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On This Day- August 4 2009: Xabi Alonso signs for Real Madrid for £30 million

Xabi Alonso in action against Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben
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1945: American golfer Byron Nelson won the Canadian Open to notch up his 11th consecutive tournament victory. He went on to triumph in a further seven tournaments in the year to give him a record 18 wins on the US Tour.

1957: Argentinian racing driver Juan Manuel Fangio won the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring to clinch his fifth, and last, world title.

1976: Women played cricket at Lord's for the first time, an England team beating their Australian counterparts by eight wickets in a limited-overs match.

2001: Galway drew with Donegal 1-11 to 0-14 in the quarter-finals of the All Ireland at Croke Park, Dublin.. Donegal won the replay 0-14 to 0-11.

2001: Kerry beat Roscommon 1-21 to 3-10 in the quarter-finals of the All Ireland at Croke Park, Dublin.

2006: Former Celtic boss Martin O'Neill was confirmed as the new manager of Aston Villa.

2007: Kent all-rounder Ryan McLaren took a hat-trick as the Spitfires beat Gloucestershire Gladiators by four wickets in the Twenty20 Cup final at Edgbaston.

2007: Meath beat Tyrone 1-13 to 2-08 in the quarter-finals of the All Ireland Senior Football Championship, at Croke Park, Dublin.

2007: Cork beat Sligo 1-11 to 0-08 in the quarter-finals of the All Ireland Senior Football Championship at Croke Park, Dublin.

2008: Kevin Pietersen was named as England's new Test and one-day captain.

2009: Liverpool reached agreement on a fee, believed to be £30million, with Real Madrid for the transfer of Xabi Alonso to the Spanish club.

2012: Jessica Ennis-Hill (heptathlon), Greg Rutherford (long jump) and Mo Farah (10,000 metres) all claimed gold at the London Olympics in the space of 46 minutes on 'Super Saturday' with Team GB also winning golds in the men's four, the women's double sculls and the women's team pursuit earlier in the day.

2012: Mayo beat Down 3-18 to 2-09 in the quarter-finals of the All Ireland at Croke Park, Dublin.

2012: Dublin beat Laois 1-12 to 0-12 in the quarter-finals of the All Ireland at Croke Park, Dublin.

2013: Mayo beat Donegal 4-17 to 1-10 in the quarter-finals of the All Ireland at Croke Park, Dublin.

BIRTHDAYS

John Wark (soccer) - former Ipswich, Liverpool and Scotland midfielder, born 1957.

Mary Decker Slaney (athletics) - American who was world 1500 and 3,000 metres champion in 1983, born 1958.

Roger Clemens (baseball) - former starting pitcher who won a record seven Cy Young Awards, born 1962.

Mike Marsh (athletics) - American winner of 200m Olympic gold in 1992, born 1967.

Kily Gonzalez (soccer) - former Argentina winger, born 1974.

Luis Boa Morte (soccer) - former Portugal, Arsenal, Fulham and West Ham winger, now youth coach at Sporting Lisbon, born 1977.

Robin Peterson (cricket) - South African spin-bowling all-rounder, born 1979.

Antonio Valencia (soccer) - Manchester United and Ecuador winger, born 1985.

Michael Murphy (gaelic games) – Donegal Captain and senior footballer, he has won three Ulster titles, an All-Ireland and two All-Stars, born 1989.

 Donegal's Michael Murphy turns 27 today

Saido Berahino (soccer) - West Brom and England Under-21 forward, born 1993

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1. Michael Owen, Steve McManaman, Alvaro Arbeloa, Xavi Alonso and Fernando Morientes have all played for which two clubs.

2. Martin Johnson made his name playing for which rugby union club?

3. Who won the Olympic gold medal in the 2012 men's singles tennis?

4. Current Donegal manager Rory Gallagher played football for Fermanagh an what other County?

5. What year did Chris Froome's first Tour de France win come in?

(see answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV

SOCCER: UEFA Europa League third qualifying round second leg tie TBC - BT Sport 2 1900.

CRICKET: Second day of the third Investec Test from Edgbaston, England v Pakistan - Sky Sports 2 1030; second day of the second Test, Sri Lanka v Australia - Eurosport 2 0515 (Fri).

GOLF: Day one of the Paul Lawrie Match Play - Sky Sports 4 1230; day one of the Travelers Championship - Sky Sports 4 2000.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super 8s, Warrington Wolves v St Helens - Sky Sports 1 1930.

BASEBALL: MLB, Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox - BT Sport/ESPN 1800, New York Yankees v New York Mets - BT Sport 1 0000 (Fri).

Tomorrow (Friday, August 5)

OLYMPICS: Opening ceremony from the Maracana in Rio, Brazil - BBC One 1140.

SOCCER: EFL Championship, Fulham v Newcastle - Sky Sports 1 1900; Bundesliga 2, Kaiserslautern v Hannover - BT Sport 1 1930; SSE Airtricity League, Bohemians v Finn Harps - eir Sport 1 1930.

CRICKET: Third day of the third Investec Test from Edgbaston, England v Pakistan - Sky Sports 2 1030; third day of the second Test, Sri Lanka v Australia - Eurosport 2 0515 (Sat).

GOLF: Day two of the Paul Lawrie Match Play - Sky Sports 4 1200; day two of the Travelers Championship - Sky Sports 4 2000.

RUGBY UNION: Currie Cup, Western Province v Free State Cheetahs - Sky Sports 3 1355, Blue Bulls v Golden Lions - Sky Sports 3 1605.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super 8s, Hull FC v Castleford Tigers - Sky Sports 2 1930.

TENNIS: BB&T Atlanta Open quarter-finals - Eurosport 1 1900.

CYCLING: Dwars door Het Hageland - Eurosport 1 1400.

BOXING: Premier Boxing Champions Series, David Benavidez v Denis Douglin - BT Sport 1 0200 (Sat).

BASEBALL: MLB, Washington Nationals v San Francisco Giants - BT Sport//ESPN 0000 (Sat).

 

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ ANSWERS: 1 Liverpool and Real Madrid 2. Leicester Tigers 3. Andy Murray 4 Cavan 5. 2013

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