On This Day - Aug 6 1983: Robin van Persie, Holland and former Manchester United star forward, is born

Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie 


Billy Boston (rugby league) - former Wigan and Great Britain star, born 1934.

Vitantonio Liuzzi (motor racing) - former Red Bull and Toro Rosso driver, born 1981.

Robin van Persie (soccer) - Feyenoord's former Manchester United forward, born 1983.

Jesse Ryder (cricket) - New Zealand all-rounder, born 1984.

Andy Wilkinson (soccer) - former Stoke defender, born 1984.

Bafetimbi Gomis (soccer) - former Swansea and France forward, now at Galatasaray, born 1985.


1926: Gertrude Ederle, a 19-year-old New Yorker, became the first woman to swim the English Channel. She made the crossing from Cap Gris-Nez to Deal in 14 hours and 39 minutes, cutting two hours off the record.

1961: Stirling Moss enjoyed the 16th and last Formula One win of his career at the Nurburgring when he won the German Grand Prix in a Lotus-Climax.

2002: David Burns and Keith Harris resigned as chief executive and chairman respectively of the Football League due to the collapse of a broadcasting agreement with ITV Digital.

2006: Great Britain's Jenson Button won the Hungarian Grand Prix, his first Formula One victory after 113 attempts.

2009: Former England batsman Mark Butcher announced his retirement from cricket with immediate effect.

2012: Britain's Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles won the gold medal in the team showjumping at the London Olympics. Britain's Jason Kenny took gold in the men's sprint.

2013: Beth Tweddle announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics, a year to the day after winning Olympic bronze in the uneven bars.

2016: Adam Peaty shattered his own world record in the heats of the 100 metres breaststroke at the Rio Olympics with a time of 57.55 seconds.


1. Who was the first non-British manager of the England men's football side?

2. How many points did Monaghan score in their 2018 All-Ireland SFC win over Galway at the weekend?

3. Who won the BBC's Sports Personality of the Century award in 1999?

4. Who will Conor McGregor face in his return to UFC?

5. Who stepped down as Kerry GAA boss after his team's elimination from the 2018 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Monday, August 6)

SOCCER: Championship, Hull v Aston Villa - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football 1900.

SPORT: European Championships - BBC One 1345, BBC Two 0900, Eurosport 1 0915, Eurosport 2 1530.

TENNIS: Rogers Cup - Sky Sports Main Event 1600 and 2300, BT Sport 1 1600.

SNOOKER: World Open - Eurosport 2 0730 and 1230.

Tomorrow (Tuesday, August 7)

SOCCER: Championship, Nottingham Forest v West Brom - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Football 1900.

SPORT: European Championships - BBC One 1345, BBC Two 0830, Eurosport 1 0730, Eurosport 2 1030.

CRICKET: Vitality Blast, Lancashire v Durham - Sky Sports Cricket 1800; Super League, Lancashire v Surrey - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 1425.

TENNIS: Rogers Cup - Sky Sports Main Event 2330, BT Sport 1 1600.

SNOOKER: World Open - Eurosport 2 0730 & 1230.

BASEBALL: MLB, San Francisco Giants v Houston Astros - BT Sport/ESPN 2030, Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Wed)


QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Sven-Goran Eriksson; 2. 16; 3 Muhammad Ali; 4 Khabib Nurmagomedov; 5. Eamonn Fitzmaurice

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