On This Day - Oct 18 1958: The Hitman, world boxing champion Thomas Hearns, was born

Thomas Hearns, (40) of Southfield, Michigan. paces the canvas as the referree Mills Lane looks over a Jay Snyder (37) of Spartenburg, South Carolina after Hearns knocked out Snyder in 88 seconds into the first round of their cruiserweight fight at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena on Friday Novemeber 6 l998


1871: Twelve teams agreed to inaugurate the FA Cup competition, suggested by Football Association secretary Charles Allcock.

1968: American Bob Beamon shattered the world long jump record to set a new mark of 8.90 metres. His record would stand for nearly 23 years.

2004: Warwickshire cricketer Graham Wagg was banned until January 2006 after failing a drugs test.

2005: Former Fulham and England star Johnny Haynes died aged 71. He was the first £100-a-week footballer.

2011: Wales rugby union centre Gavin Henson joined Cardiff Blues. His contract was terminated just six months later following a drunken incident on a flight.

2012: Chelsea defender John Terry decided not to appeal against a four-match ban and fine of £220,000 for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

2013: Football Association board member Heather Rabbatts launched a fierce attack on chairman Greg Dyke's decision to name an all-white, all-male commission to improve the England team. Rabbatts, who was born in Jamaica and is of mixed race, wrote to all fellow board members criticising the lack of diversity on the commission and saying the FA was letting down black players.

2015: Scotland were knocked out of the Rugby World Cup with a 35-34 quarter-final defeat to Australia while Ireland were dumped out 43-20 by Argentina.


Martina Navratilova (tennis) - nine-time winner of the women's singles at Wimbledon, and 18-time grand slam singles champion, born 1956.

Thomas Hearns (boxing) - former world champion, born 1958.

Gladstone Small (cricket) - Barbados-born former England and Warwickshire pace bowler, born 1961.

Michael Stich (tennis) - 1991 men's singles champion at Wimbledon, born 1968.

Stuart Law (cricket) - former Lancashire and Queensland batsman, born 1968.

Nelson Vivas (soccer) - former Arsenal and Inter Milan defender, born 1969.

Robbie Savage (soccer) - former Leicester, Birmingham, Derby and Wales midfielder, now TV pundit, born 1974.

Brett Ormerod (soccer) - former Blackpool striker, born 1976.

Ryan Nelsen (soccer) - former QPR, Blackburn and New Zealand defender, born 1977.

Mike Tindall (rugby union) - former England captain and Gloucester centre, born 1978.

Dante (soccer) - Nice and Brazil defender, born 1983.

Robert Harting (athletics) - London 2012 discus champion from Germany, who memorably celebrated by ripping off his vest and pretending to jump the hurdles, born 1984.

Lindsey Vonn (skiing) - four-time overall World Cup champion and double Olympic gold medallist from the United States, born 1984.

1. Which two teams contested the last FA Cup final at the old Wembley?
2. Who is the cricket captain of New Zealand?
3. Twins Kristyna and Karolina Pliskova play which sport?
4. In which city did Jessica Ennis-Hill win her first World Championship Heptathlon title in 2009?
5. Where does the 2016 Formula season conclude next month?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


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Today (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)

Tomorrow (Wednesday, October 19)

SOCCER: Champions League, Barcelona v Manchester City - BT Sport 2 1900; Celtic v Borussia Monchengladbach - BT Sport/ESPN, eir Sport 1 1900; UEFA Youth League, Arsenal U19 v Ludogorets U19 - BT Sport 2 1300, Barcelona U19 v Manchester City U19 - BT Sport 2 1500; FFA Cup semi-final, Canberra Olympic v Sydney FC - BT Sport 2 0930

CRICKET: Second one-day international, India v New Zealand - Sky Sports 2 0850; First Test, England v Bangladesh - Sky Sports 2 0430 (Thurs)

GOLF: PGA Tour, CIMB Classic - Sky Sports 4 0330 (Thurs)

TENNIS: WTA, Kremlin Cup - BT Sport 1 0900, Luxembourg Open - Eurosport 1 1200 and 1800

BASEBALL: MLB, Los Angeles Dodgers v Chicago Cubs - BT Sport/ESPN 0100 (Thurs)

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1. Aston Villa and Chelsea. 2. Kane Williamson. 3. Tennis 4. Berlin 5. Abu Dhabi.

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