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On This Day - Feb 8: Olympic golden boy Michael Carruth sets up WBO title shot

Ireland's Michael Carruth raises his arms in victory as he walks back to his cornermen, his father Austin and Nicholas Hernandez Cruz, after winning the 1992 Olympic Games gold medal with victory over Cuba's Juan Hernandez in the welterweight final in Barcelona 

ON THIS DAY
1984: The Los Angeles Raiders won their first American Football Conference Championship by beating Seattle 30-14.

1990: Thieves broke into Cardiff's Ninian Park and stole the £50,000 takings the club earned from an FA Cup tie with QPR.

1997: Ireland's first ever Olympic boxing gold medallist Michael Carruth from Dublin sets himself up for a WBO title shot by chalking up his 14th win out of 15 pro starts with victory over Portsmouth welterweight Paul Dyer in Milwall

1999: Arsenal won the race to sign Jermaine Pennant. Notts County put themselves in line for a windfall of up to £2million after selling the15-year-old to the Gunners.

2007: The Scottish Football Association rejected Scotland manager Walter Smith's request to be relieved of his duties. Smith eventually joined Rangers, with Alex McLeish succeeding him as national team boss.

2012: Fabio Capello resigned as England manager following a meeting with Football Association chiefs at Wembley Stadium.

2012: Harry Redknapp was cleared of taking bungs in an offshore tax dodge.

2013: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was fined £12,000 after being found guilty of misconduct in relation to comments he made about assistant referee Simon Beck following a draw against Tottenham.

BIRTHDAYS
Mohammad Azharuddin (cricket) - former India captain who played in 99 Tests, born 1963.

Hristo Stoichkov (soccer) - former Bulgaria and Barcelona forward who was voted European Footballer of the Year for 1994, born 1966.

Ulises de la Cruz (soccer) - former Aston Villa, Reading and Ecuador full-back, born 1974.

Khaled Mashud (cricket) - former Bangladesh wicketkeeper, born 1976.

Stephen Wright (soccer) - former Liverpool and Sunderland defender, born 1980.

Javi Garcia (soccer) - former Manchester City midfielder now playing for Zenit St Petersburg, born 1987.

Carl Jenkinson (soccer) - West Ham's on-loan Arsenal defender, born 1992.

SPORT ON TV

Today 

CRICKET: Third one-day international, New Zealand v Australia - Sky Sports 2 0600.

TENNIS: ATP Rotterdam Open - Sky Sports 3 1000 & Sky Sports 1 1830.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Detroit Pistons v Toronto Raptors - BT Sport 1 0030 (Tuesday).

Tomorrow 

CRICKET: Third one-day international, South Africa v England - Sky Sports 2 1100; First T20, India v Sri Lanka - Sky Sports 1 1350.

SOCCER: FA Cup fourth-round replay, West Ham v Liverpool - BT Sport 2 1915.

TENNIS: WTA St Petersburg Ladies' Trophy - BT Sport 1 0800-1930; ATP Rotterdam Open - Sky Sports 3 1000 & Sky Sports 1 1830.

SKIING: World Cup Nordic Combined from Trondheim, Norway - Eurosport 1 1145 & 1400; World Cup ski jumping from Trondheim, Norway - Eurosport 1 1745.

BASKETBALL: NBA, New York Knicks v Washington Wizards - BT Sport 1 0100 (Wednesday); NBA, Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - BT Sport 1 0330 (Wednesday).

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1 What name links sports teams based in Sale, Sheffield, Sussex and San Jose?

2 Gareth Bale began his career at which club?

3 GAA: Who contested the 2006 GAA National Football League final?

4 MIke Ford is the coach of which rugby union team?

5 Who did Wayne McCullough defeat to win the WBC bantamweight crown in 1995?

Answers: 1 Sharks 2 Southampton 3 Kerry 2-11 Galway 0-11 4 Bath 5 Yasuei Yakushiji in Nagoya, Japan

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