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On This Day - Aug 3 1999: Arsenal complete £10million signing of France striker Thierry Henry

Arsenal strker Thierry Henry

BIRTHDAYS

Osvaldo Ardiles (soccer) - former Tottenham midfielder and Argentina World Cup winner, born 1952.

Maurice Malpas (soccer) - former Dundee United and Scotland defender, born 1962.

Frano Botica (rugby union/rugby league) - former New Zealand stand-off and Wigan rugby league winger, born 1963.

Nikos Dabizas (soccer) - former Newcastle and Greece defender, born 1973.

Michael Gray (soccer) - former England full-back, whose clubs included Sunderland, Blackburn, Wolves, Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday, born 1974.

Tom Brady (gridiron) - New England Patriots quarterback and winner of five Super Bowl rings, born 1977.

Ryan Lochte (swimming) - multiple Olympic and World Championship gold medal winner from the United States who recently accepted a 14-month ban for a doping violation, born 1984.

Sonny Bill Williams (rugby league/rugby union) - dual code international with New Zealand, also a professional boxer, born 1985.

Brahim Diaz (soccer) - Manchester City midfielder, born 1999.

ON THIS DAY 

1957: Wales international John Charles moved from Leeds to Juventus for £65,000.

1989: Jules Bianchi was born in Nice. The Frenchman, competing for Marussia, crashed into the side of a recovery vehicle at a rain-hit 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. He never regained consciousness following the accident and succumbed to his injuries on July 17, 2015.

1999: Arsenal completed the £10million signing of France striker Thierry Henry from Juventus.

2004: Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes announced his retirement from international football.

2008: Michael Vaughan stood down as England Test captain citing a need to take a break from the game. One-day skipper Paul Collingwood also relinquished his duties, with Kevin Pietersen taking on both roles.

2009: Former Bath players Michael Lipman, Alex Crockett and Andrew Higgins were suspended for nine months after failing to submit to drugs tests.

2012: There were Olympic gold medals for British rowers Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins (double sculls) and cyclists Victoria Pendleton (keirin) and Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh (team pursuit). Britain also won four bronze medals, while Jessica Ennis - now Ennis-Hill - broke the British record and the heptathlon world record for the 100m hurdles in 12.54 seconds.

2014: Lizzie Armitstead and Geraint Thomas won gold in the cycling road races on the final day of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. England finished top of the medals table with 174, 58 of them gold.

2017: Neymar became the most expensive footballer of all time after joining Paris St Germain for 222 million euros - worth £200.6million at the time. Earlier in the day his legal representatives paid Barcelona the world-record fee to secure his release from his contract.

QUICK QUIZ

1. Wgo does Paddy Barnes fight in the Windsor Park, Belfast boxing bill on August 18?

2. Which golfer won the 1991 Masters and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017?

3. Which former Grand Slam winner suffered the most lopsided loss of her career to Johanna Konta in San Jose this week?

4. In which race do drivers tackle the Porsche and Corvette curves, Arnage and Tertre Rouge?

5. Which football league club play their home matches at Meadow Lane?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV 

Today (Friday, August 3)

SOCCER: Sky Bet Championship, Reading v Derby - Sky Sports Main Event 1900.

CRICKET: England v India, first Test at Edgbaston - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 1030; Vitality T20 Blast - Sky Sports Cricket 1845.

TENNIS: WTA, Silicon Valley Classic - BT Sport 2 2130-0200 (Sat) & 0300-0500 (Sat); ATP, Citi Open - Sky Sports Main Event 0030 (Sat).

GOLF: Women's British Open - Sky Sports Golf 1100; WGC-Bridgestone Invitational - Sky Sports Golf 1830 & Sky Sports Main Event 2215.

CYCLING: European Championships - Eurosport 1 1345-1700 & 1825-2100.

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP, Czech Republic Grand Prix practice sessions - BT Sport 2 0745.

SWIMMING: European Championships - Eurosport 1 0930-1200 & 1700-1820.

HORSE RACING: Glorious Goodwood - ITV 1330 & STV 1330.

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago Cubs v San Diego Padres - BT Sport/ESPN 1915, Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees - BT Sport 1 0000 (Sat).

Tomorrow (Saturday, August 4)

SOCCER: Vanarama National League, Salford v Leyton Orient - BT Sport 1 1200; Sky Bet Championship, Sheffield United v Swansea - Sky Sports Main Event 1715; MLS, Montreal Impact v DC United - Sky Sports Main Event 0030 (Sun).

CRICKET: England v India, first Test at Edgbaston - Sky Sports Cricket 1000 & Sky Sports Main Event 1100; Vitality T20 Blast, Nottinghamshire Outlaws v Worcestershire Rapids - Sky Sports Cricket 1845.

TENNIS: WTA, Silicon Valley Classic - BT Sport 1 2100-2300 & 0300-0500 (Sun).

GOLF: Women's British Open - Sky Sports Golf 1200; WGC-Bridgestone Invitational - Sky Sports Golf 1900 & Sky Sports Main Event 2100.

RUGBY UNION: Super Rugby final, Crusaders v Lions - Sky Sports Main Event 0830 & Sky Sports Action 0900.

CYCLING: European Championships - Eurosport 2 0845 & Eurosport 1 1345-1645 & 1850-2100.

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP, Czech Republic Grand Prix qualifying - BT Sport 2 1100; British Superbikes at Thruxton - Eurosport 2 1530.

SWIMMING: European Championships - Eurosport 1 0930-1215 & 1645-1845.

GYMNASTICS: European Championships - Eurosport 2 1315.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: UFC, TJ Dillashaw v Cody Garbrandt in Los Angeles - BT Sport 2 0300 (Sun).

HORSE RACING: Glorious Goodwood - ITV 1330.

BASEBALL: MLB, Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees - BT Sport/ESPN 2100, Cleveland Indians v Los Angeles Angels - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Sun).

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Cristofer Rosales; 2. Ian Woosnam; 3. Serena Williams; 4. Le Mans 24 hour race; 5. Notts County


 

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