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On This Day: July 3 2007: Fernando Torres completed his move from Atletico Madrid to Liverpool

IN his first season at Anfield, Fernando Torres became the first player since Robbie Fowler in the 1995-96 season to score 20 league goals in a campaign. He also became the fastest player in Liverpool's history to reach 50 league goals 

ON THIS DAY

1919: Jack Dempsey beat Jess Willard to become the new world heavyweight boxing champion.

1938: Helen Wills-Moody won her eighth Wimbledon title on the same day another Centre Court heroine, Suzanne Lenglen of France, died of leukaemia. She was 39 and won 15 titles between 1919 and 1925, six of them at Wimbledon.

1969: Ann Jones finally won her first Wimbledon crown after 13 previous attempts, beating Billie-Jean King 3-6 6-3 6-2.

2004: Greece won the Euro 2004 final with a surprise 1-0 victory over Portugal in Lisbon thanks to Angelos Charisteas' header.

2007: Fernando Torres completed his move from Atletico Madrid to Liverpool.

2009: American Serena Williams beat sister Venus Williams to win the Wimbledon women's singles title.

2010: Spain's Rafael Nadal won the Wimbledon men's singles title by beating Tomas Berdych.

2013: West Brom signed former France striker Nicolas Anelka on a free transfer.

2016: Mark Cavendish won stage three of the Tour de France to claim his 28th Tour stage win and move level with Bernard Hinault in second on the all-time list behind Eddy Merckx on 34.

2017: Team Dimension Data announced that Mark Cavendish was forced to withdraw from the Tour de France after sustaining injuries in a crash on stage four, while world champion Peter Sagan was disqualified from the Tour for causing the incident.

BIRTHDAYS

Derek Lyng (GAA) – Former midfielder with the Kilkenny senior hurlers, and winner of six All-Ireland medals, born 1978.

Sir Philip Craven (paralympics) - represented Britain in wheelchair basketball at five Paralympic Games and was the president of the International Paralympic Committee, born 1950.

Pam Shriver (tennis) - American who won 21 grand slam doubles titles with Martina Navratilova, born 1962.

Henri Leconte (tennis) - French former tennis player, born 1963.

Doddie Weir (rugby union) - former Scotland lock, born 1970.

Jan Magnussen (motor racing) - Danish racing driver who contested 25 grands prix for McLaren and Stewart and father of Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, born 1973.

QUICK QUIZ

1 Brazil won the 2013 Confederations Cup, but who did they beat 3-0 in the final?

2 Who claimed victory in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale last year?

3 Which county did Armagh beat to reach the 2002 All-Ireland SFC final?

4 Who scored Kerry’s two goals in the 2005 All-Ireland SFC final?

5 How many non-European players have won snooker's World Championship at the Crucible?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV

Today (Wednesday, July 4)

GAA: GAA Beo - Live and deferred coverage of the Munster and Leinster Under-21 Hurling Championship finals, featuring Cork v Tipperary, and Wexford v Galway TG4 1915.

GAA: GAA Weekly Round-Up – Highlights of the week’s action from the GAA competitions in Ireland – Sky Sports Arena 2100.

TENNIS: Wimbledon - BBC Two England, 1130; eir Sport 1, 1130.

CRICKET: T20 Blast, Notts Outlaws v Birmingham Bears - Sky Sports Cricket & Sky Sports Main Event, 1800.

SOCCER: Major League Soccer, Los Angeles Galaxy v DC United - Sky Sports Main Event, 0330 (Thu).

BASEBALL: MLB, New York Yankees v Atlanta Braves - BT Sport 1, 1800; TBC - BT Sport/ESPN, 2100; Cincinnati Reds v Chicago White Sox - BT Sport/ESPN, 0000 (Thu); Arizona Diamondbacks v St Louis Cardinals - BT Sport/ESPN, 0300 (Thu).

Tomorrow (Thursday, July 5)

GAA: GAA Weekly Round-Up – Highlights of the week’s action from the GAA competitions in Ireland – Sky Sports Mix 1830.

TENNIS: Wimbledon - BBC Two England, 1130; eir Sport 1, 1130.

CRICKET: T20 Blast, Middlesex v Surrey - Sky Sports Cricket & Sky Sports Main Event, 1800.

ATHLETICS: Diamond League, Lausanne - Eurosport 1, 1900.

GOLF: European Tour, Irish Open - Sky Sports Golf & Sky Sports Main Event, 1030; PGA Tour, Greenbrier Classic - Sky Sports Golf, 1830.

BASEBALL: MLB, TBC - BT Sport 1, 0000 (Fri).

DARTS: World Series of Darts, Las Vegas - ITV4, 2000 & eir Sport 1, 2000.

Quick Quiz answers: 1 Spain; 2 Jordan Spieth; 3 Dublin; 4 Tomas O Se and Dara O Cinneide; 5 Two (Cliff Thorburn and Neil Robertson).

 

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