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On This Day - May 20 1996: Legendary Liverpool striker Ian Rush left Anfield on a free transfer to join Leeds

WIDELY regarded as one of LiverpooI's greatest ever players, Ian Rush scored 346 goals in 650 games for the Merseyside giants and is the club's all-time leading goalscorer.  

ON THIS DAY IN SPORT 

1970: Bobby Charlton scored his 49th and last goal for England, against Colombia in Bogota, in a warm-up game for the World Cup in Mexico. His record was broken by Wayne Rooney in 2015. 

1990: Monica Seles ended Steffi Graf's record of 66 consecutive victories when she beat her 6-4 6-3 in the final of the BMW German Open. 

1992: Barcelona made it third time lucky as they won the European Cup, with Ronald Koeman scoring the only goal against Sampdoria at Wembley. In their previous two appearances in the final, the Catalan side had lost to Benfica in 1961 and Steaua Bucharest in 1986. 

1996: After playing in more than 650 games and scoring 346 goals for Liverpool, striker Ian Rush left Anfield on a free transfer to join Leeds. 

2002: Scotland suffered their fourth successive defeat under new boss Berti Vogts when they were beaten 2-0 by South Africa in Hong Kong, making the German the first ever Scotland manager to lose his opening four matches in charge of the national side. 

2008: Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton was jailed for six months at Liverpool Crown Court after admitting charges of assault and affray in relation to a confrontation outside a McDonald's restaurant in the city in December. 

2009: The French courts ruled against Ferrari's bid to acquire an injunction against the FIA and its decision to introduce a budget cap into Formula One next season. 

2013: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez announced coach Jose Mourinho would leave Real Madrid at the end of the season. The Portuguese rejoined former club Chelsea on June 3. 

BIRTHDAYS
 
Peter Cronin (hurling) – Cork hurler who captained the county to a Munster title in 2014, born 1987. 

PJ Gillic (gaelic football) - Former Meath forward who was the winner of two All-Ireland SFC titles as well as two National Football League titles with the Royals.

Keith Fletcher (cricket) - former England captain and manager, born 1944. 

Iker Casillas (soccer) - Porto and Spain goalkeeper, born 1981. 

Petr Cech (soccer) - Arsenal and Czech Republic goalkeeper, born 1982
 
Chris Froome (cycling) - British winner of the Tour de France in 2013 and 2015, born 1985. 

Dexter Blackstock (soccer) - Nottingham Forest's former Southampton and QPR striker, born 1986. 

Tonia Couch (diving) - British Olympic diver and former European 10 metre synchro champion, born 1989. 

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ 

1 Atletico Madrid signed Antoine Griezmann from which club? 
2 Who were the first winners of the Sigerson Cup? 
3 Who was the first player to captain two All-Ireland U21 football winning teams? 
4 Which cyclist won the Tour de France in 2014? 
5 Aries Merritt is the reigning Olympic champion in which event? 
(See answers at bottom) 

SPORT ON TV 

Today 

GAA: Off the Ball - an offbeat look at recent football developments - Setanta Ireland 1900.

CRICKET: Test Series, England v Sri Lanka - Sky Sports 1, 1030; IPL, Delhi Daredevils v Sunrisers Hyderabad - Sky Sports 1, 1500; T20 Blast, Essex Eagles v Surrey - Sky Sports 2, 1900. 

RUGBY UNION: Super Rugby, Crusaders v Waratahs - Sky Sports 1, 0830; PRO12 Playoffs, Leinster v Ulster - Sky Sports 3, 1930. 

SOCCER: League One play-off semi-final second leg, Millwall v Bradford City - Sky Sports 1, 1930. 

ATHLETICS: Great Manchester City Games - BBC Two England, 1800. 
CYCLING: Giro d'Italia - Eurosport 1, 1245; Tour of California - Eurosport 1, 2200. 

TENNIS: French Open Qualifying - Eurosport 2, 1300; ATP, Geneva Open - Eurosport 2, 1100. 

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP Italy - BT Sport 2, 0800. 

MOTORSPORT: WRC Portugal - BT Sport/ESPN, 1900. 

GOLF: European Tour, Irish Open - Sky Sports 4, 0930; PGA, AT&T Byron Nelson - Sky Sports 4, 2100. 

SWIMMING: European Championships - Eurosport 1, 1100. 

BASEBALL: MLB, Houston Astros v Texas Rangers - BT Sport/ESPN, 0100 (Sat). 

Tomorrow 

GAA: The Saturday Game live - Dublin v Wexford (Throw-in 7.15pm). Michael Lyster is joined by Anthony Daly, Cyril Farrell and Liam Sheedy to present coverage of the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final, at Croke Park. Commentary by Darragh Maloney and Donal O'Grady - RTE1 1835.

SOCCER: FA Cup Final, Crystal Palace v Manchester United - BBC One, 1615 & BT Sport 2, 1645; Scottish Cup Final, Rangers v Hibernian - BBC One Scotland, 1300 & Sky Sports 1, 1400; Coppa Italia Final, AC Milan v Juventus - Sky Sports 5, 1940; MLS, New York City FC v New York Red Bulls - Sky Sports 5, 2000. 

CRICKET: Test Series, England v Sri Lanka - Sky Sports 2, 1030; IPL, Rising Pune Supergiants v Kings XI Punjab - Sky Sports 5, 1100. 

RUGBY UNION: Super Rugby, Reds v Sunwolves - Sky Sports 3, 0600; Sevens World Series - Sky Sports 1, 0920; Aviva Premiership, Exeter Chiefs v Wasps - BT Sport 1, 1430; PRO12 Playoffs, Connacht v Glasgow Warriors - Sky Sports 1, 1800. 

CYCLING: Giro d'Italia - Europsort 1, 1200; Tour of California - Eurosport 1, 2200. 

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Salford v Widnes - Sky Sports 3, 1400. 
GOLF: European Tour, Irish Open - Sky Sports 4, 1230; PGA, AT&T Byron Nelson - Sky Sports 4, 2100. 

SWIMMING: European Championships - BBC Two England, 1600. 

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP Italy - BT Sport 2, 0800; British Superbikes - Eurosport 2, 1400. 

BASEBALL: MLB, San Francisco Giants v Chicago Cubs - BT Sport/ESPN, 0000 (Sun). 

BASKETBALL: NBA Playoffs, Toronto Raptor v Cleveland Cavaliers - BT Sport 1, 0130 (Sun). 

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1 Real Sociedad; 2 UCC (1910/11); 3 Peter Canavan of Tyrone (1991 and 1992); 4 Vincenzo Nibali: 5 Men's 110metres hurdles. 

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