 28/6/16 Great Britain's Johanna Konta celebrates winning the first set against Puerto Rico's Monica Puig REUTERS/Paul Childs/File Photo

    Johanna Konta has retired from tennis. What was her best finish at a grand slam?

    1. She won the US Open

    2. She reached two grand slam finals and won the Olympics in London in 2012

    3. She reached the semi-finals of three slams

    4. She reached the quarter-finals of all four slams and won three in the mixed doubles

  9. Ralf Rangnick will take charge of Manchester United for the first time when they play Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday. In which of these countries has Rangnick won a top tier league title as a manager?

    1. Germany

    2. Austria

    3. Russia

    4. None of them

  10. Rangnick will be the sixth German to manage in the Premier League. Who was the first?

    1. Jürgen Klinsmann

    2. Felix Magath

    3. Daniel Farke

    4. Jürgen Klopp

Solutions

1:A - England’s last victory at the Gabba was in 1986, when Ian Botham hit a brilliant 138. The visitors were written off by the press as a team that “can’t bat, can’t bowl and can’t field” but Botham’s century kickstarted a 2-1 win in the series., 2:C - The series finished in a draw (the first drawn series since 1972). Australia retained the urn, having won the previous series 4-0 at home., 3:B - Carlsen is well accustomed to playing a string of draws in world finals. When he beat Fabiano Caruana to win the world title in 2018, the first 12 games of their match were drawn., 4:B - Hamilton has won the world title in six of the last seven years. Rosberg interrupted his reign in 2016, winning his first title and retiring as the champion. , 5:A - Just the top four teams in the table: Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and West Ham., 6:C - Three of them scored hat-tricks., 7:A - Strangely, England’s biggest home win was against Ireland on 18 February 1882 and their biggest away win was against the same opponent on the same date (a 13-2 win in Ireland on 18 February 1899). , 8:C - Konta reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon, the French Open and Australian Open. Speaking about her career this week she said: "Grateful – this is the word I've probably used most during my career, and is a word that I feel explains it best at the end. My playing career has come to an end, and I am so incredibly grateful for the career it turned out to be.", 9:D - His one major honour as a manager came when he won the German Cup with Schalke. That being said, Rangnick has not been in the dugout very often in recent years. He has worked as a manager for just two of the last 10 seasons., 10:B - Magath became the first German to manage a club in the Premier League in 2014. This season four clubs have employed German managers: Rangnick at United, Klopp at Liverpool, Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea and Daniel Farke at Norwich.

Scores

  1. 1 and above.

    Oh dear. Better luck next week

  2. 2 and above.

    Oh dear. Better luck next week

  3. 3 and above.

    Oh dear. Better luck next week

  4. 4 and above.

    Not bad. Have a good weekend

  5. 5 and above.

    That is a fine score. Enjoy your weekend

  6. 6 and above.

    That is a fine score. Enjoy your weekend

  7. 7 and above.

    That is a great score. Give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy your weekend

  8. 8 and above.

    That is a great score. Give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy your weekend

  9. 9 and above.

    That is a sensational score. Give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy your weekend

  10. 0 and above.

    Oh dear. Better luck next week

  11. 10 and above.

    That is a sensational score. Give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy your weekend

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