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On This Day - Mar 18 1949: World snooker legend Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins is born in Belfast

Former World Champion, Alex Higgins, passed away on July 24, 2010

ON THIS DAY

2001: Henrik Larsson scored a hat-trick as Celtic beat Kilmarnock 3-0 in the CIS Insurance Cup final despite having Chris Sutton sent off.

2003: Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf escaped with a two-match ban after spitting at Celtic spectators. He later faced legal action.

2005: Sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou were cleared by the Greek Athletics Federation of deliberately missing drug tests on the eve of the 2004 Olympic Games.

2006: France's 21-16 win over Wales at the Millennium Stadium proved enough for Les Bleus to win the RBS 6 Nations title.

2007: Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer - a former England batsman - died after being found unconscious in his hotel room in Jamaica at the Cricket World Cup.

2008: Darrell Hair was reinstated as a Test umpire by the ICC, nearly two years after he officiated in the controversial Test between England and Pakistan at The Oval.

2012: With Fabrice Muamba in intensive care after suffering cardiac arrest in Bolton's game with Tottenham at White Hart Lane, their upcoming match at Aston Villa was postponed.

BIRTHDAYS

Alexander Gordon "Alex" Higgins (snooker) -  one of the most iconic figures in the game. Nicknamed Hurricane because of his fast play, he was crowned World champion in 1972 and 1982, and runner-up in 1976 and 1980, born 1949.

Ron Atkinson (soccer) - former Manchester United and Aston Villa manager, born 1939.

David Lloyd (cricket) - former England and Lancashire batsman and coach, now a commentator, born 1947.

Paul Elliott (soccer) - former Celtic, Chelsea and Aston Villa defender, born 1964.

Temuri Ketsbaia (soccer) - former Georgia international who played for Newcastle, Wolves and Dundee, born 1968.

Shaun Udal (cricket) - former England, Hampshire and Middlesex off-spinner, born 1969.

Danny Murphy (soccer) - former England, Liverpool and Fulham midfielder, born 1977.

Willy Sagnol (soccer) - former France and Bayern Munich defender, born 1977.

Fabian Cancellara (cycling) - double Olympic time-trial champion from Switzerland, born 1981.

Timo Glock (motor racing) - former F1 driver from Germany, now racing in DTM, born 1982.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1.Grigor Dimitrov and Dimitar Berbatov are leading sportsmen from which country?

2. Who did Belfast fighter Michael Conlan defeat on St Patrick's Day 2018 in Madison Square Garden, New York? 

3. Who was the last English player to win the Premier League's golden boot before Harry Kane?

4. In which year did Ian Woosnam win the US Masters?

5. Which Aviva Premiership side play their home games at Ricoh Arena?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV 

Today (Sunday, March 18)

SOCCER: A-League, Melbourne Victory v Central Coast Mariners - BT Sport 2 0600; Championship, Derby v Cardiff - Sky Sports Main Event 1130; Serie A, Sampdoria v Inter Milan - BT Sport 1 1130, AC Milan v Chievo - BT Sport/ESPN - 1400, Napoli v Genoa - BT Sport 1 1930; Ligue 1 Nice v Paris St Germain - BT Sport/ESPN 1200; FA Cup, Wigan v Southampton - BBC One 1315, Leicester v Chelsea - BBC One 1605; Scottish Premiership, Motherwell v Celtic - Sky Sports Main Event 1415.

WINTER SPORTS: Winter Paralympics, day nine - Channel 4 0015.

CRICKET: ICC Cricket World Cup qualifier, Ireland v Scotland - Sky Sports Cricket 0715 & Sky Sports Main Event 0730.

RUGBY UNION: Top 14, Castres v Brive - Sky Sports Action 1125; Toulouse v Montpellier - Sky Sports Action - 1545; Anglo-Welsh Cup final, Bath v Exeter - BT Sport 1 1430.

GOLF: PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational - Sky Sports Golf 1630 & Sky Sports Main Event 1645; LPGA, The Founders Cup - Sky Sports Golf 2200 & Sky Sports Main Event 2230.

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 2000.

MOTOR CYCLING: MotoGP: Grand Prix of Qatar - BT Sport 2 1530.

BASKETBALL: NBA, New Orleans Pelicans v Boston Celtics - BT Sport 1 2200.

Tomorrow (Monday, March 19)

SOCCER: EFL, Doncaster v Bradford - Sky Sports Main Event 1930; Bundesliga.2, Erzgebirge Aue v Greuther Furth - BT Sport 1 1930.

WINTER SPORTS: Winter Paralympics closing ceremony - Channel 4 0030; Curling World Championships - Eurosport 2 1300.

CRICKET: ICC Cricket World Cup qualifier, West Indies v Zimbabwe - Sky Sports Cricket 0715, Sky Sports Main Event 0730.

CYCLING: Tour of Catalunya, stage one - Eurosport 1 1445.

SNOOKER: Players Championship - ITV4 1845.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1 Bulgaria; 2 David Berna; 3 Kevin Phillips (1999-00); 4 1991; 5 Wasps.

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