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On This Day - July 6 1939: Olympic pentathlon champion Mary Peters is born

ON THIS DAY 
 
1907: Brooklands, the world's first purpose-built motor racing track, was opened. The circuit was built as a result of a ban on racing on Britain's roads.

1907: Tom Reece completed the highest-ever billiards break of 499,135 - which he began on June 3. This was in the days of the now-outlawed 'cradle cannon' whereby a player could push the two object balls around the table all day by making a cannon each time.

1957: Althea Gibson of the United States became the first black Wimbledon tennis champion when she beat Darlene Hard to win the women's singles title.

2000: England were eliminated from the race to host the 2006 World Cup as Germany were awarded the tournament, edging out South Africa by a single vote in a meeting of the FIFA delegates in Zurich.

2002: David Nalbandian became the first player in the Open era to reach the Wimbledon men's final on his tournament debut.

2006: England captain Michael Vaughan was ruled out of the Ashes series in Australia due to a knee injury.

2008: Rafael Nadal won the Wimbledon singles title for the first time, beating Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 6-7 (8/10) 9-7 in a classic match on Centre Court.

2010: South African Caster Semenya was given the all-clear to return to athletics. The world 800m champion had been sidelined for 11 months after undergoing gender tests following her win in Berlin.

2012: Andy Murray beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-5 to reach the Wimbledon men's singles final, becoming the first Briton to do so since Bunny Austin in 1938. The Scot lost in the final to Federer.

Andy Murray in action at Wimbledon

2014: Novak Djokovic beat Federer 6-7 (7/9) 6-4 7-6 (7/4) 5-7 6-4 to win the Wimbledon men's singles title for the second time.

BIRTHDAYS

Daniel Goulding (gaelic games) - Cork forward and All-Ireland winner in 2010.

Tony Lewis (cricket) - former Glamorgan and England captain and broadcaster, born 1938.

Mary Peters (athletics) - 1972 Olympic pentathlon champion, born 1939.

Giorgi Kinkladze (soccer) - former Manchester City and Georgia midfielder, born 1973.

Bradley Dredge (golf) - two-time European Tour event winner from Wales, born 1973.

Stoke City's Rory Delap (centre) celebrates with his team-mate Ryan Shawcross (left) after scoring the opening goal against West Brom in the Barclays Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke on Monday February 28 2011 

Rory Delap (soccer) - former Stoke and Republic of Ireland midfielder, born 1976.

Makhaya Ntini (cricket) - former South Africa Test bowler, born 1977.

Pau Gasol (basketball) - Spain and Chicago Bulls forward, born 1980.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1. How many times did Kieren Fallon ride the winner of the Epsom Derby?

2. How many times has Roger Federer won the Wimbledon men's singles title?

3. On which island was Cristiano Ronaldo born?

4. Wales captain Ashley Williams joined Swansea from which club?

5. Name the full-forward line on the Armagh team which lost the 2003 All-Ireland final to Tyrone?

(See answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV 

Today 

GAA: Leinster U21 Hurling Championship final - GAA Beo, TG4 19.15

SOCCER: Euro 2016 semi-final, Portugal v Wales - ITV 1915, BBC One 1930; MLS, New England Revolution v New York City FC - Sky Sports 1 1230 (Thu).

TENNIS: Wimbledon 2016 - BBC1 1130 and 1345, Setanta Sports Ireland 1130, BBC2 England 1300.

CRICKET: NatWest T20 Blast, Gloucestershire v Surrey - Sky Sports 2 1800.

ATHLETICS: European Championships - Eurosport 2 0915 and 1415.

CYCLING: Tour de France - Eurosport 1 1315, ITV4 1400.

BASEBALL: MLB, Los Angeles Dodgers v Baltimore Orioles - BT Sport/ESPN 2000; Boston Red Sox v Texas Rangers - BT Sport/ESPN 1200 (Thur).

Tomorrow 

FOOTBALL: Euro 2016, semi-final, Germany v France, ITV 1915, BBC One 1930.

CRICKET: Women's third T20 International, England v Pakistan - Sky Sports 2 1800.

TENNIS: Wimbledon 2016, Setanta Sports Ireland 1130, BBC Two England 1230, BBC One 1345.

GOLF: European Tour, Scottish Open - Sky Sports 4 1030; PGA Tour, Greenbrier Classic - Sky Sports 5 2100; US Women's Open - Sky Sports 4 2000.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Warrington Wolves v Salford Red Devils - Sky Sports 1 1930.

ATHLETICS: European Championships - Eurosport 2 0830, 1500 and 1650.

CYCLING: Tour de France - Eurosport 1 1315, ITV4 1400.

RACING: Newmarket - Channel 4 Racing 1400.

BASEBALL: MLB, St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates - BT Sport/ESPN 1830; New York Mets v Washington Nationals - BT Sport 1 1200 (Fri).

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1 Three; 2 Seven; 3 Madeira; 4 Stockport County; 5 Steven McDonnell, Diarmuid Marsden and Tony McEntee.  

 

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