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On this day, October 4, 2015: Brendan Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool

On this day, October 4, 2015, Carnlough native Brendan Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool

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ON THIS DAY

1895: The first US Open Golf Championship took place at Newport, Rhode Island. The winner was English-born Horace Rawlins with a total score of 173 from rounds of 91 and 82.

1989: Former England Test cricketer Norman Yardley died at the age of 74.

1991: Brian Clough's former right-hand man Peter Taylor died aged 62 while on holiday in Majorca. Taylor had worked with Clough at Hartlepool, Derby and Brighton before they ended their partnership.

2001: The Government scrapped plans to hold the World Athletics Championships in London in 2005.

2004: Manchester United's plc board confirmed they had received a "preliminary approach" regarding a "possible offer" for the company, thought to be from American tycoon Malcolm Glazer.

2010: Playing on a Monday for the first time in the competition's history because of earlier rain, Europe won the Ryder Cup by 14 1/2 points to 13 1/2, beating the United States after Graeme McDowell defeated Hunter Mahan in the final match.

2015: Two Premier League managers left their jobs. Brendan Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool, while Dick Advocaat resigned as manager of Sunderland.

2016: Maria Sharapova's two-year doping ban for testing positive for meldonium was reduced on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport from two years to 15 months. Sharapova was eligible to play again after midnight on April 25, 2017.

BIRTHDAYS

Ivan Mauger (speedway) - winner of six world titles, born 1939.

John Rutherford (rugby union) - former Scotland and British Lions stand-off, born 1955.

Jorge Valdano (soccer) - former Real Madrid and Argentina striker, won 1986 World Cup, born 1955.

Yvonne Murray (athletics) - Scottish former middle and long-distance runner, born 1964.

Mauro Camoranesi (soccer) - Argentina-born retired midfielder who won 2006 World Cup with Italy, born 1976.

Tomas Rosicky (soccer) - former Arsenal midfielder, currently with Sparta Prague, born 1980.

Ryan Shawcross (soccer) - Stoke captain, born 1987.

Derrick Rose (basketball) - Cleveland Cavaliers point guard, born 1988.

Kimmie Meissner (ice skating) - American 2006 world champion, born 1989.

Erik Sviatchenko (soccer) - Celtic's Danish defender, born 1991.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1. British tennis player Johanna Konta was born in which city?

2. Wetherby racecourse is located in which county?

3. In what year did Arsene Wenger take over as Arsenal manager?

4. Who are the League of Ireland reigning champions?

5. How many times have Germany won football's World Cup?

SPORT ON TV

Today (Wednesday, October 4)

TENNIS: ATP Tour, China Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0600, 1230 & 0400 (Thurs); WTA Tour, China Open - BT Sport 1 1400 & 0530 (Thurs).

SOCCER: National League, Tranmere v Leyton Orient - BT Sport 1 1900.

SNOOKER: European Masters - Eurosport 1 1200 & 1800.

BASEBALL: MLB postseason, match New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins - BT Sport//ESPN 0100 (Thurs).

Tomorrow (Thursday, October 5)

SOCCER: World Cup qualifiers, Scotland v Slovakia - Sky Sports Main Event 1855; England v Slovenia - ITV1 1930; Armenia v Poland - Sky Sports Main Event 1700; European U21 Championship qualifier, Republic of Ireland v Norway - eir Sport 1 1930.

FORMULA ONE: Japanese Grand Prix, first practice - Sky Sports F1 0145 (Fri) & eir Sport 1 0155 (Fri); second practice - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports F1 0545 (Fri) & eir Sport 1 0555 (Fri).

TENNIS: ATP Tour, China Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0600, 1230 & 0445 (Fri); WTA Tour, China Open - BT Sport 1 1230 & 0530 (Fri).

GOLF: European Tour, Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 1300; PGA Tour, The Safeway Open from California - Sky Sports Golf 2200 & Sky Sports Main Event 2300.

CYCLING: Milano-Torino - Eurosport 2 1400.

SNOOKER: European Masters - Eurosport 1 1200 & 1800.

GYMNASTICS: World Championships - BBC Two England 0015 (Fri).

GRIDIRON: NFL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New England Patriots - Sky Sports Action 0030 (Fri) & Sky Sports Main Event 0100 (Fri).

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