Sports quiz of the week: surfing, Six Nations, snooker, Southgate and a storm

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  1. Luke Shepardson won the prestigious Eddie Aikau surfing competition in Hawaii this week. Why is that surprising?

    1. He was surfing on a board he rented that morning

    2. Although a famous skateboarder, Shepardson only took up surfing last year

    3. He is a local lifeguard and not a professional surfer

    4. He is 70 years old – at least twice the age of the other surfers

  2. Gareth Southgate says he considered giving up his job as England manager. Who convinced him to stay?

    1. Prince William

    2. Tyson Fury

    3. Alex Ferguson

    4. His family

  3. Innes FitzGerald, a promising endurance runner, has asked not to be picked to represent Great Britain at the world cross country championships in Australia. Why?

    1. She was born in Australia and "doesn’t feel right" competing there for another country

    2. She has also been picked to play for Scotland in the Women’s Six Nations on the same weekend

    3. She is concerned about the environmental impact of the travel required

    4. She is currently starring on X-Factor

  4. Stephen Hendry has been fined for pulling out of snooker tournaments. What was he doing instead?

    1. Playing at the world pool championship

    2. Working as a pundit at the tournament (as it paid more)

    3. Recording a single that he hoped might be Christmas No1

    4. Appearing on the TV show Masked Singer

  5. Novak Djokovic is on course to win his 10th singles title at the Australian Open. Which player has won even more slams at a single venue?

    1. Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon

    2. Rafa Nadal at the French Open

    3. Serena Williams at the US Open

    4. Pete Sampras at Wimbledon

  6. Liverpool’s goalless draw with Chelsea last weekend was the 50,000th top-flight match in English football. What was the most common scoreline in those 50,000 games?

    1. 1-0

    2. 2-1

    3. 1-1

    4. 0-1

  7. Ollie Hassell-Collins, who is likely to make his international debut for England against Scotland in the Six Nations next Saturday, has a series of tattoos on his arms. Which of these people feature on the tattoos?

    1. Jonny Wilkinson

    2. Jonah Lomu

    3. Harry Potter

    4. Mickey Mouse

  8. It’s fourth-round weekend in the FA Cup. Which club has lost the last three finals?

    1. Arsenal

    2. Leicester City

    3. Chelsea

    4. Manchester City

  9. During the Sporting v Benfica women’s match last weekend, the referee showed a card just before half-time. Why was it notable?

    1. The player grabbed the yellow card, ripped it up and was promptly shown a red card

    2. The referee had lost his red and yellow cards, so used his bank card instead

    3. The card was white rather than red or yellow

    4. The player was sent off even though she wasn’t on the pitch or a substitute

  10. The big story at the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament this week happened on the driving range, where Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed had a tiff. What happened?

    1. Reed coughed every time McIlroy went to hit a shot

    2. McIlroy threw Reed’s putter into a lake and the American didn’t find it funny

    3. McIlroy asked for the lend of a tee and Reed told him to "get out of town"

    4. Reed flicked a golf tee at McIlroy because he had blanked him


1:C - "I can’t believe it," he said. "It’s crazy. I’ve got to get back to the tower to make sure everyone’s OK until the end of the day.", 2:D - Southgate says family told him: "You’ve got to give this one more go and try to get this trophy.", 3:C - The 16-year-old has explained her decision very eloquently: "When I started running, the prospect of competing in the world cross country championships would have seemed merely a dream. However, the reality of the travel fills me with deep concern. I was just nine when the Cop21 Paris climate agreement was signed. Now, eight years on, and global emissions have been steadily increasing, sending us on a path to climate catastrophe. Aviation is the most energy intensive activity we can do and explodes a person’s carbon footprint. I don’t want that on my conscience.", 4:D - "I pulled out of a couple of events and got fined," Hendry said. "I couldn’t tell them why because the recording was going on and I couldn’t obviously say why I pulled out. I just said: 'Look, I can’t play the tournament.' It was, very, very, very strange. You’re dying to tell people what you’re doing but you can’t.", 5:B - Nadal has won the French Open title 14 times. , 6:C - More than 10% of the matches (5,531) finished 1-1., 7:C - Hassell-Collins has a series of tattoos on his arms that express his personality. "If you are confident in yourself as a personality then you can be confident in your skills and confident going into the game," he says. "It makes it easier to express yourself in the game. I try to be a bit different and try to be a bit out there. When I broke into the team, I secured my spot, I felt I was a big part of the team so I could express myself more. I am massively into Harry Potter.", 8:C - Chelsea have featured in five of the last six finals, losing four of them. They won’t be reaching the final this year, after losing 4-0 to Manchester City in the third round., 9:C - White cards have been introduced in Portugal so referees can recognise and encourage fair play., 10:D - McIlroy described it as "definitely a storm in a teacup".


  1. 3 and above.

    A decent score. Have a great weekend

  2. 4 and above.

    A decent score. Have a great weekend

  3. 5 and above.

    A decent score. Well played. Have a great weekend

  4. 6 and above.

    A fine score. Well played. Have a great weekend

  5. 7 and above.

    A fantastic score. Well played. Have a great weekend

  6. 8 and above.

    A stunning score. Well played. Have a great weekend

  7. 9 and above.

    A stunning score. Well played. Have a great weekend

  8. 10 and above.

    A stunning score. Well played. Have a great weekend

  9. 2 and above.

    Ah well.

  10. 0 and above.

    Ah well.

  11. 1 and above.

    Ah well.