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On This Day - Mar 20 1984: Fernando Torres, former Liverpool and Chelsea striker, now bang on form at Atletico Madrid, is born

In moving to Chelsea, Fernando Torres became the sixth most expensive footballer in history. He made his Chelsea debut on February 6, 2011 in a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge
 

ON THIS DAY

1898: The first recorded international cross-country race took place at Ville d'Avray near Paris. England beat the hosts over a nine-mile course.

1926: Scotland beat England at Twickenham for the first time. The score was 17-9, and they went on to share that season's Five Nations championship with Ireland.

1990: Russian goalkeeper Lev Yashin died at the age of 60. He won 78 Soviet Union caps between 1952 and 1972.

1992: Aldershot FC, declared bankrupt in the high court on March 18, played their last Football League game and lost 2-0 away to Cardiff. The club was the first since Accrington Stanley in 1962 to withdraw from the League during the season.

2007: England fined bowling coaches Kevin Shine and Jeremy Snape for their involvement in a late-night drinking session with players at the World Cup in St Lucia.

2016: Marcus Rashford scored as Manchester United beat rivals City 1-0.

BIRTHDAYS

Madan Lal (cricket) - former India Test player, born 1951.

Dave Beasant (soccer) - former Wimbledon and Chelsea goalkeeper, born 1959.

Jesper Olsen (soccer) - former Manchester United and Denmark midfielder, born 1961.

Paul Merson (soccer) - former England and Arsenal midfielder, now a pundit on Sky TV, born 1968.

Nicky Boje (cricket) - former Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and South Africa spinner, born 1973.

Keven Mealamu (rugby union) - former New Zealand hooker, born 1979.

Tomasz Kuszczak (soccer) - Birmingham's Polish goalkeeper, born 1982.

Fernando Torres (soccer) - Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker, now back at Atletico Madrid, born 1984.

Jo (soccer) - Brazilian striker, once of Everton and Manchester City, now with Nagoya Grampus, born 1987.

Tamim Iqbal (cricket) - Bangladesh batsman, born 1989.

QUICK QUIZ

1 Arsenal signed striker Alexandre Lacazette from which French club?

2 Who did Bernard Dunne beat to win the vacant European super-bantamweight title on November 11 2006?

3 Who won the men's singles at the French Open in 2015?

4 How many times has the United States staged the summer Olympic Games?

5 Who won the 2008 GAA National Football League Division 2 title and who did they defeat in the final?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV 

Today (Tuesday, March 20)

CRICKET: ICC Cricket World Cup qualifier, UAE v Afghanistan - Sky Sports Cricket 0715, Sky Sports Main Event 0730.

TENNIS: WTA, Miami Open - BT Sport 1 1600.

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

SNOOKER: Players Championship - ITV4 1245 and 1845.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Boston Celtics v Oklahoma City Thunder - BT Sport 2 0000 (Wednesday).

Tomorrow (Wednesday, March 21)

CRICKET: New Zealand v England, first Test, day one - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0030 (Thursday).

TENNIS: ATP, Miami Open - Sky Sports Main Event 1500; WTA, Miami Open - BT Sport 1 1600.

GOLF: World Golf Championships, first day of WGC-Dell Match Play Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1415, Sky Sports Main Event 1800.

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

SOCCER: Vanarama National League, Barrow v Hartlepool - BT Sport 1 1930.

SNOOKER: Players Championship - ITV4 1245 and 1845.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers v Toronto Raptors - BT Sport 2 2300; San Antonio Spurs v Washington Wizards - BT Sport 2 0130 (Thursday).

MOTORSPORT: Formula One, drivers press conference - Sky Sports F1 0400.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1 Lyon; 2 Esham Pickering; 3 Stan Wawrinka; 4 Four (St Louis, 1904; Los Angeles, 1932 and 1984; Atlanta, 1996); 5 Westmeath, they beat Dublin 0-15 to 0-10 

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