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On This Day - Mar 12 2003: Former Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy took charge of Premier League strugglers Sunderland

Mick McCarthy 

BIRTHDAYS

Darryl Strawberry (baseball) - four-time World Series winner with the New York Mets and New York Yankees, born 1962.

Joaquim Cruz (athletics) - Brazilian who was Olympic 800 metres champion in 1984, born 1963.

Ian Holloway (soccer) - QPR boss, formerly in charge at Blackpool, Crystal Palace and Millwall, born 1963.

Amdy Faye (soccer) - former Newcastle and Stoke midfielder, born 1977.

Lee Gilmour (rugby league) - former Wigan, Bradford, St Helens, Huddersfield, Castleford and Wakefield player, born 1978.

Seth Johnson (soccer) - once-capped England midfielder who played for Derby and Leeds before retiring, born 1979.

Peter Waterfield (diving) - won 10 metres synchronised silver at the 2004 Olympics, born 1981.

Ed Clancy (cycling) - three-time Olympic champion in the men's team pursuit, born 1985.

Gareth Widdop (rugby league) - St George Illawarra captain and England international, born 1989.

Katie Archibald (cycling) - Scottish 2016 Olympic champion in the women's team pursuit, born 1994.

ON THIS DAY

1889: Test cricket was played in South Africa for the first time. The host nation, led by OR Dunnell, hosted the England team, captained by C Aubrey Smith, in the first of two Tests at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth.

1938: The BBC televised its first athletics meeting when it covered the annual Oxford versus Cambridge match.

1991: Wendy Toms made history as the first woman to officiate at a Football League game. She was selected as the fourth official for a Third Division match between Bournemouth and Reading.

2000: Forty-one-year-old Neville Southall appeared in goal for Bradford after regular goalkeeper Matt Clarke fell down the stairs at home.

2003: Former Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy took charge of Premier League strugglers Sunderland, becoming the third manager of the Wearside club in a season that ended in relegation.

2006: South Africa and Australia both broke the world record one-day international score in the same cricket match. Batting first in the fifth one-day international in Johannesburg, Australia made 434 for four, only to be beaten by their hosts' series-clinching 438 for nine.

2010: Greg Clarke was appointed chairman of the Football League.

2012: Wasps and England flanker Tom Rees retired from rugby following medical advice on a knee injury.

2014: Rangers were confirmed as Scottish League One champions with a 3-0 win over Airdrie.

2016: England beat Wales 25-21 in their RBS 6 Nations match at Twickenham and moved to within one win of a first Grand Slam in 13 years.

QUICK QUIZ

1 Which ground will host football's 2020 European Championship final?

2 In which sport do teams compete for the Stanley Cup?

3 How many defeats have England's men's rugby union team suffered under head coach Eddie Jones?

4 Which golfer posted the first round of 58 in PGA Tour history at the 2016 Travelers Championship?

5 Which Spanish cyclist won five consecutive Tours de France between 1991 and 1995?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV 

Today (Monday, March 12)

SOCCER: Premier League, Stoke v Manchester City - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League 1900.

CRICKET: Second Test, day four, South Africa v Australia - Sky Sports Cricket 0755 & Sky Sports Main Event 0800.

WINTER PARALYMPICS: Winter Paralympics, day four - Channel 4 0015.

TENNIS: WTA Tour, BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells - BT Sport 2 1800; ATP Tour, BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells - Sky Sports Main Event 2300.

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

BASKETBALL: NBA, Houston Rockets v San Antonio Spurs - BT Sport 2 0000 (Tue).

Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 13)

SOCCER: Champions League, Manchester United v Sevilla - BT Sport 2 1900, Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk - eir Sport 1 1930.

CRICKET: Second Test, day five, South Africa v Australia - Sky Sports Cricket 0755 & Sky Sports Main Event 0800.

WINTER PARALYMPICS: Winter Paralympics, day five - Channel 4 0015.

TENNIS: WTA Tour, BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells - BT Sport 1 1800 & 0100 (Wed); ATP Tour, BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells - Sky Sports Main Event 1800.

HORSE RACING: Opening day of the Cheltenham Festival - ITV 1300.

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

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1 Wembley Stadium; 2 Ice hoceky; 3 Three; 4 Jim Furyk; 5 Miguel Indurain.

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