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On This Day - February 8, 1999: Arsenal snap up 15-year-old wonderkid Jermaine Pennant from Notts County

On this day 19 years ago, Arsenal won the race to sign talented 15-year-old Jermaine Pennant from Notts County for £2million

BIRTHDAYS

Mohammad Azharuddin (cricket) - former India captain who played in 99 Tests and 334 ODIs, born 1963.

Hristo Stoichkov (soccer) - former Bulgaria and Barcelona forward who was voted European Footballer of the Year for 1994, born 1966.

Ulises de la Cruz (soccer) - former Aston Villa, Reading and Ecuador full-back, born 1974.

Khaled Mashud (cricket) - former Bangladesh wicketkeeper, born 1976.

Stephen Wright (soccer) - former Liverpool and Sunderland defender, born 1980.

Javi Garcia (soccer) - former Manchester City midfielder now playing for Real Betis, born 1987.

Carl Jenkinson (soccer) - Birmingham City's on-loan Arsenal defender, born 1992.

ON THIS DAY

1984: The Los Angeles Raiders won their first American Football Conference Championship by beating Seattle 30-14.

1990: Thieves broke into Cardiff's Ninian Park and stole the £50,000 takings the club earned from an FA Cup tie with QPR.

1999: Arsenal won the race to sign Jermaine Pennant. Notts County put themselves in line for a windfall of up to £2million after selling the 15-year-old to the Gunners.

2007: The Scottish Football Association rejected Scotland manager Walter Smith's request to be relieved of his duties. Smith eventually joined Rangers, with Alex McLeish succeeding him as national team boss.

2012: Fabio Capello resigned as England manager following a meeting with Football Association chiefs at Wembley Stadium.

2012: Harry Redknapp was cleared of taking bungs in an offshore tax dodge.

2013: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was fined £12,000 after being found guilty of misconduct in relation to comments he made about assistant referee Simon Beck following a draw against Tottenham.

2017: The International Biathlon Union reacted to allegations of Russian doping in the sport by stripping the Siberian city of Tyumen of the right to host the 2021 World Championships.

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1 Gary Lineker left Tottenham to join which Japanese side in 1992?

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TODAY’S TV

WINTER OLYMPICS: Curling - Eurosport 2 1130, Figure Skating - Eurosport 1 0100 (Fri), Eurosport 1 0230 (Fri), Ski Jumping - Eurosport 1 1100, Freestyle Skiing - Eurosport 2 1255, Alpine Skiing - Eurosport 2 0150 (Fri), Curling, mixed doubles - Eurosport 1 0430 (Fri).

GOLF: European Tour, ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0500; PGA Tour, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 1600, Sky Sports Golf 2000.

CYCLING: Dubai Tour - Eurosport 2 0930.

DARTS: Premier League Darts - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 1900.

SNOOKER: Snooker Shoot-Out - ITV4 1145, 1845.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Washington Wizards v Boston Celtics - BT Sport 1 0100 (Fri), Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - BT Sport 1 0330.

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