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On This Day - Oct 23 1940: Soccer legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento - Pele to you - is born

Brazil's star Pele being hoisted on shoulders of his team-mates after Brazil won the ninth World Cup final against Italy 4-1 in Mexico City's Estadio Azteca Mexico on June 21 1970. Pele, who scored the opening goal of the game and assisted two, won his third winner's medal. The World Cup victory was Brazil's third win for the Jules Rimet Cup. 

ON THIS DAY 

1900: Douglas Jardine, the England Test cricket captain at the centre of the 'Bodyline' controversy in 1932-33, was born. He died in 1958, aged 57.

1915: WG Grace, one of the greats of cricket who scored more than 54,000 first-class runs, died at the age of 67.

1987: Jockey Lester Piggott was jailed for income tax offences. He was released after serving a third of his three-year sentence.

1988: American Henry Armstrong, the only boxer to hold world titles at three different weights simultaneously, died aged 75.

1999: Kanu hit a hat-trick in the final 15 minutes as Arsenal came from 2-0 down to beat Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge.

2005: David Beckham was sent off in Real Madrid's 2-1 defeat to Valencia for sarcastically applauding the referee after being booked. The decision was later overturned.

2007: Steve Staunton left his job as Republic of Ireland manager by mutual consent.

2009: Jean Todt was elected president of world motor sport's governing body the FIA in succession to Max Mosley.

2011: New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup after beating France 8-7 in the final.

2011: Italian motorcyclist Marco Simoncelli was killed in a crash at the Malaysian MotoGP.

2016: Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea as manager of Manchester United and saw his new team beaten 4-0 by the Blues at Stamford Bridge, prompting chants of "You're not special anymore" from some home fans.

BIRTHDAYS

Pele (soccer) - Brazilian, widely acknowledged as the greatest player of all time, who was a World Cup winner in 1958, 1962 and 1970, born 1940.

Wayne Rainey (motorcycling) - American who won three successive world 500cc titles between 1990 and 1992, born 1960.

Andoni Zubizarreta (soccer) - former Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper, born 1961.

Chris Horner (cycling) - American who became the oldest grand tour winner with victory in the 2013 Vuelta a Espana, born 1971.

Christian Dailly (soccer) - former Scotland, Rangers and West Ham defender, born 1973.

Sander Westerveld (soccer) - former Holland, Liverpool and Portsmouth goalkeeper, born 1974.

Brad Haddin (cricket) - Former Australian wicketkeeper who earned a World Cup winner's medal in 2015, born in 1977.

Jimmy Bullard (soccer) - former Wigan and Fulham midfielder, born 1978.

Steve Harmison (cricket) - former England paceman, born 1978.

Simon Davies (soccer) - former Tottenham, Fulham and Wales midfielder, born 1979.

Keiren Westwood (soccer) - Sheffield Wednesday and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper, formerly of Coventry and Sunderland, born 1984.

Alvaro Morata (soccer) - Chelsea and Spain striker, born in 1992.

QUICK QUIZ

1. David Beckham won his 100th England cap in a friendly against which team?

2. Who won the men's 100m gold at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006?

3. Which Belfast fighter won a double world bantamweight boxing title on Saturday night?

4. Who set set the mile world record at three minutes 46.32 seconds in Oslo in 1985?

5. How many majors did Jack Nicklaus win during his golf career?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV

Today (Monday, October 23)

TENNIS: WTA, WTA Finals - BT Sport 1 1215; ATP, Erste Bank Open - Sky Sports Main Event 1200, The Swiss Indoors - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 1800.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, Philadelphia Eagles v Washington Redskins - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0115 (Tues).

SOCCER: LaLiga, Real Sociedad v Espanyol, Sky Sports Mix 1900; Irish Premiership, Linfield v Crusaders - Sky Sports Main Event 1940; Bundesliga 2, SV Sandhausen v St. Pauli - BT Sport 1 1930.

BASKETBALL: NBA, San Antonio Spurs v Toronto Raptors - BT Sport 1 0130 (Tues).

ICE HOCKEY: NHL, New York Rangers v San Jose Sharks - eir Sport 1 0000 (Tues).

Tomorrow (Tuesday, October 24)

SOCCER: Carabao Cup, Swansea v Manchester United - Sky Sports Main Event 1930; Ladbrokes Premiership, Hibernian v Hearts - BT Sport 1 1915; Serie A, Inter Milan v Sampdoria - BT Sport 2 1930, eir Sport 1 1940; A-League, Western Sydney Wanderers v Adelaide United - BT Sport 2 0930.

TENNIS: WTA, WTA Finals - BT Sport 1 1215; ATP, Erste Bank Open - Sky Sports Main Event 1200, The Swiss Indoors - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 1400.

CYCLING: Six Day London - Eurosport 1 1930.

BASEBALL: MLB, World Series game one, Los Angeles Dodgers v Houston Astros - BT Sport 1 0030 (Weds).

 

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. France; 2. Jamaica's Asafa Powell; Ryan Burnett. 33; 4. Steve Cram; 5. 18.

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