On This Day - 1975: David Beckham, former Manchester United and England soccer star, is born

David Beckham celebrates after scoring in Manchester United's 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest in 1996


1953: Blackpool came from 3-1 down to beat Bolton 4-3 in the FA Cup final as Stanley Matthews finally collected a winner's medal. The game is commonly referred to as 'the Matthews final'.

1992: Andy Gregory made history as the first man to win seven rugby league Challenge Cup winner's medals when Wigan carried off the trophy for the fifth successive year.

2000: Formula One driver David Coulthard's private jet crashed, killing both pilots. Coulthard survived.

2005: Nottingham Forest, European champions 25 years earlier, were relegated to League One.

2007: Manchester United lost their Champions League semi-final against AC Milan 5-3 on aggregate. The Rossoneri went on to win the competition by beating Liverpool in the final.

2010: The News of the World published allegations that three-time world champion John Higgins had agreed to fix snooker matches, allegations which the Scot strenuously denied. He was subsequently cleared of all match-fixing allegations in September 2010, although he admitted a charge of bringing snooker into disrepute by not reporting the approach to throw frames to the sport's authorities.

2010: Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy won his first PGA Tour title at the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte.

2011: Norwich boss Paul Lambert became the first manager to clinch back-to-back promotions to the Premier League since Joe Royle took Manchester City up 11 years previously.

2011: A year to the day after the allegations surrounding John Higgins first surfaced, the Scot defeated Judd Trump 18-15 to win the World Championship final at Sheffield.

2013: The Football Writers' Association voted Tottenham winger Gareth Bale as its Footballer of the Year for 2013.

2016: Leicester were crowned Premier League champions for the first time in the club's history after Tottenham drew 2-2 at Chelsea.


Tony Johnstone (golf) - Zimbabwean who won six titles on the European Tour before joining the Seniors tour, born 1956.

David O'Leary (soccer) - Former Leeds and Aston Villa manager who played for the Republic of Ireland and Arsenal, born 1958.

Miguel Angel Martin (golf) - Spaniard who missed out on a place in Europe's victorious 1997 Ryder Cup team due to injury, born 1962.

Jimmy White (snooker) - 'The Whirlwind' was the youngest amateur champion in 1980 and has been a losing finalist at six World Championships, born 1962.

Brian Lara (cricket) - Former West Indies batsman who holds the highest first-class score of 501, born 1969.

David Beckham (soccer) - Former Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy midfielder who captained England, born 1975.

Zat Knight (soccer) - Former Fulham, Aston Villa and England defender, born 1980.

Chris Kirkland (soccer) - Former Liverpool, Wigan and Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper, born 1981.

Maynor Figueroa (soccer) - FC Dallas and Honduras defender, born 1983.

David Nugent (soccer) - Derby striker, born 1985.


1 Who is the only South African cricketer to have scored more than 10,000 Test runs?

2 Which team has won the most Super Bowl titles?

3 Serena Williams missed out on a calendar grand slam in 2015 after failing to win which major title?

4 Which Cork footballer was sent off in the 1993 All-Ireland SFC final? 

5 How many World Cup finals have Hungary played in?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Tuesday, May 2)

SOCCER: Champions League semi-final first leg, Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid - BT Sport 2 1900.

CRICKET: West Indies v Pakistan, second Test - Sky Sports 1 1455; Indian Premier League, Delhi Daredevils v Sunrisers Hyderabad - Sky Sports 2 1500.

TENNIS: ATP, Estoril Open - Eurosport 2 1300 and 1700; WTA, J&T Banka Prague Open - BT Sport 1 1000.

BASKETBALL: BASKETBALL: NBA Play-offs, match TBC - BT Sport 1 0100 (Wed).

BASEBALL: MLB, Atlanta Braves v New York Mets - BT Sport/ESPN 0030 (Wed), Houston Astros v Texas Rangers - BT Sport 2 0100 (Wed).

Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 3)

SOCCER: Champions League semi-final first leg, Monaco v Juventus - BT Sport 2 1900; National League, match TBC - BT Sport 1 1830.

CRICKET: West Indies v Pakistan, second Test - Sky Sports 1 1455; Royal London One-Day Cup, Hampshire v Middlesex - Sky Sports 2 1355; Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders v Rising Pune Supergiant - Sky Sports 3 1500.

TENNIS: ATP, Estoril Open - Eurosport 2 1300 and 1800; WTA, J&T Banka Prague Open - BT Sport 1 1000.

BASKETBALL: NBA Play-offs, match TBC - BT Sport 1 0100 (Thurs).

BASEBALL: MLB, match TBC - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Thurs).

GREYHOUND RACING: Coral Regency Final - Sky Sports 4 1900.


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