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On This Day - Sep 6, 1975: Sligo's Allstar-winning midfielder Eamonn O'Hara is born

Former Sligo midfielder Eamonn O'Hara turns 43 today
Neil Loughran

BIRTHDAYS

Bruce Rioch (soccer) - former Scotland midfielder, who also managed Arsenal, Bolton, Norwich and Wigan, born 1947.

Pat Nevin (soccer) - former Everton, Chelsea and Scotland winger, born 1963.

Saeed Anwar (cricket) - former Pakistan opening batsman, born 1968.

Stephane Guivarc'h (soccer) - former Newcastle and Rangers striker, born 1970.

Greg Rusedski (tennis) - former British number one who reached the 1997 US Open final, born 1973.

Carlo Cudicini (soccer) - Italian goalkeeper, formerly at Chelsea and Tottenham, born 1973.

Tim Henman (tennis) - former British number one who retired in 2007, born 1974.

Eamonn O’Hara (GAA) – former Sligo midfielder from Tourlestrane, won an Allstar in 2002, born 1975

Massimo Maccarone (soccer) - former Middlesbrough striker, born 1979.

Joseph Yobo (soccer) - former Everton defender, born 1980.

ON THIS DAY

1880: The Kennington Oval became the first cricket ground in England to host a Test match. England beat Australia by five wickets, with WG Grace scoring the first Test century on the ground.

1991: James Warring took only 24 seconds to knock out James Pritchard in their world cruiserweight contest, which was the fastest knockout in world boxing title fight history.

1998: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB confirmed they were in talks to buy Manchester United, planning an estimated £600million bid to take a controlling interest at Old Trafford. The move was eventually blocked by the government following a recommendation by the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.

2004: Newcastle appointed Graeme Souness as manager.

2006: England beat Macedonia 1-0 in Skopje to make it two wins from two in their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign and extend Steve McClaren's 100 per cent start as manager to three games. England's campaign ultimately ended in failure as a 3-2 defeat at home to Croatia meant they missed out on a place in the finals in Austria and Switzerland.

2010: England batsman Kevin Pietersen was fined an undisclosed sum by the England and Wales Cricket Board for comments he posted on Twitter after he was left out of the one-day squad for the series against Pakistan.

2015: Iceland became the smallest nation to ever qualify for the European Championship following a goalless draw with Kazakhstan. The following summer they went on to reach the quarter-finals, knocking out England in the last 16, only to lose to hosts France in the last eight.

2017: Andy Murray announced on Facebook that he was unlikely to play again that season due to his ongoing hip injury.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1 Against which country did Gareth Bale score his first goal for Wales, in 2006?

2 Shane Warne scored how many Test half-centuries for Australia - a) 9, b) 12, c) 14?

3 Who was the last American winner of the men's US Open tennis title?

4 Name the only European in the top 10 of the women's golf world rankings.

5 Which NFL team play at the Paul Brown Stadium?

TODAY’S TV

SOCCER: Uefa Nations League, Wales v Republic Of Ireland - Sky Sports Main Event 1900; European U21 Championship qualifier, England U21 v Holland U21 - BT Sport 1 1930.

GOLF: European Tour, The Omega European Masters - Sky Sports Golf 1030 & 1430; PGA Tour, The BMW Championship - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 1730.

CYCLING: Tour of Britain, stage five - ITV4 1245 & Eurosport 2 1300; La Vuelta - Eurosport 1 1330.

GRIDIRON: NFL, Philadelphia Eagles v Atlanta Falcons - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0110 (Fri).

BASEBALL: MLB, Washington Nationals v Chicago Cubs - BT Sport 1 0000 (Fri)

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QUICK QUIZ BLITZ ANSWERS

1 Slovakia; 2 b) 12; 3 Andy Roddick in 2003; 4 England's Georgia Hall; 5 The Cincinnati Bengals.

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