On This Day, Sep 4, 1972: Mark Spitz became the first competitor to claim seven gold medals at a single Olympic Games

Maik Taylor - former Fulham, Birmingham and Northern Ireland goalkeeper - born on this day in 1971.

Sporting birthdays

Dawn Fraser (swimming) - won the 100 metres freestyle at three consecutive Olympics, born 1937.

Raymond Floyd (golf) - American winner of four major titles, born 1942.

Tom Watson (golf) - five-time winner of the Open who rolled back the years to finish runner-up at the 2009 Open at Turnberry, born 1949.

Alastair Hignell (rugby union) - former Bristol and England full-back, who also played cricket for Gloucestershire. Worked as a rugby commentator for the BBC until he was forced to retire because of multiple sclerosis, born 1955.

Graham Dawe (rugby union) - former Bath and England hooker, born 1959.

Va'aiga Tuigamala (rugby union) - former Newcastle and New Zealand wing, born 1969.

Lance Klusener (cricket) - former South Africa all-rounder, born 1971.

Maik Taylor (soccer) - former Fulham, Birmingham and Northern Ireland goalkeeper, born 1971.

Mark Lewis-Francis (athletics) - former British sprinter who was part of the gold medal-winning 4x100metres relay team at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, born 1982.

Jonny Lomax (rugby league) - St Helens stand-off, born 1990.

On this day

1972: Mark Spitz became the first competitor to claim seven gold medals at a single Olympic Games by helping the United States win the 4x100 metres medley relay in Munich. He set a world record for each event.

1990: Manchester United's Steve Bruce became the first top-flight player to be red-carded under the new professional foul rule, in a match against Luton.

2002: Former England cricket captain and opening batsman Geoffrey Boycott confirmed he had been diagnosed with cancer after tests on a lump in his neck.

2006: Thomas Bjorn let rip at Ian Woosnam after Europe's captain opted for Lee Westwood instead of the Dane as his second wild card for the defence of the Ryder Cup at the K Club. Bjorn described his relationship with Woosnam as "completely dead", calling the captain "barmy".

2008: Kevin Keegan resigned as manager of Newcastle, citing his relationship with the club's hierarchy over transfer policy.

2011: Britain's Mo Farah won gold in the 5,000 metres at the World Championships in Daegu.

2012: The British and Irish Lions confirmed Warren Gatland as head coach for the 2013 series against Australia.

2014: Britain's IBF world welterweight champion Kell Brook was taken to hospital in Tenerife after being stabbed in the leg while on holiday.

2016: Adam Lallana scored his first England goal as Sam Allardyce's reign as boss began with a 1-0 win against Slovakia in their opening 2018 World Cup qualifying match. It proved to be Allardyce's only match in charge as he resigned after just 67 days in the post as the Daily Telegraph released secretly filmed footage of him making controversial remarks about a variety of subjects.

Quick Quiz Blitz

1. From which club did Manchester United sign Luke Shaw in 2014?

2. Who scored Dublin's first goal in Sunday's defeat of Tyrone in the 2018 All-Ireland Senior Football final?

3. Who won back-to-back Australian Open women's singles titles in 2012 and 2013?

4. Sebastian Coe won two Olympic gold medals over which distance?

5. What is the name of Ottawa's NHL team?

Sport on TV


CYCLING: Tour of Britain, stage three - ITV4 1115 & Eurosport 2 1330; Vuelta a Espana - Eurosport 1 1400.

BASEBALL: MLB, Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels - BT Sport/ESPN 0100 (Weds).

Tomorrow (Wednesday, September 5)

SOCCER: National League, Havant v Aldershot - BT Sport 1 1915.

GOLF: Ryder Cup Wildcard Announcement - Sky Sports Golf 1400.

CYCLING: Tour of Britain, stage four - ITV4 1045 & Eurosport 2 1330; Vuelta a Espana - Eurosport 1 1400.

RUGBY UNION: New Zealand NPC Rugby, Waikato v Wellington - Sky Sports Main Event 0830.

BASEBALL: MLB, Atlanta Braves v Boston Red Sox - BT Sport/ESPN 1700.

Quiz answers: 1. Southampton; 2. Paul Mannion; 3. Victoria Azarenka; 4. 1500 metres; 5. Senators.

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