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On This Day - April 17 2001: Leeds United reach Champions League semi-finals

Alan Smith (right) helped Leeds United reach the semi-finals of the 2001 Champions League, squeezing past Deportivo La Coruna.

ON THIS DAY

1860: The first international boxing match took place at Farnborough, Hampshire. Tom Sayers of England met John C Heenan of the United States in a bare-knuckle contest that ended in a draw after 37 rounds.

1888: The first formal meeting of the Football League took place at the Royal Hotel in Manchester. It was attended by representatives of 12 clubs who agreed to form a league.

1937: A British record crowd of 149,547 passed through the turnstiles at Hampden Park, Glasgow, to watch Scotland play England.

1993: Neil Thomas became the first Briton to win a medal in the World Gymnastics Championships when he took silver in the floor exercises at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

2001: Despite going down 2-0 in Spain, Leeds qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 3-2 aggregate win over Deportivo La Coruna.

2003: Fulham sacked manager Jean Tigana after an inconsistent run of form in the Premiership, replacing him with Chris Coleman, who went on to save the club from relegation.

2007: England's cricketers went out of the World Cup after losing by nine wickets to South Africa at Bridgetown. England made 154, a total their opponents passed with more than 30 overs to spare.

2015: James Anderson equalled Sir Ian Botham as England's top Test wicket-taker and then surpassed him, taking his 383rd and 384th scalps, but England were held to a draw in the first Test against West Indies in Antigua.

2016: Six-time world snooker champion Steve Davis announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 58.

2017: Chelsea announced that captain John Terry would be leaving the club at the end of the season.

2017: Brighton's promotion to the Premier League was confirmed after they held on for a 2-1 win at home to Wigan.

 

SPORT BIRTHDAYS

Riccardo Patrese (motor racing) - Italian who drove in 256 grand prix races, born 1954.

Roger Twose (cricket) - former Warwickshire and New Zealand batsman, born 1968.

Richie Woodhall (boxing) - former super middleweight world champion, born 1968.

Muttiah Muralitharan (cricket) - former Sri Lanka bowler who claimed a record 800 wickets in Test matches, born 1972.

Jason White (rugby union) - former Scotland captain, born 1978.

Curtis Woodhouse (soccer) - former professional boxer and Sheffield United midfielder, born 1980.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (tennis) - French former Australian Open finalist, born 1985.

Romain Grosjean (motor racing) - Formula One driver with the Haas team, born 1986.

 

QUICK QUIZ

1 How many Premier League goals has Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany scored during his decade at the club?

2 Pink Dogwood, Yellow Jasmine and Carolina Cherry are all names of what?

3 Who is the captain of defending English county cricket champions Essex?

4 Steve McNamara coaches which Super League rugby side?

5 Who are the reigning champions of French rugby's Top 14?

 

SPORT ON TV

Today (Tuesday, April 17)

SOCCER: Premier League, Brighton v Tottenham - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1930; Serie A, Inter Milan v Cagliari - BT Sport 2 1930; DFB-Pokal semi-final, Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich - BT Sport 1 1945.

CRICKET: Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 1500.

TENNIS: ATP, Monte-Carlo Masters - Sky Sports Main Event 1000.

CYCLING: Tour of the Alps - Eurosport 1 1300; Tour of Croatia - Eurosport 1 1430.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Play-off game, Boston Celtics v Milwaukee Bucks - BT Sport 1 0100 (Wed).

BASEBALL: MLB, Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners v Houston Astros - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 & 0300 (Wed).

Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 18)

SOCCER: Premier League, Bournemouth v Manchester United - BT Sport 1 1900; Serie A, Benevento v Atalanta - BT Sport 1 1700, Napoli v Udinese - eir Sport 1 1940.

CRICKET: Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 1500.

TENNIS: ATP, Monte-Carlo Masters - Sky Sports Main Event 1000.

DARTS: Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 1900.

CYCLING: Tour of the Alps - Eurosport 1 1200; Fleche Wallonne - Eurosport 1 1330.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Play-off game Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - BT Sport 1 0100 (Thu).

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago Cubs v St Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians - BT Sport/ESPN 1915 & 0000 (Thu).

 

QUICK QUIZ ANSWERS

1. 17; 2. Holes at Augusta National; 3. Ryan ten Doeschate; 4. Catalans Dragons; 5. Clermont Auvergne.

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