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On This Day - Mar 31 2013: Paolo Di Canio was appointed Sunderland head coach.. He was later sacked after just 13 games in charge.

OH BHOY! ... Celtic keeper Gordon Marshall and Paolo Di Canio look on in agony as Karsten Baron scores for Hamburg after just three minutes into a UEFA Cup game on September 10 1996 

ON THIS DAY

1878: Jack Johnson, the first black man to win the world heavyweight boxing title, was born. Because of discrimination in the United States, he had to travel to Australia for his successful title challenge against Tommy Burns. Johnson died on June 10, 1946, aged 68.

1889: The world featherweight title fight between Ike Weir and Frank Murphy was stopped by police after 80 rounds. It is the longest world title contest under Queensberry Rules.

1928: Scotland's 'Wembley Wizards' inflicted a 5-1 defeat on England. Alex Jackson scored a hat-trick.

1980: Jesse Owens, the athlete who once set four world records in one day and won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, died.

1995: Sunderland escaped a points deduction when they were fined £2,500 by the Football League for playing unregistered player Dominic Matteo in a First Division match at Barnsley.

2001: Former Arsenal and England midfielder David Rocastle died at the age of 33 from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

2003: Peter Ridsdale resigned as chairman of debt-ridden Leeds United PLC after five years and was succeeded by Professor John McKenzie.

2010: Arsenal came from two goals down to claim a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners went on to lose the second leg 4-1, with Lionel Messi scoring all four of Barca's goals.

2011: Sale prop Karena Wihongi was handed a four-month ban after testing positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

2013: Paolo Di Canio was appointed Sunderland head coach on a two-and-a-half-year deal. He was later sacked after just 13 games in charge.

2014: England lost to Holland by 45 runs in their final World Twenty20 match in Chittagong.

BIRTHDAYS

Roger Black (athletics) - former 400 metres star and Olympic silver medallist, born 1966.

Martin Atkinson (soccer) - professional referee, member of the Select Group since 2005, FIFA listed since 2006, born 1971.

Paul Grayson (cricket) - former Essex head coach who played two one-day internationals for England, born 1971.

Stephen Clemence (soccer) - former Tottenham, Birmingham and Leicester midfielder, son of former England goalkeeper Ray, born 1978.

Tal Ben Haim (soccer) - Israel and Maccabi Tel Aviv defender, formerly with Chelsea, Manchester City, Portsmouth and Charlton, born 1982.

Hashim Amla (cricket) - South Africa's prolific batsman, born 1983.

Paddy McCarthy (soccer) - Crystal Palace defender, born 1983.

Eddie Johnson (soccer) - retired United States and DC United striker, formerly with Fulham, born 1984.

QUICK QUIZ

1 Which former Milwaukee Bucks and LA Lakers basketball star won the NBA MVP a record six times?

2 Who scored the winner for Portugal as the country beat France 1-0 in the Euro 2016 final?

3 Who are the defending Super League champions?

4 Who won snooker's Players Championship in Llandudno last Sunday?

5 Who is the most capped Welsh footballer?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV 

Today (Saturday, March 31)

SOCCER: Premier League, Crystal Palace v Liverpool - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1130, Everton v Manchester City - BT Sport 1 1700; Ladbrokes Premiership, Motherwell v Rangers - BT Sport 1 1200; Serie A, Bologna v Roma - BT Sport 2 1115, eir Sport 1 1125, Sassuolo v Napoli - eir Sport 1 1355, Juventus v AC Milan - BT Sport 2 1930; Ligue 1, Dijon v Marseille - eir Sport 1 1555; Bundesliga, Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund - BT Sport 2 1700; Sky Bet League Two, Luton v Barnet - Sky Sports Main Event 1730.

CRICKET: Second day of the fourth Test from Johannesburg, South Africa v Australia - Sky Sports Cricket 0855; third day of the second Test from Christchurch, New Zealand v England - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 2300.

RUGBY UNION: European Champions Cup, Munster v Toulon - Sky Sports Action 1430, Sky Sports Main Event 1455; European Challenge Cup, Edinburgh v Cardiff - Sky Sports Action 1730.

GOLF: PGA Tour, Houston Open - Sky Sports Golf 1900, Sky Sports Main Event 1940; LPGA Tour, ANA Inspiration from California - Sky Sports Golf 2300.

TENNIS: WTA Tennis, Miami Open - BT Sport/ESPN 1800.

WINTER SPORTS: Curling World Championships from Las Vegas - Eurosport 1 2130.

RACING: From Musselburgh - ITV4 1330.

BASEBALL: MLB, Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - BT Sport 1 2300; Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants - BT Sport 1 0200 (Sun).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Boston Celtics v Toronto Raptors - BT Sport 2 0030 (Sun).

Tomorrow (Sunday, April 1)

SOCCER: Premier League, Arsenal v Stoke - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1230, Chelsea v Tottenham - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1530; Bundesliga, Werder Bremen v Eintracht Frankfurt - BT Sport 1430, Mainz v Borussia Monchengladbach - BT Sport 1 1700; Ligue 1, Lyon v Toulouse - BT Sport 1 1945.

CRICKET: Third day of the fourth Test from Johannesburg, South Africa v Australia - Sky Sports Cricket 0855, Sky Sports Main Event 0900; fourth day of the second Test from Christchurch, New Zealand v England - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 2300.

RUGBY UNION: European Champions Cup, Clermont Auvergne v Racing 92 - Sky Sports Action 1230, Leinster v Saracens - BT Sport 2 1500.

GOLF: PGA Tour, Houston Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 1900; LPGA Tour, ANA Inspiration - Sky Sports Golf 2300.

MOTOR CYCLING: British Superbike Championship from Donington Park - Eurosport 2 1530.

WINTER SPORTS: Curling World Championships from Las Vegas - Eurosport 1 1630.

CYCLING: Tour of Flanders - Eurosport 1 0915.

BASEBALL: MLB, New York Mets v St Louis Cardinals - BT Sport/ESPN 1800, Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants - BT Sport/ESPN 0130 (Mon)

BASKETBALL: NBA, San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets - BT Sport 2 2030.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; 2 Eder; 3 Leeds Rhinos; 4 Ronnie O'Sullivan; 5 Neville Southall (92)

 

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