On this Day - June 21 1955: French maestro Michel Platini was born

Former France midfielder Michael Platini turns 63 today


John Edrich (cricket) - former Surrey and England batsman, born 1937.

Michel Platini (soccer) - former Uefa president and former France midfielder and manager, born 1955.

Dean Saunders (soccer) - former Aston Villa and Wales striker, born 1964.

Matt Kuchar (golf) - American golfer, a seven-time winner on the PGA Tour, born 1978.

Robert Sidoli (rugby union) - retired former Wales and Dragons lock, born 1979.

Sebastian Prodl (soccer) - Watford's Austria international defender, born 1987.

Havard Nordtveit (soccer) - former West Ham midfielder, now with Hoffenheim, born 1990.

Gael Kakuta (soccer) - former Chelsea forward, now with Amiens, born 1991.


1969: Three-time Wimbledon champion Maureen Connolly, the first woman to win tennis' career Grand Slam, died of cancer at the age of 34.

1970: Tony Jacklin became the first British golfer since Ted Ray in 1920 to win the US Open with victory at Hazeltine, Minnesota.

1975: West Indies, captained by Clive Lloyd, beat Australia by 17 runs at Lord's to win the first cricket World Cup.

2002: Brazil beat England 2-1 in Shizuoka to progress to the World Cup semi-final. Michael Owen put England ahead early on but Rivaldo equalised and Ronaldinho scored with a 40-yard free-kick.

2007: Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, through his bid vehicle UK Sports Investments, lodged a formal £81.6million bid for Manchester City.

2012: Frankie Dettori rode Colour Vision to Gold Cup victory at Royal Ascot.

2015: Nico Rosberg led home Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win the Austrian Grand Prix.

2015: Jordan Spieth claimed his second major in a row and with a thrilling victory in the 115th US Open at Chambers Bay.


1. Russia's Fifa World Cup captain Igor Akinfeev plays for which team in domestic football?

2. LPGA Tour leader Inbee Park is from which country?

3. England set a new record for the highest total ever scored in a men's one-day international with what total against Australia on Tuesday?

4. Which Formula One driver is nicknamed 'Iceman'?

5. South African Caster Semenya is a two-time Olympic champion over which distance?

South African Caster Semenya is a two-time Olympic champion over which distance? Answer below


SOCCER: World Cup, Denmark v Australia - ITV 1230; France v Peru - ITV 1515; Argentina v Croatia - BBC One 1830.

CRICKET: One-day international, England v Australia - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket 1330.

TENNIS: ATP, Fever-Tree Championships - BBC Two 1300; WTA, Nature Valley Classic - Eurosport 1 1130; WTA, Mallorca Open - BT Sport 1 1100 and 1530.

GOLF: European Tour, BMW International Open - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf 1030, Sky Sports Golf 1430; PGA Tour, Travelers Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1730, Sky Sports Main Event 2200.

HORSE RACING: Royal Ascot - ITV 4 1330.

BASKETBALL: NBA draft - BT Sport 1 0000 (Fri).

BASEBALL: MLB, Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees - BT Sport/ESPN 1800.


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