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On This Day - June 6 1940: Willie John McBride, Ireland and British and Irish Lions rugby international, is born

A triumphant Willie John McBride celebrates after captaining the Lions to win the test series in South Africa in 1974

ON THIS DAY 

1727: James Figg beat Ned Sutton in what is believed to be the first bare-knuckle boxing contest to have a title at stake.

1908: The first international football match between a British team and foreign opposition took place in Vienna, with England beating Austria 6-1.

2004: Argentina's Gaston Gaudio won the men's singles title at the French Open, beating compatriot Guillermo Coria in five sets.

2008: Leicester sacked head coach Marcelo Loffreda after only one season in charge at the Premiership club.

2010: Rafael Nadal won the French Open for a fifth time, beating Robin Soderling in straight sets.

2015: Serena WIlliams won her 20th grand slam title, beating Lucie Safarova in three sets in the French Open final.

2016: Ukraine's security agency (SBU) arrested a French citizen it claimed was planning a series of terror attacks during the European Football Championships in France.

BIRTHDAYS

Willie John McBride (rugby union) - former Ireland and British and Irish Lions international, born 1940.

Bjorn Borg (tennis) - Swede who won Wimbledon men's singles title five times in succession, born 1956.

Mike Gatting (cricket) - former Middlesex and England captain, born 1957.

Tony Yeboah (soccer) - former Leeds and Ghana striker, born 1966.

Albert Ferrer (soccer) - former Spain, Barcelona and Chelsea right-back, born 1970.

Sebastian Larsson (soccer) - Sunderland and Sweden midfielder, born 1985.

Israel Dagg (rugby union) - New Zealand full-back, born 1988.

Pape Souare (soccer) - Crystal Palace's Senegalese defender, born 1990.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1. Which Scottish football team are also nicknamed The Loons?

2. Denver's NBA team are known by what name?

3. What was Mikey Sheehy’s personal tally in Kerry’s 1979 All-Ireland GAA SFC final defeat of Dublin?

4. The St Leger is a classic which takes place at which racecourse?

5. Who did Belfast fighter Damaen Kelly beat to win the Commonwealth flyweight title on December 12 1998?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV 

Today (Tuesday, June 6)

CRICKET: ICC Champions Trophy, England v New Zealand - Sky Sports 2 1000.

TENNIS: French Open - Eurosport 1 & ITV4 1230, Eurosport 2 & eir Sports 1 1300.

SAILING: America's Cup play-offs - BT Sport 1 1800.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 7)

RUGBY UNION: International, Blues v British & Irish Lions - Sky Sports 1 0800.

CRICKET: ICC Champions Trophy, Pakistan v South Africa - Sky Sports 2 1325.

TENNIS: French Open - Eurosport 1 & ITV4 1230, Eurosport 2 1300.

BASKETBALL: NBA finals, Cleveland v Golden State - BT Sport 1 0200 (Wed).

SAILING: America's Cup play-offs - BT Sport 1 1800.

BASEBALL: MLB, Los Angeles Dodgers v Washington - BT Sport/ESPN 2000.

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QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1. Forfar; 2. The Nuggets; 3. 2-7; 4. Doncaster; 5. Alfonso Zvenyika Lambarda (Zimbabwe).

 

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