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On This Day - May 30 1980: Former Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard was born

Steven Gerrard played for the Merseyside giants for 17 years between 1998 and 2015. During that time he scored in a League Cup final, an FA Cup final, a UEFA Cup final and a UEFA Champions League final, winning on each occasion. He is the only player in history to achieve this feat  
PA and Sean O'Neill

ON THIS DAY

1911: Ray Harroun won the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in a Marmon Wasp.

1971: Essex's Keith Boyce set a John Player Sunday League record when he took eight Lancashire wickets for 26 runs.

1996: England's footballers returned from a tour of Hong Kong amid allegations of a drunken binge which started in a club and continued on the flight home. The airline, Cathay Pacific, reported £35,000 of damage to its plane.

1999: Manchester City scored twice in the dying stages to force extra-time in their play-off final against Gillingham at Wembley and went on to win a penalty shoot-out which secured their promotion to Division One.

2002: Former Great Britain international Karl Harrison took over as coach at Super League Salford on the same day the City Reds suspended Bobbie Goulding over an alleged training-ground bust-up.

2005: West Ham were promoted to the Premier League after a 1-0 win over Preston in the Championship play-off final at the Millennium Stadium.

2006: Theo Walcott became England's youngest international at 17 years and 75 days in a 3-1 friendly victory over Hungary at Old Trafford.

2007: Wales captain Ryan Giggs confirmed his decision to retire from international football.

2009: Chelsea beat Everton 2-1 to win the FA Cup final.

2011: Swansea beat Reading 4-2 to win the Championship play-off final and promotion to the Premier League.

2012: Brendan Rodgers told Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins he wanted to take up an offer to manage Liverpool. He was soon installed as the new boss at Anfield.

2013: Mark Hughes was appointed Stoke manager, six months after being sacked by QPR.

2015: Alastair Cook became England's all-time leading Test run-scorer, surpassing mentor Graham Gooch's 8,900, during the match against New Zealand. On the same day, Arsenal secured back to-back FA Cup triumphs with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa at Wembley.

2016: Alastair Cook became the first Englishman and youngest ever to score 10,000 Test runs in England's nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second Investec Test.

BIRTHDAYS

Bob Willis (cricket) - former England fast bowler, born 1949.

Phil Brown (soccer) - Swindon Town manager, born 1959.

Ian Austin (cricket) - former Lancashire and England all-rounder, born 1966.

Thomas Hassler (football) - former Germany footballer, born 1966.

Paul Grayson (rugby union) - former England fly-half and Northampton coach, born 1971.

Andy Farrell (rugby union) - former England and Saracens centre, previously Great Britain and Wigan rugby league captain, born 1975.

Steven Gerrard (soccer) - former Liverpool captain and England midfielder, current Rangers boss, born 1980.

QUICK QUIZ

1. Which team suffered defeat in the 2013 FA Cup final but won the following season's League Cup?

2. Which British tennis player was the first man to win all four major titles?

3. Name the goalkeeper on the 2007 hurling All-Stars team?

4. What is the maximum amount of time allowed to look for a lost ball in golf?

5. Which Kerry defender was RTE man of the match in the 2006 All-Ireland SFC final?

(see answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV

Today (Wednesday, May 30)

GAA: GAA Weekly Round-Up, highlights of the week's action - Sky Sports Arena 2100.

CRICKET: Royal London Cup, Warwickshire v Northamptonshire - Sky Sports Cricket 1355 and Sky Sports Main Event 1400.

TENNIS: French Open - Eurosport 1 and ITV4 0930, Eurosport 2 1000.

RUGBY UNION: World Rugby Under-20 Championship, Wales v Australia - S4C 1945 and eir Sport 1 1950.

BASEBALL: MLB, Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays - BT Sport/ESPN 1800; New York Yankees v Houston Astros - BT Sport/ESPN 2330.

Tomorrow (Thursday, May 31)

GAA: Classic GAA, Armagh v Kerry from 2000 - eir Sport 1 2130.

CRICKET: International T20, West Indies v Rest of the World XI - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket 1700.

ATHLETICS: Diamond League Meeting, Rome - Eurosport 2 1900.

TENNIS: French Open - Eurosport 1 and ITV4 0930, Eurosport 2 1000, eir Sport 1 1400.

GOLF: European Tour, Italian Open, Brescia - Sky Sports Main Event 0900 and Sky Sports Golf 0930; PGA Tour, Memorial Tournament - Sky Sports Golf 1730; US Women's Open - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf 2330.

BASEBALL: MLB, Oakland Athletics v Tampa Bay Rays - BT Sport/ESPN 2030.

BASKETBALL: NBA Finals, TBC - BT Sport 1 0200 (Fri).

DARTS: World Cup of Darts, Frankfurt - Sky Sports Action 1800.

Quick Quiz answers: 1. Manchester City; 2. Fred Perry; 3. Brian Murray (Limerick); 4. Five minutes; 5. Aidan O'Mahony.

 

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