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On This Day, May 31 2011: Manchester United star Paul Scholes retires

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes announced his (first) retirement from football on this day in 2011. 

ON THIS DAY

1868: Parc de St Cloud was the venue for the first recorded bicycle race. It took place over two kilometres and was won by Britain's James Moore.

1959: Italian grand prix driver Andrea de Cesaris was born in Rome. De Cesaris held the record for most career starts (208) without achieving a victory. He was killed at the age of 55 in a motorcycle accident in 2014.

1965: Britain's Jim Clark became the first European to win the Indianapolis 500. He achieved an average speed of 150.69mph in his Lotus.

1980: Tony Ward set a British Lions Test record by scoring 18 points against South Africa at Cape Town.

1984: Viv Richards hit a then record one-day international score, making 189 not out for the West Indies against England at Old Trafford.

2002: The World Cup in Japan and South Korea began with first-time qualifiers Senegal causing an upset by defeating holders France 1-0 in Seoul.

2003: Rangers completed a domestic treble, beating Dundee 1-0 to add the Scottish Cup to the league title and CIS Cup won earlier in the season.

2004: Chelsea dismissed manager Claudio Ranieri despite the Italian having guided the club to the Champions League semi-finals and second place in the Premiership.

2007: Sepp Blatter was re-elected unopposed as FIFA president for a third term.

2011: Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes announced his retirement from all football. He came out of retirement in January 2012 and later penned a one-year deal to continue his United career, before retiring again at the end of the 2012/13 season.

2014: Carl Froch settled his rivalry with George Groves in brutal fashion as he knocked his bitter enemy out cold with a crunching right hand in the eighth round of their rematch to retain his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley.

2015: Rangers' lower-league nightmare was to continue for at least another year after Motherwell clinched a 3-0 victory in the second leg of their Scottish Premiership play-off final.

2017: Arsenal finally announced manager Arsene Wenger had signed a new two-year deal with the club, ending months of speculation which saw protests from fans wanting him to leave.

2017: Wolves announced former Porto boss Nuno Espirito Santo as their new head coach, the day after Paul Lambert had left the club, while Wigan appointed former Portsmouth boss Paul Cook.

 

BIRTHDAYS

Steve Bucknor (cricket) - former Test umpire, born 1946.

Peter Winterbottom (rugby union) - former England and British and Irish Lions forward, born 1960.

Roshan Mahanama (cricket) - former Sri Lanka Test player and 1996 World Cup-winner, born 1966.

Antti Niemi (soccer) - former Finland, Hearts, Southampton and Fulham goalkeeper, born 1972.

Chad Campbell (golf) - three-time United States Ryder Cup player, born 1974.

Leon Haslam (motorcycling) - World Superbikes Championship racer, son of former racer Ron Haslam, born 1983.

Marco Reus (soccer) - Borussia Dortmund and Germany midfielder, born 1989.

 

QUICK QUIZ

1. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero started his career at which club?

2. Which country currently top cricket's ICC Test rankings?

3. Who defeated tennis player Bobby Riggs in the famous "Battle of the Sexes"?

4. Who is the highest-placed Englishman in the world golf rankings?

5. From which US city do NHL Stanley Cup finalists the Golden Knights hail?

 

SPORT ON TV

Today (Thursday, May 31)

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, Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers - BT Sport 1 0200 (Fri).

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

Tomorrow (Friday, June 1)

CRICKET: Second Test, day one, England v Pakistan - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket 1000.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, Leeds v Leigh - Sky Sports Arena 1930.

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

GOLF: European Tour, Italian Open, Brescia - Sky Sports Golf 0930; PGA Tour, Memorial Tournament - Sky Sports Golf 1730 and Sky Sports Main Event 1930; US Women's Open - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf 2330.

RUGBY UNION: Super Rugby, Highlanders v Crusaders - Sky Sports Action 0830.

BASEBALL: MLB, Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals - BT Sport 1 0000 (Sat).

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

UFC: Jimmie Rivera v Marlon Moraes - BT Sport 2 0300 (Sat).

 

Quick Quiz answers:

1. Independiente; 2. India; 3. Billie Jean King; 4. Justin Rose (3rd); 5. Las Vegas.

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