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On This Day - July 6 1939: Mary Peters, 1972 Olympic pentathlon champion, is born

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BIRTHDAYS

Tony Lewis (cricket) - former Glamorgan and England captain and broadcaster, born 1938.

Mary Peters (athletics) - 1972 Olympic pentathlon champion, born 1939.

Giorgi Kinkladze (soccer) - former Manchester City and Georgia midfielder, born 1973.

Bradley Dredge (golf) - two-time European Tour event winner from Wales, born 1973.

Rory Delap (soccer) - former Stoke and Republic of Ireland midfielder, born 1976.

Makhaya Ntini (cricket) - former South Africa Test bowler, born 1977.

Pau Gasol (basketball) - Spain and San Antonio Spurs forward, born 1980.

ON THIS DAY IN SPORT

1907: Brooklands, the world's first purpose-built motor racing track, was opened. The circuit was built as a result of a ban on racing on Britain's roads.

1907: Tom Reece completed the highest-ever billiards break of 499,135 - which he began on June 3. This was in the days of the now-outlawed 'cradle cannon' whereby a player could push the two object balls around the table all day by making a cannon each time.

1957: Althea Gibson of the United States became the first black Wimbledon tennis champion when she beat Darlene Hard to win the women's singles title.

2000: England were eliminated from the race to host the 2006 World Cup as Germany were awarded the tournament, edging out South Africa by a single vote in a meeting of the FIFA delegates in Zurich.

2002: David Nalbandian became the first player in the Open era to reach the Wimbledon men's final on his tournament debut.

2006: England captain Michael Vaughan was ruled out of the Ashes series in Australia due to a knee injury.

2008: Rafael Nadal won the Wimbledon singles title for the first time, beating Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 6-7 (8/10) 9-7 in a classic final on Centre Court.

2010: South African Caster Semenya was given the all-clear to return to athletics. The world 800m champion had been sidelined for 11 months after undergoing gender tests following her win in Berlin.

2012: Andy Murray beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-5 to reach the Wimbledon men's singles final, becoming the first Briton to do so since Bunny Austin in 1938. The Scot lost in the final to Federer.

2014: Novak Djokovic beat Federer 6-7 (7/9) 6-4 7-6 (7/4) 5-7 6-4 to win the SW19 title for the second time.

2017: Joe Root enjoyed the perfect start to life as England captain, finishing day one of the first Test against South Africa at Lord's unbeaten on 184.

QUICK QUIZ 

1 Which Welsh footballer was the first to reach 500 Premier League appearances?

2 How many Wimbledon titles have Andy and Jamie Murray won between them?

3 Who beat Fermanagh to win the 2018 GAA Ulster Senior Football Championship title?

4 Which golfer won their second US Open in a row in June?

5 Snap, down and flag are terms from which sport?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV 

Today (Friday, July 6)

SOCCER: World Cup, Quarter-final France v Uruguay - ITV, 1430; Quarter-final Brazil v Belgium - BBC One, 1830.

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

CRICKET: Second T20, England v India - Sky Sports Cricket; Sky Sports Main Event, 1700.

RUGBY UNION: Super Rugby, Crusaders v Highlanders - Sky Sports Action, 0830; Reds v Rebels - Sky Sports Action, 1040.

GOLF: European Tour, Irish Open - Sky Sports Golf, 1030; Sky Sports Main Event, 1155; PGA Tour, Greenbrier Classic - Sky Sports Golf, 1830.

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds - BT Sport/ESPN, 1915; TBC - BT Sport 1, 0000 (Sat).

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

ROWING: Henley Royal Regatta - BT Sport 2, 1330.

Tomorrow (Saturday, July 7)

SOCCER: World Cup, Quarter-final Sweden v England - BBC One, 1430; Quarter-final Russia v Croatia - ITV, 1830; Major League Soccer, Los Angeles Galaxy v Columbus Crew - Sky Sports Main Event, 0330 (Sun).

TENNIS: Wimbledon - BBC Two England, 1130; eir Sport 1, 1130; BBC One, 1215.

CRICKET: Women's ODI, England v New Zealand - Sky Sports Cricket & Sky Sports Main Event, 1030.

CYCLING: Tour de France, Stage 1 - Eurosport 1 & ITV4, 0930; S4C, 1400.

GOLF: European Tour, Irish Open - Sky Sports Golf, 1230; PGA Tour, Greenbrier Classic - Sky Sports Golf, 1800 & Sky Sports Main Event, 1845.

MOTORSPORT: F1, British Grand Prix qualifying - Channel 4, 1255; Sky Sports F1 & Sky Sports Main Event, 1300; eir Sport 1, 1355.

MOTORCYCLING: World Superbikes, Qualifying and opening race from Misano - Eurosport 2, 0900; British Superbikes: Knockhill, Qualifying - Eurosport 2, 1530.

RUGBY UNION: Super Rugby, Chiefs v Brumbies - Sky Sports Action & Sky Sports Main Event, 0610; Hurricanes v Blues - Sky Sports Action & Sky Sports Main Event, 0830.

BASEBALL: MLB, Baltimore Orioles v Minnesota Twins - BT Sport/ESPN, 1900; Los Angeles Dodgers v Los Angeles Angels - BT Sport 1, 0000 (Sun).

NETBALL: Superleague final - Sky Sports Main Event, 1700.

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

UFC: Heavyweight Championship, Stipe Miocic v Daniel Cormier - BT Sport 2, 0300 (Sun).

ROWING: Henley Royal Regatta - BT Sport 2, 1330.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1 Gary Speed; 2 Four; 3 Donegal; 4 Brooks Koepka; 5 American football

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