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On This Day - July 18 1997: Liverpool sign Paul Ince from Inter Milan for £4.2million

Former England midfielder Paul Ince makes move from Inter Milan to Liverpool


1848: WG Grace was born. The cricket legend scored 54,896 runs, took 2,876 wickets and 871 catches in the first-class game. In 1876, he became the first man to score 300 runs in an innings and duly repeated the feat within a week. He also represented his country at bowls and founded the English Bowling Association in 1903. He retired from first-class cricket aged 60 in 1908 and died in 1915.

1951: 'Jersey' Joe Walcott knocked out Ezzard Charles to become world heavyweight boxing champion at the age of 37 years and 168 days.

1992: Crystal Palace became the first foreign club to play in South Africa following the country's readmittance to FIFA. Palace beat Kaizer Chiefs 3-2 in Johannesburg.

1997: Liverpool signed England midfielder Paul Ince from Inter Milan for £4.2million.

2004: Unheralded American Todd Hamilton beat Ernie Els in a play-off to win the Open championship at Royal Troon.

2008: Sprinter Dwain Chambers lost his bid to be allowed to compete at the Beijing Olympics after a High Court judge refused to grant an injunction to temporarily suspend a lifetime ban imposed by the British Olympic Association for using drugs.

2009: Emmanuel Adebayor passed a medical and signed a five-year contract with Manchester City.

2010: South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen won the Open Championship at St Andrews.

2014: Germany's World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm announced his retirement from international football.

2015: Formula One driver Jules Bianchi died, nine months after suffering severe head injuries in a crash during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.


David Hemery (athletics) - 1968 Olympic 400 metres hurdles champion, born 1944.

Jim Watt (boxing) - WBC world lightweight champion turned TV commentator, born 1948.

Dennis Lillee (cricket) - former Australia fast bowler, born 1949.

Sir Nick Faldo (golf) - three-time winner of the Open and US Masters, born 1957.

Alan Pardew (soccer) - Crystal Palace manager, born 1961.

Shane Horgan (rugby union) - retired Leinster and Ireland winger, born 1978.


1 How many times has Cristiano Ronaldo won the Champions League?

2 How many Olympic gold medals has American swimmer Michael Phelps won?

3 How many British riders have worn the leader's yellow jersey at the Tour de France - seven, eight or nine?

4 Who was the last USA Ryder Cup captain to steer his side to victory in the competition?

5 Who scored Derry's goal in their GAA All-Ireland Qualifier win over Cavan at the weekend?

(See answers at bottom)



CRICKET: Fifth day of the first Investec Test from Lord's England v Pakistan - Sky Sports 2 1030.

CYCLING: Tour de France stage 16 - Eurosport 1 1315, ITV4 1400.

TENNIS: ATP Tour, Citi Open - Sky Sports 4 2100.

FOOTBALL: Euro Under-19s, England v Croatia - Eurosport 2 1045.

DARTS: World Matchplay - Sky Sports 2 1900.

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago Cubs v New York Mets - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Tue).

Tomorrow (Tuesday, July 19)

CRICKET: NatWest T20 Blast, Northamptonshire Steelbacks v Birmingham Bears - Sky Sports 2 1800.

TENNIS: ATP Tour, Citi Open - Sky Sports 4 2100.

DARTS: World Matchplay - Sky Sports 3 1900.

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago Cubs v New York Mets - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Wed).

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1 Three; 2 18; 3 Seven; 4 Paul Azinger; 5 Emmet McGuckin.

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