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On This Day - Mar 27 1974: Down hurling stalwart Graham Clarke is born

Ballygalget and Down keeper Graham Clarke

ON THIS DAY 

1859: George Giffen, former South Australia all-rounder, described as Australia's WG Grace, was born.

1871: The first international rugby match took place at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, between England and Scotland, with the latter winning.

1988: After more than 1,000 matches in all competitions, former England, Liverpool and Tottenham goalkeeper Ray Clemence announced he would retire at the end of the season at the age of 39.

1989: Referee Kelvin Morton awarded a record five penalties in the Second Division match between Crystal Palace and Brighton. Only two were converted, one by each side, and Palace won 2-1.

2004: France's 24-21 victory over England gave them a Grand Slam in rugby union's RBS 6 Nations.

2007: Tom Hicks and George Gillett's takeover of Liverpool was completed, after shareholders agreed to sell the American tycoons 98.6 per cent of the club's shares.

2007: Arsenal and Chelsea were each fined £100,000 and reprimanded by the Football Association for the involvement of their players and officials in the mass confrontation towards the end of the League Cup final.

2012: England hooker Dylan Hartley was suspended for eight weeks for biting an opponent.

2014: Alex Hales hit an unbeaten century to lead England to a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka and reignite the side's World Twenty20 campaign.

2015: Tottenham striker Harry Kane scored 80 seconds into his England debut as Roy Hodgson's side beat Lithuania 4-0 at Wembley.

BIRTHDAYS

Ellery Hanley (rugby league) - former Great Britain and Wigan star, born 1961.

David Coulthard (motor racing) - Scottish former Formula One driver, now a pundit, born 1971.

Ignacio Garrido (golf) - Spanish European Tour player who was on the triumphant 1997 Ryder Cup team, born 1972.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (soccer) - former Holland, Leeds and Chelsea striker, now manager of Northampton, born 1972.

Ade Adepitan (wheelchair basketball) - bronze medallist at 2004 Paralympics, now a TV presenter, born 1973.

Gaizka Mendieta (soccer) - former Spain, Valencia and Middlesbrough midfielder, born 1974.

Graham Clarke (gaelic games) - hurling goalkeeper with his local club Ballygalget: also a member of the Down senior inter-county team from 1993, born 1974.

Adam Ashley-Cooper (rugby union) - former Australia utility back with the Kobelco Steelers, born 1984.

Manuel Neuer (soccer) - Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper, born 1986.

Joselu (soccer) - Newcastle's Germany-born Spanish striker, born 1990.

Marc Muniesa (soccer) - Stoke's former Barcelona youth academy graduate, currently on loan at Girona FC, born 1992.

QUICK QUIZ

1. Olivier Giroud is a striker for which national team?

2. Marin Cilic claimed his first grand slam title at which event?

3. The Oracle Arena is home to which NBA team?

4. How many world snooker championships has Steve Davis won?

5. Who won gold in the 400 metres at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney?

(See quick quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV 

Today (Tuesday, March 27)

SOCCER: European Under-21 Championship qualifier, England v Ukraine - BT Sport 1 1745; Friendly, Hungary v Scotland - BBC One Scotland 1855, England v Italy - ITV 1930, Germany v Brazil - BT Sport 2 1930, Spain v Argentina - Sky Sports Main Event 2025.

TENNIS: ATP Tour, Miami Open - Sky Sports Main Event 1600 and 0200 (Wed); WTA Tour, Miami Open - BT Sport 1 0030 (Wed).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers - BT Sport 2 0100 (Wed).

Tomorrow (Wednesday, March 28)

TENNIS: WTA Tour, Miami Open - BT Sport 1 1800 and 0000 (Thu); ATP Tour, Miami Open - Sky Sports Main Event 2000 and 0200 (Thu).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Utah Jazz v Boston Celtics - BT Sport 2 0230.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. France; 2. 2014 US Open; 3. Golden State Warriors; 4. six; 5. Cathy Freeman.

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