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On This Day - Mar 2 1979: Former Republic of Ireland, Chelsea and Blackburn star Damien Duff is born

The Chelsea side (l to r) back row: Arjen Robben Petr Cech William Gallas John Terry; front row: Michael Essien Claude Makelele Didier Drogba Paulo Ferreira and Damien Duff ahead of the UEFA Champions League match against Anderlecht at Stamford Bridge West London on Tuesday September 13 2005. 

BIRTHDAYS

Harry Redknapp (soccer) - Former QPR, Tottenham, Portsmouth and West Ham manager, born 1947.

JPR Williams (rugby union) - former Wales and British and Irish Lions full-back, born 1949.

Ian Woosnam (golf) - Former Ryder Cup captain and winner of 1991 US Masters, born 1958.

Mauricio Pochettino (soccer) - Former Argentina international, now manager of Tottenham, born 1972.

Trevor Sinclair (soccer) - Former England winger who had spells with QPR, West Ham, Manchester City and Cardiff, born 1973.

Andrew Strauss (cricket) - Former England Test captain and Middlesex opening batsman, who is currently England director of cricket, born 1977.

Damien Duff (soccer) - Former Republic of Ireland, Chelsea and Blackburn, born 1979.

Nicky Weaver (soccer) - Former Manchester City and Charlton goalkeeper, born 1979.

Ben Roethlisberger (American football) - Pittsburgh Steelers' Super Bowl-winning quarterback, born 1982.

Toby Alderweireld (soccer) - Belgium and Tottenham defender, born 1989.

Chris Woakes (cricket) - Warwickshire and England all-rounder, born 1989.

ON THIS DAY

1962: Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors became the first and only man to score 100 points in an NBA game. Philadelphia beat the New York Knicks 169-147 in front of a crowd of 4,124.

1996: Nigel Benn announced his retirement after losing the WBC super-middleweight title to South Africa's Thulani 'Sugarboy' Malinga, although the British fighter returned to the ring later in the year.

1998: With Manchester United 11 points ahead of Arsenal, who had two away games in hand, one Manchester bookmaker paid out on United to take the Premiership title. However, Arsenal then recorded 10 wins in a row to become champions.

2004: Ken Bates stood down as Chelsea chairman after 22 years at the club.

2005: Ian Woosnam was confirmed as Ryder Cup captain for the 2006 event at The K Club in Ireland. At the same time, Nick Faldo was selected to lead the team in the 2008 event in Louisville, Kentucky.

2011: Ireland's Kevin O'Brien hit the fastest century in World Cup history to set up a stunning three-wicket victory over England. O'Brien blasted a 50-ball ton, eventually being dismissed for 113, as Ireland successfully chased down England's 327 for eight in Bangalore.

2013: Shinji Kagawa scored a hat-trick as Manchester United went 15 points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League table with a 4-0 win over Norwich at Old Trafford.

2014: Manchester City produced a devastating second-half comeback to beat Sunderland 3-1 in the Capital One Cup final. Goals from Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas turned the game on its head after on-loan Liverpool striker Fabio Borini gave Sunderland an early lead at Wembley.

2017: Celtic announced the death of 'Lisbon Lion' Tommy Gemmell aged 73.

SPORT ON TV

Today (Friday, March 2)

FOOTBALL: Championship, Middlesbrough v Leeds - Sky Sports Main Event 1900; Scottish Championship, Dundee United v St Mirren - BT Sport 2 1930; Ligue 1, Monaco v Bordeaux - BT Sport/ESPN 1945; Australian A League, Melbourne City v Melbourne - BT Sport 1 0845.

CRICKET: One-Day International, New Zealand v England - Sky Sports Cricket 0030(Saturday), Sky Sports Main Event 0100 (Saturday); First Test day two, South Africa v Australia - Sky Sports Main Event 0800, Sky Sports Cricket 0755.

TENNIS: WTA, Acapulco Open - BT Sport 1 2200 and 0200 (Saturday).

GOLF: European Tour, Tshwane Open - Sky Sports Golf 0830 and 1230; PGA Tour, World Golf Championships - Sky Sports Golf 1715, Sky Sports Main Event 2315.

RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership, Harlequins v Bath - BT Sport 0900; PRO14, Ulster v Glasgow - BBC TWO Northern Ireland 1930, Edinburgh v Munster - BBC Two Scotland 1930, Cardiff v Treviso - BBC Two Wales 1930; Super Rugby, Blues v Chiefs - Sky Sports Action 0630, Reds v Brumbies - Sky Sports Action 0855.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Wakefield v Huddersfield - Sky Sports Action 1930.

ATHLETICS: World Indoor Championships - BBC Two 0900 and 1750.

CYCLING: Track World Championships - Eurosport 2 1800.

SNOOKER: Welsh Open - Eurosport 1 1145 and 1800, BBC Two Wales 1300, 1900 and 2130.

DARTS: UK Open, ITV 4 1200 and 1700.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Raptors Wizards - BT Sport 2 0100 (Saturday).

Tomorrow (Saturday, March 3)

SOCCER: Premier League, Burnley v Everton - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Spores Premier League 1230, Liverpool v Newcastle, BT Sport 1 1700; Championship, Wolves v Reading - Sky Sports Main Event 1715; Serie A, Napoli v Roma - BT Sport 2 1930; Bundesliga, Leipzig v Borussia Dortmund, BT Sport 2 1715; National League, Boreham Wood v Macclesfield - BT Sport 1 1200; Australian A League, Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC, BT Sport 1 0630, Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United - BT Sport 1 0845.

CRICKET: One-Day International, New Zealand v England - Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event 0600; First Test day three, South Africa v Australia - Sky Sports Main Event 0900, Sky Sports Cricket 0900.

TENNIS: WTA, Acapulco Open - BT Sport 0000 (Sunday).

GOLF: European Tour, Tshwane Open - Sky Sports Golf 1000; PGA Tour, World Golf Championships - Sky Sports Golf 1800.

RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership, Exeter Chiefs v Saracens - BT Sport 2 1430; PRO14, Scarlets v Leinster - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Main Action 1515, Zebre v Ospreys - S4C 1730, Cheetahs v Connacht - Sky Sports Action 1715; Super Rugby - Crusaders v Stormers - Sky Sports Action 0630, Sharks v Waratahs - Sky Sports Action 1300.

ATHLETICS: World Indoor Championships - BBC Two 0945 and 1730.

BOXING: Super-welterweight, Kell Brook v Sergey Rabchenko - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 1930; Super-lightweight, Josh Taylor v Humberto Soto - Channel 5 2200; Heavyweight, Deontay Wilder v Luiz Ortiz - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0200 (Sunday).

SNOOKER: Welsh Open - Eurosport 1 1245 and 1840, BBC Two Wales 1300, 1900.

CYCLING: Track World Championships - Eurosport 2 1900, Strade Bianche - Eurosport 2 1300.

DARTS: UK Open, ITV 4 1230 and 1900.

RACING: From Doncaster - ITV 1330.

QUICK QUIZ

1. How many Ballon d'Or awards has Cristiano Ronaldo won?

2. Which English League One side are known as "the Iron"?

3. Which Ulster camogie side was set to contest the All-Ireland senior club final this weekend

4. Who did Serena Williams beat in the Australian Open women's final in 2017 to claim her 23rd grand slam singles title?

5. Name the English golfer who won the European Tour's Race to Dubai last year.

(See quiz answers at bottom)

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Five; 2. Scunthorpe; 3. Slaughtneil; 4. Venus Williams; 5. Tommy Fleetwood.

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