Jan 26: On this day - future managers born: Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers

It was the leaving of Liverpool last year for Brendan Rodgers

1871: The first meeting of the Rugby Football Union at the Pall Mall Restaurant near Trafalgar Square was attended by representatives from 21 clubs and schools.

1907: Golfer Henry Cotton, who was the last Briton before Nick Faldo to win the Open Championship three times, was born. Cotton was awarded a knighthood a few days before he died in 1987.

2004: Wales lodged an appeal with UEFA over Russia midfielder Yegor Titov's failed drugs test, asking for the governing body to award them a 3-0 win in their Euro 2004 play-off second leg tie - a match they had lost, costing them a place in the Portugal finals. They eventually lost the appeal.

2007: Liverpool confirmed they had received an approach from American businessman George Gillett ''which may or may not lead to an offer'' for the club.

2008: Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist announced his retirement from international cricket.

2009: Andy Murray crashed out of the Australian Open, losing in five sets to Fernando Verdasco of Spain in the fourth round. Verdasco won 2-6 6-1 1-6 6-3 6-4.

2010: Portsmouth had their transfer embargo, which had been in place since October, lifted by the Premier League. The embargo had been handed down due to the south coast outfit owing money to other clubs.

2011: Sky Sports football presenter Richard Keys resigned from his position with the broadcaster following his role in the sexism controversy which began with criticism of assistant referee Sian Massey.

2013: The Football Association charged Chelsea's Eden Hazard with violent conduct following an incident with a Swansea ball boy, saying in a statement that a ''standard punishment that would otherwise apply was clearly insufficient''.

2014: Manchester United completed the club record £37.1million capture of Juan Mata.

Kim Hughes (cricket) - Former Australia captain and batsman, born 1954.

Wayne Gretzky (ice hockey) - Canadian who is the leading point scorer in NHL history, born 1961.

Oscar Ruggeri (soccer) - Former Argentina defender who played in three World Cups, born 1962.

Brendan Rodgers (soccer) - Carnlough native and former Liverpool manager, born 1973

Jose Mourinho (soccer) - Former Chelsea manager, also ex-boss of with Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, born 1963.

Heather Stanning (rowing) - Current world record holder and the reigning Olympic, World and World Cup champion in the women's coxless pairs, born 1985.

Gary Hooper (soccer) - Sheffield Wednesday striker, born 1988.

Sergio Perez (motorsport) - Mexican Formula One driver who races for Force India, born 1990.

Peter Sagan (cycling) - Professional road racer for Tinkoff-Saxo, winner of the Tour de France points classification in 2012, 2013 and 2014, born 1990.


SOCCER: Capital One Cup semi-final second leg, Liverpool v Stoke - Sky Sports 1 1900; Coppa Italia semi-final first leg, Alessandria v AC Milan - Sky Sports 3 1930.
CRICKET: Fourth Test, South Africa v England - Sky Sports 2 0800; T20, Australia v India - Sky Sports 1 0835.
TENNIS: Australian Open - Eurosport 1 0615 (Tuesday) & 0000 (Wednesday).
SKIING: World Cup men's slalom from Schladming, Austria - Eurosport 2 1630 & 1930.

SOCCER: Capital One Cup semi-final second leg, Manchester City v Everton - Sky Sports 1 1900; Coppa Italia semi-final first leg, Juventus v Inter Milan - Sky Sports 2 1930; Eredivisie, Excelsior v PSV Eindhoven - Sky Sports 4 1935.
CRICKET: One-day international, New Zealand v Pakistan - Sky Sports 2 0100 (Thursday).
TENNIS: Australian Open - Eurosport 1 0800 (Wednesday) & 0230 (Thursday).
GOLF: European Tour, Qatar Masters - Sky Sports 4 0630 & 1100.
BASKETBALL: NBA, San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets - BT Sport 1 0100 (Thursday).



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