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On This Day - January 25, 1995: Manchester United striker Eric Cantona kung-fu kicked a Crystal Palace fan

It is 23 years since Manchester United striker Eric Cantona's infamous kung-fu kick on Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons

BIRTHDAYS

Tostao (soccer) - striker in Brazil's 1970 World Cup-winning side, born 1947.

David Ginola (soccer) - former France, Newcastle, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton winger, born 1967.

Xavi (soccer) - former Barcelona and Spain playmaker, currently with Al Sadd, born 1980.

Francis Jeffers (soccer) - former Everton and Arsenal striker, most recently with Accrington, born 1981.

Robinho (soccer) - former Manchester City, AC Milan and Brazil forward, currently with Sivasspor, born 1984.

Maria Kirilenko (tennis) - Russian player, born 1987.

Tatiana Golovin (tennis) - Russia-born French player who won the mixed doubles at the 2004 French Open with Richard Gasquet, born 1988.

Youssouf Mulumbu (soccer) - Kilmarnock midfielder, formerly with Norwich, West Brom and Paris St Germain, born 1987.

ON THIS DAY

1857: Lord Lonsdale, the president of the National Sporting Club - who lends his name to the most coveted trophy in British boxing, the Lonsdale Belt - was born. His belts, which were inaugurated in 1909, become the permanent property of any boxer who wins three British title fights in a weight division.

1895: Wales lost 3-0 to Ireland in the world's first international hockey match.

1995: Manchester United striker Eric Cantona kung-fu kicked a fan after being sent off in a match at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace. The Frenchman was suspended for nine months, fined £20,000 and ordered to carry out 120 hours of community service.

1999: Aston Villa revealed controversial striker Stan Collymore intended to seek counselling to help him overcome "pressures and stress".

2006: Arsenal defender Ashley Cole failed with his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a £75,000 fine imposed for breaking Premier League rules by discussing a transfer to Chelsea.

2008: Kieren Fallon was banned from racing for 18 months by France Galop after testing positive for a banned substance following a race at Deauville in August 2007.

2011: Sky Sports presenter Andy Gray was sacked following his comments about referee's assistant Sian Massey.

2013: Manchester United reached an agreement with Crystal Palace to sign Wilfried Zaha.

2013: Andy Murray reached the Australian Open final after beating Roger Federer 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 6-2 in the semi-final.

2013: The Football Association charged Chelsea's Eden Hazard with violent conduct following an incident with a Swansea ball boy.

2016: German sportswear giant adidas revealed it would end its sponsorship deal with the IAAF early due to the doping scandal in athletics.

2017: Usain Bolt ceased being a triple-triple Olympic champion after his Jamaican sprint relay team-mate Nesta Carter was disqualified from the 2008 Games for failing a drugs test.

On this day in 2008, Kieren Fallon was banned from racing for 18 months by France Galop after testing positive for a banned substance

TODAY’S TV

SOCCER: A-League, Melbourne City FC v Newcastle Jets - BT Sport 1 0845.

TENNIS: Australian Open - Eurosport 1 0800.

CRICKET: South Africa v India, third Test - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket 0915; International T20, New Zealand v Pakistan - Sky Sports Cricket 0555; Big Bash League, Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers - BT Sport 2 0830; ICC Under-19s World Cup - Sky Sports Cricket 2125 and Sky Sports Main Event 0000 (Fri).

GOLF: European Tour, Omega Dubai Desert Classic - Sky Sports Golf 0400 & 1130 and Sky Sports Main Event 0515; PGA Tour, Farmers Insurance Open - Sky Sports Golf 1645 & 2000 and Sky Sports Main Event 1700 & 2000.

BOWLS: World Indoor Championships - BBC Two 1300.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves - BT Sport 2 0330 (Fri).

ICE HOCKEY: NHL, Florida Panthers v Washington Capitals - eir Sport 1 0030 (Fri).

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1 Footballers Frederico Chaves Guedes, known simply as Fred, and Frederico Rodrigues Santos, also known simply as Fred, hail from which country?

2 Which British tennis star was born in Johannesburg, grew up in Yorkshire and lives in the Bahamas?

3 How old is Wales' Commonwealth Games table tennis competitor Anna Hursey?

4 According to Guinness World Records, the oldest what was discovered during an excavation project at Stirling Castle in the mid-1970s?

5 Which rider holds the record for winning the most grand prix in motorcycle racing?

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