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Sports quiz of the week: excellence, excuses, exits and exemptions

Who was schooled? Who is going global? Who stayed at home?

Who has launched an athletics team and hopes to enter the Olympics for the first time?

San Marino

Vatican City

Gibraltar

Somaliland

Who is the only manager still working in English football who has won the FA Cup?

Pep Guardiola

Rafa Benítez

Roberto Martínez

Tony Pulis

Arsenal and Manchester United will meet in the fourth round of the FA Cup. What was unusual about the last time they met in the final of the competition?

United scored twice in the last five minutes but still lost

It was the first FA Cup final decided by a penalty shootout

It was the first final with a red card

It was the first final at the new Wembley

Pádraig Harrington will captain Europe at the Ryder Cup next year, becoming the second Irishman to take the job after Paul McGinley. What do the two men have in common?

Neither won the Ryder Cup as a player

They were born on the same day

They both won three majors

They went to the same school in Dublin

The Australian Open begins on Monday. In which of these years was the tournament not played?

1969

1986

1997

2000

Why was Venus Williams given a point penalty at the Australian Open 20 years ago?

She shouted the words “stupid person” at herself after a bad shot

Some of her hair beads came loose and scattered on to the court

She changed her shirt, which she had put on back to front

She stood in front of a line judge and stared at her for 20 seconds

Mo Salah was crowned African player of the year this week. Who else won the award while playing for Liverpool?

Sadio Mané

El Hadji Diouf

Kolo Touré

Rigobert Song

Why did Finland forward Riku Riski refuse to play in a football match against Sweden this week?

He was born in Sweden and said facing them would be “ultimately self-defeating”

He was at the Golden Globes, where he was nominated for best original song

His brother plays for Sweden and he promised his mother they would never face each other

The game was held in Qatar and he declined to travel due to “the ethical reasons”

Who reacted to a cup exit by saying: “The wind didn’t help. Players struggled to control the ball”?

Marcelo Bielsa

Claude Puel

Jürgen Klopp

Claudio Ranieri

Paris Saint-Germain were knocked out of the Coupe de la Ligue on Wednesday as they lost to Guingamp in Paris. When had PSG last lost a game in one of France's two cup competitions?

Last Sunday

Last January

Two years ago

Five years ago

1 and above.

Oh dear. A fine effort but not a great score

2 and above.

Oh dear. A fine effort but not a great score

3 and above.

Oh dear. A fine effort but not a great score

4 and above.

Oh dear. A fine effort but not a great score

5 and above.

Nicely done. Enjoy your weekend

6 and above.

Nicely done. Enjoy your weekend

7 and above.

You've smashed it. Enjoy your weekend

8 and above.

You've smashed it. Enjoy your weekend

9 and above.

You hero. Enjoy your weekend

10 and above.

You hero. Enjoy your weekend

0 and above.

Oh dear.

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