On This Day: Mar 7 1977: Ireland rugby legend Ronan O'Gara is born

Birthday boy: Ronan O'Gara lunges for the line to score Munster's first try during the Heineken Cup semi-final at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Sunday April 27 2008 


1970: Australian racing driver Jack Brabham enjoyed his 14th and last grand prix win, at South Africa's Kyalami circuit. Brabham's career was long by motor racing standards, lasting more than 15 years, during which time he won the Formula One title three times, in 1959, 1960 and 1966.

1999: Ulsterman Eddie Irvine gained his first Formula One victory when he took the chequered flag for Ferrari in Melbourne.

2001: In the wake of the foot-and-mouth crisis, the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival was abandoned, while Ireland's Six Nations matches against England and Scotland were postponed.

2001: Former England striker Stan Collymore announced his retirement at the age of 30.

2008: Controversial sprinter Dwain Chambers won a silver medal for Great Britain in the 60 metres at the World Indoor Championships in Valencia.

2010: Great Britain's Davis Cup team hit a new low with defeat to Lithuania. The result meant Britain would have to beat Turkey in a relegation play-off in July to avoid dropping to Europe/Africa Zone Group III - the lowest tier of the competition.

2013: London Welsh were deducted five points and plunged to the foot of the Aviva Premiership table over a visa scandal which led to the club's former team manager Mike Scott receiving a police caution for fraud. The club were also fined £15,000 and had a further five-point deduction suspended for fielding an ineligible player - New Zealand-born scrum-half Tyson Keats - in 10 matches, including all four of their Premiership victories.

2014: Former British tennis number one Elena Baltacha revealed she had been diagnosed with cancer of the liver. She died two months later.

2015: Newcastle's Papiss Cisse and Manchester United's Jonny Evans were handed FA suspensions of seven matches and six matches respectively for spitting during a match at St James' Park.

2016: Maria Sharapova announced she had tested positive for the banned substance meldonium at January's Australian Open.

2017: Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford said "mistakes were made" by Team Sky relating to anti-doping and medical procedures, but that "there is a fundamental difference between process failures and wrongdoing".


Sir Viv Richards (cricket) - former West Indies captain, born 1952.

Tom Lehman (golf) - former US Ryder Cup captain who was Open champion in 1996 at Lytham, born 1959.

Ivan Lendl (tennis) - Czech-born former world number one who won eight grand slam singles titles, now a coach, born 1960.

Jesper Parnevik (golf) - Sweden's former Ryder Cup star, born 1965.

Ray Parlour (soccer) - former Arsenal and England midfielder, born 1973.

Ronan O'Gara (rugby union) - former Ireland, Munster and British & Irish Lions fly-half, born 1977.

Ben Challenger (athletics) - high jumper who won bronze at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, born 1978.

Manucho (soccer) - former Manchester United striker, currently playing for Rayo Vallecano, born 1983.

Mathieu Flamini (soccer) - former Arsenal and current Getafe midfielder, born 1984.

Hatem Ben Arfa (soccer) - France and Paris St Germain winger, formerly with Newcastle and Hull, born 1987.


1 Who did Mayo lose out to in the 2007 GAA National Football League Division One final?

2 On what surface was the Australian Open played prior to 1988?

3 Which cyclist won the men's Keirin at Rio 2016 to match Sir Chris Hoy on six Olympic gold medals?

4 Derek Drouin and Ruth Beitia are men's and women's Olympic champions in which athletics discipline?

5 The Lions, Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings franchises represent which US city?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Wednesday, March 7)

SOCCER: Champions League, Tottenham v Juventus - BT Sport 2 1900, Manchester City v Basel - BT Sport 3 1900 ; Championship, Leeds v Wolves - Sky Sports Main Event 1930, SheBelieves Cup, United States v England - BBC Two England 0000.

TENNIS: WTA, Indian Wells - BT Sport 1 1900.

GOLF: European Tour, Hero Indian Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0530.

CYCLING: Stage one, Tirreno-Adriatico - Eurosport 1 1230.

Tomorrow (Thursday, March 8)

SOCCER: Europa League, AC Milan v Arsenal - BT Sport 2 1730, Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow - eir Sport 1 & BT Sport 3 1800, Borussia Dortmund v Salzburg - BT Sport/ESPN 1800, Marseille v Athletic Bilbao - eir Sport 1 2000 & BT Sport 3, RB Leipzig v Zenit St Petersburg - BT Sport 2 2015.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Celtics Timberwolves - BT Sport 2 0100 (Friday), Spurs Warriors - BT Sport 2 0330 (Friday).

CYCLING: Stage two, Tirreno-Adriatico - Eurosport 1 1230; Stage five, Paris-Nice - Eurosport 1 1530.

DARTS: Premier League - Sky Sports Action 1900 & Sky Sports Main Event 2145.

GOLF: European Tour, Hero Indian Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0600 & 0900 Sky Sports Golf, 1045 Sky Sports Main Event; PGA Tour, Valspar Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1200.

RUGBY LEAGUE: NRL, St George Illawarra Dragons v Brisbane Broncos - Sky Sports Main Event 0800; Super League, Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC - Sky Sports Main Event 1930.

SKIING: Biathlon, men's individual pursuit - Eurosport 1 1630.

SQUASH: PSA Squash, men's semi-finals - BT Sport 1 1830.

TENNIS: WTA, Indian Wells - BT Sport 1 2100; ATP Masters, BNP Paribas Masters - Sky Sports Main Event 2230.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1 Donegal (0-13 to 0-10); 2 Grass; 3 Jason Kenny; 4 High jump; 5 Detroit.


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