On This Day - June 17 2003: Manchester United sell David Beckham for £25 million to Real Madrid

David Beckham and son Brooklyn 


1930 - Don Bradman became the first Australian to score a Test century at Trent Bridge - one of the 11 he scored on English soil. Despite his 131-run total, Australia lost by 93 runs.

1962 - Brazil beat Czechoslovakia 3-1 in Santiago to win the World Cup, with goals from Amarildo, Zito and Vava. They became only the second team to retain the trophy, after Italy first achieved the feat in 1938.

1991 - Payne Stewart won his first US Open and second major title at the Hazeltine National Golf Club, Minnesota. He defeated fellow American Scott Simpson in an 18-hole play-off.

2003 - Manchester United announced they had accepted a £25million bid from Real Madrid for David Beckham.

2013 - Justin Rose captured his first major championship after winning the US Open at Merrion.

2015 - Leicester sacked players Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson for their part in in a sexually-explicit video during which racist language was used.

2016 - The IAAF Council voted to maintain Russia's ban from athletics ahead of the Rio Olympics.


Eddy Merckx (cycling) - Five-time Tour de France winner from Belgium, born 1945.

Des Drummond (rugby league) - Young player of the year in 1981 and 1982 who won 24 caps for Great Britain, born 1958.

Steve Rhodes (cricket) - Former Worcestershire and England wicketkeeper, now Worcestershire director of cricket, born 1964.

Leander Paes (tennis) - Calcutta-born doubles specialist, born 1973.

Venus Williams (tennis) - Five-time Wimbledon ladies' singles champion, born 1980.

Shane Watson (cricket) - former Australia all-rounder, born 1981.

Alex (soccer) - former Brazil and Chelsea defender, born 1982.

Barry Johnson (gaelic games - The Rathcormac man plays hurling with his club Bride Rovers and has been a member of the Cork senior inter-county team since 2009, born 1984.

Marcos Baghdatis (tennis) - Former Australian Open finalist from Cyprus, born 1985.

Helen Glover (rowing) - Two-time Olympic champion, born 1986.

Among other accolades, he has one All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (2012) and three Ulster Senior Football Championships (2011, 2012 and 2014) to his name.

Jordan Henderson (soccer) - Liverpool and England midfielder, born 1990.


1 In what year did Armagh last contest an Ulster Senior Gaelic Football Chamnpionship?

2 Everton new boy Davy Klaassen made his Holland debut against which opposition?

3 What was the ringname of Belfast's world boxing champion Wayne McCullough?

4 Marcos Baghdatis lost to which player in the 2006 Australian Open final?

5 The Los Angeles Kings play in which major American sporting league?

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Today (Saturday, June 17)

GAA: GAA 2017: Weekly GAA highlights series with action from the weekend's GAA matches in the Senior and Minor Provincial Football and Hurling Championships, 1130..

RUGBY UNION: Tour match, Maori All Blacks v British & Irish Lions - Sky Sports 1 0800; Test, Argentina v England - BBC 2 England 2000; Test, Australia v Scotland - Sky Sports 1 0600; Test, South Africa v France - Sky Sports 3 1530.

SOCCER: European Under-21 Championship, Portugal v Serbia - Sky Sports 1 1630, Spain v Macedonia - Sky Sports 1 1930; Confederations Cup, Russia v New Zealand - ITV 1530; Chinese Super League, Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng v Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao - Sky Sports 2 0825.

CRICKET: Royal London One-Day Cup second semi-final, Worcestershire v Surrey - Sky Sports 2 1055.

GOLF: US Open - Sky Sports 4 1800.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Challenge Cup quarter-final, Warrington v Wigan - BBC 1 1420.

TENNIS: ATP/WTA, Aegon Open - Eurosport 2 1600; ATP, Mercedes Cup - Eurosport 2 1900; WTA, Ricoh Open - BT Sport 1 1000.

BOXING: WBA super middleweight title, Tyron Zeuge v Paul Smith - Sky Sports 1 1000; WBA super, WBO and IBF light heavyweight titles, Andre Ward v Sergey Kovalev - Sky Sports 1 0200 (Sun).

MOTOR RACING: Le Mans 24 Hours - Eurosport 1 1345 (Sat) to 1415 (Sun).

MOTORCYCLING: World Superbikes, San Marino qualifying and race one - Eurosport 2 0915; British Superbikes, Knockhill qualifying - Eurosport 2 1400.

HORSE RACING: Coverage from York, Musselburgh and Sandown - ITV 4 1330.

SAILING: America's Cup, races one and two - BT Sport 1 1730.

HOCKEY: World League semi-finals, England v Malaysia - BT Sport 2 1600; Scotland v Holland - BT Sport 2 1800.

BASEBALL: MLB, Houston Astros v Boston Red Sox - BT Sport 1 0100 (Sun).

GREYHOUND RACING: Greyhound Derby - Sky Sports 3 1900.

Tomorrow (Sunday, June 18)

GAA: The Sunday Game: Donegal v Tyrone (Throw-in 2pm) and Waterford v Cork (Throw-in 4pm). Michael Lyster presents coverage of the respective Ulster Senior Football and Munster Senior Hurling semi-finals, which come from Clones and Semple Stadium, Thurles 1310; SOCCER: European Under-21 Championship, Germany v Czech Republic - Sky Sports 1 1630, Denmark v Italy - Sky Sports 1 1930; Confederations Cup, Portugal v Mexico - ITV 1530, Cameroon v Chile - ITV 4 1630; Brasileirao, Fluminense v Flamengo - BT Sport 2 2000; MLS, Philadelphia Union v New York Red Bulls - Sky Sports 1 2200.

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

GOLF: US Open - Sky Sports 4 1800.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Challenge Cup quarter-final, Hull FC v Castleford - BBC 2 1430.

TENNIS: ATP, Aegon Open - Eurosport 1 1500; WTA, Ricoh Open - BT Sport 1 1100.

MOTOR RACING: Le Mans 24 Hour, race - Eurosport 1 0000 to 1415.

MOTORCYCLING: World Superbikes, San Marino race two - Eurosport 2 1000; British Superbikes, Knockhill races one and two - Eurosport 2 1300.

SAILING: America's Cup, races three and four - BT Sport 1 1745.

HOCKEY: World League semi-finals, England v Argentina - BT Sport 2 1600.

BASKETBALL: NBA Finals, Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers - BT Sport 1 0100 (Mon).


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