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On This Day - March 1, 1952: Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is born

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill turns 66 today

BIRTHDAYS

David Broome (equestrian) - Welshman who was world champion in 1970, riding Beethoven, born 1940.

Martin O'Neill (soccer) - Republic of Ireland boss, formerly manager of Sunderland, Aston Villa, Celtic and Leicester, born 1952.

Tyler Hamilton (cycling) - disgraced cyclist who was twice handed doping bans and stripped of his 2004 Olympic time trial gold medal, born 1971.

Mikkel Kessler (boxing) - Danish four-time super-middleweight champion, born 1979.

Shahid Afridi (cricket) - Pakistan all-rounder, born 1980.

Abdur Rehman (cricket) - Pakistan spinner, born 1980.

Jonathan Spector (soccer) - Former Birmingham and West Ham defender, born 1986.

Carlos Vela (soccer) - Los Angeles FC and Mexico forward, formerly with Arsenal, born 1989.

ON THIS DAY

1936: Golden Miller, ridden by Evan Williams, won his fifth consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cup.

1958: Garry Sobers set a new Test world record with his innings of 365 for the West Indies against Pakistan in Kingston, Jamaica. The record stood for 36 years until Brian Lara hit 375 for the Windies against England in Antigua.

1975: A world-record crowd of 104,000 watched the rugby union international between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield.

1980: Everton legend Dixie Dean died shortly after watching his former team lose 2-1 at home to Liverpool. In 1927-28, Dean scored a record 60 goals in a season. In total, he made 431 league appearances, scoring 377 goals. He was capped 16 times by England, netting 18 goals.

2009: Manchester United won the Carling Cup final, beating Tottenham 4-1 on penalties. The game was scoreless after extra-time.

2013: Ryan Giggs signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United, keeping him at the club for the 2013-14 season and taking him beyond his 40th birthday.

2015: Chelsea won the Capital One Cup, beating Tottenham 2-0 at Wembley.

2015: Ireland defeated England 19-9 to become strong favourites for the RBS 6 Nations title.

2016: Manchester City came from behind to beat Huddersfield 5-1 in the FA Cup, thus setting up a quarter-final meeting with fellow Premier League club Middlesbrough.

On this day in 2013, veteran Ryan Giggs signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United - taking him beyond his 40th birthday

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1 What is the nationality of tennis player Dominic Thiem?

2 Name Arsenal's all-time record goalscorer.

3 Which rugby league club play at the Halliwell Jones Stadium?

4 Who are the reigning champions in the T20 Big Bash League?

5 Who is the head coach of the NFL's Green Bay Packers?

TODAY’S TV

FOOTBALL: Premier League, Arsenal v Manchester City - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1900.

CRICKET: First Test day one, South Africa v Australia - Sky Sports Main Event 0800, Sky Sports Cricket 0755.

TENNIS: ATP, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships - Sky Sports Main Event 1530; ATP, Abierto Mexicano Telcel - Sky Sports Main Event and Action 0000 (Friday); WTA, Acapulco Open - BT Sport 1 2200.

GOLF: European Tour, Tshwane Open - Sky Sports Golf 0830 and 1230; PGA Tour, World Golf Championships - Sky Sports Golf 1715.

ATHLETICS: World Indoor Championships - BBC Two 1900.

CYCLING: Track World Championships - Eurosport 2 1730.

SNOOKER: Welsh Open - Eurosport 1 1000, 1245 and 1845, BBC Two Wales 1300 and 1900.

DARTS: Premier League - Sky Sports Action 1900.

BASKETBALL: NBA, 76ers Cavaliers - BT Sport 2 0100 (Fri).

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QUICK QUIZ BLITZ ANSWERS

1 Austrian; 2 Thierry Henry (228 in all competitions); 3 Warrington Wolves; 4 Adelaide Strikers; 5 Mike McCarthy.

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