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On This Day - July 16 1989: Gareth Bale, Real Madrid and Wales star, is born

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (right)


Margaret Court (tennis) - Australian who won 62 grand slam tournaments, including three Wimbledon singles titles, born 1942.

Lars Lagerback (soccer) - former Sweden, Nigeria and Iceland manager, currently in charge of Norway, born 1948.

Miguel Indurain (cycling) - Spanish five-time Tour de France winner, born 1964.

Joel Stransky (rugby union) - former South Africa stand-off, who had a spell at Leicester after winning the World Cup in 1995, born 1967.

Shaun Pollock (cricket) - former South Africa all-rounder and captain, born 1973.

Wendell Sailor (rugby) - former Australia dual code international, born 1974.

Anna Smashnova (tennis) - former Israeli tennis player, born 1976.

Adam Scott (golf) - Australian who won the 2013 Masters, born 1980.

Carli Lloyd (soccer) - American Olympics and World Cup-winning midfielder who spent time on loan at Manchester City women in 2017, born 1982

Andre Greipel (cycling) - German sprinter, born 1982.

Mousa Dembele (soccer) - Tottenham and Belgium midfielder, born 1987.

Sergio Busquets (soccer) - Barcelona and Spain midfielder, born 1988.

Gareth Bale (soccer) - Real Madrid and Wales forward, born 1989.

Andros Townsend (soccer) - Crystal Palace and England winger, born 1991.


1895: Archie MacLaren, of Lancashire, compiled what was then the world's highest cricket score of 424 - made in seven hours and 50 minutes against Somerset at Taunton.

1950: The World Cup final between Brazil and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, was watched by 199,854 people. Uruguay won 2-1.

1983: The British and Irish Lions suffered a 38-6 drubbing by New Zealand in Auckland. At the time it was the heaviest defeat in the side's history.

1989: Brazil beat Uruguay 1-0 in the final of the Copa America - their first major title since the 1970 World Cup.

2000: Britain's tennis team suffered a shock 3-2 defeat to Ecuador in their Davis Cup tie at Wimbledon, relegating them from the elite 16-nation World Group.

2005: Amir Khan won his first professional fight with a first-round stoppage of David Bailey at Bolton.

2012: Heather Watson claimed the first WTA Tour title of her career as she and Marina Erakovic beat Vania King and Jarmila Gajdosova to win the women's doubles title at the Bank of the West Classic in California.

2013: Paris St Germain confirmed the signing of Edinson Cavani from Napoli on a five-year deal.

2016: France international midfielder N'Golo Kante joined Chelsea from Premier League champions Leicester for a reported £32million.

2016: Mark Cavendish won stage 14 of the Tour de France, his fourth stage victory of the 2016 Tour and 30th of his career.

2017: Roger Federer trounced a tearful Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4 to become the first man ever to win eight singles titles at Wimbledon while the Swiss extended his overall haul in grand slams to 19 titles.


1 Which racecourse hosts the Welsh Grand National in December?

2 Who won the 2000 GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship?

3 How many FA Cup finals were hosted in Cardiff at the then Millennium Stadium?

4 Who is next up for Tyrone in the GAA Super 8 series this weekend?

5 Which Belgian won five Tour de France titles between 1969 and 1974?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Monday, July 16)

GOLF: Live at The Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports The Open 1300 & 1600.

TENNIS: WTA Tennis, Bucharest Open - BT Sport 2 1200 & 1830.

HORSE RACING: Live at Windsor, Wolverhampton and Killarney - Sky Sports Action 1900.

Tomorrow (Tuesday, July 17)

CRICKET: One-day international, England v India - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 1200.

GOLF: Live at The Open - Sky Sports The Open 1600.

CYCLING: Tour de France - ITV4 0930, Eurosport 1 1200, S4C 1400.

TENNIS: WTA Tennis, Bucharest Open - BT Sport 2 1200.

HORSE RACING: Live at Worcester and Killarney - Sky Sports Action 1900.

BASEBALL: MLB: All-Star Game 2018 - BT Sport 1 0030 (Wed).

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Chepstow; 2. Kerry, defeating Galway 0-17 to 1-10 in a replay after a 0-14 to 0-14 draw; 3. Six; 4. Dublin; 5. Eddy Merckx

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