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On This Day - March 8, 1971: Muhammad Ali's bid to regain world heavyweight title falters against Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier beat Muhammad Ali on points in their meeting 47 years ago today

BIRTHDAYS

Kit Symons (soccer) - former Portsmouth, Manchester City, Fulham, Crystal Palace and Wales defender and ex-Fulham manager, born 1971.

Fergal O'Brien (snooker) - Dubliner, 1999 British Open winner, born 1972.

Ross Taylor (cricket) - New Zealand batsman, born 1984.

Petra Kvitova (tennis) - Wimbledon winner in 2011 and 2014, born 1990.

Asier Illarramendi (soccer) - former Real Madrid midfielder, now back with first club Real Sociedad, born 1990.

Duncan Watmore (soccer) - Sunderland winger, born 1994.

ON THIS DAY

1971: Muhammad Ali's return to boxing faltered when he failed in his bid to regain the world heavyweight title, beaten on points over 15 rounds by Joe Frazier in New York.

1989: Canadian Cliff Thorburn made his second career 147 break - becoming the first snooker player officially acknowledged to have compiled two maximums.

2008: Wales won the Triple Crown with a 16-12 defeat of Ireland in the RBS 6 Nations at Croke Park. They went on to win the grand slam.

2009: Dwain Chambers won a gold medal for Britain at the European Indoor Championships with victory in the 60 metres.

2012: A Scottish Football Association independent inquiry ruled Rangers chairman Craig Whyte 'is not a fit and proper person to hold a position in football'. Rangers were also charged with bringing the game into disrepute after going into administration.

2014: Brian O'Driscoll bade an emotional but victorious farewell to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin as Ireland kept their RBS 6 Nations title hopes alive with a crushing 46-7 win over Italy.

2015: World indoor champion Richard Kilty blasted to 60m gold at the European Indoor Championships in Prague as he held his nerve after team-mate Chijindu Ujah was disqualified for a false start to take the victory at the O2 Arena in 6.51 seconds.

2016: Brian Smith, the former Hull and Bradford head coach, resigned as boss of Wakefield.

2017: Barcelona became the first team in Champions League history to overturn a first leg 4-0 deficit after a 6-1 victory gave the Catalan giants an improbable 6-5 aggregate victory over Paris St Germain in their last 16 tie.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1 How old is Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini?

2 Jordan Spieth won the Masters in which year?

3 Steffi Graf is married to which fellow ex-tennis player?

4 How many caps did Wilfried Zaha win for England before changing his allegiance to Ivory Coast?

5 Which United States city is home to the Pirates and the Penguins?

TODAY’S TV

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 (Fri), Spurs Warriors - BT Sport 2 0330 (Fri).

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

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

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QUICK QUIZ BLITZ ANSWERS

1 30; 2 2015; 3 Andre Agassi; 4 Two; 5 Pittsburgh.

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