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On This Day - October 9 2006: Paul Hunter died at the age of 27 after a battle with cancer

Leeds born Paul Hunter left school at 14 to concentrate on snooker, and came to national prominence when he beat Fergal O'Brien 10-9 in the 2001 Benson and Hedges Masters final, the first of his three titles
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ON THIS DAY

1928: Two years after becoming the first man to hit three home runs in a World Series game, Babe Ruth repeated the feat, hitting three homers against the St Louis Cardinals.

1988: Jackie Milburn, one of Newcastle's greatest players and scorer of both goals in their 1951 FA Cup win, died aged 64.

1998: The Football Association was fined 60,000 Swiss francs by UEFA for racist chanting by England fans towards Sweden's Henrik Larsson and damage caused to the Rasunda Stadium in Stockholm by supporters after a 2-1 defeat in a Euro 2000 qualifier.

1999: St Helens were crowned Super League champions after beating Bradford Bulls 8-6 in the Grand Final at Old Trafford.

2004: England beat Wales 2-0 in their World Cup qualifier at Old Trafford but the win was marred by a booking and a hairline rib fracture for captain David Beckham, who later admitted deliberately earning his yellow card to ensure suspension for the following week's qualifier against Azerbaijan.

2006: Snooker professional Paul Hunter, who won three Wembley Masters titles, died at the age of 27 after a battle with cancer.

2007: Marion Jones returned all five Olympic medals she captured during the 2000 Games in Sydney after admitting taking performance-enhancing steroids and lying under oath in the BALCO investigations.

2010: England's Louise Hazel won the heptathlon gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

2011: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the Formula One drivers' championship after finishing third at the Japanese Grand Prix.

2014: England beat San Marino 5-0 at Wembley in their Euro 2016 Group E qualifying match.

2014: Kevin Pietersen's hugely anticipated book KP: The Autobiography hits the shelves, with the former England batsman spilling the beans on his controversial sacking earlier that year.

2015: Sunderland announced the appointment of Sam Allardyce as their new manager on a two-year deal. He left the following summer to take up the England post - a job he held for 67 days.

 

BIRTHDAYS

Jimmy Montgomery (soccer) - former Sunderland goalkeeper most famous for his double save in the 1973 FA Cup final win over Leeds, born 1943.

Steve Ovett (athletics) - Olympic 800 metres champion in 1980, born 1955.

Eamonn Martin (athletics) - London marathon winner in 1993, born 1958.

Julian Bailey (motor racing) - former grand prix driver for Tyrrell and Lotus, born 1961.

Annika Sorenstam (golf) - winner of 10 LPGA major championships, born 1970.

Mark Viduka (soccer) - former Leeds, Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Australia striker, born 1975.

Lee McConnell (athletics) - Scottish former 400 metres runner and London 2012 Olympian, born 1978.

Leon Pryce (rugby league) - Hull FC stand-off, formerly with Bradford, St Helens and Catalan Dragons, born 1981.

Chev Walker (rugby league) - former Bradford centre, born 1982.

Laure Manaudou (swimming) - French former Olympic 400m freestyle champion, born 1986.

QUICK QUIZ

1. Which footballer famously rapped on England's 1990 World Cup song World in Motion?

2. Who won the golden boot at Euro 2016?

3. Name the first captain to bring the Sam Maguire to Ulster?

4. How many FA Cup finals were contested in Cardiff?

5. In which position did the late Cormac McAnallen win an All-Star in 2003?

(See answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV

Monday, October 9

GAA: Laochra Gael, A profile of Anthony Tohill, a former Gaelic footballer who played for Derry between 1991 and 2003. He won the 1993 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, two Ulster Championships and four National League titles with the county, plus four All Star awards during his career. Including interviews with Peter Canavan, Tony Scullion and Jarlath Burns - TG4 1930.

SOCCER: World Cup qualifier, Wales v Republic of Ireland - Sky Sports Main Event 1900; European Under-21 Championship qualifier, Republic of Ireland v Israel - eir Sport 1 1525.

CRICKET: Day four of the second Test, South Africa v Bangladesh - Sky Sports Cricket 0855.

TENNIS: ATP Tour, Shanghai Masters - Sky Sports Main Event 0600; WTA Tour, Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open - BT Sport 1 0800.

GRIDIRON: NFL, Chicago Bears v Minnesota Vikings - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0115 (Tue).

Tuesday, October 10

GAA: Off the Ball, an offbeat look at recent football developments - eir Sport 1 1900.

SOCCER: World Cup qualifier, Holland v Sweden - ITV4 1925; Portugal v Switzerland - Sky Sports Main Event 1940.

CRICKET: Day five of the second Test, South Africa v Bangladesh - Sky Sports Cricket 0855; Second Twenty20, India v Australia - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 1420.

TENNIS: ATP Tour, Shanghai Masters - Sky Sports Main Event 0600; WTA Tour, Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open - BT Sport 1 0800.

CYCLING: Tour of Turkey, opening stage - Eurosport 1 1300.

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