On This Day: Mar 23 1972: Joe Calzaghe, undisputed super-middleweight world champion, is born

Denmark's Mikkel Kessler (left) looks into Joe Calzaghe's eyes as they go head to head during the weigh-In at St David's Hall, Cardiff on Friday November 2 2007.


1981: British motorcycle champion - and former grand prix driver - Mike Hailwood died in a car accident near his Birmingham home. His daughter Michelle also died in the crash.

1994: Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev played the last day of his final Test for India. He retired with a then world record 434 Test wickets, a total that was surpassed by Courtney Walsh five years later.

1995: Clydebank's former Scotland and Rangers winger Davie Cooper died in hospital at the age of 39 after collapsing with a brain haemorrhage while making a coaching video.

2002: England's Australia-born all-rounder Ben Hollioake died aged 24 in a car crash in Perth, Australia. The Surrey star played two Tests and 20 one-day internationals for his adopted country.

2003: Australia defeated India by 125 runs to become the first team to win the Cricket World Cup three times. Skipper Ricky Ponting struck 140 in the final in Johannesburg.

2005: Chelsea, Jose Mourinho and Ashley Cole were charged by the Premier League in the "tapping up" dispute with Arsenal.

2005: The Rugby Football Union confirmed it had agreed a deal for Great Britain rugby league captain Andy Farrell to join Saracens.

2012: West Ham announced they had submitted a bid to become tenants of the Olympic Stadium in London after the 2012 Games.

2015: Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston was charged by the Football Association for text messages in which he called a supporter "a retard".

2017: Everton announced they had agreed a deal to acquire land at Bramley Moore Dock for the site of their proposed new stadium, subject to planning permission.


Sir Steve Redgrave (rowing) - British gold medal winner at five successive Olympics, born 1962.

Michael Atherton (cricket) - former England captain and Lancashire batsman, born 1968.

Fernando Hierro (soccer) - Real Madrid's three-time Champions League-winning defender, born 1968.

Joe Calzaghe (boxing) - former undisputed super-middleweight world champion, born 1972.

Jerzy Dudek (soccer) - goalkeeper who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, born 1973.

Sir Chris Hoy (cycling) - former Scottish track star, winner of seven Olympic medals - six gold and one silver, born 1976.

Walter Samuel (soccer) - former Basle and Argentina defender, born 1978.

Sir Mo Farah (athletics) - British Olympian, winner of gold medals in the 5,000m and 10,000m at London 2012 and Rio 2016, born 1983.

Jason Kenny (cycling) - six-time Olympic track cycling champion, born 1988.


1 Yaya Toure joined Manchester City from which club in 2010?

2 Who won the French Open women's singles title last year?

3 Who captained the European team to victory at the 1997 Ryder Cup?

4 Who was sent off in the 2010 World Cup final?

5 Who are baseball's reigning World Series champions?

(See quiz answers below)


Today (Friday, March 23)

SOCCER: International match, Holland v England - ITV 1930; International match, England Under-18s v Scotland Under-18s - eir Sport 1 1855; A-League, Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets - BT Sport 1 0845.

CRICKET: New Zealand v England, first Test, day three - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0030 (Saturday); Third Test, day two, South Africa v Australia - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0825.

RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership, Bath v Exeter Chiefs - BT Sport 1 1900; Super Rugby, Crusaders v Bulls - Sky Sports Action 0630; Rebels v Sharks - Sky Sports Action 0840; PRO14, Dragons v Cheetahs - BBC Two Wales 1930.

MOTOSPORT: Formula One, Australian Grand Prix final practice - Sky Sports F1 0245, eir Sport 1 0255; Formula One, Australian Grand Prix qualifying - Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event 0500, eir Sport 1 0555.

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

TENNIS: WTA, Miami Open - BT Sport 2 1500.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Leeds v Castleford - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 1930.

SNOOKER: Players Championship - ITV4 1245 and 1845.

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

BASEBALL: MLB, New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox - BT Sport/ESPN 1700.

Tomorrow (Saturday, March 24)

SOCCER: International football, Northern Ireland v South Korea - eir Sport 1 1355, England Under-21s v Romania Under-21s - BT Sport 2 1700; EFL, Luton v Barnet - Sky Sport Main Event 1700; A-League, Central Coast Mariners v Sydney FC - BT Sport 1 0630, Melbourne City v Western Sydney Wanderers - BT Sport 1 0845; Vanarama National League, Tranmere v Eastleigh - BT Sport 1 1145.

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

BOXING: WBC Silver Heavyweight title bout, Dillian Whyte v Lucas Browne - Sky Sports Action 1900; Sky Sports Main Event 1930.

RUGBY UNION: Super Rugby, Sunwolves v Chiefs - Sky Sports Action 0415; Hurricanes v Highlanders - Sky Sports Action 0635, Stormers v Reds - Sky Sports Action 1515; Aviva Premiership, Saracens v Harlequins - Channel 5 and BT Sport 1 1430; PRO14, Ospreys v Leinster - S4C 1915.

TENNIS: WTA, Miami Open - BT Sport 2 0130.

GOLF: World Golf Championships, fourth day of WGC-Dell Match Play Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1400.

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

SNOOKER: Players Championship - ITV4 1845.

HORSE RACING: Live racing, Doncaster - ITV4 1400.

ROWING: The University Boat Races - BBC One 1550.

MOTORCYCLING: World Superbikes, second round in Thailand, qualifying and race one - Eurosport 2 0600.

WINTER SPORTS: Curling World Championships - Eurosport 2 1800.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1 Barcelona; 2 Jelena Ostapenko; 3 Seve Ballesteros; 4 John Heitinga (Holland); 5 Houston Astros

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