On This Day - June 15 1961: Fearless world flyweight champion Dave Boy McAuley is born

Legends of the Ring: Dave "Boy" McAuley, World flyweight champion (fifth from left) with other fight legends including John Caldwell,World bantamweight champion, Freddie Gilroy, European and British Empire bantamweight champion, John Kelly, former European,British and Empire champion,with boxing promoter Barney Eastwood, who all received awards in recognition of their contribution to boxing from promoter Brian Peters (right). Picture by Ann McManus. 


1982: Hungary beat El Salvador 10-1 at Elche, Spain, to register the highest score in the final stages of the World Cup.

1996: England went top of their Euro 96 group after beating Scotland 2-0 at Wembley. Paul Gascoigne scored a spectacular clinching goal after Alan Shearer had put England ahead and David Seaman had saved a penalty from Scotland captain Gary McAllister.

2000: Tottenham agreed to sell French star David Ginola to Premiership rivals Aston Villa for £3million.

2006: Late goals from Peter Crouch and Steven Gerrard gave England an unconvincing 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in the World Cup.

2009: England lost by five wickets to the West Indies in their Super Eights match in the World Twenty20 at the Oval to miss out on the semi-finals.

2012: Michael Laudrup, on his 48th birthday, was confirmed as the new manager of Swansea. He led the team to success in the Capital One Cup to book a place in the 2013-14 Europa League.

2015: Mark Warburton was appointed Rangers manager.


Alan Brazil (soccer) - former Scotland and Ipswich forward, born 1959.

David "Dave Boy" McAuley (boxing) - the fearless, big-punching Larne fighter thrilled the Irish fight fans in a brilliant amateur and professional career, winning the IBF world flyweight title with victory over Duke McKenzie at Wembley Arena, London in 1989, born 1961.

Nigel Walker (athletics/rugby union) - represented Great Britain in 110 metres hurdles at 1984 Olympics before switching to rugby union, earning 17 caps for Wales, born 1963.

Michael Laudrup (soccer) - former Denmark, Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder and later Swansea manager, born 1964.

Oliver Kahn (soccer) - former Germany and Bayern Munich goalkeeper, born 1969.

Cedric Pioline (tennis) - Frenchman who reached the 1997 Wimbledon final, born 1969.

Marcus Hahnemann (soccer) - former Reading and Wolves goalkeeper, born 1972.

Justin Leonard (golf) - American winner of the Open at Troon in 1997, born 1972.

Tore Andre Flo (soccer) - former Chelsea, Rangers, Sunderland and Norway striker, born 1973.

Abdur Razzak (cricket) - Bangladesh slow-left armer, born 1982.

Katie Chapman (soccer) - Chelsea Ladies captain and England international, born 1982.

Dafne Schippers (athletics) - Dutch athlete who won World Championship gold and silver in the sprints in 2015 and bronze in the heptathlon in 2013, born 1992.

Mohamed Salah (soccer) - Roma's former Chelsea winger, born 1992.

Vincent Janssen (soccer) - Tottenham and Holland forward, born 1994.


1 Chelsea opened their Premier League title-winning season against which opponents last August?

2 In which year did Olivier Giroud join Arsenal?

3 In what year did Antrim senior gaelic footballers last win the Ulster Championship?

4 Who did Derry fighter Charlie Nash beat to win the British lightweight title in 1978?

5 The Minnesota Twins play in which major American sporting league?

(See answers at bottom)


Today (Thursday, June 15)

CRICKET: ICC Champions Trophy semi-final, Bangladesh v India - Sky Sports 2 1000.

GOLF: US Open - Sky Sports 4 1800.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Challenge Cup quarter-final, Salford v Wakefield - Sky Sports 1 1955.

TENNIS: ATP/WTA, Aegon Open - Eurosport 2 1300; ATP, Mercedes Cup - Eurosport 2 1000; WTA, Ricoh Open - BT Sport 1 1300.

ATHLETICS: Diamond League, Bislett Games - Eurosport 2 1900.

CYCLING: Tour of Slovenia - Eurosport 1 1230; Route du Sud - Eurosport 1 1400.

MOTOR RACING: Le Mans 24 Hour, second qualifying session - Eurosport 1 1800; third qualifying session - Eurosport 1 2100.

HOCKEY: World League semi-finals, India v Scotland - BT Sport 2 1400; England v China - BT Sport 2 2000.

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago White Sox v Baltimore Orioles - BT Sport/ESPN 1900; New York Mets v Washington Nationals - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Fri).

Tomorrow (Friday, June 16)

SOCCER: European Under-21 Championship, Sweden v England - Sky Sports 1 1600; Poland v Slovakia - Sky Sports 1 1940.

RUGBY UNION: Test, Australia v Scotland - Sky Sports 1 0555; Test, Tonga v Wales - S4C 0615, Sky Sports 1 0620; Test, New Zealand v Samoa - Sky Sports 1 0855.

CRICKET: Royal London One-Day Cup first semi-final, Essex v Nottinghamshire - Sky Sports 2 1325.

GOLF: US Open - Sky Sports 4 1800.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Challenge Cup quarter-final, Leeds v Featherstone - Sky Sports 3 1955.

TENNIS: ATP/WTA, Aegon Open - Eurosport 2 1100; ATP, Mercedes Cup - Eurosport 1 1000 and 1515; WTA, Ricoh Open - BT Sport 1 1000.

CYCLING: Tour of Slovenia - Eurosport 1 1230; Route du Sud - Eurosport 1 1400.

BASEBALL: MLB, New York Mets v Washington Nationals - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Sat); Los Angeles Angels v Kansas City Royals - BT Sport 2 0300.


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