On This Day - Aug 30 1989: Billy Joe Saunders, WBO middleweight boxing champion, is born

Brendan Irvine meets WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders at the famous Wincobank Gym in Sheffield


1937: World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis was taken the distance in the first of the 25 defences he would make of his title. His opponent was Welshman Tommy Farr, who survived all 15 rounds at Madison Square Garden.

1987: Lloyd Honeyghan knocked out American Gene Hatcher in Marbella, Spain, to retain his world welterweight title. Honeyghan won in just 45 seconds, then the quickest world title stoppage in history.

1991: Bob Beamon's 23-year-old world long jump record was broken during the World Championships in Tokyo.

Carl Lewis surpassed Beamon's leap of 8.90 metres with 8.91m, but that was not valid for the record books due to wind assistance.

Then his American team-mate Mike Powell jumped a massive - and legal - 8.95m to clinch the gold medal. It has not been surpassed.

1998: Damon Hill scored the Jordan team's maiden grand prix win at a rain-soaked Spa-Francorchamps, with team-mate Ralf Schumacher in second.

2001: Manchester United completed the signing of French World Cup winner Laurent Blanc.

2004: Manager Sir Bobby Robson was sacked by Newcastle.

2005: Michael Owen passed a medical at Newcastle ahead of signing a four-year contract with the club.

2008: St Helens won the Challenge Cup with a 28-16 victory over Hull at Wembley.

2011: Britain's Jessica Ennis won silver in the heptathlon at the World Championships in Daegu. In November 2016 Tatyana Chernova was stripped of the gold medal after failing a retrospective doping test, meaning the Briton was upgraded to gold.

2012: Liverpool and England striker Andy Carroll joined West Ham on a season-long loan. The deal was soon made permanent.

2015: Manchester City signed Wolfsburg attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne for a club-record fee, believed to be around £54million, with the 24-year-old signing a six-year deal.

2016: England scored a world-record ODI score of 444 for three in beating Pakistan by 169 runs at Trent Bridge. Alex Hales' 171 was England's highest-ever individual ODI score. The win saw England take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.


Jean-Claude Killy (skiing) - won all three Alpine golds at 1968 Winter Olympics, born 1943.

Carlo Checchinato (rugby union) - former Italy lock, now Azzurri team manager, born 1970.

Pavel Nedved (soccer) - former Juventus and Czech Republic midfielder, born 1972.

Radhi Jaidi (soccer) - former Southampton, Birmingham and Bolton defender from Tunisia, born 1975.

Juan Ignacio Chela (tennis) - Argentinian winner of six ATP Tour titles, born 1979.

Andy Roddick (tennis) - US Open champion in 2003 and Wimbledon runner-up in 2004, 2005 and 2009, born 1982.

Leisel Jones (swimming) - Australian nine-time Olympic medallist, including three golds, born 1985.

Ernests Gulbis (tennis) - Latvian player, born 1988.

Billy Joe Saunders (boxing): the Hertfordshire fighter is reigning WBO middleweight champion and previously the European, British, and Commonwealth middleweight titles between 2012 and 2015, born 1989.

Liam Cooper (soccer) - Leeds defender, born 1991.


1 Which country won UEFA Euro 92?

2 How many cricketers have scored more than 9,000 Test runs for England?

3 What is the name of the Mayo GAA county ground?

4 After the New York Yankees, which MLB franchise has won the most World Series titles?

5 Which three Spanish golfers are in the top 20 of the men's world rankings?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Wednesday, August 30)

TENNIS: US Open - Eurosport 1 1530, Eurosport 2 1700.

CYCLING: Vuelta a Espana - Eurosport 2 1400.

RUGBY UNION: New Zealand NPC Rugby, Auckland v Waikato - Sky Sports Action 2030.

BASEBALL: MLB, New York Yankees v Cleveland Indians - BT Sport/ESPN 1800; Milwaukee Brewers v St Louis Cardinals - BT Sport 2 1900.

Tomorrow (Thursday, August 31)

TENNIS: US Open - Eurosport 1 1530 & Eurosport 2 1700.

SOCCER: World Cup qualifying, Nigeria v Cameroon - BT Sport 1 1700.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League Super 8s, Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC - Sky Sports Main Event 2000.

GOLF: European Tour, Czech Masters - Sky Sports Golf 1000 & 1400.

CYCLING: Vuelta a Espana - Eurosport 2 1400.

RUGBY UNION: New Zealand NPC Rugby, Bay of Plenty v Wellington - Sky Sports Action 0830.

BASEBALL: MLB, Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers - BT Sport//ESPN 2030.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1 Denmark; 2 One (Alastair Cook); 3 McHale Park, Castlebar; 4 St Louis Cardinals (11); 5 Jon Rahm, Sergio Garcia and Rafael Cabrera Bello.

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