On This Day - May 18 1975: John Higgins, four-time world snooker champion is born


1909: Fred Perry was born. Perry won three consecutive Wimbledon titles from 1934-36 and he was the first man to win the singles titles at all four grand slam events.

1950: Jimmy Mullen became England's first substitute in a football international, coming on for Jackie Milburn against Belgium in Brussels. He went on to score and thus became the first sub to score in an international.

1990: Roberto Baggio was transferred from Fiorentina to Juventus for a then world record £7.7million.

1997: AN explosive Ulster SFC preliminary powderkeg ended in a drama-filled draw, Tyrone 0-15 Down 2-9, at Clones today.

2001: Sir Alex Ferguson announced he would sever all ties with Manchester United at the end of the season - a decision he went back on in February 2002 with a new three-year deal.

2004: London was confirmed as one of five cities shortlisted by the IOC for the 2012 Olympics, and later won the right to stage the Games.

2005: CSKA Moscow beat Sporting Lisbon 3-1 to win the UEFA Cup, becoming the first Russian club to win a major European title.

2011: Andre Villas-Boas' Porto won the Europa League, beating Braga 1-0 in the final in Dublin.

2016: Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Sevilla in the Europa League final, despite a Daniel Sturridge strike having put the Reds 1-0 ahead in Basle.

2016: It was announced that 31 athletes had tested positive for doping following the retesting of samples for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


Nobby Stiles (soccer) - member of 1966 England World Cup-winning squad, born 1942.

Yannick Noah (tennis) - French winner at Roland Garros, later a successful singer, born 1960.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen (motor racing) - German driver who won three Formula One grands prix, born 1967.

Brad Friedel (soccer) - former Blackburn, Tottenham and United States goalkeeper, born 1971.

John Higgins (snooker) - four-time world champion, born 1975.

Lee Hendrie (soccer) - former Aston Villa midfielder, capped once by England, born 1977.

Danny Mills (soccer) - former England, Norwich, Leeds and Manchester City defender, born 1977.

Ricardo Carvalho (soccer) - former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Portugal defender, born 1978.

Julian Speroni (soccer) - Crystal Palace goalkeeper, born 1979.

Gary O'Neil (soccer) - Bristol City midfielder, born 1983.

Ryan Lamb (rugby union) - Former Worcester fly-half now at La Rochelle, born 1986.



1. Who is the longest reigning manager in the Premier League?

2. Which side won the Super Bowl in February, beating the New England Patriots 41-33?

3. Where is the Marina Bay Street Circuit used in Formula One?

4. Which was the first season where the Premier League had 20 teams, having reduced the number from 22?

5. How many times has Rafael Nadal won the US Open?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

Today (Friday, May 18)

SOCCER: Sky Bet League Two, Notts County v Coventry - Sky Sports Main Event 1930.

CRICKET: Royal London One-Day Cup, Durham v Yorkshire - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 1355.

RUGBY UNION: Guinness PRO14 semi-final, Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets - BBC Two Wales 1930 & Sky Sports Action 1945.

GOLF: European Tour, Belgian Knockout - Sky Sports Golf 1000-1200 & 1400-1700. PGA Tour, AT&T Byron Nelson - Sky Sports Golf 1700 & Sky Sports Main Event 2200.

TENNIS: ATP, Italian Open - Sky Sports Main Event 1030. WTA, Internazionali BNL d'Italia - BT Sport 1 1100-1300, 1330-1730 & 1830-2030.

ATHLETICS: Great CityGames Manchester - BBC Two England 1800.

CYCLING: Giro d'Italia - Eurosport 1 1200. Tour de l'Ain - Eurosport 1 1645. Tour of California - Eurosport 1 2200.

MOTORSPORT: MotoGP France - BT Sport 2 0745. WRC, Rally Portugal - BT Sport 2 1900.

HORSE RACING: Coverage of Dante Festival at York - ITV4 1400.

BASEBALL: MLB, Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers - BT Sport 2 0000; Houston Astros v Cleveland Indians - BT Sport/ESPN 0100.

Tomorrow (Saturday, May 19)

SOCCER: FA Cup final, Chelsea v Manchester United - BT Sport 2 1600, BBC One 1610 & eir Sport 1 1615. William Hill Scottish Cup final, Celtic v Motherwell - Sky Sports Main Event 1445. Ligue 1 Lyon v Nice - BT Sport/ESPN 1945.

CRICKET: Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore - Sky Sports Cricket 1100; Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kolkata Knight Riders - Sky Sports Cricket 1500.

RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership, Saracens v Wasps - BT Sport 1; Exeter v Newcastle - BT Sport 1. Guinness PRO14 semi-final, Leinster v Munster - Sky Sports Action 1500. Super Rugby, Waratahs v Highlanders - Sky Sports Action 1040; Jaguares v Bulls - Sky Sports Action 2235.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Betfred Super League, Wigan v Warrington - Sky Sports Main Event - 1715; Castleford v Leeds - Sky Sports Main Event 1915. Championship, Toronto Wolfpack v Toulouse - Sky Sports Main Event 1215.

GOLF: European Tour, Belgian Knockout - Sky Sports Golf 1200. PGA Tour, AT&T Byron Nelson - Sky Sports Golf 1800 & Sky Sports Main Event 2200.

TENNIS: ATP, Italian Open - Sky Sports Action 1230-1430 & 1800-2000.

BOXING: IBF featherweight title bout in Leeds, Lee Selby v Josh Warrington - BT Sport 1 1930. WBC world light-heavyweight title bout in Toronto, Adonis Stevenson v Badou Jack - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action 0200 (Sun).

CYCLING: Giro d'Italia - Eurosport 1 1200. Tour de l'Ain - Eurosport 1 1645. Tour of California - Eurosport 1 2000.

MOTOR SPORT: MotoGP France - BT Sport 2 0745.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: UFC, preliminary bouts for UFC Fight Night 129 - BT Sport 2 0100 (Sun); Welterweight bout between Demian Maia and Kamaru Usman - BT Sport 2 0300 (Sun).

HORSE RACING: Coverage from Newbury - ITV4 1330.

BASKETBALL: NBA play-offs Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics - BT Sport 1 0130 (Sun).

BASEBALL: MLB, Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers - BT Sport/ESPN 0000.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Eddie Howe, Bournemouth; 2. Philadelphia Eagles; 3. Singapore; 4. 1995-96; 5. Three (2010, 2013 and 2017).

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