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On This Day - Mar 20 1984: Fernando Torres, former Liverpool and Chelsea striker, now back at Atletico Madrid, is born

In moving to Chelsea, Fernando Torres became the sixth most expensive footballer in history. He made his Chelsea debut on February 6, 2011 in a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge
 

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ON THIS DAY

1898: The first recorded international cross-country race took place at Ville d'Avray near Paris. England beat the hosts over a nine-mile course.

1926: Scotland beat England at Twickenham for the first time. The score was 17-9, and they went on to share that season's Five Nations championship with Ireland.

1990: Russian goalkeeper Lev Yashin died at the age of 60. He won 78 Soviet Union caps between 1952 and 1972.

1992: Aldershot FC, declared bankrupt in the high court on March 18, played their last Football League game and lost 2-0 away to Cardiff. The club was the first since Accrington Stanley in 1962 to withdraw from the League during the season.

2006: Jamaica's Asafa Powell won the men's 100m gold at Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

2007: England fined bowling coaches Kevin Shine and Jeremy Snape for their involvement in a late-night drinking session with players at the World Cup in St Lucia.

2008: Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson was appointed as an ambassador for the club.

2013: Kevin Pietersen was ruled out of England's final Test against New Zealand - and all cricket for six to eight weeks including the Indian Premier League - with a knee injury. Pietersen eventually made his competitive return over three months later in Surrey's LV= County Championship match against Yorkshire.

2016: Marcus Rashford scored as Manchester United beat rivals City 1-0.

BIRTHDAYS

Madan Lal (cricket) - former India Test player, born 1951.

Dave Beasant (soccer) - former Wimbledon and Chelsea goalkeeper, born 1959.

Jesper Olsen (soccer) - former Manchester United and Denmark midfielder, born 1961.

Paul Merson (soccer) - former England and Arsenal midfielder, now a pundit on Sky TV, born 1968.

Nicky Boje (cricket) - former Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and South Africa spinner, born 1973.

Keven Mealamu (rugby union) - New Zealand hooker, born 1979.

Tomasz Kuszczak (soccer) - Birmingham's Polish goalkeeper, born 1982.

Fernando Torres (soccer) - Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker, now back at Atletico Madrid, born 1984.

Jo (soccer) - Brazilian striker, once of Everton and Manchester City, now with Corinthians, born 1987.

Tamim Iqbal (cricket) - Bangladesh batsman, born 1989.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1. When was the last time England lost an Ashes series on home soil?

2. Lee Clark is the manager of which English soccer League One side?

3. Jonny Wilkinson represented which two clubs during a 17-year career?

4. Elise Christie is an Olympian in which sport?

5. Who is the coach of Salford Red Devils?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV 

Today (Monday, March 20)

CRICKET: Third Test, India v Australia - Sky Sports 2 0600.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors - BT Sport 1

0000 (Tue), Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks - BT Sport 1 0230 (Tue).

CYCLING: Tour of Catalunya - Eurosport 1 1430.

WINTER SPORTS: Curling World Championships - Eurosport 1 1100.

Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 21)

SOCCER: Sky Bet League One, Oxford v Bolton - Sky Sports 1 1930.

TENNIS: WTA, Miami Open - BT Sport 1 1600.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls - BT Sport 2 2300.

CYCLING: Tour of Catalunya - Eurosport 1 1445.

WINTER SPORTS: Curling World Championships - Eurosport 1 1100.

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QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers 1. 2001 2. Bury 3. Newcastle and Toulon. 4 Speed skating. 5 Ian Watson

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