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On This Day - Oct 17 1969: Golfing star, four-time Major winner Ernie Els is born

Ernie Els chips in during day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by the Rory Foundation, at Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle on May 28 2015

ON THIS DAY

1860: The first Open Championship of golf was played at Prestwick. Eight men took part over three rounds of the 12-hole course and the winner was Willie Park senior, who took a total of 174 strokes. Favourite Old Tom Morris was runner-up.

1995: A samba band and 5,000 fans turned out at the Riverside Stadium to welcome new midfield signing Juninho, the Brazilian player of the year, who cost Middlesbrough £4.75million from Sao Paulo.

2004: The Zimbabwe Cricket Union was cleared of racism by the International Cricket Council and had its Test status restored.

2007: England's footballers lost their European Championship qualifying Group E match against Russia in Moscow 2-1. Their subsequent defeat against Croatia and failure to reach the finals resulted in the end of Steve McClaren's tenure as coach.

2008: India's Sachin Tendulkar became the leading run-scorer in Test cricket after reaching 16 in the second Test against Australia in Mohali. He was eventually dismissed for 88.

2010: Andy Murray won the Shanghai Masters title, beating Roger Federer 6-3 6-2 in the final.

2013: The FA offered its full support to Roy Hodgson after newspaper claims a story about a monkey and a spaceman told by the England manager during half-time of his side's World Cup qualifier with Poland had caused offence.

2014: The West Indies Cricket Board announced the remainder of the national team's tour of India had been cancelled due to a pay dispute with players.

2015: Everton's most successful ever manager Howard Kendall died at the age of 69.

BIRTHDAYS

Jim Smith (soccer) - much-travelled former Newcastle, QPR, Portsmouth, Derby and Oxford manager, born 1940.

Aravinda de Silva (cricket) - former Sri Lanka batsman, who made 6,361 runs in Tests and 9,284 in one-day internationals, born 1965.

Shaun Edwards (rugby union) - Wales defence coach and former rugby league star with Wigan and Great Britain, born 1966.

Graeme Le Saux (below) (soccer) - former Southampton, Chelsea, Blackburn and England defender, born 1968.

 

In 2009, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean trained a team of celebrities to dance on ITV's hit show, Dancing On Ice. The show featured 13 celebrity skaters including former Southampton, Chelsea, Blackburn and England soccer star Graeme Le Saux.
(Back, left to right) Graeme Le Saux, Ellery Hanley, Coleen Nolan, Todd Carty, Melinda Messenger, Michael Underwood, Jessica Taylor, Ray Quinn
(Front l to r) Donal Macintyre, Zoe Salmon, Gemma Bissix, Jeremy Edwards, and Roxanne Pallett

 

Ernie Els (golf) - four-time major winner from South Africa, born 1969.

Anil Kumble (cricket) - former India spinner who took 619 wickets in Tests and 337 in one-day internationals, born 1970.

Andre Villas-Boas (soccer) - former Porto, Chelsea, Tottenham and Zenit St Petersburg boss, born 1977.

Éamonn Corcoran (gaelic games) The Templemore man, local club Bracken's GAC, played hurling for Tipperary senior squad from 1999 until 2008, winning an All-Ireland medal in 2001, born 1977.

Kimi Raikkonen (motor racing) - Finnish driver who won the Formula One world title with Ferrari in 2007, born 1979.

Pat Lambie (rugby union) - South Africa and Sharks back, born 1990.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1. Boxer Tony Bellew appeared in which 2016 film?

2. Graeme Souness's (below) managerial career began at which club in 1986?

 

 

3. Who did Armagh defeat to win the 2000 Ulster GAA Senior Football Chamionship final?

4. Who is the highest-ranked non-European men's tennis player?

5. Which course is the 2017 Open being played at?

(See QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers at bottom)

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SPORT ON TV

Today (Monday, October 17)

SOCCER: Premier League, Liverpool v Manchester United - Sky Sports 1 1900; FA Cup, first-round draw - BT Sport 1 1900; Serie A, Palermo v Torino - BT Sport 1 1930, eir Sport 1 1940; LaLiga, Eibar v Osasuna - Sky Sports 2 1940

TENNIS: WTA, Luxembourg Open - Eurosport 1 1200 and 2005

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, Arizona Cardinals v New York Jets - Sky Sports 1 0115 (Tues)

 

 

BASEBALL: MLB, Toronto Blue Jays v Cleveland Indians - BT Sport/ESPN 0100 (Tues)

Tomorrow (Tuesday, October 18)

SOCCER: Champions League, Bayer Leverkusen v Tottenham - BT Sport 2 1900, Leicester City v FC Copenhagen - eir Sport 1 1900; UEFA Youth League, Leverkusen U19 v Spurs U19 - BT Sport 1 1500

TENNIS: WTA, Luxembourg Open - Eurosport 1 1200 and 1800

BASEBALL: MLB, Toronto Blue Jays v Cleveland Indians - BT SportESPN 2100; Los Angeles Dodgers v Chicago Cubs - BT Sport/ESPN, 0100 (Weds)

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers 1. Creed 2. Rangers 3. Derry (Armagh 1-12 Derry 1-11) 4. Kei Nishikori (Japan, 4th) 5. Royal Birkdale.

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