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Northern Ireland international Johnny Evans celebrates his 30th birthday today

Northern Ireland and West Brom defender Jonny Evans is 30 today

ON THIS DAY

1983: American footballer Tony Dorsett scored on a record 99-yard touchdown run from scrimmage while playing for the Dallas Cowboys against the Minnesota Vikings. The record cannot be broken, only equalled.

1987: Manchester United's Liam O'Brien was sent off after just 85 seconds against Southampton.

1992: Martin Offiah became the most valuable player in rugby league history when he joined Wigan from Widnes for £440,000.

2000: Branko Strupar scored the first Premier League goal of the 21st century as Derby beat Watford 2-0 at Pride Park.

2004: Robbie Savage stunned Birmingham by handing in a written transfer request, claiming he wanted to move nearer his family in Wales. Later in January he joined Blackburn.

2012: Liverpool confirmed they would not appeal against the eight-match ban handed to Luis Suarez for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

2016: Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow put on a sensational 399-run stand on day two of England's second Test against South Africa in Cape Town. Stokes scored 258 in 198 balls - the second-fastest double century in Test history - while Bairstow (150 not out) added his maiden Test hundred.

2017: Mike Phelan parted company with Hull City, after only being appointed in October, with the club struggling at the bottom of the Premier League table with just 13 points from 20 games.

2017: Paul Clement was appointed as the new manager of Swansea

BIRTHDAYS

Fran Cotton (rugby union) - prop who won 31 England caps, born 1947.

Gavin Hastings (rugby union) - former Scotland captain, born 1962.

Michael Schumacher (motor racing) - retired seven-time Formula One world champion, currently recovering following a skiing accident, born 1969.

Stuart Spruce (rugby league) - former Bradford, Widnes and Great Britain full-back, born 1971.

Lee Bowyer (soccer) - former Leeds, Newcastle and West Ham midfielder, born 1977.

Eli Manning (gridiron) - New York Giants quarterback, born 1981.

Nicky Robinson (rugby union) - former Wales and Bristol fly-half, born 1982.

Jonny Evans (soccer) - Northern Ireland and West Brom defender, born 1988.

Kohei Uchimura (gymnastics) - gold-medal winning Japanese artistic gymnast, born 1989.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1. Who beat Johanna Konta in her opening match at the US Open last year?

2. Who scored in Germany's 1-0 victory against Chile in the 2017 Confederations Cup final?

3. Who scored his 100th Premier League goal in Stoke's 1-1 draw against Everton last February?

4. Who is currently the top-ranked men's singles tennis player from the United States?

5. In what year did Phil Taylor win his first darts world championship?

See answers below

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Today Wednesday, January 3

SOCCER: Premier League, Arsenal v Chelsea - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1900; A-League, Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets - BT Sport/ESPN 0845.

CRICKET: First day of the fifth Ashes Test from Sydney, Australia v England - BT Sport 1 2230; T20 international, New Zealand v West Indies - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0600; Big Bash League, Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers - BT Sport 2 0800.

TENNIS: Auckland International - BT Sport 2 0600/2330; Brisbane International - Eurosport 2 0900/BT Sport 1 1030; Hopman Cup from Perth - Eurosport 2 1100; Qatar Open - Eurosport 2 1230; Shenzhen Open - BT Sport/ESPN 0400.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers - BT Sport/ESPN - 0100.

Thursday, January 4

SOCCER: Premier League, Tottenham v West Ham - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1930.

CRICKET: Second day of the fifth Ashes Test from Sydney, Australia v England - BT Sport 1 2300; Big Bash League, Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers - BT Sport 2 0800.

GOLF: Sentry Tournament of Champions from Hawaii - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 2300.

TENNIS: Brisbane International - Eurosport 1 0100/BT Sport 2 0500; Hopman Cup from Perth - Eurosport 2 0930; Qatar Open - Eurosport 2 1230; Shenzhen Open - BT Sport/ESPN 0400.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - BT Sport 2 0100.

Answers to quiz: 1. Aleksandra Krunic; 2. Lars Stindl; 3. Peter Crouch; 4. Jack Sock; 5. 1990.

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